I’ll have a full commentary tomorrow on the second day of Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation hearings, but just let the record show that she is incredibly calm in the face of some Norman Bates-level insanity hurled at her by the Democrats. It must be a skill learned from dealing with seven small children. And in a photo that will be one of the historic images of 2020, after giving one solid answer after another, even citing and quoting from legal cases, she was asked to hold up what she in front of her, and she held up a blank notepad. All the Senators questioning her had tons of notes, but she needed no notes to answer them all.
A reminder: she’s being called unqualified for her job by the same Party that wants us to elect a President who can’t even tell us what office he’s running for with a Teleprompter right in front of him.
PERSONAL NOTE FROM "HUCKABEE" WRITER PAT REEDER
While watching the ACB hearings, I’m getting sick of hearing about how affordable health care became under Obamacare. My wife Laura and I are independent contractors, which means we buy our own health insurance. At the time Obamacare passed, we were paying nearly $800 a month for high deductible catastrophic coverage. I thought that was outrageous until the “Affordable Care Act” (Guffaw!) came along.
I got a letter from our insurer saying that we couldn't keep our current policy (even if we liked it?), but we could replace it with a new one that was ACA-compliant. This had a couple of small drawbacks, like that it cost $1,340 a month, and our deductibles would go up by $1,000 a year, each. But on the plus side, it would cover stuff we’d never need in a bazillion years, like prenatal care and drug rehab.
We switched to Liberty Healthshare, a health cost-sharing ministry that didn’t have to be ACA-compliant, and have received much better, and more caring and personal, service ever since. So I guess you could say that, indirectly, the ACA did lead to us getting better, more affordable health care. But only because we were able to find a way to avoid it entirely.
GOOD NEWS ON THE VIRUS FRONT
A new Harvard study suggests that people who survive serious COVID-19 infections have long-lasting antibodies that prevent reinfection for up to four months.
Byron York noted that Twitter banned President Trump for spreading misinformation for saying what this study now confirms. SCIENCE!!
LISTEN TO JOE
He Knows What He’s Talking About: When asked in Cincinnati about a new Gallup poll showing that 56% of Americans think they’re better off today than four years ago so why should they vote for him, Joe Biden replied, “Well, if they think that, they probably shouldn’t.”
So Joe just told 56% of Americans that they shouldn’t vote for him. But he’s not worried; he’ll make up the gap with the mail-in vote.
Babylon Bee headline inspired by Joe Biden’s dodging of the “court packing” question: “Democrat Proposing To His Girlfriend Says He Won’t Reveal Position On Adultery Until After The Wedding.”
A group of protesters outside the Senate used coronavirus fears to blast the Amy Coney Barrett hearings, with one declaring, “They are endangering hundreds of lives by having this hearing right now.” There were in a group protest, and the speaker wasn’t wearing a mask.
A NEW REASON TO HATE NIKE
If you’re looking for a new reason to hate Nike, try this: the ultra-woke sporting apparel giant just severed relations with Frank’s Sports Shop, which has been in The Bronx since the big star of the Yankees was Babe Ruth. After five decades, Nike sent a terse email saying the venerable family-owned store “no longer aligns with our distribution policy…This notice reflects a definitive final decision by the company.”
Moe Stein, the 92-year-old owner of Frank’s, said, “This is plain chutzpah. Let me tell you about Nike. We knew them when they had nothing. How do you like that? They’re putting down the Bronx. The Bronx! It’s not an elite place to them.”
Well, certainly not as elite as Beijing, which seems to be the place Nike is most concerned with these days. But it’s pretty obvious that neither Nike nor the sports leagues they’re in partnership with care much about Americans and their opinions these days, and the feeling is increasingly mutual. Sunday, the Lakers won the Finals over the Miami Heat, and a record low 5.6 million people tuned in. Last year’s game six, between the Warriors and the Raptors, drew 18.34 million viewers.
Liberal outlets like Yahoo Sports are trying to blame many other factors besides all the racial and political messages for the ratings collapse, like the coronavirus forcing multiple sports into competition. For instance, Sunday’s NBA game was opposite an NFL game that drew over 11 million viewers. But by comparison, in 1998, 36.9 million Americans watched the Bulls-Jazz game six alone.
Dallas Mavericks’ owner Mark Cuban also tried to deflect the claim that sports fans are sick of in-your-face racial grievance politics, disrespect to America and kowtowing to BLM and China. His view on China: they’re “a customer” and they’re “not the only country with human rights violations.” To his credit, I haven’t seen anyone in basketball spin anything that fast since the Harlem Globetrotters’ Curly Neal spun a basketball on his index finger.