With Republicans finally able to savor their victories in Florida (and Democrats free to spend the next two years grousing about how “they wuz robbed”), Republicans owe a debt to the unsung heroine of the recount effort. Even NBC appears to have respect for this brilliant GOP legal eagle who coolly managed the effort to stop the Democrats and their high-priced lawyer’s post-election machinations. Learn more about her at the link.
I already liked Texas Representative-elect Dan Crenshaw, but I’m liking him more every day. He was a heroic Navy SEAL who continued his service even after losing an eye in an I.E.D. attack. When he was mocked on “SNL,” he declined to demand an apology, suggested they donate to a military charity instead, then went on the show to forgive the comic who mocked him and make a plea for all Americans to show appreciation to veterans and first responders. And he hasn’t even joined Congress yet, but this past weekend, he made two more TV appearances that both deserve a standing ovation for his bursting of over-inflated anti-Trump media bubbles with the sharp needle of truth.
First, on CNN’s “State of the Union,” two Democrats slammed President Trump for missing the Veterans’ Day ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery (the left is currently trying to pump up a ridiculous narrative that Trump is the least military-friendly President ever.)
Crenshaw, who has more gravitas on this issue than the other guests, said, “Well, I’ve been to Arlington multiple times to bury my friends, at least two funerals there that I’ve attended and gone back occasionally.” He also noted that he knows Trump personally, and knows how he embraces Gold Star families, and while he would have liked for Trump to go to Arlington, he’s not offended if he misses a ceremony. He explained, “What affects us is, are you giving us a clear mission, are you giving us the equipment we need to do it, are you raising pay for the military? He has done all of these things. That’s what matters to me as a veteran.”
For the record, Trump admitted it might have been a mistake to miss that ceremony, but he was at Arlington on Memorial Day, and three of the four Presidents who preceded him also missed that ceremony on some occasions, including decorated World War II veteran, George H.W. Bush. Also, I should add that Trump didn’t send an overextended, under-manned, under-funded military to face dangerous, nearly impossible situations while handcuffed by suicidally-PC “rules of engagement.”
Crenshaw’s next great moment came when CBS’s “Face the Nation” brought on several newly-elected Representatives, and the Democrats were only too happy to parrot the nonsensical notion that Trump is somehow “undermining our democracy.”
Colorado Democratic Rep.-elect Joe Neguse played the now well-worn tune: “I think that right now it's important for this majority in the House to engage in some really critical oversight of an Administration that is undermining a lot of critical freedoms for folks in our country. When I say save our democracy, I mean precisely that. I think some of our democratic freedoms and the principles that we live by have been under attack for the better part of the last two years." (As always, note that he felt perfectly free to say that on national TV with no fear whatsoever of the guillotine or the gulag.)
But while CBS talking heads might let that pass unchallenged, Crenshaw was having none of it. He dared to ask the obvious follow-up question that’s gone unspoken for two years now:
“What is he undermining exactly? You know, what democratic freedoms have been undermined? We just had an election where we switched power in the House. Democracy is at work. People are voting in record numbers."
The Democrats, expecting the media simply to swallow their talking points like free drinks at a press junket, had no ready answer. Democratic Rep.-elect Chrissy Houlahan of Pennsylvania tried the hilarious gambit that revoking CNN “reporter” Jim Acosta’s White House press pass for acting like a jerk was an “attack on democracy.” She claimed that Trump "is consistently disruptive” in press conferences (because he argues with the press when they disrupt and insult him rather than just standing there and taking it?) in what she called "literally an attack on the press." That’s “literally” an attack on the press in the same way that Trump is “literally” Hitler, I guess.
Again, Crenshaw took careful aim and coolly blew away their hysteria. He replied, "I've literally been attacked. So I, don't — let's choose our words carefully."
He went on to give them a friendly lecture on the difference between holding policy disagreements that can be debated civilly and accusing your opponent of “undermining democracy” and “being a bad person fundamentally.” It was a refreshing dose of mature common sense the type of which you’re about as likely to hear on a major network political talk show as you are to hear Trump finish a sentence without being interrupted by Jim Acosta.
Democrats use these ridiculous, hyperbolic misrepresentations of their opponents’ motives and character for two reasons: (1.) they work on their base, as witness their takeover of the House with no coherent policy platform whatsoever; and (2.) they’ve got nothing else, because every policy they believe in has repeatedly been proven to be a miserable failure (“Hey, here’s a winning new idea: try socialism again!”)
The media have been helpfully echoing the left’s transparently bogus claims for over two years now, starting from “Trump colluded with Russia to steal the election" to “Trump is taking our freedoms away” (you mean like the right to freely express our religious beliefs without fear of government reprisal? I thought he was bringing that back) to “Trump supporters are Nazis and fascists and white supremacists” to “Trump is undermining democracy” and is “literally Hitler.” Anyone who knows anything about history -- real history, not the kind currently taught in elite institutions of indoctrination -- should grasp instinctively that if Trump really were a Hitler-like tyrant/dictator, there wouldn’t have been an election at all. There wouldn’t be a Democratic House (or a House at all, or federal judges) to oppose him. There wouldn’t be a Mueller investigation, there wouldn’t be regular White House press conferences, and there wouldn’t be a Jim Acosta. It wouldn’t just be his press pass that disappeared.
Hitler did not deal with his critics by giving them mean nicknames on whatever the 1930s equivalent of Twitter was. That’s not even as bad as what Obama did to the press (like secretly declaring a Fox News reporter to be a possible criminal co-conspirator so the government could spy on his privates communications to discover his sources – talk about branding a reporter an “enemy of the state!”). And the media loved Obama more than a cool drink on a hot day.
Claiming that not only journalism and democracy but the First Amendment itself are under “attack” because one disruptive egomaniac who can’t follow simple rules of decorum got tossed out of a press conference shows a highly overdeveloped sense of unearned moral superiority and a woeful lack of awareness of what the word “attack” means. It was a high-five moment to see someone with genuine moral authority and personal experience with what a real “attack” is finally set them straight.
Dan Crenshaw hasn’t even taken office yet, and already, some Republicans are talking about him as a possible Presidential candidate in 2024. It might be a little early for that, but he’s certainly on the right track so far. Maybe he could even show some bipartisan kindness to his future colleague, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, give her some remedial lessons on the Constitution, and point out to her why she can’t run for President in 2020 when she’s 30.
The latest on the mysterious brutal killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi Embassy in Turkey is that the CIA has reportedly concluded that it was carried out on order of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. This is based on alleged intercepted phone calls for which no sources were given, and a claim that the Prince’s brother, who is also the Saudi ambassador to the US, told Khashoggi to go to the Embassy to get some papers needed for his upcoming marriage and no harm would befall him. But the Saudi Embassy in Washington called the CIA report “false,” and the ambassador claimed he never spoke on the phone to Khashoggi, and “certainly never suggested he go to Turkey for any reason. I ask the US government to release any information regarding this claim.”
Here are more details on the latest developments:
So now, we are faced with deciding whether to believe the Saudi denials or a report by our own CIA which provides no sources for its damning information. Meanwhile, some parties are demanding swift and crippling punishment for Saudi Arabia, even if it destroys joint efforts to defend Israel and fight radical Islam (President Trump told Fox News that we’ve already put “massive sanctions on a large group of people from Saudi Arabia, but at the same time, we do have an ally, and I want to stick with an ally that in many ways has been very good.”) Others are urging Trump to wait until we know for certain who was behind it (which could easily be never.) Still others argue that while this act was horrific, such brutality is common in the Middle East, and if we refuse to work with any nations that don’t adopt our views on human rights, we’ll have no influence there at all.
I can’t help thinking of the movie “Chinatown,” where the detective has uncovered so much corruption, murder and other shocking and unspeakable immorality, only to see the guilty get away with it. His weary partner says that famous line, “Forget it, Jake. It’s Chinatown.” While I certainly don’t think we should forget Khashoggi’s murder, and that a high price must be paid, we have to accept that no matter what we uncover or what we eventually decide to do about it, it’s not going to magically change the political culture of the Middle East, which in some places makes the Chinatown of that bleak movie look like Disneyland.
Out of touch writer
A Newsweek writer gave a perfect illustration of how out-of-touch with America many Beltway insiders are. See if you can spot the logical fallacy: The only people she ever hears about who own AR-15 rifles are mass murderers. Therefore, if you own an AR-15, you’re a mass murderer.
Of course, that’s completely illogical. Just because she’s the only Newsweek writer I’ve heard about in ages, that doesn’t mean all Newsweek writers are idiots.
Note to Newsweek writers: You’re welcome to start proving that at any time.
A new motto for CNN
Why CNN’s new motto should be “This is CNN…So Don’t Believe It!” In the latest example of CNN misleading the public, their headline implied that Republican Rep. Mark Meadows was involved in sexually harassing female aides. He was actually cited by the Ethics Committee because they didn’t like the way he dealt with a male former staffer to stop him from harassing women. One of the victims spoke up to correct the record: she tweeted that “Meadows never sexually harassed anyone” and “my experience was that Meadows had my back, took me at my word, & respected & protected me.”
In CNN’s defense, at least their headline also mentioned the Democratic Congressman who really was accused of “persistent and unwanted advances towards women.” The New York Times conveniently left him out of their headline entirely. Maybe their new motto should be “The Paper of Broken Record.”