Burt Prelutsky / Oct. 24, 2020

Advise & Consent?

Of all the moral midgets who get to call themselves senator, perhaps the most shameless, and certainly the most ignorant, is Hawaii’s Hirono.

The Constitution provides for the Senate to advise the President when it comes to Supreme Court nominees. But that’s because the Founders naively presumed that the Senate would be filled with men like themselves, men dedicated to serve the nation in the most honest and patriotic way imaginable.

Even the most cynical of those who gathered in Philadelphia, men who had pledged their lives, their fortunes and their sacred honor to the creation and defense of the new nation, could not in their wildest nightmares have imagined that in a nation of 330 million people, you would find the likes of Mazie Hirono, Charles Schumer, Cory Booker, Patrick Leahy, Amy Klobuchar, Dick Durbin, Bernie Sanders, Dianne Feinstein, Richard Blumenthal, Sheldon Whitehouse and Kamala Harris, among the hundred making up the Senate. To give you some idea how rotten this legislative body is, Susan Collins, Mitt Romney and Lisa Murkowski, aren’t even among the 40 of its worst members.

I watched as little of Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation hearing as I could get away with, but the sight of these mediocrities trying to inflict lasting damage on a woman of such exceptional intelligence and decency will not restore anyone’s confidence in the future of this great nation.

Of all the moral midgets who get to call themselves senator, perhaps the most shameless, and certainly the most ignorant, is Hawaii’s Hirono. She is a disgrace not just to her state, but to her gender and whatever race she claims as her own.

For her to question Judge Barrett while her seven children sat behind her, asking if she had ever been guilty of committing a sexual attack or been accused of a sex crime, suggesting by her questions that there was proof lurking somewhere that could trip Barratt up if she dared lie about it, would call for censure if the 99 other members of the Senate had one-tenth the character of Mrs. Barrett.

Perhaps Senator Hirono was simply suffering a flashback and thought she was still trying her best to keep Brett Kavanaugh, whom I believe Hirono accused of having kidnapped the Lindbergh baby, off the Supreme Court.

Speaking of the Senate, when a candidate like Cal Cunningham, a Democrat running in North Carolina, is caught a month before an election having an affair with the wife of a military veteran, his natural inclination is to make a campaign ad in which he says he’s sorry for the harm he’s caused two families. Somehow, he tries to convey that he is an innocent victim, a mere bystander who played no active role in the sex scandal.

I suppose it must work in some cases with some voters, but I keep waiting for one of these schmucks to throw caution to the wind and admit: “I’m a hound dog. What can I say? Like Bill Clinton and a few others I could mention, I only got into politics because I knew that silly, but nevertheless attractive, women would throw themselves at me. Hey, we can’t all look like Brad Pitt or have Mark Zuckerberg’s money. You work with what you have. Of course I’m sorry. I’m damn sorry I was found out this close to an election.”

For his honesty, I’d probably vote for him. Okay, I would if he was a Republican.

The New York Post, as you’ve no doubt heard, broke a story that directly tied Joe Biden to his son’s deal with Burisma, the Ukrainian energy company that paid Hunter Biden a million dollars a year.

I suppose it means something if the Vice-President of the United States actually met with a Burisma executive, but whether or not the meeting took place strikes me as inconsequential.

When Dan Parker asked me how important I found the disclosure, I let him know I thought it was something of a distraction. The thing is, I don’t care how the New York Post got Hunter’s hard drive or how it wound up with Rudy Giuliani or whether the V.P. actually broke bread with the guy from Burisma.

What we already knew was the big news. We knew that while flying around the world on what was allegedly official business, the Vice President ferried his druggy son along, enabling Ukraine and China to throw money at the middle-aged ne'er-do-well in order to gain access to his father.

We also got to see the V.P. speaking at a meeting of the Council on Foreign Relations talking about how he threatened to withhold a billion dollars Congress had allocated to Ukraine unless a state prosecutor looking into the corrupt energy company was fired.

And then, Biden laughed, saying “Son of a bitch, six hours later he was fired.” And the audience at the Council, because they, too, are rich and powerful elitists, all joined in the laughter and applauded.

So, why should anyone care if the Vice President actually met the Burisma executive in person? He had already done the unspeakable and then bragged about it. At least when Secretary of State Hillary Clinton turned over a quarter of our uranium deposits to Russian oligarchs in exchange for a multi-million dollar bribe to the Clinton Foundation, she had the good grace to lie about it.

What is more shocking is that both Twitter and Facebook decided to censor the NY Post story, even going so far as to prevent its customers from sharing comments about it.

The social media giants claim it’s because they hadn’t confirmed the truth of the story. But the fact remains that the Post is vulnerable to libel and defamation suits, something that Twitter, Facebook, Amazon and Google, aren’t. It is high time that Congress quit pretending that these monopolies are non-partisan platforms. They’re as non-partisan as CNN, MSNBC and Kamala Harris’s diary.

Sometimes, a baseball team will sign a player they don’t really need just to keep him from signing with a rival that may be in desperate need of a left-handed reliever or a power bat at third base.

That was the sort of notion that was scurrying through my mind when I heard that Fox News had signed Donna Brazile, who gained notoriety in 2016 for feeding debate questions to Hillary Clinton.

But it’s not as if CNN or MSNBC really needed the services of yet another stupid black person, having pretty much cornered the market with Don Lemon, Van Jones and Joy Reid.

As for Fox, they already had their token black ignoramus, Juan Williams, so I never have solved the mystery.

The thought that Joe Biden might be the next president of the United States makes my blood run cold, but it’s also true that there’s a part of me — an easily amused part of me — that will miss him if he loses. Sen. John Kennedy of Louisiana is pretty funny, but with his homespun Southern expressions, he has to work at it. Biden can make me laugh just by announcing for the second time that he is running for the Senate or by forgetting Mitt Romney’s name and referring to him as “the Mormon I ran against…you know, the senator, the governor…okay?”

In news that would at one time been shocking, but is now fairly predictable, the U.N. has named China, Russia and Cuba, to its Human Rights Council.

It’s simply a sign of the times we live in and is therefore no more surprising than that the Democrats would propose that an elderly gent clearly suffering from the early advent of dementia and a condescending slut who sexed her way into a political career should hold the highest offices in the land.

As late as March 8th, Dr. Fauci was insisting that masks did more harm than good. Then, apparently, the Democratic mayors and governors got to him and he reversed his position.

As a result, the last time I believed a word the twerp said was on March 8th.

I wear masks as rarely as I can, really only when I have to enter a store or a bank. Then, even if it’s only for 10 or 15 minutes, I feel as if I’m on the onset of an asthma attack, and I don’t suffer from asthma.

Perhaps everyone doesn’t have such a dramatic reaction, but anyone who tells you that cutting off your oxygen supply is healthy is suffering from a case of pants on fire.

The Democrats have ignored the prohibition against using a prospective justice’s religion against him or her. They have based their opposition to Amy Coney Barrett’s almost entirely on her Catholicism, insisting she would allow her religious belief to influence her to overturn Roe v. Wade.

Frankly, I hope they’re right. Inasmuch as I believe that Secularism is the religion of choice on the Left, I think it’s about time to balance it off with Supreme Court justices who believe that the last word belongs to God and the Constitution and not to Nancy Pelosi and the Washington Post.

My friend Penny Alfonso, who moved with her husband from L.A. to Chicago in 2016 in order to be close to their daughter, let me know that she received a voicemail from “my California election county official, letting me know that they received my ballot and it will be counted.”

It’s a darn good trick since she votes in Illinois. I said it’s a shame that she’s limited to voting in just two states. If she could magically manage to be in several more states at the same time, it just might be enough to swing the election to Trump.

I was relieved to finally get an update on Melania Trump’s condition. Apparently both she and young Barron tested positive for Covid-19 but are now fully recovered.

It doesn’t explain why nobody in the media showed the least bit of curiosity about the health of the First Lady for a week and a half. Contrary to the old cliché, no news isn’t good news.

It’s just further proof that Mark Twain was absolutely right when he observed that people who don’t read newspapers (or these days watch TV) are uninformed; whereas those who do, are misinformed.

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