The last several days have been full of wonder at the New York Time’s admission that, guess what, Hunter Biden’s “laptop from hell” was not — as Joe Biden claimed — “Russian disinformation.”
Nope, everything that Donald Trump said to Leslie Stahl about it was true. Everything the New York Post said about it was true.
Twitter and the rest of the regime media pronounced a damnatio memoriae on the Post and anyone who dared publicize the scurrilous story. The poor computer repair chap who found and publicized the dirt, political as well as sexual, on Hunter’s laptop was hounded and driven into bankruptcy. (Remember Jonah Goldberg on that poor fellow? I do. “Wait you believe the computer repair shop story? Like at face value?”)
The truth was there, staring everyone in the face. Remember Tony Bobulinski? He is the former Navy officer and businessman who was set to start a financial company with Hunter and Jim Biden, Joe’s brother. As I noted at the time, just before the 2020 election Bobulinski demonstrated, with copious contemporary documentation,
that various Chinese entities, all of whom — like all things Chinese — are ultimately answerable to the party, have invested heavily in the Bidens via various business enterprises of Joe’s son Hunter. We are talking about tens of millions of dollars.
Now, why would the Chinese do this? Out of some misplaced humanitarian instinct? No, they did it in order “to capitalize on the Biden name.” At the time, remember, Joe was vice-president of the United States. That was all that Hunter had to offer. But it was, the Chinese wagered, quite a lot. Many thought that Joe Biden might be president, and it turns out they were right. It was, in short, “influence peddling of the grossest and most spectacular kind.” As I said then,
When influence is peddled, obligations are incurred. When obligations are incurred, favors can be expected. When the favors are owed, directly or indirectly, to the Chinese Communist Party, you want to be sure that the people in debt are not, you know, presiding over the government of the United States of America. …
Many people seem to think that the reason that the story of Hunter’s laptop — which is just as much about Joe Biden’s perfidy as it is about Hunter’s perversion — has emerged now is because it can no longer do any serious damage. The election is over, Biden won — at least, he was declared the winner, which is not quite the same thing, although it does mean that he gets to live at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
But I wonder if there isn’t something else going on. The news is full not only of stories about the New York Times fessing up, sort of, about the contents of Hunter’s laptop, but also of stories about how Hunter is likely to be indicted for tax fraud. In one sense, that is not news. I wrote about it at the end of 2020 when Hunter announced, sotto voce, that he had been informed that he was being investigated by the tax authorities. But in another sense, I suspect, that news, like the revelation from the New York Times that, what do you know, all that stuff about Hunter’s laptop was on the level, like Joe Biden’s bizarre suggestion a couple of days ago that “everybody knows somebody” who has taken nude pictures of some lover and then used them to “blackmail” the person — all that has a different valence now that the Biden Administration is seriously underwater and there are no lifelines in evidence.
The issue is never the issue. I suspect that Joe Biden is being prepped for ejection. Exactly how it will happen I do not yet know. But he is on the threshold, or possibly has even passed the threshold, where he could appear to govern. His minders understand this. They must be the ones to replace him, otherwise they themselves risk being replaced, which would be intolerable. As I say, it’s not entirely clear yet how the defenestration will take place. Obviously, Kamala will have to be dealt with first, and she will be. Look for some ground softening stories such as the Times just served up about the laptop. They won’t be long in coming.
We recently learned that the huge group of “intel experts” who signed a 2020 letter essentially declaring the Hunter Biden laptop story to be Russian disinformation have all come down with a sudden case of either amnesia or laryngitis. Not even an admission by the venerable New York Times that the story was legit seems to have helped jog their memories or loosen their tongues.
The New York Post, who first validated and broke the Hunter Biden laptop story 17 months earlier, has been taking a well-deserved victory lap and they’re not done yet. A reporter for the Post brought a series of related and quite relevant questions to White House spokesperson Jen Psaki this week. They specifically wanted to know what she had learned about potential conflicts of interest for Joe Biden, given his son’s lucrative business dealings with China and Russia. Strangely, despite these stories showing up all across the media spectrum, Psaki didn’t appear to have any idea what the reporter was talking about. …
Psaki was next asked about the report that Hunter Biden’s company received $3.5 million from Yelena Baturina, a Russian oligarch and the richest woman in Russia. By some curious coincidence, Baturina is one of the few oligarchs not to be hit with any sanctions thus far. So how is Joe Biden “navigating” what clearly appears to be a potential conflict of interest? …
Psaki attempted to shut down the New York Post, pointing to another reporter and telling them to “go ahead.” But the other reporter declined, indicating that the Post should continue with the current questions. The reporter seized the opportunity to ask about Hunter Biden’s claim that he had divested himself from his interest in BHR Partners, a Chinese investment fund controlled by Chinese state-owned entities. They asked if she could confirm that claim and pointed out that the press has received virtually no information about the divestment, including who bought out Biden’s son and how much he was paid.
At that point, Psaki appeared to completely throw in the towel. She responded by saying that Hunter Biden is “a private citizen” who doesn’t work for the government and attempted to refer the reporter to Hunter’s representatives.
Increasingly the US ruling class is exposed as incompetent and corrupt. The world wants — needs — better leadership than this! If the US fails, who will lead instead?