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Now that the House testimony of vacant-eyed former special counsel Robert Mueller has thoroughly embarrassed the Democrats and cast a huge shadow of doubt over the entire investigation, the Democrats have given up trying to impeach President Trump and have finally decided to turn their attention to serious issues such as illegal immigration and continued economic expansion. “As members of Congress, we can now get back to doing our job,” Jerrold Nadler said.
Ha, you knew I was kidding after the first comma. If Democrats can’t use the special counsel report to impeach Trump –- and they really can’t, now that we know it was written not by Mueller at all but by hyper-partisan pit bulls, notably Andrew Weissmann –- they are going to keep looking for something else. They are like the hungry shark that can never stop swimming and scanning the depths for prey. More subpoenas, more fishy investigations.
And now, just before leaving for their August recess, they’ve already announced their newest fishing expedition.
Federal Death Penalty returns
By Mike Huckabee
Attorney General William Barr announced that after a 15-year hiatus in the federal death penalty, the government will execute five murderers on Death Row before the end of 2019. There are more details at the link.
The move is controversial, with Democrats predictably condemning it and even some conservatives saying it violates conservative principles such as limiting federal power. However, there’s no question that the federal government does have the legal power to resume executions. The real argument, as always, is about whether the death penalty itself is morally justifiable.
If you go to that link and read about the horrific crimes committed by these five men, you may understand why the juries believed that the death penalty was the only punishment commensurate with their actions. It’s easy for prominent liberals to argue that all life is sacred (although that would be more convincing if they weren’t so gung-ho for late term abortion). Some are trying to make it a racial issue, suggesting that people were only convicted because of their skin color. But federal death penalty cases involve the most heinous of crimes and the most stringent investigations. This isn’t a matter of racial politics, but of the strength of the evidence, and that has to be beyond any doubt.
In fact, the one I’m only too familiar with, Daniel Lewis Lee, is a white supremacist who was part of a plot to set up a whites-only nation in the Northwest. Along the way, he brutally murdered an Arkansas couple and their eight-year-old daughter. This happened when I was Lieutenant Governor of Arkansas, and he was convicted when I was Governor. If ever there were a case where the death penalty was justified, you could say this is it.
To be clear: I had to sign off on more executions than any other Governor in the state’s history. But I hated every one of them. Executions should never be routine, and they should be only for the most extreme cases. I never understood people who seemed excited at the idea of more executions. Maybe it’s because they never had to sign their names on the paper that ended another human’s life, even if he was convicted of murder. It’s the only order a Governor can issue that can never be reversed. I never okayed an execution without first examining all the case records, to see if there was any justification for staying it. But I also couldn’t simply take it upon myself to negate a punishment that was deemed just and proper by a jury that sat through a trial and acted in accordance with laws passed by the people’s representatives.
It’s strange now to see all the Democratic Presidential candidates rushing to condemn the Attorney General for enforcing laws passed by bipartisan Congresses. It’s particularly odd to see Joe Biden condemn it, when he’s on video from 1995 bragging about writing the “Biden Crime Bill” that allowed Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh to be executed. I suppose he might have had a genuine change of heart, and isn’t just shifting with the prevailing winds in his Party. But seeing how jazzed he was about having his name on a law that imposed the death penalty is sick. It suggests that he didn’t really understand the gravity of the issue. I can assure you that nobody who ever had to participate in an execution takes it lightly. Maybe if he’d ever had to put his name on a death sentence order instead of just on the law creating the death sentence, he would have taken it more seriously.
Last night, I was on Martha MacCallum’s Fox News show to talk about this subject. That interview also included the Biden video. To see the segment, click the link below:
By Mike Huckabee
Have you ever seen one of those cheesy 1950s horror movies, where everyone screams in terror at the monster, but you never actually see the monster until the very end…and it turns out to be some laughable creature that looks like it was made out of pipe cleaners, Styrofoam balls and googly-eyes someone bought at Hobby Lobby? The audience shouts, “That’s IT?! That ridiculous thing is what everyone has been going on about all this time?!”
Well, prepare to feel some deju vu. For two years, Rep. Adam Schiff has been claiming to have rock solid evidence that President Trump colluded with Russia to steal the election. Why, he may even still be doing Russia’s bidding, acting as a Putin puppet in the White House, and Schiff has ironclad proof of it. Oh, he’d like to show it to us, but it’s highly sensitive and couldn’t be seen by the public while Mueller was still building his irrefutable case against Trump.
Well, the Mueller report came out and fizzled, and Mueller testified and bumfuzzled. So yesterday on “The View,” Meghan McCain finally did what journalists should have done long ago. She told Schiff, “You have claimed for years now you have a smoking gun of evidence of collusion. Your quote is 'ample evidence of collusion.' You said that, but Robert Mueller and his investigation found that there was no collusion. So can you share with us -- right here, right now -- evidence that you have (that can) explain why Mueller was wrong yesterday?"
Schiff responded that the evidence “was in plain sight.” Okay, so…where is it?
Well, obviously! It was…and brace yourself for this! You might want to sit down, it’s just that shocking…it was that Donald Trump Jr. agreed to meet at Trump Tower with a Kremlin-connected Russian lawyer who claimed to have dirt on Hillary Clinton! Schiff said, "That is, I think by any rational American's expectation, the personification of collusion.”
Yep, that’s…it. That's the ironclad evidence he's been waving around on camera without ever letting us see it. That’s the Styrofoam pipe cleaner monster Schiff has been scaring America with for two years. That pointless meeting that everybody and his dog knows about, where a Russian lawyer claimed to have damaging information on Hillary, then turned out not to, and the meeting was cut short and she was sent on her way after about 15 minutes. Talk about sticking monster googly eyes on a big, fat nothingburger!
If that’s the “personification of collusion,” then what would he call laundering millions of dollars through a law firm to pay off a foreign research operative to purchase phony dirt on your opponent direct from Russian sources?
This just might be the most ridiculous story involving Adam Schiff since it was announced that he would be put in charge of the Intelligence Committee.
Life in the Beltway Bubble
By Mike Huckabee
Prominent journalist Howard Fineman brag-tweeted a photo of him schmoozing with top Democratic politicians like Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer at a party at New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd's pad – then had to delete it after he was assailed with angry tweets from both right and left. He then posted another tweet that showed he had no clue why Americans might be upset at politicians and the journalists who are supposed to “cover” them (but mostly cover for them) holding cozy cocktail parties together at each other’s upscale abodes.
It’s ironic that Fineman would be surprised by the public’s hostility to media-politician lovefests. Ed Driscoll at Instapundit unearthed this 2005 article by Fineman in which he described how the media gave up trying to act objective in the ‘60s, turning into a political party unto itself (the AMMP, or “American Mainstream Media Party”) that became symbiotically entwined with the Democratic Party. In 2005, he noted the rise of opposition to the AMMP from conservative outlets and what he called “Blogger Nation.”
Fineman wrote then, “It's hard to know now who, if anyone, in the ‘media’ has any credibility.”
Here’s a clue: in 2019, if you’re tweeting photos of you and fellow “political journalists” partying and clicking highball glasses with top Democratic politicians, you have no credibility.
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When you’re running for President in a field so crowded that finding any one candidate is like playing “Where’s Waldo,” I guess you’ll do anything for attention. So Washington Gov. Jay Inslee (yes, he is running for President, I looked it up) tried to grab a little of the fleeting attention given to Trump-hating women’s soccer star Megan Rapinoe by saying that if elected, he would appoint her as Secretary of State.
Inslee pointed to Rapinoe’s comment that Americans should treat each other with respect, and that “We have to be better. We have to love more, hate less. We got to listen more and talk less…”
Which I agree with, only it sounds a little strange coming from someone who imposed her own angry, divisive political opinions onto her teammates and declared that she would not go to “the f---ing White House” if her team won, before they were even invited.
Jay Inslee actually believes that’s the best top diplomat to represent America in dealing with nations with which she might have personal disagreements? I’d start digging a bomb shelter right now if it weren’t for the fact that the chances of Megan Rapinoe becoming Secretary of State are only slightly greater than the chances of Jay Inslee becoming President.
Great point by Jim Geraghty at National Review: According to Congressional Democrats, the President of the United States is “unpatriotic,” “totalitarian,” “disloyal,” “dictatorial” and a “great danger” who is “betraying” the country with a “massive cover-up” of obstruction of justice, and they WILL NOT REST until he is removed from office!
...And now, they’re going on a seven-week summer break.
I may have to do that, too. Who’s going to provide me with material to write jokes about if Congress isn’t in session? In fact, that just might be the only job Congressional Democrats have ever created.
Last night, in the wake of Robert Mueller’s titanic testimony to Congress (and I mean “Titanic” in every sense of the world), President Trump gave an exclusive phone interview to Fox News’ Sean Hannity. They covered a number of topics, from the Mueller hearings to the shameful water attacks on police officers in New York City. You can read about it and see the full interview here:
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