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A theory developed while reading Salena Zito’s latest article, which is titled “What happens when Joe stops being Joe?” Salena’s article asks the question of what happens to VP Biden when he stops being lovable old Joe. That theory is that President Trump should highlight his economic accomplishments by highlighting his regulatory accomplishments in Rust Belt states.

She notes that Biden’s rollout was virtually flawless but that his handling of the Hyde Amendment was a disaster. Then she quotes Jeff Brauer, a “political science professor at Keystone College here in Factoryville.” Brauer said “What Biden needs to do is appeal to voters in the middle and even the Right. This move isn’t going to help in that. Moving hard left in the primary could prove to be fatal for the general. Biden has also succumbed to far-left pressures on the environment by rolling out a policy plan that is far more liberal than expected.”

Zito then points out, as I have multiple times, that “Trump’s victory in 2016 was primarily due to his support in the Midwestern, Rust Belt states, whose voters had been hit hard economically as jobs moved elsewhere. With a recent boom fueled by natural gas, some of these areas are bouncing back.”

The Hyde Amendment hurts Biden in the short-term but the environment hurts him in the long-term. If Democrats don’t flip the blue collar vote in 2020, they can kiss that election good-bye.

Few people paid attention to the early days of the Trump administration. That’s when Paul Ryan, Mitch McConnell and President Trump used the Congressional Review Act to eliminate tons of Obama environmental regulations. That wasn’t just smart policy. It was fantastic politics. President Trump can visit the Pennsylvania, Ohio and Indiana cities most affected (positively) by the elimination of those Obama-Biden era regulations.

What should worry Democrats most is that Biden and Tim Ryan are the only Democrats with a legitimate shot at those voters. Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris and Pete Buttigieg don’t have a shot at those voters.
This is Biden’s Hyde Amendment flip-flop:

On issue after issue, President Trump has been the reasonable politician in the room. Whether we’re talking about immigration, taxes, regulations or the economy, President Trump has presented sensible options. When Congress runs away from some of those policies, it just makes him look that much more reasonable, especially in light of the fact that Democrats are hell-bent on impeaching President Trump.

What’s especially helpful to President Trump is the fact that he, Ryan and McConnell eliminated so many environmental regulations. Now that the US is a net exporter of energy, he’s in an especially strong negotiating position with Eastern bloc countries and Russia. Put differently, President Trump should make the case that his strong economy has made the US stronger internationally. Biden can’t make that same argument.

Eric Swalwell’s hit piece in the Atlantic is what you’d expect from a no-talent back-bench bomb-thrower. He went into this election season as a nobody. Nothing has changed. As always, Trey Gowdy puts it best during this interview with Martha McCallum:

But I digress. Now onto Rep. Swalwell’s hit piece. This paragraph is particularly revealing of Rep. Swalwell’s (lack of) character:

The president continues to betray America, putting his own interests ahead of our country’s. His statement that he would accept a foreign power’s offer of information harmful to an electoral rival, and probably not inform the FBI of such an effort, shouldn’t be shocking—because he already did it.

Here’s what President Trump actually said:

There’s no doubt that President Trump said that, if you’re a congressman and a foreign operative offers said congressman dirt on the congressman’s opponent, that they wouldn’t necessarily call the FBI. When Stephanopoulos brought up Al Gore calling the FBI, Trump immediately highlighted the fact that Gore had just received a stolen briefing book. A crime had been committed. Of course, you’re obligated to report federal crimes to the FBI.

There’s also no doubt that President Trump, when posed with a hypothetical question on getting dirt from a foreign operative, said “Maybe you do both”, meaning he’d listen to what the operative said and he’d call the FBI, depending on the content. I’m not a constitutional scholar but I’m fairly certain that isn’t what the Founding Fathers meant when they talked about high crimes and misdemeanors.

Keep fighting, Eric. If you do, perhaps you’ll achieve what Joe Biden already has. Biden has gotten a nickname of “1% Joe” from President Trump. How appropriate.

At this point, it’s impossible to conclude that former Nixon White House Counsel John Dean likes Republicans. He’s made a living since a) getting disbarred for obstructing justice and b) pleading guilty for obstructing justice by writing books insisting that one scandal or another was “worse than Watergate.” This week, he was back on Capitol Hill with his dog and pony show (my apologies to dogs and ponies) to verify for Democrats that Russiagate (wait for it) is “worse than Watergate.”

I don’t have a problem with Dean making a living by serving up this BS. It’s his right, thanks to the First Amendment. What I have a problem with is Democrats pretending that he’s got any credibility left. Dean’s credibility died when he pled guilty of obstructing justice. If it didn’t die then, it likely died when he insisted that Iran-Contra (sorry to younger readers; if you don’t know what that is, google it) was — wait for it — worse than Watergate.

Rep. John Ratcliffe did a masterful job utterly demolishing Monday’s hearing:

Ouch! If that didn’t utterly demolish Dean’s credibility and Nadler’s credentials, then perhaps Brit Hume’s comments will:

On Fox News Monday night, Brit Hume said it was “amazing” that House Democrats had Dean testify, adding, “Who is going to be next for the House impeachment horde? [Deceased mobster] Whitey Bulger, perhaps?”

Actually, to add context to Brit’s commentary, he said that the first star witness the House Judiciary Committee Democrats called was Michael Cohen and that the next star witness the House Judiciary Committee Democrats called was John Dean. It should be noted that Dean pled guilty for obstructing justice during the Watergate cover-up, which he masterminded. Furthermore, Cohen is in prison after pleading guilty to the charge of lying to Congress.

That’s when Brit Hume said “Who is going to be next for the House impeachment horde? [Deceased mobster] Whitey Bulger, perhaps?” Either that or Democrats might host a séance to call on the ghost of Richard Nixon to testify that Russiagate is “worse than Watergate.”

To get serious, though, what’s happening in the Democrat majority in the House is a clown show. (Again, my apologies to clown shows.) It’s a spectacle. The Democrats start the week with the Dean clown show. Over the weekend, the Democrat Speaker of the House said she didn’t want Trump impeached. She wanted him thrown in prison. She said that without mentioning if President Trump had committed a crime. Then yesterday, Adam Schiff insisted that the discredited Steele gossip column otherwise referred to as the Steele Dossier was Gospel truth.

Democrats running these ‘investigations’ are making fools of themselves. Democrats passing bills in the House are passing things that aren’t popular with the American people and that don’t fix important problems. To summarize, Democrats are too focused on dead-end investigations and they’ve passed legislation that would take us back to the pathetic Obama-Biden economy.

Frankly, Democrats deserve to get stuck with John Dean. CNN does, too. May they rot in hell together.

This article should frighten Chuck Schumer to the core. According to The Hill, Sen. Manchin is considering leaving the Senate before the end of his term.

The article starts by saying “Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) is eyeing a possible exit from the Senate, and his decision could be a significant factor in which party controls the majority in 2021. In moments of frustration, the centrist senator has gone so far as to tell colleagues he may leave the upper chamber before the end of this Congress, or after the 2020 elections.”

If Sen. Manchin leaves, it would make it virtually impossible for Democrats to retake control of the Senate in 2021. Sen. Manchin is likely frustrated by the Democrats’ policies on climate change. In this interview, Sen. Manchin expresses his frustration with Mayor Bloomberg’s commitment to eliminating coal-fired power plants nationwide:

That isn’t to say that Sen. Manchin is fond of Republicans. He isn’t. Still, he’s willing to work with Republicans. I suspect that he’d get along just fine with Lindsey Graham on some issues. I further suspect that Sen. Manchin is getting tired of some of the bomb throwing Democrats that are more about shouting than about fixing things.

“I think he’s been fed up for a long time,” said a senator who traveled with Manchin. “He said, ‘I have so many people talking to me about whether I should or I shouldn’t [run for governor].'”

“One of the things you get as a lawmaker is you get lots of free advice from lots of people. He expressed frustration, and it’s the same that a lot of people share,” said the lawmaker, who spoke on background. A third Senate colleague who has spoken to Manchin about his future in the Senate said, “All he says is, ‘I’ll be here until 2020.'”

Don’t think for a minute that Sen. Manchin isn’t frustrated. He clearly is. What’s up in the air is whether he’ll double down or whether he’ll run for governor.

It isn’t a stretch to think that President Trump is the early winner in the fight over border security and illegal immigration. President Trump is totally tweaking Democrats for doing nothing about the border security crisis. This will shock people but here goes. President Trump is using Twitter to criticize Democrats. (Frankly, I couldn’t have seen that coming in a million years. Not!) But I digress.

After Mexico signed the agreement Friday night, President Trump rightly contended that Mexico had done more to fix the border crisis than Democrats:


The Democrats haven’t lifted a finger to fix the crisis. They passed a mass amnesty bill that makes border security worse. They haven’t written any legislation that would fix asylum laws or that would fix the problems caused by the Flores decision. Further, of the 48 members of the Problem Solvers Caucus, 33 are Democrats. None of them has written a piece of legislation that has solved a single problem.

That’s a problem. When you’ve campaigned on being a problem solver, it’s difficult to get re-elected when you’ve caved to Ms. Pelosi on every major issue. If Democrats think that they can win by just opposing everything Trump, they’re stupid. The Problem Solvers Caucus members are certain to get highlighted as part of the do-nothing Democrats during the 2020 post-Conventions campaign. And let’s be honest about something. When President Trump paints a bullseye in the middle of your chest, this is the likely outcome:

It isn’t too early for House freshmen Democrats to start working on their concession speeches. Lots of them will be giving that type of speech come November, 2020. When you care more about partisanship than about doing what’s right for the nation, you should expect to lose.

If this article doesn’t stir Democrats to action, then they’ll be exposed as heartless politicians who only care about winning elections. Here’s a serious question for House Democrats: Why don’t you attempt to put nation ahead of political gain for a change?

I won’t pretend that the GOP is faultless on immigration. Still, I know Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) has put together legislation together to fix the current crisis. That’s leaps and bounds beyond anything that House Democrats have done.

Mark Morgan, the acting director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, didn’t pull punches in addressing the crisis:

Participating in the briefing was Sen. Chuck Grassley. Here’s what he had to say about what he’d heard:

I can’t believe that this actually happens but that people down there in Central America or Mexico are renting babies to get across the border and then sending them back and renting them again to get across the border. The public doesn’t know about it. I hope you guys will help advertise that, assuming the information that I heard yesterday was accurate because that’s a humanitarian crisis that we have to be concerned about.

What will Nancy do? What will Chuck do? Can they be bothered to give a damn? Thus far, they’ve said that it was a manufactured crisis, that the problem was caused by President Trump’s policies or simply refused to fix the asylum loopholes.

Their accomplices in the press, especially Jessica Tarlov, insist that Democrats care about border security. That’s BS. If they cared, they’d pass Sen. Graham’s 11-page bill that could fix these problems within a week. Democrats won’t do that, though. Their actions speak for themselves.

If Democrat members of the Problem Solvers Caucus don’t defy Ms. Pelosi, most of those freshmen Democrats will be one-term wonders. If Pelosi, Schumer and the Democrats listen to the Resist Movement, they’ll deserve to lose in a landslide. This is a crisis. Crises demand fixing.

Thus far, Democrats have failed miserably.

Anyone that thinks that Democrats don’t have a border security crisis isn’t paying attention. They definitely haven’t read Paul Bedard’s article about the crisis that Democrats refuse to fix.

Bedard’s article starts by saying “Calling the surprising May surge in illegal immigrant arrests on the border the “worst case scenario,” a top immigration analyst has boosted the expected level of crossings 10%, to over 1 million. U.S. Customs and Border Protection on Wednesday revealed that May apprehensions topped 144,000. This year has seen 676,315 apprehensions so far, up 99% over this time last year. That shocked immigration officials who had hoped it would drop in part due to the Trump administration’s get tough efforts on the border and the potentially deadly heat migrants encounter traveling through northern Mexico.”

Thus far, House Democrats haven’t lifted a finger to fix the immigration crisis. They’ve passed an immigration bill that will invite more illegal aliens to our borders but they haven’t passed a bill that’d fix the asylum crisis or the humanitarian crisis or the exploitation of young girl crisis.

Further, Democrat members of the Problem Solvers Caucus haven’t written a single piece of legislation that addresses these crises. If Democrat members of the Problem Solvers Caucus wont fix problems, then they’re worthless! They should be thrown out in large numbers in November, 2020.

By contrast, Sen. Lindsey Graham is working with President Trump to fix the problem. He’s written actual legislation that’d fix many of the problems. The chances that Democrats will work with Sen. Graham is virtually nonexistent. As long as the Resist Movement exists, then Democrats will be Democrats first, patriots only as a last resort.

Steven Kopits, the president of Princeton Policy Advisors which has predicted that immigrant apprehensions would reach 931,000 this year, expressed concern about the May numbers and boosted his prediction to 1,072,000. “This is the highest for the month of May since 2000 and the highest for any calendar month since March 2006,” he said in a report provided to Secrets. “We had expected a major surge heading into the summer months, but this is above our worst case scenario,” he added.

Today on Outnumbered, Harry Reid’s former spin-meister said that it’s finally time to have a conversation about this subject. Fuck that noise. (Pardon my French but this subject pisses me off on multiple levels.) The time for a leisurely conversation was a year ago. This time, it’s time for action:

Sen. Graham’s legislation will fix most, if not all, of the incentives that’ve precipitated this crisis. I’m betting that Democrat support for Sen. Graham’s legislation will be minimal, if that. Democrats are too obedient to the Resist activists to support Sen. Graham’s legislation. That’s because today’s Democrats are politicians first, patriots only rarely. What a sickening bunch.

When it comes to cowardice, it’s difficult to picture anyone more cowardly than Nancy Pelosi. This article highlights how she wants to hold impeachment hearings without calling them impeachment hearings. In the article, she talks about investigations and how she doesn’t want President Trump impeached. (Instead, she wants President Trump put in prison.)

What’s insulting to the American people is that Ms. Pelosi apparently thinks that her grandstanding will take the spotlight away from the Democrats’ investigation obsession and the Democrats’ ignoring of real crises like doing nothing to fix our asylum laws that have literally attracted hundreds of thousands of illegal aliens the past 3 months.

People living in the desert Southwest should inflict maximum damage on Ms. Pelosi by defeating as many Democrats as possible. The worst punishment for cowards like Ms. Pelosi is to take away their political power. This video is proof that Ms. Pelosi is either a liar or badly in need of psychiatric help:

Ms. Pelosi insists that “there’s great grief and sadness and pain in our country over the behavior of this President of the United States.” What the hell is she babbling about? That’s beyond Mueller delusional. That’s psycho ward delusional. While the people are about to re-elect President Trump, Pelosi insists that those people are sad that President Trump is still president.

I’ll stipulate that DC Democrats hate President Trump. That’s where Pelosi gets this opinion from. Beyond DC, though, few people hate President Trump. Certainly, Democrat activists hate President Trump. Still, those haters pale in comparison to the hard-working blue collar workers who are experiencing a rejuvenation of their local economies thanks to President Trump’s policies. The DC haters (like Ms. Pelosi) are outnumbered by those who are grateful.

Finally, it’s obvious that Pelosi is too cowardly to call out the hateful few because she needs their fundraising dollar. If that isn’t the definition of cowardice, then that definition doesn’t exist.

The first paragraph of Tim Ryan’s opinion piece sounds reasonable. It’s a statement of why he wants to be president. It’s actually semi-coherent.

It says “Like many Americans, my family and I have spent our entire lives at the epicenter of de-industrialization. We’ve watched as urban and rural communities have been hollowed out — good paying jobs have gone overseas, too many people have died from opioid addiction and our neighborhoods have crumbled from failing infrastructure.”

Unfortunately for Ryan, the next paragraph is pure BS:

We are fed up. I am fed up. And that is why I am running for president. I’m going to lead a revolution for working people in America. This includes all workers: white, black and brown, men and women, gay and straight, urban and rural. In other words, I want to fight for all the Americans left behind by Trump’s elitist economic agenda that puts the well-being of millionaires, billionaires and corporations above that of hardworking Americans.

What the hell is he talking about? Trump’s elitist economic agenda? This is the lie that Democrats will peddle. And yes, lie is exactly the right word. President Trump’s economic policies have brought manufacturing jobs back in large numbers. The small coal-mining communities of southern Ohio and also Pennsylvania are significantly better off today than they were 4 years ago. That’s why Ohio went from being a swing state to being a solid red state in 4 years (2012 to 2016.)

Further, as Larry Kudlow frequently highlights, wages for the lowest wage earners are growing fastest:

The Democrats’ goal is to paint the economy as rigged for “millionaires and billionaires” while giving President Obama the credit for the great economy. The Democrats want it both ways. Imagine that!

The Democrats’ economic message, including Tim Ryan’s, is BS on steroids. Listen to Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren or Tim Ryan. You’d think we were living in Soupline America when we’re actually living in fantastic economic times.

I’m tired of Democrats criticizing this economy. Each month for a year, I’ve read articles predicting a recession is near. That’s BS too. That’s the Democrats’ fear-mongering. Democrats hate prosperity when Republicans are in office.

Ultimately, Ryan has an economic message, which puts him ahead of most Democrat presidential candidates, including Hillary Clinton in 2016. Unfortunately for him, his message, like most Democrats’ economic message, is BS, aka fiction.

UPDATE: Tim Ryan complained about jobs being exported. This article addresses that issue:

Robbie Hunter, president of the state Building and Construction Trades Council, which represents more than 400,000 workers, says that dozens of his members plan a major “Blue Collar Revolution” demonstration Saturday morning at the California Democratic Party convention in San Francisco, which will be attended by 14 of the Democratic presidential contenders and 5,000 delegates and guests.

The effort aims to send a message that the party is in danger of eroding a critical base if it continues to back the Green New Deal resolution being pushed in Washington, D.C. by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and her allies. Hunter argues the measure’s goals could endanger thousands of jobs in the Southern California oil industry alone. “All it does is do what the Democratic Party seems to be very good at lately — which is export our jobs, while doing nothing for the end game, which is the environmental,” Hunter said.

Until Democrats push environmental extremists out of their party, they’ll continue losing blue collar voters.

Alan Dershowitz and Jonathan Turley both wrote excoriating opinion pieces for The Hill Magazine. Turley’s article is, in my opinion, the harsher of the two. That isn’t to say that Dershowitz’s article pulled any punches.

The hardest hit in Professor Turley’s article came when he said “Last week, I wrote that it has become sacrilegious to question the motives or performance of Mueller. His press conference was the greatest test of such blind faith. Mueller announced that “the report is my testimony” and that he would not answer questions from Congress either, beyond what is already in his final report. From anyone else, such a statement would be denounced as arrogant, evasive, or both. However, many members of Congress and the media accepted it as the gospel according to Mueller.”

I would’ve tried pulling the same stunt if I’d been in Mueller’s position. That being said, I wouldn’t have put myself in that position because I respect the principle of the presumption of innocence. Apparently, so does Prof. Dershowitz:

Until today, I have defended Mueller against the accusations that he is a partisan. I did not believe that he personally favored either the Democrats or the Republicans, or had a point of view on whether President Trump should be impeached. But I have now changed my mind. By putting his thumb, indeed his elbow, on the scale of justice in favor of impeachment based on obstruction of justice, Mueller has revealed his partisan bias. He also has distorted the critical role of a prosecutor in our justice system.

Here’s Prof. Dershowitz’s interview with Shannon Bream, herself an attorney:

I’m not an attorney or a constitutional scholar. It doesn’t require one to notice that Mueller went too far with his ‘press conference’ (at which he took no questions). The presumption of innocence applies to everyone. Chairman Nadler, Speaker Pelosi and other Democrats repeatedly say that “President Trump isn’t above the law.” That’s true but, just like other Americans, he’s presumed innocent until the prosecutor proves beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant is guilty.

Professor Dershowitz and Professor Turley are both Democrats. Both voted for Hillary Clinton. That being said, both put a higher priority on protecting civil rights than they put on political victories. I can’t say that about partisan Democrats like Pelosi, Nadler, Schiff, Swalwell, etc. That last bunch are just political hacks.