And so now we have Josh Hawley saying that this most recent election was a funeral for the GOP.

Actually, no… The funeral for the establishment GOP happened a long time ago Josh. You just weren’t smart enough to pick up on it. The rank and file utterly rejected what the establishment GOP offered up and instead dominated and elected Donald Trump.

That rebellion started a long time ago, before Trump was even a blip on the political radar. Remember when the GOP voters sat on their hands when the establishment tried to force John McCain, Mitt Romney and most recently Jeb Bush down our throats?

The Establishment has been mightily trying to overcome that ever since that has failed.

The fact the matter is that the rank and file GOP voter is far more conservative than anything that either the Democrats or the establishment GOP has coughed up in 50 years, with two exceptions:

Ronald Reagan
Donald Trump

Both of whom I note with annoyance the GOP establishment has spent millions of dollars, and lost many elections trying to separate themselves from. In other words, The Establishment still hasn’t gotten the message.

We should all be paying more attention to the Gateway Pundit. They’ve been all over this FTX collapse.

We have information that the tens of billions of dollars going to Ukraine were actually laundered back to the US to corrupt Democrats and elites using FTX cryptocurrency. Now the money is gone and FTX is bankrupt.

As I’ve been saying, it’s no accident that this FTX crash occurred within hours of the election. Once it was understood that the Democrats were going to lose the house and it’s investigative powers and those Powers would end up in the hands of republicans, it became necessary for FTX to self- immolate. If you want to prevent people from understanding what was going on inside of a building, can you imagine a better way of doing it then burning the building to the ground?

As it stands right now, the Democrat party is up to its armpits in the largest financial and political scandal in American history, and the mainstream news media is just barely scratching the story, and then only occasionally.

Eric Florack on November 10th, 2022

It’s time for the “blame Trump” crowd to ask themselves very seriously, is their new hero, DeSantis, merely the latest version of an establishment GOP critter?

The establishment GOP… the Mitch McConnell Mitt Romney John McCain wing of the party, spent 45 years trying to crap all over Ronald Reagan’s legacy.

I suggest we are seeing history repeat itself as the GOP establishment desperately tries to protect itself by disassociating itself with the biggest success they’ve had since the Gipper.

Eric Florack on November 9th, 2022

There are still a number of races that haven’t been called yet as I write this but it seems clear that there are a number of things to take away from last night. The signs we are getting from the early returns are at least confusing. They speak to a pattern which does not mesh well with what we were getting from the polling data.

Which of course means either the polling data was wrong or the vote has been tampered with. Those two are not mutually exclusive but there’s no other possible conclusions to draw. I won’t speculate on either one of those possibilities until I get it clearer picture what’s going on. That said, there are several points which are clear:

Among them, it that the Joe Biden promise of “uniting America” has been proven to be the LIE it always was. Like it or not, America is still as divided as it has ever been, perhaps. more so.

If I read the signs from the individual voting districts correctly, it would appear that where Democrats have carried the day it was in the large heavily populated cities. No surprise, this is something I’ve noted in previous elections.

Taking that observation to step further, I note that where Democrats won governorships their states are dominated by the largest cities in the nation. Example, New York City and Detroit.

Outside of those two examples however Republican governors did pretty well.  I have also observed in previous election results postings that group think is far easier to produce and maintain in such places. The takeaway here is, that hasn’t changed.

There is a fair amount of evidence that there were significant violations of election law yesterday, for example in Pennsylvania where illegal electioneering for Shapiro and for Fetterman was caught on video. You can bet that nothing will be done about it.

Suspiciously, Maricopa county Arizona and Essex county New jersey, we’re saddled with machines that couldn’t count the votes. I say suspiciously because both of these areas are known to produce high numbers of Republican voters. Nothing to see here, citizen, going on about your lives. Far from being the only places where such things happened, but the most glaring.

Then there’s the muddled message being sent by the GOP establishment which still hasn’t gotten over the idea that the GOP rank and file has utterly rejected that go along to get along attitude of the establishment elite.

The message to that GOP establishment is you either stand behind Trump or you lose. The trouble there is they don’t mind losing so long as an actual conservative doesn’t win, as I observed in the past. Remember these are the people that spent 45 years trying to disassociate themselves from Ronald Reagan.

Far better off had Trump arranged for the removal of the establishment types from within the upper echelons of the party as priority one, back in 2016.

Put more succinctly, if we could get the establishment GOP out of the way the Democrats wouldn’t be nearly the problem that they are electorally speaking.

I’m still digesting the data and I have no doubt I will have more to say.

Eric Florack on November 8th, 2022

Once these midterm elections go by there will be a short period of price spikes. Those price spikes are what would have happened and if the Democrats haven’t been trying to buy your votes by cutting gasoline taxes by draining the strategic petroleum reserve. What’s the Democrats lose their grip on power, all that’s will be off. All their attempts at mitigation of the price spikes that they caused will disappear, because they have no reason to remove the suffering of the American people

In fact, it will be to their advantage they will believe to blame that suffering on the newly elected Republican Congress.

Prices will come back down but not till at least mid January after the new Congress is had an opportunity to deal with the idiotic policies we’ve been running under for the last couple of years.

Lunch, also, in all of this for the usual finger pointing during those price spikes. The Democrats are going to be trying to blame everybody but themselves for what we’re going to be dealing with or two.

You will know very well what I’m talking about when you see it.

Interesting read at Legal Insurrection this morning.

With all signs pointing to a red wave in next week’s midterm elections, Democrats are already in the process of stomping their feet and beginning the finger-pointing ahead of the anticipated losses that some political experts predict could be of pretty epic proportions. For instance, some Democratic strategists have suggested that the real problem in some key House races is not the Democrat nominees themselves but the state’s governors, who the strategists say are “dragging down the rest of the ballot”.

Over the last two years, the focus has unquestionably been Democrat party policy as represented by the Biden administration. Certainly, there are governors such as New York and California which have become targets, but on the whole the focus has been on the national front.

Consider: In those two years, the Democrats have had nothing blocking their agenda. They have the White House and both houses of Congress as well as a willing stenographer in the mainstream media. This is not a case of Democrat party philosophies and policies being imperfectly implemented, or being blocked.

Rather, this is a case of those policies and philosophies being perfectly implemented. Those policies and philosophies are themselves flawed and are therefore the core problem.

You’ll never see Democrats mentioning that. They have never understood, (or, perhaps more accurately, have never allowed themselves to understand) that it is their policies that are their biggest liability.

This time around will be no different. It’s a lot easier for them to blame individuals within the party, and political strategy than it is to blame the philosophical basis of the party.

It’s to the point now where even the Democrat party rank and file in large numbers understand this, and are reacting accordingly. As I’ve often said, there is nothing that can create GOP voters faster and more permanently than Democrat policy.

And by the way, the primary season on the Democrat side for 2024 I predict will be extremely nasty. Desperation will do that to you.

Eric Florack on November 5th, 2022
From American Greatness:

Better yet, as Matt Walsh and Michael Knowles noted, our best response to this trash—beyond Hell, no—is military tribunals for all the little fascists who demanded lockdowns, public and private vaccine mandates, the firing of cops and firemen, ruthless mask mandates, and even the firing of active duty soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines for refusing the vaccine. So much for “supporting the troops”! All the while, let’s not forget, the little fascists sincerely hoped everyone questioning all of the above would just die already. So no, I’m not for “COVID amnesty.” Those responsible should be happy with life in jail and the loss of pensions and benefits.

Indeed. We need to prevent such things from ever happening again, and serious jail time for the culprits is the only way to do that. We can start, but certainly not end our efforts with one Anthony Fauci.

As the article points out, the was no excuse whatever for what they did to us.

As for being in the dark, that’s because said freaks chose to remain there so they could let their inner fascist run wild. Within weeks, well-credentialed science and health specialists were warning about the unreliable science behind masks, forced lockdowns in senior care facilities, and the potential long-term harm masking and isolation would cause to young people. All of these objections were met with threats, professional derision, and cancellation by the people who are now calling for absolution.

Shall we mention the deaths still happening, as a result of the little power rush these brown shirts had, as we see more evidence of the jab causing otherwise inexplicable deaths among otherwise healthy young folks?  As I said previously, the legacy of these animals will forever be mother’s father’s and grandparents dying… Alone… In a nursing home, cut off from their families and friends by these cretins, while they publicly ignored the draconian measures imposed on us mere peasants.

As I said last April:

For a little over a year and a half, the last months of my mother’s life, we were not allowed to visit her… This wasn’t just a situation of putting stress on myself and my brother and my sister, this put a larger stress on my mom. I am firmly convinced that she died as much from loneliness as from the other medical problems that she suffered from at age 98.

As a result of that, and being perfectly blunt with you, I want Anthony Fauci’s head on a platter, along with the head of anyone else responsible for the illegal research which led to so many being negatively affected, often to their deaths.

Angry? You’re damn right I’m angry.

Look, we can argue all day long about whether or not the lockdowns were appropriate. We can argue all day long about whether or not the government’s reaction to the spread of covid-19 was the correct one to take. Personally, I believe the governmental response was totally inappropriate, directed as it was by people who had no clue what they were dealing with.

However, all of that ignores the larger question of responsibility and culpability for the creation of the virus in the first place. A good deal of that lack was caused by the people who were responsible for the virus being created and spread, being charged with directing the worldwide response to it. They were so busy trying to cover their own backsides, that a correct response to the virus became an impossibility.

Depending on the people who caused the problem, and are more interested in covering their backsides than solving the problem is probably not the best path to a solution, as a rule.

Well, they succeeded in covering their own backsides… That being their priority… in that we have never seen any criminal prosecutions as a result of the millions of deaths caused by this gain of function research that Fauci signed off on.

But more than just the folks who died are involved here… there needs to be Justice levied for the amount of stress placed on people around the world because of those illegal actions. The survivors you see, need Justice too.

The call for Amnesty from these criminals is totally predictable, and should be totally ignored as we investigate and prosecute them.

Every last one of them.

I believe that the responsibility for starting that ball rolling falls to the soon to be elected Republican Congress…. And I wonder if they will have the stones to perform that task

Eric Florack on November 3rd, 2022

Details at the Ace of Spades HQ

Hell if you’ll remember back in 2019, when he got canned from Fox News…

(Yes I’m aware that the leadership at Fox LED on that he has to be let out of his contract. First of all, I think that’s a line of garbage.. that was the image that they wanted to leave, I will guarantee you that it was part of his exit deal, but secondly it seemed to me at the time and to many others that Fox was quite eager to see his back as he walked out the door… I’m telling you he got canned, or was about to be if he didn’t leave… And the reason was is viewership numbers were in the toilet.) To say the very least he was very one-sided and usually against the majority of the American people. As it turns out that probably wasn’t the best approach to generate popularity for his shows. Example:

Anyway I said (rather sarcastically) back in 2019, that I expected him to be giving continuous updates on MSNBC that they expect to have evidence of Russian collusion with the Trump team “any day now” . Turned out that prediction wasn’t far wrong. And my friends, that’s precisely why he’s gone now.

Even CNBC has finally had enough.

And yes, there’s some speculation on this point, but I can’t help but wonder if this dismissal doesn’t have something to do with the bloodbath that the people he’s been defending for the last several years are about to undergo at the ballot box.

Eric Florack on November 2nd, 2022
How many of these mainstream media hoaxes did you fall for?

Eric Florack on November 1st, 2022

Jeff Goldstein compiles what we have on this business thus far:

Here’s what we know: an itinerant and often homeless pedophilic illegal alien drug abuser and sometimes male prostitute with a litany of prior felonies and an extensive history of mental illness — who’d been living in a dilapidated bus just outside a Berkeley hippie commune and known drug den festooned with a BLM banner, a rainbow pride flag modeled on the US flag, dotted with marijuana leafs where the stars normally appear, and featuring a sign that read “Berkeley is no home for hate” — entered the home of Paul and Nancy Pelosi at about 2 am Friday, and then, with police on the scene, struck Mr Pelosi twice in the head with a hammer. Ms Pelosi and her security detail were not in town. No alarm was triggered by the break in, and no security was present at the home at the time of the incident. Mr Pelosi called 911 from his bathroom to report the intruder before winding up somewhere near where police entered the premises, struggling with his assailant over a hammer.

Supposedly the assailant use the hammer to break a window to get in. Only one problem with that scenario is the glass was piled on the ground outside the door, not on the floor inside the door. In other words, whatever broke that window was already inside the house.

And I’m still waiting for the security video.

Eric Florack on November 1st, 2022
Addison Smith nails it:

David DePape is a hemp jewelry- making, drug-abusing hippie nudist from Berkeley who lives in a school bus w/ a BLM sign & LGBT flag in the yard, was a registered Green Party member and is also in the U.S. illegally.

Oh and the media tried to convince you that he‘s conservative.

Indeed, there is absolutely nothing about this story as laid out by the “mainstream” media that doesn’t smell like fish.

Meanwhile, Matt Walsh notices something rather odd:

A guy showed up to Kavanaugh’s house with a gun and a knife, planning to murder him and two other conservative justices. The media treated it like a minor sideshow. Meanwhile this Pelosi story gets days of headline coverage. And we’re not supposed to notice the disparity.

If it wasn’t for double standards Democrats wouldn’t have any standards at all.

I believe that what we’re seeing here is a knee-jerk response on the part of the mainstream media to try and give the Democrats any advantage possible.

It blew up in their faces.

This guy has no clue about reality at all. From The Hill this morning:

President Biden on Monday warned that oil companies would face a “higher tax” on their excess profits if they don’t reinvest in increasing production to bring down prices at the pump.

Of course, the article mentions nothing about Biden’s stated intentions of shutting down the oil companies.

Look, this is nothing more and nothing less than an attempt to forestall the judgment of the American people on his pursuit of green policy. He knows he’s going to be rejected because the costs are just too damned high. Going, hat in hand, to Saudi Arabia and begging them to increase production didn’t work so now he’s going to threaten the American companies with fines for not doing exactly what he told them not to do, that is, produce oil.

You know, maybe declaring war on American energy wasn’t such a good idea after all? Just a thought.

Eric Florack on October 31st, 2022
I recently ran an article here which suggested that Russia was no longer a world power, at least from a conventional military standpoint.

There’s been a fair amount of conversation on that point, particularly given the blatantly obvious fact that Russia is never going to be able to hold on to the territories it’s taken from the Ukraine. The best that Putin can hope for at this point is a standoff.

Enter this discussion,

a website which I have never heard of before … Called The institute for the study of war. Glenn Reynolds mentioned it and extensively quoted it.

I’ll post the quote in its entirety here:

The Russian defeat in Kharkiv Oblast and Lyman, combined with the Kremlin’s failure to conduct partial mobilization effectively and fairly are fundamentally changing the Russian information space. Kremlin-sponsored media and Russian milbloggers – a prominent Telegram community composed of Russian war correspondents, former proxy officials, and nationalists – are grieving the loss of Lyman while simultaneously criticizing the bureaucratic failures of the partial mobilization.[1] Kremlin sources and milbloggers are attributing the defeat around Lyman and Kharkiv Oblast to Russian military failures to properly supply and reinforce Russian forces in northern Donbas and complaining about the lack of transparency regarding the progress of the war.[2]

Some guests on heavily-edited Kremlin television programs that aired on October 1 even criticized Russian President Vladimir Putin’s decision to annex four Ukrainian oblasts before securing their administrative borders or even the frontline, expressing doubts about Russia’s ability ever to occupy the entirety of these territories.[3] Kremlin propagandists no longer conceal their disappointment in the conduct of the partial mobilization, frequently discussing the illegal mobilization of some men and noting issues such as alcoholism among newly mobilized forces.[4] Some speaking on live television have expressed the concern that mobilization will not generate the force necessary to regain the initiative on the battlefield, given the poor quality of Russian reserves.[5]

The Russian information space has significantly deviated from the narratives preferred by the Kremlin and the Russian Ministry of Defense (MoD) that things are generally under control. . . . Putin relies on controlling the information space in Russia to safeguard his regime much more than on the kind of massive oppression apparatus the Soviet Union used, making disorder in the information space potentially even more dangerous to Putin than it was to the Soviets.


There are several points that arise from this.

* It has become perfectly clear that Russia cannot hold on to the territories that it’s taken in the Ukraine with its military in the condition that it’s in. Yes there’s the threat of Putin using what he’s got left of his nuclear arsenal. Trouble for him is that that’s suicidal on two fronts.

First, there would certainly be a nuclear response which would assuredly obliterate Moscow, and Putin all along with it. Putin is a lot of things, but he’s not that much of an idiot. So his response to the situation is limited to conventional armed forces.

Secondly there would be a follow-on attack from ground forces on what remained of Russia. If the Russian military in its current state can’t hold on to the territory that it’s taken from the Ukraine… A country that has a military that is at least somewhat questionable, he must know that he’s not going to be able to defeat ground forces from the remaining military force in the world which would surely be Mass against him was he stupid enough to launch such missiles… And by the way, that’s with his military in the current shape it’s in, bad as that is. Imagine the state of his military after a nuclear attack. I think we both know that’s going nowhere.

I don’t consider him going with the nuclear option to be very likely. He knows he’s not going to get anything out of it.

* The indications are that if he continues on this course Putin is in serious trouble at home. Not that the idea of throwing an election bothers him much, but if you’re living in a nation of 146 million people who want to drill a couple of holes into you, eventually one of them is going to succeed. Again, Putin is no idiot. He understands this very well which is why he spends most of his time hiding these days. But it ain’t going to last. Eventually, the ill will toward him from both inside and outside Russia is going to catch up to him. Or as Waylon Jennings used to sing, “Ain’t living long like this.”

That’s assuming he doesn’t withdraw. It’s possible but I don’t consider it very likely. I also don’t consider a negotiated piece to be very likely a long-term solution. And negotiated pieces precisely how we got into this mess in the first place, so I don’t consider it very advantageous either.

So how does this play out in the end? Sometime within the next two years I would guess. The reason is simple enough, as I suggested once before it’s no accident that Vladimir Putin waited until Joe Biden was in the White House to make his move on the Ukraine. He knew that Joe Biden wouldn’t react. With a political tides here in the US swinging hard right… (thank God)… He’s going to have to make some kind of a move one way or the other before such people attain office here in the West.

And finally, as Glenn observes, it’s interesting that the Russian regime is getting more pushback from the Russian press then the regime here in the States is from our supposedly mainstream media. As the website Glenn quotes observes, Putin depends heavily on controlling the message that the media is sending out. Sound familiar?

Eric Florack on October 31st, 2022
David’s got this one right, I think:

Eric Florack on October 29th, 2022
RealClearPolitics is projecting that the Republicans take both the House and the Senate:

So cutting off America’s energy supply, the green New deal, spending us into Oblivion, killing babies and neutering children wasn’t a winning strategy. Gee, what a huge surprise.

But right here and right now I’m going to put the GOP on notice. They will actually be conservative, they will support “America first” policies , they will lose their anti-Trump bias and they will stop playing go along to get along with the Democrats… And they will shut down any hint of the insanely unworkable “green”nonsense including the governmental push for electric vehicles, else they will be turned right back out again.

Your move, GOP. What will it be?