Nothing to see here

Gotta be tough, being wrong every fucking time, about every fucking thing.

The Lincoln Project’s Steve Schmidt told voters to ignore the Hunter Biden laptop e-mail story, calling it “obviously not credible” in an interview with MSNBC host Ari Melber on Monday. Schmidt tied Alex Jones, Rudy Giuliani, and Steve Bannon to the story, who he called “exquisite scumbags,” and called attacks on the son of Joe Biden “disgraceful” and “despicable.”

“It’s obviously not credible,” Schmidt, a former Republican strategist, said. “The American people have been lied to, deceived. I mean, look, this information at its origin is coming from Alex Jones, who is a Newtown denier. Think of the pain that man has caused people in this country. Rudolph Giuliani, who has shattered his credibility for God knows what reason over the last four years. And Steve Bannon, who is…indicted for multiple felonies. None of these people have any credibility. All of these people are exquisite scumbags in this American moment and none of them should be believed.”

“The attacks on Hunter Biden are disgraceful, despicable and they come from, of course, the biggest grifting, disgraceful family that has ever set foot inside the people’s house, the White House,” he said. “The residence of the president of the United States and they have debased it. They have debased the institution. They have disgraced the presidency. They have humiliated the country. And soon it will be time for them to go and to face the judgment of history and the American people.”

Absolutely every word this pustule utters is so completely assbackwards, so totally at variance with observable reality, that I can’t help but glance around in expectation of Bearded Spock’s sudden appearance. Have a gander at the kind of thing this oh-so-virtuous paragon of integrity and Muh Conservative Principles™, this self-appointed Defender of Decency, would have us blithely ignore:

Rudy Giuliani has announced that he has turned over Hunter Biden’s hard drive to Delaware State Police due to pornographic photos of underage girls and inappropriate text messages.

Giuliani confirmed that there are photos of minors on the hard drive during an appearance on Greg Kelly’s show on Newsmax on Tuesday evening.

Giuliani said that Biden, according texts sent to his sister in law, on numerous occasions face timed a 14 year old girl while naked and on crack cocaine.

Giuliani also shared one of the text messages backing up his claim.

But hey, no harm no foul, right, NeverTrumpTards?

It’s a new low for the NeverTrumpTards: so badly has their hatred for Trump unmoored them from rationality, they’re now reduced to defending a crackhead pedophile and his collection of kiddie porn. Even worse, the poor, deluded Beautiful Loser class are so deeply immured in the Swamp miasma they’re unable to perceive any problem with that. If the material evidence of the rampant criminality of Biden, Inc found on Cracky’s laptop is representative of the “normal” that they think we’ll all be happy as clams to see automagically reinstated via their sleazy dump-Trump empty-skullduggery, I’m afraid they’re in for a bit of a shock.

Just a suggestion here, guys: if your politics are so profligately fucked up that they lead you into such a godawful place as where you now are, it just might be time to reconsider those politics. And if your supposedly Noble Quest induces you to speak out in vociferous defense of plain old human debris such as the Biden Crime Family, your quest is anything BUT noble.

Specificity

When I said Codevilla had “called ’em all out” earlier, I didn’t imagine for a moment the way Julie Kelly would double, triple, and quadruple down on that idea.

Leader McConnell, you repeatedly lauded Mueller and his work. Senator Ben Sasse, who has remained silent on the real scandal—how Obama’s White House weaponized the most powerful government agencies in the world against Donald Trump—called Mueller an “exceptional public servant” and applauded his “record, character, and trustworthiness.” Senator John Cornyn, you assured us that Mueller is a “well-respected law enforcement professional.”

Senator Susan Collins, remember how you insisted Mueller “has sterling credentials and is above reproach?” You had no qualms back then about the appointment of an unelected, unchecked, and extra-constitutional partisan prosecutor, but now that you’re up for reelection the idea of filling a legitimate vacancy on the nation’s highest court based on clear constitutional guidance and precedent gives you the heebie-jeebies? What gives?

For all we know, without the involvement of William Barr in the spring of 2019, Mueller would still be conducting early morning raids on senior citizens to the delight of CNN viewers and you guys would still be paying the bills.

At the same time, you’ve been completely impotent in exposing Obamagate or holding anyone accountable. Letter after letter went unanswered. Deadlines expired without any repercussions. Promised public reckonings never happened; subpoenas for Obamagate perpetrators are still threatened as the clock runs out and public interest wanes.

Which reminds me that most of you have played along with the BLM movement in one way or another; bending the proverbial knee to agitators who despise everything you claim to honor. Some of you, including Leader McConnell, offered emotional tributes to George Floyd from the Senate floor last June and bolstered the Left’s mantra about “systemic racism.”

Senators Ron Johnson and James Lankford, remember when you suggested replacing Columbus Day with Juneteenth Day after Senator Johnson worked with his far-left colleague from Massachusetts to invent a new national holiday? That did wonders for racial comity since BLM vandals and ambushers have really settled down since then.

LOL.

OUCH. Julie’s gonna leave a mark with this one for sure.

No, no, a thousand times no

Remember when I said there was no way in hell I’d be strapping on one of those silly-ass face diapers, no matter what devious, conniving NC state official might insist that I do so in the name of “safety” over their dud COVID scam? Well, here’s another thing I can solemnly assure I ain’t gonna be doing: “taking a knee.”

Others, however, feel differently.

White police officers and members of the community gathered on Saturday to wash the feet of black faith leaders in North Carolina in an echo of the Biblical story of how Jesus washed his disciples’ feet, according to a report in the Daily Mail.

The feet-washing event was part of a walk in Cary, North Carolina, to protest the death of George Floyd, led by Legacy Church Center co-pastors Faith Wokoma and husband Soboma.

Wokoma and her husband organized the walk, which included the “Washing of the Feet” ceremony, where at least three white law enforcement officers and three other white attendees washed their feet.

According to pictures on social media, the group knelt in prayer with buckets as the pastors sat on a bench. One attendee is heard on a megaphone praying for forgiveness.

Sad, pathetic, disgraceful—and, ultimately, futile and self-defeating. Mike’s Iron Law for dealing with the Left: they will never be satisfied, no matter what you yield up to them. Each met demand will always and forever generate another more bizarre and/or outrageous one. Far better instead to refuse to grant them a single goddamned thing, so as to forestall the deadly spiral of escalating demands that inevitably results from catering to even the most trivial of their wishes.

Ignoring that Iron Law for so long is probably the biggest single reason you could point to for why we find ourselves at the current sorry pass; appeasing the Left in even the smallest way is a sure-fire recipe for disaster in the long term, no matter how innocuous their initial demand might seem. As with Kipling’s famous wisdom about the Danes and the Danegeld, no matter what you give them, they will always be back for another bite, usually a lot sooner than you might think. Then another. And another. And another. Lather, rinse, repeat, until suddenly you’re shocked and horrified to find yourself standing in the ashes of a burned city, your nation’s history erased and rewritten, your national treasures and monuments reduced to smoking rubble.

And they’ll still hate you anyway, and want you dead. Make this your motto:



Kneel before them now, and before you know it you’ll be fellating them while you’re down there. And why not? By agreeing to humiliate and debase yourself at their command, you’ve already demonstrated the nature of what you truly are. After that, it’s merely a matter of haggling over price.

The truth about “neocon” NeverTrumpTards

The same old Vichy GOPe liberal phonies in conservative mufti: wrong then, wrong now, wrong forever.

Every bit of this — the grinding and gurgling economy of the legacy media and its temporary darlings — relies on this support structure of peer approval. Doubtful? You can most clearly see it play out live on Twitter, like a Discovery Channel exploration of an ecosystem made up entirely of mosquitoes. And the cool kids’ waterboys are the anti-Trump Republicans.

The Never Trumpers are a joke kept alive by this structure of self-support. They haven’t been correct on a thing in years, yet continue to earn their supper and an invitation to the party by wholeheartedly agreeing with their new patrons. They predicted ruin when the president was nominated and doom when he was elected, all while his poll numbers have continued to tick upward. They prophesied the shattering of the Republican Party all while it has maintained near-historic discipline in the face of a unified Democrat-media assault. They assumed the end of the economy because America reacted to unfair international trade practices, and terrible global disasters because Donald Trump withdrew from the Paris Climate Accords and killed Iran’s terrorist general.

All of their predictions are based on the conventional wisdom and assumptions of an insulted and excluded D.C. intelligentsia, and all are wrong. Indeed, Trump’s above decisions have resulted in the very things the Never-Trump Republicans once called for, including closing America’s sizable income gap and maintaining a strength and deterrence that are independent of entangling foreign powers.

These men and women are included for agreeing with a media that has been proven wrong over and over again, but there is no room for self-awareness. The two-or-so weeks of journalistic self-reflection that followed the 2016 election gave way to race-baiting, conspiracies, and inquisitions. A promised focus on the heartland and The New York Times’s apology to its readership gave way to The 1619 Project.

In what industry would this hubris survive except for media? Even in politics, a business filled with corrupt liars not even trying to deliver, its practitioners are held to task by elections. Not here. Unaccountable and self-satisfied, the club marches on, complete with back-handed back-slaps to the boys who carry its water.

Ace says this about this gaggle of contemptible rumpswabs:

“Neocons” were disillusioned Democrats who objected to their party’s excesses.

But never the basic philosophy or priorities. Just the excesses.

The neocons remade the Republican Party into something that Democrats could join — and control.

Now that we’ve taken their control away from them, and begun turning our backs on their preferred Democrat priorities for the GOP, they abandon it.

It was never anything more than a refuge of convenience for them.

Actually, I have my own theory: they’re wishy-washy vacillators who wet themselves in fear over 9/11. Many if not most of the aforementioned bunch had leaned liberal until then; the rest were content to play the role of perennial Noble Losers to their Democrat-Socialist overlords. And then 9/11 hit a bit too close to home, rocking their comfy world as Swamp insiders. The attacks upended everything, they grabbed the Neocon life preserver as the handiest way of coping with their stark terror. They were comforted by Dubya’s initial note-perfect response to the atrocity, and of course perpetual, futile half-a-wars far removed from the DC Elite playgrounds were always okay with them.

Now many years have passed without another mass-casualty Moslem attack against their Acela-corridor home turf, and they feel secure enough to let down their guard and get back to big-government business as usual…and then along comes this damned interloper Trump to crash the party and upset their apple cart all over again. Is it any wonder they’ve all come so completely unglued with hatred for the man?

Reverting to form

The Vichy GOPe is already tired of all the winning.

Plan to probe Bidens sparks GOP divisions
President Trump and top allies have homed in on former Vice President Joe Biden’s push to oust a top Ukrainian prosecutor and Hunter Biden’s work for Burisma Holdings, a Ukrainian gas company, as they’ve sought to counterprogram on the sidelines of the months-long impeachment drama.

Now, with the trial in the rearview mirror, that chatter is set to move to center stage as Republicans strategize over their next steps. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), a vocal ally of Trump’s, is pledging “oversight.”

Other GOP senators are warning that it’s time for the Senate to move on after a weeks-long divisive fight that left scars on the chamber’s normally clubby atmosphere.

“I know there’s been some discussion about the Judiciary Committee taking a look at that. I think what I would like to see happen around here is a return to normalcy,” said Sen. John Thune (S.D.), the No. 2 Republican senator, in response to a question from The Hill about talk within the caucus about investigating the Bidens. 

Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas), a member of Graham’s committee, asked if he had any interest in investigating the Bidens, said: “I think an election is the best way to handle that.” 

I can’t improve on Bill’s response:

Here comes the GOPe wing of the Ruling Party, preparing to protect one of its own.

I say no.

The Democrat House has no intention of “moving on.” It intends to investigate any and everything possible that offers hope of somehow smearing Trump leading up to the election.

The issue, as that moron Cornyn seems to think, is not whether Trump wins the election or not, it is to uncover the nature of the corruption committed by Biden and others over which Trump was smeared and impeached.

The American people have a right to know what has been driving the war on Trump, who has been waging it, and why and how they have done so.

Pretending that is somehow no longer relevant or meaningful, that it is time to “just move on,” is a de facto admission that such corruption is acceptable, and that it will not be exposed or punished.

It’s a coverup. Don’t let them do it.

“Moving on,” covering up, and getting back to business as usual is the common cause that unites old-guard GOPers and their Democrat-Socialist “partners across the aisle.” Well, fuck them. The last three days have made it all too clear the degree to which the Shampeachment farce was inhibiting Trump, which was altogether too high. However, they also demonstrated that he knows full well how to fight and defeat them: when the cuffs came off, so did the gloves, and the result was several massively potent ass-whippings for the Democrat-Socialists, along with their shameful SOTU self-beclowning.

Keeping the enemy reeling and off-balance; aggressively exploiting his every mistake; short-circuiting his momentum by forcing him to react to YOU, never allowing him to seize the initiative himself; staying in his face, continually advancing on him and forcing him to backpedal, never giving him a moment to catch his breath or collect his thoughts; breaking his morale by mocking and humiliating him for his hapless, ineffectual boobery, which process can then lead to a cascade of escalating failure; in short, staying always on the offensive—that’s how you win.

American politics is no longer some kind of gentlemen’s parlor discussion, a civil contest between factions proceeding from an assumption of certain shared values and a base of mutual respect who, despite some comparatively minor differences, can eventually resolve those differences without rancor or resentment. This is now war to the knife between completely alienated foes whose differences and beliefs, being entirely contradictory at their root, can NEVER be reconciled. One side must win; one side must lose. There is either liberty, or there is tyranny. Back to the original piece from The Hill:

Sen. Mike Braun (R-Ind.), who got a shoutout from Trump during a White House event on Thursday, noted that Trump’s legal team had made an issue of it during the trial, where they repeatedly brought up Hunter Biden and Ukraine, but that he had “no particular interest in it myself.”

Better rethink that, bub. You may not be interested in Democrat-Socialist corruption, crime, and megalomania. But they are interested in YOU. To shrug your shoulders after having seen Trump and his family tormented, several of his associates’ and appointees’ lives destroyed forever, because of patently manufactured charges of doing exactly what the grubby Biden clan actually DID do, is to guarantee more and even worse whenever the Democrat-Socialist brats aren’t getting their way.

However sick we all may be of the endless merry-go-round of accusations, investigations, hearings, and the rest, this nation simply cannot afford that. And, sorry to have to be the one to tell ya, but guarding against it, fixing it, is what you signed up for when you ran for office. If you feel you’re not up to the job you need to resign, hightail it back home, and let someone who IS take your place.

When doing battle against an enemy as dedicated, implacable, and treacherous as the Democrat-Socialists, the time to sit back, rest on your laurels, and relax a bit is…well, basically, NEVER. Not until they are vanquished utterly, a state of affairs which can best be verified not from the volume of their lamentation—which is always high and shrill anyway—but by their shocked silence. Or, alternatively, their fearful pleas for mercy.

This next part makes plain that, though they inarguably had their asses kicked up between their shoulderblades this past week, this is not the time to pull any punches or stacking arms.

Senate Republicans aren’t the only ones planning follow-up investigations after impeachment.

House Democrats are weighing their own probes and haven’t ruled out subpoenaing former national security adviser John Bolton. 

Make no mistake: the Democrat-Socialist palookas have absolutely NO intention of allowing Shampeachment Round 1 to be the end of their fight against Trump. They’ll keep right on, for just as long as they’re allowed to get away with it. Merely knocking them down once, twice, three times will never be enough. They must be crushed—pummeled ruthlessly, continually, and savagely, without mercy or remorse, until they’re so damned woozy and demoralized they can’t even lift their fucking heads off the canvas to crawl under the ropes and out of the ring.

A TKO or decision on points ain’t gonna cut it; they must be knocked the fuck OUT, then hauled to the showers on a stretcher with their head lolling and their tongue hanging out. Because if you let them back up, they’ll just try to take another poke at you.

They STILL don’t get it

And given how painful and costly the admission will be for them, they probably never will.

What the bow tie–wearing myopics of the swamp can’t or refuse to see is that President Trump’s support comes, at its source, from growing animal spirits in America convinced that the federal government is a major problem. The country elected Mr. Trump, in part, because he promised to be a giant club willing to bash the D.C. hull repeatedly until it sinks into the Potomac River basin. You can’t fight a war if you don’t even understand the positions of the players or the stakes involved, and the D.C. denizens prove every day that they have no idea what’s going on in the minds of those living between the coasts.

We have watched the federal government grow and transform into something we hate and fear. There were no constitutional conventions or amendments for these changes; rather, the federal courts took it upon themselves to reinterpret the Constitution with the silent consent of Congress and successive presidents until they had effectively co-opted power originally guaranteed to the individual states or the American people themselves. Giant administrative agencies now tower over our lives, even if they reside in D.C. They conjure power for themselves out of thin air, but their application of power is very real. They choose whom to tax, what land to seize, whose gods must be respected, and whose faith must be destroyed. Administrative agencies force American citizens to bend to the wills of faceless swamp things, and nobody in D.C. sees this as the direct assault on Madisonian republicanism that it is. Vesting all the awesome powers of the Executive, Legislative, and Judicial Branches in the unmitigated wisdom of twenty-seven-year-old cubicle kings is tyranny, and that is what we have.

Lies have always accompanied the struggle for human power, but the federal government today trades in the currency of deceit with such gusto that it should offend any free people. It is hysterically ironic to hear Deep State acolytes attempt to separate President Trump from his voters by accusing him of being untruthful. We’ve watched President Obama sabotage the peaceful transition of power, John Brennan and James Comey conspire with the FISA Court to frame President Trump as a Russian spy, news personalities routinely spread the lie that President Trump is racist, and Democratic moles and fake whistleblowers falsely accuse President Trump of crimes actually committed by President Obama and Vice President Biden. Hearsay and innuendo against President Trump are the only news of the day. For those living between the coasts, the federal government and the legacy media vomit forth such unrelenting and inscrutably mad deceptions upon the American people that any exaggeration from the president seems nostalgically folksy in a Huck Finn type of way by comparison. And like Finn, if the president occasionally fibs, at least we know he is a hero with a good heart who works on our behalf. The D.C. coup-plotters and power-grabbers, in contrast, sacrificed their souls long ago in service to the cretinous golem into which they’ve breathed life.

So when President Trump’s enemies seek to manipulate us into acquiescing and consenting to his removal from office, their strategy is all backwards. The Left long ago learned to use our virtue against us by appealing to our moral leanings and our sense of shame. They cry out at us: “Look at this man. He betrays all of the customs and traditions of the American government. He lies to us and threatens us and dares to question the absolute truth of the press. He is uncouth and ill mannered and actively seeks to find our pressure points and pour salt in our wounds. He is no true Republican. He is no true conservative. He countermands everything we’ve stood for, everything we’ve worked for, everything we’ve promised to the rest of the world. He finds nothing sacred in what we do.” Nothing could make us happier. The more they protest and accuse him of terrible things, the more we see him as a great and dangerous club with which to pound the Deep State and post-constitutional order into the ground.

Nailed it—clean, tight, and absolutely flat.

Fix: IN

Indulge me for a little worst-case-scenario doomsaying.

Attorney to the President, Jay Sekulow, explained that the legal team isn’t content to offer a rebuttal to Democrats impeachment arguments, they plan on attacking them.

Sekulow made the comments during an appearance on ‘Fox and Friends First,’ where he accused the resistance party of selectively editing witness testimony to fit their argument that the President should be impeached and removed from office.

“Adam Schiff, who is the House management leader, has had a problem with the truth since he’s been holding these hearings in the House of Representatives, all the way back to the Mueller report,” Sekulow told viewers. “So, we will not, in a sense, it’s not a rebuttal.”

Instead, he added, “what we are going to do is attack.”

A good thing too, because from what I’m seeing the last couple of days, you’re going to need to. The Senate GOPe leadership ain’t gonna bother to. Their declared intention to keep the process scrupulously on Constitutional track seems to be slowly slipping off the rails.

Senator Schumer and McConnell have agreed to alternating back-and-forth questions from Republicans and Democrats over the course of two days totaling a maximum of sixteen hours. The alternative would have been 8 hours of questioning by Democrats followed by 8 hours of republican questions. Obviously, and curiously, McConnell and Schumer see a benefit to alternating back-and-forth over the two days.

Additionally, according to several media reports, McConnell took a ‘whip of the Senate’ regarding witness testimony and does not currently have enough republican votes to block the pre-planned House Managers’ unconstitutional scheme to call witnesses.

The appropriate constitutional position for the Senate to take would be that the House investigates; the House calls witnesses within their investigation; the House assembles articles of impeachment; and the Senate is the trier of fact from those articles.

Ergo if a witness was not included in the article assembly, that would be a defect of the House articles; incurable in the Senate…How and why any senator would agree to establish this precedent is beyond my comprehension.

You may need to hone your cynicism a bit then, Sundance. Because I assure you it ain’t beyond mine. Anyways.

In the current quasi-constitutional House process, the Democrats refused to allow Republicans to call witnesses during their investigative phase. As a result the articles as assembled are completely one-sided and partisan. There are no republican witnesses in the evidence underpinning the article assembly. This was obviously done by design.

As a result a one-sided, Democrat only, witness group is structured in the articles. Now the same Democrats are demanding additional witnesses beyond those they called in the House. The witnesses they are demanding are from the executive branch; and blocking the executive from access to the judiciary explains why the Democrat plan has presented this end-run around the constitution. This was not a flaw in the article assembly, it was a feature.

So here’s how things might now be shaping up: Senate GOPers acquiesce to the House Democrat-Socialists’ imperious and patently un-Constitutional witness demands…and then the leadership refuses to allow any of their own, probably justifying the chicanery to the general public as a matter of “principle” and high-mindedness. Highly devious maneuvering, yes, audacious in its brazen affrontery. But thus will the Deep State ultimately be preserved, the bone-deep corruption of the US government entire swept back under its rug. And on my darkest days, I fear that that outweighs any other consideration for these shitweasels, by far.

I suppose I ought to find this reassuring, but somehow I just…don’t.

Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) on Tuesday said Trump’s defense team “made a damning indictment of what Hunter and Joe Biden allowed to happen” in Ukraine, with Burisma, and he believes GOP senators will likely vote to call in the Bidens, Eric Ciaramella and other witnesses.

Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) on Tuesday said Trump’s defense team “made a damning indictment of what Hunter and Joe Biden allowed to happen” in Ukraine, with Burisma, and he believes GOP senators will likely vote to call in the Bidens, Eric Ciaramella and other witnesses.

Fine and well, then, and given how hard it is nowadays to determine whether it’s Lindsey V1.0, 1.5, or 2.0 hear talking at any given moment, I’ll believe it when I see it. Worse, the razor-thin Republican Senate majority means that they can’t afford to lose a single vote—and we can guess easily enough where four of them might be found. Nonetheless, Sen Hawley remains optimistic:

Senator Josh Hawley (R-MO) drafted motions to subpoena impeachment manager Rep. Adam Schiff, ICIG Michael Atkinson, Eric Ciaramella, Hunter Biden and Joe Biden to testify.

“If the Senate calls witnesses, I will ask for votes on all these next week,” Hawley said.

I hope you do, Josh; we’ll see if you get ’em. More details on La Familia Biden’s end-to-end, multigenerational corruption are provided in this Politico hack-job; the bit of hilarity I most enjoyed therein has to be this:

There’s no evidence Biden used his position as vice president to benefit his son’s work with Burisma.

BWAAAAAHAHAHAHAHAHASTOPITPLEASEOHPLEASESTOPYOU’REKILLINGME

Revoltingly, the Biden corruption ‘n’ crime chromosome wasn’t limited to just poor, inept old whore-hopper Hunter’s DNA, either. It appears to be a dominant family trait.

With less than one week before the Iowa caucuses, the establishment media is zeroing in on former Vice President Joe Biden and the culture of corruption that has permeated his immediate family for decades.

On Tuesday, Politico published an in-depth exposé on the financial ties between the former vice president’s younger brother, James, and a high-powered Washington, D.C., lobbyist. According to Politico, James and his wife purchased an acre of land in the U.S. Virgin Islands for $150,000 in May 2005. A year later, James resold a third of that acre to Scott Green, a national security lobbyist who previously served as a Senate staffer for Joe Biden. Green paid $150,000 for the land, even though the tax assessed value was only $38,000.

“In effect, James and [his wife] had gotten their money back while keeping most of the land—recouping their investment in just 12 months,” the outlet reported.

Any money that Green may have lost through the deal was offset when Joe Biden became vice president. In 2010, as Politico notes, Green and members of the lobbying firm he founded, the Lafayette Group, were frequent visitors at the Obama-Biden White House.

Remember, y’all: not a SMIDGEON of corruption in the Obama junta. Not the tiniest little SMIDGE. If you don’t believe it, just ask one of those piffling crooks.

The article goes on to present a whole slew of, umm, problematic wheelings and dealings involving Uncle Gropey and his chip-off-the-old-block brood. Influence peddling, bribery, extortion,lucrative no-show jobs, you name it; the only thing the Biden clan seems not to have had their grubby fingers into is actual contract murder. But Uncle Gropey is close enough to HILLARY!™, so who knows about even that.

One thing we know for sure by now: if he did refrain, it sure wasn’t due to any ethics-based reluctance or distaste for it—the man has no discernible ethics at all, Obviously, his precious little apples did NOT fall far from the rotten family tree themselves.

The looking glass, darkly

Steyn says Trump is the consequence of YOU.

For three years the question absorbing Swamp-dwellers has been: How did Trump get elected? According to Adam Schiff, the answer is the Russians. According to Hillary, the answer is sexism and/or Macedonian content farmers. According to the media, Trump “tapped into” a large segment of the American electorate’s ingrained sexism, racism, homophobia, transphobia and other assorted bigotries. If these fine fellows were genuinely interested to know how Trump got elected, the quickest way to the answer would be for them to look in the mirror: Trump is the consequence of you. No Russians or Macedonians are required: it’s because of you – the permanent governing class. If the only alternative to Hillary is Jeb, it’s hardly a surprise that there’s a stampede to the “Neither of the Above” box. And, if the only fellow waiting over there is Donald J Trump, so be it: that’s on you.

As I put it just shy of two decades ago:

If the political culture forbids respectable politicians from raising certain topics, then the electorate will turn to unrespectable politicians.

And, when they do, it’s a conscious choice: they know what they’re doing. So, when the respectable class whines that “a real conservative walks with us” and therefore Trump can’t be a conservative because he doesn’t, they fail to grasp that that’s all the more reason to back him.

I understand that National Review has suffered somewhat since its “Against Trump” issue. That’s because, to reprise another old line of mine from four years ago, it’s always easier for the base to get itself a new elite than for the elite to get itself a new base. Given that the horrors they predicted failed to come to pass, and that the crisis of the republic these last three years has been the refusal of the permanent state to accept the result of the election, you might think, having hoist themselves on their own petard, National Review might wish to de-hoist and admit they were wrong. But, apparently, changing your mind is the ultimate no-no. 

From that first (National Review) headline “Witless Ape Rides Escalator”, much of the conservative establishment revealed its fundamental unseriousness. Most dismal of all, they failed to realize that it was they who were on the downward escalator – and still are.

Yeah, well, just wait till they see how very far down that thing actually goes. And suddenly I’m reminded of a classic AC/DC lyric from the Bon Scott days:

Come on honey gotta change your tune
Cause it’s a long way down

A DAMNED long way, bub. Ain’t no coming back from there, either. But maybe their mulish insistence on Resistance™ is an indication that they know that already. The ticket was bought, paid for, and punched a long time ago; might as well ride it on out to the bitter end.



Tooth and claw, hammer and tongs

This. This right here.

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., on Monday said if his fellow Republicans allow Democrats to have the witnesses they demand in the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump, he will demand Hunter Biden testify.

Paul tweeted:

“My colleagues can’t have it both ways. Calling for some, while blocking others. If we are going to give a platform to witnesses the Dems demand, I look forward to forcing votes to call Hunter Biden and many more!”

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., who also opposes witnesses in the trial, has warned against them for just such a tit-for-tat reasoning.

McConnell told Fox News Radio in December that a calling of witness by Democrats coud lead Republicans to want Hunter Biden and even the whistleblower who’s identity has never been officially revealed.

And that would be just AWFUL, wouldn’t it? Such a destructive “tit for tat” risks unearthing all sorts of worms the Deep State would much prefer to keep covered. Why, the American knave-class might even get above their station to the extreme of insisting on justice being visited on all sorts of high ‘n’ mighty, untouchable types! The whole phony “of the people, by the people, for the people” charade might collapse! IT’S UNTHINKABLE!!

Other Republicans, such as Maine’s Susan Collins and Utah’s Mitt Romney, have been more open to possibly allowing witnesses. Democrats needs only four Republicans to cross over and vote with them to get their wish. CBS News reported Monday they likely have found four Republicans to join them.

They’ll likely get more Republicrat/Uniparty turncoats than that, I’d bet, with plenty of those willing to vote for conviction, too. Well, let ’em sow that dangerous wind. Just so long as they don’t mind reaping the whirlwind, too.

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