Don’t Buy RepubliCan’t Posturing

 

red green capitalWe are supposed to be shocked, shocked! We should be, but at the cynical purveyors of another story spun to deflect from full force electoral pressure on the House and Senate RepubliCan’t Conferences. Shame on Katie Pavlich at Townhall for playing their game in “Wait, That’s How the FBI Labeled the Attempted Assassination of Republicans on a Baseball Field?” The FBI willfully, falsely categorized the 2017 leftist premeditated mass-assassination attempt, targeting Republican senators and congressmen, as “suicide by cop.” J. Edgar’s boys continued their corrupt culture by brazenly ignoring left-wing deadly political violence, part of cooking their books against the forgotten Americans, against whose champions the FBI was already in full seek-and-destroy mode in 2017. So, we should be outraged.

And.

If you read past the headlines and tweets, you find a very inconvenient truth. The Congressional RepubliCAN’Ts had this information almost immediately, as the FBI brazenly briefed its lies in November 2017. Calling the FBI on its fraud, on its failure to honestly characterize and so focus resources on actual threats to Republican members of Congress, would have threatened the Russia hoax and RepubliCAN’T leader collusion with Democrats in seeking to undo or at least stifle the forgotten Americans’ electoral command, expressed in their shocking 2016 victory. So, it did not matter that Congressman Scalise was nearly killed and going through a series of surgeries, with a long and painful rehabilitation ahead of him. What mattered was protecting Speaker Lyin’ Ryan as he colluded with Democrats and Mitch and the Gang over in the Senate to defy the American people and bring them back to heel as mere election pawns in the Crony Capitalism game.

How brazen is this bunch? How stupid do they think we are? See for yourself. Here is the relevant passage in the original Politico story, “Lawmakers reveal — and dispute — FBI conclusion about 2017 baseball field shooting,” in which a Republican congressman fesses up to having the facts way back in 2017, when it could have been weaponized for the American people against the Deep State, the Swamp:

Rep. Brad Wenstrup (R-Ohio) revealed the previously undisclosed determination during a hearing of the House Intelligence Committee on Thursday, upbraiding FBI Director Christopher Wray and prompting several colleagues of both parties to pile on. He said FBI agents privately briefed the baseball team on Nov. 16, 2017 to deliver the controversial determination.

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The FBI never publicly disclosed its final conclusions about the June 14, 2017, shooting. In an interim update just a week later, investigators said the gunman had made numerous social media posts supporting left-wing causes and backing candidates like Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), but the bureau also noted that it found no evidence of threats to GOP lawmakers or the baseball team on the gunman’s devices. Wenstrup’s comments are the first public references that the FBI concluded the shooting was a “suicide by cop.”

That day, a lone gunman, James Hodgkinson, unloaded dozens of rounds at GOP lawmakers practicing on an Alexandria, Va., field for the annual congressional baseball game. After asking one lawmaker whether the team was the Republicans or Democrats, Hodgkinson returned to his van — which had been stationed outside the field for weeks — pulled out two firearms and began shooting at the team, narrowly missing Rep. Trent Kelly (R-Miss.) before hitting Scalise in the hip, which nearly led to him bleeding to death on the field. Scalise required multiple surgeries and weeks in the hospital before recovering and returning to Congress.

So. Spare us your false posturing of conveniently belated outrage, Doc Wenstrup. Steve Scalise, stifle yourself. Senator Rand Paul, you were there, so you were presumably in on the FBI briefing. Where was your tweetstorm? Where is the hot video clip where you called out the FBI? You knew. You knew and chose to back Lyin’ Ryan and the whole rotten bunch over the truth, the Constitution, and the American people. Oh, and Katie Pavlich, shame on you for being a willing tool in this game. You included the incriminating Politico paragraph, but gave the current bunch of congressional RepubliCan’ts a complete pass, raising not a single question about the 3-1/2-year delay of this false outrage.

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  1. Bryan G. Stephens Thatcher
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    All too typical.

     

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  2. Annefy Member
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    Bryan G. Stephens (View Comment):

    All too typical.

     

    Sad. True. My boss and I just finished a mutual rant on this same subject. I’ve replied to every plea from the GOP for money with this comment: Not one more dime

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  3. Vince Guerra Member
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    Can we just be done with giving the FBI, DOJ, or any other government entity any degree of prestige? They’ve all proven time and again that they’re not interested in anything other than bureaucratic sustainability.  They lie and nobody in leadership cares. 

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  4. Kevin Schulte Member
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    There is an off the books agenda both parties are pursuing. And it isn’t us.

    Just another bullet point to highlight this fact. 

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  5. CACrabtree Coolidge
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    Sigh…sometimes I pine for the good old days of J. Edgar and his pink tutu.

    As for Ryan and his predecessor John Boehner, the old saying, “Not a pair between’em” seems particularly relevant.

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  6. Bishop Wash Member
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    Vince Guerra (View Comment):

    Can we just be done with giving the FBI, DOJ, or any other government entity any degree of prestige? They’ve all proven time and again that they’re not interested in anything other than bureaucratic sustainability. They lie and nobody in leadership cares.

    The FBI has introduced the phrase Known Wolf into the lexicon. No one should be taking them seriously.

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  7. Rōnin Coolidge
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    Remember, the modern FBI “manages” crimes, they don’t solve them.

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  8. Django Member
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    Remember the era of “detente” back in the 1970s? Kissinger denied having said it, but the phrase attributed to him regarding the US and the USSR is, ” … it is my job to negotiate the most acceptable second-best position.”

    Exactly the way the GOPe regards its role with the Demo-rats. 

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  9. Jerry Giordano (Arizona Patrio… Member
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    OK, so these Republican squishes are no good.

    What are we supposed to do about it?  Undermine them, so the Dems get a bigger majority?  It is quite a pickle.

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  10. Django Member
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    Jerry Giordano (Arizona Patrio… (View Comment):

    OK, so these Republican squishes are no good.

    What are we supposed to do about it? Undermine them, so the Dems get a bigger majority? It is quite a pickle.

    I believe that’s why we have primaries. No guarantee that approach will work, but I don’t see another.  

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  11. Boss Mongo Member
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    Vince Guerra (View Comment):
    Can we just be done with giving the FBI, DOJ, or any other government entity any degree of prestige credibility or legitimacy?

    @vinceguerra, FIFY.

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  12. DrewInEastHillAutonomousZone Coolidge
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    Jerry Giordano (Arizona Patrio… (View Comment):

    OK, so these Republican squishes are no good.

    What are we supposed to do about it? Undermine them, so the Dems get a bigger majority? It is quite a pickle.

    If you can’t primary them, then start a third party. Polls suggest that a third party that was Trump-like in its policy positions would have more following than the GOP.

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  13. Jerry Giordano (Arizona Patrio… Member
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    DrewInEastHillAutonomousZone (View Comment):

    Jerry Giordano (Arizona Patrio… (View Comment):

    OK, so these Republican squishes are no good.

    What are we supposed to do about it? Undermine them, so the Dems get a bigger majority? It is quite a pickle.

    If you can’t primary them, then start a third party. Polls suggest that a third party that was Trump-like in its policy positions would have more following than the GOP.

    Right.  That worked out so well with TR and Taft . . .

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  14. DrewInEastHillAutonomousZone Coolidge
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    Jerry Giordano (Arizona Patrio… (View Comment):

    DrewInEastHillAutonomousZone (View Comment):

    Jerry Giordano (Arizona Patrio… (View Comment):

    OK, so these Republican squishes are no good.

    What are we supposed to do about it? Undermine them, so the Dems get a bigger majority? It is quite a pickle.

    If you can’t primary them, then start a third party. Polls suggest that a third party that was Trump-like in its policy positions would have more following than the GOP.

    Right. That worked out so well with TR and Taft . . .

    If the only other option is the permanent bipartisan fusion party . . . what are you going to do?

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  15. DonG (2+2=5. Say it!) Coolidge
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    If a politician sells out after politics, why should I not conclude the were a sellout while a politician?

    Former House speaker Paul Ryan, who last year joined the rush of high-profile individuals launching special-purpose acquisition companies, is going to work at the private-equity firm he teamed up with in that effort.

    Mr. Ryan will join Solamere Capital, a private-equity firm founded by Utah Sen. Mitt Romney’s son Taggart, as well as Eric Scheuermann and Spencer Zwick, as a partner. Solamere, a Boston firm with more than $1 billion in assets, seeks to invest in high-growth companies and help them expand and create jobs, he said.

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  16. Django Member
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    DonG (2+2=5. Say it!) (View Comment):

    If a politician sells out after politics, why should I not conclude the were a sellout while a politician?

    Former House speaker Paul Ryan, who last year joined the rush of high-profile individuals launching special-purpose acquisition companies, is going to work at the private-equity firm he teamed up with in that effort.

    Mr. Ryan will join Solamere Capital, a private-equity firm founded by Utah Sen. Mitt Romney’s son Taggart, as well as Eric Scheuermann and Spencer Zwick, as a partner. Solamere, a Boston firm with more than $1 billion in assets, seeks to invest in high-growth companies and help them expand and create jobs, he said.

    There are two things I don’t like about Ryan, namely his face, but other than that I don’t know much about him. What are the qualifications he has for such a position beyond political connections? 

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  17. Clifford A. Brown Contributor
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    Django (View Comment):

    Remember the era of “detente” back in the 1970s? Kissinger denied having said it, but the phrase attributed to him regarding the US and the USSR is, ” … it is my job to negotiate the most acceptable second-best position.”

    Exactly the way the GOPe regards its role with the Demo-rats.

    Exactly this. I have long been convinced there is a similar view on the inevitability of leftist victory, long term, as there was of Communism ultimately prevailing over democracies whose people lacked the stomach for really long term fights. Given that pessimistic view, it makes sense to seek to lose slower.

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  18. Columbo Member
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    CACrabtree (View Comment):

    Sigh…sometimes I pine for the good old days of J. Edgar and his pink tutu.

    As for Ryan and his predecessor John Boehner, the old saying, “Not a pair between’em” seems particularly relevant.

    Throw in Mitch too ….

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  19. Vince Guerra Member
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    Boss Mongo (View Comment):

    Vince Guerra (View Comment):
    Can we just be done with giving the FBI, DOJ, or any other government entity any degree of prestige credibility or legitimacy?

    @ vinceguerra, FIFY.

    I think we could add a few dozen more. 

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  20. Clifford A. Brown Contributor
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    Jerry Giordano (Arizona Patrio… (View Comment):

    DrewInEastHillAutonomousZone (View Comment):

    Jerry Giordano (Arizona Patrio… (View Comment):

    OK, so these Republican squishes are no good.

    What are we supposed to do about it? Undermine them, so the Dems get a bigger majority? It is quite a pickle.

    If you can’t primary them, then start a third party. Polls suggest that a third party that was Trump-like in its policy positions would have more following than the GOP.

    Right. That worked out so well with TR and Taft . . .

    More accurately, it worked out so well for the new Republican Party versus the Whigs versus the Democrats. If the RepubliCAN’Ts are determined to go the way of the Whigs, we need a new party vehicle in real opposition to the social Democrat party. 

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  21. Columbo Member
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    Jerry Giordano (Arizona Patrio… (View Comment):

    DrewInEastHillAutonomousZone (View Comment):

    Jerry Giordano (Arizona Patrio… (View Comment):

    OK, so these Republican squishes are no good.

    What are we supposed to do about it? Undermine them, so the Dems get a bigger majority? It is quite a pickle.

    If you can’t primary them, then start a third party. Polls suggest that a third party that was Trump-like in its policy positions would have more following than the GOP.

    Right. That worked out so well with TR and Taft . . .

    Mitch was the one who declared war. Punching the Tea Party in the nose and backing fossil Thad in Mississipppi over rising star Chris McDaniel. Muck Fitch.

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  22. Django Member
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    Columbo (View Comment):

    Jerry Giordano (Arizona Patrio… (View Comment):

    DrewInEastHillAutonomousZone (View Comment):

    Jerry Giordano (Arizona Patrio… (View Comment):

    OK, so these Republican squishes are no good.

    What are we supposed to do about it? Undermine them, so the Dems get a bigger majority? It is quite a pickle.

    If you can’t primary them, then start a third party. Polls suggest that a third party that was Trump-like in its policy positions would have more following than the GOP.

    Right. That worked out so well with TR and Taft . . .

    Mitch was the one who declared war. Punching the Tea Party in the nose and backing fossil Thad in Mississipppi over rising star Chris McDaniel. Muck Fitch.

    “Remember Mississippi!” should be the battle cry. I’m a Kentucky native and I’m embarrassed for my state. Why do they keep re-electing that POS? 

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  23. Rodin Member
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    If they knew in 2017, why are they making it public now? What is the purpose? What agenda is promoted?

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  24. philo Member
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    Django (View Comment):

    Columbo (View Comment):

    Jerry Giordano (Arizona Patrio… (View Comment):

    DrewInEastHillAutonomousZone (View Comment):

    Jerry Giordano (Arizona Patrio… (View Comment):

    OK, so these Republican squishes are no good.

    What are we supposed to do about it? Undermine them, so the Dems get a bigger majority? It is quite a pickle.

    If you can’t primary them, then start a third party. Polls suggest that a third party that was Trump-like in its policy positions would have more following than the GOP.

    Right. That worked out so well with TR and Taft . . .

    Mitch was the one who declared war. Punching the Tea Party in the nose and backing fossil Thad in Mississipppi over rising star Chris McDaniel. Muck Fitch.

    “Remember Mississippi!” should be the battle cry. I’m a Kentucky native and I’m embarrassed for my state. Why do they keep re-electing that POS?

    Never Forget Mississippi 2014! (The Barbour Clan is one giant POS too.) That was the end of me in the R Party.

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  25. Kevin Schulte Member
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    Rodin (View Comment):

    If they knew in 2017, why are they making it public now? What is the purpose? What agenda is promoted?

    Perhaps to stick their finger in our eye. Sip bourbon 🥃  and giggle. 

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  26. Taras Coolidge
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    Clifford A. Brown (View Comment):

    Jerry Giordano (Arizona Patrio… (View Comment):

    DrewInEastHillAutonomousZone (View Comment):

    Jerry Giordano (Arizona Patrio… (View Comment):

    OK, so these Republican squishes are no good.

    What are we supposed to do about it? Undermine them, so the Dems get a bigger majority? It is quite a pickle.

    If you can’t primary them, then start a third party. Polls suggest that a third party that was Trump-like in its policy positions would have more following than the GOP.

    Right. That worked out so well with TR and Taft . . .

    More accurately, it worked out so well for the new Republican Party versus the Whigs versus the Democrats. If the RepubliCAN’Ts are determined to go the way of the Whigs, we need a new party vehicle in real opposition to the social Democrat party.

    I’m guessing, Mr. Brown is a Georgia voter who stayed home for the Senate runoff as a “protest” …

    Add the 2020 Libertarian Party vote to Trump’s vote and you have an Electoral College tie.  Which makes me want to see who’s financing the L.P. these days!

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  27. DrewInEastHillAutonomousZone Coolidge
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    Django (View Comment):

    DonG (2+2=5. Say it!) (View Comment):

    If a politician sells out after politics, why should I not conclude the were a sellout while a politician?

    Former House speaker Paul Ryan, who last year joined the rush of high-profile individuals launching special-purpose acquisition companies, is going to work at the private-equity firm he teamed up with in that effort.

    Mr. Ryan will join Solamere Capital, a private-equity firm founded by Utah Sen. Mitt Romney’s son Taggart, as well as Eric Scheuermann and Spencer Zwick, as a partner. Solamere, a Boston firm with more than $1 billion in assets, seeks to invest in high-growth companies and help them expand and create jobs, he said.

    There are two things I don’t like about Ryan, namely his face, but other than that I don’t know much about him. What are the qualifications he has for such a position beyond political connections?

    He’ll soon have some kids who’ll want to sit in the boards of Ukrainian gas companies.

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  28. DrewInEastHillAutonomousZone Coolidge
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    Rodin (View Comment):

    If they knew in 2017, why are they making it public now? What is the purpose? What agenda is promoted?

    It could be they knew it was going to come out, so they wanted to be the ones to release the news.

    Which means there’s even worse information hiding behind the bad information.

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  29. Taras Coolidge
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    This episode falls into context when we read what I would consider to be the most important part of the Townhall column, which Mr. Brown did not quote:

    “Director, you want suicide by cop, you just pull a gun on a cop. It doesn’t take 136 rounds. It takes one bullet. Both the DHS and the (Office of the Director of National Intelligence) published products labeling this attack as a domestic violent extremism event, specifically targeting Republican members of Congress. The FBI did not.”

    Wray did not directly address [Congressman] Wenstrup’s criticism, other than to confirm he was not the FBI director at the time — a role held in June 2017 by Andrew McCabe …

    In other words, the FBI’s opinion, during the few months the corrupt hack Andrew McCabe was Acting Director, simply wasn’t very important.

    This is a tempest in a teapot.

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  30. Hang On Member
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    Defund the FBI

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