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Trump: You know who’d be “dynamite” as UN ambassador? Ivanka

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Don’t worry, he’s not going to do it. (I think.) Why would he want a Democrat in such a prestigious position?

It’d be a thankless task for Ivanka if he did appoint her as she’d end up being compared to the likes of Bobby Kennedy and Eleanor Roosevelt, two other presidential relatives who landed prominent public positions. (Although Eleanor didn’t get her UN job until after FDR had died.) Why the hell would she want that? And on what conceivable grounds would Trump justify it in terms of her experience? It’d be a slap in the face to the entire U.S. diplomatic corps if officers with decades of experience got passed over for her.

And how would she get confirmed? That vote would be pure nightmare fuel for McConnell, forcing Republicans to either confirm someone who’s obviously not qualified for the job or to vote down the president’s daughter, earning them the enmity of MAGA loyalists everywhere. Trump’s entitled to any advisors he likes, Jared and Ivanka included, but the UN ambassador serves the entire country. Out of the entire country, Ivanka Trump is the top pick? C’mon.

But I don’t think Trump’s even considering it. Her name came up in the clip because the chatterati has been kicking around the idea since Nikki Haley’s resignation was announced this morning. Appointing Ivanka is the sort of thing it seems like he’d do — even though it isn’t really. The first person he names in the clip, former advisor Dina Powell, is a much likelier bet. Although I think the dark horse, and certainly the favorite of righties, would be ambassador to Germany Ric Grenell. Grenell was a rhetorical bombthrower before his appointment and even afterward to some extent; the Germans probably wouldn’t be sad to see him go, and he’d be in his element delivering Haley-esque stemwinders aimed at Russia and China on the UN stage. Could he be confirmed, though? He got 56 votes the last time he faced the Senate but might run into trouble in the current climate, particularly with Democrats focused on his sporadic tension with the German government.

As for Haley, this morning’s mystery as to her motives, and especially her timing, remains unsolved. The leading theory right now is that she expects life in the Trump administration will soon be (even more) miserable for any number of reasons and wants to make sure the public understands that she has nothing to do with it.

White House officials had sought to put a hold on record-setting administration turnover in the run-up to the Nov. 6 elections, with aides being asked months ago to step down or commit to stay through Election Day to avoid adding to a sense of turmoil…

Despite Trump’s calm words, her sudden announcement rattled a number in the White House, who openly speculated that the timing was meant to preserve the ambassador’s own political future, according to the official and another White House official.

Mueller’s been quiet lately but he’s apt to make noise once the midterms have passed. If in fact Democrats retake the House and/or Senate, lord only knows what sort of investigations of POTUS they’ll launch next year or where they might lead. It may be that Haley also expects (correctly) that economic boom times won’t last forever and doesn’t want to be linked to the administration if and when that happens. By getting out now, before the expected wave of resignations/firings after the midterms — or any wrenching impeachment fight — she leaves a clear, singular memory of her departure in the public’s mind. Her hands are now clean of whatever mud mighty dirty the administration after today, a useful bright line for a politician who’s thinking of running for president.

In fact, says Philip Klein, the 2024 primary is shaping up to be a battle between Trump loyalist Mike Pence and all-purpose right-winger Nikki Haley. That’s another reason for today’s departure. Having earned her “Trump stripes,” it’s now time for her to create a little distance again.

Haley can carefully see how the Trump phenomenon ages, and position herself however she needs to once he exits the scene. As she gears up for 2024, if Trump’s brand has become more toxic, she can distance herself from his administration — saying first and foremost she was serving the nation as ambassador before the world. But if her association with Trump is a boost, she can play up the fact that she loyally served him.

Pence, on the other hand, has placed his bet entirely with Trump, for better or for worse. He has the claim of working more closely with Trump than anybody else. If that’s what the 2024 Republican electorate is craving, then it will give him an advantage. However, if by that time Republicans want somebody with more distance who isn’t necessarily seen as being anti-Trump (such as Sen. Ben Sasse), then it would give an edge to Haley.

One thing about Haley’s inevitable presidential run, though: Can she afford to be out of politics completely for six years? Maybe a Senate seat will open up in South Carolina, but for the moment she’s staring at being locked out of public office for awhile. She could always return to Trump’s government later, but Pence won’t want her being given any plum positions like Secretary of State lest it bolster her case against him in 2024. Republicans do occasionally nominate people for president who haven’t held public office for a few years, as Reagan and Romney were each six years removed from being governor when they were nominated and the current guy, er, never held office before. But Haley’s not an “outsider” like Trump, she’s a professional politician. And she’s apt to be facing someone who’ll either be the former vice president of the United States or the *sitting* vice president of the United States when 2024 rolls around. Six years out of the spotlight might be too many to win under those circumstances.

Here’s Mark Sanford, who’s a fan of neither Trump nor Haley, speculating that something must be up with the timing of all this.

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The robot dog that will murder you will also dance on your grave

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To cleanse the palate, obviously I don’t know if there’ll be “graves” as such after the robot apocalypse. I assume it’ll depend on their olfactory capabilities. If they’re not equipped to detect scent, maybe the ‘bots will just leave us where we lie to decay in the sun, our streets transformed into rivers of putrefied viscera from the sheer mass of leaking carcasses.

It’s my great privilege to share thoughts like that with you at the end of a long day.

I’m curious about what possessed Boston Dynamics to put this clip together. Could be nothing more than boredom or a creative way to show off Spot’s motor skills. But I wonder if all the freaky-deaky videos of humanoid robots demonstrating ever more impressive feats of mobility has created a strange sort of PR problem for them. They don’t want every promo they do to seem menacing, however inadvertently. Soon they’ll have people breaking into their factory, trying to stop them before they build the first T-800. Time to do something whimsical instead.

This thing is set to go on sale next year, by the way. Not to everyday consumers; the price tag will likely ensure that it remains a corporate plaything. But you’ll be seeing them around sooner than you think. Plus, some ultra-rich tech bros are destined to buy them and show them off as look-what-I-got novelties. We all know who the first one will be.

Weird but true: In a few decades’ time, this thing shaking its ass in your face as it does a victory twerk might be the last thing you ever see.

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WOW! Claire McCaskill Speaks Out After Project Veritas Reveals She’s a Complete Fraud — Lies and Blames Hawley (VIDEO)

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James O’Keefe strikes again!

On Monday evening, Project Veritas released an undercover video of endangered Missouri Democrat Senator Claire McCaskill admitting to being deceptive about her stance on firearms and immigration policies.

McCaskill is a red-state Democrat Senator so she has to appear pro 2nd Amendment to her constituents because Missourians love their guns.

Claire McCaskill’s staffers were also caught on video saying she puts on a moderate front to get the Republican votes.

The top staffer then continued saying McCaskill believes everything Obama does.

THIS WAS A DEVASTATING VIDEO! Claire McCaskill was COMPLETELY EXPOSED!

Senator McCaskill’s staffers admitted she is pro-DACA, pro-DREAMERS and against the border wall even though she runs ads to the contrary claiming she is strong on border security.
The Project Veritas Video has been viewed over 267,000 times so far!

On Tuesday morning Claire McCaskill responded to the stunning revelations.
McCaskill went on Ozarks First to try to dig herself out of this deep hole.


Claire lied some more, blamed Josh Hawley for the undercover video.

Senator McCaskill: I’ve been very up front about all my positions. I remember this person was trying to get me to say something different than what my positions are… It is startling that Josh Hawley would be part of fraudulently embedding something in my campaign.

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Coincidence or corruption? In Andrew Cuomo’s government it’s hard to tell

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Given the parade of people in the orbit of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo who have recently either been shipped off to jail or come under investigation, it’s amazing that none of the dirt ever sticks to Cuomo himself. How does he account for the various people who funneled money toward his campaign, and then were later discovered to have benefitted from state government “generosity” and wound up in handcuffs? It’s all just a coincidence.

Today we’re hearing news of yet another of these amazing coincidences. This story starts with a situation we first covered more than a year ago and it dealt with some donors who helped Cuomo out during his 2014 campaign. A medical corporation named Crystal Run Healthcare was run by a few people who had funneled more than $400K to Cuomo’s campaigns over the previous four years. When the “Buffalo Billion” was announced (a plan to invest a billion dollars of taxpayer money into projects creating jobs in the western, upstate region) Crytal Run was at the front of the line. They wound up receiving more than $25M dollars for two new medical centers.

But there were some fishy elements to the story. First of all, they had actually broken ground on both of those new projects six months before the grants were even announced or applications were being taken. It’s almost as if they knew they had the money coming from somewhere. Then we found out that the Crystal Run had coughed up a flurry of maximum donations only weeks before the checks to them were cut. In addition to that, there was a meeting held less than two weeks after the announcement of the grants where Crystal Run executives met with state officials, including a top aide from inside Cuomo’s office.

How did Cuomo explain it? It was all just a happy coincidence and the meeting didn’t matter because they didn’t even talk about the grants. The meeting was about Medicaid.

But now the local press has gotten hold of emails from Crystal Run showing that they did indeed discuss their two new developments and the grants, and that the state representatives at the meeting were “very receptive” to their requests. (NY Post)

Now, despite earlier denials from everyone involved, it turns out company execs got a private sitdown with top state officials in 2015, just 12 days after Albany started seeking applications for $1.2 billion in development grants. Crystal Run wound up with $25.4 million of that (the only for-profit company to qualify) for two projects.

Team Cuomo insists those projects never even got mentioned at the meeting, saying it was only about Medicaid. Yet the Albany Times Union reports that an e-mail sent two weeks later by Crystal Run’s chief legal officer stressed that company execs had “shared our vision for growth,” including the two “expansions,” with the health commissioner and a top aide who worked in Cuomo’s office.

Both officials, the e-mail noted, “were, obviously, supportive, as we are bringing real jobs to real people” — and had agreed that “further discussion was warranted” with the state economic-development agency “at the highest levels.”

How much more evidence do we need at this point? Cuomo’s spokespeople obviously lied about what went on at that meeting. They have records from the company who benefitted from it after making massive contributions. (Two of the people involved in organizing these meetings, donations, and windfalls have already been convicted or indicted on related charges.) And yet Andrew Cuomo continues to insist that all the grants were handled fairly and above board. These are all just amazing coincidences. And somehow, while his closest aides head off to the crowbar motel, Cuomo floats along and prosecutors can’t seem to lay a glove on him. On top of that, he’s on track to cruise to electoral victory for another four years in office.

I guess that’s just a happy coincidence too, eh?

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