100% Tax Reform, Better than 50% Health Care

Whenever I see David Schmick on TV, it’s like the old E.F. Hutton ad. When he talks, I listen.

Schmick is a very savvy former Capitol Hill staffer. His words count more than the average pundit because he’s been there done that, knows players very well and has the right measure of cynicism. He’s not one to seek attention or publicity, which right there adds to his believability.

Schmick was on Stuart Varney’s program this morning on Fox Business to talk about the Senate rollout of the Obamacare repeal and replace bill. Varney asked him what was going on in the Senate closed door meeting this morning “where they’re trying to hammer out healthcare reform.” Here’s what he had to say:

“The best way to look at it is what’s in Mitch McCeonnell’s brain right now. First of all, he’s probably three votes short. That’s where they were thinking last night. That doesn’t count the two moderate senators from Maine and Alaska who aren’t going to vote for this. But there’s a lot of bluffing going on right now. I saw one Republican senator saying ‘I’m shocked that the staffers are writing legislation.’ I mean, hello, it’s like Claude Rains in the movie Casablanca saying I’m shocked that there’s gambling going on here. The staffers always do it.

“There’s also very adroit play acting going on by the president who said the House bill is mean and heartless. So it makes it easier for the more traditional Republicans to vote for this bill. The normal play acting. They’ll be a lot of deal making – it will be on opioid funding, I’m sure a little bit more extension of the Medicaid, but Mitch McConnell is one thing. He is very knowledgeable about his caucus. So if you hear later this morning that he’s going to call a vote and that’s what he’s saying, a vote for next week, it means only that he’s within three votes.

“One other thing, that he has the ultimate bluff, too, with a lot of conservative skeptics of this bill. He is saying, privately, that if they don’t get the votes now they will come back after the recess but they’re just going to come back and this sounds like technical talk, regular order, which means they’ll open it up to the Senate. So they’ll pass the popular things that both Democrats and Republicans want and then it will just be chaos. Frankly if the Republicans had said to the Democrats in January this is your Obamacare problem, fix it, I think they would be taking all the blame but it’s gone too far now and I think that a lot of conservatives are going to say I really don’t want to see this opened up to the Senate because who knows what you get.”

Varney then asked if some of the Democrats’ unhappiness with leaders Pelosi and Schumer could have some of them voting for the Republican plan

Schmick replied, “I think on tax reform it’s very very possible at this point. We’re already seeing a lot of behind the scene discussions that weren’t there before the Georgia election to be frank with you. Obamacare it’s going to be tough except for maybe one or two votes in the Senate, Senator Manchin from West Virginia and that’s a little tougher because Obamacare is such a holy document in the Democratic party, it’s tough to go against that.”

Varney then noted that a lot of investors don’t want to know about the nitty gritty and parliamentary rules, they just want to know if we’re going to get Health Care and Tax Reform.

“Yes I think it’s better than 50-50 on Health Care for sure and I think it’s 100% on tax reform, I really do. I think that the House already kind of has their plan in the event that the Republican plan in the Senate doesn’t go down. They will get a tax reform bill. It may be slimmed down, but it’s going to have a lot of things that investors want and there is no way the Republicans can move into 2018 without a tax reform bill and Health Care may get very, very messy but on the tax reform that’s a done deal even if it’s slimmed down.”

What Now Dems?

Four elections and four losses for Democrats this year.

You’d think they’d reexamine their methods. But, no. They are still hysterical, violent, insulting and elitist. There’s no sign they’ll stop this strategy either.

In each election, they have made Republicans stronger, not given us a death blow. In the Georgia election, Trump won the district by 5,000 votes. Karen Handel by 10,000. The GOP actually upped its game. The Democrats also spent $20-30 million on this one race. At this rate they’ll be as cashed strapped as their Democrat dense state of Illinois. One wag called that much spending “Jebonomics.” Fitting.

By making it a referendum on the president, they probably upped our turnout, too. Why should a congressional race be about the president? Obviously there would be little Ossoff could do to oppose him since he is in the minority.

Maybe it would have helped if the Democrat Ossoff had lived in the district. Isn’t that campaign 101? The arrogance of it was stunning. Did they think foisting a bunch of Hollywood libs on the common sense people of Georgia would help them? Seriously? We’re not even watching their movies anymore, much less checking in to see what advice these often addiction and relationship challenged people want us to follow.

How about coming up with some ideas? Maybe it would be better for Democrats to realize they need to start acting like normal human beings who have to work with people they don’t like for the good of their family. It can be done. Ask most employees. They’ll never get back the working people otherwise. Focus on issues. But then, again, they don’t really have any new or innovative ideas to promote. It’s just the same class warfare and neosocialism.

Democrats have put themselves in a dilemma. They either appeal to their radical base or lose independents and working people. They’ve so immersed themselves in going after this or that fringe group of immigrants, Hispanics, blacks, gays that they are ignoring the concept of appealing to all Americans. We don’t know what they stand for anymore except rage and spite.

I really didn’t pay attention to the polls in this race. Why should I? They are wrong most of the time. They were wrong in a parallel way with the Hillary/Trump race. Hillary was said to be ahead by anywhere from 5-7 points. Didn’t turn out that way. Same in the Handel/Ossoff race. The libs are still relying on them as they are the media. Only the people aren’t listening to the media either.

I don’t see the Dems changing their strategy, however. I don’t think they’ll take back the House or the Senate in 2018. They lack good candidates and they are tone deaf.

Keep it up, Dems, you’re making my day.

Hospitalized Tucker Delights Libs

Fox News host Tucker Carlson was taken to the hospital Friday. He had appendicitis. If you’ve ever had it, you know how very painful it is. I know I couldn’t wait to get on that operating table and get that appendix out

Liberals, who claim to be the party of compassion for their fellow man/woman, were gleeful when they found out that the conservative Carlson was in pain.

CNN viewers in particular lashed out at him after Jake Tapper got on twitter to wish Carlson well.

Here are some tweets;

If I were an internal organ I’d want to get the F out of Tucker too
Cialis overdose?
Surprised he missed. His chronic headuptheassitis never caused him to miss a show
The same guy that speaks poorly of minorities #Karma
Oh did someone shoot him too?
Is he ill? Hope it is painful, and debilitating.
I like you Jake but wishing this YUGE ass hat speedy recovery loses big points in my book.
Was hoping he was getting vocal chords removed. Oh well. Hope he gets better soon and takes a long time resting before returning.

Nice, eh?

Don’t ever credit these people with decency. They have none. They are miserably unhappy people who want to make everyone else unhappy, too.

Me-Agyn on Her Way Out?

Megyn Kelly’s transfer to NBC has not been easy. Probably not the shoe-in she expected.

Kelly has said she felt she was “born” to be a mainstream media personality. If you recall, she fancies herself a new Barbara Walters. But it’s not looking so good for her. First, her interview with Putin bombed. Then she got unwanted controversy from both sides over her Alex Jones interview. It appears the poobahs at the peacock are not thrilled.

Breitbart’s Tony Lee writes:

NBC is reportedly “freaking out” because the network’s over-hyped talent Megyn Kelly has already been a “ratings disaster.”

“They didn’t pay her $15 million for this. They are now worried that her numbers will be bad when she joins the 9 am hour of Today,” a source reportedly told Radar Online. “If Kelly tanks at 9 am she will also bring down Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb at 10 am.”

The debut of Kelly’s Sunday Night With Megyn Kelly, with its much-hyped Vladimir Putin interview, could not even beat out a rerun of 60 Minutes. Her second show got clobbered as well. As Radar Online noted, Kelly’s interview with Erin Andrews “was destroyed by 60 Minutes, which scored 7.66 million total viewers. Kelly got a paltry 4.35 million people to tune in to her program.”

Already in desperation mode, NBC is reportedly “scrambling” to land big “gets” like Kathy Griffin or Adrianna Grande because, according to the source, the network seems to have already determined that “people are not tuning in to watch Megyn without huge guests.”

After reportedly being rejected multiple times, Kelly finally found a producer for her daily one-hour morning show just last Friday.

Veteran producer Jackie Levin agreed to produce the show, which is set to debut in September.

NBC News reportedly had trouble locking down an executive producer for Kelly’s daily one-hour show for months. According to one television insider, though “NBC and Megyn Kelly would like you to believe” her show did not have an executive producer because “there are just so many great people lining up for the job,” it was “quite the opposite.”

According to the insider’s source, Kelly and NBC had “approached some big names and they have all said no.”

Kelly reportedly wanted Bill Geddie, Barbara Walters’ longtime producer, to run her morning show. But he reportedly turned her down in addition to other top names because “no one wants to take the gig and most of the blame if Kelly flops at NBC.”

NBC News Chairman Andrew Lack has reportedly been busy lowering expectations for Kelly to the network’s affiliates.

When news of NBC’s hiring of Kelly broke, one executive reportedly said that “the degree of difficulty” would be “extremely high” for Kelly and if she does not succeed, “she could end up fading into obscurity,” especially since her trial run at Fox News for a news-magazine show was panned and got terrible ratings.

O’Reilly’s Revenge

I read in various places that ousted Fox host Bill O’Reilly has plans to start broadcasting his own show.

If he does, he would probably be free to cover what he wants, talk about what he wants and give an honest assessment of his media colleagues.

So far it looks like he might do it on his own. Mediaite reports the following:

There had been talk that a Sinclair-Tribune merger could land O’Reilly, or Newsmax, where O’Reilly recently showed up as a guest commentator. Variety reported yesterday that One America News Network was eagerly courting the former Fox News host, and so perhaps they are the leader in this particular horse race. But his comment could suggest that he is taking a similar route as his former Fox News colleague Glenn Beck and create his own digital video network like The Blaze.

This news tidbit is the clearest sign yet that O’Reilly is staffing up to get back into the game of opinion journalism. Mediaite had the scoop in April of a new conservative network being planned as a reaction to what one executive described as “Fox News moving too far left.”

A huge audience is out there just waiting for a better news outlet to come along. I don’t believe that MSNBC and CNN are gaining in viewership because of any excellence on their part. It’s probably that more people are dropping away from Fox News to the internet. Think about your own viewership. Is it less than two years ago? I watch Fox & Friends and then go to Fox Business (except for Neil Cavuto who is Mr. Establishment and biased) although I do look at Hannity. That’s about it. Years ago it was all day.

WaPo Plays Comey’s Game

Yesterday afternoon Drudge had the headline that Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller was investigating President Trump for obstruction of justice.

Of course the story relied wholly on anonymous sources. But that’s good enough for a pseudo journalistic enterprise like the Washington Post. Quite obviously they wanted to move the topic of a liberal shooter attempting to kill as many Republicans as he could to one that would slam the Republican president.

A Captain Obvious move if ever there was one.

Obvious, too, that there is no there there. President Trump asking FBI Director Comey if he could end the investigation of General Flynn is hardly an order or demand. The whole thing couldn’t be more ridiculous.

So what’s really going on?

Sundance at the Conservative Treehouse blog has an interesting theory. Basically, it’s that Comey knows he has illegally leaked information. He’s really the one at fault in the whole affair. If the investigation continues that will become apparent. What better way to shut down any problem for him than by having Trump call off the Special Prosecutor Bob Mueller?

As we previously discussed – The risk represented by Robert Mueller is not connected to or about anything surrounding the Russian Conspiracy Narrative; the legal risk is within ‘the leaking‘ of classified intelligence information to undermine the administration, the potentially illegal ‘unmasking‘, and now adding an obstruction of justice angle.

If we avoid all the shiny things, ignore the shell game and reset our frame of reference to the only illegal activity currently known, the leaking; the main illegal activity visible is the illegal leaking of classified intelligence information.

Despite his earnest efforts, there is clear and mounting evidence that former FBI Director James Comey was the primary source of leaked information to the media. The latest Washington Post report is yet another example. The reporter for the Post article is one of a limited number (25) people whom James Comey follows on Twitter.

The risk to Comey from his media leaking continues to explain everything James Comey has recently done, said and advanced.

If the evidence of James Comey being the source of multiple FBI leaks reaches the primary artery of investigative sunlight, who inside that investigative and prosecutorial decision making process becomes the risk? Answer that question and you discover the angle Comey is playing to cut off their ability to hold him accountable.

Special Counsel Robert Mueller, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Asst AG Rod Rosenstein et al are the people Comey needs to worry about, isolate and control. It is not coincidental that Comey is setting up the future action of these participants to be politically motivated.

James Comey’s layer of innuendo against Jeff Sessions is an obvious strategy toward that end. If Comey can frame Sessions as retaliatory against him, he would position any legal action as retaliation.
Anyone who is buying into the story of James Comey leaking the memos to his friend, Daniel Richman, to get a special prosecutor appointed is falling for the shell game constructed entirely by James Comey. More than likely this is the explanation he has already given to Robert Mueller, hence his motive to state within his testimony.

It is important to remember that James Comey told congress he previously met with Robert Mueller to discuss his testimony prior to appearing before congress.

James Comey admitted to this specific “leaking”, because the justification to ‘get a special counsel appointed‘ is the explanatory storyline James Comey wants to present in public.

The alternate reason for leaking, the political motives, are much more damaging to him.

James Comey benefits two ways from his explanation. First, he justifies terrible behavior through a prism of his honor could find no other way (his status remains). Secondly, he sets up special counsel Mueller as fruit of a poisoned tree leading to voices calling for Mueller’s removal. Win/Win. Comey also benefits from calls by his political opposition to eliminate Robert Mueller who is investigating the leaking.

Listening to Rush Limbaugh this afternoon I think he was arriving at this conclusion, too.

Certainly Comey is a skilled DC player. He likes his power and wants to keep it. He knows how to play the game and maneuver players. No one holds him accountable. He is not elected. Without scruples, he can do what he pleases.

And he’s doing it.

How the Shooting Will Be Portrayed

There will be two reactions to today’s shooting by the liberal TV and newspaper reports.

First, the media will say that the Republicans brought it on themselves.

As incredible as that may seem, that will be their first line of defense. They will be reluctant to decry the violence – as long as it doesn’t happen to them. They will not want any Democrat/liberal supporter fingered for the crime of shooting Rep. Steve Scalise today as he and his cohorts were at baseball practice.

No, outlets like CNN and MSNBC will quickly shift focus. It won’t be long before one of them argues that the policies the Republicans want to put in place, in particular health care reform and any budget cuts, drove someone beyond his limits. As they often do, the perpetrator will be made into the victim. It never fails to happen that way.

It won’t be the guy’s fault – or theirs for pushing this continual violence against Trump and therefore against all Republicans. Every week we have some kind of violent response. Week before last it was Kathy Griffin holding up a bloody severed head of Trump. This week we’ve had Shakespeare in the Park use Julius Caesar as a way to push their hate. Actors this time assassinated a Trump like leader in a way that left no gory detail out.

There will be no accountability on the media, politicians or Hollywood elite.

The second meme this shooting will produce is the ever popular, continually called upon need for gun control. Anchors and reporters will start spreading the idea that if people weren’t allowed to have guns this wouldn’t have happened. There will be calls for legislation and attacks on the NRA.

No one will point out that criminals or people with intent will get a gun illegally. It doesn’t fit their goals.

The liberal media and liberal politicians are stunningly predictable.

I hope this just toughens the Republicans to realize that they will never have detente with the Democrats. The latter will do anything to take power. Once armed with that knowledge, it’s imperative that they act.