This n That…

A little this and that this Friday morning as the House Judiciary Committee has decided to move forward.

  • Now we’ll wait and see what the 31 House Members in districts the President won do. How many choose self preservation and vote no?
  • Will any Republicans fold and vote to impeach?
  • When it moves to the senate what do the senators up for reelection do?
    Does Romney vote against the President?
    Can Susan Collins win no matter how she votes in Maine?
    What about Martha McSally in Arizona?
    On the other side what does Doug Jones as a Democrat do in Alabama?
  • The drama of the Senate is not in the total vote, but in individual ones.

    Here’s some info/stats you might find interesting on this impeachment:
  • Democrats have based this impeachment entirely on President Trump’s July 25th phone call with the Ukrainian President right?
    Well:
  • Do you realize that that 104 current Democrats voted to impeach the President long before that call? Remember they had votes before this.
  • That’s 104 (out of 233 current Democrats) representing 44% of the entire caucus.
  • One of those 104 is — Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler.
    He of the “pained vote” this time had voted before. Anyone falling for his act should be embarrassed.
  • And add this — 16 other Democrats on the Judiciary had already voted for impeachment.

    IMPACTS AND OTHER THOUGHTS ON THIS IMPEACHMENT:

The President’s Campaign said this yesterday:
“They have ignited a flame underneath that, with 300-some days to go, actually makes our job easier in some ways. This lit up our base. I think it’s a huge miscalculation by [Democrats].”
They added, “not only is impeachment generating more campaign volunteers and cash donations, it’s swaying independent voters in swing states who want the election, instead of an impeachment investigation, to decide who is the next president.”

From the WSJ:
“Plans for a Democratic presidential debate in January have been complicated by the expected Senate impeachment trial. The Democratic National Committee is struggling to settle on a date, a decision also complicated by the NFL playoffs.”

Politico reports this on the impeachment vote:
”Democratic leaders are privately expecting no more than a half-dozen defections on next week’s vote to impeach President Donald Trump, even as many of their most endangered lawmakers remain publicly mum on their decision.

Alan Dershowitz, who has been critical of Democratic attempts to impeach the President, wrote this:
“The Democrats have now announced that they intend to propose only two grounds for impeachment: abuse of power and obstruction of congress. Neither is specified as a ground for impeachment in the constitution. Neither is a high crime and misdemeanor. They have apparently dropped the only specified ground, namely bribery. A vote to impeach President Trump on grounds not specified in the constitution would be unconstitutional and void.”

SOME OTHER “THIS AND THAT’S” TODAY:

The Washington Post reports this:
“Former Attorney General Eric Holder writes that current Attorney General William Barr is doing “lasting damage” with his conduct in office.”
Really? Barr is doing that? Funny, so many think Holder’s complete support of President Obama did more damage.

The President continues to have an impact on the courts. He got his 50th pick through the senate this week. How significant is that for his his first three years? Well it’s only five short of President Obama’s record of 55 over an eight-year period.
With Mitch O’Connell he has filled virtually every vacancy in the powerful appellate court system.
Next they are going to try and fill 18 district level (lifetime) judges before Congress breaks next week.
Does it matter? See next story.

Joe Biden pledged to undo much of President Trump’s immigration policy in a new plan. So if you liked the past open door policy you have a choice.

Meanwhile a Clinton appointed judge yesterday ruled against the administration diverting billions of dollars earmarked for the Pentagon to build the border wall. Remember when they transferred funds?
The judge halted $3.6 billion that the President sought to move from the Defense Department for wall construction, based on his declaration of a border national emergency.
The administration of course is going to appeal to a higher court. Remember all those appointments they have made? It makes a difference.

This from the Washington Times:
 A high-level defector from Kim Jong-un’s regime has sent a letter to President Trump warning that he has been “tricked” into believing the North Korean leader will ever denuclearize and that Washington should instead ramp up a “psychological warfare campaign” aimed at inspiring North Korea’s elites to replace the young dictator from within.

This from the Washington Examiner on one of “The Squad”:
Rep. Rashida Tlaib deleted a tweet Thursday morning that blamed “white supremacy” on the mass shooting this week at a kosher supermarket in New Jersey. “This is heartbreaking. White supremacy kills,” Ms. Tlaib, a Michigan Democrat, wrote from her personal Twitter account.
You may remember her, she was one who on election night said “we are going to impeach the Mother F____”.

Have a great Friday and weekend.

The I.G. Speaks And …

Yesterday we wrote of the planned I.G. Congressional Session:
“I.G. Horowitz is on live today to review his report. The Democrats will keep reinforcing there was “no coup attempt, right”? the President lied, right?” Republicans will focus on the 17 mistakes and failed FISA control.

Well that is exactly what happened as both sides got their pound of flesh:

I think every Democratic senator went back to “there was a reason to open the investigation, right?” The answer over and over was “yes.” So they can say this was not a coup, the I.G. found every reason to investigate.

The Republicans will clearly have arguments on the FISA process being misused. In fact, a lawyer for the FBI actually changed an answer to the question on the application from “yes” to “no” on whether Carter Page worked for the CIA. You will hear a lot about that. It changed everything.

They sparred over whether the Trump Campaign was spied upon. Horowitz was clear that if the definition of spying was placing someone inside the campaign, that did not happen. However, he did agree that officials went to talk to campaign officials and were wired. So that’s a fine line as to whether spying took place or not. 

As we said yesterday, we have to wait for the Durham report. That will be as close to the definitive answer as we will get. 

On Impeachment

Even with the rumors that ten or so Democratic congressional members do not favor impeachment (but want censure instead), it is going forward.
The President is facing two charges as you know. Presidents Nixon and Clinton faced three and four charges respectively. Andrew Johnson had 11 back in 1868.

Many on the left think two is too little. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said Tuesday that the articles of impeachment against President Trump do not go far enough. She and others think the President got off too easy. Her quote: “Of course, I am in the camp where I feel that there should have been more articles”.

Rep. Al Green, a Texas Democrat who introduced articles of impeachment against the president three times, feels the same. He said:
“We can wait to see if the Senate will convict and remove. But if they don’t, then there’s still work to be done.”

So even when this ends it won’t end until the President leaves office.

By the way, a new Quinnipiac University poll (not a friendly administration poll) released showed a switch in impeachment support.
It found 51% of registered voters surveyed said they don’t want to see the president ousted through impeachment. That’s the first time the number has been above 50% since before the impeachment inquiry.
45% do want to see the president impeached and forced out.

some other news

Andrew Yang has become the seventh candidate to hit the benchmarks to qualify for the Democratic presidential debate later this month.
He joins Biden, Buttigieg, Klobuchar, Sanders, Warren and Steyer.  
Candidates who have been on the stage but not qualifying are Booker, Castro and Tulsi Gabbard. (For her part Gabbard said, “I have decided not to attend the December 19th ‘debate’ — regardless of whether or not there are qualifying polls.”)
Others still running who will not be there are:
Sen. Michael Bennet of Colorado, former New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, former Rep. John Delaney of Maryland, former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, and author Marianne Williamson.

Does this poll on the Catholic vote from EWTN surprise you?
47% of Catholics said they will never or are unlikely to vote for Mr. Trump, and 44% said they are sure or likely to vote for him.

Have a great day.

And We’re Off…

So they really pulled the trigger and are going forward to impeach. Not a good political move in my opinion. Maybe good for you to remain in control of your party, but not the country.

We heard so many charges from the outset of this presidency. It began right after the election:
Remember the movement to get electoral electors to not vote as their states did and vote for Hillary anyway?
Remember the Russian connection and the President was a Russian operative?
Remember the three years of collusion?
Remember the “quid pro quo” that turned into “bribery”?
Well the two counts of impeachment charges are none of those. It’s
1. Abuse of Power.
2. Obstruction of Congress.

I wonder how many of us think Congress just abused its power? You can count me in on that.
The obstruction is interesting too. Is it from the Mueller report and the President obstructing a crime that wasn’t committed? Or is it for refusing to play ball on this Ukraine situation? I’m not sure, and I don’t know if anyone does. They may tell us today.
I assume it is from the Ukraine situation. Well you got the transcript of the call, that wasn’t enough?
And, like charge one, I think this applies to congress. Who is the whistleblower? Did he talk to Schiff and team? Was this charge a set up?

I think Nancy Pelosi, Adam Schiff and Jerold Nadler may lead this impeachment, but in the end they may have set up the American people to impeach their party from control of the House.

In the first 200 years of our nation we had one impeachment trial. In my lifetime, and I am guessing many of you reading this, we will have had three major impeachment events. (Nixon, Clinton, Trump). That tells you a lot about who we are. I don’t think history is going to judge us well.

As predicted Nancy and the House immediately tried to show how they were getting things done. Here comes USMCA (only months late). The move is to provide cover. Give people the impression they are doing things despite this impeachable President. You know it will fool many (with the support of the MSM), but I don’t think the majority of us. I think they went too far this time.
The other reason for the action on the same day as the impeachment announcement is this. USMCA is a signature moment for the Trump presidency. They are hoping impeachment on the same day engulfs that message.

IG Horowitz is on live today to review his report. The Democrats will keep reinforcing that there was “no coup attempt, right? the President lied, right?” Republicans will focus on the 17 mistakes and failed FISA control.
More interesting is what Special Prosecutor Durham said about the IG report:
He’s reached a different conclusion.“Based on the evidence collected to date, and while our investigation is ongoing, last month we advised the Inspector General that we do not agree with some of the report’s conclusions as to predication and how the FBI case was opened,” Mr. Durham said in a statement. Mr. Durham noted the inspector general’s authority was limited to information within the Justice Department, while his investigation culled evidence from “other persons and entities both in the U.S. and outside of the U.S.”

Interesting. AG Barr said the same yesterday in a far reaching interview with the WSJ. The Durham report could be most interesting.

Remember the Democratic House members who were saying they were against impeachment? They have been silenced by Nancy Pelosi. They are refusing interviews, now saying they “are busy”. Let’s see how many desert the party on the vote.

By the way, in announcing the plan to impeach did you notice who was on stage? It was:
Committee chairs ADAM SCHIFF (Calif.), JERRY NADLER (N.Y.), ELIOT ENGEL (N.Y.), MAXINE WATERS (Calif.) and CAROLYN MALONEY (N.Y.)
Notice they are all from California and New York?

How’s this playing already? Look at this story out today:
As House Democrats continue to increase the pressure in their impeachment inquiry of President Trump, his numbers are rising in battleground states where he’s now ahead of the top Democrats in the 2020 field.
Mr. Trump saw a big boost in his numbers when compared to the Democratic front-runner former Vice President Joseph R. Biden in Michigan, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania, according to polling done last week by Firehouse Strategies.
In March, Mr. Trump was down 12 points to Mr. Biden in Wisconsin, seven points in Pennsylvania and nearly tied in Michigan. But with the impeachment inquiry ongoing, Mr. Trump now leads Mr. Biden by nine points in Wisconsin, five points in Michigan and four points in Pennsylvania.

some other news:

The Trump administration finalized a rule on Wednesday that would remove it’s estimated 700,000 from the federal food-stamp program. They will do this by strictly enforcing work requirements, arguing that assistance to unemployed, able-bodied adults was not necessary in a strong economy. The administration would press states to impose work requirements that governors had been allowed to waive.
The rule takes effective on April 1, and is expected to save nearly $5.5 billion over five years.

A second thing lost in all this news is:
Attorney General William Barr warned that communities must defer to the police or risk losing protection. “They have to start showing, more than they do, the respect and support that law enforcement deserves,” he said.

Let’s see how today’s IG hearing goes. Have a great day.

So What Happened?

Let’s start with the hearing. If you watched that end to end what did you get besides angry, a neck ache from shaking your head and more confused than when you began? You got confusion and turned off TV’s.
I came out of it thinking not one mind was changed and the lines in the sand for both sides are deeper. From one side this President is the most crooked in history and must be impeached now before he conspires with foreign despots in the 2020 election.
From the other side you got this is the latest in a three year objective to overturn the 2016 election.

The same comments and facts, when presented from either side to their witnesses (in this case their lawyers, and one who amazingly turned from witness to questioner), resulted in polar analysis. It was an incredible amount of time that changed no ones mind. We have succeeded in dividing the country so deeply it will take a traumatic event to bring us together again.

We are headed – full steam ahead – to a partisan vote (with any deviations coming from the majority to the minority) for impeachment. So for the third time in our history the House will impeach, and for the first time with a partisan vote, losing only a few of their own members.

At this point, I have to believe this is going to hurt the Democrats. Pelosi, Schiff and Nadler come off as angry and vengeful more than cuddly bears.

Now on the IG report, I think it was more disappointing for the Trump side than the Democrats. This because the President had led us to believe it was a coup and the IG did not find that. Though he did find plenty that left you wondering how it could happen if it wasn’t a coup.
Basically the report said it was a legal probe, but it did find so many mistakes and all of them against the President. Every mistake and wrong deed was against the President.
In the end it means we go on and await the Durham Investigation, which should be far more interesting. Durham has subpoena power and can talk to people inside the government and those no longer there. The IG could not do that.
That lack of power always lead me to believe this would be limited. The Durham probe is real. Add the fact that Durham, who never comments, did so on the IG report, and said he was in disagreement on some of it is a warning for anyone claiming victory today.

One thing I did learn. The left kept saying this did not start with the FISA document, it started with Carter Page. Well yesterday we learned (or at least I did) that Carter Page was working for the CIA and had been for a while.

other news

It looks like the USMCA will be voted on in congress by the end of next week. The Democratic leadership will want some positives after impeachment. Look for a prescription drug plan too. They need some positive actions.
Now they will also say we passed hundreds of bills that died in the senate. That is a smokescreen. You can pass all the bills you want that you know the other side controlled by conservatives will not pass. Governing is getting something done.

After her Howard Stern interview, many became convinced that Hillary is looking to run. Here’s more for her. She was the top choice in the Harvard-Harris national poll just released. Hillary was at 21%, followed by Biden with 20% (among registered Democrats) when asked whom they would support for the 2020 party presidential nod. Sanders was next at 12%, followed by Warren at 9% Bloomberg at 7%. John Kerry was also added to the poll but did not make the top five.

Joe Biden proposed nearly $1 trillion in new corporate taxes, as he sought to generate more revenue to pay for his policy plans on health care, climate, infrastructure and education. Think about that. Many of us (me included) believe the drop in corporate taxes allowed us to be competitive and is bringing jobs back. Do we really want to drive them away again?

Now Democrats say that tax increases speed up the economy. Elizabeth Warren, as an example, is pushing the “pro-growth” argument for raising taxes.
I will para phrase a Ronald Reagan argument. Why is it better when the government spends your money than you do.

Let’s see what today brings, have a great day.

MANAIC MONDAY

MANIAC MONDAY

There is no reason to write anything this morning. Whatever we write will be overshadowed by the time you read this.
The House committee’s intent on impeachment rushes into its next hearing. They want to keep moving at a record pace and dominant news cycles.

Then the IG report comes out and the noise will be loud from both sides no matter what it says.

So buckle up for the day and we’ll be back tomorrow with some analysis.

An Ugly Day…

If you saw any part of the hearing yesterday you know it was a partisan ugly hearing, that tells you the state of politics in our nation. Both sides were dug in, no one was giving anything and no matter how many votes they took it was 24-17 matching the number of Democrats and Republicans on the committee. Not one person at any point broke rank.
In the end no minds were changed and that means we are headed down the same track we began the day. No doubt those supporting impeachment want this going forward and done. Those supporting the President are as adamant that this was just another attempt to overturn the 2016 election.
Those in biggest jeopardy are the House members who represent districts that may not agree with the party they represent. If this comes to a vote they have to make a decision and it may cost them.

Just to recap in case you missed the hearing. The Democrats called three law professors. One served in the Obama DOJ. The second served in the Clinton administration and as counsel for Senator Pat Leahy. The third wrote an article in 2017 for the NYT looking for reasons to impeach Trump.
The fourth, Jonathan Turley was called by the Republicans and he was the sole panelist against impeachment.
None of the four voted for President Trump in 2016. Three admitted donating to Democratic Presidential Candidates.
So not a pro administration panel and the three were clear in their vehemence against the administration. I think one in particular came across too angry, Pamela Karlan. Her remarks about the President’s young son was the low point of a low day. When you have to apologize after the hearing you are a panelist on, you lost.

What comes to mind is an old saying — You don’t worry about criticism from people you wouldn’t seek advice from.”

I thought Turley had the memorable line of the day for his supporters.
“If you impeach a president, if you make a high crime and misdemeanor out of going to the courts, it is an abuse of power. It’s your abuse of power. You’re doing exactly what you’re criticizing the president of doing.”
It was that kind of day, but the spin the public will get will depend on who, what, and where they get their news.

In my opinion, in the end this did not move impeachment forward. The Democrats are digging themselves a hole. They are in a rush. If they truly believe they have an impeachment case they should go to court to get the Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney and former NSC Head John Bolton. They need evidence, but they won’t do it because it would take time. Poor management here and it may come back to bite.

NATO

Well the session ended with a moment to remember. A hot mic and some joking about our President and he walks from the final press conference.
The MSM can spin this in any manner they want. The President pressuring the other leaders to live up to their commitments and agreement and pay their share of defense funds is fine with me. While those leaders might prefer someone apologizing for America, I love a leader putting us first. Keep your word and pay your bill. If you don’t like it, leave NATO and go on your own. See what happens, but I suggest you check the history books first.
By the way, the White House supplied these numbers:
Countries other than the U.S. have agreed to pay 130 Billion Dollars more per year, and by 2024, that number will be 400 Billion Dollars.
Without the pressure who would be paying?

other news

Get ready, this story was in the WSJ.
The Trump administration is set to tighten work requirements for recipients of federal food aid, potentially rendering hundreds of thousands of people ineligible for the program by mid-2020.

This also from the WSJ on USMCA concerning Democratic demands:
Mexico’s government and business leaders are voicing opposition to a key demand of U.S. Democratic lawmakers in a renegotiated North American trade pact, jeopardizing the deal’s passage this year.
Funny isn’t it? NATO was good enough for them until we negotiated a better deal and 170,000 more American jobs.

Where’s Rudy? Well the NYT has this story:
Rudy Giuliani, the president’s personal lawyer, is in Europe this week to talk with former Ukrainian prosecutors for a documentary series intended to debunk the impeachment case.

For the next Democratic debate we have six candiates who have qualified for the stage (with Harris gone). They are: Joe Biden, Pete Buttigieg,, Amy Klobuchar, Bernie Sanders, Tom Steyer, and Elizabeth Warren. 
Tulsi Gabbard and Andrew Yang have made the donor mark but are one poll short of qualifying.
Looking like he won’t qualify are Cory Booker and Julian Castro.

ONTO A NEW DAY. HAVE A GREAT ONE.

Showdown Week, Day Two…

So yesterday lived up to its billing. The President was on the airwaves, in meetings with world leaders, from the moment we awoke until the day went into night. He made news all day.
The Democrats released their report in the afternoon and impeachment was on.
The weeks showdown was underway. The lines are drawn. How will those who can be swayed break? I think with the seriousness of the President’s talks and requests for funding his side might be in a good position. The Democrats have to work hard here not to look petty.

Today the contrast goes one step further. We may well have contrasting screens of a NATO Press Conference discussing issues, objectives and plans while the House is holding their own conference on the next steps in the process.
It just doesn’t strike me as a good look for those in Washington.

If they start getting bad press and people turn on them then that exit ramp we have talked about from the outset might look inviting. Running all the way with a partisan vote (and some lost Democrats voting with the Republicans) to move on to the senate, just doesn’t seem right.
If it were me, I would vote to censure and use that phrase we mentioned. We censure this President’s actions, now the people can impeach in eleven months.

One final thought on this today. They (the Democrats) have gotten themselves in a box as I see it. If they fail to impeach they will anger their most fervent base. If they do they may well appear to be petty. That was exactly the position Nancy Pelosi didn’t want to end up in. She may have acted too soon and thought the Ukraine call contained more than she was told.

the ukraine president speaks

Here’s a story from the NY Post that speaks for itself:
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky denied once again that President Trump used nearly $400 million in military aid as a bargaining chip to pressure him to launch investigations into former Vice President Joe Biden and Ukraine’s role in the 2016 US election. “I never talked to the president from the position of a quid pro quo. That’s not my thing,” Zelensky told Time magazine in an interview published Monday. “I don’t want us to look like beggars. “But you have to understand. We’re at war. If you’re our strategic partner, then you can’t go blocking anything for us. I think that’s just about fairness. It’s not about a quid pro quo. It just goes without saying.”
The military aid, which was approved by Congress in January and eventually released on Sept. 11, supports Ukraine’s fight against Russian-backed separatists in the eastern part of the country.
In the interview, Zelensky was asked about Trump’s claim that he held up the military assistance to ensure that Ukraine was taking steps to combat rampant corruption.
“I don’t need to change his mind. During my meeting with him, I said that I don’t want our country to have this image. For that, all he has to do is come and have a look at what’s happening, how we live, what kinds of people we are,” Zelensky said. “I had the sense that he heard me. . . At least during the meeting, he said, ‘Yes, I see, you’re young, you’re new, and so on.’ ”
In October, Zelensky said he was unaware that the military aid was suspended when he spoke to Trump in July.
“There was no blackmail. I had no idea the military aid was held up,” he said at a news conference.

Case closed? Not for the House Leaders.

in other news

The IG report scheduled on Monday sounds like it will satisfy no one. It won’t go as far as some hoped to accuse individuals of plotting to over throw the President. At the same time it will not clear everyone as others hoped. So what will we get? Arguments from both sides and a turn to the Durham investigation and what he will say and do.
The MSM will attack and say that the “conspiracy that FoxNews drummed up was proven untrue” and they were right to avoid reporting on it. When you hear that think about this. There is some truth in what they were saying in the IG report. What truth was there in their three year Russia conspiracy they reported daily?

Out goes Kamala. The third Democratic candidate, and certainly most prominent to drop out this week. She had that first great debate where she attacked Biden, but it was all downhill from there. We originally thought she would be among the last standing, but she ran a terrible campaign.

We mentioned the fact that Bloomberg News would not investigate any Democratic candidates because Mike Bloomberg was running, but they would continue investigating Trump.
Well now the Trump team has barred Bloomberg’s credentials from covering their campaign events.

You still don’t hear much on it, but Iran has issues. The riots over higher gas prices have resulted in hundreds of deaths. Now comes this report:
U.S. officials cite new intelligence suggesting Tehran’s finances are bringing it closer to a financial crisis, as Iran’s sanction-battered economy is suffering.
Does the administration deserve credit for the sanctions they put on them? You won’t hear that on the MSM.
Speaking of Iran, yesterday (Dec 3) was the 40th anniversary of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini becoming Iran’s first supreme leader. As noted here many times, this was after we demanded the Shah of Iran to get out. The middle east, never a stable region, hasn’t been the same since.

The Hunter Biden story just gets more interesting. After he was confirmed the father of the baby in Arkansas, the stories started flying, though the MSM avoided them. The latest is she is suing him for child support and Hunter is claiming he is broke and without a job. He was a no-show for an Arkansas court hearing this week. The next day his lawyers resigned.
Oh we would know so much more if this was a Trump kid.
Who is the baby’s Mother and how did Biden meet her? The NY Post reported that Biden was a regular at a Washington, DC strip club where she performed under the stage name “Dallas” around the time that he broke up with his late brother’s widow.

Who Will Win The Week?

As we head into Tuesday the question is who will win the week?
Do Schiff and Pelosi win by releasing a report and turning the investigation over to Nadler for a quick few days of hearings?
Or:
Does the President win by dealing from the strength of his office at the NATO meetings by doing his job?
The contrast will be clear.
The President will be on world stage pushing his “America First” agenda and trying to make deals.
His opponents will be in Washington talking to law scholars looking to support their charges that the facts from the Ukraine investigation are impeachable.
The MSM will choose the hearings, we know that. But, it’s what the American people choose that matters. The question is whether the media sways them.

No matter what happens if Pelosi, Schiff, Nadler and team continue down the path they are on, it will be a totally partisan position. The Republicans are holding, even those the Democrats hoped would buckle. A partisan vote is exactly what Nancy Pelosi didn’t want.
If they continue down this path on the charges as they stand now, the Senate may very well end up being a partisan divide too.

That means it all comes back to the theme of this blog. Your choice, Your vote. You and your fellow American citizens will decide — as they should — in November 2020.

By the way, Politico had this story on the impeachment rush:
“HOUSE DEMOCRATS WANT TO IMPEACH BY YEAR END. IS THAT DOABLE OR ADVISABLE? Some Dems are starting to think that rushing to complete the process by the end of the year — a completely arbitrary deadline — is a dumb idea. Democrats, for their part, want to strike while the iron is hot and not leave such an explosive issue lingering. 

some other news

The NYT actually had this line concerning the USMCA:
“As lawmakers return to Washington today, the question for Democrats is whether to back the deal and give President Trump a victory in the midst of the impeachment investigation”.
Give the President a victory? It’s a victory for the American people and workers. Are the Democrats and NYT serious?

On the Democratic primary race two candiates dropped out. You may not have heard that. They were Gov. Bullock of Montana and Rep. Joe Sestak of Pa.

Here’s a story that will make you shake your head and maybe smile:
“Maxine Waters’ new challenge – AOC and freshman upstarts”: 
“California Democrat Katie Porter fought with her over committee procedures. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and other members of the Squad of progressive female lawmakers withheld their support from her over the Export-Import Bank. Their staffs have pressed her team to give them more time to weigh in on bills.
She is facing growing dissatisfaction — and at times outright rebellion — from high-profile, left-leaning lawmakers who joined the panel earlier this year”.
Imagine that.

President Trump struck again. This time he instiuted tariffs on Argentina and Brazil:
“He surprised Brazil and Argentina, tweeting that he would impose tariffs on their steel and aluminum. He said they had deliberately weakened their currencies, to the detriment of U.S. farmers and manufacturers”.
By the way, both countries have become bigger suppliers to China during the trade war, angering some in the administration.

Finally the Inspector General Report is due for release next Monday (Dec. 9). Now I don’t expect much from it, but daily it seems some who will be in it are speaking out. The latest is Lisa Page from the FBI office. She said in the Daily Beast:
“There’s no fathomable way I have committed any crime at all. I had stayed quiet for years hoping it would fade away, but instead it got worse. It had been so hard not to defend myself, to let people who hate me control the narrative. I decided to take my power back.”
Okay we’ll see next week and in the Durham Report next year.

Have a great day.

A Week Later…

BACK TO THE START

After a week, Congress is back from its vacation and we pick up with impeachment as topic one.
Think about that.
They took the week and now intend to release the Schiff report today, have a vote, move the charges to the Judiciary Committee.
They then want the Judiciary to get it to the full House and the House to the senate in two weeks. Why?
They want it all done by Christmas, so they can allow the election of 2020 to go on with their primary candidates out there.

Then, they said again on the Sunday News shows they want a “deliberate and reasoned process” because impeachment is such a disruptive and major action. Now if you believe that you will believe anything.
Add this, the President’s lawyers and team have chosen not to participate in the hearings.

In the meanwhile the President heads to Europe for NATO meetings. So while he’s negotiating for America, the congress here will be putting out stories how he must go. Could you imagine this happening to Obama? Whatever happened to “our divisions end at the water’s edge”?
Oh yea, Nancy Pelosi is heading to Spain for a Climate Control conference. No doubt she’ll be bashing the President there too.

The Democrats have to be very careful here. They cannot cross that line where even their supporters begin to see a drive to impeach that is greater than the rule of law and good of the nation. The opposition to impeach has solidified and hardened even more. They don’t see the charges as impeachable even if accurate. If the few in the middle begin to lean their way that is big trouble for the left.

The latest salvo was the President knew about the whistleblower and that’s why he released the funds. It sounds good and the MSM ran with that for a few days. Then it turned out that he knew twelve days, not two, before releasing. They will use it again, but it does lose some steam when you know the timeline.

Anyway, welcome back post the Thanksgiving holiday. You didn’t miss a beat. It’s impeachment, not USMCA, not border control, not immigration reform, not budgets to run the government, and not attacking the debt that is on Congress’ mind. We’re back where we started.
If the Democrats don’t take an exit ramp the President will be the fourth to face such a vote. He is already one of seven that lawmakers have filed formal impeachment resolutions against.

OTHER NEWS

Is there a Deep State? You might have missed this last week:
Remember the NYT article and now book by Anonymous? He said:
“As far as anonymity is concerned, I will not keep my identity shrouded in secrecy forever. I am not afraid to use my own name to express concern about the current occupant of the Oval Office”. 
He added this:
“Donald Trump has not heard the last of me. There is more to come. Other people who are currently serving, and who have left, are also considering adding their voices before votes are cast in 2020. We talk about this with some regularity.”

They talk about this with regularity? They are “current and former” government employees? Wait, they don’t agree with the President or the way he runs the government?
I don’t need saving from them do you? Let our votes decide.

So Bloomberg News has decided they will stop investigating all Democratic Presidential candidates because Mike Bloomberg is running. However, they will continue investigating Donald Trump.
Sounds fair doesn’t it? The other question is will you notice any difference?

They want the President’s tax returns badly. This story in the LATimes:
“Lawyers for the House, citing the ‘rapidly advancing impeachment inquiry’, urged the Supreme Court on Thursday to reject President Trump’s bid to shield his tax returns and financial records from congressional investigators.”

Finally today, fired Navy Secretary Richard Spencer (over the controversial cases of military releases and a pardon), has been all over the air waves criticizing the President.
What really irked him was the President ordered that the rank and pay of Navy SEAL Chief Petty Officer Edward Gallagher be restored (The Navy officials planned proceedings that may have resulted in him losing the Trident pin).
Following Spencer’s firing, officials said the Navy’s internal review wouldn’t go forward and Mr. Gallagher would retire with his current rank and pin. He had been cleared of serious war crimes charges in Iraq in 2017, though convicted on a lesser offense.
Mr. Spencer is angry and making his feelings known. I suggest he stop and think. The President is Commander In Chief. He made a decision.

Have a great day.

Now What?

The inquiry ends

So now what? The last two days of the “inquiry” were the worst ones for the President. There were no direct links to the President, but all the roads discussed headed there. So what did the President do?
He withheld aid to the Ukraine because he wanted the new Ukrainian President to investigate what part his country played in the 2016 election interference and why Hunter Biden got the role and payments he did.

Now, is that right? No.
Is it impeachable is the question? Here’s my thoughts on that.
The President should not have withheld the aid. He was wrong, Congress passed it, he had no right to withhold it as long as he did.
Did he have a right to be angry? Yes he did. We must remember this was at the same time that Mueller was clearing him of the collusion charges.
Put yourself in his place.
Your entire Presidency you have the opposition party (and MSM) talking impeachment, getting a special prosecutor with unlimited resources hired to investigate, and stories for three years saying you were guilty. You know you are innocent, but the media and half the country are convinced you colluded with the Russians.
Finally the report comes out and says you were innocent. Wouldn’t you want to know how it all started (Steele Dossier) and who was behind it? Your entire time in office you were called illegitimate, now you are cleared and you want to know who was behind it.
So he went a little too far in withholding aid so long and not handling it, but I understand it.

So what’s the solution?
This is not an impeachable offense and there needs to be an off ramp for the Democrats to save face. So they vote to censure. Think of the messaging they can do… “We will censure and the people can impeach in November.”
I hope Nancy Pelosi and Adam Schiff take this off ramp and let the people decide.
If they don’t, it could come back to hurt them more the President.

In the meantime, today Nancy Pelosi said there might not be enough time in this year for congress to pass USMCA. I hope she rethinks that because that is a good deal for our nation.
If she doesn’t, then I hope the President and everyone in his party makes as big a deal about that failure as the Democrats would if this were reversed.
To have the time they did for all these investigations, but not for the good of the country is Speaker Impeachable.

The Democratic Debate

There was no breakouts in this debate either. What I will say, again, Joe Biden cannot be the standard bearer. I think former Obama staffer David Axelrod said it best. He said Joe reminds him of Mr. Magoo in these debates.
Warren and Bernie are vying for the far left vote and may divide it. Mayor Pete is going to the middle, but he has issues with the minority vote, vital in a Democratic primary. This primary is wide open. We thought Governor Patrick coming in could be in a good position. Well last night two people showed up in Atlanta for his speech. Tough way to start. That’s DeBlasio turnout numbers!

Some Quick News Points

I know private lives are private lives, but I can’t help and think the media would have treated the news that the woman who challenged Hunter Biden that he was the father of her baby would have gotten larger coverage if it were someone else. The results came back yesterday and he is the father.
With Hunter at the center of the Ukraine mess, with his drug history and three month dismissal from the military for cocaine use (after his Dad got him in by going around regulations), and his recent divorce, marriage, and stripper relationship, you would think it would be news somewhere.

Other news not covered that surprises me is from Iran. Amnesty International said that at least 106 people in 21 cities had been killed over the course of antigovernment demonstrations stemming from the gasoline price hikes. Of course it goes back to the sanctions, so maybe that’s why.

Also, were you surprised that Swedish prosecutors ended a rape investigation agains Julian Assange? We were told for years they were waiting for him to leave that embassy.
Now he remains in a British prison awaiting a U.S. extradition hearing.

Is the President worried about an impeachment trial in the senate? Think about this. He has hosted more than 40 Republican senators at the White House since the fall began, mostly for weekly lunches that address a series of issues, but also usually include a side of impeachment. Yesterday he had Mitt Romney and Susan Collins, two of the most likely to vote against him.




Another day…

On Impeachment

After watching again yesterday I come back to this. If the House Democrats continue down the path they are on we will have created a division in this nation that will take decades to heal.

When you consider we have had only three impeachment proceedings in history you understand the severity of the act. Then, when you consider this would be the first time in any proceeding that we would have a partisan vote to impeach, you have to stop and think.

We elect a person to office and have the ability to remove them for only what section 4, article two of the Constitution calls: High crimes and misdemeanors. The article says this:
“The President, Vice President and all civil Officers of the United States, shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.”

It was put there to protect the elected office holders from being overthrown from those who disagree with them. Thus, a partisan vote to impeach was unheard of and I dare to say never thought possible — until now.
Does Nancy Pelosi and her team really want to go down this path? Do they really believe in their hearts that this President committed “High Crimes and Misdemeanors” of such a magnitude he should be removed from office?
I just can’t believe they will allow a partisan vote in which some Democrats will vote with all the Republicans against, and send the charges to the senate. We have an election by the people in eleven months!

In the senate, Mitch O’Connell may well drag out the trial to the frustration of the Democratic primary candidates and make the case look weak. Which Senators on the Democratic side want to fall on their swords there? Is it Chuck Schumer? Maybe Kamala Harris in a bid to save her presidential run? Warren? It will only be those in safe Democratic states, that’s for sure.

When the senate votes to kill the impeachment, then what? Will the people realize we wasted three years on collusion, then more time on the Ukraine and got nothing but a bill from it?
When the President says he was working to drive the economy, fix world problems and put America First, what will the House Democrats say?

I think without a smoking gun they are walking a dangerous path right now. Their personal desires and drive may have gotten ahead of the available facts, and that is a bad place to be – for their sake and the country.

Now It Gets Interesting…

Here goes

Okay buckle up for the next three weeks as the mess in Washington will get interesting.

First, of course, the House will continue its “inquiry” and have to then take the “findings” to the full house for an impeachment vote.
Most analysts say that is a done deal and going to happen. We still wonder if they will take the off ramp and say we will allow the citizens to make their own judgement.

Second, they are still looking for the smoking gun. Today we hear they are investigating whether the President lied in his written statements to Robert Mueller. This is off the Roger Stone conviction and knowledge of the DNC hacking and wikileaks releases.
For congress, finding something to impeach the President is a full time job. Passing USMCA or funding the government is all secondary.

Someone is wrong on this too. Nancy Pelosi said yesterday the President realizes he is way over his head and that’s why he acts as he does. There are millions who say, if he can drive the economy, jobs, markets and reduce conflicts overseas like he has, we want a congress over their heads too.

Third, here comes the other side. The I.G. report from Michael Horowitz we have heard about for years is finally coming. We know that because Senator Lindsey Graham has scheduled a session with him for December 11th. So expect the report the week before.
Now what it will say is the thing we all await. The President’s team, FoxNews and the right have long said there was questionable activity by many in government to kick off the whole collusion thing. The left and MSM have completely dismissed that as a distraction. We are about to find out.
I always thought it was somewhere in the middle, but yesterday when I heard what AG Barr (a person I respect immensely) said what he did, I wondered. He gave the impression there was a lot here.

Now remember both the left and right had great respect and words for Horowitz when he was given this assignment. It will be hard for either side to turn on him and call him a partisan. At the same time Horowitz was limited to talking to only those in government so I wonder how deep he could go. The Durham investigation, which has now moved to a criminal one, will tell the rest of the story.

Finally it will be interesting to see how the MSM covers this. For the past three years they have dismissed any claims of a crime to launch this mess as so unfounded they have not covered it.

other news

Did you see the story that it appears the two guards who were responsible for watching Epstein are about to be charged for failure to do their job and falsifying documents? Let’s see where that goes and if they face jail time. Sometimes that leads a person to make a deal. In the meantime count me as a skeptic that we will ever know the whole story. We won’t get it from Prince Andrew from what I saw this weekend!

Here’s something that didn’t get much coverage. It involves Iran and its internal strife because of the sanctions.

Protests broke out throughout Iran after the government moved to effectively hike the price of gasoline by 50 percent overnight.
“Angry protesters parked cars in the streets to block traffic in more than a dozen cities and crowds numbering in the thousands marched throughout the country, many chanting, “Down with the dictator” and other anti-government slogans. Some shouted, “The enemy is here!” a reference to the government’s continued vilification of the US.”

An Iranian journalist Masih Alinejad tweeted a video of protesters setting fire to a statue of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the founder of the Islamic Republic”.

Don’t you think this should have gotten some coverage?

Yesterday I commented on how the MSM was calling the reelected Governor of Louisiana “a moderate” (John Bel Edwards). Well consider this action taken by the Democratic Attorney General committee:
The Democratic Attorneys General Association, which supports Democratic candidates for state attorneys general positions, announced its new position Monday. They “will only support candidates who publicly announce their support for abortion rights”.
Edwards is anti abortion. Yup, he was a moderate in the party all right.
Again I ask if this were reversed would the MSM have told you about it?

Have a great day.

Onto Week Two…

Onto to impeachment week two, just not today though. Congress doesn’t work on Mondays. Eight witnesses are planned beginning tomorrow.

The Sunday news, as expected, focused on the sensationalism. I keep coming back to this. Where’s the high crime for impeachment? Even if he did the worst thing they say he did, which was to ask Ukraine to investigate what happened in 2016 and what the Bidens did, is that impeachable to you? Again, this call was just after the three year “collusion” charge and the Mueller hearing. What person who was now cleared would not want to know how it got started?

Friday’s hearing was so interesting. The fired ambassador, Marie Yovanovitch, came across as competent, smart and nice. That’s great. We had a congressman crying because she was fired. It became a sympathy hearing, not one that found crimes of an impeachable nature.
Now I feel sorry for her too; but I also feel sorry for the thousands I know who were fired from jobs for no fault of their own. I saw it happen to someone close just last month. This person loved their job, was rewarded for performance and impacting the company. In came new management and guess what? They wanted their own people and out he was. It’s a shame but it happens all the time. The difference here is she was reassigned, lost no benefits, time of service or pay. That doesn’t happen to the thousands every week who face the same fate. So I feel bad, but I feel even worse for those who have no job to go to.
For the congress person who cried, you should visit Detroit and the car factories when your policies stall the economy, and the assembly line workers, through no fault of their own get laid off because car sales slow.

Anyway, on to week two with the support of the MSM.

Political updates

Did you see the latest poll out of Iowa? Mayor Pete is in the lead. Remember when Elizabeth Warren was the one? As soon as she was challenged on how to pay she dropped. Let’s see how the others go after Mayor Pete in the debate this week. Ten candidates qualified.

Mike Bloomberg just changed positions for the Democratic primaries. He apologized for Stop N Frisk in NY. He said he did it to save lives and now realizes it was racist in the manner the police applied it and he made a mistake.
What’s interesting about this is before he entered he criticized the others like Biden and Beto for apologizing. He said you can’t apologize and lead.
But when you need minority and far left voters you apologize. Mike save your money you’re done.

The Louisiana race went as expected. The Democrat was a popular one and he is an anti abortion and cut taxes governor. The media will say that Trump lost and portray the Governor as a “moderate Democrat”. Can you name some others who have his positions?

Finally did you hear about the plane in LaGuardia that people had to get off because of smoke and a possible engine fire? You know who was on it in first class? Hillary Clinton and Huma Abedin.

Have a great day.

What I See…

Just Thinking

As day two of the impeachment hearings get set to dominate the day, here’s some short thoughts to take you into the weekend:

  • If day two and subsequent witnesses are as effective as day one I know the date that the President will be forced to leave office.
    It’s Jan 20, 2025 when he completes his second term.
  • Day one was all about “I heard from …” and “he heard from…”. It didn’t go over as planned. By next week they may have to revert to “I had this dream that Donald Trump…” It will line up with their dream to impeach and Disney said “dreams can come true”. Of course they also have Mickey Mouse.
  • Todays witness is the poor ambassador to the Ukraine who Trump replaced. Imagine a President replacing ambassadors with people who support his policy. Treason.
    Oh yea, what does she have to do with the call? See above about the dream. You see she was recalled in April. The call was in July. Maybe she’s psychic.
  • Yesterday we told you of the path to impeachment was:
    Collusion – Mueller Report- Obstruction- Quid pro quo to Extortion.
    Well darn they moved post again yesterday. Now it’s bribery. You have to pay close attention. Don’t miss a day.
  • Poor Nancy Pelosi. If you remember she didn’t want to do this, but got dragged in eventually. I guess for her it was: No way – Maybe – Just Maybe We Will – Okay We’ll Do it — Oh Oh –Why Did I Do this?
    Nancy, try this quickly — USMCA.
  • Now think about bribery and poor Hunter Biden in all this. He’s discharged from the Navy after a month (after receiving an age-related waiver and a second waiver due to a past drug-related incident). Poor kid, lands on his feet with a $50K a month no show job and has to be dragged into this. Poor Hunter.
  • Adam Schiff if you still don’t know who the whistle blower is I can help. I know him. You don’t have to call me, try Googling it. As head of impeachment you should know he worked for Obama and Joe Biden. I know you can do this Adam.
  • Hillary I heard you again yesterday about all the calls you are getting to run. Check those numbers, make sure they’re not BFF’s of Bill.
  • Speaking of Bill, yesterday he sincerely offered advice and counsel to President Trump on how to be President while getting impeached. I don’t know exactly what it was, but it wasn’t:
    Lie to the Grand Jury. Demand the definition of “is”. Quiver your lip as if you’re sorry. Tell them you are going to work. Do what I did, except this. Don’t drag Melania out there. She’s not Hillary, if you know what I mean.
  • Sometimes I think this impeachment is congress impeaching its own credibility.

Enjoy your weekend.

Underway …

underway

You will get all the analysis you need on day one of the hearing from print and media. What that analysis will be depends on what you read and watch. The reason is the bottom line on yesterday was this.
If you came in believing the President is an evil man and should be impeached, you found what you wanted in the hearing.
If you came in believing this whole thing is just another attempt by his foes to get the President, you got what you wanted.
So, no minds were changed, no wave created and we are where we began.

What do I think?
I think we should all ask ourselves if the President were Kennedy, Clinton or Obama would those who want to impeach feel the same?
Now on the other hand, if it were, would those who are saying this is a witch hunt say the same?
I think our politicians in their pursuit of power have divided us and created a dangerous situation in the country.

I also think one of the last people I would put as the face of impeachment is Adam Schiff. His latest yesterday that he didn’t know who the whistleblower was laughable. He can call me and I will tell him if he wants to know. Also, Adam, since the whistleblower started all this, on second hand and third hand knowledge, don’t you think it would have been a good idea to understand what he knew and what his motives were?

Oh yea, I think the charge changed again, at least as I understood it. The ever changing charge now appears to be “extortion” as opposed to quid pro quo. The ground keeps moving beginning with collusion to obstruction to quid pro quo and now extortion. How about just winning an election?

Onto day two tomorrow, but behind closed doors for the most part.

Political updates

Saturday is the Louisiana run off election. Though Louisiana is a strong red state, the current Governor John Bel Edwards is a Democrat and favored for reelection. Edwards is as close to a Republican as you can get and still call yourself a Democrat. As an example, on June 1 of this year he signed a strong anti abortion bill. (The bill outlaws abortion as soon as a heartbeat is detected — about six weeks into a pregnancy).
The President has tried and will again try and defeat him anyway. He will be back there tonight. The latest numbers show a tight race with Edwards up by about 2%.

The President will be beaten up in the MSM if Edwards prevails as he was with the Kentucky governorship. But remember this, most Presidents would not venture into races that appear as sure losses and try to win them. They would stay safely in the White House, so give Trump credit for trying.

The latest poll in New Hampshire shows Joe Biden leading, Elizabeth Warren second and Pete Buttigieg up to third. He has passed (narrowly) Bernie Sanders in a neighboring state.
Now a key date here is tomorrow at five o’clock. That’s the deadline to file for the primary.

That’s why Gov. Patrick is announcing today that he is running. Tough to get in so late but he has a shot. Far better than Mike Bloomberg. He will run as a moderate and that further hurts Joe Biden. It will also be interesting to see how New Hampshire reacts with him and fellow Massachusetts citizen running against each other. It could shake up that primary and the race itself.
Patrick will file in NH today then head to California, Nevada, Iowa, and South Carolina to file for their primaries. So he’s all in.

Hillary yesterday said she is getting so many calls to run and she has not ruled it out. If I get the number to call her I will let you know.

As predicted Tulsi Gabbard has qualified for the November 20th debate. She can thank Hillary Clinton for the free publicity.
That makes ten qualifiers for the stage. They are:
Joe Biden, Cory Booker, Pete Buttigieg, Kamala Harris, Amy Klobuchar, Bernie Sanders, Tom Steyer, Elizabeth Warren, and Andrew Yang.
Missing and soon to depart the race is Julian Castro.

Bet you didn’t hear this about the Republican Primary:
Mark Sanford has dropped his bid. Remember you saw the coverage when he declared, well no one covered he dropped out.

Oh yea, remember the coverage for former Congressman Joe Walsh when he announced? Well it was announced he failed to qualify for the Alabama and Arkansas primaries.

Other headlines

The courts again ruled that Donald Trump must turn over eight years of his tax returns to New York. (So it can be leaked of course). The fascination with his taxes is beyond me. I don’t care, especially if the government was doing its job of monitoring before he ran for office.
The President would like to get past November 2020 before being forced into releasing. The get Trump crowd is fighting to get it out now.
A reader sent this to us this week and it is my sentiments exactly.
“America does not need to see the tax returns of a billionaire who became a public servant. America needs to see the tax returns of public servants who became millionaires while being public servants”          —   Jaeson Lubell

The WSJ has this story today on the US China deal and some issues:
U.S.-China Trade Talks Hit Snag Over Farm Purchases,
Trade talks between the U.S. and China have hit a snag over farm purchases, as officials seek to lock down the limited trade deal President Trump outlined last month.
“Mr. Trump has said that China has agreed to buy up to $50 billion of soybeans, pork and other agricultural products from the U.S. annually. But China is leery of putting a numerical commitment in the text of an agreement, according to people familiar with the matter. Beijing wants to avoid cutting a deal that looks more favorable to the U.S. than to China, some of the people said, and also wants to have flexibility within the agreement should trade tensions escalate again. ‘We can always stop the purchases if things get worse again,'” said one Chinese official.

The President touted this big time and any pullback will hurt him.

The Roger Stone case has gone to the jury. If convicted it will get big play as the MSM will tie him back to the President.

Have a great day.

Here We Go…

The impeachment “inquiry” Begins

Here we go with this circus, so buckle up for weeks of more noise. Remember this hearing will go into mid December. They want to get it done by then or it gets into the 2020 season. But, this is the “inquiry” only. Just crazy, and about half the people are already saying it’s a waste and let’s get on with business.
My thoughts are these:
History will write that the Democrats started out to impeach Donald Trump and they shot Joe Biden.
In the end this whole Ukraine mess will hurt Biden’s run and reputation. When you read the books on election 2020 this will be center stage.

I called it a circus, why?
Well ask yourself this. If a Republican congressman had said and done all Adam Schiff has to try and impeach Obama or Clinton, how would the media be acting?
Now consider this, the latest review from media watch is that we are up to 96% of the coverage of President Trump is negative. If this were reversed parties what would that number be?
Think about how hard it would be to have 96% negative coverage when:
You consider the state of the economy.
Unemployment rate across groups at historic lows.
Think about that with the new trade deals negotiated and being negotiated.
It is hard to have 96% negative coverage and tells you why so many have turned off to the MSM.
Now we always must add that the President’s ego and words allow for much negative coverage, but 96% is ridiculous.

As this hearing begins today consider how this started and the changing ground of charges. Now the Democrats, led by Rep. Jim Himes suggested they stop calling it a quid pro quo. Why? Because he says “the Latin phrase was hard to understand.” Um, maybe you simply can’t prove another charge you have made since they got the aid, and the government of Ukraine had no idea?

Finally consider this.
We all have a pretty good idea how this is going to end.
A near party-line vote, with most every Democrat voting to impeach the president, and nearly all Republicans voting against it.

Oh yea, Rudy Guilani has an op ed in the WSJ today. Here’s what he said:
“Mr. Trump requested that Ukraine root out corruption; he didn’t demand it. His words were cordial, agreeable and free of any element of threat or coercion. Mr. Trump offered nothing in return to Ukraine for cleaning up corruption. If you doubt me, read the transcript. Allegations of Burisma-Biden corruption weren’t even a major part of the conversation. The focus was on Ukrainian corruption broadly speaking, and out of a five-page transcript Mr. Trump spent only six lines on Joe Biden.” 

The democratic primary

You see the polls moving and more candidates considering getting in. Do you think this is because they see a winner among the current bunch? Of course not, they see where this is going.
Now they are saying Mayor Pete is the hot candidate. Warren has cooled following the revelations of what her “free” costs. Biden is failing in Iowa, and Harris who bet it all on Iowa is disappearing.
So here comes Mike Bloomberg, and now Deval Patrick is saying he is reconsidering. This from Politico today:
“Both men have concluded in recent weeks that Mr. Biden, the former vice president, is not the imposing adversary they had expected him to be,” interviews with aides and allies show. Both also believe there is room in the race for a more dynamic candidate who is closer to the political middle than Mr. Biden’s two most prominent challengers, Ms. Warren and Senator Bernie Sanders.

We think Patrick is better positioned to make some noise. Bloomberg’s wealth and support for stop and frisk will doom him in the party. Patrick has two advantages in the early primaries. First he is well known in next-door New Hampshire. Name recognition is not an issue there. Then in South Carolina, where minority voters may decide the primary, can help him.
So maybe he can jump start his campaign.

Some short takes

Get ready for next week and the coverage of the release of the anti Trump book by Anonymous. Pre orders are big and the coverage will be even bigger.

We hear all the time, all are these people leaking and giving information out on the inner workings of the administration. Here’s an interesting article in the Washington Times this morning on that:

WASHINGTON TIMES ARTICLE TODAY:

“Trump backers say the president has strong opposition from his National Security Council because he chose foreign policy experts instead of his loyalists as top advisers in the beginning and the staff was full of Obama supporters.
Most Obama-era NSC “detailees” — the term for temporary agency transfers — remained as the new White House was rocked by destabilizing anti-Trump leaks to the liberal media”.
Obama clearly left the White House booby-trapped,” Michael Caputo, a campaign adviser, told The Washington Times.
The NSC workforce’s size and loyalties have come into sharp focus now that a former staffer has filed a nine-page whistleblower complaint against President Trump. The person accuses Mr. Trump of withholding military aid to force Kyiv to investigate the roles of then-Vice President Joseph R. Biden and his son Hunter in a Ukrainian gas firm run by a corrupt oligarch.
The complaint emboldened Democrats to open an impeachment probe led by the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. Witness transcripts have revealed how the NSC staff worked against Trump political appointees. One former NSC analyst made claims of Ukrainian meddling against a Republican colleague, who flatly denies the accusation”.

The whistleblower is a CIA analyst and Democrat who worked closely with Vice President Joseph R. Biden from 2015 to 2016 and returned to the agency in June 2017.

As Mr. Trump won the election, a National Defense University scholar wrote a paper advising the next administration on how to mold an NSC bureaucracy.

“The NSC staff is a place for grownups, committed to serve the Nation and the President,” the paper read. “Only careful vetting and objective criteria will ensure an NSC staff that is up to the task.”

The NSC staff ballooned under President Barack Obama from 100 to 236 today. About 80% came as detailees from other agencies such as the CIA, the State Department and the Pentagon.

“His stacking and expansion of the NSC should have been the first warning,” Mr. Caputo said. “If there is any honor left in our republic, whoever told the president and the Trump family it was just fine to keep Obama holdovers at the NSC should be tarred, feathered and paraded for all the world to see.”

Out of the loop

Then-White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus in 2017 became convinced that NSC detailees were leaking, sometimes inaccurately, details of Mr. Trump’s meetings and phone calls with foreign leaders. But he could never find the culprits, a former aide said.

The aide said some of the NSC detailees who arrived that year had bashed the president on social media.

J.D. Gordon, the Trump campaign’s director of national security and a former Pentagon spokesman, is one of those who were shunned by the new administration. He got caught up in the Trump-Russia probe but was never accused of wrongdoing.

Trump set his own whistleblower and investigation traps by allowing his campaign staff and surrogates to be near-universally kept out of [the] administration while letting Obama holdovers stay and hiring people who didn’t support him or MAGA policies in general,” Mr. Gordon told The Times.

Mr. Trump did pick a loyalist, retired Army Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, as his first national security adviser.

Little did he know that the Obama Justice Department already had targeted Flynn. Obama holdovers in January 2017 used a never-prosecuted 1799 law, the Logan Act, as justification to send two FBI agents, including Trump critic Peter Strzok, to interview him.

The topic was an intercepted phone call with the Russian ambassador. Someone leaked the call contents to The Washington Post. Flynn abruptly resigned and subsequently pleaded guilty to lying to the agents.

Mr. Gordon said Flynn worked outside the campaign and mostly ignored its people during the transition.

Trump supporters watched with disappointment as Flynn recruited as his top Russia adviser Fiona Hill. She didn’t come from Republican circles but from the Brookings Institution, one of Mr. Trump’s constant critics on domestic and foreign policy.

Released House impeachment transcripts show that Ms. Hill didn’t like the style of Gordon Sondland, Mr. Trump’s personal pick for ambassador to the European Union. She also criticized acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney.

Ms. Hill also cited iffy hearsay to testify against NSC staffer Kashyap “Kash” Patel, a former intelligence committee investigator for Rep. Devin Nunes, California Republican.

Mr. Nunes’ Republican majority on the House intelligence committee in 2018 exonerated Mr. Trump in the Russia election conspiracy probe. In the process, he upset Democrats by finding out that their party had funded the discredited dossier that Democratic operatives spread within the Obama Justice Department.

Mr. Patel, a lawyer who played a significant role in both findings, became a liberal press target.

Special counsel Robert Mueller came to the same conclusion as Mr. Nunes. Mr. Mueller’s report released in March said his 22-month probe didn’t establish a Trump-Russia conspiracy.

Ms. Hill depicted Mr. Patel as going outside his assigned NSC portfolio and creating a backdoor channel to the president on Ukraine.

“Let’s just say it’s a red flag when somebody who you barely know is involved on one of your policy issues and is clearly providing, you know, materials outside of the line that we don’t even know what those materials are,” she said, adding that she removed Mr. Patel from her email distribution list.

Ms. Hill said she had no firsthand knowledge to support her accusation.

Mr. Patel categorically denied Ms. Hill’s allegations. He said he has never communicated anything about Ukraine to the president.

“Any reporting to the contrary, and any testimony provided to Congress, is simply false, and any current or former staff who suggest I have raised or discussed Ukraine matters with President Trump, are similarly misinformed or spreading outright falsehoods,” Mr. Patel said in a statement to Axios news site.

The holdovers

Leaving Obama holdovers in place became somewhat of a theme administrationwide as senior Trump officials passed over campaign loyalists.

Defense Secretary James N. Mattis wanted Hillary Clinton supporters, such as Michele Flournoy and Anne Patterson, as top defense officials, but he was rebuffed by the White House.

Mr. Mattis was not part of the Republican national security framework. Even more remote was Mr. Trump’s pick for the other plum Cabinet post: former oilman Rex W. Tillerson as secretary of state.

The post-Flynn national security adviser was retired Army Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, a renowned military strategist and Iraq War commander but not a Trump loyalist. Another retired officer, Marine Corps Gen. John F. Kelly, fit the same modus operandi as the White House chief of staff.

Mr. Trump’s ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, a former Republican governor, writes in her new memoir that Mr. Tillerson and Mr. Kelly were not loyal to the Trump agenda, The Washington Post reported.

In contrast, Mr. Obama made sure his chiefs of staff — Rahm Emanuel, William Daley, Jack Lew and Denis McDonough — came from pure Democratic Party stock. Mr. McDonough, his longest-serving and final chief, had worked for Senate Democratic leader Tom Daschle and for the liberal Center for American Progress founded by Clinton ally John Podesta.

Another Trump critic on the NSC staff is Army Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, who arrived from the Joint Chiefs of Staff planning apparatus in 2018.

Col. Vindman immediately filed a complaint against his commander in chief with the NSC counsel after listening in on Mr. Trump’s July 25 phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

He also testified that he resented two U.S. European ambassadors’ injections into his interagency discussions on Ukraine policy.

Created by federal law in 1947, the NSC has expanded its staff and influence. President Eisenhower relied on a staff of fewer than 20. Today, it numbers 236.
Those NSC salad days may be coming to an end.

National Security Adviser Robert C. O’Brien, who replaced John R. Bolton, said on CBS’s “Face the Nation” that he is streamlining a “bloated” organization.

“So everyone who’s detailed at the NSC, people are going to start going back to their own departments, and we’ll bring in new folks,” Mr. O’Brien said. “But we’re going to get that number down to around 100 people. … We don’t need to re-create the Department of Defense, the Department of State, the Department of Homeland Security over at the White House. We’ve got great diplomats and soldiers and folks that can … do that work for us in the departments.”

After Mr. Trump won the election, National Defense University’s R.D. Hooker Jr. wrote some advice about what kind of NSC workforce the president should assemble.

“In general, the President is best served when NSC staff members are carefully screened for their intelligence, academic and professional qualifications, experience, and willingness to serve out of the limelight,” wrote Mr. Hooker, an NSC alum. “Excessive ambition, personal agendas, and divided loyalties can only distract and disrupt complex and highly sensitive NSC machinery. The NSC staff is a place for grownups, committed to serve the Nation and the President. Only careful vetting and objective criteria will ensure an NSC staff that is up to the task.”

Moving Past Veterans Day…

Yesterday was a wonderful day to honor those who served our nation and I enjoyed the opportunity to participate in a few events. Thank you to all who took the time to say thanks to a Veteran, and we shall always remember.

I know the news will be all about the “impeachment inquiry hearings” this week and next, but as promised last week, we are going to try and stay away from it. This process is divided on belief lines and a far cry from past inquiries. You can make your own decision on it.

some other news headlines

This whole China negotiation is so fraught with news and not so real news. It appears to me China keeps saying we are close to this and that is to try and drive the U.S. market up. Why? They know how conscious the President is on the market, and know the hearings are on. They want to drive the market up to pressure the President into a deal they want.
For his part the President said this yesterday “I haven’t agreed to anything,” referring the the report he will take off tariffs. Thus the market declined.
So keep an eye on what both sides say and how much pushback there is.

Meanwhile the President has until tomorrow to decide whether to impose those tariffs on European and Asian auto imports. It’s a big decision.
Business groups and some Republicans are warning that the levies couldn’t come at a worse time.
Tough job being President.

Remember the candidate running for San Francisco DA that we told you was the son of Weather Underground terrorists? Well he won.
Here’s a column by Michelle Malkin you might want to read to learn more:

Radical Spawn Chesa Boudin: Nation’s Most Toxic DA Candidate

A Commentary By Michelle Malkin

Socialist Bernie Sanders just endorsed the bleeding-heart candidate for San Francisco District Attorney who makes President Obama’s Attorney General, Eric Holder, look like Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

Meet Chesa Boudin. He’s the Bay Area public defender and former shill/translator for the late Venezuelan dictator Hugo Chavez who plans to turn the craphole of San Francisco into an even bigger sanctuary for the homeless, drug abusers, illegal immigrants, gangsters, vandals, thieves, recidivist criminals and cop-haters than it is already. Boudin leads a spooky field of left-lefter-leftists running for DA on the Nov. 5 ballot.

The cornerstone of Boudin’s campaign is sabotaging immigration enforcement. He has called for prosecution and imprisonment of ICE and police officers for doing their jobs and vowed to create an “immigrant defense unit” within the DA’s office to “stand up to Trump on immigration.”

While American veterans beg for money on San Francisco’s feces-clogged street corners, Boudin will instead subsidize “universal legal representation” for illegal immigrants facing deportation.

While American angel families are denied standing in American courts to sue the sanctuary outlaws whose policies enabled criminals in this country illegally to injure, rape or murder their loved ones, Boudin will “help every single immigrant victim of every crime obtain a U-Visa.”

Boudin’s campaign tagline claims he wants to build a criminal justice system “for everyone, not just the wealthy and well-connected.” The chutzpah. It burns.

Well-connected? Boudin has been endorsed by a who’s who of far-left celebrities, from Sanders to Hamas-linked “Women’s March” co-founder Linda Sarsour to Black Lives Matter hate crime hoax propagandist Shaun King to radical Chicago DA and Jussie Smollett fixer Kim Foxx to Black Panther Party commie revolutionary Angela Davis.

Wealthy? Boudin is the top fundraiser in the San Francisco DA’s race, raking in more than $623,000 in donations this year — a significant chunk from out-of-state academics, entertainment industry executives, and East Coast lawyers in New York and D.C. I discovered from Boudin’s most recent campaign finance disclosures that one of his top donors is Chloe Cockburn. She is a prominent partner of globalist billionaire George Soros’ Democracy Alliance. Cockburn moderated a crucial 2017 summit with Soros and other deep-pocketed liberal philanthropists to strategize on taking over local and state offices to reclaim “our progressive future.” Other bigwig Boudin donors hail from the Soros-allied Tides Foundation and Soros-funded Brennan Center for Justice.

What makes Boudin especially toxic is his family tree. Boudin is the militant offspring of spoiled-rich radicals Kathy Boudin and David Gilbert, members of the violent Weather Underground terrorist group, which bombed government buildings and corporate headquarters, aided convicted felons in jailbreaks and participated in a 1981 Brink’s armored car holdup in Nyack, New York, with the Black Liberation Army. That crime took the lives of three innocent Americans — police officers Edward O’Grady and Waverly Brown and private security guard Peter Paige.

Kathy Boudin was an 11-year fugitive from justice after an accidental homemade bomb explosion at her New York City townhouse resulted in three other deaths. At the time of her arrest in Nyack, Boudin gave police one of many false identities she had used to evade the law. She was paroled in 2003 after convincing parole board members that she acted nobly out of “white guilt” to protest racism against blacks. (Reality check: Officer Waverly Brown was a black, working-class military veteran.) Gilbert remains in prison. Their story was glorified and romanticized by Robert Redford in the 2013 movie, “The Company You Keep.”

After Kathy Boudin dropped off toddler Chesa at a babysitter’s house so she could help perpetrate the bloody $1.6 million Brink’s heist, this privileged elitist was adopted by another pair of America-hating domestic agitators, unrepentant Weathermen colleagues Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn. Ayers celebrated bombing the Pentagon in his radical memoir, “Fugitive Days,” taught at the University of Illinois in Chicago, and mentored Barack Obama. Dohrn declared war on “AmeriKKKa,” helped stage the “Days of Rage” in Chicago, when Weathermen blew up a memorial statue to police officers and rioted violently, leaving 75 policemen wounded and one permanently injured in a wheelchair, and then spent years as a fugitive from justice before settling into a comfy post as former director of the Legal Clinic’s Children and Family Justice Center at Northwestern University.

Steeped in Marxist ideology and self-pity, Boudin moaned to The New York Times that he was “sad that my parents have to suffer what they have to suffer on a daily basis” because they were “dedicated to fighting U.S. imperialism around the world.” No compassion for the families of the officers his parents helped murder, but the Yale grad and Rhodes Scholar did earn praise for his crusades against “urban misery in Bolivia, homelessness in Santiago and illiteracy in Guatemala.”

Now Boudin wants to avenge his cop-killing parents by imposing “restorative justice” and “decarceration” policies that will incentivize violent crime and endanger lives in San Francisco and beyond. If you think California is on fire now, just wait until this red diaper baby takes control of the prosecutorial wheel.

Done…

impeachment

I for one am tired of turning on the news and hearing about impeachment over and over. I am tired of seeing Adam Schiff on my screen. I am tired of the sensational headlines that later turn out differently. I am done with it.
I have broken it down to this. Even if the President did what the Democrats and MSM say he did, it is not an impeachable offense. It’s just not there, and they are taking all the time of congress, making all this noise, selling newspapers and trying to drive ratings on junk.
If the economy were tanking, if we were being abused overseas or there were domestic issues the President created, this would be nothing. It’s only there because none of that exists. They need an anti issue. Therefore I am done with it. I am taking my time back and asking congress to do something productive, like fund the government, try to figure out how to cut debt and pass the USMCA. Enough of the rest already.

Some other issues and thoughts

The Democratic race for the nomination is getting interesting. As the field narrows and we await the announcement from Julian Castro that he is out, we get Mike Bloomberg putting his toes in.
I think Mike is keeping his options open by registering today in Alabama. He is 77 years old and would be a few weeks from 79 upon inauguration. So he has nothing to lose using some of his money to test things. Heck if Warren or Sanders win they will take it anyway!

The party is worried about Warren and the progress she is making. She may well be so far left that the country would actually give Trump a landslide. Biden was their best hope to be close to the middle (though a few years back he was considered a major liberal). Think about this question. Who do you think this Ukrainian controversy has hurt more, Trump or Biden? I think history will say it hurt Biden more. It’s just possible in their desire to get Trump so badly, the MSM got Biden.
For his part, Biden did rise up this week and begin to attack Warren. The race will heat up from here as we are now under three months to the primaries.

Jeff Sessions announces he is running for his old seat in Alabama. Until I saw him interviewed I wondered if he had a shot. After seeing how deftly he handled questions on his time as A.G., I now think he is the favorite.
For its part, the GOP needs to win that seat to hold on to its majority. They have issues in Colorado, Maine and Arizona for sure.

I have long said how much I like and respect A.G. Barr. He was unfairly attacked for clearing the President on collusion and obstruction, and the left and MSM attacked him viscously as a partisan.
Well this week they are quietly doing the opposite based upon the story that the President wanted him (Barr) to publicly clear him on the Ukraine matter and the A.G. refused.
Maybe the A.G. is a fair person and follows the law?

Here’s something you won’t hear on the MSM because they were too busy telling you how much prices were going to go up with “Trump’s Tariffs”. The U.S. collected a record $7 billion in import tariffs in September. The revenue is a bounty for the U.S. Treasury.
Remember that as you hear China wants a deal and the tariffs lifted.

The President is speaking today at minority event (“Black Voices for Trump”). This group goes under the name Blexit, which represents the “black exit from the Democratic party”. They don’t get much coverage but their leaders like Candace Owens are vocal and making progress. If they drive up the President’s minority vote the Democrats will feel it.

Have a great weekend.

Election Day…

Today is election day, but one year from today is ELECTION DAY. What a donnybrook kind of year this is going to be. America’s future and what our children and grandchildren inherit will be on the line in the next 365 days. If Trump survives as this impeachment, as we expect, and the Democrats go far left, buckle up for the election ride of a lifetime.

The results tonight in Kentucky mean nothing about the President. The Governor in Kentucky is the least popular one in the Republican party. His loss would have nothing to do with the President.
Now Mississippi would be a message. If Republicans lose Mississippi then you know something is happening.
If the Democrats take the Virginia houses (now Republican controlled) it will be clear that state is now dark blue. Strengthening the leadership of the Governor and Lt. Governor, who if they were Republican would have been forced to resign, would say it all.

The President today informed the United Nations that the U.S. would be withdrawing from the global climate agreement known as the Paris Accord.
Sure to be an issue in 2020 the left will say Trump doesn’t care about the environment. He will recite the details of what it costs and how much we are doing versus the rest of the world.
Ironically the process says it takes a year for the pullout to take effect. Think about that. It will be day after the 2020 election. Don’t you think the left will make it an issue next year? Your vote will decide.

The rumor on Wall Street is that the U.S. and China are looking for a new site to sign that “phase one” agreement . If you recall they had hoped to ink the deal during a November Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Chile, but the gathering was canceled amid widening protests.
Wall Street is betting this week that it will be signed.

On the heels of that, consider this. The President has until Nov. 13 to decide whether to impose tariffs (25%) on European and Asian auto imports. So here we go again. I don’t think it will happen, but if it did it would impact the price of import cars by about $6,875.

Happy Voting Today.