10 thoughts on “News/Politics 11-27-19

  1. Poll: Interest in impeachment inquiry dips among Democratic voters


    “Democratic voters appear to be losing interest in House Democrats’ ongoing impeachment inquiry into President Trump, according to a new Hill-HarrisX poll released on Monday.

    The number of Democratic voters who say they are paying close attention to the impeachment inquiry fell 5 percentage points to 73 percent in the latest nationwide survey.

    The amount of independent and GOP voters who are keeping an eye on impeachment also saw a decrease. Fifty-nine percent of independent voters said they are paying attention to the inquiry, while 64 percent of Republicans say the same.

    After holding steady at 70 percent in the past two surveys, the overall number of voters who said they are following the probe fell for the first time to 65 percent.

    Unlike the prior surveys, the latest one was taken after Democrats held their first public hearing as part of their months-long impeachment inquiry. State Department officials William Taylor and George Kent kicked off the first round of televised hearings earlier this month. “


  2. This is hilarious. 🙂

    Next time, maybe vet your candidate better. Now Tom Cotton will win re-election for sure.


    “Democrats ‘Will Not Be Able To Field A Candidate’ In Arkansas Senate Race”

    “The Democratic Party of Arkansas had selected Joshua Mahony to run against Sen. Tom Cotton in next year’s election. However, minutes after the filing deadline for candidates had passed, Cotton’s campaign released significant oppo research which caused Mahony to withdraw from the race within a matter of hours. In fact, Mahony didn’t even talk to the party before announcing on Twitter that he was withdrawing from the race. Monday the Democratic Party announced that, after a failed attempt to find a path forward, it was simply too late to field a replacement candidate:

    “After exhaustive and careful examination with our legal counsel and our party leaders and without additional information from Mr. Mahony, the Democratic Party of Arkansas will not be able to field a candidate for United States Senate,” said Chairman Michael John Gray. “The narrow legal window to replace Mr. Mahony as our nominee would require evidence that has not been provided to us publicly or privately.”

    Legally the Democratic Party was entitled to replace Mahony in case of “serious illness,” but to do that they would need further information to clarify the exact reason for his withdrawal. Publicly, Mahony’s reason for dropping out of the race, cited in his tweet and in a subsequent letter from his lawyer, was “family health concerns.” The party set up a meeting with Mahony to see if he could provide the information they would need to claim a “serious illness” exemption to the state filing deadline, but when the time for the meeting arrived, Mahony didn’t show up. At that point the party had no choice but to give up on fielding a candidate.”


  3. Victor Davis Hanson on The Hatred that Fuels Impeachment.


    “We are in new territory now. Hating a president is equivalent to finding him guilty of supposed high crimes. Impeachment is a casual affair. Hearsay is as valid as direct testimony.”

    “Neither the NeverTrump Right nor the Progressive Left has yet offered a coherent defense of their de facto, three-year-long singular effort to delegitimize and ultimately remove Trump from office before the 2020 election.

    We are now in the midst of a systematic effort to impeach a president on the basis of a thought crime. Trump’s purported quid pro quo sin was issuing a temporary hold on military assistance to Ukraine that supposedly transcended legitimate worries about rampant corruption—to include specifically investigating the suspicious behavior of a corrupt Ukrainian oil company and the compromised relationship of former Vice President Joe Biden and his son around it.

    The anti-Trump writ is that it is impeachable even to delay to the Ukrainians lethal military assistance while citing the need to investigate the corruption of Ukrainians, including the career of Hunter Biden, whose father, the former vice president and “point man” on Ukraine, is now running for president.

    Supposedly irrelevant to this inquiry is the prior policy of denying military aid to Ukraine, intervening in Ukrainian politics to fire a prosecutor by threatening a cutoff of even nonmilitary aid, and ignoring that the vice president’s son served as a lucrative functionary with a corrupt Ukrainian company while his father was adjudicating U.S. aid to Ukraine.

    So why this disconnect? The reason is not “Ukraine,” merely the latest iteration in a long series of efforts, but rather existential hatred.

    The NeverTrumpers’ position, although rarely articulated, seems fairly clear.

    Whereas Trump has promoted most of the agenda they had touted over a lifetime (economic growth, near-full employment, conservative justices, tax reduction and reform, deregulation, pro-oil and natural gas production, secure borders, pro-Israel foreign policy, opposition to accords like the Paris Climate Accord and Iran Deal, increased defense spending, etc.), they nonetheless seek to abort his presidency on other grounds.

    Apparently, Trump’s perceived checkered personal history, supposed outrageous behavior, and occasional unorthodox take on issues such as Chinese policy and tariffs all justify his removal from office. Thus, his personal flaws and apostasy from free-market orthodoxy are so egregious that they nullify any good that has come about from Trump’s successful implementation of many conservative policies for which such critics otherwise had fought long and hard in the past.

    NeverTrumpers also believe that Trump’s very appearance, his outrageous orange tan, dyed comb-over, odd ties, Queens accent, reality TV background, and vernacular and occasionally vulgar speech certainly are disqualifying traits. He does not present the sober, judicious, and restrained image that past Republican banner-carriers such as George H.W. Bush or Mitt Romney conveyed.

    Whereas most past Republican grandees married into or inherited substantial money, none showed the visible scars and scabs of a lifetime’s frantic effort to expand their legacies by rough-and-tumble, wheeler-dealer, boom-or-bust frenzied business.”


  4. It’s way past time….

    Mexico can’t, and won’t, fix this. We need to do it.


    “Trump says U.S. to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorists”

    “U.S. President Donald Trump said he will designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groups for their role in trafficking narcotics and people, prompting a speedy request for talks by Mexico.

    “They will be designated … I have been working on that for the last 90 days. You know, designation is not that easy, you have to go through a process, and we are well into that process,” Trump said in an interview aired on Tuesday with conservative media personality Bill O’Reilly.

    Soon afterwards, Mexico’s foreign ministry issued a statement saying it would quickly seek a high-level meeting with U.S. State Department officials to address the legal designation as well as the flow of arms and money to organized crime.

    “The foreign minister will establish contact with his counterpart, Michael R. Pompeo, in order to discuss this very important issue for the bilateral agenda,” the ministry said.

    Once a particular group is designated as a terrorist organization, under U.S. law it is illegal for people in the United States to knowingly offer support and its members cannot enter the country and may be deported.

    Financial institutions that become aware they have funds connected to the group must block the money and alert the U.S. Treasury Department.

    Earlier this month, Trump had offered in a tweet to help Mexico “wage WAR on the drug cartels and wipe them off the face of the earth” in the aftermath of the bloodiest attack on U.S. citizens in Mexico for years.”

    Careful with what you share with corrupt Mexican officials.


  5. Trump support among African Americans is up, and this woman from CNN can’t deal with it. 🙂



    “CNN’s Ana Navarro Blasted As Racist Over Black Trump Supporter Tweet”

    “On Monday, CNN host and #NeverTrump “Republican” Ana Navarro ripped into black Americans who support President Donald Trump in a nasty tweet many deemed racist.

    “As reported by The Daily Wire on Monday, black Trump support is indeed on the rise, even if Navarro doesn’t like such a reality.

    “Two polls released in the last week have confirmed what Republicans hope and Democrats fear: support in the black community for President Trump is rising,” The Daily Wire’s Hank Berrien reported. “On Monday, Rasmussen reports noted, ‘ICYMI: Last Friday we showed Black Likely Voter approval for [President Trump] at 34%. We then found out that a recent widely quoted [Emerson Polling] Registered Voters based poll showed Black Voter approval for [the president] at 34.5%.’”

    “The Emerson Poll, released November 21, indeed showed Trump with 34.5% of black registered voter approval. RedState noted, ‘Thirty four percent approval for President Donald Trump. And that’s not an outlier with other Rasmussen tallies, the average has actually gone up since last year when it was in the 20s,‘” Berrien outlined.

    Navarro’s apparent fear of black Trump support is further evidence by RealClear Politics reporting in October of 2018: “Even 20% African-American support for Trump would all but dismantle Democratic Party presidential hopes for 2020. Hillary Clinton lost the 2016 election with 88% of the black vote. That was about a six-point falloff from Barack Obama’s share of the black vote in 2012,” the report said.”


  6. Yep. 🙂


  7. Ruh-roh Raggy. 🙂

    The collapse continues.




    “Sandy made the revelation when he was asked what reason Michael Duffey, a politically appointed official at the OMB, was given by the White House on why the aid to Ukraine was to be delayed.

    Here is the interaction where the revelation was made [emphasis added]:

    Question: Between July 19th and July 22nd, including July 22nd, did Mr. Duffey provide you any explanation as to why the President wanted to place a hold on Ukraine security assistance?

    Sandy: No.

    Question: Did you ask?

    Sandy: Yes.

    Question: And what was the response?

    Sandy: He was not aware of the reason.

    Question: To the best of your recollection, what precisely did he say to you when you asked for the reason for the President’s decision to place a hold on security assistance?

    Sandy: That he was not aware.

    Question: Did Mr. Duffey say that he was going to try to get additional information as to the reason for the hold?

    Sandy: Yes. He certainly said that if he got additional information he would share it with us.

    Question: At any point in time, from the moment that you walked into the [Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility] to anytime in history, has Mr. Duffey ever provided to you a reason why the President wanted to place a hold on security assistance?

    Sandy: I recall in early September an email [from Mike Duffey] that attributed the hold to the President’s concern about other counties not contributing money to Ukraine.

    Question: Was this the first time that you heard that the hold might be about some sort of concern that other countries are not providing sufficient support to Ukraine?

    Sandy: We had received information requesting — sorry. We had received requests for additional information on what other countries were contributing to Ukraine.

    Sandy went on to state that the requests that he received in early September about how much other nations were contributing to Ukraine came from Duffey.

    Sandy went on to state that the requests that he received in early September about how much other nations were contributing to Ukraine came from Duffey.

    The questions came as part of Democrats’ partisan impeachment inquiry hearings over Trump’s July 25 phone call with Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky in which Democrats allege that the president engage in a quid pro quo.

    CNN claimed in a report on Tuesday that the OMB took action on withholding the aid to Ukraine on the evening of July 25, the same day as the call.

    Zeldin responded to the story, writing on Twitter: “This is not true. There were multiple actions before July 25th. It’s amazing how much deliberate misleading many in the media are enthusiastically engaging in to dumb down the public. Why? Just shoot straight and let the American public think for themselves with all of the facts!”


    THIS is CNN.


  8. A member of my family is grieving this week becasue someone she knew well from school was kidnapped, along with her mother, in broad daylight from a box store parking lot about a year ago.

    Their bodies were found ten days ago–dumped in a field by a Mexican drug cartel.

    Having tried to search out the specific incident, so I can comfort with some knowledge, I discovered it happens so often as to be unremarked upon–even by the local newspapers.


  9. More bad news for Dems.


    “The New York Times/Siena College partnership keeps producing terrible news for the 2020 Democratic contenders. This time, on the heels of a poll that showed only former Vice President Joe Biden giving President Donald Trump a challenge in battleground states, the NYT’s Upshot discovered that swing state voters who “swung” to Democrats in 2018 plan to swing back to Trump.

    “Nearly two-thirds of voters in six battleground states who voted for President Trump in 2016 — but for Democratic congressional candidates in 2018 — say they intend to back the president against each of his top rivals, according to recent polling,” the NYT said Wednesday.

    Those “battleground states” include Michigan and Wisconsin, two states key to Democrats’ electoral success in 2020, and two states that elected a number of Democrats in the 2018 mid-terms, helping the Dems reclaim control of the House of Representatives. Both Wisconsin and Michigan were considered major 2018 losses for Republicans, who couldn’t hold on to the governor’s office in either state, though both legislatures remain fairly evenly split.”


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