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I like Greg Gutfeld's take on the latest rehabilitation effort on Joe Biden's campaign following his disastrous debate performance. Greg listens to the excuse by people like Mika Brzezinski saying that you don't jettison a president for one bad night. And Greg relates it to the Titanic having a bad night. There are times when one bad night says everything you need to know. Biden sinking and the Titanic sinking are two examples. As a Trump voter, I am reassured that Democrats are circling the wagons around Joe. The last thing I would want to see is Democrats pulling some mystery meat off their bench to try to sell to a voting public desperate for a different choice. Democrats looking for a silver lining to Biden's debate performance are cheered by the polls not changing much. Implying that few minds were changed by the debate. But, Fox News hosts point out that all the lack of movement in the polls merely reflects that most voters have already baked in Trump being a felon and Biden being a dementia case. The thing about that is that Trump's felon conviction is reversable. Biden's dementia is not reversible. However, if you are listening to cable news or reading the New York Times and the Washington Post, be ready to have your impressions of Biden questioned. Back to don't believe what you see with your own two eyes, believe us who are paid to tell you what to think.

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Well, the unfortunate part of the rehabilitation of Joe Biden is that it also involves even more unhinged projections about Trump. The latest being that given today's Supreme Court immunity decision that this will embolden Trump to believe that if re-elected he can send out military death squads to kill his political opponents and be immune from prosecution. Of course, Trump has never implied anything like that. And these musings would be laughable if it weren't for the level of people saying them, and the mainstream media carrying them as if they are real scenarios of what to expect. It isn't enough it seems to compare Trump to Hitler, now they want to compare him to Stalin and suggest that if elected the country will see official terrorism to purge prominent Democrats. I am not precisely sure when our politics became this bizarre, but I have to say that I never thought I would live to see the day when propositions like this would be floated around as if they were sane. No, anyone suggesting that re-electing Trump would be tantamount to making him a King with absolute power is insane if they believe it, or engaging in the worst form of fear mongering if they are saying it solely for partisan advantage.

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Like they always say, "that's just Joe being Joe"

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    I am watching Fox News The Five. What's new is that Harold Ford now seems to be on the side of Democrats who think Joe Biden needs to step aside. The Democrat Party is starting to fracture. Over at Fox News, I never had to wonder about what the House Liberal might say about anything. All of a sudden I find the conservatives rallying around Trump, and the Democrat operatives shading their answers to suggest that they are open to another option other than Joe. I have to admit this is disorienting. Just a few days ago, there was no daylight between Joe and his party. As Joe Scarborough said prior to the debate, Joe Biden is the best version of Joe Biden. The very best and sharpest. A week later Joe Scarborough was wondering how Biden could go on. That is a pretty sharp turn. But, what is it about those making "sharp turns" away from Joe? Is Joe Scarborough going to go home tonight and have Mika put his jewels in a vice and tomorrow Joe will be back on the Biden bandwagon? I think Whoopie said it best when she said she didn't care if Joe pooped in his pants, she was sticking with Joe. Even if the smell wasn't that great. But, seriously folks, as The Five pointed out, news from the advisors is that not only do they have to give Joe stage directions every time he appears in public. They have to give him pictures with diagrams as to where to walk. Pictures? Joe needs pictures? And how about the Black woman newscaster who was just fired because she reported that prior to Joe coming on her radio program she was handed a script of eight questions to ask him. That is, she got the questions in advance. Just as Joe got the answers in advance. Wasn't this what brought down Charles Van Doren? If the name doesn't ring a bell Google it. Anyway, as the saying goes, we are in uncharted waters. There is so much going on behind the scenes that what is visible is like the very tip of the iceberg that sank the Titanic. As for me, I don't like being a passenger on that ship right now. Joe is a flawed vessel going at speeds too fast for his condition. And there aren't enough lifeboats.

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    I am watching Fox News The Five. What's new is that Harold Ford now seems to be on the side of Democrats who think Joe Biden needs to step aside. The Democrat Party is starting to fracture. Over at Fox News, I never had to wonder about what the House Liberal might say about anything. All of a sudden I find the conservatives rallying around Trump, and the Democrat operatives shading their answers to suggest that they are open to another option other than Joe. I have to admit this is disorienting. Just a few days ago, there was no daylight between Joe and his party. As Joe Scarborough said prior to the debate, Joe Biden is the best version of Joe Biden. The very best and sharpest. A week later Joe Scarborough was wondering how Biden could go on. That is a pretty sharp turn. But, what is it about those making "sharp turns" away from Joe? Is Joe Scarborough going to go home tonight and have Mika put his jewels in a vice and tomorrow Joe will be back on the Biden bandwagon? I think Whoopie said it best when she said she didn't care if Joe pooped in his pants, she was sticking with Joe and his pants. Even if the smell wasn't that great. But, seriously folks, as The Five pointed out, news from the advisors is that not only do they have to give Joe stage directions every time he appears in public. They have to give him pictures with diagrams as to where to walk. Pictures? Joe needs pictures? And how about the Black woman newscaster who was just fired because she reported that prior to Joe coming on her radio program she was handed a script of eight questions to ask him. That is, she got the questions in advance. Just as Joe got the answers in advance. Wasn't this what brought down Charles Van Doren? If the name doesn't ring a bell Google it. Anyway, as the saying goes, we are in uncharted waters. There is so much going on behind the scenes that what is visible is like the very tip of the iceberg that sank the Titanic. As for me, I don't like being a passenger on that ship right now. Joe is a flawed vessel going at speeds too fast for his condition. And there aren't enough lifeboats.

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    In a classic example of how Democrats piss in your ear and tell its raining, Governor of New York Kathy Hochul just signed a bill repealing school reforms in New York designed to hold teachers accountable for the quality of instruction calling it a victory for education. The bill is being hailed by New York State United Teachers Union President, Melinda Person as "restoring the daily joy of teaching and learning." Yes, I am sure removing the pressure on teachers to be rewarded or punished for the quality of their instruction is a mighty burden lifted off of them. But, exactly how will repealing using student performance as one measure of teacher effectiveness help learning? Under the previous law signed by Andrew Cuomo that was written by Republicans who then controlled the State Senate, districts were required to consider student performance in teacher evaluations. And two consecutive "ineffective" ratings of a teacher could lead to expedited removal. Under the law Hochul signed, districts no longer have to consider student performance in teacher ratings. This means more bad teachers will be protected by their union. Once again Democrats bow to teacher union demands and put union interests above that of students in failing public schools. All the while both sides celebrating it as a "victory" for learning. The WSJ editorial on this tawdry event concludes the obvious "The unions want no accountability, and their political friends agree in return for money and endorsem*nts." And in New York as in other blue cities and states "the band plays on" as the voters appear helpless to help themselves.

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    In light of the turmoil surrounding Joe Biden's presidential campaign, what should the posture of Donald Trump be? Should he lay low and let the Democrats continue to dig a hole for themselves, or should he take advantage of Democrats panic and pile on Biden with ever harsher campaign ads and public statements. Some might argue that this is a good time for Trump to show his more gracious side, and not kick Joe while he is down. But, that wouldn't be my prescription. I would say that in MMA, the winning strategy is called "ground and pound." That is take your opponent to the ground, maintain control, and deliver a series of powerful strikes until the referee pulls you off. And it would seem this kind of attack on opponents is something Donald Trump has used to his advantage from the time he beat 16 Republicans for the nomination in 2016 till the present day when he cleared the field to be the presumptive nominee of his Party despite having a slew of lawsuits and bad press hounding him. Trump always saved his gracious winner pose after he left his adversaries motionless. Frankly, in a perverse way, any other way for Trump to campaign now would either seem fake or weak. And neither of those would be helpful. Would grounding and pounding Joe remind some voters about what it is they don't like about Trump's personality? I suppose so. But, then for others it would just make the stark choice starker. That is, do you want to elect a president who will fight to win, or do you want to elect a weak president who needs a daily nap in order to function after 4pm in the afternoon? And lest the pearl clutchers claim that Trump spiking the ball would rub the voters the wrong way, let's not forget how many times Biden and the press called Trump a convicted felon, rapist, and crook in the wake of Trump's legal battles. I don't recall Biden or the press pulling any punches. And they still aren't. Every day it seems the vitriol against Trump gets more venomous as the public is warned that a Trump presidency will mean the end of America as we know it. I have been consistent from the time back in 2016 when Trump was getting advice about how to soften his image to make him more a more attractive candidate to suburban soccer moms. In the immortal words of Corey Lewandowski, Let Trump Be Trump."

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