1) here's your "scandal free" presidency of Zero, who is rapidly disappearing from the pages of history:
*Blagojevich "pay for play" scandal
*Deliberate delays in answering FOIA requests and banning photojournalists from certain White House events--cited by 40 media outlets.
*The Black Panther voting scandal (2008), dismissed by Zero's DOJ, condemned by the U.S. Civil Rights Commission
*Gerald Walpin firing (due to his investigation of Zero pal Sacramento mayor Kevin Johnson.)
*Joe Sestak offered a job to drop out of the PA senate race.
*Obamacare (this would need its own library)
*BP Spill response & coverup (when BP & enviro groups said it was spewing 110,000 barrels a day, Zero insisted 5,000). Zero refused Dutch high-tech skimmers to help clean up.
1) America's great sin was not racism. Every state, every religion, every culture on earth was racist---most still are in some form, including those in Africa---but won't admit it.
2) America's great sin was that we allowed a fundamentally racist party, the DemoKKKrat Party . .
2) . . to become so powerful that it not only continued to exist but that it started a war, AND that after that group was beaten in the war, we did not follow a policy of eradicating that racist party.
3) Early in my career I used to sneer at the "Radical Republicans" like Thaddeus Stevens or Charles Sumner because they were unrealistic idealists on issues of race.
But politically they were right. Reconstruction didn't go far enough.
1) Since Nov. 2016, I've watched the following states' voter registration stats:
AZ, DE, CO, FL, IA, ME, NC, NH, NM, NV, PA, & on occasion CA & NJ.
2) Excluding CA and NJ--clear D states--the only states that have seen even the most minimal D gains were DE and CO. Very small
3) CO has remained about +1D gain since 2016. That constitutes a significant slowing of the D's rapid gains since 2015. That's good news. The bad news is that Zero won the state when Rs had the majority.
4) Elsewhere, AZ has seen steady actual R gains every single month since Nov. 2016. Ds have gained too, but the margin of R lead has steadily grown, now about 17k net advantage since 2016.
1) Grudgingly now, the conservative media beginning to realize that Congress has no power to compel DOJ to do anything, claiming "only Ryan or Trump" can free up the documents.
Only Trump. Ryan has no power.
2) Congress has only to means of control involving vaunted "oversight" Goodlatte, Nunes, and others keep babbling about. The first is, they can impeach--a 7 step process that requires the Senate CONVICT (anyone here think that's likely?).
2) Impeachment would take about 7-9 months. Who do you remove? RR? Chances are there is someone worse in the wings.
An "impeach-lite" scenario might be "Contempt of Congress" like they did for Holder.
How'd that work out? Oh wait, send the Sgt at Arms to arrest.
2) contd. This requires the SENATE to be fully behind it too. The current senate would not be.
3) Congress can deny funds until an agency complies. But not now---only in the NEXT funding bill.
4) We just did a budget & the senate said they won't do another this year.
5) So either of these threats are for all purposes meaningless. It's grandstanding. It may help in the elections, but Congress will do NOTHING against DOJ because they don't have "oversight" power that comes with any real ability to do anything.
1) Let me do a stage-setter for tomorrow's OIG report. Based on the McCabe report of a few months ago, it will likely not immediately come with indictment referrals attached.
2) It would not surprise me, but I think the indictments will be rolled out separately.
3) No, Zero and Cankles will not be indicted in this round. However, since this does involve Cankles' e-mails, it would not surprise me to see a recommendation to "unring the bell" as FBI director Wray put it and re-open the Cankles email investigation. For real, this time.
4) Although it is unlikely to be clearly visible here, we are going to see at some point that the intelligence service of Great Britain & possibly the Australian government were both deeply involved in shaping the evidence used for the FISA warrants. The FISA report still not out
1) Having just passed the anniversary of D-Day, I think our current political situation is remarkably similar. Lemme 'splain:
2) Everyone knew in 1944 that the invasion of Europe by the US, Br, & what remained of the Free French had to be accomplished to win the war.
3) Some scholars think the Russkies could have won the war on their own. I doubt it. Germany was losing, but grudgingly and with only 1/2 their forces. A full 30% of the entire German war machine was dedicated to stopping the US/BR bombing raids. 30%!!
4) So likely without the US/BR western front, Germany could have achieved a stalemate, particularly if their new wonder weapons were allowed to come on line.
5) Therefore, the D-Day invasion may not have "turned" the war---that happened at either Stalingrad or Kursk.
1) Hmm. A friend sent me this. It appears the DOJ has filed a brief to claim Obamacare is unconstitutional. When Ocare was ruled constitutional, you'll recall, Justice Roberts bailed it out by calling it a "tax."
2) Recall last year's tax bill? Part of it was the repeal of the individual mandate. Yes, that's the same individual mandate that Chief Justice Roberts had upheld as a tax, hence why it could have been repealed with 51 votes.
3) So, the Justice Department now argues ACA is unconstitutional because the tax has been repealed, but the individual mandate (which is no penalty now) is still part of the law. Hence, the individual mandate cannot be a tax, thus resulting in its being unconstitutional.
2) Many years ago, while a professor, I attended a Liberty Fund roundtable on the gold standard. It featured 7-8 Libertarians (couple of "conservatives")
3) At the end of three days, no one could figure out how a gold standard . . .
3) contd. . . . Could possibly work today. These were people who went in FAVORING a gold standard.
4) Quickly they began substituting platinum or other "baskets" of goods. In the end, they were frustrated.
5) My approach (I believe) still is the best. Let ANYONE print money.
6) I'm dead serious. We did this from 1800-1861 and it worked fine. Insurance companies, railroads, banks---even an individual---printed their own money. It's reliability rested in theory on its convertibility into gold.
1) In my continuing review of the main books about the 2016 election, he latest is "Shattered" by Jonathan Allen (Politico) & Amie Parnes (The Hill). Clearly they believed they were writing the story of a Cankles victory all along. Even after the fact editing didn't fully correct
2) On 2, they discuss Cankles' kickoff on Roosevelt Island where she used the term "rendezous with destiny," a line FDR used, but which everyone associates with Reagan.
She would, they say, "assign a lot of the blame for her loss to warring inside her campaign."
3) Her kickoff speech struck the writers as "remarkably small given that the event was held in a city of more than eight million people in a state she had represented in the Senate."
Er, people just don't like her. She smells like cabbage.
1) Re: discussions of whether Mulehead's investigation has harmed Trump:
We've seen Trump achieve more than any Pres in US history in the first 16 months, save Washington; he has more circuit court judges confirmed than anyone in history; we all know the economic miracle.
2) Trump's approval in ALL polls has risen, in some like Ras over 50%; black approval up--for a while, triple 2016 levels. He has achieved every foreign policy goal short of a denuked NK so far.
3) So, one of the complaints/claims is that "a lot of RINOs or 'moderate' Dems would have supported Trump's appointees and nominees" and gotten them confirmed sooner. That they "wouldn't be as obstructionist."
1) Ok, people were clamoring for this so some voter registration updates.
As always here are the basic rules: I only track battleground states, and can only track where states register voters BY PARTY, so that exempts OH, WI, MI, NM, TX, VA, GA.
2) The numbers represent a net gain or loss from November 2016. In most cases, BOTH parties lost absolute numbers as SecStates purged the rolls. AZ is an exception. Both parties gained there.
So here we go: 3) AZ Rs net +29,000
These are March stats so they really shouldn't have changed since my last post.
No hint of a "blue wave" here.
2) There is NO constitutional basis or need to "impeach" a FORMER official.
3) Not only has it never been done, the first time a serious crime was committed by a former veep was 1807.
4) Aaron Burr, the former Vice President, had engaged in an attempt to start a war with Spain over Mexican territory and set up his own empire.
5) Thomas Jefferson issued an arrest warrant for him.
6) There was NO IMPEACHMENT NEEDED.
7) The Constitution provides impeachment ONLY for current members of the executive and judiciary because they are protected from criminal law. No former judge, congressman, or member of the executive is.
8) Burr was arrested, charged, and acquitted with no impeachment.
2) Second, it would explain why the DOJ has been fanatical about keeping the info secret. Talk about civil war! And DOJ is probably---again, if true---wrestling with the issue of what do you so with an ex-pres???
3) Last it would explain Mulehead's behavior, namely running around doing nothing, like a chicken with his head cut off. If he KNEW he's probably clueless as to how to proceed in "his" job which not only makes no sense but implicates Zero in everything he touches.
1) There are twin dynamics going on today in the fake news media & in movie entertainment. They aren't exactly identical, but some of the traits are the same.
2) In fake news media, we see declining #s in the "majors" & lefty sites like CNN. Most of the old line papers are kaput
3) I have warned you in the past this does NOT mean they are going away. They will exist if they have zero viewers & ratings of Mr. Ed re-runs. They exist for a reason: Soros & the lib elite establishment NEED them to exist to validate their goofball views of the world.
4) It's much like the rich guy who goes to a prostitute to have him tell her he's really handsome & special, but better cuz the elites at their little soirees can say "Did you see on CNN where Trump is going to be impeached over Porny Daniels?"