Politics and entertainment do not mix. Any more than politics and sports. It serves them right that this was the lowest rated Emmy telecast ever. A shame because with the advent of so many networks and platforms that broadcast television series, along with a significant talent pool of performers/writers/producers the potential is there for a greater viewership level than perhaps ever before.But with the constant bashing of the POTUS and continued political diatribes on the part of the Colberts, Baldwins, Glovers, Dreyfuses, etc., a pretty significant part of the audience has become forever alienated from having anything to do with Hollywood and the content it provides. Apparently, these celebs have learned nothing from the 2016 presidential election when their gal Hillary was defeated. They are still bitter and angry. Meanwhile, the level of separation between the Hollywood elites and public continues to grow.
LWF needs to read this. From AP by Thomas Beaumont.
DES MOINES, Iowa — Iowa Democrats are looking for the prescription that will help them emerge from their withered condition, after dominating just a decade ago.
After sending progressive Tom Harkin to the Senate for 30 years and twice delivering the state for Barack Obama, Democrats are powerless in the House, Senate and statehouse, and remain stunned by President Donald Trump's solid Iowa victory last year.
While it's a familiar scenario across the upper Midwest, the pressure on Iowa Democrats to recoup the working-class voters who marched with Trump is more intense: They're charged with setting the tone in a little more than two years for the party's presidential nomination.
Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan has ideas for Iowa, his own state and elsewhere. He is among three rising House Democrats — including Illinois' Cheri Bustos and Seth Moulton of Massachusetts — in Des Moines on Saturday for a Democratic fundraiser, capping a summer of early activity in the presidential proving ground by more than 10 would-be White House prospects.
"I think it starts with letting these working-class people know that we see them, we hear them and we know what they are going through, and we have a plan," Ryan, from blue-collar Warren, Ohio, told The Associated Press on Saturday.
Just as Iowa Democrats are starting from scratch, the little-known Democrats surveying Iowa are a sign the national party, too, is starting at square one in its search for its next standard-bearer after consecutive, star-studded presidential campaigns.
It wasn't long ago Iowa Democrats were sitting at a 40-year high.
Just seven years ago, Democrats controlled both state legislative chambers and had occupied the governor's office for 12 years. The party held three of five House seats, while Harkin was Obama's right hand in the push for the health care law.
But economic blowback from a national financial collapse, a poorly handled state budget crisis and the widespread revolt by grassroots conservatives against the Affordable Care Act created an angry backlash in 2010 against Democrats, especially in Iowa, Wisconsin, Michigan and Ohio.
That year former Republican Gov. Terry Branstad was swept back into office. Four years later, Harkin retired and voters handed his seat to little-known, rural Republican state Sen. Joni Ernst, snubbing four-term Democratic Rep. Bruce Braley in one of the year's biggest upsets.
Iowa was also undergoing a rapid, politically consequential demographic shift. Iowa ranks in the top 10 of states with the highest population of whites and in the top 15 of those 65 years and older. According to U.S. Census data, both groups — two pillars of Trump's win statewide and nationally — increased simultaneously after 2010 and became a bigger percentage of Iowa's electorate.
"We've lost touch with certain voters," state party chairman Troy Price said. "We talk about issues, but not the values behind the issues. We haven't done the best job communicating with the people we fight so hard for. It's why we are where we are."
Especially stark has been the decline of rural Democrats. Last month, small-town state Rep. Todd Pritchard, an Iraq War veteran and former county prosecutor, left the crowded Democratic field for governor, dominated by Des Moines Democrats. The last rural Democrat to hold statewide office was Gov. Tom Vilsack, elected in 1998.
"That's been kind of a sea change," said Doug Gross, a moderate Des Moines Republican and former nominee for governor. "It's difficult to go into the rural areas of Iowa and find anyone who will admit to being a Democrat."
But time in the wilderness is stirring the Democratic base. No fewer than seven Democrats have announced they are running for governor.
"Those are the things motivating people now that have never been active before," Democratic state Rep. Kirsten Running Marquardt said. "That's sort of the bright spot."
In her newest Final Thoughts commentary, Tomi Lahren reacts to the Las Vegas massacre...
Las Vegas, I have no words to describe how heartbroken I am. Las Vegas was my college town, it was my home for four years. My heart breaks for you, for the city, for what you’re going through.
The deadliest shooting in modern U.S. history with the death toll rising by the hour. It’s times like these and tragedies like this that put it all in perspective. Those innocent people at that concert weren’t Democrats or Republicans, they were Americans. It’s sick and sad some can’t see it that way. Like the now former CBS vice president and senior counsel who took to Facebook to say quote: I’m actually not even sympathetic because country music fans often are Republican gun toters."
Listen here Hayley Geftman-Gold, it’s those Republican gun-toters who would risk their lives to protect you in any active shooter situation and it’s very sad you’re too ignorant and hateful to see it that way. You make me sick but you’re not the only one.
Last year’s failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton wasted zero time before she made this tragedy into an anti-gun political talking point. First of all Hillary, you have no idea what you’re talking about. Second, how dare you. You’re going to blame this senseless shooting on the NRA and law-abiding gun owners, really? For what? To advance your own agenda and political aspirations? Do some soul-searching and learn about firearms before you open your mouth.
The notion that a crazed, heartless monster willing and excited to slaughter thousands of innocent concert-goers from the 32nd floor of a hotel would somehow be stopped by more gun control is liberal logic at its most tone deaf.
And need I remind you, when shots rang out it wasn't the kneelers, it wasn't protesters, it wasn't Hollywood liberals who ran into danger to serve and protect, it was our police officers who held the line as they always do. When chaos and violence erupt, police officers and first responders don’t care what color you are, who you voted for, or even how you feel about them. They are the first ones in, the last ones out and sadly, some never return home to their loved ones. Amidst all the speculation, all the motive-seeking, all the politics, one thing is certain, our police officers and first responders are heroes among us and Las Vegas is blessed with some of the finest.
Las Vegas, we are with you. From L.A., God bless and take care.
Good article on Iowa Skyhawk , I noticed rising dim " star " Tim Ryan's strategy to the middle class is " we hear " you ...And ? I am sick to death of dimocrats who say " we hear you " and proceed to tax and spend tax and spend. Last I checked Trump at least is trying to repeal a train wreck of Unaffordable healthcare passed by the Octoeneraian dimocrat Congress and he is also trying to get some tax simplification and border enforcement. You know reversing the 8 yrs Ohammer created.
All the signs are there of Paddock being a late blooming radicalized liberal who went rogue and embraced the ideals of Islam. Did you catch that bit during the sheriff of Clark county's press conference last evening? Of course it has not been mentioned in the media
But the liberals are doing their usual "just blame the guns" mantra. This attack was aimed at perceived Trump supporters and no one else. Only liberals and progressives are capable of this kind of intense hatred we see every day as they and their fellow travelers in the media continue to demonize Trump, his family, and anyone who voted for him.