Well-deserved pushback against Chicago Monuments Project underway

Abraham Lincoln: The Head of State, designed by Augustus Saint-Gaudens. It is one of Chicago monuments “under review.”

By John Ruberry 

Last week in my DTG post I wrote about the Chicago Monuments Project, Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s response to last summer’s riot surrounding the Christopher Columbus statue in Grant Park south of downtown.

The committee for the project earlier this month identified 41 monuments, mostly statues but also plaques, reliefs, and one painting. Five of the monuments are statues of Abraham Lincoln. Yes, that guy, the one who led the Union during the Civil War, which led to ending slavery in America. Illinois is the Land of Lincoln, that slogan has been emblazoned on every Illinois license plate for decades. His face is on all standard Illinois license plates. On every Illinois driver’s license and state ID card is Lincoln’s countenance–and automobile titles too.

Other monuments “under review” by the project include statues of Benjamin Franklin, George Washington, Leif Erikson, Ulysses S. Grant, William McKinley, several pieces honoring Father Jacques Marquette and Louis Jolliet, and works featuring anonymous Native Americans. 

But don’t worry! Really! In a Chicago Sun-Times op-ed published last week–on Washington’s birthday–three of the project’s members assured us:

Various accounts, especially on social media, have inaccurately described this project as an effort to tear it all down. This could not be further from the truth. It is a discussion.

I don’t believe them. The “discussion,” in my opinion, is a first step to, yes, “tear it all down.” Liberals work by way of incrementalism. Many left-wing politicians, probably most, want to ban private ownership of guns. They can’t express that sentiment because of the predictable outrage–and it could mean that they’ll be voted out of office. So they start with the easier targets, such as bans on semi-automatic rifles. If they succeed they’ll move on to other firearms, ending with the banning the type of handgun Mrs. Marathon Pundit purchased this year.

So the Chicago Monuments Project is beginning with “a discussion.” Without pushback that discussion very well may devolve into moving statues in the wee hours, which is what happened to two Christopher Columbus statues, including the one at the center of the riot, into storage. Both of those statues of the Italian Navigator are on the project’s “under review” status. 

It’s not just social media users and conservative news sources that have objected to the Chicago Monuments Project. In a Chicago Tribune op-ed, Lincoln biographers Sidney Blumenthal and Harold Holzer wrote, “The Orwellian idea of removing Lincoln from Chicago would be as vain as an attempt to erase the history of Chicago itself.”

The editoral board of the Chicago Tribune–paid subscription required–favors keeping the Lincoln stautes.

Lori Lightfoot even weighed in, “But let’s be clear, we’re in the Land of Lincoln, and that’s not going to change.”

But I’d like to explain to you that the other monuments are also worth keeping. Benjamin Franklin owned two slaves but he freed them and he later became an abolititionist. Ulysses S. Grant, when he was under tremendous financial hardship, freed the only slave he owned. Grant of course was the commander of all Union armies in the Civil War. George Washington’s slaves were freed after the death of Martha Washington. Yes, Washington is the Father of our Nation.

Other than being white, I can’t astertain why Marquette and Jolliet, or Leif Erikson, are “under review” in Chicago.

The source of the rage against Lincoln likely comes from his approving the hanging of 38 Dakota warriors in 1862. But Abe commuted 264 Dakota War executions. There were atrocities in that conflict committed by both sides. Here’s what a Norwegian immigrant described in a letter at that time, courtesy of the Minnesota Historical Society:

The Indians have begun attacking the farmers. They have already killed a great many people, and many are mutilated in the cruelest manner. Tomahawks and knives have already claimed many victims. Children, less able to defend themselves, are usually burned alive or hanged in the trees, and destruction moves from house to house.

If the Chicago Monuments Project is about education, then it probably means that Lightfoot sorely needs one. “In time, our team will determine there are no monuments to African Americans in this city,” Lightfoot said last summer while announcing what has become the Chicago Monuments Project. “There are no monuments to women. There are no monuments that reflect the contributions of people in the city of Chicago who contributed to the greatness of this city.”

But in her namesake park on the South Side stands a Gwendolyn Brooks statue. Brooks was the first African-American to serve as Illinois’ Poet Laureate. A couple miles north of that statue is the beautiful Victory Monument, which honors a World War I African American regiment, and a bit north of that one is the Monument to the Great Northern Migration. I believe each of these are on city of Chicago or Chicago Park District property.

Does Chicago need more monuments featuring women and minorities? Absolutely. It can also benefit with a Ronald Reagan statue. The Gipper is the only president who was born in Illinois and the first to live in Chicago, although the apartment where he lived as a child was razed by the University of Chicago in 2013.

Click here to view the monuments in question. To express your comments about the Chicago Monuments Project please click here. Please be courteous. And if you Tweet this blog post–please do!–use the #ChicagoMonuments hashtag.

Make your voice heard. They’ve begun to listen.

John Ruberry regularly blogs at Marathon Pundit.


Futility league season 2, SD Jones League season 1 and all time great league season 3 standings (With Wild Card) 2/28/21

Here is the state of the table top baseball leagues I run. All leagues are 162 game seasons with one 3 game series scheduled per week If you click on a team link you can see their stats, injuries, leaders etc.

As of this week I am adding the wild cards standings for the play-in game

League one All Futility League (all teams lost 96 + games) 2nd Season. Scheduled series time Thursday Mornings.

Teams AL Division AWLPCTGBAvailableWCGB
1970 Milwaukee Brewers4232.568—–NoN/A
1970 Chicago White Sox3936.5203 1/2No—–
2002 Tampa Bay Devil Rays3243.42710 1/2Yes7
2003 Detroit Tigers2946.38713 1/2No10
Teams AL Division BWLPCTGBAvailableWCGB
1970 Kansas City Royals4431.587—–NoN/A
2008 Seattle Mariners4035.5334Yes+1
2012 Minnesota Twins3936.5205No——
1973 Texas Rangers3045.40014Yes9
Teams AL Division CWLPCTGBAvailableWCGB
2009 Cleveland Indians3837.507—–No1*
1957 Washington Senators3837.507—–No1*
2019 Baltimore Orioles3737.5001/2No1 1/2
1967 Kansas City A’s3639.4802No3
*Division Winner automatically makes playoffs
Teams NL Division AWLPCTGBAvailableWCGB
1998 Montreal Expos4626.639—–NoN/A
2009 Washington Nationals4332.5734 1/2Yes+ 1 1/2
2001 Pittsburgh Pirates 3936.5208 1/2Yes2 1/2
1998 Florida Marlins3342.44014 1/2Yes8 1/2
Teams NL Division BWLPCTGBAvailableWCGB
2015 Atlanta Braves3537.486—– Non/a
2017 San Francisco Giants3441.4542 1/2No7 1/2
2012 Houston Astros3441.4542 1/2Yes7 1/2
2000 Philadelphia Phillies3043.4115 1/2Yes10 1/2
Teams NL Division CWLPCTGBAvailableWCGB
1982 Cincinnati Reds4330.589—-Non/a
1993 New York Mets4032.5562 1/2No—–
1974 Chicago Cubs3636.5006 1/2No4
1993 San Diego Padres3441.45410Yes7 1/2

The SD Jones memorial .500 teams league is a league (all teams were no better than 2 games over .500 or no worse than 2 games under) Initial season . Games are scheduled for Tuesdays. AM

Teams AL EastWLPCTGBAvailableWCGB
1993 Boston2922.569—–Non/a
1973 New York (A)2325.4794 1/2Yes1 1/2
1967 Washington2028.4177 1/2Yes4 1/2
1957 Baltimore2130.4128Yes5
Teams AL CentralWLPCTGBAvailableWCGB
2010 Detroit2919.604—–Yesn/a
1975 Cleveland2423.5114 1/2No—–
1998 Chicago (A)2226.4587 No2 1/2
1973 Minnesota1830.37511No5 1/2
Teams AL WestWLPCTGBAvailableWCGB
2017 Kansas City3216.667—–Yesn/a
2010 Oakland2820.5834 Yes+ 3 1/2
2005 Toronto2226.45810 Yes2 1/2
2018 Los Angeles (A)2137.43811Yes3 1/2
Teams NL EastWLPCTGBAvailableWCGB
2018 Washington3219.627—-Non/a
1967 Pittsburgh3021.5882No+ 3 1/2
1975 New York (N)2523.5215 1/2Yes——
1957 Philadelphia2526.4907Yes1 1/2
Teams NL CentralWLPCTGBAvailableWCGB
1975 St. Louis2325479—–Yesn/a
1996 Cincinnati2225.4681/2No2 1/2
2000 Colorado2226.4581Yes3
1973 Houston2028.4173Yes5
Teams NL WestWLPCTGBAvailableWCGB
1975 San Francisco3612.750—–Yesn/a
2012 Arizona2127.43815Yes4
2007 Los Angeles (N)2028.41716Yes5
1982 San Diego1932.37318 1/2Yes7 1/2

3rd League All time any time Great Teams League (3rd season) Games scheduled Friday evenings

Teams AL EastWLPCTGBAvailableWCGB
1970 Baltimore156.714—–Yesn/a
1993 Toronto1110.5244No+ 1/2
1999 Boston711.3896 1/2No2
1961 Yankess711.3896 1/2No2
Teams AL CentralWLPCTGBAvailableWCGB
2010 Texas126.667—–Yesn/a
1954 Cleveland810.4444Yes1
1974 Oakland69.4004 1/2Yes1 1/2
2006 Detroit612.3336Yes3
Teams AL OtherWLPCTGBAvailableWCGB
1924 Washington138.619—–Non/a
1977 Kansas City99.5002 1/2Yes—-
1967 Minnesota1011.4763Yes1/2
2009 New York (A)510.3335No4
Teams NL EastWLPCTGBAvailableWCGB
1975 Cincinnati108.556—–Yesn/a
1998 Atlanta1011.4761 1/2No1 1/2
2019 Washington Nats1011.4761 1/2Yes1 1/2
1955 Brooklyn810.4442 Yes2
Teams NL CentralWLPCTGBAvailableWCGB
1957 Milwaukee117.611—–Yesn/a
1971 Pittsburgh108.5561 Yes—-
1985 St. Louis810.4443No2
2003 Cubs711.3894Yes3
Teams NL OtherWLPCTGBAvailableWCGB
2016 Chicago (N)135722—-Non/a
2001 Arizona117.6112Yes+1
1977 Philadelphia99.5004Yes1
2007 Colorado612.3337Yes4

If you are interested in taking over the management of any of these teams contact me in comments.

Sports report

With the Super Bowl finally over, the football season has officially come to an end, and the really exciting part of the year has begun – the off-season. This year’s off-season promises to be among the most thrilling yet, with scads of the sport’s top players at the most important position, quarterback, becoming free agents or demanding trades. Not only that, but the surest thing in sure-thing history, the kid from Clemson — he’s pretty tall, has long hair, acts polite, remember that guy? — is coming out of college early to join the league. It’s all very exciting.

Will the Dallas Cowboys be able to re-sign their star quarterback, whose name escapes me at the moment? Only wildcat owner Pete “Lasso” Priscoe knows for sure, and the ol’ oilman ain’t giving any hints which way he’ll go. We’ll have to keep a sharp eye on the old cowboy to get any sense if he’ll win the off-season.

Meanwhile, down the road apiece in New Orleans, the Saints’ legendary quarterback, guaranteed first-ballot Hall of Famer, you know the dude, white guy, looks kind of normal, brown hair, balding — anyway, looks like he’s set to retire or something, so the coast is clear for General Manager Sonny “Just a Po’ Boy” Boudreaux to make some major moves. No getting around it, though – the cap’s got Sonny hogtied to some degree, so it’s going to take some dandy maneuvers for him to be able to sign the players he’s going to need to stay in the hunt for the off-season title. We’ll have to keep a sharp eye on the Po’ Boy over at the Superdome.

And don’t sleep on New England.  The Patriots’ main man, Coach Billy “Grumpa” Bells, who calls all the shots in Beantown, should be on the lookout for a new signal caller. The one he had, the one from Carolina who replaced the one guy who went down to Tamp Bay, he’s probably gone, so Grumpa will no doubt make some major offers this off-season. He might even trade a player or two, which would really show the skills you need to make it in the NFL these days. Best to keep a sharp eye out on ol’ Grumpa.

So good luck to all these major players.  Professional athletics requires not only the highest negotiating and contract drafting skills, but also the cold-hearted business sense to trade away or cut a popular player when the off-season hangs in the balance. We can only marvel as we watch these wizards go to work. Go team!

The Left Proves Archbishop Chaput’s Maxim Correct

To those who are shocked SHOCKED by the left sudden love of censorship from books and movies on Amazon to tweets to people let me remind you of Archbishop Chaput’s maxim concerning evil:

Evil preaches tolerance until it is dominant, then it tries to silence good.

Remember it’s never been about justice it’s always been about power and if you’re a leftist who actually believed these folks thought otherwise, well the more fool you.

Meanwhile the left will keep finding new things to censor and new people to cancel if there is any hint that said person is a threat to them or their benefactors who pay them their using the tax base as their personal slush fund.

#unexpectedly of course

What’s in YOUR wallet?

Most Americans are going to get a small influx of money in the next 60 days, due to two separate events. First, the 1.9 trillion dollar COVID-19 bill that is 90% about bailing out Democrat-supporting regions of the country will include some sort of stimulus checks, likely the $1400 per individual. Also, most people are filing their taxes between now and April, and most Americans will get some sort of refund on their taxes.

The thing is, most of this money gets spent without thinking about future consequences. The local used car dealerships always run “sales” this time of year that mention tax returns, and I’m seeing “stimulus check” sales advertisements popping up now. Yet we’re not going into happy times anytime soon. If you watch the stock market and references by the Fed that indicate inflation is going to come roaring back should give us pause.

If you’re not one to care about the Fed, then look more locally. Wood prices at Lowes and Home Depot are well double what they were a year ago, between the boom in home building due to low interest rates and COVID-19 shutting down the lumber mills for a time. Gas is more expensive now. I’ve had more Amazon packages getting delivered late than ever before. Stores are still running out of basic items, and while this is infrequent now, remember that is essentially never happened in the past.

All this indicates we’re in for a bumpy ride for at least two years, if not four. I’m not going to get caught unprepared for this, and you shouldn’t either. I suggest you prioritize spending this way:

  1. Debt. Get rid of any debt you can. Car almost paid off? Pay it off now. Credit card debts? Pay them off or work a forgiveness plan, an especially good idea now since card companies are also taking advantage of low interest rates.
    I would also refinance your house if you haven’t done so. Most people can’t simply pay off their mortgage, but you can make a principle payment to pay it off earlier, and shifting to bi-weekly payments (if your company allows you to) will cut years off the back end.
  2. Build up supplies. COVID-19 taught us that everything from toilet paper to sweet potatoes will be in short supply. It’s going to happen again. Rather than fight lines at a store, build up a 1-3 month supply of basics that don’t really ever go bad: bottled water, paper products, disposable eating utensils, soap and cleaning supplies. You should also keep about 2 weeks of meals in reserve. I have things like spaghetti and frozen foods that can keep for a long time just hanging out. They occasionally save me when dinner decides to catch on fire, and when the stores were swamped in the initial stages of pandemic, this food let me stretch our groceries further.
  3. Fix what you can. Americans are pretty handy people, but we also can be lazy. Plenty of homes and vehicles have little things that need repair. Get those done now. Don’t wait forever on car maintenance. The pandemic backed our local dealership up by a month for appointments. Same goes for home maintenance, even if you do it yourself, you may not get the supplies when people buy out the stores.
  4. Set your investing on automatic. Unless you’re smart on the stock market, you’re best off making long term investments on mutual funds. Whatever your investing strategy, put it on automatic through automatic funds transfers and investments. Too many people get scared when the market comes down and sell, which is the worst time to do that. Putting it on cruise control helps you take advantage of the down market over time.
  5. Build up your local network. This may not cost much money, but its critical. Do you know your neighbors? Do you know a local electrician, plumber, car mechanic and veterinarian? Remember how even routine house calls for minor issues became a major problem in the pandemic? You avoid this by knowing local people. Now is the time to get to know them and be on good terms, so when you need their help in a pinch, you can get it.

Don’t throw your stimulus to the wind! Set yourself up now to get through the trying times ahead.

This post represents the views of the author and not those of the Department of Defense, Department of the Navy, or any other government agency.

A Switch in Time Might Save Nine but Doom 300 Million

This week the Supreme Court decided that they didn’t want to touch any of the election cases that finally made their way to them calling them moot with the election over.

In one respect this is not a surprise in that the modern era the court tends to prefer to punt whenever possible. Furthermore with the threat of court packing they seem to have decided to go the way of Justice Owen Roberts whose sudden switch in terms of his voting pattern during the FDR when he was threating to pack the court, era removed his desire to follow through with his scheme far more than any backlash from the public.

But the feckless move to prevent the Biden Administration from court packing will have a huge cost in four years.

It’s axiomatic that when you reward behavior you get more of it and we had plenty of election irregularities last time around to say the least. Because they were so glaring and obvious the courts doing their best to duck these issues (or in the case of the Stacked PA court simply ignoring the law) avoided ruling on the merits of the various cases using issues like standing to dismiss said suits over and over.

Many of us who were outraged by all of this, and particularly outraged by the court not willing to rule before the electoral count however figured the various suits would continue through to courts and were willing to give this election a mulligan figuring the cases would eventually be ruled on their merits and the fraud prevented.

For the republic to be saved this was vital. If I am wrong (and the evidence overwhelmingly suggests I’m not) and the election wasn’t stolen it was vital to demonstrate this to the millions like me who think otherwise, if it WAS stolen (and I maintain that it is) then it was vital to make sure that it doesn’t happen again.

Now we know that is not going to be the case and we can expect the same pattern in the next cycle when suits concerning fraud before the election are dismissed because the injury has not taken place and suits after the election dismissed because they should have been filed before and said suits making it to SCOTUS being dismissed over jurisdiction or being moot.

This means that tens of millions of Americans, many of them heavily armed are going to go into the next election with the assumption that:

  1. The election will be rigged or stolen
  2. The courts will either abet this stealing or ignore it

I can’t think of anything that the court could have done to make an actual civil war more likely than this.

Over the last month we have seen a consorted effort to sell a false narrative that a bunch of unarmed protesters (with a nice sprinkle of Antifa to goad them on and $ provided by the networks for those who did the goading) taking selfies were a violent “insurrection”.

Thanks to the fecklessness of the court the chances of us seeing the real thing in the next few years with actual armed men and women ready to fight have increased dramatically.

My they be happy with their choices

Zilla Update: Down to $900 to go by Monday 9 AM or the car is repoed

Heard from Zilla today. The good news is that you guys came through enough that she has been able to get some basics that is needed since getting out of the hospital, and my thanks to everyone who helped.

The bad news is that she’s still $900 short & unless she can come up with it by 9 AM Monday the car is repoed.

If you can help, Please clink here and kick in.

The “For the People Act of 2021” will make stealing elections the new normal for Democrats

It is safe to say that the successful theft of the 2020 presidential election by the Democrats has greatly emboldened them.  It took an amazing amount of effort by state and local Democrat officials, both elected and those that volunteered. The Democrats in the House of Representatives are now attempting to codify all of the dirty tricks they used into a rather odorous piece of legislation they refer to as “For the People Act.”  If it passes Republicans will find it extremely difficult to win future federal elections.

The For the People Act is described in great detail in this National Review article.  Here is their analysis of the bill:

H.R. 1 would federalize and micromanage the election process administered by the states, imposing unnecessary, unwise, and unconstitutional mandates on the states and reversing the decentralization of the American election process—which is essential to the protection of our liberty and freedom..

It is important to keep in mind the Democrat Party is now controlled by the most radical leftists who want to dominate all aspects of the lives of every American.

For the remaining portion of this article I will copy provisions from the National Review and add my own analysis.  All emphasis was added by the author of the original article.

It would implement nationwide the worst changes in election rules that occurred during the 2020 election and go even further in eroding and eliminating basic security protocols that states have in place. The bill would interfere with the ability of states and their citizens to determine the qualifications and eligibility of voters, to ensure the accuracy of voter registration rolls, to secure the fairness and integrity of elections, to participate and speak freely in the political process, and to determine the district boundary lines for electing their representatives.

Just about the entire bill is unconstitutional.  The States are granted the authority under the Constitution to set the time, place, and details of state and federal elections.  The federal government is granted a supervisory role only, leaving the states to actually manage the elections.

Seize the authority of states to regulate voter registration and the voting process by forcing states to implement early voting, automatic voter registration, same-day registration, online voter registration, and no-fault absentee balloting.

All of these provisions have been used extensively in blue states to make sure the Democrat party will continue to hold power even if the population of the state changes to Republican.

Make it easier to commit fraud and promote chaos at the polls through same-day registration, as election officials would have no time to verify the accuracy of voter registration information and the eligibility of an individual to vote and could not anticipate the number of ballots and precinct workers that would be needed at specific polling locations.

It is so obvious that these provisions will make election fraud by Democrats so much more easy. It would not be possible to verify any of the same day registrations.  Individuals could travel from polling location to location and those ineligible to vote in elections would do so easily. 

I was going to add analysis after each section explaining why each would make future theft of elections easier but there is no need.  I changed my mind because it is so obvious to anyone.

Degrade the accuracy of registration lists by requiring states to automatically register all individuals (as opposed to “citizens”) from state and federal databases, such as state Departments of Motor Vehicles, corrections and welfare offices, and federal agencies such as the Social Security Administration, the Department of Labor, the Federal Bureau of Prisons, and the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services of the Department of Health and Human Services. This would register large numbers of ineligible voters, including aliens, and cause multiple or duplicate registrations of the same individuals and put federal agencies in charge of determining a person’s domicile for voting purposes (as well as that individual’s taxing state).

Constitute a recipe for massive voter registration fraud by hackers and cyber criminals through online voter registration that is not tied to an existing state record, such as a driver’s license. 

Mandate no-fault absentee ballots, which are the tool of choice for vote thieves. It would ban witness signature or notarization requirements for absentee ballots; force states to accept absentee ballots received up to 10 days after Election Day as long as they are postmarked by Election Day; and require states to allow vote trafficking (vote harvesting) so that any third parties—including campaign staffers and political consultants—can pick up and deliver absentee ballots.

Prevent election officials from checking the eligibility and qualifications of voters and removing ineligible voters. This includes restrictions on using the U.S. Postal Service’s national change-of-address system to verify the address of registered voters; participating in state programs that compare voter registration lists to detect individuals registered in multiple states; or ever removing registrants due to a failure to vote no matter how much time has elapsed.

Ban state voter ID laws by forcing states to allow individuals to vote without an ID and merely signing a statement in which they claim they are who they say they are.

Expand regulation and government censorship of campaigns and political activity and speech, including online and policy-related speech. H.R. 1 would impose onerous legal and administrative compliance burdens and costs on candidates, citizens, civic groups, unions, corporations, and nonprofit organizations.

Transfer the right to draw congressional districts from state legislatures to “independent” commissions whose members are unaccountable to voters.

Limit access to federal courts for anyone challenging H.R. 1. The bill would prohibit the filing of any lawsuits challenging the constitutionality of H.R. 1 anywhere except in the District Court for the District of Columbia and would allow the court to order all plaintiffs and intervenors, regardless of their number (such as all 50 states), “to file joint papers or to be represented by a single attorney at oral argument,” severely limiting the legal representation and due process rights of challengers.

If the Republicans in the Senate cave and do not filibuster this legislation so it does not pass when comes up for a vote, that will be stupidest move they could ever make.  I was going to say that even the Republican establishment could not be spineless or dumb enough to not stand up strongly against this abominations, but I am no longer sure.  If the Democrats pass this through reconciliation or other dirty tricks it would be another coup, one that would be nearly impossible to reverse.

A Slightly Depressing Reminder about the Biden Administration Nominations

I know people are getting excited about the possibility of Biden Administration losing on a nominee or two but let me cruelly throw a bit of water on this.

Be aware if these nominees are defeated the Biden administration will put in place nominees with the same opinions, the same objections and the same hatred of us…just without a paper trail.

This doesn’t mean of course we shouldn’t stop these guys but we should do it with eyes wide open.

Oh and an FYI: You’ll note I said “Biden Administration” nominations rather than the “Biden” nomination. That’s because in the DaTechGuyblog.com stylebook anything to do with this presidency should be referred to as being done by the “Biden Administration” rather than Joe Biden because the reality is Joe Biden is no more in charge of this administration than I am.

Mitch Should Send Merrick Garland a Thank You Basket

To say the testimony and priorities of Merrick Garland that were on display during the hearings on Monday were “interesting” is about as a big an understatement as you can get.

When you have a person claiming that attempting to burn down a federal courthouse is not terrorism because the judges were not sitting is session that’s interesting to say the least.

I wonder what that would mean concerning the Kavanaugh protesters pounding on doors?

His testimony has erased of the myth of the “moderate” Garland that was promulgated when he was nominated for the SCOTUS court which is good, to quote a conservative writer, I prefer my wolves in wolves clothing.

But the biggest winner from these hearings has to be Mitch McConnell.

Right now McConnell’s standing among conservatives is about as low as it can be as he has gone full swamp publicly.

However yesterday’s hearing has reminded us that the only reason why this man is not creating law out of the whole cloth is because Mitch McConnell in the face of as much media pressure as he could possibly face, didn’t let him get there. The fundraising mailers write themselves.

Now given what we saw from the court this week one can question how much of a difference it would have made but nobody conservative can question the fact that keeping a justice’s robe off of Merrick Garland’s back was likely the greatest single service that Mitch ever did for his country.

If I was Mitch McConnell I’d send him the nicest fruit basket they have in the shop.