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GOP House Intel Members Executed a Plan for a Change

Today’s Campaign Update
(Because The Campaign Never Ends)

Tired of all this #WINNING yet? Yeah, neither am I. – Ho-hum. You know what’s coming, don’t you? That’s right: The Dow Jones Industrial average and the S&P 500 closed yet again at all-time record highs on Wednesday. Morning trading was way up as investors began to realize the clownish House Democrats were going down in flames one more time in their latest attempt to frame President Donald Trump, but then pulled back somewhat in the afternoon when news came that US and Chinese representatives had hit a snag in their trade negotiations.

Speaking of the Schiff/Pelosi/Media impeachment circus, we summarized the day’s glorious action with a late afternoon post yesterday, but it’s important to note why the Republican committee members were so successful and effective in that hearing. That’s important to understand, because it has been a rare outcome in the past for Republicans, and it shows some very promising developments are taking place within the House GOP caucus.

Let’s go these reasons:

Strategic thinking – In a somewhat stunning development, the Republican members of the committee came into the hearing with an actual strategy. This is something the Democrats have always done, at least going as far back as the Nixon impeachment. But the Republicans have, in all but a tiny few instances, always avoided strategic planning like it was a communicable disease.

I’ve actually testified in a couple of congressional hearings myself, staffed executives who were testifying in several others, and sat through dozens more over the years, and it has always been striking to me to witness the difference in coordination between the Democrats and the Republicans. The Democrats invariably come into every hearing with a clear goal in mind for outcome, assignments on who covers which specific topics during their 5 minutes of questioning, and excellent message discipline. Republicans typically seem to show up with no goal in mind, no discernible assignments and the message discipline of a bunch of alley cats.

I don’t know if credit is due to House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, Ranking Member Devin Nunes or Ohio Congressman Jim Jordan – who was transferred to House Intel just for this hearing process – but whoever it was that led this effort to do some strategic planning, kudos to you.

They had a goal in mind – And that goal was to decimate the witnesses before them. Not to play nice with them, not to waste precious time slathering praise on these two guys for their service to the country – or in George Kent’s case, his father’s and grandfather’s service – not to just question what they had to say in some half-assed manner, which has always been their norm in these settings, but to destroy their stories and reveal them for what they are: A pair of disloyal deep state hacks.

This goal became evident right from the start, when Devin Nunes basically insulted them as a couple of operatives who managed to pass muster in Schiff’s capital basement interrogation process so well that they became his star witnesses. Every Republican who asked questions was tough, pointed and precise, taking care not to needlessly insult them and set off the snowflake battalion among the perpetual outrage mob on Twitter, but to destroy the narrative they were pushing point by point.

That was the goal, and by the end of the day, the objective had been met.

They had clear assignments – Rep. Nunes was the stage-setter. His opening statement, when the live TV audience was at its maximum, was a scorched-earth devastation of the pathological Schiff personally and of the Democrats’ four-year effort to frame the President. You could tell how effective it really was by observing how the Democrat toadies in the media reacted to it: The shrillness of their response to anything Nunes does always has a directly inverse relationship to his level of effectiveness.

Jim Jordan had the assignment of ripping Bill Taylor’s credibility to tiny shreds, point by point.  This was no easy assignment, because Taylor – unlike Kent, who relied on co-opting the military service record of his ancestors to lend himself credibility – really did serve his country with valor during the Vietnam war before becoming a career bureaucrat. So, Jordan had to rip Taylor’s confusing and byzantine narrative to shreds, reducing him to a mumbling heap, and do it all with a smile on his face. He did all that and more, with Taylor even chuckling along with him at several points.

Everyone else who asked questions, from John Ratcliffe to Chris Stewart to Elise Stefanik to Michael Turner, addressed clearly-defined subject matter and were very effective. As is the case in any team effort, their level of effectiveness was no doubt enhanced by having a clear plan and strategic approach.

They had message discipline – The Republicans came into this hearing with several key messages they wanted to hammer over and over and over again in order to beat them into the collective mind of the viewing public. Among those key messages were:

– This whole process is a sham led by perhaps the single most dishonest member of congress;

– There was no quid pro quo;

– Where’s the whistleblower, and why won’t Adam Schiff be honest about his contact with him?;

– The elected President, not unelected bureaucrats like you guys, gets to determine U.S. foreign policy;

– Neither of these witnesses has any first-hand knowledge about anything relevant;

– The real bad actors relevant to Ukraine are Joe and Hunter Biden.

These messages were pounded home repeatedly, with GOP questioning leaving the two witnesses completely stumped and wordless time after time. In the end, it was Chris Stewart who got to deliver the right uppercut that devastated the Bidens:

Of course the answer is no, which is why neither of these very DC Swampy creatures could muster a response.

The Bottom Line – Unless Schiff and San Fran Nan have some witness waiting in the wings who is going to make some stunning new accusation backed-up by real, first-hand knowledge and corroborated by others, they would be far better off disbanding this budding fiasco today rather than extending the pain for another two full weeks or more.

After yesterday, they have a clear rationale for doing so, and for pinning it on the President. They could gather all their corrupt press toadies together for a live conference, and tell them that the testimony of these two third-hand gossips and nasty questioning by the GOP members of them shows that it would unproductive to continue this process. They wouldn’t want their other third-hand witnesses to be “bullied,” after all.

They could then blame it all on President Trump and his firm assertion of executive privilege in refusing to allow his top advisors, who might actually have some first-hand information about something relevant, to testify before Schiff’s clown show.

And then they could all go to the capitol basement and huddle up to work on their next false narrative designed to frame President Trump.

Of course, Nan and Bug-eyes aren’t clear-headed enough to do that, so the nation will be subjected to this clown show until it comes to a bitter end.

That is all.

 

Today’s news moves at a faster pace than ever. Whatfinger.com is my go-to source for keeping up with all the latest events in real time.

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No, the Whistleblower is Not Really Willing to Answer GOP Questions

Today’s Campaign Update
(Because The Campaign Never Ends)

Dear House Republicans: If you fall for this ruse, you deserve whatever you get. – In what House Republicans are correctly referring to as a “Sunday narrative ambush,” the Democrat/media/deep state axis of disinformation spent all day claiming that Adam Schiff’s first fake “whistleblower,” revealed by Paul Sperry and RealClearInvestigations last week to be CIA analyst and John Brennan acolyte Eric Ciaramella, is suddenly “willing to answer questions” from Republicans as the impeachment scam continues to barrel down its fake tracks.

The deep state leaker’s lead attorney, Mark Zaid, tweeted out the offer just as the Sunday morning fake news programs were cranking up for their weekly parade of disinformation:

See the catch there? The offer is not for Ciaramella to offer public testimony, live and on national television: The offer is for “GOP” to “ask written questions” of Ciaramella through his lawyer team, which we already know has been in hand-to-hand coordination with Schiff and his staff. This, of course, would inevitably mean that any answers to “GOP” questions would be written by a team of government and high-paid private lawyers at the Compass Rose Legal Group, where Zaid has his practice.

In an interview with an always-eager-to-conspire CBS News on Saturday, Zaid hilariously claimed that his client “wants to be as bipartisan as possible” during this process, all while remaining anonymous. Of course, this is not an offer for cooperation or bipartisanship at all: It’s simply a tactic deployed to control the narrative around Ciaramella and his spying on the President of the United States.

Zaid claimed to have made the offer through Devin Nunes, ranking Republican on Schiff’s clown committee, but House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy told Face the Nation that the first he’d heard about it was when asked a question about it on-air:

To be perfectly clear about this: Ciaramella is not only unwilling to answer any GOP questions, he is unwilling to personally field any questions at all about playing his role in serving as the deep state actor who triggered this entire fantasy play. Any questions that go through his lawyers will be answered by his lawyers, carefully scripted to ensure that no real information is communicated and that the answer fully supports the Axis of Disinformation’s preferred narrative.

I keep waiting for McCarthy and other GOP congressional leaders to wake up to the reality that the Democrats are embarked on not only an effort to take down President Trump, but an effort to destroy the Republican Party as a viable national political entity.

After three and a half years of a perpetual, neverending deep state search to find some evidence – any old evidence would do – of wrongdoing by Mr. Trump, we know he has done nothing wrong and does not deserve this fate. But if McCarthy and his fellow House Republicans fall for this latest transparent tactic and actually demean themselves and the process by submitting written questions to Ciaramella’s lawyers, then their Party richly deserves whatever fate the Democrats wish to deal them.

The only proper answer to Zaid’s fake offer would be for McCarthy and Nunes and other Republicans to take the floor of the House today and spend hours revealing Ciaramella’s identity and biography to the world. It is long past time to quit cooperating with this Lawfare-inspired charade that paints him as anything other than a disloyal spy and leaker of highly-classified information.

That is all.

 

Today’s news moves at a faster pace than ever. Whatfinger.com is my go-to source for keeping up with all the latest events in real time.

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New York Times Live Polling Lays a Big Red Egg

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(Because The Campaign Never Ends)

The Winner of our King of Futile Gestures Award this week is…:  House Majority Leader and candidate to succeed Paul Ryan as Speaker Kevin McCarthy announced on Tuesday that he is introducing a stand-alone bill that will…drumroll please…fully fund the border wall!  Yayyyyy!!!!

Yes, friends, after working hand in glove with Speaker Ryan for almost two full years to repeatedly sandbag President Donald Trump on the wall funding, inventing lame excuse after lame excuse as to why said funding should not be included in one of the gigantic omnibus spending bills congress seems to pass every 3-4 months, Mr. McCarthy is making this big splash in the hopes of fooling GOP voters that it has a chance in hell of becoming law.

Pro tip:  It doesn’t.

Oh, if it comes to a vote it’ll pass the house for sure, because it only takes a majority vote there and the Republicans have a strong majority, at least until January.  But the senate, where 60 votes would be required and the GOP only has 51 seats?  Not a chance.

I like Congressman McCarthy, I really do.  Always have.  He is an earnest guy and mostly a real conservative.  He’s done a lot of “go along to get along” kind of stuff with Ryan just to be the loyal foot-soldier, and we all should understand that.  But he knows as well as anyone that the only way to get that border wall funding would be to include it in an omnibus spending bill that also contains stuff the Democrats really want, and have the guts to let the Democrats shut down the government if they want to do so.

A stand-alone bill on this has exactly zero chance of getting through the senate. It’s a futile gesture that mainly serves to highlight just how dishonestly the GOP congressional leadership has dealt with this issue for the past two years.

Oh, well, golly, that didn’t work out the way they’d hoped.:  The newsfakers at the New York Times decided recently that it would be a great idea to show everybody how their vaunted “Blue Wave” was shaping up by polling a number of races in the U.S. house and senate and show their demented readers the results in real time.  The live polls scheduled for yesterday included the “close” senate races in Texas, Nevada and Tennessee, three races in which GOP incumbents are facing what are considered to be “strong” Democrat challengers, including the media’s favorite Democrat, Irish Bob O’Rourke.

Surely, the Times’ newsfakers no doubt believed, our polling will show the Dems in the lead in at least two of these races.  After all, fake polls taken in every one of them had produced results showing the Democrat candidate no worse than tied in each an every one of them as recently as late August.

So what happened?  Well, the Times’ poll in Nevada does show the race between Trump-bashing RINO Dean Heller and Democrat Jacky Rosen very close, but with Heller in the lead at 46-45.  That was the “good” news for the Times staff.

In Texas, where the Times has repeatedly portrayed Irish Bob as another Kennedy as if that were a good thing, mean ol’ Ted Cruz comes in with a very comfortable 9 point lead of 53-44.  If you’ve been following the polls in this race, that 44% level appears to be the point at which Texas voters reach “Peak Beto”, as it were.

Over in Tennessee, it gets even worse for all the newsfakers at the Times, especially since most of them are no doubt huge Taylor Swift fans:  In that poll, Republican Marsha Blackburn, who has gained momentum in every poll take there in the last month, holds a whopping 18% lead over her Democrat challenger, ol’ what’s-his-name, at 57-39.  Phil Bredesen, that’s his name.

Prior to yesterday, the Times had conducted similar polling in a large number of house races around the country, and again ended up with far more of those “Red” guys and gals leading their favored “Blue” people than the fake newspaper had anticipated.  Just so you know I really didn’t make this stuff up, you can see all of those results at this link.

Because, you see, Democrats can only be civil if they win elections.  It’s in the constitution or something. – As always the lagging indicator of where her demented and depraved Party has already gone, the Pantsuit Princess decided to go all Maxine Waters in a CNN interview released on Tuesday, calling for an end to “civility” by the Democrats.  I’m not kidding – she apparently thinks what we have been seeing from her Party actually is them being “civil.”

“You cannot be civil with a political party that wants to destroy what you stand for, what you care about,” Clinton told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour. “That’s why I believe, if we are fortunate enough to win back the House and or the Senate, that’s when civility can start again.”

Yes, for sure.  It’s only when we place lunatics like Mad Maxine and the execrable Jerry Nadler as chairmen of congressional committees that we can achieve true civility in our nation.  This was in fact Coughing Crook’s way of overtly signaling her approval for heightened violence on our streets from Soros-paid protesters and violent Democrat proxy groups like Antifa, along with the kind of harassment and violence towards Republicans in public place that has been encouraged by Mad Maxine and many other Democrat office-holders.

Of course, the hilarious thing about this is that the Grasping Grifter was just reciting talking points written for her by her demented staff, and probably didn’t even understand the implications of what she was saying.  It’s been 30 years since the Hacking Hag uttered an unscripted word in public, and you can be sure that this interview is no exception.

This is the reason why she is always behind the direction of her Party instead of setting its tone.  Her mode of operation has always been to carefully calibrate everything she says based on the results of polls and focus groups, meaning that her shameful rhetoric is unerringly backwards-looking.

That’s not to give her a pass on this endorsement of street violence and ongoing Democrat Party insanity, it’s just to help explain how an obvious, blatant fraud and career criminal like the Fainting Felon can remain popular among her Party’s demented, willfully-ignorant voters three decades after she came onto the national scene.

That is all.

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