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January 12, 2022

Good evening!

Blessings on you and your family, and from all the Huckabee staff! Tonight's stories include:

  • Bible Verse of the Day - Isaiah 6:8
  • Grilling Fauci
  • #BizarreBiden
  • Carving up the Filibuster
  • A Biden-Cheney ticket in 2024?!?
  • Another comedian dares to speak out against wokeness


Mike Huckabee

1. Daily Bible Verse:

Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands.

Psalm 100 KJV

Today's Bible verse was recommended by Patricia W.

2. Grilling Fauci:

Tuesday, Dr. Anthony Fauci was back in the Senate, where Republicans grilled him until he was well-done. Sen. Roger Marshall brought up Project Veritas’ DARPA report leak that we talked about yesterday. It indicates that DARPA rejected a proposal for gain-of-function research on bat viruses that Fauci’s NIH later funded, possibly creating COVID-19. Fauci has been accused of lying to Congress when he denied that the NIH funded such research, and he claimed the story wasn’t true.

Marshall replied that Fauci needs to prove that by producing the unredacted documents. At that point, Democrat Committee Chair Patty Murray stepped in to pull Fauci’s bacon out of the fire by saying she wouldn’t allow “personal attacks.” I will leave it to you to figure out how asking someone to release the government documents that prove they’re not lying to Congress about a disease that’s killed millions of people is a “personal attack.”

But that wasn’t the end of Fauci’s problems. Sen. Rand Paul also ripped him not only for his alleged role in the gain-of-function research, but also for his outrageous “I am the science” proclamation and his attempts to smear, silence and discredit any medical experts whose opinions on COVID don’t support his own.

Fauci tried to turn the tables by holding up a printout of an ad from Paul’s website, but it backfired spectacularly. His intent was to accuse Paul of trying to profit off of attacks on him, but the photo of Fauci holding up a page that read “Fire Dr. Fauci” quickly launched a thousand Internet memes. Paul got the last devastating word in when he tweeted the photo with the comment, “Dr. Fauci and I finally agreed on something in our Senate hearing today.”

3. #BizarreBiden:

I’ve come to expect that every time our President speaks, we’ll be treated to at least one instance each of a demonstrably false personal anecdote allegedly related to the topic at hand, a bizarre claim out of left field, an inappropriate attempt to use the occasion to push a radical big government political agenda, and the misuse of the word “literal.” He checked off all the boxes in this bizarre attempt to comfort Colorado wildfire residents by pointing out the upside of high winds: they will help the government control the weather.

4. Carving up the Filibuster:

For a group of people who claim to love “democracy” and our sacred governmental system so much, Democrats sure do love swinging a sledgehammer at it like HGTV hosts demoing a ‘50s tile bathroom. Has anyone in history ever come up with more creative ways to defend the system by smashing its rules?

While claiming it’s Republicans who are trying to blow up the system, they’ve circumvented Congress by writing laws and making treaties via executive order; and proposed stacking the Supreme Court, eliminating the Electoral College, ending the Senate filibuster, letting non-citizens and felons vote, weakening the First and Second Amendments and taking away the states’ right to set their own election laws. I shudder to think what cataclysmic destruction they’d propose if they WEREN’T trying to “safeguard the system.”

In reality, the only thing they really care about preserving is their own power, and they will obviously do whatever it takes to achieve that, even if it means destroying democracy to "save" it. President Biden’s latest brainstorm is a proposal to create a “carve-out” of the Senate filibuster, to allow his “Legalize Vote Fraud” Act to pass with just 51 votes.

He claims this would preserve the filibuster, with only this one teensy-weensy exception. But if you can make an exception for one law, you can make an exception for any law that you really, really want, which renders the filibuster power of the minority meaningless.

As for the laughable claim that this is a super-special occasion and they’d never do it again, pinky-swear, consider how quick they were to abuse the reconciliation exception to try to pass a multi-trillion-dollar government-bloating bill full of controversial new laws and programs using a loophole meant only for simple, non-controversial budget bills.

Fortunately, it’s doubtful that there will be enough support to pull this latest end-run around the rules. There may still be a few Democrats left in the Senate who can read the tea leaves and know how it will bite them in the rump if they strip away the power of the minority. GOP Leader Mitch McConnell is already warning them in no uncertain terms that if they go that route, hell awaits when they become the minority.

In this case, backing Biden’s “carve-out” idea would result in them carving off their own noses to spite their faces.

By the way, if Senate Democrats need to hear an eloquent defense of the filibuster, how about this quote: ending it “will wash away 200 years of history and mean doomsday for democracy.” That’s what Chuck Schumer said in 2005 when Democrats were in the minority.

5. A Biden-Cheney ticket in 2024?!?:

It’s becoming more apparent with each passing day that, like a dog that chased cars until he caught one and didn’t know what to do with it, leftists in America are incapable of dealing with the predictable disasters caused by obtaining enough power to put their terrible policies into effect and the resulting furious public reaction. So they’re retreating into a strange fantasy world of virtual alternate realities, like Mark Zuckerberg’s Metaverse, only without the fun.

How else to explain New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman’s suggestion that the only way to “save democracy” is for Biden to run for reelection in 2024 with Republican Liz Cheney as his VP?

Who exactly would vote for that ticket? Black voters would be angry that he dumped Kamala Harris and replaced her with a white Republican. Republicans think Cheney is a turncoat and might even oust her in the House primary. And the Democrats’ liberal base hates all Republicans and still thinks her dad was a cross between Hitler and Darth Vader. To be fair, they live in a fantasy world, too.

And speaking of that, Kevin Drum wants everyone to know that in his reality, “the US economy is doing great.”

Why, thanks to brilliant Democrat leadership and those huge COVID relief spending bills, the economy is better now than it was two years ago! And if “the price we pay is a bit of extra inflation for a while, then that's not really much of a price.”

In reality, inflation in December was up 7% year-to-year, the fastest rise in inflation rates since 1982.

I’d tell Keven that that’s not “a bit” of inflation, it’s so much inflation that the price we pay for everything is really too much, but I don’t want to awaken him from his dream since he seems so happy there.

6. Another comedian dares to speak out against wokeness:

Steve Harvey said that cancel culture has “killed comedy,” and it’s caused him to step away from doing stand-up. He says that every joke these days allegedly hurts somebody’s feelings, and that when he finally does another stand-up special, he’ll probably have to call it “This Is It” because he’ll never be allowed to do another one.

Personally, while I understand his viewpoint, I believe that now more than ever, we need comedians to step up and tell as many jokes as possible about the “woke” left. Knuckling under to them only gives them a greater sense of their own power to censor and intimidate. Comedians have always been society’s greatest weapon against arrogant tyrants, and just because the tyrants are self-righteous “activists” with Twitter accounts instead of politicians or military dictators, that shouldn’t make them immune to richly-deserved ridicule.

In a related story, here’s a must-read article by Bari Weiss at Substack about the dire situation in Hollywood, where leftism and wokeism have many people terrified of saying anything that might offend someone and get them blacklisted (just using the word “blacklisted” can now get you blacklisted.)

It’s gone beyond a welcome openness to writers and creators of more diverse backgrounds to the point where there’s blatant discrimination against white job applicants. That means more racially diverse writers, but also means that good, experienced writers are being shut out, which helps to explain why so much of what we’re now seeing on our screens isn’t fresh, creative, thrilling or entertaining, it’s just transparent leftist propaganda that feels as if it were written by freshman UCLA film school students. It’s why, if you want well-written stories with sharp dialogue, original stories and believable characters, you’ll need a subscription to Turner Classic Movies.

7. I Just Wanted To Say:

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  • Philip Kreilein

    01/13/2022 11:41 AM

    Hi Mike, hope you are safe and well. I was thinking that if Congress really wanted to do something that would be appreciated and embraced by all of America, they would end the changing of the clocks and stay on daylight savings time. I don't know of anyone who wants or likes changing clocks. It comes up twice a year but Congress never does anything about it. I realize we have more pressing problems but it's low hanging fruit? If the Republicans introduced it, it would be an even better reason for folks to vote GOP. Maybe you could put a bug in someone's ear? Thanks! I enjoy reading your newsletter. Thanks !!!! Phil Kreilein, Gahanna Ohio (formerly of Jasper, Indiana).

  • Margaret Johnson

    01/13/2022 11:12 AM

    I read a few other musings at the Kevin Drum site…the comments made me think…..’none so blind as those who cannot see’.
    Steve Harvey not doing stand-up….knuckling under to the left running ‘Hollyweird’…explains why we watch quite a bit of ME TV. Gimme those old reruns!

  • Jerry Korba

    01/13/2022 10:57 AM

    The effect of the 2020"Election" is the product of insanity corruption and dishonesty. Today the country is up to its eyeballs in the new America. This will continue as the elections will be a farce and that is why biden is still president and harris is still vice president. They are conducting business as the Oval Office is in China. With biden's Federal rules in favor for national Elections a one party country is the future of the country today Americans how is the Lifestyle today with more time with this Adminstration the American lifestyle will be that of your urban rule today low life life style uneducated and without law and order that is the goal of biden and its collection of communists

  • Jerry Korba

    01/13/2022 09:58 AM

    In the case of Donald Trump you can take Donald out of New York City but you can't New York city out of Donald I think getting Donald out of NYC and Washington DC for a few years will help erode the some of the nasty New York city in him and I think he may come back with a better outlook. When one is surrounded by hostile and corrupt people like NYC and DC some will attach itself to that mental structure being in warm and embracing Florida Donald will come out still tough as a railroad spike but with a warmer presentation he doesn't need NYC and DC toxic outlooks he just needs to be an American. After being in Florida for a few years Donald should be rated AAAA MAGA I still believe in Donald Trump and his refined new self.

  • Jerry Korba

    01/13/2022 09:40 AM

    The rating of the President not sure who is biden thinks Harris president and harris won't deny it both are rated very poorly as is the Congress. The Presidents are corrupt and liars the Congress is self serving this corral of unsupervised breed is contaminating the country the world called America. Most of this breed in Washington DC needs to be flushed into deeper than usual Cesspools as this breed is very toxic and as their rating show undesirable to most. I have wondered how many Democrats chose to pay more for their fuel than the pump said it owed when Donald Trump had the fuel selling for 35dollars a tank full today the tank will need 55 dollars to fill Why one would ask I think Donald Trump is an American not a Dem. and not a Republican just an American that wanted great things for Americans for an affordable price If one could leave the ignorance of major cities one could sense this is true.

  • Patrick Canan

    01/13/2022 09:05 AM

    Thank you for being a watchdog on the utterances of President Biden. Who would you recommend as the watchdog for former President Trump?

  • Jerry

    01/13/2022 08:19 AM

    If I were Joe biden the president that is destroying the country he is on the mission to the end to destroy America I think they know the democrats they are failing the Dems are going grasp everything of value in America to steal corrupt and destroy biden is working toward a early 1940 ‘s style Germany the democrat is more of a communist than an American

  • William Jakovac

    01/13/2022 01:58 AM

    I would like to believe that, as a politician, I would stick with the same position on matters of the past and future. I know I’m not perfect, but keeping my word is important to me.

    Still, do you think I would be affected by the Beltway Madness? I hope not.

  • John Gore

    01/12/2022 10:36 PM

    A Biden-Cheyney "unity" ticket in 2024? NY Times columnist Tom Friedman has clearly been inhaling too many greenhouse gases.

  • Paul Kern

    01/12/2022 07:59 PM

    One thought. I read where it was a common practice for a man to stand beside the king. His job was to whisper in the king's ears a reminder that he was only a man. Many kings had bloated egos and this was a way to keep them grounded. Biden's teleprompter is not good enough. Eed one for him, Kamala and all he has put in power. It would help in Congress also.