Both sides were out spinning they won. Biden called the President’s debate antics a “national disgrace.” The Trump team said he won and were emphatic that he attacked Biden on the issues.
I made clear my thoughts yesterday. All I will say today is this. I don’t think VP Biden lost any votes from watching the debate. I think the President did.
We’ll see what the polls say.
In any case the commission is going to change the rules going forward. One more outcome of the Trump era!
Now the media must review
The media should be out more with fact checking on the parts we could hear.
We heard them say the Portland chief did not endorse the President as claimed.
We saw the NYT call Joe Biden on his claims of the economy turned over to the Trump administration. They actually said Biden was wrong on his claims.
They also called him on blaming the President for the recession. They know what I do and you do, the recession was because of the Coronavirus.
Further there were claims on whether Biden was truthful on the Green Deal. He said he did not support it. His website has this:
“Biden believes the new Green Deal is a crucial framework for meeting the climate challenges we face.”
Then there was the question if Hunter Biden received $3.5 million from the wife of Moscow’s mayor at the time. VP Biden was empathic that was a lie. This from the Washington Times today:
Hunter Biden received a single wire transfer of $3.5 million from Elena Baturina. The Senate report said she became a billionaire through illegal construction contracts awarded by her husband, since deceased. This is based on Treasury Department reports.
The Senate report says, “On Feb. 14, 2014, Baturina wired $3.5 million to a Rosemont Seneca Thornton LLC (Rosemont Seneca Thornton) bank account for a ‘Consultancy Agreement.’ Rosemont Seneca Thornton is an investment firm co-founded by Hunter Bidenthat was incorporated on May 28, 2013 in Wilmington, Del.”
We want to know the truth. The press needs to do their job (fair and balanced for once) as they have in the past. BTW, Russia invaded Crimea in Ukraine the month Ms. Baturina sent the money.
A good number of people are blaming Chris Wallace for the debate getting out of control. I wouldn’t put myself in that camp, though I think he left some things on the table.
He never got back to asking VP Biden to answer the question about court stacking and getting rid of the filibuster. Why not?
I am even more concerned about this today after hearing Chuck Schumer clearly say he was in this camp and wanting to add Washington DC and Puerto Rico as states.
Those three moves could foster a Democratic Government far into the foreseeable future. If that’s a possible outcome of this election I want to know.
He didn’t press the explosive charges of the President on Ukraine and Moscow dollars to the Biden family, why not?
Now he did press the President on white supremacy. I went back to see the transcript and found it interesting. Take a look. If you were the President do you think you might have answered the question here, and who said the words “stand down” first?
Now Wallace in introducing this mentioned Charlottesville Va. He used that to paint the President in a corner. Here’s the Washington Post talking about what he said back then in Charlottesville. (And remember the Washington Post is no friend of the President.)
While he condemned right-wing hate groups — “those who cause violence in its name are criminals and thugs, including the KKK, neo-Nazis, white supremacists, and other hate groups that are repugnant to everything we hold dear as Americans” — he appeared to believe there were peaceful protesters there as well.
“You had people — and I’m not talking about the neo-Nazis and the white nationalists — because they should be condemned totally,” Trump said on Aug. 15, several days after the rally. “But you had many people in that group other than neo-Nazis and white nationalists.”
He added: “There were people in that rally — and I looked the night before — if you look, there were people protesting very quietly the taking down of the statue of Robert E. Lee. I’m sure in that group there were some bad ones.”
I’ll let you decide if that is the racist statement the media is portraying.
Jim Comey Yesterday
So Jim Comey testified yesterday, and under Republican questions said he didn’t know a lot or couldn’t recall. He was able to answer all the Democratic questions. He also recalls enough that he is now writing book number two.
Anyway, not knowing there was a report the Clinton campaign was accused of in his department in July 2016 with plotting the Russian Conspiracy story, and not knowing the Steele Dossier was a fake, was incredible.
Senator Mike Lee said this to him:
“With all due respect, you don’t seem to know anything about an investigation that you ran, so how can you now as a private citizen and former FBI director show up and then speculate freely regarding any alleged ties between President Putin and President Trump?” he asked.
Commitee Chair Sen. Lindsey Graham, asked Mr. Comey what he would make of a situation involving a candidate who had a family member who “was receiving millions of dollars from a corrupt company in the Ukraine” and “was getting a million and a half dollar investment portfolio from the China bank.”
“I’d be concerned about any effort to exert leverage over a government official, potential government official or someone close to them in an effort to influence them,” Mr. Comey replied.
But he didn’t know anything. I have to tell you I had more respect, all my life, for the FBI than this.
news of the day
The President signed the continuing resolution to keep the government open until Dec.11. Both sides saw too much to lose not to agree.
A stimulus agreement? The Democrats moved from a $3.4 stimulus to $2.4 and now to $2.2. Republicans have not moved yet. It just points out that Nancy Pelosi over played her hand early asking for all that, and today there’s hope we can reach an agreement.
Early voting is clearly favoring the Democrats. Now Republican leaders are concerned that the President’s early knocking of mail in voting is hurting their efforts to get out the vote. Another mistake made early on giving his supporters the thought all mail in voting was wrong. Just like debate expectations.
This from the Washington Post:
“Democratic voters who have requested mail ballots — and returned them — greatly outnumber Republicans so far in key battleground states, causing alarm among GOP party leaders and strategists that President Trump’s attacks on mail voting could be hurting the party’s prospects to retain the White House and the Senate this year.
Of the more than 9 million voters who requested mail ballots through Monday in Florida, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Maine and Iowa, the five battleground states where such data is publicly available, 52 percent were Democrats. Twenty-eight percent were Republicans, and 20 percent were unaffiliated.
Additional internal Democratic and Republican Party data obtained by The Washington Post shows a similar trend in Ohio, Minnesota, New Hampshire and Wisconsin. Even more alarming to some Republicans, Democrats are also returning their ballots at higher rates than GOP voters in two of those states where that information is available: Florida and North Carolina.”
some quick notes you won’t hear on the msm
One was the Comey story above. Neither ABC, CBS or NBC thought it worthy for a second of coverage last night.
Lots of “Russian involvement” in the election, but yesterday Chinese hackers attempted to break into the private email account members of President Trump’s family and also tried to steal emails from campaign and administration officials, said White House National Security Adviser Robert C. O’Brien. Mr. O’Brien said Microsoft disclosed the hacking attempts. The company posted a report on election hacking by Chinese, Russian and Iranian by cyberactors earlier this month.
Not newsworthy for the MSM either.