The last time I talked to James O’Keefe was at CPAC 2017 I did a walking interview with him about his latest undercover video concerning CNN which he labeled #cnnleaks

His reporting of insider video at CNN that you can find here and here followed the usual path of a Project Veritas leak, bloggers like myself reported on what was going on and the MSM completely downplayed it as “totally overrated” video by an activist guilty of “selective editing“. This piece at Politico was typical:

For a few days, Project Veritas founder and conservative activist James O’Keefe has been hyping the release of what he said were hundreds of hours of undercover audio recordings of employees at CNN.

Some staffers at CNN were legitimately alarmed that O’Keefe would be releasing tapes that could be embarrassing for the network. O’Keefe is known for his undercover video recordings, though questions over deceptive editing and concerns about the questionable tactics used to obtain those recordings have plagued some of his prior work. Before releasing the tapes Thursday, O’Keefe was featured on The Drudge Report and on Sean Hannity’s radio show, where he previewed their release.

Instead, what O’Keefe released on Thursday landed with a dull thud in the media world.

This was and has been the united narrative of the MSM concerning all of O’Keefe’s and Project Veritas’ undercover releases for the last couple of years, and this narrative exists for three critical purposes:

  1. To discourage any member of the MSM, local or national to play the actual videos on airM
  2. To Keep the narrative about O’Keefe as an “unreliable” source so to discourage an member of the MSM, local or national, from bothering to view said “unreliable” reporting off air.

  3. To make sure that no member of the general news consuming public that isn’t already inclined to follow or believe O’Keefe sees and/or believes what O’Keefe reports

That final item being the end result that they were shooting for.

This has been a pretty effective tactic, for example during the election campaign when O’Keefe’s reporters managed to catch Democrat operatives creating astroturf and bragging about it the MSM was able to keep it out of the “mainstream” long enough for the party to go into Damage Control mode and allow the MSM to portray it as a non issue. Similarly, while his reporting from inside groups planning to violently disrupt the inauguration was used by the secret service and led to significant arrests and disruption of planned Anti-Trump violence, the MSM was able to keep it out of the news until people were actually charged and even that got little or no coverage.

So when James O’Keefe released his latest undercover video

showing a CNN producer admitting that the whole Trump/Russia I’m sure they expected to do what has always worked for them in the past resulting in the story breaking and being commented on in conservative media while leaving the rest of the country and indeed the world at best completely ignorant of his reporting or at worst writing the odd story about how insignificant it is.

Alas for the media in general and CNN in particular there is a new wild card in play, and that card is President Donald Trump and his twitter account

When Donald Trump tweets something like this

over 32 Million Twitter Users see it, more than the entire viewership of the MSM combined and that doesn’t take into account the 19 million who follow the POTUS account as well.

O’Keefe’s video coming right on the heels of those last two Trump tweets already have a leg up because they meet the narrative that President Trump is advancing. What do you suppose will happen when the president decides to tweet out the video itself?

Suddenly the whole bury/discredit plan goes out the window.

Now it’s possible that the president might not tweet commenting on the O’Keefe video as of this writing 2:51 EST on Tuesday he has not, but given its potential to damage and discredit a political enemy the odds of that are very slim, but even if he doesn’t thanks to his tweets of just a few hours before and the MSM narrative brought on by the latest CNN Russia story that was retracted and the departure of three reporters over it, O’Keefe’s excellent undercover reporting is likely to reach far beyond his previous audience.

And that, more than anything else is why the MSM wants Donald Trump to stop tweeting.


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Yesterday I was at the airport in Kansas City with DaWife and Da youngest son as we prepared to head home after a short trip that involved no political reporting. I’ll still have some posts on the Missouri Star Quilt company some of the things to see and bits of the trip over the course of the next week or so, but I promised DaWife and DaSon that other than my normal daily post I wouldn’t be doing political stuff on my trip no chasing pols nor interviews along those lines in the land of Claire McCaskill.

I bring up Senator McCaskill because you might recall that her re-election in 2012 came about because of some intemperate words by her hand picked opponent Todd Akin which networks like CNN not only promoted via newscasts, print and online stories and every form of social media in sight to the nth degree, but were a subject upon which their reporters demanded that every republican from Mitt Romney on down with an “R” next to their name comment on and/or denounce even though they had as much of a connection to Mr. Akin as I do to a Sicilian pulled at random from the Island by lottery because they thought it would help reelect her and harm every republican running for office that year immediately recognized it as newsworthy according to their standards

Meanwhile yesterday on the net this story was exploding

Nebraska Democratic Party official caught on tape saying he’s glad Scalise got shot

That headline is from the local ABC affiliate and is referring to congressman Steve Scalise the GOP deputy whip that a Democrat who volunteered for Bernie Sanders Campaign shot while attempting to murder a bunch of GOP members of congress last week which oddly enough seems not to have generated the sustained coverage that the shooting of congresswoman Gabby Gifford did a few years ago but I digress. Here are some details from the Omaha World Herald.

In the recording, Montag, referring to Scalise, says “this (obscenity), his whole job is to get people, convince Republicans to (obscenity) kick people off of (obscenity) health care. … I’m glad he got shot. I’m not gonna (obscenity) say that publicly.”

“Well then what are you saying it to us for?” Gentry-Tipton’s friend asks in the recording.

“I wish he was (obscenity) dead,” Montag says as the recording continues.

Now you might think that a party official cheering the attempted murder of a sitting congressman while he was still in the hospital recovering from multiple surgeries to save his life might be considered “newsworthy” particularly to outlets that operate on a national scale. As a person who has run this site for nearly a decade now and has reported on events as a credentialed journalist I certainly thought it was.

But apparently the professionals at CNN didn’t agree because in my four hours sitting in that airport waiting to board my delayed flight with CNN on every TV in sight I saw plenty of stories on President Trump and Russia and every possible permutation of the same and plenty of promos about how important CNN and the media is, yet I didn’t see any hint that this story, let alone Phil Montag even existed.

But in fairness to CNN a quick look at Memeorandum from that day

Memeorandum 6:50 pm June 23rd 2017

shows that none of the broadcast networks found the story worth their trouble and the one MSM outlet that touched it, the NY Times that picked up an AP story on the subject did not find it necessary to ask democrats on Capital hill or elsewhere to comment on Mr. Montag’s remarks.

Does anyone doubt for one moment that if Mr. Montag had been a republican and had made such a remark about any sitting Democrat Congressman even if such congressman had not been shot, that during my wait for the my connecting flight to Baltimore there would have been an endless supply of commentary and stories on the subject and republicans high and low would have been made to own or condemn his remarks?

But what a difference the letter “D” makes.

The irony, this same media that doesn’t find this story newsworthy actually feels insulted that they are no longer trusted by the people.

Exit question if President Trump tweeted out this story how much do you want to bet the MSM headline would be “President tweets out divisive story after Scalise story” vs “Democrat official wishes Scalise dead”

Update: Perhaps the reason they don’t find this story newsworthy is explained by this Roger Simon piece at PJMedia

The most recent of the seemingly endless incidents/outbreaks range from the ridiculous (hapless movie star Johnny Depp making a joke about assassinating the president and then recanting it…his agent must have called) to the genuinely creepy (a Democratic Party official declaring he was glad Steve Scalise was shot).

Yes, this last one was about a congressman, not the president. But we know the atmosphere that condoned it — the same atmosphere that enabled thirty GOP congressmen either to have been violently attacked or to have had their lives threatened since the beginning of May. (Such things did not happen BT/Before Trump.)

In the case of Depp, it was not so much his pathetic remarks that horrified — the actor is in the midst of a public nervous breakdown — but the raucous approval of his comments by the Glastonbury Festival audience, as if he had just given a shout-out to the local football team.

This automatic reaction by the rabble is just another example of the reach of Trump Derangement Syndrome, where assassination talk is de rigueur and Trump is regarded as a combination of Daddy Warbucks and Caligula with a little of The Joker thrown in. (Just the other day, author Michael Chabon told an Israel Radio interviewer that he wakes up every morning with the hope that Trump “is going to have a massive stroke, and, you know, be carted out of the White House on a gurney.” The surprised Israeli interviewer told Breitbart he naturally thought Chabon was just joking, but then realized he wasn’t. )

Perhaps my exit question should have been:  How many people at CNNNBCABCCBSPBSMSNBC et/all hold the very same opinions as Montag, Depp and the audiance cheering the idea of the murder of Trump and wish they could say so aloud?

Update 2:  Newsbusters reports that ABC did cover this story that had been reported by its affiliate, but not without paring it with a previous statement by a member of the GOP from NH from last year

Half-Faced Man: You will be destroyed.
Clara: Destroy me, then. And if you don’t, then I’m not going to believe a single threat you make from now on. Of course, if I’m dead, then I can’t tell you where the other one went then. You need to keep this place down here a secret, don’t you? Never start with your final sanction. You’ve got nowhere to go but backwards.

Doctor Who Deep Breath 2014

If there has been one consistent over the last few weeks it’s been the drumbeat from the MSM that if Donald Trump dares even consider firing Robert Muller and end the independent counsel investigation the resulting backlash with end his presidency.

That’s balderdash.

It’s not only balderdash, it’s one of the most ridiculous bluffs in the history of Washington.

The problem with the argument is that it’s totally dependent on the idea that the people who currently support the president will decide to abandon him, but that isn’t going to play and a great reason why this isn’t going to play was illustrated by the last questions that Jake Tapper, one of the harshest critics of the president asked to congressman Adam Schiff:

Jake Tapper: President Trump tweeted, among many tweets today, he’s been very prolific on Twitter today. Quote: You are witnessing the single greatest witch hunt, all caps, in American political history, led by some very bad and conflicted people. 

Let’s just talk about the witch hunt part of that. Is there any evidence of obstruction of justice or collusion with the Russians that you have seen? 

Congressman Adam Schiff: Well, you know, let me take the obstruction issue first. I think what James Comey testified to a week ago, if accurate, is very well evidence of an effort to impede or obstruct the investigation. If he was fired as a way of changing the course of that investigation, that seems to me evidence of obstruction. Now, whether it’s sufficient evidence is another story. 

Similarly, I believe there is evidence of potential collusion that we need to get to the bottom of. Again, there is a profound question of whether we will be able to corroborate, get sufficient evidence, and of course, sufficient evidence for what. 

Jake Tapper:  You think there is evidence of potential collusion? 

Congressman Adam Schiff:  There is, I believe, evidence, yes. 

Jake Tapper:  Is this the circumstantial evidence you referred to several weeks ago or something new? 

Congressman Adam Schiff:  It isn’t something new, but we continue to investigate and I think continue to learn new things. Again, we are much closer to the beginning of this investigation than the end. So, I don’t want to overstate what we know at this point. But we have, I think, very good reason to conduct our investigation in a thorough way. I think there’s ample reason why the FBI began their investigation last July. And there’s ample reason for them to continue it to this day. 

I don’t think that’s something the FBI does — open an investigation of a presidential campaign, without a reason. I don’t think they do it on a hunch or mere speculation. So, I think there is a factual basis for that investigation, and ours, that we need to get to the bottom of. 

Note the answer to Tapper’s final question, with the very same evidence or lack thereof suddenly Adam Schiff is suddenly crying “obstruction” while at the same time keeping the weasel words “I believe”, “it seems to me” what does that say?

It says they have nothing, have never had anything  and the plan is basically is to keep investigating until they can trump up something, against someone, ANYONE, most likely a perjury trap.

But more importantly Trump voters know and understand what is going on, so the firing of Mr. Mueller will have absolutely no effect on them.

“But DaTechGuy”, you say, “What about the media backlash?  What about the backlash from official Washington?  What about the backlash from Hollywood?  What about the backlash from newspapers?”

Think about that argument for a second.

That argument is saying that if Donald Trump dares to fire the independent counsel the people who hate him and have spent seven months attacking him as an unfit criminal who should be driven from office, will …continue to attack him as an unfit criminal who should be driven from office as opposed to…attacking him as an unfit criminal who should be driven from office.

In other words the media and the left will act exactly the same no matter what President Trump does.

So if that is true what on earth is his incentive for him to hold back?

It could be that he might hold off a few weeks, to allow the leaks and the apparent conflicts in the investigation to allow the independent counsel and his gang the maximum loss of credibility, it might even be that he decides to let the investigation continue on the grounds figuring it hurts them more than it hurts him.

But if it was my decision I’d drop that bomb and do so on the 23rd of this month.  Give them a Friday to have to shift their conversation for the weekend shows and let them stew.

The fact is Donald Trump has the power, it’s time he uses it.

Update:  for some reason repeated a sentence fragment, removed.

A week from today I will be boarding a plane in Kansas City getting ready to fly back home and likely not paying much attention to what is going on in DC so let me tell you what is going to be happening:

By Friday of next week the media will be back in all Trump is evil all the time mode.  There will be constant attacks, further leaks from the Independent Counsel’s office and his collection of as Randy Barnett called them “Democrat Attack Lawyers” and the focus of the left will be back on how horrible Trump is and why he must be removed from office.

By Friday of next week the Resistance,  Black Lives Matter, Antifa crowed will be back planning the next one of their marches and will once again correctly anticipate that the local police in a blue city and/or university take will take little or no notice of any violations of law by said marchers nor will the media take note of any signs or chants that are inducive of violence.

By Friday of next week it will be considered fine to try to squelch conservative speech and marches and when violent counterprotestors of the left assault both them and police the media will consider it a local story and not worth mentioning.

By Friday of next week Maxine Waters and company will once again be free to be screaming “impeachment”, Nancy Pelosi will feel free to smile as a Democrat Convention screams in unison “Fuck Trump”, Rep Rosa DeLauro will feel free to claim GOP stands for “get old people” and rep Val Demings will once again consider riots to silence conservatives “A beautiful sight”

By Friday of next week Universities will not only once again feel comfortable when folks like Murry, Coulter, Milo and others are greeted with violence, but they will use the shooting of a GOP leader in Washington as an excuse to bar them completely because they fear for the safety of their student body.

By Friday of  next week the sponsors of the Trump Assassination Chic in the park in NY will once again feel safe to sponsor it without shame, Samantha Bee, Stephen Colbert et/all will once again be happy to joke about how horrible and fascist conservatives are and Hollywood will once again be comfortable calling on people to “resist” rather than oppose, their political opponents by any and all means necessary.

By Friday of next week people who decided to either tone down or stay away from message boards, or twitter will return loudly proclaiming that death is too good for conservatives, christians and republicans and they will actually find themselves being ashamed that they didn’t have the courage of that tiny minority that cheered the shooting publicly.

Or to put it simply, by Friday of next week the left will once again be the left/media of Friday of last week and carry on with their prefered narrative, as they did after the pulse shooting and after Manchester, and after San Bernadino because too many people derive cash, power and prestige from the prefered narrative and or are afraid of those who derive said cash, power or prestige to challenge it.

Two caveats:

  1.  If Congressman Scalise dies, the timeline will be pushed back by a minimum of one additional week to a maximum of one additional month
  2.  If the political right does not allow the media’s false “healing” narrative to be played and makes the media and left pay the full political price for their six month of political incitement then there is a chance that the left will, like a child who touches a hot stove, decide that it’s not a smart thing to continue to do.  Once they pay that price and then ask forgiveness then it should be granted but not one moment before.

It would be very nice to be wrong about this, but I doubt it.

Lt. Tom Keefer: Can’t you see what he’s doing? He’s re-enacting his big triumph, the cheese investigation. He wants to be as hot as the young Ensign Queeg.

The Caine Mutiny 1954

Norma Desmond:  All right,Mr. DeMille, I’m ready for my closeup.”

Sunset Boulavard 1950

One of the advantages of age is perspective of having gone through things and having the experience of living through events. It’s even better when you study history is you get the perspective of people who have been dead for years, decades or even centuries because in the end, there really is nothing new under the sun.

That’s one of the reasons why the offensive against President Trump doesn’t surprise me, anyone who lived through that era would know the media had the same hatred and contempt for Ronald Reagan. I remember being in college and having my own history professor speak of his fears of Ronald Reagan. The main difference being in those days being that there was no conservative media to push back.  That’s why if you think that the disaster of the Comey hearing for the left would have humbled them, you’d think wrong as Byron York explains:

Fired FBI Director James Comey’s testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee marked the full shift of the Trump-Russia investigation from a probe dedicated to discovering collusion to a probe dedicated to proving the president obstructed justice. (See “At this rate, it won’t matter if Trump colluded with Russia.”) Democrats at the Comey hearing barely touched on collusion, which appears to have turned out to be a dry hole. When it did come up in Comey’s appearance, it was during questioning from Republicans, who wanted to highlight their point that collusion — the core of the case and the reason everybody got so excited in the first place — has so far turned out to be nothing.

 

To Democrats, that no longer matters. Now, it’s all about obstruction of justice, or alleged obstruction of justice, or fantasized obstruction of justice, depending on your partisan perspective. Senate Democrats focused almost exclusively on obstruction in their questioning of Comey, and their House counterparts are sure to do the same. As far as the Justice Department investigation of the president is concerned, we know that as of the time Comey was fired on May 9, there was no investigation of the president concerning collusion, which strongly suggests that after 10 months of probing, authorities had nothing against him on that issue. Now, however, after the Comey memos and the Comey firing, it seems safe to predict that special counsel Robert Mueller will investigate Trump for obstruction. So it is a new game, even if Republicans keep trying to play the old one.

When I see the Democrats and their media allies going all Watergate on Trump that I see get what’s goign on.  I know and perhaps they know there is no there there, but it’s not about that,  to some degree it isnt’ even about power.

It’s about glory days., those wonderful days of yesteryear when the Democrats and the media were at their apex of respect and presteege in the eyes of the public, a press that spoke with only one liberal voice supporting a Democrat party that in congress was  practically unchallenged.

Unfortunately for the left the lessons of Watergate don’t apply mainly due the admidded lack of evidence of any crime, which is not a big surprise as there is also the lack of an actual crime to have evidence of unless of course you’re counting, as Don Surber puts it :  “James Comey’s multiple ethics and likely legal violations.”

But all that doesn’t matter, to paraphrase River Song, the Democrats/Media will believe any story that they are the hero of and no matter what the reality, in their minds, they are the heros, as brave or braver than those who marched in Selma or fought in the getto of Warsaw.

After all they don’t call themsevles the resistance for nothing.

 

Jean-Claude: My salary is X. My expenses are Y. As long as my family is provided for, I do not care where the difference comes from.

Taken 2008

I was getting ready to record my podcast on Sunday when I noticed this piece on Drudge.

curious I checked out the piece from the Hill and to my surprise discovered it was apparently all based on one anonymous source who said they heard something at a party, pretty much designed to get the conversation away from the actual leaking of James Comey. Or in other words pretty much the standard way the media does things these days, but there was one thing that jumped out at me, that was the Hill piece quoting extensively from a Twitter account called “Kellyanneleaks” and had 8 tweets from that account as the basis for their story.

Curious I decided to go to twitter and check out this account this is what I saw. (emphasis mine)

And I thought: Seriously!

A so called reputable news source is basing a story on 16 tweets from an anonymous twitter account whose apparent highlight is a tweet of Kellyanne Conway’s ass.

This is supposed to be what journalism is in the 21st century?

Of course in one sense this is exactly what journalism is all about, generating hits and getting revenue. Somehow this caught the eye of Drudge and figuring it was click bait he decided to link it and it was party time all around. Drudge gets a story that catches the eye, the Hill gets a Drudge link at the top meaning they likely got more hits from that story than anything of substance they’ve written in weeks and in one fell swoop the anonymous Kellyanneleaks not only generates 21k followers in two days, more than I’ve managed in all my time on twitter but manages to get the conversation away from James Comey’s actual leaks, confirmed under oath on television or all the world to see and onto simple hearsay concerning leaks backed up by a tweeted picture of a woman’s ass with 15 other tweets or good measure.

That’s because the news business has never been about informing the public, it’s always been about getting that next paycheck and if this kind of nonsense generates it, then these guys are happy.

Bottom line, I don’t want to ever hear a single member of the MSM or anyone else for that matter question my reporting or that of any other conservative blogger after this stuff is taken seriously.

One final thought, I’m not as hard on Drudge than I am on The Hill for one reason only, Drudge unlike the others, has never pretended his site wasn’t all about the hits.


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So James Comey testified under oath yesterday and here is what we found out for sure.

  1. Donald Trump was not in fact the target of the Russia investigation no matter what the MSM said.
  2. AG Loretta Lynch asked James Comey to misrepresent the investigation of the Clinton E-mail scandal.

  3. James Comey arranged for the leaking of conversations in the hopes of causing an independent counsel investigation of this administration.

All of these things are facts that Mr. Comey swore to under oath.

So what is the front cover of the NY Daily News? Is it based on any facts given by James Comey?

Nope, their front cover is based upon an opinions given by Mr. Comey, because the facts don’t help out their narrative.

On the plus side this is consistent with my predictions from yesterday so perhaps I should thank them.

Cue cox and fordum again

If the person involved was a 27 year old Trump supporter named “Bob” CNN would be running the story hourly breathlessly telling you of the police’s discovery of a private arsenal:

Minneapolis police uncovered an arsenal of guns and bomb-making devices during a routine arrest last week.

According to police, a man walked by a parked car in north Minneapolis about 5 p.m. Thursday and confronted the people inside after they threw food wrappers on the ground. They ignored him until he paused to get the car license number. The men then got out of the car and indicated they had guns, according to a criminal complaint filed Monday.

The man flagged down officers, the complaint says, but the men from inside car continued to yell at him and resisted the officers’ attempts to control the situation. The men were insistent they needed to be near the car because a drone was coming to deliver a package, the complaint said. Because of the suspicious circumstances and fear for the man’s safety, the men were placed in the squad while officers searched their car.

Inside, the officers found a hand grenade, handgun, assault rifles and magazines and a large quantity of ammunition, the complaint said. They also found cellphones, computers and electronics equipment, including drone parts.

But because this story  is about a “Minneapolis” man named Abdullah N. Alrifahe you won’t find the story on NBC, CBS, ABC or CNN.  It will be considered a local story not worthy of any attention from the National Press who would much rather report the latest breathless story from from unnamed sources that will supposedly bring down Donald Trump.

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There is a breathless headline from an NBC Poll just out:

NBC/WSJ Poll: Just 29 Percent Approve of Trump’s Firing of James Comey

Now reading that headline you would think that 71 percent disapprove, and I’m sure that’s what NBC wants you to think, however if you actually read the story you find out…

Just 29 percent of Americans say they approve of President Donald Trump’s decision to fire FBI Director James Comey, while 38 percent disapprove, according to results from a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll. Another 32 percent of respondents don’t have enough to say on the matter.

Don’t know enough to say?  Actually the poll says “No opinion” in the graphic but it’s another attempt to make the Comey firing a problem when it isn’t, particularly when you discover that the 38 percent that is angry is driven by Democrats (2 of 3 polled) who are likely outraged about Trump getting that 2nd scoop of Ice cream.

So in the interest of showing what media spin is I’ve taken the liberty of rephrasing the headline to reflect the actual reality which is this:

The US public doesn’t give a damn that Trump fired Comey, but the media wants them to.

Exit question, if after a week of pushing this story the united and concerted MSM media efforts can’t even get 40% of the public riled up about Comey what does that say about their power to actually influence the public these days?

That’s the real story here.

Update:  powerline discovers another headline to rephrase


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Norman: This is largely as I predicted except the Silly Party won, this was mainly due to the number of votes cast.

Monty Python’s Flying Circus, Election Night Special 1969

Less that 24 hours after the GOP house passed it’s version of Obamacare repeal then ending their not so splende inaction a professional prognosticator forecast doom and gloom for house GOP members for doing so.

Republicans’ 217-213 passage of the American Health Care Act on Thursday guarantees Democrats will have at least one major on-the-record vote to exploit in the next elections. Although it’s the first of potentially many explosive votes, House Republicans’ willingness to spend political capital on a proposal that garnered the support of just 17 percent of the public in a March Quinnipiac poll is consistent with past scenarios that have generated a midterm wave.

Not only did dozens of Republicans in marginal districts just hitch their names to an unpopular piece of legislation, Democrats just received another valuable candidate recruitment tool. In fact, Democrats aren’t so much recruiting candidates as they are overwhelmed by a deluge of eager newcomers, including doctors and veterans in traditionally red seats who have no political record for the GOP to attack – almost a mirror image of 2010

Their conclusion (with a caviet):

In light of the vote, we are shifting our ratings in 20 districts, all reflecting enhanced opportunities for Democrats. The major caveat is that 18 months is an eternity in politics and that as always, we will continue to adjust our outlook as events unfold and the landscape develops.

Naturally the MSM jumped all over this

and Cook was not alone among the prognosticators, Nate Silver joined em:

There could easily be an overall partisan swing of 5 to 10 percentage points against Republicans, therefore. It’s not quite clear how this partisan swing would interact with the AHCA penalty — whether you’d add them together or whether that’s double-counting — but it should be enough to make a lot of Republican incumbents nervous. There are 58 Republicans who won by less than 20 points in 20162 and who voted for the AHCA.

Naturally the MSM jumped

A top nonpartisan election analyst says Thursday’s House GOP vote to repeal and replace ObamaCare hurts the reelection chances of a number of House Republicans next year.

The Cook Political Report on Friday shifted its forecast for 20 GOP-incumbent or open districts to categories less favorable for Republicans.

and Jumped hard into the “GOP DOOM” meme

The Atlantic: What the GOP’s Health-Care Gamble Means for 2018

Vox: “I’ve never seen anything like this”: progressives see huge donation spike after AHCA vote

NYT: What Democrats’ Losses in 2010 Can Tell Us About G.O.P.’s Chances in 2018

Talking Points Memo: Hey Hey Goodbye

Politico: Red-state Dems pounce on Obamacare repeal bill

Mother Jones: These 24 Republicans Were Already Vulnerable—and Now They Just Voted to Repeal Obamacare

and of course the Washington Post: Did Republicans just wave bye-bye to their House majority?

It’s almost as if there was a single coordinated script that they all were reading from.

Now there are likely those who might get worried about these predictions and the media’s rush to support and amplify them, but before you do let me show you a blast from Cook’s past namely Nov 7th 2016:

And Nate Silver on Election day with a couple of state highlights thrown in

And then ask the question: Do they really think the American people to fall for this grift again? Or are they only expecting the pols in DC and their foolish consultants to do so?


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