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Perhaps, Joe Biden shouldn’t think that he’s got the Democrats’ base solidified. After reading this article, it’s clear that his base is split and likely unenthusiastic. By comparison, President Trump’s base is fired up and waiting instructions. Check this out:

Noting the eye-popping voter turnout, Graham credited Democrats for getting more votes than they did in the last cycle. However, Republican voters left no chance for defeat, with a turnout “more akin to, not quite a presidential year, but approaching gubernatorial their rivals at polls,” according to Graham. More than 17,000 votes were cast in the election in which all four council members were vying to protect their seats.

That’s in Virginia. If Biden loses Virginia but flips Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Michigan, Trump still wins. That’s a heads-I-win-tails-you-lose situation.

Mrs. Whitsett praised the president at the White House after she recovered from COVID-19 after taking hydroxychloroquine, a decades-old treatment for malaria and lupus that Mr. Trump has touted as a prophylactic or treatment for coronavirus.

Last week, Michigan Democrats censured her:

As a result of her White House appearance, a Michigan Democratic organization censured her. Last week, Mrs. Whitsett filed a federal lawsuit against Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and several other Democrats, claiming violations of free speech and defamation.

Mrs. Whitsett’s praise for President Trump represents the Democrats’ worst nightmare. She’s African-American, urban and willing to challenge her party elders in a swing state. If that doesn’t represent the Democrats’ nightmare trifecta, what does? If the Democrats want a future, they need someone this articulate, this sensible:

Unfortunately, Rep. Whitsett isn’t considered leftist enough. She’d likely be called Republican lite or something similar to that.

In Pennsylvania, county Democratic leaders rose up to castigate the party’s highest-ranking politician, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California. They also slammed Rep. Adam Schiff, the California Democrat who led the impeachment effort against Mr. Trump. It is part of a “Democrats for Trump movement,” according to a Washington Post report, that is causing headaches for the party’s county and state leaders in the Keystone State.

I’ve been operating from the position that this election won’t be about right vs. left as much as it’ll be adults vs. children. Joe Biden has changed his positions more times than a chameleon changes colors. Why would blue collar Pennsylvania Democrats stick with Biden are he names AOC and Bernie Sanders to co-chair his climate change advisory panel? That’s like waving a red flag in front of a bull.

Justin Haskins’ article highlights Biden’s difficulties:

It’s a strategy that has been adopted by virtually every U.S. presidential candidate in modern history: During the primaries, candidates appeal to their base, but after capturing a party’s nomination, campaigns move to the political center to win over undecided voters.

But in this unconventional cycle, Joe Biden is being forced to throw conventional campaigning to the wind. Instead of positioning himself as a centrist, Biden is choosing to move further to the left than ever before to satisfy the demands of Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont and his radical base of dissatisfied progressives and “Bernie bro” socialists who hate the Democratic Party establishment almost as much as they do free-market capitalism.

Biden is frightened by the prospect of a Bernie Bro rebellion. This means that the Obama coalition is dead. I can’t imagine socialism appealing to affluent suburban voters.

Further, it’s impossible for me to think that the Green New Deal will appeal to Blue Collar America. That’s like a pale of cold water on a hot fire. While it might not put the fire out, it’ll stop it from burning hot. This isn’t the way to unite Democrats. It’s a way to split it in two for a generation.

That’s a Democrat dilemma.

This article highlights the pickle that Joe Biden is in. If he picks Democrat Sen. Amy Klobuchar as his running mate, there’s a strong probability he’d lose the election. If you think that sounds a little hyperbolic, consider the pickle that Biden currently finds himself in.

Late this week, Biden went on the Breakfast Club, then dissed the African-American community by saying that “If you have a problem figuring out whether you’re for me or Trump, you ain’t black.” If you want to drive down minority turnout, that’s an effective way of doing it. Though Sheila Jackson-Lee defended him, Ms. Jackson-Lee didn’t have much company.

Apparently, people from the community have a problem with Sen. Klobuchar:

The Minnesota Democrat would “risk losing the very base the Democrats need to win,” said Aimee Allison, founder of She the People, according to Politico.

“It comes from her performance in the primary — her weakness in being able to motivate them,” BlackPAC executive director Adrianne Shropshire said. “The engagement and the enthusiasm of black voters is going to be a difference-maker in this election, and the concerns about her in this role stem from the degree to which she resonated or not with those core constituencies.”

Compare that message to what’s transpiring in this video:

It’s obvious that President Trump won’t win a majority of the African-American vote. He doesn’t have to. In Michigan, Rep. Karen Whitsett, a Democrat, sat down with President Trump, HUD Secretary Ben Carson and John James, a Republican African-American candidate for the US Senate, during a meeting in Detroit. During the meeting, Rep. Whitsett proposed an idea that caught President Trump’s attention when she said it’d be great to open an HBCU in Detroit.

President Trump just signed legislation providing additional funding for HBCUs so he thought that would be possible. He then suggested that Rep. Whitsett work with John James on that issue. Rep. Whitsett agreed to do that, adding that “John will get it done.”

BONUS QUESTION: Does that make Republican John James black enough in Biden’s opinion? Perhaps, only Biden’s leg hair stylist knows for sure.

The serious question facing Mr. Biden is whether he can sufficiently energize the African-American base to win this election. At this point, that’s a major question for his campaign. I’m not sure if they even know.

In this post, I wrote about how Republicans won 2 special elections to fill empty congressional seats. Mike Garcia flipped the empty seat in California while Tom Tiffany held Sean Duffy’s seat in Wisconsin. This morning, I’m writing about something should scare the daylights out of Democrats. I’m writing about the city council races in Staunton, Virginia.

It isn’t just that Republicans swept the races. It’s the fashion in which they won that should frighten Democrats. According to the article, “The last Staunton election for all four members was in 2016 in which fewer than 7,000 votes were cast.” That was then. This is now:

More than 17,000 votes were cast in the election in which all four council members were vying to protect their seats.

That’s just the start of it. This isn’t what people were expecting:

Noting the eye-popping voter turnout, Graham credited Democrats for getting more votes than they did in the last cycle. However, Republican voters left no chance for defeat, with a turnout “more akin to, not quite a presidential year, but approaching gubernatorial their rivals at polls,” according to Graham.

DC Republicans are worried about a blue sweep this November. It’s undisputed that there will be some tough fights to maintain control of the Senate and take away Pelosi’s Speaker Gavel, though I’m not quite as worried about Joe Biden’s vice president running the nation. While the polls show one thing, the vote totals say another thing. The question I’d ask the DC GOP geniuses is this: does anyone think that Gov. Whitmer’s executive actions and Gov. Wolf’s corruption in Pennsylvania will cause GOP turnout to increase or increase by orders of magnitude?

Waves happen when people are upset, not when they’re happy. While it still remains to be seen how deep the frustration goes, it’s clear that the frustration is with the Democrat governors, not with President Trump. Truckers are rallying in front of the White House:

These protesters aren’t rallying in Gov. Whitmer’s favor:

This video is brief but powerful:

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that these events aren’t working in the Democrats’ favor. These people aren’t mad as hell. They’re downright pissed and they aren’t taking it anymore. Whenever Democrats retake control, they overstep their mandate by orders of magnitude. It’s as predictable as the sun rising in the east. This video is inspiring and infuriating:

Watch the entire thing. It’s worth it. PS- There weren’t any undecideds at that protest/rally. I don’t have as much data as I’d like but the trend is clearly in one direction. HINT: it isn’t pointing in the direction of a blue wave.

Good for the Supreme Court for telling Jerry Nadler to pound sand over their motion to get Mueller grand jury testimony declassified. The Supreme Court hasn’t issued a final ruling on the lawsuit but that’s likely heading the Democrats’ direction.

The Supreme Court temporarily denied a motion Wednesday from House Democrats to obtain grand-jury testimony and other documents from former Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation as they conduct what they’ve referred to as an “ongoing presidential impeachment investigation” into President Trump.

House Democrats are obsessed with finding something that will help them throw President Trump out of office. The Democrats’ hatred of President Trump is so strong that they’ve said no to multiple proposals that would’ve helped Hispanics and other blue collar workers. Impeachment isn’t going anywhere. The Democrats know this.

Rather than putting together ideas that appeal to all Americans, Pelosi’s Democrats have voted for things that excite their base. Despite that appeal to their base, Democrats trail badly in the enthusiasm gap, both in terms of the presidential election and in House races.

There’s a reason why grand jury testimony is kept confidential. If testimony taken during a grand jury isn’t enough to indict a person, that information shouldn’t be used as a political weapon. Democrats have seen tons of information. It didn’t lead to a conviction of President Trump. He’s now exonerated. Getting a second or third or fourth bite at the apple won’t convict President Trump. No amount of wishing will change that. It’s time that Democrats accept that.

Let’s hope that this is just part of a bigger movement. House Democrats want to investigate a law-abiding president. Whether you agree with his policies or not, there’s no denying that President Trump has obeyed each court order. That can’t be said about his predecessor. Gun-grabbing Democrats want to take away the rights of law-abiding gun owners. Each time they threaten a gun grab, the rank-and-file NRA strengthens and gets more motivated.

By comparison, the previous (Democrat) administration unmasked law-abiding citizens that they thought were conspiring with Russians. They didn’t unmask these law-abiding citizens because they had proof of illegal activity. They unmasked these citizens because they’d advised a candidate, aka Donald Trump. Time after time after time, these Democrats have let their hatred of Trump get the better of them. This isn’t normal. It’s proof of derangement.

People have started protesting against Democrat governors like Tim Walz, Gretchen Whitmer, J.B. Pritzker and Tom Wolf. The protests have focused on these governors’ illogical, unconstitutional and overreaching executive orders. If they keep this up, they’ll increase President Trump’s odds for re-election.

I’m dealing with Joe Biden’s BS op-ed so you won’t have to read it. Actually, it’s highly likely that Biden didn’t write it. I’m not certain that he’s capable of stringing 3 consecutive coherent sentences together at this point.

The staffer’s op-ed opens by saying “The coronavirus, to date, has taken the lives of more than 79,000 Americans. One of every 5 U.S. workers has filed for unemployment, with the unemployment rate now the highest since the Great Depression. It is an extraordinary moment, the kind that begs for urgent, steady, empathetic, unifying leadership.”

Let’s deal with the urgency issue first. Just 10 days after the first human-to-human case was reported in the United States, President Trump issued a travel ban with Chine, though he brought home 40 U.S. nationals from China, which he was obligated to do. President Trump’s State Department worked tirelessly to get these U.S. nationals home. Upon arriving home, these people were quarantined immediately.

Meanwhile, Urgent Joe Biden criticized the decision:

“We need to lead the way with science, not Donald Trump’s record of hysteria, xenophobia, and fear-mongering,” he wrote. “He is the worst possible person to lead our country through a global health emergency.”

Where’s the urgency, Joe? All I hear is a politician attempting to sound relevant — and not doing a very good job of it. Next, let’s talk about how Andrew Cuomo, New York’s Democrat governor, found himself out of bed space and ventilators. President Trump rescued him on both counts. He ordered the Army Corps of Engineers to turn the Javits Center into a 2,900-bed hospital. Then he ordered the U.S. Navy to equip the USNS Comfort for additional bed space. This was expected to take 3-4 weeks. It took the Navy 4 days to properly equip the Comfort and send it to New York Harbor. Meanwhile, that harbor wasn’t deep enough to let the ship in so the Army Corps of Engineers went to work and made the harbor deep enough. Again, this was done in “Trump Time”, a phrase first coined by Trump Trade Adviser Peter Navarro:

Then Trump assigned Navarro the task of getting ventilators manufactured:

“In under 11 days, GM sourced materials, converted a manufacturing facility and trained a workforce to build life-saving ventilators in Kokomo, IN.”

Meanwhile, the Obama-Biden administration didn’t replace the ventilators used during the H1N1 crisis. That crisis happened in 2009. Talk about lacking urgency.

In a crisis, give me a leader who gets the important things done immediately over a man with empathy, whatever that means. President Trump fits that description perfectly. Is he a little rough around the edges? Yup. Does he get the important things done in “Trump Time”? That’s his specialty.

The truth is that everyone wants America to reopen as soon as possible — claiming otherwise is completely absurd. Governors from both parties are doing their best to make that happen, but their efforts have been slowed and hampered because they haven’t gotten the tools, resources and guidance they need from the federal government to reopen safely and sustainably.

That’s BS. Here in Minnesota, the people have dragged Tim Walz kicking and screaming to open the economy just a little. In Michigan and Illinois, Democrat Governors Gretchen Whitmer and J.B. Pritzker are still trying to keep their economies closed. They’ve been hampered by themselves, not the federal government. That’s before talking about Democrat Governors Cuomo and Murphy. They’re in a class all of their own.

Biden suffers from Obama Disease. That’s when you see things as you want to see them instead of seeing things as they actually are. It isn’t lethal but it’s crippling.

It’s fair to ask if Democrats are reaching the wrong conclusion. At this point, a legitimate argument can be sustained that the pundits aren’t reading things right. Chris Cillizza’s article highlights the latest Gallup Poll, which finds that “Trump’s job approval is back to 49%, matching the highest it’s ever been, while his disapproval is at 47%. That marks a 6-point improvement on Trump’s approval number from the last Gallup tracking poll. And that improvement comes exclusively from independents, 47% of whom now approve of the job Trump is doing, the best he has ever done among that group in Gallup polling.”

One way to look at this data is by eliminating the partisans from both sides, then focus on independent voters. Independent voters aren’t tied to ideology. They’re focused on who’s solving problems and who’s looking to taking the next step in ending this China-induced nightmare. That’s clearly been President Trump. I won’t dispute the fact that President Trump’s made mistakes. In a crisis, that’s inevitable. Still, his mistakes have happened while trying to move the nation to a better place. He’s worked hard in getting more ventilators built. He’s built hospital space in California, New Jersey and New York. Testing has increased dramatically. He’s working on changing supply chains from relying on China to relying on domestic manufacturers.

That’s before talking about the things he’s done to reopen the economy. That’s a lengthy list, too, especially including the PPP and the relief payments. He’s advocating for reopening the economy quickly but safely. He doesn’t always agree with the scientists but he isn’t ignoring them, either. That’s reading the American people right. Then there’s this:

The Point: Be wary of conventional wisdom. Especially when it concerns Trump.

If ever there was a president that shouldn’t be underestimated, President Trump is that president. Let’s remember all of the ground game that the Trump campaign built before the COVID pandemic. That volunteer army hasn’t disappeared. That GOTV machine is still intact. At this point, the Biden campaign’s social media game, to use Larry Jacobs’ phrase, is just starting spring training. Meanwhile, figuratively speaking, the Trump campaign is working on its 6-pack abs for the summer.

If I’ve heard it once, I’ve heard it a million times. Yeah, that politician is crooked but they’re all crooks. That’s disheartening. What’s worst is that it’s a defeatist attitude. I’m planting a stake in the ground and saying ‘No more!’ If our president is willing to fight against the Swamp, and he’s definitely willing, then it’s time for people of integrity from all political persuasions to join him in saying No More!

There’s nothing more Swamp-like than the upper echelon (singular, not plural) of the FBI. Republicans Jim Jordan and Michael Johnson have put FBI Director Christopher Wray on notice that they intend to interview “a mysterious FBI agent, Joe Pientka” in connection with the perjury trap crafted against Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn. Expect Democrats to attack Jim Jordan and Mike Johnson for impugning the reputation of the FBI. Spare me the dramatics.

Democrats, starting with Adam Schiff, (D-Calif.), have launched one defense of the FBI after another. The infamous Schiff Memo was demolished by the Horowitz Report. The Schiff Memo said that “FBI and DOJ officials did not ‘abuse’ the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act process, omit material information, or subvert this vital tool to spy on the Trump campaign.”

The Horowitz Report determined the exact opposite. In fact, the Horowitz Report went further than that:

The Justice Department inspector general’s report contradicted Schiff’s defense. It listed 17 significant omissions and errors that the FBI made in the Carter Page surveillance warrants, including derogatory information about Steele and at least one of his sources.

Then there’s this:

The key claim in the Nunes memo, that the Steele dossier “formed an essential part of the Carter Page FISA application”, is backed up by the inspector general’s report. The inspector general also faulted the FBI for failing to tell the surveillance court that Steele told a Justice Department official, Bruce Ohr, that he was “desperate” in September 2016 to see Donald Trump lose the election.

Don’t expect Mssrs. Jordan and Johnson to relent. Here’s why:

Pientka was conspicuously removed from the FBI’s website after Fox News contacted the FBI about his extensive role in Crossfire Hurricane Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) matters, a change first noticed by Twitter user Techno Fog, but sources say Pientka remains in a senior role at the agency’s San Francisco field office.

This is what the Democrats’ pushback will look like:

The Horowitz Report utterly demolished the Schiff Memo. I’ve listed some of the specifics. The fact is that Pientka, Wray, Comey, McCabe and Strzok all need to testify. Further, it’s worth noting that field agents wanted to close Crossfire Razor, the name for the operation against Gen. Flynn. Strzok ordered it to stay open.

Here’s a question that hasn’t been posed to Strzok, Comey or Wray: why would field officers who interviewed Gen. Flynn want to shut the operation down but a suit from the 7th Floor overrule the field officers? The Swamp must be drained. The Swamp’s defenders must be defeated ASAP. Keeping gavels in Pelosi’s and Schiff’s hands is protecting the Comey/Strzok/Wray of the FBI Building. That isn’t acceptable.

While some corrupt Democrats insist that the released Flynn documents aren’t a smoking gun, fair-minded Democrats say the opposite. Norman Eisen, the apologist for corrupt Democrats, wrote that “A review of these internal FBI communications, however, shows none of the wrongdoing that Mr. Trump would like to see. But no matter: The mischaracterization of these documents as evidence of FBI misconduct, and by extension, absolution of Mr. Flynn, signals that the president will escalate his abuses of power in the run-up to the 2020 election.” That’s quite a trick. A hand-written note from Bill Priestap asked “What is our goal? Truth/Admission or to get him to lie, so we can prosecute him or get him fired?” The FBI should be in the business of investigating crimes, not manufacturing crimes that they hope to use to impeach and remove a president they don’t like.

Mr. Eisen, it’s sad that you don’t recognize corruption when you see it. Eisen wrote “The Michael Flynn scandal was one of the first to reveal the pattern of lawlessness that has characterized the Trump administration. In December 2016, Mr. Flynn, in a phone call, successfully implored Russia to moderate retaliation against the United States for sanctions imposed because of the attack on U.S. elections. The conduct raised serious questions under the Logan Act, which prohibits private parties from conducting U.S. foreign policy.”

Flynn wasn’t a private citizen at that point. He had already been named President-Elect Trump’s National Security Adviser. Calling foreign ambassadors is what NSAs do as part of their job. Mark Penn has a different opinion of what Priestap’s hand-written note represents:

The new documents are in effect the “smoking gun” proving that a cabal at the FBI acted above the law and with extreme political bias, targeting people for prosecution rather than investigating crimes.

Then Penn wrote this:

The principal evidence that prompted the FBI to open the overall investigation into Trump has been definitively determined to be the Steele dossier. We now know, based on recently disclosed footnotes in the Horowitz report, that the dossier was discredited by its own sources and may even have been deliberate Russian disinformation. After receiving this information, the FBI’s top brass, even after learning that the dossier was paid for by the Democratic National Committee and the Hillary Clinton campaign, opened a broad investigation into Trump and his campaign.

What was this “broad investigation” predicated on? The fact that the Steele Dossier was Russian disinformation? Was the FBI attracted to it because its authors discredited the report? Former federal prosecutor Trey Gowdy was visibly upset when what the Priestap note represented:

I’ll take the thoughts of a former federal prosecutor over the words of a Democrat political operative anytime. Eisen is a Democrat political hack. Trey Gowdy is a former federal prosecutor who never lost a case in his career.

Anyone that trusts the MSM hasn’t paid attention to the COVID-19 briefings. At yesterday’s COVID-19 briefing, New Yorker correspondent Olivia Nuzzi asked President Trump a question. She asked “If more Americans died in the last six weeks than the entirety of the Vietnam War, do you deserve to be re-elected?”

Rather than take the bait, President Trump responded by a) touting the decision to shut off travel with China, b) praising the work of Vice President Trump’s task force and c) talking about how the US is “lapping the world” in terms of testing.

It isn’t surprising that that Q & A was the last exchange of the briefing. It isn’t surprising that former Bush Administration Press Secretary Ari Fleischer took to Twitter to criticize Nuzzi. What’s surprising is how harsh he was in criticizing her:


In a very lady-like reply (if that lady is Nancy Pelosi, AOC or Hillary), Nuzzi replied this way:


If Nuzzi was a US senator, Mazie Hirono would praise her. For those who’ve forgotten Sen. Hirono, here’s a reminder of who she is:

Nuzzi and Hirono give witches a bad name. They almost make Nancy Pelosi look pleasant.

President Trump has instructed the U.S. Navy to “shoot down and destroy” any Iranian gunboats harassing American ships. If the Iranian Navy has a death wish, the U.S. Navy should help them meet their 72 virgins.

According to the article, six “U.S. Navy warships were conducting drills with US Army Apache attack helicopters in international waters off Iran last Wednesday when they were repeatedly harassed by 11 Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Navy vessels, the U.S. Navy’s 5th Fleet reported. The Iranian ships repeatedly crossed in front and behind the U.S. vessels at extremely close range and high speeds, including multiple crossings of one ship, the Puller, with a 50-yard closest point of approach and within 10 yards of another ship, the Maui’s, bow, a 5th Fleet statement said.”

They’ve been warned multiple times. If this persists, Persian Gulf recreational divers will get new shipwrecks to explore. President Trump issued this tweet to announce his decision:

The Navy said that the Iranian’s dangerous and provocative actions “increased the risk of miscalculation and collision” and were in violation of international maritime “rules of the road.” The Navy also said they were not in accordance with international law to act safely with other vessels in the area.
The incident last week came one day after Iranian gunmen stormed a Hong Kong-flagged tanker in the Strait of Hormuz before quickly leaving when they learned the vessel was from China.

The Iranian Navy has been put on notice. What happens next is their decision.