Tweet of the Day, from “Dilbert” creator Scott Adams:
“If you find yourself blaming President Trump for almost-sort-of-maybe intending to obstruct a witch hunt, you have a mental health crisis, not a political opinion.”
Glad to see that people notice my tweets. This story is about two of them: my response to Sen. Mitt Romney, who seems to prefer trashing the President he cozied up to for a job rather than criticizing the other Party’s attempted coup to overturn the election…and a link to a column by Democratic pollster Mark Penn, who understands what the Mueller report is really about (especially the "obstruction" half that, as Penn points out, shouldn't even exist) a lot better than some Republicans I could name.
For those Democrats who continue to scream for impeachment over “obstruction of justice,” can they please first define what they mean by that term? Because here’s how it looks from where I sit:
Being angry enough over having your Administration hamstrung and your family and staff threatened by partisan investigators accusing you of something you know you never did that you consider firing them, but ultimately don’t: “OBSTRUCTION!”
Taking an email server that’s under subpoena, erasing it, scrubbing every bit of data off it with BleachBit and pounding it with a hammer: “NOT OBSTRUCTION!”
It appears that someone else also follows me on Twitter. CNN’s April Ryan accused me of inciting violence against her because I asked whether CNN or the White House Correspondents’ Association would deal with her incitement to murder of my daughter by saying on TV that her head should be “lopped off.”
As you can see at the link, she also questions my religious faith, says I won’t get into Heaven, then ups the threatening rhetoric by adding, “As your people come for me! My people see you and will do the same for you!"
This is the latest defense tactic of people on the left who are called out for outrageous comments or outright lies: accuse the people who point out their foul behavior of inciting violence against them to make them immune from criticism. We’ve seen it most prominently from defenders of Rep. Ilhan Omar, who is now supposed to be given a free pass for anti-Semitic statements because criticizing them might inspire some nutjob to threaten her.
For the record: I have been writing news commentaries for over 10 years, and in all that time, I have repeatedly and consistently urged people to listen to the other side and respond intellectually and factually, not violently or emotionally. I have said it about both the left and the right. I have criticized President Trump when I thought his rhetoric went beyond the pale. In every TV remote, I make sure that the “Come let us reason together” plaque in my office is on full display.
But I am also a father who has had to watch as my daughter has been vilified, threatened and even forced to leave a public restaurant, all because of unhinged leftists, whipped into a frenzy by “news” media figures who long ago abandoned any pretense of objectivity or professionalism in their pursuit of being fulltime DNC mouthpieces.
I would be willing to consider that maybe “lopping their heads off” was simply a metaphor for firing, if there weren’t already a thriving subset of leftists who use violence and threats to try to intimidate political opponents and media figures they disagree with (ask Tucker Carlson or any college Republican), groups which haven’t received a fraction of the negative media coverage accorded to people who simply work in the Trump White House. Also, if it weren’t so ironic that Ms Ryan was calling for my daughter to be fired over a slip of the tongue while claiming that her violent way of expressing it was simply a misunderstood figure of speech.
(Speaking of that, here’s a report from the Daily Caller, which did what real journalists would do: they talked to some FBI agents to find out if they really did approve of James Comey’s firing):
It also might be more persuasive if the calls for my daughter’s firing for allegedly saying something that wasn’t 100% literally true didn’t come from a media outlet that’s spent two full years lying 24/7 about “Russian collusion” and even accused Sarah of not baking her own pies.
For the record, I have never, nor would I ever, call for nor condone violence against anyone for disagreeing with my political views. I would appreciate the same courtesy from people who claim to be professional journalists. More to the point, I think Ms Ryan’s employer might appreciate some more professional conduct from all its on-air talent, since the viewing public is obviously getting pretty sick of this circus as well.
One issue on which I have been critical of my fellow Republicans is Obamacare. They ran on a promise to repeal and replace it, failed to keep that promise when they had the power, and still haven’t offered a replacement plan. Meanwhile, Democrats are charging leftward down the field, promising “Medicare For All,” another government program that would take away control and choice from consumers while spending trillions of dollars the government doesn’t have (they promise that “millionaires and billionaires” will pay for it, but even they don’t have that much money – and I hate to break this news to Bernie Sanders, but there’s no such thing as “trillionaires.”)
So hats off to Louisiana Republican Sen. Bill Cassidy, who tells Breitbart News that he is working on his own market-based alternative plan that would both lower medical costs and make pricing more transparent (that would end “surprise billing,” such as an example he gave of a patient who was billed $18,000 for a urine test.) It’s modeled on the successful CHIP program that provides affordable health insurance for children, and it would be run by the states, with each state given flexibility to create a version that works best for its own citizens. More details are at this link:
Cassidy is a doctor himself, with a background in setting up medical clinics to provide free health care and vaccinations to low income patients, and emergency care for Hurricane Katrina victims. He believes that a plan based on a program that’s already successful might garner some bipartisan support.
I suspect it won’t garner as much support from Democrats as he hopes, since too many of today’s most vocal Congressional Democrats seem far less interested in creating market-based, affordable health care that citizens control than in taking over health care and have Washington control it. But Republicans need to have their own viable plan for voters to compare to “Medicare For All,” and Cassidy is on the right track.
(I should note that some liberals are saying Cassidy should just keep quiet because he’s already been tainted by attacks from Jimmy Kimmel. That would be convincing if you believe that late night comedians who get their talking points from Chuck Schumer’s twitter feed know more about how to provide affordable medical care than a doctor with a history of founding free clinics.)
Unlike fans of federal control of everything, I believe in giving people a choice. Let’s see a Republican plan before the 2020 election, and let the voters decide whether they want health coverage that they control and tailor to their needs, or a budget-busting/tax-raising/one-size-fits-all/one authority-makes-all-your-health-decisions-for-you plan. If they’re smart enough to opt for the former, then maybe it won’t be necessary after 2020 to gain a lot of bipartisan Democratic support to get it past the House and a 60-vote margin in the Senate.
And yet another Democrat has entered the Presidential demolition derby: Massachusetts Rep. Seth Moulton is the…20th? I think he’s the 20th, but between the time I wrote this and the time you read it, a dozen more might have jumped in.
Anyway, Moulton launched his campaign by declaring that he is a Democrat, not a socialist. I sincerely wish him good luck with that strategy, but I’m not optimistic.
Nancy Pelosi was outraged that anyone would think the President shouldn’t have been given the chance to review the charges in the special counsel’s report in advance so that he could prepare a response that would be released as part of the report.
Oh, I’m sorry, wrong year: she was outraged in 1998 at the idea of preventing President Clinton from reviewing the Starr Report in advance. She’s now even more outraged at the idea that President Trump would have been given a chance to review the Mueller report in advance, even though that was legally necessary to make sure his attorneys approved the redactions.
This is why the symbol of the GOP is an elephant: elephants never forget.
Video Of The Day: I know a lot of Democrats are quietly hoping (maybe even working behind the scenes to arrange) for a challenger to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. And I think they may have found her.