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Ladies and gentlemen, Tina Smith gave us proof that she’s a typical Metrocrat when she was interviewed by Almanac’s Eric Eskola and Cathy Wurzer. During the interview, Cathy Wurzer asked Smith if she thought the Senate was close to a DACA deal. Sen. Smith replied that she thought there was a good chance of senators coming together on a deal on DACA. Then Eskola essentially asked why Democrats weren’t willing to trade funding for President Trump’s wall for protection of DACA-protected illegals.

That’s when Sen. Smith said “Well, you know the wall is just a dumb idea. To try to pay for a big wall is just — most people don’t think it’s a good idea. At the same time, we have to have really strong border security and so I hope that a compromise can be reached that makes sense so that we can have strong border security.” Eskola jumped in, saying “That’s a compromise — wall- DACA”. Sen. Smith then countered, saying “I don’t think a wall is — I think a wall is — what? $18,000,000,000? I think we need to focus on border security and not the idea of tons and tons of cement, which doesn’t really work.”

There’s reason to question Sen. Smith’s commitment to border security. She recently participated in a DACA rally that featured her and Keith Ellison.

At the rally, Smith told the crowd of about 200 people “Minnesota Dreamers are American in every way except their immigration status. They work hard to improve our communities and to make our state better, not just for themselves and their families but for all of us. So the notion that we would turn our backs on Dreamers now … it’s just disgraceful.”

In other words, Sen. Smith thinks that there’s no problem admitting lots of illegal immigrants into Minnesota. On Almanac, Smith talked repeatedly about needing to secure the border. At this rally, Smith talked about how DREAMers were “American in every way except their immigration status.”

Which is it, Sen. Smith? If DREAMers are “American in every way except their immigration status”, why do we need tight security at the border? If we need tight security on the border, how can DREAMers be “American in every way except their immigration status”? It’s apparent that Sen. Smith is already adept at talking out of both sides of her mouth.

Smith’s interview is the first segment of Friday night’s show:

It’s understatement to say that it didn’t help improve her trustworthy rating.

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It isn’t surprising that Keith Ellison, Louis Farrakhan’s first congressman, isn’t hiding the fact that he supports Antifa’s violent tactics. He’s had a history of supporting violence, including appearing at a fundraiser for Sara Jane Olson, who is described as “a member of the self-styled revolutionary group the Symbionese Liberation Army (SLA), which is best known for kidnapping heiress Patricia Hearst. Olson was apprehended in 1999 in relation to the 1975 attempted bombings of two police cars and the slaying of Myrna Opsah during a bank robbery.”

Later, “Ellison also spoke favorably of convicted cop killer Assata Shakur and expressed his opposition to any attempt to extradite her to the United States from Cuba, where she had fled after escaping prison. ‘I am praying that Castro does not get to the point where he has to really barter with these guys over here because they’re going to get Assata Shakur, they’re going to get a whole lot of other people,’ Ellison said at the event, which also included a silent auction and speech by former Weather Underground leader Bernardine Dohrn. ‘I hope the Cuban people can stick to it, because the freedom of some good decent people depends on it.'”

The book Rep. Ellison endorsed is titled “Antifa: The anti-fascist handbook.” It’s written by Mark Bray.

Bray has not shied away from the violent side of Antifa. In an interview with Melville House following the release of his book, Bray praised the violent tactics of Antifa, admitting the group will “pressure venues to cancel their events, organize self-defense trainings, and physically confront the far right when necessary.” Bray also admitted that property destruction is a “part of the anti-fascist and more broadly revolutionary repertoire.”

Doesn’t that sound a lot like fascism?

a governmental system led by a dictator having complete power, forcibly suppressing opposition and criticism, regimenting all industry, commerce, etc., and emphasizing an aggressive nationalism and often racism.

Forgive me if I can’t tell the difference between Antifa and fascism.

According to this Washington Examiner article, Mark Dayton intends on picking Tina Flint-Smith to serve out the remainder of Sen. Franken’s term.

I don’t see that happening because it’s a risky move. If he picks his lieutenant governor to replace Sen. Franken, the President of the Senate would become his lieutenant governor for what’s left of Gov. Dayton’s term. The President of the Senate is Michelle Fischbach, a Republican from Paynesville. That’s a totally safe district for Republicans so there’s virtually no chance for the DFL to flip that Senate seat.

The downside of having a Republican as the lieutenant governor for a DFL governor is that she’d be privy to Gov. Dayton’s decisions. Theoretically, it’s possible for the lieutenant governor to leak sensitive information to the Republicans. And once she’s sworn in, there’s no firing her.

A special election would follow for voters to pick someone to serve for the remainder of Franken’s term, which ends in January 2021.

Another reason why I don’t think it’s likely Flint-Smith will be Gov. Dayton’s pick is because Flint-Smith opted to not run for governor this time.

According to this article, if Gov. Dayton picked her, she’d likely be a caretaker senator:

If he taps Smith as a caretaker senator, Dayton would be giving the job to someone who apparently has no further political ambitions. Smith was Dayton’s chief of staff in his first term, after which he chose her as his second-term running mate. She had previously decided not to run for governor to replace him.

The article names potential DFL candidates, too:

Meanwhile, a variety of party big names would likely consider running for the U.S. Senate seat now held by Franken: U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison, who would be the state’s first black senator; two other U.S. representatives, Rep. Betty McCollum and Rep. Rick Nolan; or state Rep. Ilhan Omar, who would become the Senate’s first Somali-American member.

Republicans couldn’t get lucky enough to run against Ellison or Omar. They’ve got more baggage than a DC-10. They’d be fortunate to win 10% of the rural vote. Ditto with Betty McCollum. On the GOP side, people are talking about whether Tim Pawlenty or Norm Coleman would run. I don’t see either of them running, though I could picture Stewart Mills running.

The DFL will have quite the tightrope to walk during the midterms. While state legislators from both parties have resigned because they sexually harassed women, the DFL has the problem of explaining why they’re attacking Leeann Tweeden because she was once a swimsuit model. Ms. Tweeden was recently criticized in an LTE in the Duluth News Tribune, which I wrote about in this post. The LTE simply said “In response to the compromising photo of U.S. Sen. Al Franken, internet-aware readers can become a bit more informed about Franken’s ‘victim’ by Googling her and clicking on ‘images.’”

In other words, the liberal who wrote this LTE is saying that Ms. Tweeden shouldn’t be trusted because she’s looked sexy while wearing bikinis. It’s almost as if the person who wrote this LTE was saying that Ms. Tweeden had it coming because she wore sexy clothing. Only Neanderthals think like that.

Keith Ellison’s reaction is more than a bit bizarre. Ellison said “It must have taken her tremendous courage? to make this kind of statement. I’m saddened by it. But, you know, we now live in a time that, thankfully, women can feel safe to come forward and talk about what happened to them. … It’s painful when it’s a dear friend, somebody you admire and has been great to you — and Al has been all those things to me. I admire him tremendously. But that doesn’t mean that this kind of thing is OK.”

What’s to admire about Sen. Franken? First, he’s a pervert with a nasty temper. Next, he hasn’t owned up to the nastiest part of his attack on Ms. Tweeden, which is his ‘kiss rehearsal’, where he stuck his tongue into her mouth. Third, he isn’t that bright, especially for being a sitting US Senator.

Most importantly, it took great courage for Ms. Tweeden to come forward because the DFL attack machine is questioning her because she’s a patriot who’s appeared on Sean Hannity’s show from time to time. That picture of Franken groping her says everything about Franken’s lack of character. Isn’t it time for the DFL to stop rationalizing their politicians’ unforgivable behavior?

Hillary attacked the women her husband assaulted in her quest to become the first female president. Hillary wasn’t a woman’s champion. Hillary was an attacker of women because they stood in her way to the White House. Political power drove Hillary’s attacks. She didn’t care whether she destroyed Kathleen Willey, Juanita Broaddrick, Jennifer Flowers or Paula Jones.

Finally, the DFL’s Franken problem isn’t inconsequential because he isn’t fessing up to what’s happened. Saying that he doesn’t remember the kiss doesn’t ring true. Ms. Tweeden said that she nicknamed Franken “Fish Lips” after the incident. It’s impossible to believe that a thin-skinned politician like Sen. Franken could’ve forgotten that. Further, Sen. Franken hasn’t said that it didn’t happen. He said that he didn’t remember it the way Ms. Tweeden remembers it. That’s what a non-denial denial sounds like.

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Keith Ellison’s strained logic just got him in trouble again. This time, Ellison compared DACA-protected illegal immigrants to Jewish victims in Nazi Germany. Before going totally off the deep end, Ellison started off by saying “heard today as many as 3 million DACA recipients live with someone who is a citizen of the United States. Add that to the people who work with DACA recipients. Add that to the people who are the parents of a DACA recipients. Add that to people who are parents to America citizens. You are literally talking about over 100 million Americans who are in some way—way more than 100 million, maybe well over that—who are deeply connected to people who have immigrated to the United States, some with official papers some with not. So this is not someone else’s fight. This is all our fight, but some are in the bull’s-eye, and others of us are not exactly the target. Therefore, it is our responsibility to stand up and fight and do the right thing.”

Had he stopped there, he might’ve been alright. He would’ve gotten criticized for his logic (or lack thereof) but he wouldn’t have gotten criticized like he’s getting criticized right now. That’s because Ellison continued, saying “I’m going to tell you right now, I’m one of the people who believe we should give our neighbors sanctuary. And if you ask yourself what I would do if I were a Gentile in 1941, if my Jewish neighbors were under attack by the—by—by the Nazis? Would I give them sanctuary? You might be about to find out what you would do. Will you pass that moral test or will you fail it?”

Ellison’s moral relativism is frightening. German Jews were just that — Jews who had been living in Germany for generations. How is that even slightly like Mexicans and OTMs who came illegally into the United States? Keith Ellison’s comparison is offensive. Illegal immigrants getting deported isn’t even slightly like Jewish victims sentenced to death chambers like Auschwitz, Dachau, Treblinka, Sobibór, and Be??ec. To suggest otherwise is foolish.

The first part of this video is pretty contrived but it isn’t offensive like Ellison’s comparison of DACA-protected illegal immigrants to Holocaust victims. Still, it’s worth examining. First, there are reportedly 800,000 DACA recipients, not 3,000,000. Further, why should anyone think that people harboring illegal immigrants are worthy of sympathy?

This is Ellison’s first extended time on the big stage. Prior to this, he was just a back-bencher with a shtick. Now that the spotlight’s on him, we’re finding out that he’s months away from being ready for primetime. It isn’t unreasonable to think that he’ll never be ready for primetime.

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I can’t say that I’m surprised that Keith Ellison has blocked me on Twitter. He talks trash but he doesn’t back it up. This evening, Rep. Ellison tweeted “Rep. Keith Ellison If you want to raise wages, then you must rebuild the Labor Movement. No two ways about it.” Of course, he didn’t explain how he’d rebuild the labor movement without actually building things.

Rep. Ellison, why doesn’t the DFL support replacing the Enbridge Line 3 Pipeline? Nationally, Democrats talk all the time about infrastructure projects. In Minnesota, the DFL constantly talks about the Bonding Bill as their jobs bill. The DFL is fantastic at building museums, arenas and civic centers. Their record is awful at building (or replacing) critical infrastructure that makes farmers’ lives easier.

The biggest point of this is to highlight the fact that Democrats, both locally and nationally, aren’t interested in rebuilding our nation’s (and our state’s) infrastructure if it has anything to do with improving people’s lives. When’s the last time we heard main street say that a new museum or civic center made their life better or had a multiplier effect on the economy? When’s the last time a new hockey arena created hundreds of long-term jobs that paid middle class wages? Sure, the cronies running those arenas make money but does anyone else get paid solid middle class wages?

This is the Democrats’ infrastructure plan:

The plan would provide billions of dollars in funding for road, bridge and sewer improvements, expanded broadband internet access in rural areas, railroad repair, public school construction and expanded port and waterway infrastructure. It includes a $200 billion “vital infrastructure fund” that would finance major projects such as rail lines and tunnels connecting New York City and New Jersey.

Noticeably missing are pipelines and refineries.

Here’s hoping that Democrats take Al Hunt’s article seriously. The title of Hunt’s article is “Democrats Need a Message, Not a Program.” It starts by saying “Democrats are in terrible shape. Republicans control all three branches of government in Washington, 34 of 50 governorships, and 68 of the 99 state legislatures. As they plot a comeback, Democrats have one obvious asset: the reckless presidency of Donald Trump. That’s not enough to close such a huge gap. And the battles that have started to rage inside the party over policies to promote and strategies to pursue are mostly missing the point.”

Thanks for the pep talk, Al. There’s nothing that’ll get a crowd excited faster than telling people they’re failing miserably. Hunt went wrong when he said “Most other political-party comebacks also were marked not by some innovative policy agenda but by connective messages and powerful personalities like Bill Clinton, Barack Obama and Trump. It’s not about ideology or 17-point policy prescriptions.” Hunt is partially right in that political comebacks require a powerful personality to lead them. He’s wrong, though, in saying that it isn’t about ideology or policies.

President Trump won the presidency because he connected on policies with coal miners and other blue collar workers in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan and, to a lesser extent, Wisconsin. Winning those states had everything to do with the policies Trump advocated.

Most other political-party comebacks also were marked not by some innovative policy agenda but by connective messages and powerful personalities like Bill Clinton, Barack Obama and Trump. It’s not about ideology or 17-point policy prescriptions. State governments also often serve as farm clubs to develop candidates for higher office and national prominence. Before they start quarreling about policy papers, Democrats need to restock their Triple-A teams.

After 8 years of getting pounded at the local level, Democrats don’t just need their Triple-A rosters. It’s that they need to stock their Double-A teams, too, because they’re depleted. It doesn’t help to have this politician as one of the chief faces of the Democratic Party:

With messengers like Keith Ellison, why would anyone think that the Democratic Party is a legitimate political party?

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This article certainly will help raise Keith Ellison’s profile in DC. That’s the good news for Ellison. The bad news is that it’s shining a spotlight on the idiotic things that Ellison’s saying these days.

When Ellison sat down with the Fix, he said “I think you have to put it in context. You know, it happens within the context of a president that is knocking down every check and balance on the presidency. He’s attacking the press, which is one of the elements of our democracy that shines a light on government to hold him accountable. He’s pushing through members of the judiciary based on them promising to support certain things, and by escaping the normal rules Supreme Court justices have to follow.”

I didn’t hear Ellison criticize President Obama spied on the AP and FNC’s James Rosen. If Ellison is the civil rights warrior he claims to be, then a president investigating journalists should be something to speak out about. It isn’t surprising, though, that he didn’t speak out.

As for Ellison saying that President Trump is “pushing through members of the judiciary based on them promising to support certain things”, what proof does Rep. Ellison have of that? Is it possible that Rep. Ellison doesn’t have proof but is trying to gin up hatred against President Trump for purely partisan political reasons?

Here’s a perfect example of the media’s bias:

FIX: White supremacists used to hide behind hoods — now they’re showing their faces and giving interviews. Why do you think they feel so emboldened?

In baseball terms, that’s what’s known as a belt-high hanging slider. Here’s Rep. Ellison’s reply:

I think the white supremacists are feeling emboldened because they received the signal from the president of the United States that it’s all right for them to be active, to be aggressive, to be threatening. They feel greenlighted.

Rep. Ellison thinks that President Trump “greenlighted” racists. I don’t have to guess about this Ellison statement:

At the event, Ellison told the Pioneer Press he believed the prosecution of Olson was political. In his speech, Ellison noted he didn’t know much about the SLA and he thought Olson was being prosecuted in the court of public opinion because of some of her political beliefs.

“I’m a supporter of anybody who’s subject to political prosecution based on their being in a vilified group,” he told the Pioneer Press. “Your chances of getting a fair trial are low. I’ve been waiting for the evidence against her. I don’t think they would not cheat to prosecute this woman.”

I don’t have to guess what Rep. Ellison meant about this statement, either:

Ellison also spoke favorably of convicted cop killer Assata Shakur and expressed his opposition to any attempt to extradite her to the United States from Cuba, where she had fled after escaping prison.

“I am praying that Castro does not get to the point where he has to really barter with these guys over here because they’re going to get Assata Shakur, they’re going to get a whole lot of other people,” Ellison said at the event, which also included a silent auction and speech by former Weather Underground leader Bernardine Dohrn. “I hope the Cuban people can stick to it, because the freedom of some good decent people depends on it.”

It’s fair to say that, in those speeches, Rep. Ellison greenlighted the killing of police officers. Ellison’s statements weren’t veiled threats against police. Ellison’s statements were quite explicit. How dare he call our president a racist after exhorting crowds to kill police officers.

Here’s Assata Shakur, aka Joanne Chesimard, in her own words:

That’s who Rep. Ellison has fought for.

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Brian Stelter, the host of CNN’s Reliable Sources, said something that’s a little frightening. On this morning’s show, Stelter exposed the left’s hatred for President Trump. During his show, Stelter asked “Questions that feel out of bounds, off limits, too hot for TV. Questions like these: Is the President of the United States a racist? Is he suffering from some kind of illness? Is he fit for office? And if he’s unfit, then what?” Stelter continued, saying “Is the President of the United States suffering from some sort of illness? Is he racist? Is he fit to be commander in chief? And one more, is it time for objective journalists, I don’t mean opinion folks I mean down the middle journalists to address these questions head on and how do they do it?”

I’ll address that last question first. Other than James Rosen, Catherine Herridge, Salena Zito or Sharyl Attkisson, where can we find “objective journalists”? Does Stelter think that Jim Acosta or Jake Tapper are objective journalists? Acosta has exposed himself as thinking that people not born in Australia and Great Britain don’t speak English. Elitism drips from his lips each time he talks. Tapper used to be somewhat objective but his objectivity disappeared when CNN hired him.

Next, what’s interesting is that Stelter has confused partisan ideological differences with mental illness. It’s proof that elitists think of themselves as being morally superior than their peers. How can I respect someone that thinks everyone that doesn’t think like him is morally repugnant?

Let’s be clear about something. While it’s true that President Trump’s credibility is getting questioned, the media’s credibility is getting questioned, too, and perhaps to a greater degree. John Gilmore’s article does a great job highlighting the Twin Cities’ media bias. When Keith Ellison said that Kim Jung Un was acting more responsibly than President Trump, Twin Cities reporters didn’t write a word about it. The Pi-Press published an article about Ellison’s statements but it was a Washington Post article. Here’s what Ellison actually said:

The more that the media attacks President Trump, the more his supporters support him. You’d think that well-educated would’ve figured this out but the media hasn’t. Apparently, they aren’t the brightest bulbs in the chandelier.

In summation, Stelter isn’t delusional. He’s just a well-trained hamster that doesn’t question his orders from on high.

Keith Ellison still hasn’t learned how to discipline himself. Frequently, when he gets in front of what he considers a friendly audience, Rep. Ellison let’s fly with a foolish statement. Friday afternoon, Ellison said that North Korean leader Kim Jung Un was “acting more responsibly” than President Trump. Friday night, Rep. Ellison tried digging out of his self-built hole, saying “That was one of those I wish I’d not said. It’s tailor-made for somebody to misuse.”

Gee. How could anyone misuse a statement like that? Notice, though, that he didn’t say that it was wrong for him to make that statement. Ellison’s statement said “You have this guy making bellicose threats against somebody else who has very little to lose over there. Kim Jong Un — the world always thought he was not a responsible leader. Well, he’s acting more responsible than this guy. The time for cranking up the antiwar machine is right now. If you don’t want to be a deer in the headlights, start calling for diplomacy immediately.”

Apparently, Rep. Ellison isn’t too bright. Without a credible military threat as an option, diplomacy fails. The other world leader won’t take you seriously. President Obama drew an imaginary red line in Syria. After Bashar al-Assad violated that red line, President Obama didn’t follow through with his threat. After that, Syria deteriorated quickly.

This isn’t complicated. If there’s nothing to stop evildoers from doing evil, they’ll continue doing evil. The only times that President Obama used force, he created chaos in the region. He didn’t make matters better. He made them worse.

Later in the interview, Ellison said “I’d say he’s being incredibly irresponsible and he’s putting us in a situation where you could have an accidental launch. I mean, his rhetoric might make Kim Jong Un think that he needs to strike first. What we need is someone bringing calm to the situation, not spiking it.”

Actually, Rep. Ellison, what’s needed is someone who puts an end to this situation. Anything short of that is just kicking the proverbial can down the road, something that the Obama administration was good at.