Wednesday, November 13, 2019

The Masked Singer + Triumph

Honest to gravy, Triumph the Insult Comic Dog is the best guest host ever on "The Masked Singer."  So far he's guessed Lou Dobbs, the Olsen Twins, and David Hasselhoff because "he has to appear on this show at some point."

Make Triumph a permanent host!

Feelings...nothing more than feelings

I had to work today so I could only catch snippets of the news, but it sure sounds like Impeachment Inquiry! was a huge bust.  Which was predicted because - ahem - the witnesses...weren't.
Practically every question on the point of the hearing assumed facts not in evidence, because not one witness had any direct contact with Trump himself. Not one of them could point to an overt direction for a quid pro quo from the White House. They assumed that was the policy, they worried that was the policy, and they certainly didn’t like the direction the Trump administration was taking Ukraine. But as far as the quid pro quo issue, it’s entirely assumed on facts not in evidence, because none of these witnesses can testify to such orders, let alone from Donald Trump — with whom they had no contact.
How bad was it?  Even CNN had to admit it: "Even CNN’s Jeffrey Toobin thinks it’s a problem for Dems that neither witness had direct contact with the president."

This is my favorite part: Adam Schiff warns the witness not to answer a question based on "facts not in evidence" and incredulous Republicans want to know if that's the standard since they just spent half a day listening to facts not in evidence.

Monday, November 11, 2019

Somebody has been working the focus groups

Twitchy: "Rep. Lee Zeldin: Democrats’ new word of the day is ‘extortion,’ replacing quid pro quo."

Good luck with all that:
Volker said the problem with Schiff's scenario was that events did not unfold as he said. During the time in question, Ukrainian officials did not know that the U.S. aid was being withheld, Volker said; they learned that in late August, while the notorious Trump phone conversation with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky was in late July. In addition, Volker explained, relations with the U.S. seemed to be good even though the Ukrainians did nothing that Trump mentioned in that call — no investigation and no public statement announcing an inquiry.
It will be interesting to see how Democrats pin extortion on Trump while excusing Joe Biden's very public threat to withhold $1 billion in aid to the Ukrainians until they fired their prosecutor.

When you're polling below Tulsi

Amy Klobuchar says that Democrats are sexist.

Kamala Harris says that Democrats are sexist and racist.

And, yes, I know they're not polling below Tulsi but her on-air evisceration of Harris was the greatest.

Sunday, November 10, 2019

Oh that's different

John Kass: "Jeffrey Epstein and Brett Kavanaugh, for ABC News, a tale of double standards."  "There is just no responsible way to discuss ABC’s alleged spiking of the Epstein story — or NBC’s spiking of the Harvey Weinstein story — without dealing with how those news networks, and other media outlets, worked frantically to destroy Kavanaugh."

Saturday, November 09, 2019

It was 30 years ago today

Nice little mini-gallery on the Berlin Wall which came down 30 years ago today.

I was a junior in college then.  I'm older now.

Star Chamber follies

I was away on business and missed a lot of news this past week.  I was hoping that, by the time I returned, the Democrats would - finally - articulate exactly what high crime President Trump committed to warrant overturning a national election.  Alas, it was not to be.

American Thinker: "Schiff goes Full Stalin"  Let the show trial begin:
These questions ask, essentially, if the witnesses believe President Trump is guilty of pressuring Ukraine to dig up dirt on the Bidens in exchange for military aid. The GOP, it seems, will not be allowed to call witnesses who have testimony or evidence to the contrary, that there was no pressure and no quid pro quo. Nor will the GOP be allowed to present witnesses or evidence that confirms that the “dirt” is accurate, that the crime of threatening to withhold aid for a personal and political favor, a crime Biden has already confessed to, was committed by Biden, not Trump, on behalf of Biden’s son Hunter. Nor will the GOP be allowed to make the case that any Trump inquiry of the Ukrainians was mandated by a treaty signed by President Bill Clinton. This is, dare I use the term Democrats used during the impeachment of Bill Clinton for a real crime, a phrase used by Joe Biden himself,  a political lynching. 
The "crimes" of Trump are yet to be determined:
Now it seems you don’t even need real crimes defined by statute. You can invent them, as Dershowitz charged Democrats with doing in an appearance with former U.S. Atty Guy Lewis on the November 7 edition of “The Ingraham Angle” on Fox News.

One of the proposed Schiff articles of impeachment is something called “Obstruction of Congress.” As Dershowitz asks, just where is the statute defining this? Congress and the President are co-equal branches of government. If a Trump administration official refuses to comply with a subpoena based on executive privilege of other grounds, you take them to court. You don’t impeach the President and charge him with an invented crime.
There is no crime: there is only the continuation of the now three-year temper-tantrum that Hillary was denied her spot behind the Resolute desk.  Andrew Sullivan pretty much admitted as much in this thumb-sucker article full of ambiguities masquerading as serious thought.  We're in mortal danger from "regime cleavage", you see, and Trump has committed "abuses" such as correctly calling the Mueller investigation a witch hunt and mean tweets.  In Sullivan's world, Trump is a "shabby tyrant" because he talks bad and advances policies with which Sullivan disagrees.

And this is where we are: they really hate Trump and that's enough to cancel 2016, through whatever Stalinesque means necessary.

Saturday, November 02, 2019

Short hiatus

See you soon.

Then the unicorns appeared with the M4A money

Politico: "The issue that Obama alums think could doom Elizabeth Warren" - "The candidate has dug herself in a hole on a top-of-mind concern for voters."

Philip Klein: "Here's a list of $20.35 trillion of Elizabeth Warren tax hikes."

The reviews are in: "‘This is going to cause down-ballot damage’: Warren's $20 trillion health plan fails to quiet critics" - "The Massachusetts senator’s Medicare for All proposal is new ammunition for her rivals."

Because it's sheer fantasy:

Forget it Jake, it's Chinatown

NY Post: "What, exactly, is President Trump’s ‘high crime’ here?"  Beating Hillary.

Thursday, October 31, 2019

Exactly what the Ukrainian president said

Quid pro no.  Federalist: "NSC Official Tim Morrison To Schiff: ‘I Was Not Concerned That Anything Illegal Was Discussed’ In Trump-Ukraine Phone Call"
Morrison testified that Ukrainian officials were not even aware that certain military funding had been delayed by the Trump administration until late August 2019, more than a month after the Trump-Zelensky call, casting doubt on allegations that Trump somehow conveyed an illegal quid pro quo demand during the July 25 call.
Which is exactly what Ukrainian President Zelensky said in an October 10th press conference.

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

The NY Times is trash

Twitchy: "Media hardest hit: The hero Photoshopped out of that doctored photo ‘was not offended and laughed’."

Extra - Jim Acosta is a clown.

Of all the drama queens, this is the drama queeniest

Poor Dahlia Lithwick just can't.  "Why I Haven’t Gone Back to SCOTUS Since Kavanaugh."
The enduring memory, a year later, is that my 15-year-old son texted—he was watching it in school—to ask if I was “perfectly safe” in the Senate chamber. He was afraid for the judge’s mental health and my physical health. I had to patiently explain that I was in no physical danger of any kind, that there were dozens of people in the room, and that I was at the very back, with the phalanx of reporters.
Good lord.  Passing it on to the next generation is a form of child abuse.

"Obviously, I'm a top-tier candidate"

Not anymore sister: "Kamala Harris Falls to 3% and Is In Danger of Not Making November Debate, While Tulsi Gabbard Needs One More Good Poll to Make It."

Let's all enjoy this flashback where Kamala dismissed Tulsi because of her poll numbers.  How the turntables have turned!

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

I'm calling it now

Prediction: Joe Biden will finish in third place in both Iowa and New Hampshire.

There is just zero enthusiasm for this guy.

Sham impeachment roundup

Hot Air: "Draft Resolution Authorizing Impeachment Inquiry Will Let Republicans Call Witnesses — Subject To Adam Schiff’s Approval." 

What could go wrong with that plan?  "Schiff Directing Witnesses Not To Answer GOP Questions."

Twitchy: "Nancy Pelosi and House Dems are playing games."  They can't authorize a real investigation now because that would be a tacit acknowledgment of the current clown show.

But here comes the groundswell "meh": "Poll: only 36% say House should impeach Trump"
And this: "Impeaching Trump not popular in swing states."
Which is why: "Don’t have the votes? House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer won’t commit to a floor vote Thursday."