1 The Dumbest Moore Defense Ever Told! Debating with Chris Cuomo on CNN yesterday morning, Breitbart senior editor Joel Pollak made the following argument in defense of Alabama GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore:
“You know, in 1973 Ringo Starr hit number one on the Billboard charts with the song, ‘You’re 16, you’re beautiful, and you’re mine,. He was 30-something at the time singing about a 16-year-old — you want to take away Ringo Starr’s achievement?”
He really did.
2. Sally Yates and James Comey are happy, anyway. Leandra English, the deputy director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, argues that the Dodd-Frank Act makes her the lawful the acting director of the agency in a lawsuit she has filed against President Trump, who also has the law on his side. He appointed Mick Mulvaney, currently Trump’s director of the Office of Management and Budget, as acting director to replace Richard Cordray, who appears to have resigned explicitly to foil the President’s ability to appoint his own choice to head the CFBP. Now there is mess triggered by a rare, genuine example of two statutes with authority over the same situation.
The Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel issued a legal opinion that says the Dodd-Frank Act does not displace the President’s authority to appoint under the Vacancies Reform Act. Either statute can be invoked. “We cannot view either statute as more mandatory than the other,” the opinion says. “Rather, they should be construed in parallel.”
Of course, employees of the Executive Branch are ethically obligated to defer to the President of the United States, but this President is handicapped by a thick muck of arrogant holdovers from the Obama Administration, who think it is appropriate to sabotage and undermine a leader whom they do not approve of. This is indefensible.
The lack of the basic deference and respect all elected Presidents should be able to depend upon that so many of the previous administration’s personnel have displayed is an indictment of the Democratic Party’s principles, integrity, fairness, patriotism and respect for process. This is how this story should be reported, too, and would be, by a competent and ethical news media.
3. Witch Hunt Update.
- CBS has cancelled “Wisdom of the Crowd” in its first season, in part because star Jeremy Piven has been hit with multiple allegations of sexual misconduct, including one last week. CBS is investigating an accusation of sexual harassment. Piven denies all allegations and last week tweeted that a polygraph examination he took regarding one of the accusations supported his account.
It isn’t just Piven who is being hurt by CBS’s move: an entire cast and crew is now out of a job before any of Piven’s accusers have been shown to be legitimate.Somewhere in the #MeToo stampede, innocent people are going to be hurt by precipitous and panicked action by employers and leaders who just want to avoid controversy, and justice can go suck an egg.
- On ABC’s “This Week,” NPR’s Cokie Roberts announced that: “every female in the press corps knew” that it was wise to avoid being in an elevator with Rep. John Conyers, and has apparently known about this “for years.” Nice. Did any of these alleged journalists think that there might be a news story suggested by this proclivity, and do some digging? No, because Conyers is a good Democrat and black , and thus was guaranteed protection by the complicit and cowardly press corps.
Let me be more specific. I hate to keep evoking the disgusting, hypocritical 2012 Democratic National Convention that proclaimed that there was a Republican “war on women” (while simultaneously celebrating Bill Clinton) but how dare these journalists tell us now that while they were writing glowing raves about this cynical feminist charade, they had first hand knowledge that leaders of the party were serial gropers? I’m a long-time fan of Roberts, but there is no excusing this. Shame on her, shame on all of them.
- Meanwhile, Al Franken continues to set new records for self-indicting explanations and bad apologies. Yesterday he tried to mitigate the claims of the latest group of women who have accused him of having the same favorite magician as George H. W. Bush and “copping a feel” during photo ops. This time, Franken said,, absurdly, “I take thousands and thousands of pictures, sometimes in crowded and chaotic situations.”
Comments the reliably sharp Allahpundit, quite fairly,
“Franken has two options here, ‘fessing up or claiming that the three women are lying. But both present big problems. If he confesses he’ll come under intense pressure to resign and will lose the respect of many Democrats (until his reelection campaign begins). If he accuses the women of lying he’s essentially deploying the “nuts and sluts” defense to misconduct, a cardinal sin of the #MeToo moment. He’s trapped so he’s forced to resort to some inane third possibility in which his hand accidentally made contact with women’s asses, possibly due to him being jostled by a third party out of frame, and all three women misinterpreted incidental contact as him having his hand “wrapped tightly around my butt cheek.”
4. From the “Ugh. What an idiot!” Files: At an event honoring Native American Code Talkers who served in World War II, President Trump told the assembled, “You were here long before any of us were here, although we have a representative in Congress who they say was here a long time ago. They call her Pocahontas.”
Actually, they call her Fauxahontas, but why, why, why would the President’s brain conclude that this gratuitous sideswipe at Senator Warren was appropriate, witty, or anything but self-destructive? This is the political equivalent of hitting yourself over the head with a baseball bat, and the President does it routinely.
Then, predictably, handed an easy win on a platter, Democrats and the news media overplayed their hand. Isn’t everyone getting sick of this cycle? Senator Elizabeth Warren declared that “Pocahontas” is a racial slur. No, it’s a term that mocks someone who pretends to be of Native American heritage. From the White House press briefing:
Q: Does he see political value in calling people out racially?
SARAH HUCKABEE SANDERS: I’m sorry?
Q Does he see political value in calling people out racially? Why use that term?
It is not “calling someone out racially” when the target isn’t a member of the race being referenced.
As for the answer to “Why?”, it apparently is “because the President enjoys hitting himself over the head with a baseball bat.”
5. Wow. A Fake News Headline Denying Fake News! The New York Magazine’s headline of a story by Jonathan Chait:
“Conservative Tries to Prove the Washington Post Is Fake News, Proves Opposite by Mistake”
This refers to yesterday’s revelation of a botched “Project Veritas” effort to trick the Washington Post into publishing a false accusation against Roy Moore. To begin with, this was a stupid and unethical stunt, even by James O’Keefe’s miserable standards. How would a fake accusation undermine other accusers, except for those inclined to disbelieve Moore’s alleged victims no matter what, and those with cognitive deficiencies? However, the fact that the Post didn’t fall for one hoax proves….that the Post didn’t fall for one hoax. How can it possibly prove that past Post stories weren’t “fake news”? The headline is an outright lie by the magazine, or evidence that the headline writers and editors there also have cognitive deficiencies.
The headline is literally itself “fake news.”