Daily Recap — September 4

“Little minds have little worries, big minds have no time for worries.”

— Ralph Waldo Emerson


 

 

THE MORON PARADE

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The confirmation hearings for SCOTUS nominee Brett Kavanaugh kicked off today and, boy, they couldn’t have been any stupider. 

Senate Dims and dozens of their protester brethren repeatedly interrupted proceedings today, making the hearing borderline unwatchable, save for the trainwreck aspect. Dims set the tone early on for the hearing by sparring, cajoling and pleading with Republicans to delay the hearing or reject Kavanaugh outright because no one should be confirmed when they’ve been nominated by OMG LITERALLY SATAN.

By the time Chuck Grassley gaveled the hearing adjourned, 70 malodorous hippies had been arrested by Capitol Police and 61 people had been taken out of the hearing room. They included actress Piper Perabo of television’s “Covert Affairs,” whatever the hell that is. I’m sure at least one of you have seen it.

Things were no better outside the committee’s room, where #Resisters filled the hallways  of the Hart Senate Office building during a brief recess. More than a dozen vagina-headed protesters dressed as characters from Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale,” which someone apparently thought was a clever way of saying Kavanaugh was against women’s rights. If I’ve said it once I’ve said it a thousand times: THE HANDMAID’S TALE IS LIBERAL VICTIM PORN. It’s like these weirdos actually want men to enslave them.

Then again, when women become accustomed to dating liberal men, I’m sure they’re dying for a man to take control in any way whatsoever. 

But I digress.


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THE DIM STRATEGY:

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Aside from constantly interrupting so as to make holding confirmation hearings impossible, the Dims have a larger strategy they think is clever. They’re harping on all the documents they haven’t received and/or are protected by executive privilege as evidence of a cover-up, maaaaaaaaaan.

Sen. Kamala Harris (Shameless Political Whore – CA), who kicked off the interruption party literally while Grassley was saying “good morning” to the room, informed the committee that it could not “move forward” after lawyers for former President George Dubya Bush handed over 42,000 documents from Kavanaugh’s tenure as a White House lawyer to the committee less than a day before today’s hearing.

Sen. Richard Blumenthal (Vietnam Hero – CT) got into several rounds of back-and-forth with Grassley over esoteric wording of committee rules in another unsuccessful attempt to get Grassley to adjourn the hearing. Blumenthal warned that without a vote on adjourning the hearing, consideration of Kavanaugh’s nomination “will be tainted and stained forever,” unlike his own war record, which is impeccable and beyond reproach. 

“There will always be an asterisk after your name: Nominated by a president named as an unindicted co-conspirator after the vast majority of documents relating to the most constructive periods of his life were concealed,” he said to Kavanaugh. “The question will always be, why was all that material concealed?”

Sigh. Always so damn dramatic.

The aim of this strategy is two-fold, one aim being extremely unlikely with the other providing a consolation prize for their trouble. They hope to apply sufficient political pressure to get Republicans to delay the confirmation until after the midterms in the name of combing through every Kavanaugh document ever created. That’s the extremely unlikely part.

But if that doesn’t happen – and it won’t – they can always accuse the Republicans of having snuck a SCOTUS justice onto the bench in the dark of night. And their slack-jawed constituents will never research the matter to question the narrative. And why would they? It suits their ideology just fine. Whether independents fall for it is another question entirely.


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SO, ABOUT THOSE DOCUMENTS:

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There are several facts being conveniently omitted by our Dim friends, though I’m sure it’s just an honest oversight and not partisan cherry-picking.

Judge Kavanaugh has been on the DC Circuit Court of Appeals for 12 years. He has issued 307 opinions and joined hundreds more.  He has a comprehensive record of jurisprudence that has been in the public domain for years.

This has produced a massive trove of documentation – millions in fact – making it virtually impossible to truly comb through each and every one unless we want to confirm this guy around 2028 (which would be just fine with Dims).The good news is, only a small percentage of those documents are actually relevant to the Senate’s work, which is to ensure he’s qualified for the bench.

Despite this, as Grassley has pointed out on Twitter repeatedly, over a half million documents have been turned over to the committee, many being confidential so that only committee members may read them. The Judiciary Committee has reviewed hundreds of thousands of documents—more than were submitted for both Justice Gorsuch and Justice Kagan.

I’m sure you’ve heard by now that the Trump administration is “withholding over 100K documents related to Kavanaugh’s work in the White House.” What they don’t tell you is that many of those documents contain extremely sensitive information, some of it national security related. Still, the Trump White House has gone above and beyond to provide piles of documentation to the committee. In fact, the volume of documents turned over dwarfs the total Executive Branch material for the last five confirmed nominees combined.

Documents submitted to the committee pertaining to Kavanaugh’s time serving in the White House Counsel’s and Independent Counsel’s offices are the largest number of executive branch records ever submitted to the Senate Judiciary Committee for a Supreme Court nominee.

That’s a fact, Jack.

And about the “we’re being rushed through this” narrative?

Sen. Grassley has allotted more time between the nomination of Judge Kavanaugh and the start date of hearings than the timeline established by former SJC Chairman Patrick Leahy for Justices Sotomayor and Kagan.  Senator Leahy scheduled hearings 49 days after the nomination of Justice Kagan, and 48 days after the nomination of Justice Sotomayor. Hearings for Justice Gorsuch were held 48 days after his nomination announcement. Kavanaugh’s hearings started 57 days after his nomination.  .

In addition, Kavanaugh returned the most comprehensive, bipartisan Senate questionnaire in Judiciary Committee history. And the Dims should have had some very good questions to ask. Know why? 

Because during the presidential campaign, PDT publicized a list of extraordinarily qualified individuals he said he would choose from to fill Supreme Court vacancies.  Judge Kavanaugh has been on that list since November of 2017. These Senators have teams of people who do nothing but research whatever they’re told. If they don’t know a great deal about Kavanaugh already, they really suck at their jobs. But the truth is they do know a lot about Kavanaugh and there just isn’t much red meat to pursue in terms of scandal. Thus, we’re stuck dealing with this nonsense. 


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THE LOW POINT:

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One would think that finding the lowest point in a day of one low point after the other would be a difficult endeavor, but this was surprisingly easy. And that’s not a good thing.

It got so bad that Kavanaugh’s wife had to rush their two young daughters out of the hearing room. That decision came after several abortion enthusiasts were arrested for disrupting the hearings by shouting idiotic slogans about how Judge Kavanaugh hates women.

During the hearing, Mrs. Kavanaugh guided her two young daughters Margaret and Elizabeth – 13 and 10, respectively – out of the room because they were both visibly upset by what pro-abortion Dims on the committee said and what the pro-abortion audience members were screaming about their father. And at times hecklers in the audience scared the girls with their shouting. In one such instance, protesters screamed, “This is a mockery. This is a travesty of justice. Cancel Brett Kavanaugh, adjourn the hearing.”

It’s a sad day when a SCOTUS nominee can’t even take his family to a confirmation hearing due to incivility. And the saddest part may be that Dims will never attack the mob for letting things get this way. They’re beholden to the mob. 

They are the mob.


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AND THE FAKE NEWS AWARD GOES TO:

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Because this is the internet and stupidity wins the day, you’ve probably already seen the clip of the Parkland shooting victim’s father walking up to Judge Kavanaugh during a recess with his hand extended, only to see Kavanaugh turn and walk away.

Now, if you’re a drooling simpleton, you may be thinking, “WHAT THE HELL WHY DOES BRETT KAVANAUGH HATE SHOOTING VICTIMS OMG!!”

But if you’re someone with the capacity for abstract thought, you may suspect that the truth is a bit more nuanced. And guess what….you’d be right!

Fred Guttenberg, father of Parkland victim Jaime Guttenberg, was the man shamelessly being used by the Dim party for an anti-Kavanaugh clip. And though it pains me to say it, history tells me that liberal parents don’t require a great deal of manipulation, as they’re all too happy to use their dead children as props to further their political agendas. This appears to be no different.

“Just walked up to Judge Kavanaugh as morning session ended. Put out my hand to introduce myself as Jaime Guttenberg’s dad. He pulled his hand back, turned his back to me and walked away,” Fred Guttenberg tweeted. “I guess he did not want to deal with the reality of gun violence.”

Fortunately, White House Deputy Press Secretary Raj Shah injected some common sense into the discourse by responding to Guttenberg’s tweet thusly: “As Judge Kavanaugh left for his lunch break, an unidentified individual approached him. Before the Judge was able to shake his hand, security had intervened.”

After being subjected to crazies to the point of having to remove his children from the building, would you be a little apprehensive toward a stranger coming up to you with hand extended? The answer is yes, you would. He didn’t know what angle Guttenberg was coming from or what was coming next. He allowed security to intervene and then got out of Dodge, as any of us would’ve done. And no, he didn’t call security on Mr. Guttenberg. He blatantly lied about that. Yes, the fathers of slain children lie sometimes too. 

What a sad commentary on the state of affairs that Kavanaugh needs to be protected by prospective hand-shakers. But sadly, it’s perfectly logical to play it safe.

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STUPIDEST MOMENT:

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This is another category with LOTS of nominees, but I think we’ve found a clear winner. Again, that’s not a good thing.

Some of you may have noticed a rather attractive brunette sitting directly behind Judge Kavanaugh during today’s hearings. She wasn’t some random audience member. Her name is Zina Bash and she was actually a former law clerk for the judge, and is now working on his confirmation team. 

She also worked for PDT and Complyin’ Ted Cruz. Zina was a special assistant to PDT for regulatory reform, legal and immigration policy. Before that, she was the deputy director of policy and communications for Sen. Ted Cruz’s presidential campaign, the press release also reported.

And now, she’s an OMG WHITE SUPREMACIST. Well, if you’re a braindead member of the #Resistance, anyway.

At one point during the hearing, she was seen with her hand perched upon the other arm with thumb and index finger touching together to form a circle. The other three fingers naturally pointed outward, as they tend to do when the thumb and index are in that position. To idiotic conspiracy theorists, the circle is actually the top portion of the letter “P” with the arm acting as the lower portion, or stem, if you will. The three other fingers, they declare, are the three upward stems of the letter “W.” Put that W and P together and voila! — “White Power.”

No, I’m not kidding. The internet is being flooded with this garbage right now. On a side note, NOW DO YOU SEE HOW STUPID A PERSON CAN BE MADE BY CONFIRMATION BIAS? If you go in with a certain idea about someone or something, chances are you’ll find something to support it. 

If left wing conspiracy theorists had actually bothered to do some research before getting excited and sharing that stupid picture everywhere, they’d know that Bash is half Mexican/half Jewish, one of the reasons her husband and US Attorney John Bash used to defend her on Twitter today.

Besides calling the attacks against his wife “repulsive,” he also tweeted, “Zina is Mexican on her mother’s side and Jewish on her father’s side. She was born in Mexico. Her grandparents were Holocaust survivors. We of course have nothing to do with hate groups, which aim to terrorize and demean other people — never have and never would.”

Of course, he shouldn’t have to point out her ethnicity to disprove this claim. IT’S A STUPID CLAIM. 


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BIG PICTURE:

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This is all sound and fury signifying nothing.

Republicans hold 51 seats in the Senate, meaning Dims need to pick up two GOP senators in addition to keeping their entire caucus united if they’re to have the slightest sky-screaming hope of blocking Kavanaugh. Dims have yet to peel anyone away from the GOP side and likely won’t, unless Susan Collins becomes worried that Kavanaugh won’t abort enough babies for her liking or Jeff Snowflake decides to exact some last-minute revenge against PDT. I wouldn’t count on either of those scenarios.

To make things worse for the coochie cappers, at least three red-state Dims are viewed as likely “yes” votes: Sens. Joe Manchin (WV), Joe Donnelly (IN) and Heidi Heitkamp (ND). All three voted for Neil Gorsuch and it’s highly unlikely that they’d tempt fate by opposing a Trump nominee just before the midterms.

Kavanaugh is going to be confirmed and everyone knows it. This clown show being put on by Dims is part fundraiser/part attempt at YouTube moments for presidential hopefuls like Kamala Harris and Cory Booker (God help us).

Nevertheless, I’ll continue to cover this circus so long as it’s around.

Everyone loves a circus.

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COOTER REPLACEMENT INBOUND

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For the first time in a year, the people of Arizona will actually have two Senators capable of actually going to work. Granted, that hasn’t always been a good thing, considering their two senators were Cooter McCain and Jeff Snowflake, but we must take our good news wherever it’s found.

Jon Kyl, a retired three-term U.S. senator, was chosen today by Arizona governor Doug Ducey to fill Cooter’s vacancy. But the 76-year old Kyl, known for his demands that we all get off his lawn, complicated matters for Gov. Ducey by committing to serve only through the current session of Congress ending in January. Ducey (or his successor) may then have to pick yet another interim senator to replace Kyl and serve until a candidate chosen in the next general election, which would happen in November 2020;


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SO WHAT’S THE WORD ON THIS GUY, TREY?

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It’s a mixed bag.
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On one hand, Kyl has worked as a Washington lobbyist since leaving office in 2013. That reeks of the Swamp. To make things worse, all the worst people support him. He was a great friend of Cooter’s, for one, and God knows that’s never good. Cindy and Meghan McCain were also thrilled to hear the news, mostly due to his closeness to the family. 

Meghan submitted her commendation on Twitter: 

“I can think of no one better to keep fighting for the country and state he held so dear. He has always been a true statesman and a friend to my family.”

True statesman in the way that Cooter was a “true statesman”? God I hope not.

Then there is Jeff Snowflake, who was also disturbingly giddy at the news:

“Governor Ducey has selected Senator Jon Kyl as Senator McCain’s replacement. What an excellent choice! There is no one more qualified and Arizona is well served. Kudos to Senator Kyl for his willingness to serve once again.”

This praise should hardly be surprising, given Kyl’s own penchant for criticizing PDT.

In a February radio interview, Kyl called PDT “boorish,” “a phenomenon that has to be dealt with” and sometimes his “own worst enemy.”

While I agree with the last part, the part about needing “to be dealt with” is troublesome, especially given the “insurance policies” we’ve become privy to over the past year. 

 

Asked about those comments today, Kyl did not back away. “Sometimes his desire to jump in the middle of a fight, or create a fight, sometimes can be detrimental to what he’s trying to achieve,” he said of the president. “That is what I said and I stand by that comment.”

Like I said, I actually agree with that. Unfortunately, we don’t have a real press, so he wasn’t asked about how PDT should be “dealt with.”

It’s not all bad news, though. Kyl earned a reputation for being reliably conservative while in Congress. His record stands in sharp contrast with his undocumented Democrat buddy Cooter. This is a big reason why, despite his closeness to the McCains, he’s received support from die-hard Trumpers like Dr. Kelli Ward, who also weighed in on Twitter:

 

“I commend Governor @dougducey for appointing @senjonkyl to the US Senate. Jon is a great selection & will be an important vote in Washington to confirm Judge Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, support President Trump, & advance the #AmericaFirst agenda.”

Dr. Ward is correct about the Kavanaugh stuff, to be sure. In fact, Kyl was already helping the White House shepherd Kavanaugh’s nomination through the Senate before he was ever asked about taking McCain’s seat. Now, not only will he be able to help the White House push the nomination through, he’ll actually be able to cast a vote in Kavanaugh’s favor. All hail the power of functional senators!


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BIG PICTURE:

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Gov. Ducey is trying to keep his job in Arizona’s upcoming gubernatorial election against Dim David Garcia, who poses a legitimate threat. That means pissing off the fewest number of people possible with this appointment.

Arizona, like many other places across the country, has a divide within its GOP. You have the establishment side (McCain, Flake and all the other NeverTrumpers) and then you have the Trump side. The trick for Ducey was to find someone who could pull support from both sides. He seems to have found that with Kyl.

So the answer is Kyl isn’t the perfect Trumper, nor is he a horrible NeverTrumper in the vein of McCain and Flake (although that particular aforementioned quote of his demands clarification).

Do I think he’ll have PDT’s back when all the chips are down? No, but there are very few people I trust to do that. I do believe he’ll support the Trump agenda in the Senate, though, at least far more than McCain or Flake ever would.

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SIGH….ANOTHER BOOK

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I contemplated whether this even warranted a spot in the Recap, seeing as how Trump books are a dime-a-dozen these days and I know this, too, shall pass in short order. But it was written by a “respected journalist” (read: respected by his own fake peers) and is thus sure to be given Gospel status by the legacy media, so I figured I might as well tackle it.

Bob Woodward’s new book,“Fear: Trump in the White House,” which is set to be released next week, offers new slabs of red meat for the #Resistance crowd, describing fiery insults from the president about his close aides and an administration in the middle of a “nervous breakdown,” according to excerpts. 

Woodward said that he tried to contact PDT for an interview for the book, but that he never heard back from the several people he contacted.

The Failing Washington Post released audio of Trump and Woodward discussing the book and the reporting process in a recent phone call. PDT told Woodward that he was never made aware of the requests.

In the phone call, Trump praised Woodward’s past reporting, saying that he thinks Woodward has “always been fair,” and dismissed the book as just another negative report.

“So I have another bad book coming out,” he said. “Big deal.”

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Nonetheless, it will be a big deal to those who need it to be, so let’s cover what we know up to this point.

“Fear” paints a picture of the Trump admin as one with constant infighting, depicting White House aides as attempting to rein in PDT’s worst impulses, whatever that means. Woodward describes instances where staffers snatched papers off of Trump’s desk so he couldn’t see them or follow through on what they believed would be catastrophic decisions on trade or national security.

To be fair, this isn’t the first report I’ve read of White House staffers/advisers restricting certain news clips from his view for fear of what would result. That’s not to say Woodward’s account is accurate. The truth is likely much different than what is being reported. I’m just saying that he’s not the first to report it, so take that as you will.

Woodward goes on to describe Trump as “extremely paranoid” about the King Bob Mueller probe and showed how creative he could be by using the same comparison as literally every other Trump hater on Earth: Nixon. According to Woodward, aides likened PDT’s paranoia about Mueller to Nixon’s final days in the White House. The idea, of course, is to fill #Resisters’ heads with images of PDT resigning in disgrace. I’m sure it worked, and I’m sure they’ll make Woodward a very rich man.

Meanwhile, I regularly write essays full of real news with verified facts accompanied by sound logical analysis and I can’t build up any change in my car ash tray because I keep having to spend it all. #ButTheseAreMinorDetails. 


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The real red meat, though, came in the form of supposed quotes from PDT’s cabinet and inner circle.

White House chief of staff John Kelly, for example, is quoted in the book as calling PDT “unhinged” and an “idiot” and describing working in the administration as “the worst job I’ve ever had.”

General Kelly, who must be getting annoyed with all of this by now, reissued a statement first released in April in response to a failing NBC News report.

“I’m committed to the President, his agenda, and our country,” Kelly said. “This is another pathetic attempt to smear people close to President Trump and distract from the administration’s many successes.”

Welp, there’s one big “scoop” denied. Perhaps Woodward would’ve been better served to ask Kelly himself, rather than relying on second and third hand “anonymous sources” to provide cannon fodder for the book? Wait, that would be counterproductive to the goal, wouldn’t it….

The next big fish on the fryer was none other than Secretary of Defense Mad Dog Mattis, who was given prominent stature in the Fake Quotes chapter of Woodward’s master work.

Woodward writes of an April 2017 phone call between PDT and Mattis in which PDT suggested assassinating Syrian President Bashar Assad, which is stupid on its face if you know anything whatsoever about the Trump approach to the Middle East (he wants as little chaos as possible, which is the opposite of what would happen should we assassinate Assad).

Mattis reportedly went along with the Trump’s demands during the phone call but immediately told aides that they would take a “much more measured” approach.

And that is absurd on its face to anyone remotely familiar with Mad Dog Mattis. Listen, people, Mattis isn’t some weasely reporter. He doesn’t agree to follow orders to a president’s face and then undercut him behind his back. If he objects to an order, he’ll say so, whether you’re the POTUS or the man in the moon.

Then there’s the matter of a Korea briefing that PDT allegedly received in which the importance of US troops on the peninsula was explained to him. Supposedly, after PDT was dismissive of the need for U.S. military presence on the peninsula even after it was explained to him, Mattis told associates that the president acted like a “fifth- or sixth-grader.” Again, this is not how Mattis operates. He would never be that unprofessional (or uncreative, for that matter).

Luckily for us, you don’t have to rely on ole Trey’s word for things. We can go straight to the man himself.

Mad Dog issued a statement tonight denying that he ever said or heard the statements attributed to him in the book excerpts.

“While I generally enjoy reading fiction, this is a uniquely Washington brand of literature, and his anonymous sources do not lend credibility,” Mattis said.

He added that he embraces debate and competition among foreign policy ideas, and praised the track record of the Trump administration on issues related to North Korea, ISIS and NATO.

“In serving in this administration, the idea that I would show contempt for the elected Commander-in-Chief, President Trump, or tolerate disrespect to the office of the President from within our Department of Defense, is a product of someone’s rich imagination,” Mattis said.

That was probably the most charitable way he could’ve put it. I have a feeling that if he’d been asked when this garbage first hit the wire, the response wouldn’t have been nearly as diplomatic.

Even NeverTrump Nikki Haley came to Mattis’s defense, saying that she’d been in many high level briefings involving the president on those issues and she’d heard nothing even close to what was being reported, be it with North Korea or the Syrian situation. Thank you, Nikki! 

Another of Woodward’s greatest hits is an anonymously sourced story about how PDT mocked Keebler Jeff Sessions’s accent when speaking with another staffer and described him as “mentally retarded” and “this dumb Southerner.” The only person to ask about that is PDT himself and of course he denies it, probably for good reason. Of all the reasons PDT has had to bash Jeff Sessions over the past year, his accent doesn’t crack the top 1000.

PDT also allegedly told Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross he didn’t trust him to negotiate, suggested former national security adviser H.R. McMaster dressed “like a beer salesman” and called former chief of staff Reince Priebus “a little rat.”

Actually, I hope those last three accusations are true.


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BIG PICTURE:

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We all know what the big picture is here.

The book will shoot up to #1 on the best-sellers list thanks to hordes of coochie cappers desperate for their red meat fixes. The White House will attack the credibility of the author, which they should since much of what’s in the book appears to be laughable nonsense.

Woodward, on the other hand, will “stand by his reporting” because he knows it will never be proved or disproved one way or the other. That’s the magic of anonymous sources. But when it comes down to believing two different Marine Corps generals over the word of a left-wing failing Washington Post reporter, take a wild stab at who sane Americans are going to listen to. 

And that’s important, because there are certain types of math that will never change. Those on the far left are going to believe any anti-Trump book no matter how ludicrous or demonstrably untrue its claims, and hardcore Trumpers are never going to believe any piece of bad info on their president (or try to rationalize it even if they do). It’s the folks in the middle who will determine the true currency of a book such as this. It’s also the folks in the middle who determine the outcome of elections.

This book was meant as just one more weapon aimed at PDT just before the midterms. It’s all hands on deck and even the old washed up Fake News reporters are doing their part. So to the extent that the book is meant to damage Trump politically, it will fail.

But to the extent that it’s meant to make Bob Woodward a rich(er) man, it will succeed with flying colors.

How sad.

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