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Animal’s Daily Trump Triumphant News

Before I get into this, check out the latest chapter of Barrett’s Privateers – Plague Ship over at Glibertarians!

OK, well, maybe he’s not altogether triumphant yet, but it makes for a good headline. The high point, of course, of CPAC 2024 was Saturday’s speech by none other than former President Donald Trump, and he was up to his usual Trumpisms.

See for yourself:

That evening, the once and (it’s looking more and more likely) future President went to South Carolina, where primary voters handed him a victory and their former Governor Nikki Haley a pasting.

Super Tuesday is coming up fast. By mid-March, Trump could easily have enough delegates in his pocket to cinch the nomination. As the late, great Dr. Charles Krauthammer said of Trump in the 2016 primary season, which you may remember had a much larger field, “…it’s beginning to look as though he might just pull this off.”

Meanwhile, and speaking of pulling it off (hah) Joe Biden is giving young White House staffers advice on sex.

At CPAC, as I’ve already reported, Trump was predictably Trump, right down to showing up almost an hour late. He gave a noteworthy speech, showing humor, a penchant for story-telling, some needle-pointed jabs at Joe Biden, and in short, came off as what he is – a real-estate guy from Queens.

Whatever you think of Trump – and you all may remember that in these virtual pages, I was a DeSantis man until he dropped out – he’s almost certainly going to be the GOP candidate, and unless the Dems find a way to ease befuddled old Joe Biden out the door and follow up by ousting the cackling imbecile he chose as VP, then he’ll likely win a Grover Cleveland-like nonconsecutive second term.

My concern in the short term over a Trump victory is this: If he wins, and it’s looking more and more likely, then it’s Katie-bar-the-door, because the cities may well erupt in “peaceful protests” that will make the 2020 Summer of Love look like a Girl Scout jamboree.

Get out of the cities!

 

Rule Five Lining Up Another Shot Friday

It’s beginning to look a lot like Her Imperial Majesty Hillary I, First of That Name, Dowager-Empress of Chappaqua, is lining up for another shot at what she feels is her rightful place – the Imperial Mansion.

Former First Lady Hillary Clinton said she believes President Biden’s age is a “legitimate” campaign issue even as the commander-in-chief is under fire over a damning special counsel’s report accusing him of being senile.

“I talked to people in the White House all the time, and you know, they know it’s an issue, but as I like to say, ‘look, it’s a legitimate issue,’” Clinton told MSNBC’s Alex Wagner earlier this week. “It’s a legitimate issue for [ex-President Donald] Trump who’s only three years younger, right? So it’s an issue.”

The former Democrat presidential nominee and secretary of state also said during Wednesday’s interview that it might be hard for Biden and Trump to connect with younger voters, the president should highlight his background as an “experienced” leader.

Calling Joe Biden an “experienced” leader is a canard of the first order; one might point out President Biden’s many years in government, but there’s a big difference between thirty years of experience and one year of experience repeated thirty times.  Old Joe falls into that latter category.

Here’s the onion:

Clinton said that will age might be an issue it’s more important that voters elect the best candidate – and that she’s all in on Biden.

“I’m for Joe Biden for reelection on the merits because I think he’s done a really good job as president,” Clinton said. “So, I think he should continue to get out and campaign. He’s been campaigning pretty vigorously across the country.

Yeah, right.

At this point, following the release of the disastrous Hur report, I’m placing about one in three odds that the VP and the Cabinet will 25th Amendment Joe Biden into low-earth orbit, which places the execrable Kamala Harris at the Resolute Desk – and that, I bet, is where Her Imperial Majesty sees her main chance.  Nobody thinks Harris, who I remind you came (hah) to political prominence atop Willie Brown’s penis, could win an election against a potted plant.

Enter, stage right, Her Imperial Majesty, to save the day!  Finally, She will get her due, and you peasants will shut up and like it!

Look, this is a person who has a sense of entitlement the size of the Virgo Supercluster, who rivals the Biden Crime Family in corruption, and who has proven she is more than willing to bend or outright break the rules in her lust for power.

One of the greatest things that Donald Trump ever accomplished was to prevent Her Imperial Majesty from ever gaining control of those levers of power.  I remember two things about that election:

  1. The pollsters getting it so horribly wrong. On election night, loyal sidekick Rat and I were in elk camp, already having voted in Colorado’s idiotic mail-in voting scheme.  I went to sleep that night depressed. Neither Mrs. Animnal nor yr. obdt. thought the Republic would survive a Hillary Clinton presidency.  The next morning I woke up, went to warm up my pickup, turned on the satellite radio, and as Rat opened his door to climb in, I turned to him, and blurted “Holy shit! He pulled it off!”
  2. Because of that, Mrs. A and I had already started accelerated plans to move out of the lower 48, fearing what might develop. Fortunately the Trump presidency bought us some time, and we probably ended up better off for it.

Her Imperial Majesty won’t stop scrabbling for power until she shuffles off the mortal coil.  If unsuccessful this time, just watch – she’ll try again, and again, in one way or another.  It’s in her wretched, spiteful, corrupt nature.

Goodbye, Blue Monday

Goodbye, Blue Monday!

Thanks as always to The Other McCain, Pirate’s Cove, Whores and Ale, Flappr, and Bacon Time for the Rule Five links!

You know, this whole mess with Joe Biden has just gotten way out of hand.

Last week, we saw the release of Special Counsel Robert Hur’s investigation on the whole Joe Biden/Classified Documents mess. Unlike Trump, Biden took classified documents out of secured areas when he had no business doing so; like Trump, he stored them carelessly, but Biden did go one step beyond, placing them in, among other places, his furshlugginer garage.  But then, he also went one step beyond Trump in using his son to launder bribe money from Ukraine and China, too.

It seems like daffy old Joe is always going one step beyond. It’s madness!

The report, which  you can read in its entirety here, states in part:

We have also considered that, at trial,  Mr. Biden would likely present himself to a jury, as he did during our interview of him, as a  sympathetic, well-meaning, elderly man with a poor memory.  Based on our direct interactions with and observations of him, he is someone for whom many jurors will want to identify reasonable doubt.  It would be difficult to convince a jury that they should convict him by then a former president well into his eighties-of a serious felony that requires a mental state of willfulness.

We conclude the evidence is not sufficient to convict, and we decline to recommend prosecution of Mr. Biden for his retention of the classified Afghanistan documents.

SleepyDid you get that?  Boil it down to this:  Joe Biden, the President of the United States, is not to stand trial for this because he is an “elderly man with a poor memory.”  And yet the Democratic Party and the legacy media (but I repeat myself) would have us believe that he is competent to serve as President, to act as Commander-in-Chief of our armed services at a time when unrest is increasing around the globe, to run the Executive branch of our enormous Imperial government, and to be the (supposed) leader of the free world.

You just can’t make this shit up.

Rule Five Border Crisis Friday

The execrable Rahm Emanual, who among his other shames was Chief of Staff to Barack Obama and Mayor of Chicago, is known for the quote, “Never let a good crisis go to waste.” It seems that the crisis on our southern border is providing a plethora of opportunities for both major parties, and the Americans who live near that border are getting the royal weenie. But recent acts by Texas may be pushing us into a whole new level of argumentifying.

Ah, from the lips of the take-no-prisoners “Rahmbo” (who once reportedly delivered a dead fish to a tardy pollster) to the ears of 25 U.S. governors.

That’s 25, count ‘em, state bosses – one complete half. Who recently joined together in a declaring their defiance of the Feds over the current usurper administration’s “All-ee, all-ee in free” approach to the southern border. 

Exacerbated by the actions of the arrogant Bidenites in “attack(ing) and su(ing) Texas for stepping up to protect American citizens from historic levels of illegal immigrants, deadly drugs like fentanyl, and terrorists entering our country.”

The result of which was the Supreme Court’s recent 5-4 punt of that suit, delivering to the administration the snippers to remove razor wire the Lone Star Staters had positioned on the boundary in a desperate attempt to stem the flow of migrants.

Here’s where things could get interesting (and I’m pleased to note that Alaska’s own Governor Dunleavy was among those supporting Texas):

Let’s see. We have a “serious” fiscalsocial and national security catastrophe. The fact that untrammeled immigration has risen to become Americans’ number one concern. And the reality that 50% of the nation’s governors have seized the occasion to vault up right up to the line of voiding and replacing America’s “constitutional compact.” 

Might it not now be possible “to do (something) that you think you could not do before?” Like go all the way to the Great American Opt-Out?

And if more grist for the partition mill is needed, there’s always:

  • Ongoing efforts to rig another election
  • Raids on and prosecution of a former president
  • Further weaponization of the justice system – including the prosecution of grandmothers for walking through the Capitol complex (as opposed to video-recording sex there) and possible years-long imprisonment for praying in abortion clinics
  • The creeping federal takeover of the health care and transportation systems
  • Blatantly unconstitutional actions to forgive hundreds of billions of dollars in student-loan debt (defying a previous hand slap from the very same Supreme Court)
  • Systematic currency debasement including a one-year doubling of the deficit that is “without precedent,” thanks largely to the commitment of non-existent dollars to growth-killing initiatives underwriting corrupt crony capitalism

There’s a lot more – go, then, and read it all at the link above.

I don’t think it’s hysterical to state that the country is closer to coming apart at the seams than it’s been in my lifetime, maybe closer than it has been since 1860.  Go read any of my Stormy Petrel pieces over at RedState for more on that.

This issue goes beyond the border, or things like taxation or the national debt.  There are, increasingly, deep and fundamental differences among the people who live in the United States, and most of those lines (as I keep saying) are drawn between rich urban elites, young skulls-full-of-mush Gender Studies majors, the welfare scroungers, and the rest of us, the shrinking middle class, most of whom live in the ‘burbs, in small towns, or in the country, and most of whom just want to be let the hell alone.

The sides are forming up.  More than any time in my life I’m worried about where my country might end up.

Get out of the cities!

Rule Five Imported Traitors Friday

I wrote about this over at RedState on Tuesday, but wanted to get in some more thoughts, unfiltered, here, where I drop F-bombs if I want – and in this case, I will.

I wrote:

Ilhan Omar’s speech here – she was speaking in Somali, which makes one wonder if she presumed nobody would bother with a translation – betrays her real allegiance, which is not to the people of Minnesota’s 5th Congressional District, as per the oath of office she took (but has clearly abandoned) when she was elected to the United States House of Representatives. She does not consider herself to be an American, instead claiming to be a “Somalian first, Muslim second.”

Where does American come in her calculus? Nowhere, it seems; as a member of the notorious Squad, she has been involved in anti-American activity since she entered Congress.

And:

One can make a good argument that Ilhan Omar misrepresented her intent when she took the oath of allegiance to the United States. She has also allegedly misrepresented family attachments to aid in the importation of other Somalis. But the real key point here is in her speech; she has stated — openly — that her allegiance is not to the United States nor her constituents, but to a foreign power.

Yes, I said it, and I’ll say it again: Ilhan Omar entered the United States, gained citizenship, and assumed her seat in the U.S. House of Representatives, all based on a tissue of lies.  She lied when she took her oath of allegiance to the United States, she lied again when she took her Congressional oath of office, and she lied whenever she claimed to represent the people of Minnesota’s 5th Congressional District.  She is a serial liar, the agent of a foreign power, and must be expelled from Congress and from the United States.

The Federalist’s John Daniel Davidson also has some thoughts:

In light of Omar’s candidness, it’s fair to ask: Why is she allowed to serve in Congress? Why is she even allowed to remain in the United States? Omar is an immigrant and a U.S. citizen, but clearly she is not an American. She appears to have no allegiance to her adopted country — a country that took her in, sheltered and protected her, provided a safe haven from the chaos and violence of her homeland, and elevated her to a position of power and influence.

Omar herself is of course an antisemite and a radical leftist. Her remarks are only important because they illustrate how her presence in the United States is a searing indictment of our entire immigration system and much of our foreign policy over the last 40 years. We should never have allowed people like her into our country, and by “people like her” I don’t have race in mind. I mean people whose national allegiances lie with other lands and other people, and whose priorities and way of life are incompatible with American republicanism and our national character.

Ilhan Omar (D-Somalia) is a staggering indictment of our immigration and naturalization system.  She has revealed herself to be an agent of a foreign power, and not one that is friendly to the United States.  She should – nay, she must be expelled from Congress, have her citizenship revoked, and be deported back to that Third World shithole she came from.  She claims to represent Somalia – let her do it there.

Animal’s Daily Fifth Column News

Before we get into today’s topic, check out the latest chapter of Barrett’s Privateers – Plague Ship over at Glibertarians!

It comes as a surprise to no one that some in Congress – some Democrats, I mean to say – are actually directly and fundamentally opposed to the United States. We have something of a fifth column operating here, and some of these Congresscritters are directly involved, but rarely does one come out and so directly say so as the despicable Ilhan Omar (Jihadi-MN).

Look at some of her statements:

“The US government will only do what Somalians in the US tell them to do. They will do what we want and nothing else. They must follow our orders and that is how we will safeguard the interest of Somalia. We Somalians must have the confidence in ourselves that we call the shots in the US.”

Not only no, but hell no.  The U.S. will not do what Somalians tell us to do.  Omar is not in the Somalian government; she is, supposedly, a member of the United States House of Representatives, and her job is to represent the interests of the U.S. citizens in her House district, not Somalia, nor anywhere else.

I suppose we can thank her for saying the quiet part out loud, and clearly identifying herself as, first and foremost, an enemy of the United States of America.

Omar should be ejected from Congress, have her citizenship revoked, and be deported back to the Third World shithole she came from.  She is an enemy of the United States and Western civilization, and the nation has no place for her.  Get her out.

Goodbye, Blue Monday

Goodbye, Blue Monday!

Thanks as always to Pirate’s Cove, Flappr, The Other McCain, Bacon Time, The Daley Gator, and Whores and Ale for the Rule Five links!

Now then: Boy, howdy, are red states lining up to support Texas on the border mess – and I’m pleased to note that Alaska has joined in.

What’s happening in Eagle Pass, Texas—the confrontation between Governor Greg Abbott and the Biden administration over border security—is an important legal question, speaking to the authority of the federal government vs. the right of a state to defend itself. It’s also an important political question, because border security, or lack thereof, will be a dominant issue this November.

But perhaps most of all, it’s an important national question, as Americans wrestle with basics: Can the federal government be trusted to provide for the common defense? Are we still one people? Or is red-blue polarization so profound that we’d be better off, on both sides of the divide, seeking some new constitutional settlement? One that enables wall-builders to have their way, and the sanctuary city-ers to have their way?

I can answer the questions presented above:

  • No.  Not as long as the Biden(‘s handlers) Administration is in charge.  The Imperial Mansion’s befuddled resident has completely abandoned his constitutional duty to defend the states against foreign invasion.
  • No.  The political Left has been driving in every wedge they can, for years now, from affirmative action to DEI; we are now a nation of hyphenated Americans, if indeed some of these people are really Americans at all.
  • It may be.  But this separation will come at a horrific cost and will result in the end of a global superpower on the North American continent.
  • As above.

It’s encouraging, though, to see red states finally banding together.  Now, the next step is for these states to volunteer state forces as necessary to help close that mess of a southern border; if that is what it takes to drive in the bung, then that’s what we should do, and if the Biden(‘s handlers) Administration has anything to say about it, they should be told, in no uncertain terms, where to head in.

November can’t come soon enough.

Animal’s Daily Haley News

Before we start, check the latest chapter of Barrett’s Privateers – Plague Ship over at Glibertarians!

Now, I can answer this question before it’s asked: No, there’s no way Nikki Haley can stop Donald Trump from cinching the GOP Presidential nomination.  With Ron DeSantis out of the picture, it’s all Trump’s game.

“Why in the world is Nikki Haley holding a rally in the middle of nowhere?” a talking head asked Katy Tur during her midday MSNBC show. It was last Tuesday, and Tur was in Manchester, New Hampshire. So was I, preparing to drive halfway up the state to a sprawling old resort in the White Mountains. In a snowstorm. 

The day before, Haley had been absolutely crushed by Donald Trump in the Iowa caucus. In her last Iowa speech, the former South Carolina governor claimed that her 19.1 percent finish meant that it was now a “two-person race,” between her and Trump—which was some bold framing given that she’d come in third, behind even Ron DeSantis. (By Sunday, though, it had become true with DeSantis dropping out.)

The conventional wisdom said that if Haley didn’t win New Hampshire—or at least come close—she was cooked. With Trump at 50 percent in the polls, and Haley at 34 percent, she had to make up a 16-point deficit. And she had only six days to do it. 

Now she only has one day to do it – and she’s cooked.

For some time I’ve been saying that Super Tuesday would be the line of departure for the general election season, but damned if it didn’t happen last week.  With Ron DeSantis withdrawing and throwing his support behind Trump, albeit tepidly, he effectively froze the establishment neocon Haley out of the running.  Haley may pick up some Never-Trumper DeSantis supporters, but at this point, it sure looks like it’s Trump’s ball.

The last unknown in this fall’s matchup remains the Democrat candidate.  Befuddled old Joe Biden’s people insist he’s running again, which would be a calamity.  It’s hard for me to believe they won’t find a way to drop him, but the clock’s a-ticking, and they don’t have a ton of time left.

As I’ve been saying, it’s going to be a very interesting year.

Rule Five 1980-2024 Friday

In what ways might the 2024 Presidential election resemble Ronald Reagan’s 1980 landslide defeat of the hapless Jimmy Carter?  The Messenger’s Douglas Schoen has some thoughts.  And, as usual, so do I.

In many ways, the upcoming presidential election may mirror the 1980 election, when Jimmy Carter suffered a landslide defeat at the hands of Ronald Reagan.

What should alarm Democrats is that Carter, like President Biden now, was extremely unpopular, while Reagan, like Donald Trump, was considered almost unelectable. Similarly, inflation was a thorn in Carter’s side, much as it has dogged Biden since the first year of his term. Not for nothing, 2022’s inflationary surge hit the highest levels since … Jimmy Carter was in office.

On foreign policy, we were facing a number of challenges then, as we are now. In 1980, the U.S. was still dealing with the Iranian hostage crisis, not entirely dissimilar from the hostage crisis in Gaza and our issues in the Middle East.

There are some key differences in the GOP candidates.  While both are known political quantities – Reagan from eight years as Governor of California, Trump from his first term as President – they also have some key differences.  Reagan was rightly known and is rightly remembered for his sunny optimism; Trump is rightly known for his prickly temper, his capability of holding a grudge like a terrier with a death grip on a rat, and he never, ever forgets or fails to pay back a slight.

In the 1980 election, incumbent Jimmy Carter had proven unable to either get the hostages out or overcome the perception of overarching weakness on foreign policy. And indeed, it is that same perceived weakness on foreign policy that could ultimately make the difference in 2024 for Joe Biden.

Biden’s approval ratings began to decline after the precipitous withdrawal from Afghanistan, a move that Biden and most Democrats thought would be popular, but in fact became enormously unpopular as scenes of the Taliban’s romp through the country as the Afghani military, which the U.S. had supposedly built into a true force, melted away, causing Biden’s numbers to sink, a trend which continued throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and thereafter.

In that same vein, it is becoming nearly impossible to argue that the world has been safer, or less chaotic, under Biden than under Trump.

That’s the key.  In both domestic and foreign affairs, the administration of the ever-more-befuddled Joe Biden has been an utter failure, and that may well be what decides the 2024 election.  In both domestic and foreign affairs, the affable but easily-railroaded James Earl Carter was also an utter failure; his fate was sealed from the moment that Reagan laid into him with the “There you go again” remark in debate.

But the country is far more partisan, and far more deeply divided than it was in 1980.  I should know – I was there – and I worked in the summer and fall of 1980 as a (very low-level) campaign volunteer for the Reagan apparatus in eastern Iowa.  Crossover voters were common in 1980; the Old Man, who always described himself as a Truman Democrat, voted for Reagan in 1980 and again in 1984.  Why?  Because in 1980, things weren’t going well, and in 1984, because they were.

Things today are bad.  But the wild card, of course, will be the national Democrats.  Will they let Joe Biden run again?  It’s tempting to say “No way.”  He just can’t.  Granted they won 2020 on a “basement campaign,” but there is no COVID panic to provide cover for Joe Biden now, and he has deteriorated rather dramatically since 2020.

If Joe Biden is their candidate, they’re fucked.  If not… We’ll have to see.

Animal’s Daily Replacing Biden News

Before we get into this, check out the latest chapter of Barrett’s Privateers – Plague Ship over at Glibertarians.

Now then – have a look at this, in which Brit Hume explains that the Democrats’ chance to replace senile old Joe Biden with someone more capable (which they could find under any flat rock) is probably already past.

I think they (Democrats) have been kind of freaking out for a while now. And I think the fact that it’s so late in the game now, that it will be very difficult for another candidate to get in and try to get somewhere against Biden. They’ve really stacked the deck in terms of he’s not really doing anything here, he is downplaying New Hampshire. Biden is trying to get started in South Carolina for his reelection bid there, which was what saved him and revived his campaign four years ago.

So they have done everything they can to make it difficult for a challenger, and now even more so because it is so late in the game. I think some Democrats are rightfully worried that they had a chance, some of them did, to do something about it and didn’t.

If Mr. Hume is right, the Democrats’ 2024 White House ambitions are, to put it in one word, fucked.  And it gets worse when Mr. Hume is asked about President Biden’s approval ratings of late:

Well, it is pretty bad, I mean it’s pretty dire. And of course, it varies depending upon which Republican prospective candidate you put him up against in the polling. But it looks pretty bad with everybody including Trump, the man he beat, and the man I think the Democrats are counting on to be nominated by the Republicans so they could reelect Biden. That looks in doubt now.

Whatever you might think of Donald Trump, he’s not senile. He lacks personal messaging discipline; he’s prickly, short-tempered, and has a tendency to fly off the handle when challenged, but he’s not senile. And ain’t it a hell of a fine pass we’ve come to as a nation when a Presidential candidate can be seen as having an edge because he’s not fucking senile?

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: It’s going to be an interesting (in the ‘ancient Chinese curse’ sense) year.