Tuesday, there were primary elections in four states: Idaho, Oregon, Pennsylvania and Nebraska. I won’t bother going into all the details of the various local races, but you can find some of them at the link. You’ll probably wonder why I’m linking to an election recap from a far-left “progressive” site, but there is a reason. It’s because the biggest story of Tuesday night was the victories of far-left candidates in Democratic primaries, and I wanted you to see how that’s being celebrated as a great thing. This should motivate you to get out and vote in November to keep these people at least 1,000 miles away from any levers of power over your lives.
In Democratic primaries across the US, the wackiest far-left candidates beat out the more mainstream “stealth” candidates favored by national party leaders such as Nancy Pelosi, who knows that her dream of becoming Speaker again hinges on convincing voters that Democrats are not all about raising taxes, impeaching the President and grabbing your guns (although she has openly endorsed at least one of those things.) As I pointed out weeks ago, one of the biggest seawalls threatening the “blue wave” was the Democratic primaries, where the most agitated, Trump-resisting, Twitter-trolling social justice warriors were just itching to vote for candidates who made Bernie Sanders look like Barry Goldwater. And so they did on Tuesday.
The winners in the Democratic primaries were so far left that as of this writing, three women in Pennsylvania who were endorsed by the Democratic Socialists of America appear to have won – and thanks to the state Supreme Court getting involved in redistricting, they are also virtually certain to win their districts in November. A far-left small town mayor who bears a rather remarkable resemblance to Thanos from “Avengers: Infinity War” won the Democratic nomination for Lieutenant Governor (the incumbent came in fourth!) In other primary races around the country, Democrats who promised to enforce the laws and keep Americans safe were walloped by candidates promising free Medicaid for all. Meanwhile, Republican voters mostly chose mainstream candidates and incumbents instead of taking a risk on outsiders.
Outside of Pennsylvania, most of these far-left candidates aren't likely to win November. For instance, in Idaho, Paulette Jordan, who was endorsed by Planned Parenthood and Democracy for America, won the Democratic nomination for Governor, but the Republicans already had a 34-point advantage in Idaho, and her nomination is likely to make it even larger.
Yesterday, I heard a news commentator say that the Democrats have a problem in that they still haven’t formulated a persuasive argument for why they should be put back in power (other than “We hate Trump,” of course), particularly with the economy doing so well. It’s astounding to me that the election is less than six months away, they think they already have it won, and they haven’t even been about to tell us why anyone should vote for them. These far-out-of-the-mainstream (as in, "Far out, dude!") primary results are going to make creating a popular platform and selling it to a majority of Americans even harder.
The linked article shows that the far-left media are deliriously happy because they think the results prove that "progressivism" is on the rise and Americans are finally falling in love with socialism. Good, I hope they keep thinking that. Because what they actually prove is that the Democrats have managed to chase away virtually everyone except the most hardcore, far-left fringe, and that’s who is determining who their candidates will be. The tail is now wagging the dog. Or as Glenn Reynolds of Instapundit likes to say, “All the Democrats had to do to win was not act crazy, but they can’t even manage that.”
Hypocrisy is so common in politics, it’s hardly worth mentioning anymore. But every so often, you see an example of it that’s so staggering, where the person exhibiting it is so blind to what he’s actually revealing about himself, that it should send even the most humorless person into hysterical laughter. We now have an example, courtesy of porn star mouthpiece and permanent CNN fixture, Michael Avenatti.
Stormy Daniels’ lawyer, who has been waging a crusade into exposing the private finances of President Trump and his attorney Michael Cohen, sent a blustery letter to the Daily Caller News Foundation, threatening to sue for defamation after their reporters dug into his own past. They found alleged instances of questionable lawsuits, bankruptcies and debts. Avenatti claims they printed “lies” and “defamatory statements” about him, although he didn’t specify what parts weren’t true, and reporters have no right to go digging into his personal past to try to expose him to public shame and harm his reputation.
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At the link are more details, along with Avenatti’s explanation for why what he’s doing is totally, totally different from Cohen’s attempt to stop Daniels from making sleazy public accusations against his client, or his efforts to dig into and expose Cohen’s private financial dealings.
I seriously doubt that the Daily Caller is worried about that defamation suit ever actually being filed, although it would almost be worth it to see Avenatti’s groupies at CNN have to defend the First Amendment rights of conservative journalists (that is, if they actually would.) But it’s not likely the case will get that far. It’s hard to sue for defamation when you’re a public figure, and being on TV virtually ‘round the clock probably qualifies you as a public figure, even if it is on CNN.
America has lost one of its last true literary giants in an era when serious authors usually don’t make much impact on the broader culture anymore. Tom Wolfe, who died Monday at 88, wrote thick books of reportorial nonfiction, such as “The Right Stuff,” and novels that were more accurate and revealing than most nonfiction. His books about American life and culture were penetrating, observant and sometimes held up a mirror that was hard to look at. But each new one arrived with the force of an asteroid.
At the link, the Wall Street Journal’s Terry Teachout examines Wolfe’s singular gifts for exposing uncomfortable truths and recalls the excitement and outrage that erupted over his landmark 1987 novel, “The Bonfire of the Vanities” – a book whose unflinchingly realistic skewering of the racial and cultural factions of New York City would likely be deemed too politically incorrect for it ever to be published today.
Tim Allen’s not-your-typical-Hollywood-sitcom “Last Man Standing” was canceled by ABC despite high ratings, but in the wake of the “Roseanne” ratings bonanza, “LMS” is now being revived by Fox. Here’s the first teaser trailer for the new season. I think you’ll appreciate the tax code joke.
The shameful and ridiculous attempts to blame Israel and President Trump for the deadly results of Hamas-inspired Palestinian protests in Gaza over the US Embassy opening in Jerusalem are continuing. But they’re spreading from the anti-Trump news outlets to the UN and the Twitter feeds of leftist celebrities, at least one of whom was unhinged enough to compare our UN Ambassador Nikki Haley to Hitler because she…defended the Jews? Really?
Caleb Howe at PJ Media has a timeline of the escalating insanity, including some terrific quotes from Ambassador Haley, speaking truth to power at the UN and reminding some nations that are blasting Israel that history shows they’ve responded to incursions on their borders with much less restraint than Israel.
Also worth mentioning: they are blaming injuries of Palestinian children on Israel, but who takes their children to a dangerous, violent protest and uses them as human shields?
Howe also notes the ways in which the media edited Haley’s comments to try to create a false impression of what she actually said. Here are just two of her unedited sentences, which are still enough to win “Quote of the Day”:
“Those who suggest that the Gaza violence has anything to do with the location of the American embassy are sorely mistaken. Rather, the violence comes from those who reject the existence of the state of Israel in any location.”
And coming in a close second for “Quote of the Day” is Sen. Lindsay Graham, who said this on Fox News:
“If you got a problem with Jerusalem being the capital of Israel, take it up with God.”
Props to the 16 Republican Senators who are calling on their colleagues to stay in session on Mondays, Fridays, weekends and the month of August, so they can get some long-delayed business done and confirm some of the many Trump appointments that Democrats have been obstructing (Remember when Republicans who opposed Obama’s policies on principle were unpatriotic obstructionists? Now Democrats who block everything Trump does just because he’s Trump are valiant “Resistance” fighters.)
The leaders of the push to stay on the job is Georgia Sen. David Perdue, who said the goals were “to speed up the nominations process and keep the government funded by the end of the year. This is nothing more than trying to make our government work again.” Iowa Sen. Joni Ernst added, “This is the only (job) that you can neglect some of your most basic duties and then take a month-long vacation.” Frankly, given the current mood of the Republican base, I think this might be the best way for some incumbents to avoid being sent on a permanent vacation.
With so many renegade leftist judges trying to run the federal government from the bench, this story should give Republican voters a sobering reminder of why it is so important to keep the Senate and to get Trump’s nominees confirmed as quickly as possible. Of all the campaign promises he made, the one he’s kept best and that will have the longest-lasting positive effect on America is this one.
Even though the “blue wave” is looking more like wishful thinking with each passing day, there is still a chance that Republicans could lose control of at least the House, which makes it all the more urgent to get Trump’s agenda enacted and his nominees approved before fall, when Congress members will be completely distracted by campaigning.
If Republicans need one more great reason to stay in session through August: there are vulnerable Democratic Senators in Trump-supporting states who desperately want to be able to go home and spend August campaigning. Wouldn’t it be more in the GOP’s interests to keep them in Washington, very publicly trying to obstruct the agenda their constituents voted for?
The same “voices of reason” who told us that President Trump standing up to North Korea would provoke a nuclear attack are now bloviating in panic over North Korea’s threat to pull out of the scheduled denuclearization summit. Why were these people ever put in charge of high level negotiations when they can’t recognize the most transparent negotiating tactics right in front of their eyes?
They're now clogging up the cable news channels, pulling their chin whiskers in puzzlement over why North Korea would threaten to cancel the talks over (stated reasons) joint US-South Korean military exercises and Trump expecting North Korea to “unilaterally” give up its nuclear program. Oh, and because national security advisor John Bolton referred to the Libya model of nuclear abandonment (their leader Muammar Gaddafi agreed to give up his nuclear program in 2003 and was later deposed and murdered.)
The experts wonder why those concerns would spook Kim Jong-Un. The military exercises are just business-as-usual. It’s been suggested that Kim thinks they’re a pretext for invading North Korea, but surely he must know that we have zero interest in occupying North Korea. That’s like dreaming of owning a condo in the Sahara Desert. As for “unilaterally” giving up his nuclear program: of course, that’s what the talks are about. Did he think we’d hold denuclearization talks so he could keep his nukes, or was he expecting us to give up ours, too?
As for Gaddafi's grisly fate, that had nothing to do with him giving up his nuclear program, which happened over a decade earlier. And need I remind everyone: John Bolton wasn’t running the State Department when the tragically stupid decision to decapitate Libya’s government and let it devolve into a terrorist-ridden hellhole was made. The person who did that is blessedly not in charge of our foreign policy now, as she fully expected to be.
If I were a betting man, I would wager that all these transparently bogus objections and threats to pull out of the negotiations are largely theater, designed to test Trump’s resolve, throw the US and South Korea off balance and extract better terms. They're hoping Trump will prove to be a paper tiger with a spine like an egg noodle, willing to bend to avoid leaving empty-handed, like so many diplomats they've rolled before. I would also guess that Trump won’t fall for it, having literally written the book on how to discombobulate the other side during the deal-making process. Remember, he’s already said that if he isn’t 100% satisfied with any deal, he’ll walk out. He is holding all the aces, and North Korea is trying to scare him into folding. If Kim tries to overplay his hand, Trump can simply say, “Okay, sorry you feel that way. Talks are cancelled, we’ll ratchet the sanctions and military response up even further.”
That would leave North Korea in an even weaker position (and not make China very pleased with Kim, either), so I seriously doubt they’ll push it that far. And there is nothing to prevent Trump from doing exactly that – other than the thought that a bunch of self-proclaimed experts on liberal cable news networks might say bad things about him. I’m sure he cries himself to sleep every night in fear of that happening.
For all the time Obama’s FBI (and later the special counsel) was investigating Russia-Trump “collusion” in the 2016 campaign, top-level officials were doing a high-wire act to keep information about what they were doing out of the hands of Congress and those with FOIA requests. As Andrew C. McCarthy points out, they didn’t brief the bipartisan leadership of either the House or Senate or their intelligence committees. They ignored requests for documents or slow-walked them like a colony of inebriated three-toed sloths. And documents they did finally turn over were redacted like crazy.
The usual justification for blacking out line after line, page after page, is that they do it “to protect sources and methods,” and, yes, these truly are an essential part of intelligence gathering. But in this case, considering the particular sources and methods we’re slowly finding out about, it’s easy to see why they wanted to keep a lid on them. Sources like Christopher Steele and Hillary-connected diplomats and methods like deceiving judges and utilizing “moles” inside a political opponent’s presidential campaign are things the FBI most assuredly wanted to protect.
Now that former FBI Director James Comey is doing book interviews, the question arises as to whether he’s being protected as well. It’s possible that Robert Mueller has given him immunity on the sly, and the more Comey talks and contradicts himself, the more likely that seems. The FBI passed out immunity like candy at Christmas to associates of Hillary during their ridiculous “Mid-Year Exam” (MYE) investigation of Hillary, before Comey announced there would be no indictment of her. In effect, they gave her immunity, too.
In McCarthy’s column in National Review, he shows that some of the answers we seek are right there for all to see, in the thousands of Peter Strzok-Lisa Page texts. (And thanks to the Inspector General Michael Horowitz for somehow getting hold of them, when the FBI said they were unretrievable.) All that texting provides a “day-to-day narrative” to go with the emerging timeline of events for both the Hillary and the Russia-Trump investigations. As two people who are “singularly well informed,” Strzok and Page reference not only what is going on but why –- which is no doubt why large portions of their texts were heavily redacted before they saw the light of day. The names of Justice Department, White House, intelligence and other government officials have been blacked out. But after reading through hundreds of texts (so we don’t have to!), McCarthy claims that the they are still a “gold mine.”
Apparently, Strzok and Page were inspired to solidify the Trump-Russia connection while reading a Josh Marshall “Talking Points” post called “Trump & Putin. Yes, it’s really a Thing,” which outlined numerous business associations Trump had with Russian financiers. After reading it, they spend the next 50 minutes exchanging 13 lengthy texts that the Justice Department has entirely blacked out. “Sources and methods,” ya think?
The investigation comes together with amazing speed. They talk about various DOJ people who will be involved (most names redacted, but mentions of “Andy” [McCabe] and “Bill” [Priestap] remaining), and then, weirdly, Strzok immediately leaves for London. This is the trip that seems to have paved the way for getting George Papadopoulos into that London bar with information to share about the Russians hacking Hillary’s emails.
They’re being sneaky about Strzok’s London trip. Page, a lawyer who is McCabe’s legal assistant, reminds him to be careful of what he signs in England so he can “lawfully protect the information” (“protect,” as in “conceal”). She writes, “Just thinking about Congress, foia (Freedom Of Information Act), etc.” He texts her from London about the “guy we’re about to interview,” but everything after that reference is redacted.
Strzok gets back from London and they set up meetings about the exciting new case. Strzok texts Page: And hi. Went well, best we could have expected. Other than [REDACTED] quote: “the White House is running this.” My answer, “well, maybe for you they are.”
Okay, the White House? These are extremely significant conversations, and there is no national security reason for blacking them out so extensively. But at this point, we all know it isn’t about national security. We’re not fools; this is legal cover for the FBI, Justice Department and most likely the White House. We also know President Trump has the authority to declassify anything he wants. He might want to start by opening up this gold mine and giving those political operatives the shaft.
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