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March 26, 2021

The Morning Report - 3/26/21 [J.J. Sefton]


Good morning, kids. Friday and the weekend is here. The big story is of course yesterday's magic show at the White House, wherein a drooling dementia patient was propped up in front of select group of trained chihuahuas in what was supposed to resemble a "presidential press conference." Despite being pumped with a pharmacological cocktail that would make even George Floyd blanche, given a crib sheet and "reporters" playing the role of spreadeagled ginger teenybopper groupie to a Led Zeppelin red snapper, to anyone but a diehard Leftist as braindead as the man himself, Joe Aqualung's performance was a complete disaster. It was the perfect bookend to his triple-Lindy Air Force 1 staircase stumble that sent a clear message that the lights are on but no one's home. That goes not just for Biden but for the alleged national leadership.

From the very first moment of Biden's first press conference, one could tell that the days of Trump press conferences were gone. You remember those days, don't you? Gotcha questions, lectures, fights, interruptions, blatant disrespect -- not from Trump, but from the media. It was they who created a sense of chaos and divisiveness, not Trump. It was very different this time. The media were on their best behavior but even they couldn't protect Biden from himself...

...Speaking of the first moment, Kayleigh McEnany noticed something striking about the press:

Right out of the gate, the White House press corps stands for President Biden. Would have been nice if they would have routinely shown that level of respect for President Trump. I hope this is not indicative of softball questions to come!

Her hope was bound to be disappointed because the media's softballs were something else entirely. Before that, though, Biden made a few statements. To this biased observer, it was obvious that Sleepy Joe had been given an infusion of something to wake him up. Maybe it was just a strong cup of coffee, but his dilated black pupils were unnerving...

...A real attempt at a joke that fell perfectly flat was Biden's bizarre attempt to show that the filibuster is so evil that it doesn't even relate to Jim Crow; instead, it's more closely associated with Jim Crow's evil older cousin, "Jim Eagle"...

...Ominously, though, when asked if he thought he'd be running against Trump in 2024, he said, "I have no idea whether there'll be a Republican party." Given the Democrats' efforts to jettison the filibuster and create permanent one-party rule, that was a worrisome statement...

...The most exciting thing about the press conference, if exciting is the right word, is the frisson of fear every sane person should have felt knowing that Biden is the most powerful man in America and that the Fourth Estate (and, in a way, Fifth Column) will do anything to keep him propped up.

Farcical as yesterday's spectacle appeared, the move to destroy the filibuster and obtain absolute control over the Senate - not that that's so hard given the nature of the GOP in that chamber - the blaming of Trump for the catastrophe at the border and everything else under the sun was a message that came through loud and clear, despite the orifice from whence it emanated.

But while that was going on, there were a couple of other things that took place worthy of note. First, the Ohio legislature finally was able to override Mike DeWine and strip this dweeby poor man's SwiftyLazar of his dictatorial powers that have been inflicted on the citizens of the Buckeye State for over a year. We may rightly go on about Angel of Death Cuomo, Noose 'em Newsom, Wretched Whitmer and all the other despotic Dems who inflicted utter destruction on their states for the sole purpose of trying to sabotage the 2020 election. But DeWine deserves just as much of a comeuppance as any of those.

That brings us to the second item of note: Try not to laugh but Georgia has signed into law sweeping election reforms that immediately drew the ire and rage from the usual quarters:

The legislation includes new restrictions on voting by mail, and increases legislative control over elections in the state. Opponents claim the measure is a needless reaction to former President Trump's claims that widespread voter fraud in the state lead to his defeat there in the 2020 election. Georgia -- a traditionally red state -- narrowly voted for [so-called quote-unquote 'president'] Biden and two Democrat US Senators amid record-breaking turnout in the last election cycle. The new law limits the window in which absentee ballots can be requested, and cuts the number of locations and times ballot drop boxes can be accessed... .

..State Rep. Erica Thomas, a Democrat, who is black, was arrested after knocking on Kemp's door during his speech. The measure was filled with "voter suppression tactics," a top Democrat said. "We are witnessing right now a massive and unabashed assault on voting rights unlike anything we've seen since the Jim Crow era, Senate Minority Leader Gloria Butler said.

I'm sure Christopher Wray and Merrick Garland are drawing up the arrest warrant and indictment for insurrection against Erica Thomas as we speak. Yay, justice. Actually, I wouldn't have objected had Thomas been able to break down the door and kick the shit out of Brian Kemp. Where the hell was Kemp, Brad Raffensberger and the GOP-led Georgia legislature on the night of November 3rd, 2016 and in truth way before that?! Why, they were installing Dominion Systems voting machines and allowing all sorts of breaches of whatever fig leaf of a pretense of voting integrity laws Georgia had because, PANDEMIC! Then, after a mystery water main break that somehow flooded Fulton County and five other states as far north as Michigan causing the vote count to be stopped, observers kicked out and pallets of ballots trucked in, Kemp et al went apeshit on Trump and anyone who dared question the integrity of the election process.

So with that said, what the hell is the purpose of this bill? Better yet, what the hell is the purpose of Brian Kemp and the GOP? Here's your answer: Mitch McConnell and the GOP are signaling that they are willing to compromise on more gun legislation. Just. Fucking. Wow.

Have a great weekend. No, really.

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