That sinking feeling Al Franken is experiencing is the realization that his career is now a pawn in the fanatical efforts of Democrats to get President Trump out of office. The Democrats would not lose his seat, since Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton can be expected to appoint a Democrat to serve out his term. Franken is not well liked for reasons that should be self-evident: he is as big a jerk in regular life as the infamous picture of him and Ms. Tweeden on the C17 would seem to indicate. The logical steps for getting Trump are clear: Step one, establish
Franken taking one for the "team". As Lifson points out: Moore and Clinton are also stepping stones to get to Trump.
But Lifson correctly details the risks being taken. I might disagree in that sending these matters to the Ethics Committee can successfully bury them, with the help of the media, once the "target" has been acquired and "neutralized".
Lifson concludes: So, we have a situation which something approaching mutual assured destruction could be unleashed on Congress, but with heavier damage likely on the Democrats’ side of the aisle. In this circumstance, the only winners would be those Americans who want to drain the swamp. A wholesale bloodletting on Capitol Hill would not be the worst possible outcome, so long as the new legislators are wisely chosen in sufficient numbers.
Now is the time to start planning those candidacies.
Now is the time for a new party to properly and effectively do it.
The double standard on evidence for sexual harassment is evident to all. It is long overdue to end the code of silence for congressional offenders when they are smearing Roy Moore with such old unverifiable doubtful allegations. I would favour following through and draining the swamp of these hypocrites. A good first step would be to reverse the 17th amendment and clean up the Senate right away. More states are in GOP hands so it would fix a lot of problems fast as it drains the swamp. There is almost no turnover with elections given the big advantage of incumbency. This is not really about sex but about deeply entrenched corruption.
Wholesale bloodletting...over "sex"? This is quickly becoming hysterical, not in its seriousness, rather in its farcical nature of the disclosure-counterdisclosure.
Politicians are odd animals - 99% of Americans don´t have the ego to be one. But the one percent who do are like "violent" football players - it´s in the nature of the beasts to be self-centered, which leads to these episodes. Very few are "well adjusted."
To discover any politician engaged in sex-capades over the years is increasingly a yawner, unless it´s public and egregious. The liberal "outrage" is feigned, while the blue noses get themselves all wound up with the "sin" and the hypocrisy of the liberals. In the middle, as always, people go with the flow of their friends´ and neighbors´ opinions.
The swamp creatures are very good at subtly closing bi-partisan ranks when need be. It´s just business. Don´t take it so seriously.
Does anyone really believe that Tweeden is the only one that Franken ever harassed? He has apologized and she has accepted it but if there is another out there somewhere Franken will be un tostado. His term comes up in 2020 and has said he intends to run for reelection. Let´s see!
Who better to sacrifice than this sick chimp, who once had a monolog/joke while roasting Rob Reiner in which he imagined Rob´s father raping his son, then inviting friends to do the same. He´s a sick man, and his loss on the way to destroy Trump is like a pebble in the road.
The GOPe apologists are so cocky that "A new party will never work and not happen.", because they believe they have rigged the system (like the FEC being populated only by the two "big tent" wings of the UniParty). President Trump and the Freedom Caucus need to "unrig" the system, so that a new party can form and replace a feckless relic, like the Republican Party itself did to the Whigs in 1854 / 1860.
Years ago, my daughter Samantha and I were home in the afternoon (she was off school, second grade, and I was home with her) when there was a loud knock on the front door. When I answered, I discovered that there were about a hundred cops, including SWAT (tactical truck and all) at my door and in my front yard. They did not look very happy. "Yes? Can I help you?" I asked, as I got about a hundred hard stares from our new guests. "Daddy, how many cops are out there?" Sam asked. "All of them, I think..." "Sir, there was a bank
Those “experts” who long have warned of “violent chaos” if the US moves its embassy to Jerusalem have been exposed as a bunch of hysterical ninnies at best, in the Age of Trump. (snip) just over one-tenth of one percent of West Bank Palestinians turned out for demonstrations – after a day of cajoling by Palestinian Authority agitators. In Gaza, where even more violent, radical, and fearsome Hamas presumably urged rioters on turnout more than doubled Gaza as a percentage: a massive two and half tenths of one percent of the population turned out. Both turnouts happened right after Friday
Something very strange, and possibly extremely significant, happened yesterday, with no explanation and little notice from the media. But two different writers for the same DC-insider publication rushed to be the first to note this barely-noticed move, suggesting that they know something big is happening. To my deep sorrow, the skills of a Kremlinologist – the people who specialized in interpreting small signs, such as who stood next to whom reviewing military parades in Red Square to figure out the real power structure within the secretive upper ranks of the USSR – are necessary to figure out what is going
When the Supreme Court ruled that gay marriage was not only legal but mandated by the Constitution, the majority were declaring that the Constitution meant whatever the majority of the Supreme Court wanted it to mean. (snip) the fundamental principle defined by the Court in its ruling on gay “marriage”, Obergefell, clearly and unambiguously supports the rights of bakers, photographers, etc. to refuse to support gay “weddings.” The Court has declared that the liberties protected by the Due Process Clause include “intimate choices that define personal identity and belief.” But saying that one is glad to serve gays but not willing
Once again, President Trump proves that he is no ordinary politician, and exposes the nature of the DC Swamp. Every recent president has promised to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem as a candidate, only to fail to deliver. But not President Trump! He alone has the guts and the honesty to start to deliver. (snip) So the Kabuki will unfold in “the Arab street,” but the intransigent Palestinians for the first time are discovering that intransigence makes things worse for them. They will pay a price now. And the unspoken message is that if they don’t
James Comey ´s subconscious is manifesting itself in uncomfortable nonverbal truth-telling, while his conscious mind takes him out on a limb that cannot sustain his weight. (snip) A couple of days ago James Comey posted one of the weirdest tweets in recent memory to come from a DC player, featuring a truly remarkable graphic that seems straight from his subconscious: [tweet] Every single FBI agent is pictured with his/her back turned toward the camera (and Comey). What is the nonverbal message here? That a lot of butt-picturing, almost pervy, if you think about it. But I doubt Comey is a
Another progressive delusion was exposed yesterday as NFL owners discovered that their attempt to bribe angry black players into behaving themselves flopped as the nation watched. Despite promises to donate almost $90 million to ‘social justice’ causes (which seem to be charities ostensibly benefitting African-Americans) if players would only respect the National Anthem the way their colleagues in other major league sports do, various NFL players demonstrated their contempt during games. (snip) So, will the NFL owners and Roger Gooddell develop the intestinal fortitude to announce something on the order of: “OK, you had your chance! The deal is off,
The current sex crimes dragnet sweeping across the country, pulling in celebrities, media millionaires, and politicians, has yet to reel in a high profile professor from the hallowed halls of academia Will Bill Ayers be the first? In a 2006 Frontpagemag article entitled "Remembering a Sixties Terrorist," a woman named Donna Ron recounted what she described as "the defining event of my life." As a sophomore at the University of Michigan in 1965, Ron was caught up in the antiwar movement when she met and dated Ayers. Two months after meeting Ayers, Ron alleges he locked her in his apartment and told her
Americans generally know nothing about our European "allies" and the nefarious plans they may occasionally hatch against us. But people familiar with history know how the British Foreign Office was a primary mover in getting the United States into World War I. (snip) Among the many flaws in this story is Christopher Steele, nominally a "former" GCHQ spy, who was hired to do the deed. But when it comes to keeping the Brits informed of major developments in its biggest ally, the United States, there are no "former" spies. If Steele was hired by the DNC to come up with
People lost money thanks to Brian Ross moving the market with his false reporting. He’s been suspended, but will we see lawsuits against him and ABC on behalf of investors who lost money? Update: as this was being published, President Trump just recommended they do so (snip) now that we have established that the Mueller investigation can move markets, Robert Mueller should require all of his staff to put their stock holdings (including retirement funds) into blind trusts. If any of them were so foolish as to sell shares of anything right before an indictment of, say, Jared Kushner, they
Cue sustained hysteria among Trump-haters in the media and everywhere else. Stay tuned for demands for Trump’s impeachment, and cries of treason. Just a short time ago, Michael Flynn left a federal courthouse after cutting a deal with special counsel Robert Mueller. (snip) During the transition, then-President Obama famously said, “There’s only one president.” This may be what is seized upon to demand Trump’s impeachment and indictment for the Logan Act. Nobody ever has been prosecuted for violating it, much less convicted. But Mueller conceivably could do so.
The Congressional Budget Office [CBO] is back at it again, now providing class warfare material to opponents of tax reform. (snip) the CBO made a new argument, that the provision in the Senate bill that would repeal the mandate to purchase health insurance will mean that 13 million people will lose coverage. Think about this one for a moment. The mandate to purchase health insurance is a tax (according to the Supreme Court) that will be paid for failure to have coverage. The mandate does not require one to purchase coverage, through signing up on the exchanges or signing up for
One of the women who accused Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore of making advances on her when she was a teen and he a local prosecutor admitted Friday to forging part of the yearbook inscription she offered as proof. Beverly Young Nelson told ABC News she wrote part of the disputed note in her high school yearbook that she and famed attorney Gloria Allred presented as proof the then-30-something Moore sought an inappropriate relationship with her in the late 1970s. Nelson still insisted that Moore wrote most of the message and signed the inscription, but said she made “notes” to
Lindsey Vonn’s road to her final Olympics has encountered some trouble. The American skiing star was treated for a back injury after completing her World Cup Super-G race in St. Moritz, Switzerland on Saturday. Vonn went to the ground after crossing the finish line and observers said she was experiencing extreme pain. She was treated in a nearby house and later limped to a car without speaking to reporters.
I´m pretty much done with the sex scandals. They were fun, but they´re just going to have to carry on without me. If someone broke the law and you can prove it, prosecute him. If someone violated the rules of his organization, eject him. Other than that, if women have forgotten the fine art of slapping a man in the face, there´s not a whole hell of a lot society can do for them. You keep silent for forty years and then ruin a man´s career with an unprovable allegation — and that makes you a hero? Not to me. Look,
MSNBC "Hardball" host Chris Matthews said Thursday night that "the worst you can say about Democrats is that they´re too pure" in light of recent resignation announcements made by Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) and Sen. John Conyers (D-Mich.) amid sexual harassment allegations. Franken, 66, on Thursday, announced his intention to resign from the Senate by defiantly stating that some of the eight accusations of sexual misconduct made against him were false while saying he remembered other encounters differently.
Al Franken’s resignation speech on Thursday seemed less heartfelt than grudging. He cast it not as an act of atonement — he continues to deny the charges largely and acknowledged through his stifled rage that his previous quasi-apologies had hastened his demise — but a reluctant act of gallantry. He was submitting docilely to the “broader conversation” on sexual harassment, he said, while signaling that his replacement, to whom he referred as “her,” would be a female pol embodying that conversation. The speech followed the usual pattern of lying pols: I didn’t do it, I’m only quitting because I am a
Prior to President Donald Trump’s visit to the opening of the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum today, Fox & Friends brought on Trump supporter and former sheriff David Clarke to discuss the president’s appearance. And things got very tense very fast. Right off the bat, co-host Pete Hegseth asked Clarke what he thought about Rep. John Lewis (D-GA), a civil rights icon, deciding not to attend the opening because Trump would be in attendance. Clarke reacted by immediately dismissing Lewis. “John who?” Clarke mocking stated. “John Lewis — he was bloodied on the Selma bridge, Sheriff, when trying to protest voting
Comedian Sarah Silverman addressed the topic of American nationalism during a monologue on her Hulu talk show Thursday night, describing the “visceral reaction” and fear she felt when an old boyfriend of hers hoisted an American flag on his own property. (Snip) “[My sister] was like, ‘Dude, nationalism is innately terrifying for Jews. Think about it: flags, marching, blind allegiance — these things tend to ring a bell for us,’” she said. “Right. Of course. Duh. It made sense. And it made me realize that the things that terrify some people are the same things that give other people great
California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) says President Trump´s stance on climate change demonstrates that he does not appear to fear the "wrath of God" or have any regard for the "existential consequences" of his climate change policies. “I don’t think President Trump has a fear of the Lord, the fear of the wrath of God, which leads one to more humility ... this is such a reckless disregard for the truth and for the existential consequences that can be unleashed,” Brown said in an interview on CBS´s "60 Minutes," which is set to air on Sunday. Brown, who previously studied to become
Pope Francis has suggested he wants to make a change to The Lord´s Prayer, widely known among the faithful as the “Our Father.” Specifically, the Catholic leader said in an interview Wednesday he would prefer to adjust the phrase “lead us not into temptation,” saying that it too strongly suggested that God leads people to sin. “That is not a good translation,” the pope said, according to Reuters. The phrase “do not let us fall into temptation,” which the Catholic Church in France has previously decided to use, would be a more appropriate alternative, Francis said.
In ever so lacy, delicate and pious tears-and-flapdoodle language, former President Obama basically suggested President Trump is Hitler. According to the Daily Mail: Barack Obama appeared to compare Donald Trump´s presidency to Hitler´s rise to power during a speech in Chicago on Tuesday. The former president was speaking at an event thrown by the Economic Club of Chicago at a Hilton hotel when he made the remarks. Without mentioning the current president, Obama told the gathered audience of 1,800: ´We have to tend to this garden of democracy or else things could fall apart quickly.
Opposition research must have started as soon as, if not before, Donald Trump announced he was running for president. I am sure many of Trump´s Republican opponents, as well as Hillary Clinton, the DNC, liberal interest groups, the media, and others were searching far and wide for trash on Trump. The research must not have produced enough trash, or else why would the DNC and Hillary have paid Fusion GPS so handsomely to create what is clearly a false document? Fusion GPS trafficked the document to the Justice Department and intelligence officials. They obviously had seen how many intelligence officials
Thomas B. Edsall, one of the pre-eminent commentators on American politics and elections, has written a piece for the New York Times, provocatively titled “Liberals Need To Take Their Fingers Out of Their Ears.” In it, he argues that the roots of President Trump’s success—and our increasingly bitter politics—should be laid at the feet (to continue with the body-part metaphors) of liberals. “Many Democrats,” he writes, “continue to have little understanding of their own role — often inadvertent, an unintended consequence of well-meaning behavior — in creating the conditions that make conservatives willing to support Trump and the party he