Friday's HOT MIC
The bitter truth from Philip Klein.
The initial zeal for cutting government in the Reagan Revolution of 1980 and the Gingrich Revolution of 1994 faded over time. But starting in 2010, as underdog candidates toppled established Republicans and virtual unknowns unseated incumbents, the Tea Party seemed like it was something different.
The renewed fervor for shrinking government combined with the ability of activists to mobilize and harness new technologies meant, for the first time, many Republican politicians were feeling more heat for rubber-stamping spending increases than they were when opposing it. This led to high-profile confrontations between congressional Republicans and former President Barack Obama that largely stymied his legislative agenda for the last six years of his presidency, while failing to unravel the sweeping laws he signed in his first two.
Despite many setbacks, the Tea Party had one tangible achievement to show for all of the havoc it caused: the enactment of spending caps that resulted from the 2011 standoff over raising the debt ceiling.
In 2017, for the first time in the post-Tea Party era, Republicans finally gained unified control of government. They spent months blundering on healthcare, and ultimately reneged on their eight-year promise to repeal Obamacare. They have now agreed on a deal with Democrats that would blow up the spending caps that were a legacy of the Tea Party movement — to the tune of $300 billion over the next two years.
Another bitter truth: Had the GOP lived up to its ideals, there never would have been a Tea Party.
This is The Adventures of Tom Swift, Flash Gordon, and Forbidden Planet all rolled into one.
The landing of Falcon Heavy - Space X huge reusable spaceship.
I don't know about you but I'm on the next flight to Mongo.
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-CA) indicated during an interview on Fox News Monday that his committee would be asking for the transcripts of the four surveillance requests on Carter Page from the FISA Court.
He has made good on that promise according to Fox News, which has obtained a copy of his congressional letter to the court:
Writing to Rosemary M. Collyer, the presiding judge at the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, Nunes asked for transcripts of "any relevant FISC hearings associated with the initial FISA application or subsequent renewals related to electronic surveillance of Carter Page."
The FISA abuse memo detailed the troubling information that was discovered in the Page surveillance warrant, first granted in October 2016. After HPSCI Republicans released the memo last week, Democrats and the media (BIRM) loudly protested that it was "incomplete and misleading."
Now that Nunes wants to have the entire transcripts of the four surveillance requests released, they'll moan about something else most likely:
As Ace quips: "I'm sure this'll be another case where our Firefighter Media says 'Don't you dare demand information from the government!!!'"
Highly recommend this discussion between John Batchelor, former congressman Thaddeus McCotter (R-MI) and former federal prosecutor Andrew McCarthy regarding the House Intel Committee's new focus on the State Dept. -- which seems to have "laundered" Clintonworld's slimey oppo research on team Trump to make it palatable for the FBI. The middleman here was one Jonathan M. Winer, former secretary state John Kerry’s special envoy to Libya and his Senate adviser -- and coincidentally, an "old friend" of longtime Clinton fixer Sid (Vicious) Blumenthal.
By the way, the John Batchelor Show is one of the best radio talk shows out there -- you should definitely tune in sometime when you have the chance.
More: If you have 40+ minutes to spare, you should listen to former Clinton adviser Dick Morris wax on and on about the filthy dealings of Hillary's henchmen, Sidney Blumenthal and Cody Shearer, in the nineties. Do you think it's just a coincidence that these unsavory characters from Clintonworld have popped up in the RussiaGate scandal?
As Liz Sheld hinted in her Morning Update (below): What if I told you that Steele was just a cover to get the information from Blumenthal and Shearer to the FBI? I'm just speculating here...
Think that's beyond the pale? Listen to Morris describe some of their dirty tricks here. He could probably go on all day.