… when what goes ’round comes ’round.Meanwhile, everything is proceeding as I have foreseen.
My podcasting partner Stacy McCain has a post over at The Other McCain asking, “Why the Ukrainian ‘Nothingburger’?”
This has “Deep State” fingerprints all over — partisan bureaucrats acting to undermine the administration’s policy goals. If such activity is permitted, then no matter who is elected president, the same policies (i.e., those preferred by the bureaucracy) will continue. Elections become meaningless, Americans who want a change in policy are left with no effective recourse, and it becomes impossible to enact real reform.
If we can assume, then, that this CIA whistleblower was acting in concert with Schiff and/or other House Democrat, what was their purpose? Was this nothingburger of a “scandal” just another wild episode partisanship run amok? Or was there a strategic purpose to this Ukraine episode?
Oh, I think that the real initial purpose for the complaint may turn out to be that members of the Deep State were attempting to deflect public attention ahead of the report from DoJ IG Horowitz on the FISA warrants associated with the Russian collusion hoax. William A. Jacobson explores a likely provenance for that scenario here. However, there are other reasons for certain folks to find the made-up scandal useful.
The marxist wing of the House Democrats were casting about for a fresh excuse for impeachment hearings.
The Never Biden wing of the the Democrats were looking for a way to end Joe Biden’s candidacy.
The Orange Man Bad contingent of the Main Stream Media always needs fresh material to attract their declining audience.
And though it may seem counterintuitive, President Trump appears to be using the situation to his advantage. His quick declassification and release of documents gives the appearance that he has nothing to hide. I suspect that we will eventually see that it is the Democrats and their Deep State allies that are engaged in a coverup.
It’s become a tired cliché that all the Democrats should have to do to win is not be crazy—and they can’t manage to act sane. Whoever drafted the whistleblower complaint thought he was being clever, but he didn’t understand his adversary. Donald Trump does not play under the Old Rules. He fights back.
This seems consistent with AG Barr’s behavior to date. We shall see.
Theresa May has tendered her resignation as Prime Minister effective 7 June. Her announcement came after the Conservative Party was thoroughly trounced in elections for British local councils. The UK also held its election for the European Union Parliament yesterday, and it’s believed that the Conservative took less than 10 percent of the that vote. (Different EU countries are voting on different days through Sunday. Results are not released in any country until the polls have closed in all.)
The Brits started the current worldwide rebellion of the Deplorables against their Betters with the Brexit vote in 2016. We Americans piled on by electing Donald Trump. The response of the Deep State here in America was the failed coup d’etat against the democratic choice of the voters centered on the Russian Collusion myth. In the UK the coup against the voters’ choice of Brexit has taken the form of negotiating a non-exit Brexit and pushing for a re-do referendum. May’s failure to deliver what the voters chose has destroyed her party’s effectiveness and is bringing an end to her career.
Polling suggests that Nigel Farage has led the Brexit Party to first place in the EU parliamentary election. We’ll know if that’s true by Monday morning. Might he do the same for that party in the UK parliamentary elections expected to occur later this year?
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President Trump has published a memorandum directing the intelligence agency to fully cooperate with Attorney General Barr’s investigation of possible interference with our electoral process and giving the Attorney General to declassify whatever secrets need to be made public.
Victor Davis Hanson has a post over at American Greatness that takes a look at how the tables have turned on at least some of the perpetrators of the Russian Collusion Hoax.
It will be difficult to unravel all of the above lying, distortion, and unethical and illegal conduct.
The motives of these bad actors are diverse, but they share a common denominator. As Washington politicos and administrative state careerists, all of them believed that Donald Trump was so abhorrent that he should be prevented from winning the 2016 election. After his stunning and shocking victory, they assumed further that either he should not be inaugurated or he should be removed from office as soon as they could arrange it.
They further reasoned that as high and esteemed unelected officials their efforts were above and beyond the law, and rightly so, given their assumed superior wisdom and morality.
Finally, if their initial efforts were predicated on winning not just exemption from the law, but even promotions and kudos from a grateful President Hillary Clinton, their subsequent energies at removing Trump and investing in the collusion hoax were preemptive and defensive. Seeding the collusion hoax was a way either of removing Trump who had the presidential power to call them all to account for their illegality, or at least causing so much media chaos and political havoc that their own crimes and misdemeanors would be forgotten by becoming submerged amid years of scandal, conspiracies, and media sensationalism.
And they were almost—but so far not quite—correct in all their assumptions.
The Truth is out there.
And so are Karma and Nemesis.
And it didn’t involve the Trump campaign. It’s now becoming clear that the Russian Collusion story is failing because there are no facts to support it. Indeed, it appears to have been based on nothing more than shoddy opposition research from the 2016 campaign by members of the press, politicians, and elite bureaucrats to effect a coup against an elected president. Now that the coup is failing, Julie Kelly offers some questions in a post at American Greatness—
So, what now? Who will pay the price for unleashing this ordeal on the American public? Which lawmaker will be rebuked and censured for pretending to have evidence of malfeasance that never happened? Which former high level official will be charged for abuse of power?
What journalist will be fired and permanently jettisoned from the industry for intentionally misleading readers and viewers? What editor or media owner will be held accountable for publishing illegally leaked information that exacted real harm on innocent people? When will NeverTrumperers who accused more astute observers of this scheme of being “conspiracy theorists” going to apologize?
How will people harassed by the media and investigators restore their professional standing, squandered savings and mental wellbeing? How can the president regain the time in his term that has been lost to this craven insurgency?
These are only a handful of the questions now arising from the wreckage of the failed Trump-Russia collusion gambit; the answers might be just as infuriating as the questions themselves.
My exit question for now is: How do you shame someone with no sense of shame?
There’s an interesting post over at Da Tech Guy Blog about the similarities between how Andrew Jackson handled his opponents and how Donald Trump deals with his.
I suspect the dirty little secret is folks in DC in general and the FBI and in justice in particular know about dozens if not hundreds of Manaforts and Cohens who have been operating in DC and NY for years doing the very same things that these two men have been convicted of or pleaded out to, however as they were in the service of folks like the Clintons or the Obamas or any of the establishment bigwigs in either party they have and will continue to be allowed to function secure in the knowledge that as long as they serve the right masters rather than the wrong one they will be allowed to thrive.
If they succeed in “getting Trump” then the deep state will be able to function without fear. After all VP Mike Pence’s association with President Trump was almost incidental. Prior to being picked as VP he not only functioned within the deep state but showed a willingness to back down when confronted by the left (remember the religious protection law in Indiana cave?)
However they have forgotten one important thing, that Trump is not a regular pol so the normal standards that might drive others out of office don’t apply …
Read the whole thing.
UPDATE—Roger Kimball has some related thoughts over at American Greatness.
The crime at the center of this deep-state initiative is the election of Donald Trump. The tort? He was elected without the permission of the ruling class, its jesters and its scribes and moralists. Pete Wehner does not approve of Donald Trump. Bill Kristol thinks he is infra-dig. Psychiatrists are still trying to figure out what Mad Max Boot and Jabbering John Brennan think.
But this, Ladies and Gentlemen (and unlike the MTA and the London Tube, we still use the phrase “Ladies and Gentlemen” here), this is the crime: Donald Trump was elected. That’s it. That’s the crime. It’s not in the statute books, but a little thing like that never stopped a diligent bureaucrat, especially one armed with a phalanx of partisan prosecutors and an unlimited budget.
Read all of this one too.