And from the NYTimes, too. It’s Fast & Furious again, but without guns.
“The investigation and the looming racketeering trial will bring renewed scrutiny to the A.T.F., which has been buffeted in recent years by the botched gun-tracking operation known as Fast and Furious and its mismanagement of undercover investigations. Representative Jason Chaffetz, whose House oversight committee investigated Fast and Furious, asked the A.T.F. on Wednesday for reams of documents related to the secret tobacco account.”
President Trump, please abolish the ATF. They’re helping no one but themselves and their political cronies.
The early bits I saw reported, along with video clips of the Donald’s usual digressions and by-the-ways, made me cringe. I even put up a comment at Instapundit suggesting it would be wiser if Trump avoided these things as much as possible. (And was roundly shot at with both barrels at by his beloved.)
Then I read Rush Limbaugh’s transcript and laughed along with him. Trump is Trump. You either like him or you hate him. I like him, bombastic, New Yorker-style and all. Hey, this guy grew up in the Bronx. You expected smooth and sophisticated? What planet do you live on?
Even the WSJ editorial page liked it. And they did not support his nomination or his election. As WSJ commenter John Schwaebe put it: “Trump seemed to be talking directly to the people. Telling us what he and his staff were working on. Unfiltered, straight up [with] no need for nuance.”
Nuance plainly is not the Donald’s thing. I might prefer a polite Southerner who was more subtle in twisting the knife. But most New Yorkers aren’t like that. Chicagoans, either. We forget that Obama also spent his early months attacking the news media, if mainly in the form of Fox News and Rush Limbaugh.
And even the latter didn’t pile on the hate for Hussein the way the MSM has done with Trump since he was nominated. And Barry, too, couldn’t handle extemporaneous very well. WSJ: “President Obama tended to filibuster at his press events, and he’d have reached perhaps the third question by the 60-minute mark.”
All in all, I decided, I liked the presser. “Bully Trumpet,” the WSJ headlined their editorial. Just so. And bully for Trump, too.
Never mind what Gen. Flynn said or didn’t to the Russian ambassador, or what he did or didn’t tell the Vice President about it, the real story (as usual the one mostly being ignored) is how the permanent administrative state sandbagged Flynn: they released a classified intelligence intercept of his phone call to the Democrat news media.
There’d have been no controversy without that first, clearly illegal act, in which the Democrat media was only too happy to cooperate. What the government was doing tapping Flynn’s phone is a whole other issue likewise being ignored. This is the work of a police state. Likewise the unprecedented investigation of Flynn and the rest of Trump’s transition team by the Obama DOJ and FBI.
“…this is a rolling coup attempt, organized by elements of the intelligence community, particularly CIA and NSA, abetted by Obama-era holdovers in the understaffed Justice Department…and the lickspittles of the leftist media.”
Trump properly fired Obama’s DOJ director (ostensibly for something else) but he should not have kept the FBI stooge-in-charge. Nor should he have forced Flynn to resign. He’ll be very sorry to have set that particular precedent. Because what Judicial Watch calls “the soft coup” against him is just getting started. Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway looks to be the next victim as the Obama-appointed Ethics Commission has started attacking her—with the full support of the Democrat media.
“Many of the 2.7 million bureaucrats employed by the federal government oppose President Donald Trump’s policies and are actively attempting to sabotage his agenda.
“That sabotage comes in several forms, from secretly circulating emails among fellow ideologically committed members of the federal bureaucracy plotting strategy, to working behind the scenes with Democratic legislators to create out-of-the ordinary bureaucratic actions, to leaking confidential documents to the press.”
The bureaucracy, being mainly Democrat, has always fought Republican presidents. Now, with former President Hussein egging them on by actively opposing his successor, Trump will have to change the civil service rules to beat them.
I liked this idea when Trump first raised it during his campaign. I still like it despite the turmoil his executive order closing the door to refugees apparently has created at some airports here and elsewhere. It was bound to cause problems. The only way to avoid them would be to continue the refugee influx.
Which I never quite understood to begin with. I recall the Vietnamese refugee situation in the 1970s and early 80s when National Guard bases in Arkansas and Pennsylvania were used to house them until sponsors could be found for each family and the guarantee of a job. But that was a different age it seems.
Barry Hussein seems to have been dumping them into small American towns, particularly in the midwest, without much if any planning. Of course he wouldn’t have sought to bother the coastal cities, where most of his party’s votes come from. He was by far the most partisan president in a generation.
Just why we are supposed to take these people, most of them Middle Eastern Muslims, has never been clear to me. Because of the fighting in Iraq and Syria? Barry’s policies created the refugee problems in both those places. Perhaps that’s why he felt the need to take them. But that’s his problem. It shouldn’t be ours.
Via Drudge Report
UPDATE: Dilbert creator and Trump supporter Scott Adams on Trump’s strategy. I just hope that in negotiating back to the middle we don’t wind up with more refugees. Send ’em to Europe. Let the Germs be overwhelmed. They haven’t atoned near enough for the Holocaust. Give it another thousand years.
That, right there, is the sum total of Bronco Bama’s legacy. The same one he had when he was elected in ’08 and again in ’12. And the same one he has in leaving the building. A novelty act for president and little more.
“President Obama is about to shuffle off the stage…as his term finally comes to a close. He has been spending the last weeks of his presidency celebrating himself. This has included giving himself some awards and giving a farewell address that no one bothered to watch. He and his old lady have been popping up on every liberal TV chat show, and sitting with even minor reporters, for farewell interviews. All of which is supposed to be a victory lap, but it feels more like last call at a local dive.”
We could go through here the long list of scandals of his eight years, the ones he denies and his lapdog Democrat news media still is helping him deny, but why bother? Most of his trash will be taken out by the new Trump administration and Obamacare will be excised. He didn’t lend it anything but his name and that was the media’s doing. As the Z Man concludes: Good Riddance.
For now. I’m sure we’ll be hearing Barry Hussein’s prattle for a long time to come. But he’ll be a whole lot easier to ignore.
Via The Z Man
UPDATE: The People’s Cube lists the O Man’s successes for people of all pigments.