And then there were…nineteen? I think. Depends on when you read this.
Anyway, yet another candidate with more ego than experience has joined the Democratic Presidential smackdown. California Rep. Eric Swalwell, 38, announced his run, appropriately enough, on the Stephen Colbert show.
Swalwell’s big issue is gun control (he claims he was only joking when he said any war with gun owners who resisted confiscation of their semi-automatic rifles would be short because “the government has nukes” – so now, give him control of the nukes.) Also, he likes to attack President Trump because “democracy has been on the ropes” – I guess he doesn’t know the USA is not a democracy, it’s a constitutional republic. So far, I’m not very impressed with his credentials for President.
If his name sounds familiar, you might be recalling this post from a few weeks ago:
From the “One Finger Pointing at Others, Three Back at You” Desk: California Democratic Rep. Eric Swalwell retweeted a CNN story about Vladimir Putin cracking down on journalists who spread “fake news” or show disrespect for officials. Naturally, he declared that he would do everything possible to stop that from happening here, “but you better believe (President Trump) will try. Not on our watch!”
That prompted many Republicans’ new favorite Congress member, Dan Crenshaw, to tweet his agreement with defending the First Amendment, but with this reminder:
“Truth is, we’ve been worried ever since: 1. Obama ACTUALLY put journalists under investigation (Not threatened on Twitter. Actually did it.) 2. Dems have been urging limits to speech on social media platforms. That said, I’d march with ya.”
I think this exchange shows that there might be one fairly recent and youthful member of the House who actually has the right stuff for the Presidency. Hint: it's not Eric Swalwell.
The best story to come out of March Madness this year – maybe the best sports story of the year in any sport – didn’t involve the thrill of victory.
Saturday, Auburn University suffered a heartbreaking loss to Virginia and missed out on a shot at the national title. The defeat may have hinged on officials missing a potential double dribble penalty by Virginia, which led to Auburn losing by one point. We’ve all seen coaches react to losses of important games due to a bad call. We brace for tantrums, screaming, cursing, flying chairs and legal challenges to the official outcome. But that's not Auburn coach Bruce Pearl’s style.
His response: There’s human error involved in the game. Kids and coaches make mistakes, and “yes, officials will make mistakes. That's part of the game. Get over it."
Pearl went on to tell ESPN, "Sometimes they're going to go your way, sometimes they're not going to go your way. Are we going to give God less glory because we lost and...only because we win? Stop. Grow up, this is part of the game. These kids taught us, I think, in many, many ways how to handle defeat. And that's a difficult thing to do for these young kids. And I'm proud of them.”
Those kids should also be proud of their coach for teaching them a number of life lessons more valuable than a national championship trophy. With so many pro athletes and coaches seeming to care only about winning and not setting a good example anymore, they should look to this college coach for a refresher course in what maturity, humility, sportsmanship and grace in the face of adversity really look like.
Today, Israelis are voting in vitally important Parliamentary elections. These elections could determine whether they will retain the most effective leader the nation has ever had, Benjamin Netanyahu, or be swayed by some patently ridiculous corruption allegations from his political opponents into handing control of the government to liberals who would be the equivalent of sending a sheep to negotiate with a pack of wolves. Let’s pray for the safety of Israel that they make the correct choice.
Incidentally, I hate to harp on a theme, but Israel is yet another subject that “Beto” O’Rourke really shouldn’t comment on at all. Sure, he has a First Amendment right to say anything he wants, but when your words do nothing but betray your ignorance of the subject, it might be best to refrain when you’re trying to convince people to make you President.
In his favor, he did manage to get through the first sentence without spouting any outrageous nonsense. But then came the rest, such as calling Netanyahu a “racist” (I think he believes that word means “anyone I don’t like.”) As someone who has visited Israel dozens of times going back over four decades (I was there about a week ago, in fact), and who is proud to call PM Netanyahu my friend, I assure you O’Rourke’s comments suggest that he knows less about Israel and Netanyahu than I know about his field of expertise: skateboarding.
Just one day after the announcement that Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen was resigning, President Trump announced that US Secret Service director Randolph ‘Tex’ Alles will be replaced next month by USSS career member James M. Murray.
While such departures and shake-ups are normal in DC, the media must treat everything Trump says and does as an unprecedented catastrophe, so outlets such as CNN (citing their favorite kind of sources: “unnamed”) described it as a “purge” of the agency and suggested it was indicative of chaos behind the scenes.
Apparently, they don’t share any of the Secret Service sources available to investigative journalist Ronald Kessler. He quotes them as saying about Alles’ ousting, “The sentiment at the agency is ‘good riddance” and that he was “the exact opposite of what was needed to reform the agency.”
This may be an alien concept in elite political and media circles, but sometimes, people are fired because they need to be. And that’s a large part of the reason why voters sent Trump to Washington in the first place.
Actress Felicity Huffman and a dozen other wealthy parents have pleaded guilty in the college admissions bribery scandal. Huffman is accused of paying $15,000 to a fake charity to have an SAT test administrator correct her daughter’s wrong answers, raising her grade by 400 points. At the link is her statement, in which she admits guilt, claims she “betrayed” her daughter who didn’t know about the cheating, and apologizes to students and parents who worked hard to get into those colleges the honest way.
Prosecutors are reportedly pushing for prison time for all the parents; but if they admit guilt, express remorse and take a plea deal, the prosecutors will ask the judge for a sentence on the low end of the spectrum (in Huffman’s case, it’s a maximum of 20 years, low end of 4-to-10 months.)
Naturally, the prospect of going from the Beverly Hills Four Seasons to the Gray Bar Hotel has these parents terrified, so (stop me if this sounds familiar) they’re using their considerable resources to try to make it easier. They’re paying big bucks to a former white collar criminal who now consults with wealthy first-time offenders to help prepare them for what life in prison will be like (ironically, there are no Martha Stewart sheets.)
Conservative satirist Iowahawk had the best tweet on this story: “Nobody wants the embarrassment of being rejected by the elite prisons.”
With the pack of Democratic presidential candidates falling over each other to suck up to Al Sharpton on issues such as slavery reparations, New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker is rushing to be the first to actually put his announced support into action. Or at least, he announced that he will introduce legislation that would create a commission to study the issue, which is Washington-speak for “taking action.”
To prove just how far left of the mainstream the Democratic leadership now is, they’re fighting over who will be first to support an issue that is overwhelmingly unpopular with most Americans. Even Bernie Sanders, who recently argued that there were much better ways to address racial inequality, caved before Shapton and said he would sign a reparations bill if elected.
Polls show 70% or more opposition to reparations among most age groups 35 and older. Even Millennials oppose it 49-40% with 11% undecided. And Michael Meyers, a former ACLU executive committee member and current president and executive director of the New York Civil Rights Coalition blasted the idea as “sheer racial rhetoric” and “idiocy.”
So why are all these presidential hopefuls rushing to embrace such an unpopular issue (actually, one of many)? Most likely because a recent poll showed that 64% of blacks and 54% of self-described liberals support it.
They’re trying to win the nomination by adamantly embracing fringe positions supported only by a majority of a minority of voters. That’s the famous strategy for going out of business from the movie “Other People’s Money” (getting an ever-bigger share of an ever-shrinking market, just like the last remaining buggy whip maker).
At this rate, whichever Democrat runs far enough to the left to win the nomination is going to need the best darn buggy whip you ever saw to get back to the center before Election Day.
Thank goodness we have federal judges to run our immigration policy for us. Without them, we might have to elect a President to do it.
What’s worse than a teacher telling an 11-year-old girl that she can’t do a project on President Trump as her “hero” because he "spreads negativity and says bad stuff about women," humiliating her in front of her classmates and suggesting she choose Obama instead? How about when her parents attend a school board meeting to complain, and the superintendent implies that the girl is a liar by denying it?
Seems to me there’s an easy way to settle who’s telling the truth. If it happened in front of the class, wouldn’t there be a whole roomful of witnesses? Or are they all liars, too?
Those who sense the Mueller horse is dead and won’t budge any further no matter how hard they beat it seem to be falling back on the tried-and-true anti-Trump lies that have been aired and re-aired by the media more often than the Beatles’ “Yesterday.” (By the way, when I say “lies,” I don’t mean the definition the media apply to Republicans like Trump: an opinion they disagree with, a fact they don’t want to acknowledge, a humorous exaggeration, etc. I mean a real lie, the kind of Whopper you don’t find at Burger King.)
For instance, the man with the most incongruous job title in DC, House Intelligence Committee Chair Adam Schiff, went on CNN Sunday to repeat this moldy oldie from the anti-Trump hit parade:
“Look, it’s not the Democratic Party that believes that there are good people on both sides of a Nazi rally. There’s just one party and one party leader who believes that, and that’s Donald Trump.”
I guess he figured CNN wouldn’t correct him, which they didn’t, even though their own original reporting of Trump’s comment admitted that Trump made it clear he was talking about people on both sides of the debate on whether to remove Confederate monuments, and even added, “I’m not talking about the neo-Nazis and white nationalists because they should be condemned totally.” (Note that the commenters on Mediaite, hardly a Trump-friendly site, weren’t so forgiving of being lied to by Schiff.)
Five minutes on Google would have shown Schiff that the claim he was making on national TV about the President of the United States supporting Nazis was a slanderous lie, if he’d cared.
There are only two excuses for repeating this thoroughly-debunked canard at this late date:
1. He is a bubbleheaded moron who can’t comprehend words.
2. He is an unprincipled liar willing to say anything for political advantage, no matter how scurrilous.
I try to look for the good in people and give them the benefit of the doubt, but even I have a hard time being charitable enough to believe Schiff is merely a misguided moron. He knows full well that he’s spewing poisonous and divisive lies, but he keeps doing it anyway. Even worse, he was repeating it in an attempt to court Jewish support by painting Trump as a Nazi sympathizer, when Trump has Jewish children and grandchildren and has been perhaps the strongest ally of Israel of any President in history.
Remember this the next time Schiff claims he has ironclad evidence of some political opponent’s criminality while waving around a piece of paper that is more than likely his grocery list.
Another old favorite on the greatest hits list of lies about Trump is that he called all illegal immigrants “animals” (and let’s not forget “rapists” and “murderers”) when he was clearly talking only about members of the brutally violent Mexican drug gang, MS-13. MSNBC commentator Ana Navarro, who seldom lets facts influence her opinions, was desperate enough to try to resurrect it over the weekend on Twitter in such over-the-top fashion that even Trump critics begged her to knock it off already and stop making them look bad.
But the most pressure to come up with an issue other than "Russia! Russia! Russia!" is on the 18 (or is it up to 200 by now?) Democratic Presidential hopefuls, who are locked in a fierce competition to stand out from the crowd by seeing who can mouth the most extreme anti-Trump, far-left positions. “Beto” O’Rourke is going for quantity over quality: he may have set a new land speed record for lying by actually reeling off the top five most-repeated libelous, easily-debunked lies about Trump in less than one minute.
I have to admit, it is an impressive accomplishment in the field of transparent lying to voters. But then, “Beto” has to do something to prove he’s ready for the national political stage.
The bad news for “Beto”: these particular debunked clichés are getting so overplayed and worn out now that there’s no “Russian collusion” hysteria to drop into the mix that everybody’s starting to notice. It’s like a golden oldies radio station that has only about 10 records in its library.
I must be getting old because I actually remember when liberals thought blacklists were a bad thing. They once even thought that trying to deny people work because you disagree with their political views was so reprehensible that they routinely gave themselves Oscars for making movies glorifying people who were blacklisted. Well, that was then…
Not only do Republicans in Hollywood keep their political views secret for fear of never working again, but now, a group of 23 far-left organizations is leaning on corporations to refuse to hire people who worked in the Trump Administration.
This includes my daughter Sarah. Sorry to break this to them, but I am often reminded that I’m no longer the most popular person in the Huckabee clan among many millions of Americans. With her toughness, competence, popularity and experience, I seriously doubt she will be lacking for job offers, no matter how much her critics may whine like worn-out fan belts. I also seriously doubt that anyone else who has worked in the top levels of the White House is going to end up on the unemployment line.
As stupid as this story is, I wanted to share it with you for several reasons. First, because it’s just so pathetic that it shows the depths to which the left has been reduced. Second, I thought I’d point out to them that Instapundit blog master Glenn Reynolds, a renowned law professor, believes this attempt at blacklisting might be legally actionable, so that will be an interesting story to follow. And third, they couldn’t even petulantly call for blacklisting people they disagree with without citing as the reason yet another discredited, over-used lie ("children in cages!") Since that’s sort of the theme of today’s newsletter, I had to run this.