Today’s Campaign Update
(Because The Campaign Never Ends)
The NRA held its annual convention in Dallas over the weekend and President Trump was a featured speaker. But that wasn’t the big news. The big news came when failed actress and failing anti-gun activist Alyssa Milano showed up to stage a protest in a park across the street from the convention center, complete with a small army of body guards who were – you guessed it – clearly carrying firearms. Seriously, if liberals didn’t exist, you could not make them up.
Two headlines on the Drudge Report this morning caught my eye:
- “With no letup in home prices, California exodus surges;” and
- “California to require solar panels on new homes.”
Cause, meet effect.
“Here’s our new poll showing President Trump’s popularity rising dramatically. We apologize for the findings of our new poll and will try to do better faking our data in the future.” – The new Reuters/Ipsos poll is out, and it shows a dramatic rise in the public’s job approval for the President, to 48 percent. Hilariously, the leftwing lunatics who conduct this poll included the following disclaimer along with the poll results:
“This week’s Reuters/Ipsos Core Political release presents something of an outlier of our trend. Every series of polls has the occasional outlier and in our opinion this is one. So, while we are reporting the findings in the interest of transparency, we will not be announcing the start of a new trend until we have more data to validate this pattern.”
So, if you were entertaining the thought that the people who run the Reuters/Ipsos poll did so in a sincere search for accurate findings, you can now put that thought out of your mind. No need to thank me for this public service announcement.
You have a point, but why have you waited until now? – House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes told an interviewer on Fox News yesterday that he is planning to move to hold Attorney General Jeff Sessions in contempt of congress this week. The issue at hand is the Justice Department’s and FBI’s ongoing refusal to comply with his committee’s information requests in a timely manner.
It’s a valid point, and House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, who is one of the candidates to succeed Paul Ryan as Speaker of the House, expressed his agreement in a later interview on the same network. My only question, though, is why has Nunes waited until now to threaten such action? It’s not as if this stonewalling on the part of DOJ and the FBI is something new – it’s been going on since last summer.
One of the big problems Nunes and the rest of the Republicans in congress have in such situations is that they are viewed by those in the executive branch as paper tigers, people who make a lot of noise for the television cameras but who, when push comes to shove, can always be counted upon to back off at the first sign of negative media coverage of their actions.
Obama Attorney General Eric Holder no doubt laughed his butt off when he saw Nunes’ threat. After all, Holder was held in contempt of congress way back during Obama’s first term in office, and what difference did that ultimately make to anything? None, because the Republicans running congress then were not willing to take the next step and send the Capital police over to DOJ and take Holder into custody. So Holder was able to just continue on his merry way.
But here’s the thing about the Nunes threat on Sessions: It may not be what it appears to be. Think about it for a minute: First of all, why target Sessions and not the person who is the real problem, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein? Sessions is recused from the whole Russia Collusion fantasy play – it’s Rosenstein who has been leading DOJ’s obstruction efforts with the various congressional investigations.
Second, again, why now? Why take this action just when we are reportedly about to finally see the report from DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz made public? I fully understand Nunes’ frustration, if that’s what it really is, but making this particular threat at this particular time against this particular target doesn’t really seem to make much strategic sense in the context of all these other events swirling around.
Here’s a thought: Maybe Nunes is taking this action in order to help cement Sessions’ – and by extension, Horowitz’s – independence in the public’s mind in the weeks leading up to the release of the Horowitz report. Nunes, after all, has been widely (and unfairly) portrayed as a shill for the Trump White House, so what better way to emphasize Sessions’ independence from all of that by going after him personally with a contempt of congress citation?
Why, I wouldn’t be surprised if we also see a nasty Trump tweet, or two, or three, targeting Mr. Sessions in the coming days. Think about it – things are not always as they seem.
Just another day in you couldn’t make this stuff up if you wanted to America.
That is all.
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