Topic #1: Prior to Thursday’s debate performance, Joe Biden was virtually invisible throughout the week, with his campaign staff calling daily “lids” on the media even as the scandal involving his son Hunter’s nefarious involvement in international business dealings continued to evolve.
Thoughts and Observations:
- The Hunter Biden scandal is no joke, and that is the primary reason why Sleepy Joe is trying to just run out the clock. The media has done everything possible to squash the story, but they seem to be losing their grip on it.
- After Biden’s performance during Thursday’s debate, running out the clock is absolutely Biden’s best strategy. The guy is an awful candidate, and every time he talks that fact becomes increasingly more evident.
- Former business associate and naval officer Tony Bobulinski became a household name on Thursday when he gave a press conference fingering Hunter’s corrupt dealings and financial practices with their company, and explaining that Joe Biden had indeed benefitted financially from Hunter’s arrangements. Bobulinski went so far as to bring along as props the alleged cell phones containing the proof of his accusations, explaining that he would be turning them over to the FBI the following day.
- Is Bobulinski credible? I think so, and he is certainly at least as credible as Christine Blasey Ford. Will this be Biden’s downfall? I doubt it… at least until the election. The mainstream media is clearly in the tank for him, and they will resist covering the story at all costs.
- It would be interesting however, to see how things play out if Biden wins in 10 days. Let’s suppose Biden wins, and between Election Day and his inauguration the story unfolds further and becomes even more damaging to Biden. Might the Democrats and media sacrifice Sleepy Joe by throwing him under the bus? Think about it. It would open up the door for Kamala Harris to take power, and she’s the one they want there to begin with. You heard it here first folks. While it’s extremely difficult to prove criminality with such cases (see Bill and Hillary Clinton as reference), his actions might not have to be overtly criminal for such a scenario to take hold.
Topic #2: Attorney and legal analyst Jeffery Toobin was suspended by The New Yorker and is on leave from CNN after news broke on Monday that he had exposed himself while masturbating during a Zoom meeting with colleagues last Thursday. Apparently the purpose of the call was to role play the upcoming second and final debate between President Trump and Joe Biden.
Thoughts and Observations:
- It’s always been clear that Toobin, along with others at CNN and MSNBC, have a genuine affection for politics, but I don’t think anyone thought that the affection went to this extent.
- The obvious question is this – exactly what was Toobin fantasizing about while he was pleasuring himself? Was he picturing the moderator, Kristen Welker? Was he envisioning Trump? Biden? We’ll probably never know the answer, but if I had to bet, my money would be on CNN pre-debate host Wolf Blitzer. Those two have always seemed overly chummy in my opinion.
- Toobin explained in a statement, “I made an embarrassingly stupid mistake, believing I was off-camera.” So, wait a second; the mistake wasn’t that you were greasing Weaser during a Zoom call with colleagues, the mistake was that you thought they couldn’t see you? Holy crap, Jeffery, no, no, no. Jerking off while interacting with your colleagues is wrong regardless of whether or not they can see you… you sick, perverted bastard.
- Coming from a leftist CNN analyst, I guess we should have expected such rationale. These were the same people, don’t forget, who were furious about Hillary Clinton’s email scandal in 2016. They weren’t furious about the content of the emails, oh no. They weren’t angry with Hillary, and in fact they never denied that the emails were authentic. They were irate over the fact that the emails were released and her deeds became public knowledge. Pay no attention to reality, and just ignore the real stories. These people are nuts.
- The most entertaining aspect of this story has to be the tweet from CNN co-worker Brian Stelter, who stated, “’Jeffrey Toobin has been sidelined at a pivotal moment in the run-up to the presidential election. The reason: He exposed himself during a Zoom call with New Yorker colleagues in what he says was an accident.” Truly, you can’t make this stuff up. Hey Brian, let me help you out. Knocking over a glass of water during a Zoom meeting; that’s an accident. Forgetting to click the “mute” button while you have a side conversation during a Zoom meeting; that’s an accident. Choking one’s chicken during a Zoom meeting? There are a lot words we could use in that situation, but “accident” ain’t one of them.
- I wonder if Stelter’s reasoning will start a trend among adolescents around the country. “Yes, Mom and Dad, I know what it looked like when you walked into my bedroom this afternoon after I forgot to lock my door, but it’s not what you think… it was an accident.”
- For the rest of us, a suggestion – moving forward, if you are on a Zoom call, right at the beginning insist that everyone keep their hands showing for the duration… especially if there are CNN commentators on that call.
Topic #3: President Trump and Joe Biden engaged in the second and final presidential debate of this election cycle on Thursday night.
Thoughts and Observations:
- Moderator Kristen Welker did a pretty good job. She interrupted Trump too much, and some of the questions and the rationale behind them were way off base, but she was good. I’d give her a grade of a B-minus. Hey Chris Wallace, reach out to Kristen for some pointers if you ever get another chance at moderating.
- Trump was excellent. I give him a grade of A-, with my only issues being his multiple inaccuracies. While many in the media have called them lies, I think most of them are just typical Trumpian mistakes. When he jumbled up all of the Biden family’s sleazy dealings and wrongly claimed that Hunter had been dishonorably discharged from the military, I think it’s probably more of Trump’s ADHD kicking in than anything more sinister. It’s unacceptable however, and he needs to get that stuff right.
- Trump was much more calm and polished this time around. He allowed Biden to finish his thoughts thereby letting him say stupid crap, and Joe didn’t disappoint.
- Trump performed well in hammering Biden on the problems with his family, and was outstanding when he called him out as a “typical politician” when Biden tried to spin away from Hunter. Biden did his look-into-the-camera and speak directly to the American people routine after Trump confronted him about his son, and Trump clobbered him by pointing out that was not the time to be talking about American families “sitting around the table.” Well done, Mr. President.
- Trump was also terrific at calling out Biden’s long record of getting nothing done. “For 47 years Joe,” Trump called out repeatedly, and Biden was in power “not that long ago.” Biden did not handle it well.
- Trump once again called out Biden for the 1994 Crime Bill, and once again pointed to the imbalanced impact that the law had on black folks. I understand why Trump does it, and it might work by getting some African-American votes away from Biden, but I don’t like it. Republicans should be the party of law-&-order, and criticizing someone over tough anti-crime laws seems to be a bad strategy overall.
- Biden was awful, I give him a grade of D. He tried to stick to his talking points, particularly on COVID-19, for instance, but he came across as doom and gloom; big time. He also lied repeatedly, far more often than Trump’s inaccuracies. His claim that no one lost their private health insurance with Obamacare was particularly egregious.
- He stammered much more frequently this time around and frequently seemed confused, and his response for Trump’s attack on “not getting it done” during his eight years when he was VP was his second-worst moment of the night. He replied, “We had a Republican Congress,” and stopped talking. Silence lingered for what seemed like minutes, and he looked really bad. Forget about the fact that it wasn’t true (for the first two years of the Obama’s administration, Democrats controlled both houses of Congress, including a filibuster-proof majority in the Senate), Biden’s hesitancy or inability to explain himself was terrible.
- His single worst moment of the night, however, was when he essentially admitted to planning on destroying America’s oil industry. Trump was all over him, and could be heard saying, “Hear that Texas, and Pennsylvania, and Oklahoma?”
Topic #4: On Friday President Trump announced that another treaty between Israel and a nearby nation had been reached, this time it was Sudan.
Thoughts and Observations:
- Last month it was the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, and now Sudan. Again, if this was President Obama or some other Democrat president, the media would all be acting like Jeffery Toobin on a Zoom call, and Democrats would be petitioning the National Park Service to figure out a way to get their likeness on Mt. Rushmore.
- Trump mentioned specifically that he expects another treaty to be forthcoming with Israel and Saudi Arabia. If Trump doesn’t win the Nobel Peace Prize it will be laughable.
- Trump’s approach to Middle East peace by focusing on alienating and pressuring Iran has once again proven to be brilliant. If he does indeed win a second term, and if this trend continues, he may be very well surpass Ronald Reagan on the list of great foreign-policy presidents. His accomplishments are that impressive.
Topic #5: Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe announced that our intelligence agencies had determined that not only was Russia trying to influence the election, but so was Iran.
Thoughts and Observations:
- Ratcliffe specifically pointed to Iran’s intentions as being to help the Biden campaign with their efforts. What was the reaction from our mainstream media? Mostly shoulder-shrugging and “Oh well”s.
- Apparently one of the Iranian’s strategies was to send email messages to potential voters posing as “The Proud Boys,” in an effort to look like voter intimidation and thereby discredit President Trump. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) took that as his opportunity to claim that the Iranian’s were really just trying to sow American distrust of election results, not necessarily trying to help Biden. Because Schmucky Chucky knows better than DNI Ratcliffe. You’re a joke Chuck; a total joke.
- For the record, I don’t buy the idea that any foreign power has much impact on our elections. Not in 2016, and I suspect not this year either. So long as a foreign power – or anyone else for that matter – hasn’t affected the integrity of ballot counts, then I’m not particularly concerned. We’ve been “interfering” with foreign elections for years, and no one seemed to care. Just ask Benjamin Netanyahu about Barack Obama’s behavior.