Friday, November 12, 2021

Various and Sundry Election Coverage

From the Center Square, Pennsylvania Republicans want to create a new Bureau of Election Audits. Now  Dems oppose agency whose job it is to make sure elections are honest.

City Journal warns Democrats about The Fading Covid Voter "Recent polls show that the pandemic’s effect on elections is declining." Time for the CDC to stoke fear about colds and flu. Oh wait, they already did. Do they have the guts to try to forbid in-person voting in the name of sniffles? I guess that depends on how badly the Democrat is fairing in 2024. 

At WaPoo, Perry Bacon opines, Have Democrats reached the limits of White appeasement politics?

The Democratic Party, to its credit, has remained committed to civil rights. It wants to be aligned with people of color. But Democrats also want to win elections in a White-majority country. So, party leaders for decades have informally adopted a strategy of White appeasement — by which I mean they have frequently taken actions, often subtle, to demonstrate to White Americans that they aren’t too tied to civil rights causes and people of color. Sometimes this means Democrats taking a stance on a racial issue to align with views of moderate and conservative White people; other times it is Democrats avoiding a stance on a racial issue for the same reason. The Democrats’ White appeasement is their countermove to the Republicans’ White grievance.

Are there enough new black votes to cover the votes they'll lose by demonizing whites? I don't think so. Hakeem Jefferson at 538 pontificates on  Why White Voters With Racist Views Often Still Support Black Republicans. Does he actually know any, or is just making this shit up as he goes along. Shorter Hakeem from Jim Treacher, Voting for Black People Is Racist If They're Republicans 

Back in the old days, the Klan would put on white hoods and burn a cross on a black person’s lawn. In 2021, they put on MAGA hats and show up at the polls to vote for a black person. It’s basically literally the same thing, when you don’t think about it.

AllahPundit at Haut Hair VIP whines about Dem doom: GOP leads by more than 15 points on the economy -- among suburban voters, and as reported by Dan Chaitin at WaEx, 'Massive red wave sweep': Trump envisions 'largest House Republican majority in American history'. I hope so too, but let's not count these chickens just yet. From Breitbart, Howard Stern Says He Would Beat Trump in a 2024 Presidential Race: ‘There’s No Way I’d Lose’. I think he's overestimating the dirty comic demographic. 

Regarding Twitter's and Facebook's  censorship of conservative thought, at PJ Media, J Christian Adams says It's Time to Start Taking Names

It isn’t Facebook or the Department of Justice. It’s individual employees making choices about how to use their power.

One of them was Pam Karlan, current principal deputy assistant attorney general in the Justice Department Civil Rights Division. While a tenured law professor, Karlan served on a Facebook goon squad during the 2020 election working on a censorship committee to help divide her fact from her fiction.

Once those on Facebook’s goon squad decided they didn’t like a narrative, it vanished from Facebook or was throttled.

Now, similar “ministries of truth” exist in state election offices across the country, funded by private dollars, and sometimes tax dollars.

Twitter employees elevate you if your politics align with theirs.

NYPo reports White House wants McAuliffe after Virginia gubernatorial loss. AllahPundit, Lincoln Project co-founder Steve Schmidt admits That tiki torch stunt in Virginia was “recklessly stupid,” “dishonest,” and “cheap". Twitchy, LET THEM FIGHT: Steve Schmidt BLASTS The Lincoln Project over the tiki torch stunt. Because it didn't work; if it had, he'd think it was brilliant and justified. R. Emmett Tyrrell, editor of Am Spec explains why I Already Miss Terry

I began by saying I am sorry I will not have Terry around for the next four years. I was going to enjoy kicking him around a little bit. I still have not gotten over his boast in his memoirs that we at The American Spectator accused Bill Clinton of ordering the murder of opponents. Terry was rather proud of his mendacious claim, and when I entered into correspondence with him about it, he was very glib. Continuing this correspondence with him while he was governor could have been very diverting. But now I see that even his boon companions are avoiding him. Bill and Hillary Clinton did not show up at his campaign's party on election night, and where else did they have to go? Things are looking bleak for the Democrats, and my guess is they are going to look bleaker next year.

Chris Pandolfo at Da Blaze notices Prosecutors want 'QAnon Shaman' Jacob Chansley sentenced to more than 4 years in prison, essentially for bad taste in clothes. At Am Great, the redoubtable Julie Kelly explores how the ‘Unprecedented’ Capitol Protest Sets New Precedents, "The Constitution, along with every foundational precedent, can be subverted on the premise that January 6 was “unprecedented.” The presumption of innocence has been overturn, and many J6 prisoners are being tortured before trial.

Anxious claims Exclusive audio: Trump defends threats to "hang" Pence

Jonathan Karl: "Were you worried about him during that siege? Were you worried about his safety?"

Trump: "No, I thought he was well-protected, and I had heard that he was in good shape. No. Because I had heard he was in very good shape. But, but, no, I think — "
No, of course he wasn't defending them. He was just saying he thought Pence was safe. Stop putting words into people's mouths!

HE, Trump’s Lawyer Requests Appeals Court Block Release of Jan. 6 Records to House Inquisition WaExAppeals court blocks National Archives from giving Trump records to Capitol riot committee on Friday. At least temporarily. Take it to the Supreme Court. ABC whines that Ex-White House chief of staff Mark Meadows rebuffs Jan. 6 committee pending court ruling. I recommend going to the hearing, and pulling a Lois Lerner, declare your innocence, take the 5th, and refuse to answer any more questions.

In the real insurrection, BLM threatens riots if Mayor-elect Adams reinstitutes NYPD anti-crime units. It's blue on blue, so boohoo. 

Across da pond Da Mail catches onto the fact that White House conspired with National School Boards Association before it sent infamous letter likening parents to domestic terrorists, as does the NYPo, WH ‘actively engaged’ with NSBA before ‘domestic terror’ letter: memo. Tyler O'Neil at a new gig with Fox, NSBA coordinated with White House, DOJ before sending notorious 'domestic terrorists' letter: emails, "NSBA leaders even altered the letter's text to satisfy the Biden White House". The Center Square, 26 state school board associations distance themselves from national group. Now more than half of the 50 states. That can't help their finances. Good. 
Also from Da Caller, New Study: Media’s Coverage Of CRT Has Been ‘Misleading,’ ‘Slanted,’ And ‘Dismissive’, but then, that's pretty much their coverage of any controversy unfavorable to Democrats. 

Da Caller claims an EXCLUSIVE: FBI Director Told Former Agents The Bureau Will ‘Stay In Its Own Lane’ And Won’t Be Attending School Board Meetings. Good, that raises my opinion of Wray, just a little. 'Adam Mill' at Am Great discourses on Sex, Lies, and the FBI, "If the business of the FBI is to protect the U.S. Constitution, it’s been operating at a loss for some time now." William E. Trachman and Cody Wisniewski at the American mind, A Close Call:  Merrick Garland has shown us why he never belonged on the Supreme Court.
So, no more apologies. The next time that conservatives hear the complaint that Garland was ruthlessly blocked from getting onto the Supreme Court, the correct response is, yes, thank God.

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