Tuesday, October 18, 2022

Dems Make Contingency Plans as Red Wave Mounts, Danchencko Case Goes to Jury, Feds Want 6 Months for Bannon

Capt. Ed at Haut Hair sees Panic at the Bidisco: Dems quietly making 2024 "contingency plans" already. When in trouble or in doubt, run in circles, scream and shout. From the Wombat's In The Mailbox: 10.17.22, the Victory Girls note Democrats Realize Future Is Grim Post-Biden. Paul Bedard at WaEx, hear the Liberal Media Scream: It's Biden’s communications, not his policies, failing him. It's all your fault for not properly appreciating inflation and crashing markets. At RCP, WH: Republicans Want To Make Inflation Worse, Take Away Advances We've Made. Sauron's Eye GOP keeps lead for House control, Democrats' momentum stalls amid economy worries. NYPo, Average American is losing $34K and everything else on Biden’s watch. CNN notices  Biden has spent more than a fourth of his presidency working from Delaware, outpacing Trump’s regular trips away. I doubt it matters, he's not really in charge. Ace wakes up and takes note that Grandpa Felonyfingers Grabs a Clearly Uncomfortable Child From Behind to Get In a Quick Sniff. "Although Joe Biden pretended to apologize for his previous molestation of women and underage girls and promised to #DoBetter, he is a demented old man with deteriorating memory and executive function. He does not have impulse control. He is in his second childhood. When he wants to touch and sniff a child, he touches and sniffs a child."  Weasel Zippers: Biden Creeps On Another Young Girl, Nick Arama at Red State Biden Shows Just How Far Gone He Is With New Ron Burgundy Incident.

NewsMax features Mike Pompeo, Administration's Links to China Threaten National Security. From JTN, Grassley requests FBI records in relation to Hunter Biden's relationship with China "Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley, the top Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, is requests documents from FBI in connection to the Biden family's dealings with China." NY Mag worries Did Saudi Arabia Just Hand the Midterms to the GOP?. No, they were already set, but this won't help Democrats.  Insty say no too, "Biden ended American energy independence, called Saudi Arabia a pariah state, and then expected them to bail him out. “Blame it on the Saudis” is nothing more than obvious post-election battlespace prep to discredit a GOP victory. The left can’t blame the Russians this time, so the Saudis will have to do."  From the Wombat's In The Mailbox: 10.17.22The Lid say If Biden Cared About High Oil Prices, He’d Prioritize Additional Oil Drilling. At Da Mail, Leaked emails reveal Hunter Biden's real estate company received a $40MILLION investment from Russian oligarch Yelena Baturina, the billionaire widow of corrupt Moscow mayor, who also paid president's son $3.5million consulting fee. From PM, Joe Biden KNEW of Hunter’s shady business dealings: whistleblowers. "The documents in the FBI’s possession include specific details with respect to conversations by non-government individuals relevant to potential criminal conduct by Hunter Biden," Grassley wrote." Of course he did. 

From the Wombat's In The Mailbox: 10.17.22, Don Surber claims "Trump is the first Hispanic president. "Giancarlo Sopo, a former Barack Obama campaign worker who led Trump’s hyper-local Hispanic advertising in 2020, . . .  told CNN, "To a lot of Hispanic Americans – the same way that Bill Clinton was the first black president before Barack Obama – Donald Trump, to them, is the first Hispanic president. He’s very charismatic, he’s not politically correct, he’s a successful entrepreneur. … These values really resonate."" Sundance at CTH promotes a Harvard-Harris Poll, Donald Trump Most Favored Politician in U.S. At Twitchy, Internet toughie and overall Weeble Wobble Alexander Vindman going into HYSTERICS claiming Trump threatened the Jews does NOT go well

Stacy McCain crows over More Signs of a Midterm ‘Red Wave’? At PJ Media vodka Pundit utters RED WAVE: Whispers That Colorado Senate Seat Could Go to GOP. Breitbart highlights a Trafalgar Poll: Republicans Lead Democrats by Five Points on Generic Congressional Ballot. At the NYT cited at YaHoo! Republicans Gain Edge as Voters Worry About Economy, Times/Siena Poll Finds. Ace takes note NYT/Sienna Poll: Republicans Gain On Democrats in Closing Weeks; Independent Women Shift MASSIVELY to the GOP  "The Red Wave is back on." The woman part intrigues Althouse, Independent women now favor the Republicans by 18 percentage points, when last month they favored Democrats by 14 points. "That's a 32-point turnaround. How the hell could that happen?! . . . So I've got to consider the possibility that the giant 32-point shift in opinion is not in spite of the Democrats' support for abortion rights but in part because of it. But maybe it's in spite of the abortion issues. Economic matters dominate, and people may want change. But why are women — in the independent group — changing so much more than men?" Capt. Ed, Will education be a "sleeper" issue, an "iceberg" -- or the undertow of the Red Wave?

Capt. Ed watches CNN to Hobbs: Say, why *are* you afraid to debate Kari Lake -- and answer on abortion? Sundance notices Good Grief, Arizona Democrat Candidate Katie Hobbs is so Bad During Interview, CNN Did Not Provide Replay Video and in Sunday Talks features Arizona Candidate Kari Lake -vs- CNN Dana Bash. Lake really knows how to 'handle' journalists, she used to be one.

WaEx reports Herschel Walker skips out on second Senate debate against Warnock. Probably not wise; he did much better than expected in the first. But I understand; a football player does not have the natural eloquence of preacher. The Free Bacon, Pests, Filth, and Killer Elevators: Inside Raphael Warnock’s Secret Low-Income Apartment Building. Spence Brown at Town Hall hears that In Georgia Gov Debate, Stacey Abrams Denies Her Election Denial before the cock crowed three times. At NRO, Stacey Abrams Dodges on Whether She’d Accept Georgia Gubernatorial Election Results

From the Wombat's In The Mailbox: 10.17.22 Weasel Zippers notes brain-damaged Fetterman Is Still A Mess. ADN America notes RealClearPolitics moves NY governor’s race to toss-up, and at NewsMax, Zeldin Promises Major Changes in 'First 100 Minutes' If Elected N.Y. Governor. "Zeldin said his first action will be to declare a "crime emergency" in New York. I'm going to suspend New York's cashless bail laws and some other pro-criminal laws that have been passed and force the legislature to come to the table to negotiate an improvement because we have to take back our streets," said Zeldin. "We need law-abiding New Yorkers back in control of the streets instead of criminals."" Mediatite claims ‘Beyond Parody’: Sen. Mike Lee Mocked for Writing Op-Ed in the Third Person Endorsing Himself. At Reason, In Utah Senate Race, Evan McMullin Has To Reckon With an Ugly History, "In a campaign where much of the focus has been on Donald Trump and January 6, McMullin's CIA career deserves more interrogation."

At Fox, Nike co-founder Phil Knight declares war on Democrats in Oregon "Knight has invested millions into Democrat Tina Kotek's opponents, and polls show a Republican lead" Do I have to buy Nikes now? Ace sees a Virginia Democrat Who Proposed Prosecuting Parents As Child Abusers for Not "Affirming" a Transitory Trans "Identity" Tries to Backtrack, But Republicans Are Seizing and Pouncing Anyway 

"Elizabeth Guzman, a Stunning and Brave Latinx who represents parts of blue Northern Virginia, is re-introducing a bill first introduced by Democrats in 2020 which will amend the law against child abuse to include, and also treat as a possible felony, the refusal of parents to "affirm" a gender identity." . . . While the Democrats are saying "Don't worry, that bill will never even come to the floor," the Republican Speaker of the Virginia House of Delegates says, "Oh yeah it's definitely coming to the floor, because I'm going to bring it to the floor, and make every Democrat vote on it."

KT at Haut Hair reports  Former hostage Trevor Reed endorses Rep. August Pfluger for re-election

Austin Reed was held in a Russian prison for almost 1,000 days. He was arrested in 2019 on charges of assaulting a police officer. He was sentenced to nine years in prison in 2020. His family maintained his innocence all along. Republican Rep. August Pfluger (TX-11) is running for re-election. The Pfluger campaign has released an ad with Reed’s endorsement. In the ad, Reed credits Pfluger with keeping his case in the public’s eye. “Today, I’m free because August never gives up on Americans, and he’ll never give up on you.”

At Western Journal, GOP Candidate Tudor Dixon Ends Debate by Dismantling Gretchen Whitmer Piece by Piece in 90 Seconds.

At WaEx, Arizona attorney general requests FBI and IRS investigate 2,000 Mules-linked group. Spence Brown, again, Mail-in Ballots Just Became a Legal Problem for Pennsylvania...Again Democrats refuse to take "no" for an answer. Matt Margolis at Haut Hair VIP asks a silly question, Are Democrats Trying to Steal the Election in Pennsylvania? If they're losing, they're cheating. Insty, BURIED LEDE: JOE BIDEN CHANNELS INSTAPUNDIT! "JOE BIDEN 2007: "How are you going to keep it from us being able to be in a position where you can manipulate the machines, manipulate the records? I think we should pass a federal law mandating that the same machines with paper trails be mandatory for every federal election.”" From the Wombat's In The Mailbox: 10.17.22  Vicky Marshall at Da Fed has A List Of 2022 Election Integrity Ballot Initiatives You Should Know About. From Twitchy, FBI tweet encourages citizens to report election shenanigans (and then it gets awkward)

On The Trump Subpoena Jonathon Turley explains Why the Jan 6 Committee’s Timing is both Terrible and Telling At ET, New Subpoena Targeting Trump Is Suspiciously Timed Just Ahead of Midterm Elections: Expert. No shit, sherlock! At PJ Media Stephen Kruiser warns Dems' Daddy Issues J6 Charade Isn't Winning Hearts and Minds Jazz Shaw at Haut Hair sees Wisconsin Dem candidate confused as to why voters don't care about January 6. At JTN, Jan. 6 clouds Utah debate, McMullin slams Lee for 'most egregious betrayal... in history'. Insty, DEMS ALREADY GEARING UP TO IMPEACH HIM AGAIN OVER ‘SELF-DEALING’: Trump hotels charged Secret Service ‘exorbitant’ rates to protect first family. "Government discounts are generally extended on a “rooms available” basis for standard rooms. Deluxe accommodations are not typically offered at discounted rates. But they don’t care. Trump’s real sin? He didn’t give 10% for the big guy."

John Sexton at Haut Hair reports Danchenko case goes to the jury. Sundance, Jury Deliberating in Danchenko Trial, Hillary Clinton Lawyers Defending Danchenko Blast the Prosecution in Closing. Andy McCarthy at NRO, cited at Haut Hair notes Durham making the point that The FBI is the "elephant in the room" in Danchenko trial. Jerry Dunleavy at WaEx, Durham slams FBI for botching Trump-Russia investigation in closing Danchenko arguments. Natalia Mittelstadt at JTN reports Jury has yet to reach a verdict in Danchenko trial, will resume deliberations Tuesday. "Danchenko was indicted on five federal charges of lying to the FBI about his connections to sources he used to contribute to the Steele dossier." My feeling on Danchenko is that the FBI knew he was lying, but they needed to pretend they didn't know so they could maintain surveillance of the Trump campaign and administration. So yes, the lies were material, even though the FBI knew the truth. As far as I am concerned, both Danchenko and a number of FBI guys should be going to jail. But they probably won't, DC juries being what they are.

John Solomon at JTN, FBI whistleblower says bureau using excessive tactics to ensure 'process is the punishment' "Special Agent Steven Friend says many of his colleague share his concerns: "We are supposed to be people of integrity."" VodkaPundit at  PJ Media, Undercover Video Backfire: Conservatives Go Crazy for GOP Congressman's Call to Break Up the FBI

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