31 thoughts on “News/Politics 2-6-20

  1. In a week of really bad news for Dems, more bad news for Dems.


    “Depressed Democrat Turnout: The Iowa Story that Matters”

    “While the most entertaining story of the Iowa caucuses was either the utter chaos and incompetence that unfolded or the sinister machinations of the Democrat party, depending on your take on the events, the more important story is getting far less attention.

    When given the first opportunity to turn out and vote for a candidate to oppose President Donald Trump, Democrats largely shrugged and said, “Meh.” Turnout was down almost 30% from 2008.

    This is by far the most important story out of this primary, which is why it will be largely blacked out by the media.

    While Barack Obama was not on the ballot, Democrats clearly expected a greater show of voter force when they were given the chance to do something other than howl their Trump derangement rage at the moon.

    Smart Democrats understand this reality all too well. Harry Enten is one of the smarter ones.

    “If you go back to four years ago, what the Iowa Democratic Party has said is this is about the same exact turnout,” Enten observed. “That is not particularly good[.] … There’s supposed to be all this excitement around the Democratic Party wanting to beat Donald Trump. And this isn’t the only data point that shows that.”

    “Not particularly good” in liberal speak translates to catastrophic.

    The problem for Democrats is that only one of their candidates excites anything resembling passion, and he is the one candidate that the Democrat establishment power players are doing everything in their power to torpedo. At the same time, they are desperately pushing the least inspiring candidate in the entire field, although that impossible dream might be over post-Iowa. For Democrats, voting chicanery is practically a national spectator sport, but one would have thought they would have at least kept their fraud powder dry until they actually faced a Republican.”


  2. This is why it was time to stop letting the establishment pick our candidates.

    Another inconvenient truth.



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    “WaPo: “The Democratic Five-Alarm Fire Has Begun””

    “Status of panic button: pressed, and it’s not just the Washington Post that sees it. After the collapse of the Iowa Democratic caucuses and perhaps the prospects of their heir presumptive Joe Biden, the 2020 battleground is starting to look like Dieppe more than Normandy for Democrats. And that was before Donald Trump delivered a disciplined and conventional State of the Union, with Nancy Pelosi’s freak-out at the end:

    President Trump, on the cusp of acquittal by the Senate and with the highest approval rating of his tenure, marched newly emboldened into the State of the Union address on Tuesday night. The Democratic Party’s presidential primary has descended into chaos, with early figures showing that its onetime front-runner, a once-formidable former vice president, is politically wounded.

    The Democratic five-alarm fire has begun.

    Around the country on Tuesday, Democrats found themselves baffled by the circumstances engulfing their party — even one that is known for, and sometimes takes pride in, its tendency to overreact with worry. …

    Democrats, after three-plus miserable years under Trump, hoped this would be a turning point, with the president facing impeachment for allegedly abusing his power and Democrats beginning in earnest the campaign to oust him. But neither process is going as planned, reviving Democratic jitters that Trump is somehow not subject to the ordinary laws of politics.”


    It’s gone to 6 after Trump’s acquittal yesterday. 🙂


  4. Hot takes like these is why Jen nearly won the First Annual Smug Industries Media Hack Championship.


    Boy she sure changed her opinion suddenly….


    Because the Bad Orange Man has broken her.


  5. Govt. is getting after Google.


    “Justice Department Ramps Up Google Probe, With Heavy Focus on Ad Tools

    Antitrust enforcers have contacted more than a dozen publishers, ad tech rivals and ad agencies”

    “The Justice Department has reached out to more than a dozen companies in its antitrust probe of Google, including publishers, advertising technology firms and advertising agencies, as the company’s online ad tools become a major focus of the investigation, according to people familiar with the matter.

    In recent months, the department has been posing increasingly detailed questions—to Google’s rivals and executives inside the company itself—about how Google’s third-party advertising business interacts with publishers and advertisers, the people said. That digital business was built largely on the company’s 2008 acquisition of the ad-technology firm DoubleClick.

    Many of the questions center around two moves that Google has made in recent years that publishers and rivals say have helped consolidate its power. The first was Google’s integration of its ad server, the leading tool for websites to put ad space up for sale, with its ad exchange, the industry’s largest digital ad marketplace. The second move was its decision to require advertisers to use its own tools to buy ad space on YouTube.

    “They are zooming in on the right topics, and that’s a good thing,” said Michael Nevins, chief marketing officer of Smart AdServer, maker of a rival ad technology to Google’s.

    Google’s ad-tech business consists of software used to buy and sell ads on sites across the web. The company owns the dominant tool at every link in the complex chain between online publishers and advertisers, giving it unique power over the monetization of digital content. Many publishers and advertising rivals have charged that it has tied these tools together and to its owned-and-operated properties such as search and YouTube in anticompetitive ways.

    Google, a unit of Alphabet Inc., GOOG 0.08% has argued that the ad-tech industry is competitive and that moves it made to merge products were aimed at creating a better experience for customers.

    The probe’s increasing emphasis on ad tech is one reason the department’s antitrust chief, Makan Delrahim, recused himself last week, people familiar with the investigation said. In 2007, Mr. Delrahim advised Google in its efforts to get approval from the Federal Trade Commission to buy DoubleClick.

    In addition to probing digital advertising, Justice Department officials are examining other aspects of Google’s business. Some of the companies that have been interviewed are rivals hurt by the dominance of its search and mobile businesses, such as Yelp, DuckDuckGo and Oracle Corp., according to some of the people familiar with the matter.

    Wall Street Journal publisher News Corp, a longtime Google critic, was among the publishers contacted by antitrust investigators, along with New York Times Co., Gannett Co., Nexstar Media Group Inc. and Condé Nast, some of the people said. Bloomberg earlier reported on contacts with some of the publishers.

    State attorneys general who are pursuing their own Google investigation met Tuesday with Justice Department officials, a potential step toward closer coordination of the two probes.

    The state officials sent out a subpoena to Google in the fall that was dominated by questions on the inner workings of its ad-tech products.”

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  6. And the hits just keep a comin’…..


    “Gallup: More People View Republican Party Favorably Than Democratic Party

    Majority (51%) Views Republican Party Favorably. “Additionally, the poll finds 48% of Americans identifying as Republicans or leaning toward that party, compared with 44% Democratic identification or leaning.””

    “Amid the Democrats’ partisan impeachment witch hunt, President Trump is enjoying the highest approval numbers of his presidency.

    Gallup’s most recent poll also shows a stunning uptick in approval of the Republican Party, with GOP favorability breaking 50% for the first time since 2005.”


  7. Interesting connection amongst these swamp dwellers…..


    “Top Romney Adviser Worked With Hunter Biden On Board Of Ukrainian Energy Company”

    “As Democrats and the media remain fanatically obsessed with assembling some form of a “quid pro quo” from the infamous Trump-Zelensky phone call, new details have emerged regarding Burisma, the company for which Hunter Biden worked and the company that Ukraine’s top prosecutor had been investigating before Vice President Joe Biden had the prosecutor fired via a months-long pressure campaign. According to web archives, top Mitt Romney adviser Joseph Cofer Black, who publicly goes by “Cofer Black,” joined Burisma’s board of directors while Hunter Biden was also serving on the board.

    According to The New Yorker, Hunter joined Burisma’s board in April of 2014 and remained on it until he declined to renew his position this past May. Meanwhile, according to Burisma’s website, Black was appointed in February of 2017 and continues to serve on its board. The timelines would indicate that Black and Biden worked together at Burisma, and indeed, web archives from late 2017 show Black and Biden listed simultaneously on the board.”


    Things that make you go hmmmmmm…..


  8. Those of us who grew up or experienced gas lines in the 1970s might be interested in a small article in today’s newspaper, buried on a back page.

    “US trade deficit declines as factory activity slowed.”

    When you actually read the three-paragraph article, you discover that “the overall US trade deficit shrank last year for the first time in six years as the economy cooked, domestic oil production soared, and President Donald Trump waged an aggressive global trade war to rewrite America’s trading terms.”

    The significance?

    Did you know the US has become a major energy exporter? That with fracking, the US is awash with both oil and natural gas?

    President Obama made it harder to use old oil wells 6-7 years ago with one of his decisions. As a result, oil drillers explored and developed more efficient methods to extract oil and the fracking boom exploded. (Oh, that’s a bad pun).

    As a result, natural gas prices have totally collapsed. The US has enough natural gas and other energy reserves to last 100 years.

    That assumes, of course, all the anti-frackers don’t shove through legislation to curtail it.

    In the meantime, do you know which Middle East country that doesn’t sit on oil fields has the most energy reserves?


    That’s why the Egyptians are being nice to them.

    That’s why they don’t have to be careful about the Saudis or what the Americans think.

    They are the biggest exporter of natural gas to Europe.

    Which is why Russia is so angry and busy causing trouble on their northern border.

    Follow the money. It’s interesting how often that turns up insight.

    Congratulations, USA. I’m thankful I don’t have to sit in line again for gasoline–and only on the even days.

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  9. Michelle. I didn’t know there was an error until you told me.

    I wonder if the democrats know how much they are contributing to the Trump re-election campaign.


  10. i.e. to clarify my question.
    Have you ever given a lecture and planted someone in the audience to ask a question that you know is coming and you can answer with the point you want to make.
    That’s a common technique in instructive lectures.
    It reinforces important points.
    It helps stir up participation
    It makes you look good.


  11. Hi, haven’t commented in a while but I’m on strike so I have free time.

    One of the reasons I haven’t commented is I tired of American politics so I thought I’d wait til Trump was acquitted (a foregone conclusion). From what I understand there’s no longer an attempt to deny Trump’s deliberate withholding of Ukrainian aid in exchange for an investigation into the Bidens. In fact, Dershowitz used the “Nixon defense”. Listening to Collins, Alexander etc all admit what Trump did was wrong and an abuse of power but still acquit demonstrates party over country. McConnell stated it wasn’t a precedent — in other words if a Democrat did something similar he may find he/she guilty. I wasn’t surprised Romney voted to convict rather I was surprised there wasn’t a few more Republicans willing to risk party censure.


  12. Trump won’t do it, if he’s smart.
    If Biden is the democratic nominee, someone will mention that Hunter Biden really needs his dad to be president.
    Spending money like he is, he will soon run out of cash.
    He already can’t afford child support.


  13. The state of union address was amusing. Pelosi stole the show. Trump had a whole dog and pony show lined up. He and his advisers had almost perfectly laid out a reality show state of the union hitting all the right notes and then Pelois tore up his speech. Now his speech is forgotten and most of the props used are forgotten.

    The only part still playing it is the outrage over honoring Limbaugh. That was a tacky move.


  14. His speech and most of the props are NOT forgotten.

    Pelosi may have stolen the show, but I doubt that’s good for her.


  15. Iowa was interesting. The caucus system is messy and demands commitment especially the Democratic version. Iowa Republicans didn’t have to do much more than vote but Democrats have far more convoluted process which rewards commitments. Biden’s support is mile wide and an inch deep. And as the caucus has several steps look for Sanders to pick up more delegates. Iowa also demonstrate problems in modern polling — its difficult to get a representative sample. Old people are far more likely to answer phones and questions and thus Biden shows far stronger. The question is now who will emerge as the centrist candidate — Mayor Pete, Klobucher or an other. Sanders is the clear candidate of the left as Warren stumbled in her last debate. I see Klobucher as the clear VP candidate — she has a soccer mom appeal which will work in the Upper Midwest and she hasn’t’ upset the other candidates.


  16. Polling is an interesting science — almost as accurate as economists and the weatherman. Trump’s approval rate for example is negative 6 according to the rolling averages but Rasmussen shows a +1, the Economists show -10 and Reuters, – 13. All in the same week. Rasmussen is notorious for leaning Republican and is the outlier of 15 polls that all show a negative approval rating. The impeachment seems to have little effect either way in the polls, however, the Democratic leadership had little choice but to pursue given the abuse of power. And on the political side, it will motivate people to vote even if the Democratic candidate doesn’t inspire them.

    Not sure what polls AJ consults but the generic congressional voting polls show a +6% in favour of the Democratic party, 47% to 41%. Even more interesting Sanders leads Trump by about 4% in national polls. Perhaps the DNC should resign themselves to inevitable and let Sanders win the nomination. He will inspire a higher turnout and higher turnouts favor Democrats. A Sanders – Klobuchar ticket would be ideal.


  17. From WSJ:


    Democrats Have a Ways to Go Before They Stand United

    Passion on the left has propelled the Democratic nominating process so far while the party’s center has failed to unite around one clear alternative


    … To some extent, these are the kinds of splits always seen in a hotly contested presidential primary. But they matter in particular this year for two reasons.

    First, the divisions raise the possibility that the party’s left wing has overtaken the core centrist ground Bill Clinton staked out so clearly in the 1990s. Or, put differently, the lack of a clear, consensus choice will allow the party’s left wing to stake out new ground.

    Second, there is the possibility that the rise by the left will open the door for Michael Bloomberg to sweep in next month and begin consolidating the moderate vote behind him. Normally, that would be tough for somebody who just skipped the early states, but there is nothing normal about the Bloomberg effort.

    He is running a national campaign with more advertising dollars than the other Democrats can muster combined. It is still a stretch to think this year’s version of the party would turn to a former Republican, centrist billionaire, but strange things happen. Just ask Donald Trump —that is, President Trump. …


  18. Michelle — your comment demonstrates the positive affect a gov’t decision can have — Obama capped old polluting wells forcing innovation and exploration elsewhere giving the US energy independence. The strange things is the failure of Trump and the Republican to move away from Saudi Arabia. The US has far less need of middle east oil yet it still involves itself there and supports the Saudi monarch.

    Kevin — Pelosi motivated the base and change the narrative of cable coverage. I’m sure in the backrooms, Trump’s advisers are fuming.

    AJ/Chas — I find it interesting the Republican fascination with Hunter’s business activities yet ignore the elephant in the White House — the business activities of Trump’s adult children.


  19. Pelosi acted like a spoiled child. The only thing she did was make an ass of herself.

    And those are real people, not props as you call them. The disdain you leftist hold for the average Joe is duly noted though, and so typical.

    As for the kids, here’s the difference, Trump’s kids had jobs already, many tied to the family business. While they may have used Dad’s name to advance their careers, that’s not same as using your father’s political office to get one. It’s not even close to the same thing, but you knew that already.


  20. So in leftist speak, “stole the show” translates to “broke the law” in English.


    “Gaetz wrote that “Speaker Pelosi’s gesture was deeply offensive and appears to violate clauses 1 and 2 of House Rule XXIII,” which dictate the House’s official code of conduct.

    “Her behaviour does not ‘reflect creditably on the House,’ nor does it follow ‘the spirit and the letter of the Rules of the House.’”

    Gaetz, in his letter, said Pelosi’s “unseemly behaviour certainly warrants censure.”

    The lawmaker asked that after conducting the ethics probe, the committee make referrals to the Department of Justice “for further investigation and prosecution.”

    Pelosi, Gaetz alleges in the letter, “appears to be in violation” of a law that prohibits willfully destroying paper or documents “filed or deposited” in public office.

    “There is no question that Speaker Pelosi ‘mutilated, obliterated, or destroyed’ the copy of the President’s address provided to her at the beginning of the evening,” Gaetz wrote, quoting language from the law.”

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  21. AJ – What do you mean by “known drunk”? How is that known? (This is an honest question, not a challenge.)

    I’ve only recently seen people claiming she is drunk while presiding over the House, but I’ve also read that she may have a neurological condition that can make her seem drunk.


  22. All politicians use props whether it be a flag, a coffee shop, or a person. Its not a term of disdain rather an accurate description of their role. I’m old enough to remember a time when politicians only shared their stage with a flag, then it was reputable local people, and now every political consultant worth his or her salt will ensure there is a person of every colour and ethnicity standing behind or near a politician. They are props.

    Trump’s advisers had set up a semi-dignified version of a campaign rally and things were going nicely until Pelosi quietly but deliberate broke the narrative they had carefully set up.

    I think Trump broke the Republican party. Pelosi is fine.

    A Republican complaining about a breach in decorum is amusing. A party that thought it was appropriate to throw a snowball inside Congress during a climate change debate and to yell “you lie” during a SOTU address has no grounds to complain about Pelosi ripping up a few sheets of paper.

    There’s no doubt Hunter used his father’s status as a has been politicians to secure some work. And if Biden was resurrecting his career, perhaps the appropriate agencies should investigate close to election. However the current president should keep an arms length from the investigation and at the very least not use military aid as a bargaining chip.

    Meanwhile, Ivanka Trump continues to be awarded copyrights in China during her father’s trade negotiations. Jared Kusher has extensive business and real estate dealings with the Saudi royal family, while Trump actively delayed investigation into the death of an Turkish American journalists and was reluctant to cancel weapons deals and nuclear power tech when the Saudis were flaunting international law regarding weapons sales in Syria and Yemen. Sure investigate Hunter Biden if his dad gets anywhere close to a seat of power (he won’t) but in the meantime the very real mix of nepotism and corruption in the White House should be investigated first.


  23. DJ — Perhaps its more accurate to say “AP Press refuses to declare Sanders the winner”. He won the popular vote. Mayor Pete and Bernie will probably have an equal number of delegates. I can’t see how AP can’t declare this unless they are unwilling. Makes one wonder if the Bernie supporters are right about a conspiracy.

    Calling Pelosi a drunk is not much different than saying Trump has dementia. Both are growing old and it shows. However, to say Trump has dementia because of speech problems (as some on the left suggest) is a bit of a stretch.


  24. And we Christians are to guard others’ reputations. Some things simply are sheer speculation and are slanderous – but even if true, does it need to be said?

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  25. https://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2020/02/a-liberal-gets-trumps-sotu-address.php


    Right after President Trump delivered his State of the Union Address, I said that Democrats should be very worried about the upcoming presidential election. David Von Drehle, the Washington Post’s most insightful liberal columnist in my view, is worried. He explains why in his latest column, perhaps the most perceptive I’ve seen about the SOTU speech …


  26. I’d say, by the way, that saying Pelosi is “a drunk” maligns her character. Saying Trump has dementia is ignorant (and perhaps just rude) as none saying that appears to be a physician who has examined him.

    So the comments are different in that respect.


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