“I was presuming.”
With those three little words, American Ambassador to the EU Gordon Sondland destroyed the case he'd made for impeaching the President in his dramatic 45-minute (!) prepared statement in Wednesday’s “inquiry” hearing. That statement contained the allegations Democrats were desperately seeking –- but one has to wonder if he even wrote it. (His four attorneys all happen to be Democratic donors; Robert Luskin, who sat next to him Wednesday, has donated over $130,000 to Democrats and recently represented FBI informant STEFAN HALPER ding ding ding. ) Sondland accused both Trump and Rudy Giuliani of quid pro quo, but then was quickly taken apart under the masterful questioning of Intel Committee member Michael Turner.
Of course, watching these hearings is, in general, about as enjoyable as sitting in a fire ant bed wearing burlap underwear and eating month-old sushi. But on Wednesday, there were some magnificent moments.
10 Quick Points
I’m not going to recount last night’s Democratic debate in great detail. I think there should be an amendment to the Geneva Convention to insure that no human being should ever be forced to endure in one day 11 hours of farcical Democratic “impeachment” hearings, and then after only a one-hour break, watch another deadly dull Democratic presidential debate, hosted by MSNBC and scheduled for two full hours – and it ran 20 minutes overtime! -- followed by another day of "impeachment" hearings. And the Democrats claimed that waterboarding was torture!
Halfway through the day, my writing/research staffers were emailing their resumes to CareerBuilder.com.
But to quote Alfred Lord Tennyson, “Ours not to reason why, ours but to do and die.” And so we soldiered on, listening to Democrats drone on until we were wishing for a drone strike to end our misery. But at last it stopped! And since nothing much of note happened at the debate, I’m not going to say much about it. Here are just 10 quick points worth mentioning:
1. Expecting Rachel Maddow and the MSNBC gang to ask tough questions of Democrats is like expecting fastballs to be hurled at a peewee baseball player when his mom is pitching.
2. Joe Biden gave one of his better recent showings. But he should never answer questions by reciting numbered lists of points. That never ends well. Sometimes, he doesn’t even make it to the middle. And I assume that Joe’s campaign staffers did not advise him to say that if we’re going to end domestic violence, we have to keep punching and punching and punching at the problem.
3. I also assume they didn’t tell Joe to say he was endorsed by the only African-American woman ever elected to the Senate while standing next to Kamala Harris. He apparently meant the first, Carol Moseley Braun.
4. Elizabeth Warren endorsed the idea of taking down segments of the border fence in areas where people aren’t trying to cross, perhaps without considering that maybe they aren’t trying to cross there because there’s a FENCE!
5. For all the talk about the other candidates likely going after new poll leader Pete Buttigieg, he went mostly unscathed. The party shills at MSNBC didn’t even bring up Mayor Pete’s recent scandal in which an ad listing 400 black South Carolinians who endorsed him turned out to include people who did not actually endorse him; plus 42% of the names on it were white people; plus the photo illustrating it was of some black people in Kenya. Imagine if that had been a Trump ad!
6. The only real fireworks came when Kamala Harris attacked Tulsi Gabbard as a Fox News-guesting, anti-Democrat mole, and Gabbard fired back that Harris was “trafficking in lies and smears.” I’ll link to the Fox News write-up of it, just to mess with their heads.
It was briefly entertaining, but Gabbard’s claim that Harris would “continue the Bush-Clinton-Trump foreign policy of regime change wars” requires correction. One of the major reasons the Deep State is so hostile to Trump is that he refuses to be pushed into wars in other nations and is instead pulling our troops out. Even as the debate was going on, word came that he’s thinking of removing 4,000 troops from South Korea. I know Democrats love to accuse Trump of every evil on Earth, but please don’t try to convince us that he’s simultaneously a neocon interventionist and an America-first isolationist.
7. Kamala Harris tried to play off her California Attorney General resume by threatening retribution for the “criminal living in the White House.” It was a great reminder of her history of branding people as criminals and jailing them without ever proving that they’d actually broken the law.
8. Americans got a reminder of just how hostile to religion the Democrats have become when the woke Twitter brigades erupted over Harris referring to the “year of our Lord, 2019.” They’re now so anti-Christian that if they’re elected, I assume they’ll change 2019 to the year 210 A.D. (210 years after the birth of Darwin.)
9. The one moment of fiscal sanity came from Amy Klobuchar, who said of all the Medicare for All/free college/student loan payoffs/guaranteed income proposals, "I'm not going to go for things because they sound good on a bumper sticker, and then throw in a free car." Although that probably just made viewers wish Oprah would enter the race and give everyone a free car.
10. Tom Steyer vowed that if he were elected President, he would “declare a state of emergency on day one.” I think that should be done if any of these people become President.
I wanted to make sure you also read these comments:
Handy Reminder: Whenever you hear the Democrats talk about the need to get big money or “dark money” out of politics, remember that they’re talking about other people’s big, dark money, not their own. Like this shadowy source of cash in DC that pumped $140 million into giving us the radical freshman class of 2018.
Not Working Out As Planned: After a week of “impeachment” hearings, a new Politico-Morning Consult poll found that opposition to the hearings among Independent voters has jumped 10 points, from 37 to 47%, while support has dropped seven points to 40%.
Overall, support/oppose numbers have shifted (or "Schifted") from 50-42% to 48-45%. But since the Democrats’ and Republicans’ opinions are mostly set in concrete, the big question is how is this playing with Independent swing voters? So far, it’s shaping up to be a bigger flop than the new “Charlie’s Angels” movie.
Fake News Thursday: Reuters quickly withdrew a story claiming that the US has the world’s highest rate of children in detention after realizing that the number was based on illegal immigration figures from 2015. They said no replacement story will be issued.
As Amber Athey of the Daily Caller noted, they ran with the story when they thought it made Trump look bad, but upon realizing it actually happened under Obama (just like the “children in cages” memes), they didn’t correct the story to say it happened under Obama, they killed the story. Likewise, Bernie Sanders had already retweeted the story, blaming Trump for “locking up little kids,” then deleted the tweet rather than correcting it and apologizing to Trump.
So the lesson I guess we can take from this is that “locking up little children” is okay with the left, as long as a Democrat is in office. That’s some mighty fine social justice warrioring there.
Bible Verse of the Day (KJV)
"Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth."
- Mark 9:23
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