LARPing at Leadership


One on the most effective political cartoonists of the middle of the 20th century was Herbert Block who drew under the name of Herblock for the Washington Post. He always gave his caricature of Richard Nixon five o’clock shadow. Herblock clearly despised Nixon, but the day after the 1968 election, he published the cartoon on the left as a way of congratulating Nixon on winning the election. It wasn’t long before the five o’clock shadow reappeared.

Here at Hogewash!, I run every new president’s name through the spell checker for one post.

I’ve seen comments to the effect that Donald Trump was the most divisive president in history or at least in recent history, and that Joe Biden has an opportunity to bring the country back together again. Unity seems to be a big buzzword on the Left these days. I don’t have much hope for such healing.

First, trying to paint Trump as a particularly divisive president is counterfactual. Trump was elected as a response to the divisive politics of the Obama administration much as Nixon was elected in response to the divisive politics of the Johnson administration and Lincoln was elected in response to the divisive politics of the Buchanan administration. BTW, an argument can be made that while Lincoln was among our greatest presidents, he was THE most divisive. His election triggered the Civil War.

But back to 2021.

At least 74,000,000 Americans voted against Joe Biden, and many, perhaps the majority, of them don’t believe that Biden actually won. The Left’s making lists of Trump supporters and talking of reeducation camps isn’t going to help depolarize the country, and it’s up to the new president to show some leadership by engaging respectfully with his political opponents and insisting that his supporters do likewise. I don’t see any indication of such behavior.

Indeed, his initial round of personnel appointments and some of his acts on his first day of the job lead me to believe that he’s the same Joe Biden who has spent almost fifty years as a hack pretending to be a political leader.

Because I want America to be successful, I wish Joe Biden and his administration success in doing well for the country. I wish I had more hope.

What Norms and Which Institutions?


While Hillary Clinton eventually conceded the 2016 election to Donald Trump, she and her enablers/allies among the Democrats, Media, and Deep State spent four years peddling lies about Russia! Russia! Russia!, the Mueller investigation, an impeachment falsely accusing Trump of doing the sort of thing Biden actually did, and more.

It’s 2020, and Trump is using litigation and other processes prescribed by law to challenge apparent fraud in the election. A significant portion of politicians and the media say the President’s insistence that the game be played by The Rules is a threat to “our norms and institutions.”

Well, yes, it is.

It was Trump’s pledge to drain the swamp of a grifting Elite whose norms and institutions force one set of rules on the Deplorables but are not binding on themselves that led to his winning in 2016. It was Trumps modest success in beginning to drain the swamp that led a sufficiently large majority of voters to support him that the logistical planning for stealing the election was overwhelmed, causing the shutdown of vote counts and mad scramble for extra ballots in various places around the country.

America’s constitutional DNA assumes that men are fallible, so our system is rigged with checks and balances as a form of immune system. Thus far, we’ve been able to through off infections from various tyrannies. I hope we survive this time.

The Week Ahead


These days, I’m only cleared for local rumor, so I’m not sure about the reliability of the various hints, leaks, and innuendos swirling around the legal challenges to the questionable vote counts in Georgia, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin, Nevada, and Arizona. However, I’m probably safe in predicting that while all those case won’t be settled this week, we will see actual hard news about them that will be interesting.

BTW, when the Biden family began working with Chinese investors, did anyone inform them of the Chinese curse that goes, “May you live in interesting times!”?

As Some of the Dust Settles


It will be a few days or weeks before we know whether Joe Biden’s “most extensive and inclusive voter fraud” has flipped enough states to hand him the Presidential election. While the Democrat’s operation has been extensive and inclusive, it hasn’t been stealthy. It’s been an in-your-face exercise of raw power by overtly corrupt election officials and their enablers. Too many people have seen how the sausage is being made, enough that I expect that effective steps will be taken to improve election security and integrity before the 2024 election cycle.

The Democrats may win the presidential battle, but they probably have lost the overall campaign. As a result of the unexpectedly good performance by Republicans up and down the ballots, the Republicans will have even more control of the state legislatures that will be redrawing Congressional districts. That won’t be good for House Democrats in 2022. The Republicans will still control the Senate, providing a firewall against most of the Democrat’s legislative wish list—especially court packing. And the federal judiciary now has a significantly higher proportion of judges who are committed to following the Constitution.

If Biden “wins,” I suspect Harris will be a failed one-term President.

Pyrrhus of Epirus was unavailable for comment.

I’ll Wait to See


There are troubling accusations of various corrupt practices being used to …. I was looking for a polite way to say this, but I can’t think of one … to steal the Presidential election. I would not be surprised if some of them are true. I hope that enough will be exposed and shutdown by recount and legal processes so that the real choice of the American voters takes the oath of office next January.

I have no desire for four years of Biden family corruption and a White House alliance with the Deep State, but if Biden wins the election, President Harris will face a Congress with a Republican Senate and a smaller Democrat majority in the House. She’ll also be hemmed in by a federal judiciary that has a greater percentage of judges willing to operate within the bounds of the Constitution and statute law. A Harris administration would be doomed to be a failure on the order of those of Buchanan, Carter, and Obama (all of whom were Democrats). Things will get messy, and the 2022 midterm elections will offer the country an opportunity to turn away from the Democrats vision of America or to turn away from the nation’s heritage and become something I’d rather not contemplate.

The next few weeks will be interesting.

Minnesota?


In the last days before an election, a well-run campaign will put its resources into holding on to votes where it has a weak lead and/or securing additional votes where it can best be competitive.

Joe Biden is campaigning in Minnesota tomorrow.

Is Minnesota in play? Really? The RCP Tracking shows Biden with 4.7 % lead in that state.

Hmmmm.

Who Won?


When I first checked this poll, Biden was ahead with about 56 %. I checked it again about an hour after the debate ended and found this.

BTW, abc7 dot com is the website for KABC-TV in Los Angeles. That suggests these poll numbers are mostly driven by California voters.

UPDATE— As I was about to hit the PUBLISH button, I checked the poll again. Trump was up to 56 %, and the percentage of vote switchers was up to 6 %.

Hmmmmm.

A Bribe Too Far


It appears that the Hunter Biden’s hard drive is the real McCoy. Neither Joe nor Hunter Biden deny it. It’s clear from the emails and other files on the drive that Hunter Biden was the family bag man and that Ukrainians were paying him for access to his father while Joe Biden was Vice President. It also appears that individuals—and possibly governments—from other countries were paying for similar access.

The Democrats impeached Donald Trump for asking the President of the Ukraine to pursue an investigation related to the bribery verified by the evidence on Hunter’s hard drive.

Let that sink in for a moment.

The Bidens acted as they did believing that they had an airtight level of protection. As the bribes rolled in, it seems they became increasingly arrogant. Hunter Biden’s arrogance compounded with his addictions and other character defects led him to be careless. He never should have let someone who wasn’t fully vetted to have access to any of his electronic devices, but he did.

I don’t know who paid the bribe that convinced Hunter Biden that he and his scams were immune from detection, but whoever he was, we’re indebted to him for inadvertently lighting the fuze on Biden’s self-destruction.

Bad Advice from Joe Biden


Joe Biden seems to be having trouble with his memory. He is not only forgetting what did, he appears to be having false memories as well. However, he does seem to remember what he heard listening to The Lone Ranger as a kid. The Lone Ranger never shot to kill. Indeed, he tried disarm his opponents as painlessly as possible, often shooting their guns out of their hands. Things may have worked that way on old time radio, but in the Real World, the basic accuracy of the Lone Ranger’s Colt Single Action Army Revolvers and  round-to-round variability of even match quality ammunition makes repeatably hitting something the size of another handgun at range beyond a few feet statistically unlikely. One lucky shot, maybe. Two in a row, nope.

Joe Biden says that cops should try to shoot people in the leg. He’s wrong.

Most defensive handgun shootings (whether by civilian police or other citizens) occur at ranges less than 25 feet. 21 feet is the distance often used for part of many handgun qualification course. Most people are doing well to keep all of their hits within a 6 inch group at that distance when shooting on a target range. Under the stress of a gunfight, most people don’t do as well.

Any gunshot at someone is a use of deadly force. It may be justified against an attacker; it’s never justified against an innocent bystander. While a trained sniper with the proper equipment may be justified in taking a shot a a small target, most of us need to aim for something large. That’s why the proper place for a cop to aim is for the center of mass, the torso. He’s less likely to miss and risk injury to a bystander. Aiming for someone’s leg risks missing with the certainty that the bullet will hit someone or something unintended. Of course, if a luck shot should land in the leg, the risk of hitting the femoral artery is substantial, and such a wound can cause someone to bleed to death very quickly.

Joe Biden and a Baptist Church


The Washington Free Beacon reports that Joe Biden claimed, “I got raised in the black church,” while speaking to a meeting of Jesse Jackson’s Rainbow PUSH coalition. The church, Union Baptist Church, was an African-American church in Wilmington. Biden said he was involved with the church when he was involved in organizing anti-segregation protests in the early 1960s. Long-term members of the congregation have expressed their doubts about Biden’s claims.

Of course, Biden’s memory is notoriously creative, and when reporters questioned Biden’s claim in 1987 that he marched in the civil rights movement, he acknowledged that he “wasn’t an activist.” He admitted his most significant experience with civil rights as a youth was when he worked at a majority-black swimming pool as a college sophomore in 1962.

Navin Johnson was unavailable for comment.

Anecdotal Data


During a drive through western Maryland yesterday, I saw 14 houses with Biden yard signs or banners.

I saw 27 houses with Trump signs or banners or flags.

I saw an additional 18 houses with Trump paraphernalia and American flags. There were dozens of other houses also displaying American flags, but not a single one had any Biden signage.

UPDATE—During a drive through suburban/urban Maryland this morning I saw 23 houses with Biden yard signs or banners, and three of them also displayed American flags. I saw 11 houses with Trump signs or flags, and four of them displayed American flags.

Taking the two trips together, that’s 37 houses displaying support for Biden and 56 for Trump—in Maryland, a state that Hillary carried with a 26 % margin in 2016. I find the 3:29 ratio of American flags between Biden and Trump supporters interesting as well.

Team Kimberlin Post of the Day


Here’s the TKPOTD from two years ago today. As we’ll see, it appears to have a connection to yesterday’s TKPOTD.

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This post is up at Brett Kimberlin’s protectourelections dot org—Protect our elections?

Ummm … that’s about elections in Ukraine.

The Dread Deadbeat Protestor Kimberlin has renamed the 501(c)(4) not-for-profit VelvetRevolutionUS as “Protect Our Elections/EMPR, Inc.,” and empr dot media is a PR website promoting Ukraine’s interests. Perhaps this tells us exactly whose elections Brett Kimberlin views as “ours.”

Hmmmmmmm.

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Petro Poroshenko was the President of Ukraine who Joe Biden threatened with withholding U. S. aid unless the prosecutor investigating Burisma (a company with Hunter Biden on its board of directors) was fired. Poroshenko claimed that he was never pressured by Biden. Biden has bragged on video that his threat was effective. Biden’s and Poroshenko’s names reappear together in the news from time to time, and empr dot media’s news coverage appears to have a pro-Poroshenko/Biden slant.

The question remains—which nation’s elections does Brett Kimberlin view as “ours.”

When He’s Out of the Basement


Where has Joe Biden been going to campaign when he does leave his basement?

Well, he was campaigning in Las Vegas when he removed his mask to cough Friday.

Hillary carried Nevada in 2016. Obama carried the state twice. If Biden’s cruising to a blowout victory, why is he campaigning in a state that Hillary won? Perhaps this sentence from a local Las Vegas TV station‘s coverage of the first of Biden’s two events yesterday points us toward the answer to that question—

He spoke to a small crowd around 11:30 a.m. at the East Las Vegas Community Center.

When Donald Trump held a rally in Nevada in September, the Nevada Independent reported that the local fire department estimated about 5,600 people were in the venue and security estimated as many as 20,000 were outside.

It’s almost as if the Democrats are afraid that Trump will win by a margin beyond the threshold of theft.

A Reasonable Hypothesis


Ali Alexander has a website up that deals with an hypothesis relating to Joe Biden’s health. He suggests that Biden may have Parkinson’s disease and presents evidence to support his hypothesis. The case isn’t airtight, but it’s a reasonable starting point for discussion of an import issue which the Biden campaign has tried to avoid.

Watch the video and discuss it among yourselves and with others.

Hidin’ Biden’s Sidekick


Becca Lower has a post over at Red State that asks these questions—

“Where’s Kamala Harris?” Surely she wasn’t practicing up for her sole debate against Vice President Pence in early October. Notice that the media was completely consumed with defending Biden’s AWOL act — and no one was asking about his running mate’s whereabouts. Why the lid for Harris, too?

Harris is a weak candidate who dropped out without receiving a single caucus or primary vote, before any were even cast. Given that she was so off-putting that she couldn’t gin up a following among core Democrat voters last year, it’s not surprising that the Democrats want to keep her hidden from the public.

OTOH, if the Democrats win this November, the probability of Harris becoming President sometime the next term is essentially 1.000. That being the case, the voters would be better served if Harris replaces Biden in the debates with Trump.

A Job Opening


There’s a vacancy on the Supreme Court because of the death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg. I could join in the analysis, but while I was getting a good night’s sleep, Bookworm Room put up a post that says pretty much what I think about the situation. I’ll add these few thoughts:

I believe that the President should nominate a new justice to the court quickly and that the Senate should confirm the new justice expeditiously, before the election. The court should be intact in case it is called upon to handle election recount issues similar to Bush v. Gore. Joe Biden could try to take that issue off the table by promising not to engage in the kind of vote harvesting and election theft the Democrats are obviously planning for this November, but it would be foolish for President Trump and Senator McConnell to trust such a promise. The President and the Senate should act to eliminate the possibility of a 4-4 decision by the Court.

Or maybe not. The court is now 5-3. The Chief Justice might be a reliable vote if he is concerned about the Democrats’ threats to engage in court packing.

Things are about to get interesting.