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Former President Barack Obama rallied 273 cars in Orlando this morning. Appearing on FNC’s Outnumbered, former Reagan Education Secretary Bill Bennett said that President Obama’s crowd went back “as far as the arm could stretch.” By comparison, there are twice as many people in a single section of stands at a Trump rally than there are in an entire Obama rally.

President Obama scolded the nation for electing President Trump, saying he didn’t expect President Trump to follow his policies, then saying that he’d hoped he’d take the job seriously. That’s a breathtakingly dishonest statement, especially coming from a former president. The Trump administration has negotiated more peace deals involving Israel in the past 3 months than all previous US presidents did combined. President Trump and the GOP Senate have appointed and confirmed 250 judges and 3 Supreme Court justices.

Does President Obama think that sounds like an unserious man? I don’t think that. President Obama is fighting for what little is left of his limited legacy. A Trump re-election would wipe out President Obama’s legacy and put smiles on people’s faces. I had the opportunity to watch this speech live:

I’m thankful I opted not to watch. President Trump’s list of accomplishments is lengthy, covers multiple subjects and won’t be undone anytime soon.

Emma Trittin, a University of Central Florida senior, said her age group of 18-29-year-olds was coming out in force this year, with more than 400,000 voting early. “I think Floridians are really fed up with how the past four years have gone with the Trump administration,” she said. “Youth are really stepping up and voting because they know that they have power in their voice.”

Ms. Trittin is ill-informed. According to pollsters Matt Towery of Insider Advantage and John Cahaly of the Trafalgar Group, people in the 30-44 age group have moved towards President Trump since last Thursday’s presidential debate. They attribute the exodus to Biden’s lockdown language.

It’s looking more and more like the unthinkable will finally happen this year. To Minnesotans, the unthinkable is defined as a Republican presidential candidate winning Minnesota’s 10 electoral votes. The unthinkable might just have company in the form of the impossible. In Minnesota, the impossible is defined as a Minnesotan winning a statewide race.

Apparently, both things are possible this year. President Trump is well-positioned to flip Minnesota from blue to red. Further, Jason Lewis is finishing fast, making it very possible for Lewis to Trump Tina Smith on the strength of standing with the police. In Lewis’ case, it isn’t a matter of following President Trump’s lead. Jason Lewis’ wife is a retired police officer.

What’s making this possible are 2 forgettable Democrat candidates (Joe Biden, Tina Smith), 2 solid GOP candidates (President Trump, Jason Lewis) and a great GOP GOTV. President Trump and Jason Lewis are enthusiastically pro-mining and stoutheartedly pro-law enforcement. With a week left in the campaign, GOP momentum is surging while Democrats stay in hiding.

Tina Smith has shied away from debates, only competing in 1 virtual debate. Joe Biden visited Minnesota once (Hermantown, just south of Duluth). When Biden visited, he did the impossible when he shut out the local media, which generated lots of negative local press. He visited a union training center, where Biden had a captive audience of about a dozen trainees.

That same night, President Trump rallied in front of “a crowd of thousands at the Bemidji Regional Airport for a campaign rally.” A crowd of thousands to a Biden rally is beyond unthinkable. I don’t think it’s happened this campaign season.

Tina Smith and Joe Biden should worry about this:

But Republicans have to worry about Biden’s enormous lead in urban areas, 64% to 28%, and his 48% to 42% lead in suburbs. Trump’s 53% to 36% lead in rural areas of northern, western and southern Minnesota might not be enough to offset the Biden advantage in the metro area.

A Democrat that isn’t leading by 40+ points in the Twin Cities is hurting. Further, a Democrat running about even in the suburbs is in trouble. Law and order is the predominant issue in the suburbs. It’s also where many shy Trump voters live.

The momentum is clearly on Republicans’ sides going into the final week campaign. The biggest question is who closes stronger.

Donald Trump’s momentum, which either started or accelerated Thursday night, isn’t fading. He’s working hard in his sprint to a second term. It’s apparent that President Trump’s momentum isn’t subsiding.

Meanwhile, Joe Biden’s senility difficulties continue. While campaigning in Pennsylvania, Biden said that “he’s built ‘the most extensive and inclusive voter fraud organization in the history of American politics:‘”

Where that came from is anyone’s guess. The sentence doesn’t make sense. That’s just part of the Democrats’ problems. The Democrats’ biggest problem is that Joe Biden told the world that he wants to end fracking:

The Democrats’ problem is that part of their party wants to get rid of fossil fuels. The other wing of the Democratic Party wants to work in those blue collar jobs. The Democrats are split on this issue.

Meanwhile, Republicans are uniting behind President Trump. Even some Never Trumpers are voting for President Trump. When Biden made the fracking statement, President Trump jumped all over that. Since then, Democrats have been on the defensive. There’s still more than a week left in the campaign so there’s still work to complete. At this point, though, I’d rather be in President Trump’s situation.

Marc Thiessen’s article is exactly right in saying that President “Trump cleaned Biden’s clock on race.” If this election was based solely on who’s done more to improve the lives of minority communities, President Trump would win with a lopsided margin. Unfortunately, the older black community will vote Democrat out of loyalty for the 1960s Civil Rights Movement. The good news for Republicans is that younger black men don’t feel that unity with the Democratic Party.

Thiessen’s article continues, saying “Moderator Kristen Welker asked both candidates whether they understood the fears of Black and brown families who worry their children “could be targeted, including by the police, for no reason other than the color of their skin.” When it was Trump’s turn to answer, he said “Yes, I do” and laid out his record, including opportunity zones to bring investment into struggling Black communities, substantial funding for Historically Black Colleges and Universities, prison reform and criminal justice reform. By contrast, he said, Biden has “been in government for 47 years. He never did a thing except in 1994 when he did such harm to the Black community” with his crime bill.”

Biden’s feeble response was rejected in this exchange:

Biden responded by trying to take credit for Trump’s success on criminal justice reform, saying “The very law he’s talking about is the law that, in fact, initiated by Barack Obama.” But Trump kept pressing him on why he and Obama didn’t pass it? “You were vice president,” Trump said. “You keep talking about all these things you’re going to do … but you were there just a short time ago and you guys did nothing.”

Why should people think that Biden will get things done when he hasn’t done anything in 8 years as the vice president and 36 years as a senator? President Trump had it exactly right when he said of Biden that Joe is “all talk and no action”:

Let me be exceptionally clear about this election. It won’t be as close as the ‘experts’ are predicting. President Trump will win re-election with at least 306 electoral votes. It’s possible that President Trump finishes with ~350 electoral votes. If I was making my final prediction today, which I’m not, I’d predict President Trump winning the states he won the first time, then adding New Hampshire, New Mexico and Minnesota. Colorado, Nevada and Virginia would be darkhorse possibilities.

In addition to President Trump winning this fight, President Trump also won on the issue of fracking. Rather, Joe Biden lost on fracking by trying to be all things to all people. Instead of threading the proverbial needle, Biden chose to play Russian Roulette.

I didn’t need the transcript of last night’s presidential debate to know that Joe Biden flip-flopped on the issue of fracking. That was totally obvious immediately. When President Trump and Joe Biden first spoke about fracking, Biden said emphatically “I do rule out banning fracking because the answer we need, we need other industries to transition, to get to ultimately a complete zero emissions by 2025. What I will do with fracking over time is make sure that we can capture the emissions from the fracking, capture the emissions from gas. We can do that and we can do that by investing money in doing it, but it’s a transition to that.”

Shortly thereafter, Biden revisited the issue thanks to a little pushing from President Trump:

Donald Trump: Would you close dow the oil industry?
Joe Biden: By the way, I have a transition from the old industry, yes.

That situation started when President Trump accused Joe Biden of wanting to ban fracking. Biden was upset, saying “I never said that”, finally saying “put it on your website.” Unfortunately for former Vice President Biden, President Trump tweeted out his proof:

Biden deserved this. He’s shot his mouth off about this for months. If he was in a battleground state, he’d shift into his Blue Collar Joe from Scranton, PA persona. If he spoke to activists, he’d be fracking’s worst nightmare. Thursday night, President Trump exposed Career Politician Joe, famous for talking out of both sides of his mouth simultaneously.

Thanks to that brief flurry, Joe Biden can start writing his concession speech. That’s the night that the lights went out on the Biden campaign. He can kiss Battleground Pennsylvania good bye.

The Hunter Biden plot thickened. It thickened when it was reported that the “laptop and hard drive” was connected “with a money laundering investigation in late 2019,” thus raising a new set of questions for the Bidens.

Fox News reported that “multiple federal law enforcement officials, as well as two separate government officials, confirmed the authenticity of these documents, which were signed by FBI Special Agent Joshua Wilson. Wilson did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment. One of the documents, obtained by Fox News, was designated as an FBI ‘Receipt for Property’ form, which details the bureau’s interactions with John Paul Mac Isaac, the owner of ‘The Mac Shop’ who reported the laptop’s contents to authorities.” Then there’s this:

The document has a “Case ID” section, which is filled in with a hand-written number: 272D-BA-3065729.

According to Dan Bongino, “272 is the 3-digit FBI code for money laundering, D means transnational.”

The sound quality isn’t the greatest but it’s ok. Bongino’s debate idea is a little unusual but it’s on the right track. Joe Biden wouldn’t know how to handlle it. If Biden insists that it’s a smear designed to ruin his family, President Trump can then ask if Biden thinks that the FBI field office is into smearing presidential candidates. At that point, what does Biden say? That’s the typical heads-I-win-tails-you-lose situation. This complicates things even more for Biden:

That’s a grand jury subpoena. How does Biden explain that away? Answer: he can’t. The other question left is whether the MSM will continue protecting him with their silence. I don’t think they can at that point.

Joe Biden’s panic for the Hunter Biden-Burisma scandal is showing. RedState is reporting that the Biden presidential campaign won’t have any public appearances until Thursday night’s debate in Memphis. Supposedly, he’s off the trail for “debate prep.” If you aren’t buying that, you aren’t alone.

That isn’t the only reason for Biden’s panic. The MSM has been pushing the narrative that the Hunter Biden-Burisma scandal is a “Russian disinformation operation.” This morning, DNI Ratcliffe shot that narrative to smithereens.

Meanwhile, one-trick pony Adam Schiff insists that the e-mails are part of a Russian disinformation operation. John Ratcliffe totally shreds the Schiff misinformation operation during his interview with Maria Bartiromo:

“It’s funny that some of the people who complain the most about intelligence being politicized are the ones politicizing the intelligence,” Ratcliffe said. “Unfortunately, it is Adam Schiff who said the intelligence community believes the Hunter Biden laptop and emails on it are part of a Russian disinformation campaign.”

He added: “Let me be clear: the intelligence community doesn’t believe that because there is no intelligence that supports that. And we have shared no intelligence with Adam Schiff, or any member of Congress.”

That’s coming from the guy who sees the most intelligence in the US with the exception of the President. By now, it’s apparent that this isn’t just a smear campaign against the Biden campaign. By now, it’s apparent that this scandal is real and that the proof for it is legitimate and verified.

The Commission on Presidential Debates, aka CPD, announced that “it is not reconsidering shifting the second debate from virtual back to in-person, despite a request from President Donald Trump’s team.” This is what the Swamp does when the establishment is experiencing difficulty. This election cycle, Joe Biden is the establishment candidate.

Biden lost the first food fight debate, though it wasn’t as decisive as Vice President Pence’s victory Wednesday night against Sen. Harris. The Swamp didn’t let that stand without fighting back. When the Trump campaign asked the CPD for a 4th debate, the CPD rejected that. The CPD said its schedule couldn’t be altered. Hours after Pence’s thumping of Sen. Harris, the CPD changed its schedule.

The CPD didn’t need to change the debate schedule. The Swamp just changed it to make that the headline, instead of letting ‘Pence thumps Harris’ be the dominant headline Thursday morning. The CPD should be disbanded. They’re corrupt through and through.

After the CPD’s announcement that their change was etched in stone, the White House Physician cleared President Trump to resume normal activities. President Trump told FNC’s Sean Hannity that the COVID test will happen sometime Friday. No difficulties are expected. President Trump had his own major announcement today:

Saying that Ronna McDaniel was upset in this interview is understatement:

After watching this interview, I understand why Chairwoman McDaniel was upset:

FARENKOPF: We’ve been around for over 30 years. For 25 of those years, it has been the Commission that has picked the dates, the location, the format and the moderators without any consultation with the campaigns and the candidates. It was created because there was so many problems in the early 80s as to whether debates would ever take place.

The CPD isn’t needed anymore. It might’ve been needed 40 years ago. It isn’t anymore.

These days, the CPD is filled with hardline progressives and Never Trumper Republicans. Steve Scully was scheduled to moderate next week’s debate. That debate is now cancelled. Scully interned for VP Biden in 1978.

Meanwhile, ABC News announced a town hall with Biden on Oct. 15, the original date of the next debate. The town hall will be in Philadelphia, but the time hasn’t been announced.

Let’s see if ABC and George Stephanopoulos pick people hostile to Joe Biden like they did with President Trump. I’m betting the proverbial ranch that this will be another night of softballs for Joe. That’s another tactic that the Swamp deploys. That’s ok. President Trump handled the hostile environment just fine. Biden, had he been subjected to that type of questioning, would’ve started crying on the floor in the fetal position within 5 minutes.

It’s exceptionally obvious that Chris Wallace and Susan Page have been co-debaters masquerading as debate moderators. It wasn’t until the final 15 minutes of the debate that Page interrupted Sen. Harris. By that time, she’d interrupted Vice President Pence at least 20 times for going long on his answer. Despite Page’s interruptions, Sen. Harris still wound up with more speaking time than Vice President Pence. Sen. Harris wound up speaking 3 more minutes than Vice President Pence.

That’s the bad news for the Trump-Pence ticket. The good news for the Trump-Pence ticket is that Vice President Pence defeated the Harris-Page ticket last night. It wasn’t that close of a match, TBH. One thing positive that I’ll say about Susan Page is that she didn’t interrupt Sen. Harris when Sen. Harris admitted that Vice President Biden would raise everyone’s taxes if elected:

“On the other hand, you have Donald Trump, who measures the strength of the economy based on how rich people are doing. Which is why he passed a tax bill benefiting the top 1% and the biggest corporations of America, leading to a two trillion dollar deficit that the American people are going to have to pay for. On day one, Joe Biden will repeal that tax bill. He’ll get rid of it.

The it that Biden would get rid of is the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. It includes child tax credits, lower marginal tax rates and Tim Scott’s Opportunity Zones provisions that are intended to attract investment in minority neighborhoods and communities. Why would Biden get rid of things that help minority communities?

Further, Joe Biden was in DC for almost half a century. Was he too blind to notice these problems? Or did he just take the problems for granted? Blighted neighborhoods aren’t a new phenomenon. Detroit was destroyed 30 years ago, partially by terrible trade deals, partially by counterproductive urban policies. Baltimore has been blighted for 20+ years. But I digress.

Susan Page wasn’t as obnoxious as Chris Wallace but she still interfered too often. What needs to change is having co-moderators, where mainstream conservatives like Katie Pavlich, Ed Morrissey, Guy Benson and Charlie Kirk pitch questions to the Democrats and sensible Democrats, if they still exist, ask questions of the GOP nominee.

The truth is that the MSM has swerved so far left in supporting Democrats that the MSM is considered the propaganda wing of the Democratic Party. The Joe Biden ‘town hall’ with undecided voters had 2 people on who identified themselves a couple months ago as likely Biden voters. George Stephanopoulos’s Trump town hall was so hostile that I thought the Secret Service might be required to protect our president. The notion of objectivity or, at minimum, neutrality disappeared in 2016. (Think Adam Schiff, impeachment and the Russia Hoax.)

One of the things I look for during the Vice Presidential Debate is whether both people are ready to be commander-in-chief if, God forbid, something terrible happens to the president. Tonight, Mike Pence’s mastery of the issues and his calmness even when Sen. Harris criticized left no doubt whether he’d be able to step in and do a great job without missing a beat. That can’t be said of Kamala Harris. She was thrown off often.

On the issue of COVID, Vice President Pence talked about the Obama-Biden administration got everything wrong about the Swine Flu but lucked out because it wasn’t as deadly as COVID. Pence then said that 60,000,000 people got the Swine Flu, not the 7,500,000 who’ve gotten COVID. Pence then finished by saying that had the Swine Flu had been as lethal as COVID is, there would’ve been 2,000,000 deaths, not 210,000:

The other hard shot Vice President Pence landed was when he compared the Biden-Harris plan to the Trump-Pence plan:

Sen. Harris has a tell when she’s pinned down on something. She starts smiling that nervous smile. Then she shakes her head side-to-side like she’s saying no. She did that often after the first segment. As Vice President Pence took command of the debate, Sen. Harris did that at least once per segment.

Sen. Harris did that on tax policy. Sen. Harris especially did that on fracking. Sen. Harris got trapped often on policy, often saying ‘Vice President Biden has been consistent about’ or ‘Vice President Biden has been quite clear’ about a topic where he’d flip-flopped. This was especially true about the Trump tax cuts and fracking.

One thing that became clear throughout the debate was that Sen. Harris is very artificial. When she got ready for one of her pre-rehearsed lines, she’d look into the camera, then started speaking with a bit of a lilt in her voice. Sen. Harris’s pre-rehearsed lines were intended to be kill-shots. None of them had the impact that she’d hoped they would.

Vice President Pence’s training as a radio talk show host shined through. When co-debater Susan Page interrupted, Vice President Pence talked right through her and finished his point. Vice President Pence was a man on a mission and he was focused like a laser. That Page often interrupted him when he ran long didn’t bother him.

Perhaps Pence’s hardest-hitting line was when he criticized Sen. Harris, saying “The fact that you continue to undermine public confidence in a vaccine, if a vaccine emerges during the Trump administration, I think is unconscionable. Senator, I just ask you: Stop playing politics with people’s lives.

Vice President Pence was the only person on that stage that I’d trust to step into the job of commander-in-chief. Sen. Harris simply isn’t ready for that daunting assignment.