A Turning Point?
I know we've all been disappointed with investigations to expose the Deep State because they always seem to go nowhere. So I hesitate to even bring this up, but. . .
Several reports have appeared recently in the anti-Trump media that seem to suggest nervousness about the probe being led by U.S. Attorney John Durham. As you know, Durham was appointed by Attorney General William Barr to investigate the origins of the Russia collusion hoax in the 2016 elections.
The stories indicate that people at the CIA have lawyered up. Other reports suggest that Durham "found something" that led him to request additional resources for his investigation. And there are reports that former CIA Director John Brennan and former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper are now under scrutiny.
That sounds encouraging. But as I wrote before, unless Durham's report is concluded in the next eight to ten months, we may never know the results if the left prevails next November.
Meanwhile, my expectations for the Justice Department inspector general's report are fading fast. That report is about potential Deep State abuse of the FISA court to enable wiretapping of the Trump campaign. Every couple of weeks we're told that the report is ready to be released, but then it gets delayed.
The delays are reportedly due to redactions to protect national security. At this point, I suspect they are trying to strip the report of anything that could expose the Deep State's abuse of power.
It seems Sen. Charles Grassley agrees. Last night Grassley tweeted his concerns that the Deep State might be trying to "deep six" the FISA abuse report.
Yesterday the New York Times released its latest poll results on the only issue that matters to the left -- impeachment. The Times surveyed voters in six swing states -- Arizona, Florida, Michigan, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. Here's what they found:
- Asked whether they supported the impeachment inquiry, voters were ambivalent, approving of the inquiry by a narrow margin of 50% yes to 45% no.
- Asked whether they supported removing Trump from office, swing-state voters rejected that option by a decisive ten-point margin of 43% yes to 53% no.
Meanwhile, a recent Rasmussen poll finds little faith in the Deep State. A majority of voters (51%) believe it is likely that senior government officials broke the law in order to thwart Trump's presidency. Only 36% have confidence in the Deep State or believe that "high-level illegality is unlikely."
Lastly, a new poll on the Democrat primary in Iowa, one of the key early voting states, is raising eyebrows. According to the USA Today survey, former Vice President Joe Biden and Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren are essentially tied with 18% and 17% respectively. Mayor Pete Buttigieg is third at 13%. Senator Bernie Sanders is fourth at 9%.
Four years ago, Sanders nearly won the Iowa caucuses. In fact, it was the closest result in history -- 49.8% for Clinton to 49.6% for Sanders. Just a few months ago, Sanders was vying for first place against Biden. Now he's fourth, unable to break into double digits.
The USA Today poll suggests that the news about his heart attack has impacted his support. It remains to be seen whether Sanders can bounce back.
A number of presidential candidates have suggested lately that they are open to punishing Israel by cutting off U.S. aid.
When asked by a reporter whether she would use U.S. aid to Israel as leverage to stop Israeli construction of homes in Judea and Samaria, one progressive said this:
"It is the official policy of the United States of America to support a two-state solution, and if Israel is moving in the opposite direction, then everything is on the table."
When the reporter attempted to ask a follow-up question, the candidate cut him off and doubled down, saying, "Everything's on the table." Usually when politicians use the phrase, "Everything is on the table," they mean that as a euphemism for military action.
Setting that aside, the United States cannot impose a peace deal on Israel or the Palestinians. Nor is Israel the problem.
The Palestinians have repeatedly rejected generous peace deals that would have created a Palestinian state. They also continue to subsidize terrorism against innocent Israelis, and they are teaching their children to hate Israelis.
Moreover, who would run this new Palestinian state? Hamas, which already controls Gaza, is committed to Israel's destruction and is leading in most polls. It is not in Israel's interest or ours to create another radical Islamic state in the Middle East.
A New Scandal
A modern sex scandal has erupted on Capitol Hill. What's that? You haven't heard about it?
Rep. Katie Hill (D-CA) allegedly had an intimate relationship with a female member of her campaign staff along with her now-estranged husband. In addition, she also reportedly had an affair with a male congressional staff member. The conservative outlet Red State has text messages and photographs.
Hill serves on the House Armed Services Committee and has access to sensitive military information. She would be a perfect target for blackmail. Who knows, perhaps she's being groomed to be a Russian asset. (Sarcasm alert!)
Illicit sex in Washington is hardly breaking news. Not surprisingly, every major media outlet is ignoring this story. But Hill has clearly violated House ethics rules, passed in the wake of the #MeToo movement, that ban relationships between members of Congress and their congressional staff.
Yet the media breathlessly reported on a false dossier that claimed Donald Trump did unspeakable things in a Moscow hotel. Just another day in fake news land.
By the way, the latest CNN revelations from Project Veritas claim to show a cover-up of sexual misconduct by network executives.
Canadian Election Results
Kudos to Mark Steyn for his concise summary of the Canadian election results. According to Steyn, apparently blackface (Justin Trudeau) beats two-face (Andrew Scheer), the Conservative Party leader who refused to run as a genuine conservative.