OK, This Trips Over Godwin’s Law …

… but I believe the Battle of the Bulge is an apt historical analogy to some things happening now.

There’s a post over at the Federalist with polling data about the lack of support for teaching critical race theory in the Loudon and Fairfax County schools. The parents’ opposition to CRT in those counties is not unique; indeed, most parents in most jurisdictions oppose inflicting CRT on their children. So why are so many school districts in such a rush to add it to their curricula?

I believe that they’re doing it for the same reason that the Democrats in the House and Senate are trying to jam as much of their wish through as quickly as possible, even if they have to get rid of rules that that they normally value when they can use them to protect their own interests. Their present tactical situation is analogous to that faced by Field Marshal von Rundstedt in January, 1945.

The Democrats’ breakthrough in the 2020 presidential election achieved a level of surprise not unlike von Rundstedt’s breakthrough in the Ardennes. However, the Democrats’ failure to secure adequate victories in state and local elections and their razor thin margins in Congress have left them overextended and unsupported much like Army Group B found itself as the battle progressed.

Von Rundstedt’s attack disrupted the Allied advance, but he didn’t make it all the way to Antwerp. The Democrats’ winning the presidency is disrupting the economic and regulatory advances of the previous four years, but they are unlikely to make to 2023 in control of either house of the Congress.

Blue states are losing House seats. The Democrats aren’t going to control reapportionment. Many Leftists can see that the 2022 election will likely flip both the House and the Senate back to Republican control. The next two years may be the Left’s last chance to enact items from their wish lists, and they seem ready to offend enough voters to guarantee their defeat in 2022 to pass those laws and regulations.

Half-baked planning led to half-baked results at the polls. Inadequate legislative control led to desperation. Desperation is leading to overreach.

The next couple of years are likely to be very ugly.

UPDATE—A minor edit to spread the blame. (H/T, @SumEgroMonstro)

A Lawless Lawmaker

Speaker Pelosi thinks she has the power not to seat a duly elected member of the House.

She’s wrong, and that’s not just my opinion. The Supreme Court has already ruled the Speaker, indeed the whole House, does not have that power. Powell v. McCormack, 395 U.S. 486 (1969). Unless the House can show that the winner of an election does not meet the constitutional qualifications for office (for example, isn’t at least 25 years old or isn’t a resident of the state represented), the member must be seated.

Once a member is seated, he or she can be expelled, but that requires a 2/3 vote. Pelosi doesn’t have the supermajority necessary to expel Mariannette Miller-Meeks, so she doesn’t appear to have a lawful means of stealing the Iowa Second District seat for the Democrats.

Of course, that doesn’t mean that the arrogant overreach that has been on display thus far this session won’t lead her to do something foolish.

Stay tuned.

The Glenn Kirschner Pledge

Glenn Kirschner is a former federal prosecutor. He has launched a campaign to compel “every business in America” to take a pledge averring that “[t]he 2020 presidential election was free and fair, and produced accurate, reliable results.” Based on the currently available evidence, Hogewash! cannot in good conscience take such a pledge.

Even if the available evidence clearly supported the belief expressed in that pledge, Hogewash! would not take it under duress. Previous efforts by others to change or control the editorial policy of this blog through harassment and intimidation have failed. Mr. Kirschner should expect his to fail as well.

Team Kimberlin Post of the Day

One off the indicators that The Dread Deadbeat Protector Kimberlin has outlived his usefulness as a political operative/activist is the disconnect from the stuff that remains posted on his advocacy websites and The Narrative. For example, although a great deal of material has been purged from the protectourelections dot org website, this page is still up—

Hmmmm.

Making Votes Count

One of the House elections in Iowa last year was very close. After careful counting, the Republican candidate Mariannette Miller-Meeks was declared the winner by a 6 vote margin, and she was subsequently seated in the House. Now, the House Democrats want to vote on whether she should remain a member.

I consider it completely unimportant who in the party will vote, or how; but what is extraordinarily important is this—who will count the votes, and how.

—Joseph Stalin

Room for Only One Kind of Dope at the White House?

I see in the news that the White House is firing some staffers and placing others on remote work schedules because they admitted to prior use of marijuana, and that’s causing issues with their security clearances. Thus far, I’ve seen no reporting on the status of the security clearances for other admitted marijuana users, including the Vice President and at least one former President.

IANAL, But …

I have successfully defended my writing here at Hogewash! and related public comments from eight lawsuits alleging defamation, five as a pro se defendant. Only one of those cases made it all the way to trial, and my codefendants and I were granted a directed verdict because the plaintiff did not meet his burden to prove what we had written and said was false. If I properly understand what my lawyers have told me, truth is an absolute defense to a defamation claim everywhere in the U. S., but there are some jurisdictions that place a particular burden on a defamation plaintiff to proof the offending remarks are false. Maryland is one. It looks to me that the District of Columbia is another.

The burden of proving falsity rests squarely on the plaintiff. He or she must demonstrate either that the statement is factual and untrue, or an opinion based implicitly on facts that are untrue. Lane v. Random House, Inc., 985 F.Supp. 141, 151 (D.D.C. 1995)

Dominion Systems is suing Sidney Powell and Rudy Giuliani for defamation in DC. It will be interesting to see how they prove what the defendants have said is false.

Nothing to See Here. Move Along.

Forbes reports that U. S. Senator Raphael Warnock (D-GA) is under investigation for voter registration misconduct. The Georgia State Election Board has referred the case to Georgia’s Attorney General for further investigation.

Warnock served as the chairman of the board of Stacy Abrams’ New Georgia Project in 2019. Georgia law requires that a third party submitted a completed voter registration within 10 days after receiving from a voter. In 2019, the New Georgia Project held at least 1,268 applications in Gwinnett County longer than 10 days.

Because Warnock was elected to fill an unexpired term, he is up for reelection in 2022.

Trump 15 Democrats 7

Matthew Vadum reports at The Epoch Times that’s the score on the Republican election integrity lawsuits that have been adjudicated on their merits.

81 cases were filed. 11 were withdrawn or consolidated, and 23 were dismissed for lack of standing or other grounds. Because those case were not disposed of on their merits, they don’t count as a win for either party. Of the remaining 47, a court has ruled on the merits in 22 of them. Trump or Republicans won 15 and lost 7. There are 25 cases that are still in play.

How can this be? I was assured that all of the Republican lawsuits were frivolous.

Team Kimberlin Post of the Day

Brett Kimberlin has been associated with shady Democratic Party operatives at least since 1988 when he first lied about being Dan Quayle’s dope dealer. One of those connections surfaced during coverage of the Russian Collusion Hoax and was the subject of the TKPOTD for three years ago today.

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After years of frivolous litigation involving multiple LOLsuits (I’ve been a defendant in four of ’em and a bogus peace order petition), The Dread Deadbeat Pro-Se Kimberlin’s campaign of brass knuckles reputation management has been singularly unsuccessful. And now his name is back in the news because of his association with Cody Shearer, the creator of the anti-Trump “Dossier No. 2.”

J. E. Dyer writes about the Shearer/Kimberlin connection in a post over at Liberty Unyielding.

Shearer, besides being a major piece of work in general, played a key role during the George H.W. Bush years, and the first Clinton campaign for the 1992 election, in hyping Brett Kimberlin’s claim that he (Kimberlin) had sold pot to then-Vice President Dan Quayle, years before when Quayle was younger.  Shearer had known Kimberlin for years, in other words, and used his (Shearer’s) journalistic pulpit to retail a politicized narrativeon Kimberlin’s behalf.

But although BuzzFeed and Daily Caller both cite unnamed sources affirming Kimberlin’s marginal role in the “Russia” narrative assembled separately in 2016 (again, Kimberlin denies it), what really completes the circle is Cody Shearer’s membership in the Shearer family, whose ties to the Clintons, including his own, could hardly be closer.

Read the whole thing. And also checkout this post over at The Weekly Standard.

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The Weekly Standard is no more, but that link is still active; the post has been achieved by the Washington Examiner.

Given the way Kimberlin’s activities went silent just before the election, one wonders if he’s been told that he’s outlived his usefulness.

Spinning the First Draft of History to Fit The Narrative

Journalism is sometimes referred to as the first draft of history. This tweet from Time—links to an article that describe a covert operation to interfere in the 2020 election. Of course, Time portrays the whole thing as a white hat operation.

FWIW, here’s another blast from Time‘s past about election integrity—

Democracy Dies in Derpness™

WaPo seems to imply that because the Democrats disagree with Trump’s assessment of the election’s integrity, his speech should not be protected under the First Amendment. You’d think that a media outlet such as WaPo would be an ardent defender of the First Amendment and the American principle that the cure for bad/stupid/wrong speech is more speech exposing errors rather than censorship.

OTOH, WaPo’s preferred politicians are running the show for the moment, so they feel safe—and the other side tends to play by our historic rules of press freedom, so WaPo has never been under any serious threat for the government.

Hmmmmm.

Impeachment 2: Electric Boogaloo

Chief Justice Roberts will not be presiding over the new Senate impeachment trial of Donald Trump. The Constitution requires that the Chief Justice preside at the impeachment trial of the President, thus it seems reasonable to assume the trial will not be an impeachment of a president as a matter of law.

BTW, Vice President Harris will not preside. Senator Leahey will preside in his capacity as President Pro Tempore. It’s beginning to look as if enough of the Senate has figured out that what the House has stirred up isn’t a valid impeachment a President, Vice President, or a civil officer of the United States to render the whole matter dead on arrival. The Democrats will probably make fools of themselves trying to revive the case, but the odds are overwhelmingly against a conviction. It all fits with their propensity for overreach.

Everything is proceeding as I have foreseen.

An Eyewitness Account

The Federalist has posted an eyewitness account by J. Michael Waller of what he saw at the Capitol on the 6th.

A small number of cadre appeared to use the cover of a huge rally to stage its attack. Before it began, I saw from my vantage point on the West Front of the Capitol what appeared to be four separate cells or units:

  1. Plainclothes militants. Militant, aggressive men in Donald Trump and MAGA gear at a front police line at the base of the temporary presidential inaugural platform;
  2. Agents-provocateurs. Scattered groups of men exhorting the marchers to gather closely and tightly toward the center of the outside of the Capitol building and prevent them from leaving;
  3. Fake Trump protesters. A few young men wearing Trump or MAGA hats backwards and who did not fit in with the rest of the crowd in terms of their actions and demeanor, whom I presumed to be Antifa or other leftist agitators; and
  4. Disciplined, uniformed column of attackers. A column of organized, disciplined men, wearing similar but not identical camouflage uniforms and black gear, some with helmets and GoPro cameras or wearing subdued Punisher skull patches.

All of these cells or groups stood out from the very large crowd by their behavior and overall demeanor. However, they did not all appear at the same time. Not until the very end did it appear there was a prearranged plan to storm the Capitol building, and to manipulate the unsuspecting crowd as cover and as a follow-on force.

Read the whole thing.

But I Was Told There Was No Fraud

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has announced the arrest of Rachel Rodriguez for election fraud, illegal voting, unlawfully assisting people voting by mail, and unlawfully possessing an official ballot. Those are all felonies in Texas. Rodriguez was caught on video by Project Veritas engaging in ballot harvesting. She admits in the video that what she was doing was illegal and that she could go to jail for it.

BTW, this story broke before noon today, but as of 9:45 pm ET this evening, none of the major nation media are on it.

Who Did What?

Yesterday in DC was a mess. While it appears that most of the folks participating in the various Stop the Steal gatherings were well-behaved and peaceful, there were exceptions, most notably at the Capitol. Who were the people rioting at the Capitol?

It’s been suggested that the whole thing was a false flag operation designed to turn public opinion against the Stop the Steal demonstrations. While it’s possible that there were leftwing provocateurs in the crowd, it seems that most of the rioters at the Capitol weren’t leftists. I’ve seen the suggestion that they were Alex Jones fans. That may be closer to an accurate description.

I suspect that a substantial number of frustrated Deplorables have looked at the rules that have been applied to Antifa and BLM and have decided that those they should act out under those same rules. The Old Rules required a decent respect for public order and the common good. The New Rules are about grabbing and holding on to power by any means necessary.

Yesterday’s riot reminded me of this scene from the movie Network

That’s from 1976, a low point during the Watergate/Oil Embargo/Stagflation era. Since then, things got worse and then got better but are now worse again for many Americans. It’s not hard to imagine someone making that speech in 2020.

[Mixed metaphor alert!]

The Left has uncorked several bottles over the past four years, and some rather evil genies are now on the loose. As a result, Our Betters are going have to deal with the corollary of Murphy’s Law that says once you open a can of worms, the only way to recan them is to use a larger can.

Everything is proceeding as I have foreseen. I wish I were wrong.

Re-Funding the Police

The Hill reports that the Capitol Police face heat following mob breach.

“What the hell was law enforcement on Capitol Hill thinking by not having secured the Capitol today?” former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta asked on CNBC, calling it one of his great disappointments.

Rep. Cori Bush (D-Mo.), asked Wednesday evening by MSNBC’s Joy Reid if Capitol Police made her feel safe, answered “I did until today.”

Defunding the police was one of the issues Rep. Bush supported during her election campaign last year. Her position on the matter has changed with her point of view. As I noted in a post last July—

While I’m drinking my second cup of coffee this morning, I’m seeing comments on various social media suggesting that one of the things that should happen if blue cities #DefundthePolice is the abolition of security details for elected officials. I doubt that would happen. Indeed, I expect those would be among the very last police details to be cut.

Whether at a local or national level, the whole purpose of being in the Inner Party is to exercise power, and that power is exercised via the Outer Party bureaucracy to keep the Proles in line. The Inner Party will always try to have sufficient resources in place to protect itself and enforce its will, so there will always be a place in the Outer Party for those enforcers. Department A4 of the Gestapo was Protective Services. The KGB had its Close Protective Services directorate.

Outer Party resources may be shifted about, and that may reduce policing of certain activities among the Proles, but the Inner Party will always try to deploy sufficient resources to protect its interests.

Everything is proceeding as I have foreseen. I wish I were wrong.