There be dragons there!

There is a problem. Headlines say at least 20 Democrats will ‘boycott’ the inauguration, Senator Feinstein thinks the Russians took over the election (David Robertson:”If Democrats keep swimming in denial, then they had better watch out for crocodiles.”), and the outgoing president refuses to assert that the incoming president is legitimate. Jed Babbi takes up on Fake news from the intelligence agencies – “A disinformation campaign to undermine the new president smells like payback.”

The news stories about the alleged Russian interference in the 2016 election won’t end this week, this month or this year. That narrative is just a new version of the “Bush was selected, not elected” meme from the 2000 election.

There are many reasons to believe the IC report is politically-motivated. In December the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI) requested an IC briefing on the alleged Russian election cyberattacks. HPSCI was refused the briefing, which indicates an IC desire to avoid scrutiny.

What is most troubling is the appearance that the IC is conducting a disinformation campaign against our president-elect. If it is, the need to reform of our intelligence community becomes all the more urgent.

Hinderaker: Dishonest CIA Director Rips Trump; Trump Should Rip Him Back [UPDATED]:

John Brennan’s career in the Obama administration, first as counterterrorism adviser, then as Director of the CIA, has been a disaster. We have written about him many times; just search “John Brennan” on this site. Along with being an inept CIA Director, Brennan is a political hack. Today he went on Fox News Sunday and attacked Donald Trump. But the real news was Brennan’s inability to respond to questions about his agency’s use of the fake “Russian dossier” to smear Trump.

For more on payback, see S.A. Miller: Hillary Clinton’s operatives stoke doubts of Trump presidency – “Spread rumors about Russian vote rigging, push protests.” Several pundits have noted that Bob Woodward “separates his journalistic integrity from the corrupt bastardization of CNN and Carl Bernstein.” See Sundance: Woodward Skewers Bernstein – Bob Woodward Dismantles Propaganda of CNN and Carl Bernstein (video)… “After being called onto the carpet, and doused in sunlight for their endeavors, CNN has been rabid in their attempts to obfuscate the construct of the intentional hit job and defend the indefensible. … Today, Bob Woodward appears on Fox News Sunday and calls out Brennan and Clapper for their indefensible politicization of institutional U.S. intelligence agencies.”

Hinderaker describes how Democratic Party Bullies Try To Scuttle Trump’s Inauguration

This morning on Meet the Press, Democratic Party hack John Lewis said that he will not attend Donald Trump’s inauguration because Trump is “not a legitimate president.” Shocking though it may be, this anti-democratic rhetoric is common in the Democratic Party, and many have taken it to an even lower level. Never before in our history has one party been so petty as to try to interfere with the traditional celebrations that accompany a presidential inauguration, but that is what the Democrats are doing now.

Every performer who has agreed to participate in the inaugural has been bullied mercilessly by the Democrats

Most people don’t like bullies. Around the country, millions are watching the Democrats’ crazed attacks on Donald Trump, and on anyone who declines to join their hate-fest, and are more convinced than ever that they voted for the right candidate.

David Catron has an interesting analogy: The Right Prescription, The Exorcism of Obamacare From the Body Politic – “It must be done and Tom Price is just the man to cast out this demon.”

If you were astonished by the egregious antics of congressional Democrats during the recent procedural votes that started Obamacare down the path to perdition, you should reread The Exorcist, in which William Peter Blatty vividly describes just such head spinning, vomit-spewing, and gratuitous execration. This isn’t the last time you’ll see the Democrats reenacting the behavior of Blatty’s most memorable character. Indeed, had he lived to see their grotesque performance, he might have suggested that the Democrats are controlled by an entity even more diabolical than the demon that possessed Regan MacNeil — an abortion lobby that forbids compromise on Obamacare.

In other words, Tom Price is the exorcist who will banish many of Obamacare’s worst provisions to outer darkness. In fact, as the Secretary of Health and Human Services, he will possess the power to make all manner of changes to the reviled “reform” law without waiting for Congress to pass legislation. He will, for example, have the authority to kill the notorious contraception mandate that William Peter Blatty, like so many other Americans of faith, found so offensive. The mandate is found nowhere in the text of the “Affordable Care Act.” It is an HHS rule concocted by Kathleen Sebelius and her minions before they got down to the serious business of botching the Obamacare rollout.

Then consider the White House spokesman being most proud of having no Obama scandals versus the sad sagas of DoJ, the FBI, the EPA, and other agencies (besides intelligence). Perhaps the brag is about no ‘personal’ scandal like with President Clinton? Or is it, perhaps, no scandal because there was no holding accountable by the State Propaganda Machine?

Robert Knight talks about Restoring justice – “When Sen. Sessions takes the reins, justice can return to the Justice Department

Eric Holder and Loretta E. Lynch have been perhaps the most flagrant partisans ever to hold the office of attorney general.

Year after year, they rubber stamped whatever the Obama administration wanted to do, legally or otherwise.

So it was an eye-roller when Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, New York Democrat, announced Thursday why he was going to vote against fellow Sen. Jeff Sessions’ nomination for U.S. attorney general:

“I am not confident in Sen. Sessions’ ability to be a defender of the rights of all Americans, or to serve as an independent check on the incoming administration,” Mr. Schumer said.

“Rights of all Americans?” “Independent check?”

“When it came to John Lewis’ upcoming testimony against Sessions, the morning shows seemed to forget that Sessions held hands with Lewis as the two walked across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in 2015 as part of a march commemorating the 50th anniversary of the same march from Selma to Montgomery Alabama.”

Regardless of the ginned-up hysteria, complete with demonstrations by left-wing zealots inside the committee room, Sen. Sessions presented himself with dignity and grace.

Dignity and grace are two attributes that are difficult to apply to any on the Left right now with a straight face.

Meanwhile, when the California Governor is thinking about massive new taxes on fuel and vehicles in order to prop up the state’s pension obligations, Peter Morici is worried about Trump’s billionaire dealmakers – “They have the opportunity to show the government how to do it.”

With Donald Trump, the nation is about to embark on a bold experiment in government management. To guide the economy, he has selected billionaire dealmakers and folks with marketing expertise and shunned seasoned policy experts.

Many conservatives and Republicans — these days those cannot be assumed one in the same — have harbored the view that Washington is not just corrupt but run by a bunch of bumbling dolts and if business people were put in charge, they could miraculously transform the place for the better.

Now we will test the hypothesis that private sector experience is generally transferrable to government and from one radically different kind of activity to another

This requires a bold leap of faith and unusual disregard for history, because experience elsewhere indicates that private sector management skills don’t necessarily transfer well across industries or into the public sector.

More than sour grapes, Democrats may be right, and 2020 could be a good time to be the successful Democratic governor of a large state with high ambitions — enter Andrew Cuomo.

The problem is that professor Morici misses the point that much of Trump’s political success is due to the failures of the policy people he praises and finding a “successful Democratic governor” is a ‘tried and failed’ effort that has led to massive gains by Republicans in most states.

On the media front, Paul Mirengoff picks up on the attempt to “make hay out of Donald Trump’s exchange with John Lewis.” Even Chris Wallace got caught here in an interview with VPE Pence. Wallace cited part of Trump’s tweet on Lewis but left out the critical subject and that was only one of several such bias inflections from Wallace in that interview. Here’s Mirengoff responding to a WaPo story:

First, let’s note that the Post’s reference to Sen. McCain should be a reminder that Trump’s exchange with Lewis is unlikely to hurt the new president. Many people, including me, thought that when Trump questioned the heroism of McCain, chiding him for being captured by the North Vietnamese, it might well sink his candidacy. It didn’t.

Trump’s response to Lewis was considerably milder. He simply suggested that Lewis spend more time helping his district, and said that, in this regard, Lewis is all talk and no action. “I can use all the help I can get,” Trump added.

Trump never denied Lewis’ status as hero. He never chided him for being arrested. There is nothing scandalous or even improper about what Trump wrote.

Many of those who support Trump now think less of Lewis, and unless the Trump presidency is a disaster will continue to do so. People are starting to point out that, though Lewis acted heroically 50 years ago, he has for a very long time been a partisan hack.

Lewis’ over-the-top attack on the president-elect of the United States is his introduction to a generation or two of Americans. It is his legacy for them, and now part of his legacy for the rest of us.

And Lewis is dragging a bunch of friends into his slime pit as well.

For more on Trump, Instapundit says Look At The Confirmation Hearings For His Cabinet Picks: … a Robert Charles Fox News Opinion.

Early in the week, nominees presented a stark contrast to Senate Democrats. On one side, Americans saw well-prepared, highly dignified appointees appear before elected officials from both parties. On the other side, hostile questioners from the left grilled the nominees, almost reflexively manufacturing attacks on character and asserting gaps in knowledge – which, to a casual observer, seemed nonexistent. Half dozen nominees have been nothing – if not meticulously prepared. What does this portend for the coming Trump administration?

Extrapolate and you see where the Trump team is going. They take nothing for granted, do not jump to conclusions or assume knowledge.

They are about outcomes, even before the mission burdens them.

Senate Democrats may be out of touch, but these appointees have a grip. They strike average viewers as respectful and honest, capable and on task.

The contrast could not be more telling, encouraging, or head-turning.

Actions have consequences and it appears that a lot of folks have not figured that they are like early explorers investigating areas on the map marked “here be dragons.”

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