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With the Democrats’ nomination process underway, pundits across the nation have handicapped the state of the race ad nauseum. According to the experts, there are multiple lanes in the Democratic Party. Initially, there was a socialist wing, a moderate wing and a Joe Biden wing. Initially, it was thought that Bernie would share the socialist wing with Elizabeth Warren. That changed when Bernie suffered a heart attack in early October. Shortly thereafter, it was thought that he’d end his campaign.

When Bernie returned, he quickly regained momentum. That eventually pushed Elizabeth Warren into a different lane, sometimes known as the Uniter lane. Under this theory, Sen. Warren would unite the Bernie wing and the moderate wing. It didn’t make sense but that’s the Warren campaign’s spin. When Bloomberg and Steyer jumped into the race, that created a ‘Billionaires Lane.’

Ultimately, though, the only lane that matters is the Republican lane. President Trump fills that lane by himself. President Trump’s personality wipes out the sun. This afternoon, when President Trump held a rally in Las Vegas, he brought up the 1980 US Olympic Hockey team to honor them because Saturday is the 40th anniversary of the day the US defeated the then-Soviet Union hockey team:

The Democrats’ biggest problem is that President Trump is the guy who sucks all the media oxygen out of the room. His policies are working fantastically. Illegal immigration is getting more under control with each month. The economy is the best it’s been in terms of wage growth and unemployment rate since Clinton. In terms of GDP growth, the only presidents who’ve done better recently are Clinton and Reagan. The Democrats’ presidential candidates are mediocre at best. It’s irrelevant whether Democrats run Bernie or Bloomberg.

Bloomberg has been exposed as a billionaire attempting to buy the White House. He’s apologized for keeping NYC streets safe. He’s said exceptionally racist things. He’s exposed as a sexist, too.

Bernie is a socialist millionaire who wants to confiscate successful people’s wealth. He honeymooned in the Soviet Union when it was still the Soviet Union. He’s said that breadlines are good:

One’s nutty (Bernie). The other’s arrogant (Bloomberg). Let’s see which Democrat gets to get drubbed. PS- Pass the popcorn.

Larry Jacobs thinks that Amy Klobuchar has reached her prove it point in the race. After a strong debate performance in New Hampshire, she translated that into a mini-fundraising windfall. Then she finished a strong third place there.

I wrote here that Klomentum has disappeared. She had a disappointing debate performance Wednesday. The RCP average of polls shows her in sixth place for the Democrat presidential nomination. There’s no momentum and she’s campaigning in Colorado 2 days before the Nevada Caucuses. Those aren’t the signs of a confident candidate.

At this point, St. Amy’s campaign is just about finished. Prof. Jacobs, political science professor and department head at the University of Minnesota, notes “This is a state where the DFL, the base of the DFL, are probably more progressive than Amy Klobuchar. So I think there’s a real risk that she’ll lose Minnesota. Amy Klobuchar cannot be everywhere at the same time.” About Super Tuesday, Jacobs said “She’s going to need a good showing. We’re getting very close to the ‘prove it’ point.”

I question whether Sen. Klobuchar will still be in the race by Super Tuesday. She’s in 6th place in Nevada the day before that state’s caucuses:

She’s in 6th place in South Carolina, too:

After that campaigning gets expensive in California, Texas, North Carolina, etc. People are hinting that, at this point, she’s really running for VP but I question that. How appealing is she to Bernie or Bloomberg, the 2 likely ‘finalists’ for the Democrat presidential nomination?

If this article sends any message, it’s that Sen. Klobuchar has written off Nevada’s caucuses. This isn’t surprising, considering the fact that she turned in her worst debate performance at the worst possible time. Getting into a food fight with Pete Buttigieg made both look petulant.

The fact that Sen. Klobuchar is campaigning in Colorado, a Super Tuesday state, 2 days before the Nevada Caucuses isn’t a sign of strength. It’s proof that she’s giving up on Nevada. Caucuses take organization, something that Sen. Klobuchar doesn’t have. In New Hampshire, she had a great debate. That catapulted her to a strong third place finish. Her fundraising picked up after that debate, too.

According to RealClearPolitics averages, Sen. Klobuchar hasn’t shown any Klomentum:

The truth is that Sen. Klobuchar’s campaign is essentially dead. After Nevada’s caucuses is South Carolina’s first-in-the-South Primary. She isn’t doing well there, either:

I suspect that South Carolina will be the end of the road for Sen. Klobuchar. Based on this polling from California, I’m betting that Sen. Klobuchar’s fundraising will dry up totally before California:

California is an expensive media state so she wouldn’t be competitive there. If she’s a team player, she’ll drop out after South Carolina. In this video, Klobuchar and Buttigieg both flame out:

Both candidates came across poorly, though I thought Buttigieg came across as a snot-nosed little punk. I thought Klobuchar lost her composure but Buttigieg came across as thoroughly unlikable.

Money won’t erase the memory of Mini Mike’s evasive answer when Elizabeth Warren prosecuted Mini Mike about lawsuits. CNN pundit Van Jones said that Bloomberg looked like the Titanic while Sen. Warren looked like the iceberg. That sums it up pretty nicely. Watch this and decide for yourself:

Obviously, this was a great moment for Sen. Elizabeth Warren. This was likely Sen. Warren’s finest debate performance. Bloomberg’s reply was entirely defensive and evasive. While Sen. Warren demanded specifics, Bloomberg spoke about statistics and awards that his organization had won.

The question that remains is whether this temporarily hurts Bloomberg or whether it sinks his ship. Will he organize a press conference and surround himself with women as character witnesses? Or will voters agree with Sen. Warren that voting for Bloomberg is voting for an out-of-touch billionaire? I suspect that we won’t know the answer to that until Super Tuesday.

Considering the fact that the Democrats’ establishment is frightened to death of Bernie, another thing to watch is whether the Democrats’ establishment will try to resuscitate Bloomberg’s campaign. Prior to last night’s debate, Bloomberg had moved up in the polls by running a pretty decent campaign. The campaign got high marks for their commercials.

Then came last night. No amount of slick ads can eliminate last night’s performance. Further, Bloomberg had gotten hit with one opposition research dump after another that made him look elitist and out-of-touch. His demeaning talk about farmers was particularly disgusting, especially after watching Paul Harvey’s ‘So God made a farmer”:

The farmer in Paul Harvey’s story is strong, virtuous, compassionate, hard-working and the type of man that others look up to. Mini Mike is none of those things. He’s an elitist city slicker who’s hiding something.

To say that Wednesday night went perfectly for President Trump is epic understatement. During his Phoenix rally, President Trump gave the jam-packed arena audience an update on the Democrats’ presidential debate being held in Las Vegas. When he spoke about the Democrats’ presidential debate, Trump said “Now they have a new member of the crew, Mini Mike. No Boxes, we call him No Boxes. I hear he’s getting pounded tonight. I hear they’re pounding him. I think he spent all this money, he has maybe 15 points. Hey, fake news, how many points does he have? They won’t tell you the truth.”

Yes, Mini Mike got pounded Wednesday night. Elizabeth Warren had her best performance by starting strong with this shot:

Wow! Bloomberg looked flummoxed, pissed and uncertain. His face was frozen. (He needs to work on his poker face.) He wasn’t happy being the center of attention. Most importantly, gone was Bloomberg’s TV ad persona. It’s easy to look polished when you aren’t facing live bullets. It’s another thing to look polished when there’s live ammunition coming at you starting in the first minute.

Meanwhile in Phoenix, President Trump had a triumphant rally. He brought the Arizona congressional delegation onto stage. Included in the delegation was Gov. Doug Ducey. Minutes later, President Trump brought up “special guest” Sen. Martha McSally. First, President Trump gave McSally his full endorsement. Then he asked her to speak:

McSally got the crowd on their feet when she said that Mark Kelly “finally admitted” that he’d support Bernie Sanders if he was the Democrats’ nominee. She also ripped into Kelly for his gun-grabbing agenda. It’s difficult to picture Arizonans picking a gun-grabbing socialist over a tax-cutting capitalist who voted to acquit President Trump.

According to this article, Elizabeth Warren was Wednesday’s winner, mostly at Bloomberg’s expense:

Winner: Elizabeth Warren
The Massachusetts senator had performed poorly in the first two primary contests, declined in the national polls, and faded into the background in the past few debates. It looked like her campaign was on death’s door.

It seems like Warren needs a miracle to save her campaign, and while strong debate performances haven’t always translated into good polling in the past, Wednesday night was still one hell of a start. Warren dominated the stage, delivering striking answers in one of the best performances I’ve seen from a presidential candidate — not just in this cycle, but ever.

Then there’s this:

Loser: Mike Bloomberg
Up until Wednesday, Bloomberg’s campaign had been a grand experiment. It eschewed the typical marks of a political campaign — public events, speeches, actual interactions with voters — in favor of an unprecedented ad blitz funded by the former mayor’s seemingly unlimited personal fortune. Bloomberg has spent more than $400 million of his own money on political ads. As my Vox colleague Ezra Klein noted, “if you ignore Tom Steyer, the other self-funding billionaire chasing the Democratic nomination, Bloomberg has spent more than three times as much as all the other Democratic candidates combined.”

President Trump must’ve been smiling Wednesday night. Not only did Trump have fun at the rally but he got great news from the Democrats’ debate.

Bernie Sanders’ Democrat presidential campaign just won a major endorsement ahead of the Nevada Caucus, the South Carolina Primary and Super Tuesday’s slate of events. According to the article, “Mijente, a grass-roots organization that mobilizes Latinx and Chicanx voters, decided to make its first-ever presidential endorsement in response to President Donald Trump’s rhetoric and policies targeting Latinos. The endorsement adds to the growing collection of progressive groups coalescing around the Vermont senator, after earlier expectations they would be divided between him and Elizabeth Warren.”

Politico reports that “Marisa Franco, director and cofounder of Mijente, said the group’s members picked Sanders after a lengthy process that included sit-downs with multiple candidates. In January, its members voted on four options: endorsing Sanders, Warren, both of them, or no endorsement at all. In the end, 70 percent of its members voted to endorse Sanders.

This isn’t insignificant. It’s big news right before the Nevada Caucuses, where Hispanics comprise a significant portion of the voters. If Bernie does well with Hispanics in Nevada, that gives him momentum with that bloc of voters going into Super Tuesday. The biggest prizes on Super Tuesday are California, with 416 delegates, Texas, with 228 delegates, and Florida, with 219 delegates:

Super Tuesday might be a major determining factor for the Democrat nomination, with a total of 1,345 delegates to the Democrat National Convention being up for grabs that night. Democrats require 1,991 delegates to win their nomination.

If Bernie wins Nevada, that means he will have won the popular vote in Iowa, New Hampshire and Nevada. With that type of momentum from the first 3 states, the rest of the states set up nicely for Sen. Sanders. The other thing that’s helping Bernie is the fact that he’s got enough cash to compete with Bloomberg. He can’t match Bloomberg dollar-for-dollar but he doesn’t need to. After all of the opposition research that’s come out against Bloomberg in the past week, Bernie is in a strong position to capitalize on the situation.

Tonight’s debate will play a larger-than-usual role in shaping the race. It wouldn’t surprise me if Bernie captures a strong victory in Nevada on Saturday. It isn’t the delegates that are most important; it’s about maintaining the momentum. If Bernie wins and Buttigieg finishes second, that essentially eliminates the Biden, Warren and Klobuchar campaigns.

I’ve never seen the type of firestorm that’s happening with USAG William Barr. There’s little doubt that Protect Democracy is targeting AG Barr because he isn’t a go-along-to-get-along type. Unlike previous AGs, Barr is a heavyweight.

When Barr didn’t show up for the House Judiciary Committee’s clown show, Steve Cohen Left a bucket of KFC at the table where Barr would’ve sat had he testified. According to the report, “Barr balked at the opportunity to testify for a second day after spending more than five hours on Wednesday defending his summary of the report’s findings.”

The reason AG Barr frightens the Deep State is because he didn’t hesitate in overruling the Deep State prosecutors’ excessive sentencing recommendation for Roger Stone. After that shot against the Deep State prosecutors, Barr sent a shot across President Trump’s bow, too. Before departing for California, President Trump admitted that he’d made Barr’s life more difficult with his tweets.

Next, Deep State Democrats tried getting AG Barr to quit by circulating this gossip:

The Justice Department pushed back Tuesday night at multiple reports claiming Attorney General William Barr told people close to him he’s considering stepping down over President Trump’s tweets, days after Barr admitted that Trump’s tweeting made it “‘impossible for me to do my job.”

AG Barr knows how to fight the bureaucrats who think that they run the DOJ. They don’t run the DOJ. AG Barr does. He let them know that with his sentencing recommendation in the Stone case.

With Washington, DC all aflutter, AG Barr continues doing what he’s paid to do while ignoring DC’s drama:

Speaking before the Senate Wednesday, Barr referred to the letter as “snitty” and suggested a Mueller staffer had written it. Democrats, including a swath of 2020 presidential contenders, have since called for Barr to resign.

Democrats don’t like this guy because he doesn’t play the DC game. Democrats typically can’t get things done legislatively so they rely heavily on the courts. With Democrat corruption running rampant, they can’t afford a strong USAG in place.

The Deep State is legitimately frightened now that John Durham is questioning the FISA warrant process. Democrats don’t want the truth to come out about that. There’s tons of signs out there that the Obama administration weaponized the Intel Community, then used that weaponized IC to surveil the Trump campaign. The last thing that the Deep State wants is a legitimate change agent who won’t settle for the status quo.

Last fall, the buzz was that impeachment was a way to prevent the Barr DOJ from shining a light on the DOJ/FBI corruption.

The DC pundits who’ve been talking about how the votes for ‘moderate’ Democrat presidential candidates outnumber the votes for radical Democrat presidential candidates likely will be surprised by this poll. Hidden deep within the poll is this statistic:

When the Democratic field is reduced to just Sanders and Bloomberg, Sanders holds a 20-point national lead, 57 percent to 37 percent.

The conventional wisdom has been that Elizabeth Warren’s voters would migrate to Bernie and that Joe Biden’s voters would migrate to either Klobuchar or Buttigieg. Apparently, those voters aren’t getting the memo.

Perhaps it’s true that Democrat primary voters realize that there isn’t that big of a difference between Sanders, Warren, Klobuchar and Buttigieg. Stylistically, there’s a little difference but substantively, the difference is quite tiny. This is good news for President Trump, too:

Turning to the general election in November, 47 percent of all registered voters say they approve of Trump’s job performance, up one percentage point from last month and tied for his all-time high in the NBC News/WSJ poll.

By the time the Democrats pick their nominee, President Trump’s GOTV operation will likely be running at full strength. President Trump’s rallies are part of that GOTV effort but it isn’t all of it. President Trump’s rallies serve as a registration drive, too. After each rally, the Trump campaign announces how many registrations happen, what percentage of the registration were former Democrats, what percentage were minorities and what percentage of registrations hadn’t voted in the last presidential election.

President Trump’s message resonates with people. Bernie’s tax hikes galore won’t resonate outside his base. Bloomberg’s $5,000,000,000,000 tax hike will frighten people. You can’t turn out people who reject your message.

Julie Kelly’s article highlights the Swampy critters dedicated to the destruction of all things Trump. The first exhibit is Bill Barr. AG Barr had the audacity to insist that Roger Stone not serve more time in prison than a rapist. When Protect Democracy heard that, they cried ‘injustice’. Within a day, Protect Democracy had found 1,100 “former federal prosecutors” to sign this letter calling for Bill Barr’s resignation.

These 1,100 former federal prosecutors wrote “Although there are times when political leadership appropriately weighs in on individual prosecutions, it is unheard of for the Department’s top leaders to overrule line prosecutors, who are following established policies, in order to give preferential treatment to a close associate of the President, as Attorney General Barr did in the Stone case.”

The Deep State, aka the Swamp, is actually run by a hyperpartisan organization called Protect Democracy. Saying that Protect Democracy is dedicated to preserving the Constitution isn’t tethered to the truth. The first line in Article II, Section 1 clearly states “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:”

Within that presidential chain of command, it’s absurd to think that the Attorney General wouldn’t have the constitutional authority to overrule line prosecutors. The president is elected. The Attorney General is appointed by the president, then confirmed by the Senate. Line prosecutors are neither elected, appointed or confirmed; they’re hired.

The Constitution is worthless without accountability. The president is accountable to those that elected him. The attorney general is accountable to the president who appointed him. Line prosecutors are only accountable to the people that hired them or that are above them in the chain of command.

About Protect Democracy

It’s worth noting that Protect Democracy wasn’t founded until “early 2017.” Protect Democracy wasn’t started until after the Obama administration politicized the DOJ, the FBI, the IRS, the CIA and the State Department. What a coincidence. Further, Protect Democracy didn’t speak out about the Obama administration’s DOJ surveilling newspaper reporters and TV correspondents. Protect Democracy didn’t complain that the IRS was weaponized to prevent TEA Party organizations from fully participating in the 2012 presidential election.

The opening paragraph of Protect Democracy’s letter:

We, the undersigned, are alumni of the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) who have collectively served both Republican and Democratic administrations. Each of us strongly condemns President Trump’s and Attorney General Barr’s interference in the fair administration of justice.

What has President Trump or Attorney General Barr done that’s violated the Constitution? Further, it’s impossible for President Trump and Attorney General Barr to “interfere” in DOJ’s operations. They’re the ones in charge, not the line prosecutors. Then there’s this:

The Justice Manual, the DOJ’s rulebook for its lawyers, states that “the rule of law depends on the evenhanded administration of justice”; that the Department’s legal decisions “must be impartial and insulated from political influence”; and that the Department’s prosecutorial powers, in particular, must be “exercised free from partisan consideration.”

This paragraph is BS. The line prosecutors recommended a sentence of 9 years for a non-violent felony committed by a first-time offender. How is that evenhanded when compared with average sentences of 4.2 years for violent rapists?

But Mr. Barr’s actions in doing the President’s personal bidding unfortunately speak louder than his words. Those actions, and the damage they have done to the Department of Justice’s reputation for integrity and the rule of law, require Mr. Barr to resign. But because we have little expectation he will do so, it falls to the Department’s career officials to take appropriate action to uphold their oaths of office and defend nonpartisan, apolitical justice.

It’s frightening to think that Protect Democracy would sanction DOJ line prosecutors to undercut their boss based on subjective standards. That’s what’s happening.

This morning, Jessica Tarlov tried pushing the Barr-Stone ‘controversy’. It was a pathetic attempt at spin. Predictably, Tarlov implied that it was wrong for Barr to overrule the 4 rogue Deep State prosecutors who recommended that the court sentence Roger Stone to 9 years in prison.

That’s BS. Barr is their boss, not vice versa. They take their orders from Barr. The Democrats have hinted that this is a major scandal. That’s BS, too. If anything, it’s a major scandal that Jonathan Kravis, Aaron Zelinsky, Adam Jed and Michael Marando defied Attorney General Barr’s orders. They didn’t have a right to do that.

Further, do Kravis, Zelinsky, Jed and Marando think that Roger Stone deserve twice as long of a prison sentence as a rapist? How did Kravis, Zelinsky, Jed and Marando arrive at that sentence recommendation? Have this quartet made a habit of defying their boss’s orders? If they haven’t, why did they start defying them now?

The thing that Democrats haven’t explained is why they think Roger Stone deserves twice as much prison time as a convicted rapist. Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi quickly insisted that there be an investigation. They should be ignored. President Trump should hold a press conference, then tell the nation that the prosecutors lied to Attorney General Barr, then submitted a sentencing recommendation that Attorney General Barr shot down.

Check out this mini-speech by Sen. Schumer about the Barr sentencing recommendation:

This is why Sen. Schumer shouldn’t ever be allowed to be the majority leader. Sen. Schumer knows the facts but he’s ignored them. This is why timelines matter. Let’s go through the timeline.

  1. The jury convicted Roger Stone of lying to Congress.
  2. The Deep State prosecutors, the ones that Sen. Schumer called patriots, met with U.S. Attorney Timothy Shea about a sentencing recommendation.
  3. Shea met with AG Barr. Barr recommended that the prosecutors just lay out the facts of the case and let the judge decide the sentence.
  4. After the prosecutors met with Shea, the prosecutors insisted on recommending a sentence of 7-9 years.
  5. When Barr heard about the sentencing recommendation filing, he told his staff to prepare a different filing to reduce the recommendation to 2-3 years.
  6. When the Deep State prosecutors heard that they’d been overruled by their boss, they resigned one-by-one.
  7. A day later, President Trump tweeted that the Deep State prosecutors (my words, not his) had mistreated Stone.
  8. President Trump praised AG Barr for rectifying the situation.

At no point did President Trump contact AG Barr about the Stone sentencing recommendation. AG Barr, however, went on ABC News for an interview:

According to George Stephanopoulos, the prosecutors made their recommendation on “Monday afternoon. Hours later, on Thursday afternoon, President Trump tweeted”:


Catherine Herridge reported that “Senior DOJ official tells CBS News [that the] Department was shocked to see sentencing recommendation Stone case. This is not what was briefed to Dept. The Dept. believes recommendation is extreme, excessive, grossly disproportionate to offenses.”

I repeat: where’s the scandal? The prosecutors (Kravis, Zelinsky, Jed and Marando) disobeyed AG Barr’s order. When AG Barr submitted a lighter sentence, the Deep State prosecutors either got reassigned or left the DOJ. Now, it’s come out that the jury foreperson is a Democrat activist with an axe to grind against both Trump and Stone. The judge (Obama appointee Amy Berman-Jackson) and Stone’s defense attorney did a sloppy job during voir dire and let Tomeka Hart (the vitriolic activist) become a juror, then become the jury foreperson.

Let me state this emphatically. If Roger Stone lied to Congress, he deserves to go to prison. He just doesn’t deserve to serve 9 years. Democrats should quit their yapping about investigating President Trump. His tweet made AG Barr’s job a bit difficult but it wasn’t illegal by any stretch of the imagination. PERIOD. Lindsey Graham’s Senate Judiciary Committee should investigate the 4 Deep State prosecutors to find out why they made the sentencing recommendation they did despite AG Barr’s lighter recommendation.