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In the spirit of Christmas season, I want to be charitable to President-elect Donald Trump and express my thanks for his success in 2016.

While there still remains plenty of cause for concern, the continued boldness, energy, and vigor exhibited by the Trump transition team is giving me real hope and excitement. Here are 10 reasons this conservative is having a merrier Christmas season thanks to Donald Trump.

Trump’s win proved that voters vote for candidates, not money.

10. Supreme Court outlook = good

Trump’s Cabinet appointments, save the strange appointment of Ben Carson to the Department of Housing and Urban Development and unanswered concerns about secretary of state nominee Rex Tillerson’s Russian sympathies, have been original and refreshing. The nominations of General James Mattis to secretary of defense, Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga. (D, 62%) to the Department of Health and Human Services, and Rep. Mick Mulvaney, R-S.C. (A, 94%) to the Office of Budget and Management provide reassurance that Trump’s Supreme Court nominee will be reliably conservative.

9. General James Mattis quotes

Speaking of Cabinet appointments, thank you baby Jesus for General Mattis. Especially his words and works. Now liberals finally have to hear what a real military man speaks like. They have to face the fact that the military was not designed to test the efficiency of low-carbon emitting algae-fueled tanks, but to kill bad guys with those pointy, loud things called guns. Quotes such as, “Be polite, be professional, but have a plan to kill everybody you meet” is why he earned the nickname “Mad Dog” and are red meat for anyone who wants to get to know this scholar warrior better. But, don’t let the blunt talk fool you. CNN Pentagon Correspondent Barbara Starr said Mattis was “one of the most serious-minded intellectuals you will ever meet.”

8. Rex Tillerson

Putting aside questions about Tillerson’s business ties to Russia, it must be recognized that Trump is straight-up trolling the Left by appointing an Exxon Mobil mogul to secretary of state. Forget Dick Cheney’s investments in Big Oil that drove the Left wild with suspicions and moon battery. Tillerson IS Big Oil.

7. Rick Perry

Trump nominated Texas Governor Rick Perry to become secretary of energy — a department Perry campaigned on abolishing. That’s not “oops.” That’s awesome. More nominees who are willing to shut their federal bureaucracies down, please.

6. Not appointing crazy

Given how wild Trump’s campaign was, it’s shocking how professional his cabinet is shaping up to be. Mike Huckabee, one of Trump’s most ardent, shameless, and brownnosing supporters, has no position. (Unless you count his endless moral preening on cable TV.) It doesn’t look like there will be a fact-deprived White House Press Secretary Katrina Pierson. Rudy Giuliani is not going to be locking anyone up as attorney general. We are going to be ok!

5. Celebrity meltdown

Thanks to Trump, conservatives have been treated to a flood of delightfully delusional and hilarious expressions of emotion from the Left. None has been better than the video that starred actor Martin Sheen and tried to convince Republican “Hamilton Electors” to overthrow Trump through the Electoral College. A fake West Wing president attempting to convince fake Republicans to engage in a fake plot to accommodate their fake pipe dreams of stopping Trump was a fitting end to the drama of the 2016 election dominated by charges of fake news.

Go ahead and take some time to catch your breath, Democrats.

4. Destroying the public financing myth

“What kind of genius loses a billion dollars in a single year?” Clinton said on the campaign trail, mocking Trump’s business deals. The question should be posed to her. “How did YOU lose with a billion dollars in 2016?”  Clinton’s campaign had more money, more resources, and more staff than any presidential campaign in history. She still lost, which should end calls for public financing of campaigns. Trump’s win proved that voters vote for candidates, not money.

3. Jill Stein’s recount

Green Party candidate Jill Stein got money from Hillary Clinton to fund recount efforts in Wisconsin that resulted in finding more votes for Donald Trump. Thank you Trump for not only beating Clinton once, but twice there. And making her campaign crazy enough to pay for it. Oh, that is sweet.

2. Retiring the Clintons

Trump has sent Bill and Hillary Clinton to retirement home and the operatives that spent their lives to the grand, decades long Hillary-for-President experiment into years of therapy. Thank you, Trump.

1. Outrage fatigue

The Democrats are, already, finding it hard to keep pace with Trump. And ... he hasn’t even been inaugurated yet. Pundits have been rocking and muttering to themselves,” This is not normal” for months now. New York Times columnist Charles Blow recently wrote, “I fully understand that elevated outrage is hard to maintain. It’s exhausting.” Good. Go ahead and take some time to catch your breath, Democrats. Say, during Trump and the GOP Congress’s first 100 days. It’s going to be a long four years for you.

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