Daily Recap — September 6

So much stuff happening. The deep state is going all out.


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THE FAKE NEWS OUTDOES ITSELF

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If you ever wondered whether the media work hand in hand with the deep state in a mutual mission of bringing down the Trump presidency, say goodbye to the last of your doubts.

An anonymous op-ed purportedly penned by a “senior Trump administration official” is the latest slab of red meat thrown out for consumption by the #Resistance, and it reads as if it was composed by a CNN production team.

And that’s why this so-called op-ed reeks of Fake News. It’s as if the author had a checklist to mark off as they went along to ensure that every aspect of the narrative was touched upon; the narrative being one of an out of control, impulsive that must be reined in by the “adults in the room,” those adults invariably being establishment NeverTrumpers and Obama holdovers.

Let’s delve in and see whats happening with this thing.


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THE AUTHOR CONCEDES THAT THERE IS A DEEP STATE UNDERMINING TRUMP.

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He (we’ll use the male pronoun for the sake of simplicity) describes nothing less than a government conspiracy to thwart the president. Conferring an air of heroism unto himself and his merry band of misfits, the author writes that he and others inside the administration are secretly working “to preserve our democratic institutions while thwarting Mr. Trump’s more misguided impulses until he is out of office.” The disclaimer is to be found in the clever sleight of hand wording used to describe their efforts: the “steady state.” See, it’s not a deep state when they do it. It’s the “steady state,” because they’re saving America from the boogey man.  The author may see that as a meaningful distinction, but I guarantee moderate and right-leaning readers see it for exactly what it is: subversion.

Thanks to this chickenshit op-ed, there’s no longer debate over whether the deep state exists. The only question now is how one feels about it.


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THE AUTHOR CONCEDES THAT TRUMP’S POLICIES ARE WORKING

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He admits that the Trump admin has had significant success on the things that people actually care about, like having jobs and keeping their families safe. “Many of [the administration’s] policies have already made America safer and more prosperous,” he writes. He even made a list: “effective deregulation, historic tax reform, a more robust military and more.” Granted, the author gives us all douche chills by attempting to take credit for those achievements, noting that they happened “despite Trump” and not “because of him.” But at the end of the day, he is conceding that things are actually going pretty damn well. That makes all the other “critiques” in the piece seem like an exercise in needless whining and shameless credit-taking.

For example, he bashes PDT for not being a pure-as-the driven-snow conservative like himself: “The president shows little affinity for ideals long espoused by conservatives: free minds, free markets and free people.” In addition, he complains that the president’s “leadership style” is “impetuous, adversarial, petty and ineffective.” And that PDT can be tough to deal with in White House briefs: “Meetings with him veer off topic and off the rails, he engages in repetitive rants, and his impulsiveness results in half-baked, ill-informed and occasionally reckless decisions that have to be walked back.”

Seriously? That’s what someone sneaked off to the Failing New York Times to write? A friggin style critique? Look, after it’s been conceded that the POTUS is making the country safer and more prosperous, you’d better give the audience a good reason to keep reading. That didn’t happen. This is more or less fan fiction for Rosie O’Donnell/Evan McMullen crowd.

The author may have thought he was coming across like Captain America, but to everyone except the rabid TDS crowd, he just seems like a weasel.


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THE AUTHOR SCREWED UP

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By that, I mean he proved he’s either: 1) outright lying, or 2) so stupid that he shouldn’t occupy a job in any administration, much less this one.

I’m referring to the portion of the op-ed in which the author claims that the Super Justice League of NeverTrumpers in which he belongs “whispered about invoking the 25th amendment” in the early days of the administration.

As I’ve explained before, the 25th amendment isn’t for presidents who “have bad impulses” or “go off on rants during meetings.” It’s for presidents who are actually incapacitated, meaning they literally cannot executive the duties of the office. The 25th amendment is a very serious thing that is reserved for only the most serious of cases. If PDT becomes medically unfit, it could be invoked. Taking too long to agree to expel Russian diplomats isn’t cause for the 25th amendment.

So is the author stupid, or merely checking off another box in the anti-Trump narrative that the media have so tirelessly pushed since January of last year?

You folks are smart. I trust you to figure it out.

In any event, the author tipped his hand with that portion of the article. Not that you needed him to, since it’s so obvious, but that particular paragraph left little doubt as to whether this was nothing more than a political hit piece.


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SOME VERY CONVENIENT TIMING FOR BOB WOODWARD

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Just as cabinet member after cabinet member issued statements calling Woodward a liar for what’s printed in his new book, here comes an anonymous op-ed to reinforce the basic narrative his book attempts to push, the aforementioned adult-in-the-room narrative in which everyone not named Donald J. Trump is banding together to save the country from the big orange tornado.

It could be a simple coincidence – those do exist, after all – but the impeccable timing of an op-ed that could easily be just another chapter in his book is certainly enough to raise eyebrows. Could this anonymous author also have been one of Woodward’s sources for the book? Perhaps the primary source?

Inquiring minds want to know. Let’s see if that’s in David Pecker’s safe.


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SO WHO DO WE THINK WROTE THIS THING?

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The search for the op-ed author is sure to be the new national pastime for everyone who hates the president, and even for a few who like him.

A big mistake people are making, though, is assuming that this must be some heavy hitter within the Trump inner circle, i.e. a high-ranking cabinet official. That’s not necessarily true.

The Failing NYT describe the writer as a “senior official in the Trump administration,” which is a lot more broad a term than many realize. There are literally thousands of people within the federal bureaucracy and God knows everyone thinks they are a senior official. In fact, anyone with a junior official below them is a “senior official.”
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The other complicating factor is that there is no title of “senior administration official” within the federal government. Describing someone with that moniker is a function of an agreement between the Fake News organization and its source. The seniority of an administration official is in the eye of the beholder — and when the beholder happens to be the Failing New York Times, terms like those are more relative than ever.
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For all we know, the author serves as Deputy of Legislative Affairs. That’s a senior administration official. I know it’s a lot sexier to look at pictures of a cabinet meeting and try to find the mole at the roundtable, but don’t be disappointed when it turns out to be someone you’ve never heard of.
In the meantime, all the big dogs are fervently denying any involvement. I won’t go down the list of quotes. Suffice it to say, nobody don’t know nuttin’.

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I’ll tell you one main suspect that shouldn’t be dismissed out of hand: PDT. And no, I’m not totally kidding.

For the reasons I’ve laid out in this piece, I’d argue that the op-ed actually helps Trump more than it hurts him. On one hand you’ve got someone within the administration acknowledging the existence of the deep state while also acknowledging the achievements of the administration. Those are the two things PDT has been asking the media for since he took office. And the critical parts of the op-ed are just a lame re-telling of the media narrative that has been disproved repeatedly and failed to gain any traction at any turn.

All in all, it really wasn’t a bad day for The Donald.

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BIG PICTURE:

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You can’t say I didn’t warn you. The hits are gonna keep coming strong and steady, especially as we approach the midterms. But this is a case where we must remember that annoyance doesn’t equate to effectiveness. 

This particular hatchet job was a #BigFat failure, so much that I actually wondered aloud in this piece whether it was orchestrated by Trump himself. I tend to lean toward this being connected with Bob Woodward in some way, since the simplest explanations are typically the correct ones, but I wouldn’t be shocked in the least to learn that PDT was behind it the whole time.

I realize that seems counterintuitive, but give it a little time to sleep on. Once you see who benefits most in the long run, it may not seem so crazy after all. The deep state is no longer a crazy conspiracy theory, left-wing moonbats can’t give credence to the op-ed without acknowledging the admin’s accomplishments, and the attacks were weak and played out. If PDT had to suffer an anonymous op-ed from inside his own administration, this is the one he’d want.

Hang in there, Trumpers. Put one foot in front of the other and keep moving forward. We’re going to make it through this storm.

We always do. 

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KAVANAUGH HEARINGS: DAY 3

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And with the rate at which I’m hemorrhaging IQ, I’m not sure I’ll make it to Day 4.

I’ve (so far) maintained the intellectual capacity to write, however, so I’m obligated to discuss the days lowlights.


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CAN CORY BOOKER AND KAMALA HARRIS PLEASE PASS AWAY IN THEIR SLEEP?

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Yes, that’s harsh. No, I don’t care. They’re neck and neck for the worst people in an already awful party.

Booker and Harris have been using the Kavanaugh hearings to launch their 2020 presidential campaigns, sending scores of Americans to emergency rooms to have their eyes surgically unrolled and threatening the last shred of sanity I have left.

Last night it was Harris at the center of attention as she grilled Kavanaugh on whether he’d discussed King Bob Mueller’s probe with anyone at the law firm of Kasowitz Benson Torres, which was founded by PDT’s personal attorney Marc Kasowitz. This question, of course, was completely idiotic, as there are a million law firms in DC with 9 gajillion lawyers. A friggin IBM super computer wouldn’t be able to dredge up that data on command, but it provided Harris with a gotcha moment and accompanying YouTube clip for her campaign.

After being badgered for clarification of his previous answer, which was that he didn’t remember/didn’t know, he added once more, “I don’t recall any conversations of that kind,” meaning conversations about King Bob probe.

The law firm itself gave Kavanaugh a hand in dealing with this evil succubus, saying in a statement, “there have been no discussions regarding Robert Mueller’s investigation between Judge Kavanaugh and anyone at our firm.”

Kavanaugh also said today: “I haven’t had any inappropriate conversations about that investigation with anyone,” adding he had not “given anyone any winks, hints, forecasts, previews, nothing, about my view as a judge, or how I would rule as a judge on that or anything related to that.”

Under questioning from Harris again tonight when she again asked him if he’d ever spoken with anyone at Kasowitz Benson Torres about the Mueller investigation, Kavanaugh responded: “The answer is no.”

This is a bit odd, since former prosecutors like Harris know to never ask questions to which she doesn’t already know the answer. She gave every indication that there was some sort of smoking gun on a Kavanaugh conspiracy theory to absolve PDT in the Mueller probe. But today’s strong answers from Kavanaugh and the Kasowitz firm suggest that there’s no there, there.

Perhaps it has something to do with her fundraising efforts online, which are currently centered on blocking Kavanaugh. And I’m gonna go out on a limb and guess some of that money ends up in her presidential campaign.

God, what a primitive life form.


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Not to be outdone in his quest for gold in the Stupid Olympics, Booker grabbed the spotlight in a fight over documents that Dims had been demanding Republicans release. In particular, Booker sought the release of a memo on racial profiling, one of thousands received by the committee, but labeled “Committee Confidential,” which senators could review but not make public.

The memo was drafted by Kavanaugh during his time in the Dubya White House. Booker attempted to ask Kavanaugh about it during questioning Wednesday night, but Republicans raised a point of order, saying it was unfair to Kavanaugh to be asked to comment on a document he didn’t have before him.

So in a cheap political stunt (as opposed to classy political stunts, I suppose), Booker said he was making the memo public, despite the possible consequences. “I’m going to release the email about racial profiling and I understand that the penalty comes with potential ousting from the Senate,” he declared.

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Such a hero, that Cory Booker. He knew full well that the Senate requires a 2/3 vote to oust a Senator, and he knew full well that there was zero chance of that happening. But that didn’t stop him from pulling a John Kerry and writing up his own Purple Heart recommendation. A real profile in courage, I tell you.
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Other Dims quickly joined Booker on the fake-courage bandwagon, saying they too would release documents in solidarity. Booker then joked that he was having “a Spartacus moment.”

Republicans weren’t so amused. Texas Sen. John Cornyn accused Booker of “irresponsible conduct unbecoming of a senator,” and said “running for president is no excuse for violating the rules of the Senate.” It was nice to hear someone call out his true intentions.

Little did we know, though, that there was no line where the stupid stopped and the drama began. Turns out it was all stupid. Later in the day, Republicans said all the documents that Dims had requested to be relieved of the “Committee Confidential” designation had, in fact, already been approved to be made public before the hearing began.

Thus, Dims were either lying about the confidentiality status of the documents for political gain or just too stupid/incompetent to know what had been cleared for public consumption. had been grandstanding. 

Frankly, I don’t know which would be worse. Either way, the documents weren’t even incriminating or the least bit scandalous. Kavanaugh spoke of the need to implement security protocols that weren’t reliant on racial profiling, but that something would have to be done in the interim until that could be figured out.

OMG TRUMP LITERALLY NOMINATED HITLER TO THE SUPREME COURT.


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BIG PICTURE:

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Kavanaugh will still be confirmed. Just try not to let the interactive campaign commercials rot your brains in the meantime.

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NEW HOPE FOR NORTH KOREA

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It’s been a while since we checked in on Lil Rocket Man. Let’s see what the slippery bastard is up to.

Diplomatic relations seem to be re-warming between PDT and LRM, as the presidential Twitter feed boasted this morning of a renewed interest in cooperation by all parties involved.

A South Korean envoy said on Wednesday that Kim declared a desire to denuclearize North Korea by early 2021, which would be by the end of Trump’s first term.

“Just moments ago they put on that he said very strongly that we want to denuclearize North Korea during President Trump’s tenure … just said it, just said it,” PDT said tonight at a campaign rally in Montana.

He also praised Rocket Man in a tweet early this morning, thanking the North Korean regime and declaring, “We will get it done together!” 


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BIG PICTURE:

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Let’s get right to it.

Kim meeting with South Korean officials on Wednesday was a positive step, especially considering the blatant disrespect he’s shown over the past couple months by failing to show at very high-level meetings involving Secretary of State Pompeo. Then again, the least he could do is show up to a friggin meeting he agreed to attend. That’s not the big part. What’s important is the Trump admin was able to get something they’d failed to reel in at any time in the past: a timeline.  

Up to now, negotiations had consisted of vague platitudes without much meat on the bones in the way of details. The January 2021 timeline gives the Trump admin a measuring stick by which to gauge whether the Kim regime is following through on their promise in a timely manner.

To be fair, our efforts thus far have not been completely fruitless. Although there have not been any substantive efforts by the North to denuclearize, it hasn’t conducted any missile or nuclear tests and returned what the White House says is the remains of fallen service members from the Korean War (I’d like to see proof, frankly, as they’ve sent animal remains in the past).

But Rocket Man has a ways to go to prove that he’s actually serious about doing this. I’d love to pump sunshine and tell you everything is peachy keen, but the truth is Kim has reverted back to his old, shady self since the Singapore summit. It could be China, or it could be that the international recognition has gone to his head and puffed his chest out a bit more. I’d bet on the former.

Please pray that he sees the light because I don’t see a happy ending here unless he disarms willingly. The world can’t be held hostage by a commie dictator with intercontinental ballistic missiles. 

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