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Pelosi Achieves Peak Depravity With Coronavirus Assistance Bill

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

Every time you think the Democrats on Capitol Hill could not become more despicable, depraved and demented than they already are, they go and surprise you again. – Honestly, at this point, I really don’t think there’s any way for San Fran Nan to surprise me anymore. At least, not after this one. But I’ll probably be surprised again soon.

The liberal hacks who run The Hill have a report out this morning detailing House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s objections to the Democrats’ version of a coronavirus-related “temporary” assistance bill now worming its way through the House. Here we have what our corrupt news media is portraying as being a national emergency, a pandemic of a virus that is highly infectious and, while it has only led to 41 American deaths to this point, could lead to many more in the weeks to come.

Amid all of this, the Democrats and their toadies in the national news media have succeeded in creating a national panic that has this week resulted in the literal shutting down of much of the U.S. economy for the time being. The ultimate impacts of all of these cancelled major events that drive so much of the economy, along with the simultaneous oil price war that has erupted between Russia and the Saudis, will reverberate through the production chain, and will without question cause significant hardship for millions of American workers and their families.

Given a situation such as this, one might expect members of both parties to, for once in their pathetic lives, actually try their best to come together on a temporary aide package like this one, and leave their petty politics behind. You might expect that, but you would be wrong when it comes to Nancy Pelosi.

First, Pelosi attempted to stick in language killing the longstanding Hyde Amendment – which bars the use of federal funds to pay for abortion except to save the life of the woman, or if the pregnancy arises from incest or rape – into this completely unrelated piece of legislation. That effort was reportedly opposed by many members of her own party, so it died.

But Pelosi has succeeded in including language in this bill that will be highly controversial, including provisions that would mandate permanent paid sick leave for all employers, along with a huge permanent increase in Medicare spending that would benefit the insurance companies that have Pelosi and so many other members of congress in their pockets. McCarthy on Thursday expressed his opposition to these and other bits of depravity included in Pelosi’s bill.

From the Hill’s report:

“The president last night said we are committed to helping those who will face economic hardships as a result of work disruptions and illness. The country is looking to the government to come together and meet these challenges, but the bill that we saw that just came forth last night at 11 p.m. comes up short,” McCarthy told reporters at a press conference.

“There’s a couple major problems with it. Here’s one glaring problem: Under [Speaker Nancy] Pelosi’s bill, the Social Security Administration will be set up to administer the paid sick leave program. Now this will take more than six months, so it won’t work in time. It will also hamper the administration from putting out Social Security for those who need it right now that are in harm’s way,” he added.

“This will hurt the very population it’s supposed to be helping. It forces permanent paid sick leave for all businesses without exemptions and no sunsets.”

McCarthy’s comments came just before the bill — which would require employers to grant paid sick leave and bolster unemployment benefits, in addition to ensuring free diagnostic testing for the virus — was scheduled to come to the floor on Thursday, before lawmakers are slated to leave for a one-week recess.

The minority leader also cited Republicans’ concerns with provisions related to paid sick leave and disaster aid eligibility, adding that his GOP colleagues are committed to working across the aisle and with the Trump administration on a solution that can garner broad bipartisan support.

At her press conference at the end of the work day, a slurring, stammering and obviously highly agitated Pelosi slammed her fist on the podium and demanded that Republicans agree either agree to her bill filled with permanent pork or she was just going to adjourn the House for its scheduled recess next week. Shortly after, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced that the Senate would cancel its recess and remain in Washington to deal with issues related to the virus and the economic fallout.

Thus, Pelosi seems to have reached peak depravity here, exploiting a national panic that she and her fellow Democrats in and out of the corrupt news media worked hard to create for her own gain and the gain of the corporate lobbyists who have helped to make her such a fabulously wealthy person. This seems to me to be the moment she has attained peak depravity. But then again, every time I think that’s the case, and she cannot possibly get any worse, she goes out and surprises me.

You all can judge for yourselves.

That is all.

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Why GOP Voters Should be Proud of Their House Members Today

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

During the lead-up to the 2016 elections, I repeatedly wrote that, as a class, Republicans in the House and Senate were the single most hated element of the DC Swamp. This was because of their repeated collective failures to live up to the promises they had made to voters in getting elected.

On the campaign trail, House and Senate Republicans sounded like Ronald Reagan, promising to go to Washington and beat up on those Democrats and President Obama, promising to get rid of the Obamacare atrocity, promising to rein in Obama’s regulatory reign of terror, promising to use the filibuster and the parliamentary process in the House to force Democrats to pass real budget bills instead of agreeing to just another continuing resolution, promising to rebuild the military and get our young men and women out of the myriad Middle East and African civil wars Presidents Bush and Obama had gotten them entangled in.

But once safely in office, all those promises and many, many more were quickly forgotten, as congressional Republicans immersed themselves in the corrupt ways of the Swamp and became utter cowards when it came to casting principled votes out of fear that they might get negative attention from the corrupt news media. But their disloyal, unprincipled and cowardly behavior brought them nothing but scorn and contempt from those they were trying to please: They became hated by the Democrats, hated by the corrupt news media, and yes, hated even by their own voters, voters who only continued voting for them because the alternative – voting for a Democrat – was too repugnant to contemplate. Better to vote for a coward than for a Marxist Alinskyite.

Ok, now that I’ve had the catharsis of getting all of that out my system, here’s why you Republican voters should be proud of your house members today: Because, to a man, and to a woman, they all did their damn jobs throughout throughout the Democrats’ Soviet-style impeachment clown show. Oh, Texas congressman Will Hurd had a shaky moment early on, but even he ended up coming around to realizing that Adam Schiff and Nancy Pelosi were abusing their power like no one in the nation’s capital had ever done before, and got with the program.

Hey, for once the Republicans actually had a program to get with. An aggressive, no-nonsense, call a clown a clown strategy for giving no ground to Schiff and his fraudulent, corrupt process. An aggressive, no-fear strategy of staying on-message with the corrupt Democrat media toadies and for pointedly calling them out when they lied in their reporting, which of course, happened constantly.

Devin Nunes and Doug Collins, as ranking GOP members on the House Intel and House Judiciary Committees, respectively, were stellar, scorching the earth and the hides of Schiff and Jabba the Nadler with every opening and closing statement. Both men managed their committee members and their questioning time perfectly throughout, and the results were spectacular.

Both Jim Jordan of Ohio and John Ratcliffe of Texas did double duty as members of both committees, and all conservatives should be incredibly grateful for those two men. Jordan was fantastic in capitalizing on the utter absurdities of the parade of hearsay gossips who showed up as “witnesses” before the committee, rendering them all human pin cushions by the time he was done with them. Ratcliffe, a former federal prosecutor himself, was more subdued but equally effective in consistently pinpointing the legal holes in the Democrats’ case and tying several of the witnesses up in knots of logic they could not untie.

Florida Congressman Matt Gaetz utterly and completely decimated the Democrats’ despicable Alinskyite Lawfare lawyer, Daniel Goldman, making him look like an 8 year-old being lectured in the Principal’s office for all to see on national television. It was a moment of TV beauty that deserves to be seen again here:

These guys were all members we expected to shine going in. But the hearings were filled with some new stars, too. Like Chris Stewart of Utah, one of the finest human beings serving in congress today, who time after time providing piercing and pointed questioning that brought Schiff’s array of haughty gossip witnesses crashing down to earth. Michael Turner of Ohio was another relatively unknown member who took apart several witnesses and battled fiercely with the imperious Schiff on several points of order. Louie Gohmert of Texas and Arizona’s Andy Biggs also had great moments in limited duty on the Judiciary Comittee.

And then there was Elise Stefanik, the 35 year-old who represents the 21st district of New York, who may have been the star of the show. Combative, pointed, smart, and fearless of the vicious attacks from the press that she surely knew would come, Stefanik emerged from this process as one of the true rising stars not just in the House, but in the Republican Party. Expect her to have a prominent speaking role at next year’s GOP National Convention.

Going into this impeachment farce, seasoned observers of House Republicans had every reason to be nervous, to expect them to be completely disorganized and ineffective. After all, under Boehner and Paul Ryan’s non-leadership, we had seen this story so many times before.

But they came in with a clear and highly-organized plan with two main objectives: 1) dismantle Schiff/Pelosi/Nadler’s fraudulent case, and 2) do so in a way that would hold the Trump support base together.

The fact that they were successful in achieving both objectives is a credit to the leadership of House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy. His leadership made success possible. Be thankful Paul Ryan is spending his time these days trying to screw up Fox News – had he still been Minority Leader there is no telling how badly this all would have gone.

So, I know it’s hard for many of us, but be happy, Republican voters. You finally have leadership in the House of Representatives you can be proud of. If things go half as well in the Senate, Election Day 2020 will be a great day for America indeed.

That is all.

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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.

 

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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.

 

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New York Times Live Polling Lays a Big Red Egg

Today’s Campaign Update

(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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