THE FINAL DEBATE
Tomorrow is the final Presidential debate. The Debate Commission made another rule change without the candidates’ consent, this time deciding to mute each man's microphone while the other one is talking to prevent any interruptions. Otherwise, an actual debate might break out, rather than two concurrent press conferences.
You can imagine how happy President Trump is about this, but I think the Commissioners have forgotten that not since Harpo Marx has any public figure been able to express so much with facial expressions. If they don’t want us to know what Trump is really thinking about Joe Biden, they’ll not only have to mute his mic, they’ll have to put a big blue dot over his face.
Helpful Debate Tip For Trump: There’s been criticism about Trump’s habit of giving opponents nicknames, like “Crooked Hillary” and “Sleepy Joe.” As spot-on as they are, some complain that it’s juvenile and not reflective of the dignity of his office. So one of my writers had a suggestion for a new Trump nickname for Biden: “King Leer.”
For the average person, it just brings to mind some of his creepier behavior around women. But for those up on their Shakespeare, it’s a reference to King Lear, who was getting dotty in his old age and let his power be taken away by some scheming women who wanted to run the kingdom themselves.
This would also give Trump the opportunity to nickname AOL or Kamala after Lear’s two-faced daughter, Regan. Just imagine how much they’d hate being called “Regan!”
LATEST CONSEQUENCES OF TRYING TO CENSOR FREE SPEECH
Latest consequences of trying to censor free speech: a Tea Party group has filed an FEC complaint against Twitter for using its platform to make a massive, illegal in-kind contribution to the Biden campaign by trying to squash the Hunter Biden laptop scandal.
For the record: it’s not just the attempts to silence that story, or all the clampdowns on other conservative users and websites. Even the Trump campaign’s Twitter account has been censored 65 times by Twitter. The Biden campaign: zero times.
But then, we all know that Joe “multiple degree holder who entered the race when he heard Trump say there were ‘fine people’ among neo-Nazis” Biden never spreads misinformation. Except on Monday, when his campaign page tweeted him saying that as President, he "would work every day" for America. The Trump campaign tweeted back a reminder that he's currently taking four days off.
VOTE IS SET FOR MONDAY
Despite some failed procedural tactics by Chuck Schumer to block it, the final vote to confirm Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court has been set for next Monday, October 26th. I love this description of the process from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell:
“I think that will be another signature accomplishment in our effort to put on the courts, the federal courts, men and women who believe in the quaint notion that maybe the job of a judge is to actually follow the law.”
In answer to all the howling from the left about how the Republicans “rushed through” Barrett’s confirmation, Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham pointed out, “More than half of the Supreme Court justices who have had hearings were done within 16 days or less.”
Barrett’s critics who think this was rushed are forgetting that confirming a Justice who’s already been vetted before by the Senate for the federal court shouldn’t really take that long. It only takes a long time if you allow it to become a circus and then you have to give the other side time to put up their tents and send in the clowns.
One reason the media seem to hate President Trump so much is that he’s learned how they play their game (it’s the same game of “Gotcha” every time, so the rules aren’t hard to figure out) and he refuses to sit still and get gotten by them. For example, he granted CBS’ Lesley Stahl an interview at the White House for “60 Minutes.” Some might say this was a foolhardy decision since surely “60 Minutes” would edit the interview to make him look bad right on the eve of the election.
They’re already trying to make him sound unhinged by claiming he abruptly ended the interview and walked out, when the White House says he’d spent 45 minutes talking with her and they’d gone over the allotted time.
Fortunately, we’ll find out what happened because Trump took the precaution of setting up cameras to record his own copy of the interview, and he’s threatening to publicly release it complete and uncut before “60 Minutes” airs. This is a very wise policy, and one that other Republicans started following whenever “The Daily Show” requested interviews. They learned that the footage would be misleadingly edited to make them look dumb or at a loss for words when they’d actually given perfectly good answers. So they kept a copy of the raw footage to prove what really happened.
This is why you no longer see so many of those "funny" interviews on “The Daily Show” anymore (or anything funny, for that matter), and it was a smart tactic to prevent “60 Minutes” from trying any funny business, either.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT
This isn’t a humorous story, just one I want to make sure you didn’t miss. It’s the new study from the Hoover Institution assessing the effects on the economy and the average American’s taxes, job and paycheck if Joe Biden’s economic plan is implemented.
Warning: it’s not a pleasant picture of your future or America’s. This is why rapper 50 Cent endorsed Trump after seeing what Biden’s taxes would do to him. He said, “I don’t want to be 20 Cent.”
FUN WITH RESEARCH: BIG TITLES HIDE BIGGER POLITICAL AGENDAS
Jeremy Bash, former CIA chief of staff, said this on MSNBC, where he is their national security analyst, about the Hunter Biden story: “This walks like a Russian intelligence disinformation campaign, and it talks like a Russian intelligence disinformation campaign –- this IS most likely a Russian disinformation campaign against the Biden team.”
This remark, to put it as nicely as we can, is a giant steaming load. There is no evidence that this is disinformation, or even Russian. Since it’s so obvious at this point that the laptop is the real deal, we wondered how much of a political agenda this “former CIA chief of staff” might have, so we looked up his bio. Bash was chief of staff at the Defense Department and also at the CIA, both under Obama. In both jobs, he was senior adviser to Leon Panetta. He’s currently a managing director at Beacon Global Strategies LLC, which he founded with partners Phillippe Reines and Andrew Shapiro.
Reines, we already knew, is a Democrat political consultant and operative, viciously anti-Trump, who was senior adviser to Hillary Clinton when she became Secretary of State and later headed her “strategic communications.” He was with her campaign in 2016 and even played Trump during her debate prep. Here he is.
Bash’s other partner, Andrew Shapiro, served as national security adviser to Hillary when she was at the State Department. His Democrat Party “cred” dates back at least as far as the 2000 Gore campaign, and he “served as an attorney with the Gore/Lieberman Recount Committee during the post-election litigation in Florida.”
Bash goes way back with the Democrat Party as well. Like Shapiro, he was there for Al Gore’s 2000 presidential run, serving as Gore’s national security issues director. (He also used to be married to CNN’s Dana Bash.) His world is steeped in partisanship.
Moral: when you see someone identified on the TV screen as something like “FORMER CIA CHIEF OF STAFF” OR “NATIONAL SECURITY ANALYST,” keep in mind that it doesn’t mean the person is there as an objective analyst. Especially if it’s CNN or MSNBC, he’s almost certainly there in the role of political hack, and what he’s saying is indeed a giant, steaming load.
It walks like a giant, steaming load...it talks like a giant, steaming load...it IS absolutely a giant, steaming load.