August 4, 2020
By Mike Huckabee
NO, SUSAN RICE WILL NOT BE JOE BIDEN'S VP PICK
Susan Rice is the latest to be cited in the media as the current frontrunner to be Joe Biden’s running mate. He has committed to choosing a woman, and he's pretty well obligated to choose a woman of color as well. Naturally, the leftist media are obsessed with who it will be.
Folks, it’s all theatrics. Kamala Harris won't be it; Val Demings won't be it. And neither will Susan Rice, though she does have suitable Obama connections. Precisely none of the women mentioned as candidates for the #2 spot in recent weeks can help Biden win, and, more importantly, given the circumstances, none of them can be envisioned as President of the United States, because we all know that Biden, if he's still even the candidate on Election Day and (shudder) wins, will be replaced practically on the spot. Rice, with her foreign policy credentials, might have a little more gravitas than the others –- it wouldn’t take much to stand out in that crowd –- but she still has way too many problems.
For one thing –- not that it would matter to hard-core Democrat party hacks and rabid anti-Trumpers –- she’s a liar of great repute. By that I don’t mean little lies here and there, tiny fibs that might be rationalized as necessary for national security, but huge politically-charged whoppers told repeatedly on national TV and even under oath. I’m still enough of an optimist to think that this would matter to the independent voters, the folks in the middle, the thoughtful “swing” voters that Biden or any challenger would need to sway.
Of course, we all know that Rice lied her head off about the cause of the 2012 attack on our consulate in Benghazi, Libya, in which U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three others were killed. She went on five different Sunday shows and told the same fake story about an anti-Islam YouTube video setting off protests that turned violent. Hillary told the same story. We all know it was fabricated to cover up the fact that it was a terrorist attack. American personnel were not given the protection they needed and deserved, help was not provided once the attack was underway, and our people ended up dead. But Rice did her political duty. From then on, we knew what she was made of.
That was just the first. Later on, we found out that Rice had written a curious “note to self” on the very last day of the Obama administration --- just as Trump was being sworn in, in fact. It was a “memo to the file” about the meeting she'd attended (aside: WITH JOE BIDEN) in the Oval Office on January 5, 2017, to say that Obama had told them everything having to do with the “Russia” investigation had to be done “by the book.” I think she mentioned that five times. This is what you call a “CYA” memo. She was “C”-ing Obama’s “A.”
Later, she covered her own “A,” too. She had her lawyer, Kathryn Ruemmler, who also happens to have been PRESIDENT OBAMA’S WHITE HOUSE COUNSEL, write a letter to Sens. Grassley, Graham, Feinstein and Whitehouse, saying, “While serving as National Security Advisor, Ambassador Rice was not briefed on the existence of any FBI investigation into allegations of collusion between Mr. Trump’s associates and Russia, and she later learned of the fact of this investigation from Director Comey’s subsequent testimony.”
Oh, really?? Comey didn’t testify until March 20, 2017, but Rice was present at the January 5 Oval Office meeting that dealt with exactly that –- in particular, with the investigation into Michael Flynn.
And it gets worse. She also denied this under oath. On September 8, 2017, she gave sworn testimony to the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (then chaired by Republican Devin Nunes) that she knew nothing about the FBI’s “Russia” investigation while she was at the White House. Apparently anticipating some difficult questioning from Republicans, she arrived with two attorneys from Latham & Watkins (Ruemmler’s firm). Ironically, it was a couple of questions from Democrats that tripped her up.
Adam Schiff: “Director Comey testified that, in July of last year , he began a counterintelligence investigation into people associated with the Trump campaign and what contacts they may have had with Russia. That investigative responsibility, wasn’t part of your portfolio, I take it?”
Rice: “No, not at all.”
Schiff: “And would Director Comey brief you on the progress of his investigation?”
Rice: “No. I think it’s important for everybody to understand: We were not informed by Director Comey or the attorney general that there was an active investigation of anybody in the Trump orbit...In the Obama White House, we maintained scrupulously the firewall between the people in the White House and contacts with Justice about potential or actual criminal matters. The only communication that was sanctioned in that vein was between the White House counsel and the Justice Department or the FBI.”
She goes on: “And Director Comey did not volunteer to us, not only then but for the duration of his administration, that there was an active investigation of anybody in the Trump orbit...I learned about it formally in the public domain after I left office.”
Eric Swalwell: “Is it fair to say that, as the national security adviser, you were not read in on active, ongoing investigations that the Department of Justice or the FBI were conducting?”
Rice: “Absolutely, that’s the case. Those were law enforcement matters...”
EDITORIAL COMMENT: Who is she kidding?
According to the Horowitz report, testimony from Comey differs markedly from that of Rice. Comey said the Obama team knew about the FBI’s investigation in detail, almost from the start. He said Rice was one of the people he had told (along with Obama) about “Crossfire Hurricane” in the summer of 2016. And, of course, her presence at the January 5 meeting shows she had to have been aware of the Michael Flynn case.
So, it appears that Biden’s current frontrunner for the VP slot has lied quite brazenly under oath. She'd had plenty of practice before then, too. Leftists won’t care one bit, but I don’t think swing voters will want to put someone in office who more appropriately belongs in jail. We knew Hillary belonged in jail; notice she didn't win in 2016.
AOC'S LATEST IDIOCY
Your Daily Dose of AOC: Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is demanding that a statue of St. Damien be removed from the US Capitol because he was a “white supremacist” and a “colonizer.” Apparently, she “thinks” he was a “colonizer” because Father Damien lived in a leper colony in Hawaii. He not only did many things to help the lepers, but he lived among them at a time when they were societal outcasts and fought for their civil rights before dying of leprosy himself at 49.
But yeah, he was a white guy from Belgium and he lived in a “colony,” so he must be a white supremacist colonizer. Oh, and not that it matters to AOC, but the statue of him was carved by Marisol Escobar, “an immigrant who lived in New York and was renowned as a cutting-edge pioneer feminist sculptor.”
I’m too nice to say anything more about what kind of person would do something like this, so I’ll just hand you over to Stephen Kruiser at PJ Media, who clearly doesn't have that problem.
ANOTHER DUMB DEMOCRAT SOLUTION
Chicago-area leaders are calling on Illinois education officials to eliminate history classes statewide because the books currently used unfairly communicate America’s racist and sexist history. I’d say that the fact that they actually believe America’s history is nothing but racism and sexism shows that the current history books are communicating exactly what they were intended to.
If the Democrat solution to crime is to eliminate police, and the Democrat solution to not liking parts of our history is to eliminate history class, I wonder what their solution to hunger would be. Burning the food supply?
TWITTER MUST LOVE IRAN
Behold Twitter, the land where President Trump’s tweets warning rioters not to attack Washington, DC, are a dangerous threat that must be censored, but Iran’s tweets threatening to destroy Israel and calling Zionism a “virus” that “will be uprooted” are hunky-dory.
Well, maybe the Twitter tech nerds just love Iran because it’s done so much better than Trump at keeping people safe from the coronavirus. Uh, yeah, about that narrative… Leaked data shows the infection rate is about double Iran’s official figures, and the death rate is nearly triple the official count, and the Iranian government was deliberately lying about it to keep the truth secret. Other than that, what’s not to love about the mullahs?
A RELIGIOUS WAR
There’s a reason why the phrase, “Get woke, go broke,” was invented, and the major sports leagues may be learning that the hard way.
I reported last week that Trader Joe’s, Ford and the Wall Street Journal all told some demand-issuing leftist crybullies to go whistle up a rope, and so far, it appears that it won’t cost them a cent in lost revenues. Likewise, the boycott threat against Goya seems to have done nothing but assure that Republicans have a new favorite brand of packaged foods.
As I’ve been warning for years now, most of these “public outrage” stories are based on a handful of cranks on Twitter threatening to boycott a product they never used anyway. But for some reason, some corporations, like an elephant rearing up in fear before a mouse, continue to cave to them. The NBA, NFL and MLB caved big time, with entire teams kneeling during the National Anthem and putting “Black Lives Matter” on playing surfaces and uniforms while still banning any other expressions of personal beliefs.
Again, to quote Dr. Phil, “How is that workin’ out for them?”
Both pro basketball and baseball returned to the air with more racial virtue-signaling than a CNN townhall, and even though you’d think fans would be starved for sports to resume, the TV ratings started low, then went straight into the sewer.
The highest-rated season opening games were the Yankees-Nationals (4 million viewers) and the Lakers-Clippers (3.4 million.) That’s pretty dismal, but the second night, they tumbled even further, with the Celtics-Bucks game drawing only 1.3 million viewers, and the Angels-A’s game a puny 797,000. By contrast, a charity golf match in May pulled 5.8 million viewers. This summer, an average of nearly 8.7 million people are watching “America’s Got Talent.” Maybe because they don’t start the show with five minutes of telling us how evil America is before they show us how talented it is.
On the plus side, I’ve never been a big hockey fan, but I’m starting to feel my interest in the game growing after the NHL became the only pro sports league where the players refused to kneel during the National Anthem…
The NFL might want to cast an eye on the plummeting ratings for the NBA and MLB and think hard about who they’re catering to before it’s too late. Maybe listen to NFL great Herschel Walker…
In case you’re wondering what he means about BLM supporters burning Bibles, that story from Portland is right here…
And here’s a related essay on how, whether most people recognize it or want to admit it, we are involved in a religious war.
This was a wonderful surprise: the Hollywood Reporter just ranked me as the #1 most popular TV personality in social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.)
I consider this an honor that I owe to all of you, so congratulations and thanks to you!
BIBLE VERSE OF THE DAY (KJV)