Politics

Is the Trump victory the first signs of Gen X as a political force?

A reader emails:

Hi Cam,

As a political tragic, I have been following the US elections closely and as the race progressed Trump’s message resonated with me, even though I am a kiwi and couldn’t vote. I felt the same connection with Brexit but what struck me as odd was just how much I cared about both results. To me, it was clear if Hillary won and Britain remained our way of life would be gone.

So now as the dust settles people are trying to define these Trump supporters and Brexiters. You here all sorts of labels, Alt right (whatever that means), White Nationalism, Nationalists, Populists and worse but none of the labels fit the bill.

And then it struck me. Could it be that this wasn’t a vote from the generally disaffected and disenfranchised, the basket of deplorable’s, but in fact a generation finding its voice? Could the reason I cared so deeply about the results be because it was my fellow Gen Xers that were so unhappy with the status quo?

So who are they?   Read more »

Stop reading the news

One of the people I read to give me ideas, strategies and direction is Ryan Holiday. A great deal of what we do here at Whaleoil comes from his ideas. One of his books is my bible.

Now you may think I am giving up our secrets, but the reality is no one will bother to try to emulate me, for a start they don’t have the work ethic I do, and they aren’t prepared to do what it takes.

That said, Ryan Holiday makes some observations about the media and politics:

The last few months have been particularly unhappy ones for me. Not because there was anything wrong in my life; on the contrary, in my life things were going surprisingly well. The source of my misery? I was caught up in the news cycle.

I told myself it was partly my job. But the reality is, I was doing less of my job. How could it have been otherwise? I’d become consumed by a divisive, contentious, scandal driven news loop. Twitter. Google News. Apple News. Facebook. Longreads and hot takes via Instapaper. CNN. Email conversations. NPR.

My media diet had gone from abstemious to addicted. As someone who is normally self-disciplined, I felt guilty about the time I was wasting and the energy I spent emoting about things far beyond me, and yet, I could not control it. I know I am not the only one—the most common thing I’ve heard from people the last few months is: I can’t wait for this election to be over so I can go back to work. I’d venture to guess that there is someone else, who deep down, can at least relate to that sentiment: Fellow (and admitted) news junkie and, now President-elect, Donald Trump.

It’s time we all came to terms with our compulsion: How is anyone going to make America or themselves great again—if we’re all glued to our devices and television screens? How can anyone maintain their sanity when everything you read, see, and hear is designed to make you stop whatever you’re doing and consume because the world is supposedly ending?

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Will Gareth Morgan apply the same standards to politics?

Gareth Morgan has published a passage about the TOP not being a one-man band on his new party’s website.

In reality our team is huge, because we have been drawing on the work of scientists and economists from New Zealand and abroad. Anyone who has followed my work will know that I take an evidence-based position on any issue. That means drawing together the academic and policy contributions of a great many professionals.

The litmus test of how serious Gareth Morgan is will be whether he takes the same approach to campaigning.

Will he take an evidence-based position on campaigning?   Read more »

The left cares because it is the best job they are ever going to get

Rodney Hide looks at the election results and surmises that the left cares more than the right about politics.

The New Zealand Labour Party and the centre left once again clean up the local body elections. Two ex-Labour ministers run the two largest cities.

The third largest is headed by Labour’s candidate.

Media guru Bill Ralston explains his defeat by long-time local body politician and out-and-out lefty Mike Lee as centre-right voters not engaging in local body elections.

He’s right. The centre right enjoys the best people, the most money and unassailable argument but is hopeless at politics. That’s because we don’t care for it. We can think of 1001 better things to do with our time and our money.

Centre-right people believe the best thing is being productive with the zenith being running your own business. We look down our nose at politicians.

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Oh, it was all a conspiracy to wreck the EU from within

Amazing how these old shows were so prescient back then.

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Photo Of The Day

Eleanor Mondale, Daughter of Former Vice President Walter Mondale. The entertainment reporter, worked for E! and CBS.

Eleanor Mondale, Daughter of Former Vice President Walter Mondale. The entertainment reporter, worked for E! and CBS.

Bill Clinton’s Mess

Towels and Lipstick and …

The West Wings Receptionist Buzz

 “I stood guard, a pistol at my hip, outside the Oval Office, the last barrier before anyone saw Bill Clinton”

As seen in the above photo from April 3, 1997, Eleanor Mondale arrived for the premiere of The Saint in Los Angeles. Eleanor died from brain cancer as a 51-year-old in 2011, but a new book by Gary J Byrne, is resurrecting her name and a whole bunch of controversy about the Clintons. It is the same book that told the world Hillary Clinton allegedly gave Bill Clinton a black eye.
The former Secret Service agent Byrne claims, that things got so heated during Bill Clinton’s Presidency over his affairs that the Secret Service discussed the prospect of “domestic violence” between Hillary and her husband. Because of Gary’s close proximity to the Clintons during some of their most volatile days in the White House, the authors’ testimony of his experiences with Bill and Hillary are being closely followed.

‘Having witnessed the personal and political dysfunction of the Clinton White House – so consumed by scandal and destroying their enemies, real and imagined – Byrne came to understand that, to the Clintons, governing was an afterthought.
Gary has likened President Clinton’s alleged revolving door of women, to running a brothel instead of leading the country via the White House.
In  his upcoming book, Crisis of Character, Byrne claims while President Clinton was having an affair with Monica Lewinsky he was also having one with former Vice President Walter Mondale’s daughter, Eleanor Mondale.
In the book, the author writes, “There before us was E! Network host, Eleanor Mondale . . . and President Clinton in a compromising position, that is, making out on the Map Room table.”

According to Byrne, he was “The last barrier before Monica Lewinsky saw Bill Clinton.” Moreover, Lewinsky was jealous of Mondale’s relationship with the President. Bill Clinton’s White House was a seedy “brothel” where the “horndog” President entertained a veritable harem of mistresses, the former US Secret Service agent has claimed.

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Why attempts to silence Whaleoil will always have the opposite effect

It is an open secret that Whaleoil’s readership increased substantially when The Dirty Politics Hack was revealed. Not only did it increase our readership at the time the news hit, we also retained most of the people who came to see what the fuss was about. The hack and the book were designed to cause such carnage that Whaleoil would be forced to shut down. Failing to win the contest of ideas on the internet, certain individuals on the left instead conspired to silence the opposing voice by breaking the law.

Now we have three academics who want to do a Colin Craig and try to intimidate us with money and lawyers in order to silence Whaleoil by financially crippling us. These academics chose to enter the robust arena of politics and didn’t like it when the opposition body slammed them into the canvas. Their  intention is to use their defamation case to create a “chilling effect” on political discourse. They don’t want “toxic bloggers” and private businesses to have the freedom to criticise their views and opinions.

Incomprehensibly, these same individuals consider it their right to attack private companies and hurt their businesses while they are being paid by the taxpayer. They are allowed to lobby while paid by the government yet want to deny the exact same right to businesses and individuals wanting to lobby the public themselves. Their actions are a clear attack on free speech that will have serious repercussions for every New Zealand blog and media outlet if they succeed.

Thankfully, in both the case of the hack and the court case started by the three troughkerteers, these actions will have the opposite effect to what they intended. An article written at Harvard Politics.com explains why.

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Now we know why the Herald won’t cover local body politics: no clicks

The NZ Herald has a revealing article today that explains why they aren’t spending much time covering local body politics. There are simply no clicks in it for them.

Aucklanders are more interested in Kim Kardashian than local body politics, if their Google searches are anything to go by.

Postal voting for New Zealand’s last local elections began on September 20, 2013 and voting closed on October 12.

Auckland searches for the term “elections” relative to total searches reached its 2013 peak between October 6 and 12, according to Google Trends.

Google rated levels of interest from low at one, rising as interest levels go up. Search interest in “elections” went from 22 to 100 in one week.

However, election interest fell short of the relative interest in reality music competition X Factor NZ three months earlier.   Read more »

Photo Of The Day

Mobster Bugsy Siegel's mistress Virginia Hill. She was conveniently not at her home in Beverly Hills when Siegel was shot dead on June 20, 1947.

Mobster Bugsy Siegel’s mistress Virginia Hill. She was conveniently not at her home in Beverly Hills when Siegel was shot dead on June 20, 1947.

Bugsy & His Flamingo

The Testimony of Virginia Hill

‘QUEEN OF THE MOB’ WAS NO ONE’S PUSHOVER

 

SENATOR TOBEY: “But why would Joe Epstein give you all that money, Miss Hill?”

 

WITNESS: “You really want to know?”

 

SENATOR TOBEY: “Yes, I really want to know.”

 

WITNESS: “Then I’ll tell you why. Because I’m the best {expletive} sucker in town!”

 

SENATOR KEFAUVER: “Order! I demand order!”

–Excerpt from Virginia Hill’s testimony in front of the Senate Special Committee to Investigate Organized Crime in Interstate Gambling.

In the beginning of the 50’s, United States seeked to expose and bring into public attention the growing issue of organized crime at that time.

It started on April 1950, when a dead body of a gambling kingpin from Kansas City was found in a Democratic clubhouse. That assassination raised concerns about the growth of organized crime and its involvement with politics. The need for an investigation committee concerning this issue was discovered, and on May 3, 1950, the Senate created an investigation committee of 5 members, lead by a Democratic Senator from Tennessee, Estes Kefauver.

In its 15 months of hearings, the committee, investigating corruption, crime syndicates and illegal activities, visited several large cities, in which TV broadcasts were interrupted to bring the work of the committee to the attention of the public. The most notable hearing was when the committee reached Broadway, New York, to interview Frank Costello. An estimated number of 30 million watched or listened to the hearings.

In Illinois, the Committee helped to expose a Chicago Police scandal, which later brought down the Senate career of Scott Lucas, a Democratic Majority Leader.

The completion of the hearings signaled the Senate to implement some suggestions about how to better tighten the laws concerning the prevention of corruption and organized crime. It caused the FBI to stop denying the existence of the underworld.

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Guest Post – If you want to win you need to pay for competent advice

BY FRANCES DENZ

With local government elections nearing and national ones next year, we have all sorts of individuals coming out of the woodwork who want to run for office.  Reading your article about polling companies and how Facebook and Twitter are offering a service now as well makes me wonder again about the lack of common sense in our potential candidates.  Mind you, is it a bad thing to have the Darwinian theory in action?  Do we really want to help those who do not understand the very basics of fighting an election?

Every election round a friend of mine who has been elected to a number of boards is approached by those who want help getting themselves elected.  “You are successful, so please tell me how to do it.”  And they appear oblivious to the consideration that she may actually standing herself, and why should she train her competition!  And they want help for free.  Mentoring they call it, hopefully in the belief that with that label they wont have to pay.  And then of course they don’t do what you suggest anyway, so why bother.    Read more »