Today’s Campaign Update
(Because The Campaign Never Ends)
Tired of all this Winning yet? Part I – Facebook’s revenues have begun to decline as conservative members, sick of years of abuse and discrimination coming from the evil minions of Mark Zuckerberg, have begun to abandon the site in droves, and new privacy regulations enacted in Europe begin to take a bite. The result on Wednesday, after the company’s earnings released failed to meet expectations, was a 17 percent decline in its stock price, and a whopping loss of about $12 billion in net worth for Mr. Zuckerberg himself. Man, no one could have seen this coming. Oh, wait…
Tired of all this Winning yet? Part II – Despite Facebook’s sucking wind, the stock markets in general jumped up in late trading after President Trump and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker held an impromptu press conference to announce they’d reached an agreement on a variety of tariff reductions and agreed to a process for lowering them further in the months ahead, with a goal of elimination of tariffs on many products entirely. For the day, the Dow finished up by 172 points and the NASDAQ rose by 91. The Winning never really does get old, does it?
Faking the news at CNN is a high stress assignment, Part I – The pressure of faking the news five days a week and sometimes even on weekends is apparently getting to veteran news faker Jake Tapper. Mediaite has a report this morning detailing an incident in which Tapper went utterly ballistic last week at his “incompetent” staff during a commercial break after they rolled video clips in the wrong order as Tapper was doing his best to smear President Trump. To be fair to Tapper, given that that’s pretty much all he and his staff do on their daily program, it’s easy to see why he’d be a little ticked off. After all, smearing the duly elected President of the United States ought to be rote for these people by now.
Faking the news at CNN is a high stress assignment, Part II – Finally, at long last, the White House took action to control the increasingly hostile and idiotic behavior of the White House press corps yesterday, banning CNN reporter Kaitlin Collins from an afternoon event after she has shouted inappropriate questions at the President, interrupting a morning event. Naturally, all the other fake news outlets went berserk, accusing the White House of suppressing the press, which is a load of horse manure.
The White House move is neither inappropriate nor unprecedented. Barack Obama, for instance, banned three reporters from Air Force One during the 2012 campaign after they’d written critical pieces about him. And when Obama literally had a reporter tossed out of an event in real time for shouting inappropriate questions, the rest of the press corps cheered the action:
FLASHBACK: Obama threw a reporter out for asking a question he wasn't happy with and the rest of the media was cheering him on. pic.twitter.com/nlwVrwUrN3
— Michael J. Morrison (@OfficeOfMike) July 26, 2018
Whether these preening peacocks want them or not, every White House has enforced rules of decorum at the events it allows the press to cover. So while all the fake journalists in the White House press corps were whining about Ms. Collins’ temporary banishment, any thinking American was applauding it as nothing more than a good and belated start.
Yes, let’s start paying foreigners for breaking U.S. law. Genius idea. – New York Democrat Joe Crowley – you know, the clown who got his butt kicked by 28 year-old lame brain Alexandrea Ocasio Cortez in the Democrat primary a few weeks ago – told a gaggle of fawning fake reporters yesterday that he thinks the U.S. should compensate the illegal alien parents who have been temporarily separated from their children after they committed the crime of illegal entry against our country. Just when you think Democrats cannot become any more anti-American than they’ve already become, they never fail to prove you wrong.
Congress’s Kabuki Dance with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein advances another step. It’s a big one. – Just two days before the House of Representatives goes off on its annual month-long August recess, a group of 11 GOP representatives introduced articles of impeachment against him. Led by conservatives Mark Meadows and Jim Jordan, the group accuses Rosenstein of “intentionally withholding documents and information from Congress, failure to comply with congressional subpoenas and abuse of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA).”
While all that is no doubt true – Rosenstein’s efforts to stonewall various congressional committees and his participation in the defrauding of the FISA courts have been well-chronicled here and elsewhere – the timing of this action is about as pathetic and transparently without intent to follow through as it could possibly be. If these GOP congressmen had any real intention of enforcing congress’s authority to perform its oversight duties in the face of blatant DOJ obstruction, they’d have moved against Rosenstein months ago, given that the Deputy AG has been spitting on congress’s document requests for more than a year now.
“We’ve caught the Department of Justice hiding information, redacting information that they should not have redacted,” Jordan charged, adding that Rosenstein had attempted to intimidate House staffers with subpoenas. “We’re tired of the Justice Department giving us the finger,” Jordan added. “The American people are sick of it.”
Yes, the American people are sick of it. But the American people are also sick of members of congress being disingenuous with their constituents. The introduction of these articles of impeachment, two days before a lengthy recess, with the full knowledge you do not have the votes to succeed (which Jordan and Meadows both admitted when discussing the subject no more than 10 days ago) and that it will all be a forgotten subject by the time you return to Washington DC after Labor Day, is about as disingenuous as it gets.
Tellingly, Congressman Jordan said he and Meadows had not even spoken to GOP House leadership about the impeachment articles, but said that “The American people are with us — that’s what matters.”
Keep pulling more stunts like this, Congressman, and the American people won’t be with you much longer. Timing is very important on stuff like this, and the disingenuous timing for this stunt couldn’t be more obvious.
Just another day in a pox on all their houses America.
That is all.
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