Why Comey Had to Go … And How the Fallout Fits a Pattern

Let us begin with the obvious. Former FBI Director James Comey needed to be fired. President Trump did this nation and the FBI a favor by sacking Mr. Comey earlier this week. One regret is that it did not occur sooner.

Last year, in a July press conference, Mr. Comey  detailed elements of criminal behavior in Hillary Clinton’s mishandling of classified material, making a criminal prosecution seem imminent; then, in the same press conference, he stunned by declaring that no such prosecution would occur. Merely holding that press conference was inappropriate, since the FBI, as a matter of long-standing policy, does not publicly announce that criminal investigations are taking place, much less completed; and the Attorney General and Justice Department, not the FBI Director, determine whether to pursue criminal prosecution.

Details emerged about what a sham Mr. Comey’s purported investigation of Mrs. Clinton had been — conducted without a grand jury, subpoenas or search warrants, and cutting inappropriate immunity deals. In a matter where America’s national security was gravely compromised by Mrs. Clinton, her staff, and perhaps others within the Obama Administration, Mr. Comey botched it, in a manner both unprofessional and reeking of political influence.

Matters got worse for James Comey. He continued to act in bizarre and inappropriate ways regarding Hillary Clinton’s email imbroglio. He provided recurring  congressional testimony that cast doubt on his judgement. He upset Democrats, Republicans and career FBI employees — constituencies that he needed. He showed himself to be incompetent and compromised in his ability to lead such an important institution as the FBI.

A parallel and compelling aspect of this drama is the politicized response to Mr. Comey’s dismissal. Democrats and their lib-media allies are going bonkers; Republicans and those on the right seem generally, though not universally, pleased. The Liberal Media Complex openly thirsts for a special prosecutor to investigate the Comey firing and Russia’s purported ‘collusion’ in the 2016 elections, as a whisper campaign of impeachment bubbles up from the DC swamp.

Mr. Comey’s ouster was long overdue. Under new leadership (assuming congressional Democrats don’t block Mr. Trump’s pending nominee) the FBI may soon re-establish its tarnished credibility. But the liberal establishment — lib-media, Democrat party and assorted DC swamp-dwellers — may never recover from the withering defeat and utter humiliation they suffered in 2016, at the hands of Donald Trump. They’re out to vindicate themselves and to restore their own warped sense of honor and entitlement. They have ridden their ‘Russian collusion’ narrative so long and hard it has become a dead horse … yet, one they will not stop beating.

The Inauguration of President Donald J. Trump

Two brief observations, from today’s Inauguration of Donald J. Trump as the forty-fifth President of the United States.

First, our new president gave one helluva speech.

It was bold, blunt, visionary and strident. Telling the world it’s going to be “America first” from here on out, puts other countries, and their leadership, on edge. Not the most diplomatic way to bolt from the gate. However, putting Washington DC bureaucrats on notice, that they’re going to start serving the people of this nation, and not the other way around, crystallizes what President Trump’s campaign has been about all along. It serves him, and the country, well to keep the latter sentiment dear and prominent.

Second, why are Democrats such assholes?

More than sixty Democrat members of Congress refused to attend the inauguration, displaying their contempt for our constitutional, republican (note the small “r”) form of government. Many openly proclaim that President Trump is not a “legitimate” president, some even suggesting Hillary Clinton as a “legitimate” heir to former President Obama — hogwash beyond the pale of sour grapes. The Democrats’ Senate leader, Chuck Schumer, gave a speech from the inaugural podium as subtly divisive as it was dismissive of President Trump, and as he watched Mr. Trump make the rounds, shaking hands across the podium, one imagined Mr. Schumer thinking to himself, “I can’t wait to impeach you.” The liberals already speak openly of impeachment, and it’s only day one of the Trump Administration.

We noted, long ago, that the politics of President Trump’s tenure would get ugly. In fact, they already are. And now, he has put his political adversaries on notice … You play nice, and so will I. Otherwise, take your best shot, cause no one hits back harder than I do.

Happy first 100 days, everyone!

 

Hillary Hoisted by Obama

By now we are well aware of Hillary Clinton’s little email problem, the one about to sink her candidacy. Do not, however, believe the Democrats’ latest line, that this is all due to James Comey informing congressional leaders of a reopened FBI investigation — the same James Comey whom Democrats, across the board, praised effusively in July, when he broke with protocol to give Hillary a ‘get out of jail free’ card.

Here’s what we know.

First, the electorate is trending toward Trump. This has been ongoing for the past week, since well before Comey’s announcement last Friday. It is, indeed and in large part, due to Hillary’s illegal use of a private email server, her efforts to mislead Congress, the FBI and the electorate, and her efforts to destroy or otherwise hide evidence of widespread, serial criminality.

Second, it’s not just her emails. Equally significant are the ongoing Wikileaks revelations that lay bare the corrupt manner in which the broader liberal establishment compromises our government and our electoral process. Any movement toward Trump has a lot to do with the overall sense among voters that we’ve been lied to and abused by our political leaders, our government institutions, and the news media who are supposed to look out for us, for a long time; and we just want it to end. Hillary offers more of the same abuse. Trump offers a clean break from it.

Third, this is President Barack Obama’s legacy, one built on a foundation of brazen deceit and overt politicization. He lied, for example, about his own political origins in order to hide his radical leftism from voters. He lied repeatedly about his signature legislative ‘achievement,’ ObamaCare, in order to get it through Congress. He and his then Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, lied about the Benghazi disaster, and sent out surrogates to do the same, in order to conceal whatever scandalous revelations are yet to be revealed. He has politicized the monumental power of our federal government in order to, as he put it, “fundamentally transform the United States of America” and to destroy his political opposition; perhaps the most egregious example of which is a deliberate, still ongoing effort within the IRS to target and harass groups and individuals opposed to Mr. Obama’s radical agenda.

Which brings us back to Hillary’s email mess. If Mr. Obama had wished to treat this scandal appropriately, and limit its influence over the electorate during a national election’s waning days, he would have called for a special prosecutor, well over a year ago, to investigate the matter, and thus, removed it from the realm of political influence. But he did no such thing. Nor did his Justice Department, under Attorney General Loretta Lynch, impanel a grand jury to hear evidence and perhaps issue subpoenas in the matter, which would have taken the FBI’s investigation in a more substantive direction than where it has gone. Instead, Hillary was enabled in her nefarious scheme by Mr. Obama’s politicization of the Justice Department, something that began in 2009, with the deplorable Eric Holder (the only U.S. Attorney General to be held in contempt of congress), and continues today, with this painful, ongoing Bill and Hillary Clinton/Loretta Lynch/James Comey/Barack Obama imbroglio. Now she, and they, are hoisted on their own petard.

A lesson to be learned: When all is politicized, all credibility is lost. One of our major presidential candidates seems open to absorbing this. One hopes he’ll do so, and get a chance to make it count for something.

Hillary’s Obscene Orchestration

During Monday’s debate, Hillary Clinton launched an orchestrated, full-on assault against Donald Trump, claiming he behaved in a sexist manner toward a former Miss Universe, Alicia Machado, insulting her after she gained an inordinate amount of weight (some twenty years ago, when she was the reigning Miss Universe, and under contract with the pageant to keep her weight within strict limits). The liberal media (a.k.a. ‘mainstream’ media) have joined forces with the Clinton campaign to promote this story, attempting thereby to damage Mr. Trump’s presidential campaign.

It is all quite sordid and hypocritical, how Mrs. Clinton is hailed in liberal circles as a role model for women everywhere, as a feminist icon — an odd aspect of her otherwise insane candidacy. On this point, the case against her is easy to make. And since her allies in the liberal media have shown great reluctance in making it … here we go.

Mrs. Clinton’s husband comes to mind. As President of the United States (1993 to 2001) Bill Clinton was impeached, and later disbarred, for obstructing a federal investigation, for lying to a federal grand jury and for conspiring with others to do the same. He made fools of his own cabinet members when he had them publicly vouch for his veracity in the matter of Monica Lewinsky, the young White House intern upon whom President Clinton enacted a sexual predation that surely would have prompted the resignation or removal of a Fortune 500 CEO or a General in the U.S. military, not to mention any Republican holding high office. Mr. Clinton also lied to the American people when he stood before news cameras, pounded his fist on a podium and denied having had sexual relations with Ms. Lewinsky. Indeed, it is well documented that while Governor of Arkansas and President of the United States, Bill Clinton was a sexual addict, a serial predator of women, and quite possibly a rapist.

Bill Clinton’s most consistent defender, and therefore, greatest enabler in his various, sordid affairs was none other than his wife, Hillary. She submitted to her husband’s humiliations, she lied on his behalf, and she insulted and otherwise intimidated his most ardent accusers. Aside from whatever else may have motivated Mrs. Clinton, insuring that her husband survived his presidency was an immense boon to her own political ambitions. She parlayed her White House stint into a successful U.S. Senate campaign … and now look where we are.

The Clintons’ ethically and legally dubious shenanigans continue — note Hillary’s ever-worsening email imbroglio and the Clinton Family Foundation scandal — and severely limit Mrs. Clinton’s appeal among voters. A visceral opportunist, Hillary will use any means available to advance her candidacy. Her snarky debate jab at Mr. Trump (whereby she teed up the liberal media to continue an orchestrated assault) is absurd. Promoting herself as a role model for women everywhere, as a feminist icon, is worse than absurd. It is obscene.

(An earlier version of this column was published July 31 2015. It is updated to reference intervening events.) 

 

This Time It’s Palpable

The frustration is palpable, as a growing number of Americans feel they’ve been lied to for a long time, that they’ve been sold a false narrative by a regime of political corruption, and now find their nation at the abyss.

Hillary Clinton is one huge lie, as artificial and corrupt a candidate as we’ve seen (previously documented on these pages). And the liberal media (a.k.a. ‘mainstream’ media) openly, brazenly promote her candidacy, as if there’s no alternative. The liberal media’s narrative for Trump is that he’s a mean-spirited bigot and an otherwise horrible person. But what if they’re wrong? What if he is, in fact, a patriot who cares about his country and his fellow citizens, and is tired of them being taken for granted?

We already know Hillary is a product of the system. If she wins, we’ll see the system coalesce around her, to protect her and thereby protect themselves. It will be more of the same. The same economic listlessness. The same lessening of American strength and leadership in the world; the same dumbing down of our culture and social institutions; and the same weakening of our borders, of the rule of law and of our Constitutional protections. And more lies, telling us everything is just fine so long as a Democrat occupies the White House.

Trump is antithetical to the system. He’s different. If he wins, things will change drastically from what we’ve seen the past eight years. It will be engaging and fascinating. And the system won’t get a free pass. They’ll have to battle it out against Trump and all those Americans – regardless of ethnicity, religion, sexuality or what have you – palpably tired of being lied to. It will be the most exciting time in American politics since President Reagan’s tenure.

Voters must ask themselves … Do I want to live in a nation of zombies, taken for granted and marginalized? Do I want to surrender to my country’s descent? Or do I want to live in a nation re-energized? Do I want to be part of the next great debate?

Hillary’s sameness and listlessness are an option. Trump’s hopeful energy is different. His path is newness and possibilities. That’s why he can win.

A Realignment That Terrifies

American political history has seen a handful of so-called Realignment Elections, signifying major shifts in demographic loyalties between voters and political parties. One such election occurred in 1932, when Democrats, under Franklin Roosevelt, began to wrestle the African-American vote, and a vast coalition of working class Whites, away from the Republican party. Nearly fifty years later, in 1980, Democrat party dominance waned, as Republicans forged a new realignment, under Ronald Reagan’s conservative stewardship.

Thirty-six years on from the Reagan Revolution, after eight meandering years of Barack Obama’s presidency, America faces the possibility of another major realignment. It would, no doubt, weaken the Democrat party, and deny Mr. Obama the long-term liberal ascendency he’d hoped to establish during his White House tenure. Beyond that, however, what makes a potential 2016 realignment unique – and terrifies the elite political class – is that it would especially impact the Establishment versus the Non-Establishment. This threatened realignment is between an old political order (think Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, John McCain, Mitt Romney) and something new.

Not only would a Trump victory over Clinton be one the biggest upsets in American political history, it would also suggest a major decline for coastal, media elites, and big government bureaucrats and power-brokers; those currently devoting their resources and credibility to elect Hillary (whom they don’t really like, but who’s one of them) and to deny Trump (whom they loathe because he isn’t one of them). In this unconventional election year, voter preference is beginning to coalesce toward Trump’s promise of something new.

If 2017 brings a Trump inauguration, Americans will find out what ‘something new’ really looks like. And they’ll see an establishment elite put up a vicious fight. Some will have egg on their faces and fight to remain relevant. Others will be decimated and fight for their political survival. It will get ugly.

And won’t that be interesting.

Clinton’s New ‘Charm’ Offensive

So, you’re a Democrat running for President of the United States, favored by establishment politicians and establishment media to win the thing walking away; and you fall flat in a national forum on national defense, outshone by a cumbersome opponent you were supposed to have buried by now. But this guy won’t stay down. It’s as though he really wants to win (which is not in the script), he’s better than you in front of a camera, and his message seems to resonate with voters.

Your lies become increasingly obvious, your felonious behavior a matter of public record, and your health, now a smoldering issue, awaits one more public coughing fit to spring forward. On top of all that, almost no one likes you. Stories abound of your temper tantrums and staff abuse. When you give a speech, not many people show up, and the ones who do soon realize you don’t give good speeches.

What do you do to turn this thing around? Why, launch a charm offensive, of course.

Line up some of the aforementioned establishment politicians and media to tell voters how kind and warm-hearted you are, how once they get to know the ‘real’ you, they cannot help but like you, and therefore want to vote for you.

It’s underway, folks, and destined to ring hollow. The reason is simple. Like everything else about Hillary Clinton and her languid campaign — it’s scripted, blatantly insincere and, therefore, not believable. Ever more voters are coming to accept that.