Thursday, June 30, 2022

More Cassidy, Dems Lose Senate Majority (again), July 4 BBQ Up $10

A day later and we're still talking about Cassidy Hutchinson's uncorroborated, (and dubious) secondhand testimony at the J6 Star Chamber that President Trump tried to physically carjack "The Beast" (or a different presidential SUV, it's not entirely clear) for the Secret Service to go the mix up near the Capital. As Stacy McCain notes, it's Like an Old REO Speedwagon Song Heard it from a friend who Heard it from a friend who Heard it from another . . ."

Nobody on the J6 Committee asked Secret Service to corroborate Hutchinson’s account. In fact, there is zero corroboration of her tale. Which is not to say that it has been proven false, exactly, and I suppose it is within the realm of possibility that (a) Hutchinson’s testimony will eventually be corroborated and (b) monkeys will fly out of my butt.

VodkaPundit at PJ Media has a Trump J6 Beast Mode Meme Fest. Even AllahPundit at Haut Hair admits Ornato was "shocked" at Hutchinson claim about Trump trying to grab steering wheel on Jan. 6. He's still holding out hope, though, to wit, "Hutchinson’s credibility now depends in great part on Ornato’s response to her testimony. If he admits that he told her about Trump getting pushy but that the story turned out to be false, she’s okay. If he accuses her of lying then she becomes a problematic witness." At NYPo, Secret Service vows response to bombshell Donald Trump ‘lunge’ claim. ADN America, ABC, NBC News: U.S. Secret Service to dispute Cassidy Hutchinson Jan. 6 account, sources say Trump did not attack agent or reach for wheel. At Da Wire, January 6 Committee Member Admits Star Witness’ Evidence Is Hearsay, No Corroborating Evidence. Why not, you interviewed the agents. Sundance at CTH, The J6 Committee Went Full Jussie Smollett Today and It is Hilarious. USAToday, Jan. 6 live coverage: Meadows, Giuliani dispute testimony that they sought pardons, which, of course, she reported second hand. Althouse, You've heard of the smoking gun. Now comes the splattering ketchup. "From "Here's every word from the sixth Jan. 6 committee hearing on its investigation" (NPR)" "Is this post unfair? Yes. That's deliberate. It's intended as a commentary on unfairness. The January 6th committee hearings are unfair." At Twitchy, ‘Amazing stuff’: Cassidy Hutchinson’s sworn J6 testimony is being pivoted to ‘anecdote’ status and ABC News’ Jon Karl explains why he tweeted ‘thank you, Cassidy Hutchinson’ (and makes the hackery even worse) Greta Van Susteren@greta, "If questioner (Cheney) wants to appear fair to jury (American people), it probably is not a good idea to get caught on camera hugging the witness…see below from @Politico; already people have very strong feelings - both ways - about this hearing and pics like this don’t help;"

But true believers hear what they want to hear and disregard the rest. WaPoo (cited at Haut Hair), In Hutchinson’s testimony, experts see "nuggets" for Justice probe. If they can get past the falsehoods. Also, Trump supporters raced to debunk Jan. 6 testimony. Then they got confused. "The former president’s backers quickly spun an online conspiracy theory that he couldn’t possibly have lunged for his driver’s steering wheel on Jan. 6, 2021. When evidence suggested otherwise, they changed tack." Ace, Washington Post: Right-Wing Critics Got "Confused" In Claiming That Trump Was Riding In "The Beast," Rather Than in an SUV

Oh, Trump wasn't in The Beast that day? He was really in an SUV?

I wonder where those stupid Trumpalos got that stupid idea from!

Oh right, from Superstar Bombshell Witness Madison Cornbread herself, after having been -- we thought -- prepared and fact-checked by the All-Star Blue-Ribbon Panel we know as the January 6th Committee.

Also at WaPoo,  Hutchinson testimony: Assessing the basis for aide’s explosive claims, "Some of her testimony to the Jan. 6 committee, given under oath, was based on firsthand knowledge; other details were relayed secondhand."  Never-Trumper Andy McCarthy at NR, cited by Haut Hair, thinks Cassidy Hutchinson's testimony against Trump is devastating. Ace, Noted "Conservative" Legal Analyst Andy McCarthy of NRO and the Rest of the NeverTrump True Conservative All-Stars Go Balls-Deep on Madison Cornbread's "He Lunged For the Wheel" Hoax  GlennGreenwald@ggreenwald, JOURNALISTS, all day yesterday: Trump assaulted his Secret Service agents and grabbed the wheel of the presidential limo!!! Headline news. Smoking gun!!!! SECRET SERVICE AGENTS: That never happened. JOURNALISTS: That was never an important part of the testimony."

 'Bonchie' at Red State, Liz Cheney Quickly Moves on to Her Next Con After Secret Service Confirms Agents Ready to Testify

So to recap, there were three “bombshells” in yesterday’s testimony. Two of them have been debunked and the third, that AR-15s were present in the crowd, has no evidence to back it and is so absurd and impossible as to be laughable. What a roaring success, right?

But don’t be fooled. This is exactly what Liz Cheney and the rest of the dishonest hacks on the committee wanted. They don’t care that they put a liar under oath and had her repeat a bunch of easily disproven nonsense. The goal here was to garner headlines that will now become part of the collective psyche. No one will remember the debunkings, mostly because they won’t even be largely reported.

WaPoo, Jan. 6 committee subpoenas former White House counsel Pat Cipollone. PM, Mo Brooks will testify before Jan 6 Committee after losing Trump's endorsement in Senate race. At Da Fed, Tristan Justice reports Ginni Thomas Demands Context From J6 Panel Before She’ll Cooperate With The Hostile Probe 

In March, Ginni became the center of a fabricated controversy related to the Jan. 6 Committee’s investigation when the panel leaked a series of private text messages with former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows. The messages, 29 in all, revealed a conservative activist pleading with a government official to continue investigating allegations of election fraud in the pandemic-era contest, which included record-level turnout in the form of mail-in voting that was ripe for misconduct.
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Paoletta also outlined skepticism that the committee was operating in good faith in its desire to bring Ginni before lawmakers, considering her husband is among the most targeted members of the Supreme Court.

PM, WATCH: CNN guest says Trump 'was responsible for 9/11'. Freudian slip? From John Solomon at JTN, Jan. 6 panel effort to blame Trump for violence ignores pointed warnings Congress got much earlier "On New Year’s Eve, Capitol Police were warned protesters planned an “armed encampment” and would “hang corpses of Democrats” on Jan. 6. Other intelligence flagged potential for snipers." Clay Travis@ClayTravis "We’ve got forty year high inflation, cities are setting all time highs for murders all over the country, gas prices just set an all time high, the border is wide open, hell, moms can’t even find baby formula, and Democrats see all this going on and focus on Trump?!" InteractivePolls@IAPolls2022 "New CBS poll: “investigating January 6th” was the LEAST important issues to voters"

The Center Square reports the FBI’s response to attacks on pregnancy clinics undergoes scrutiny. I don't think they're going after them with the vigor of Jan. 6. Sundance, Tucker Carlson Walks Through a List of Political Dissidents the Biden Administration Has Targeted in the Last 18 Months

Democrats lose Senate majority (again) as  Leahy breaks hip, undergoes surgery (Capt. Ed at Haut Hair). Well, they still have Suzie, Murky and Mittens. 

Joseph Curl at Da Wire, Bookies: Biden Now THIRD Place In The Odds To Win 2024 Election. Matt Margolis at PJ Media, Guess Who Leads in the Generic Ballot After the Dobbs Decision? Andrew Clark@AndrewHClark, "Republicans actually grow a point higher in the YouGov generic ballot since Roe overturned." Noah Rothman at Commentary fears Is Dobbs an Electoral Dud? Capt. Ed catches the  NYT: Suuuuure doesn't look like the end of Roe impacted turnout. At Newsweek, Rene Lopez opines Democrats Have Forgotten the Working Class. It Will Cost Them in November. Insty, BECAUSE THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY IS RUN BY WOKE BAIZUO TYPES: The Vanishing Moderate Democrat: Their positions are popular. So why are they going extinct? "Well, and also because most of the “moderate” Democrats were frauds — see Al Gore — so nobody would buy that act anyway."

AllahPundit, Harris: Uh, let me amend what I said about Biden running again and me being his "ticket mate" "Thank God. They’re both going to retire and give America the Gavin Newsom/Stacey Abrams ticket that everyone’s craving." Althouse, Kamala Harris and her "really interesting" Venn diagram. Wanting to write about something Kamala Harris had said about the overturning of Roe v. Wade, I thought I'd find it in The Washington Post. But the name "Kamala" appeared nowhere on the home page and a search for the most recent mentions of her name turned up this . . . Her name hasn't appeared in The Washington Post in 20 days. " VodkaPundit at Haut Hair VIP, Who Will Replace Biden in 2024, the Prince of Hair or Governor LGBTQIABBA2S+? Spin, Strangeness and Charm Here, there, everywhere: Just how desperate is the Brahmandarin (anti)Democrat/MSM complex? Longingly looking at Occasional Cortex for POTUS in 2024?!?

AllahPundit, Double digits: DeSantis's lead over Trump grows in 2024 prediction market. I can live with that. "All right, fine, I concede — prediction markets are stupid and tell us zippo about who the next nominee will be." Also, Joe Rogan: This DeSantis guy might make a good president. Morning Consult, Trump Maintains Grip on GOP’s 2024 Field Amid Jan. 6 Hearings, but DeSantis Sees Boost

Newsweek thrilled as Multiple Trump Loyalists Lose in Primaries Amid Jan. 6 Revelations. AllahPundit, Too bad to check: Abrams tied with Kemp in Georgia while Warnock leads Walker by ... 10 points? "This poll is so obviously off the mark that I feel misgivings about bringing it to your attention. But since the wider media is destined to seize on it as a ray of sunshine in the darkening Democratic picture, let this serve as a fact check: There’s not a single Republican candidate in a competitive state this year who’s going to get landslided by a Democrat to the tune of 10 points. Not even a really bad candidate." PM, Congressman Lee Zeldin WINS New York Republican gubernatorial primary

In economic news, Fox reports Fourth of July BBQ price up $10 one year after White House celebrated 16-cent discount,  "White House said 16-cent decrease was proof 'the Biden economic plan is working.'" Sundance, Farm Bureau Estimates July 4th Food Basket Costs 17 Percent More in 2022. Leslie Eastman at LI, Chemical Shortages Affecting U.S. Farms Described as ‘Off the Charts” "U.N. Secretary-General warns of ‘catastrophe’ from global food shortage." From the Center Square, a Poll: 83% of Americans cutting back on personal spending due to inflation.

Jazz Shaw at Haut Hair, Oil industry agrees. Refineries likely not coming back online under current conditions "As the linked analysis points out, as harsh as it may sound to say, it is not the job of the American oil and gas industry to lower gas prices and save Joe Biden’s political bacon." Steven Hayward at The Pipeline, Nationalize 'Big Oil'? Are You Crazy? Some of us are. Reuters, U.S. emergency oil reserve draws by 6.9 mln barrels to lowest since 1986

At Da Fed, the unsinkable Mollie Hemingway thinks Democrats’ Abortion Views Are Far Too Radical To Benefit From The Post-Roe Political Reality. At Page 6, Halsey fans leave Arizona concert during abortion rights speech  “If you don’t like it, you can go home right now. I don’t care. If you don’t like it, I don’t know why you came to a Halsey concert.”

“The extreme social gender experiments being forced onto small children are nothing short of government-directed child abuse and child sexual exploitation,” said Stephen Miller, co-founder of America First Legal.

“These are mafia tactics from Loudoun schools, being used to sexualize and indoctrinate children as young as five, all in the name of forcing radical gender ideology onto captive minors. If this was happening outside the context of a school, the adults engineering and sanctioning this madness would be under criminal investigation,” added Miller, who heads the legal outfit with fellow former Trump aide Mark Meadows.

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