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Today's Commentary --- The Trump Tower meeting seems more and more like a set-up -- Tim Pawlenty loses -- Vermont politics -- Attention, pro-life Missouri voters -- Washington Post fact-checks Pelosi -- More media bias -- Evening Edition - Daily Verse
As the special counsel team wraps up their prosecution of Paul Manafort on old loan fraud and tax charges that had previously been examined by the FBI and dropped, the most interesting findings having to do with Russia are being uncovered by others. And they center not on the President and his campaign associates but on Hillary’s campaign and HER associates and supporters, notably Glenn Simpson at Fusion GPS; the law firm Perkins Coie; British ex-spy and “dossier” author Christopher Steele; several top-level FBI and DOJ personnel, notably Bruce Ohr and his wife Nellie, who worked for Fusion GPS and was an expert on Russia; and numerous others (including Russians) who are just coming into focus. Robert Mueller, ostensibly investigating “Russia,” had nothing to do with connecting these dots, as he likely doesn’t want to see the finished picture.
That’s because in this picture, Donald Trump is the victim, not the perpetrator.
Tim Pawlenty loses
By Mike Huckabee
In Tuesday primary news, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty failed in his bid to recapture the GOP nomination, losing to County Commissioner Jeff Johnson, despite Pawlenty having much more money and name recognition. Johnson ran as the more conservative candidate and blasted Pawlenty for his attacks on Donald Trump as “unhinged” and “unfit” in 2016. This makes Pawlenty the latest of several anti-Trump Republicans to pay the price at the polls. Johnson will battle Democratic Rep. Tim Walz for the open Governor's seat in November.
By Mike Huckabee
Congratulations to Christine Hallquist, who became the first transgender person to become a major party nominee for state governor after winning the Democratic primary in Vermont. But she says she wants to run on her platform rather than being transgender. Her platform is the now-familiar “progressive” cocktail of budget-busting socialist giveaway programs (free college tuition, Medicare for All, etc.) Maybe she hasn’t heard, but Vermont tried a single-payer health care program called Green Mountain Care whose proponents claimed it would save the state $1.6 billion over ten years. Instead, it cost far more than predicted, spiraled toward bankruptcy and was scrapped before it required an estimated 160% tax increase to save. But that was in 2014, and you can’t expect progressives to remember back that far. They're forward-thinkers!
Of course, this will likely be only a symbolic victory for Democrats, since incumbent Republican Gov. Phil Scott has a 65% approval rating and was recently ranked as the 4th most popular governor in America. Still, no matter who won Vermont’s Democratic gubernatorial primary, it would have been groundbreaking, since the other candidates were an environmental activist, a dance festival organizer and a 14-year-old boy who got on the ticket due to a loophole in the law that failed to list a minimum age. However it came out, any upcoming debates would have been certain to be entertaining.
Attention, pro-life Missouri voters
By Mike Huckabee
Attention, pro-life Missouri voters: here’s some news you need to hear. The Missouri Democratic Party leadership has voted unanimously to reverse a recent amendment welcoming pro-life candidates. After suffering the predictable “OUTRAGE” storm from the left, they caved and now call that amendment a “mistake.” For all the Democrats’ chin music about “diversity,” their tolerance of diversity is literally only skin deep and does not extend to allowing any diversity of thought or conscience.
So to sum up: if you simply believe that an abortion ends a human life and dare to say so out loud, then you are not welcome in the Missouri Democratic Party. Please remember this in November and vote accordingly. Thank you.
Washington Post fact-checks Pelosi
By Mike Huckabee
Stop the presses! (Do newspapers still have those?) Washington Post fact-checker Glenn Kessler just did something rare that real fact-checkers are supposed to do: he called a politician on using a debunked quote to attack a political opponent, even though the politician was a Democrat and the target was a Republican.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi repeated a well-worn canard that when President Obama was elected, Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell said in 2010 that the most important thing was that Republicans prevent him from succeeding. Not only is that quote false, but Rep. Pelosi added to the sin of false witness by claiming that it was “racist” and “unthinkable.”
As Mr. Kessler points out, Sen. McConnell never said that Republicans wanted Obama to fail. He said they wanted Obama to be a one-term President because of their vast policy differences. When asked if he would work with Obama if he offered to compromise the way Bill Clinton did, McConnell said, “I don’t want the President to fail; I want him to change. So we’ll see. The next move is going to be up to him.”
I wrote recently here that there are few things worse than racism, and that’s why it’s so “unthinkable” to falsely accuse someone of racism. Unfortunately, as Democrats have seen their hold on the African-American vote slip as Trump’s policies have actually started to improve black lives, they’ve ratcheted up the hysterical accusations of racism. Kudos to the Washington Post for awarding “Four Pinocchios” to Rep. Pelosi for her attempt to tar her colleague as a racist over a phony quote that was debunked long ago.
Now, I wonder if anyone is ever going to correct, since I’m hearing it repeated on a daily basis now, the claim that when President Trump said there were “good people on both sides” in Charlottesville, he wasn’t saying that some violent white supremacists are “good people.” He was talking about the two sides of the debate on whether to remove Confederate monuments. I won’t hold my breath waiting for the peddlers of that falsehood to be challenged by the media.
More media bias
I already wrote about how the media bent over backwards to avoid mentioning the radical Islam connections of the people arrested in New Mexico for abusing 11 children at a filthy compound and reportedly training some of them to be school mass shooters. Now, to add to the deliberate blinders, a judge has ordered the suspects released on signature bond, which means they don’t even have to post bail. And in reporting backlash against the judge, the media finally mentioned the suspects' religion. Sort of.
Evening Edition - August 14
By Mike Huckabee
A wrap-up of all the news you might have missed yesterday!
"Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil."
-1 Corinthians 13:4-5
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