Some years ago in these spaces I labeled Glenn Greenwald the least honest person in the blogosphere. As far as I’m concerned, that is still quite true… but every once in awhile honesty leaks out, even with Greenwald

It turns out even he’s had enough of the constant drumbeat of Russian collusion coming from the Democrats. He piped up on Twitter last night and the reading is nothing short of astonishing.

(I’ve added some emphasis to a few phrases for discussion points.)

Glenn Greenwald

@ggreenwald

The Mueller investigation is complete and this is a simple fact that will never go away: not one single American was charged, indicted or convicted for conspiring with Russia to influence the 2016 election – not even a low-level volunteer. The number is zero.

Compare what cable hosts (let’s leave them unnamed) & Democratic operatives spent two years claiming this would lead to – the imprisonment of Don, Jr., Jared, even Trump on conspiracy-with-Russia charges – to what it actually produced. A huge media reckoning is owed.

Don’t even try to pretend the point of the Mueller investigation from the start wasn’t to obtain prosecutions of Americans guilty of conspiring with Russia to influence the outcome of the election or that Putin controlled Trump through blackmail. Nobody will believe your denials.

Are we now ready to rid ourselves of the thrilling espionage fantasy that Trump is controlled by Putin and the Kremlin using blackmail? There’s no way Robert Mueller would have gone 18 months without telling anyone about this if it were true, right? How could that be justified?

The desperate attempts to salvage something from this debacle by the Mueller dead-enders are just sad. Yes, the public hasn’t read the Mueller report. But we *know* he ended his investigation without indicting a single American for conspiring with Russia to influence the election.

I think it’s going to be amusing to see how long he lasts in this position. I can’t imagine that he isn’t already catching hell from twice the number of The Usual Suspects.

Eric Florack on March 23rd, 2019

Eric Florack on March 23rd, 2019

So Robert Mueller’s report has finally dropped. As we’ve been saying all along it is a huge Nothing-Burger.

Britt Hume said it best.

Meanwhile over at MSNBC tears are flowing, literally.

Those tears are understandable, given that the last two years of her “reporting” have been revealed as wishful non-thinking.

This whole sham investigation has always been a move of desperation on the part of the GOP establishment and the Democrats… To the point where it’s getting hard to tell which is which anymore. I have always held the view that when you see the Democrats and the GOP establishment agreeing on something, particularly something as earth-shaking as this, it’s a solid indication of the worthlessness of both of them.

I won’t say that the investigation has been completely fruitless, however. Consider the positive things that have happened

# The leftist Press has succeeded in self immoliation. Never again will the supposed mainstream press be able to even attempt to pass it off as anything other than what it is always been… The propaganda arm of the Democrat Party.

# The Democrat Party has succeeded in revealing itself as the power-mad group they’ve always been. They will do anything, say anything, lie, cheat, steal, to gain power. Absolutely anything. And they don’t care how many lives they destroy in the process.

# The Democrat Party is now forced to run their candidates on matters of policy and sanity… A venue that for the last 50 years they have never played well in.

I get the impression that the White House thinks this whole thing is behind them. But, I don’t expect this desperate anti Trump hysteria to end. Indeed, I expect it to get worse. there’s an awful lot of people who went way out on a limb, desperate to find something /anyting the hang on Trump thus saving their political and ambitions. That’s not something they’re going to give up immediately.

But here’s the thing; after two years of running that amplifier on number 11, and getting nowhere, the Democrats and the GOP establishment like Kristol, for example, have nothing left in their arsenal. The only thing they can do is try to Crank It up further. And the lies are going to get more wacky as time goes on

After all; Once you get past volume 11, what is there? More Distortion.

The problem with that for them, of course, is that by now the American people, including a large number of Democrats and independents already recognize the sham that this whole thing has been, and how untrustworthy the Democrat Party has become.

Eric Florack on March 22nd, 2019

CNN finally got around to admitting it…

The suit alleges that CNN defamed Sandmann in at least four television broadcasts, nine online articles, and four tweets.

“Contrary to its ‘Facts First’ public relations ploy, CNN ignored the facts and put its anti-Trump agenda first in waging a 7-day media campaign of false, vicious attacks against Nicholas,” the suit stated.

As I said earlier today, if CNN decides to offer an out-of-court settlement, we had better all hopes that Sandmann and company don’t take it.

The only reason to level a suit like this in the first place was the discovery phase which will without any question whatsoever rake CNN over the coals yes, a treatment they richly deserve.

Call me cynical, but it appears to Chicago cops have had enough of Democrat politics. Absolutely amazing. This is Chicago after all.

Chicago’s police union has demanded a federal investigation into the county’s top prosecutor for allegedly interfering in the Jussie Smollett case after being contacted by Michelle Obama’s former chief of staff.

The Fraternal Order of Police, which represents the department’s rank-and-file, sent a letter earlier this week asking the Department of Justice to probe Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx, according to ABC 7 Chicago.

Foxx tried to convince Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson to turn Smollett’s case over to the FBI — after Tina Tchen, the former senior Obama aide, reached out to her, saying the “Empire” star’s family had “concerns.”

I can only think of one reason why they would want this turned over to the FBI. That being that there are still strings connected to the FBI in their top echelons, the other end of which are in the hands Democrat party operatives.

Eric Florack on March 22nd, 2019

I suppose we can write off yet another Democrat presidential wannabe…

If Democratic voters are struggling to see what sets John Hickenlooper apart from the 2020 pack they need to look no further than his autobiography, which outlines in excruciating detail his quest to lose his virginity and, seemingly, every sexual exploit since.

Hah!!

We’re talking about a party which is not even close to recovering from the sexual escapades of America’s first black President, Bill Clinton…. And is struggling mightily to separate itself from the legacy of Hillary Clinton.

One gets the feeling in looking at this is that a candidate who paints himself in his autobiography a sex-essor to Bill Clinton, probably isn’t going to go over very large. Let’s face it, any policy ideas he might have regardless of how good they might be … ( And frankly what we’re seeing so far is not at all impressive…) are are going to be overshadowed by this.and that’s just among the Democrats. The remainder of the electorate isn’t going to want anything to do with this idiot, either.

I think we can safely write-off Hickenlooper at this point.

Eric Florack on March 22nd, 2019

From David Horowitz:

No, it’s very bad in the U.S. This war against Christianity is a war of the left, which is the Democratic Party, because Christian values are incompatible with the social justice delusions of the left. Everything about Christianity — the sanctity of the individual, the individual soul, individual accountability and equality — all these things are anathema to the left. Efforts to keep religion out of daily life continue to grow, such as school prayers and public displays of faith.

Well, look, nobody should be surprised about this stuff coming from the party that booed God at their last convention.

Did you think it was an accident that so much of what the Democratic party stands for these days, meshes so nicely with the public stands of islamists?

Eric Florack on March 22nd, 2019

ISIS is done. Their last stronghold crumbled yesterday, say the reports.

Arthur Chrenkoff gets it right:

Any celebrations will be bittersweet – and premature.

Bittersweet, because as the ISIS jihadis raged up and down two countries for the past five years they have spilled a sea of blood and inflicted untold suffering on those unlucky to have fallen within their shifting borders, in particular the Yazidis, the Kurds, and any Sunnis who might have disagreed with the Caliphate’s totalitarian and barbarian religo-political vision. The victory arrives finally, but at a huge cost.

Premature, because while this particular emanation of Islamism and jihadism is dead, the ideology will live on and keep reviving in other troubled areas of the world amidst civil strife and failed states. It is like a virus, which attacks the host bodies. When the immune system of a particular country is strong, the damage done is relatively light, but when it is compromised in countries like Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Libya, Somalia and others, the virus thrives. The Caliphate is dead, long live the Caliphate somewhere else. Where exactly, your guess is as good as mine. It could be in Afghanistan again, in areas under Taliban control, it could be in Somalia, which for all practical purposes is not a unitary state anymore, or it could be somewhere else in Saharan Africa.

Or, the Philippines for that matter.

The thing is this:

Discredited ideologies seldom die off altogether, even with a string of millions of bodies behind it such as Islam, or Socialism for example.

Vigilance will always be needed against such things because they will never ever go away.

Eric Florack on March 22nd, 2019

Is there anything about our Republican form of government is that the left doesn’t want to change in its favor?

The power-mad Democrats just in recent days have advocated…

# The elimination of the electoral College, thus effectively putting us under the boot of New York City and Los Angeles.

# They have been struggling mightily to allow illegals to vote in our elections,( after complaining bitterly about Russian influence in our elections ironically.)

# They are struggling to get legislation passed that would allow felons to vote.

# They are trying desperately to eliminate the second Amendment and our god-given right of self-defense.

Rick Moran said it right the other day over at The American Thinker:

Democrats, despite their takeover of the House, are a losing political party. In the most favorable political year for an opposition party in more than a generation, they managed to lose three Senate seats. They lost in 2016 to a foul-mouthed, political rookie, celebrity reality TV star who ran against a woman regularly named “most admired” in the country.

Folks, it’s called desperation. These people have gone full goose bozo for one reason and one reason only, and he’s sitting in the oval office.

(Not that it’s particularly matters who “he” is, anybody but Hillary Clinton in this case would have elicited the same response.)

Same deal with the constant leftist drum beat for reparations. It wouldn’t even be on the discussion list if Democrats win losing black voters. They’re trying to buy votes with our money…. and ignoring the fact that Johnson’s war on poverty has already spent 22 trillion dollars which were in essence an effort at reparations.

The thing is, none of this would be happening if Democrats were actually winning elections. They like to push this stuff off as a moral issue, but their morality would definitely change if they thought they had a chance in hell of obtaining power without playing these games.

In the end, all this entire scenario does, is back up what I’ve been saying about Democrats to the last two decades. It’s all about their power. Not helping individuals. Not increasing Freedom, not helping humanity. It’s all about increasing their own political power.

What’s remarkable about this is the degree to which their naked power lust has now been exposed.

This may be the one single useful thing that Marco Rubio has done since entering public life.

Senator Mark Rubio says he plans to introduce a constitutional amendment that would limit the number of Supreme Court justices to nine. Rubio cited the stated goal of several 2020 Democratic presidential candidates to expand the number of justices.

I’ve already got a post in the pipeline that will come out later today as well, as regards this and all the other actions of the Democrats who are desperately trying to change the rules of the game, because with the current, long standing rules they haven’t been winning elections.

However, this action of Rubio’s deserves a separate mention, because I take it as an indication that Little Marco has finally figured out the size of the bonfire that he’s been presiding over these last several years.

The the trick of course is getting it passed. Stay tuned.

Over at Newsbusters:

CNN still has yet to report on the now week-old lawsuit filed against them by lawyers for Covington Catholic High School student Nicholas Sandmann. The suit, which accuses the cable network of “falsely attacking, vilifying, and bullying” the teenager, has not received a single second of airtime during any CNN broadcast, nor has it been mentioned in any article on their website as of 1:00 p.m. Eastern on Wednesday, March 20.

Though they’ve remained quiet about their own legal tangle with the high school student, CNN did find the time to report on the suit Sandmann filed against the Washington Post. On February 20, the network ran three separate news briefs on its early morning shows covering that filing. In one such report, Early Start fill-in co-host Boris Sanchez noted that the viral video of the teen had “initially touched off accusations that Sandmann was a bigot” — conveniently failing to mention that his network was also a prominent voice in the chorus of such accusations.

Mmmph.

I have extreme doubts that this thing will ever get to court.

It would certainly be in the best interest of CNN and their left leaning agenda to quietly settle the thing out of court, and that point would certainly explain why they haven’t mentioned it on air yet.

There are two matters in play here. To report on it , in anything less than absolute truth is problematic legally, because of the attention drawn by the suit. If they play rough shod on the facts in this case as they so often do outside of it they expose themselves to legal ramifications.

Moreover to report on it at all at this stage of the game means allowing themselves to be taken down a notch in public perception.

So instead of reporting on news that runs afoul of their purposes, they sit on the story.

Nothing unusual about that for these animals.

Watch for this thing to be quietly settled out of court with the results of that settlement sealed.

Personally I’d like to see Sandman and his attorneys refuse to take an out-of-court settlement. But we will see.

The the wild card here is the Washington Post lawsuit… Which, as is reported in the pull quote, CNN did manage to find the time to report on. It’s unclear to me why CNN would be reporting on that alone. if they’re not going to report that they too got sued, why would they be reporting on it at all? That part doesn’t seem to make sense.

It seems to me the chances are rather high that the two suits will get lumped together as this thing moves through the court system, But there again time will tell

Eric Florack on March 21st, 2019

For those who don’t remember this creep, let’s talk about attorney Greg Craig… A class 1 Clintonista. Deb Heine at PJM:

During the Clinton years, Craig was involved in a plethora of Clinton scandals, including the violent Florida government raid in 2000 that resulted in young Elian Gonzalez being sent back to Fidel Castro’s Cuba.

As the lawyer for Elian Gonzalez’s father, Craig worked with the communist Cuban government by killing an agreement “to transfer custody of Elian to his father, as long as [Elian’s family from Miami] could live with the boy and his father in an environment free of U.S. and Cuban officials.”

Pre-Clinton and Obama, Craig was involved in other notorious cases.

In the early 1980s, [Craig] was an attorney for John Hinckley, the man who shot President Reagan and three others. Craig helped put together an insanity defense that led to Hinckley’s acquittal. Nine years later, he advised Ted Kennedy in the Palm Beach rape case involving the senator and his nephew, William Kennedy Smith.

… Craig orchestrated a 1984 [Senate] hearing for Kennedy on alleged human-rights abuses committed by Nicaragua’s rebels, the Contras. He worked with groups closely tied to the Sandinista regime to find witnesses for the forum, which led to a round of anti-contra news coverage in the U.S.

Okay now that you’ve got the picture, let’s look what’s happening currently:

Former Obama White House counsel and Clinton impeachment attorney Greg Craig may soon be indicted by the Justice Department for engaging in illegal unregistered overseas lobbying, Fox News reported Tuesday. Craig appears to have been caught up in special counsel Robert Mueller’s long-running investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.

If charged, Craig would be the first Democrat to face prosecution in Mueller’s Russia probe, according to Fox.

The case centers on lobbying work that Craig performed in 2012 for the Russian-backed president of Ukraine, Viktor Yanukovych, while Craig was a partner at the law firm Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom. Craig allegedly never registered as a foreign agent under a U.S. law known as the Foreign Agents Registration Act, or FARA, which requires lobbyists to declare publicly if they represent foreign leaders, governments or their political parties.

FARA violations were only rarely prosecuted until Mueller took aim at Paul Manafort, President Trump’s former campaign chairman, for his lobbying work in Ukraine. Manafort, who connected Craig with Yanukovych, has been convicted on numerous bank and tax fraud charges, and was separately accused of FARA violations as well. He was sentenced earlier this month to approximately seven years in prison.

Craig left Skadden last April after Alex van der Zwaan, who had been a lawyer in the firm’s London office, pleaded guilty to lying to prosecutors and the FBI about communications involving Skadden’s work for Yanukovych, whose party was paying Paul Manafort and Rich Gates.

Skadden agreed to cooperate with the DOJ’s registration requirements in January, and paid $4.6 million in a settlement to avoid criminal prosecution.

If they do get around to charging this guy, it’s my view he deserves everything he gets… But I can’t help but wonder, does he constitute the token Democrat target of the Mueller investigation… The Democrat that they added at the last moment so that they could say “See? We weren’t just going after Republican Targets”

Time, I suppose, will tell, but I’m betting he won’t be treated like Elian Gonzalez, and Rodger Stone. We won’t see the FBI showing up with half of their arsenal at his doorstep, and I can pretty much guarantee you that they’re not going to have a CNN camera crew in tow.

Eric Florack on March 20th, 2019

The always formidable Sebastian Gorka:

It’s been a tough two years if you’re a post-Reagan era, Bush-flunky fake conservative

Yeah, I’ll bet it has.

You believed the rest of your life could consist of your collecting fat honoraria checks from both sides of the uniparty establishment. From AEI to Brookings, from CATO to the Council on Foreign Relations, you also milked a handful of gullible right-wing donors and bloviated your pedestrian “analysis” for the hosts of the cable shows you cared for the most—naturally, on CNN. This despite the fact that America really didn’t seem to care. At least not if we judge by the viewing statistics.

Seb makes interesting comments about CNN’s lack of viewers, and then goes on from there:

For decades they planted themselves at publications such as National Review and the Weekly Standard which lost their viability as market products but nevertheless chugged along, read by a smaller and smaller group of believers and fellow-travelers, funded as they were by the same handful of well-meaning but credulous sugar-daddies. You know their names: Bill Kristol, Stephen Hays, Jennifer Rubin, Tom Nichols, to name but a few. Then on November 8, 2016, America fired them all.

He goes on with an apt description of what happened to the left… saying they reinvested in crazy.

But then we come to the heart of why I’m posting this:

The Establishment GOP hasn’t changed. We just saw that on Thursday as GOP senators betrayed their president on the signature issue of his campaign: securing the southern U.S. border. Those who really are conservatives and support the will of the people as expressed in the MAGA agenda remain just a handful. You know their names, too: Mark Meadows (R-N.C.), Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.), Louis Gohmert (R-Texas), Lee Zeldin (R-N.Y.), Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), Lindsey Graham 2.0, and not many more.

And the NeverTrumpers? Did they leave to fight real fascists like their forefathers in the International Brigades of Spain? Hardly. The soft hands and weak backs of the professional OpEd scribbler would be of little help on a battlefield in Syria or Iraq. So they reinvested in a crazy of their own variety.

They moved from gullible conservative donors to taking money from hardcore left-wing billionaires. They rebranded themselves under a new masthead, and as The Bulwark—sounds manly right?—and decided the best thing is to outdo the Daily Beast and Buzzfeed in anti-Trump sentiment. No more pretending to be the heirs of Kirk and Chambers while enjoying tony parties in Adams Morgan with their MSNBC, NPR, and Obama Administration pals. No, they will rebuild America by giving in to their inner Arianna Huffington and unleashing their hidden Glenn Thrush.

Frankly, as evidenced by the actions of the traitor John McCain in the last months of his life, this is where their heart has always been. This was precisely the complaint of the rank-and-file.

I have been saying for almost a decade now, that the rank-and-file GOP, and I think if you include the independents, the majority of America, is far more conservative than anything that either party establishment has coughed up in several generations with the exception of Ronald Reagan who they were never very pleased about… And whom they fought tooth-and-nail… At least by the standards of the day.

He closes by mentioning The Bulwark, and their lame attack VDH that I mentioned the other day. I will urge you to go and read the whole thing.

Eric Florack on March 20th, 2019

I know I have some leftist readers to this blog. I’d like to see them jump into the comments and defend this one.

“Reporters at the Washington Post sent just a single FOIA request to the EPA during Obama’s entire second term, and have sent 43 FOIA requests to the agency since Trump took office.”

The New York Times? Reporters there “have made 100 FOIA requests since Trump took office just over two years ago, a 669 percent increase of the number of FOIA requests it made during the four years of Obama’s second term.”

What do you suppose would account for this discrepancy?