Spin du jure – A tip of the ol’ green eyeshade to White House adviser Kellyanne Conway, who uttered an apt catch-phrase Wednesday night to describe the Democrats’ unrelenting and unsuccessful preoccupation with Russian interference and alleged high-level U.S. collusion in last November’s presidential election.
Conway called the failing seven months of inquiry the “Russian concussion.” Her comment came during her appearance on Sean Hannity’s FOX-TV talk show.
Conway said that the American electorate is not talking about Russia and its purported role (or lack thereof) in the election.
“You have the Democrats talking about Russia,” she said. “You have (President) Donald Trump and the Republicans talking about America. I’ll take America talk any day over Russia talk.”
Secret? Seriously? — Today, the “secret” is out. Yes, that’s what the mainstream media are calling the Republican plan in the U.S. Senate to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as ObamaCare.
The Democrats have been whining for weeks about the GOP’s work behind closed doors to fashion the bill that already has been leaked to health-industry lobbyists, who then forwarded it to the Washington Post. Is nothing sacred in Washington?
The bill was kept under wraps because it was a work in progress. In the same way, an efficient police department will keep active investigations under wraps. In both cases, the authorities don’t want what’s at stake to be prematurely tried in the court of public opinion.
So, what’s new about keeping secrets on Capitol Hill? Absolutely nothing. The Democrats did the same thing when then-Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi uttered her now infamous statement about the pending Affordable Care Act championed by Barack Obama in March 2010. That’s when she said: “But we have to pass the bill so that you can find out what’s in it.”
Keep her around a while – Speaking of Pelosi, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich says the voters in California’s 12th District (San Francisco) need to re-elect her at least five more times to keep her around in the U.S. House for the next decade or so.
Gingrich, who appeared on national television Thursday morning, reasons that as long as Pelosi is in the mix, the Democratic initiatives in the House are doomed to failure. Also doomed to oblivion will be the war cry of the Democratic caucus to oppose everything Republican – not on its merits, but because it was spawned by the GOP.
Pelosi is a staunch critic of President Trump and is the firebrand voice of the Democratic caucus in the House. She and Gingrich, a Georgia Republican, have been at odds for years.
In 2008, Gingrich and Pelosi – who then was serving as Speaker of the House — appeared sitting together on a loveseat, making a public-service commercial that addressed the theory of climate change and global warming. Gingrich later said that making that TV ad with Pelosi was “probably the dumbest single thing I’ve done in recent years.”