33 thoughts on “News/Politics 9-17-19

  1. The tolerant left strikes again.

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  4. Let’s hope so, at least as far as the FBI’s so-called “leadership” is concerned.

    https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2019/09/will_mccabe_bring_the_fbi_down_with_him.html

    “Will McCabe Bring the FBI Down with Him?”

    “The DoJ’s rejection of a last-ditch appeal by the legal team representing fired FBI Director Andrew McCabe and the recommendation by federal prosecutors that charges actually be filed against the documented liar, leaker, and co-conspirator in the attempted coup against duly elected President Donald Trump puts the deep state in a face-to-face confrontation with a potential legal Armageddon. An indictment will leave McCabe with no excuse for not carrying out his threat to bring them all down with him.

    Before his firing, McCabe sent a shot across the bow of his co-conspirators in the plots to keep Hillary Clinton out of prison and Donald Trump out of the White House, according to Fox News correspondent Adam Housely in a series of tweets reported by Gateway Pundit at the time of the firing:

    Fox News reporter Adam Housley reported on Twitter tonight about the firing of FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, stating his sources were telling him that in the past few days McCabe threatened to “take people down with him” if he was fired…

    8:31 p.m. PDT: “I am told yesterday McCabe felt the heat and went to try and save his last two days and even told some he would take people down with him if he was fired. So…let’s see what comes of this. I know this…a ton of agents…a ton…were watching this very closely.”

    Investigative journalist Sara Carter confirmed McCabe’s threat on the March 16, 2018 episode of “The Ingraham Angle”:

    CARTER: He lied. Plain and simple he lied. A lot of former FBI agents that I spoke to say I hope he’s fired. Is he going to get fired today? That’s all I kept hearing all day because they realize if they had done this, they would have been fired too.

    And there’s a lot of ongoing investigations right now. This is not just about Michael Horowitz at the DOJ right now. Remember, there’s a prosecutor looking into the unmasking, the FISA abuse that has been taking place with Carter Page in particular. So, we have a number of investigations and McCabe is worried. He’s said over and over again, if I go down, I’m taking everybody else with me.”

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  5. Oh look, more Russian interference that Obama’s FBI didn’t stop.

    And they covered it up, of course.

    https://news.yahoo.com/exclusive-russia-carried-out-a-stunning-breach-of-fbi-communications-system-escalating-the-spy-game-on-us-soil-090024212.html

    “Exclusive: Russia carried out a ‘stunning’ breach of FBI communications system, escalating the spy game on U.S. soil”

    “On Dec. 29, 2016, the Obama administration announced that it was giving nearly three dozen Russian diplomats just 72 hours to leave the United States and was seizing two rural East Coast estates owned by the Russian government. As the Russians burned papers and scrambled to pack their bags, the Kremlin protested the treatment of its diplomats, and denied that those compounds — sometimes known as the “dachas” — were anything more than vacation spots for their personnel.

    The Obama administration’s public rationale for the expulsions and closures — the harshest U.S. diplomatic reprisals taken against Russia in several decades — was to retaliate for Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. But there was another critical, and secret, reason why those locations and diplomats were targeted.

    Both compounds, and at least some of the expelled diplomats, played key roles in a brazen Russian counterintelligence operation that stretched from the Bay Area to the heart of the nation’s capital, according to former U.S. officials. The operation, which targeted FBI communications, hampered the bureau’s ability to track Russian spies on U.S. soil at a time of increasing tension with Moscow, forced the FBI and CIA to cease contact with some of their Russian assets, and prompted tighter security procedures at key U.S. national security facilities in the Washington area and elsewhere, according to former U.S. officials. It even raised concerns among some U.S. officials about a Russian mole within the U.S. intelligence community.

    “It was a very broad effort to try and penetrate our most sensitive operations,” said a former senior CIA official.

    American officials discovered that the Russians had dramatically improved their ability to decrypt certain types of secure communications and had successfully tracked devices used by elite FBI surveillance teams. Officials also feared that the Russians may have devised other ways to monitor U.S. intelligence communications, including hacking into computers not connected to the internet. Senior FBI and CIA officials briefed congressional leaders on these issues as part of a wide-ranging examination on Capitol Hill of U.S. counterintelligence vulnerabilities.

    These compromises, the full gravity of which became clear to U.S. officials in 2012, gave Russian spies in American cities including Washington, New York and San Francisco key insights into the location of undercover FBI surveillance teams, and likely the actual substance of FBI communications, according to former officials. They provided the Russians opportunities to potentially shake off FBI surveillance and communicate with sensitive human sources, check on remote recording devices and even gather intelligence on their FBI pursuers, the former officials said.”

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    It’s a good thing the Obama admin was scandal free, right?

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  6. For now, anyway, Iowa still holds on to some common sense.

    I know, it probably won’t last.

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    https://www.nationalreview.com/news/california-bans-state-sponsored-travel-iowa-over-gender-reassignment-surgery-coverage/

    California Bans State-Sponsored Travel to Iowa over Refusal to Provide Medicaid Coverage for Gender-Reassignment Surgeries

    California added an eleventh state to its travel blacklist on Friday, banning state-sponsored travel to Iowa over that state’s refusal to cover gender-transition surgeries under its Medicaid program.

    California attorney general Xavier Becerra announced the decision to add Iowa to the travel-ban list, which takes effect October 4 and means public employees and college students will not be able to travel to Iowa on the taxpayer’s dime.

    In May, Iowa governor Kim Reynolds signed a law blocking Medicaid from paying for gender-reassignment surgeries despite the state Supreme Court’s ruling earlier this year in favor of charging taxpayers for the procedures. …
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  7. Failures by regulators, govt lawyers, and govt. officials as far as the eye can see.

    https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/op-eds/the-opioid-crisis-a-20-year-conspiracy-against-patients

    “The opioid crisis: A 20-year conspiracy against patients”

    “Purdue Pharma, the maker of OxyContin, may have been the prime mover in the Big Bang of opioids in the 1990s, when doctors were aggressively treating pain and OxyContin was pushed as a non-addictive medication. But Purdue didn’t act alone.

    In August, Johnson & Johnson was fined $572 million for its role in Oklahoma’s opioid crisis; Purdue settled with Oklahoma in March for $270 million. Beyond the cases in Oklahoma, there are now 2,000 lawsuits against opioid manufacturers and distributors. But rather than bringing a few bad players to justice for criminal behavior, these lawsuits are exposing a massive conspiracy 20 years in the making, along with a government database to prove it.

    The opioid crisis is a manufactured (and profitable!) public health emergency that has killed more than 400,000 Americans since 2000. It’s the perfect storm of gross negligence of regulators, lawmakers, and law enforcement, coupled with predatory tactics of lobbyists, drug manufacturers, distributors, doctors, and management consulting firms. Drug companies pushed opioids as a non-addictive pain medication while simultaneously releasing a deluge of 76 billion oxycodone and hydrocodone pain pills from 2006 through 2012. This is demonstrated by the data in the Drug Enforcement Agency’s Automation of Reports and Consolidated Order System, known as ARCOS.

    In small towns like Kermit, West Virginia, (population 392), one pharmacy received 5.7 million hydrocodone and oxycodone pills between 2005 and 2011 from McKesson, which shipped over 100 million pills into the state during that time. McKesson settled in May for $37 million, a fraction of the estimated $8.8 billion annual cost of the opioid crisis in West Virginia.

    Mallinckrodt flooded Florida (population 20 million) with 500 million oxycodone pills between 2008 and 2012. That’s enough pills to create an entire state of addicts. One Florida doctor, Barry Schultz prescribed a patient 23,000 pills over eight months — that’s 100 pills a day.

    Drug companies and distributors point the finger at law enforcement and regulators, questioning why they didn’t do more given their access to ARCOS data, which was only made public in June after a protracted legal battle. For years, drug companies, the DEA, and the Department of Justice fought against release of the data, which reveals what each company knew about the number of pills it was shipping year by year, town by town.

    In 2006, a confidential Department of Justice “prosecution memo” detailed how government lawyers believed that Purdue Pharma knew in the mid-1990s that OxyContin was fueling a rise in abuse and addiction. This memo might have changed the course of the opioid crisis if it were made public.

    The secrecy surrounding the government memo and data is emblematic of a legal process that favors the suppression of corporate information, even when it could benefit the public’s health and safety.”

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  8. Willfully ignorant zombies roam freely in the Land of No Consequence. As do their enablers on both sides of the political aisle.

    https://amgreatness.com/2019/09/16/in-the-land-of-no-consequence-bad-behavior-festers/

    “Another day, another whopper by the news media and their handlers in the Democratic Party.

    Shortly after the New York Times published a “bombshell” article over the weekend that described more graphic, decades-old sexual misconduct allegations against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, the paper was forced to post a significant correction to its original story.

    “An earlier version of this article, which was adapted from a forthcoming book, did not include one element of the book’s account regarding an assertion by a Yale classmate that friends of Brett Kavanaugh pushed his penis into the hand of a female student at a drunken dorm party,” the editors wrote. “The book reports that the female student declined to be interviewed and friends say that she does not recall the incident. That information has been added to the article.” The book, due for release this week, is authored by two Times reporters.

    The correction was prompted not by the Times’ own fact-checking but after Mollie Hemingway, a senior editor at The Federalist and co-author of a book detailing the Kavanaugh debacle, identified the blatant error on Twitter early Sunday morning. (The Times has refused to review Hemingway’s book, which was released in July.)

    But by the time “America’s newspaper of record” sheepishly admitted its (intentional) error, the damage had been done. Democratic lawmakers and presidential candidates called for Kavanaugh’s impeachment while celebrities and columnists wailed about the patriarchy, white privilege and, of course, the Bad Orange Man. Willfully ignorant zombies on the Left continue to regurgitate the falsehood.

    The timing of the Times’ latest fraud is notable for its coincidence: Three years ago and one year ago this month, Democrats, with full complicity from the media, unleashed two of the most divisive and fabricated campaigns against Trump World: The Trump-Russia collusion hoax and the Kavanaugh rape charges.

    In September 2016, Yahoo News posted its infamous article authored by Michael Isikoff that suggested Trump campaign aide Carter Page was a Kremlin tool—the piece was sourced by dossier author Christopher Steele and cited as evidence in the FISA warrant against Page—publicly fueling the nascent Russian collusion storyline. And in September 2018, the Washington Post identified Christine Blasey Ford as the woman accusing Kavanaugh of decades-old sexual assault.

    But despite the widespread misconduct, malfeasance, and irreversible political, professional, and personal damage connected to both travesties, not one person—lawmaker, staffer, reporter, or witness—has been held accountable for their actions. The perpetrators, thus far, have suffered no consequences.”

    To the contrary, mouthpieces for both scandals are cashing in by selling books that rewrite history, or worse, fabricate more charges intended to inflict additional harm. (A former Comey aide and current CNN contributor also will release a book this week that whitewashes his former boss’s leading role in the Russian collusion hoax.)”

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    Which is sad, and why most people think “justice” only happens to the poor and unconnected.

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  9. Will the FBI own it’s dirty tactics?

    Of course not.

    Yet another fraud from the “justice” clowns.

    Michael Flynn Graymails the Government

    https://spectator.org/michael-flynn-graymails-the-government/

    “This brings us to the inspired and recently unsealed motion to compel production of exculpatory evidence filed by Sidney Powell, former Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn’s new lawyer.

    As you may recall, there are many disturbing questions surrounding the federal government’s investigation, arrest, and prosecution of Flynn. Although he has pled guilty to a flimsy and corruptly contrived charge of lying to the FBI, that plea came about after he had — according to media reports — bankrupted himself by paying $4 million in legal fees to the Washington law firm that represented him prior to Powell. In short, it appears that Flynn pled guilty because he couldn’t afford any more justice.

    In addition to the law firm’s impressive professional achievement of turning a mere guilty plea proceeding into a reported $4 million payday, the known facts and circumstances surrounding the Flynn case are equally remarkable. We know that the charges arise out of an ambush interview orchestrated by former FBI Director James Comey and Deputy Director Andrew McCabe regarding contacts that Flynn, the incoming Trump administration’s National Security Adviser, had with Russian Ambassador Sergei Kislyak. According to Powell’s thorough, broadly worded, and aggressive discovery motion, recently produced (and previously withheld) government documents disclosed that “Flynn passed his polygraph test in 2016 and his security clearance was renewed. This was at the same time the FBI seems to have been investigating him under the pretext that he was an ‘agent of Russia’ and/or of Turkey. Interestingly, the new production also shows that [former Director of National Intelligence] James Clapper refused to assist in the investigation for Mr. Flynn’s security clearance, which Mr. Flynn received after a full investigation despite Mr. Clapper’s actions.” In addition, at the bar of the Court, Powell advised U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan that the recently disclosed documents showed the government had concluded that Flynn was neither a Russian nor a Turkish agent.

    So why and how was Flynn targeted for destruction by the FBI and Justice Department? Powell’s discovery motion seeks answers to these questions by demanding the production of evidence exposing the links between the investigation and prosecution of Flynn to the Obama administration’s efforts to target, spy on, and frame Donald Trump. To that end, the motion requests that Judge Sullivan enter an order compelling the government to produce a range of exculpatory evidence including, but not limited to, the following:

    “Any and all evidence that during a senior-attended FBI meeting or video conference, Andrew McCabe said, ‘First we @#$% Flynn, then we @#$% Trump,’ or words to that effect….

    “A letter delivered by the British Embassy to the incoming National Security team after Donald Trump’s election, and to outgoing National Security Advisor Susan Rice (the letter apparently disavows former British Secret Service Agent Christopher Steele, calls his credibility into question, and declares him untrustworthy)….

    “The unredacted Page-Strzok text messages as well as text messages, emails and other electronic communications to, from, or between Andrew McCabe, James Comey, Rod Rosenstein, Bruce Ohr, Nellie Ohr … Andrew Weissmann … regarding Mr. Flynn or the FISA applications or any surveillance (legal or illegal) that would have reached Mr. Flynn’s communications….

    “All payments, notes, memos, correspondence, and instructions, by and between the FBI, CIA, or DOD with Stefan Halper — going back as far as 2014 — regarding Michael Flynn … and Halper’s compensation through the DOD Office of Net Assessment….

    “Unredacted copies of all memos created by or other communications from James Comey that mention or deal with any investigation, surveillance, FISA applications, interviews, or use of a confidential human source or ‘OCONUS lures’ against Mr. Flynn….

    “All information provided by Kathleen Kavalec at the Department of State to the FBI regarding Christopher Steele prior to the first FISA application….

    “An internal DOJ document dated January 30, 2017, in which the FBI exonerated Mr. Flynn of being ‘an agent of Russia.’ …

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    “Moreover, if Judge Sullivan grants the defense even partial relief, the prosecutors will then be faced with a bitter choice, to wit:

    (a) They can produce the damning evidence of the government’s corrupt activities in order to continue the prosecution of their ludicrous and petty false statements case against Flynn. Or (b) the prosecutors can do the smart thing by dropping the charges and quietly disappearing into the witness protection program.

    If the prosecutors want my advice, in the event Judge Sullivan grants any part of Powell’s lethal motion, they should pick option (b) and ask the U.S. Marshal’s Service to relocate them to Arizona. I hear it’s nice there in the winter, and retirees can live comfortably on even a modest government pension.”

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    This will be fun to watch.

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  10. Nothing to see here…..

    Move along….

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    Why indeed?

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  12. Golf clap for CBS, for getting it right.

    And for the WaPo too, for refusing to run with such baseless accusations.

    https://hotair.com/archives/ed-morrissey/2019/09/17/real-bombshell-cbs-news-hits-nyt-kavanaugh-story-focus-witness-tampering/

    “Who would have expected the harshest media rebuke of the New York Times to come from the CBS Evening News? It starts off like a rehash of the NYT’s hit job on Brett Kavanaugh, but as correspondent Jan Crawford noted on Twitter, it takes a sharply critical turn at the end. Not only does Crawford note that every one of Christine Blasey Ford’s cited witnesses say the alleged high-school party with Kavanaugh never happened, Crawford uses the cutting-room floor clippings from the NYT’s story to focus on Leland Keyser’s claim of witness tampering.

    Ouch. Very much ouch:”

    “The details of Keyser’s experience with those who pressured her to change her story started coming out last October, but only now — buried at the back of the new book from two NYT reporters — do we have an outright dismissal of Blasey Ford’s claims from Keyser. Somehow the NYT’s editors thought rehashing old and utterly uncorroborated campus gossip from the Golden Girls era was bigger news than witness tampering by Blasey Ford’s allies. If you missed yesterday’s adventures in the collapse of credibility at the New York Times regarding Keyser, catch up here.

    Crawford, one of CBS News’ more independent voices, sums up the situation well at the end of this report:

    Now, all four people that Ford identified as being at that high school party in the summer of 1982 have all said that no such party occurred. And today, both the Republican chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee and the Democratic chair of the House Judiciary Committee said they would not support impeaching Kavanaugh.”

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  13. Here’s the real reason for the latest smear attempt on Kavanaugh.

    Naked partisan politics.

    https://www.nationalreview.com/2019/09/the-real-reason-for-that-kavanaugh-smear/

    “The media and Democrats want to place any decision by the Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade under a cloud.

    The New York Times on Saturday joined The New Yorker and many other media outlets in upending a dumpster full of garbage on its own reputation in an effort to smear Brett Kavanaugh. After more than a year of digging, the Democrats and their media allies still have no supported allegations of sexual misconduct by Brett Kavanaugh at any point in his entire life.

    Why would the media do this? Call it the asterisk strategy. This is a coordinated, full-on effort to undermine the legitimacy of Brett Kavanaugh’s work on the Supreme Court. The reputations of news outlets are so many eggs that must be broken in pursuit of this omelet.

    To review, the Times’ Saturday piece on Kavanaugh is unworthy of a great newspaper. It is unworthy of the Goonie Gulch Gazette. Deborah Ramirez, the star of the Times’ hit piece, told friends as recently as last year she wasn’t sure Kavanaugh exposed himself to her. She has admitted that she was drinking “heavily” on the night in question and has a foggy mind about the whole thing. She has found no witnesses to back up her allegation of a sexual act by Kavanaugh, which supposedly took place at a party in front of other people. Yet the Times, which rejected her story last fall, now plays it up.”

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  14. Interesting also:

    Breaking News Alert
    September 17, 2019
    NYTimes.com »

    BREAKING NEWS
    The Trump administration will end California’s authority to set its own stricter auto pollution rules, setting up a legal showdown.

    Tuesday, September 17, 2019 2:31 PM EST

    The Trump administration is expected on Wednesday to formally revoke California’s legal authority to set tailpipe pollution rules that are stricter than federal rules, in a move designed by the White House to strike twin blows against both the liberal-leaning state that President Trump has long antagonized and the environmental legacy of President Barack Obama.

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  15. He should tell them to pound sand after the un-American and illegal treatment they subjected him to.

    They want a circus, then give them one. 🙂

    https://apnews.com/04ac3771d88a47a1b10e4081646e871c

    “Lewandowski rebuffs questions at House impeachment hearing”

    “Democrats’ first hearing in what they are calling an impeachment investigation quickly turned sour on Tuesday as their sole witness, former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, refused to answer most of their questions. Lewandowski was following White House orders not to discuss confidential conversations with the president beyond what was already public in former special counsel Robert Mueller’s report.

    As the hearing began, Lewandowski — a devoted friend and supporter of the Republican president — demanded that Democrats provide him a copy of the report, sending Democratic staff scrambling to find one. Lewandowski then just read directly from report, making it clear that he wouldn’t say much beyond what Mueller wrote. Republicans on the panel then forced a series of procedural votes, immediately sending the hearing into disarray.

    “He’s filibustering,” a frustrated Nadler said.

    The hearing is the latest in a series of hurdles the committee has faced as they try to investigate Trump. Mueller himself testified this summer, with no bombshells. Two other witnesses who were subpoenaed alongside Lewandowski — former White House aides Rick Dearborn and Rob Porter — won’t show up at all, on orders from the White House.

    It also underscores what has been a central dilemma for House Democrats all year — they have promised to investigate Trump, aggressively, and many of their base supporters want them to move quickly to try to remove him from office. But the White House has blocked their oversight requests at most every turn, declining to provide new documents or allow former aides to testify.

    The Republican Senate is certain to rebuff any House efforts to bring charges against the president. And moderate Democrats in their own caucus have expressed nervousness that the impeachment push could crowd out their other accomplishments.”

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  16. Much is at stake now for both sides with regard to the future of the Supreme Court. But the left has entered this arena for the first time in a while (it’s long been an issue for the right).

    For both sides now, the court’s makeup becomes one of the key issues going into 2020 with the balance so narrow (and with Ginsberg probably not serving much longer) — getting rid of Kavanaugh after-the-fact and asap has become imperative.

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  17. Of course the court should always be above politics — justices are to rule on the merits of the law and thus sometimes vote “inconsistently” when it comes to political ideology.

    It’s long been viewed politically, however. That’s not a good thing. It’s not what the founders intended, at all. But it is the way it is (and has been).

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  18. And that also speaks to the issue of the court ‘making’ laws through its decisions rather than ruling strictly on the (existing) laws.

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  19. The Democrats are going to look like complete wimps if they don’t hold Lewandowski in contempt. One of Trump’s abilities is to spot weakness in an opponent and hammer that weakness.

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  21. I see the Never-Trumpers have glommed onto their next sure thing to get Trump.

    Charlie Brown never learns.

    They got nothing, so they’re fishing. Again. Still. 🙂

    Anything to distract from how wrong they’ve been about all of it. Sad and pathetic.

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  22. And Never-Trumpers desperate for something, anything really, to keep hope alive.

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  23. More bad news for Ricky. 🙂

    https://today.yougov.com/topics/politics/articles-reports/2019/09/16/republican-presidential-challengers-poll

    “Republicans are happy with Donald Trump as president. A big majority (85%) in the latest Economist/YouGov Poll approve of how he is handling his job (58 percent strongly approve), and 79 percent want him to run for re-election (though the rest of the country isn’t so sure: 51 percent overall don’t want the president to run again).

    In the last few weeks of polling, eight in 10 Republicans have regularly said they would be happy if Trump were the only GOP candidate running; 86 percent say now they will vote to re-elect the president next November; and just 5 percent would vote for the Democrat.”

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    And they are not at all impressed by Kristol and company’s choices. 🙂

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  24. And just a reminder…..

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    And Lewandowski is right here as well. Same for Never-Trumpers. They’d rather see a left wing Dem so great is their hate. So much for their “principles.”

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  25. Why does Amash have more courage than the Dems? Could it be that the Dems know their voters, like Trump and his cult, are incapable of comprehending obstruction of justice? They know their voters can understand indecent exposure, so they press their attack on Kavanaugh even if the charge is false.

    The poor Dems must try to win back a share of the eight million Obama/Trump voters, a group that has been successfully conned in three straight elections. How do you win the votes of such people? I have no idea. If you are after their money, you cook up a Ponzi scheme or pretend to be a Nigerian prince, but who knows how to win their votes?

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  26. We are going to be in the mountains of northern Montana for a week, so I may need to buy Josh Campbell’s new book to read at night. However, I think I will start with Tim Alberta’s American Carnage. I know it includes some hilarious incidents from 2016 and 2017.

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