Tuesday, November 29, 2022
Miles from the Mainstream
D. R. ZUKERMAN, proprietor

Breibart, July 2, reported the results of a Harvard-connected poll that favor former president Trump over Florida governor Ron DeSantis, 56% - 16%.

July 5, 2022 --

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Here's a thought with a twist for the GOP ticket in 2024: Trump/DeSantis, with Trump retiring in 2027 so that DeSantis can complete his second term, and then be eligible to seek two terms in 2028 and 2032, with a prominent Republican woman serving as vice president in 2027, and running for vice president on the ticket headed by President DeSantis in 2028 (and 2032). Note that this proposal would finesse concern that a re-elected President rim in 2024 would be an instant lame duck the moment he took the oath of office, January 20, 2025. Imagine though the schadenfreude Republicans would experience at the likely prospect that the anti-democracy Democrats would gnash their teeth to the gum line with a second Trump term, leading to a possible nine years of President Ron DeSantis, with a woman Republican as president to follow. Certainly this scenario would also drive Trump-hating columnists like Peggy Noonan of The Wall Street Journal up a ketchup-stained wall. Which serves as seque to Ms. Noonan's latest effort at political disinformation -- her July 2/3 column called "The Courage of Cassidy Hutchinson."

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Let's be serious. It hardly took courage for Ms. Hutchinson to badmouth former president Trump before a Pelosi-selected committee comprising seven Trump-loathing Democrats and two Trump-hating Republicans, with an anti-Trump media ready to gobble up. Noonan resorted to a vernacular expression in stating her admiration for this 26-year old. former aide to Mark Meadows, chief of staff to President Trump, who has challenged the Pelosi panel's legitimacy in federal court. Said Ms. Noonan, Hutchinson "showed a lot more guts than" men who worked in the Trump White House. Au contraire. Mr. Meadows, a former boss to Ms. Hutchinson has acted with courage in taking on Pelosi and her one-sided panel in federal court, and without a GOP cheering section comparable to the cheers greeting Ms, utchinson from Democrats and their media flunkies.

Ms. Hutchinson's testimony amounted to testifying under oath what she was told by others who were not under oath. That sort of testimony is called hearsay, and it is not favored because, as the source of the information is not under oath, it could well have difficulty passing the truthfulness test. This is not to say that there are no exceptions to the hearsay rule. See, for example, Rule 803 of the Federal Rules of Evidence.

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For reporters and columnists to be impressed with Ms. Hutchinson's "testimony" -- notwithstanding its one-sided context, one would think that the anti-Trump cabal has convinced the Pelosi panel to adopt a Donald J. Trump exception to the hearsay rule. That is: any out-of-court statement tending to inculpate a twice-impeached former president for use by a House select committee to pressure an attorney general to bring criminal charges against such former president is by all means acceptable testimony.

And indeed, Ms. Noonan writes that Hutchinson's testimony "made criminal charges against the former president more likely."

It was disheartening to find Andrew McCarthy taking seriously the Hutchinson "testimony" to a one-sided House select committee acting as quasi-grand jury, rather than as a fact-finding body engaged in a legislative function. Indeed, Noonan parrotted McCarthy's assertion that Hutchinson made out the former president to be "'singularly culpable'" for the events at the Caapitol on January 6, 2021.

Previously, McCarthy wrote a book about the lie that resulted in the 20-month, $34-million Mueller special counsel probe of President Trump. Here are the title and subtitle of the McCarthy volume: "Ball of Collusion: The Plot to Rig an Election and Destroy a Presidency." Today, an objective Andrew McCarthy would be at work on a book called "A Partisan House Select Committee: The Plot to Rig the 2024 Election and Destroy a Former President and His Party."

Consider just one observation, at page 347, of "Ball of Collusion": Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein appointed Mueller special counsel to probe President Trump "to appease Democrats."

The country had to go through the baseless agony of the Mueller probe just to appease thea Democrats -- and their media cheerleaders? And now the Trump-hating sharks sense blood in the water and are preparing to put the country tough more gony and torment based on despicable demagoguery , deceit, and propaganda with the aim to destroy not just onepolitical personality but a political party as well?

Peggy Noonan probably knows: it will take people of real courage to defeat the anti-democracy Democrats. But where are they?