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Juan Williams isn’t a sane liberal anymore. He isn’t as nuts as Maxine Waters but he’s as nuts as Kamala Harris. The sane Juan Williams disappeared a year or two ago. Now, his articles are more like this article.

The article opens by saying “Just 15 days from Election Day, the GOP is still looking for a message beyond tribal, blind support for President Trump.” That’s beyond stupid. The GOP message is their lengthy list of legislative accomplishments. For instance, they’ve told people how they used the CRA (the Congressional Review Act) to rebuild the coal industry. That isn’t a big national issue but it’s likely playing well in Pennsylvania and Ohio.

The GOP can point at their passing of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which, despite President Obama’s claims, has significantly accelerated economic growth since he left office. The GOP isn’t “still looking for a message beyond tribal, blind support for President Trump.” They’re running on their accomplishments.

Meanwhile, Democrats are running away from the utterly insane wing of their party. They’re denying the fact that large donors like Tom Steyer want to impeach Trump. They’re denying that large donor George Soros wants open borders and terrible immigration laws.

The Democrats, meanwhile, are having success with political ads focused on lowering the high cost of prescription drugs and healthcare while keeping insurance plans for people with preexisting illnesses. ObamaCare is now more popular than the Trump tax cuts with voters.

First, the health care ads are getting raked over the coals by the fact-checkers. Jeff Johnson is fighting back:

Second, anyone that thinks that the ACA is more popular than the tax cuts is relying on questionable polling. Then there’s this:

With the demise of their tax cut message, and the success of the Democrats’ health care message, the GOP switched to claims that Justice Brett Kavanaugh was treated unfairly by Democrats. The intent was clearly to stir up the conservative base.

The “tax cut message” didn’t die. It’s just been overtaken by the economic message of a rapidly growing economy, the lowest unemployment rate since 1969 and other economic great news. At the end of the day, people don’t care as much about tax cuts as they care about big paychecks and lots of jobs. If Williams thinks that’s surprising, he’s an idiot.

Finally, Republicans didn’t need to run ads on the Kavanaugh hearing. The GOP base got plenty pissed off about how Senate Democrats mistreated Justice Kavanaugh. What’s disheartening is how out-of-touch Williams is with people outside of DC. Frankly, I think he should be fired from Fox because he doesn’t contribute anything beyond liberal stupidity.

Last week, Democrats insisted that then-Judge Kavanaugh’s emotional defense of his family and his professional reputation proved that he didn’t have the right temperament to be a Supreme Court justice. This past weekend, Jerrold Nadler told the NYTimes that the Senate Judiciary Committee and the FBI didn’t perform a proper investigation of Justice Kavanaugh so the House Judiciary Committee would perform one if Democrats retake the majority in the House.

Now Juan Williams insists in his latest column that Republicans can’t govern, asking “Can anyone unite the bitter, dysfunctional GOP House conference, which remains at the heart of the federal government dysfunction and has the lowest public approval rating of any branch of government?”

For a reporter, Williams certainly hasn’t noticed that the government got funded on time, they passed a bill to deal with the opioid crisis and that the economy is humming along thanks to the bills that they’ve passed. Other than that, they haven’t gotten anything done.

This is proof that the Democrats’ excuses keep getting more ridiculous each day. What a sad bunch. Here’s Juan Williams telling the FBI how to do its job:

Perhaps, he should work harder at his craft and trust the FBI more.

When A.J. Kern announced that she was primarying Tom Emmer this past summer, the St. Cloud Times forced her to quit writing her monthly column for them. The Times must selectively enforce their policies because Natalie Ringsmuth is running for the ISD 742 school board but she’s still writing her monthly column.

This month, Ringsmuth’s column reads more like a hit piece against Liz Baklaich, who is a city council candidate. Early in her hit piece, Ringsmuth said that she “is always up for a good community conversation — and not just one where everyone agrees with me.”

Actually, that’s pretty much the only kind of “community conversation” that Natalie prefers. The only other kind that she prefers are where her ideological opponents are outnumbered by a wide margin.

Ms. Ringsmuth doesn’t have the integrity to step aside from her column. She’d rather still use it to attack people who oppose her #UniteCloud agenda. That’s Ms. Baklaich’s ‘sin’. She’d much prefer Steve Laraway, a spineless councilman, to represent St. Cloud’s 2nd Ward on St. Cloud’s City Council. Laraway has totally bought into #UniteCloud’s agenda. Why wouldn’t Ringsmuth run interference for her ally?

The truth is that the Times should apologize for this decision. Further, they should immediately publish a rebuttal to Ringsmuth’s hit piece.

Jackass Jim Acosta made another spectacle today, questioning White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee-Sanders about whether she thinks “the press is the enemy of the people.” Rather than answering directly, Huckabee-Sander replied “It’s ironic, Jim, that not only you and the media attack the president for his rhetoric when they frequently lower the level of conversation in this country. Repeatedly, repeatedly the media resorts to personal attacks without any content other than to incite anger.” She then continued, saying “Including your own network said I should be harassed as a life sentence. That I should be choked. ICE officials are not welcomed in their place of worship” before finishing by saying “When I was hosted by the Correspondents’ Association, which almost all of you are members of, you brought a comedian up to attack my appearance and call me a traitor to my own gender. As far as I know, I’m the first press secretary in the history of the United States that’s required Secret Service protection.”

Later, Acosta walked out of the briefing before tweeting this:

Here’s the video of their fiery exchange:

The truth is that Jim Acosta is a spoiled brat with no manners. It’s impossible to take him seriously. Further, his unprofessionalism is obvious to anyone with a functioning brain.

What’s painfully obvious is that this was another attempt to get attention. This was the first time that Acosta talked about the White House Correspondents Dinner fiasco. He didn’t bring it up, either. He spoke to it after Sarah Huckabee-Sanders brought it up along with a lengthy litany of other abuses she’s suffered through. If the media wants to rebuild their credibility, they should stop acting like jackasses. Further, they should stop hiring insulting comediennes for the White House Correspondents Dinner. Nothing says ‘Don’t take me seriously’ like an unfunny, unserious comedian.

The only thing that’s worse is this:

Including your own network said I should be harassed as a life sentence. That I should be choked.

That qualifies as a legitimate reason to say that the press is the enemy of the people. That’s what bitter, hateful people say. That isn’t what a professional with self-respect says. Kicking a reporter out for asking a controversial statement is one thing.

Today’s episode goes far beyond that. That was just mean-spirited unprofessional behavior. Acosta shouldn’t have been allowed to walk out early. He should’ve been kicked out. Then the White House should’ve issued a statement highlighting acceptable and unacceptable behavior.

Tonight, Tucker Carlson played his interview of President Trump. During the interview, Tucker sounded like a Rand Paul pacifist/idiot. About 3 minutes into the interview, Tucker said “So NATO — NATO was chiefly created to prevent the Russians from invading Western Europe. I think you don’t believe that Western Europe is in danger of being invaded by Russia right now so what is the purpose of NATO right now?”

Before getting into President Trump’s reply, my first question is whether Tucker Carlson has ever read a history book about Soviet expansionism. Whether we’re talking about Cuba in the 1950s, Viet Nam in the 1960s and 70s, Afghanistan in 1980, Central America in the 1980s, former Soviet satellites in the 1990s or annexing Crimea in 2014, the Soviet/Russian foreign policy is nothing without expansionism at the heart of its foreign policy.

I usually like Tucker’s shows but Tuesday night’s interview was pathetic. It’s one thing to criticize NATO. A high percentage of those countries are leaches deserving to be called out, with Germany at the top of the list. It’s another when you don’t know basic, easily-researched things like whether the Soviet Union had an expansionist foreign policy. That’s downright sloppy or unprofessional.

During the interview, Tucker criticized the supposed foreign policy establishment whom Tucker described as just being a step short of being interventionists and warmongers. If President Reagan had met with Putin right after Putin had meddled in our elections, he wouldn’t have played the moral equivalency card. Had that question come up during the post-summit press conference, rest assured that President Reagan would’ve shined a white-hot spotlight on Putin.

He might not have made Putin his prison bitch but he would’ve let Putin know that such shenanigans wouldn’t be tolerated anymore. If you’re going to criticize NATO, which I don’t have a problem with, you’ve got to hammer Putin too.

That doesn’t mean that President Trump had a terrible trip. It’s just aggravating for supporters like me to watch him dominate at the NATO meetings, then have him fall flat on his face during the Putin Summit. Trump’s friends insist that we have to deal with Russia because of the nukes. You can’t be dismissive of them but you can remind Putin that we’re the big dog in the room. Yesterday, I saw the stat that compared the size of the U.S. economy with the Russian economy. The U.S. economy is almost $21,000,000,000,000. Russia’s economy just topped $1,469,000,000,000.

Economically speaking, we’re almost 15 times bigger than Russia’s economy. They’d have to be stupid to get into a fight, military or otherwise, with the U.S.

Finally, there’s no way to make nice with the Russians. Their worldview is that of a dictator’s. I’ve said it before but I’ll repeat it again: The Reagan Doctrine is simple. The best time to negotiate with someone is after you’ve scared the bejesus out of them.

Tucker has his moments. Unfortunately, those moments are mixed in with periods of foolishness.

Let’s be blunt. I could use that title for 20 articles per day if I wanted and each of those articles would be about different articles. This time, I’m talking about the Democrats’ reaction following Justice Kennedy’s retirement announcement.

Nan Aron’s op-ed is a classic example of the left’s coming unhinged. Aron wrote “While the news of Justice Anthony Kennedy’s retirement is not entirely unexpected, it still comes as a thunderclap. This is even more true now than it would have been last June, when speculation also swirled around his possible departure. Since then, we have had another year to observe the Trump administration’s downward spiral into cruelty and incoherence, an approach to governing that has not spared the judicial branch. Trump has continued to target courts and judges with the crudest of insults, even as his White House works overtime to push forward lower-court judicial nominees who are among the most ideologically extreme and professionally underqualified we have seen in nearly 40 years in this field.”

Aron’s opinion is based solely on the fact that none of the likely candidates are wildly liberal whose rulings aren’t utterly predictable before the lawsuit gets to the Supreme Court. Aron isn’t alone. Watch CNN’s Jeffrey Toobin totally lose it in this interview:

That’s a stunning prediction. It’s also wildly inaccurate. By comparison, though, his prediction is mild compared with Chris Matthews’ diatribe:

Wow! That’s what unhinged looks like. Couple those videos with the Left’s increasing calls for abolishing ICE and you’re looking at a political party that’s too unhinged to be given the reins of power. Speaking of which, the first 2 Democrat presidential candidates (Kamala Harris and Kirsten Gillibrand) have joined in calling for abolishing ICE.

Why would anyone think that these people are fit for office? What proof is there that they aren’t permanently unhinged? It’s one thing to disagree with the opposition about policy. This isn’t that. This is about people losing it emotionally.

In fact, check out Maxine Waters lose it:

Do these people look like anyone you’d trust with your pet? If you wouldn’t trust them babysitting your pet, why would you give them control of any of the levers of political power? I surely wouldn’t.

Sen. Marco Rubio’s tweets have highlighted the media’s double standards. In one tweet, Sen. Rubio tweeted “I too have concerns about how all this with #NorthKorea will turn out. But I don’t recall all the ‘experts’ criticizing Obama when he met with a brutal dictator in #Cuba who also oversaw a police state & also killed & jailed his opponents. #DoubleStandard”

In another tweet, Sen. Rubio tweeted “President’s meeting with #KJU exposed incredible hypocrisy of many in media. When Obama did these things, he was described as enlightened. When Trump does it he is reckless & foolish. 1 yr ago they attacked Trump for leading us towards war, now attack for being too quick for peace.”

For instance, Chris Matthews said of President Trump “These are awful people and he wants to become best friends with them.” I don’t recall Tingles getting upset with President Obama when he met with Raul Castro, the murderous dictator of Cuba.

When President Obama visited Cuba, they went to a baseball game. Obama proceeded to do the wave while sitting in the stands:

When President Trump met with KJU, it was all business. The negotiations lasted more than 5 hours. They talked about serious subjects. When President Obama was in Cuba, they attended a baseball game, where he was filmed doing the wave.

Today, Democrats are complaining that President Trump didn’t produce any deliverables. I don’t remember Sen. Schumer complaining about President Obama’s trip to Cuba not producing any deliverables. That’s because President Obama’s Cuba trip was about building Obama’s legacy. Trump’s trip was about him doing his best to stop the spread of nuclear weapons to state sponsors of terrorism.

President Obama’s presidency is best known for its missed opportunities. Thus far, President Trump’s legacy is about capitalizing on each opportunity.

Joe Scarborough’s latest rant is a little frightening. In his latest column, Scarborough wrote “It is true that GOP leaders stand silent as President Trump trashes the rule of law, attacks federal judges and declares America’s free press the ‘enemy of the people.’ These lap dogs even remain muzzled as younger Americans are chained to a future of crippling debt. And they shame the memory of the first Republican president, who gave his life ending slavery, by marching alongside a bumbling bigot who labels Hispanics ‘breeders’ and ‘rapists,’ seeks to bar tens of millions of Muslims from entering the country, and defends white supremacy in the ugly aftermath of Charlottesville.”

First, it’s more than a stretch to say that President Trump is trashing the ruled of law. The chairmen of the House Judiciary Committee, the House Intelligence Committee and the House Oversight Committee issued this statement when the Comey memos were released. Here’s the key part of their statement:

Former Director Comey’s memos show the President made clear he wanted allegations of collusion, coordination, and conspiracy between his campaign and Russia fully investigated.

When President Nixon was investigated, Nixon didn’t instruct the FBI to fully investigate the break-in of DNC Headquarters at the Watergate Inn. Nixon did everything imaginable to prevent investigators from finding out the truth.

Next, while calling the liberals’ media enablers the “enemy of the people” is harsh, it isn’t unjustified. The definition of enemies is “a person who feels hatred for, fosters harmful designs against, or engages in antagonistic activities against another; an adversary or opponent.” Certainly, the DC media is filled with animosity towards President Trump. They’ve made things up in their attempt to justify their stories about impeaching President Trump.

It’s fair to say that an intentionally dishonest press is the enemy of the people. That’s because a dishonest press, whether it admits it or not, is putting its thumb on the scales to help one side gain an unfair advantage over the other side. That’s the definition of evil: harmful; injurious

It’s difficult to believe that Mr. Scarborough isn’t being intentionally dishonest in telling his readers that President Trump isn’t trashing the rule of law. Further, during the presidential primaries, Scarborough had Mr. Trump on his show multiple times a week. Other than Trump’s title changing from Mr. to President, Trump hasn’t changed a bit. Examine Scarborough’s facial expressions during this interview of then-Candidate Trump:

Was Mr. Scarborough too stupid to notice Trump’s characterization of Hispanics?

Mr. Scarborough’s credibility is disappearing by the week, thanks to statements like this:

But while the president and his team of misfit lawyers have reason to tread carefully under stormy legal skies, Republicans on Capitol Hill can relax. It’s becoming clear that Trump will not be running for president in 2020.

It’s clear that Joe Scarborough and Bill Kristol hate President Trump more than they love America. At a time when President Trump has a legitimate shot at the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, little brats are distorting the facts, claiming that President Trump hates the rule of law despite proof that President Trump insists on following the rule of law.

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Almost reflexively, Democrats insist that Central Americans flee their country of origin to avoid the gang violence. This article is a good example of that reaction. This recent survey hints that NBC is buying someone’s spin.

First, the NBC article states “At its largest, the caravan included more than 1,500 members. Although many have chosen to stay in Mexico to pursue asylum, just over 600 of them will continue traveling to the United States. Its members are fleeing violence and political conflict in Honduras and other Central American nations. One Salvadoran caravan member said she fears for her life in El Salvador and feels she must continue to the United States in order to be safe from gang violence.”

That won’t be an easy sell. According to the survey, “Hondurans emigrate primarily for economic reasons, not violence, according to a new survey by a Jesuit-run research and social action center in that country. The report by the Reflection, Research, and Communication Team (ERIC-SJ as it is known in Spanish) is based on a survey of public perceptions of Honduras’ social, political, and economic situation in 2017. ERIC-SJ conducted the survey February 12-22, 2018, with a national sample of 1,584 valid questionnaires, which is representative of all persons over 18 who live in the country.”

These are some of the questions survey respondents were asked:

  1. Under the current situation in the country, have you thought or wished to emigrate?
  2. Has a member of the family emigrated in the last 4 years?
  3. Could you tell me the reasons why your family member emigrated from the country? (Answered by those who answered the previous question in the affirmative)
  4. Do you know if an acquaintance, relative, or neighbor has emigrated due to violence?

According to the article, respondents said:

The report confirmed the economic crisis in Honduras as the main cause for migration. Of the respondents that had a family member who had emigrated in the last four years, 82.9 percent did so due to lack of employment and opportunities to generate an income. Meanwhile, 11.3 percent migrated due to violence and insecurity. In comparison, the 2015 ERIC-SJ survey showed that 77.6 percent migrated for economic reasons and 16.9 percent migrated due to violence.

This video follows the script:

I won’t say that Honduras is a tropical paradise. I’m simply skeptical of the frequent articles that portray Honduras ‘migrants’ as fleeing violence.

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Today, Tim Pawlenty will officially announce that he’s running to become the governor of Minnesota. A GOP strategist is already speaking out about Gov. Pawlenty’s campaign, saying “Pawlenty is a huge addition to the Republican efforts across the map this fall. Specifically in Minnesota, Pawlenty’s entrance to the race is the type of game changer Republicans need. Pawlenty is not only experienced and has a very good image with voters across the ideological spectrum, he’s also demonstrated a level of confidence that most voters are looking for this fall and it’s exactly the type of thing Republicans want in every ticket in every state.”

This strategist spoke with “CNBC on the condition of anonymity.”

Gov. Pawlenty’s campaign strengths are two-fold. First, he’s able to raise a ton of money, something that’s been missing from GOP coffers for years. Next, he’s a great retail politician. On the stump, he’s got the gift of connecting with people. As the time-tested saying goes, you don’t get to govern if you can’t get elected.

Predictably, A Better Minnesota already has a video up in their attempt to stir up trouble:

I won’t criticize Prof. Schier but saying that he’ll have lots of questions to answer about being a Washington lobbying is what the media will care about. Voters will care about policies and Gov. Pawlenty’s plan for making their lives better.

It isn’t that those questions aren’t legitimate. It’s that they aren’t that important to voters unless there’s some sort of scandal Pawlenty’s involved in. And yes, that’s true about most politicians. That’s why the Trump-collusion ‘investigation’ has been such a failure. After 2 years of digging, they don’t have anything to show for their efforts. People have moved on.

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