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Today's Commentary --- It's great to see Trump's lawyers "RESIST" Mueller! -- Ohio 12 Update -- NY Republican indicted -- Talk of a "blue wave" -- Media darling stumbles -- Leftist firebombs -- Evening Edition - Daily Verse
This week, I expressed a strong opinion that President Trump should under no circumstances sit down with Robert Mueller for questioning. That view still stands. And after seeing the President’s lawyers making energized TV appearances on FOX News Wednesday night, I feel more confident that they really do have his back and that they’re perfectly aware the special counsel doesn’t have a case –- that it’s bogus, a house of cards resting on a “dossier” that we now know was unverified politically-motivated garbage used fraudulently to get a warrant to spy on an American citizen and, by extension, Trump –- and that Mueller has no authority to compel Trump to testify. They seem revitalized. They know the law and the Constitution are on their side.
And they have had enough of this.
Ohio 12 Update
By Mike Huckabee
Update on Ohio’s 12th District Congressional race: We won’t know for sure who won for at least a couple of weeks. Republican Troy Balderson’s margin of victory was 1754 votes, but there are nearly 8500 absentee and provisional votes still to count, and under state law, they have to wait 11 days to start counting them.
Democrats and the media (but I repeat myself) put so much importance on this one House race as an indicator of a “blue wave” in November that the wait is going to be agonizing for them, which is, well, just delightful. Maybe it’s God’s way of telling them to stop being so obsessed with politics and refocus their priorities. If so, it’s an urgently-needed message that will likely be ignored because they’re already working themselves into a frenzy of frustration that makes their previous Trump Derangement Syndrome fits look as laid back as a Perry Como song.
NY Republican indicted
By Mike Huckabee
New York Republican Rep. Chris Collins turned himself in to the FBI after being indicted on insider trading charges. The feds claim he told his son that an MS drug developed by a company whose board he was on had proved ineffective, and his son sold over 1.3 million shares of stock before it became known.
Collins, who was the first legislator to endorse Donald Trump’s presidential bid, pleaded not guilty, called the charges false and meritless, and said he will fight them. He also plans to remain in office and will continue running for reelection to a fourth term. That seems like an impossible mission, and Democrats are smelling blood and hope to flip the seat. But he still has a good shot. It’s the most Republican district in New York, and Collins was reelected in 2016 by 34 points. Even with the indictment, oddsmakers would only change the seat from “solidly” Republican to “likely Republican.” His constituents just might give him the benefit of the doubt rather than give one more vote to Nancy Pelosi. Besides, it’s probably not a great time to ask Republican voters to put their trust in the FBI. Either way, another safe GOP seat just became another “race to watch.”
Talk of a "blue wave"
By Mike Huckabee
If November is going to bring a “blue wave” of voters clamoring for the Democrats to take over again and bring back the good old days of high taxes, slow growth and working three part time jobs to afford a gallon of gas, then Tuesday’s elections didn’t show many signs of it.
The left’s greatest symbolic hopes for a return to national power are still teetering on a too-close-to-call 12th district congressional race in Ohio (and just stop and think for a moment what that says about how far the Party’s fortunes have fallen.) After a ridiculous amount of national jawboning and outside campaign donations, at this writing, Republican Troy Balderson is leading Democrat Danny O’Connor by 1754 votes (50.2%-49.3%) with about 3300 provisional and absentee ballots still to count.
The bad news for Republicans: this seat has been Republican for nearly 35 years and should have been safe, which shows that Republicans had better turn out and vote in November if they want to keep their majorities. The bad news for Democrats: even with all that money, publicity, celebrity endorsements and media help on his side, even if O’Connor manages to pull out a win, it will be by half a drop, not a wave. And he’s a candidate who promised not to vote for Nancy Pelosi as Speaker, which is hardly representative of the hard-left candidates the Party is saddled with elsewhere.
Some other tea leaves, if you want to read anything into them: in the statewide races in Kansas and Missouri, the kind of non-solid blue states where the Democrats need to score wins, Republican turnout was substantially larger than Democratic turnout. And every candidate endorsed by socialist media sensation Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez lost or is on track to lose, showing that the brave, new socialist “wave of the future” is embraced by, at most, only about one-third of the most engaged Democratic voters.
At this writing, the only candidate endorsed by Ocasio-Cortez and Bernie Sanders who is even within grasp of winning is Kansas Congressional candidate Brent Welder, and he’s trailing Sharice Davids by about a point with 30% of precincts yet to be counted. He’s only that high because the vote was split six ways, and if the trend of “progressive” support holds, he’ll probably end up with about the same one-third of the vote in a run-off election.
Welder ran on the usual “progressive” platform of “Medicare for All” (estimated cost over 30 years, according to a new Manhattan Institute study: $218 trillion) and the kind of big hike in the minimum wage that’s putting restaurants out of business and young people out of work wherever it’s imposed.
I think it’s foolish to draw any conclusions about the general election from the primaries, but if I were forced to, I’d say Democrats do seem charged up to take back Congress, but Republicans are charged up to stop them. If Republicans avoid getting complacent, I don’t expect Democrats to surf to victory on a giant blue wave.
Also, the claim that “Democratic” socialism is rising in popularity with Mid-American working class voters reminds me of those stories that roll around every few years, assuring us that the next big trend in men’s fashion will be skirts for dudes. Just as there will always be some men who wear dresses, but it’s a rare few, the number of Americans who embrace socialism seems stuck on the same one-sixth or so of the population that will always vote for anybody who promises them enough free stuff.
Media darling stumbles
By Mike Huckabee
“Democratic” socialist media darling Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez gets tons of fawning media coverage and puffball questions, but every time she opens her mouth on serious subjects, she gives the impression that her degree in economics came out of a Crackerjacks box. Her latest headscratcher came when she complained to an interviewer that the older Democrats in Congress don’t understand how appealing socialism is because they’re stuck in the ‘90s, “when we had more of an American middle class. This upper middle class is probably more moderate, but that upper middle class does not exist anymore in America.” I guess she thinks Americans are all either uber-rich or sleeping in their cars, and that’s only true in Silicon Valley.
At the link is a handy chart that I hope she will print out and carry around to prevent future such embarrassments. It shows the relative changes between the numbers of poor; lower, middle and upper middle class; and rich Americans from 1979 to 2014. The percentages of Americans who are poor, lower middle class or middle class all shrank, while the percentage of those who are rich increased slightly, and the percentage of those in the upper middle class grew by a whopping 16 percentage points, the biggest change in any income group.
If it helps, she can always claim that capitalism is wiping out the poor and middle class in America. Just don’t mention that it’s doing that by turning so many of them into the upper middle class. At least then, she’d be half-right about something.
By Mike Huckabee
California firefighters are battling some of the worst wildfires in history, and naturally, Gov. Jerry Brown has found a way to blame President Trump, by claiming that the fires are the result of global warming/manmade climate change (which, as science tells us, started the day Trump was elected.)
But hold the phone: Forestry expert Bob Zybach, who has a Ph.D. in environmental science, says he’s been warning for over two decades that letting liberal environmentalists take over forestry management in the Pacific Northwest was a disaster waiting to happen. He says their mismanagement, such as ending controlled burns, thinning, livestock grazing and removal of dead brush, was intended to replace human interference with a “naturally functioning ecosystem.” Well, it certainly did! It created giant “firebombs” that allow wildfires to spread and burn for hundreds of miles – just as they did naturally, before humans came along and started “interfering” by preventing them.
It’s just further proof that when you let leftists take over managing anything, they manage to find a way to burn it down, even when they do nothing.-----------------------------
Evening Edition - August 8
By Mike Huckabee
A wrap-up of all the news you might have missed yesterday!
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