Annnnd here it comes.
Mueller report PSA: Prepare for disappointment
President Donald Trump’s critics have spent the past 17 months anticipating what some expect will be among the most thrilling events of their lives: special counsel Robert Mueller’s final report on Russian 2016 election interference.
They may be in for a disappointment.
That’s the word POLITICO got from defense lawyers working on the Russia probe and more than 15 former government officials with investigation experience spanning Watergate to the 2016 election case. The public, they say, shouldn’t expect a comprehensive and presidency-wrecking account of Kremlin meddling and alleged obstruction of justice by Trump — not to mention an explanation of the myriad subplots that have bedeviled lawmakers, journalists and amateur Mueller sleuths.
That’s because there’s no there there, and there never was. And since Trump never did allow Mueller to maneuver him into a trap by sitting down for an interview with him, Mueller couldn’t even gin up a process-crime nothingburger to use against him. Meanwhile:
Plenty more of that, anywhere you care to look. Another indicator:
A small group of angry diners confronted Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell at a restaurant Friday night, but were met with calls from other customers to leave the Kentucky Republican alone.
Video obtained by TMZ shows at least one diner berating McConnell on issues such as Social Security at a restaurant in Louisville. The video starts with him yelling at McConnell and arguing with Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao — to whom McConnell is married. The outlet reported that four men first confronted McConnell.
“Oh yeh, why don’t you get out of here? Why don’t you leave our entire country,” the protester tells the couple.
As Chao argues with the protester, McConnell appears unperturbed and sips on a drink. But other diners begin yelling at the protester, telling him to “leave him alone” and making shoo-ing gestures.
Bold mine. Kinda suggests that average, ordinary, usually peaceable don’t-make-waves types are well and truly fed up with the shit, wouldn’t you say? Even better:
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi was harassed by an anti-communist mob of protesters at a campaign visit in Florida this week.
Pelosi was approached and yelled at while stopping to meet with Democratic leaders and activists in South Florida on Wednesday. Video of the moment surfaced on YouTube with the caption: “Nancy Pelosi was heckled at a Miami Restaurant by Trump Supporting Cuban Americans.”
In the video, Pelosi can be seen entering the restaurant and getting rushed by a mob of protesters. The protesters held anti-communist signs and yelled, “Look at Nancy Pelosi right here – f***ing communist. Get the f**k out of here. F**k you and your f**king Democrats.”
The bewildered Pelosi looked at the protesters before ducking into a doorway with security. The protesters chanted, “Communism sucks” at the closed door.
OH. HELL. YEAH. About damned time; more just like it, please, and I hope ol’ Stretch was scared enough to literally piss herself over it, too. All in all: yeah, still feeling pretty confident over here. Good as the Pelosi story already is, though, it gets even better:
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) was confronted by protesters in Florida on Friday organized by a local Republican chapter and a local group of the “Proud Boys,” who shouted pro-Trump slogans and blasted the Democratic House leader as a “communist.”
Oh, FUCK yeah. God, I love those guys.
Video of the confrontation recorded by a member of the “Proud Boys” shows protesters holding signs and cursing at Pelosi as she entered a campaign event for Donna Shalala, the Democratic nominee in Florida’s 27th District.
“Look at this piece of sh-t Pelosi,” the cameraman is heard yelling in the video.
“You don’t belong here you f–king communist f–k,” a voice is also heard saying on the video. “You and your f—ing Democrats.”
Pelosi’s office told The Hill in a statement that it was ironic to hear President Trump accuse Democrats of being part of an angry “mob” after events such as the protest in Florida. The Proud Boys are considered a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center over anti-immigrant and racist views espoused by members.
“It is deeply sad but unsurprising that we now see that ugliness rearing its head,” her spokesman Drew Hammill told the Post. “It is stunning that Republicans have the gall to call courageous survivors of sexual assault a ‘mob’, at the same time they incite and condone violent actions like this. Republicans must condemn this vile and dangerous conduct, and stop the reckless and dangerous rhetoric that encourages it.”
Hold your breath waiting on it, commie shithead. Alternatively: go fuck yourself to death with razor blades.
“Some holier than thou keyboard warriors may not agree with our methods, but I’ll remind them about Maxine Waters condoning violence, and the rest of her party not denouncing the masked leftist domestic terrorists aka antifa,” the Miami chapter wrote on Facebookafter the video of the confrontation with Pelosi was released.
Damned skippy. Again: In their faces. Twice as hard. Call Pelosi’s Miami misadventure “collateral damage,” if you like. Here’s hoping for plenty more where that came from, bitch.
Getting back to the foundering blue wave, Limbaugh lays out some good reasons why it just ain’t likely:
See, what informs me, what makes me make these kind of predictions is reality. As I also mentioned last night, since Barack Obama was elected in 2008, starting in 2010, including the midterms in 2012 and the midterms in 2014, and the election in 2016, the Democrat Party has lost 1200 seats. The trend is people voting out Democrats. And that was happening while the Democrats were in the White House with Obama there. That could be a factor.
Obama is gone, so maybe the anti-Democrat sentiment is not as high as it used to be when he was there. Because I do believe he was a drag on the Democrat Party. But then I asked myself what has happened in the last two years to make people all of a sudden want to elect Democrats again? As everybody is telling us is going to happen, “House is gone, Rush.” The Senate. Yeah, we’ll probably pick up a couple of… “Houses is gone…”
And then they say, “Because Rush, these House races have nothing to do with any of the way you’re looking at this. These are really local races, and they have to do with things that are not on any national radar.” Well, not true, if these races are being nationalized by the various candidates in them. But anyway, what has happened to make people all of a sudden stop rejecting Democrats? Are the Democrats, have they done a 180?
Are they now performing and executing and behaving in ways that make people love them again? Well, no, not in a just and sane world. The Democrats aren’t doing anything that would grow support. They’re promoting rage and anger. They’re promoting insanity and lunatic behavior. So then, okay, maybe is it Trump? Is there this much opposition to Trump from people who didn’t care one way or the other two years ago?
Has the media succeeded in creating a bunch of anti-Trump sentiment in a midterm turnout profile of voters? Well, that would have to be what it is because the Democrats are not…The Democrats, as I say, the justice associated with what the Democrats are doing is landslide defeat. The Democrats are not responsible for anything good happening in this country. And they’re not even trying to be associated.
They don’t even try to claim credit for the economy. They did for a couple of weeks. They trotted Obama out. Remember, Obama was trying to say the economy was his. Well, that went over like a lead balloon, and they died with it. So they abandoned that. And outside of that, there hasn’t been one attempt by the Democrats to associate themselves with anything good happening in America.
They have instead continued to try and portray America as this unfair, unjust, undeserved, exceptional superpower that discriminates, that violates, that impugns, that…It’s all negative. So I’m just… Where is this body of evidence that suggests the trend of voting against Democrats has reversed?
The Red tide is rising. I could be wrong, of course. But if I was a betting man, I wouldn’t put one thin dime on it.
Update! Blue wave? Yeah, no.
Is it possible that the “blue wave” Democrats had hoped would return them to power in Washington will leave them high and dry? Every analyst now agrees that Republicans are likely not only to maintain control of the Senate, but to expand their majority, perhaps to as many as 56 seats. Rep. Marsha Blackburn looks likely to keep the Tennessee seat vacated by retiring Sen. Bob Corker for the GOP, and Nevada Sen. Dean Heller, once viewed as highly endangered by Democrat Jacky Rosen’s challenge, has edged ahead in polls since the Kavanaugh hearings. Meanwhile, Democrat Sen. Heidi Heitcamp appears doomed to defeat by GOP challenger Jon Cramer, and four other incumbent Senate Democrats (Jon Tester in Montana, Claire McCaskill in Missouri, Joe Donnelly in Indiana and Bill Nelson in Florida) are in toss-up races that could go either way. Friday night, President Trump held a massive rally in Arizona, where Martha McSally is fighting to keep the seat opened by the retirement of Sen. Jeff Flake in Republican hands.
Even as Republicans seem ready to gain Senate seats, however, analysts still say it’s likely Democrats will win a majority of House seats, returning the Speaker’s gavel to Nancy Pelosi. As of Friday evening, the Real Clear Politics House map showed 205 seats counted as either solidly, likely or leaning to Democrats, 198 for Republicans, and 32 rated as toss-ups. Yet this is a slight improvement over the RCP rankings a month earlier, when only 189 seats were in the GOP column. Both parties are performing a sort of triage process on the key House races, pulling resources out of districts that appear lost and moving them to better prospects. Just as Democrats more or less gave up on TX23 last week, they similarly retreated from other House races in Minnesota, Iowa, Florida, and Nebraska.
One analyst quoted by Politico, David Wasserman of the Cook Political Report, estimated there’s still a 30 percent chance Republicans might hold on to their House majority, although by the narrowest of margins. Of course, 30 percent is far better than chances the analysts predicted of a Trump victory two years ago, and the president has been campaigning relentlessly across the country in recent weeks.
At his Arizona rally Friday, supporters waved signs poking fun at Democrat Kyrsten Sinema’s characterization of their state as “crazy,” and Trump called Sinema a “dangerous candidate” and a “far-left extremist.” He referenced the Honduras caravan and said, “As you know, I’m willing to send the military to protect our southern border if necessary.” He also used a slogan coined as a hashtag by online activists to contrast the GOP’s best issue — the roaring economy under Trump — with the radical protest tactics of the Left: “Democrats produce mobs, Republicans produce jobs.” With the crucial midterm election now barely two weeks away, we’ll soon see which agenda American voters prefer.
SANTA MONICA, California — Dilbert cartoonist Scott Adams looks thoughtful in in the lobby of a beachfront hotel on a sunny Thursday afternoon as he tells me that the phrase “jobs not mobs,” which he suggested on Twitter six days before, would be catchy — though he adds that Republicans had not yet used it.
Literally minutes later, President Donald Trump tells a rally in Montana: “Democrats produce mobs. Republicans produce jobs.” The president tweets soon afterwards: “#JobsNotMobs.”
dams predicted in August 2015 that Donald Trump would win the Republican nomination for president, based on his analysis of Trump’s persuasion skills. He also suggested that Trump had a chance of defeating Hillary Clinton.
At the time, few others agreed, but Adams was correct — and has made several other successful predictions since. His Twitter feed and his morning Periscopes have become essential reading and viewing — and are evidently followed closely by the White House.
He told Breitbart News it is too difficult to predict which party will win the November midterm elections, because there are too many local variations in state-by-state and district-by-district battles, “too many variables bigger than persuasion.”
But he predicts that we will see “the greatest turnout by Republicans, maybe ever.”
My hypothesis is that humans are primed by whatever they’ve already seen. So if they’ve seen a pattern, they’ve already fallen into it. And one of the patterns Republicans enjoyed in 2016 was having the other side be surprised. And they really enjoyed it — I’m talking about the kind of joy you can talk about over the course of your lifetime. And the Republican personality — I realize this is a gross generalization — is that it’s not always about the talk, it’s about the showing up. Republicans are going to show up. And they’re driven by all the things people are talking about, but you cannot underestimate the fun, either. I’ll tell you this: if the Republicans pull out the House [win] — I’m still thinking it’s unlikely, only because other people say so and I don’t know any different — it’s because there’s a shitload of Republicans who are saying to themselves, “They’re gonna be surprised.” It’s predictable from the fact that they have felt that pattern and that payoff before. They see the same thing happening again, and are reminded of it.
Asked whether Democrats or Republicans have the more persuasive message heading into the final two weeks of the midterm elections, Adams notes that Democrats’ claim that Republicans want to take away people’s health care was undone with a single tweet earlier Thursday, in which the president promised to sort out any Republicans who dared propose denying coverage for pre-existing conditions — a move Adams called “magically good.”
Verily, from his lips to God’s ears.