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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.)
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.”
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...
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