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Trump’s Speech

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President Trump’s speech from the oval office was short and sweet. He demanded five and a half billion for a border wall, or barrier, or something sticking out of the ground, but didn’t declare a national emergency.

Base Fear

Marc Theissen thought it was great. Trump reached out to Americans beyond his base.

But Chuck and Nancy thought otherwise. Nancy says the wall is immoral. Chuck said Trump used the oval office to manufacture a crisis. And they both looked stiff and uncomfortable.

Could be they were looking to reach beyond their base too.

1980s Want Foreign Policy Back

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The day before he reported for duty as a freshman U.S. Senator, Mitt Romney turned in his grades on the Chief Executive. In a Washington Post column Romney gave President Trump passing marks for some of his policies. But he flunked him for presidential character.

But, on balance, his conduct over the past two years, particularly his actions last month, is evidence that the president has not risen to the mantle of the office.

He also marked Trump down for failure to co-operate with allies. He noted:

The alternative to U.S. world leadership offered by China and Russia is autocratic, corrupt and brutal.

1980s Want Foreign Policy Back

Romney’s been consistent about Russia as our number one threat. And President Obama mocked him for it in their 2012 debate.

“And, the 1980s are now calling to ask for their foreign policy back, because, the Cold War’s been over for 20 years.”

Trump responded that if Romney had stood up to Obama’s taunts he might be president today.

 

Shutdown Timeout

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Trump says $5.6 billion isn’t much for border security.

Pelosi says, “We are giving the Republicans the opportunity to take yes for an answer,”  “Senate Republicans have already supported this legislation, and if they reject it now, they will be fully complicit in chaos and destruction of the President’s third shutdown of his term.”

But no money for a wall.

They’re meeting this afternoon in the situation room.

Roughing The Justice

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Daniel Henninger says half the Senate Judiciary Committee created a new legal standard – “I believe Christine.”

This new standard for court nominees (and surely others in and outside politics) would be that judgment can be rendered in the absence of substantive argument or any legal standard relating to corroboration, cross-examination or presumption of innocence.

And Andrew McCarthy claims, “The real objective was not to destroy Kavanaugh but to convey what Democrats have in store for any conservative who seeks high public office.”

But you don’t have to be a conservative running for high office. Here’s a woman accusing a little boy of sexually assaulting her when he walked by with his mom.

The little boy was crying and couldn’t say if he was conservative or liberal.

Rough Justice

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Christine Basley Ford sent a letter to Senator Diane Feinstein claiming Brett Kauvanough assaulted her when they were both in high school. Senator Feinstein held the letter for six weeks. And then, when it looked like Kavanaugh might be confirmed to the Supreme Court, someone leaked the letter to the media.

Rough Justice

So, despite her fear of flying, Dr. Ford flew to Washington to testify  before the Senate Judiciary Committee. She seemed sincere but was unable to remember when or where the assault took place. Nor could she remember how she got there or returned home. And none of the eyewitnesses she named could corroborate her story.