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Tuesday, August 02, 2016

Addition by subtraction for Trump

Congressman Richard Hanna of upstate New York became the first Republican elected official to back Hillary Clinton in public. Good. But let the record show Hanna is not leaving because of Trump, but because he is an apologist for Clinton.

Oh sure, he said Trump. From
Trump clashed with Khizr and Ghazala Khan after they appeared on stage at the Democratic National Convention last week. Trump roughly dismissed the couple's criticism, and suggested Ghazala Khan was prevented from speaking at the convention because of her Muslim faith.
Hanna said it's unthinkable that anyone would criticize Gold Star parents.
"I saw that and felt incensed," Hanna said in an interview. "I was stunned by the callousness of his comments."
He added, "I think Trump is a national embarrassment. Is he really the guy you want to have the nuclear codes?"
Did I mention that Bill Clinton lost the nuclear codes when he was president? That's not in the story.

Hanna is only in his fourth year in Congress, but he already has carried a reservoir of water for Hillary.

From Huffington Post on October 14, 2015:
A second congressman admitted on Wednesday that the Republican House committee created to investigate the 2012 terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya, is solely “designed to go after” Hillary Clinton.
“This may not be politically correct, but I think that there was a big part of this investigation that was designed to go after people and an individual, Hillary Clinton,” Rep. Richard Hanna (R-N.Y.) said on WIBX First News with Keeler in the Morning, a radio show in upstate New York.
Republicans say they formed the House Select Committee on Benghazi to investigate the attack. Democrats have complained that the committee, which has cost taxpayers about $4.5 million during its 17 months of existence, was primarily a political stunt.
Some Gold Star parents matter more than others.

I wonder how the National Review will react to Hanna coming out of the closet. On June 14, 2014, long before Hanna's public rebuke of his own party, the magazine published a column by Michelle Malkin, which began:
How do you spell “sidesplitting chutzpah”? In New York’s 22nd congressional district, it’s spelled: R-I-C-H-A-R-D H-A-N-N-A. He’s the liberal GOP incumbent trying to cling to public office by smearing the Marine mom, small-business owner, lawyer, and conservative state assemblywoman poised to take his seat next week.
Claudia Tenney is as rock-solid a Republican as they come: pro-life, pro-limited government, pro–Second Amendment, pro-entrepreneur, pro–American worker. As one of New York’s top conservative legislators, Tenney has been unafraid to challenge the powers that be in both political parties. As an attorney, she has fought valiantly against cronyism and corruption. She has opposed the New York Democratic machine on everything from in-state tuition discounts for illegal aliens to taxpayer slush funds to dirty casino–government deals.
Obviously, Hanna prevailed. Les obvious is whether our highly principled moral and intellectual superiors in the Never Trump club will embrace him as a martyr for a cause more noble than wining.

So what does this mean for Trump? Congress has a disapproval rate of 79.8 percent, according to Real Clear Politics.

Deservedly so. Congress no longer serves the people or even the lobbyists and money men who finance them. Congress is all about re-election.

A Republican congressman endorsing Hillary helps Trump sell himself as the outsider who will take Washington down.


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  1. Another "maverick". The dems probably keep him in office. The thing to do is run someone against him in the primary, and get a conservative to run against him as a Democrat. Then the dems have to stay home in their primary in order to defend home turf, allowing the maverick be beaten in his own primary.

  2. Say, Don! Les Obvious would be a good chapter title for your next book.

  3. Hanna said it's unthinkable that anyone would criticize Gold Star parents.

    But was silent when Crooked Cankles lied to the Benghazi mothers and then called them liars. This guy should just go ahead and change his party affiliation to Dimocrat.

  4. Term limits and recall votes. Congress critters should always be hearing the voters' footsteps coming up behind them. - Elric

    1. For them and the Federal bench.

    2. If Trump said that he would sign a bill imposing term limits on Congress and its staffers, he would have a 20+ advantage in the polls.

  5. I have friends who live in Hanna's district. One of them said this: He's the WORST RINO! Came to our TEA Party group & talked a good game, so we helped elect his sorry ass in 2010, and then he proceeded to vote w/ the Dims almost every single time. My friend Claudia ran against him in 2014 & narrowly lost. He announced he was quitting & we all cheered, so this is just a final stab in our backs on his way out the door.

    He must be getting some sweet deal if he endorsed Hillary as he's retiring.

  6. Did Richard Hanna know Anthony Weiner? Inquiring minds want to know...

  7. He added, "I think Trump is a national embarrassment. Is he really the guy you want to have the nuclear codes?"

    It seems to me that Hanna is one who's going nuclear. The Khans were playing politics with their hero son's life. The USS Trump responded with all guns blasting in response to the incoming. He gives as well as he gets. End of story.

    And by the way, I don't find the explanation offered for Mrs. Khan's silence on stage to be credible: her son died 12 years ago, and that's a long time for someone to still be in grief. Perhaps she doesn't speak English very well, or like many other people doesn't feel comfortable talking in public to a crowd, but if that's so, why don't they just say so instead of making up an excuse that sounds so implausible.