Another Elderly SWM


Breitbart reports that John Kerry is considering throwing his hat into the ring for the 2020 Democrat’s nomination for President. Kerry says that he’s waiting to see “what Joe is going to do,” suggesting that from his antique, establishmentarian point of view that Biden in the 800-lb gorilla among the Democrats.

He may not be wrong. Two elderly straight white males (Joe and Bernie) have dominated the polling so far, and none of the POCs, gays, or women have broken through to double digits yet.

Hmmmm.

We’ve Got a Little List


Roger Kimball has a piece over at American Greatness about the criminal referrals being made by Congressman Nunes to the Department of Justice. There are eight referrals which may involve upwards of twenty persons. Five are for specific crimes such as lying to Congress or leaking classified information. Three are more open-ended: Conspiracy to lie to the FISA court, manipulation of intelligence for partisan political ends, and what Nunes calls “global leaks” of highly sensitive information (such as the contents of telephone calls between President Trump and foreign leaders). Who had access to such information?
Who used it illegally?

But who do you think makes the list? Were I a modern-day Koko, my little list would include former CIA Director John Brennan, an implacable enemy of the president and a good candidate for the title of fons et origo of the Trump-Russia investigation.

It would include the FBI’s Peter Strzok, Andrew McCabe, and former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, former acting attorney general Sally Yates, Bruce Ohr and his wife Nellie who (unbelievably) actually worked for Fusion GPS.

That other James, the oleaginous James Comey, former Director of the FBI, would certainly be on the list, as would several people in the Obama Administration: the aforementioned Susan Rice, for example, and former U.N. Ambassador Samantha Power, who, like Rice, did a lot of unmasking in her final months in office.

There are others—quite a few others, in fact, as anyone who has been keeping up with the reporting on this unfolding scandal knows well.

Read the whole thing.

Sticking with allusions to The Mikado, let’s hope that Attorney General Barr channels the title character.

My object all sublime
I shall achieve in time—
To let the punishment fit the crime,
The punishment fit the crime …

Stay tuned.

BREAKING: CNN Reports Some Real News


CNN reports that lawyers representing

… Greg Craig, a prominent Democratic lawyer and former White House counsel in the Obama administration, said Wednesday evening that they expect him to be indicted by federal prosecutors in a case that stems from special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation.

Craig’s lawyers say that they expect him to be charged with making false statements relating to the work he did on behalf of the government of Viktor F. Yanukovych, the former pro-Russian president of Ukraine.

Befuddled airport patrons who happened to overhear the story while waiting in a TSA line wondered aloud if this was a significant event indicating a corner had been turned in the Justice Department’s handling of the investigations related to the 2016 election.

Joltin’ Joe


Joe Biden that is. Politico reports that Creepy Joe is still in first place in the polling for the Democrat’s 2020 presidential nomination. Bernie Sanders, the other elderly straight white male candidate, is in second place and the only other candidate polling in double digits. Kamala Harris, Robert O’Rourke, Elizabeth Warren, Pete Buttigieg, and Cory Booker round out the pack.

It would seem that the Democrats being polled have not yet understood The Narrative about electing someone other than a SWM. I suspect that serious efforts will be made to publish details of various and sundry misdeeds of the top tier male candidates over the next few months. I also suspect that we’ll see one or more of the bottom tier contestants make a “surprising” rise to front runner status before the early caucuses and primaries.

Stay tuned.

Collusion? What Collusion?


A couple of collusion stories broke over the past few days, and it will be interesting to see if they are more than just peripherally related.

The first story deals with referrals by Congressman Deven Nunes to the Department of Justice of several individuals for crimes such as lying to Congress and leaking classified information. Over at PJ Media, Rick Moran comments

There may not be enough evidence to prosecute anyone, so its best not to get hopes up. But this is a development that should have several key players in the anti-Trump faction at the Justice Department who flogged the Russia collusion story nervous.

The second story deals with corruption in Ukraine having ties back to the United States, ties to Democrats and the Justice and State Departments. The Hill has published a piece by John Solomon titled Ukrainian to US prosecutors: Why don’t you want our evidence on Democrats?

Ukrainian law enforcement officials believe they have evidence of wrongdoing by American Democrats and their allies in Kiev, ranging from 2016 election interference to obstructing criminal probes.

The names Joe Biden, Hunter Biden, Nellie Ohr, and Fusion GPS all figure in The Hill report which suggests connections between members of the U. S. Deep State and corrupt interests in Ukraine.

But many of the allegations shared with me by more than a half-dozen senior Ukrainian officials are supported by evidence that emerged in recent U.S. court filings and intelligence reports. The Ukrainians told me their evidence includes:

• Sworn statements from two Ukrainian officials admitting that their agency tried to influence the 2016 U.S. presidential election in favor of Hillary Clinton. The effort included leaking an alleged ledger showing payments to then-Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort;

• Contacts between Democratic figures in Washington and Ukrainian officials that involved passing along dirt on Donald Trump;

• Financial records showing a Ukrainian natural gas company routed more than $3 million to American accounts tied to Hunter Biden, younger son of then-Vice President Joe Biden, who managed U.S.-Ukrainian relations for the Obama administration. Biden’s son served on the board of a Ukrainian natural gas company, Burisma Holdings;

• Records that Vice President Biden pressured Ukrainian officials in March 2016 to fire the prosecutor who oversaw an investigation of Burisma Holdings and who planned to interview Hunter Biden about the financial transfers;

• Correspondence showing members of the State Department and U.S. embassy in Kiev interfered or applied pressure in criminal cases on Ukrainian soil;

• Disbursements of as much as $7 billion in Ukrainian funds that prosecutors believe may have been misappropriated or taken out of the country, including to the United States.

Read the whole thing.

Lee Stranahan, Politico, and The Daily Caller have previously reported on attempts by Ukraine’s embassy in Washington to help the Clinton campaign’s effort to discredit Trump during the 2016 election.

Hmmmmm.

The Smurfs


Back in 1988, when the field of Democrat candidates for the presidential nomination consisted of Colorado Congresswoman Pat Schroeder, Michael Dukakis, Al Gore, Jesse Jackson, Dick Gephardt, Paul Simon, Gary Hart, and Bruce Babbitt, one commentator referred to them as Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

Now, it’s the 2020 bunch. They’re blue. They’re of diminutive stature.

Smurfs.

Joe Biden’s Past His Sell By Date


And even the New York Times has noticed. He’s too connected to the Democrats past failures and simply not credible with the party’s She Guevara Democratic Socialist wing.

Biden’s issues with gender, after all, go far beyond chronic handsiness. His waffling on reproductive choice troubles many feminists; as The Times reported last week, Biden’s “back-and-forth over abortion would become a hallmark of his political career.” He was the chairman of the hearings on Clarence Thomas’s Supreme Court nomination, where Anita Hill, who accused Thomas of sexual harassment, was demeaned and dismissed. Though Biden has expressed sorrow for how Hill was treated, he’s never directly apologized to her.

Beyond gender, on issue after issue, if Biden runs for president he will have to run away from his own record. He — and by extension, we — will have to relive the debate over the Iraq war, which he voted to authorize. He’ll have to explain his vote to repeal the Glass-Steagall Act, which, by lifting regulations on banking, helped create the conditions for the 2008 financial meltdown. (Biden has called that vote one of the biggest regrets of his career.) In 2016, Hillary Clinton was slammed for her previous support of the 1994 Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act, which contributed to mass incarceration. Biden helped write the law, which he called, in 2015, the “1994 Biden crime bill.”

Sorry, Joe. Your time has past.