THE LEFT’S HYSTERIA CAMPAIGN against the confirmation of Betsy DeVos as the new education secretary failed, as predicted. Their 24-hour filibuster was all for naught and they knew that it would be going in. It was all part of their obstructionist role.
Shame on the weak-kneed Republicans Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Susan Collins (R-ME) who voted in opposition, requiring Vice President Mike Pence to break the tie as president of the Senate. Although it isn’t commonly known, Murkowski and Collins waited until the needed Republican votes were locked-in before announcing their opposition. That’s precisely the “establishment swamp” tactic that needs to be drained. Incidentally, you should be aware that among industrialized nations, the U.S. ranks 27th in math and 20th in science according to the latest Project for International Student Assessment study, which is conducted every three years among 15-year-old students. I expect DeVos to prove to Democrats and their teachers’ unions that we can do better.
THOSE OBSTRUCTIONISTS are attempting to stir President Trump’s base by spreading the word that his plan to introduce his tax reduction legislation and completing the overhaul of ObamaCare won’t happen this year. Part of that plan is to delay the confirmations of Rep. Tom Price (R-GA) as HHS Secretary and Seema Verma as the administrator for the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services, whose input is imperative. In the meantime, House Speaker Paul Ryan and others have been moving the ball. The left, with the help of its media friends, are using scare tactics regarding the solvency of health insurance owned by current purchasers.
A CONSERVATIVE GROUP has raised some $7 million to pay for TV advertising in states that went for Trump to pressure vulnerable Democrat senators to vote for Neil Gorsuch to fill the Supreme Court vacancy.
HILLARY CLINTON is appearing in an unflattering video to urge women to rise up against the Trump administration to say, “the future is female.” “As the father of two boys,” writes Stephen Green, “it’s heartening that I don’t have to explain to them that their president says they have no futures.”
THE OTHER BULLET WE DODGED IN NOVEMBER – You remember Hillary’s running-mate, Sen. Tim Kaine, don’t you? Appearing on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, Kaine was asked by co-host Mika Brzezinkski, in a pleading voice, what his party was going to do to “reclaim its reach across the country,” while fighting all the battles with the Trump administration. “This is something I’m really excited about,” he began before working through a disjointed message that concluded with “fight(ing) them in the streets.”
FIGHTING IN THE STREETS YOU SAY; how about on a college campus. You may recall the riot on the UC Berkeley campus over the planned speech there by conservative Breitbart editor Milo Yiannopoulos. Appearing on CNN’s Don Lemon Tonight, former commerce secretary under President Bill Clinton, Robert Reich attempted to convince Lemon that the rioters were part of Yiannopoulos’ strategy to make Berkeley’s free speech policy look bad. In typical fake news fashion, Reich said, “I don’t want to say it factually (because he couldn’t), but I heard there are some relationships between his people and the right wing, and the movement is affiliated with Breitbart News.”
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