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Monday, March 19, 2018

The patience of the Grand Inquisitor

I have to admit, despite being an early fan, I have been exceedingly frustrated with Jeff Sessions's seeming passivity myself. But it's hard to argue with the point that he has quietly made more progress draining the Swamp than anyone in the government that we've ever seen.
Sessions is the quintessential Eagle Scout.  He will follow the rules down to the last subclause and will not make his move until every "t" has been crossed and every "i" dotted.

We saw the first results of this approach last Friday – in dealing with Andrew McCabe, this century's prime example of a "cookie full of arsenic."

Sessions waited until the FBI's Office of Professional Responsibility (which is run by Assistant Director Candice Will, who was appointed by Robert Mueller, of all people) recommended that McCabe be fired.  He then had McCabe officially informed beforehand, following established procedure to the letter.

This comes under the rubric of "strategy," a concept unfortunately foreign to too many active conservatives.  A large number of cons recognize only one course of action: a headlong charge against the closest target while howling at the top of their lungs.  Not only do they dismiss any more subtle form of action, but they often attack those engaging in it of cowardice or corruption, or of being an "Alinskyite-Obamaist commie stooge" – despite the fact that their kamikaze runs usually end up heading over the nearest cliff.

So it was with Sessions, who has been routinely dismissed as "paid off," being "asleep under his desk," or as "part of the swamp."

Sessions took his time, did things according to the book, and dealt the swamp a good, stiff blow while leaving its denizens little recourse but to throw tantrums in the media, which they have been doing the weekend long.  Compare this to all the would-be conservative champions – McCarthy, LeBoutillier, Moore – piled up under the cliff while the leftist monolith trundles on nearly unscathed.
At this point, having taken multiple scalps at the FBI alone, the man has earned more than a little slack. There is some reason to be optimistic that the winning in this regard hasn't even seriously begun.

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62 Comments:

Blogger FashBandicoot March 19, 2018 2:57 PM  

Even I am willing to eat my slice of crow when needed.

Good on you, Jeff Sessions. I was wrong.

Blogger Jimmy March 19, 2018 2:57 PM  

Sessions is dealing with people as smart and as well trained as he is. This will go ten rounds.

Blogger Salt March 19, 2018 2:58 PM  

Procedure is where a case is often lost. Can't fault him on that.

Blogger Dad29 March 19, 2018 2:58 PM  

winning in this regard hasn't even seriously begun.

Sessions, on the record, said that he has had a NON-D.C.-area prosecutor on a Hillary chase for over 9 months, and of course, the DOJ's IG report has yet to be issued.

Once a criminal act is identified (and there are a lot to choose from) he can unleash the dogs of war.

Popcorn time!

Blogger weka March 19, 2018 2:58 PM  

An example of how to run a proper rinsing. The law is followed. The pain is inflicted. There is no recourse.

As Flynn Jr notes; this is the beginning. Tick Tock.

And even us Kiwis are not tired of watching the win.

Blogger Johnny Philosopher March 19, 2018 3:00 PM  

Would it be fair to say that Sessions is not necessarily an “Eagle Scout” but is rather so extremely cautious because he knows how heavily scrutinized his actions will be by the Deep State, MSN, etc. ?

Blogger Some Guy March 19, 2018 3:06 PM  

I'm just hoping he can start working on the military complex. The black budget crap is where, I believe, most of this madness is festering. That's a long shot though. I'll take a clean slate at the FBI and DOJ as a win.

Blogger Ominous Cowherd March 19, 2018 3:08 PM  

For months I have been trolling the midwit and dimwit forums with the idea that Trump hasn't fired Sessions because Sessions is doing Trump's bidding and draining the swamp.

I've also joined in their howls for Trump to move faster. I see the value in patiently playing the long game, but I also see the value in reminding Trump, Sessions and our Leftist enemies that there is a great thirst for the blood of our enemies. It encourages Trump and rattles our enemies.

Also, I suspect that without a leader like Trump, Sessions would be the most gentlemanly cuck in the Senate.

Blogger Uncle John's Band March 19, 2018 3:19 PM  

There's got to be a side of gentlemanly Sessions that enjoys a bit of Trump's gamesmanship. The timing on the McCabe firing was exquisite, especially after it had been some time since his whining about making it to his pension had been in the news. It may just be fortuitous timing, but it smells like a shiv.

If he is as upright as portrayed, Sessions must hate those guys.

Blogger Matthew March 19, 2018 3:22 PM  

Conservatives have been playing the game as Leeroy Jenkins; some wittingly, some not.

Blogger Matthew March 19, 2018 3:24 PM  

Ominous Cowherd wrote:Also, I suspect that without a leader like Trump, Sessions would be the most gentlemanly cuck in the Senate.

No. He would be doing it anyway, though expecting to get undercut. He is a monster of virtue.

Blogger Nate March 19, 2018 3:24 PM  

Watch Bombard's Body Language analysis of the Jeff Sessions interview. it is fantastic.

never the less doubting the Grand Inquisitor is not a problem. The more folks that think he is asleep at the wheel the better.

I'm certain he prefers it that way.

Blogger Nate March 19, 2018 3:25 PM  

"Also, I suspect that without a leader like Trump, Sessions would be the most gentlemanly cuck in the Senate."


You're a blithering moron of idiot.

Blogger Johnny March 19, 2018 3:35 PM  

I am not happy with the rate of progress, but winning is more important than winning quickly, so I reserve judgement. Plus trust the God Emperor because we must. So far he would seem to be the only game in town.

Blogger Orthodox March 19, 2018 3:39 PM  

If it is true that Trump has been one of the leaders if not "the leaker," then it makes sense that he might create a false impression of disliking Sessions because Sessions is the executioner. The cuckservatives and moderate Democrats (the few that exist) all rushed to defend Sessions from Trump. Reality TV is all scripted, heroes and villains are scripted, conflict is scripted. Trump is playing the country like a violin.

Blogger Al From Bay Shore March 19, 2018 3:43 PM  

Sessions and Horowitz appear to be working at a breakneck pace. Consider how long it took for the Feds to take down the Five Families (La Cosa Nostra). R.I.C.O. dropped in '73. It was tested on the Cleveland Mob in the late 70s. La Cosa Nostra was finally taken down by the mid to late 90s.

Sessions and Horowitz, allegedly, have been at this for one year. Horowitz was able to generate at least 1.2 million documents. Those were used to construct the Nunes Memo (allegedly two pages on Rosenstein were removed).

Between the La Cosa Nostra history and the Q posts, it was easy to be optimistic.

Also, I do entertain the idea that hours after the inauguration, Horowitz, Sessions, along with an army of trusted federal prosecutors were required to attend a seminar given the the Judge Advocate General Corps. I can envision a dude in uniform standing before everyone, and behind him are other dudes in uniform. One of them might have said "Gentlemen, here is what our investigation uncovered, it's now your job to pick up where we left off." At that moment three massive carts stacked high with documents are rolled out.

Blogger RobertT March 19, 2018 3:43 PM  

?Sessions is dealing with people as smart and as well trained as he is.?
Huh?

Observation says otherwise. Just not worried about getting caught, until now. Let them sleep on that for a few weeks and the wall will begin crumbling. Fear drives people over the edge.

Blogger Wynn Lloyd March 19, 2018 3:50 PM  

We must be thankful we live right now. McCabe was the leftist deep-stater I hated the most. Seeing him getting checked is uplifting.

I didn't say much about it, but I admit I doubted Sessions. I had him pegged as too much of a Southerm Gentleman to start taking heads. I'm happy to know I was wrong. I hope the politicians in my home state (Mississippi) take note.

Blogger Ceerilan March 19, 2018 3:51 PM  

If the Clinton corruption machine can be brought to here in 4 years, it will be a huge triumph for America, but it would only mean undoing a small portion of the corrupt mass of the Democratic party.

Blogger tuberman March 19, 2018 3:54 PM  

Gen. Flynn 2024 for the FlynnSlide.

Blogger Crush Limbraw March 19, 2018 3:57 PM  

Sessions is old wine - properly aged.
Does that make up for my doubting him?
Always did have some trouble with patience - but still learning!

Blogger tuberman March 19, 2018 4:00 PM  

Jimmy wrote:Sessions is dealing with people as smart and as well trained as he is. This will go ten rounds.

Nope, Stealth Jeff is a major Role Player, and is part of a group much smarter than their opposition, the NWO. His group are several steps ahead, and opposition will be shocked when the BOOM is Hammered down.

Blogger Jeff Weimer March 19, 2018 4:00 PM  

Johnny Philosopher wrote:Would it be fair to say that Sessions is not necessarily an “Eagle Scout” but is rather so extremely cautious because he knows how heavily scrutinized his actions will be by the Deep State, MSN, etc. ?

When you have law on your side, argue the law.

When you have facts on your side, argue the facts.

When you have neither...pound the table.

Sessions has facts *and* the law on his side (and made absolutely sure both were airtight), and McCabe and crew is pounding the table.

Blogger Ominous Cowherd March 19, 2018 4:02 PM  

Nate, perhaps cuck was the wrong word, but pre-Tump, what had Sessions actually accomplished in the way of Swamp draining?

Blogger Looking Glass March 19, 2018 4:10 PM  

@24 Ominous Cowherd

Sessions & Grassley did Obama so wrong on Judges that Trump will have appointed more than Obama by the of the year, I believe. So, there is that.

Blogger Volpack March 19, 2018 4:23 PM  

Victorian era men were both mean and courteous. Don't confuse manners with lack of spine.

Blogger Ominous Cowherd March 19, 2018 4:31 PM  

@25, that's a lot. Far better than cuck,at least. Still, without effective leadership, could Sessions have done more than obstruction on his own?

Blogger Lazarus March 19, 2018 4:31 PM  

There is a reason Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III was picked for this task.

Consider the scope of the problem:

You and I might be frustrated with the pace of the activity for a myriad of righteous reasons. However, we must also remind ourselves of the scale and scope of the corruption here that is inherent within the BIG PICTURE. All of this was done on purpose. None of this was accidental.

The prosecutor could, likely would, be having to outline the biggest political conspiracy in the history of politics. It is entirely possible officials within the CIA, NSA, DOJ, FBI, State Department, ODNI, and national security apparatus along with the Obama White House, Clinton campaign officials, politicians, career bureaucrats and possibly judges are all entwined and involved.

Add into this likelihood the complicit ideological media who will go absolutely bananas about any single member of their team being indicted; and a better than average chance the media will follow instructions from their leadership and send tens-of-thousands of low-info sycophants into the streets in protest, and well… you see the picture.


McCabe Firing Shows Evidence of IG and Outside Prosecutor Working Together…

Blogger Mr.MantraMan March 19, 2018 4:47 PM  

A nice white libtard a week keel hauled will contribute to the demoralizing of the D party base as the white libtards howl in pain and ignore the "precious."

It takes a dozen or so McCabes to equal one Trayvon

Blogger Shitavious Lordecai March 19, 2018 5:03 PM  

Q has said “Trust Sessions” multiple times, looks like he was right.

Blogger Lovekraft March 19, 2018 5:03 PM  

When the Saudis announce a broad middle-eastern plan to repatriate Sunni muslims, and the Pakistanis and Iranians do the same for the Shias from Europe, Australia, Canada and the U.S. will be the day we have realized there is true hope.

Blogger OneWingedShark March 19, 2018 5:19 PM  

Ominous Cowherd wrote:For months I have been trolling the midwit and dimwit forums with the idea that Trump hasn't fired Sessions because Sessions is doing Trump's bidding and draining the swamp.

I've also joined in their howls for Trump to move faster. I see the value in patiently playing the long game, but I also see the value in reminding Trump, Sessions and our Leftist enemies that there is a great thirst for the blood of our enemies. It encourages Trump and rattles our enemies.

Also, I suspect that without a leader like Trump, Sessions would be the most gentlemanly cuck in the Senate.

While I can appreciate the long-term vision, and some need for operating quietly, some of the injustices that have been going on could be dealt with speedily and publicly -- for example, getting rid of Civil Asset Forfeiture (which violates 4th, 5th, and 6/7th amendments) -- I am unconvinced that Sessions is "on our side", or that "well, we have to go slow" is universally applicable.

Sometimes, what is needed is a swift and sudden change, rather than a gradual one. (I've been involved in a lot of projects [software development] which took an iterative/gradual-fix view and almost uniformly these had management pushing something similar to a "we don't have time to do it right"-mentality. [This often leads to situations where the project has no coherent design-principles and rewriting according to some design-principle would be a lot of work, from management-perspective only achieving parity with what is currently being done, despite bring many benefits like maintainability, possible process-improvements/optimizations, and providing a chance to actually have good documentation... as good documentation is usually one of the first casualties of the aforementioned mentality.])

Uncle John's Band wrote:If he is as upright as portrayed, Sessions must hate those guys.
I think that's not accurate; Sessions did vote for the Iran Deal, after all.

Johnny wrote:I am not happy with the rate of progress, but winning is more important than winning quickly, so I reserve judgement. Plus trust the God Emperor because we must. So far he would seem to be the only game in town.
I very much agree -- but there are some cases where "winning" really isn't. A good example are "First Amendment" cases wherein Congress [ie federal law] is not involved: what these do is set up 'precedent' in the legal-system for ignoring the fact that the 1st literally only applies to Congress, as that is explicitly what the 1st applies constraints to.

Blogger Andrew March 19, 2018 5:24 PM  

When the Saudis announce a broad middle-eastern plan to repatriate Sunni muslims, and the Pakistanis and Iranians do the same for the Shias from Europe, Australia, Canada and the U.S. will be the day we have realized there is true hope.

Now that would be worth a BOOM from Q. Followed by another BOOM related to a plan for Central and South American repatriation. But I don't think Q-team is that concerned with demographics.

Blogger NO GOOGLES March 19, 2018 5:31 PM  

I'm not against the patient and smart application of strategy (eg: Sessions setting up and executing McCabe). I'm more of the mind that we're well past the point where our real problems can be dealt with quickly or effectively enough in the manner that people like Sessions are using.

I'd love to be surprised but it seems more and more to me that we're rearranging deck chairs waiting for the inevitable actual conflict to break out. If there isn't any other way then I would rather civil war sooner than later.

Blogger haus frau March 19, 2018 5:49 PM  

I remember seeing the body language analysis video of Biden doing meet and greet photo sessions while swearing in new senators and congressmen. Jeff Sessions stood out among that crowd in how careful he was to guard his little grand daughter from being touched by Biden. He was appeared coldly repulsed by Biden. Sessions knows who theae people really are. I think he is a good man whatever his flaws and that he does intend to act on his knowledge. This is a very heartening turn of events..

Blogger Ominous Cowherd March 19, 2018 5:56 PM  

OneWingedShark wrote:I am unconvinced that Sessions is "on our side" ...

Trump wasn't the Alt-Right leader we wanted, he was the CivNat leader we could get. We need to replace him in 2024 with someone far more extreme. In the mean time, Trump is exceeding all expectations. Presumably Sessions is too, since he hasn't been fired. Yet.

Blogger Lazarus March 19, 2018 5:58 PM  

@34

Will you be satisfied if Habeas Corpus is suspended and conspirators are tried by the military?

Blogger Daniel Paul Grech Pereira March 19, 2018 5:58 PM  

Chucking McCabe was a great move, and fun to watch. Only time will tell if Sessions is one of the most patient men in the game, or if he truly is asleep.

Blogger Daniel Paul Grech Pereira March 19, 2018 5:59 PM  

This thought just crossed my mind... is he droning on about the marijuana stuff as a distraction? That would be a slick move! Libs get riled up about the ganja.

Blogger Nate March 19, 2018 6:00 PM  

" what had Sessions actually accomplished in the way of Swamp draining? "

It is not an exaggeration to note that if it were not for Jeff Sessions... Obama would have appointed 3 SCOTUS Justices... not 2.

So if you like Trump's appointee... and thus far... we all do... You should seriously consider showing a bit more respect to the Grand Inquisitor.

Blogger Lazarus March 19, 2018 6:00 PM  

Trump wasn't the Alt-Right leader we wanted, he was the CivNat leader we could get

He knows that, which is why one of his theme songs is the Stones "You can't always get what you want"

Blogger jb March 19, 2018 6:11 PM  

Sedition . . . Treason =

Military Tribunals.

Anonymous Anonymous March 19, 2018 6:13 PM  

"Not only do they dismiss any more subtle form of action, but they often attack those engaging in it of cowardice or corruption, or of being ...."


The Bush clan and the neocons and the GOPe. People we granted our patience and trust


Remember congressional 'action' on Benghazi and IRS ? Yeah, kamikaze 'this'

That well ran dry years ago. Trump is not a cliff and if Sessions goes Ken Starr on us then I will hand him the ACME anvil as I push him over the cliff.

That said, CTH reporting that Sessions has had a prosecutor from outside Washington working under the radar has modified my mistrust.

Blogger Crew March 19, 2018 6:56 PM  

Seems that the President has announced that there will be a big press conference in about a month. I wonder how many a pissing themselves?

https://twitter.com/TreyYingst/status/975810373906501632

Blogger Looking Glass March 19, 2018 6:58 PM  

@44 Crew

Given that most Leftists really won't understand until after the bullet has passed through their skulls, I'm afraid they won't be pissing themselves. That happens after the floor drops and the involuntary muscles cease to function.

Blogger Stg58/Animal Mother March 19, 2018 7:46 PM  

Whenever I felt myself getting aggravated that Sessions seemed to be twiddling his thumbs, I'd take a step back, survey what I knew for a fact, and regain my equilibrium .

Blogger Nate March 19, 2018 8:09 PM  

"That well ran dry years ago. Trump is not a cliff and if Sessions goes Ken Starr on us then I will hand him the ACME anvil as I push him over the cliff."

What do you have against Starr? The dude did a fantastic job and handed Clinton to Congress on a silver platter. It was the Senate that cucked... not Starr.

Blogger Stg58/Animal Mother March 19, 2018 8:10 PM  

^^^yes

Blogger Not a lefty March 19, 2018 8:19 PM  

It's that an insult against Sessions?

Blogger Thucydides March 19, 2018 8:57 PM  

A long article by an American historian should give everyone some more sense of the scale and scope of what President Trump is up against:
https://www.nationalreview.com/2018/03/russia-collusion-real-story-hillary-clinton-dnc-fbi-media/

Well worth the read.

Blogger Ken Prescott March 19, 2018 9:53 PM  

Successful combat arms officers, prosecutors, and surgeons all have some particular traits in common: they are obsessed with meticulous planning and considering every contingency in advance.

That's because their environments share one common factor: one has exactly ONE chance to get it right. There are no do-overs for an adverse result.

Blogger Jack Amok March 19, 2018 9:58 PM  

Exceedingly frustrated sums up my feelings about the pace he's taken, but at least he is making progress. He's the only game in town, so I'm glad he's winning. As I've said before though, I worry that events are accelerating in the political and cultural spheres. The swamp isn't going to just sit there waiting to be drained, it's fighting back. Every day Mueller is allowed to continue his farce is another day he could cause damage.

Plus, there is a ton of swamp to drain. McCabe, though odious, is small potatoes in the grand scheme of things. Sessions may have prevented Obama from seating even more liberal loons to the bench, but the ones that are there are causing problems.

So I'm on board, but I'd be a lot less nervous with a faster pace.

Blogger Ken Prescott March 19, 2018 10:31 PM  

So I'm on board, but I'd be a lot less nervous with a faster pace.

See my post. Infantry wisdom for you: "Fast is slow, and slow is fast."

Blogger Jack Amok March 19, 2018 10:44 PM  

See my post. Infantry wisdom for you: "Fast is slow, and slow is fast."

You must be a big fan of Gen. Montgomery.

Blogger tuberman March 19, 2018 11:11 PM  

Cannot be done at a faster pace as the incredible amount of interwoven "selling of America" done at all the higher, and many of the medium levels. Go to fast and you do not reveal all the corrupt parties. That's just the beginning of the problem. This is Sun Tzu, or defeat your enemies from the shadows before the first shot is fired. Go fast and innocents get hurt at a much larger quantity. Go fast, and the cleanup is not total and enemies hiding can come back.
Go fast, and you do not receive the many converts that will come over to your side with slow revelations of Truth. Go fast, and miss the World Wide scope of the problem.

So you move slow with many traps set at every level to suck your enemies into them. The Chamber of Commerce, "I'm going to tank the economy" threat is just one of those final traps that Trump has set.

Hey, CoC, Just do it! The parasite economy holds money mainly for the parasites.

Blogger Jack Amok March 20, 2018 12:24 AM  

Maybe things will speed up in "about a month." I would be very happy if the swamp drained slowly at first, then all at once.

Blogger justaguy March 20, 2018 12:38 AM  

I do not cut Sessions the same slack at VD does. The reason is the Russian recusal. Mueller and his hired band of political thugs (democratic operatives with law licenses) have been doing tremendous damage and are basically a loose cannon (see NR Mc Carthy articles for lack of following DOJ regs on appointing Special Counsel that are blatantly violated). Mueller’s ability to go wherever he wants and compile/leak/retain for 2020 campaign whatever he wants against Trump allows a devastating set of scenarios to possibly occur.

Maybe the IG report will take down a few of the foot soldiers, but this like all battles in the US is a political one. Session’s cowardice gave this “Javert” a respectable position—Special Prosecutor” and leave to put up with his expected extreme and unfair methods (see anthrax case when Mueller was in charge as FBI head). I do not think that Session understood the failure he caused when he recused himself and although he might see it now-- he can’t fix it. So no slack for someone how should have read and understood Scalia’s famous opinion on why not to recuse oneself before he took the coward’s way out.

Blogger wreckage March 20, 2018 5:44 AM  

Grind. Grind and win.

Blogger SidVic March 20, 2018 11:58 AM  

I've followed Sessions for a long time. He is a solid dog IMO. I have also defended him on internet forums. He is building credibility. In fact, I wouldn't be surprised if him and Trump didn't cook up that twitter spat to burnish his independent credentials. When the hammer drops, they will go into full counterattack and you need a boyscout to weather it.

Blogger tublecane March 20, 2018 1:44 PM  

@14-The rate of progress worries me only in the sense that things have to start before the mid-terms, because I don't want to risk a Dem-controlled Congress getting in the way.

Otherwise, I'd be willing to wait for two seconds before the crack of doom if I knew Sessions was really on our side and really intent on draining the swamp. It's the uncertainty that gets to me. Because we've all bee here before .Promises, promises, and never enough delivery. This time is already different in a number of ways, but we're still talking McCabe being fired instead of being in bracelets.

Blogger justaguy March 20, 2018 2:29 PM  

Just remember that it was not Sessions or anything that he did that offered up McCabe for lack of candor-- it was the swamp itself. All Sessions has done is follow the recommendations of both the IG and the Review Panel. It had to be blatantly bad for both of these to offer up McCabe, and it is. McCabe was gone as soon as the IG realized the extent of the lying going on. Hopefully the IG report will hit a few more swamp dwellers... but the battle is still political and aimed at Trump. Every new organization except Fox is trumpeting Mueller and his investigation. It all is going to come down to the 2018 election in the House....With the courts playing games like in PA, this isn't even close to over.

Blogger Dirk Manly March 21, 2018 7:15 PM  

Most of you people need to watch more hockey, and learn to love the sport.

It's not like basketball, where there's a goal scored every few seconds....

Hockey is an endurance contest. A grinding endurance contest. Goals are scored occasionally, and only rarely back-to-back.

But every goal scored is HUGELY significant.

If you're looking for a political basketball game, this isn't it.

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