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Donald Trump Just Keeps on Winning, and Pelosi and Schumer Have no Answer to it

Tired of all this Winning yet?  Part I – The Democrats are starting to have second thoughts about their “all Trump hate, all the time” fake strategy for prevailing in this year’s mid-term elections.   McClatchy News  reports that, as the Rasmussen survey has the President’s approval rating hovering near 50%, the Democrats’ own internal polling has his standing now at 44%, up from 40% in November.  Even worse for the Dems, their generic congressional polling has them now sitting with just a 46-42 advantage, less than half of their edge just a few months ago.  The memo accompanying the polling stated “While still on track for a successful November, the extent of Democratic gains will be blunted if Democrats do not reengage more aggressively in speaking to the economic and health care priorities of voters.”  Yeah, after 15 months of nothing but hating Trump, it’s doubtful most Democrats even know how to do that at this point.  Nothing makes my day like the smell of Democrat panic in the morning.  Smells like Winning.

Tired of all this Winning yet?  Part II – The National Federation of Independent Businesses reports that expansionist sentiment among small business owners hit an all-time high in January.  “One in five small companies said they plan to boost hiring…The new tax law “produced the most recent boost to small-business optimism,” NFIB’s William Dunkelberg and Holly Wade said in a report.”  Guess this is more of those crumbs San Fran Nan keeps whining about.

Tired of all this Winning yet?  Part III – Lunatic Marxist congressman Luis Gutierrez of Illinois told a rally of “dozens” of DACA advocates out in San Diego yesterday that he is planning on running for President!  Talk about a gift wrapped in gold for Republicans – a Guiterrez candidacy would put the perfect face on the Democrat Party:  snarling, unstable, hateful, incoherent and just not very bright in general.  Let’s all wish the congressman well in his pursuit of the Party’s nomination in 2020.

In case you missed it, the Susan Rice CYA email to Susan Rice is creating several ripple effects.  Last night’s Evening Campaign Update noted that one impact from the email is that it is raising the public profile of Sally Yates again, making her a central figure in the whole Deep State Cabal.  But another bit of fallout is that the email indicates that James Comey lied to congress yet again, this time when he told a congressional committee on June 8, 2017 that he had only met privately with President Obama twice, and named the dates.

The Rice to Rice email says that Comey actually met privately with President Obama after the general January 5 meeting her email describes, which included Yates and Joe Biden, among others.  January 5 was not one of the dates Comey rolled out to congress.  So, either Rice is lying or Comey lied, and goodness knows, neither option would come as any surprise to anyone at this point.

If you are worried about the Republicans and President Trump getting cold feet over the next couple of weeks and surrendering on the DACA issue without getting other immigration reforms in return, well, stop it.  It’s not going to happen.

The Democrats simply have zero political leverage in this situation – other than whatever leverage John McCain and Lindsey Graham surrender to them, of course – and really have no means of forcing a bad deal here.  They don’t have the votes to get anything done, public opinion has tilted to the President’s side, and even many of the DACA “kids” (Average age:  26) have taken to advocating that the Democrats agree to a border wall and other major reforms in order to get the DACA fix.

President Trump remains very clear on this:  He will veto any “clean” DACA bill that surrenders on the other immigration reforms he wants, which is what bills offered by McCain and Graham do.  We should have all figured out by now that Mr. Trump does not make these public statements just to hear himself talk, like our previous White House occupant was fond of doing.

The President has repeatedly informed Chuck Schumer and his fake news media slaves that DACA will expire on March 5 without a comprehensive deal on immigration.  Schumer, Pelosi and other Democrat “leaders,” such as they are, are in a panic over this, since they have never wanted to do a comprehensive immigration bill because they’ve always wanted to keep it alive as a campaign issue.

But that was in the days when public opinion was in their favor.  With even the heavily-biased polling organizations showing public opinion having now shifted to President Trump’s favor, they now have no means of convincing weak-kneed RINOs – other than McCain and Graham, of course – to surrender and give them the “clean” DACA-only bill they want.

So, stop worrying, folks.  The next couple of weeks will either deliver a package that includes a DACA fix, funding for a border wall and other enhanced security measures, heavy restrictions on chain migration and an end to the insane diversity lottery system, or there will be no bill at all, and DACA will indeed expire on March 5.

Because Donald Trump has shown even Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan that winning is better than unilateral surrender.

Just another day in Trump just keeps on winning America.

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Pelosi, McConnell, Schumer and Ryan Just Raised the Mortgage on Your Kids’ and Grandkids’ Futures Again

Tired of all this Winning yet?  Part I – Food stamp enrollments dropped by more than 4 million from October to November of last year, the Labor Department announced yesterday.  That is the largest single-month decrease in such filings ever recorded.

Tired of all this Winning yet?  Part II – The Labor Department also reported that new claims for unemployment benefits last week dropped to 221,000, the lowest number of such claims recorded in 45 years.  So despite the ongoing correction in the stock markets, the economy just keeps winning.

I’ve always said that the best way to avoid shutting down 14% of the government was to throw $300 billion at it.  Doing that will always, without fail, get you 9 Democrat votes in the Senate, satisfy all the war hawks like Lindsey Graham and John McCain, and let all the Republican squishes like Mitch McConnell and Susan Collins go back to their states and brag about how well they are “governing.”  Oh, yay.

So, when you see your kids, grandkids and great grandkids today, give ’em a big hug and thank them for allowing us all to keep living so well on all their highly-mortgaged futures, because the bill for all of this is going to come due at some point on their watch.  Or, if you prefer, you can just say nothing and feel guilty about it, which is what most of us will do.  Either way, the bill will be the same.

On the positive side, the budget deal does include much-needed additional funding for the military, along with the long-promised-but-never-delivered emergency relief funding for the victims of all the major hurricanes that made landfall last year.  On the down side, the deal includes more than $130 billion in new social spending that will just raise the baseline budgets for an array of ineffective and often counterproductive social programs, and which will be used by Democrat politicians all over America to buy votes in November.

The bill contains nothing for the DACA “kids” (Average age: 26), and indeed, nothing on any other immigration-related matter.  So the next few weeks will be consumed by news of fake negotiations over all that stuff, as the Democrats, in their never-ending bad faith, put on a show for the DACA kids one more time, only to throw them under the bus yet again come March 5.  Because the Democrats are not going to agree to any significant immigration reforms, and the President is not going to agree to any DACA “fix” that does not included border security funding, severe limitations on chain migration, and the end to the insane visa lottery fiasco.

In other good news this morning, the LAPD has referred no less than three criminal cases to the District Attorney’s office in La-La-Land, meaning at least one of Hollywood’s many, many monsters might actually go to prison for serial sexual abuse and assault on pretty much every woman he ever came into contact with, except for Hillary, Meryl and Oprah.  Cool.

Speaking of woman abusers, how about this Rob Porter guy, huh?  If you hadn’t figured it out already, Mr. Porter is this week’s fake news media excuse for not covering all the incredibly scandalous developments involving a growing array of Democrats.  Not that that excuses Porter’s alleged bad behavior – if it is indeed true – but the amount of obsessive attention all the fake news outlets have given this story is scandalous in and of itself.

Yes, it is a damn shame – again, if the allegations made by his former wives are true – that a sleaze like this managed to get past those vaunted FBI background checks (maybe those checks were performed by Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, who would have been too tied up texting each other to actually do the work) and work in the White House for more than a year.  But let’s face it, hundreds of people work in and around the White House every day, and the sad odds are that any workplace involving that many people is going to be home to at least one such sleazeball, perhaps more.  Hell, from 1993 through 2000, that guy was in fact the president.  That’s the nature of our society today.

If this were the Obama Administration, the Porter story would have been completely hushed up by the fake news media.  Maybe Fox News might have spent a couple of minutes on it.  But this is the Trump Administration, where any excuse to ignore the latest developments in the biggest political scandal in American history is going to be amplified beyond all imagination by fake reporters and editors who are desperate to avoid doing their actual jobs.

Because that’s what the fake news media does.  No wonder the Newseum in Washington, DC, which is nothing more than a monument to a time long past when America actually once had a functioning profession we quaintly referred to as “journalism,” is about to go bankrupt.  A perfect metaphor for a dead profession.

Just another day in fake news media America.

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Democrats Prepare to Toss the DACA “Kids” Under the Bus One More Time

The all-knowing, all-seeing, omnipotent “global warming” can now change your personality.  No kidding.  So claim researchers at the Columbia Business School (why are researchers at a “business” school studying global warming?).   “As climate change continues across the world, we may also observe concomitant changes in human personality,” reads the study, published in the journal Nature on Tuesday.  Hey, it’s already working on me – every time I read an article about some fake study making some increasingly bizarre claim about the effects of “global warming”, it pisses me off that much more.

San Fran Nan is even more confused than normal today.  As I write this, she is now in the 7th hour of conducting what can only be termed a “filibuster” on the floor of the house, having been standing there reading stuff since mid-morning.  The trouble is, the filibuster rule only applies in the senate, where she has never been a member.  The creeping dementia she’s been displaying over the last several years has finally set in for good.  Sad!

By the way, in case you’re curious, what San Fran Nan is really doing is putting on a show for the DACA “kids” (average age:  26), because her party is about to toss them under the bus in the budget negotiations, so that they don’t get blamed for shutting down the government again.  Early this morning, Chuck Schumer and Mitch McConnell announced they’d reached an agreement to fund the government for the remainder of FY 2018 and through FY 2019, removing all the sequester caps in the process.

The deal includes half a trillion dollars in new military and domestic spending over those two years, so all the budget hawks in the House are going to hate it.  But the deal does NOT include any language on the DACA issue, which is going to throw the Democrats’ leftwing base into a frenzy of rage, yet again.  Pelosi and Schumer obviously made a deal with members of their caucus that she would conduct her fake “filibuster” for show on the floor of the House so that none of the Democrat members of the Senate would conduct a real filibuster and potentially kill this deal.

In the end, the Democrats are going to agree to this deal to get their hands on more domestic money they can buy votes with in exchange for a promise on a DACA vote next week.  Which, of course, means they are getting literally NOTHING, since McConnell and Speaker Paul Ryan already made that promise as a part of ending the 14% government shutdown that took place just a few weeks ago.

Pelosi and Schumer are betting that their voters are too stupid to remember that little reality.  Sadly, they’re probably right.

The one chink in the armor on this deal is whether the President will sign it when it comes to his desk.  He’s made it very clear he wants a comprehensive deal on immigration issues included in any budget deal, and that is obviously not a part of the Schumer/McConnell deal.  On the other hand, the deal does include most of the increased military spending Defense Secretary Mattis has asked for, and President Trump probably has little real objection to the increases in domestic spending that it includes.

It also seems unlikely that the President would be at all enthusiastic about having a vote on a “clean” DACA bill, given that that issue is his real leverage in getting concessions out of the Democrats on border security and other immigration reforms.  Absent that leverage, none of those reforms will happen.  Period.  Also, since the deal would well and truly bust the budget in a huge way, it would also likely be the death knell for any unfunded infrastructure plan Mr. Trump has stated he wants to pursue.

His campaign promises on immigration, more than any other factor, is what got Donald Trump elected.  And poll after poll shows strong majorities of Americans supporting the President’s position on those issues.  Is he willing to just let that all go in order to get two years of increased military spending?  Because that’s what this deal boils down to for him, and he knows that better than anyone.

The next 48 hours are going to be a very consequential time for our country.

That is all.

[NOTE:  A few minutes after this piece was posted, President Trump tweeted the following:  “The Budget Agreement today is so important for our great Military. It ends the dangerous sequester and gives Secretary Mattis what he needs to keep America Great. Republicans and Democrats must support our troops and support this Bill!”  Obviously, the President intends to sign the bill if it comes to his desk.  Also, Speaker Ryan issued a statement promising a vote in the coming weeks on “immigration reforms,” but not on a “clean” DACA bill that Pelosi says she wants.  Thus, Trump can sign this budget bill and still retain his leverage in immigration negotiations.  Cool.]

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The State of Our Union is that the Democrats Must be Defeated in Every Possible Way

  • Tired of all this Winning yet? – President Donald Trump (I never tire of typing those words) gave a wonderful State of the Union Address Tuesday night.  The speech was filled with soaring rhetoric about American unity, American greatness and America’s renewed place of leadership in the world.  So naturally the Democrats hated it.
  • The speech talked about the creation of 2.4 million new jobs since Trump took office, record low unemployment and the booming stock market.  So naturally the Democrats hated it.
  • The speech talked about our flag and what it means, the millions of Americans who have sacrificed for it, and why it is important to honor the flag by standing for our national anthem.  So naturally the Democrats hated it.
  • The speech talked about taking care of America’s veterans, so many of whom continue to return from our military ventures in the Middle East wounded, either physically or mentally, and the President’s ongoing program to reform the Veteran’s Administration in order to make it more responsive to the needs of these brave men and women.  So naturally the Democrats hated it.
  • The speech talked about the recently-passed tax cuts that will allow more than 90% of U.S. income taxpayers to keep more of the money they, not the government, earned.  So naturally the Democrats hated it.
  • The speech talked about the Trump Administration’s plans to unleash the nation’s energy industries and how that is already giving our country a new-found edge in international negotiations.  So naturally the Democrats hated it.
  • On and on and on it went, this speech filled with lofty imagery and easy applause lines for any person who actually cares about America to take advantage of, only to have the TV cameras pan to Democrats sitting on their hands.  Nancy Pelosi sat in her seat all night, nervously working her mouth in a constantly in-motion snarl that made it look for all the world as if she’d swallowed a hamster.  The Congressional Black Caucus sat on its hands, even as the President pointed to the happy recent reality of an all-time record low recording of Black unemployment, and to an African American family who had lost their daughter to a murder by the illegal alien MS-13 gang.  The party of the United Auto Workers could not bring itself to applaud the re-invigoration of the U.S. automotive industry.
  • Every time West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin, who is desperate to be re-elected in a state that Trump carried by 30 points, stood up to applaud a line, he looked sheepishly around as if he was expecting to be pelted with eggs by his colleagues.  He had good reason for that, since the leering Chuck Schumer, seated only a couple of seats away, could be visibly seen shushing him anytime he decided to clap.
  • Making matters even worse for the party of the Ku Klux Klan, the Democrats made the frightful mistake of picking Joseph Kennedy III to deliver their response to the President’s grand speech.  There he was, this doppelganger of Conan O’Brien, standing in some industrial facility as if anyone named Kennedy would know something about actual work, with a small crowd of sycophants who had no doubt been paid to be there.
  • Kennedy’s speech was, in a word, embarrassing.  Embarrassing for him, embarrassing for his family’s grand tradition of great oratory, and in the end, embarrassing for the Democrat Party.  The young man has the physical presence of a 12 year-old.  He was so obviously nervous he could barely get the words out.  The speech itself sounded like something that had been written by a middle schooler participating on a debate team.  And none of that even mattered because Kennedy had applied some sort of lip balm in a way that made it look as if he was literally drooling out of both sides of his mouth.  It was like a train wreck – impossible to look away.
  • Even worse (is that really possible?), Kennedy’s disaster was followed by the incoherent ramblings of Mad Maxine Waters and the communist rantings of Bernie Sanders.  This is your Democrat Party, folks, laid bare for all the world to see.
  • It was, all in all, a night filled with the worst possible visible imagery for the increasingly seditious Democrat Party, which refused to honor the flag, the national anthem, the pledge of allegiance, returning war heroes, the devastation of ISIS, roaring economic success, and generally putting America first.  The Democrats’ sitting on their hand through those easy applause lines will not play well with independent voters, who like to see their elected representatives at least putting up the pretense of love of country.
  • In direct contrast to Barack Obama’s speeches that were invariably filled with hundreds of uses of the words “I” and “my”, this was a speech filled with hundreds of uses of the words “we” and “our”.  But the Democrats made it very, very clear that their stance is that there is no “we” anymore in America:  There is only them and their overwhelming lust to secure and maintain political power.
  • In the end, one was left with the overriding surety that there is no dealing with today’s Democrat Party.  There will be no great coming together of the national government for the good of the country on immigration, a real federal budget, funding our military, or any of the other pressing matters of the day.
  • The Democrats made it crystal clear last night that they cannot and will not be compromised with.  Thus, the rest of us are left with the single choice that they must instead be defeated, soundly and in every way, and many of their heroes must be put in prison for the myriad crimes they committed during the Obama years.  When any political party overtly rejects love for country and respect for the nation’s laws and institutions, there is no other choice.
Just another day in seditious Democrats America.
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The Great 14% Shutdown of 2018, Day 3: Schumer Submits, Snowflakes Toss Fits. (This is What Winning Looks Like.)

  • Tired of all this Winning yet?  Part I – Late last week, as it became increasingly apparent that the Democrats in the Senate were going to cause a shutdown of 14% of the federal government, various fake news media outlets carried reports predicting the stock market would tank on Monday if that were to happen.  One clown on CNN or MSNBC, I forget which, predicted the Dow Jones would fall 1,300 points.  He was apparently channeling Paul Krugman with that bit of hilarity.  Of course, that did not happen.  The Dow was up more than 140 points on Monday, while the S&P 500 and the NASDAQ rose to set new closing record highs.  Just more Winning in Donald Trump’s America.
  • Tired of all this Winning yet?  Part II – Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced he is opening an investigation of his investigators, looking into the FBI’s claim to have “lost” 5 months of texts between deep state FBI Agent Peter Strzok and deep state FBI attorney Lisa Page.  For those keeping count, in just the last month, AG Sessions has announced investigations into Uranium One, the Clinton Crime Family Fake Foundation, the Clinton email scandal, and the Project Cassandra scandal, in which the Obama Administration facilitated the activities of the terrorist organization Hezbollah in the United States.  Mr. Sessions, who appeared to mostly sleep through 2017, has awakened with a vengeance these past few weeks.  It’s going to be a very busy year for him.
  • And speaking of WINNING, literally every snowflake, social justice warrior and Antifa terrorist on the radical political left went berserk on Monday when Cryin’ Chuckie Schumer caved and agreed to end the Great 14% Government Shutdown of 2018.  One leftist clown named Murshed Zaheed, who heads some group of lunatics that calls itself CREDO, told an interviewer, “Call it the #SchumerSellout, Hashtagged.”  Oooooooh, burn!  Man, when a Democrat politician has been negatively ‘hashtagged” by some leftist nitwit who heads up a group no one has ever heard of, you know he’s in a real political mess.
  • Then again, the clown has a point:  Chuckie did indeed sell out on Monday, folding up like that $9 tent at Wal Mart when he received new polling data showing conclusively that he was losing the PR battle in this ill-conceived shutdown to the Republicans and Donald Trump, who had out-flanked him at every turn.  Oh, the Democrats’ slavish agents in the fake news media did everything they could to try to prop their benefactors up throughout the day, but there is no doubt who the big loser here really is in a political sense.
  • The simple fact of the matter is that Schumer and his fellow disgraceful, anti-American Democrats got literally nothing in the “deal” that was struck to end the shutdown.  Schumer bragged about getting a commitment from Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and the President for a full debate and floor vote on the DACA question by February 8, but the President and congressional Republicans have been committed to doing that since last summer.
  • Even worse for Schumer and his Democrat senate caucus, they’re going to find themselves right back in the same pickle in just three weeks.  What’s the plan then, Chuckie?  If Schumer can’t somehow convince Republicans in both the House and the Senate to award amnesty to 3.6 million illegal aliens who are somehow subject to this DREAMer status, then what?  Is he going to order his compliant fellow Ds to shut 14% of the government down again, place the interests of illegals ahead of those of 330 million American citizens again, and make those horrible polling numbers in the new Harris Harvard Poll move even more in the favor of the Republicans?
  • It is equally valid to ask what are the Republicans going to do in three weeks?  Have they actually learned the clear lesson from this shutdown, which is that they have a clear advantage with the voting public on these immigration-related issues, and if they hold firm and don’t panic in the face of a barrage of negative media coverage, they finally have a guy in the White House who will turn them into winners?
  • There is a clear deal to be struck here.  It is completely transparent and unambiguous, and has been for several months now:  The DREAMers get some form of legal status and a long and difficult “path to citizenship” that forces them to adhere to the normal, legal immigration requirements that everyone else who wishes to immigrate to the United States must follow.  In exchange for that, chain migration is ended, the lunatic “diversity lottery” system is ended, and the border wall and other enhanced border security measures are fully and immediately funded.
  • Harris Harvard and other polls show that strong majorities of Americans support every of those provisions.  All the GOP members of congress have to do is stand firm on them and they will win again in February.  If the Democrats want to fall on their collective sword over maintaining open borders, let them do it, and let President Trump tweet them to death from now through election day.
  • Congressional Republicans have never had a more clear path to electoral victory than they do this very morning.  Whether they like it or not, they have President Donald J. Trump (I still never get tired of typing those words) to thank for that happy circumstance.
Just another day in Trump just keeps on #Winning America.
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The Government Shutdown, Day 1: Shouting Pussy Hats and Sweating Democrats

  • It’s Sunday, and somehow we’re all still here!  Yes, friends, despite the “shutdown” of almost 14 whole percent of our national government for a full day, American society has inexplicably managed to survive, as 330 million citizens who Democrats don’t give a damn about and 800,000 DACA  “kids” who average 26 years of age who Democrats pretend to care about soldiered on through their daily lives.  It’s a miracle!  God bless us, every one!
  • The pussy hat-wearing, profanity-shouting “Women’s” marchers were back at in on Saturday, and nobody still knows what exactly it is they’re all demonstrating about.  When Fox News began its coverage of the protesters in Washington, panning the crowd at the National Mall, the first sign the camera came across said simply, “F*ck You!”, only without that asterisk.  That was totally appropriate since that seems to be the only truly coherent message the protesters are conveying.
  • But those marchers or protesters or whatever they call themselves were a positive sign for the nation, since their presence at the Mall and in 20-odd other cities across the country meant that the interstate highway system was open and functioning, given that 90% of those people were bused into those cities and paid to be there in their pussy hats by George Soros.  So hey, the radical left was still able to make its one and only contribution to commerce in the United States despite the government “shutdown.”
  • But maybe the real, true, deep message of the protests was properly conveyed by some rapper who calls himself “Common”.  Mr. Common, rapping to the demonstration held in swanky Park City, Utah, belted out the following to the adoring crowd:
    • “The day the women took over, let it continue. Now women get paid as much as men do,
      Dr. Angelou looking from heaven’s window. Telling young girls phenomenal woman is in you,
      Body is a temple. Men don’t pray. Mother Earth’s arms around you saying it’s OK,
      Toilet seat’s down, that’s a no-brainer. Monuments in Washington of Fannie Lou Hamer,
      Harriet, Sojouner’s truth is marching on. Women preachers and world leaders ain’t out the norm.”   I absolutely swear I did not make that up.
  • Despite having not the slightest clue what Mr. Common was rapping about, the assembled crowd roared its approval, and presumably shouted a bunch of curse words at President Trump.  Because that’s how these things go.
  • Jane Fonda was also there in Park City, because of course Jane Fonda was there.  “Everything is at stake.  We’ve got to give it all we’ve got. Time is up,” she told the crowd of extremely wealthy people, echoing the cliches used by every high school football coach in every halftime speech in America.  You would think someone who’s spent her entire adult life trying to destroy this country at events like this could come up with something better.
  • Back in Washington, politicians in both parties spent the entire day blaming the other side for the 14% shutdown, while doing absolutely nothing to end it.  The Republicans have figured out that this this thing is not harming them politically in any way, so they have no real incentive to offer any more concessions than they already have, and the Democrats spent all day waiting on another poll from CNN to tell them which way to jump.  Unfortunately, no such poll was in the works, so Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi spent the day stuttering and stammering before the TV cameras, looking as if they need to be administered mental acuity exams.
  • Meanwhile, Twitter remained all a-twitter about the four-page memo about Obama-era spying on the Trump Campaign and transition team that was made available for viewing by members of the House of Representatives on Thursday.   Conservatives spent the second straight day demanding the classified memo be released to the public, while nervous leftwingers spent all day demanding it be kept secret because releasing it would be so darn divisive or something.
  • Multiple reports indicate that more than 150 members of the House have now viewed the memo, including no more than 3 Democrats.  Democrats, of course, avoid being exposed to the truth much like the Wicked Witch of the West avoided being exposed to water, since the truth is always fatal to their world view.
  • Despite the impatience from those on the political right, it will probably be a few weeks before the public sees the memo.  Declassifying a document such as this, produced by a congressional committee, is a complex process that requires several levels of approval within congress, the Justice Department and the White House.  That will take some time.
  • Yes, yes, for those of you sitting there thinking, “But the President can declassify anything he wants, you moron!”, I am well aware of that.  But doing that would be seen as a purely political act, and the fake news media would use that to ignore the memo’s content and diminish its impact.
  • Just as with the DOJ Inspector General’s year-long internal investigation of FBI and DOJ wrongdoing, it is best to carefully go through the process, and get all the i’s dotted and t’s crossed, so that no one can be accurately accused of any process violations.
  • Everybody just needs to exercise patience here.  We know for sure that the contents of this memo are damaging to the Democrats.  If they weren’t, bug-eyed Adam Schiff or some other congressional D would have already found a way to leak it to the NYTimes or CNN.
  • Because violating the process is what the Democrats do.  And remember:  The only people sweating this out are Democrats.  We should all be cool with letting them sweat it out for another couple of weeks.
Just another day in sweating Democrats and shouting pussy hats America.
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The Government Shutdown is Here! The First Round is on Me!

  • Tired of all this Winning yet? – Yesterday’s Campaign Update told you that shutting down the government would be the best outcome for the Republicans.  Lo and behold, we have our government shutdown, as the Republicans completely out-maneuvered the Democrats on one of these things for like the first time ever.  They have President Trump and Chuck Schumer, who completely over-played a terribly weak hand to thank for that.
  • With polls showing that 70% or more of the public wanting to do “something” to “protect” the poor DACA “kids” – many of whom are in their 30s – Schumer and every other Democrat spent the entire week claiming they would not do a deal to extend government funding without including some sort of amnesty for these folks who are in our country illegally.
  • When President Trump called Schumer over to the White House early Friday afternoon, Chuckie boy rushed over with a list of demands in-hand, no doubt expecting Trump to cave, like any of his Republican predecessors would have done in this same situation.  But Trump is not a Bush, and no caving was to be had, so poor Chuckie left the White House in a huff, so obviously angry that he actually passed up a chance to talk to the assembled reporters outside, the first time Mr. Schumer has passed up a chance to have his face on TV since he was in grade school.  At that moment, he no doubt fully intended to get back over the Capitol and hold a presser announcing his caucus was going to shut down the government.
  • But a couple of funny things happened while he was on his way back to the office.  First, he was no doubt told by his staff that the hashtag #SchumerShutdown had been trending on Twitter since Sarah Huckabee Sanders had used the term in her White House press briefing earlier in the day.  Second, CNN released a poll while Schumer was in the Oval Office showing that, by a margin of 56 to 34, people thought it was more important to keep the government open and protect Americans than it is to shut it down over an issue related to 800,000 illegal immigrants.
  • Why was that CNN poll such a big deal?  Well, you have to think like the Democrats think.  While there are still good people in the Democrat Party – no, really, there truly still are a handful of well-intentioned Americans still willing to associate with this band of miscreants – the party itself has no soul.  The party itself really believes in nothing, unless believing in something helps it to obtain and maintain political power.  That’s it.  They don’t really give a damn about these DACA “kids”, unless caring about them helps them in that over-arching goal.  Thus, that CNN poll told them clearly that standing firm on a DACA fix at this time was a horrible political loser for them, bigly.
  • Thus, Schumer and his entire caucus then went into panic mode, and spent the next several hours trying to concoct talking points that would make giving in look like some sort of “victory”, and throwing out an array of alternative plans that would have allowed them to keep the government open while saving a little face.  But Mitch McConnell and his Senate Republicans for once held firm and rejected each and every one of them, even as little Lindsey Graham was conducting shuttle diplomacy between Schumer’s and McConnell’s offices, begging them all to give in one more time.
  • So, we wake up this morning, on the anniversary of Donald Trump’s being sworn into office, with 14% of the federal government technically shut down.  As the Campaign Update said on Friday, this is literally the perfect coda to Trump’s first year in office.  If you want to clean out the swamp, one of the things you simply must do is stop giving in to the Democrats in these idiotic games of political brinksmanship.
  • The real glory in all of this is that President Trump for once does not get all the credit for the GOP finally, at long last, doing the right thing.  The happy fact is that every leader in the congressional GOP played his role perfectly.  Speaker Paul Ryan had his congressional chamber pass the bill that set the tone – with bi-partisan support – on Thursday, and then promptly adjourned the House and sent everyone home so they would not be around to gum up the works any further.  Perfect.
  • McConnell and Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn then played their hand perfectly all day long on Friday, putting out a steady drumbeat of consistent messaging about how the Democrats were ignoring the interests of the millions of American citizens in the name of making a special deal for a relative handful of illegal immigrants, a message that Ryan stayed in town to help push as well.
  • It was all perfect.  Everyone played their roles just right.  They’ll still get blamed for the shutdown by the fake news media, but the panic on the Democrat side clearly demonstrated which party will gain strength from this shutdown come election day.
  • At long last, Donald Trump appears to be rubbing off on members of his own party.  They’re slow learners, but it does seem that these old dogs are capable of learning new tricks.  Tricks like #Winning in situations where they had always lost in the past.  This is a day to celebrate if you really care about this country.
Just another day in President Trump just keeps on #Winning America.
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A Government Shutdown Would Be the Best Outcome for the GOP

  • Tired of all this Winning yet?  Part I – The New York Times released a poll on Thursday showing Americans’ support for the recently-passed Tax Cuts and Jobs Act is soaring upwards as people wake up to the fact that they’ve been lied to about its impacts by the Democrats and their agents in the fake news media.  This comes before the new tax withholding tables begin to result in higher paychecks for working folks.  Just wait until that kicks in.  This is all very predictable.
  • Tired of all this Winning yet?  Part II – Bloomberg reports that U.S. jobless claims last week fell to their lowest level since 1973.  This likely means that the unemployment rate, already at its lowest point since 2000 at 4.1%, may well fall even further in January.  #Winning.
  • All members of the House Intelligence Committee were given full access to the final tranche of the “Russia Collusion” documents released by the FBI and DOJ on Thursday, along with a four page executive summary report that details the documents’ contents.  The intrepid Sara Carter – one of a small handful of real, actual journalists still working in the nation’s capital these days – reports that Cong. Matt Gaetz and other Republican members of the Committee are so shocked at the wrongdoing at DOJ and the FBI revealed in this report that they are demanding its immediate release to the public.
  • But, Carter says, one ranking member of the Committee told her it could take until the end of the month before that happens.  Why in the world would it take that long?  C’mon, guys, take a cue from California’s bug-eyed Congressman Adam Schiff and the other Democrats on the Committee and just leak the damn thing.  This is a war for the soul of this country: Stop fighting this war with Nerf guns when your opposition keeps fighting it with AR-15s.
  • Well, here we are again:  the Democrats in the Senate are intent upon shutting down 14% of the government until they get amnesty for the 800,000 “DREAMers”, who are in our country illegally, in exchange for agreeing to yet another short-term continuing resolution, and the Republicans are in their standard panic because they know the mean ol’ fake news media will blame them for it all.  This is the most pathetic of all of Washington’s myriad ongoing Kabuki dances that get repeated several times every year.
  • It is also yet another example of how the establishment Republicans who make up the party’s leadership in congress have not the slightest idea what is good for them.  The simple fact of the matter is that the best thing the GOP could do would be to issue a joint announcement from Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell this morning  that says the Republican members of congress are prepared to pass a clean bill to fund the government through the end of this fiscal year, and will do so as soon as the Democrats in the Senate can produce the 9 votes necessary to get that done.
  • Every Republican in congress should then simply leave town and come back only after the Democrats have produced those 9 votes.  Let the Democrats have their shut-down, and let the American people see, for as long as that lasts, that the only potential impact that has on their lives is that they won’t get to make that trip to Yellowstone or Yosemite that 99.9 percent of them weren’t planning on taking anyway.
  • This is the same principle as what is happening with the tax bill:  As ordinary Americans wake up to the fact that San Fran Nan and everyone at CNN spent months lying to them about what that law really does, their attitudes towards it are changing.  The same thing would happen with a government “shut-down” that only shuts down “non-essential” services that only constitute 14% of the damn government.  Let it happen, and let it go on for as long as it takes, and watch public attitudes change as people wake up to the reality that the Democrats and fake news media have been lying to them about that, too.
  • Besides, the Republicans have a very recent object lesson about government shutdowns that they just refuse to learn from.  The last time the GOP got blamed for shutting down the government – in 2013, when Ted Cruz forced it to happen with a filibuster over Obamacare – what were the consequences for getting blamed for it?
  • The ‘consequence’ was that, 14 months after that shutdown took place, the GOP won its single biggest sea-change congressional blowout in history.  Why did that happen?  Because that filibuster by Senator Cruz proved that at least some congressional Republicans were capable of standing on principle, the GOP base voters turned out in near-record numbers in the 2014 elections as a result.
  • But because that object lesson came from Cruz, who is roundly hated by almost all establishment Republicans, those GOPe members of congress refuse to admit he was right, and continue their skittish ways in these brinksmanship situations.
  • President Trump should also take that object lesson to heart.  A shutdown of the government would be the perfect coda to the end of his first full year in office.  You want to truly clean out the DC Swamp?  Refuse – just refuse to sign any “continuing resolution” and demand that congress do its job and produce a real budget for the rest of FY 2018.  Put an end to all this government shutdown nonsense once and for all.  That would take all this Winning to another level entirely.
  • Sadly, though, the President appears to be taking his advice on this from the same squeamish dimwits who are advising Ryan and McConnell.  That’s too bad, because he is missing a golden opportunity to do something yuuuuge to truly make America great again.
Just another day in squeamish establishment Republicans America.
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America Enters Its First “Shithole Countries” News Cycle

[Warning:  This is the first PG-13 version of Today’s Campaign Update.  Today’s Campaign Update will return to its traditional PG format tomorrow.]

  • Me and Rush, tight as ticks. – I caught Rush Limbaugh’s opening segment the last two days, and I’m beginning to think he’s reading my Daily Campaign Updates during his daily show prep. If you listen to the first 8 minutes of his show the last two days and compare that to what I wrote, there’s a lot of not just the same points, but a lot of exact wording being used.  I’m cool with that, Rush.  But give me a shout out sometime, ok?  Thanks.
  • You just cannot make this stuff up. – USA Today reported on Thursday that many radical “women’s” advocates are ditching their pink pussyhats.  Why?  Oh, you’ll never guess why.  Go ahead, guess.  Nope, try again.  Nope.  Ok, here’s the answer:  They’re ditching their pussy hats because, and I’m quoting here, “the pink pussyhat excludes and is offensive to transgender women and gender non-binary people who don’t have typical female genitalia and to women of color because their genitals are more likely to be brown than pink.”  There are a million things – literally – I could say about this, but in the interest of decorum, I will just leave it at that.
  • Terminally un-funny comic and notorious drunk Chelsea Handler demonstrated yet again what a perfect spokeswoman she is for the progressive left on Wednesday by accusing – in the most graphic language possible – U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham of being a closeted homosexual on her Twitter account.  Senator Graham, a lifelong bachelor, has steadfastly denied this claim repeatedly during his political career.  Remember when  progressives were the tolerant ones?  Or at least put up the pretense of being so?  Yeah, good times…
  • Ok, so, we are well in to the “shithole countries” news cycle, in which everyone in the fake news media goes berserk over a comment made in what was supposed to be a closed meeting by the President of the United States.  I won’t defend that language, which is completely inappropriate for any U.S. president to use about other countries.  Nor will I defend the President’s timing, which steps all over his message on immigration and destroyed the narrative of what was otherwise an extremely positive day for his immigration policies.  But I will defend the sentiment:  We simply need a smarter immigration policy for our country.
  • We should be – as our country has done throughout most of its history – focused on bringing in people who can actually contribute to our society in meaningful ways, and who wish to assimilate into our society.  We have spent the last 50 years under an immigration policy designed to favor immigrants who have no interest in assimilating into U.S. society, simply because such immigrants are more likely to vote Democrat.  The Democrat Party wants a Balkanized country, a divided America, because a divided country favors its electoral politics.  Simple as that.
  • But even Democrats weren’t always as interested in dividing America along racial and ethnic lines.  In pushing his 1965 immigration bill, Ted Kennedy said , “[the bill] will not inundate America with immigrants from any one country or area, or the most populated and deprived nations of Africa and Asia.”  That’s 52 years ago, of course, but YouTube is full of videos of Democrat luminaries like Chuck Schumer, the Pantsuit Princess and Harry Reid expounding on the need to protect our borders, send “illegal aliens” (yes, as recently as 9 years ago, Schumer used that term in the well of the Senate) back to their home countries, and promote policies that encourage new legal immigrants to learn English and assimilate into American society.  Yeah, good times…good times…
  • All the “shithole countries” talk aside, all of you Trump supporters who spend too much time listening to professional rabble rousers like Ann Coulter and #nevertrumpists who were warning you that the President was about to sell the country out by agreeing to amnesty with no border protections should have been breathing sighs of relief at day’s end on Thursday.  President Trump’s frustrated remark came in a meeting with several pro-amnesty senators who believed they had just the deal for him:  a deal that would provide the DREAMers a 10-15 year path to citizenship, modify (but not eliminate) chain migration, provide a down payment on border security measures without full funding, and modify (but not eliminate) the immigration lottery system, the continuation of which was what led to Mr. Trump becoming so irritated.
  • That was a classic Washington DC compromise deal, a conglomeration of counterproductive half-measures in which everyone involved would get part, but not all of what they wanted, and could have all declared “victory”.  President Trump turned it down flat, because it was a lousy deal for the country, and because it would have violated his campaign promises on immigration.  Make no mistake:  there is a deal to be made here, and it is obvious.  That deal is that the DREAMers get immediate legal status with a path to citizenship; the border wall/enhanced security gets fully funded; chain migration ends; and the immigration lottery goes away over time.  That’s the deal the President will accept, and it is completely consistent with his campaign promises.
  • Honestly, folks, how many of those campaign promises must this man keep to you before you all start showing a little faith in him?

Just another day in “shithole countries” America.

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