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When Amy Klobuchar submitted to an interview with Chris Wallace, she apparently thought that Wallace would treat her like he treated Joe Biden — with kid gloves. That assumption went down the drain quickly. Klobuchar got caught during the interview when Wallace started asking about ACB’s confirmation hearings.

The key paragraph says “During the Sunday interview, Fox News host Chris Wallace noted that the Barrett hearings could be held virtually, a safety precaution Klobuchar praised Republicans for taking earlier this year.” In other words, Klobuchar knows that virtual hearings are perfectly safe because she’s participated in virtual committee hearings. Consider this proof positive that Sen. Klobuchar just got caught trying to delay the confirmation hearing. This didn’t help Sen. Klobuchar:

“This is for the highest court in the land. Yes, we have had virtual hearings. I helped to put them together. It’s important to give senators that option, but you want to be able to go back and forth with this nominee given her views on the Affordable Care Act, given that she has clearly criticized Justice Roberts … for upholding the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act, which allows people to keep their insurance when they’ve got preexisting conditions,” Klobuchar replied. Wallace then pointed out that he and Klobuchar were conducting their interview virtually.

This interview with Klobuchar won’t redeem Wallace’s reputation after Wallace’s debate ‘performance’ last Tuesday night. Elephants have long memories. Here’s the entire interview:

Amy Klobuchar is politically talented but she isn’t that quick on her feet. In that respect, she’s still Schumer’s Shill.

Chuck Schumer isn’t the brightest bulb in the Senate Democrats’ chandelier. Still, this week, he’s outdone himself. This week, Sen. Schumer said that “By every modicum of decency and honor, Leader McConnell and the Republican majority have no right to fill it.” The Constitution disagrees. Article II, Section 2 says “shall have power, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, to make treaties, provided two thirds of the Senators present concur; and he shall nominate, and by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, shall appoint ambassadors, other public ministers and consuls, judges of the Supreme Court…”

“Article II, Section 1” says “The executive power shall be vested in a President of the United States of America. He shall hold his office during the term of four years, and, together with the Vice President, chosen for the same term, be elected, as follows:” Article I, Section 3 says “The Senate of the United States shall be composed of two Senators from each state, chosen by the legislature thereof, for six years…”

It doesn’t say that the Senate can’t confirm judges if we’re nearing an election. As long as they’re in session, a confirmation vote is justified.

In addition to not being bright, Sen. Schumer isn’t terribly honest, either. Whatever. Sen. McConnell said that there will be an up-or-down-vote on President Trump’s nominee. At the time, Sen. McConnell didn’t know that it would be Judge Amy Coney-Barrett.

I hope Senate Judiciary Committee Democrats throw a Schumer-like temper tantrum against Judge Coney-Barrett. If they do, it’ll sink the Democrats this election. In fact, President Trump thinks it’ll be difficult for Democrats to attack her:

Attacking ACB is like attacking ‘Mrs. Suburban Housewife.’ Nonetheless, I’d be surprised if Democrats don’t go too far. That’s just who they are.

Nancy Pelosi’s double-down bet is rich with irony. Pelosi, one of the biggest liars this side of Adam Schiff, is instructing Joe Biden not to debate President Trump because Pelosi said that President Trump “and his ‘henchmen’ have no ‘fidelity’ to facts or the truth.”

This is a time-tested tactic of Ms. Pelosi’s. By saying this, she’s taking media attention away from her willingness to shaft blue collar employees and small business owners. President Trump wants a 4.0 version of COVID. Pelosi insists that President Trump spend $1,000,000,000,000 (that’s one trillion dollars) on bailing out public employee pension funds. These PEU pension funds have been virtually bankrupt for a generation.

The Pelosi faux diatribe also washes away (she hopes) the stories about Jerry Nadler packing the Supreme Court, AOC pushing for abolishing ICE and Chuck Schumer advocating for eliminating the legislative filibuster. Each of these initiatives would have difficulty hitting 20% approval with the public.

Then there’s Incoherent Joe’s difficulties:

Regardless of Pelosi’s tactics, Joe Biden is still Joe Biden. It’s possible that Biden doesn’t suffer any cognitive difficulties Tuesday night. Whether he does or doesn’t isn’t the important thing. The important thing for President Trump to do is remind all the different groups he’s helped of the things he’s helped with. With African-Americans, remind them of the First Step Act, funding for HBCUs, the Opportunity Zones tax cuts that are revitalizing blighted urban areas. Then highlight the Platinum Plan.

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.

If anyone tells you that Democrats aren’t economic illiterates, don’t trust them. This article highlights just how stupid (perhaps dishonest?) Democrats are. According to the article, “Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, speaking from the Senate floor, warned that the ‘economy is failing’ and ‘state and local governments are cutting essential services. We’re going to see layoffs, and this is not an abstract concept,’ Schumer said Sunday during an interview with ABC’s “This Week.” ‘You know, the Republicans say ‘the blue states.’ A firefighter is a firefighter. A person who drives a bus, a person who picks up the garbage — those are important jobs.”

First, someone should explain to Sen. Schumer that the first responsibility of government is to protect the people. That means that police and firefighters shouldn’t be on the list of budget cuts until there’s a complete economic collapse. Period. Further, the city doesn’t have to collect garbage collection. People are perfectly capable of doing that themselves.

Third, as I’m writing this, the DJIA is up another 250+ points. That’s on top of yesterday’s 350+ point gain. That tells me that they see brighter days ahead. On top of that, we had another robust jobs report last Friday, where we found out that 1,763,000 jobs were created. That brings the total number of jobs created for May-July, 2020 to 9,300,000. Watching this interview is difficult, at least when watching Gov. Cuomo begging and AOC chasing businesses from New York:

Bailouts, begging and tax increases isn’t a recipe for economic prosperity. These days, though, that’s apparently the Democrats’ economic plan:

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, one of the lead White House negotiators, called Democrats’ request for $1 trillion for states “an absurd number,” saying there’s “plenty” of cash available already for the governments. “We’re not going to give a trillion dollars for state and local,” he said during an interview with CNBC on Monday. “That’s just not a reasonable approach.”

NYC, for example, is a total disaster. People are leaving fast. That’s why Gov. Cuomo is begging them to return. That has no chance of working until NYC stops taxing people to death. That won’t change until Mayor de Blasio gets serious about preventing crime and prosecuting rioters.

Let’s be truthful about this. NYC won’t get turned around until there’s a new mayor. Finally, if there’s a more famous economic illiterate than AOC, I wouldn’t know who it’d be. She’s an embarrassment.

Anyone that thinks that the Democrats didn’t misplay the relief negotiations is kidding themselves. I’ll stipulate that using executive orders to get what he wanted isn’t exactly the method I’d prefer. I’d prefer using the system to get things done. When Pelosi’s and Schumer’s Democrats insist on holding the people hostage on unemployment and eviction relief, which is what they tried, then I’m perfectly fine with President Trump handing them their arses.

Yesterday on The Five, Dagen McDowell broke out the whipping stick to paddle Ms. Pelosi’s butt. Dagen said “President Trump really found a sweet spot for what the economy and the American people need right now. They do need extra money. People who can’t go back to work need extra money in unemployment benefits. The $600 went away. Many argued that was too generous. It was an incentive to stay home. They were getting more on unemployment than they would be if they were back on the job. … The President has the Democrats in a vice-grip. Either the Democrats have to give in to what Republicans want or they’re gonna fight the President on giving people money, people who need that money. I’ve been a financial journalist for about a quarter of a century and, in technical terms, what we witnessed over the weekend were some folks getting their asses handed to them.”

That’s exactly right. This hasn’t been a great year for Nancy Pelosi. She tried pushing Mitch McConnell around on rules for the sham impeachment trial. McConnell told her that he didn’t care if she didn’t send the articles of impeachment over. He didn’t want them anyway. After COVID hit, Pelosi delayed the passage of the CARES Act while negotiating for Democrat Wish List items. She’s done that now 3 times. Each time, President Trump got the better of the negotiations. Now, she’s back for another attempt.

Pelosi keeps getting her arse handed to her because she’s constantly trying to throw extra wish list junk into these relief bills that has nothing to do with providing relief to people. By doing that, Pelosi looks like a hyper-partisan loser who puts partisanship ahead of the people. That’s the fast track to defeat.

I think that this is a turning point in the campaign. President Trump looks compassionate. Democrats look like partisans. That isn’t the image that Democrats want heading into the final stretch of the campaign.

I’ll have more on that front later today. This isn’t the position Democrats want to be in.

Saturday afternoon, President Trump essentially told Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer that he was tired of them negotiating in bad faith when he signed 4 executive orders that suspends the “Payroll Tax through remainder of 2020,” continues “the moratorium on evictions”, extends “unemployment benefits” and defers “student loan payments.”

That left President Trump looking like a hero to struggling families while simultaneously making Pelosi and Schumer look like Ebenezer Scrooge. Their joint statement sounds like sour grapes from start to finish:

Today’s meager announcements by the President show President Trump still does not comprehend the seriousness or the urgency of the health and economic crises facing working families. We’re disappointed that instead of putting in the work to solve Americans’ problems, the President instead chose to stay on his luxury golf course to announce unworkable, weak and narrow policy announcements to slash the unemployment benefits that millions desperately need and endanger seniors’ Social Security and Medicare.

“These policy announcements provide little real help to families. For instance, not only does the President’s announcement not actually extend the eviction moratorium, it provides no assistance to help pay the rent, which will only leave desperate families to watch their debt pile higher. Instead of passing a bill, now President Trump is cutting families’ unemployment benefits and pushing states further into budget crises, forcing them to make devastating cuts to life-or-death services.

Let’s remember that Nancy Pelosi once said during the Obama administration that unemployment checks stimulated the economy. Trusting her with the economy is as foolish as trusting Robert Francis O’Rourke with protecting the Second Amendment, trusting Bernie Sanders with the nation’s health care or trusting AOC with environmental policy. Nick Arama’s article highlights what happened yesterday:

Now these are incredibly popular moves. But Trump made them. And it means the Democrats don’t get to hold Americans hostage for their agenda. So therefore Democrats are going to fight against them despite the fact that they’re popular and help Americans. Not because Democrats truly have any principled objection to them, but simply because they can’t hold Americans hostage any more to get what they want.

There are 3 possible outcomes. One possibility is that Democrats sue, then win. That means they win the lawsuit but lose with voters. Another possibility is to sue and lose. That’s the worst outcome because they lose the lawsuit and they lose with voters. The other possibility is to just let President Trump’s executive actions take place. That’d give President a clean political victory.

The Trump EOs are the right prescription for what’s ailing the economy. The Pelosi-House bill invests in government and some extraneous things. The Trump plan invests in families. The differences between the 2 plans is startling.

President Trump’s economic policies are making it difficult for Democrats to criticize him. The July jobs report was better than expected, creating 1,763,000 new jobs while dropping the unemployment rate to 10.2%. While this is the smallest month of job creation since the shutdown ended, it’s still a strong number. The total number of new jobs created the last 3 months is 9,300,000. That’s the largest 3-month gain in US history.

Two months of record-setting payroll growth slowed in July but was still better than Wall Street estimates even as a rise in coronavirus cases put a damper on the struggling U.S. economy. Nonfarm payrolls increased 1.763 million for the month, the Labor Department reported Friday. The unemployment rate fell to 10.2% from its previous 11.1%, also better than the estimates from economists surveyed by Dow Jones.

Meanwhile, it’s worth noting that Ms. Pelosi hasn’t issued her monthly statement on that month’s jobs report. When the June Jobs Report showed that the economy had created 4,800,000 jobs, Ms. Pelosi ignored that statistic in her statement:

The early June snapshot in the jobs report, when the economy was opening up too early, does not reflect the coronavirus spiraling out of control, forcing communities that had begun to reopen to close once again.

“Unemployment continues to be higher than any previous period since World War II. We have reached 15 straight weeks of more than 1 million Americans applying for unemployment insurance and tens of thousands of new coronavirus cases reported each day, as the critical lifelines that are helping to keep American families and communities above water expire. Economists, scientists and even the Chair of the Fed have indicated that if we don’t deliver the investments in The Heroes Act, we will end up in a worse place economically and health wise.

With negotiations hitting an impasse on a 4th ‘stimulus’ bill, what will Pelosi criticize this time? Will she criticize the fact that we didn’t create as many jobs in July as we created in June? If June’s job creation numbers were record-setting, why didn’t Ms. Pelosi mention them when we broke that new record?

Pelosi and Schumer finally issued this joint statement on the July jobs report:

The latest jobs report shows that the economic recovery spurred by the investments Congress has passed is losing steam and more investments are still urgently needed to protect the lives and livelihoods of the American people. Millions of Americans are still hurting and yet, despite this reality, President Trump and Republicans appear ready to walk away from the negotiating table to do unworkable, weak and narrow executive orders that barely scratch the surface of what is needed to defeat the virus and help struggling Americans.

We remain committed to continue negotiating and reaching a fair agreement with the Administration, but we will not go along with the meager legislative proposals that fail to address the gravity of the health and economic situation our country faces. We call upon the White House’s negotiators to join us once again at the negotiating table today to secure a bipartisan agreement to put children, families and workers first.

There’s no proof that the recovery is slowing. It’s true that job creation numbers will eventually shrink. It’s impossible to picture the economy creating 3,100,000 jobs per month indefinitely. That’s more than 12,000,000 jobs created per year.

It isn’t surprising that CNN is carrying the Democrats’ water on the $600 ‘bonus’ through the unemployment system:

Newt Gingrich has always been one of the best political thinkers in the business. When he writes or talks, I stop and listen to what he has to say. When I saw this article, I started digging into it. It didn’t take long to figure out that the Defund The Police Democrats are pushing a losing issue.

For instance, Gingrich wrote “The gap between the radical Left and the American people was captured in a recent Pew Poll that showed 73 percent of the American people opposed cutting spending on the police, and only 25 percent favored decreasing spending on the police.” Gingrich continued “Twenty percent of those asked said we should spend a little more on police, and 11 percent said we should spend a lot more (for a total of 31 percent who favor spending more money on policing). By contrast, 12 percent said to cut a lot, and slightly under 14 percent said to cut a little. The largest bloc of Americans was 42 percent, who said we should keep police funding where it is.”

Twenty-six percent of people wanted police spending cut a little or a lot. Everyone else wanted police spending kept the same, increased a little or increased a lot. That’s a 3:1 margin opposed to the Democrats’ Defund the Police policy.

It’s possible to win if you’re on the wrong side of a 3:1 issue if nobody cares about the issue. It’s impossible to win if you’re on the 1-side of a 3:1 issue that everyone cares passionately about.

This pattern is not just about speeches, slogans and platforms. Democrats in Minneapolis are abolishing the city’s police department and replacing it with some undefined community service program. You can imagine how intimidated robbers, murderers and rapists will be by the unarmed-but-sincere Minneapolis community service force.

In Seattle, Democrats are cutting the police budget by 50 percent with a similar community service fantasy replacement. Given that six people were shot, which led to the death of two teenagers, during what the Democratic mayor called “the summer of love” in the city’s “autonomous zone,” you might have thought the people of Seattle would get more police protection rather than less.

Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best calls Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan’s plan to cut the SPD budget by 50% “reckless”:

Democrats like Pelosi, Schumer and Biden can insist that they aren’t for defunding the police all they want. What matters is Seattle cutting the SPD budget by 50%, Minneapolis voting to dismantle the MPD and Bill de Blasio cutting the $6,000,000,000 NYPD budget by $1,000,000,000. When crime rates skyrocket, Democrats will pay the price. Republicans are proposing reasonable reforms but they’re pushing cities to increase spending on police departments, too. The American people are smart enough to know that Republicans are proposing things that keep people safe and that Democrats are the party that support Antifa, BLM and decimated police departments.

People either understood or anticipated that COVID would eventually get defeated. They took COVID seriously but it wasn’t something that they were afraid of. This violence worries people. It isn’t just quarantined to poor neighborhoods. It’s migrated into Manhattan, some rich neighborhoods in St. Louis and Seattle. The point is that this violence doesn’t recognize geographic boundaries. It goes where it wants.

That’s why the Democrats defund debate is a loser.

By now, everyone living in civilization has heard that the U.S. economy created 4,800,000 jobs in June. Not only that but the unemployment rate dropped from 13.3% to 11.1%. That doesn’t mean that Democrats didn’t try splashing cold water on the report. Pelosi’s statement is classic partisanship:

The early June snapshot in the jobs report, when the economy was opening up too early, does not reflect the coronavirus spiraling out of control, forcing communities that had begun to reopen to close once again.

Unemployment continues to be higher than any previous period since World War II. We have reached 15 straight weeks of more than 1 million Americans applying for unemployment insurance and tens of thousands of new coronavirus cases reported each day, as the critical lifelines that are helping to keep American families and communities above water expire. Economists, scientists and even the Chair of the Fed have indicated that if we don’t deliver the investments in The Heroes Act, we will end up in a worse place economically and health wise.

The economy created 7,500,000 jobs in the last 2 months but Ms. Pelosi insists on accentuating the negative. In fact, she’s lying to make things seem worse than they are. Saying that the coronavirus is “spiraling out of control” is as stupid as when Ms. Pelosi said that “Republicans were trying to get away with murder, George Floyd’s murder”:

What a whack job. Yes, we’re experiencing a spike but we know what we need to do to get that under control. Potentially, that’s a momentary blip because it’s easily fixed. Joe Biden’s tax hikes aren’t a momentary blip. Those would be permanent. The Democrats’ tax policy would certainly push corporations back overseas, which means lower wage growth, lower workforce participation rates, lower consumer confidence and higher unemployment rates for minorities and women.

Speaking of Biden, he apparently couldn’t wait to look stupid:

Biden noted that only a third of the jobs lost in March and April have returned and stressed that “most of those jobs that returned are people on temporary furlough. That means these were the easiest jobs to get back as we reopened cities and states. It’s only going to get harder from here though.”

Nobody thought that we’d get all 40,000,000 jobs back in a month, Joe. The whole point of the PPP was to make sure small businesses could ramp back up the minute we got past the hardest part of the virus. If that’s the criteria, then the PPP, which Nancy Pelosi delayed twice in her attempt to get a few extra items on the Democrats’ wish list, is a huge success.

That bill wasn’t put together by Joe Biden, Nancy Pelosi or Chuck Schumer. The PPP was put together by people like Steve Mnuchin, Peter Navarro, Mike Pence, Chuck Grassley and Mitch McConnell. If Biden is elected, only Grassley would be there to put together economic packages that actually work.

Do we really want to return to the Obama-Biden days of shipping jobs overseas? Shouldn’t we prefer the great pre-COVID Trump economy over the 8 years of lackluster economic growth of the Obama-Biden economy?