The Phony Campaign

2023-04-02 Update

Nikki Haley is back, baby! The betting sites sampled by EBO have spoken! And raised her presidential prospects, once again, to meet our arbitrary inclusion criteria! (p ≥ 2%)

Still not showing up at EBO: Chris Sununu.

Candidate EBO Win
Hit Count
Ron DeSantis 18.0% -1.3% 7,520,000 -3,980,000
Pete Buttigieg 2.2% +0.1% 2,620,000 +550,000
Donald Trump 25.6% +1.1% 2,170,000 +940,000
Joe Biden 33.1% +1.2% 626,000 +238,000
Nikki Haley 2.1% --- 129,000 ---
Kamala Harris 2.8% unch 128,000 -592,000
Other 16.2% -3.2% --- ---

Warning: Google result counts are bogus.

  • Those cutups at the Bulwark provide us with no less than Five Reasons for DeSantis’s Phony ‘I Won’t Extradite Trump’ Stunt. Taking off from Governor Ron's tweet:

    … and he goes on to say that "Florida will not assist in an extradition request".

    The Bulwarker points out:

    It perfectly demonstrates DeSantis’s cynical opportunism. He poses as a great admirer of the Constitution but is ready in a heartbeat to betray his sworn duty to “support, protect, and defend” it in order to cater to MAGAworld for political gain.

    Article IV, Section 2, of the Constitution says, “A Person charged in any State with Treason, Felony, or other Crime, who shall flee from Justice, and be found in another State, shall on Demand of the executive Authority of the State from which he fled, be delivered up, to be removed to the State having Jurisdiction of the Crime.” The United States Code imposes the same duty, as does Florida law.

    You can click through if you want to see those five reasons mentioned in the headline.

  • The scenarios under which Pete Buttigieg becomes our next president are of low probability, according to the betting sites. I say they are not low enough. Because, for example: Buttigieg’s DOT brewing another Biden crisis as FAA moves to ‘pull down’ summer flights.

    It appears Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg is determined to continue his stunning streak of DOT disasters.

    In order to avoid a repeat of January’s disastrous grounding of all flights by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) over a glitch in its NOTAM system — renamed by Buttigieg the “Notice to Air Missions” to soften its less inclusive “Notice to Airmen” moniker — the FAA, which falls under Buttigieg’s Department of Transportation, announced last week a new plan that would reduce by up to 10% flight requirements for airlines’ takeoff and landing rights.

    The issue seems to be our creaky socialist air traffic control system. This promises to make summer air travel even more miserable for customers. While Pete, no doubt, will be zipping around the country in taxpayer-funded private jets.

    Could we please Privatize The Skies? Probably not an option Pete's considering. But I'm old enough to remember When Democrats Loved Deregulation.

  • The Veep went to Africa, and … Conservatives mock Kamala Harris over claims blundering VP has finally 'found her footing' in Africa. Particularly amusing:

    But, hey, what about that $55 billion in economic aid Biden promised to Africa last year?

    “I am definitely putting a lot of pressure, if you will, on our approach to make sure that we are doing as much as we can as soon as we can to get this jump started,” Harris told reporters before she left Ghana for the next leg of her trip, Tanzania. “I do believe the window is definitely open now. Based on what we do now, the window will continue to be open.”

    Thank you, Kamala.

  • And Hot Air reports that Joy Behar says the quiet part out loud: Democrats want Trump to win the GOP nomination.

    It’s no secret that Democrats want Donald Trump to be the Republican nominee for president. They think Joe Biden can beat him in a re-match of the 2020 election. Joy Behar admitted on Wednesday’s broadcast of The View that “Trump is the one who needs to get the nomination because then the Democrats will win.”

    To put the whipped topping on the pudding: "Behar went on to call DeSantis 'a dweeb.'"

Last Modified 2023-05-31 4:56 AM EDT