JUDGE RAO: President Trump has announced his pick to replace Brett Kavanaugh on the D.C. Circuit Federal Appeals Court, and you might want to don earplugs to dampen the deafening sound of all the liberals’ screaming and exploding heads. Plus, she’s a woman, so good luck ginning up fake sexual assault claims against her.
She is Neomi Rao, an extremely well-qualified nominee who also happens currently to be Trump’s federal regulations czar. She oversees the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, which since Trump took office has eliminated 22 federal regulations for every new one imposed. Her office saved taxpayers $8 billion in 2017 alone and is largely to credit for the current boom of business expansion -- contrary to Barack Obama’s credit-grabbing speeches that have more “me-me-me’s” than an opera singer’s warmup. Politico has characterized Rao as being responsible for the "deconstruction of the administrative state.” They probably meant that as a scary warning rather than the full-throated endorsement I take it as.
Since the DC Court of Appeals handles many cases involving federal overreach, expect Democrats to do everything in their power to prevent her confirmation. Except, thanks to Republicans holding the Senate, they don’t have the power to do anything other than slander her, which is going to be a really interesting look for them. Hey, didn’t liberals want more women appointed to high federal positions? Trump has done that more than any other President in history, and Democrats still slam him as a sexist. Or does “feminism” now mean promoting only liberal women and trashing conservative women? No need to answer.
I eagerly await the adulatory profiles of Judge Rao that I’m sure will soon be running in women’s magazines, just like the cover stories on our elegant, compassionate and accomplished First Lady that they have never once run over the past two shameful years of their ever-dwindling circulations.
See, keeping the Senate illustrates why Republicans need to vote and keep voting, and drag their families and friends to the polls to vote even beyond the Florida margin of fraud. Swamps that big don’t get drained in one election cycle. We have to control the machinery so we can keep on pumping.
Sophomoric: When you elect people to Congress who have the mentality of modern college sophomores, don’t be surprised when you get a Congress filled with sophomoric behavior like this. It’s almost enough to make you feel sorry for Nancy Pelosi. I said, “Almost.” As conservative satirist Iowahawk put it, “OUT: The United States of America. IN: The State University of America.”
This is going to be a looooooooong two years, but I hope that at the blessed end of it, Americans will have learned their lesson about never, never, ever believing that it’s wise or even safe to mark any line on a ballot with a “(D)” on it.
Stupidest Article of the Day, plus a single photo that’s worth a 1,000-word rebuttal.
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Wow, here’s a surprise: Maryland is attempting to prevent President Trump from appointing Matthew Whitaker as acting Attorney General by getting an Obama-appointed federal judge to declare his appointment illegitimate. Someday, I’d love to see the organizational chart the Founders appended to the Constitution showing mid-level federal judges ranking in executive power above the President. I assume it was appended, since the Constitution didn’t even mention the creation of a mid-level federal judiciary, much less that it had more power over executive appointments than the President.
The most hilarious aspect of this, of course, is that they want to block Whitaker because they think he will be biased in handling the Mueller investigation since he made some critical comments on it in the past; while they want the acting Attorney General to be Rod Rosenstein, who is so up to his neck in conflicts of interest that he should have been forced to recuse himself months ago. In liberal world, “recusal” due to bias is a concept that only applies to officials who might be favorable to Trump’s point of view, but not to those who are on record as wanting to secretly tape conversations in an attempt to force the President out of office.
More details at the link. You know, it’s funny how an alleged tyrant and dictator who is “literally Hitler” keeps putting up with all these ridiculous, unconstitutional legal challenges and court rulings, and following the legal system protocols all the way up to the SCOTUS (and winning) instead of just disbanding the court system and jailing the judges, the way an actual dictator would.
Democratic Congress targets Trump, loads "the subpoena cannon"
In case they failed to take the House in the midterm elections, Democrats had prepared a detailed strategy for safeguarding Robert Mueller’s investigation and all its accumulated materials, to keep the special counsel on track to find something...anything...with which to impeach President Trump, because that is what they get out of bed for every morning.
But they did take the House, and as a result will chair the Judiciary Committee, plus Intelligence, Oversight and every last one. Still, after the resignation of Attorney General Jeff Sessions and the interim appointment of Matt Whitaker to oversee Mueller, they’re following pretty much the same frenetic strategy they would have pursued if they had lost, as if they were physically incapable of applying the brakes. They don’t officially take over those committees until January, and, in the meantime, nothing can be allowed to limit the godlike powers of the special counsel in any way.
On Thursday afternoon, after a phone call with Nancy Pelosi, Democrats Adam Schiff, Jerry Nadler and Elijah Cummings from the Intelligence, Judiciary and Oversight Committees, respectively (joined by Sen. Dianne Feinstein), sent a letter to committee Republicans demanding “emergency hearings concerning the forced firing [of AG Sessions], passing bipartisan legislation protecting the special counsel...” and calling for the preservation of “all relevant materials related to the firing.” That night on CNN, Schiff anticipated that Trump would “undermine the rule of law” by causing an end to the special counsel investigation –- though Trump has given no indication that he will do so and has even called the notion “stupid” –- and announced that Congress would, in that case, have to continue the investigation on its own.
It doesn’t matter that House and Senate Republicans and even Trump’s personal attorney Jay Sekulow have said there’s no change in how the special counsel investigation is being handled. The Democrats want to make it appear as though Trump is out to quash it, so they can rail against that.
One unsurprising exception: Outgoing Republican Sen. Jeff Flake. (The good news: he’s soon to be replaced; the bad news: it’s by far-left Democrat Kirstjen Sinema.) He, like a Democrat, tweeted that “it is more important than ever to protect the special counsel” and is pushing for a vote on legislation to protect Mueller.
As for impeachment, that’s the Holy Grail for Democrats (and, presumably, Jeff Flake), and nothing will stop them on their pursuit of it, not even a complete lack of evidence. Pelosi has said that Democrats reserve the right to impeach Trump even if Mueller finds no evidence of wrongdoing. “Recognize one point,” she told the Atlantic. “What Mueller might not think is indictable could be impeachable.”
No doubt she’d already seen the results of an NBC News exit poll, cited by Byron York in the Washington Examiner, finding that 78 percent of Democrats who voted in the midterms are in favor of impeaching Trump, compared to just 17 percent who oppose it. Among independent voters, 57 percent are against it, compared to 34 percent who want it. And among Republicans, 94 percent oppose impeachment, while 5 percent support it --- which begs the question, who are those 5 percent? Jeff Flake supporters?
Liberal activist Tom Steyer must have seen the poll, too. He spent over $100 million during the campaign to promote impeaching Trump and has said that establishment leaders who try to postpone it are “the outliers,” adding that “80 percent of registered Democrats think...we’re right.”
In light of this, York points out how curious it is that the “Russia” investigation hardly came up at all during the midterm campaigns. Candidates didn’t go around promising to impeach President Trump if they won. In fact, they were advised by strategists to avoid saying the word “impeachment” at all, substituting phrases such as “providing checks and balances” and “holding him accountable.” But that exit poll now gives them permission --- from eight out of ten Democrats --- to talk freely about their deepest desire. Republicans may have paid the political price for impeaching President Clinton (ask Newt Gingrich), but this poll reassures Democrats that they need not fear similar retribution.
The subpoenas will start flying as soon as the new Congress takes power in January. Many, many subpoenas; according to Zach Basu and the reporters at Axios, the Democrats have in mind at least 85 Trump-related investigation and subpoena targets. One senior Democratic source called this a “subpoena cannon” (the metaphor being an arena T-shirt cannon), and multiple sources say that it’s intended to probe “every aspect” of Trump’s life and work. EVERYTHING. According to Schiff, it won’t happen all at once; Democrats say they have certain areas that take priority, such as Trump’s business dealings with Russia and our current standing with North Korea.
Back in August, Jonathan Swan of Axios catalogued 18 different areas that it appeared Democrats would target. That seemed like a lot in August, but it turned out to be just the beginning. I won’t list all the cannonballs in the Democratic cannon –- they go on and on in a seemingly endless barrage –- but if you’d like to get an idea, the list is here at the link:
This is not the way our government is supposed to work. The Democrats’ to-do list is exhausting in its scope. With all the criticism that can legitimately be leveled at Democrats, one certainly can’t accuse them of slacking off when it comes to this! But consider this list as testimony not necessarily to their work ethic but to how strongly motivated they are to get rid of Trump. They’re like a swarm of carpenter ants, branching out everywhere looking for a bit of soft wood they can use to chew their way in. The one tiny bright speck of hope in all this is that it may keep Democrats so busy with fruitless investigations that they won’t be able to do much damage legislatively in the next two years.
Here is more from Swan back in August, called “Republicans secretly studying their coming hell.” This has turned out to be a preview of coming attractions. In fact, it has since expanded almost exponentially.
If more Republicans and independent voters had been thinking about this when they went to vote (assuming they did vote and that their votes weren’t canceled out by some “found” votes in the trunk of an election worker’s car), it wouldn't be coming to pass. Yes, we all like to vote “for the person,” and we don’t always like President Trump’s tweets or the way he sometimes phrases his thoughts, especially when political opponents are lying in wait to attack and twist everything he says and does. But it's essential to consider the BIG PICTURE –- what we know is guaranteed to happen under a Democratic Congress and/or Senate and, worse, if the next President is sure to appoint leftist judges, weaken us around the world and rubber-stamp legislation that will literally bankrupt the country.
No matter what happens during the next two years, we’d all better remember this in 2020. So, lesson learned? If not, here’s more on the “subpoena cannon.” Duck and cover!