Editor’s Note: Say What? is the segment of Liberty Nation Radio where we unveil some of the wackiest, astonishing, and damnable things uttered by politicians and the chattering class.
Tim Donner: At the top of the heap in our nation’s capital, things are not going well for the dream team of Biden and Harris. The Joe and Kamala show has been met with almost universal thumbs-down reviews, with Biden’s approval dropping into the 30s in three separate, credible polls. But incredibly, the vice president, the first woman and first woman of color ever to hold that high position, is approved of by even fewer Americans than the increasingly unpopular Biden. In fact, 10% less, with a shocking 28% approval attached to her increasingly tarnished name. Some of the VP’s widespread lack of appeal is her inability to connect with people on a personal level. Some is for her seeming ineffectiveness at the job. But some is for her embarrassing statements, the latest of which had her trying to sound like the cartoon character Pepé Le Pew on a state visit to France.
Vice President Kamala Harris: With us in government, we campaign with “Zee Plan,” upper case T, upper case P, “Zee Plan,” and then the environment is such that we’re expected to defend “Zee Plan.”
Tim: Remember that little guy on Fantasy Island who used to shout “Zee plane”? Maybe in retrospect, that’s who Kamala was trying to imitate. But no matter how you cut it, the outlook is bleak for this administration. How bad is it? Well, Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) made a comparison that any Democratic president should avoid at all costs.
Senator Ted Cruz: It feels like Joe Biden is Jimmy Carter all over again. We’re seeing skyrocketing inflation. We’ve seen gas lines. We’ve seen a Middle East crisis. We’ve seen hostages. We’ve seen surrender in this case in Afghanistan, all of these problems are replicating Joe Biden and Kamala Harris and the rest of the administration. They don’t care. Look, they want you not to be able to fill up gas in your car. They want your electricity bill to be higher. They want your heating bill to be higher. And the cruelty, of course it doesn’t impact them. The [D]emocratic elites will still fly on their private planes everywhere they go. And the working people, they just say, let them eat cake.
Tim: Indeed, they carry on with their green energy plan even as the unwashed masses pay 60% more at the pump than when Joe Biden took office and heating bills are set to skyrocket over the winter. Marie Antoinette indeed. Let them eat kale, I guess, but this administration has a big-time perception problem when it calls inflation a high-class problem, and then its apologists on MSNBC, like Stephanie Ruhle, talk down to the masses, reiterating that inflation is no big deal.
Stephanie Ruhle: The dirty little secret here, while nobody likes to pay more, on average we have the money to do so. Household savings hit a record high over the pandemic. We didn’t really have anywhere to go out and spend. And as we said, a moment ago, we’re expecting retail sales this holiday season to break records for those who own their homes, the value of our homes are up. And while the stock market isn’t the economy, you’ve got over half of American households with some investment in the markets and the markets have hit record highs. So we need to put all of this in perspective.
Tim: Right. So don’t worry if, like some of you living paycheck to paycheck, gas is up 60%, home heating up, what, 40%, food prices soaring. Don’t you understand? Your betters have deemed it no big deal. It’s just transitory. They tell us it soon will pass, that it’s merely a blip on the radar screen. Well, they better hope that’s true because if it’s not, the Democrats will be severely punished by the voters in 2022.
And speaking of being punished, the people of Texas probably aren’t sure whether to laugh or cry with the latest announcement from Beto O’Rourke. After embarrassing himself and failing miserably in his run for president and losing for the Senate, there’s only one more place to go.
Beto O’Rourke: I’m running for governor. And I want to tell you why … (the right) is focusing on the kind of extremist policies around abortion or permitless carry, or even in our schools, that really only divide us and keep us apart and stop us from working together on the truly big things that we want to achieve for one another. It’s a really small vision for such a big state.
Tim: If man-child Beto, who despite his concocted name is as white as white can possibly be, Robert Francis O’Rourke, gets the nomination for governor, the race between him and the wildly popular incumbent, Greg Abbott, promises to be must-see TV.
Beto is among those guilt-ridden Caucasians who grovel at the feet of race hustlers peddling the notion that America is a systemically racist nation. But the elections this month confirmed that Americans have had more than enough of being made to feel either like oppressors or victims. Nevertheless, we got another sequel to the poisonous 1619 Project this week. And the author and founder of the project centered around critical race theory, Nikole Hannah-Jones, says its gross historical accuracies have nothing to do with the attacks on its malignant premise: that America was founded for the purpose of furthering slavery. No, it’s all because of, well, you know …
Nikole Hannah-Jones: What I learned is one that you can do all of the things that we are told we are to do to be successful. And in the end, as a black woman, you can still be denied.
Tim: Right. Attacks on the 1619 Project have only to do with the author’s race and nothing to do with her helping to incite a race war in this country.
Switching gears, it was perhaps entirely unsurprising that the Kyle Rittenhouse trial became a proxy battle for left versus right: Many conservatives thinking, at least privately, that the guy is a brave patriot, and many leftists thinking him a white supremacist vigilante murderer. The trial was played out in the media as much as in the courtroom, and no-nonsense Judge Bruce Schroeder, who might be the bookend to arguably the worst high-profile judge of all time, the infamous Judge Lance Ito of OJ trial fame, upbraided the media to the point of second-guessing himself on televising the trial.
Judge Bruce Schroeder: When I talked about problems with the media when this trial started, we are there in part, not fully, but in part because of grossly irresponsible handling of what comes out of this trial. I will tell you this, I’m going to think long and hard about live television at trial again next time, I don’t know. I’ve always been a firm believer in it, because I think the people should be able to see what’s going on. But what I see, what’s being done, is really quite frightening.
Tim: So given how getting out of bed is a political event these days, the real long-term legacy of this Rittenhouse trial may well be a trend away from televising these high-profile events, which becomes a worthy subject for debate at another time.
Meanwhile, climate-change extremists — and some responsible environmentalists, we would suppose or hope — all flew into Scotland for the recent COP26 summit in their elite, private transportation, leaving a massive carbon footprint as they demanded an end to the very fossil fuels that drive their entire lifestyles. The true climate radicals, though, said even the extreme measures these people proposed to save the planet, all but shutting down industry, are not enough. Net-zero is not nearly enough, says the leader of the socialist band, AOC.
Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY): When we see this thing of net-zero by 2050, they’re like this is great. This is a huge transition, all of those things. And that might be relative to the status quo now, but for us, that’s really not good enough. So let’s talk about why net-zero by 2050 is not really acceptable for young people. And this was really one of the central calls from the streets and protestors outside of COP this year. It was that net-zero by 2050 is ridiculous.
Tim: It is ridiculous, but for the opposite reason she stated. It’s ridiculous because, quite simply, let’s bring it down to a level that even the left can understand: The world we know, everything we do, our entire lifestyle driven by fossil fuels would cease to exist, likely in a world of net-zero emissions, and with 100% certainty in a world with zero carbon emissions.
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