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NH watch: Optimistic Sanders supporters sing about having ‘somebody to lean on’ (a primary open thread); Updated

Tue, 02/09/2016 - 11:29

**Written by Doug Powers

Update: The GOP side has been called for Trump, with Kasich, Cruz, Bush and Rubio following at a fairly distant 2 through 5.

Hillary lost big to Sanders. Right now it’s in the 58%-40% range. The only demographic groups Hillary won were people over 65 and/or with incomes over $200k who don’t care if a candidate is under FBI investigation. The Clinton “young voter outreach” is about to get even more embarrassing. In her next ad she’ll probably be skipping rope with Lena Dunham while listening to Justin Bieber.

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The winners in the first area to vote in New Hampshire, Dixville Notch, were John Kasich and Bernie Sanders. Kasich got three of five GOP votes, and Sanders got all four Dem votes. Feel the Bern, Hillary!

Among the Republican field, RCP polling average has Trump with a big lead, followed by a tight group of Rubio, Kasich, Cruz and Bush. But if you remember the Iowa polling that should be taken with a grain of salt the size of the dot on Jeb’s exclamation point.

On the Dem side, it’s still early in the day but already Drudge’s headline is very encouraging:

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If things go badly for Hillary in New Hampshire, there’s a report that the Clintons will shake up her campaign staff. Here’s a preview of that meeting:

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John Podesta completely denied the report, which adds to its validity.

Optimistic Bernie Sanders supporters broke out into song last night: “It won’t be long, ’til I’m gonna need somebody to lean on”:

Now this is happening pic.twitter.com/nlHqCECBJQ

— Brendan Bordelon (@BrendanBordelon) February 9, 2016

They obviously think the title of the song is “Lean on THEM (or: Free College in C Major).”

Meanwhile, Bill Clinton turned a final New Hampshire event into a confessional:

In his last appearance before the primary here on Tuesday, former President Bill Clinton said he wishes “sometimes” that he wasn’t married to Hillary Clinton because then he could speak more freely.

“Sometimes when I am on a stage like this, I wish that we weren’t married, then I could say what I really think,” Bill Clinton said before introducing his wife at a rally. “I don’t mean that in a negative way. I am happy.”

Have any other candidates’ spouses said they wish they weren’t married so they could speak their minds more freely? I think he did just speak his mind freely but doesn’t know it.

Being married has blocked Bill’s ability to speak openly, but it doesn’t seem to have impeded his dating life. Go figure.

Also, it looks like the “special place in hell” Madeleine Albright warned women who don’t support Hillary about is going to be standing room only:

Fascinating women democratic poll from New Hampshire. pic.twitter.com/nJwb2d12CP

— Breaking News Feed (@pzf) February 9, 2016

I’ll update later when some results are known. Place your bets!

**Written by Doug Powers

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Last-ditch Clinton strategy to win NH: Discredit Bernie Sanders by likening him to… the Clintons

Mon, 02/08/2016 - 22:11

**Written by Doug Powers

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The couple who ran a side operation to keep “bimbo eruptions” under control and tell more lies before 9 a.m. than mythomaniacs do in an entire year are quickly implementing a new campaign strategy: Projection:

Bill Clinton uncorked an extended attack on Senator Bernie Sanders on Sunday, harshly criticizing Mr. Sanders and his supporters for what he described as inaccurate and “sexist” attacks on Hillary Clinton.

“When you’re making a revolution you can’t be too careful with the facts,” Mr. Clinton said, deriding Mr. Sanders’s oft-mentioned call for a political revolution.

The former president, addressing a few hundred supporters at a junior high school here, portrayed his wife’s opponent for the Democratic nomination as hypocritical, “hermetically sealed” and dishonest.

Any woman who doesn’t agree with Bill Clinton that Hillary’s opponent fails to appreciate and accept the differing opinions of all women should see Madeleine Albright and be handed a one way ticket straight to hell.

And get this: Clinton has also lectured about the necessity of having the “**same rules for everybody.”

**Everbody NOT named Bill or Hillary Clinton

**Written by Doug Powers

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Great moments in women’s rights activism: Hillary supporter Madeleine Albright informs ladies how to avoid hell

Sun, 02/07/2016 - 12:26

**Written by Doug Powers

At a Hillary Clinton rally in New Hampshire, former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright demonstrated what the left-wing idea of “women’s rights” is all about: Fall in absolute lock-step with your progressive betters or suffer eternal damnation:

At a rally before a few hundred people on Saturday, former secretary of state Madeleine Albright suggested that women who vote for Bernie Sanders are buying a one-way ticket to “a special place in Hell.”
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“We tell our story about how we climbed the ladder, and a lot of you younger women don’t think you have to—it’s been done. It’s not done,” Albright continued. “And you have to help Hillary Clinton—[she] will always be there for you. And just remember, there’s a special place in Hell for women who don’t help each other.”

Get the t-shirts printed: “Go to Hill or go to hell!”

Hell hath no fury like a Hillary-supporting feminist scorned:

Not to be outdone, super-feminist Gloria Steinhem thinks she knows why younger women are falling Bernie’s way:

Gloria Steinem, one of the most famous spokeswomen of the feminist movement, took the sentiment a step further on Friday in an interview with the talk show host Bill Maher. Explaining how women tend to become more active in politics as they become older, she suggested younger women were just backing Mr. Sanders so that they could meet young men.

“When you’re young, you’re thinking, ‘Where are the boys? The boys are with Bernie,’” Ms. Steinem said.

Realizing that this was potentially offensive, Mr. Maher recoiled. “Oh. Now if I said that, ‘They’re for Bernie because that’s where the boys are,’ you’d swat me.”

But Ms. Steinem laughed it off, replying, “How well do you know me?”

Combining Albright and Steinem’s comments gives us this composite warning: Women, is finding a socialist guy to date really worth a trip to hell (which is the only place “free college” exists, by the way)?

Let’s also consider this our Sunday open thread. Oh, and get your Super Bowl picks in while you can. I’ll go Carolina 27, Denver 21. (Update: Denver 24, Carolina 10 — I knew Denver had a great defense but didn’t think they’d completely snuff out the Carolina offense like they did).

**Written by Doug Powers

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Saturday night hive: GOP debate open thread

Sat, 02/06/2016 - 16:11

**Written by Doug Powers

I’ll be out and about most of the evening, but here’s a warm place for discussion about the GOP debate on ABC tonight.

Trump will be there, but Carly Fiorina won’t.

Just to maintain the appearance of complete objectivity, one of ABC News’ moderators will be former adviser for Hillary husband as well as a major Clinton Foundation donor, George Stephanopoulos.

Update:

At the beginning of the debate, Ben Carson didn’t hear his name called and it caused a little bit of a traffic jam:

Here's that botched #GOPDebate introduction in all its gloryhttps://t.co/KOBE3dpeGv

— Mashable (@mashable) February 7, 2016


**Written by Doug Powers

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What could go wrong? DC Crime Bill proposal would pay people not to break the law

Fri, 02/05/2016 - 16:04

**Written by Doug Powers

It’s fortuitous that the “agree not to commit crimes, get a check” movement is gaining steam in DC just as the Clinton syndicate is preparing to re-take the town.

From the New York Times:

Avoid criminal activity for a chance to earn $9,000?

It’s a choice that some Washington residents may be able to make if lawmakers approve new legislation aimed at changing the city’s approach to crime prevention.

Under the proposal, modeled on a similar effort in Richmond, Calif., a new office would be created to identify individuals “who pose a high risk of participating in, or being a victim of, violent criminal activity.”

The legislation seeks funding to cover stipends for about 50 individuals a year, who would be paid to follow a program “involving life planning, trauma informed therapy, and mentorship.”

The plan is part of sweeping anti-crime legislation — the Neighborhood Engagement Achieves Results Amendment Act of 2016 — that won unanimous approval by the District Council on Tuesday. It will face a final vote on March 1, before heading to the mayor and Congress.

To see how this philosophy works out on a broader, more international scale, consult those in the White House who support paying Iran to not take more hostages or develop nuclear weapons.

If the DC program really catches on, someday when there’s no money left to pay out, progressives will have to address the crime problem with Plan B: “The Purge.”

**Written by Doug Powers

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Dem Debate open thread: Will Hillary take Andrea Mitchell’s advice on how to win New Hampshire?

Thu, 02/04/2016 - 19:32

**Written by Doug Powers

There’s another Democrat debate tonight, but sadly it’ll be minus the charisma and excitement Martin O’Malley brought to the table with his grand vision to make the entire country look like Baltimore. Instead we’ll only have Hillary and Bernie competing to see who can confiscate the most wealth (so far Hillary’s way ahead on that one), make everything “free” and generally bankrupt the country on climate change shams faster than you can say “Solyndra.”

And if you need a laugh for the day, look no further:

MSNBC host Andrea Mitchell incredibly said Thursday on The Today Show that Clinton had an opportunity to “re-introduce herself to New Hampshire voters” at Thursday night’s MSNBC debate between her and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.), implying that maybe voters don’t know Clinton well enough.

“Trying to narrow the gap here, but counting on blunting Sanders’ momentum three weeks from now in South Carolina, where Bill Clinton was already campaigning Wednesday night,” Mitchell said. “And tonight’s debate is really Hillary Clinton’s last chance to re-introduce herself to New Hampshire voters, who are so far overwhelmingly supporting Bernie Sanders from neighboring Vermont.”
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Despite Clinton being First Lady for eight years, serving in the U.S. Senate for eight years, serving as U.S. Secretary of State for four years, and now running for president a second time, her campaign and media allies have consistently atoned for her poorer-than-expected showings by suggesting she can still “re-introduce herself.”

Whenever “reintroduce” is used in reference to what Hillary should do, it means “tell some lies to cover for the previous lies that are backfiring.”

And you can be certain the MSNBC mods will give Hillary a chance to defuse the “that’s what they offered” grenade she pulled the pin on and dropped down her own pantsuit last night.

Update:

Sanders handed Hillary the nomination on a silver platter engraved with Eugene Debs’ name by refusing to go after the areas where Hillary’s most vulnerable (mishandling classified info, Libya, the ridiculou “re-set” with Russia when the Pentagon now considers them to be back to Cold War status, etc). And when Hillary claimed Colin Powell handled classified info the same way she did (which is new Dem talking point), any response from Sanders other than “fine, then let’s arrest him too” proved his “truth to power” shtick has a lot of exceptions.

(h/t Twitchy)

**Written by Doug Powers

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Anti-Wall St. crusader Hillary Clinton explains accepting $675k from Goldman Sachs: ‘That’s what they offered’

Wed, 02/03/2016 - 23:43

**Written by Doug Powers

At a Democrat Town Hall Wednesday night, Hillary Clinton was asked about all the money she raked in for delivering speeches to Wall Street firms while pretending to be Wall Street’s biggest foe. Her answer was a lesson in progressive-style capitalism:

Anderson Cooper asks Hillary Clinton why she took $675,000 for 3 speeches to Goldman Sachs.
Shrugs. "That's what they offered"

— Steven Dennis (@StevenTDennis) February 4, 2016

Anderson: did you have to be paid $675K for those speeches? Hillary: "well, that's what they offered"

— John Harwood (@JohnJHarwood) February 4, 2016

Standing up to Wall Street isn’t easy but it’s necessary! And of course they wanted nothing in return.

Even better, after that, Hillary said she only accepted that arrangement because she had no idea at the time she’d end up running for president. People with rock solid principles like that don’t come along every day.

Oh, and besides, everybody else does it:

Clinton said, “Well, I don’t know. That’s what they offered so … you know, every secretary of state that I know has done that.”

Every secretary of state she knows probably also kept classified info on a private email server located in parts unknown and subsequently been the subject of an FBI investigation.

Video of the whole exchange is here.

**Written by Doug Powers

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Jeb Bush saves campaign money by serving double duty as own ‘APPLAUSE’ sign

Wed, 02/03/2016 - 22:09

**Written by Doug Powers

Jeb! Bush got less than three percent of the caucus vote in Iowa, but in New Hampshire he’s polling at around ten percent, and he wasn’t about to let an audience of people sitting on their hands slow the momentum:

Yet there are signs Mr. Bush may still have some work to do. Speaking at the Hanover Inn near the Vermont border on Tuesday, Mr. Bush finished a fiery riff about protecting the country — “I won’t be out here blow-harding, talking a big game without backing it up,” he said — and was met with total silence.

“Please clap,” he said, sounding defeated.

The crowd laughed — and then, finally, clapped.

Great moments in New Hampshire primary campaign history:

Team Jeb is probably now having a furious discussion about the necessity of adding a couple more exclamation points to the logo along with an extra instruction.

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**Written by Doug Powers

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Chicken Little Chuckie Schumer: America’s Disease-Fighting Phony

Wed, 02/03/2016 - 10:10

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Chicken Little Chuckie Schumer: America’s Disease-Fighting Phony
by Michelle Malkin
Creators Syndicate
Copyright 2016

Latin America’s Zika virus is the latest undocumented immigrant to hit our shores, but have no fear. Self-appointed Zika Warrior Prince Charles Schumer has declared that he is here to stop it.

The New York Democrat has a “three-point plan” of attack to build a “firewall” that will prevent an outbreak of the mosquito-borne illness from spreading across our mainland. He’s armed with big charts and jabby index fingers, too. Allons!

Five cases of the Zika virus have been identified in the Empire State alone. The CDC says a total of 31 Americans in 11 states and Washington, D.C., have been identified as carriers who brought the miserable disease in from abroad.

The feds’ don’t worry-be-happy health bureaucrats emphasize that these are “isolated” incidents that can be contained by simply avoiding travel to hotspots like Brazil, where the disease has been linked to an explosion of microcephaly among an estimated 4,000 babies.

But on Tuesday, Dallas County, Texas, reported the first case in a resident based here in the continental U.S. who contracted the condition “through sexual contact with someone who had visited a Zika-endemic country,” according to health officials.

When people in Washington tell you not to worry, be alarmed.

I know I’m not the only one who sniggered at the spectacle of the Senate’s leading Gang of Eight immigration expansionists now playing Chicken Little about global communicable diseases.

Newsflash: The sky has already fallen. The barn door can’t — or rather, won’t — be closed by those scrambling in front of the cameras to grab headlines about the latest panic du jour. The fundamental policy dissonance is lost on tin-eared Schumer: While he makes theatrical grand gestures to stop foreign viruses from entering through the front porch, he and his amnesty-promoting pals in both parties have left the side and back entries swinging wide open for illegal immigration.

People from Central and South America, ground zero for Zika and other infectious diseases including tuberculosis, dengue, Chagas, Chikungunya and schistosomiasis, make up nearly 15 percent of the illegal immigrant population in the U.S. They flooded the border in record numbers in 2013 as Schumer and company were pushing mass amnesty on Capitol Hill — and as President Obama was implementing blanket deportation freezes in advance of his executive illegal immigrant waiver policies.

The Democrat-manufactured border surge ushered in a resurgence of tropical diseases across the Southwest. Meanwhile, laborers here illegally and amnestied migrants who have never been screened for disease obtained Obama work permits to hold low-wage jobs in places like Chipotle, which shut down scores of its restaurants over the past three months after two separate E. coli outbreaks.

Now comes news from Texas governor Greg Abbott and Rep. Henry Cuellar, D-Texas, that the Obama Department of Homeland Security plans to cut back aerial monitoring of the southern border by 50 percent. The Texas Tribune reports that the cutback coincides with a new surge in illegal crossings of the Rio Grande.

“From October to December of 2015,” the paper reported, “about 10,560 unaccompanied minors entered Texas illegally through the Rio Grande Valley sector of the U.S. Border Patrol. That marks a 115 percent increase over the same time frame in 2014.” With spring just around the corner, those numbers will swell again.

And the illegal immigrant border surge will only be strengthened (and public health risks increased) if Obama gives in to left-wing immigrant groups lobbying the White House to extend “Temporary Protected Status” en masse to upwards of 750,000 Central Americans purportedly fleeing violence in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras.

TPS is a special amnesty program originally intended as a short-term humanitarian program. As usual, “temporary” means permanent. Example? In 2014, the White House extended TPS status and employment permits for an estimated 90,000 Hondurans and Nicaraguans here illegally “for an additional 18 months, effective Jan. 6, 2015, through July 5, 2016.” Who are these TPS winners? They’ve been here since 1998 — when Hurricane Mitch hit their homeland. That was 18 years ago. Their “temporary” status has been renewed more than a dozen times since the Clinton administration first bestowed it.

One of the biggest champions of the fraud-riddled, illegal immigration-incentivizing TPS program? Chicken Little Chuckie Schumer.

The Beltway posturing of open-borders engineers is enough to make you sick.

Circle of life: Former attorney general appears in ad supporting Dem candidate under FBI investigation

Wed, 02/03/2016 - 09:48

**Written by Doug Powers

While many of his former staffers at the Justice Department may have to decide whether to indict Hillary (or, more likely, invent excuses not to), recently departed Attorney General Eric Holder is telling everybody how uniquely qualified she is for the highest office in the land:

The first official pro-Hillary Clinton ad in South Carolina is hitting airwaves this week, and it features former Attorney General Eric Holder making the case that Clinton is the best candidate to carry on President Barack Obama’s legacy.

“If you want to make sure Republicans don’t take us backward, help Hillary move us forward,” Holder says in the 30-second advertisement.
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In the ad, Holder specifically mentions Clinton’s push to strengthen gun laws and police accountability. Clinton has accused Sanders of being too weak in standing up to gun manufacturers.

And who better to hold law enforcement accountable than somebody who’s operated above the law for decades with the blessing of the former chief law enforcement officer in the country?

Supreme Court Justice audition tape, take one:

**Written by Doug Powers

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