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Memo From the National Affairs Desk: Who’s Heading to the Cornbread Festival?

Posted on | March 23, 2019 | 1 Comment


COLUMBIA, South Carolina
Rolled into town at 11:30 a.m. after an eight-hour drive, and after I post this, I’ll be heading to the South Carolina Democratic Party Executive Committee meeting where Marianne Williamson will make an appearance before her visit to the Cornbread Festival downtown.

Apparently, this street festival is a big deal, because two other Democrat presidential hopefuls — New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker and South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg — will also be in attendance. Booker’s at 4% nationally (sixth place) in the Real Clear Politics average of national polls and, for reasons I don’t understand, Buttigieg’s in eighth place at 1.3%, which is better than Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper (who watches porn with his mom) and New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, who thinks rape hoaxes are awesome. Why is Buttgieg polling so well? Also, if your last name is “Buttgieg” why on earth would you name your son Peter? But it’s probably a better choice than Richard, I suppose . . .

Before I left home, my 16-year-old daughter Reagan came home from her spring mission trip (which is what she chose instead of an actual vacation), and I took her and my wife out to dinner ($54), driving the Subaru Outback I rented for this trip. The Outback is a fine vehicle, however, I’d expected a compact sedan, but the lady at the rental agency told me they were out of sedans, so this “upgrade” to the Outback was free. On the other hand, because we’ve got only liability coverage on our old Nissan, I had to get full-coverage insurance on the rental ($28 a day, $112 for four days), which I hadn’t previously figured into the trip cost. But just in case I hit another deer, y’know . . .

My podcasting partner John Hoge notes that tonight’s edition of The Other Podcast (7 p.m. ET) will feature me calling in from my hotel in Myrtle Beach, to report whatever the heck happens at the Cornbread Festival, I guess. Also, Hoge reports that our fellow Kimberlin co-defendant Aaron Walker got locked out of his Twitter account for calling Chris Matthews an “ignorant slut.” Apparently that’s a no-no word . . .

Speaking of no-no words, have I mentioned that a guy named “Buttigieg” is running for president? Because I don’t care what his policies are, there’s no way America’s going to elect President Buttigieg.

Liberal journalist Matthew Walther is worried:

Why are Democrats so weird? Only a few days after his long-shot candidacy had begun to attract some interest from the mainstream press, Andrew Yang came out strongly against circumcision, surely one of the most pressing political and social issues of our time. He even doubled down on this by agreeing on Thursday to debate right-wing Wunderkind Ben Shapiro on the subject. Last month Sen. Kamala Harris (Calif.) told a painfully obvious lie about listening to Snoop Dogg and Tupac while smoking weed in college (she graduated many years before either of them released their debut albums). Even her own father told her to cut it out. Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s (Mass.) insistence on releasing the results of a DNA test in the hope of vindicating her past claims of Native American heritage was one of the most bizarre events in recent political history. . . .
Maybe Democrats even think that by embracing their inner weirdness they can channel some of Trump’s electoral magic. Or maybe they just think that the American people can no longer be bothered to care about the sorts of things that would have been career ending for any politician back in the remote past — 2014 or so. . . .

If liberals are worried, that’s good news. And speaking of good news:

The long-awaited Mueller report was submitted to the Attorney General yesterday, and to the stunned, unhappy shock of the left, he has reportedly not recommended any further indictments.
Reports are circulating that Attorney General William Barr could release a summary to Congress as early as today. . . .
With the Mueller investigation over, The Washington Examiner notes five things that did not happen.

1. Mueller did not indict Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner, or other people whose purported legal jeopardy was the subject of intense media speculation in the last year.
2. Mueller did not charge anyone in the Trump campaign or circle with conspiring with Russia to fix the 2016 election, as was the subject of intense media speculation in the last year.
3. Mueller did not subpoena the president, as was the subject of intense media speculation in the last year.
4. The president did not fire Mueller, as was the subject of intense media speculation in the last year.
5. The president did not interfere with the Mueller investigation, as was the subject of intense media speculation in the last year. In his letter to Congress, Barr noted the requirement that he notify lawmakers if top Justice Department officials ever interfered with the Mueller investigation. “There were no such instances,” Barr wrote.

A big fat nothingburger, that’s what it is. Six hundred seventy-five days of investigation, inspired by a phony dossier paid for by the Clinton campaign, and Democrats got zilch, zero, nada. Meanwhile . . .

Former DNC chairman Ed Rendell (D-PA) advised 2020 Democratic presidential candidates to look toward the center and not to the far left.
“I think all of a sudden, the 2020 election went from a slam dunk for Democrats to something where we’re going to have trouble beating this guy because he’s going to make Democratic socialism swing to the left, which I don’t think is real, but he’s going to make it into the issue,” the former governor told CNN on Thursday.
“AOC does not speak for the Democratic party,” Rendell said of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and her growing influence.

Sorry, Ed, you’re too late. The governor of Colorado’s talking porn movies, a guy named Yang is talking foreskins, a New York senator is trailing in the polls behind a guy named “Buttgieg,” and my hunch is the craziness of 2020 Democrats is only going to get worse. That’s why I’m out on the campaign trail so early. Even though I swore I’d never do it again after the relentless bummer of 2012, the scent of craziness attracted me like a plate of hash browns scattered, covered and topped.

By God, a campaign this crazy requires my coverage. Have I mentioned that Marianne Williamson “was the first to discuss reparations for African Americans in this presidential campaign and it was part of her announcement speech”? Because this is South Carolina, you see, and it’s one of the early-primary states where candidates’ poll rankings will count toward qualifying for the first Democrat debates. And I’m sure my readers will say there’s no way in the world America can afford $100 billion for reparations, but that’s only 1/1,000th of the $100 trillion in spending promised by Elizabeth Warren. When you’re talking that kind of money — ONE HUNDRED TRILLION DOLLARS — what’s a measly few billion, huh? “Nurse, more Thorazine, stat!”

Who else can handle such intense craziness as this? So it’s about time for me to pack up the laptop and get back at it, with the executive committee meeting, the Cornbread Festival, and then drive 150 miles to Myrtle Beach for tonight’s podcast at 7 p.m. ET — don’t miss it — and remember The Five Most Important Words in the English Language are:




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