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When ABC’s George Stephanopoulos asked Nancy Pelosi if she’d consider impeaching President Trump, he stopped just short of gift-wrapping President Trump’s reelection. This morning on Fox & Friends, President Trump responded to this mini-fiasco:

President Trump on Monday claimed he would win the presidential election if House Speaker Nancy Pelosi actually attempted to use impeachment as an option to block his eventual Supreme Court nominee from being confirmed to the seat vacated by the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

I don’t think Ms. Pelosi is that stupid. She might threaten impeachment but she doesn’t dare impeaching President Trump.

Likewise, it’s rumored that Ms. Pelosi might shut the government down in an attempt to shut down the confirmation process. Ms. Pelosi might threaten it but President Trump, Sen. McConnell and Leader McCarthy would jump for joy if she actually shut it down. That wouldn’t just guarantee President Trump’s reelection. It would guarantee McCarthy wielding the Speaker’s Gavel starting in 2021 and strengthen the GOP majority in the Senate.

That being said, packing the courts, granting statehood to Puerto Rico and Washington, DC and killing the filibuster are definitely on the Democrats’ priority lists. Schumer and AOC definitely tried ramping up the fear with Republicans:

I don’t give a damn about of RBG’s wish. The spot on the SCOTUS bench didn’t belong to RBG. It belongs to the American people. Had Democrats held the Senate when Justice Antonin Scalia passed, there’s no doubt that President Obama would’ve nominated someone to the left of Merrick Garland and Democrats would’ve confirmed that far-left SCOTUS nominee.

Sen. McConnell set the precedent record straight:

We are already hearing incorrect claims that there is not sufficient time to examine and confirm a nominee. We can debunk this myth in about 30 seconds. As of today, there are 43 days until November 3rd and 104 days until the end of this Congress. The late, iconic Justice John Paul Stevens was confirmed by the Senate 19 days after this body formally received his nomination. Nineteen days from start to finish.

Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, another iconic jurist, was confirmed 33 days after her nomination. For the late Justice Ginsburg herself, it was just 42 days. Justice Stevens’ entire confirmation process could have played out twice between now and November 3rd, with time to spare. And Justice Ginsburg herself could have been confirmed twice between now and the end of the year, with time to spare. The Senate has more than sufficient time to process a nomination.

Here’s the video of Sen. McConnell’s speech:

Senate Republicans need to ignore the Democrats’ threats. They need to confirm the highly qualified woman jurist to the Supreme Court ASAP. Finally, it’s important to differentiate between RBG’s extraordinary legal career from her time on the bench. As a jurist, she was an activist more than a jurist. President Trump needs to reject activists.

Predictably, Democrat activists have threatened violence if President Trump nominates someone to replace the late Associate Justice Ruth Bader-Ginsburg. One Democrat activist, Andrew Desiderio, posted a tweet on the subject. Reza Azlan then replied to Desiderio’s tweet. Here’s that tweet:


Here’s Desiderio’s original tweet:

Author Aaron Gouveia similarly blasted McConnell’s statement, saying: “F–k no. Burn it all down.” A Canadian political science professor called for arson, prompting accusations he made a terroristic threat. “Burn Congress down before letting Trump try to appoint anyone to SCOTUS,” Waterloo professor Emmett MacFarlane tweeted.

Senate Republicans better wake up. Whether they like it or not, this isn’t going away. If Senate Republicans haven’t realized that Democrats have declared war on Republican judicial nominees, then they’re stupid and need to be replaced ASAP. The truth is that Democrats are coming after every GOP senator, whether they vote before or after the election.

Susan Collins, Thom Tillis, Cory Gardner, Joni Ernst and Lindsey Graham will get targeted by Democrats whether they vote to confirm President Trump’s nominee or not so they might as well confirm President Trump’s nominee. Democrat politicians and Democrat activists are in win-at-all-cost-mode. If that means demolishing people or institutions, these Democrats won’t hesitate in using whatever tactics are required to stop the confirmation of President Trump’s SCOTUS nominee. If yoou think I’m bluffing, check this out:

A member of Wisconsin’s ethics commission, Scott Ross, ordered Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., to “burn it all down” if he couldn’t stop McConnell. “F—–g A, Ed. If you can’t shut it down, burn it down,” he said. Other tweets didn’t contain violent threats but indicated opponents wouldn’t take Ginsburg’s replacement lying down. If McConnell jams someone through, which he will, there will be riots,” warned GQ writer Laura Bassett.

It isn’t like these should be treated like idle threats. These are the people who’ve contributed to bail funds like Minnesota Freedom Fund. I wrote about the exploits of MFF in this post:

Timothy Wayne Columbus, a 36-year-old-man, is charged with first-degree criminal sexual conduct for allegedly penetrating a girl in 2015 when she was about 8 years old. A warrant was issued for his arrest on June 25. But he was later bailed out of jail and according to a court document, filed to have his bail money returned to Minnesota Freedom Fund (MFF), the organization Harris and many Biden staffers asked their followers to donate to during the rioting in Minneapolis earlier this year.

According to MFF’s website, “At Minnesota Freedom Fund, we believe that wealth should never determine who is kept in jail. That’s what the money bail system does. It puts a price on freedom that only a few can afford and many cannot. This system is unjust. That’s why we’re working to create a society that values the freedom of all people, regardless of class or identity, ends mass incarceration, and invests in restorative and transformative justice.”

Restorative justice is the system that let the Parkland shooter roam free without getting flagged by law enforcement agencies. MFF says that this system “is unjust.” Tell that to Andrew Pollack, whose daughter Meadow was assassinated at Stoneman Douglas HS. But I digress. More on this system of organizations in future articles.

Predictably, Senate Democrats voted unanimously against starting debate on a COVID relief bill. Democrats didn’t vote against final passage of the bill. Democrats voted against starting debate on a bill that “provides $300 per week in federal unemployment benefits through Dec. 27, another round of Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) funding, more money for testing and schools and liability protections from coronavirus-related lawsuits.”

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said the bill “is laden with poison pills. Provisions our colleagues know Democrats would never support to guarantee the bill’s failure. The truth of the matter is the Republicans and the Republican leader don’t want to pass a bill too many on the hard right in the Senate and outside it would be angry.”

Do Democrats think that extending federal unemployment benefits until Dec. 27th is a poison pill? Do Democrats think that “another round of Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) funding” is a poison pill? Do Democrats think that “more money for testing and schools” is a poison pill?

Thursday’s vote virtually guarantees another 2 year term for Mitch McConnell as Senate Majority Leader. Thanks to this vote, Democrats will be portrayed as heartless politicians who don’t care about the people. I know this because Jason Lewis just used it that way:

U.S. Senate candidate Jason Lewis released the following statement slamming Senator Tina Smith for delaying COVID relief yet again.

“I wish I could say I’m surprised that Senator Tina Smith is marching in lockstep with Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer, but this is just more of the same from Tina. Last month she held up relief over a demand that incarcerated inmates be able to make phone calls for free, and that’s after she twice voted to block relief in the spring while simultaneously dumping $1 million dollars in personal stock holdings.

“Further proving this is nothing more than a political game for Tina, she has basically been running a single issue campaign on the alleged need for more post office funding in recent weeks, and yet she shot down the latest round of COVID relief which includes USPS funding, all because party leaders told her to.

Mitch McConnell summed things up perfectly:

Congress has spent months talking — talking — about whether to give the American people more relief as they continue grappling with this pandemic. Today, we are going to vote. Every Senator will be counted. Should we move forward with a floor process to deliver hundreds of billions of dollars more for kids, jobs, and healthcare? Should we at least vote to move forward and have this debate out in the open? Or do our Democratic colleagues prefer to hide behind closed doors and refuse to help families before the election? We’ll find out in a couple hours. Republicans have tried repeatedly to build on the CARES Act and get more help out the door to American families. But Democrats have blocked us at every turn. They’ve invented different excuses each time.

Check this out:

Where’s the proof that Democrats give a damn about the American people? I’ve searched for that proof but haven’t found any. It’s time for Democrats to start acting like they’re compassionate. Otherwise, they’ll be seen as heartless as Nancy Pelosi and Hillary Clinton.

Finally, Tina Smith isn’t worthy of a spot in the Senate. She’s represented Chuck Schumer, not Minnesota. That’s pathetic.

The expectations for the Democratic National Convention weren’t high considering who their primetime speakers were. Still, they managed to not meet expectations. Most importantly, the Democratic National Convention didn’t do what Democrats needed it to do. Next week, Democrats will yield the stage to Republicans, who will hold their quadrennial convention.

Expectations are higher because the speakers’ talent is higher. According to this article, the speakers will be “former UN Ambassador Nikki Haley, U.S. Senators Tim Scott and Joni Ernst, and South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem.”

The article continues, saying “Other speakers will include Nick Sandmann, who sued several media outlets for libel over the portrayal of his role in a confrontation with a Native American group on the National Mall in 2019 when he was a high school student, and Mark and Patricia McCloskey, a Missouri couple who face charges from a local prosecutor after brandishing guns at Black Lives Matter protesters marching in their neighborhood last month.”

Each night will also feature “a speaker who lived under socialism.”

Then there’s this:

Alice Marie Johnson, whose life sentence was commuted by Trump following intervention by Kim Kardashian West, has confirmed that she will speak. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell will deliver taped remarks. A previous report suggested he would skip the convention, but his campaign said that was a “miscommunication.” While Jared Kushner was not originally scheduled to speak alongside Trump’s adult children, CNN reports that “it’s now under consideration.”

This sounds interesting. At least, the RNC won’t feature one past-their-prime politician after another. It’s great that the primetime speeches will be live. I hope that Kim Klacik speaks at the convention, too, even if it’s just to introduce Tim Scott or Alice-Marie Johnson.

I’m betting that Alice-Marie Johnson will highlight the First Step Act, which President Trump signed into law in December, 2018. The First Step Act is fixing some of the injustices created by the 1994 Crime Bill that then-Sen. Joe Biden co-authored. Biden is now the Democrats’ presidential nominee. I’m betting that Nick Sandman will talk about the media mob. I’m betting that the McCloskeys will highlight Soros prosecutor Kim Gardner’s unjust prosecution of them for defending themselves.

This will be a livelier convention than the DNC. That isn’t exactly difficult to accomplish.

Just when you thought that the do-nothing House Democrats couldn’t do less, they prove you wrong:

The House will not come back to Washington next week, House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer told reporters Tuesday, reversing an announcement he made on a Democratic Caucus conference call the previous day.

The change of course comes as members expressed concern about returning to Washington while some areas in the region are developing into coronavirus hot spots. Hoyer said the decision to delay the return, which had been briefly scheduled for May 4, came after he talked with the Capitol physician, who said he recommended against taking the risk involved in members returning.

What a bunch of do-nothings. This isn’t democracy in action. It’s Democrat inaction. What’s worst is that Pelosi and Hoyer seem intent on leaping from one crisis to the next.

Ed has this right, too:

This is nothing more than Pelosi trying to preserve her leverage through the use of the “unanimous consent” parliamentary maneuver to keep the House from debating the issues properly. And what about the vigorous congressional oversight Pelosi demanded in CARES I? Pelosi claimed that as her big win for delaying that relief bill by several days, and yet hasn’t bothered to show up to conduct any oversight in almost a month since.

This is nothing less than an abdication of office in the face of a national emergency. If Congress needs to protect itself from the COVID-19 pandemic, they could have appropriated money to rent out a local five-star hotel for weeks on end, disinfected it, and then used it as a dorm for its members, complete with quarantine options if necessary. Meeting rooms could have been used for committee hearings or simple negotiations with all social distancing protocols observed. Capitol Hill has been closed to outsiders, so that isn’t an issue, and Congress could have arranged for reserved buses to transport members back and forth between the hotel and the Capitol.

Why hasn’t Adam Schiff started investigating how COVID-19 got started? Why hasn’t the Oversight and Reform Committee started looking into the corruption within the FBI regarding Michael Flynn? The answer is simple. Both investigations would expose the Democrats’ corruption.

The hammer just dropped:


Good for Mitch McConnell for calling out the Do-Nothing Democrats. If Democrats aren’t willing to serve in times of crisis, whether in the House or Senate, they need to resign immediately. If they won’t resign, then they need to be involuntarily retired this November. This isn’t for the faint of heart. It’s for patriots. That doesn’t describe many Democrats these days.

Mitch McConnell’s Senate passed by voice vote the PPP bill to refill the PPP refill account. After weeks of stalling, Pelosi’s House will likely pass the bill Wednesday. It didn’t come without plenty of grumbling from Democrats. Rep. Pramila Jayapal, virtually one of the members of the Democrats’ Squad, didn’t hesitate in talking about why the PPP refill bill was delayed:


According to Tyler O’Neil’s article, Rep. Jayapal said “I think what you’re hearing from all of us on the call is that we have real concerns about giving away leverage now without getting some of the priorities that we need.” This isn’t surprising. Pelosi used this tactic to hold Blue Collar America hostage when the PPP was created. Pelosi also tried this technique to negotiate the trial rules for the Democrats’ faux impeachment trial.

In that instance, Pelosi ran into a brick wall named McConnell. Predictably, that negotiation went nowhere fast. I wrote about that negotiation here:

The Constitution gives the sole power of Impeachment to the House. If a House majority wants to impeach a president, the ball is in their court. But they have to do the work. They have to prove their case. Nothing in our history or our Constitution says a House majority can pass what amounts to a half-baked censure resolution and then insist that the Senate fill in the blanks. There is no constitutional exception for a House majority with a short attention span.

Look, I think everyone knows this process has not been some earnest fact-finding mission with House Democrats following each thread wherever it leads. The Speaker of the House did not reluctantly decide to impeach after poring over the secondhand impressions of civil servants. This was a predetermined political conclusion. Members of her conference had been publicly promising it for years.

Here’s the video of that famous speech:

But I digress. The point is that Democrats, whether it’s a matter of people losing their jobs or some other life-and-death situation, always seek a political advantage. Doing the right thing right off the bat is never part of the Democrats’ tactics.

Let’s not forget that the leader of the House Democrats shot off her mouth on this, too. She and Schumer both essentially told Blue Collar America to go to hell. This is the Schumer-Pelosi Shutdown. Check this out:

Literally millions of people have lost their jobs as a direct result of the Democrats’ stall tactics. Any family that lost their family business should directly hold the Democrats to blame. This shutdown of the program was entirely avoidable. Pelosi’s Democrats could’ve avoided the shutdown had they acted. Instead, these Democrats delayed helping Blue Collar America multiple weeks in search of a partisan advantage.

How disgusting is that?

Now that Ms. Pelosi has stuck her partisan Democrat nose into the middle of serious bipartisan negotiations on a coronavirus-related stimulus package, it’s only a matter of time before she gets rolled by Sen. Mitch McConnell — again. Based on this article, Pelosi’s House Democrat bill is a strictly partisan bill filled with items unrelated to the virus.

For instance, “Pelosi reportedly was seeking a ‘laundry list’ of items to be included in the legislation, including wiping out up to $10,000 in student loan debt per person and securing election-security funding.” These items have nothing to do with the virus or the stimulus. They should be ignored. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell should immediately announce that the Senate won’t consider bills unless they’re clean bills and they’re related to the virus or to the stimulus.

This statement stinks to high heaven:

“It’s on the Senate side now because that’s their deadline for a vote, but we’ll be introducing our own bill and hopefully it’ll be compatible with what they discussed on the Senate,” Pelosi told reporters early Sunday.

Pelosi knows that the Democrats’ bill won’t be anything like the Senate bill. First, the House Democrats’ bill won’t be a negotiation between Republicans and Democrats. Speaker Pelosi demands things from people. She doesn’t negotiate. She dictates terms. At least, that’s what she does until she runs into Mitch McConnell. Then she gets her arse kicked.

This article explains why Pelosi and Schumer intervened after a day of bipartisan negotiations. According to the article, “House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a California Democrat, said Democrats are now writing their own bill in the House. That measure is likely to include protections for workers, unemployment insurance expansion beyond what is in the Senate bill, and partial student loan forgiveness.

What does student loan forgiveness have to do with anything? This is a perfect example of Pelosi following Rahm Emanuel’s guide to governing. That’s the one that says Democrats “shouldn’t let a crisis go to waste” in trying to get a few extra goodies.

They also seek hundreds of billions of dollars in aid to states to help them deal with medical costs associated with the coronavirus. The Senate bill includes $110 billion, but Democrats say it’s not enough to address the shortages of protective gear and equipment for healthcare workers.

“It falls short of what medical providers need,” Sen. Joe Manchin, a key centrist Democrat from West Virginia, said ahead of the vote.

Like other Democrats, Manchin is drifting further left by the day. Why not turn this bill into AOC’s Green New Deal while you’re at it. That’s where the Democrats appear headed with this.

This is proof that Democrats can’t be trusted to be serious. If you want seriousness during a crisis, you need Republicans led by Mitch McConnell. During his speech after the Democrats defeated a procedural motion to start debate on the stimulus bill, Sen. McConnell said “We have an obligation to the American people to deal with this emergency and deal with it tomorrow. And if we don’t, I want everyone to fully understand, you’ve seen everyone that’s on record. Now I’ve conspicuously avoided trying to turn this into any partisan effort for two days. But it’s pretty clear what’s going on here.”

Let’s be clear about this. Democrats need to stop hating employers. That’s who they are right now. Elizabeth Warren’s stump speech and her speech on the Senate floor. The worst part is that Elizabeth Warren used to work as a lawyer for the corporations to help them shaft the people she now claims to care about. She’s a total phony.

This could turn into quite the political fiasco for Democrats if Democrats don’t support the stimulus. Sen. Susan Collins said “the move by Democrats is irresponsible and unwise. They are playing with fire.” When a moderate like Susan Collins makes a statement like that, it’s time to pay attention. ASAP. Accusing Sen. Collins, (R-ME), of being a corporate shill is difficult fight.

Ed Morrissey notes that the Democrats’ favorite impeachment Republican isn’t impressed with the Democrats’ stunt:

UPDATE: I should’ve read this article before publishing the post about Pelosi’s Christmas tree. Here’s additional information on Pelosi’s obstruction:

Pelosi reportedly was seeking a “laundry list” of items to be included in the emergency legislation, including wiping out up to $10,000 in student loan debt per person and securing election-security funding.

This legislation is a distraction. It isn’t worth discussing. Still, this doesn’t surprise me, especially coming from Ms. Pelosi.

Sen. McConnell should immediately announce that the Senate won’t consider anything except clean bills that deal exclusively with the coronavirus and the coronavirus-related stimulus. That’d end Pelosi’s legislation in its tracks.

Fred Barnes’ article highlights the GOP’s strategy for making the federal judiciary more conservative. According to Barnes’ article, “Eligible appeals court judges (appointees of Republican presidents, to be specific) are being asked to switch to senior status, a form of semi-retirement that allows them to continue hearing cases but opens their seat for a new nominee. This could create as many as 28 vacancies on the appeals courts.”

Utilizing this strategy is smart. There’s no sense in not exercising this option. That being said, the activists need to activate and grow Mitch McConnell’s majority and get President Trump re-elected so we can transform the federal bench. At some point, a Democrat will get elected president. Eventually, there will be a Democrat majority in the Senate. Pushing that date out further into the future means, potentially, another Supreme Court justice or 2 and 15+ conservative appellate court judges. Those are game-changers.

Democrats are frightened at the possibility of having their policy-making tool of preference, the courts, changed for a generation. Barnes notes that Democrats only have themselves to blame for this situation:

But Democrats have only their former Senate majority leader, Harry Reid, to blame. He abolished the filibuster for appeals court nominees in 2013. Even with a thin Republican majority, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has kept his caucus united in approving judges. Were the filibuster alive, conservatives would have to lie about their views to be confirmed.

Mitch McConnell deserves lots of credit for getting tons of judges confirmed but so does Harry Reid. At the time, most pundits thought that Reid wouldn’t be foolish enough to eliminate the judicial filibuster. They were wrong. Now, Democrats will pay the price for a generation. Most of the judges getting confirmed are in their 40s, with a small percentage being in their 50s.

McConnell has touted the confirmation of judges by saying that the Senate is in the personnel business. He’s right about that in that the Senate is where judges and cabinet secretaries get confirmed. He’s virtually guaranteed his re-election by confirming a record amount of judges.

Democrats have frequently shown that they aren’t negotiating in good faith over fixing the coronavirus pandemic. Thursday afternoon, Sen. Deb Fischer, (R-NE), and Sen. Kirsten Sinema, (D-AZ), introduced the “bipartisan PREP Act.” Prior to consideration of their bill, Sen. Fischer made a brief speech asking for unanimous consent to have the PREP Act debated. Here’s what happened:


Sen. McConnell must’ve known that Democrats planned on doing something nefarious when he said this:

At a minimum, I hope that Senate Democrats will not block potential requests from our colleagues today to pass smaller, noncontroversial pieces of legislation right away that would bolster particular aspects of the fight against coronavirus.

Let’s hope that Democrats put families ahead of special interests, equipping health care specialists ahead of listening to lobbyists and negotiating in good faith rather than the Democrats’ gamesmanship.

Democrats apparently aren’t interested in doing the right thing for American families. Democrats are more interested in pulling stunts than they’re interested in doing the right thing.