Wednesday's HOT MIC
Good Wednesday morning.
Here is what's on the president's agenda today:
- In the morning, President Donald J. Trump will receive his daily intelligence briefing.
- In the afternoon, the president will have lunch with bicameral tax conferees.
- The president will then participate in the swearing-in of Judge Gregory Katsas to the Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia.
- Later in the afternoon, the president will give remarks on tax reform.
Congratulations to Alabama's next Senator Scott Brown
For the first time in decades, Alabama has elected a Democrat senator. That's what happens when you run a very flawed, damaged candidate like Roy Moore, so congrats to Senator-to-be Doug Jones who will, I predict, not be reelected in 2020 when he will have to run for reelection. However, Roy Moore has not conceded yet. "When the vote is this close, it is not over," Moore said. No, it's over, sport, it's over. The election spread right now is about 1.5% and a recount is triggered at .5% so I'm not sure where Moore is going with this. There were more than 20,000 write-in votes for NOT MOORE OR JONES and an unknown number of provisional ballots that need to be counted.
The president congratulated Jones. People are blaming Steve Bannon. Failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton shared her Chardonnay thoughts on Twitter. Democrats are making tough statements now that they are drunk with victory. Maxine Waters, never one to shy away from the important questions, asks: how many Diet Cokes did Trump drink while waiting for his "pedophile candidate" to lose? Julian Castro "warns" Ted Cruz (R-TX) that Rep. Beto O'Rourke (D-TX) is coming for him. That's funny.
My hot take: Be warned, insurgent movement, and pick your candidates carefully. Moore was already problematic before the harassment/molestation allegations surfaced and true or not, a candidate never wants to be on defense. Following his awful interview with Hannity, Moore was always on defense. Some voters will hold their nose and vote for the lesser of the two evils but many will not vote at all like we saw last night. Republicans are indeed facing a "resistance" so do not underestimate the left's ability to gin up animus for votes against Trump and the Republicans. I hope Mo Brooks is getting ready for 2020.
FBI agent investigating Trump/RUSSIA and Hillary Clinton email server scandal sent virulent anti-Trump text messages to his anti-Trump side piece
Is there any way to believe either of these investigations are/were legitimate? Peter Strzok, the federal agent in question, revealed himself and his FBI agent mistress to be strong opponents of President Trump and supporters of Hillary Clinton in a dump of text messages the two were "hiding" from the Bureau. Both of them were assigned to investigate the taxpayer-funded RUSSIA collusion witch hunt. Thank G-d for the inspector general.
The Justice Department’s inspector general, Michael E. Horowitz, is investigating the texts as part of a wide-ranging inquiry into how the F.B.I. handled its investigations into Mrs. Clinton’s personal email server and of the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia. It is highly unusual for the government to release these types of documents until such an investigation is complete. The move caught internal investigators by surprise.
F.B.I. regulations allow agents to express opinions “as an individual privately and publicly on political subjects and candidates.”
According to the New York Times, both agents told investigators "that their comments were influenced by the troubling evidence they were seeing about Mr. Trump’s campaign ties to Russia, according to a person familiar with the internal investigation." Really? Where is the troubling evidence? Where are the indictments based on such "troubling evidence"? So far we have people busted on some process crimes. What about all the pre-election messages they sent to each other -- what were those based on?
I'm not suggesting government employees should not have opinions; of course they do as we all do. But these opinions seem a little extreme and perhaps not suited for their holder to be in charge of or assigned to investigations on matters about which they are so passionate. We get rid of biased people during jury selection, so why should people like this be given a pass?
Also on Strzok's resume is interviewing LTG Mike Flynn, watering down the language of Comey on Hillary's email crimes and interviewing Clinton buddies Cheryl Mills and Huma Abedin, where they lied without consequence. None of these events has any credibility anymore. None.
Page - God Trump is loathsome human.
Strzok – Yet he many win.
Strzok – Good for Hillary.
Page – It is.
Strzok – Would he be a worse president than Cruz?
Page –Trump?, yes I think so
Strzok – I’m not sure.
Strzok – Omg he’s an idiot.
Page – He’s awful
Strzok – America will get what the voting public deserves.
Page – That’s what I’m afraid of.
This ought to go over well in future congressional hearings:
Page – Hi. Just leaving my meeting now. How we make law in this country is offensive and irresponsible.
Strzok – I know it is. Its why I LOATHE congress. Can’t wait to hear the story.
He is right about this:
Strzok – I have not. But I think it’s clear he’s capturing all the white, poor voters who the mainstream republicans abandoned in all but name in the quest for the almighty $$$
[Alleged] sexual harassment round-up
Historical picture of the day:
And that's all I've got now go beat back the angry mob!
This is cute...
The article that follows proclaims that Smith is "the Fox News star who's not afraid to take on Trump."
Two notable things here. First, since Smith is a liberal, he's portrayed as being one of the only real "journalists" at FNC. To say Shep does pure reporting every day would stretch even the grandest imagination to its breaking point. But, hey, MSM has gotta MSM.
The second thing is that Smith's two decade presence at FNC really shreds the cliche liberal view of the network. True, it's mostly right-leaning conservative opinion, but it is also the network that has had Smith and Geraldo Rivera on the payroll for a very long time. Add to that the fact that FNC's liberal contributors are actual liberals and there is quite a contrast between it and CNN and MSNBC.
FNC's main rivals tend to hire conservative or Republican contributors only if they are willing to bash other conservatives and Republicans.
Juan Williams isn't bashing Democrats on "The Five".
It's a lie that FNC is a 24/7 conservative propaganda machine as long as Shep is there in the middle of every day. MSNBC may point to Joe Scarborough as proof of its political diversity, but just how Republican has he seemed lately?
True, the cable news model is just generally awful and has probably done more to ruin political discourse than even social media. There is, however, more diversity of political opinion in one day on Fox News than you'll find on MSNBC and CNN in a week.
Well, this is interesting.
Tablet's Lee Smith suspects that the erroneous date on the Trump Jr. email someone from the House Intel Committee shared with CNN last week was part of a government sting to find out who the leaker(s) on the committee is/are.
Any ideas of what Concha might be talking about?
The Tea Party-aligned Republican, who has served in Congress since January 2011, announced his diagnosis in an emotional speech on the floor of the House Wednesday morning.
Brooks said he will have surgery on Friday and will have to miss several important House votes next week that were rescheduled after his surgery was on the books.
Brooks also added that losing the Senate primary in August may have saved his life. He was running against eventual nominee Roy Moore, but came in third to Moore and U.S. Sen. Luther Strange, who both went on to a run-off. Brooks said had won, he would not have been able to schedule his physical, which ultimately led to his diagnosis.
“God does work in mysterious ways,” he said.
Indeed He does. Prayers for a speedy recovery.