THE EVENING EDITION By Mike Huckabee
Good evening! Here are some stories I think you will find interesting.
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1. Reminder: Adults are now in charge:
Remember how we were told we had to elect Democrats so that “the adults would be back in charge”? Where are those adults, I wonder? Did they all go to Florida so they could enjoy life in peace and leave the kids and teenagers back in DC to destroy the house with an endless kegger party? Listening to some of the top Democrat leaders, I sometimes feel as if I’m arguing with children whose entire arsenal of replies consists of “It’s not FAIR!” and “I know you are, but what am I?”
Take Senate “Majority” Leader Chuck Schumer, please. He’s making the rounds of similarly juvenile talk shows, once again pushing the idea of doing away with the Senate filibuster so that the Dems can ram their agenda (including their unconstitutional “Federalize elections and legalize vote fraud” bill) down Americans’ throats with only a 50-50 tie plus the vote of VP Kamala “28% approval rating” Harris. He used a lot of overheated hyperbole about January 6th to try to justify it as protecting democracy, but it all really boils down to, “When we lose an election, it’s not FAIR!”
(I could also throw in all the Democrats who are publicly wailing about how traumatized they were by January 6th, like children who are still crying over a boo-boo they got a year ago to milk it for more free ice cream. Yes, January 6th was bad, and those who broke the law should be punished. But go tell your sob story to all the Americans who lost their homes and businesses to looters and arsonists and who were assaulted by actual armed insurrectionists, all of whom were defended and bailed out of jail by those very same Democrats.)
You’d think Schumer might have glanced at the recent obituaries for his predecessor Harry Reid that recalled how his weakening of the filibuster came back to bite Democrats when they became the minority. But that would require long-term thinking and reading the news, two things that five-year-olds are not famous for. Schumer couldn’t even be mature enough to acknowledge his own arguments in defense of the filibuster, back when it was to his advantage.
He doesn’t have the consistent principles of a mature adult but the childish attitude of “I get my way every time, or it’s NOT FAIR!”
And then we have the case of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who responded to legitimate criticism of her rank hypocrisy by claiming that her critics are just frustrated because they find her so hot and can’t have her. Trust me, that’s not why I write about her. At least her response was more mature than Schumer’s arguments, but only in the sense that a spoiled teenage drama queen is slightly more mature than a tantrum-throwing five-year-old.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ spokeswoman Christina Pushaw (whom I assume does not find AOC too sexy for her House seat) took on the adult role and set her straight:
And some of the other responses from female critics of AOC were downright hilarious, even on CNN…
Fortunately for America, a couple of adults still remain in the Democratic Party (Sens. Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema), and they realize the dangers of obliterating all minority power when their party is likely about to become the minority. Without their votes, Schumer won’t be able to end the filibuster. But I have no hopes that a dose of reality will make him suddenly start acting like a mature adult who is aware of the heavy responsibilities of his position.
It might be old fashioned to say this, but I think the only way to make these brats grow up is for the voters to deliver a good spanking to them.
Related: This is a good analysis by Joe Cunningham at Redstate.com about how Schumer knows he doesn’t have the power to end the filibuster, and for all the vitriol that leftists are hurling at Joe Manchin, his maturity and ability to think long range are likely their only hopes of retaining the majority after the next election.
2. A small victory against mandates in Nevada:
Opponents of government vaccine mandates won a small victory in Nevada, and blogger Robert Zimmerman makes several great points about why it has larger repercussions.
The Nevada State Board of Health had mandated that all college students get the shot or be banned, but that expired after 120 days. It could only be extended by the Legislative Commission, and when they split 6-6 on party lines, the tie killed the mandate. Zimmerman notes that like many such mandates, it was imposed by unelected, unaccountable bureaucrats. This was the first time elected representatives weighed in on it, and that ended it.
Some other important points he notes that are going overlooked: the fact that this was the first time elected representatives have had a say shows how much power has been usurped by unelected bureaucrats. Those bureaucrats ignored evidence that the mandate was ineffective and imposed a discriminatory policy that violated students’ First Amendment rights and their autonomy over their own bodies. This is also an example of how the excuse of a “medical emergency” has opened the door to many organizations violating laws protecting the privacy of citizens’ medical records. And most importantly, the party line vote shows how this issue has been completely politicized, with decisions based not on science but on politics.
I recommend you read the whole thing, but here’s a quote I have to share in this election year, because he makes the point that only the people can fix this by changing the politicians:
“The six Nevada Democrats who voted for this illogical mandate did so not because they had any facts on their side (which they did not), but because the edict expanded the power of government, and that today is the overriding goal of every Democrat. Crush the opposition, squelch free debate, and twist the law in any way possible to guarantee victory. The voters should have thrown these bums out of office years ago. It is...imperative that they do it now, because there is very little time left. Soon, if these power-hungry Democrats have their way, elections will no longer matter. They will be in control, and will not allow you to remove them.”
Sounds like the perfect response to Chuck Schumer’s balloon juice about ending the filibuster to pass the “Legalize Vote Fraud” bill to “save democracy.”
And a PS from Zimmerman that’s also important:
“Nor are the Republican politicians much better. Too often for decades they have made deals, going along to get along, rather than stand for freedom and smaller government, as they consistently would promise during every single election campaign. The voters need to throw a lot of them out of office as well.”
3. Elizabeth Holmes is guilty:
Monday, a California jury found one-time billionaire tech star Elizabeth Holmes guilty on three counts of wire fraud and one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud against investors. Each count carries a maximum 20-year penalty.
Homes co-founded a company called Theranos that claimed to have invented improved technology for doing blood tests. It was praised by many prominent people, and Holmes was compared to Steve Jobs before being accused of bilking investors out of hundreds of millions of dollars while covering up that the company’s technology was actually flawed and unreliable.
The case also has political ramifications, with some media outlets bringing up a visit to Theranos’ headquarters by then-Vice President Joe Biden in 2015. He effusively praised Theranos for its inspiring leadership in health technology.
I know it’s an easy target, but I’m not going to pile on Biden for this. I don’t expect him to do an in-depth investigation into every company where he makes a public appearance, and at the time, few suspected that there was anything fishy about Theranos. In fact, a lot of prominent people on both sides of the aisle were duped. If anything, it just shows how important it is to do your due diligence before investing in any company.
4. More Betty White Tributes:
Tributes are still appearing everywhere to beloved TV icon Betty White, who died Friday at 99. She had just taped a tribute to her fans that was to have appeared in theaters on January 17th as part of a 100th birthday celebration movie. It will still appear, but it’s being retooled as a tribute to her life and career.
Also, White’s agent denied a rumor that she died after getting a booster vaccine, saying she died of natural causes and didn’t get a recent shot, and asking people not to politicize her death. On a more positive note, the New York Post reports that the last word she said was, “Allen,” the name of her husband Allen Ludden, who died in 1981. She never remarried, saying she believed they would be together again someday. I believe that, too.
5. I Just Wanted to Say:
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