BY MIKE HUCKABEE
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A bad omen for 2024
I dread having to tell you about Tuesday’s elections, because on the whole, they were another disaster for the Republican Party. I'll soften it by starting with the few bright spots, like the (too close) reelection of Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves and strong GOP legislative wins in Mississippi and Kentucky, but it would really be a shock if we’d lost those states. But all the high-profile races were a total rout.
Deep-red Kentucky reelected Democrat Gov. Andy Beshear by 52.4% to 47.5% over Republican Daniel Cameron. It’s a mystery why. Beshear is 180 degrees out of phase with most Kentucky voters, but he poses as a moderate while the reliable overrides of his vetoes of conservative bills have helped prevent voters who don’t pay much attention from realizing what his true colors are. Cameron took a lot of attacks, some of them shockingly racist, from Democrats who are especially terrified of letting black conservatives achieve prominent positions and disprove their false narratives. The results were hardly a shock; while polls had tightened, most showed Beshear ahead. Still, the actual gap was larger than the polls, and in a state like Kentucky, that’s a bad omen for 2024.
The worst news, though, came out of Ohio and Virginia. In Ohio, by a 56-44% margin, voters enshrined abortion as a constitutional “right.” This article explains what the amendment says and what Republicans in the legislature might do to overcome it. It also makes clear that the abortion laws being pushed by Democrats are actually far more radical than those in European nations they want us to emulate, and more radical than most Americans' beliefs on the subject, yet they keep winning on this issue.
That vote was propelled by a pro-abortion campaign heavily funded by outside leftist groups that outspent the pro-life side by $10 million. Aided by media sycophants and their own utter shamelessness, Democrats have successfully framed the slaughter of babies in the womb up to the moment of birth as “women’s health care” or “bodily autonomy.” Ohio voters also voted to legalize marijuana, which along with abortion created a perfect storm to turn out their base. They plan to use abortion to the hilt in the 2024 elections, so brace for a tsunami of demagoguery.
In Virginia, where Republican Gov. Glenn Youngkin was hoping for the GOP to retake the Senate, they not only failed but lost their majority in the Assembly. This race also was heavily impacted by abortion, with Youngkin pushing for a 15-week ban on abortion, with exceptions for rape, incest and the life of the mother.
I honestly don’t know what to make of Virginia voters. They just lived through watching Democrats arrest parents for getting upset that their daughters were being raped in school by "trans" males in their bathrooms, and now, they’ve decided to hand power back to them in the name of "women's rights"?
On a larger level, how can anyone look at the worldwide disaster created by Democrat rule and vote to keep these people in charge of anything? The cities they run are violent cesspools of crime, homelessness and corruption; the states they run are losing population because all the sane, productive people are fleeing; and their national policies have everything from the economy to border security to the Middle East crashing down around their ears. Joe Biden’s only been in office for three years, and we once again have Nazis attacking Jews in the streets and the threat of World War III! Who can look at the endless catastrophes of Democrat rule and think the most important voting issue is being allowed to kill babies in the womb until the moment of birth?
There are a lot of problems to address if we’re going to stop these electoral debacles and save America from the certain destruction of four more years of Biden and Co. “in charge.” One is that after the Dobbs ruling, the Democrats were able to monopolize the framing of abortion, shroud its brutal reality in fuzzy euphemisms (“women’s health care,” “reproductive justice,” etc.) and convince too many women of the insane notion that the GOP wants to chain them in kitchens and force them to have babies. The pro-life movement worked so hard and so long to overturn Roe v. Wade that I fear they didn’t realize how much effort they would have to keep putting into winning hearts and minds state by state. They might have also underestimated their opponents’ conscience-free zeal in pushing abortion to the utmost limits. They have to redouble their efforts to fight back against the propaganda.
Another issue is turnout. In many of these races, the results could have been flipped if only a higher percentage of Republicans had voted, but they didn’t. Some think it doesn’t matter, “the Democrats will just steal the election anyway, so why bother to vote,” etc. Do you know what that kind of defeatist attitude results in? Defeat! As the horrific results of this election start to become apparent over the next year, I’m sure many Republicans will be complaining about how bad things are getting, and wondering how such incompetent people with such awful ideas came to power. If they didn’t vote, then they can look for the reason in the nearest mirror.
That brings us to the RNC. There was a big push to change the RNC’s leadership that failed, but we were assured they’d learned their lesson and had plans to turn out voters. Well…where were they? I heard a lot of complaints about important races not getting the funding they needed, and saw a lot of races lost to low GOP turnout. Meanwhile, the biggest news I’ve heard from the RNC lately was that it agreed to let NBC and two liberal news anchors host the next GOP primary debate. How many at-bats and strike-outs should they get before they're sent to the Democrat-run unisex showers?
Finally, a lot of people are trying to blame this latest election debacle on Trump, even though he had little to no involvement in most of these races. It’s true, Trump Derangement Syndrome is a big motivator for the Democrat base, but it’s a brain-wasting disease, and I’m sure that will be true for years to come whether Trump is in politics or not. Let’s face it: the current Democrat Party can’t run on its successes and achievements because it has none, other than knowing how to stay in power despite outrageous failure. It succeeds almost entirely on smears, vilification and scare narratives.
If they don’t have Trump, then whoever comes along next will quickly be smeared as “worse than Trump” (they used to say “worse than Hitler,” but I think they’re realizing a lot of their young base are admirers of Hitler.) To them, all Republicans are racist, sexist, homophobic, transphobic monsters who want to chain women in the kitchen and bring back slavery (which is odd because Republicans fought a Civil War to make Democrats give up their slaves.) And it makes no difference who the Republican is (just look at the wild attempts to paint new Speaker Mike Johnson as a crazy, dangerous radical right-winger when they don’t even know who he is.)
No, whether Trump is running or not, Republicans will always have to deal with the problem of misled, miseducated voters whose emotions have been fired up by phony Democrat propaganda. We need to have competent leaders to counter that, and the best way is to find someone who can motivate rational people to get off the couch and vote. That didn’t happen yesterday, and it’s going to cost a lot of innocent lives in Ohio.
Here's a round-up of election results…
Some commentary from Fox News…
And I think some pretty spot-on comments from Todd Starnes…
And from Bonchie at Redstate.com…
A Bright Spot In Tuesday’s Elections: Bonchie at Redstate.com also points out that while the GOP didn’t take the legislature in Virginia, they actually overperformed, winning in every district that voted for Biden by less than 9 points. Virginia is a blue state infested with federal employees, so it may be impossible for Republicans to take it. But the strength they showed even in a state like that could bode well for them in swing states in 2024. Hope that makes it easier to get through your day.
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Here are the latest updates on the war in Israel from Fox News:
Israeli forces continue to press into Gaza as the UN estimates that 15,000 people have fled south. The IDF announced that it had killed Moshen Abu Zina, one of Hamas’ top weapons manufacturers, in an airstrike. Meanwhile, former Trump National Security Council official Richard Goldberg said that despite sending US warships to the Middle East, President Biden is doing nothing to deter Iran from backing groups that are attacking US troops and his continued pursuit of a nuclear deal with Iran and unfreezing their assets is sending a message of weakness and appeasement.
Incidents of anti-Semitism are on the rise
Around the world, incidents of anti-Semitism are on the rise. In a scene scarily reminiscent of World War II, French authorities are investigating the painting of Stars of David on properties around Paris by a Moldovan couple.
Gun store owners told Fox News that they’re seeing a growing number of Jewish customers buying guns and signing up for firearms training to protect themselves.
Speaking of people who are firing up boneheads to anti-Semitic violence, Tuesday, in a bipartisan vote of 234-188 (22 Democrats supporting and four Republicans opposing), the House voted to censure Rep. Rashida Tlaib for “promoting false narratives regarding the October 7, 2023, Hamas attack on Israel and for calling for the destruction of the state of Israel.” That includes falsely blaming Israel for allegedly bombing a hospital and refusing to apologize, even after the story was debunked. She also posted a video of the chant “From the river to the sea,” which is universally understood to be a call for the eradication of Israel, and ludicrously claiming it was an “aspirational call for freedom, human rights, and peaceful coexistence.”
It’s ironic that some Republicans who voted no did so out of concern that the censure would infringe on free speech, but if you thought it would stop Tlaib from spewing more nonsense, you’re sadly mistaken. With her fellow “Squad” members comforting her, Tlaib gave a tearful speech defending herself that made it all about her being the victim, calling for a ceasefire and calling Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu an “extremist,” but with zero mention of the Hamas terrorists who tortured, raped and murdered hundreds of Israelis on October 7th.
For all the drama, censure isn’t really much of a punishment. Here’s the description of what it entails from Wikipedia: "In the House of Representatives, censure is essentially a form of public humiliation carried out on the House floor. As the Speaker of the House reads out a resolution rebuking a member for a specified misconduct, that member must stand in the House well and listen to it. This process has been described as a morality play in miniature.”
In short, it’s a public shaming, a morality play for people with no morals. And since it’s most recently been aimed at people like Tlaib and Adam Schiff who are completely shameless, it’s of limited effectiveness. Just hope and pray that by the next election, voters in her district will come to their senses and use their removal power to cleanse the House of her for real.
An article on why so many Californians are fleeing the state, not for Florida or Texas but for Arkansas. It’s written by the state’s outstanding new Governor, Sarah Huckabee Sanders.
I have two messages to all the Californians moving to Arkansas:
2. Don’t vote the way Californians do and ruin my home state.
Last night, the House approved a measure to slash “Transportation Secretary” Pete Buttigieg’s salary to $1 a year. I know what you’re thinking: yes, he’d still be overpaid.
The bill’s sponsor, Rep. Marjorie Taylor-Greene agrees, saying she doesn’t think he deserves one penny. Under his “leadership,” the US has suffered multiple train derailments, airline cancellations and supply chain disruptions, while he seemingly does nothing (he kicked off the job by taking months of parental leave, and nobody even noticed he was gone.)
Greene said that for Buttigieg, the job is “all about fake photo ops and taxpayer-funded private jet trips to accept LGBTQ awards.” She said, “Pothole Pete staged fake bike rides to the White House and used private planes funded by taxpayers to receive awards for the way certain people have sex. American taxpayers should not be on the hook for paying for his lavish trips or his salary."
I wholeheartedly agree, but sadly, this will never pass the Democrat Senate or be signed by President Biden. Can you imagine any of them taking a public stand that federal officials should be paid what they’re actually worth?
Instapundit notes that the hilarious CNN euphemism for riots (“fiery but peaceful protests”) is out. The new buzz term to cover violence and vandalism by pro-Palestinian protesters is “passionate protests.” As long as you’re “passionate,” anything goes. Unless you’re passionate about supporting Trump, that is.
Quote of the Day:
Florida Rep. Jared Moskowitz was asked about Rep. Rashida Tlaib’s outrageous claim that the chant “From the river to the sea” is an “aspirational call for freedom, human rights, and peaceful coexistence.” His response: “‘From the river to the sea’ means the destruction of Israel and everyone who’s in it, okay? Just like ‘Mein Kampf’ is not a coloring book and the final solution means exactly what Hitler meant it to mean.”
Crowder releases “manifesto” excerpts
Monday, Steven Crowder released excerpts from what he claimed to be the long-suppressed “manifesto” of Covenant School mass shooter Audrey Hale. It was not a sad portrait of an oppressed trans person that “did not include specific political, religious or social issues (the narrative we’ve been led to believe.) Instead, the excerpts painted a sick portrait of someone so fired up by hatred of kids with “white privilege” that she was reveling in the chance to murder as many of the little blonde “crackers” as possible.
I’m not going to go into a lot of detail on this story yet because there are conflicting reports and charges about whether it’s authentic or parts are taken out of context (if this is true, what possible “context” could alter its meaning?) Some pundits noted that Nashville authorities’ reaction was to launch an investigation into the leak, which you wouldn’t think they’d do if it weren’t authentic. If it is authentic, then it’s already out there, so why not release the entire thing and let the public make up their own minds, especially if the narrative is not what we’ve been told and the shooter was actually fired up by all the divisive, racist, anti-white rhetoric from the left? Why be afraid of sunlight and truth?
In closed-door hearing, Weiss’ testimony supports claim of IRS whistleblowers
Delaware U.S. Attorney David Weiss, who is now special counsel in the Hunter Biden tax/finance case, sat for a transcribed interview Tuesday with the House Judiciary Committee. There were no cameras in the room --- presumably because this testimony would involve an ongoing investigation --- but the committee posted afterwards that Jim Jordan had told reporters this:
“When [Weiss] was specifically asked, did you ever request special counsel authority under Section 515, Mr. Weiss’s response was yes, in the spring of 2022. So that goes to the heart of the matter.”
Weiss said the authority was not given, and so he “never had that authority throughout the time and yet he pretends that somehow he did have that.” And then finally, in August, “he gets special counsel status when he requests that from the Attorney General.”
Jordan said that Weiss “won’t answer a lot of questions,” but that the “key takeaway” is that his original request for that authority was denied by Main Justice, just as whistleblower Gary Shapley had said in testimony before the House Ways and Means Committee in May.
“So once again,” Jordan told reporters, “Shapley and Ziegler’s testimony continues to stand up to every single witness we brought in for an interview.” A trove of documents released by the House Ways and Means Committee supports their testimony as well.
This does throw some shade on the changing story that came from Merrick Garland, who had tried to maintain that Weiss had “ultimate authority” all along. All the other testimony is showing Weiss did not.
A note of clarification: Special ATTORNEY authority and special COUNSEL authority are two different things. As the DAILY CALLER explains, “Special attorney authority under Section 515 would have authorized Weiss’ office to level charges against Hunter Biden outside of his district without needing to collaborate with the U.S. Attorneys in those jurisdictions.” In July, Weiss wrote a letter to South Carolina Sen. Lindsay Graham saying he did not request special counsel authority. He alluded to internal discussions about Section 515 special attorney authority without disclosing the results of those discussions.”
Weiss had asked for special attorney authority after having been denied cooperation by U.S. Attorney for DC Matthew Graves on bringing tax charges against Hunter in his district. (There’s news about conflicts of interest regarding the Biden-appointed Graves elsewhere in the newsletter, in today’s January 6 update.)
Graves testified before the Judiciary Committee in October and did confirm his decision not to cooperate with Weiss on bringing charges against Hunter. Again, Graves WAS APPOINTED BY JOE BIDEN. This confirms whistleblower Shapley’s testimony a few months back…
The U.S. attorney for the Central District of California, Martin Estrada, who also refused to cooperate with Weiss on bringing charges against Hunter, WAS ALSO APPOINTED BY JOE BIDEN.
Prior to his answers yesterday, Weiss seemed to be all over the map about what authority he had and what he asked for at what time. He told Jordan in a letter dated June 7 of this year that he had “ultimate authority” over charging Hunter, though clearly, he did not, as he had been denied cooperation by Graves in March 2022. Later in June, Weiss wrote another letter to Jordan in which he admitted his charging authority was geographically limited.
As for Jordan telling reporters after the meeting that Weiss “won’t answer a lot of questions,” we now have to wonder what questions were asked, which ones were answered and which were not. Most likely, Weiss repeatedly relied on the prosecutor’s standard non-answer: “I can’t comment on an ongoing investigation.” The Judiciary Committee really should release the transcript and let us see how that played in the hearing room.
Meanwhile, legal analyst Margot Cleveland at THE FEDERALIST has turned her attention to the testimony of another top DOJ official, Stuart Goldberg at the Tax Division. Her concern is that even though Goldberg has confirmed the accuracy of Shapley and Ziegler’s testimony about the DOJ putting up roadblocks, he still refused to acknowledge that Attorney General Garland and U.S. Attorney Weiss were misleading with their claims that Weiss had ultimate authority.
Instead of letting Weiss and the DOJ stand by their story, she says, Congress needs to stop deferring to that tired “ongoing investigation” excuse for withholding information. “Oversight Committees,” she says, “should start issuing and enforcing subpoenas to expose the DOJ’s cover-up of Biden family corruption --- and its cover-up of the cover-up.”
Goldberg provided needed clarification in his testimony by saying the Tax Division has authority to decide whether to open a grand jury investigation for felony tax crimes and whether to authorize prosecution for those crimes. He said the Tax Division even had to approve the specific charges that were brought. (Translation: Weiss never did have “ultimate authority” on charging Hunter with those crimes.) Certain other investigative steps also require a sign-off from the Tax Division. And even beyond the normal approval procedures required for all tax cases, in a high-profile case such as this, there would be “closer supervision” of the investigation by the Tax Division, including authorization at a higher level than normal.
We had speculated that authorizations for this case were placed squarely at deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco’s level. And Goldberg’s testimony bears that out, as he said that if the Tax Division refused to bring charges, a U.S. attorney could “appeal” that decisions to...the deputy attorney general! Goldberg said this had happened only once in the past three years.
But Cleveland points out something of concern that happened during Goldberg’s testimony about this. When he was asked specifically whether the Tax Division had recommended criminal felony charges in 2022, Goldberg’s attorney --- a “Justice” Department lawyer --- directed him not to answer the question.
So the Judiciary Committee took a different approach: “Between DOJ Tax and the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Delaware, who would you say is the primary decision-maker on this case with regard to the tax component?”
Goldberg tried to threat the needle, saying that from his perspective, Weiss and his office were “leading” the case and “running” the case, and that “Tax Division had responsibilities under the Justice Department procedures and policies to review certain things,” but that “any disagreement or difference of opinion...would have to be decided by someone in higher authority.”
Is that muddled enough for you? It gets worse: after Goldberg concedes that Weiss was not the ultimate authority, he weasels out of acknowledging the obvious when confronted with Weiss’ letter claiming he HAD ultimate authority. In typical lawyerly fashion, he (and the DOJ representing him) tries to have it both ways. He says that, yes, the Tax Division has the authority to “authorize or not authorize” tax cases under Department policies. But he also justifies Weiss’ statement claiming authority, saying that as he recalled, Weiss’ letter qualified the authority to say that it was “consistent with” Department’s rules and policies and federal rules.
He said the same of Garland’s claim that Weiss had full authority.
But the DOJ’s policies NEGATE full authority. We’re tired of all this doublespeak from government attorneys. Either Weiss had authority to charge Hunter Biden or he did not. It’s clear now that he did not and that obstacles were put in his path, by the DOJ and by the U.S. Attorneys’ offices in DC and California. Even Weiss’ second-in-command in the Delaware office, Lesley Wolf, was placing roadblocks. Both Weiss and Garland have made claims about authority that were not true.
Anyone who has tried through weasel testimony to discourage us from concluding this is part of the Biden administration’s cover-up. It must be hard not to play weasel with a “Justice” Department lawyer sitting next to you, ostensibly representing you but more likely representing the “Justice Department, but that’s the truth.
Our Military: The Only Endangered Species Liberals Don't Worry About!
By Ken Allard
American schizophrenia is reaching heights only recently reserved for COVID. Last weekend, Palestinian protestors mobbed Washington DC, trying to hurdle the White House fence, spraying red paint on its gates and defacing statues in nearby Lafayette Square. The equally shocking images of scrawled swastikas and Raghida Talib televised in mid-snarl provided convincing proof for finishing Trump’s border wall while making citizenship rights conditional on good behavior.
Expect some contrasts between those repulsive follies and next weekend’s commemorations of Veterans Day. Even so, Veterans Day may eventually end up like Columbus Day as a declining fall observance since only half of one percent of Americans now serve in uniform while the all-volunteer force faces chronically declining enlistments. Other than murmuring the obligatory “Thank you for your service,” to an isolated, aging veteran population, what exactly do the rest of you even have in common with us?
The short answer is not much, but there are three short lessons characterizing the American way of war. The first was learned in basic training and still resonates fifty years later: Mutual dependence on your buddy because your lives as well as the mission still depend on it. My BCT experience was much more Forrest Gump than Full Metal Jacket, but our drill sergeants had already survived two or three Vietnam combat tours so their pointed lessons commanded respect. One of the first was that Army Green transcended all other racial, ethnic, cultural, educational and behavioral considerations. “And that goes twice for you nuts from California!” my DI roared as he took charge of our platoon. His succinct lesson introduced us to an Army that would become increasingly diverse: professional volunteers (not draftees) who were often Black, Hispanic, female and, later, even gay.
For most of my military career, however, the Army was not “woke” nor even an institution that worried much about political correctness. The reason: We were effectively “scared straight” in 1973, after coming perilously close to World War III. The Yom Kippur War (between Israel and a powerful coalition of Arab armies) eventually spilled over into a superpower confrontation that neither side wanted. In its aftermath, the US belatedly recognized that, during our lengthy sojourn in Vietnam, Soviet modernization had stolen a march on the West. Not only had we stripped our armies in Europe to re-supply Israel but we also faced the dilemma of technology innovation to cope with a dramatically more lethal battlefield. We studied Soviet equipment and tactics while rigorously analyzing how the Israelis had found new ways “to fight out-numbered and win.” We also recalled Sun Tsu’s ancient wisdom to “Know your enemy…” in order to defeat Saddam’s Soviet-style armies twice, the first time in just over 100 hours.
Now such fundamentals as the brotherhood of arms and knowing one’s adversaries are not typically taught in the nation’s professional schools where the other 99% of the population receives their career training. This rigid class separation leads to the third American characteristic of war, namely that politicians of either party seldom learn the lessons that truly matter. George W. Bush ignored several centuries of civil-military theory by committing our professional military to the long-term War on Terror while the country was sent back to its colleges and shopping malls. “Hey, your kid goes to Kandahar while mine majors in antisemitism studies at Harvard. So what?” Eventually, this manpower stalemate produced the presidencies of Barack Obama, who went from Middle Eastern apology tours to the debacles of Benghazi, Stuxnet, ISIS-as-Junior-Varsity-opponent and, eventually, to Iran’s resurgence as America’s Enemy Number One in the Middle East. The real price of ignorance in matters of war and peace: the combined presidencies of Barack Obama and Joseph Biden as well as the natural elevation of toadies from three administrations to positions of honor, influence and replication.
Consequently, I approach this Veterans Day 2023 with misgivings, and pervasive questions rather than a deep-seated confidence that America’s core institutions will handily see us through. That persistent well-being vanished over the last month as those pro-Holocaust, pro-barbarism demonstrations besieged our colleges with hardly a word of denunciation from the vaunted Ivy League.
In the words of Walter Russell Mead, possibly our most eminent historian, “This is the bleeding edge of something much more widespread that has the potential to touch the lives of every American.” https://www.thefp.com/p/are-
And what exceptionally bad timing for our military to become an endangered species!
A Vietnam-era draftee, Colonel (Ret.) Ken Allard is a former West Point professor, Dean of the National War College and on-air military analyst with NBC News.
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