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VP Pence: The NBA is ‘acting like a wholly-owned subsidiary’ of communist China

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Vice President Mike Pence gave a speech today on US-China relations at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington, DC. The first ten minutes or so of Pence’s speech focused on the Trump administration’s record regarding trade. A bit later, Pence turned to the situation in Hong Kong, saying “Hong Kong is a living example of what can happen when China embraces liberty.” He also said, “To the millions in Hong Kong who have been peacefully demonstrating to protect your rights these past months, we stand with you.”

“Today, China is not only exporting hundreds of billions of dollars in unfairly traded goods to the United States but lately China’s also been trying to export censorship, the hallmark of the regime, by exploiting corporate greed,” Pence said. He added, “Far too many American multi-national corporations have kowtowed to the lure of China’s money and markets by muzzling not only criticism of the Chinese Communist Party but even affirmative expressions of American values.

“Nike promotes itself as a so-called social-justice champion, but when it comes to Hong Kong, it prefers checking its social conscience at the door. Nike stores in China actually removed their Houston Rockets merchandise from their shelves to join the Chinese government in protest against the Rockets’ general manager’s seven-word tweet which read, ‘Fight for freedom, stand with Hong Kong.’

“And some of the NBA’s biggest players and owners, who routinely exercise their freedom to criticize this country, lose their voices when it comes to the freedom and rights of the people of China. In siding with the Chinese communist party and silencing free speech, the NBA is acting like a wholly-owned subsidiary of that authoritarian regime. A progressive corporate culture that willfully ignores the abuse of human rights is not progressive it is regressive. When American corporations, professional sports, pro athletes embrace censorship, it’s not just wrong it’s un-American. American corporations should stand up for American values here at home and around the world.”

Nike and the NBA have been playing at woke politics in the public sphere for a while now. They are both happy to claim the mantle of defender of human rights so long as they can market the image to kids who buy sneakers. But when it counts, when there’s no upside in it for them, they quietly side with the censors. I think this is what people on the left would call a teachable moment.

You can see the full speech below. The section on Hong Kong starts at around 22 minutes.

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Vice President Pence Must Save Us from Elon Musk Syndrome

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The Feds Must Stop Smoking What Musk Is Smoking

 

Please allow a personal point of privilege at the outset:

I REALLY like Mike Pence.  Zero sarcasm – I think he is a really good guy.

Pence once saved my professional bacon – now more than a decade ago.

I had scheduled a huge Capitol Hill anti-Fairness Doctrine press conference.  Lots of Senators and Congressmen were part of the itinerary – including then-Congressman Pence.

One of the Senators’ offices had secured for us a Senate press room – which then turned out to be not so secured.  It was double-booked – and we were out.

Pence stepped right up – and had his staffers scramble and secure us a place on the House side to host it.

Not a huge deal in the grand scheme of things.  But emblematic of the man I got to know a little over the years.

I was absolutely thrilled when Donald Trump chose Pence to be his vice presidential candidate.  It was a brilliant decision.

Pence is a solid conservative – who bolstered a presidential candidate whose conservative bona fides were at that time understandably in question.

After winning the election, I then remember Pence being excoriated stupidly and ridiculously – for wisely not having one-on-one private meetings with women not his wife.

Pence was lambasted by the Left as being a prude – who was holding back his (very many) women staffers by not granting them equal access to…what, his hotel room on business trips?  Grabbing a coffee in the lobby is anti-women?

Five seconds later, the Harvey Weinstein story broke and the #MeToo “movement” swept the media landscape.  One Democrat after another was revealed to be a women-assaulting ass hat.

Proving Pence and his personal policy – were wise and right.  And the Leftists in and out of the media who attacked him – were stupid and stupid.

I think Pence is the perfect presidential successor to Trump.  We the People will get all the great policy substance – with a much more low-key style.

I don’t mind Trump’s style.  In fact, I thoroughly enjoy it.  I enjoy most people from Queens, Brooklyn and the Bronx – most of whom are nigh exactly like Trump.

But if eight years delivers US to a critical density of Trump Fatigue – President Pence is the perfect national palate cleanser.

All of this is to say – I have long very much liked and respected now-Vice President Mike Pence.

Which is why his one political and policy blind spot – is so very out of character.  Pence appears to suffer from Elon Musk Syndrome.

Pence is by no means alone in being afflicted with Elon Musk Syndrome.  It is a condition – run rampant in Washington, D.C.

Elon Musk Syndrome – is being enamored with government money sopper Elon Musk.

Elon Musk: The $5-Billion-Government-Money-Recipient ‘Genius’

That $5 billion tally – was tallied in 2015.  Musk’s take is MUCH huger now.

Musk’s far-and-away greatest skill?  Convincing lots and lots government officials to keep giving him gobs and gobs of our money.

To keep propping up his very many failed businesses.

Many of Musk’s failed businesses – are predicated upon fake energy.

Musk loves taking LOTS of our money for his ridiculous solar power (SolarCity) and electric car (Tesla) businesses.

Walmart Shines Light on Elon Musk’s Thorny SolarCity Deal in New Lawsuit Against Tesla

Heavily Subsidized and Failing: Elon Musk and SolarCity

SolarCity Deal Is a Rich Subsidy Package

Elon Musk’s SolarCity Sues Government For More Subsidies

Tesla and Its Subsidies

Tesla’s Main Product Isn’t Cars, It’s Subsidies

It’s Confirmed: Without Government Subsidies, Tesla Sales Implode

Where does a whole lot of our money go?  Mainlined into Musk’s wallet.

Tesla’s Elon Musk Tops the List of America’s Highest Paid CEOs by State with $2.3 Billion in Earnings Last Year

Musk self-compensated – $2.3 billion.  In one year.  For running a car company that can not even exist – without massive, ongoing infusions of our money.

All of this – is exceedingly lame.

Speaking of exceedingly lame – behold Musk’s SpaceX.

Is SpaceX Wasting Taxpayer Dollars?

Short answer – yes:

“Elon Musk’s SpaceX has made a name for itself as an innovative company on the cutting edge of aerospace technology. Behind the successful marketing, however, lies a disturbing case of cronyism that needs more investigation and public transparency….

“It is dumbfounding that more questions aren’t being asked about SpaceX. Despite the government’s knowledge of systemic deficiencies with SpaceX rockets and systems, it continues to contract with them, putting billions of taxpayer dollars in the hands of an unreliable company.”

Musk’s latest SpaceX failures?

Why NASA’s Annoyed About Elon Musk’s Giant Rocket:

“SpaceX has never flown a person into space in its Crew Dragon, its first crew-capable spacecraft.”

Ummm…if Musk has never flown a crew on his Crew Dragon – it ain’t “crew-capable”:

“(T)he Crew Dragon…(is) well behind schedule. Awarded a NASA contract in 2014, SpaceX initially said it would deliver an operational vehicle that astronauts could fly in by 2017. But that still hasn’t happened.”

Delays and Safety Concerns Mar NASA’s Plans to Fly Astronauts on Commercial Spacecraft

But wait – it appears The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has FINALLY had enough of Musk and his very many failures.

NASA Attacks Elon Musk and SpaceX for ‘Years of Delays’ Failing to Deliver for US Taxpayer:

“NASA boss Jim Bridenstine has taken a thinly veiled shot at Elon Musk over the SpaceX chief’s inability to meet his deadline to the US space agency….

“Mr Bridenstine tweeted:

“‘Commercial Crew is years behind schedule.  NASA expects to see the same level of enthusiasm focused on the investments of the American taxpayer. It’s time to deliver.’”

The only thing Musk has more of than our money?  Annoying, extraordinarily mis-possessed chutzpah.

Elon Musk Trolls NASA Chief with His Own Sick Space Burn

In response to very real concerns about billions of our dollars – expressed by Musk’s boss – Musk gets insulting and snarky.  On CNN.

What an ass hat.

It is time to FINALLY fire Musk and his SpaceX (and his Tesla…and his SolarCity…).

Which brings us back to Pence.

Pence has been an apparent fan of Musk.

SpaceX Gets a Shout-Out from Vice President Pence – February 22, 2018

Well, Trump made Pence the Chair of the Administration’s National Space Council – in July, 2017.

Which means by now – Pence knows all about Musk and SpaceX’s very many failings.

Which means Pence – is in a position to do something about it.

Which means Pence – should fire Musk and his SpaceX.

To FINALLY save We the Taxpayers from Musk and his SpaceX – and their very many failings.

The post Vice President Pence Must Save Us from Elon Musk Syndrome appeared first on RedState.

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Vice President Pence Must Save Us from Elon Musk Syndrome

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The Feds Must Stop Smoking What Musk Is Smoking

 

Please allow a personal point of privilege at the outset:

I REALLY like Mike Pence.  Zero sarcasm – I think he is a really good guy.

Pence once saved my professional bacon – now more than a decade ago.

I had scheduled a huge Capitol Hill anti-Fairness Doctrine press conference.  Lots of Senators and Congressmen were part of the itinerary – including then-Congressman Pence.

One of the Senators’ offices had secured for us a Senate press room – which then turned out to be not so secured.  It was double-booked – and we were out.

Pence stepped right up – and had his staffers scramble and secure us a place on the House side to host it.

Not a huge deal in the grand scheme of things.  But emblematic of the man I got to know a little over the years.

I was absolutely thrilled when Donald Trump chose Pence to be his vice presidential candidate.  It was a brilliant decision.

Pence is a solid conservative – who bolstered a presidential candidate whose conservative bona fides were at that time understandably in question.

After winning the election, I then remember Pence being excoriated stupidly and ridiculously – for wisely not having one-on-one private meetings with women not his wife.

Pence was lambasted by the Left as being a prude – who was holding back his (very many) women staffers by not granting them equal access to…what, his hotel room on business trips?  Grabbing a coffee in the lobby is anti-women?

Five seconds later, the Harvey Weinstein story broke and the #MeToo “movement” swept the media landscape.  One Democrat after another was revealed to be a women-assaulting ass hat.

Proving Pence and his personal policy – were wise and right.  And the Leftists in and out of the media who attacked him – were stupid and stupid.

I think Pence is the perfect presidential successor to Trump.  We the People will get all the great policy substance – with a much more low-key style.

I don’t mind Trump’s style.  In fact, I thoroughly enjoy it.  I enjoy most people from Queens, Brooklyn and the Bronx – most of whom are nigh exactly like Trump.

But if eight years delivers US to a critical density of Trump Fatigue – President Pence is the perfect national palate cleanser.

All of this is to say – I have long very much liked and respected now-Vice President Mike Pence.

Which is why his one political and policy blind spot – is so very out of character.  Pence appears to suffer from Elon Musk Syndrome.

Pence is by no means alone in being afflicted with Elon Musk Syndrome.  It is a condition – run rampant in Washington, D.C.

Elon Musk Syndrome – is being enamored with government money sopper Elon Musk.

Elon Musk: The $5-Billion-Government-Money-Recipient ‘Genius’

That $5 billion tally – was tallied in 2015.  Musk’s take is MUCH huger now.

Musk’s far-and-away greatest skill?  Convincing lots and lots government officials to keep giving him gobs and gobs of our money.

To keep propping up his very many failed businesses.

Many of Musk’s failed businesses – are predicated upon fake energy.

Musk loves taking LOTS of our money for his ridiculous solar power (SolarCity) and electric car (Tesla) businesses.

Walmart Shines Light on Elon Musk’s Thorny SolarCity Deal in New Lawsuit Against Tesla

Heavily Subsidized and Failing: Elon Musk and SolarCity

SolarCity Deal Is a Rich Subsidy Package

Elon Musk’s SolarCity Sues Government For More Subsidies

Tesla and Its Subsidies

Tesla’s Main Product Isn’t Cars, It’s Subsidies

It’s Confirmed: Without Government Subsidies, Tesla Sales Implode

Where does a whole lot of our money go?  Mainlined into Musk’s wallet.

Tesla’s Elon Musk Tops the List of America’s Highest Paid CEOs by State with $2.3 Billion in Earnings Last Year

Musk self-compensated – $2.3 billion.  In one year.  For running a car company that can not even exist – without massive, ongoing infusions of our money.

All of this – is exceedingly lame.

Speaking of exceedingly lame – behold Musk’s SpaceX.

Is SpaceX Wasting Taxpayer Dollars?

Short answer – yes:

“Elon Musk’s SpaceX has made a name for itself as an innovative company on the cutting edge of aerospace technology. Behind the successful marketing, however, lies a disturbing case of cronyism that needs more investigation and public transparency….

“It is dumbfounding that more questions aren’t being asked about SpaceX. Despite the government’s knowledge of systemic deficiencies with SpaceX rockets and systems, it continues to contract with them, putting billions of taxpayer dollars in the hands of an unreliable company.”

Musk’s latest SpaceX failures?

Why NASA’s Annoyed About Elon Musk’s Giant Rocket:

“SpaceX has never flown a person into space in its Crew Dragon, its first crew-capable spacecraft.”

Ummm…if Musk has never flown a crew on his Crew Dragon – it ain’t “crew-capable”:

“(T)he Crew Dragon…(is) well behind schedule. Awarded a NASA contract in 2014, SpaceX initially said it would deliver an operational vehicle that astronauts could fly in by 2017. But that still hasn’t happened.”

Delays and Safety Concerns Mar NASA’s Plans to Fly Astronauts on Commercial Spacecraft

But wait – it appears The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has FINALLY had enough of Musk and his very many failures.

NASA Attacks Elon Musk and SpaceX for ‘Years of Delays’ Failing to Deliver for US Taxpayer:

“NASA boss Jim Bridenstine has taken a thinly veiled shot at Elon Musk over the SpaceX chief’s inability to meet his deadline to the US space agency….

“Mr Bridenstine tweeted:

“‘Commercial Crew is years behind schedule.  NASA expects to see the same level of enthusiasm focused on the investments of the American taxpayer. It’s time to deliver.’”

The only thing Musk has more of than our money?  Annoying, extraordinarily mis-possessed chutzpah.

Elon Musk Trolls NASA Chief with His Own Sick Space Burn

In response to very real concerns about billions of our dollars – expressed by Musk’s boss – Musk gets insulting and snarky.  On CNN.

What an ass hat.

It is time to FINALLY fire Musk and his SpaceX (and his Tesla…and his SolarCity…).

Which brings us back to Pence.

Pence has been an apparent fan of Musk.

SpaceX Gets a Shout-Out from Vice President Pence – February 22, 2018

Well, Trump made Pence the Chair of the Administration’s National Space Council – in July, 2017.

Which means by now – Pence knows all about Musk and SpaceX’s very many failings.

Which means Pence – is in a position to do something about it.

Which means Pence – should fire Musk and his SpaceX.

To FINALLY save We the Taxpayers from Musk and his SpaceX – and their very many failings.

The post Vice President Pence Must Save Us from Elon Musk Syndrome appeared first on RedState.

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V.P. Mike Pence Tells House Committees No Thanks on Impeachment Inquiry

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(AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

You just know that when the Veep told the House committee people he would not cooperate he was really nice about it also.

Late Tuesday night, the Vice President of the United States, through counsel, informed the House committees that are scrounging around doing impeachment-like things that he would not play along.

According to Axios

The counsel for Vice President Mike Pence sent a letter to the chairmen of the House committees investigating President Trump and Ukraine on Tuesday informing them that he will not cooperate with a request for documents in their “self-proclaimed” impeachment inquiry.

This was fully expected, so no surprise.

However, the announcement that Nancy Pelosi blinked and will not hold an impeachment vote as of now means that the White House strategy of pressuring the House to hold a formal vote has worked. Pence and other White House officials will not face much pressure until the House holds a vote or they take this to the courts. The courts won’t take this up soon so this is looking like a suave move by the White House.

The Trump administration is still going to have its hands full dealing with other aspects of this Ukraine story but for now, the House vote on Impeachment is tabled and the Vice President of the United States can just hang out and do what V.P’s do.

Which I’m not sure of exactly.

Here is the letter sent on behalf of the Vice President…

Dear Chairmen:

The Office of the Vice President has received the Committees’ Letter to the Vice President, dated October 4, 2019, which requests a wide-ranging scope of documents, some of which are clearly not vice-presidential records, pursuant to a self-proclaimed “impeachment inquiry.” As noted in the October 8, 2019 letter from the White House Counsel to each of you and to Speaker Nancy Pelosi, the purported “impeachment inquiry” has been designed and implemented in a manner that calls into question your commitment to fundamental fairness and due process rights.

The Office of the Vice President recognizes the oversight role of your respective committees in Congress. Please know that if the Committees wish to return to the regular order of legitimate legislative oversight requests, and the Committees have appropriate requests for information solely in the custody of the Office of the Vice President, we are prepared to work with you in a manner consistent with well-established bipartisan constitutional protections and a respect for the separation of powers. Until that time, the Office of the Vice President will continue to reserve all rights and privileges that may apply, including those protecting executive privileges, national security, attorney-client communications, deliberations, and communications among the President, the Vice President, and their advisors.

As detailed in the White House Counsel Letter, the House of Representatives has not authorized any “impeachment inquiry.” Specifically, the operative House rules do not delegate to any committee the authority to conduct an inquiry under the impeachment power of Article I, Section 2 of the Constitution. Instead of being accountable to the American people and casting a vote to authorize what all agree is a substantial constitutional step, you have instead attempted to avoid this fundamental requirement by invoking the Speaker’s announcement of an “official impeachment inquiry” at a press conference? Never before in history has the Speaker of the House attempted to launch an “impeachment inquiry” against a President without a majority of the House of Representatives voting to authorize a constitutionally acceptable process.

The Office of the Vice President encourages the Committees to forgo their request to the Office of the Vice President, or hold it in abeyance, pending your discussion with the White House Counsel’s Office concerning compliance with constitutionally mandated procedures. Similarly, the Office of the Vice President encourages the Committees to first seek information from primary sources that may be responsive to your broad requests.

Sincerely,
Matthew E. Morgan

Counsel to the Vice President

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Pence Headed to House Districts of Vulnerable Democrats With a Message: Let’s Settle This at the Ballot Box

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Vice President Mike Pence speaks to the annual meeting of the National Rifle Association, Friday, April 26, 2019, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has refused to hold a formal impeachment inquiry vote on the floor of the U.S. House, but we still have a good idea of which Democrats have boarded the impeachment train so far.

There are 235 Democrats in the House and all but 9 of them have publicly expressed support for either an impeachment inquiry or outright impeachment. Some of those who have noted their support for one or the other are in districts won by Trump in 2016 but by Democrats in 2018.

It is some of those districts Vice President Mike Pence will be visiting this week as part of a Trump campaign blitz to remind voters (and the vulnerable Democratic House members) that political disagreements should be settled at the ballot box, not by way of impeachment.

Politico reports:

Each of the districts on Pence’s itinerary were won by Trump in 2016, making them potent targets for Republicans. The vice president will travel Wednesday to the southwest Iowa district of Rep. Cindy Axne, and Thursday he’s slated to visit the suburban Twin Cities district of another freshman Democrat, Minnesota Rep. Angie Craig. The vice president is then scheduled to barnstorm an array of battleground districts, including those held by Michigan Rep. Elissa Slotkin and Virginia Rep. Abigail Spanberger.
[…]
But Republicans are eager to get in sync, saying the impeachment push has given them a powerful argument to use against Democrats. At each stop, Pence is expected to paint Democrats as being more focused on destroying the president than on solving the problems of their constituents.
[…]
Democrats, Republicans point out, successfully prosecuted a similar case during the House GOP-led impeachment of Bill Clinton. Republicans suffered in that year’s midterm election, losing five congressional seats.
[…]
Roughly two dozen of the 31 House Democrats who hail from districts Trump won in 2016 have expressed support for the impeachment inquiry.

In at least one instance, Pence’s visit will be part of a two-pronged approach, appearing in Minneapolis on the same day Trump plans a speech in the Twin Cities:

Vice President Mike Pence is reportedly visiting the Twin Cities on Thursday, the same day President Donald Trump will hold a downtown Minneapolis rally.
[…]
In 2016, Trump carried Craig’s Second Congressional District by just over 1%. That same year, Craig lost the congressional race to Republican Jason Lewis by a similar margin. In 2018, Craig beat Lewis in a rematch by more than 5 percentage points.

In addition to the growing calls from Democrats to impeach Trump, there’s also wild talk about how should Pence himself should be thrown into the impeachment mix, which if successful would leave us with House Speaker Pelosi as president.

With that in mind, Pence shouldn’t have much trouble making a convincing argument that Democratic efforts to date on impeachment look more like coup attempts than legitimate inquiries into so-called “impeachable offenses.”

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Payback: Pence to begin campaigning in new House Dem districts over impeachment

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Impeachment is a political process. Mike Pence wants to make sure House Democrats understand that. Politico reports that the vice president will embark on a campaign tour through congressional districts that voted for Donald Trump in 2016 but elected Democrats to Congress in 2018 to argue that Democrats are obsessed with overturning the first election, rather than focus on their issues:

Starting this week, Vice President Mike Pence will embark on a national tour of congressional districts represented by Democrats who’ve come out in support of the inquiry. The move comes as the administration is struggling to combat an intensifying investigation into President Donald Trump’s dealings with Ukraine.

Each of the districts on Pence’s itinerary were won by Trump in 2016, making them potent targets for Republicans. The vice president will travel Wednesday to the southwest Iowa district of Rep. Cindy Axne, and Thursday he’s slated to visit the suburban Twin Cities district of another freshman Democrat, Minnesota Rep. Angie Craig. The vice president is then scheduled to barnstorm an array of battleground districts, including those held by Michigan Rep. Elissa Slotkin and Virginia Rep. Abigail Spanberger. …

While national surveys show growing support for impeachment, Republicans contend it’s far lower in the Democratic-held swing districts they’re targeting. The National Republican Congressional Committee released a polling memo last week that argued that two-thirds of voters in those districts “agree that Democrats in Congress are too obsessed with impeaching the president and should be working on” other issues.

How well will this go? The visit to Minnesota’s 2nd CD, where I live, might not be particularly instructive. Trump did win it in 2016, along with Jason Lewis after John Kline’s retirement from the House, but not by much — 46.07%/44.88%. Barack Obama won this district in 2012 by an even thinner margin (48.91/48.85), after having lost it by only two points in 2008. Before that, George W. Bush won comfortably in both of his elections with solid majorities. The truth is that MN-02 has changed considerably over the last 22 years in which I’ve lived in it, a truth that John Kline’s popularity and integrity largely papered over until his retirement. The DFL has made a lot of inroads in state and local elections here, and even a new push by Pence may not recover it.

Still, that may not be the case everywhere else, and even here in MN-02 impeachment probably won’t sell. Trump may not be well liked, but voters here didn’t send Angie Craig to Washington to tie up Congress for two years over Democrats’ distaste for Trump. They promised to govern and to focus on voter priorities, and in suburban districts like MN-02, voters aren’t prioritizing a Beltway food fight, which is what this is after the collapse of the Russia-collusion hypothesis.

Democrats want to counter by doubling down on impeachment and Pence’s supposed involvement in Trump’s “crimes”:

“At every stop Vice President Pence makes he’ll have to answer for his own role in this growing scandal,” said Cole Leiter, a Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee spokesman, “and any candidate who is still willing to appear publicly with Vice President Pence will have made it clear that they accept the Trump administration’s wholesale eagerness to betray the office of the American president.”

Er … sure, that’ll work. To keep this from looking like a case of political sour grapes, Democrats have to make this about Trump. Calling for Pence’s impeachment will only make this look more like an attempt to reverse an election that Democrats didn’t like rather than just win an election on their own. How’s that project going? As Allahpundit noted in the previous post — poorly.

It’s probably too late to stop Trump’s impeachment after Nancy Pelosi’s alea iacta est declaration. If there are any sane minds in the House Democratic caucus, though, they’ll yank the leash back on this kind of talk, which will only amplify Pence’s message in these districts. In fact, don’t be surprised if Pence plays the audio in this clip from the stump. Pence and the RNC will do everything they can to make sure that House Democrat freshman feel the pain for moving forward on Pelosi’s impeachment rather focus on their voters.

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MSNBC panelist: We can impeach Pence first and let Trump name his replacement before he’s impeached too

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This clip from Saturday was advertised over the weekend by some as a plan to oust Trump and Pence so that Pelosi can become president. Not true — it’s even weirder than that. What Jill Wine-Banks, a former Watergate prosecutor, is proposing is a way to oust Trump and Pence so that Pelosi doesn’t become president. A “President Pelosi” scenario is preposterous inasmuch as Senate Republicans would never allow it, but as a melodramatic plot arc it’s perfectly straightforward. “Democratic coup! First Trump goes, then Pence goes due to his own role in the Ukraine matter, then Pelosi takes over as next in line in the order of succession.”

Wine-Banks recognizes that that’s a complete nonstarter for Senate Republicans and Republican voters. What she’s offering here is a way around it, a sort of compromise in which Trump and Pence both end up booted but a Republican nonetheless remains as president. Essentially we’d just reprise the sequence of events from 1973-74 but on an expedited timeline, and with the VP removed from office instead of forced to resign. Step one: Pence is impeached and removed. Step two: Trump is told that he’ll be impeached and removed too — but not until after he nominates a new VP, who’ll be confirmed by the Senate. Step three: Once the new VP is installed, Trump is impeached and removed and the new Trump-appointed VP takes over.

To which I say: What?

There’s no scenario in which Senate Republicans would agree to remove Trump *and* Pence. Absolutely none. If Trump wants to make Pence the fall guy for all this somehow, the Senate might conceivably and reluctantly remove the veep *if and only if* they had reason to believe that that would placate the public and Trump would remain as president. Alternately, if the Senate GOP arrived at the point where they felt Trump had to go, they’d remove the president but grasp at any excuse they needed to in order to leave Pence in place. Everyone understands this. Except, I guess, Jill Wine-Banks and the Russiagate junkies in the MSNBC audience who have been jonesing since March for a reason to believe Trump might leave office early, destroyed by scandal. Wine-Banks is giving them a deep drag off that pipe here.

Even in the outlandish scenario she proposes, in which Pence is ousted and Trump is given an ultimatum to appoint a new VP with the prospect of his own removal looming, you know what he’d do: Nothing. He’d refuse to nominate anyone and dare Democrats and Republicans in Congress to remove him knowing that it would mean Pelosi would succeed him. That would be enough to make Senate Republicans balk from removal. The only move Democrats would have would be to get Pelosi to somehow disclaim her right to succeed Trump if he’s removed, which would push Senate president pro tem Chuck Grassley up into the top spot. We still get a Republican as president once Trump’s gone! An … 86-year-old Republican. And needless to say, the party would be reduced to chaos as a bunch of Republican candidates jumped into the presidential primaries belatedly to be the party’s nominee next year.

I feel myself getting a contact high from how completely hallucinatory the whole thing is. Although, in fairness to Wine-Banks and MSNBC, they’re not the only ones who have retreated into hallucinations to cope with the stress of impeachment:

In numerous recent conversations with colleagues, including last week’s senior staff meeting, White House acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney has said he thinks President Trump could win 45 states in 2020 after the impeachment process — a magnitude of landslide that few if any independent pollsters would dare predict.

Between the lines: People who’ve heard Mulvaney make this remark say he wasn’t joking or even exaggerating. He appears to genuinely believe that impeachment will have a profoundly positive effect on Trump’s political fortunes, according to 3 sources who have heard Mulvaney make the 45-state prediction.

Mulvaney also believes that the longer the impeachment process drags on, the better it is, politically, for Trump, these sources added.

Mick Mulvaney was also known to claim in the past that Republicans care a lot about spending and deficits. Oh, and that a Republican Congress would certainly stand up to a Republican president who overreached on executive power instead of cowering before him. The guy is barely in touch with reality anymore. A much safer bet about impeachment’s effect on the election is that it won’t have much at all. It’ll be over and done with within a few months, a distant memory by November of next year. To the extent that it changes anyone’s pre-impeachment opinion about a second Trump term, it might make swing voters marginally more likely to vote Democratic in hopes of avoiding another four years of maximum drama. It’s not going to benefit Trump much, if at all. No candidate in hyperpolarized America circa 2019 is getting anything close to 45 states, especially not one whose job approval is below 45 percent. This must simply be something Mulvaney’s taken to saying because he knows he’s wearing out his welcome with Trump and thinks flattering the guy’s ego is the way to keep him happy.

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They’re Coming for Mike Pence Too

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Democrats have been trying to find some reason to impeach President Donald Trump since the moment he was elected.

They thought they might have something with the Mueller investigation. That, of course, didn’t pan out.

Now, they’ve moved on to the Ukraine whistleblower story. But that’s not doing too well either.

However, not only are they trying to get Trump on that one, they’re also seem to be hoping to take down Vice President Mike Pence as well.

Among the people sent requests for information from the House investigating committees was Vice President Mike Pence.

From Fox News:

A letter sent from House Democrats to Vice President Mike Pence requesting documents as part of the impeachment inquiry was based on “fake news,” the vice president’s Chief of Staff Marc Short said Saturday.

Chairman Elijah Cummings, D-Md., Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., and Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Eliot Engel, D-N.Y., gave Pence until October 15 to produce pertinent documents.

Now is this getting more than a little silly or what?

What do they think that Pence is supposed to know?

According to Fox, the chairmen of the Committees wrote, “…public reports have raised questions about any role [Pence] may have played in conveying or reinforcing the President’s stark message to the Ukrainian President.”

No, no rational person thinks that Pence had anything to do with anything.

The only thing he’s done wrong apparently is to be the Vice President and the one standing in line between the presidency and the next in line, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA). And if Democrats think they can go there, they really have had their train go off the trolley.

Short said House Democrats only wanted to focus on impeachment and that Americans were tired of it. “President Zelensky himself said he felt no pressure. From the President or the Vice President. That should have ended a lot of these inquiries at that point,” Short declared.

“And, as opposed to working on things that we could actually be working on together — like lowering drug prices or continuing to create new jobs with new trade deals — Democrats want to focus on these continued investigations,” Short lamented.

“I think this administration’s continued to deliver for the American people in rebuilding the military, in securing the border and confirming a record number of judges. And, just yesterday, more evidence of this booming economy with 3.5 percent unemployment rate,” he touted. “The economy is booming. Democrats don’t want to talk about that, and so they’ve been focused on impeachment.”

Short pointed out that there were 21 Democrats in districts Trump won in 2016. He said those folks needed to be pressed, ‘Are you actually going to help your constituents to do things that are beneficial for the American people or are you siding with Nancy Pelosi and these endless investigations?”

The White House has indicated that they will refuse to comply with requests, calling it an illegitimate inquiry because there hasn’t been a formal vote for the inquiry by the full House as has occurred in past cases with Richard Nixon and Bill Clinton. House Republicans have registered their displeasure this past week with Pelosi’s handling of the matter on that point as well as on the lack of bipartisan questioning allegedly in some of the committee hearings so far.

Democrats are likely hoping that they can then use the refusal of the White House to call that obstruction and add that as a potential charge.

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Sounds … familiar: IRS whistleblower claims potential interference in Trump or Pence audit

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Stop us if you’ve heard this before. A whistleblower with second- or third-hand information alleges wrongdoing within the Trump administration. It gets leaked with allegations that the administration tried to quash it, only to find out that the House committee had the relevant information for months.

Get ready for Whistleblower II: Audit Boogaloo:

An Internal Revenue Service official has filed a whistleblower complaint reporting that he was told at least one Treasury Department political appointee attempted to improperly interfere with the annual audit of the president or vice president’s tax returns, according to multiple people familiar with the document.

Trump administration officials dismissed the whistleblower’s complaint as flimsy because it is based on conversations with other government officials. But congressional Democrats were alarmed by the complaint, now circulating on Capitol Hill, and flagged it to a federal judge. They are also discussing whether to make it public.

By golly, with a nip here and a tuck there, this would sound just like Ukraine-Gate, right? It even comes complete with suggestions of a cover-up, as well as an almost instant debunking of it later in the report. The administration didn’t dismiss it in terms of attempting to put an end to it, but simply by saying it wasn’t credible. Ways and Means Committee chair Richard Neal already had it, and he’s already used it in court:

Rep. Richard E. Neal (D-Mass.), the chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee who received the whistleblower’s complaint in July, said in court filings this summer that the complaint contains credible evidence of “potential ‘inappropriate efforts to influence’ the audit program.” Neal has also said the complaint raises “serious and urgent concerns.” …

Two administration officials have described the complaint as hearsay and suggested it was politically motivated, but they spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the matter. Democrats who have reviewed it regard it as a deeply significant allegation that, if true, suggests that political appointees may have tried to interfere with the government audit process, which was set up to be insulated from political pressures.

If it’s secondhand, it’s only “deeply significant” if one can corroborate it. Otherwise, it’s gossip, albeit pitch-perfect gossip for Democrats in the same way the Ukraine-Gate whistleblower report was — in fact, in precisely the same way and manner. If Neal and other House Democrats could have corroborated that in the past three months, we’d be having open hearings on it by now.

Also, it seems curious that Pence’s name got attached to this. Has anyone ever suggested that Pence was the subject of an IRS audit before now? There was a “mandatory audit that the Internal Revenue Service does on the vice president,” the Wall Street Journal noted in 2017, but no hint that the IRS was doing any other kind of investigation into Pence’s taxes. Unlike Trump, Pence released his tax returns to the public, too. That’s a strange kind of ambiguity on the person targeted by the audit and helped by the alleged interference. It’s almost as if this leak was designed to snare Pence by innuendo into the Democrats’ crosshairs. I wonder why someone would want to do that.

Now that this has leaked, expect it to get plenty of attention. Hopefully media outlets will choose more wisely than the Washington Post did for expert commentary on proper IRS procedures and investigations. Guess who the Post called? It’s not Lois Lerner, but it’s close:

“Nobody at the Treasury Department should be calling to find out the status of anybody’s audit,” said John Koskinen, who served as IRS commissioner under both Trump and President Barack Obama. “For a Treasury official to call a career person — even just for information — seems to me highly inappropriate, even if it’s just checking in on how it’s going.”

Er … there seems to be a little left out of Koskinen’s bio, including the fact that he stonewalled Congress over his lack of action in the Lerner scandal. He told Congress at one point that the records detailing the targeting of conservative groups by the IRS’ tax-exempt squad had been destroyed, only to have them turn up later. That nearly got Koskinen impeached, and probably should have. At other times, Koskinen nearly got found in contempt for stonewalling the courts as well. The last expert on anyone’s list of experts on proper and ethical IRS operations is Lerner’s, but Koskinen would be in the slot right above her.

It’s tough to take any report that uses Koskinen as an ethics coach seriously, but that’s not the real measure of the issue either. This could still be serious if someone in Trump’s circle was stupid enough to peek over the shoulders of the IRS about his audit. That seems unlikely but not impossible; given the months that have gone by, however, it also seems as though Democrats already came up empty on this one.

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WaPo, Chris Matthews Make the Case for Pence to be Impeached and You Know What THAT Means

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Here’s a subject that no Democratic lawmakers will touch right now. The thinking is: Pence is implicated in Trump’s campaign to pressure Ukraine to reopen their investigation into Joe Biden and Hunter Biden. Although Pence never mentioned Biden’s name to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, he was after all, involved in communicating the delay of the U.S. aid and at the request of President Trump, he skipped Zelensky’s inauguration. Shouldn’t Pence be impeached too? A rather low bar for impeachment to be sure, but that’s all they’ve got right now.

The media, on the other hand, has no such reservations. The last few days have seen a couple of Washington Post articles arguing for Pence’s impeachment, a story in the Associated Press and a handful of others.

In the video below, MSNBC’s Chris Matthews speaks to Sen. Chris Coons (D-DE). Matthews asks: “The Vice President now according to reporting as of tonight seems to have engaged in the same thing Trump was engaged in which is basically shaking down a foreign leader to get dirt on a political opponent, the candidate you’re supporting, Joe Biden. Shouldn’t he be the subject of an impeachment inquiry as well at this point?”

Coons, a bit taken aback, replies, “Well, at this point, look Chris, I think it’s important that we focus on the facts here. The facts are that we tie –”

Matthews, not hearing what he wants to hear, abruptly cuts him off and says, “I’m talking the facts. I realize [Trump has] got William Barr, the Attorney General in cahoots with him. He’s got Secretary of State, Pompeo, in cahoots with him. Now, he’s got the Vice President dragged into this cabal.”

The video then shows him speaking to Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA). “You know, if possible, if it comes to a Senate trial, and it may well by the end of this year where you’ll be a juror in that trial for removal of the President from office after he’s impeached, if that develops as the history of this year, you’re going to a Vice President of the United States who would take the presidency after having been involved personally in the cabal that we’d be impeaching the President for. How does that make sense historically? If Pence was part of this how could he survive as president when Trump goes?”

Kamala does not muster a tremendous amount of enthusiasm over the idea.

Last night, the Washington Post channeled Matthews and published a lengthy piece enumerating Pence’s interactions with Zelensky. It reads like a primer on the anatomy of a political smear. Here are some excerpts:

The president used Pence to tell Zelensky that U.S. aid was still being withheld while demanding more aggressive action on corruption, officials said. At that time — following Trump’s July 25 phone call with Zelenksy — the Ukrainians probably understood action on corruption to include the investigation of former vice president Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden.

Officials close to Pence insist that he was unaware of Trump’s efforts to press Zelensky for damaging information about Biden and his son, who had served on the board of an obscure Ukrainian gas company, when his father was overseeing U.S. policy on Ukraine.

Pence’s activities occurred amid several indications of the president’s hidden agenda. Among them were the abrupt removal of the U.S. ambassador to Kiev; the visible efforts by the president’s lawyer, Rudolph W. Giuliani, to insert himself in the U.S.-Ukraine relationship; as well as alarms being raised inside the White House even before the emergence of an extraordinary whistleblower complaint about Trump’s conduct.

Perhaps most significantly, one of Pence’s top advisers [national security advisor Keith Kellogg] was on the July 25 call and the vice president should have had access to the transcript within hours, officials said.

The authors do at least acknowledge that Kellogg found nothing unusual about the call, nor did he “flag any concerns” to Pence.

Democrats will find a way to interpret anything involving Trump in the most negative way possible which is what they are doing here. The impeachment of both Trump and Pence would set the stage for a President Pelosi, a dream come true for war weary Democrats.

Why is this idea starting to gain traction among the left leaning press, yet no one in Congress appears to want to talk about it?

For one thing, the optics would be bad for them. Maybe they realize they’ve already grossly overstepped by basing their case for Trump’s impeachment on a routine phone call.

Hot Air’s Allapundit has a theory and it goes like this. President Trump, along with many Republicans, myself included, see the Democrats impeachment inquiry as another coup attempt. The thinking is, that if lawmakers call for Pence to be impeached along with Trump, it’s the same as saying that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi should be President.

Now that would truly seem like a coup. Actually, it would be a coup. In fact, it’s already a coup.

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