Evening Edition - May 15

May 15, 2019

Like Groundhog Day, we’re still waiting to see if New York City Mayor Bill DeBlasio will dare pop his head up this week and announce that he’s the 3,479th Democrat running for President.  Maybe he’s hesitant because whenever he appears in public, Groundhog Day turns into Whack-A-Mole. 

His attempt to hijack Trump Tower’s lobby to push his ridiculous “ban glass and steel skyscrapers” eco-regulation scheme was met by New Yorkers heckling him and holding up signs reading, “Worst Mayor Ever!”  He’s the kind of mayor who’s more occupied with pipe dreams of a worldwide socialist utopia than with making sure the de-icing trucks are running before the first blizzard hits.  His approval rating in the city is 36%, statewide it’s 24%, and he recently held a “testing the waters” townhall in New Hampshire where his staff outnumbered the SIX people in the audience (as a percentage of the state population, that's a 0.00044% approval rating.)  There’s a bribery scandal brewing that could reach his door.  Polls show that only 18% of New York City residents want him to run for President (and I’d guess that’s just because they want to get him out of New York City.) 

And then he goes and picks a fight with the President’s son on Twitter, which only gave Eric Trump and his dad a chance to spotlight to the world precisely how lousy a mayor he’s been:

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/eric-trump-de-blasio-green-new-deal-new-york

But to end on a positive and bipartisan note, I will say this proves that Nancy Pelosi is occasionally right.  She recently said that a glass of water with a “D” after its name could win an election in New York.  Bill DeBlasio is living proof that that’s true, even if the glass is mostly empty and totally cracked.


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The Mueller report was the nearly 500-page result of some of the most staunchly anti-Trump attorneys in Washington spending two years and $35 million to try to find anything they could hang on Trump and his staff, and eventually throwing in the towel, concluding that there was no evidence that Trump, his people or any other American colluded with Russia to steal the 2016 election.   Seems fairly clear, unless you’re a Democratic politician or a media member (but I repeat myself.)

The second part is on obstruction.  It contains a lot of stuff about Trump being angry over his Presidency being hamstrung by an endless, intrusive investigation into something he didn’t do (what a spoilsport, am I right?) and talking to aides about firing the prosecutor who refused to wrap it up, but ultimately not firing him, and not invoking executive privilege or blocking the investigation in any other way.  Even though investigators who can’t find enough evidence to recommend charges aren’t supposed to comment or release their findings because it tars the reputations of people who aren’t charged with anything, Mueller’s stymied crew threw that bone of obstruction to Congress, knowing it was filled with Trump-hating Democrats who’d been baying for his impeachment since Election night 2016 and they would grab it hungrily and gnaw on it anyway.  And so they are. 

To most reasonable people, allowing the investigation to run its course for two years (and did I mention the wasted $35 million?) and the massive report to be released to the public (which wasn’t legally required) would have been enough proof that this was much ado about nothing, so get back to work already. 

But no.  House Democrats are so frustrated that people just aren’t taking their claims that Trump is, too, guilty-guilty-guilty of collusion, obstruction, and maybe even cannibalism, that they’ve decided we just haven’t heard enough details about this yet.  So they plan to waste even more time and public money (including the salary we pay them) reading the entire Mueller report out loud in Congress.  Yeah, that’ll make people listen!  Never mind "Game of Thrones," set your DVR's for C-SPAN!

If there were still any question that they’re delusional, the idea that anyone is going to listen to this should set it to rest.

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/democrats-planning-12-hour-marathon-public-reading-of-mueller-report-that-is-already-available-to-public

Of course, this isn’t the first example of Congress members wasting the people’s time and blocking Congress from getting any real work done by holding the floor and blabbing at great length.  During the old days of the filibusters, members of Congress wasted time by reading phone books, state laws and Dr. Seuss’ “Green Eggs and Ham;” singing “South of the Border (Down Mexico Way);” and reading and analyzing every line of the US Constitution.  

When they’re finished boring us and wasting the public’s time reading the entire Mueller report out loud, I would call on some Republican member of the House to take the floor and refuse to yield it until he forces the Democrats to listen to the US Constitution being read in its entirety and explained again.  Maybe that would finally force them to learn that the Executive is a separate and co-equal branch of government, that there are limits to their own powers, and that there are things they are actually expected to be responsible for doing.  So…maybe get back to doing those things.

 


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Making AM Radio Great Again:  Three Florida radio stations are introducing the Donald Trump Speech Format.  This promises to be more popular and far more entertaining than NPR.

https://www.westernjournal.com/ct/trump-scores-major-victory-fl-3-stations-planning-air-speeches-every-day-till-election/

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I’ve remarked on this before, but for all the fuming Republicans do about media bias, there’s a downside for the Democrats to having a media that does nothing but act as their echo chamber and PR service.  We conservatives constantly have to defend our views against heavily-stacked panels of hostile interviewers, so we learn how to debate pretty well.  But Democrats are surrounded by yes men agreeing with everything they say.

https://www.newsbusters.org/blogs/nb/bill-dagostino/2019/05/14/democrats-claim-constitutional-crisis-media-repeat-it-386-times

Living in a bubble and never being challenged makes them intellectually soft.  It gives them unwarranted arrogance and crazy ideas, like that every good person thinks just the way they do, or that since everyone they know hates Trump, it will be easy to beat him.  That’s why they’re always stunned when they lose, like Wile E. Coyote’s befuddled look when a super-genius like him keeps getting blown up by a dumb Roadrunner.

Despite the certainty of Democrats and their pet parrots in the media that 2020 is in the bag (just like 2016 was), a closer look reveals a party in chaos.  They don’t have a busload of candidates because just about anyone can beat Trump.  It’s because the party literally has no leader whom anyone could imagine being President, so everyone thinks, “Hey, why not me?” I already noted that most of their candidates' legislative achievements (even Bernie’s) amount to a handful of bills renaming post offices.  Two-time presidential loser Joe Biden leapt ahead in polls for the simple reason that people know his name and figure that while he’s not famous for much other than stuff that’s kind of embarrassing, at least he’s not primarily known for being crazy.

Conrad Black at the New York Sun has a must-read article on the problems the Democrats are facing that the media are trying desperately not to tell you (or them) about, but in their hearts, they know they're in trouble. 

https://www.nysun.com/national/democrats-start-to-perceive-debacle-they-face/90685/

Bear in mind, though, as I always warn you: pay no attention to polls, especially polls taken two years before an election.  This is no time to get complacent. 

But polls can be worth looking at, just for fun, or to give you a general direction of which way the country is trending.  And the latest poll has to give Democrats the stomach dropsies.

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7029219/Its-not-just-Rasmussen-Trump-tops-50-cent-second-poll-amid-trade-chaos.html

They like to dismiss the Rasmussen poll that has his approval rating above 50% as a biased, Republican-leaning poll (even though it was the most accurate in 2016.) But now, Zogby also has Trump above 50%.  His strongest support (59%) is among middle-aged voters, age 35-54.  Even scarier for Democrats, some of Trump’s highest marks come from Millennial likely voters (51% with 18-29-year-olds and 53% with 25-35-year-olds.)  Democrats count on young voters to still be suffering post-college delusions that socialism is peachy, but recent graduates feel more keenly than older workers the vast difference in job opportunities since Obama left.

Finally, while most “experts” tell you to disregard “anecdotal evidence,” politicians who look only at polls and spreadsheets and never talk to regular Americans risk being surprised the way Hillary was after she ignored Bill’s warnings that she’d better get up to Michigan, which was sprouting Trump signs like dandelions. 

At the link is an article by Alicia Colon called “The Truth About Trump’s Economy.”  Democrats are spinning hard (with the media’s help, of course) to convince us that the boom is helping only the “evil rich,” that everyone else is living like Oliver Twist and can only be saved by bringing back Obama-style policies.  In fact, Obama really deserves the credit for the good economy - which really stinks!

http://www.jewishworldreview.com/0519/colon051519.php3

Well, Miss Colon lives in a heavily-minority, inner city neighborhood of New York, what should be Democrat Central.  What she’s feeling herself and hearing from people all around her is that for the first time in years, they have better jobs, are making more money and getting to keep more of it thanks to lower taxes.  They don’t care about Russia or Trump’s tax returns from a decade ago.  They care that local businesses are thriving instead of struggling, and that almost all of them are hiring.  They care that they can afford to go to Costco and load up a cart with groceries and a big-screen TV instead of working three part-time jobs.

Of course, liberals dismiss that as “anecdotal.”  It’s just a bunch of people they’d rather ignore doing things that don’t fit the preferred narrative.  But that’s how Trump got elected.  And when you ignore all the constant media chatter about fake news, phony accusations and Trump’s Twitter tweets (which most people outside the political world do), Trump seems to be doing a pretty darn good job. 


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If they think that’s limited to Ms Colon’s neighborhood, I’d suggest they go just about any place around the country, talk to the people and notice how many businesses have “Help Wanted” signs up.  Of course, that would require them to go to “flyover country” and actually talk to people, so I won’t hold my breath.

 (NOTE: I don't want to be accused of spreading "fake news," so I'll note that Ms Colon is incorrect to say, "The only thing that grew in the Obama years was unemployment and people on food stamps." Food stamp recipients, yes.  But unemployment did go down as we got further away from the 2008 meltdown, but it took six years under Obama for it to get back to pre-crash levels.  The economy was so strong, it was still able to grow a little despite the anti-growth policies.  But the anemic job creation only took off once Trump removed the government's foot from the necks of business owners and put it on the gas pedal instead.)

 

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One of our go-to legal experts, Washington University Prof. Jonathan Turley, told House Democrats on Wednesday in testimony before the Judiciary Committee that they “are headed for a world of hurt if you go to the D.C. circuit” to have Attorney General Bill Barr held in contempt for not releasing the full, unredacted Mueller report. He reminded them, just as Barr has in the past, that disclosing secret grand jury information runs afoul of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure.

Speaking of foul, New York Rep. Jerry Nadler actually uttered these words after his committee’s ludicrous contempt vote earlier this month: “We did not relish doing this, but we had no choice. We’ve talked for a long time about approaching a constitutional crisis. We are now in it.”

Mr. Nadler, you have become tiresome. You and your colleagues did have a choice not to be idiots and this is not a constitutional crisis, no matter how many times you repeat the words “constitutional crisis.” As it stands right now, the system is working as it should, which happens to NOT be in your favor. You have your predictably partisan committee vote to hold Barr in contempt simply for doing his duty and following the law, you go to federal court to try to force him to release unredacted grand jury information, and if/when you do, the judges will almost certainly whack you down.

Case law is also against the committee on the issue of Trump’s assertion of executive privilege for information shared with the special counsel’s office, Turley said, as that office is part of the Executive Branch.

According to Turley, the D.C. Circuit Court has already ruled on this, in McKeever v. Barr. (I would assume that’s the same Barr, wouldn’t you?) They said that outside of the specific exceptions outlined in Rule 6(e), courts do not have the authority to order the disclosure of grand jury information.

So there. Turley called Barr’s position on this “unassailable.”

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/lawyer-issues-warning-to-congress-on-barr-contempt-you-are-heading-into-a-world-of-hurt

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Nadler got more discouraging legal advice on Wednesday, this time unsolicited. White House counsel Pat Cipollone wrote him a firm letter, reading in part, “Congressional investigations are intended to obtain information to aid in evaluating potential legislation, not to harass political opponents or to pursue an unauthorized “do-over” of exhaustive law enforcement investigations conducted by the Department of Justice.”

Nadler puffed preposterously about the White House proclaiming that Trump is a king. But as one senior White House official said in a background press briefing on Wednesday, “The President isn’t above the law but he also isn’t below the law.”

You can read Cipollone’s entire letter here...

https://www.axios.com/pat-cipollone-letter-house-judiciary-mueller-report-do-over-f0e7a4f8-8cd4-4423-9224-c900603fdf74.html

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  • Peggy Siragusa

    05/19/2019 07:34 PM

    So many times during the Obama presidency I would see Biden doing something or saying something that wasn't very smart wasn't very bright. I had said at the time which did we want evil or stupid. Now I'm thankful the evil is gone from the presidency his term is over. Please I hope the American people aren't ignorant enough to elect stupid. Now having said that I'll go wash my mouth out with soap and promise to play nice.

  • Joe Jones

    05/17/2019 09:36 PM

    I really enjoyed reading your comments tonight. Keep up the good commentary.

  • Amelia Little

    05/17/2019 12:15 PM

    I couldn't tell if deBlasio is just wanting to prevent buildings in NYC, or if he is also recommending tearing down any structures that don't meet his rule? Also, I guess NYC is big enough, no need for new buildings at all--or maybe he wants to annex more land to allow for all the buildings it would take to accommodate offices and such?

    I'm guessing House democrats don't get the idea that those people who really want to know what's in the mueller report, certainly have access to it (and would be able to digest the information without biased opinion comments from democrats.) Those people have probably already read it, and they and those who haven't read it aren't going to turn on to cspan to listen to them. Wonder what cspans ratings will do during this period?

    I continue to smh--the democrats are aghast, offended, angry (and probably quite afraid) that there would be investigations into things that actually did come out in the mueller inquisition. Because, of course, that would affect a good number of democrats--even very high democrats. So, how dare ANYONE suggest there should be investigations into information found by mueller and company--but, by golly, we'll just go ahead and re-investigate anyone, anything on Trump/Russia collusion, obstruction. Yeah, mueller threw them a bone on the obstruction thing, but you can bet your last dollar it is a dry bone--otherwise, mueller and team would have jumped on that like a fly on sugar, so, I'm putting my money that there is no obstruction. Their idiocy about demanding the AG break the law about grand jury testimony, and their even further idiocy about holding him in contempt for following the law should all be listed under frivolous lawsuits and not even make it to docket. You would think, as lawyers (many seem to be) and THEIR lawyers would have a freaking clue.

    MAGA 2020

  • Matthias Allert

    05/17/2019 12:22 AM

    You are hilarious Mike, and so accurate! I would love to go on that Northern European trip with you. Pray with me that it may be the Lord's will.

  • GAry Stilwell

    05/16/2019 07:17 PM

    Some info on the border wall and the new thrust to overhaul the immigration laws----
    NONE of this crap will work, period. Until the reason why these folks are beating down our doors is fixed, nothing will stop it--I am reminded of a comedy sketch years ago by the late comedian Sam Kennison-. In the sketch he was playing on the plight of one the third world countries that was having a hard time feeding all the citizens--even though there was aid awaiting them if they just went to get it--His admonition was "why don't you go to where the food is!!!??"--
    Let's reverse this logic--all these people coming here are looking for the "food".--- Free stuff for everyone, social security for all, free health care for all----all you need to do is get into the country and you're home free--have several more kids--you'll get even more $, and while you're at it, get a driver's license---the "sanctuary cities" will probably even let you vote in our elections-- thus you can vote more officials into office that will give you even more free stuff.
    If you are not really into free stuff but are into killing the infidels, you can get your aviation (pilot's license) for a reduced cost, or if that is not really your bag, you could demonstrate against the Capitalistic type society the US has. You might even get elected yourself for doing this.
    (A note here, you may not want to try to get a concealed carry permit--this might blow your cover and alert the authorities) There will be lots of other immigrants that would be sympathetic to your plight-If not you could forge a liaison with some other monied folks who share your persuasion(Soros) and get a lot of $ to help you along.

    Mr. Huckabee, I think you can easily see this folly--The current(and past) administrations have no clue what "root cause analysis" is, nor do they have a clue as to what "Deductive Logic" is.---if they did, this problem would be a past memory.

  • Waylon Bush

    05/16/2019 02:46 PM

    De-blahs-e-o should begin his green deal with all NY government buildings FIRST! And, no other buildings would have to comply until ALL NY government buildings have been approved by independent contractors. In addition, every NY governmental employee's home would have to comply before the rest of the citizenry was required to do so. You know, practice what you preach. Lead by example. Let the government and its employees uphold its own laws. If one is required to use a church fan (for those of you not from the South, that is a piece of cardboard stapled to a stick so you can hold it and wave it in front of your face to cool off) then the Mayor should also. He SHOULD be first to do so!

  • Keith

    05/16/2019 02:19 PM

    Thank U thank U thank U for switching back to NIV, KJ is so hard to read let alone understand.

  • K Vance

    05/16/2019 12:11 PM

    I do not understand why the last 2 days there has been a NIV verse instead of a KJV. I am extremely disappointed in this change. I look forward to the verse but NIV ( non-inspired version) is NOT the God inspired version for the English speaking people. Please oh please change it back. I do very much enjoy your newsletter. I do not watch any news so your newsletter among a couple of other online sources is where I get my news. But oddly enough I think I look forward to the KJV scripture verse most of all. ( By the way I remember when u took a poll I also voted and the KJV won. I am not aware of any new polls)

  • Li Yu Chang

    05/16/2019 11:27 AM

    If you actually read these comments, then kindly email me back. I have a project to give to you and President Trump that will bring in the Union vote, quiet the climate change crowd, appease the green people and show capitalism to be a better system than socialism, while helping our Medicare program also. It will do even more than that but I want to have a discussion, not just scare you away with the disbelief of perceived bravado. It is all science and easy to put together for everyone's benefit. Thanks.

  • dave allen

    05/16/2019 10:29 AM

    dems complain about any good economic news being anecdotal (being careful not to consider the FACTS), but all THEIR economic (bad) news is either anectodal (ie Booker) or worse, pulled out of thin air. "only the rich are benefitting." hmmm. they could provide more anecdotal evidence about that....by talking about THEMSELVES....

    to Liam Coombs or anyone bothered by the ads, switch to 'reader view', something at least Firefox has. click the page-looking icon just to the right of the URL and presto, no ads.

  • Jerry Korba

    05/16/2019 08:26 AM

    DeBlasio Does this guy know that nobody likes him what a a disappointment and disgusting personality this person has. He is everything a father prays that his son does not end up like De Blasio. This misfit does not fit in anywhere I have blasted New York before about electing this imbecile I think they have figured out what a mistake. New York you are not alone in your horrible decisions look at the Governor of California is it the salty Oceans that butt up your shores that cause so much insanity. I understand why people are leaving your states please when you leave and a lot of you are leaving lock your stupidity in a storage rental unit do not open for 12 years another one of your beauties AOC can open it then and become your next mayor. Morons!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Lee SWann

    05/16/2019 08:09 AM

    Governor, as a fellow "Arkie" I must say, I am PROUD to associate myself with you and your Conservative views. When I saw that you had scheduled Roseann Barr (sp?) on your show, I was mystified; your "usual" lineup is Christian, Bible Believing conservatives. I knew going in, she is Jewish, whether "Messianic" or Orthodox, I still don't know. She vowed her support for the Jewish nation, people as did you. My question, why did you or your staff feel it necessary to give her "air time" to promote her "Tour"?
    We really enjoy your "Huckabee" hour on TBN, and firmly believe, we ELECTED THE WRONG REPUBLICAN!

  • Emily Yeatts

    05/16/2019 07:35 AM

    I believe the only force to have mueller close shop was barr’s election mueller personally knew Barr and likewise Barr knows all the skeletons burial grounds including his fiend’s Barr I believe mueller knew what Barr would do

  • Ruth Ashton

    05/16/2019 12:57 AM

    Thank you for the article by Robert Black in The New York Sun. Every Democrat should read this. I agree with every point he made. He did a remarkable job of explaining President Trump.

  • Bruce Vanderhoef

    05/16/2019 12:56 AM

    Mike, I love your comments and sense of humor even though you're a King James guy, you are my brother in Christ. I look forward to the daily message, and someday in Heaven we'll figure out the correct translation! I love you man from a 69 year old vet.

  • Deborah McCallum

    05/16/2019 12:13 AM

    Where does the 35 mil to pay for the Mueller effort come from within the federal government budget? It would seem a plausible conclusion that it should come in part from the Congressional budget. If not, how much is the re-airing of the same subpoena demands costing taxpayers, i.e. Nadler circus? Money talks. Time to cut Congress budget & pay.

  • Linda Walker

    05/15/2019 11:59 PM

    Rep. Jerry Nadler actually uttered these words after his committee’s ludicrous contempt vote earlier this month: “We did not relish doing this, but we had no choice. We’ve talked for a long time about approaching a constitutional crisis. We are now in it.”

    The correct statement would be, "We did not relish doing this, but we had no choice. We’ve manufactured a constitutional crisis so we can try and make Trump and Barr look bad before anyone gets the truth about the dossier and illegal FISA warrants. We are now in for it and must deflect.”

  • Toni DeFronzo

    05/15/2019 11:58 PM

    Your column is the highlight of my interest in the “news”! A little humor is sort of like “a spoonful full of sugar helps the medicine go down”!!! The one thing that I am certain about, is that I know that you are giving us the unvarnished truth. Thank you.

  • Robert Bowers

    05/15/2019 11:53 PM

    You, IMO, mistakenly gave Obama credit for the jobless rate going down during his administration. I contend he "cooked the books" regarding unemployment, one example, he was having census takers fired, then rehiring them as "new" workers. Also, I find it hard to believe his economy had any credibility or growth, given his choking, burdensome regulations

  • Toni DeFronzo

    05/15/2019 11:53 PM

    Your column is the highlight of my interest in the “news”! A little humor is sort of like “a spoonful full of sugar helps the medicine go down”!!! The one thing that I am certain about, is that I know that you are giving us the unvarnished truth. Thank you.

  • Bernadette Dillon

    05/15/2019 10:28 PM

    On a happy note The USA Men's beach soccer team has made it to the Quarterfinals for the World Cup qualifiers in Puerta Vallarta, Mexico! GO USA!!!!?? Go Jason Santos #6!!!

  • Ruth Ferraro

    05/15/2019 09:51 PM

    Love your commentary about New York City Mayor DeBlasio and the replies by the Trump family! We moved 70 miles East of NYC (Long Island) in 1975 & have never had a desire to even visit there. Not only people are leaving NYC in droves, many are moving out of New York due to Governor Cuomo! I couldn't agree more of how immature Mayor De Blasio with all his comments. God bless you for all you honest updates!

  • Richard Hertel

    05/15/2019 09:49 PM

    I really enjoyed your last weekends interviews with Roseanne, etc.,, but I need to know how to view them each weekend. Do I have to access UTube? (Something I am not used to doing).

  • Iris Hall

    05/15/2019 09:48 PM

    Great commentary Gov.......I like your style :)

  • Georgia

    05/15/2019 09:35 PM

    If you have never seen the 40's movie Mr. Smith goes to Washington I encourage you watch it. It shows the corruption in the Senate and the news media. I thought I was watching a movie about today. I guess it may have been a "pun" then but is true today. Maybe it's prophetic.