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Today's Commentary --- Election stories and comments keep coming in -- One woman's view: the disaster that is Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez -- Happy Thanksgiving Eve -- Ingraham Angle -- The Baltic Experience 2019 -- Presidential pardon issued -- Scandal of the day -- Evening Edition - Daily Verse
The letter from Mary in Arizona offering insight into Sinema’s win over McSally sparked many letters from around the country. Here are excerpts (with slight editing) from some particularly telling ones.
From Charlene in Connecticut:
As conservative voters in CT, we were hopeful with heavy voting turnout and dissatisfaction with our last [Democrat] governor of two terms, Molloy. Bob Stephanowski, a businessman, won-over many in our state and was leading late on election night. Yet, in the morning he was said to have lost by 1 percent. This state is saturated by Dem corruption and all leaders are Democrat. The people have had it, but term after term the Dems win. The big cities seem to be the problem. They allowed people to register past the closing of polls. Bob said 80 people a day are moving out of CT. I wish I was one of them.
Eight years ago, when Molloy first ran against Tom Foley, Foley looked to be the winner that night. Next day, it was reported a batch of absentee ballots was accidentally found in a cupboard in some political building. That gave Molloy the win. I think this ballot tampering has been tested in states such as ours and is the new strategy for Dems to win state races. Personally, I fear for the 2020 election if we don’t institute universal, safe and valid methods of elections!
One woman's view: the disaster that is Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
By Laura Ainsworth, Staff Writer
New York Congresswoman-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has shown over and over that she has a tenuous grasp on basic facts about economics and government. That does help explain why she’s a socialist, but be warned: her cluelessness won’t slow her push for a far-left agenda. In fact, she’s already moving on that, aggressively.
Her critics call attention to her various slips and misstatements of fact –- welcome to the world of politics –- and she has responded in part by blaming sexism. My opinion of Ocasio-Cortez is exactly the same as if she were young, clueless, socialist and male. (For the hypothetical male, I imagine someone cast in the image printed on those Che Guevara t-shirts that make socialists look so cool.) The main reason O-C won was that she was young and fresh and idealistic, an image that could have worked just as well for a good-looking latino as it did for a latina. Oh, how I hate identity politics.
Happy Thanksgiving Eve
By Mike Huckabee
Happy Thanksgiving Eve! Over the next couple of days, the staffers who help me get out this newsletter will be taking some well-earned time off, but never fear: I’ve prepared some Thanksgiving and Black Friday editions in advance for you. You’ll have something to read while waiting for the turkey to roast. But if you’re deep-frying it, put down the cell phone and pay attention!
This year, Triple A warns that an estimated 54.3 million Americans will be traveling 50 miles or more for Thanksgiving. If you’re one of them, I hope you’re already where you need to be, because today will be one of the heaviest travel days of the year. A spokesman said, “Consumers have a lot to be thankful for this holiday season: higher wages, more disposable income and rising levels of household wealth,” which means more money for traveling. The downsides are traffic jams and airports with delays of up to 90 minutes in some cities. It’s predicted that a record 30.6 million Americans will be traveling by plane this year, and I’ll bet all of them will be in front of me in the TSA security line.
If you do have to travel this weekend, please be careful and make it home safely. And click the link for info on the most crowded cities and airports, the best times to travel to avoid delays and other tips to make your trip as pleasant as possible so you won’t actually stop being thankful that you have enough money to travel.
By Mike Huckabee
This week hasn’t entirely been devoted to playing with my grandchildren and filching tastes of food from the kitchen (yes, liberal media skeptics, my daughter bakes her own pies – and they’re spectacular.) I also guest hosted “The Ingraham Angle” on Fox News Tuesday night. I discussed the controversy over President Trump’s handling of Saudi Arabia, liberal celebrities trying to boycott Georgia and other hot topics with some major name guests. If you missed it, you can watch the entire show online here:
The Baltic Experience 2019
By Mike Huckabee
I am thrilled to announce an unforgettable trip to the Baltics for the summer of 2019! After many years of the Israel Experiences and our most recent trip the Mediterranean Experience cruise, we are bringing you another phenomenal cruise, the Baltic Experience! This all-inclusive cruise will feature some of the most beautiful places in the Baltic Sea and we will get to travel to and absorb these destinations aboard a luxury cruise ship from the Azamara Cruise line. If you have traveled with us before, you already know that all-inclusive means exactly that and there are no surprises along the way. The Baltic Experience will be no different. And when the weather is often unbearably hot throughout most of the US in August, we will be enjoying the cool and delightful weather that makes travel in the Baltic region perfect. Once again we have the entire ship and will fill our time on board with spectacular entertainment and special guests. In addition to the cruise we have multiple pre and post cruise offerings you can choose from to extend your trip. Our last cruise sold out in record time so we encourage you to get your cabin secured soon. We look forward to traveling with you soon and as always we will work tirelessly and do everything in our control to bring you The Greatest Trip.
See you on the boat,
Presidential pardon issued
By Mike Huckabee
When I heard that President Trump had pardoned the White House turkey, I thought it was another story about Jim Acosta getting his press pass back. But it just turned out to be the annual tradition of pardoning the White House Thanksgiving turkey.
This year, there were two turkeys named Peas and Carrots. Trump joked that while Peas had won a fair and open election to escape the dinner plate, “unfortunately, Carrots refused to concede and demanded a recount.” He said, “We’re still fighting with Carrots,” but he’d decided to grant pardons to both. However, he “warned them that House Democrats are likely to issue them both subpoenas” and “I can’t guarantee that the pardons won’t be enjoined by the 9th Circuit. It always happens.”
He then added, "All joking aside, this is a time for Americans to unite together in a spirit of love, understanding, unity and joy as one very proud American family.” He urged Americans to “give thanks to God, who continues to shed his almighty grace upon this magnificent land that we all love so very much. We are truly blessed to be Americans.” And he asked everyone to pray for those in need, especially the victims of the deadly California wildfires, and for our soldiers who can’t be home for Thanksgiving.
To sum up: he made some funny, politically-tinged but not offensive jokes, then ended with a unifying message. It’s too bad the White House Correspondents Association is so filled with partisan rancor or they could have asked Trump to speak instead of getting a series of increasingly bitter, nasty, leftist “comedians” who drove Trump away. Maybe then that event would still be fun.
Scandal of the day
By Mike Huckabee
Today’s DC scandal du jour comes to us courtesy of the Washington Post, which with “Casablanca”-like hypocrisy was shocked to discover that First Daughter Ivanka Trump used her private email account for government business. Her spokespeople responded that this was early in the transition period before she was briefed on what to send or not send over her own email account. They say it was mostly just family meeting schedules, there was no classified information sent, she did not use a private server, no emails were deleted, and they’ve all been turned over to the government.
Naturally, Democrats are outraged, or doing a pretty good Christmas pageant-level acting job of appearing outraged. Our national moral conscience, Sen. Richard Blumenthal, took to the cameras to lecture us on how this is such a serious infraction that it requires a House investigation and for the President to be “held accountable.”
I agree that it’s a mistake she shouldn’t have made, and by all means, look into it to make sure it’s nothing damaging. But it’s a little late in the game for Democrats suddenly to start demanding stringent enforcement of the rules for email use by public officials. I thought no reasonable prosecutor would charge a Secretary of State with years of experience at holding top secret clearances for sending classified data over a homemade, unsecured server and then destroying the evidence when it was under subpoena; but they’d do it over Ivanka’s lunch plans? Besides, I thought it wasn’t a crime if you didn’t intend to do anything illegal?
I sometimes suspect that hidden in Washington, there’s a giant switch. Whenever power changes hands, the switch is flipped and suddenly, all the standards are completely reversed. But Democrats had better think twice before they ride this particular hobby horse over a cliff. Someone should remind them that if they’re going to start demanding the Trump Administration stringently enforce the rules regarding handling of official emails, there are still several years left to run on Hillary Clinton’s statute of limitations.
Evening Edition - November 20
By Mike Huckabee
A wrap-up of all the news you might have missed yesterday!
"And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not."
- Galatians 6:9
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