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Saturday, October 06, 2018

The numbing dumbness of DC reporters

From my living room lair in Poca, West Virginia, I can see that Mitch McConnell is a very cautious man who not only looks both ways when crossing the street, but up and down as well. He made sure he had the votes for cloture and confirmation before scheduling today's vote on Judge Brett Kavanaugh.

Mike Allen, co-founder of Politico and co-founder of Axios, is a Mister Magoo like most reporters in Washington.

On Friday, hours before the cloture vote, Allen assured readers that Republicans lacked the 50 votes necessary to turn the judge into a justice.

Allen reported, "Sources involved with Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation were nervous going into today's 10:30 a.m. test vote, Jonathan Swan reports: 'Four senators are undecideds: Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), Susan Collins (R-Maine), Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.).

"A senior source involved in the process told Swan fairly late last night: 'We’re going into this vote and we don’t have 50 right now.

"'There’s been a lot of work that was done today, by members wading through this material. I don’t want to put my thumb on the scale. Things keep moving — so much, it feels like we’re walking on quicksand. So I don’t even want to say confidence or not confidence.'"

While Allen posted that nonsense, I posted, "Republican Senator Steve Daines of Montana will skip Saturday's vote on the Supreme Court nomination to attend his daughter's wedding back home. I was ticked.

"Donald John Trump Jr. tweeted that it is taken care of."

. is a good friend and hunting/fishing buddy and as far as his vote this weekend is concerned he tells me he has it covered. Coming from this man you can take that to the bank!

Donald Junior is a better journalist than Allen or Swan because not only did he have a better source, but he named the source. Daines said. Not "a senior source involved in the process" but a sitting senator who was so confident they had the votes that he was going home to see his baby.

By the way, I offered three scenarios that made Daines expendable today.

"1. Every other Republican is on board and Brett Kavanaugh is confirmed:

"2. They will hold the vote open until he flies back to Gomorrah on the Potomac on Sunday.

"3. Some Democrat is nice enough to abstain in his absence, making his vote unnecessary."

I rooted for No. 3. We need some comity in the Senate again.

We also need better reporters who know that if their mother says she loves them, they still check it out.

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26 comments:

  1. Had a relative that attended Ohio University (Athens) in the 70's. Wanted to be a sports reporter. Joe Tait had helped build up a great department before he left to do Indians and Cavs games. My relative had to take a number of Journalism classes.

    He told me that the Journalism majors led the school in taking drugs, screwing one another, and being vein. At best they had a Cliff Notes comprehension of a few subject areas.

    By his 2nd year he'd changed his major. Did not want to spend his life working with backstabbing, superficial, material-oriented, narcissistic people.

    True story.

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    1. I ENJOYED THE DESCRIPTION OF JOURNALISM MAJORS...especially their 'vein'ity.

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    2. Being "vein" as a journalism major means you are both narcissistic and an intravenous heroin user.

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  2. "3. Some Democrat is nice enough to abstain in his absence, making his vote unnecessary."

    And that Democrat is Lisa Murkowski, who has said she will vote "Present" rather than "No" to accommodate Daines. - Elric

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    1. And we should trust her because the Lefties have acted so honorably in this whole business?

      Bucky

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    2. Manchin's vote switch made it possible for Murkowski to do that. I believe Manchin may have tipped Daines

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    3. I wouldn't trust Murkowski as far as Fiendstein could throw her.

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  3. Don, plenty of comedy in Washington the last few weeks as the donks have beclowned themselves.


    Oh, you said comity. My bad.

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  4. Heck, the MSM actually run FROM the truth as fast as they can. They live in a virtual world where only they exist. I look forward to them being introduced to the cold, harsh, (and very dangerous) light of reality. Cheers!

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  5. Blame it on Al Gore's invention of the Internet. The upside of which is that now everybody has a voice, no matter how obnoxious. The downside is that now everybody has a voice, no matter how obnoxious. Then to make it even more of a crap show the Internet oligarchs found a way to give a bigger voice to the obnoxious if they're liberal.

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    1. The flip side is that everyone now has eyes and ears on the ground to navigate through the BS and find the truth. Don is one of our sets of eyes and ears. Thank you.

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    2. The blessing of the internet is that it turned the news into a two way street. The Mendacious Selective Media are frying like ants under a magnifying glass because they're stuck in the good old days, when reporters served and readers consumed. Complaints? Take them to the letters page, and good luck with that.
      Deceitful, sloppy journalism is not the easy ride it used to be.

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  6. The Nuts and Sluts lose, the nation wins! Hooray for Kavanaugh!

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  7. Crissy "easy" Ford said that if Kavanaugh was confirmed to the Supreme Court that she would move to another country (libs always say that when they lose). Looks like he is going to be confirmed, so will she move? That would be s double win for the United States.

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    1. She will move to a country that does not have an extradition agreement with the US. I fully expect Senator Grassley to pursue ALL of the lies and defamers. It is the only way to stop this liberal frenzy.

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    2. She already moved out of America; she lives in the Bay area.

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  8. Don, off topic, but I presume that you're following the Loghry's trial? Do you have any sense of how it's going? Local news articles give but the bare facts, but I was hoping you might offer some insight?
    http://www.herald-dispatch.com/news/former-justice-describes-career-low-point-during-testimony-in-loughry/article_56115636-f383-5f5e-9b79-659ebdbac359.html

    Disclosure: I have WVa relatives and some are involved in state & local judicial affairs (deliberately trying to be vague, here -- don't want to inadvertently get any of them in trouble! Heh.)

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    1. Pronounced law-free
      He was a reform candidate.
      Never trust those guys.

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  9. We all hope the Liberals keep up their hate for our President Trump…

    it will solidify their Blue Wave in November, but it will be a blue wave of their tears as they cry all night from a loss at the polls the MSM promised they would win, again.

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  10. Don: I'd be interested in your thoughts on Trump's long term plan, I haven't seen anyone write about this. He isn't going to be president and then just fade away, I believe he is building a political movement which will long outlast him or even a political dynasty (Ivanka, Donald Jr, Kushner all run for office in the future). There is serious planning going on.

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    1. I believe his long-term plan is to create a news network for him and his family. Possibly on the Internet. The Trump family likes to make money. Eight years of not doing so is enough.

      Trump believes in a free America and free markets. The Trump's are not out to be a royal family like the Kennedy's – all the boys (and many of their sons) went into politics because they had no idea how to participate in the private sector....same as the Dems including Clinton, Obama, and their underlings.

      Among others, Mike Pence, Nikki Haley, and Lindsey Graham can led the revitalized Republican party in 2024.

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  11. Modern political journalism is all about sources.If you can develop a few good sources (or even just one great source like Mark Felt) it can mean fame and fortune. But the sources don't pick journalists because they are brave, intrepid investigators who won't let a story get away. They pick journalists who will publish the leaked information promptly and verbatim.

    Just ask Ben Rhodes.

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  12. I really do hope the Trumps take over a network and/or paper or mag (Newsweek?), or start their own.

    "you can take it to the bank" -- they knew what the votes were going to be.


    All the 48 who voted no should be under far more political pressure than they are. And the Reps who did vote yes, but only at the end ... they should be under pressure, too.

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