42 thoughts on “News/Politics 9-13-18

  1. Threats and bribes.

    They’re getting desperate.

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    https://www.wsj.com/articles/you-cant-bribe-susan-collins-1536707466

    “After the undignified theatrics at Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearings last week, it was hard to imagine that the opposition to this competent Supreme Court nominee could get any more embarrassing. Well, how about a campaign to trade a Senator’s vote for political donations?”

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  2. The narrative collapse continues. And the collusion between the Deep State and the MSM is further confirmed.

    End the witch hunt. It’s all been a fraud anyway.

    https://legalinsurrection.com/2018/09/latest-strzok-and-page-texts-show-others-leaking-like-mad-right-before-mueller-probe/

    “Fox News has obtained new text messages between former FBI agent Peter Strzok and his mistress Lisa Page, a former FBI lawyer, that show others within the government leaked information to the media before the Russia probe. From Fox News:

    A lengthy exchange dated Dec. 15, 2016 appears to reveal a potential leak operation for “political” purposes.

    “Oh, remind me to tell you tomorrow about the times doing a story about the rnc hacks,” Page texted Strzok.

    “And more than they already did? I told you Quinn told me they pulling out all the stops on some story…” Strzok replied.

    We do not know for sure who Quinn is, but someone told Fox News it could be “Richard Quinn, who served as the chief of the Media and Investigative Publicity Section in the Office of Public Affairs.”

    Fox News continued:

    Strzok again replied: “Think our sisters have begun leaking like mad. Scorned and worried, and political, they’re kicking into overdrive.”

    In one passage, Strzok apparently misreads a reference to “rnc” as “mc,” and then, realizing his error, blames “old man eyes.”

    Following the text about “sisters leaking,” Strzok wrote to Page:

    “And we need to talk more about putting C reporting in our submission. They’re going to declassify all of it…”

    Page replied: “I know. But they’re going to declassify their stuff, how do we withhold…”

    “We will get extraordinary questions. What we did what we’re doing. Just want to ensure everyone is good with it and has thought thru all implications,” Strzok wrote. “CD should bring it up with the DD.”

    We do not know who the “sisters” are that Strzok mentioned. Seventeen agencies make up the Intelligence Community like the FBI, CIA, and NSA.

    Fox News spoke to John Iannarelli, a retired FBI special agent and former FBI national spokesman, who described the use of sisters as off and explained that the term “could be any intelligence agency or any other federal law enforcement agency” because “[T]he FBI works with all of them because, post 9/11, it’s all about cooperation and sharing.”

    Another person told Fox News that “C” could refer to classified information (Did you get that, Hillary Clinton? C means CLASSIFIED). “CD” probably means Cyber Division and DD may be former Deputy Director Andrew McCabe.

    On the day Strzok texted to page about people “leaking like mad,” the media published reports “that U.S. intelligence officials said they were convinced that Russian President Vladimir Putin was personally involved, and approved Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.” A few days before he sent the text, The New York Times published an article that claimed “senior administration officials” believe that Russian hackers aimed to help then-candidate Donald Trump win in November 2016.”

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  3. We can reach a couple of conclusions from the information in these two Tweets:

    1. Like their President, most Americans are profoundly ignorant.

    2. Even in their ignorance, most Americans recognize Trump’s dishonesty, malevolence and incompetence and react against anything and anyone associated with him. Here, we see them turning against Kavanaugh who is a fine judge. We will see they have turned against the Republican Party in November. They are also turning against the “evangelical” church.

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  4. Nope. No bias here…..

    🙄

    https://www.dailywire.com/news/35789/watch-google-execs-bash-trump-supporters-want-make-ryan-saavedra

    “A leaked video from a Google “all hands meeting” following the 2016 presidential election shows the tech giant’s top executives voicing their opposition to Donald Trump and making disparaging remarks about the newly-elected president’s supporters.

    In an hour-long video exclusively obtained by Breitbart, Google executives say they are “deeply offended” by Trump’s victory and suggest that his supporters were motivated by “fear,” “xenophobia,” and “hatred.”

    In the leaked video, Google co-founder Sergey Brin said “most people here are pretty upset and pretty sad” about Trump’s victory. Brin stressed that he was “deeply offend[ed]” over Trump’s win, saying Trump “conflicts with many of [Google’s] values.”

    Brin said that it was upsetting that voters did not share Google’s values when they voted for Trump, compared Trump voters to “extremists,” and suggested many of them voted because of “boredom.”

    Kent Walker, a senior VP at Google, suggested that Trump supporters were motivated by “fear,” including “xenophobia” and “hatred.”

    Walker said that Trump was a sign of “tribalism that’s self-destructive,” adding that “history is on our side” and the “moral arc of history bends towards progress.”

    Google CFO Ruth Porat appeared to break down in tears describing the 2016 election results, saying that Trump’s win “was really painful” and the election went “the wrong way.”

    Eileen Noughton, VP of People Operations, informed employees that there were options available if they wanted to move out of the country and added that conservatives in the company felt threatened by the company’s leftist culture.”

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  5. Once a traitor, always a traitor. Lock this fraud up already.

    https://freebeacon.com/national-security/kerry-meeting-iran-salvage-nuke-deal-rogue-diplomacy/

    “Former Secretary of State John Kerry disclosed that he has been conducting rogue diplomacy with top Iranian officials to salvage the landmark nuclear deal and push the Islamic Republic to negotiate its contested missile program, according to recent remarks.

    Kerry, in an interview with radio host Hugh Hewitt to promote his new book, said that he has met with Iranian Former Minister Javad Zarif—the former secretary’s onetime negotiating partner—three or four times in recent months behind the Trump administration’s back.

    “I think I’ve seen him three or four times,” Kerry said, adding that he has been conducting sensitive diplomacy without the current administration’s authorization. Kerry said he has criticized the current administration in these discussions, chiding it for not pursuing negotiations from Iran, despite the country’s fevered rhetoric about the U.S. president.

    Kerry’s comments are in line with previous reporting on his behind-the-scenes attempts to save the nuclear deal and ensure that Iran continues receiving billions in cash windfalls. These payments were brought to a halt by the Trump administration when it abandoned the nuclear agreement and reimposed harsh sanctions on Iran that have nearly toppled its economy and sparked a popular revolution.

    Kerry said he met Zarif in Norway, Munich, and other international forums.

    As Iran continues to plot terror attacks across the globe and transport weapons to regional hotspots in Syria and Yemen, Kerry has tried to help Zarif preserve the nuclear agreement with European nations.”

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  6. This is a 5 minute preview of an interview with our pastor that I believe will be shown on HBO on Friday:

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  7. “They are also turning against the “evangelical” church.”

    Yeah ‘cuz that hasn’t been happening already for decades, right? It’s a totally new and Trump thing that church attendance and the number of people who identify as Christians is in decline. In fact it started decades ago, because they knew that one day…. well, Trump.

    Sheesh.

    At least try and make your rants believable……

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  8. @8:10 (for those who like to read) This is not surprising. Feelings ebb and flow. I have not liked evangelicals either very much at times—and I am one. From the article:

    Pew’s “feeling thermometer” survey of more than 4,200 adults found that even without any increase, evangelicalism remains one of the most-liked faith tradition in the country—behind Jews, Catholics, and mainline Protestants. However, the movement’s popularity is largely due to positive ratings from evangelicals themselves……

    ….The ratings fall when responses from fellow evangelicals, who made up more than 1 in 4 of respondents, are removed: Just under a third of non-evangelicals (32%) have warm feelings towards the group.

    Part of the reason for evangelicals’ middling ratings is lack of exposure. The proportion of Americans who say they know an evangelical dropped by 9 percentage points from 2014 to 2017, down to 61 percent today. (A 2013 study hinted at the lack of exposure: 1 in 5 non-evangelicals in North America said they did not personally know an evangelical.) Meanwhile, knowing an evangelical increases their rating by 12 degrees on Pew’s feeling thermometer.

    And it ends with this piece of wisdom:

    Previous ratings have prompted a range of responses; some may look at the same report and champion evangelicals’ popularity while others lament society’s negative views, as sociologist Brad Wright wrote for CT in 2011. His conclusion:

    Ultimately, evangelical Christians might do well not to spend too much time worrying about what others think of us. Christians in general, and evangelical Christians in particular (depending on how you ask the question), are well-regarded in this country. If nothing else, there’s little we can do to change other people’s opinions anyway. Telling ourselves over and over that others don’t like us is not only inaccurate, it also potentially hinders the very faith that we seek to advance.

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  9. I would modestly assert that I know Trumpkins better than does Joe Walsh, and I am going to guess that the answer to his question is : “Yes!”

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  10. What would Martin Luther think about the ‘feelings poll’ @8:10? This has been tacked to my computer screen for several months:

    “Feelings come and feelings go,
    And feelings are deceiving;
    My warrant is the Word of God–
    Naught else is worth believing.

    Though all my heart should feel condemned
    For want of some sweet token,
    There is One greater than my heart
    Whose Word cannot be broken.

    I’ll trust in God’s unchanging Word
    Till soul and body sever,
    For, though all things shall pass away,
    HIS WORD SHALL STAND FOREVER!”

    ― Martin Luther

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  11. Huh. Well what do you know.

    Looks like maybe Woodward is in on the scam too.

    https://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2018/09/sidney_blumenthal_bob_woodward_has_been_an_fbi_asset_since_deep_throat_.html

    “It’s déjà vu all over again, in Yogi Berra’s memorable expression: senior unelected FBI officials conspiring with the Washington Post and New York Times to drive a Republican president from office.

    Kudos to Jim Hoft of Gateway Pundit for spotting a 2014 State Department email from SecState Hillary’s aide Sid Blumenthal, that was declassified and released in 2015. In it, Bluemnthal states as a fact that Bob Woodward has been an “FBI asset” since the days of Deep Throat. See for yourself:

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  12. Rage, rage……

    https://amgreatness.com/2018/09/12/rage-rage-against-the-dying-of-the-dream/

    “Homer’s Muse sings of the rage of Achilles, brought forth from his tent by the death of his friend Patroclus to engage the Trojan hero, Hector, in mortal combat. But Achilles’ anger solves nothing; although he kills Hector, he then desecrates the body by dragging it around the walls of Troy, thus violating the laws of warfare and sealing his own fate. His determination to avenge his friend thus becomes “the accursed rage that brought great suffering to the Achaeans.” In the end, it’s not the rage of Achilles that wins the war for the Greeks, but the trickery of Odysseus that finagles the wooden horse inside the impregnable gates of Ilium.

    We are witnessing a similar self-destructive rage today: the rage of the American Left against the Trump Administration in general and the president in particular, an explosion of frustrated, impotent (but still dangerous) anger that has given up all pretense of genuine protest—against the results of a duly constituted American election, let us remember—and has devolved instead into a toddler’s extended tantrum. It bears the hallmarks of one of the most unseemly displays in American political history.

    It’s being conducted in the halls of Congress, where the Democrats have at last dropped all pretense of civility and shown the voters their true, foam-flecked faces. It’s being waged in the media, where the ladies and gentlemen of the press, such as they are, have thrown over journalistic practices that served the profession well over the past century or so, and now regard malicious gossip and news as one and the same thing.

    Most ominously, it is taking place in the streets where, over the past year, Republican congressmen and Trump supporters have been shot, attacked with a switchblade knife, clubbed with a bicycle lock, had their vehicles and offices vandalized and set on fire; even the president’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame was destroyed.

    The masked fascist thugs who ludicrously call themselves “Antifa,” routinely attack public gatherings, and Left wingers sporting “Say No to Hate” t-shirts scream at the sky at the very thought of Trump and his policies. Not since the 1960s have we witnessed such a public breakdown in moral and psychological order.”

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  13. Ricky @ 9:40 Ha. That’s a good question. We could call it a draw in that case. But I’ve been pretty adamant that R’s will keep both houses, so I’m willing to go all in and say I lost if both don’t win.

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  14. It might help….

    https://amgreatness.com/2018/09/11/media-needs-to-stop-hiring-young-know-nothings/

    “The American news media is quick to blame President Trump for their current woes, but they have no one to blame but themselves. A revealing poll issued Tuesday shows how much the public’s trust in the news media has tanked over the past ten years: Nearly 70 percent of Americans and 95 percent of conservatives have lost faith in the media since 2008.

    This year’s collective and shameful performance by the Fourth Estate will erode that trust even more. We have endured the silent acquiescence of the press as a vulgar comedian insulted the president’s press secretary; public tantrums by the White House press corps; numerous corrections to articles and cable news segments that oddly always must walk back an anti-Trump angle; the revelation of unethical and possibly illegal quid pro quo between reporters and federal law enforcement officials; the publication of a petulant opinion piece authored by an unnamed Trump official clearly miffed that Trump and not he is president; and the ongoing insane, unjustified obsession with the bogus Trump-Russia collusion plotline.

    It’s hard to imagine how the press could restore its lost credibility any time soon.

    One way to clean house would be to stop populating the newsrooms and green rooms of the top media outlets in the country with young, inexperienced, and vulnerable reporters. Ben Rhodes, one of President Obama’s top aides, bragged of how easy it was to manipulate news coverage: “The average reporter we talk to is 27 years old, and their only reporting experience consists of being around political campaigns. They literally know nothing.”

    Rhodes was right. Earlier this year, we learned that Ali Watkins, a 20-something reporter, was collaborating with the security chief at the Senate Intelligence Committee to leak classified information tied to the Trump-Russia investigation. Not only was Watkins reporting the secret details under her byline, she carried on a three-year affair with the official, a married man 30-plus years her senior. (He has been arrested for lying to federal investigations about illegal leaks and his relationship with Watkins.)

    Instead of being banished from the profession for her tawdry behavior, Watkins was promoted repeatedly because of it. With little journalistic or political experience, in less than four years, Watkins earned a prestigious byline at the New York Times; the paper’s editor refused to fire her after her sex-for-scoops scheme became public.

    Another young reporter who appears to be a bit over her skis is Natasha Bertrand, a writer for The Atlantic. In 2014, Bertrand was an intern with Business Insider. Less than four years later, the 26-year-old Vassar graduate is covering national security and the intelligence community for The Atlantic. She has frequent gigs on MSNBC and is an NBC News contributor.

    But Bertrand’s articles and commentary most often regurgitate anti-Trump talking points instead of reporting anything substantive about the nation’s security issues. (It seems odd, for example, that a national security reporter has not written a single piece about U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley or National Security Advisor John Bolton.)

    Her bio at The Atlantic should reflect the fact that her work is mostly about the Trump-Russia probe instead of giving her cover for her partisan rants by pretending she is some kind of credentialed or seasoned national security expert. She goes out of her way to justify Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation. Her recent articles suggest there are still sinister “missing piece[s]” and “lingering mysteries” about the president’s ties to the Kremlin. One of Trump’s lawyers last year asked the young reporter if “she was on drugs” for pursuing a story about a letter the president drafted (and did not send) that outlined his reasons for firing ex-FBI Director James Comey. Bertrand insisted the letter was “pivotal” evidence of obstruction of justice.

    Nearly two years after the FBI formally began an investigation into Trump’s campaign and 14 months after the start of Mueller’s probe—both empty-handed so far on Russian collusion crimes—Bertrand wrote a piece titled, “The Case for a Trump-Russia Conspiracy Just Got a Little Stronger.” Unfortunately, her article relied on a widely-discredited CNN story that claimed Trump’s personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, would testify that Trump knew about the infamous June 2016 Trump Tower meeting. (Lanny Davis has since recanted his comments about Cohen’s knowledge.) The Atlantic, unlike other outlets, has not corrected her article.”

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  15. But so would not being Democrat/Deep State propaganda outlets.

    https://saraacarter.com/damning-new-strzok-text-to-page-the-times-is-angry-with-us-about-the-wp-scoop/

    “A series of text messages released Wednesday reveal that former FBI Special Agent Peter Strzok was in contact with reporters at the New York Times and Washington Post regarding stories they published about the FBI’s investigation into alleged collusion between Russia and President Trump’s campaign during the spring of 2017, according to a series of texts obtained by SaraACarter.com.

    The text messages suggest that Strzok, along with his paramour, former FBI Attorney Lisa Page, had been in contact with reporters from both newspapers. Strzok specifically mentioned two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times writer Michael Schmidt his text message to Page.

    Strzok wrote, “Also, apparently Times is angry with us about the WP (Washington Post) scoop and earlier discussion we had about the Schmidt piece that had so many inaccuracies. Too much to detail here, but I told Mike (redacted) and Andy they need to understand we were absolutely dealing in good faith with them,” Strzok texted to Page on April 14, 2017. “The FISA one, coupled with the Guardian piece from yesterday.” (The New York Times did not respond immediately for comment. The Washington Post also did not respond immediately for comment.)

    According to several U.S. officials who spoke to this news outlet, “Mike” mentioned in Strzok’s text message is Mike Kortan, the former FBI assistant director for public affairs who retired in February. “Andy” was in reference to former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe. McCabe was fired earlier this year after it was revealed in DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s report that said he lied to investigators and leaked information to the media.

    These series of text messages appear to contradict statements made by Strzok’s attorney, Aitan Goelman, after it was revealed earlier this week that Strzok and Page discussed a “media leak strategy” in some of their text messages. Goelman insisted, “the term ‘media leak strategy’ in Mr. Strzok’s text refers to a Department-wide initiative to detect and stop leaks to the media.”

    Goelman’s statement came after President Trump tweeted about the newly revealed text messages and North Carolina Rep. Mark Meadows sent a letter to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein asking him to investigate the text from Strzok regarding the “media leak strategy.”

    In light of the recent Strzok and Page text messages, Meadows has also asked Rosenstein to provide the committee with the opportunity “to review text messages, emails, and written communication form FBI and DOJ officials Stu Evans, Mike Kortan, and Joe Pientka between June 2016 to June 2017,” first reported here.”

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  16. AJ @9:43 Wow. I’m not conspiracy-minded most of the time, but given the behavior of the FBI that’s been revealed in the past couple of years, this does not look good. They need a thorough housecleaning. And this might also explain the big first day sales of Woodward’s book. Great way to launder a payoff. :–/

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  17. The backbone of the US economy loves them some Trump.

    https://www.reviewjournal.com/opinion/opinion-columns/wayne-allyn-root/why-small-business-owners-love-donald-trump/

    “Former President Barack Obama is green with envy at Donald Trump’s economic success.

    I’ll tell you a personal story in a minute that explains everything. But first, a look at the remarkable success of President Trump.

    I’ve previously written that President Trump had produced the rare feat of higher GDP (4.2 percent) than unemployment (3.9 percent).

    Compare that to Obama, who is the only president in the history of the United States to never produce a single year of 3 percent or higher GDP.

    I also reported in this column that Trump had the second-highest rating in the history of the Small Business Optimism Index. I predicted on my national radio and TV shows that Trump was second by only a smidge to Reagan, but he wouldn’t be second for long.

    I was right. The August numbers are out. Trump has surpassed Reagan, 109 to 108. No president in history has ever made America’s small-business owners happier.

    Why do small-business owners love Trump so much?”
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    “The answer is simple. Obama was a socialist. He believed government was the answer to every problem. He believed in income redistribution (i.e., theft). He attacked us with massive taxes, massive regulations, massive health care cost increases with Obamacare, nonstop IRS attacks, open borders and, of course, “You didn’t build that.”

    He made business owners feel greedy, insignificant, unwanted, unloved. He threw so many roadblocks in front of us, we couldn’t succeed, no matter how hard we tried. We were running in quicksand. That’s how I went from almost $10 million to zero.

    Then along came President Trump. A businessman. A fan of capitalism. A man who celebrated small-business owners. He treated us like heroes. He dramatically cut taxes, cut regulations, killed the Obamacare mandate, made us feel valuable and wanted again. Trump took away the roadblocks. He greased the wheels. Suddenly, we were making money again. We weren’t running in quicksand anymore.

    It’s not just “America First.” With President Trump, it’s entrepreneurs and small businesses first. Trump made us great again. And we’re making America great again.

    What a change. Even The New York Times and Washington Post praised the Trump economy this week. They both reported on the remarkable increase in blue-collar jobs under Trump.

    Back at FreedomFest, Douthat of The New York Times listened to my opening speech. He walked to the podium and told the audience, “I concede.” The audience roared. They all got it. I’m one of them. We’ve all lived Obama vs. Trump. We know what’s happening. We never want to go back to Obama.

    The audience voted at the end of the debate. I won.”
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    We all did. Some are just really ungrateful wretches though…..

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  18. You caught us. Here I am with Bob Woodward and our wives (hidden at the back) at this year’s Globalist/Deep State/Silent Coup Convention.

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  19. Debra @ 9:59 I was thinking that I would need to send you beef unless the Dems took both Houses of Congress. If the Rs hold the Senate, I will be so relieved that the brisket will be heading your way.

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  20. That sounds like a deal Ricky. Brisket will be nice in November.

    @12:56 They were not globalists at all, but a collection of elite nationalists .
    Debra :–)

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  21. Debra, That is an interesting topic. My Fair Lady was set in “The Edwardian Age” which was that brief time between the Victorian Age and World War I. The entire British Century from Trafalgar to World War I was based on trade. During that period the British led the world in most economic categories and continually ran large trade deficits.

    The one society of which I am aware that generated higher per capita GDP than the British during the British Century was the antebellum South which had the world’s highest per capita GDP in the years immediately prior to the war.

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  22. He’s seen the writing on the wall and has come around.

    https://apnews.com/4c986ce4236f4bb5944dd94608a38f67

    “Graham’s unexplained optimism, his eager attempts to soften Trump’s rough edges, have confused colleagues and caused double-takes across Washington. The South Carolina Republican was McCain’s best friend in the Senate, a self-described student of his politics and personal integrity. But he has deviated dramatically in his approach to the tempestuous and divisive president. While others stayed their distance — McCain perhaps most of all — Graham has gone all in, transforming himself into liaison, translator and, critics say, enabler of the president.

    When establishment Republicans recently nodded knowingly at an anonymous editorial criticizing Trump’s run of the White House, Graham was on Fox calling it a left-wing strategy to show Trump as “crazy” and echoed the president’s unproven charge that the Russia probe “is falling apart.”

    The senator explains the shift from Never Trump to Team Trump largely in terms of responsibility. In an interview with the AP, Graham said McCain, who lost two bids for the White House, taught him that the country must move forward after elections. That means “you have an obligation” to help the president, especially a fellow Republican, he said. Graham says he’s warmed to the president and suggests he’s using that relationship to shape decisions — though he does not cite specifics.

    “And I’ve tried to be helpful where I could because I think he needs all the help he can get,” Graham said. “You can be a better critic when people understand that you’re trying to help them be successful.”

    Graham has his own political motivations. His pivot comes as he is gearing up for his own re-election in 2020. The senator is popular in his deeply conservative state, but opposition to the president could mean risking a primary challenge.

    Graham’s unexplained optimism, his eager attempts to soften Trump’s rough edges, have confused colleagues and caused double-takes across Washington. The South Carolina Republican was McCain’s best friend in the Senate, a self-described student of his politics and personal integrity. But he has deviated dramatically in his approach to the tempestuous and divisive president. While others stayed their distance — McCain perhaps most of all — Graham has gone all in, transforming himself into liaison, translator and, critics say, enabler of the president.

    When establishment Republicans recently nodded knowingly at an anonymous editorial criticizing Trump’s run of the White House, Graham was on Fox calling it a left-wing strategy to show Trump as “crazy” and echoed the president’s unproven charge that the Russia probe “is falling apart.”

    The senator explains the shift from Never Trump to Team Trump largely in terms of responsibility. In an interview with the AP, Graham said McCain, who lost two bids for the White House, taught him that the country must move forward after elections. That means “you have an obligation” to help the president, especially a fellow Republican, he said. Graham says he’s warmed to the president and suggests he’s using that relationship to shape decisions — though he does not cite specifics.

    “And I’ve tried to be helpful where I could because I think he needs all the help he can get,” Graham said. “You can be a better critic when people understand that you’re trying to help them be successful.”

    Graham has his own political motivations. His pivot comes as he is gearing up for his own re-election in 2020. The senator is popular in his deeply conservative state, but opposition to the president could mean risking a primary challenge.”

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  23. Conservatives have sadly concluded that we now know that John McCain always served as Lindsay Graham’s backbone and/or brain. Since McCain’s death, poor Graham has morphed into a Trumpian invertebrate. Sycophants are proving unpopular in Texas (see Ted Cruz). We will eventually see how popular they are in South Carolina.

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  24. Funny, I was thinking it was McCain that made Graham such a wuss. Without his constant whining in Graham’s ear, he seems to have come around. McCain’s influence no longer holds him back.

    And blame yourselves. You let Dems (and illegals) take over your state. Thank Bush and company for that. Stop trying to blame your failings on Trump.

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  25. Like I said, pathetic and predictable.

    You knew it was coming. More manufactured outrage.

    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2018/09/13/media-batter-trump-with-storm-criticism-as-hurricane-florence-looms.html

    “As the media blast out dire warnings about the destructive power of Hurricane Florence, they are also beginning a familiar ritual involving President Trump.

    That is, the charge that he’s not very good at handling these things.

    The storm hasn’t even made landfall, and once again we’re hearing that Trump is lousy at emergency management and that he’s tone deaf when it comes to providing aid and comfort.

    As this Politico headline put it yesterday, “Trump Struggles to Embrace Consoler-in-Chief Role.”

    Now this was a major narrative last year. While FEMA was credited with doing an excellent job after monster hurricanes in Texas and Florida, there was constant carping that Trump didn’t show the proper degree of empathy, that he didn’t wade into crowds and hug people. That, of course, is not his style—he’s not a feel-your-pain guy like Bill Clinton or Barack Obama—and doesn’t fit the traditional conception of how a politician should behave. (And, of course, there was the media tantrum about Melania taking off in stilettos to flood-ravaged Houston.)

    But then came Puerto Rico, which was absolutely devastated by a hurricane that so thoroughly destroyed the power grid that electricity wasn’t fully restored until recently. Trump was lambasted for tossing paper towels into a crowd there. And while it’s a fair criticism that the administration didn’t focus as much attention on the Puerto Rican disaster, neither did the media—until they turned it into a Trump-is-screwing-up.

    CNN’s Jeff Toobin even turned it into a racism argument: “They’re not white people, and they don’t count to Donald Trump as much as the deaths of white people.” So why did the deaths of Puerto Ricans—who are of course Americans—get a small fraction of the coverage as those in Florida and Texas? And by the way, any administration would have struggled with the wreckage on the poverty-stricken territory.”

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    Lather, rinse, repeat, over and over again…..

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  26. Turnabout is fair play. After all, why should DiFi be the only one who gets to slander people? 🙂

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    https://twitchy.com/samj-3930/2018/09/13/she-eats-small-children-ben-shapiro-claims-hes-received-some-info-about-dianne-feinstein-and-omg-lol/

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  27. 4:49 As noted before, when it comes to immigrants we much prefer Mexicans to Yankee Trumpkins. Mexicans generally work, do not fake disability, marry people of the opposite gender, do not kill their babies, do not cover their bodies with tattoos and do not become addicted to opioids.

    Conservatives who do not wimp out do fine in Texas. Governor Abbott will win by 20 points. By kissing up to Trump, Cruz wimped out. That is why he may lose.

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  28. Interesting, but I don’t think Manafort will say much. He still wants a pardon from Trump and still must fear retaliation from the Russians.

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  29. If you would follow the actual news rather than the Black Sparrow, you would know that Putin has killed a number of people who turned against him. Many of those assassinations happened outside of Russia. A pardon from Trump doesn’t protect Manafort from the Russians.

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  30. Will Hurd is a conservative Texas Republican Congressman from the Rio Grande Valley. His district is 70% Hispanic. Unlike Cruz and Graham, Hurd did not wimp out. After Trump’s pathetic permormance in Helsinki, Hurd wrote that Trump was being manipulated by Russian intelligence. Hurd knows what he is talking about. He served in the CIA for many years including posts in Afghanistan, Pakistan and India.

    Hurd has a strong Democrat opponent this year, but is up by 8% in the latest poll. Hurd is the type of strong male that Texans support. He is the antithesis of a New York degenerate like Trump or wimps like Cruz and Graham.

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