Kavanaugh and Garland
Kavanaugh and Merrick Garland supported each other's decisions over 90% of the time. Yet the Dems claim Garland was a brilliant choice for SCOTUS, and Kavanaugh is a sexist, racist monster. Makes you wonder if Dems are lying about other things as well.
"Lord of the Flies"
Democrats lecture us to think of the children” but Judge Kavanaugh’s two young daughters who came to see how the Senate works watched their Dad bullied & were hustled out for their own safety after learning when Dems don’t get what they want, the Senate works like “Lord of the Flies.”
A lot of merchants in Lexington, Virginia, discovered that the hard way, after the owner of a restaurant that I will not name (but I assume they only serve left wings) forgot why they call it “the hospitality industry.” She displayed her unprofessionalism by ordering my daughter Sarah and her family out of her restaurant, then alerting cohorts to follow them to another restaurant to continue making a public nuisance of themselves, even though Sarah and her husband had already left the party.
I appreciate that so many people were outraged by this treatment of Sarah and her family. In fact, their support is so strong that tourism is way down, and the local merchants association had to up its ad spending by $5000 a month just to try to convince tourists to come back. Believe it or not, I sympathize with them. I mentioned just this week that I generally oppose politically-based boycotts because they end up hurting people who had nothing to do with the political stance at issue. I’ve also read that many people in Lexington were angry and appalled over the behavior of this one bad apple (the local Democratic Party leader supports her intolerant actions, but that’s no surprise.) I hate to see innocent businesses harmed over something they had no control over and disapproved of.
So let me just say this: While I greatly appreciate the support for my daughter, please don’t feel you have to show it by boycotting the entire town of Lexington. I’m sure there are plenty of good people there, and restaurants with good food and friendly staffs. There’s only one local business that has proven it doesn’t know how to treat guests properly. You know what it is, so it’s easy enough to avoid during your visit to what I’m sure otherwise is the charming town of Lexington, Virginia. Give it a try!
(But if you say “Huck sent me” anywhere else in Lexington and they throw you out, let me know about it.)
Obamacare is popular?!?
I saw a poll recently claiming that Republicans are doomed in November because Obamacare is now actually more popular than the GOP tax cut. Which seems odd to me, since unlike Obamacare, the tax cut put money IN people’s pockets. Also, it actually worked. Obamacare’s costs and mandates kept businesses from hiring for years, while the tax cut supercharged the economy and has given us record-low unemployment in only one year. So only one of two things could explain this poll: either the media has the ability to bamboozle voters into not believing what they experienced for themselves, or else it’s another garbage poll.
Personally, I put more trust in the good sense of most Americans than I do in pollsters. Yes, it’s true that several wackily far-left candidates have won Democratic primaries, sometimes defeating longtime incumbents (the latest just this week):
But again, those are Democratic primaries, which attract the most activist leftwing voters. And with the vote sometimes split among multiple candidates, a “Democratic” socialist can grab the nomination with as little as one-third support of one half of primary voters. That doesn’t mean the nation as a whole is ready to embrace “Medicare For All” and other leftist schemes. Getting free health care from the government might be a fun thing to daydream about, but in the end, I believe most Americans are wise enough to think about the price and the consequences before actually signing up for it - like daydreaming about buying a great new fishing boat, but then looking at the sticker price and thinking about having to explain that to your wife.
Unfortunately for politicians who seriously promote these bottomless money pit programs, they haven’t thought through the consequences beyond “Everyone deserves free health care!” So when they’re quizzed on how to pay for it when states that have attempted it have quickly retreated, they have no good answer other than to claim it would work if only the federal government that’s already over $20 trillion in debt paid for it so that every state could do it. This argument reminds me of the old joke about the bad businessman who said he loses money on every sale, but he makes it up in volume.
OUR TOP STORY: Breaks my heart to say it, but Sessions needs to go
Sessions is too nice and Huber is too slow
Perhaps one problem with Attorney General Jeff Sessions is that he’s just too darn nice.
I’ve said that although it breaks my heart to acknowledge this, as Sessions is a friend of mine, he really does need to go. (And, yes, as I’ve mentioned before, the President does reportedly have in his desk a signed resignation letter from Sessions. Perhaps Trump is just waiting for what he considers to be the right moment to dig it out.) A lot of theories concerning Sessions have been advanced –- including some dark conspiracy theories –- as to why Sessions hasn’t taken the reins at the Justice Department and guided it towards actual justice, but attorney Victoria Toensing, partner at the law firm diGenova & Toensing, may have nailed it.
“He’s a Southern gentleman,” she said in an interview with Lou Dobbs. “He doesn’t know how to kill at all.” It will take new leadership at the Justice Department, she said, because he’s clearly not fit for the job.
“Republicans have never known how to kill,” she elaborated. “You’ve got to know how to kill.”
Okay, that’s pretty blunt. But she’s right that politics is a full-contact sport. As I’ve said many times, you don’t want to run for office unless you can stand the sight of your own blood, and lots of it.
Toensing’s observation made me think back to when Sessions was being grilled at his confirmation hearings by California Sen. Kamala Harris. As I recall, this barracuda was incredibly rude to him, repeatedly attacking him and interrupting him before he even had a chance to respond. (And, yes, I’d be saying the exactly same thing about Harris’ conduct if she were a male barracuda.) The slow-talking Sessions could barely get a word out. My impression was that Sessions had the demeanor of Stan Laurel being verbally pounded by Oliver Hardy --- just not able to stand up to it.
At the same time, I would politely (being a Southern gentleman myself) disagree with Toensing over her characterization of Southern gentlemen. When a cause is near and dear, we stand up and fight for it with all we’ve got, as a matter of principle. Now, curiously, Sessions is a gentleman, and he is definitely Southern, being from Alabama, but his seeming passivity just doesn’t fit the profile. That’s one thing that is so confounding about this.
Now, I love that in 2018, with unbelievable crassness everywhere you look, someone still exhibits gentlemanly airs. I genuinely admire Sessions for that, but at the same time, whoever heads up the Justice Department in this day and age, with the huge swamp that needs draining, needs to show some power and fury, whether Miss Manners approves or not. It’s as I’ve said: the attorney general needs to kick down doors and overturn desks. It appears Sessions is just too reserved to do that. He’s a fine man in the wrong job.
And he showed a spectacular failure by not advising President Trump BEFORE taking the job that, having been a part of Trump’s campaign, he would have to recuse himself from investigations that touched on the campaign, including the Russia probe. Certainly, as Trump has said, he would never in this world have put Sessions in that position if he’d known that was going to happen.
In March of this year, Sessions tried to offer reassurance that something would be done to drain the swamp by announcing that U.S. Attorney John Huber of Utah would be investigating the Obama DOJ’s surveillance abuses and the Uranium One deal. The idea was to get that investigation out of Washington DC and quietly start getting to the bottom of the corruption. Well, it’s been TOO quiet, for too many months. When Bruce Ohr testified last week before the House Judiciary and Oversight committees, he revealed some stunning news: that he still hasn’t even been contacted by Huber. Tell me, how is Huber supposed to investigate surveillance abuses at the Justice Department without talking to Ohr when Ohr was intimately involved (his wife, too) in getting the Christopher Steele “dossier,” which was really nothing more than a pile of trashy oppo research, to the FBI?
By the way, Ohr hasn’t been contacted by special counsel Robert Mueller, either. That’s not quite as surprising, given what we know to be Mueller’s real focus (getting Trump), but, still.
Huber should be doing exactly what the Republicans are trying to do: examine Bruce and Nellie Ohr’s role in getting the dossier to the FBI. Apparently the oversight committees learned a lot from him during last week’s closed-door hearing. Remember, it’s the dossier that was used as the pretense to get a warrant to conduct surveillance on associates of the Trump campaign. Huber won’t get the complete story on surveillance abuse without talking to both of them.
It seems that Republicans in Washington are going to have to help him by doing much of his job for him and passing along their findings to Salt Lake City.
As Debra Heine at PJ media reminds us, many people are counting on Huber for justice; they imagine him “quietly gathering a damning mountain of evidence that is going to blow the deep state conspiracy wide open with massive amounts of collateral damage in and out of government – right before the election.” Well, at this point, it sure doesn’t look promising. If Huber hasn’t even talked with Bruce and Nellie Ohr yet, he’s still got a long way to go in his investigation.
And that’s if it’s even a serious investigation.
This gets worse. Toensing also said Huber hasn’t contacted her client, whistleblower Doug Campbell, in the Uranium One case.
She called this investigation “a Potemkin village.” And, wow, is that ever descriptive; if you’re not familiar, Merriam-Webster defines it as “an impressive facade or show designed to to hide an undesirable fact or condition.” (I have to say, we do see these often in politics.) The term is derived from the name Grigori Potemkin, who supposedly built impressive fake villages along the route Catherine the Great was supposed to travel. I’d hate to think the show of draining the swamp may be no more real than those fake villages flanking the Volga River, but who knows?
Toensing had a message for congressional Republicans: that they’ve been “snookered.”
When she said Republicans didn’t know how to kill, Dobbs’ reply was just as blunt. “They don’t even know how to WOUND!” he said. “What would it take for anyone of conscience in that Department of Justice, any one of our congressmen, our senators, Republicans, to say ‘this—this special counsel is a sad, pathetic joke and it is tearing the nation to pieces and it’s got to end and NOW!’? Why is there not a single voice, other than that of the President here?”
Speaking of Uranium One, Dick Morris, in a column for the Western Journal, cited Toensing’s observation that Huber hasn’t yet interviewed Campbell, the FBI undercover informant who infiltrated the Russian company Uranium One. One of Huber’s tasks is to investigate the Clinton Foundation and any pay-for-play scandals that related to Hillary’s role as Secretary of State. So, come on.
Tony Podesta, brother and former business partner of Hillary’s campaign manager John Podesta, was paid $180,000 by Uranium One to lobby –- successfully, as it turned out –- for Clinton’s approval of its acquisition of 20 percent of U.S. uranium mines, something very important to Vladimir Putin. Former President Bill Clinton was paid $500,000 to give a speech in Russia just a few weeks before Hillary was to vote on the measure. Morris also mentioned that in pursuing the deal with Hillary, Moscow infiltrated her political apparatus with ten spies who were passed off as Americans. And according to the New York Times (!), the Clinton Foundation got $145 million from interests linked to Uranium One. This was a huge deal for the Russians.
In his work for Uranium One, Tony Podesta never registered as an agent of a foreign power as required under law by the FARA statute, but he has not been indicted, at least not yet. But Paul Manafort was indicted for the same crime by the special counsel and faces prosecution soon. If Hillary accepted bribes, as it certainly appears she did, what are the odds that any indictments will come of that?
(By the way, speaking of Uranium One, Gregg Jarrett has an informative chapter about it in his book THE RUSSIA HOAX. I’ll be writing more about that soon.)
We do need a new attorney general, and it’s got to be someone who can take off the gloves. That’s so he can really fight –- and also tie the blindfold back on Lady Justice.
Bob Woodward's new book
There’s really only one thing you can learn for sure from yesterday’s media flogging of Bob Woodward’s new hatchet-job book on the Trump Administration: if you have a well-deserved reputation as an untrustworthy fabulist, just say a lot of nasty things about Donald Trump, and the media will immediately declare you to be a journalistic icon and unimpeachable source. And these days, they think everything is a reason to impeach somebody.
Pardon me if I don’t pollute my newsletter with some of the ridiculous tales in Woodward’s book, but we’ve already been down this rabbit hole twice already, and I’m sick of getting mud on my shoes. First we had Michael Wolff’s bundle of nonsense, then Omarosa’s, and now, Woodward’s. All three were filled with shocking accusations and quotes about Trump and his staffers. Well, the media claimed they were shocking, although I have a hard time thinking Trump is paranoid if he really did grouse, as the Woodward book claims, “Everybody’s trying to get me” (can anyone seriously argue that they’re not?); or that he got angry during a rehearsal for potential questioning by Robert Mueller and ranted, “This thing is a (bleep) hoax!” (I believe that would make most people like him more.) The rest might actually be shocking if it weren’t just the same-old/same-old easy confirmation of all the left’s favorite anti-Trump memes, with the people quoted denying that they ever said anything like that and the records of schedules, meeting notes, etc., contradicting the claims.
I won’t quote the nasty things Woodward claims Chief of Staff John Kelly said about President Trump, since you can see them on a continuous tape loop on MSNBC and CNN, but here’s Kelly’s response that won’t get nearly as much air time:
“The idea I ever called the President an idiot is not true. As I stated back in May and I still firmly stand behind: ‘I spend more time with the President than anyone else, and we have an incredibly candid and strong relationship. He always knows where I stand, and he and I both know this story is total BS. I’m committed to the President, his agenda, and our country. This is another pathetic attempt to smear people close to President Trump and distract from the administration’s many successes.”
It also took only hours for others who were quoted as making insulting comments about Trump or his staff to deny that they ever said any such thing. For instance, Defense Secretary James “Maddog” Mattis said, “The contemptuous words about the President attributed to me in Woodward’s book were never uttered by me or in my presence...While I generally enjoy reading fiction, this is a uniquely Washington brand of literature, and his anonymous sources do not lend credibility.” Frankly, I find it hard to believe Mattis would ever say such things about his Commander-in-Chief, and impossible to believe that anyone would dare say such things in his presence.
As to how Woodward obtained these alleged direct quotes from inside private meetings attended only by people who would never talk to him in a million years, who can say? He claims they’re all deep sources who talked to him off the record, but I’d guess a Ouija board were more likely, even though for once, his subjects aren’t dead and unable to defend themselves. As a reminder of what I mean, Woodward’s questionable history includes infuriating the late John Belushi’s family and fans with his book “Wired,” which was described by one critic as taking incidents so far out of context that it was like reading a book about Michael Jordan that made you think he wasn’t a very good basketball player. Or his infamous “deathbed” quotes from former CIA Director William Casey, at a time when he was no longer able to communicate (Ronald Reagan wrote of that book that Woodward is "a liar and he lied about what Casey is supposed to have thought of me.” And unlike some people, I’m quoting something Reagan said BEFORE he died.)
I’m sure my skepticism of these grim fairy tales about the Trump White House will be dismissed by the media figures who gobble up anything that slams Trump like an ice cream sundae. They’ll say I’m skeptical of these allegations because I’m biased. No, they’re credulous of these allegations because they’re biased. I’m skeptical because that’s how everyone, especially professional journalists, should treat any shocking allegation from anyone who can’t verify his quotes or name his sources. And a background of hobnobbing with the DC deep state is hardly an indication of someone having any sources close to Trump.
I also have a couple of resources the anti-Trump media and muckraking book writers don’t have:
1. Trump will actually talk to me. I traveled with him during the 2016 campaign, watching him outwork exhausted aides half his age. I’ve had private meetings with him myself, to discuss a job in the Administration (I didn’t accept, but only because I wanted to do other things.) Since then, Trump has sat down for interviews with me. I found him articulate, well-informed, and very firm on what he wanted to accomplish. If he’s a raving idiot, an angry baby or a dementia victim who can’t string three words together, as claimed, he sure does a darn good job of hiding it in front of my TV cameras and at those live televised rallies where he speaks extemporaneously to thousands of people for an hour at a stretch.
2. I actually have some real sources on his staff, and I feel pretty sure that if it were that bad, I would have heard about it by now. One of my contacts in particular doesn’t suffer fools gladly and is perfectly capable of finding another job. I think if she ever gets tired enough of dealing with hostile, childish behavior in her workplace to leave, it won’t be because of such behavior from her boss but from the media covering him.
Theater is ruining politics
I hear a lot of people complain that politics have ruined theater. Well, after the opening of the Brett Kavanaugh SCOTUS hearings, I think we can agree that the obverse is true as well: theater is ruining politics.
Whether they were committing mayhem in the grandstands or just grandstanding on the committee (shouting, interrupting, talking over the chairman and demanding more documents than some of them could likely read in five lifetimes), Democrats pulled 44 childish stunts to interrupt the first hour of the hearings alone, and 63 in the first segment. And it was all choreographed theater, planned by the Bob Fosse of bull droppings, Chuck Schumer, and the other Democrats during a conference call over the Labor Day weekend.
It was also an embarrassment to the Senate, seeing an incredibly well-qualified nominee who has devoted his life to legal scholarship and public service being slandered by a pack of rabidly partisan spotlight addicts who proved they have the maturity of kindergarteners and the manners of a pack of feral hogs. In a shameful low moment, Democrats who love to admonish us to “think of the children” didn’t seem to care about Judge Kavanaugh’s two young daughters, who were let out of school to come watch their dad and see how the Senate works. They watched their dad be slandered and were eventually escorted out by their mother for their own safety after learning only too well that when Democrats don’t get what they want, the Senate works like “Lord of the Flies.”
It actually made you yearn for the days when Sen. Ted Kennedy stood up like a mature adult ad viciously slandered Judge Bork in a dignified and professional manner.
One hallmark of modern liberalism is to jump immediately from unfounded allegation to accepted fact without taking that inconvenient middle step of “proving the allegation.” For instance, it’s currently a popular claim on the left that Trump shouldn’t be allowed to nominate a Supreme Court Justice because he’s an “illegitimate President.”
And he is illegitimate because...uh...uh...”RUSSIA!” Oh, wait, 18 months of searching have not turned up any evidence of collusion and we know Russia changed no ballots. Well, then...he didn’t win the popular vote! Several previous Presidents haven’t. Besides, that’s irrelevant: all candidates know it’s an Electoral College race, and Trump won 30 out of 50 states. Okay, how about when Republicans blocked Obama’s last SCOTUS nomination because it was close to an election? That might be an actual argument ,except that it was Obama who was soon to leave office. This is just a midterm election; Trump still has over two years (or maybe six – I love to bear-bait these people) to go.
Maybe the Democrats assume Trump is leaving soon because they’ll win Congress and impeach him on grounds that he wasn’t supposed to beat Hillary, dagnabbit! But having political opponents who are surly to the point of madness doesn’t make someone an illegitimate President. There is no clause in the Constitution that reduces a President’s power because his opponents are living in a mass delusion sparked by anger and wishful thinking. Too bad they didn’t listen to their favorite Daddy figure when he said, “Elections have consequences.”
Now I remember what theater piece the Kavanaugh hearing reminded me of! It was the moment in “Peter Pan” when Peter exhorts everyone to save Tinkerbelle by clapping and making noise to show they do believe in fairies. Of course, that was created way back when a theatrical stunt involving children who refuse to grow up making a public display of their unwavering belief in things that don’t exist was just entertainment and not government.
As a sort-of mental Visine to help you wash the image of the Democrats’ behavior out of your mind’s eye, here is President Trump’s spot-on reaction to their childish antics, followed by some inspiring words from an actual stateswoman, Condoleezza Rice.
Find a 12 step program
If the Democrats ever come back to their senses, this might mark the historic turning point where they finally realized they needed professional help because their obsession with politics had made them more unhinged than a mobile park screen door after a tornado. It came when the leftist Twittersphere ignited in outrage because a photo caught Kavanaugh aide Zina Bash with her hand resting so that her thumb was against the tip of her bent index finger, sort of like the “Okay” hand gesture. Of course, a photo captures only 1/200th of a second, so maybe she was just scratching her thumb for a second.
But that was enough to send the left off to the races at Outrage Downs! The “Okay” hand gesture is apparently a well-known white supremacist signal, even though I confess I’ve never heard of that, and most people commenting on Twitter hadn’t either. But it was good enough for leftist critics to demand that the hearings cease because obviously, Kavanaugh surrounds himself with blatant white supremacists who secretly signal their Nazi sympathies to the entire world!
Needless to day (at least, if you’re rational), Bash’s husband and friends were furious at this slander. They said she’s one of the nicest people they’ve ever met and has never said anything racist. On top of that, her maiden name was Gelman, her grandparents were Holocaust survivors, and the other side of her family is Mexican. Conservatives quickly filled Twitter with photos of prominent liberals flashing that same finger gesture, including Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi, Elizabeth Warren, Chuck Schumer and Rachel Maddow, who was doing it with both hands. Amazingly, many leftists refused to back down and even doubled down on the allegation. As one Internet commenter responded, “Jewish Mexicans are the most dangerous kind of white nationalists.”
To my friends across the aisle, I say this with love and concern: This is your wake-up call. Find a 12-step program now.
About that Nike Ad
I can’t imagine what, if anything, was going through the minds of the marketing geniuses at Nike who thought that tying their brand to Colin Kaepernick was a good idea. But I’m hearing that they do so much market analysis that there has to be some reason why they think it will somehow boost sales, despite the immediate effect being that it tanked their stock price, wiping $3 billon off Nike’s value.
Maybe they think that Kaepernick’s radicalism will score Nike hip cache with the kind of poorly-informed social justice warrior types who wear T-shirts with Che Guevara on them. Or maybe they think Republicans are a disappearing market for sports apparel, considering the way they’re tuning out the NFL and standing in line at In-N-Out Burger. Or maybe, since the immediate reaction of many customers was to “just do it” and set their Nikes on fire, maybe Nike has secretly moved away from making athletic shoes and invested in a match factory.
Nike just couldn’t think of any better sports figure to align itself with than Colin Kaepernick, but a lot of other people could.