Kamala Harris, ICE, and the Klan


During a hearing about confirmation of a new Director for Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Kamala Harris suggested equivalence between ICE and the Ku Klux Klan. Recent data shows that over half of all ICE agents are Hispanic/Latino, and I doubt that 51% of the members of the Klan have ever been black. There doesn’t appear to be much equivalence there. OTOH, given that a recent lawsuit implied that Allen West is a white supremacist, such patently silly claims do seem to resonate with the Democrats’ political base, and Harris does seem to be running for the party’s 2020 nomination.

Let’s Make a Deal


F. H. Buckley has a post at the NY Post on how President Trump and the incoming Democrat-led House could work together for their mutual benefit. He points out that the last two Democrats in the White House faced Republican-led Houses. Clinton worked cooperatively and got results such as welfare reform. Obama didn’t and got gridlock.

Those are deals to be made, and the question is whether Democrats in Congress will go along. If they do, they’ll give voters a reason to re-elect both them and Trump in 2020.

If they don’t — if they, say, rush to impeach instead — they’ll prove that they’re not to be taken seriously and will give voters a reason to re-elect Trump in 2020. For Trump, it’s win-win.

I’m betting on gridlock—with comic relief from the likes of She Guevara.

Fasten your seat belts.

Coming Attractions


So the Democrats say that they’ll be using their new control of House committees to do some investigating. We’ll see how that works out. Meanwhile, Conrad Black makes this observation over at the National Post

Now that the president has fired the attorney general and can confirm a replacement who is not emasculated on Russian matters, the administration can proceed to the indictment of all leading members of the Clinton campaign and the Obama justice department who appear to have incriminated themselves by lying to Congress or the FISA Court, including Hillary Clinton, Loretta Lynch, and agency heads John Brennan, James Clapper, and James Comey. This may happen anyway, but it certainly will if the Waters-Nadler-Schiff faction is unleashed. Trump has been put to extreme inconvenience by these spurious investigations and he can, if he wishes, exact a terrible vengeance. His moderation should not be presumed.

I’d better buy some more popcorn futures.

Quote of the Day


Я считаю, что совершенно неважно, кто и как будет в партии голосовать; но вот что чрезвычайно важно, это – кто и как будет считать голоса. 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

Team Kimberlin Post of the Day


The Dread Deadbeat Protector Kimberlin says that he’s been working with the Department of Justice to protect the integrity of our elections. He’s says that hacking has been involved. Some folks have suggested to me that Kimberlin has been blowing smoke, that he’s just trying to inflate his importance and attract hits on the Donate buttons on his websites. Lee Stranahan has been looking into Kimberlin’s activities, and Lee presented some of the information that he’s found on Periscope yesterday.The Periscope video can be viewed here. It has an … um …. interesting … yeah, that’s the word … interesting cast of characters.

Quote of the Day


There are only four ways in which a ruling class can fall from power. Either it is conquered from without, or it governs so inefficiently that the masses are stirred to revolt, or it allows a strong and discontented Middle Group to come into being, or it loses its own self-confidence and willingness to govern. These causes do not operate singly, and as a rule all four of them are present in some degree. A ruling class which could guard against all of them would remain in power permanently. Ultimately the determining factor is the mental attitude of the ruling class itself.

—George Orwell