John Fund: Trump Derangement Syndrome May Help Trump


Permanent outrage and hysterical doom-mongering do not attract moderate voters.

John FundJohn_Fund_via_National_Review writes: The good news for Democrats is that the apathy of many of their voters — which contributed to Hillary Clinton’s losing in November — is gone now that Donald Trump is president.

“We have never in living memory seen an electorate as fired up and angry and engaged as they are right now, Ben Wikler, Washington director of the left-wing group, told RealClearPolitics.

The bad news for Democrats is that the fires of protest could burn so brightly that they alienate moderate voters and threaten any Democrats who decline to throw gasoline on the fires.


The anger of the liberal base is such that “a firestorm of criticism . . . awaits [Democratic lawmakers] when they don’t stand up to Trump,” Wikler says. As for primary challenges for Democrats who won’t confront Trump at every turn: “Everything is on the table.”

[Read the full story here, at National Review]

It certainly has been when it comes to the ceaseless efforts to delegitimize Trump. As soon as the election was over, state recounts were mounted, with the approval of Hillary Clinton’s campaign, angry demands were made that members of the Electoral College go against the results of their state votes and dump Trump, and wild charges were hurled that Russian hacking swung the election. FBI chief James Comey, an Obama appointee, was accused of tilting the election against Clinton, and blue-collar voters in the Midwest were smeared as “racists” who were easily manipulated by Trump.

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Pepsi-flavored Cheetos on shelves in Japan: Coming to the U.S.?

Pepsi-flavored Cheetos

Cheetos and Pepsi come together for a new snack flavor. (Mr. Brian / Flickr ; Susana Gonzalez / Bloomberg)

Pepsi and Cheetos are a natural combo. Anyone who’s ever indulged in an after-school snack knows they’re made for each other. There’s even an I Love Cheetos and Pepsi group on Facebook.

The folks at Frito-Lay have caught on too: Pepsi-flavored Cheetos are one of the newest snack flavors to hit shelves in Japan. We called Frito-Lay for comment but so far no word on if, or when, the flavor will make its way to the U.S. market.

According to an early product review on the Impulsive Buy, Pepsi-flavored Cheetos replace that classic cheese flavor with a fizzy cola flavor that actually fizzes in your mouth.

“The first sensation, which I did not expect, was a very acidic bite,” wrote Impulse Buy writer Steve. “It tries to capture the citrus notes of Pepsi, but it’s over the top. Too lemony. The sweeter cola flavor is there but it’s subtler and overpowered by the intense citrus.”

If the existence of a soda-flavored crunch snack is too much for you to wrap your brain around, the bag has pictures to explain everything. There is a cluster of Cheetos in one corner, and an ice cold Pepsi in the other.

This isn’t the first Pepsi-meets-savory variety, of course. Remember those Pepsi chicken chips in  December?

And with hot dog pizza hybrids, “cronuts” and ramen burgers on the brain, we’re not fazed.

Is it just the latest in a line of Frankenstein foods? Or the best thing to hit snack shelves since fire hot Cheetos?

By Jenn Harris via


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