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Ukraine, Russia and Impeachment as Coup

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Understand this plainly: Trump was impeached, ostensibly, for asking about this corrupt arrangement. But no one is ever impeached for engaging in it. Nor can our elites, who almost all benefit from this system one way or another, muster the integrity to do, or even say, anything against it.

In the run up to the 2022 US Mid-Term elections, I regretted hearing whispers about the possibility of impeaching President Biden. Even having failed to gain control of the Senate I still read comments to the effect that an in-depth investigation of Hunter Biden and the family business might still lead to impeachment of the President.

That would be incredibly stupid, but then it was stupid of the GOP to impeach Clinton in 1998 and even more stupid of the Democrats to impeach Trump in 2020, although I can understand their desperation in the pre-Covid days when a roaring economy, no domestic eruptions and no wars meant a likely Trump victory that year. Of course there’s no point in covering the unhinged vengeful second impeachment of Trump after he’d lost the election.

But before discussing what might happen to Biden, it pays to cover off the non-fallout of the first Trump impeachment. Although I covered it in detail at the time, that was more about the strategies, tactics, facts and evidence: a wider perspective is worth looking at, and that includes President Obama.

First, it pays to recall that the vast Administrative State in Washington D.C. was very unhappy at Trump’s 2016 victory, and apparently determined even back then to disrupt his Administration:

Others, however, view resistance as a part of the job. “Policy dissent is in our culture,” one diplomat in Africa, who signed the letter circulating among foreign diplomats, told The New York Times. “We even have awards for it,” this person added, in reference to the State Department’s “Constructive Dissent” award. One Justice Department employee told the Post, “You’re going to see the bureaucrats using time to their advantage,” and added that “people here will resist and push back against orders they find unconscionable,” by whistle-blowing, leaking to the press, and lodging internal complaints. Others are staying in contact with officials appointed by President Obama to learn more about how they can undermine Trump’s agenda and attending workshops on how to effectively engage in civil disobedience, the Post reports.

Entire departments of Sir Humphries – with an attitude that they represent the people. Which talk turned to this from senior Democrat Senator, Chuck Schumer:

“Let me tell you, you take on the intelligence community, they have six ways from Sunday at getting back at you,” Schumer told MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow.

Journalist Mollie Hemingway had already noticed all this in January 2017 before Trump was inaugurated:

Dwight Eisenhower warned that if we didn’t stay vigilant, the military-industrial complex would start creeping into politics with pernicious motives all its own.

Sorry Dwight, but it was already too late by then, and you share some of the blame.

Fast forward two years and the other side of the fence, the Far Left magazine Counterpunch – while skewering the Democrats over their treatment of Bernie Sanders and general attitude towards getting Establishment candidates winning primaries at any cost – noted the same thing:

Whatever one thinks of Donald Trump and impeachment, it is the political establishment that is trying to bring him down. That the ‘whistleblower’ is a CIA officer who has since returned to active duty at the agency isn’t lost on Mr. Trump’s supporters. As much as the NPR tote bag set believes that it is the fount of wisdom and truth, they, along with the CIA, inflicted three years of the cynical farce of Russiagate on us and came up empty handed.

Being Counterpunch it has to be the CIA, of course, but actually it was the FBI – and the military:

The word “coup” shifted to a new level of formalized meaning last week when members of the political resistance showed up to remove President Trump wearing military uniforms.

Not only did U.S. military leadership remain silent to the optics and purpose, but in the testimony of Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman he admits to giving instructions to ignore the instructions from a sitting United States President.

In the absence of push-back from the Joint Chiefs, from this moment forth, the impression is tacit U.S. military support for the Vindman objective.

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Written by Tom Hunter

February 6, 2023 at 6:00 am

Vote Democrat for Systemic Racism

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A city runs its police department and other services; therefore, if there is so much ‘systemic racism’ in these organizations, why hasn’t it been corrected over so many years under Democratic leaders?

Plenty more detail at this link where the receipts are delivered about the evil shit fired at Republican House member, Byron Donalds.

And of course this came just weeks before the recent crime where five Memphis cops (all Black) beat a Black suspect to death while their bodycams and a street security camera recorded it all. Video at the link but don’t watch unless you have a strong stomach. This was not an enraged frenzy but repeated assaults, with breaks in between, over a period of about ten minutes, including two cops holding his hand behind while another officer repeatedly punches him in the face. Others kick him whenever he hits the ground. This was started by a traffic stop.

Naturally enough the usual suspects – like former Obama advisor Van Jones – have begun to scream about systemic racism:

Society’s message that Black people are inferior, unworthy and dangerous is pervasive. Over many decades, numerous experiments have shown that these ideas can infiltrate Black minds as well as White. Self-hatred is a real thing. That’s why a Black store owner might regard customers of his same race with suspicion, while treating his White patrons with deference. 

On that last point, it wouldn’t have anything to do with the Black store owner observing the skin colour of most of the criminals attacking him and his store would it? And the answer is OF COURSE NOT, BIGOT!. This is the heart of an argument that the Left simply will not accept: that Blacks have higher rates of arrest because they commit more crime out of proportion to their share of the population. There was a time when the Left at least provided a reason for this, being a history of racism and poverty. But now it’s just denial straight up and implications or outright assertions about mysterious, unconscious reasons – primarily a racism hidden so deep in the soul of the oppressors that it doesn’t show except in the societal stats.

At this moment there have been some protests around the US, but given the colour facts and a Democrat President I doubt we’ll see a repeat of the BLM/Antifa riots of 2020. The five cops have been fired and are up on 2nd degree murder charges.

But how systemic is this Systemic Racism? That article contains a definition:

A system in which public policies, institutional practices, cultural representations, and other norms work in various, often reinforcing ways to perpetuate racial group inequity.

It identifies dimensions of our history and culture that have allowed privileges associated with “whiteness” and disadvantages associated with “color” to endure and adapt over time.

Structural racism is not something that a few people or institutions choose to practice. Instead it has been a feature of the social, economic, and political systems in which we all exist.

In many ways “systemic racism” and “structural racism” are synonymous. If there is a difference between the terms […] structural racism analysis pays more attention to the historical, cultural and social psychological aspects of our currently racialized society.

I don’t see anything in there that covers the racism of the Democrats attacking Byron Donalds and his wife. Were Tyre Nichols and George Floyd killed by Minneapolis and Memphis Police Department “public policies”, or one or more of their “institutional practices”? And given that there are multiple federal laws prohibiting discrimination on the basis of race, color, or ethnicity in housingeducation, and employment exactly how do Whites continue to get away with “structural” or “systemic” racism? Which of these laws are not enforced? The facts are that each of them has been for more than fifty years now, by the courts, if necessary.

And of course one of the most notable aspects of these outbreaks of systemic police racism is that they overwhelmingly occur in cities not only controlled by Democrats, but which have been controlled by them for decades, starting with 2020’s Ground Zero, Minneapolis, which has been under Democratic control since 1978:

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Your Saturday Night joke

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A guy goes into a bar in Bunkie, Louisiana where there’s a robot bartender.

The robot says, “What will you have?”

The guy says, “Whiskey.”

The robot brings back his drink and says to the man, “What’s your IQ?”

The guy says,” 168.”

The robot then proceeds to talk about physics, space exploration and medical technology. The guy leaves, but he is curious…So he goes back into the bar.

The robot bartender says, “What will you have?”

The guy says, “Whiskey.”

Again, the robot brings the man his drink and says, “What’s your IQ?”

The guy says, “100.”

The robot then starts to talk about Nascar, Budweiser, the Saints and LSU Tigers. The guy leaves, but finds it very interesting, so he thinks he will try it one more time, so he goes back into the bar.

The robot says, “What will you have?”

The guy says, “Whiskey,” and the robot brings him his whiskey.

The robot then says, “What’s your IQ?”

The guy says, “Uh, about 50.”

The robot leans in real close and says, “So, you people still happy with Biden?”

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January 21, 2023 at 5:00 pm

30,000 lies was it not?

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From Trump that is, I think according to the Washington Post?

They ran a FACT CHECKING scam on Trump for four years in order to keep their click-bait TDS fans engaged to a degree that Mark Zuckerberg could only dream of with Facebook.

And then they dumped it all when Biden replaced Trump, the argument being that since nobody lied as much as Trump; Biden being only a standard political liar like the rest of his class, and therefore not worthy of their time.

One farcical aspect of it was that often it was not a “lie” or a “fact-check” but simply an alternative argument. You were supposed to sit there and say, “Well of course the fact checker is correct and Trump lied”. Pure click-bait for the internet age.

But not as farcical as the idea that Biden was less of a liar, either in terms of quantity or nastiness of the lie – as even TDS-riddled American commentator, Dan McLaughlin, recognises.

Also this where Biden, in 1993, praises former KKK Kleagle Strom Thurmond – by comparing him to none other than Robert E. Lee.

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January 17, 2023 at 7:44 pm

“How anyone could be that irresponsible?”(Updated)

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DOOCY (Fox News): “Classified materials, next to your Corvette? What were you thinking?”

BIDEN: “My Corvette’s in a locked garage, okay? So it’s not like they’re sitting out on the street.”

A second set of classified documents that Biden used has now been found – in his garage.

“And I thought what data was in there that may compromise sources and methods.”

Yes, “President” Biden, these are indeed deep questions about the stupidity, irresponsibility and carelessness of an American President exposed to all that IC information and leaving it in places – like “locked closets” unprotected by the Secret Service (ie. not Mar a Largo) or computer servers setup in bathrooms (right Hillary?), where it could be accessed by enemies of the US.

“As soon as the Penn Biden Center opened, China quadrupled its donations to UPenn. The Chinese funneled $55 million into UPenn, and UPenn was paying Biden a million-dollar salary.”

Especially when it turns out that you’ve lost them in more than one place.

Whoops.Whoopsie! As TDS sufferer David Farrar might say.

I’ll give credit to the MSM channels, CBS and NBC who have broken these stories. It’s been a long time since the MSM conducted journalism that hurt a Democrat, especially the Not-Trump. Of course this simply raises the suspicion that it’s yet another attempt by the Democrats to stop Biden from running in 2024.

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Still, it’s the followup questions that need to be asked and we’ll see how well they do with that:

How many documents were discovered? How and when did they get where they were found? What information exists in the documents and at what level of classification? Did Biden and/or his aides know that the documents had been taken? When was Biden told the documents were discovered? Why was the public not told the first batch was discovered before the midterm elections? How will the administration ensure that an investigation isn’t tainted, and is a plan in place to search for additional documents?

I’ll leave you with liberal Democrat supporter, law professor Jonathan Turley (yes, I know his constant, waspish questions of Democrats have their supporters screaming that he’s a GOP plant:

While the media continues to dismiss the influence peddling investigation as, in the words this weekend of NBC’s Chuck Todd, a “personal” attack, it is far more serious as a form of corruption due to an array of dangers from such access.

The millions given to Hunter Biden came from a variety of foreign sources, including some coming from figures tied to foreign intelligence. This money not only gained influence but access to the Bidens.

[DOJ head]. Garland again refused to appoint a special counsel and will keep the matter within the DOJ rank-and-file.

Biden can count on every possible consideration and accommodation from the media. The public is used to that. However, Garland will undermine both investigations by continuing to block the appointment of a special counsel into Biden and his family.

It’s amazing to me, even though it should not be, that there are so many people in the US and around the world, that are willing to forgive Biden for all the sins that they pin on Trump.

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Good grief, the White House Press Corp are finally acting like journalists (hit the link for a larger set of videos than what’s shown below. Up until this it’s basically only been FoxNews’s Peter Doocy who’s has been hammering away on Biden over various issues.

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Written by Tom Hunter

January 13, 2023 at 6:48 pm

Empty Circuses and no bread

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Back in 2010 a Republican Party that had been on the ropes for two years – after losing the House and Senate in 2006, then losing even more seats during the Obama wave of 2008 – miraculously found itself beating the snot out of the Democrats in the 2010 Mid-Terms.

They grabbed an incredible 63 seats to win the House and came within a whisker of getting the Senate as well. For the Democrats it came as a hell of a shock after two years of taunting the GOP as “The Party of Old, White, Southern Men” who needed to get onboard and vote for all the fabulous Democrat policies or face extinction.

The key piece of such legislation was “Obamacare” (otherwise known as the Affordable Care and Patient Protection Act), and the GOP continued on for another six years claiming that if only voters would give them the power of House, Senate and President they’d get ‘er done and repeal the damned thing. They demonstrated their commitment by passing meaningless one-page one-sentence repeal bills.

And then, on January 20th, 2017, the GOP was stunned to find its wishes granted. Yet nothing happened until, nearly two years later, on the cusp of losing control of the House they finally concocted a watered down, pseudo-symbolic repeal – which McCain turned his thumbs down on anyway. As this guy notes:

The bitter truth is they never wanted to repeal it. Seven years worth of one-pagers with the simple statement “The Patient Protection Care Act of 2010 is hereby repealed” and all they had to do was hand it over to President Trump and that would have been that. Two things: once a government program and bureaucracy is created, especially one that devours fully one-sixth of our economy and the power to control over 330 million people, there’s no way it will ever be abolished. Second, and perhaps more crucially, with Donald Trump as their president, they for sure didn’t want to get it done. They hated him (still do) and they hate us (ditto), perhaps even more because we forced their hand by electing him. Which means, rejecting them. QED.

And now here we go again on another Day One, with the McCarthy-led GOP in the house voting a bill to abolish the IRS which they know will go nowhere in the face of a Democrat President and Senate. But it’ll keep the GOP voters excited, amirite?

But perhaps this is less a case of cynical GOP politicians teasing their voters than the stupid bastards actually believing this themselves, as evidenced by this message sent out on December 29:

On Twitter they got ratioed to death, with the following response from The Hodgett Twins being the best summary:

What they’re referring to is the $1.7 trillion “Omnibus” bill, crafted by the losing Democrats in the House but supported by eighteen GOP Senators to be passed in the lame duck session, a first for such a spending bill. The uniparty strikes again:

This is what responsible, moderate, bi-partisan government looks like in America, the sort of legislating stuff approved of by Moderate PoliticiansTM everywhere – as opposed to all that annoying “performative” stuff like investigations of corruption.

The ones who did oppose this monstrosity are notable though:

“Tell that to the Republican politicians who voted for the Omnibus,” – DeSantis aide Christina Pushaw.

We have completely and totally abdicated the power of the purse. Republicans are emasculated. They have no power, and they are unwilling to gain that power back,” – Senator Rand Paul.

That article goes on to point out the brutal truth about the GOP:

At this time, the Republican Party is under the leadership of people who spend more time self-serving and making sure they maintain their own influence and power than actually doing the work of the people. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s behavior during the midterms alone should disqualify him from consideration.

And this is at the heart of why Republicans and the GOP now find themselves sneering at each other. Republicans have no leadership on the national stage. While Republican governors are doing great work, D.C. elitists either aren’t putting it together that voters really do want conservative values and merciless opposition to the radicalized Democrat Party…or they simply don’t care.

Nothing will change until Republican leadership does.

The following takes are even more harsh. First with the fantastic sums of Ukraine spending:

The only countries that should be funding the Ukrainian armed forces are the European ones that are (possibly) threatened by the Russians. That they are reluctantly kicking in a tiny portion speaks volumes about the reality of the threat. They see the catastrophe that is the Russian military, so they are in no rush to fund Ukraine because their assessment is that Russia will, at best, eke out some measly long-term gains, and at worst fail and be humbled.

McConnell’s laughable and insulting comment that Ukraine is the most important issue among Republicans is functionally identical to him pissing in our faces, and not even bothering to claim it is raining.

Second on the outright betrayal this Omnibus spending represents, Republican Senators Betray Conservatives for Last Time:

#Rexit. Or a #Conexit from the GOP.

There is no other way. They will not listen to us, they will not compromise with us.

We have to break with the GOP and simply leave the party to form a third one.

They have left us literally no other choice.
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The current Republican Party is making it really hard to care whether they win or lose. When it’s election time, we all rally around them, doing our best to pull them across the finish line. Yet, when push comes to shove, they can’t even be counted on to oppose massive omnibus packages full of leftwing priorities. They beg for power and then refuse to exercise it to protect the very people who elected them.

I can’t agree with Ace’s take on this regarding a Third Party – yet! Most Third Parties just don’t make it in most Democracies and although it does happen, the ones that do take decades to achieve mainstream success. The slow failure of the Whigs in Britain and the USA in the 19th century; the rise of the Democrat Party and then the Republicans in the US; the slow failure of the Liberal Parties in Britain and New Zealand in the early 20th century, followed by the rise of the Labour Parties.

But the time is not yet. At a minimum the leadership – and more pointedly the attitudes of the leadership – have to change. Only if that also fails will we see the abandonment of the GOP, as happened to the Liberals and Whigs.

But if cynical “moderates” in the Western democracies think they can forever get away with claims of “You Have No Alternative” – because the other side is worse – they are mistaken in the long run. If the constant churn of “good management” and producing ever-more legislation fails to fix our failing institutions then the voters may well reach Lenin’s point of “The Worse, The Better”, and vote (or perhaps not vote) in order to pass through the worse, destroying mainstream political parties like the GOP in the process and getting something better.

Written by Tom Hunter

January 12, 2023 at 9:55 am

Switching Political Party Partners

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An interesting piece from the WSJ:

In not much more than a generation, virtually all the protagonists, values and identities of ideological competition have swapped places.

Not very long ago, college-educated professionals voted for Republicans in vast numbers, while blue-collar workers picked Democrats. Now a college degree is the most reliable indicator of Democratic preference; the proletariat is dependably Republican.

Liberals used to be passionate defenders of free speech; now progressives seek to shut down dissent wherever they find it.

The left once regarded domestic intelligence agencies as a threat to democracy and individual freedom; now they embrace them as essential weapons against their domestic adversaries, whom they accuse of “misinformation” and “sedition.”

Democrats were traditionally suspicious of and hostile to big business. Now, on issue after issue—climate alarmism, “diversity,” the virtues of a borderless world—they are tightly aligned

I would not say that “the proletariat is dependably Republican”, especially after the GOP failed to make headway in traditional working class states like Michigan and Pennsylvania, although they have in others. But there’s no question that the movement – much accelerated by Trump starting in 2015 – is gathering steam.

There’s quite a chunk of Republican politicians and advisors who don’t get that.

Judging by this Tweet from former Clinton Cabinet member, Robert Reich, there a lot of Democrats that don’t get this either, as the person responding explains bluntly. Trouble is that people like Reich and Bernie Sanders are old-school lefties who have not yet realised that the rest of their party may not actually want the working class back in their ranks – except as voter fodder of course.

In Britain the last general election saw a near landslide win for the Tories resulting from them breaking through the so-called Red Wall of long-held Labour seats, and that effect was understood to be due to Brexit, which those same voters supported. It’s now being argued that Labour will win them back since Brexit is a settled issue and such voters can return to core left-wing issues – but that could just be a result of the Tories polling so low across the board.

In the last Australian election there some consternation as the Liberal Party lost long-held seats in wealthy areas to so-called “Teal” candidates who pushed a stronger line in measures to tackle Global Warming. However, they were also well-financed by a billionaire believer and whether that will continue, or whether they’ll have any policy effect, even inside the Liberal Party, remains to be seen. I reckon that increasing “rolling blackouts” will see those wealthy seats return to the Liberals at the next election. Aside from that the traditional groups supporting Labour or the Liberals seem to be as they always were.

Same here in NZ. The groups that traditionally supported Labour and National still do, with only some minor hiving off into smaller parties like the Greens and ACT.

So as always with the USA the question is whether this is a harbinger of change for other Western nations or whether this will remain confined to America. I would argue we’ve seen something similar in Europe with the so-called Working Class backing conservative, right-wing parties and the Left picking up the new “laptop” class, plus being poor on free speech, although Europe has never been strong on that.

Written by Tom Hunter

January 11, 2023 at 4:50 pm

BREAKING NEWS: Blatant liar sworn into Congress

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It’s been completely overshadowed by the fight over the Republican leadership in the past few days, but just prior to that some other news broke about the GOP.

More specifically, news about one of their new members, elected to the House from New York state in last year’s Mid-Term elections, one George Santos, who won a D+3 district that voted for Biden in 2020 by 54 percent to 44. Quite the upset win for a Republican then.

Mr Santos apparently told some big fibs on his CV that he presented to the voters of New York’s 3rd district, of which the following is but a small list:

Representative-elect Santos admitted that he never graduated from any college, despite previously claiming to have received a degree from Baruch in 2010. He claimed to work at Citigroup and Goldman Sachs, but neither firm has any record of his working there; now Santos says he worked for a firm that worked with those financial giants. Then there are the indications that he’s not Jewish and perhaps not all that gay:

This is my shocked face as I lose all faith in politicians.

Santos went on Fox News’s Tucker Carlson show, likely thinking they’d treat a Republican the same way that the rest of the MSM treats Democrats who are in trouble; softball questions with no follow-up to canned answers. Unfortunately for him he ran into former Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard standing in for Carlson, just emerging from her own political shitstorm where she quit the Democrat Party and damned them, and she was in no mood to accept his bullshit (I don’t think Tucker would have gone any easier on him):

Naturally the Democrats and the MSM jumped all over this, demanding he resign or that the GOP should refuse to seat him, as you can watch at this link, where the writer makes a good point about the performative moral outrage involved. There’s also this tidbit:

Research has demonstrated that politicians are significantly likelier to be psychopaths than the general population. Of course, quantitative studies aren’t necessary to make this observation, but it’s nice to have the data that backs up the obvious qualitative judgment.

Compulsive lying is one of the defining clinical manifestations of the condition.

As shown by the likes of Senator Elizabeth “High Cheek Bones” Warren (D-MA) (hence the nickname, Fauxcahontas) and Senator Richard “Stolen valour” Blumenthal (D-CT) – both noted by Gabbard. Over at Powerline they re-hash the incredible bullshit that House member Ilhan Omar has got away with over the years by screaming racism every time her grifting was questioned, especially the fake marriage she had with her brother in London to allow him to immigrate to the US (Powerline’s Scott Johnson has excellent contacts within the Minneapolis Somali community). More recently there was the pitiful sight of newly elected Pennsylvania Senator John Fetterman being sworn in with a ceremony where he could not speak a single word because his stroke is obviously still affecting him:

Fetterman’s strange behavior at his swearing-in suggests that his mental health has not improved since his disastrous debate performance in October. This, combined with the fact that he hasn’t conducted a single interview since getting elected, raises serious doubts about his ability to serve as a U.S. senator. 

I’m sure his wife will do a fine job for him and in any case he’s perfect for the job as the Democrat Party only want puppets who vote as instructed by them.

Speaking of which, “President” Biden has been bullshitting about himself for fifty years and continues to do so, the following being just a small sample as noted by National Review:

Back in 1988 his first run for President was blown up when it was revealed that he’d plagiarised his speeches from British Labour leader Neil Kinnock (not exactly outstanding source material), just as he had a law paper decades earlier.

But that was when even the liberal MSM and the Democrats still had some standards. Not now. So I think all their screaming can be given the 🖕🖕🖕🖕 treatment and Mr Santos left to the judgement of his voters in 2024.

You never know, if he’s any good at his new job they might even re-elect him.

Without Objection (and then there was one)

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Update I:

McCarthy just lost the 14th round – by one vote. Now the lobbying gets really intense. What are you willing to promise just one person? In the Senate a few months ago, Joe Manchin (D-WV) knew this feeling.

Update II:.

McCarthy Wins the 15-Round Bout. A few hours ago I thought they’d postpone it until Monday but I guess everybody just wants it over. Interestingly he was two short of 218, but I guess it comes down to the total vote, which was 428, of which the Democrat successor to Pelosi, Hakeem Jeffries, got 212. The reason for this is that all of the six holdouts then voted “present,” lowering the count needed to win.

Now it’s on to investigations of the FBI, DOJ and the Biden family, because with the Senate and Presidency blocking them that’s all the GOP can do, although there might be some minor squabbling at the end of this year over the 2024 budget.

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And since I’m updating I may as well bring this up front. Looking at that KB post I was amused to find a link to a 2015 KB post on that fight for the Speaker’s position, including an old comment of mine that works just as well in 2022:

I’m not at all concerned by the downfall of Boehner and now McCarthy. It’s yet another blow to the head of the GOP leadership to try and get them to actually represent the people who put them in control of the House in 2010 and the Senate in 2014. I would have thought the destruction of Eric Cantor was enough but apparently not. Those people thought they could just game the rubes to obtain power and then return to having drinks with Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid about what Democrat ideas could be negotiated through without making the GOP look “extremist”.

By contrast look at what Pelosi and Reid did when they had the same power. Rules – what rules? Let’s just dump the legal filibuster to get the judges we and Obama want, pack the “tree” of amendments so the GOP can’t add stuff to a bill that might embarrass Democrats by forcing them to choose, not to mention the crap pulled to get Obamacare passed, or the abuse and vilification of Bush.

Civility? Cordiality? Bipartisanship? Pfffft.

You’ll also note that none of this was written about at the time as “extremist”.

Same old, same old. As is this:

As far as the comments about a GOP “civil war” and “extremists” and the rest, it’s pretty much the MSM that DPF sadly echoes and it means about as much as the similar screaming heard in 2009-10. Back then the phrase was “The Party of No” as virtually every Democrat and Democrat-with-a-byline (otherwise known as “journalist”) crowed with Borg-like precision that resistance was futile and it was time to just vote with the Democrats on the Stimulus, Obamacare and anything else in order to save ones seat. The party of Old White Southern Men was dooooooooommmmmmed.

And what happened? The “non-moderate” GOP voters rose up, stiffened the spines of the GOP, and then handed them historic victories in the the House in 2010, and then pushed those Democrat losses further in 2014, as well as adding the Senate.

That’s quite a reward for the “politics of destruction” and “NO”. So perhaps one should try and understand that these people are more than a little pissed off that all they have to show for these efforts is the Sequester and a government spending share of GDP that’s slowly dwindling back to a historic level of 20%. Surely there should have been more than that?

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I’ve not paid much attention to the recent GOP infighting over electing a new Speaker of the House, despite being well aware of it given that the news is all over the American blogs I read.

They’ve now had eleven ballots and the expected winner, Kevin McCarthy, has still not reached the magic figure of 218 votes. It’s the longest such fight in over one hundred years, though it still has some way to go to reach the level of the 1855 fight that saw two months and over one hundred ballots before a Speaker was elected. But that was an exceptional time given that the Whigs had collapsed, the new Republican Party was on the rise, and there were several small parties fighting to win.

Of course it’s across the MSM as well because they never miss a chance to stick it to the Republican Party, and that includes even our MSM simps here in New Zealand, where it can have no practical effect on the USA; it’s done merely to stick it to the Right in this country, a barrage of endless warning shots to not think differently about anything our status quo prizes.

My reason for ignoring it thus far is very simple; it doesn’t matter.

This despite the fact that the US House Speaker is 2rd in line for the Presidency (after the Vice-President), is effectively the leader of the party when it doesn’t hold the Presidency, and is the most powerful position next to the President (the VP “not being worth a bucket of warm spit”) – and sometimes even more so. This is not a Parliamentary Speaker position.

But even so, it won’t matter politically because not even political tragics will pay it much mind within a few months. The collapse of John Boehner’s speakership in 2015 was much more shocking and traumatic, yet had barely any effect on the functioning of the GOP in government – they kept passing huge “Omnibus” spending bills under the “leadership” of policy wonk Paul Ryan – and no negative effect for the GOP on the 2016 elections.

Of course all the usual suspects are playing up the divisions and the prospect of failing to pass legislation or actually governing in any way – and that includes “Right-Wingers” like DPF, who really should stop commenting on US politics, especially when you can’t even put up a post on the subject with a title and a conclusion.

But in fact the normal functioning of the House is shocking and needs to change, and that – plus deeper problems in the USA – is really what this fight is all about. What follows are two clips of GOP members explaining to the public the way the place has been operating – meaning vast bills passed with little or no floor debate, the issues supposedly having been settled in backrooms by policy advisors, and with a rules committee that regularly waives the rules so that two people can stand at the podium and agree to the bills being passed “Without Objection”, while watched by a handful of House members, most being absent.

Watch one Matt Rosendale reveal some brutal truths about how it usually works.

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Written by Tom Hunter

January 7, 2023 at 4:41 pm

And smiling Jackie’s driving by*

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Since Ron DeSantis won big in the Florida gubernatorial race, I don’t think anybody in America has had any doubts that he’s going to run for President in 2024. It’s just a matter of timing and he’s in no hurry.

Even as the GOP had a disappointing Mid-term election in November, leading to some of the usual suspects – the GOP establisment or GOPe for short – having the usual cry about how the “extremists” (meaning Trump) had cost them seats, DeSantis showed how to change the status quo and gain popularity. The GOPe was fearful of his fights with Disney Corporation and the MSM on Covid responses. But DeSantis hung tough and fought, while still showing the ability to compromise on small issues, as befits any politician.

But it was his inauguration for his second (and last term) as Governor of Florida that confirmed it in all but word. The ceremony looked totally Presidential:

Several insiders in the press corral said they had never seen anything like it… Bleachers on both sides of the steps of the historic Capitol Building in Tallahassee contained a crowd of what looked like a couple of thousand attendees. U.S. and Florida flags were everywhere. The production value of the ceremony was evident in the tight security, the numerous satellite trucks, and the professional camera work; fixed cameras, crane shots, even drones were deployed.

The highlight of the opening of the ceremony was a 21-shot artillery salute from the National Guard building a block away, followed by a fighter jet flyover

You can check out the video link here if you wish.

And then there’s his wife in that outfit.

* Courtesy of the great band, Concrete Blonde

Underneath the chilly gray November sky
We can make believe that Kennedy is still alive
And we’re shooting for the moon
And smiling Jackie’s driving by

Written by Tom Hunter

January 5, 2023 at 12:40 pm