Lee Hepner describes Our Glorious Elites’ recent efforts fighting the Biden Administration’s anti-monopoly thrust with bad legislative proposals. One proposal would have specifically let car dealers slap on hidden fees – everyone trusts car dealers, right? – while another would have prevented our Transportation department from stopping mergers, leading one to wonder if JetBlue just handed out a couple stacks of bills for that one. None of these proposals have passed – this is the Drama Caucus running our House, after all – but once you realize that some Congressfolk are objectively pro-high airline ticket prices and objectively pro-junk fees, you may see potential for Democrat attack ads, except for all the Democrats who don’t seem to get it, either. But any “liberal” media questioning of pro-monopoly candidates should begin like this: “over 70% of Americans – including almost 80% of Biden supporters and 70% of Trump supporters – think monopolies are bad. So why do you oppose the will of the American people?” The answers will be hilarious.
Another day, another study finding that liberal cities are actually not inundated by crime – this one finding that retail crime has returned to pre-pandemic levels, even if all you remember is that hysterical “liberal” media coverage of the crime spike from 2021 and 2022. Also, too, when you hear that Target has blamed closure of nine stores on retail crime, check to see if they offer any proof of that claim (they don’t!), or if maybe other factors like consumers changing their spending habits might have more to do with the closures (they do!). Also, generally, don’t trust any “liberal” media reporting about crime, since they care about sensationalism more than anything else. After all, federal figures indicate that both violent crime and property crime are about half what they were 30 years ago. The good news: banging the saucepan about crime doesn’t seem to work as well for political campaigns as it used to, or else Pennsylvania voters would have elected a lot more Republicans these last two election cycles.
Finally, when I heard that a sitting U.S. Senator almost fought a union leader on the Senate floor, I wasn’t at all surprised to learn it was Oklahoma’s Markwayne Mullin, whom you may recall as the House Rep who told his constituents in 2018 that it’s “bullcrap” that they paid his salary – he was trying to make a broader point about how he’s all “self-made” and stuff, but he was still wrong, and anyway his broader point was also wrong. And now he’s Peter-Principled his way to our Senate, in a state where Democrats can’t even get two candidates with different last names to compete in two simultaneous Senate races. But between this and Matt Gaetz actually filing an ethics complaint against Kevin McCarthy for allegedly elbowing another House Rep, we’ve got at least the beginnings of a montage for every Democrat attack ad in 2024. Of course, Democrats have to have the guts to run those ads.