Political Smash and Grab

The Democrats have managed to build a majority. However, it’s a majority of voters who oppose the Build Back Better tax-and-spend scam.

I’ve been writing since the first of the year about the Democrats’ panic resulting from their unexpectedly poor performance in the down-ballot races in 2020. With their prospects for 2022 looking even worse, the Democrats have tried and mostly failed to get as much of their wishlist passed before they lose control of both houses of Congress, and the Xiden Administration has promulgated a series of lawless regulations. Fortunately, the courts still seem to be in the business of upholding our laws and the Constitution.

At the state and local level, the Democrats’ overreach over the past two years on a range of issues from Covid lockdowns to school curricula been met with popular resistance.

Economic reality is beginning to set in, and Margret Thatcher’s Corollary to the Law of Thermodynamics (The problem with socialism is that it always runs out of other people’s money.) is at work.

Things are about to get even uglier. I expect a flurry of activity from the Democrats to grab as much as they can before they lose what control they still have. 2022 is going to be weird.

Team Kimberlin Post of the Day

The TKPOTD for this date last year was about an article posted back in 2017 at protectourelections dot org. Here’s a screenshot of the article.Although a large number of posts have been taken down from the website, this one is still up. I suppose this could either mean that The Dread Deadbeat Protector Kimberlin is seriously concerned about election hacking by foreigners (Dominion Voting Systems is a Canadian company).

Hmmmm.

The Left’s Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Week

Monday was a bit of a rocky start with the Supreme Court hearing oral arguments about challenges to the Texas law that allows citizens to bring lawsuits against persons who perform abortions. Based on the justices’ questions, the case isn’t a slam dunk for either side. A win for the Left isn’t a gimme.

Tuesday was election day. The Democrats lost bigly in Virginia, and were reduced to referring to the first black woman to win state-wide office as a “white supremacist.” They lost a special election in Texas in a heavily Latino legislative district. Most stunning, they barely able to keep the vote within the margin of theft in New Jersey.

Wednesday, oral arguments in the challenge to the New York handgun permitting system were heard by the Supreme Court. Most commentators are projecting a 6 to 3 decision vindicating the petitioners’ Second Amendment rights. (I’m betting on 5 to 4.)

Thursday, the first actual arrest was made in the Russia Collusion Hoax case. The supporting indictment filed by Special Prosecutor John Durham paints a picture of collusion by the Clinton campaign with Russians.

Friday, was the day that Nancy Pelosi was going give Joe Xiden a win by passing his more-than-a-trillion dollar “infrastructure” bill. She failed to do so, and also failed to move the legislation for the Build Back Better scam either.

And that’s just some of what went right this week.

UPDATE—Well, well, well … Mrs. Pelosi did move some legislation. She did get the Senate’s version of the infrastructure bill through 228 to 206 (7 not voting). 13 Republicans voted for the bill: Katko, Bacon, Van Drew, Young, Upton, Kinzinger, Gonzalez, Fitzpatrick, Reed, Gabarino, Malliotakis, McKinley, and Smith of New Jersey. Pelosi couldn’t have pulled this off without that Republican support. It will be interesting to see how many of these congresscritters are reelected.

SOL …

… can stand for statute of limitations. The federal statute of limitations for most of the crimes that are within the purview of Special Prosecutor John Durham is five years. The statute of limitations on the crime alleged in the Sussmann indictment would have run out this coming Sunday.

I suspect that we will see more activity as the SOL dates on other acts come due.

The Demise of Certain Yard Signs

There’s a post up at Monster Hunter Nation which begins by asking—

Where have all my Biden supporting friends gone? I remember last year my feed was full of people who proudly supported Biden/Harris, because Orange Man Bad, and a Return To Norms, and No More Mean Tweets. Where are you now?

This fits with something I’ve noticed. Over the past month, I’ve seen a precipitous decline in the number of yards signs informing me of what various households “believe.”

Everything Is Proceeding As I Have Foreseen

I wish I were wrong, but I’m not.

I understand the frustration of the actual warriors feel because of the incompetence of the the generals and admirals who are supposed to be leading them. I turned down a promotion to major and left the Army Reserve rather than continue to serve under Carter’s Pentagon crowd.

I foresee that Carter’s second term was much too optimistic an expectation for the Xiden Administration. Let’s pray that we can still avoid the likes of Buchanan’s second term.

Math is Hard—Logic is Harder—and Facts are Stubborn

Today, Joe Xiden said that 350,000,000 Americans have now been vaccinated against the Wuhan virus. Here’s a snapshot of the U.S. Census Bureau’s online population clock taken at 12:18:39 ET this afternoon—His Fraudulency is also encouraging those Americans who haven’t yet been vaccinated to get their shots.

I was going to write a longer post about vaccination records possibly being processed by the people who counted votes last November, but I’ve got real work to do.

Is it 2025 yet?

Before and After

Here’s what the dominionvoting dot com website looked like this morning—Here’s what it looked like at 4:30 lm ET, after the Arizona Senate hearings had been in progress—Hmmmmm.

UPDATE—And they’re back at 6:45 pm ET—

However, the link to Legal Updates did not work at 6:55 pm but was working a few minutes later.

History v. The Narrative

Legal Insurrection has a post up about one of the ways the Democrats are trying to rewrite history before the ink has dried on the scribblings of their few remaining print outlets.

Fresh off of their efforts to rewrite their history of supporting the Defund the Police movement, Democrats have moved on to trying to revise another aspect of their history: Their opposition to voter ID.

The Legal Insurrection piece quotes House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-SC) and Senator Raphael Warnock (D-GA) as saying, “We are always for voter ID,” and “I have never been opposed to voter ID.” Of course, it doesn’t take much google-fu to find videos of them and other Democrats opposing voter ID requirements with claims that it’s the most destructive assault on voting rights since Jim Crow.

At the rate they’re flip-flopping, it’ll soon going to be hard to remember whether we’ve always been at war with EastAsia or not.

The Democrats and a Boutique Liberal Issue

Democrat politicians and pundits have been all-in on the position that requiring photo ID for voting is racist. The support their position is overwhelming in certain zip codes, but the vast majority of voters support photo ID for voting—even most black and other minority Democrats support voter ID (roughly 3:1).

It appears that some Democrat pols are beginning to understand that opposition to voter ID isn’t playing well with independent voter or their own base outside of Twitter. Stacy Abrams, for example, wants us to believe that she’s never been against voter ID.

OTOH, the big money comes from those few zip codes, so it’s important to please those donors, but the votes … ah, there’s the rub. While the 2020 election may have been a pilot run for the use of technology to manage electoral outcomes, it clear that the Democrats’ system still has some bugs, and appeal to actual voters may still be necessary for some time to come.

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.