Tuesday, September 22, 2020
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D. R. ZUKERMAN, proprietor

Random LPR Observations...

September 5, 2020 --

Advice from Ms. Clinton to Joe Biden

Hillary Clinton appeared on "The Circus," a Showtime program hosted by Jennifer Palmieri,  a former Clinton aide,August 24 -- and had this advice for Joe Biden:  don't concede.

We are still some two months away, and the former secretary of state/ U.S. senator/ first lady apparently imagines that Biden will be behind in the first round of vote-counting,  but will eventually win if only he doesn't concede.  Ms Clinton told her former aide, in part, "I do believe he [Biden]  will win if we don't give an inch and if we are focused and relentless as the other side is."   Sounds to LPR that Ms. Clinton expects that ballot-harvesting will get Joe Biden elected president.  Also sounds like Ms. Clinton will deny the legitimacy of a re-elected President Donald J. Trump.  

And so, we have a new tradition in American politics.  Democrats will agree on the legitimacy of a president only if he or she is a Democrat.  LPR has a hunch that a mindset like that could lead to the withering away of the Democratic party.   The Democratic party will not be helped by the findings on the Russia hoax in the Durham report.  The reputation of Joe Biden will be tarnished by further disclosures of his role in promoting the Ukrainian company Burisma when he was in chaege of Ukraine policy for the Obama administration.

Looking to the GOP's presidential future.

LPR expects that a Trump-Pence victory will quickly lead to speculation whether Vice President Pence will succeed President Trump in 2025.  LPR predicts, more than four years ahead of time, that if he is nominated for president in 2024,  Mike Pence will choose a woman to run as his vice president, and that the woman will either be former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley (currently under fire for -- get this -- going by her middle name), South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem, or Rep. Elise  Stefanik, representing an upstate New York district. Should Mike Pompeo step down as secretary of state after the election, LPR expects that Nikki Haley will be named secretary of state in the event of the re-election of President Trump, with Gov. Noem named agriculture secretary.

And If  the Republicans  Win a House Majority and  the Senate and White House, Too...

...Democrats will say that Sen. Bernie Sanders or Sen. Elizabeth Warren would have won -- and House Democrats will choose Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC) as their leader, over Adam Schiff, thereby estranging the Democratic party even more from ordinary Americans, diminishing Democratic holds on power even further to enclaves on the two coasts,  as Pakistan consisted of two areas on the two sides of the Indian subcontinent, before the eastern portion of Pakistan went its own way as Bangladesh. 

A second Trump presidential term will see further decline of the power of the deep state, caused as much by the increased separation of arrogant, deep state elitists from traditional, freedom loving Americans, as much as by President Trump's efforts to drain the swamp.   Proof positive that the swamp has been drained during a second Trump presidential term will be a summit meeting between Presidents Putin and Trump, with settlement of the Ukraine problem on the agenda.

LPR also expects...

...that one way or another -- by court action or presidential pardon -- Mike Flynn will get the charges against him dismissed before January 20, 2021.  And within a year, he will write an explosive book on his persecution by persons in the Obama administration and the FBI.      (LPR wonders how long it will take for John Bolton's book on his service as national security adviser to hit the remainder pile.)   

A Presidential Pardon

Jon Ponder, a rehabilitated former bank robber, and now an advocate for prisoners,  was pardoned by President Trump just before Ponder was to speak at the Republican National Convention.  LPR had wondered if the president would use the occasion of his speech at the convention to pardon Mike Flynn.  Turned out to be the right type of proceediing, but a different person.