Sunday, February 25, 2024

Flotsam and Jetsam - Trump Takes South Carolina

To absolutely no one's surprise, not even Nikki Haley's, as Stacy McCain puts it, Trump Stomps Haley in S.C. "There are a lot of sad faces on CNN tonight (I watch CNN so you don’t have to). All week long, they’ve been hyping up Nikki Haley’s chances in South Carolina and . . . Well, it ain’t happening." At TownHall Spencer Brown has LIVE RESULTS: South Carolina GOP Primary, 60% to 40%, more or less. Hat Hair's Jazz Shaw, South Carolina Primary Results, Live Updates, and Trump's Take on IVF; Update: Trump Blowout. Never in doubt, Never-Anybody-but-Trump Sundance at CTH, President Trump Declared Winner of South Carolina Primary. ET, Trump Wins South Carolina Primary; Haley Not Dropping Out. Matt Vespa at TownHall, Nikki Haley Couldn't Break 40 Percent in Her Home State...And She Went Wild. John Solomon at JTN, Trump defeats Haley in South Carolina, steamrolling toward nomination and fall rematch with Biden "Exit polling showed Trump's sigbature issue of immigration was top of mind in South Carolina," and  Nikki who? Trump pivots to fall rematch with Biden after crushing Haley in her home state, "Trump teased his fall election theme as a persecuted political dissident determined to restore security and prosperity to America. He also began playing a new race card against Biden." WSOC TV, Nikki Haley says she won’t drop out of presidential race after SC primary loss. Atop Da Hill,Trump-Haley rivalry enters bitter, personal new phase and  Haley says Trump wouldn’t win general election: ‘Mark my words’. I have that fear, too, but then, I didn't think he would win in 2016. Predictions are hard, especially about the future. 

From Althouse, Gavin Newsom is enjoying Nikki Haley and wishes her luck. "Newsom's speech is layered with sincerity and sarcasm that feels really funny and slimy to me (and I like when Jake Tapper jumps in to say that polls suggest Nikki would "clean Biden's clock")" He's slimy all right. Anyway, I'd like to do something rare, and go back to Stacy McCain.

Nikki Haley is not campaigning for the Republican nomination in any meaningful sense. What she is doing is campaigning for Joe Biden’s reelection. Nikki Haley is a puppet, controlled by the left-wing billionaires who have funded her campaign, and boosted by unlimited free publicity from liberal media outlets. No honest person can say otherwise.

I'm not quite that cynical (close, maybe). I think she's continuing the race in the faint hope that Trump somehow gets sick, dies, or is jailed, and really can't continue. She doesn't represent Democrats, but she does represent the old GOPe; internationalist, and pro-open borders. She will say what she needs to say to get the job, but then she would happily betray the majority of GOP voters wishes.

At Da Mail, Trump calls himself a 'political dissident' being persecuted by a 'Biden regime' full of 'fascists', 'thugs' and tyrants in fiery CPAC speech. Charlotte Hazzard at JTN, At CPAC, Trump decries Democrat border policies: ‘Want to destroy our country or they're stupid’ Embrace the healing power of "and." Also, Trump wins record 7th CPAC straw poll as Noem, Ramaswamy tie in veepstakes "The Conservative Political Action Conference conducts the straw poll annually to get an idea of who the Republican base wants for its next president." WaEx, CPAC 2024: Kristi Noem says ‘I know I could’ help Trump win as his vice presidential choice. Althouse, "Kristi Noem and Vivek Ramaswamy Are CPAC’s Choices for Trump’s Running Mate." "The NYT reports." I could live with them.

Hat Hair's KT wonders Is a Battle Brewing Over the RNC Paying Trump's Legal Bills? To be fair, he did incur them largely because he chose to run in their party. Had he not run, I dare to say, vary few of these charges would have been filed. 

Althouse reads the WaPoo, "During an evening ostensibly aimed at promoting Kennedy at the expense of both his major-party opponents, [Adam] Carolla..." ".... acknowledged the fact that Biden had been the main target. 'I guess we should throw in a couple of Trump jokes while we’re here,' he said. The media and justice system, Carolla said, are 'turning Trump into a martyr … but not a traditional martyr' — not 'skinny guys in bathrobes' like Gandhi and Jesus. 'You don’t think about fat guys eating KFC on a private jet and banging Eurotrash.'"

Insty, finds it UNSURPRISING: Alabama Lawmakers Move to Protect I.V.F. Treatments. Related: Trump calls on Alabama lawmakers to protect IVF after court ruling: The former president said that he strongly supports the availability of IVF for couples “who are trying to have a precious baby.”

Stacy McCain, Joe Biden’s Policy Gets a College Girl Killed, But White Lives Don’t Matter. From Fox, Georgia student murder suspect confirmed to be illegal immigrant "Ibarra originally crossed illegally into El Paso, Texas, in September 2022." Da Caller, Migrant Accused Of Killing US Nursing Student Entered Country Illegally, Released By Authorities. Julio Rosas at Mostly Peaceful observes the Media Provides Cover To Illegal Immigrant Suspected Of Killing College Student. NYPo, Brother of nursing student Laken Riley’s suspected killer Jose Ibarra charged with having fake green card — that he used to get job at UGA. Erik Erikson wonders How Many More Dead Americans Before Joe Biden Acts? WSB TV Atlanta, Georgia politicians share their outrage following death of 22-year-old nursing student on UGA campus "Speaking forcefully on the matter, Georgia Rep. Mike Collins (R-Athens) said Riley’s death was firmly a responsibility of President Joe Biden and U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas. “The blood of Laken Riley is on the hands of Joe Biden, Alejandro Mayorkas, and the government of Athens-Clarke County. The Venezuelan suspect in Laken Riley’s murder is one of millions of illegal aliens that the Biden administration has released into this country to be welcomed with open arms by Democrat-run sanctuary jurisdictions. This man had no business being in America, much less the UGA community to brutally murder this young American while she was on a run,” Collins said in part."

PM has a FLASHBACK: Biden admitted his open border policies could create immigration crisis "In a resurfaced video from August 2020, then-presidential candidate Joe Biden admitted that his plan for the US southern border would reignite a brand new border crisis if they didn't "do it well." Also, AOC calls Biden border invasion a 'false narrative' promoted by conservatives. "We're going to keep pretending this is a crisis while contributing to actual problems." Abbott, aim a few dozen buses at her district. Hat Hair's KT reports a Mass Release of Illegal Aliens in San Diego as Governor Newsom Hobnobs at White House. "The majority of illegals planned to only spend a few hours in San Diego. They were waiting for flights elsewhere or for someone to pick them up. NGOs are using federal funds through government contracts to move illegal aliens around our country. Some NGOs help them come to the United States and cross the border."

Hat Hair's Capt. Ed comments "Worth noting not just for the Left's hypocrisy but also for the evidence of Biden's cognitive and physical decline. It's not clear exactly when Biden made this speech in committee, but it's after his hair plugs; I'd guess 1987 or 1988 by the video quality, but it could be the early 1990s. Contrast his speech with anything from the last several years from Biden; the differences are drastic and almost shocking. " The Free Bacon, wants you to WATCH: Joe Biden's Senior Moment of the Week (Vol. 82). "Our 81-year-old president loses yet another battle with the Air Force One staircase."

Scott Johnson at Power Line on the The Smirnov turnoff. "Yesterday Andrew McCarthy elaborated on “David Weiss’s Very Peculiar Smirnov Indictment in the Biden Case.” He commented: “[N]one of the most critical evidence of Biden-family influence-peddling comes from Smirnov or Russians.” Capt. Ed, "Along with Scott, I'd hope that NRO puts these two pieces outside the paywall soon. I've read them both and Andy does a great job in dissecting the Smirnov angle and its (mainly) irrelevance to the charges at hand." Dan Greenfield at Front Page has a reminder  that Russiagate Was Based on the Work of an “Russian Intelligence Asset”. "Media pounces on an alleged Russian intel asset to attack Hunter Biden case while forgetting its own sins."  At NYPo the Divine Ms. Devine opines that Despite media spin, there’s still overwhelming evidence Joe Biden knew of family’s business dealings.

At RedState, 'Bonchie', I'm Back: What the Heck Happened? "Let me start with this Fani Willis situation. I was able to catch a few clips of her testimony during her disqualification hearing and was left asking what she'd be doing differently if she were purposely trying to sabotage her own case. I mean, come on. What kind of prosecutor acts like this?"  And Nick Arama sees Fani Willis Files Desperate Effort to Counter New Cellphone Data, but It's a Big Dud. At Twitchy, 'They Flaunt Their Corruption': NY AG Letitia James Gleefully Posting Updates Trump's FinesStephen Miller@StephenM "They flaunt their corruption. Bask in their vile abuses. Revel in their fascist lawfare. Conservatives better learn how to use government power, and fast." At RCP, the Great Victor Davis Hanson looks at Blue Laws for Red Citizens
There are eerie commonalities in all these five court cases involving plaintiff E. Jean Carroll, Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg, New York Attorney General Letitia James, federal special counsel Jack Smith, and Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis.

One, they are either unapologetically left-wing or associated with liberal causes. They filed their legal writs in big-city, left-wing America -- Atlanta, New York, Washington -- where liberal judges and jury pools predominate in a manner not characteristic of the country at large.

Two, they are overtly political. Bragg, James, and Willis have either campaigned for office or raised campaign funds by promising to get or even destroy Trump.
. . .
Three, there would not be any of these cases had Trump not run for the presidency or not been a conservative.

Nick Arama again sees CBS Just Got Into More Trouble Over Catherine Herridge's Files, Now House Judiciary Wants Answers

At Fox, Red-faced Google apologizes after woke AI bot gives 'appalling' answers about pedophilia, Stalin "When asked whether Stalin or conservative influencer Libs of TikTok was worse, the bot said it's a 'very complex issue, and there is no easy answer'." Capt. Ed, Heads should roll at Google just over the release of a clearly untested system that never should have escaped the lab at all in retrospect. Libs of TikTok@libsoftiktok "Holy smokes. Google’s AI isn’t sure who’s more harmful. Me who posts tiktoks or Stalin who k*lled over 9 million people."

And speaking of Libs of TikTok, she did an interview with her nemesis Taylor Lornez, and the results were hilarious. Twitchy, Aaand We're Dead: Chaya Raichik Dons the Perfect Ensemble for Interview With Taylor Lorenz. Basically takes every leading and biased question posed by Lorenz, twists it to the conservative point of view, and throws it back at her. A true masterwork. Also, that's Lorenz on her Tee-shirt, crying about being doxed after doxing Raichik.

From Stream, If Someone Asks Whether You’re a ‘Christian Nationalist,’ What Should You Say? There’s a full-on propaganda campaign underway, with massive funding from hostile billionaires and malevolent “charities” that also fund Planned Parenthood, to portray Christians who want to save babies from killing and kids from castrating surgeries as quasi-Nazi bigots who don’t deserve to vote." Ace, Why all good Americans must be afraid of "Christian Nationalists" "Get A Load Of These Insane Christian Nationalists Who Believed Rights Come From God And Not The Government" Steve Hayward at Power Line finds Joe Biden—Christian Nationalist?!?!

Tyler O'Neal at Da Signal, Nashville Transgender Shooter Not a Left-Wing Extremist Because She Called Victims ‘Faggots,’ ADL Says. Capt. Ed, To borrow from Dickens: If the ADL supposes that, then the ADL is a ass -- a idiot. They're plumbing the depths previously only reached by the SPLC. Matt Vespa on Why This Death of a Nonbinary Teen in Oklahoma Got the Liberal Media in Trouble Again

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