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A better apology

About that Gianforte matter.

While he stays oddly vague about what he did, at least now we know that Greg Gianforte’s apologies are matched by his actions.

Greg Gianforte, the Montana congressman-elect who was accused of “body slamming” a reporter, pleaded guilty to misdemeanor assault Monday morning.

Judge Rick West sentenced Gianforte to a 180-day deferred sentence, 40 hours of community service, 20 hours of anger management and a $300 fine along with a $85 court fee…

Jacobs was present and made a statement in the courtroom. Gianforte later asked if he could address Jacobs directly and apologized again.

“I just want to say I’m sorry and if and when you’re ready, I look forward to sitting down with you in DC,” he said.

Thank you, Montana justice system and thank you, Mr. Gianforte.

Violence comes from the Left

We’ve been having fun in the comments about Representative-Elect Greg Gianforte (R-MT). He body-slammed a reporter in rage, probably committing misdemeanor assault, then lied about what he did. Later, he apologized – but only sort of – because he never said what for and, to my knowledge, he has not yet corrected his false witness. (Feel free to update me in the comments)

His actions are bad. Both violence and lying are totally unacceptable, in our politics, from whatever side. And I think he’s just sorry that he was caught. If he merits prosecution (or censure or expulsion in the House), let the right thing happen.

He also needs to be seen in perspective. As usual, Tucker Carlson and V the K nail it. From V:

Gianforte doesn’t seem like someone I’d defend to the last, but I’m not going to let people who supported Ted Kennedy and Gerry Studds lecture me on who’s unfit to serve in Congress.

Also, is it just me, or has this one dust-up between a Republican congressman and a reporter gotten more mass media coverage than all the violence inflicted by Antifa, the Portlandia Anti-Trump mob, the Middlebury/Berkeley/UW-Madison college Democrats, and the woman in Tennesee who tried to run a Republican congressman off the road combined?

And Tucker Carlson for your enjoyment:
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Tucker has a laundry list of recent, left-wing political violence – including threats and violence against at least 3 Republican Congresspeople.

Gianforte lost all control of himself – as a 56-year old man – and muddied the waters. For that, he has my contempt. But he’s a globule of mud, in a virtual La Brea Tar Pits of left-wing political violence in America today that many Democrats refuse to condemn.

As always, the Left and the Controlled Media (but I repeat myself) would rather pretend that the speck in Republicans’ eyes is the New Coming of Hitler, than look at the many logs in their own.

Some stuff that some people probably think we should acknowledge

Consider this an open thread to talk about anything listed here, or not listed here.

  • Eric Clanton has been arrested by Berkeley police.

    Score one for the good guys. This is the Nutty Professor who was allegedly assaulting people with bike locks on behalf of Antifa, during those riots in Berkeley.

    “His work in political philosophy also centers on mass incarceration and the prison system,” Clanton’s former faculty page read. “He is currently exploring restorative justice from an anti-authoritarian perspective.”

    I hope Prof. Clanton will be finding out a lot about mass incarceration, the prison system, restorative justice, and authority.

  • The 4th Circuit has blocked Trump’s travel suspension.

    I find this a bit of a yawner. President Trump’s orders on the suspension (sometimes called a “Muslim Ban” by our biased media) have been pretty reasonable. The opinions blocking the suspension have been mostly ridiculous. There’s nothing I can do about it except hope it goes to the Supreme Court. And SCOTUS will do whatever they’re going to do, one way or the other.

  • The Gianforte matter. Again, yawns from me. If Gianforte committed assault, let the police/justice system take care of it and let him rot in jail. That’s what the police/justice system is for. Let it work. There, I just condemned Gianforte (provided he’s guilty).
  • NYT reporting that Russian officials discussed how they might influence Trump. Again: Yawn. Does anyone think that Russian officials hadn’t spent the previous 8 years discussing how they might influence Hillary and Obama?
  • This is more interesting. The Washington Post discusses how Russians may or may not have tipped off the FBI that Obama’s AG Loretta Lynch was planning to block any prosecution of Hillary Clinton in her e-mail scandal.

    So…Hillary Clinton(‘s campaign) colluded with the Obama administration, to block investigation and/or prosecution? And Russia had spies, in the Obama administration? Or somebody fooled them with phony tips? Sorry, my head is spinning from all the Inside Baseball.

Maybe Trump should calm down?

He keeps tweeting things which are true or at least defensible, but add fuel to the fire.

Russia must be laughing up their sleeves watching as the U.S. tears itself apart over a Democrat EXCUSE for losing the election.

As a very active President with lots of things happening, it is not possible for my surrogates to stand at podium with perfect accuracy!….

James Comey better hope that there are no “tapes” of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!

Again, the story that there was collusion between the Russians & Trump campaign was fabricated by Dems as an excuse for losing the election.

When James Clapper himself, and virtually everyone else with knowledge of the witch hunt, says there is no collusion, when does it end?

Apparently, President Trump had some dinner with Comey which is going to become a football, now. Maybe he has a recording of it. If he does,

  • what will it reveal? will it shed more light, or more heat?
  • and how will it come out?
  • and was it legal?
  • and has he been recording everything, creating a Pandora’s Box of new stuff for Democrats to pick over?

Either Trump is doing some brilliant PR strategy (brand-building? distracting people from something more important?) or a dumb one. Sigh.

IN OTHER NEWS: A Third World, brown-skinned woman (automatically credible to you lefties out there, right?) political leader alleges that Hillary Clinton ‘Personally Pressured’ Her to Aid Foundation Donor Despite Ethics Laws.

I don’t know if these particular charges are true, but a large number of these “pay for play” influence-peddling charges have swirled around the Clinton Foundation / Clinton Global Initiative. And continue to.

I think the Democrats have been corrupt for years, and the reason our current political debates are so high-stakes for them – the reason they keep hoping to score a knockout blow on Trump – is because they need to control the Justice Department and FBI. If Democrats can’t control them, the next couple of years will see some huge investigations / prosecutions of Democrat corruption.

And they know it. Hence, Robby Mook being “terrified” if Trump can de-politicize the FBI and DOJ (i.e., remove key Democrat appointees, restore normal practices). My theory.

Republicans Prove Again That Elections Don’t Matter

Posted by V the K at 9:37 am - May 1, 2017.
Filed under: Republican Embarrassments

The Republican Congress passed a ‘Continuing Resolution’ this weekend that provided a trillion dollars to keep Leviathan running at full power until the end of the Fiscal Year… when they will pass another Continuing Resolution to keep Leviathan running at full power until the next Continuing Resolution.

Planned Parenthood is still fully funded and full empowered to shunt money to support of the Democrat Party. Obamacare remains fully funded. Public Broadcasting is still fully funded. The EPA is still fully funded. Sanctuary Cities are still free to defy Federal Law with no cuts to funding. The Border Wall is *not* funded.

There are no spending cuts.

The color of the banner in the Oval Office may have changed, but the course of the country has not.

Lindsey Graham is insane

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In the clip above: Senator Lindsey Graham (R – SC) takes the position that we should now fight ISIS plus every major faction in Syria at the same time plus the Russians if they should dare to oppose us, with ground troops and “advisers” to do nation-building in Syria, which somehow isn’t nation-building because it’s letting the “Syrians take care of Assad”, and all of which is directly needed to protect “the homeland” because it would have prevented 9-11 (a strike over here by Saudi terrorists) if only we had done it 16 years ago in Afghanistan. Also, it will save us money.

Even the intelligent Tucker Carlson can’t make sense of it.

Graham’s tone is so deadpan – so authentically uncaring about the lives involved, whether U.S. troops or Syrian locals or even U.S. taxpayers – that it gave me the creeps, once my head stopped spinning.

At the end of the clip, Carlson notes that articles in the Democrat-leaning New York Times and Washington Post have declared that anyone who would OPPOSE the U.S. bombing the brown people of Syria is somehow a “white nationalist”. Anyone who would oppose the Establishment’s new war plans is somehow – did you see this coming? – “racist, anti-Semitic and sexist”.

Do you need more evidence that, by now in 2017, America is in the grip of a war-mongering, out-of-control Deep State? Which opposed Trump fiercely – until a few days ago, when apparently he caved? And that what we have been calling “the mainstream/liberal media” and “the party Establishments” all this time are really the Deep State’s servants?

Renege and Rename Fails; a Deplorable Alternative

Paul Ryan’s American Health Care Act (AHCA) which was supposed to “repeal and replace” Obamacare did this earlier today. It’s hard to find an objective, non-political analysis of the bill, so, we will make do with what Wikipedia said.

The act would allow states to continue to enroll persons in the ACA Medicaid expansion through January 1, 2020, and would disallow further enrollment after that date. The AHCA will include age-based tax credits for those who earn less than $75,000, or $150,000 for joint filers. The bill would require insurance companies to cover pre-existing conditions. The AHCA uses a standard of ‘continuous coverage’, defined by a 63-day coverage gap, where an individual who currently has insurance and is changing insurers will not pay a higher rate with their new insurer. Individuals who wish to buy insurance but are outside of the coverage gap will pay a 30 percent premium surcharge for one year and then return to standard rates. Both healthy and the sick are required to pay the surcharge.

IMHO, none of that sounds like an appeal of Obamacare.

The Republicans were proud that the bill would have replaced Centrally-Planned Medicaid with bloc grants to the states; which is a good idea on its own, but does nothing to address the cost drivers in Obamacare that have led to soaring premiums, outrageous deductibles, and rising expenses that have been called the Obamacare “Death Spiral.”

Moderate Republicans — who, contrary to left-wing propaganda make up the majority of the Republican caucus (only 30 of 237 congressional Republicans belong to the conservative Freedom Caucus) — balked at repealing the parts of Obamacare that were “popular,” i.e. the subsidies, the requirement for insurance companies to cover pre-existing conditions, and the expansion of Medicaid in 31 states. (Supposedly, Medicaid subsidies for the expansion were to be phased out after a few years, but everyone knew this was a lie/budget gimmick to hide the cost.)

The requirement that insurance companies cover pre-existing conditions is a huge cost driver. It’s essentially saying that you can wreck your car, buy car insurance the next day, and have the insurance company buy you a new car.

The bill also did not address another significant cost-driver, the Essential Health Benefits part of Obamacare. This is the part wherein a bureaucrat at the Department of Health and Human Services forces me to buy a policy covering mastectomies, mammograms, maternity care, drug rehab, and sex reassignments even though I will never have any need of those things.

All right, then. So… according to the moderates and the Idiocracy we *have* to have expanded MedicAid coverage and we *have* to cover the pre-existing conditions of people who were too f–king irresponsible to buy health insurance.

OK, let me offer a Deplorable Proposal to solve that problem. 1. Everybody with a pre-existing conditions gets to go into Medicaid. #2. The Medicaid tax is tripled to cover all of those people and the people covered under the original expansion because, according to John Kasich, that’s what Jesus wanted us to do.

Yeah, I’m calling for a tax increase. No kidding. No fooling around. I’m serious.

If you’re going to virtue signal about how damn much you care about the poor, put some of your own damn skin in the game for once.

If we’re going to continue with this stupid idea that people have no personal responsibility for their own health care, then let’s go balls-to-the-wall, baby.

Trump and Cruz Are the Real RINOs

An interesting thing is happening. The senator that Donald Trump spent weeks vilifying as “Lyin’ Ted” has become one of the strongest and most forceful defenders of his administration as the President-Elect’s cabinet choices face confirmation hearings. Here is what he said in support of Attorney-General nominee.

“Senator Sessions believes in the foundational idea that we are governed by objectively knowable, written rules, and that we should not be subject to the interpretive whims of unelected, power-hungry bureaucrats. Sessions will instill this belief at the Department of Justice.”

“The fact that this is controversial tells you all you need to know about the sorry intellectual state of our country’s elites, especially in the legal academy and federal bureaucracies.”

Not just a strong endorsement, but also a strong restatement of conservative principles. And an “in your face” to the outgoing administration, which has subverted immigration laws, the constitutional separation of powers, and generally treated the rule of law as an obstacle its political agenda.

Good going, Ted. Love you, Man.

Meanwhile, John McCain is undermining the Republican president-elect by passing on opposition research apparently sourced from 4Chan (from a firm with links to Planned Parenthood) containing salacious rumors to the FBI and offering an imprimatur of bipartisanship to Democrat Conspiracy Theories about Russia “hacking the election.” Marco Rubio went on the attack against the president-elect’s nominee for Secretary of State for not labeling the leader of a country the incoming administration will have to work with a war criminal. (Kind of baffled why so many people want to start a war with Russia, these days, but that’s the vibe.)

The thing is, Donald Trump and Ted Cruz are both outsiders. Donald Trump is a populist, who ran under the Republican label perhaps because the Republican primary process isn’t rigged against outsiders to the degree that the Democrat primaries are. Ted Cruz is a conservative, not just a Republican who runs as one and then becomes a JV Democrat while in office. During the primaries, it was tough to decide which one the party establishment hated more.

John McCain and Marco Rubio represent the real Republican Party; a party that has refused every opportunity it has been given to reform and reduce Government, a party unwilling to stand up to their Democrat “friends,” a party cowed by a media complex that despises them and disloyal to the base that elects them. Trump and Cruz may wear the label of this party, but they are not really part of it.

 

On Gravity

As Kurt mentions below this is a dark day for America and specifically those who cherish its founding documents and principles and who held out hope that we could one day return to an embrace of these ideals.

Tonight’s GOP debate surely will carry special gravity as perhaps finally we can begin to take the choice the Republicans now have more seriously.

If anything good can come of this tragedy, perhaps it will be an awakening within the party that they alone hold the one chance our Nation has at returning to one of Laws rather than men. This truly is the moment I hope the Republican voters will begin to see the gravity of the choice they will make, and the severe consequences it will have on the future trajectory of our beloved America.

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12 Knife Wounds in the Backs of Conservatives

Posted by V the K at 9:38 pm - October 24, 2015.
Filed under: Republican Embarrassments

At this time, I redirect you gentle readers to an article I posted at Ricochet this week: 12 Times the GOP Establishment Kicked the Conservative Base in the teeth. At 200+ Comments, it’s one of the most commented-upon things I’ve ever posted.

John Boehner Admits the Republican Party Is Useless

Weepy, ineffectual Speaker of the House went on Face the Nation this morning to trash Conservatives in his own party. (Criticize Democrats? Of course not.)

Boehner ticked off the biggest legislative victories he had in the House ‘all voted against by my most conservative members’ because, as the Speaker put it, the bills weren’t ‘good enough.’

‘Really? This is the part that I really don’t understand,’ he said, shaking his head.

Continuing the tirade against the right flank of his party Boehner said, ‘absolutely they’re unrealistic,’

The problem is not that the Conservative Wing of the party is demanding perfection; the problem is that the conservative wing is getting nothing. There has not been a single piece of Conservative Legislation passed by Congress and signed into law since the 1996 Welfare Reform Act.  Even during the period 2003 – 2007, when Republicans held the House, the Senate, and the Presidency, no substantive conservative legislation was passed. Under George W Bush, plenty of Progressive Legislation was passed… No Child Left Behind, the creation of the TSA, McCain-Feingold, the Sarbanes-Oxley Financial Regulations, and the Prescription Drug Entitlement, to name but a few.  The only thing remotely conservative passed in the Bush years were some modest, temporary tax cuts; but even these were essentially progressive in that they did not substantially reform the tax code.  Meanwhile, the Bush Administration lavished spending on the Federal bureaucracy, with all Departments receiving massive increases in their budgets.

The Republican leadership thought they could appease the Conservative base with symbolic, meaningless votes against Obamacare and endless hearings on the Obama scandals (Fast and Furious, IRS Targeting, NSA Domestic Spying, Benghazi, Hillary’s Emails, and now Planned Parenthood) that were just for show and accomplished absolutely nothing substantive. How long did Boehner and Company think they were going to keep the right satisfied with meaningless show votes and waste-of-time investigations?

Boehner and the Establishment complain about an unwillingness to “compromise,” an unwillingness to “work together.” But the fact of the matter is, compromise in Washington means promoting the progressive Democrat agenda. Boehner has done so, fully funding Obamacare, Fully funding Obamamnesty, and twisting arms to pass Obamatrade.

Granted, Obama and the Democrats are an iron wall, unwilling to compromise on anything in their agenda. Granted, the Senate Democrats filibuster all House legislation that doesn’t support their agenda, and Obama will veto anything that doesn’t give him exactly what he wants. But part of the job of an opposition party is to make the case why the dominant party is wrong. That is where the Republicans are failing the most.

Take Executive Amnesty, for example. The Republican Congress not only fully funds it, but only offers a weak, procedural argument against it that “the president is abusing his authority.” First of all, the Congress should not be funding unconstitutional acts of the president. But second, whining about process just sounds like you’re whining about process. If you want the public on your side against Executive Amnesty, you don’t just whine that the president isn’t playing by the rules. You go to the people and you tell them why the president is wrong. Illegal immigration is hurting people’s communities by taking resources away from schools and infrastructure. Illegal immigration is hurting the middle class by taking jobs and driving down wages. Make a case that people can relate to, don’t just argue like law school professors in a faculty lounge.

If Republicans are just going to go to Washington, and then whine that they can’t do anything but go along with the Democrat agenda, what is the point of the Republican Party?

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Did Denny Hastert Pull a Gerry Studds?

Posted by V the K at 5:20 pm - May 29, 2015.
Filed under: Republican Embarrassments

All I know is my gut says maybe.

Indicted former House Speaker Dennis Hastert was paying an individual from his past to conceal sexual misconduct, two federal law enforcement officials said Friday.

One of the officials, who would not speak publicly about the federal charges in Chicago, said “Individual A,” as the person is described in Thursday’s federal indictment, was a man and that the alleged misconduct was unrelated to Hastert’s tenure in Congress. The actions date to Hastert’s time as a Yorkville, Ill., high school wrestling coach and teacher, the official said.

Sidebar: Sometimes, when I would bring up Gerry Studds in the comments and how Democrats re-elected him 9 times after it was revealed he sexually abused a 17 year old congressional page, a leftist would defend him on the basis that, “Well, at least he faced the voters, and they re-elected him.” Which pretty much is everything you need to know about the morals of progressive leftists.

And whatever Denny Hastert did (cough… Jerry Sandusky… cough) it’s still complete boolsheet that the Government can arrest you for taking your own money out of the bank.

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Establishment Republican Proud to Support Obama Agenda

Posted by V the K at 6:01 pm - May 11, 2015.
Filed under: Republican Embarrassments

Wanna laugh until you cry?

In 2014, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s entire election campaign consisted of attacks on his opponent as a rubber-stamp for the “Obama-Reid” agenda. Every tweet and multiple attack ads warned that his opponent would do nothing but support the Obama agenda.

In 2015, under McConnell’s leadership, the GOP has… pretty much rubber-stamped the Obama agenda.

  • Obamacare – Fully funded under the Republican-approved FY2015 Budget
  • Obama’s agenda to succeed Eric Holder with an equally partisan hack Attorney General — Approved
  • Obama’s Amnesty — Fully Funded by the Republican Majority in the Senate
  • Obama’s unilateral trade negotiation authority — McConnell supports fully.

Not only that, McConnell brags about what a great job he’s doing implementing the Obama agenda.

“A lot of folks like to joke about the odd couple that was Ted Kennedy and Orrin Hatch,” McConnell said, referring to the late Massachusetts Democrat and the Republican senator from Utah. “But I think Mitch McConnell and Barack Obama may have them outdone. I had to warn reporters not to faint last week before offering the president some praise on trade. I’m even getting handwritten notes from the president these days. He sent one the other day to thank me for supporting the nomination of Loretta Lynch.”

 

Tell me again why it matters which party we vote for?

Republicans are completely useless

Posted by V the K at 9:58 pm - March 3, 2015.
Filed under: Republican Embarrassments

What was the point in electing Republicans? If we wanted Obama’s agenda rubber-stamped, we could have just elected Democrats.

Ace has caught up to where I was two years ago.

I’m personally done with this party.

In fact, I will vote for Democrats.

An old communist friend of mine voted for Bob Dole.

Why? Because this communist was convinced, inaccurately, as it would later turn out, that he would never see his dream of a communist USA via conventional politics, and therefore his hopes were pinned on outright revolution.

And as far as revolution, there are four words to remember: The worse, the better.

Let it burn.

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What Do Polar Bears and Congressional Republicans Have in Common?

Posted by V the K at 10:31 pm - January 28, 2015.
Filed under: Republican Embarrassments

Read the article. Then, you tell me.

It’s already been shown that the sex organs of polar bears have been shrinking over time, and now it seems that the bones inside their penises are growing weaker as well.

So, somewhere on Earth, someone has ‘Polar Bear Pecker Checker’ on his resume.

GOP Senators Whine Because They Had to Work on Saturday

Posted by V the K at 8:03 am - December 16, 2014.
Filed under: Republican Embarrassments

It’s a safe bet Mike Rowe is never going to do a show about the hard work of showing up in Washington to cast a vote for Emperor Barack’s Royal Budget; but that didn’t stop Republican senators from whining about their “hardship.”

“I think this is ridiculous,” Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), who had already returned to New Hampshire with plans to “to see The Nutcracker with her daughter this weekend,” told whined to Politico.

Other Republican cry-babies included Bob Corker, who had to cancel a trip to Turkey, and others who were taken away from the Army-Navy football game. And for some reason, instead of criticizing the Emperor, or his Viceroy Harry Reid, they are all attacking Republican Senator Ted Cruz.

Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME), a liberal Republican who also voted for the Gang of Eight bill, personally accosted Cruz on the Senate floor, according to Politico. “In the meantime, you are going to make everybody miserable,” Collins “sternly” told Cruz, Politico wrote, before turning to Hatch as she walked away from him to say: “I tried.”

Could these people be any more out of touch?

Republicans Are Going to Betray Their Voters and Fund Obama’s Executive Amnesty

Posted by V the K at 1:24 pm - December 4, 2014.
Filed under: Republican Embarrassments

It’s already happening.

Press reports say House Speaker John Boehner will ask Rep. Nancy Pelosi to help him overcome “snowballing” GOP opposition to the GOP leadership’s draft 2015 government budget bill.

Boehner’s draft bill funds the entire government for 2015, but makes merely token efforts to stop President Barack Obama’s agencies from implementing his unpopular amnesty, according to rank-and-file GOP legislators.

Boehner’s allies say that plan will avoid the “government shutdown” political defeat expected once Obama blocks the spending plan with the anti-amnesty language. The budget plan has to be drafted and approved by Dec. 12.

Don’t believe for a second that the Republicans are really afraid of a Government shutdown. The last one didn’t hurt them in the elections at all. The reason that John Boehner and the Republicans aren’t going to fight Obama on Amnesty is because … they want Amnesty.

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Update: House GOP Passes Meaningless Anti-Amnesty Bill in Attempt to Gruber Their Voters.

Too clever for anyone’s good

Posted by Jeff (ILoveCapitalism) at 9:45 am - October 17, 2014.
Filed under: Bush-hatred,Iraq,National Security,Republican Embarrassments

To follow up on V’s post about chemical weapons found in Iraq: Guess Who, in the Bush administration, didn’t want anyone talking about the weapons?

Theories vary, but according to Eli Lake’s article, it would have been Karl Rove:

Starting in 2004, some members of the George W. Bush administration and Republican lawmakers began to find evidence of discarded chemical weapons in Iraq. But when the information was brought up with the White House, senior adviser Karl Rove told them to “let these sleeping dogs lie.”

The issue of Iraq’s WMD remnants was suddenly thrust back into the fore this week, with a blockbuster New York Times report accusing the Bush administration of covering up American troops’ chemically induced wounds…

Dave Wurmser—who served at the time as a senior adviser to Vice President Dick Cheney on national-security issues—remembers…“In 2005-6, Karl Rove and his team blocked public disclosure of these findings and said, ‘Let these sleeping dogs lie; we have lost that fight so better not to remind anyone of it.’”

Rove’s reasons make sense. Except they don’t.

It’s true that a lot of politics is about Controlling The Narrative, and you want people talking about the narratives that work for your side. So you talk up the narratives that do, and you shut up about the ones that don’t. It is sometimes called “message discipline” or “staying on message”.

Except in one important case: WHEN YOU’VE BEEN LIED ABOUT. When someone (the Left) has lied about your integrity or key issue maliciously, you don’t pass up chances to air the exculpatory evidence – also known as The Truth – which will expose your opponents as liars. Especially when those chances to air the truth aren’t going to cost you much.

If Lake’s story is accurate, Rove was so clever about Controlling The Narrative that he lost sight of the most important narrative of all: Spreading the truth. Getting the real story out.

Rove may also have lost sight of the next most important narrative, Obeying the law:

After the U.S. found thousands of the old chemical-weapons shells, Wurmser and others at one point argued that they had an obligation to declare the stocks of chemical weapons under the Chemical Weapons Convention and destroy them. The United States was, after all, the occupier of Iraq and had assumed the country’s sovereign responsibilities as a signatory to the convention.

“It was all for nothing; Rove wanted the issue buried,” Wurmser said.

The law being the Chemical Weapons Convention, in this case.

I should acknowledge here that, if Lake’s story is accurate, then the rise of ISIS isn’t 100% the Obama administration’s fault. Oh yes, it’s largely their fault: the Obama administration was quite negligent in letting the Islamists in Iraq make a comeback. But apparently, the Bush administration may have been negligent in its failure to declare-and-destroy Saddam’s WMD stockpiles.

John Boehner, “I’m Obama’s Best Friend”

Posted by V the K at 10:05 am - September 24, 2014.
Filed under: Republican Embarrassments

So, this happened.

House Speaker John Boehner put comedienne Joy Behar in a headlock this weekend while in the Hamptons campaigning for Republican Lee Zeldin, telling the liberal former co-host of The View, “I am Obama’s best friend.”

This was in response to Behar lecturing Cryin’ Johnny to “Stop obstructing President Obama.”

What disappoints me about this is how this could have been a teaching moment. Granted, [note, the following is solely my opinion and does not reflect the views of other members of this site] Joy Behar is an idiot and would have learned nothing. But couldn’t Boehner have said, “We are not a rubber stamp legislature like in some Third World dictatorship. We have genuine policy differences with the president which, in many cases, reflect the will of the majority of Americans who elected us. Many of us believe the president’s policies are bad for many Americans and for the middle class in particular; and so we do our best to advance alternatives; most of which are obstructed by the leader of the senate, Harry Reid, who won’t even bring our legislation up for a vote.”

And the reason I suspect Boehner didn’t isn’t so much because it would have whistled in one of Behar’s ears and right t’other, but because essentially agrees with the criticism that Republicans are obstructing Obama for the sake of obstruction and if it weren’t for those Tea Party hicks, he could have passed Amnesty, passed a carbon tax, passed a whole bunch of other radical Democrat agenda items, and gone home happily convinced that he had “got something done.”

Sigh.

Speaking of Republican Idiots

Just in time for the 2014 mid-term elections, Establishment GOP failure Todd Akin is oozing his way back into the news with a new book, and he’s not backing down from his idiotic “legitimate rape” comment.

“My comment about a woman’s body shutting the pregnancy down was directed to the impact of stress on fertilization,” Akin writes in Firing Back: Taking on the Party Bosses and Media Elite to Protect Our Faith and Freedom.

“This is something fertility doctors debate and discuss. Doubt me? Google ‘stress and infertility,’ and you will find a library of research on the subject.”

The Establishment GOP JV Democrats like to lump Akin in as a “Tea Party” candidate so as to smear anyone who supports reforming Government and fiscal responsibility (i.e. a Tea Partier). IRL, Tea Party organizations endorsed both of his opponents in the 2012 primary, not Akin. And Akin (then a sitting GOP congressman) was the establishment candidate on the ballot and only won his 2012 primary because Democrats crossed over to vote for him (the same way JV Democrat Thad Cochran “won” in Mississippi.)

When it comes to lying in order to advance their cause, the JV Democrats are no different than Harry Reid or Nancy Pelosi.