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Mitch McConnell writes anti-Trump op-ed

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Mitch McConnell wrote an op-ed in the Washington Post blasting Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from Syria.

I predicted two weeks ago that the Kurd-Turkey-Syria fiasco would be Trump’s undoing. At a time when Trump needs Mitch McConnell to prevent him from being voted out of office, Trump has given him a strong reason to wish that Trump would be replaced by President Pence.

For some reason, there are a lot of extreme paleocon isolationist types who read this blog. Whatever you may think about the strategy of meddling in the Middle East, the timing and optics of Trump’s cowardly-seeming surrender of Kurdish territory to Erdogan was a huge tactical blunder.

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October 20, 2019 at EDT am

Posted in International, Politics

The impropriety of Hunter Biden getting paid so much money

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From the Washington Post:

A career State Department official overseeing Ukraine policy told congressional investigators this week that he had raised concerns in early 2015 about then-Vice President Joe Biden’s son serving on the board of a Ukrainian energy company but was turned away by a Biden staffer, according to three people familiar with the testimony.

George Kent, a deputy assistant secretary of state, testified Tuesday that he worried that Hunter Biden’s position at the firm Burisma Holdings would complicate efforts by U.S. diplomats to convey to Ukrainian officials the importance of avoiding conflicts of interest, said the people, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of confidentiality rules surrounding the deposition.

Kent said he had concerns that Ukrainian officials would view Hunter Biden as a conduit for currying influence with his father, said the people. But when Kent raised the issue with Biden’s office, he was told the then-vice president didn’t have the “bandwidth” to deal with the issue involving his son as his other son, Beau, was battling cancer, said the people familiar with his testimony.

Article then goes into anti-Trump spin mode.

But really, you have to be a moron to think that this gas company was paying Hunter Biden so much money (previously reported to be $50,000/month, which sounds like $600,000/year to me) for any reason other than that they believed they were going to get something out of generating goodwill with the Vice President, or more likely that Hunter would be able to lobby his father for favors.

Of course, the Democrats are really good at being corrupt without getting caught, so I guarantee that there will never be any sort of smoking gun where there’s a recorded conversation or correspondence in which Joe Biden says something like “I’m going to do X for you because you paid my son lots of money.”

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October 18, 2019 at EDT am

Posted in Politics

Rudy!

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NY Times is full of stories about Rudy Giuliani.

Seems to me like he’s just doing the same stuff that Democrats have always done, but Democrats know how to be corrupt and get away with it, partially because they are more competent, and partially because the fakestream media and the deep state have their backs. The system has become stacked against Republicans and conservatives. Even Fox News, supposedly the conservative news network, is surely full of employees who are liberal Democrats, even if the talk show hosts are conservatives who support Trump.

I also think that Giuliani may be going a bit senile. He’s 75 years old. At the very least, his mental firepower is fading at that age.

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October 11, 2019 at EDT am

Posted in Politics

Lion prediction

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If the Kurds are slaughtered by Turkey, Republicans in the Senate will abandon Trump and vote to remove him from office after Democrats impeach him.

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Is there a single Republican Senator who supports Trump on this? I don’t know the answer. I do know that Mitch McConnell, Lindsey Graham and Ted Cruz have all spoken out against it.

Graham said on Fox News this morning, “The safe zones were working. Patrolling with Turkey and international forces to protect the Kurds and Turkey is the way to go. If we pull out, the Kurds are in a world of hurt and ISIS comes back, and President Trump will own it.”

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At Breitbart, presumably the most pro-Trump “news” site on the web, Turkey is conspicuously absent from the front page, even though it’s the top news story everywhere else, including Fox News. Even Breitbart can’t find anything good to say about Trump’s decision.

The best Breitbart can do to support Trump is a buried story reporting that both Assad and Iran have condemned Turkey. The obvious implication is that if Assad and Iran publicly state that they are against it then that means it’s good for the U.S.

But I suspect that, in private, Iran’s government is pretty happy about America’s weakness.

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October 9, 2019 at EDT am

Posted in Politics

Morning Consult Poll

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https://morningconsult.com/2020-democratic-primary-2/

Unlike yesterday’s IBD poll which showed Warren in the lead, this poll has Joe Biden way head of Warren who is in second place.

But important takeaways are:

In a wide number of polls Warren has at least pulled ahead of Bernie for second place.

Kamala Harris has fallen far behind and is in the cellar with Mayor Pete, Yang and Beto.

Despite continuing to raise a lot of money, Mayor Pete just can’t get much traction.

Andrew Yang, despite being ignored by mainstream media, continues to hang onto life support. Is the world ready for an Asian man to be a big player in politics? Probably not. No one faces greater discrimination than the Asian man.

Everyone else who is running is pretty much dead and buried.

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October 8, 2019 at EDT am

Posted in Politics

Crowdstrike

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Julie Kelly, writing for American Greatness, makes a compelling argument to be suspicious of Crowdstrike.

So, to summarize, at the same time Perkins Coie hired Fusion GPS to dig up Russia-related dirt on Donald Trump, it hired CrowdStrike to investigate the hack of the DNC email systems. CrowdStrike, also at the same time, was working with the Obama Justice Department as the agency began investigating Trump campaign aides for suspected “collusion” with the Kremlin.

She also documents how Shawn Henry, a “top executive for Crowdstrike,” is a regular on news talk shows where he is always is anti-Trump and anti-Republican.

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October 8, 2019 at EDT am

Posted in Politics

My first posts about Trump

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Found this, which I wrote in January, 2014. I wrote:

(1) Trump is unlikely to run. The guy is full of hot air and nothing he says should be taken seriously. (2) He lacks gravitas. In other words, he’s a bozo.

The mystery here is how did a Wharton graduate, who was able to take his father’s company and grow it into something many times more profitable, become such a bozo in his old age?

Then near the end of March, 2014, peterike wrote this comment:

Another likely scenario is a third-party, Perot-style candidate, who maybe comes out the Tea Party (whatever that means anymore). Maybe Trump in a self-funded run?

My response:

Trump gives off the aura of being a bozo. (That’s bozo and not bobo.)

Sgt. Joe Friday responds to me:

A bozo who consistently bangs hot babes much younger than himself.

My response to that:

Banging babes is NOT a plus attribute for any politician, especially not a Republican because of the double standards of the MSM that would overlook Clinton’s philandering but never let a Republican get away with it.

I must say that I was totally right, the MSM did go hard on Trump with respect to his alleged misogynist treatment of babes, but it wasn’t enough to sink him.

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October 4, 2019 at EDT am

Posted in Politics

Had Drudge gone anti-Trump?

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This is really big. If Drudge has abandoned Trump, it doesn’t bode well. Drudge is a go-to site for conservatives. The lack of any pro-Trump links should be very disconcerting for Trump supporters.

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October 2, 2019 at EDT pm

Posted in News, Politics

The Pence Maneuver

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I’d bet that behind closed doors, some Republican members of Congress are making the case that the Democrats have actually given them a gift. An opportunity to replace Trump with President Pence before the primary elections take place. Pence would then easily win the Republican nomination and be a much better candidate than Trump who has low approval ratings and who can’t be trusted not to tweet something stupid that will torpedo his chances of getting reelected to an even lower probability.

I’m not saying that I agree with this line of reasoning. As I’ve written many times, only Trump could have beaten Hillary because no other likely candidate in 2016 could have won in Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin. Could Pence repeat the Trump victories in those states? Not likely. The prole whites in Pennsylvania who flipped from voting Democratic to voting Republican aren’t into Pence’s evangelical Christian shtick, otherwise they would have already been Republicans.

As much as the fakestream media has mostly not had anything bad to say about Pence (but occasionally they do let loose on him), that will change once he’s President and he’ll become evil incarnate pushing us back into the Middle Ages with his crazy religion and his gay hating and forcing women who were raped to have back-alley abortion.

Furthermore, who says that Pence would automatically win the nomination? I think Ted Cruz would probably win, after making a big show in the Senate of totally supporting Trump. (It should be pointed out that nearly everyone in the Senate hates Cruz, so the outcome of Cruz winning the Republican nomination is definitely not what they would be banking on.)

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Republicans would probably try to force Trump to take a Nixon deal. He resigns and Pence pardons him for all federal crimes he may have committed.

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October 1, 2019 at EDT am

Posted in Politics

And Trump puts his foot deeper into his mouth

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Actually, yes, Representatives are allowed to give opinionated speeches on the House floor which includes biased paraphrasing of documents. Is he not aware of the Speech or Debate Clause?

If there was ever any doubt that Democrats would vote to impeach, remove all doubt.

At least half of Republicans would vote to replace Trump with President Pence if they didn’t have to face the wrath of primary voters. Trump can definitely push them in the direction of “let’s just do it quickly and hope for the best.”

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At Predictit.org, the chance of Trump being impeached before the end of 2019 is now up to 60%.

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September 30, 2019 at EDT pm

Posted in Politics

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