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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.

The negotiations between Nancy Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin have been ongoing all day. Hopefully, Ms. Pelosi won’t attempt to pull the type of stunt she tried pulling with last night’s bill. Last night’s bill is best described as a special interest’s special that had little to do with preventing and mitigating the coronavirus.

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy highlighted some of the Democrats’ bill’s shortfalls:

McCarthy said there’s two “major problems.” First, creating a paid sick leave program through the Social Security Administration that would take six months to set up and hamper the agency’s normal functioning of disbursing checks to senior citizens. The second is forcing permanent paid sick leave “for all businesses without exemptions and no sunsets,” McCarthy said.

There was also language in the bill that would’ve weakened the Hyde Amendment. Another provision in the Pelosi-Schumer-Democrat bill would’ve prohibited President Trump from issuing travel bans from other countries into the United States. That isn’t constitutional because the head of the Executive Branch has virtually total authority to restrict international travel into the US. The sole exception to that authority is if the president restricts travel for purely religious reasons.

After Senate Majority Leader McConnell told Ms. Pelosi that her special interest special isn’t going anywhere, Ms. Pelosi has spent the day negotiating with Steve Mnuchin, President Trump’s Treasury Secretary. After getting shot down by Mitch, there’s been a dramatic change in tone from Ms. Pelosi:

“Families have needs,” Pelosi said at a press conference Thursday. She said they’ve been working with Mnuchin on the bill in good faith and questioned whether congressional Republicans are now moving the goalposts.

Pelosi should’ve reminder herself of that when putting this special interest bill together. The Democrats’ bill was known as a Christmas tree bill, meaning that it had all kinds of special interest ‘Christmas ornaments’ stuffed into it. If Democrats were interested in negotiating in good faith from the start, Democrats shouldn’t have started with their original bill. Instead, Democrats should’ve put together a good faith bill right from the start.

Now that Republicans put their foot down, Ms. Pelosi is negotiating in good faith. Next, Republicans should fundraise off Ms. Pelosi’s bad faith negotiations bill. They might as well since the DSCC already sent out a coronavirus fundraising appeal tonight. Democrats must be paid to pay a price for their partisanship.

Mollie Hemingway’s article highlights the threat posed by Chuck Schumer’s statement poses to the justices. First, it’s worth noting something that former US Attorney Guy Lewis told Harris Faulkner shortly after Schumer’s threats. Lewis said that US marshals were likely called into action minutes after Schumer’s threats. When Ms. Faulkner asked if this was speculation or whether it was fact, Lewis replied that that’s the procedure that’s been used in the past. He said that a dozen US marshals would be detailed to the justices, their wives and their kids for the next 6 months to protect them from violence.

Sol Wisenberg, a former assistant independent counsel on the Whitewater investigation, insists that Schumer’s statements are protected by the First Amendment. I disagree. What Schumer did was the equivalent of yelling fire in a crowded theater. This is what Schumer said, along with a discussion on Schumer’s threat:

With the things that Antifa and other thugs have done, with the exhortations made by Maxine Waters, with the Bernie Bro who shot Steve Scalise, why wouldn’t Sen. Schumer’s statement be treated as a threat?

These statements can’t be taken as idle chatter. That might’ve been fine 20 years ago but that isn’t the world we’re living in today. Sen. Schumer’s statement was a threat and he knows it. Since Ted Kennedy’s hate-filled diatribe against Judge Robert Bork, Democrats have thoroughly politicized the judicial confirmation process.

The justices that were nominated by Republican presidents got confirmed since then but they’ve been scrutinized unlike any justices in history. Democrats have made these confirmation hearings like Armageddon. Democrats understand that their ideas aren’t popular enough to win passage through the legislative process. That’s why they need an outcomes-based judiciary to implement their social agenda.

Justices that interpret laws through a constitutional lens won’t give Democrats the legislative victories that they’re looking for. More than any other reason, that’s why Sen. Schumer got the activists riled up with his threats.

Based on Mitch McConnell’s speech on the Senate floor today, progress appears to be getting made on the supplemental spending bill:

The Senate’s immediate role is clear: We need to support the federal, state, and local public health officials and healthcare professionals who are working overtime to blunt, delay, and mitigate the spread of the virus. So I am grateful that our colleagues Chairman Shelby and Ranking Member Leahy, along with their Appropriations counterparts in the House, worked through the weekend on a bipartisan, bicameral agreement to provide supplemental appropriations for the coordinated response.

It goes without saying that a challenge like this leaves no time for moving goalposts or performative outrage. The American people deserve for their Congress to meet this subject head-on with a bipartisan and collaborative approach. I’m confident that is exactly what can and will happen.

Here’s the video of that speech:

There’s still plenty of things to worry about with regards to this virus. The things that the President is responsible for are getting done in a timely, proficient fashion. The medical professionals are, as near as I can tell, working together. The markets, which aren’t always driven by logic, had a massive sell-off last week which was attributed to the virus. Late Friday afternoon, with less than an hour left in the trading day, Apple CEO Tim Cook announced that people were going back to work in China.

From the time of that announcement to the end of trading that day, the DJIA rallied from being down 912 points to finishing down 357 points. That’s why I wasn’t totally surprised that the Dow finished up today. I must admit, though, that I was startled that it finished ahead by 1294 points today. The Dow Futures are ahead by 150 points already.

Democrats are trying to play political games with the Coronavirus supplemental appropriations bill. Chuck Schumer has moved the goalposts a couple of times. Nancy Pelosi has been in front of the reporters virtually hourly complaining about President Trump not doing enough and not doing things fast enough.

This morning, as he frequently does, Senate Majority Leader McConnell spoke on the Senate floor on the topic of the Coronavirus supplemental appropriation bill. In his speech, Sen. McConnell called out the Democrats, especially Sen. Schumer. In his speech, Sen. McConnell said “Just days ago, the Democratic Leader signed a letter, quote, ‘strongly urging’ this kind of funding request. But almost the instant it arrived, he began blasting it as, quote, ‘too little too late.’ And our colleague continued to move the goalposts.”

McConnell continued with this:

His strong views on the necessary amount of funds varied daily. It has been a strange and clumsy effort to override normal, bipartisan appropriations talks before they even happen and replace them with top-down partisan posturing. Everyone from his fellow Democrats to President Trump have seemed perplexed by the Democratic Leader’s political game-playing. It’s not clear to anyone why he’s prioritized fighting with the White House over simply letting the appropriators do their work.

I feel confident that the coronavirus does not care about partisan bickering or political news cycles. This new disease is not going to press “pause” so that members can engage in performative outrage that gets us farther from results, rather than closer.

It’s time for Sen. Schumer to stop playing political games with this sensitive situation. I just spoke with a chemist who said that this isn’t a crisis in the United States. This chemist said that China’s response was too slow, which means that China is experiencing a crisis. What I was told by this chemist is that there are things that are happening that are alarming but still controllable. I was also told that the CDC has done a good job thus far, which is important according to this chemist.

We had a conversation about the importance of maintaining the United States’ medical infrastructure. Thus far, I was told, the infrastructure was still in good shape. Personally, I’m most worried about the political infrastructure. I’m most worried about Schumer’s and Pelosi’s hyperpartisanship. They need to put this nation first instead of trying to gain political advantage. This is a time for statesmanship, not partisanship.