CO Dems Move to Censure Hickenlooper for Voting to Block Stimulus Checks to Illegal Immigrants

H/T The Washington Free Beacon.

It looks like the DemocRats are going to war with each other.

Colorado Democrats are pushing to censure Sen. John Hickenlooper (D., Colo.) after he voted in favor of an amendment barring illegal immigrants from receiving federal stimulus checks.

Three Colorado members of the DNC requested the Colorado Democratic Party censure Hickenlooper for violating the party platform with his vote in the Senate last week, according to Denver Post reporter Justin Wingerter.

The freshman senator and former Colorado governor joined seven other Democrats and all Senate Republicans to block pandemic stimulus checks from going to illegal immigrants. The amendment, which passed 58-42, is nonbinding and will likely do little to change federal policy on the matter, as provisions preventing illegal immigrants from receiving stimulus funds already exist under current law. 

Immigration advocates in the state said Hickenlooper’s vote was a “slap in the face” to the immigrant community.

“It’s a slap in the face,” said Denver-based immigrant advocate Alejandro Flores-Muñoz. “We put our trust in people who look to our community for support during elections time and time again. And so many times, we’re disappointed. But this was done by someone who pledged support to our cause. This time, after I felt disappointed, I felt anger and betrayal.”

“Colorado did not elect John Hickenlooper to the Senate so he could cast chickensh*t votes,” Hans Meyer, an immigration lawyer in Denver, told the Denver Post.

“John Hickenlooper said that he wasn’t cut out to be a member of the U.S. Senate,” Colorado GOP spokesman Joe Jackson told the Washington Free Beacon. “I’m glad that some Colorado Democrats are starting to agree with that accurate assessment.”

Hickenlooper tapped a former Democratic banking lobbyist to serve as his chief of staff last month after he promised on the campaign trail to distance himself from special interests.

As Dems Retake Government, Standoff With Party’s Left Flank Looms

H/T The Washington Free Beacon.

It is going to be interesting seeing the DemocRats at war with each other.

It will be interesting to see how far to the left AOC and the squad can make the party go.

Will Joe Pee Pads Biden allow the hard left lurch or will he quit and all Kalama Knee Pads Harris to oversee the leftward lurch?

We need to fasten our seatbelts as it is going to be a long hard and bumpy four years.

First Dem-controlled gov’t in a decade means fights over filibuster, court packing, socialist agenda

Victory in Georgia has guaranteed Democratic control of the White House and Congress, giving President-elect Joe Biden expanded options but also denying him cover from the demands of his party’s radical left wing.

Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff’s surprise double triumph on Tuesday makes possible many of Biden’s more expansive legislative priorities, such as his promised revisions to Obamacare or his $2 trillion climate plan. But it also means that he has lost the convenient excuse of a Republican-controlled Senate, which would have allowed him to refuse the more revolutionary changes endorsed by members of his party.

Instead, progressive groups are already agitating for proposals such as ending the Senate’s filibuster. Eli Zupnick, spokesman for the left-leaning Fix Our Senate, responded to the news of Warnock and Ossoff’s victory with bluntness: “What does this election mean? The filibuster is dead.”

Similar calls will soon emerge from other corners, pushing for court packing, the addition of new states, radical appointees, and the agenda of the House’s socialist “squad” caucus. Paradoxically, Biden’s victory in the Senate may have set up an even greater battle: not against Republicans, but across the ever-growing fault lines which divide his party.

As much is particularly true due to the razor-thin margin by which Democrats control government. They will hold the Senate only through the grace of Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, while Republicans chipped away at their already narrow control of the House in the November election.

That margin will come into play over a likely contentious debate over the filibuster. Democrats’ sub-60-vote position means that Sen. Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.) can still stall much of Biden’s agenda, as he did in the latter days of the Obama administration. Recognizing this, soon-to-be majority leader Chuck Schumer (D., N.Y.) has repeatedly signaled an openness to ending the practice.

In this, Schumer has been joined by progressive members of his caucus such as Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D., Mass.) and Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.), as well as former president Barack Obama. But blue dog senators have been hostile: Sens. Joe Manchin (D., W. Va.), Kyrsten Sinema (D., Ariz.), and Jon Tester (D., Mont.) are all opposed, while Sen. Mark Kelly (D., Ariz.) has dodged the question. So too has Warnock, while Ossoff offered only a “maybe” when asked.

Abolishing the filibuster would be a prerequisite for another major change Schumer has been eyeing—granting statehood to the District of Columbia and possibly Puerto Rico, guaranteeing two to four more Democrats in the upper chamber. But it would not be necessary to add further justices to the Supreme Court, a move many Democrats agitated for in the wake of Justice Amy Coney Barrett’s appointment. Biden has remained conspicuously silent on the issue of court packing, which would require his involvement but would see the ostensible moderate yielding to progressives over the majority of Americans.

Such major changes are not the only place Democratic control could be a headache for Biden. McConnell’s control of the Senate was expected to moderate Biden’s selection for top posts, and the president-elect has leaned toward the center in many of his taps.

But a Democrat-controlled Senate will allow more controversial choices, like the inflammatory OMB pick Neera Tanden, a serious hearing Biden may not have expected. And it could give new life to appointment priorities from the left, like the list of 100 foreign policy progressives that until Tuesday appeared dead on arrival.

A similar headache may await House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.), as a smaller caucus gives more power to the growing “squad” of Democratic socialists in her chamber. A cadre of online progressives spent the days leading up to the vote for speaker agitating for Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D., N.Y.), Ilhan Omar (D., Minn.), and others to withhold their votes unless Pelosi agreed to allow a vote on Medicare for All. Ocasio-Cortez shot down the idea but acknowledged it—indicating future pressure efforts may be more fruitful.

Pelosi, in other words, could experience a redux of the standoffs that defined the relationship between former speaker John Boehner and the House Freedom Caucus, which ended with Boehner’s resignation. Biden, similarly, risks his agenda being hijacked—not by obstreperous Republicans, as expected, but by members of his own party eager to seize power.

 

Dem Insiders Hit Feinstein on Mental Fitness, Ignore Biden, Who Seems So Much Worse

H/T Western Journal.

While Di-Fi maybe non compos mentis but Joe Pee Pads Biden in totally senile.

I do not think Biden will make 3 months in office before DemocRats and Kamala knee pads Harris  push to remove him under the 25th Amendment.

In another glaring example of left-wing hypocrisy, some Democrats are secretly grousing to the reporters that Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California might be getting senile.

At the same time, the party dismisses the seemingly nonstop gaffes pointing to the flagging mental fitness of Joe Biden, 78, whom they hope will be installed as the oldest U.S. president next month.

At age 87, Feinstein is the oldest member of the U.S. Senate. She recently decided to step down as the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee amid volcanic criticism from her peers that she wasn’t harsh enough in her questioning of Justice Amy Coney Barrett during her Supreme Court confirmation hearings.

The anger ramped up after the hearings when Feinstein hugged Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, the chairman of the Judiciary Committee.

Feinstein further triggered Democrats by thanking Graham for his “fairness” and for holding “one of the best set of hearings that I’ve participated in.”

In apparent retaliation for being civil to a Republican, anonymous Democrats smeared Feinstein to The New Yorker, insisting that the octogenarian is “seriously struggling.”

“They say her short-term memory has grown so poor that she often forgets she has been briefed on a topic, accusing her staff of failing to do so just after they have,” The New Yorker reported. “They describe Feinstein as forgetting what she has said and getting upset when she can’t keep up.”

One former Senate aide said Feinstein should never have been allowed to run for re-election two years ago and instead should have retired then.

“She should have gone out on top in 2018,” the former aide said. “We only have 100 senators. I don’t think she should be there. Someone should have told her.

While Democrats are leaking innuendo casting doubt on Feinstein’s mental capacity, they hypocritically wave off the multiple, epic gaffes committed by Biden.

As it is, two former physicians to Barack Obama, the man Biden served under as vice president, have expressed dire concerns about his mental fitness.

“I’ve watched Joe Biden on the campaign trail and I’m concerned that he does not have the mental capacity, the cognitive ability, to serve as our commander-in-chief,” former White House physician Ronny Jackson said. “He routinely gets lost in the middle of a thought and can’t recalibrate.

Jackson, who’s now a Republican congressman-elect in Texas, said that “we can all see … something’s going on here. He is having some extremely bad days. This is serious. We’re picking a commander in chief [who] has to be at the top of their game cognitively. And he’s really not.”

Michigan Dem Stands Up to Whitmer, Fights To End Her Dictatorship

H/T  Western Journal.

Comrade Whitmire’s little dictatorship maybe ending soon.

Democratic Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer made headlines earlier this year by seizing almost dictatorial-level power in the face of the coronavirus.

Whitmer has been empowered by the state’s 1945 Emergency Powers of Governor Act, which allows the governor almost unlimited power in times of emergency.

Michigan residents are now nearly six months into Whitmer’s new regime, and it’s no longer just conservative Republicans who are pushing back.

“Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel, the top Democrat in Michigan’s third largest county, says he supports repealing the 1945 law that gives Gov. Gretchen Whitmer the ability to declare a state of emergency and keep the declaration in place without input from the GOP-controlled Legislature,” The Detroit News reported Wednesday.

“No one person should have endless authority and ability to bypass another branch of government,” he said. “I can’t believe there isn’t more of an outcry.”

The Emergency Powers of Governor Act states: “(1) During times of great public crisis … either upon application of the mayor of a city, sheriff of a county, or the commissioner of the Michigan state police or upon his or her own volition, the governor may proclaim a state of emergency and designate the area involved. After making the proclamation or declaration, the governor may promulgate reasonable orders, rules, and regulations as he or she considers necessary to protect and property or to bring the emergency situation within the affected area under control.”

It adds: “(2) The orders, rules, and regulations promulgated under subsection (1) … shall cease to be in effect upon declaration by the governor that the emergency no longer exists.”

In other words, Michigan’s governor may, unilaterally and of her own initiative, implement “orders, rules, and regulations” as she sees fit, and may keep those “orders, rules, and regulations” in effect as long as she so chooses.

That’s crazy. No one person should have that much power, indefinitely, with no legislative oversight.

There is a good reason the federal government is based on a system of checks, balances and separation of powers. It’s the same reason every single U.S. state has both a governor and a legislature: No one individual should be able to unilaterally exert that much control over his or her fellow Americans.

Unlock Michigan, a coalition of Michiganders who oppose Whitmer’s power grab, “is seeking to collect 340,047 valid petition signatures to put its initiated legislative proposal to repeal the Emergency Powers of Governor Act before the Republican-controlled Michigan Legislature, which has challenged the emergency powers of Whitmer in court,” according to The Detroit News.

“If Unlock Michigan collects enough valid signatures, the Legislature could enact the repeal without Whitmer being able to veto the proposal,” the outlet added.

Whitmer — who has issued over 100 executive decrees since the start of the pandemic, WDIV-TV reported in July — expressed disdain at the group’s attempts to curb her power.

“Any attempt to strip away the powers of the governor during this crisis is irresponsible, dangerous and foolish,” she said.

But Hackel — who backs Unlock Michigan’s efforts but does not sign petitions as a general rule — believes it’s past time to end the statewide state of emergency. He wants the governor and the legislature to work together to aid the state’s hardest hit communities.

Michigan, which has a population of almost 10 million, had reported about 115,000 confirmed cases of the coronavirus and 6,791 deaths as of Friday, according to Johns Hopkins data.

“We’ve flattened the curve. There is no surge in the hospitals,” Hackel explained.

Individual counties in Michigan have begun lifting their own states of emergency. Nevertheless, just this week, Whitmer extended the statewide emergency declaration through Oct. 1, the Detroit Free Press reported.

The state of emergency allows Whitmer to continue imposing restrictions — such as mask mandates and limited restaurant capacity — on the people and businesses in her state.

It’s terrifying that the Emergency Powers of Governor Act allows Whitmer to continue do anything she wants, for as long as she wants.

Hopefully, Unlock Michigan’s efforts are successful, and the legislature will be able to repeal the law.

Sanders: Dem Establishment Forced Klobuchar and Buttigieg to Drop Out

H/T The Washington Free Beacon.

Crazy Bernie is delusional, to say the least.

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.) on Sunday claimed former Democratic presidential candidates Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D., Minn.) and Pete Buttigieg were ousted by the party establishment to boost Joe Biden in the Super Tuesday primaries.

“One of the things that I was kind of not surprised by is the power of the establishment to force Amy Klobuchar, who worked so hard, Pete Buttigieg, who you know really worked extremely hard as well, out of the race,” Sanders said during an interview with ABC’s This Week.

“What was very clear from the media narrative, and what the establishment wanted, was to make sure that people coalesced around Biden and tried to defeat me,” Sanders said. “So that’s not surprising.”

Both Buttigieg and Klobuchar dropped out of the presidential race and endorsed Biden the day before Super Tuesday.

Biden’s first-place finishes in 10 Super Tuesday states marked a major comeback for the former vice president, who failed to win a contest before the South Carolina primary.

Sanders’s progressive agenda, including Medicare for All and raising taxes for the middle class, has marginalized his ability to gather broad Democratic and establishment support.

Pete Buttigieg Tells Beto Right to His Face: I Don’t Need Courage Lessons From You on Gun Control

H/T Town Hall.

Mayor Pete and Little Bobby O’Rourke are in a struggle to see which one is the biggest loser.

South Bend, Ind. Mayor Pete Buttigieg told former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-TX) that on the issue on the confiscation of AR-15s, he does not need a lesson on personal or political courage from him.

O’Rourke once again attacked Buttigieg at the Democratic presidential debate in Ohio for not supporting mandatory buybacks of AR-15s and other similar types of rifles.

O’Rourke said it’s time to follow groups, such as March For Our Lives, “and lead and not be limited by the polls and consultants and focus groups.”

“The problem is not the polls, the problems is the policy,” Buttigieg replied. “And I don’t need lessons from you on courage, political or personal. Everyone on this stage is determined to get something done…The problem is not other Democrats who don’t agree with your particular idea of how to handle this. The problem is the National Rifle Association and their enablers in Congress and we should be united in taking the fight to them.”

Buttigieg was referring to his service as an officer in the Navy, where he eventually went on to deploy to Afghanistan.

“That’s a mischaracterization…I got to answer this. Never took you or anyone else on who disagrees with me on this issue, but when you, Mayor, describe this policy as a shiny object…that was a slap in the fact to every single one of those groups and every survivor of a mass casualty assault with an AR-15 and an AK-47. We must buy them back,” O’Rourke said

The day before the debate, O’Rourke, Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ), and Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) each took a jab at Buttigieg for his criticism for the idea of a mandatory buyback.

Booker Accuses Buttigieg Of ‘Doing The NRA’s Work For Them’

H/T Daily Wire.

Spartacus is declaring war on Mayor Pete.

Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) criticized his Democratic primary rival, South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, on Monday after Buttigieg referred to a federally mandated gun buyback program as a form of “confiscation.”

“Calling buyback programs ‘confiscation’ is doing the NRA’s work for them, [Buttigieg] — and they don’t need our help,” Booker said, referring to the pro-Second Amendment organization, the National Rifle Association (NRA).

Cory Booker

@CoryBooker

Calling buyback programs “confiscation” is doing the NRA’s work for them, @PeteButtigieg—and they don’t need our help. https://twitter.com/PeterHamby/status/1183778249114914817 

Peter Hamby

@PeterHamby

also of note in here is that Pete goes out of his way to call mandatory buybacks “confiscation” https://twitter.com/PeterHamby/status/1183767849468227585 

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Booker’s remarks come as Buttigieg and former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-TX) have been butting heads over the former congressman’s demand to seize millions of firearms from law-abiding citizens through a mandatory gun buyback program.

Democratic lawmakers have long been defending their gun control agenda against claims that the party wants to take away Americans’ firearms. Accordingly, Buttigieg slammed O’Rourke’s divisive rallying cries as playing directly into the hands of the Republican Party.

O’Rourke was the first major 2020 Democratic candidate to endorse a government-run gun confiscation program for so-called “assault weapons,” but a few of his primary challengers, including Booker, have since followed suit. To date, none of the candidates have provided a clear definition of what constitutes an “assault weapon” or details on how they plan to carry out the actual buyback program.

O’Rourke has touted both Republican and Democratic disapproval of the program, stating that “it shows me we are doing something right.” But the presidential hopeful has also taken particular offense to Buttigieg’s condemnation.

“I was really offended by those comments,” O’Rourke said earlier in October. “I think [Buttigieg] represents a kind of politics that is focused on poll-testing, and focus group-driving, and triangulating, and listening to consultants before you arrive at a position. I think our politics has to be about doing the right thing and saying the right thing.”

“This is a policy disagreement and it is about governing,” Buttigieg later responded to O’Rourke’s comments. “I get it, I mean he needs to pick a fight in order to stay relevant, but this is about a different of opinion on policy and my focus right now is getting something done.”

This is not the first time, however, that Booker has been especially critical of describing his proposed gun confiscation program as “confiscation.” Following the Democratic National Committee’s (DNC) presidential debate in September, he told reporters that while he supports the federal government seizing certain firearms from American citizens, opponents who portray the program as gun confiscation are using fear to paint a narrative.

“You have to set up a system that is mandatory, you have to set up a system to pull them off, but this idea, this imagery that the fear-mongers and demagogues try to say of somehow armed police officers showing up and confiscating weapons — that’s the fear-mongering,” Booker said at the time. “And people trying to obscure and make people forget what we have done before as a nation with machine guns, what other nations have done with assault rifles.”

“Look, I hate when Democrats use the language that Republicans try to use to scare people away, as opposed to sort of the pragmatism and practicality of this,” he later added.

CNN Benches Steve Cortes, Its Own Latino Contributor Because He Supports Trump

H/T The Lid.

Fake News CNN only wants their commenters to parrot the party line or they are gone.

CNN has benched one of its own TV commentators Steve Cortes,  because he is a Hispanic man who supports President Donald Trump and who also said that CNN is pushing a fake “racist narrative.”

Now, just stop and think for a second what CNN has done here. They have kept their own guy off the air because he does not have the exact same homogeneous opinion as to their other “commentators.”

Clearly, CNN does not want “commentators,” they want parrots of the company line.

So, whenever you watch CNN know that not a single one of their “commentators” are giving an honest opinion or a logical reading of the news, they are parroting the strictly anti-American and anti-Trump company line.

According to Daily Wire:

Steve Cortes, a prominent conservative and Trump campaign surrogate, has not been put on air by the network in over six weeks as the network shifts its coverage of the president from tying everything to “Russia” to trying to cast him as a racist ahead of the upcoming elections.

A source familiar with the matter told The Daily Wire that CNN’s Steve Cortes met with Trump on Friday at the White House to discuss the situation at CNN.

The source said that Trump, who is “extremely angry” over the matter, had asked Cortes to go to CNN two years ago to combat the network’s narrative, but, with the recent developments at the network, the president no longer sees value in Cortes staying there for the 2020 campaign.

“People who work at CNN allegedly told Cortes,” Daily Wire added, “that the network did not want to have him on air anymore because they could not have a Latino Trump supporter on television pushing back against the network’s attempts to paint the president as a racist.”

“They just won’t book [Cortes],” a former CNN contributor told The Hollywood Reporter. “They’ll just pay him. They won’t fire him, because that’s just blatant. But they won’t book him, and they’ll tell all the producers not to book him.”

Once again, CNN does not do serious political discussion.

CNN does strictly left-wing agenda television. NOT serious news.

Here is an example of Cortes’ commentary:

Rashida Tlaib Suggests HBO Boycott After Bill Maher Calls Antisemitic BDS Campaign a ‘Bulls*it Purity Test’

H/T Breitbart.

I love these circular firing squads the DemocRats are using on each other.

Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) suggested a boycott of HBO after the network’s host Bill Maher ripped the anti-Israel “boycott, divestment, sanctions” (BDS) movement and called it a “bullshit purity test.”

“BDS is a bullshit purity test by people who want to appear woke but actually slept through history class,” Bill Maher said Friday.

“It’s predicated on this notion, I think — it’s very shallow thinking — that the Jews in Israel, mostly white, and the Palestinians are browner, so they must be innocent and correct, and the Jews must be wrong,” the Real Time host continued. “As if the occupation came right out of the blue, that this completely peaceful people found themselves occupied.”

 

The Michigan Democrat fired back at Maher saying “Maybe folks should boycott his show.”

“I am tired of folks discrediting a form of speech that is centered on equality and freedom,” Rashida Tlaib said. “This is exactly how they tried to discredit & stop the boycott to stand up against the apartheid in S. Africa. It didn’t work then and it won’t now.”

Rashida Tlaib

@RashidaTlaib

Maybe folks should boycott his show.

I am tired of folks discrediting a form of speech that is centered on equality and freedom. This is exactly how they tried to discredit & stop the boycott to stand up against the apartheid in S. Africa. It didn’t work then and it won’t now. https://twitter.com/mehdirhasan/status/1162767093730881537 

Mehdi Hasan

@mehdirhasan

Maher rails against BDS, Palestinians, and Omar/Tlaib with an all-white panel featuring no Palestinians, no Arabs, no Muslims, no people of colour. “Liberal” Maher. https://twitter.com/thehill/status/1162718982572597255 

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To be clear, Rep. Tlaib has a long history of antisemitism, including opposing Israel’s right to exist. Tlaib also voted against a massacre rejecting the BDS campaign in July. The resolution received overwhelming support in the House of Representatives.

 

 

 

Bill Maher’s Truth Bomb Blows Up The Squad: BDS Is A BullS**t Purity Test For Democrats

H/T Clash Daily.

Bill Maher is lower than whale droppings at the bottom of the Marianas Trench.

That being said he is correct and spot on with his truth bomb

When Maher is right, he’s absolutely SAVAGE. Sorry Rashida Talib, your little ‘wounded bird’ routine isn’t even convincing to your OWN team.

The ‘Squad’ does one thing well — they suck all the oxygen out of a room and force the public attention on themselves. This week it was around their publicity stunt about visiting Israel. We’ve covered that elsewhere (links at the bottom)

Trump, not surprisingly, shared his thoughts on it through twitter:

Donald J. Trump

@realDonaldTrump

Rep. Tlaib wrote a letter to Israeli officials desperately wanting to visit her grandmother. Permission was quickly granted, whereupon Tlaib obnoxiously turned the approval down, a complete setup. The only real winner here is Tlaib’s grandmother. She doesn’t have to see her now!

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Donald J. Trump

@realDonaldTrump

Rep. Tlaib wrote a letter to Israeli officials desperately wanting to visit her grandmother. Permission was quickly granted, whereupon Tlaib obnoxiously turned the approval down, a complete setup. The only real winner here is Tlaib’s grandmother. She doesn’t have to see her now!

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Of course, Pelosi & Co. tried to play it all up as horrible and unpresidential and all the other usual talking points… etcetera, etcetera.

There’s only one problem with that.

Even LIBERALS can see through their BS talking points.

Bill Maher is no friend of Trump — in fact, he has been openly HOPING for a painful recession to hit the US, something which would hurt the ‘little people’ (leaving the elites like himself unaffected) if that’s what it takes to bounce Trump out of office.

(Like most liberals — YOUR pain is a price he’s willing to pay.)

But he’s slapping the Left around on how blindly partisan they’ve been on the subject of Israel.

He does more to set the record straight in four short minutes than most news reports would.

If the Left can’t even convince their OWN side that Trump is the bad guy in this exchange, how can they possibly hope to con the rest of the country?