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Last night, Sean Hannity talked about a number of things that need changing before the 2022 midterm elections. I’ve been talking about changing election laws for months so I’d better throw in my 2 cents worth. One thing that’s important to change is the last date that early voting/mail-in/absentee ballots can be submitted. I’d love a change to end early voting but that isn’t likely with Democrats controlling enough governorships or state legislative bodies to prevent that outcome.

If the words ‘early voting’ mean anything, then the last day of early voting shouldn’t be the day before Election Day. The only reason to have it that late is to create a chaotic system. If you want an orderly system, you have to end early voting 7-10 days before Election Day. Further, you allow the counting and inspection of early voting/absentee/mail-in ballots a week before Election Day.

To ensure accountability with mail-in, early and absentee ballots, ballots and envelopes should have a barcode printed on it. Day of Election, aka DOE, ballots shouldn’t have a barcode on them. That way, we could separate DOE ballots from mail-in, early and absentee ballots.

As usual, Kim Strassel’s article highlights the problems she found:

Yet the beauty of ballot harvesting is that it is nearly impossible to prove fraud. How many harvesters offered to deliver votes, only to throw away inconvenient ones? How many voters were pushed or cajoled, or even paid—or had a ballot filled and returned for them without their knowledge? And this is before questions of what other mischief went on amid millions of mailed ballots (which went to wrong addresses or deceased people) and reduced voter verification rules. As the Heritage Foundation’s election expert Hans von Spakovsky has explained, mail-in voting is the “single worst form of election possible” because “it moves the entire election beyond the oversight of election officials.”

Election integrity legislation should be the first priority of every GOP legislator or governor in 2021. Legislators and governors should insist that accountability be their state’s highest priority. If possible, wipe away the agreements that courts reached with Democrat politicians:

Using the virus as an excuse, Democratic and liberal groups brought scores of lawsuits to force states to adopt its provisions. Many Democratic politicians and courts happily agreed. States mailed out ballots to everyone. Judges disregarded statutory deadlines for receipt of votes. They scrapped absentee-ballot witness requirements. States set up curbside voting and drop-off boxes. They signed off on ballot harvesting.

Challenging these courts’ rulings is the essential first step. Get federal courts involved as often as possible. That’s why President Trump nominated all those conservative judges and Lindsey Graham, Chuck Grassley and Mitch McConnell got them confirmed. Put them to work.

These are just the first few suggestions. They aren’t the only things that need fixing to implement election security. This project requires vigilance, activism and educating/persuading people. Let’s get this system fixed.

Saying that Nancy Pelosi’s diatribe wasn’t her finest moment is understatement. Appearing on CNN’s The Situation Room, Nancy Pelosi lost her cool when Wolf Blitzer pushed her on the latest stimulus bill. During the interview, Pelosi said “What I say to you is, I don’t know why you’re always an apologist and many of your colleagues are apologists for the Republican position.” That’s rich. Calling CNN’s hosts GOP “apologists” is rich.

Pelosi wasn’t done, though. Next, she said “Ro Khanna, that’s nice. That isn’t what we’re going to do. And nobody’s waiting until February. I want this very much now because people need help now. But it’s no use giving them a false thing just because the president wants to put a check with his name on it in the mail.” Pelosi isn’t interested in compromising. She’s interested in saying no until she gets everything.

When she wasn’t lashing out at Blitzer, she lashed out at Democrats:

Andrew Yang, he’s lovely. Ro Khanna, he’s lovely. They are not negotiating this situation. They have no idea of the particulars

Then there’s this:

“What makes me amused, if it weren’t so sad, is how you all think that you know more about the suffering of the American people than those of us who are elected by them to represent them at that table,” Pelosi said.

What’s sad is having a rich San Fransisco hardline progressive living in a gated community telling people that they’re out of touch with people’s suffering. It’s really pathetic to see this:

As pathetic as that was, this diatribe is exponentially worse:

Seeing Pelosi screaming “We feed them” is kinda frightening. She was angry. Pelosi’s facial expressions said everything, though I thought it was interesting for her to say that President Trump’s $1.8 trillion package was “nowhere close to the good.” This partial paragraph speaks volumes:

In addition to Khanna and Yang, moderate Democrats in the bipartisan Problem Solvers Caucus have also been vocal in recent weeks about urging leaders to reach a deal to help Americans in need because of circumstances arising from the pandemic.

The Democrats on the Problem Solvers Caucus haven’t pushed any solutions. They’ve been spineless. Problem Solvers Caucus Democrats haven’t pushed Pelosi. She’s treated them like nuisances. That’s what she does with members of her caucus when they speak out against her.

It’s painfully obvious that Pelosi isn’t interested in negotiating with anyone. She’s pushed aside Mnuchin and Meadows, then the Problem Solvers Caucus, then Wolf Blitzer.

This morning, President Trump took to Twitter to taunt Nancy Pelosi into doing the right thing for the American people. President Trump tweeted “The House and Senate should IMMEDIATELY Approve 25 Billion Dollars for Airline Payroll Support and 135 Billion Dollars for Paycheck Protection Program for Small Business. Both of these will be fully paid for with unused funds from the Cares Act. Have this money. I will sign now!”

Pelosi is now in a can’t win situation. That’s why President Trump is considered a master negotiator. When he cut off negotiations on a COVID relief package, analysts of all political stripes said that he’d handed Democrats a political victory. Obviously, President Trump had this quartet of aces up his sleeve when he ordered Secretary Mnuchin and Chief of Staff Meadows to suspend negotiations.

That announcement yesterday sent stocks tumbling, with the DJIA finishing off 375.88. With this new plan, the DJIA (Dow Jones Industrial Average) is currently up 424.79, gaining back everything from yesterday, then jumping above the 28,000 mark.


Less than 30 minutes later, President Trump tweeted this:


Meanwhile, Democrats continue insulting President Trump:

This is behavior unbecoming of the Speaker’s office:

Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), in a call with Democratic lawmakers on Tuesday, floated the question of whether the steroids President Trump is taking to treat his case of the coronavirus led to his decision to endorse parts of a coronavirus stimulus deal just hours after telling his negotiators to walk away from talks.

“Believe me, there are people … who think that steroids have an impact on your thinking. So, I don’t know,” Pelosi said on a call with Democrats after Trump’s Tuesday night tweets, according to two sources.

What’s happening is that Pelosi has found herself boxed in again. Because she’s boxed in, she’s upset. If she doesn’t pass these standalone relief bills, she’s the villain to the airline industry, to people everywhere waiting for stimulus checks and to small businesses. That’s a disaster for Democrats up for re-election. It would likely hurt Joe Biden, too. If Biden doesn’t support President Trump’s plan and doesn’t offer a plan of his own, then he’s on the hot seat, too. More immediately, this becomes the hot topic for tonight’s Vice Presidential Debate.

Collin Peterson is suffering from Tom Daschle Disease. For those too young to remember, Tom Daschle Disease is characterized when you act conservative when you’re ‘back home’ in a red state or district but vote liberal in Washington, DC. Collin Peterson insists that he still represents Minnesota’s Seventh District just like he always has. That isn’t the truth.

Peterson represents a district that President Trump won by 31 points in 2016. In her announcement that she’s running against Peterson, Michelle Fischbach highlighted as fact that Peterson voted against President Trump’s agenda 85% of the time. That isn’t representing Minnesota’s Seventh District. But that’s just the tip of Peterson’s difficulties. This information should be shared with Seventh District voters immediately:

Each Congress, Peterson votes more with Pelosi. It’s understatement to say that Pelosi’s priorities aren’t the Seventh District’s priorities. Peterson is counting on voters giving him credit for being independent-minded:

“He doesn’t back down”? Seriously? Apparently, that’s DC-Speak for ‘He does what Pelosi wants.’ Like someone who’s been in DC 30 years, Peterson has a nasty case of DC-itis, too, which is just as bad as Tom Daschle Disease. The only cure for DC-itis is defeat at the ballot box.

Tuesday afternoon, President Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu joined the foreign ministers of the UAE and Bahrain in signing history-shattering peace agreements. These agreements are now known as the “Abraham Accords.”

In his remarks, President Trump said “Thanks to the great courage of the leaders of these three countries, we take a major stride toward a future in which people of all faiths and backgrounds live together in peace and prosperity.” Prime Minister Netanyahu added “This day is a pivot of history, it heralds a new dawn of peace. For thousands of years the Jewish people have prayed for peace, for decades the Jewish state has prayed for peace, and this is why today we are filled with such profound gratitude.”

They were joined by UAE Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan and Dr. Abdullatif bin Rashid Al Zayani, Bahrain’s Foreign Minister. Zayani praised the deal, saying “Mr. President, your statesmanship and tireless efforts have brought us here today and made peace a reality.”

Meanwhile, Democrats acted like disgruntled children, with Speaker Pelosi sounding particularly bitter:

The signing of a pair of historic peace agreements is a “distraction” from COVID? What type of warped person is Ms. Pelosi? These agreements are historic because it isn’t often that Arab nations recognize Israel’s right to exist. That’s why Tuesday’s agreements are only the third and fourth agreements in Israel’s history.

The first agreement was the Camp David Accords between Israel and Egypt. They were signed by Egyptian President Anwar Sadat and Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin on Sept. 17, 1978. (Sadat was assassinated 3 years later.) Next was the signing of the Israel–Jordan peace treaty in Oct., 1994. That was the last treaty between Israel and an Arab nation until yesterday.

Pelosi is one of the most tone-deaf politicians in DC history. That’s why there’s an anti-Democrat backlash building. Pelosi thinks that COVID is the top issue with voters. Just ask yourself this question. What’s most likely to get your attention — the shooting of the LA sheriff deputies or the daily update of COVID statistics? That isn’t a fair fight.

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.

MSNBC’s Steve Rattner has a difficult responsibility today. He had the unenviable task of explaining why today’s jobs report wasn’t great news. Let’s just say that he gave it the good old college try:

Rattner said “The good news is that we added 1.4 million new jobs. The bad news is that we added fewer jobs than the previous month and way fewer jobs the month before that.” Steve Rattner isn’t an idiot, though he apparently plays one on MSNBC. Of course, the job creation numbers this month are way down from the report 2 months ago, when a record 4,800,000 jobs were created. Still, it’s the 4th largest job creation figure behind June, May and July of this year.

This article takes a similarly negative tone:

Employers added another 1.4 million jobs to the US economy in August, as the jobs recovery continued to slow.

This was in line with expectations, and down from 1.7 million jobs added in July and 4.8 million in June. Every person who can go back to work is a win for the recovery from the unprecedented jobless crisis the Covid-19 pandemic has brought on. However, America is still down 11.5 million jobs from February. This means millions of families are still in need of benefits to make ends meet while Congress continues to argue about the next stimulus package.

The needs should be met by targeting areas of need. Naturally, Nancy Pelosi insists that everything is terrible:

The August jobs report highlights the continuing urgent need for action as the economic recovery stimulated by Congress’s early and robust investments continues to slow down. More than six months into this crisis, tens of millions are still out of work, particularly in communities of color, with more than 1 million Americans having filed for pandemic and initial unemployment claims for 24 straight weeks, and millions more are facing food insecurity, unsafe schools and workplaces, and the devastating prospect of eviction and homelessness.

The needs that are urgent are shrinking. Thankfully, Joe Biden’s policies weren’t in place. If they were, we’d have a major crisis. President Trump continues to bring manufacturing companies back from other countries, which strengthens the US economy while strengthening our national security. Ms. Pelosi sees the economy pick up momentum. If she doesn’t negotiate a deal, fast, President Trump will get most of the credit. Here’s more Pelosi BS:

“Sadly, Republicans continue to demonstrate their utter contempt for the lives and livelihoods of millions of Americans who are being devastated by Republicans’ deadly inaction. The White House and Senate Republicans have made clear that they still do not comprehend the scale of this disaster or the urgent needs of our communities and the American people. House Democrats have come to the negotiating table willing to compromise, and we will continue reaching out until we achieve a fair agreement that meets the needs of all Americans.

Thank Larry Kudlow for some sunshine:

This article is definitely music to President Trump’s ears. The Bureau of Labor Statistics, aka the BLS, reports that “U.S. employers added 1.4 million jobs last month and the unemployment rate fell to 8.4%.” This isn’t just a recovery. To use President Trump’s terminology, it’s a rocketship recovery. In a campaign speech in Latrobe, PA, he said it isn’t just a V-shaped recovery. It’s a super-V. At its worst, the unemployment rate hit 14.7%. In the 4 months since, that rate dropped to 13.3%, then to 11.1%, then to 10.2%. This month’s unemployment rate dropped to 8.4%.

Despite that major drop in the unemployment rate, ABCNews did its best to characterize the drop this way:


The “unemployment rate dropped slightly”? Seriously? As usual, Ed Morrissey nails it with this analysis:

All in all, it’s a fantastic report, especially given the predictions of collapse when the CARES Act expired. There may still be some need for targeted stimulus, but it’s become clear that we do not need broad-based helicopter cash to keep the economy on track now. What we need is broad-based support for getting the rest of America reopened.

Earlier this week, the ADP report predicted a much smaller increase in jobs:

Private payroll growth came in well below expectations for August, according to a report Wednesday from ADP, whose job tallies have differed widely from the government’s during the coronavirus pandemic. Companies added 428,000 jobs during the month, well below the 1.17 million estimate from economists surveyed by Dow Jones though a leap above the lackluster 212,000 that ADP measured for July.

They were only off by 1,000,000 jobs created. There’s nothing disappointing or lackluster about August’s jobs report. This article takes an optimistic view of things:

“We are still moving in the right direction and the pace of the jobs recovery seems to have picked up, but it still looks like it will take a while, and likely a vaccine, before we get back close to where we were at the beginning of this year,” said Tony Bedikian, head of global markets at Citizens Bank. “We continue to be optimistic that the economy has turned a corner and that we’ll continue to see steady progress.

This isn’t good news for the Biden campaign. It isn’t good news for Nancy Pelosi’s negotiations on another stimulus package. This says that targeted relief is more in order rather than tons of cash just dropped indiscriminately to everyone.

When Nancy Pelosi ignored San Francisco’s laws, she essentially said that laws are for the little people. Ms. Pelosi’s elitist attitude disgusts most people who follow politics. It’s an attitude that’s the opposite of Newt Gingrich’s attitude.

Part of Speaker Gingrich’s Contract With America. Included in Speaker Gingrich’s Contract With America is this item:

require all laws that apply to the rest of the country also apply to Congress

That law was repealed in 2009, when Pelosi was Speaker, Harry Reid was Senate Majority Leader and Barack Obama was president. Apparently, Democrats think that it’s a terrible idea to require the ruling class to live by the laws that they impose on the rest of society. When Republicans restore unified GOP government this November, their first task should be to restore that law. This is why that law is needed:

After lecturing the people about mandating wearing a mask in public, Nancy Pelosi ignored science. She didn’t wear a mask during a hair appointment to a salon that’s closed to the little people. Rather than being repentant, Ms. Pelosi is demanding an apology:

Nancy Pelosi won’t get dragged into court for violating San Francisco’s COVID laws. Apparently, people of privilege aren’t subject to that scrutiny. (Whatever happened to “Nobody’s above the law, not even the President?”) Democrat TV flacks are defending her, which is the equivalent of defending the indefensible.

What Ms. Pelosi did was thoroughly reprehensible. She did what others aren’t allowed to do. Further, Ms. Pelosi sent the unmistakable message that the salon is open for her convenience but the salon owner wasn’t allowed to open and earn a living. What’s worst, though, is that Pelosi then went on MSDNC and lectured President Trump for doing what she just did.

Ms. Pelosi is a reprehensible, disgusting politician. As the most powerful Democrat in Washington, DC, she’s treated laws as optional for herself but required for the little people. It’s time to throw her out of the Speaker’s office and replace her with Kevin McCarthy. McCarthy actually cares about people, something that Ms. Pelosi doesn’t do.

We are likely just 28+ days away from Nancy Pelosi’s Shutdown. She’s been in a fowl mood all year for multiple reasons. It started with impeachment, which helped Republicans. Next, Ms. Pelosi ripped up her copy of President Trump’s State of the Union Address:

After that, Pelosi told people to visit Chinatown even though COVID had started spreading human-to-human:

Next, Pelosi tried stuffing the COVID relief bill with lots of Democrat wish list items. She wound up getting a little extra funding for the Kennedy Center. When the COVID 2.0 relief bill was passed out of the Senate, Pelosi got caught on TV talking about her favorite ice creams:

Next, Pelosi thought that she’d hurt Trump with the George Floyd Riots. That turned out to be wishful thinking. Law and order turned out to be a majore net plus for President Trump. It still is. She’s still trying to play hardball over the next COVID relief bill. Thus far, that hasn’t gone well for Ms. Pelosi.

Knowing that Ms. Pelosi a) often misreads the room and b) doesn’t like getting humiliated, there’s a high profile bill that needs to pass just after the first presidential debate — the bill to fund the government for the next year. I’m betting she’s willing to shut down the government. In fact, I’m betting she’s planning on blaming the shutdown on President Trump.

The problem with that strategy is that President Trump, Sen. McConnell, Secretary Mnuchin and Chief of Staff Meadows are likely anticipating this gambit. They’ll have a reasonable option available. When Pelosi tries blaming her shutdown on Trump, he’ll be able to take to the world’s biggest megaphone and highlight his plan. It won’t take long for congressional Democrats in swing districts to bail on Pelosi.

Without a PR stunt, Pelosi is likely to lose her speaker’s gavel. What does she have to lose at this point?