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From: Bennet(bennet@bennetkelley.com)
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January 10, 2017

HAPPY NEW YEAR


This is the first postelection KelleyGram. On my blog I addressed the "Ten Takeaways of
Takeaways from Tragic Tuesday". There is no one cause for Secretary Clinton's defeat but I
am convinced that the lion share of blame belongs at her feet. From committing political
malpractice by ignoring her Blue Fireweall to her email fiasco. As I noted:

Yes, it is unfortunate and an outrage that President Putin and Director Comey would
make this a political football in October,but it is Hillarywho gave them the football. It
had a huge impact. Nearly twothirds of voters were bothered by the email scandal.
Among that group, Trump won:70% to 24%.
This KelleyGram, however, is mainly looking forward to the fight ahead. Below is my
column last week in HuffPost on "Democrats' Path from the Valley of Humiliation'. In
addition, under Recent Posts you will find links to my posts on the Sessions nomination
(whose hearings begin today) and the Alt Right that is now entrenched in the Trump
administration..
Tonight is also President Obama's farewell address and I address that below as well. We
also provie a YearinReviewlinks to the latest on my others blogs Cyber Report, Today
Past and Trophy Lives; and an update on my radio show Cyber Law & Business Report
(CLBR).
You can read this KelleyGram online here.

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IN THIS ISSUE

Featured Post
Recent Posts
Yes We Can: The Obama
Record
Latest from My Other Blogs
CLBR Update
2016 Year in Review

Democrats' Path from the Valley of


Humiliation

About Bennet
Shameless Random Puppy
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As Democrats ponder the looming Trump administration


and the selection of a new party Chairman, they should
take a short trip north to Valley Forge, Pennsylvania. It was
in this valley of humiliation that a weary and ragtime
Continental Army, lacking provisions and on the brink of
defeat, retreated for the winter of 177778. The
Continental Army endured the difficult winter and emerged
from Valley Forge months later as a welltrained force
buoyed by a strategic alliance with France.
Thomas Paine later wrote,

Let it be told to the future world, that in


the depth of winter, when nothing but
hope and virtue could survive, that the
city and the country, alarmed at one
common danger, came forth to meet and
to repulse it.

Democrats face their own valley of humiliation as they


are about to be shut out of power in Washington (excluding
the Mayors office) and control only 18 governors mansions
and 12 state legislatures. With President Obama, the
Clintons and Harry Reid stepping aside, a new generation of
Democrats are preparing to step forward to lead the party,
but they must understand what they are up against.

2016: Year in Review

As I have done in the past, the


link above has my year
in=review covering
approximately 50 posts.

Here's my top 10:

BuddyCianci, Architect of
Providences Rebirth(19412016)
BGK Blog

(Jan. 29)

Civil War by Other Means

In leading the Republicans into majority party status, Newt


Gingrich stressed that Republicans must fight the
Democrats with the scale and duration and savagery that
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is only true of civil wars. In the Obama era, it has been


Senator Mitch McConnell chanting the party first mantra
as he led the Republicans to a level of obstruction unseen
since just before the Civil War. McConnells eightyear war
against President Obama culminated with his refusal to
even consider President Obamas Supreme Court nominee
Merritt Garland.

Democrats too often view politics as a genteel sport


governed by the Marquess of Queensberry rules; when the
reality is, like it or not, they are in a street fight and, with
Donald Trump about to enter the White House, the stakes
have never been higher. Despite losing the popular vote,
the Republicans control Washington and will push their
agenda as if they had a true mandate.

Hillary Clinton A Democratic


Trailblazer forPresident
Huffington Post (Feb 1)

Obamas ToDo List


Trump and the Art of
theConstitution

President Obama can set the stage for a Democratic


resurgence by taking three key actions before leaving the
White House. First, Attorney General Lynch should name an
independent counsel to investigate Russian involvement in
the 2016 election. I would suggest a moderate Republican,
such as William Weld (a former U.S. Attorney), to minimize
any partisan taint. Trump could easily fire or replace the
independent counsel upon taking office, but it would come
at a steep political price.

Huffington Post (Mar 1)

Second, the President should pardon Secretary Clinton in


order to avoid the GOP using her as a political distraction
when Trump inevitably stumbles.

Why Belgium?
BGK Blog (Mar 13)

Finally, President Obama should use his farewell address to


remedy one of his biggest failures which is not hammering
home how he led us from the wreckage of the Bush
administration. The President should warn the country to
be wary as the Republicans revive the same economic
policies that have only brought us crippling recessions and
record deficits. Congressional Democrats must then echo
this warning once Trump is sworn in.

Celebrating Jane
JacobsCentennial
Huffington Post (May 4)

A Determined Opposition

Democrats must be ready to fight the Trump administration


with the same intensity that the Republicans brought
against President Obama.
Trumps Cabinet of Deplorables must face strong
Democratic opposition. I am encouraged that Senator
Democratic Leader Schumer has vowed to fight the worst
of them. They should also Garland any nominee to fill the
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Bernie Sanders is Unprepared


and TooExtreme
BGK Blog (June 5)

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Scalia vacancy (unless a compromise candidate is chosen),


just as Republicans were prepared to do had Secretary
Clinton won. After all, Senator McConnell wanted to let the
voters have their say and by nearly 3 million votes they
favored a Democratic nominee.

The first battle, however, could come at the very dawn of


the Trump era. ABrookings Institute studyfound that
Trump, in failing to divest his various enterprises so that
foreign interests cannot gain favor by advancing his
business interests, is engaging in an intentional abuse of
power that is manifestly unconstitutional under the
Emolluments Clause which prohibits accepting any
present, Emolument, Office, or Title, of any kind whatever,
from any King, Prince, or foreign State.You simply do not
get a honeymoon on Constitutional violations.

The Hillary Moment: A


Reflection on How We GotHere
Huffington Post(July 28)

A Renewed Party

Many of us remember, how quickly Democrats rolled over


when challenged by President Bush following 911. A
determined opposition can also serve as part of the first
step for Democrats to reenergize their base and rebuild a
national party that has reached a low point in much of
America.

Challenging Republicans to Take


a Stand AgainstBigotry
Huffington Post (Sept 4)

The Art of War teaches us that the opportunity of


defeating the enemy is provided by the enemy himself.
There is little doubt that the thinskinned Twittererin
Chief will be generous in this regard and, as the failed
attempt to shutter the Office of Congressional Ethics
demonstrates, Congressional Republicans are certain to
overreach and risk a backlash.

Democrats, however, need to do more than oppose. As the


party selects a new Chair, they should seek to be more
inclusive than they were under Debbie WassermanSchultz
and more welcoming to all wings of the party. At the same
time, however, they should be wary of embracing divisive
leaders who might alienate their base or strident demands
from the wing of the party that has never won a modern
election.

With a new leader and new rising stars, Democrats must be


ready to communicate the partys historic message of
economic opportunity, political inclusion and a foreign
policy that is consistent with American values, just as
Gingrich did for Republicans a generation ago with his
Contract with America. This will revitalize the party as a
national brand and make an eventual restoration possible
both in Washington and throughout the country.

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Defending America Against


Trumps BananaRepublicanism
Huffington Post (Oct 16)

Ten Takeaways from


TragicTuesday
BGK Blog (Nov 13)

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As Thomas Paine noted two centuries ago, [t]hese are the


times that try mens soul, but remember from that bleak
winter emerged a renewed army that would conquer the
greatest power in the world.

CLBR UPDATE

CLBRNowon
CranberryRadio

Yes We Can: The Obama Record

IamthehostofCyberLaw
andBusinessReportwhich
airseveryWednesdayat
10AMPacificandrecently
beganits7th
season.Listenliveat
Cranberryfmorviathe
followingpodcastchannels.

RecentShows

Yes We Can: The Obama Record


On Tuesday night, Barack Obama will follow tradition set by
President Washington and deliver a Farewell Address.We
have assembled a collection of the videos and fact sheets
put togather by the administration to outline all that
President Obama has accomplished in his eight years as
President.

In addition, we especially encourage you to check my post


on Presden't Obama's post election speech on counter
terrorism.

CLBR #243: 2016 Heroes and


Zeros with Dan Tynan and
Brenda Christensen

CLBR #242: Ari Berman on the


Struggle for Voting Rights

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Let my final words to you as your CommanderinChief


be a reminder of what it is that youre fighting for, what
it is that we are fightingfor.

Upcoming Shows

RECENT POSTS

Bravo Meryl Streep

JAN 18 JAYNE
HITCHCOCK

Opposition to Sessions
Nomination Grows

Christiane Amanpour: Stop


Banalizing the Truth and Fight
Normalization of
theUnacceptable

JAN 25 STEPHEN KINZER

Donald Trump's AltWrong

LATEST FROM MY OTHER BLOGS


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Shameless Random

Cyber Report

Puppy Picture

Tech and Trump: What to


Expect From the Transition
(Part 2: Commerce, Misc.)

Today Past

Gidget's Driving Lesson

Jan7: Closing and Opening


the Gates of Hell from
Phnom Penh to Paris

Trophy Lives

The Hail Mary King

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ABOUTBENNET

Q.SowhoisBennetKelley?

A:IamthefounderoftheInternetLawCenter,asmalllawfirmbasedinSantaMonica,
Californiawherewerepresentclientsacrosstheglobeonissuessuchasecommerce,
onlineadvertising,privacy,cyberharassmentandonlinereputationmanagement,
intellectualpropertyandgeneralbusinessmatters.

IamapastcochairoftheCaliforniaBarCyberspaceCommitteeandrecentlynamedby
theLosAngelesBusinessJournalasoneofthemostinfluentialattorneysinECommerce
andDigitalMedia.

Inaddition,IamthehostofCyberLawandBusinessReportwhichairseveryWednesday
at10AMPacificandisnowinits7thseason.

Q.Butthisisapoliticalnewsletter...

Ihavebeenactiveinpoliticsfornearly40yearsandwasCoFounderoftheDemocratic
NationalCommittee'sSaxophoneClub,itsyoungprofessionaloutreachandfundraising
arm,from1992to1998.

IwriteregularlyforHuffingtonPostandhavewontwoSouthernCaliforniaJournalism
Awardsforonlineandprintcommentaryandathirdformylegalnewsletter.
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