Tuesday, June 2, 2020

UPDATED: Three Good Reads--Looking To Election 2020

Here's a brief roundup of three articles that--each in slightly different ways--point out ways in which the landscape for Election 2020 is being prepared. It's all, in my view, highly favorable to President Trump.

You'll recall that I keep saying that the Flynn case leads to the heart of Team Mueller. Margot Cleveland has an excellent article at The Federalist that bears this out:

New Flynn Transcripts Confirm Mueller Team Lied To The Court And The Country

Lies to the court? Isn't lying to a court, like, a crime? Yes, it is. And Cleveland didn't choose those words lightly--she means exactly what she's saying in the title. The article is long and detailed, but here's the nub of it--there's an important distinction to be made between expulsion of diplomats and sanctions. Team Mueller deceived first Flynn and then the Court in that regard:

The transcripts released Friday make clear that Flynn’s only request to Kislyak concerned the expulsion of the Russian diplomats and not the sanctions instituted by then-President Obama’s executive order. Yet Mueller’s team charged Flynn with lying to the FBI about his discussion with Kislyak about sanctions.

Mueller’s Team Lied to the Court and the American People

While Flynn pleaded guilty to that charge, he did so having not seen the transcript of his actual conversation with Kislyak. In seeking to withdraw his guilty plea, Flynn said he still doesn’t “remember if I discussed sanctions on a phone call with Ambassador Kislyak.” As Flynn’s attorney Sidney Powell told me, his defense team “has been asking for the transcripts and recordings of his conversations with Ambassador Kislyak for almost a year.”

Yet Van Grack, the federal prosecutor who has since been removed from the Flynn case, refused to provide Powell with the transcript. Powell only received access to the details of the call following the recent declassification and release.

We've all read the transcrip by now. There is nothing sensitive in it. 

Further, Powell should not have even needed to ask for the transcript because presiding Judge Emmet Sullivan entered a standing order requiring the special counsel’s office to provide Flynn’s attorneys with all material exculpatory information. Yet Van Grack withheld the transcripts.

Later, when Sullivan directly ordered the government to file “the transcripts of any other audio recordings of Mr. Flynn, including, but not limited to audio recordings of Mr. Flynn’s conversations with Russian officials,” Van Grack refused, telling the court instead that it is not relying on that recording “for purposes of establishing the defendant’s guilt or determining his sentence.”

I haven't the slightest doubt that Durham is pursuing this line of inquiry. Vigorously. And there will be many more revelations going into the campaign season. The framing of Flynn--who will shortly be ungagged--will become a cause celebre for the GOP base, and even for many other people who incline toward the concept of justice for all. Dems will own this. They will own lying prosecutors and lying FBI agents. It's definitely not a good look.

Next, at Red State:

There's lots in this article about Harris' notorious by now hypocrisy. For our purposes, the important part is in one paragraph:

How is it considered a good look to have political leaders — those vying for the highest office — saying that they verbally and financially support people whose actions are criminal in alleged appearance?

This is being done, by all appearances, at the expense of those residents and business owners who have been decimated by the riots. The Democrats are seemingly forsaking those most affected by the violence, and looking to have those who committed the violence upon the communities released and free to exact more of the same. It is more than a blind spot; it is a slap in the face to the victims. And it is fully sanctioned by the Democratic Party. Kamala’s suggestion is to donate to the cause through Act Blue, the fundraising arm of the DNC. So the Democrats fully own now this support of the anarchists torching America.

In other words, the Dems are officially embracing anarchy, just months before the campaign season heats up. We all know that the hardest hit communities are in Blue and swing areas that the Dems desperately need. Is Harris a secret mole in the Dems for Trump?

Finally, also at Red State, we have 

This is a preview of how Trump will be campaigning in the Fall. And yet the Dems seem not to get it at all. Check out this Trump tweet, which the author rightly characterizes as a Twitter Moab:

Donald J. Trump
NYC, CALL UP THE NATIONAL GUARD. The lowlifes and losers are ripping you apart. Act fast! Don’t make the same horrible and deadly mistake you made with the Nursing Homes!!!
10:10 AM · Jun 2, 2020·

My prediction is that all of this will force the Dems to play defense in states that they should be able to take for granted. This may even include New York. That means resources will be drained from swing states.

ADDENDUM: Another example of problems with New Blogger. I tried to embed the Trump tweet, but it didn't work.

UPDATE: Could anything be more predictable? And yet it's somehow a mystery to the Dems:

71 percent of polled American voters said they support the use of the National Guard to supplement city police forces in addressing “protests and demonstrations” (the poll did not use the word “riots”) in American cities. 
Of these, 42 percent of voters said they “strongly support” use of the National Guard and 29 percent said they “somewhat support” it. 
Only 11 percent “strongly oppose” the measure and 9 percent “somewhat oppose” it. 
Republicans are more likely than Democrats to support the use of the National Guard, but a large majority of Democrats (63 percent) either “strongly” or “somewhat” support it as well. 
African-American voters are evenly split on the use of the National Guard.
43 percent of polled African-American voters either “strongly oppose” or “somewhat oppose” use of the National Guard, while 42 percent either “strongly support” or “somewhat support” the measure. 
Hispanic voters support the use of the National Guard. 
54 percent of polled Hispanic voters either “strongly” or “somewhat” support the use of the National Guard, compared to 25 percent who “strongly” or “somewhat” oppose. 
A smaller majority of American voters (58 percent) support the use of the U.S. Military to supplement city police forces. 33 percent said they strongly support the measure and 25 percent somewhat support it, compared to 19 percent who strongly oppose and 11 percent who somewhat oppose.


  1. I never tried to embed a tweet with New Blogger.

    That is yet another function that does not work well.

    Apparently, New Blogger was not tested adequately by some ordinary users.

    1. I think it's not mandatory till the end of June, so hopefully they're still working out the kinks.

  2. Well, June has arrived. Were we not told to expect indictments from Durham in June? The sooner the better. There is a lot of low hanging fruit. Start low and go high.

    Any thoughts on when the appellate judges will rule on the writ now that Sullivan has responded? I hope Flynn and Powell call out Mueller and his thugs once the gag order is lifted - then sues them in civil court.


    1. I wouldn't be surprised at this week. shipwreckedcrew predicts a per curiam, very brief opinion. There's two ways of looking at it: 1) we need to make this totally clear, or 2) it's so stupid and dishonest why dignify it--just slap it down.

    2. Sidney Powell was on Lou Dobbs this evening. She said the Circuit Court has all it needs and she thinks they'll move within a week, certainly no more than two.

    3. Also, I think one of Sullivan's amici, former Federal judge John Gleeson, had asked until June 10 to provide his briefing to the court. Surely the appellate court will make its judgment prior to that? At least I would think.

    4. As you'll see from my new post, I was wrong--but in good company with Powell.

  3. I'm in the camp that says Trump should just keep Tweeting encouragement, as he does above--but leave it to state governors to call up the Guard, and clean up their own messes, which are of their own making.

    Passing the problem to Trump is surely what they'd like to do to wash their hands of it--but no benefit will accrue to Trump as media will make him own the problem and will incessantly gripe and complain.

    If media and Dems are gonna complain about a dictator--and then suddenly discover federalism and the 10th amendment during the C-19 crisis, then they can discover the same with the riots they've incited and encouraged.

    They've made their bed--they can sleep in it.

  4. I gather this poll to be the one from .

  5. I really appreciate posts like these, Mark. Whether you intend it or not, you provide a sense of optimism that is helpful. Maybe even a bit infectious. It makes me glad I found your blog.

    1. Totally agree with this!

    2. LOL! Sometimes I need to give myself a pep talk!

    3. Amen! Mr. Wauck’s blog is GOLDEN!!! On the level with Dave Blackmon ( & Don Surber!!! I check back frequently to see what’s new.

      Better analysis here on these topics than on FNC. By the time they get into the nitty gritty they have to take a commercial break & you still don’t know anything BC Sean Hannity - who has great guests btw - eats up all the time repeating the same bromides over & over.

    4. Mark, truly, it's very well deserved. You do a really terrific job with this blog, and your life experience and outlook combine to make your posts and thoughts poignant given the situation we Americans find ourselves in presently.

      Regarding Boarwild's comment re FNC. I agree completely. For the past several days there has been almost no news at all on FNC outside of rioting and looting. Yet meanwhile as we see here in meaninginhistory there are lots of developments still unfolding in the world of Obamagate. For TV news on Obamagate, Lou Dobbs and Elizabeth McDonald ARE giving it proper treatment; that as well as "the China threat."

    5. I agree with all of the above.
      Tom S.

  6. Add me to the list of admirers. Really good discussions with a civil commenting audience.