3/12/2017: Twisted in knots

Thomas Lifson has two observations: Trump-hating media’s stupidest trick yet? – an example of rationalization by the ‘both sides do it’ fallacy.

But the wizards of propaganda know that the key to persuading the masses is repetition. Keep generating memes that Trump isn’t that hard working, that he is stupid, that is reckless…that everything he does is bad and the good stuff isn’t real.

My gut reading is that the obsessiveness of these media attacks on Trump is backfiring and will continue to backfire. Instead of destroying Trump, the obsessed haters in the media will destroy their already diminishing sway over the public.

Then there’s the ‘sly tricks’ comeback as Ted Cruz may have discovered a way to totally change Obamacare without 60 Senate votes – “there are some really smart and creative legal minds on the GOP side, and now that the GOP runs the Senate, the sauce for the Democrat goose also flavors the Republican gander.”

Sure there would a storm of outrage and claims that the Cruz interpretation, as voiced by VP Pence as presiding officer of the Senate, was illegitimate. Yet, the passage of Obamacare by reconciliation stands as an example of how the rules can be flexible. The arcana of Senate rules and precedents are not the sort of thing to stir up a mob. Try getting activists to turn out for a cause whose justification that puts them to sleep with a boring law school lecture.

As for the notion of changing the way the Senate works, that is inevitable. The Democrats have not demonstrated any fealty toward the filibuster, having junked it for judicial appointments to the federal bench below the SCOTUS.

Jeffrey Lord describes Time Magazine’s Schizophrenic War on Trump – “The President of the United States made it all up, says Time magazine. … But then again, he was right – says Time magazine.”

In other words? Time is saying that that crazy Trump falsely accused ex-President Obama of using the government to surveil a political opponent – that being Donald Trump. Time was palpably outraged at such nonsense. Until, of course, in the same story – make that the very next paragraph – the magazine said this:
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In other words? Time asserts that the government of the United States was eavesdropping in some fashion on candidate Donald Trump.
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Got that? Let’s follow this liberal media schizophrenia. Trump is nuts to say that he was wiretapped – surveilled – by the Obama administration. But there are “Revelations of contacts between Trump aides and Russian officials…” that clearly could not be obtained without surveillance of some type – by the Obama administration. Which, of course, never did any such thing. Except that it did, which is how Time and the rest of the mainstream media knows about these “revelations of contacts” in the first place.

Clarice Feldman explains why reasonable people can accept the idea of Obama wiretapping without too much of a stretch in DC Secrets and Lies – “A quick look at Obama’s history reveals he has always had the inclination, motivation, and opportunity to snoop on and disseminate information about his political opponents. It’s how he made his political career.”

Wikileaks revealed that under Obama, the NSA intercepted conversations of numerous foreign officials, including UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, Angela Merkel, Benjamin Netanyahu, Silvio Berlusconi, and Nicolas Sarkozy.

So it is rather astonishing that so many disregard Trump’s claim that Obama and his aides spied upon him and his staff.
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So there probably was surveillance on Trump and his associates, although no connection with Russia was established with them. Instead, all the connections to Russia were with Clinton and her closest associates.
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Really, it’s impossible to parody Democrats these days. It would be too unbelievable.

Charles Krauthammer is one of those who can’t believe what is in front of his eyes and worries: Obama Wiretapping? Trump Colluding? We Are Headed Down a Rabbit Hole – “Heat and energy will be expended on investigations likely to leave us where we started.” The effort to stymie investigations of the past few years is a contributor to the outcome of the last election. While there have been citations for contempt of Congress, the extreme reluctance to divulge records, such as the thousands of new-found IRS documents, and the solid resistance of Democrats in Congress, has resulted in many voters being frustrated at seeing corrupt behavior with nothing done about it. Krauthammer displays his ‘establishment elite’ bias right away by name-calling and prognosticating.

Who are you going to believe now? I can assure you that some enterprising Trumpite will use this revelation to claim that the whole storyline pointing to Russian interference in the U.S. election was a fabrication. And who was behind that? There is no end to this hall of mirrors. My rule, therefore, is: Stay away.

Hard to do with Washington caught up in one of its periodic conspiracy frenzies. Actually, two. One, anti–Donald Trump, is that he and his campaign colluded with Russian intelligence. The other, anti–Barack Obama–CIA– “deep state,” is that Obama wiretapped Trump Tower to ensnare candidate Trump. The odd thing is that, as of today, there is no evidence for either charge. That won’t, of course, stop the launch of multiple all-consuming investigations.

But then he get’s into the Time Magazine problem after asserting no evidence but then acknowledging that sufficient evidence exists to warrant allowing for a more pleasing hypothesis.

The bugging story is less plausible than a zombie invasion. Nevertheless, one could spin a milder — and more plausible — scenario of executive abuse. It goes like this:
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What a waste. There is a major national agenda waiting to be debated and enacted. And there is trouble beyond the cozy confines of the capital that needs to be confronted. Self-created crisis can leave us distracted, spent, and unprepared when the real thing hits.

What Krauthammer is missing is that governmental misbehavior is a valid concern and the people have voted that sweeping it under the rug or minimizing its importance is not acceptable. That is the major national agenda. It is the source of much of the “unquiet out there” Krauthammer worries about and the people want the source fixed in order to promote better solutions.

The routine replacement of political appointees in the DoJ is showing the propaganda machine as Democrats “replace” while Republicans “oust” AG’s. John Hinderaker: Memo to Jeff Sessions: It’s Time to Clean House – “Judge Smith is one of a growing list of federal judges who have blown the whistle on Barack Obama’s Department of Justice.”

Of all the Obama administration scandals, what Barack Obama, Eric Holder and Loretta Lynch did to the Department of Justice is one of the worst. Two manifestations of the depths to which DOJ has fallen emerged today. First, U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara, the highly partisan Democrat who selectively prosecuted Dinesh D’Souza for a felony and tried to send him to jail because he contributed too much to a Senate campaign, loudly announced that he refused to resign his position as requested by the Attorney General, his boss. Instead, Bharara insisted that he be fired. This was silly grandstanding, but it got Bharara what he wanted–headlines beneficial to a future political career–and it gave reporters what they wanted–an opportunity to pretend, for one more day, that there is something sinister in the routine replacement of political appointees.
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President Trump won the election with a promise to drain the Washington swamp. No swamp is more in need of draining than the Department of Justice, horribly corrupted by eight years of misrule. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has his work cut out for him. Bureaucrats and lawyers at DOJ will fight him every step of the way as he tries to reform the department.

The press will fight him, too–especially when it comes to efforts to restore professionalism to the Civil Rights Division. That division is now a cesspool of bias and incompetence, but reporters will imply that every effort Sessions makes to reform it is “racist.”

Sessions faces a daunting task, but he is the right man for the job. Conservatives need to be prepared to support him, aggressively, as he begins to clean the Augean stables of the Department of Justice.

It is twisted in knots.

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