Mueller, Manafort and Gates: where’s the beef?

So: where is the beef?

First, from the BBC.com:

Ex-Trump aide Manafort charged with US tax fraud over Ukraine work

Donald Trump’s former presidential campaign manager, Paul Manafort, has been charged with conspiring to defraud the US in his dealings with Ukraine.

The 12 charges brought against Mr Manafort and one of his business associates, Rick Gates, include conspiracy to launder money.

They stem from an inquiry into alleged Russian meddling in the US election.

It has emerged that another adviser to Mr Trump admitted this month to lying about his links to Russia.

George Papadopoulos pleaded guilty to making false statements to FBI agents about his dealings with an unnamed overseas academic who allegedly informed him that the Russians possessed “dirt” on Mr Trump’s presidential opponent, Hillary Clinton.

Even the BBC admits:

The charges against Mr Manafort and Mr Gates do not relate to Mr Trump’s campaign but to the alleged concealment of payments from the pair’s Ukrainian business dealings up to 2016.

The BBC also states:

The good news for Mr Trump is these charges stem from Mr Manafort’s past business dealings, not his campaign efforts. He is being accused of working for years for pro-Russian Ukrainian politicians and laundering millions in subsequent payments.

It certainly makes Mr Trump’s decision to cut Mr Manafort loose last August after details emerged of his Ukrainian ties seem a wise one.

Perhaps at this point I should have Captain Obvious step in and say: “Russia is not Ukraine. They are two separate countries, not particularly in love with each other.”

Odd how the American Media Maggots neglect that aspect of the charges.

Some NewsWeasels have declared the charges involving Manafort and Gates as an “opening salvo” by Special Prosecutor Mueller — he of the spic-and-span background.

Oh wait. Perhaps not so spic-and-span? From the WashingtonExaminer.com:

Peter King wants Robert Mueller to answer Congress’ questions about 2009 uranium deal

by Kyle Feldscher

New York Rep. Peter King wants special counsel Robert Mueller to come to Congress to explain why the FBI didn’t sound the alarm louder about a deal to sell a company in control of uranium reserves to a Russian company.

King said Sunday on Fox News that Mueller, who was FBI director from 2001-2013, has some questions to answer about the deal that saw a Russian state-controlled company buy Uranium One, a company that controlled 20 percent of American uranium reserves.

The deal had to be approved by nine American government agencies, including Hillary Clinton’s State Department, and went through in 2009.

Uh-oh. That was under Mr Spic-and-Span’s tenure. What did he know and when did he know it? Was he complicit in that approval?

“Bob Mueller should come forward to the Congress and explain how he addresses [the deal] because it’s not only a question whether or not the Clintons, what involvement they had with uranium,” King said, “but it’s also the fact he was head of the FBI at a time we’ve been told an investigation is being conducted by the FBI as to bribery and collusion involving the Russians and yet, this was approved the Cabinet and the treasury secretary, secretary of state and the president.”

“Did the FBI notify the administration the Obama administration at the time this investigation was ongoing and all of the allegations are being made and, if so what was done and if they didn’t, why not?”

Unpaid advisor to the Trump campaign, George Popdopoulos, was arrested in July, we now find, for lying to the FBI.

WASHINGTON (AP) — A former campaign adviser to President Donald Trump has pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about his contacts with Russians, special counsel Robert Mueller said Monday, while Trump’s former campaign manager and that official’s business partner pleaded not guilty to felony charges of conspiracy against the United States and other counts.

We are told that Popadopoulos pleaded guilty and is “cooperating.” My first two thoughts? 1. Leverage, and 2. Wire.

During the daily press briefing, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders downplayed Papadopoulos’ role in the campaign, saying it was “extremely limited.”

“He was not paid by the campaign,” Sanders said, adding later: “Any actions that he took would have been on his own.”

Allahpundit of HotAir.com concurred with some of my thoughts.

According to the plea agreement, Papadopoulos was arrested on July 27 and signed his deal with the feds on October 5, although not until this morning was that publicly known. The court had sealed the files related to the case. How come?

So that’s why Mueller wanted to keep Papadopoulos’s arrest a secret. Papadopoulos may have been secretly working for the feds for the past three months, since his arrest, to gather evidence on suspects in related Russiagate matters in hopes of leniency. He was a perfect guy to try to recruit for that — young, in over his head, outside the Trump inner circle and therefore owing little loyalty to the administration. Mueller may have scared him senseless with threats of a long prison sentence for lying to the FBI and the promise of much reduced charges if he played ball. Possibly he enlisted Papadopoulos to reach out to some of the major players in Russiagate and get them on record confessing to … what, exactly? The problem with using Papadopoulos is that presumably he wasn’t a big enough cheese to make a guy like Manafort comfortable with discussing campaign secrets with him in the course of a “normal” conversation between them. He was a low-level guy.

As I said, 1. Leverage, and 2. Wire.

Monday’s revelations weren’t just of concern to Republicans. Demorats are hustling as well. Tony Podesta, brother of Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta (complicit in the Hillary email scandal) was shitting Twinkies on Monday. From FoxNews.com:

Brother of Clinton campaign chair steps down from lobbying firm amid reports of scrutiny from special counsel

Tony Podesta, founder of the Podesta Group and brother of former Hillary Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta, is resigning from his lobbying company.

Podesta and his lobbying firm were subjects of a federal investigation led by Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

The Podesta Group was one of several firms that worked on a campaign called the European Centre for a Modern Ukraine. The campaign was led by Paul Manafort and promoted Ukraine’s image in the West.

Uh-oh.

That said, all of this may be moot if a certain “fruit of the poisonous tree” doctrine is found to apply. Jerome Corsi writes:

FBI RELIANCE ON DISCREDITED FUSION GPS “RUSSIA DOSSIER” THREATENS MANAFORT PROSECUTION

by Jerome Corsi

FBI illegally obtained FISA wiretapping of Manafort based on dossier

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Special Counselor Robert Mueller’s case is in danger of being thrown out of court when the FBI is forced to admit FISA court authority to conduct electronic surveillance on former Trump campaign Paul Manafort was based on the fraudulent Fusion GPS “Russia dossier” that the FBI, the Clinton campaign, and the Democratic National Committee paid to be produced.

On Sept. 19, 2017, CNN reported that U.S. investigators conducted electronic surveillance on Manafort both before and after the election under a FISA court warrant.

The CNN article cites only unnamed sources, strongly suggesting the leak was based on an illegal leak to the press that could end up being traced back to the FBI, to Mueller’s Special Counselor office, or to both.

In other words, a case based on bullshite becomes bullshite.

The FBI and/or Mueller may have compromised their entire investigation of Paul Manafort by either using the fraudulent “Russia dossier” paid for in part by the FBI, or by illegally leaking information derived from the FISA-authorized electronic surveillance to CNN and other mainstream media publications known to be partisan “Never Trump” mouthpieces.

CNN reported the secret FISA warrant was obtained after Manafort became the subject of the FBI investigation that began as early as 2014 under then FBI Director James Comey, and centered upon work Manafort conducted consulting with Ukraine.

Further, will Mueller focus any aspect of his investigation on the clear felony charges that could be applied to those persons who leaked grand jury material?

From TheGatewayPundit.com:

Trey Gowdy: Mueller Team ‘Violated the Law’ Leaking Charges in Trump-Russia Investigation

by Joshua Caplan

Congressman and House Oversight Committee chair Trey Gowdy (R-SC) told “Fox News Sunday,” that Mueller’s team broke the law by leaking news of upcoming charges to CNN. Gowdy warned Mueller about leaking details of the investigation to the press.

Republican Rep. Trey Gowdy, the leader of the House’s top investigative committee, slammed special counsel Robert Mueller  on Sunday for allowing the news media to learn that he and his legal team now have charges in their Russia investigation.

“In the only conversation I’ve had with Robert Mueller, I stressed to him the importance of cutting out the leaks,” Gowdy, chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, told “Fox News Sunday.” “It’s kind of ironic that the people charged with investigating the law and the violations of the law would violate the law.”

On Friday night, CNN reported that Mueller’s team has filed the first charges in the case with a federal grand jury.

“Make no mistake, disclosing grand jury material is a violation of the law. Somebody violated their oath of secrecy,” Gowdy, a South Carolina lawmaker and former federal prosecutor, also told Fox News on Sunday.

Is the real story everything but the charges so far?

Let’s be honest. Mueller doesn’t give one shite about Manafort and Ukraine. He wants one thing: he wants Manafort and Gates and Papadopoulos to sing like birds. To me, it’s clear that Mueller got a tune out of Papadopoulos.

I don’t think he got much more than a goldfinch fart out of Manafort or Gates. Hence the charges.

Unfortunately for Mueller, their days of wearing wires are over. But perhaps this will encourage any number of individuals in DC to suck it up like buttercups and take massive gulps of STFU.

That rhymes.

“Round and round and round it goes; where it stops, nobody knows.”

BZ

 

Mueller’s Manic Monday

Here’s what happened.

Things were not going well for the DNC, the Demorats, Hillary, Bill, Obama, Holder, Lynch, DWS, Geithner, et al, so a few panicky phone calls were made. They went something like this:

“Bobby Three Sticks, dude, can’t you kick this shit into high gear? We’re getting killed by the dossier thing and the Uranium One thing. How about some charges? The threat of some charges? We don’t care if you really do indict a ham sandwich as long as it’s a Republican ham sandwich. Hell, indict a Republican hamster. You just gotta help us out here; we need a diversion and we need it now.”

With that in mind, Mueller’s first overt act was on Friday when this was leaked to CNN.

A federal grand jury in Washington, DC, on Friday approved the first charges in the investigation led by special counsel Robert Mueller, according to sources briefed on the matter.

The charges are still sealed under orders from a federal judge. Plans were prepared Friday for anyone charged to be taken into custody as soon as Monday, the sources said. It is unclear what the charges are.

A spokesman for the special counsel’s office declined to comment.

Pure coincidence. “Leaked to CNN”? Pure coincidence as well. Not like it’s branding or anything.

Five names have been thrown out, meat for the political wolves. Manafort, Flynn, Page, Kushner or Trump Jr.

Guesses as to which one?

Whatever charges are leveled will prove to be peripheral and not directly linked to Russian collusion influencing Trump or the election. Likely, I’m guessing — as with most anyone and everyone in DC — charges will be on the order of attempting some kind of coverup/lying or cash for personal gain. In Manafort’s case, wire transfers.

Mueller will do what the feds do customarily: break one person in order to get to another higher up the food chain. Leverage.

What kind of leverage is there truly?

We’ll see.

In the meantime, just when the investigations into Republicans and Russia began, the guilty parties have turned out increasingly to be Demorats.

How sad.

BZ

 

The swamp strikes back

In an absolutely unprecedented series of moves by most every element in not only DC but the northeastern US — as well as across the nation — forces have been arrayed against one man in the White House for the purposes of his utter ruination.

Those forces seek the destruction of Donald Trump. That a person can exist in this kind of toxic environment and then not only survive but thrive speaks greatly to the strength of that individual.

Most every newsroom across the US and a good portion of the globe is against Donald Trump. His intelligence agencies certainly are. From the WSJ.com:

Spies Keep Intelligence From Donald Trump on Leak Concerns

by Shane Harris & Carol E. Lee

Decision to withhold information underscores deep mistrust between intelligence community and president

U.S. intelligence officials have withheld sensitive intelligence from President Donald Trump because they are concerned it could be leaked or compromised, according to current and former officials familiar with the matter.

The officials’ decision to keep information from Mr. Trump underscores the deep mistrust that has developed between the intelligence community and the president over his team’s contacts with the Russian government, as well as the enmity he has shown toward US spy agencies.

On Wednesday, Mr Trump accused the agencies of leaking information to undermine him.

In some of these cases of withheld information, officials have decided not to show Mr Trump the sources and methods that the intelligence agencies use to collect information, the current and former officials said. Those sources and methods could include, for instance, the means that an agency uses to spy on a foreign government.

First “who” are the “leak concerns”? They are. The “deep state.” I asked the question again and again: where is the proof that the Russians hacked the US election and were out to force Trump into the presidency? Answer: “uh, no real proof, you’ll just have to believe us.” You know, us. The intelligence agencies who swear they have no political agendas when in fact that’s all they have. Lt Col Tony Shaffer weighs in:

They continue to fail to realize they exist to serve the president, not to hold sway over him. They hate that Trump is skeptical — amongst other things.

We know all the Demorats are, as well as their linked cabal of Leftists and outright anarchists and what I term the Religious Left — that is to say, those to whom it’s all about emotions and faith, the facts be damned.

Even a substantial portion of the GOP is after Trump’s head, to include Lindsay Graham and those too afraid to be outed in public but are working sub rosa to sever Trump’s achilles tendon, like Mitt Romney and Jeb Bush. Establishment Republicans and Republican pundits hate Trump because they have been made immaterial by him. They no longer matter. They’re having a more difficult time getting a seat for lunch at the Old Ebbitt Grill. The Ruling Class GOP has declared war on Trump. How dare he interfere with their importance? How dare he bypass them and fail to kiss the rings? Worse yet: Trump isn’t hiring any of them. What a shock. They excoriated him then expected him to forget their disdain?

Those Republicans who hate Trump hate Trump because he has removed their influence. Period. They can only be redeemed if Trump implodes in a huge way. Therefore.  .  .

None are working harder against Trump, however, than John McCain.

Listen to McCain continue on and on with the “new world order.”

Remember, it was John McCain who purposely leaked the so-called dossier about Russia “cultivating” Donald Trump. Please read my article here so that you can fully understand the despicable depths to which McCain will sink in order to torpedo the administration of President Trump.

In addition, Bill Kristol has completely delaminated, having said “Obviously strongly prefer normal democratic and constitutional politics. But if it comes to it, prefer the deep state to the Trump state.” That said everything you need to know about Kristol and others like him. Kristol also wrote “Idea for : Replace the Trump & Milo CPAC sessions by one with Bannon. Why listen to the marionettes when you can get the puppeteer?” Also: “Honest Q for conservatives who aren’t just working with or around Trump, but rationalizing him: In your heart, don’t you know you’re wrong?” And: “It’s not “The Southern White House.” It’s a fancy if vulgar country club.” Just come out and say it, Kristol: “he’s not my president.”

Let’s not forget Kristol’s “I’ll be unembarrassedly old-fashioned here: it is profoundly depressing and vulgar to hear an American president proclaim “America First.”

So that we keep our terms identified, the “deep state” is that which is considered to be the quasi-hidden horde of faceless bureaucrats, elitists, officials, retired officials, legislators, contractors and American Media Maggots who support and defend everything “establishment” about the US government and its policies. They cannot bear change. I’ll get to why later.

Tony Shaffer thinks these people are behind the Michael Flynn leaks.

Hell, let me just explain the bottom line up front: Trump cannot be allowed to succeed under any circumstance. Successes from him, no matter how they may benefit the people of the United States, repudiate the thoughts, philosophies and the entire belief systems of the very people out to assassinate him at every political turn. That’s the point.

When the American Media Maggots were absolutely up in arms and livid that the DNC and Podesta emails hit the ether via Wikileaks, they are now beside themselves with glee because of leaks in the Trump administration. Verified sources be damned; the AMM is in love with “anonymous” sources.

Let’s use the Michael Flynn situation as an example and, for that, I’ll cut to the chase and make things simple. The truth is that the AMM and the public don’t know for sure what Michael Flynn said to the Russian ambassador. The truth is that the AMM and the public don’t know for sure if the Trump campaign had significant contact with the Russian government. But that is apparently immaterial.

Al “Pay Your Taxes” Sharpton stated on last Wednesday’s Tom Joyner radio show:

If there was dialogue and negotiations with the Russians, with the Russians, which is clearly against the law and clearly an act that cannot be pardoned. If the president knew while it was going on and did not stop it or in some way authorized it, that can be impeachable.”

Uh, wrong, Al. It’s not illegal to speak to the Russians. It is only illegal to negotiate with foreign powers on behalf of the United States when you are not so authorized and you are formally attempting to undermine. Michael Flynn was a citizen when the call with the Russian ambassador occurred at the end of the Obama administration. Did Flynn lie to the FBI when contacted? Again, no one yet knows. The end game is to subvert and delegitimize the Trump presidency in any way possible.

Michael Walsh of PJMedia calls the situation a “rolling coup attempt.”

“.  .  .organized by elements of the intelligence community, particularly CIA and NSA, abetted by Obama-era holdovers in the understaffed Justice Department (Sally Yates, take a bow) and the lickspittles of the leftist media, all of whom have signed on with the “Resistance” in order to overturn the results of the November election.”

Walsh continues and nails the bullet points:

Now, up is down, black is white, and in is out. This is, of course, how you play the game, to keep everyone in a state of maximum confusion. So let’s cut to Main Narrative, as retailed by the MSM, with timely encouragement from the CIA and Democrat operatives masquerading as journalists:

  • Trump is unfit to be president. Plus, Hillary is unbeatable, so give up already.
  • Oops — Trump wins.
  • The Russians stole the election.
  • Trump is too cozy with the Russians.
  • Trump’s people are too cozy with the Russians.
  • No wonder the Russians stole the election for Trump.
  • Flynn called the Russian ambassador — and lied about it!
  • The coverup is always worse than the crime! Flynn must go!
  • Flynn’s gone — but here comes the ghost of Howard Baker —
  • “What did the president know and when did he know it?”
  • Trump is doomed.

Enter now the usual sycophants and deracinated old men, such as war hero John McCain, his lovely sidekick Lindsey Graham and various other useful idiots, adding their capon voices to the leftist choir: let freedom ring!

Please fully read the rest of Walsh’s article.

Victor Davis Hanson writes in the National Review:

Seven Days in February

Trumps’ critics, left and right, aim to bring about the cataclysm they predicted.

A 1964 political melodrama, Seven Days in May, envisioned a futuristic (1970s) failed military cabal that sought to sideline the president of the United States over his proposed nuclear-disarmament treaty with the Soviets.

Fake news proliferates. House minority leader Nancy Pelosi and Representative Elijah Cummings recently attacked departing national-security advisor Michael Flynn by reading a supposed Flynn tweet that was a pure invention. Nor did Trump, as reported, have a serious plan to mobilize “100,000” National Guard troops to enforce deportations.

Other false stories claimed that Trump had pondered invading Mexico, that his lawyer had gone to Prague to meet with the Russians, and that he had removed from the Oval Office a bust of Martin Luther King Jr. — sure proof of Trump’s racism. Journalists — including even “fact-checker” Glenn Kessler of the Washington Post — reposted fake news reports that Trump’s father had run a campaign for the New York mayorship during which he’d aired racist TV ads.

Here is where Hanson focuses like the proverbial laser beam and exposes the soft white underbelly of the frothing DC banana slugs who can readily be found by simply following their signature trail of slime.

1) As we saw from his recent free-wheeling press conference, Trump’s loud, take-no-prisoners style is certainly anti-Washington, anti-media, anti-elite, and anti-liberal. He often unsettles reporters with bombast and invective, when most are accustomed to dealing with career politicians or fellow liberal officeholders who share their same beliefs. As part of Trump’s art-of-the-deal tactics, he often blusters, rails, and asks for three times what he might eventually settle for, on the expectation that critics of his style will be soon silenced by the undeniable upside of his eventual achievements. This is a long-term strategy that in the short term allows journalists to fault the present means rather than the future ends. Trump’s unconventional bluster, not his record so far, fuels the animosity of elites who seek to delegitimize him and fear that their reputations and careers can be rendered irrelevant by his roughshod populism. He also has reminded the country that some of the mainstream media and Washington–New York elite are often mediocre and boring.

And here you see the spark. That spark of one thing: naked fear.

2) The Democratic party has been absorbed by its left wing and is beginning to resemble the impotent British Labour party. Certainly it no longer is a national party. Mostly it’s a local and municipal coastal force, galvanized to promote a race and gender agenda and opposed to conservatism yet without a pragmatic alternative vision. Its dilemma is largely due to the personal success but presidential failure of Barack Obama, who moved the party leftward and yet bequeathed an electoral matrix that will deprive future national candidates of swing-state constituencies without compensating for that downside with massive minority turnouts, which were unique to Obama’s candidacy. The Democratic party bites its tail in endless paroxysms of electoral frustration — given that the medicine of broadening support to win back the white poor and working classes is deemed worse than the disease of losing the state governorships and legislatures, the Congress, the presidency, and the Supreme Court.

There is no more telling an indicator of this than the DNC pulling hard to elect Keith Ellison as its chairman.

3) Usually conservative pundits and journalists would push back against this extraordinary effort to delegitimize a Republican president. But due to a year of Never Trump politicking and opposition, and Trump’s own in-your-face, unorthodox style and grating temperament, hundreds of Republican intellectuals and journalists, former officeholders and current politicians — who shared a common belief that Trump had no chance of winning and thus could be safely written off — find themselves without influence in either the White House or indeed in their own party, over 90 percent of which voted for Trump. In other words, the Right ruling class is still in a civil war of sorts.

But wait! There’s more!

For some, the best pathway to redemption is apparently to criticize Trump to such an extent that their prior prophecies of his preordained failure in the election will be partially redeemed by an imploding presidency. It is no accident that many of those calling for his resignation or removal are frustrated that, for the first time in a generation, they will have no influence in a Republican administration or indeed among most Republicans. Yet, in private, they accept that Trump’s actual appointments, executive orders, and announced policies are mostly orthodox conservative — a fact that was supposed to have been impossible.

I repeat: fear. Naked fear.

4) Since 2000, what might have been seen as irrational and abnormal has become institutionalized and commonplace: record U.S. debt approaching $20 trillion, chronic trade deficits, an often destructive globalization, Hoover-era anemic economic growth, polarizing racial identity politics, open borders, steady growth in the size of government, sanctuary cities, unmet NATO obligations abroad, crumbling faith that the European Union is sustainable and democratic, and a gradual symbiosis between the two parties, both of which ignored the working classes as either demographically doomed or as a spent force of deplorables and irredeemables (or both).

Please read the full article of Victor Davis Hanson.

An important corollary question is this: do we still have a free press? In one way yes, in another way no.

Yes, we have a free press in terms of their ability to write anything they wish for any reason they wish with very little blowback. No, in terms of their interest in the truth or even the half-hearted possession a slightly curious mind. They are fundamentally lazy, incurious and exist as the propaganda wing for Demorats and Leftists. They’ve been so for years now but only recently been called on the carpet by an individual whom they cannot really damage, but not for lack of trying every hour of every day.

90+% of every newsroom consists of registered Demorats. It is thought that, in the AMM, there is a ten-to-one alignment of liberals to conservatives in the industry. The American Media Maggots constantly bleat about the need for adversarial qualities in any free press. But those adversarial qualities are applied in an unfair fashion and only against those persons with whom they philosophically disagree — conservatives, Republicans to a degree and those who believe in smaller government. If newsrooms question a Demorat or a Leftist the puffy softballs emerge and they place Nerf suits on those they interview so feathers remain in place and unruffled.

In other words, objectivity is gone.

The entire discussion begs this question: what has Trump done in his first four weeks? He has installed people in cabinet positions that will tend to remove the Draconian rules and regulations in, say, the EPA and education. He has cleared the way for the Keystone XL and Dakota access pipelines in an attempt to make the US more energy independent and less dependent on what I term blood or conflict oil from the Middle East. He is attempting to stabilize medical care. He has undone regulations imposed by the Obama administration. He has made an excellent Supreme Court nomination. And he has mostly guaranteed roughly $78 billion dollars of American business commitment to the United States that wasn’t there under Obama. Trump also has about a 55% approval rating. It is trending up. Slowly. But up.

Truly, though, what’s it all about?

What is it ever about? Power and money, money and power. Mostly power. And the fear engendered with the actual and perceived loss of power.

People who have great jobs, usually for life, producing little work, not subject to election, making fabulous salaries, being treated with deference and living in stellar homes — their incomes and perks having risen whilst the average American’s wages have stagnated or dropped. They possess great healthcare. They have wonderful retirements. Their neighborhoods and schools are fabulous, untouched by gangbangers or gunshots or filthy immigrants or the homeless pissing on their front steps. They have great gyms, pristine jogging paths, espresso machines that sound like you’re hocking the ultimate loogie, vegan beer, quinoa, gluten-free gluten, and the newest Porsche Cayenne for the mommies.

“The spice must flow!”

Yet: they are the underminers and obstructionists — in both parties — because, finally, the focus is now on them. And they don’t like it one bit.

Those are the people who live here, around the DC Beltway, which is one of the richest and most expansive, desired places in the US. Above is some of the most expensive real estate in the country. Why do you suppose that might be?

The final question for purposes of this post is: What can be done?

First, he must continue on the current path of acquiring his cabinet and his various government appointments. He must fight like hell for Judge Gorsuch and the next SCOTUS vacancy because, after all, there will be another opening if not more during the next four years.

He must next direct his applicable beleaguered cabinet members to fire and eliminate wholesale as much of the upper and middle-management staff as humanly possible, because this is the true locus of hate, discontent and dissent in each agency. He has to continue or should begin to assume that opsec is prime. Mellow the rhetoric. Make your plans in private and not so public. Keep your cards close to your vest. Fire all the US attorneys in every district — they’re all Obama appointees. Fill all those mounting court vacancies by “recess appointing” judges on March 21st.

Uh-oh.

What if Trump kicks the country up to 3% + GDP growth? What if he brings more jobs to the US? What if he actually begins to bring jobs to the inner cities? What if he strengthens our military? What if he begins to make America energy independent? What if he begins to reduce waste in government? What if he reduces the size of government? What about those seats in 2018?

In four words: what if Trump succeeds?

Demorats and Leftists know: they’ll be irrelevant.

BZ