So far I haven’t seen it, but whenever Hunter’s name pops up, I find myself holding my breath.
Bret: The book to read on this subject is ‘The Bidens’ by Ben Schreckinger of Politico. It’s not a right-wing hit, which makes the description of Hunter’s business dealings all the more damning. But what really bothered me was the media’s not-so-subtle attempt to bury the email story just before the election as some sort of “Russian disinformation” campaign. If someone had discovered that, say, Ivanka Trump had left a laptop in a repair shop full of emails that about 10 percent were kept “for the big man” — to use a reference that appears to be Joe Biden, which comes from one of the emails found on Hunter’s computer – could the story have been handled with velvet gloves?
gail: Well, Ivanka is a much neater person. Your mention of her reminds me that it’s never been clear to me exactly how much of the campaign donations Trump has piled up goes toward his children’s activities.
I’m not trying to downplay the Hunter story, but in the grand scheme of things I still think his misdeeds will end up as a sidebar in the Biden saga. Feel free to remind me I said if half the family gets sued.
Bret: I honestly hope not. The world needs another White House corruption scandal, like I need a hole in my head, to borrow a phrase from one of the better songs of the 1990s.
gail: On a completely different topic: have you noticed ear tags are back?
Bret: Don Young dies, but pork is forever. I don’t think pork is that bad in the grand scheme of things. It brings projects to voters who need them and makes politics a lot more fun to deal with. What do you think?
gail: It makes me a little sad when I remember John McCain’s long, long struggle to get rid of them. The biggest problem, as I recall, wasn’t the legislators trying to get a special bridge overpass for their district; it was lawmakers trying to get a contract on a big, unnecessary project that would go to one of their donors.
Now we are stunned that the Senate can convene on Daylight Savings Time. Think things are just darker now than they used to be.
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