By Charlie Johnston
More than a few people have expressed some surprise that the California Supreme Court last week rejected David Daleiden’s motion to dismiss criminal charges brought by the California Atty. Gen’s office against him. I say the victory against Planned Parenthood is now assured. Some readers take that to heart and don’t really ingest the rest of what I have said on the matter – that we have a long, bitter fight ahead…that the only way we could lose is if we quit the fight or started savoring a victory that is not complete.
In every great, contested cause, there is a turning point – a time when the situation has shifted so far in one side’s direction that the cause is lost for the other side, UNLESS the side for whom the tide has favorably turned drops its guard. When the tide turns this way, it is not the end of fighting; rather, it is usually the beginning of the most brutal fighting. For example, after the Battle of Gettysburg and the successful Siege of Vicksburg in July of 1863, the Confederacy could no longer win the American Civil War. Yet the battles raged on for almost two more years – with more than a few Confederate victories in particular battles. When I say victory is now assured in a particular contest, I most emphatically do NOT mean that all will now be peace and light. I mean we are entering the most vicious part of the battle, but that if we sustain our resolve, loss is no longer a possibility. Cornered predators do NOT gently surrender. They hiss, snarl, claw and bite. That is how they go out, but once you have cornered them, you can be assured of victory IF you don’t let down your guard.
In all the battles in our culture right now, including immigration, the confrontation between the President and Congress, the looming exposure and prosecution of coup plotters, expect both sides to use every weapon at their disposal. Sometimes, candidates I used to work with would be overly upset at some attack by an opponent or the press. I would always remind them that this was not a garden party – that we would strike some blows and the opponent would strike some blows. What was paramount was to keep sight of the overall sweep – and when possible, to lure opponents into striking blows that did them more damage than us. It’s a tricky business, but I have never seen a battle that did not involve taking some blows as well as giving them.
I wrote a response to a question about the Planned Parenthood battle that I repeat, lightly edited, below. I want to emphasize to you that when I say victory is assured, I do NOT mean lay down your arms; I mean gird your loins to finish this.
Here then, the response I left in comments:
“I direct you back to the case against Daleiden made by the Harris County, Texas (Houston) prosecutor’s office three years ago. It tried to use a grand jury convened to investigate Planned Parenthood to railroad David instead. In the course of it all, Daleiden’s lawyers unearthed proof that the prosecutor had illegally conspired with PP to accomplish this. Up until the very end, the D.A.’s office threatened, cajoled, lied and schemed – and then it all came apart as the realization came that these corrupt officials might face prison if they proceeded. All charges were dropped, the prosecutor who coordinated the conspiracy was fired and the D.A. lost her job at the next election.
To all, do not be surprised when you see these types of headlines. Do you think the rabid left is just going to whimper and say, like Emily Litella, “Never Mind,” when their schemes are revealed? The Russian Collusion Hoax has been revealed to be a fraud and an effort at a coup. Even so, the Democrats are still maliciously howling, hoping desperately they can somehow still prevail. The same thing is going on here.
The preliminary hearing in the criminal case against Daleiden was supposed to begin on April 22. Yet the just-finished depositions were said to be explosive and deadly for PP. Once the preliminary hearing began, those depositions would become public record. So the California Supreme Court halted proceedings to buy all the bad guys some time. Now, presumably, things can go forward again – but first there has to be a status hearing in June. You probably won’t see a preliminary hearing start until the fall (there are a LOT of witnesses and it is very difficult to coordinate schedules during summer vacation time). Our friends in conservative media mistakenly thought the April halt was a victory for Daleiden. They were wrong – we on the pro-life side who knew what was going on in this very complicated matter wanted the preliminary hearing to go forward, for the case was imploding dramatically. Now, they report that this is a huge setback. No one on our side likes it, but it was not the least unexpected. All the April halt ever was, was an effort to buy some time in a disintegrating case that now imperils not just PP, but some very prominent figures in the California justice system – and may end up torpedoing the dreams of at least one Democratic Presidential hopeful, Sen. Kamala Harris.
The California establishment is in the position the Harris County establishment was in in the month before their case unraveled – but when everybody who counted knew the truth. They are in raw panic, trying to figure out how to get out of this without throwing their own head on the block. If you think that malefactors caught are going to act like gentle lambs, you completely misunderstand the behavior of such predators. They will – and should be expected – to act like maddened beasts, cornered. Right now they are in desperate damage control mode. They hope that this keeps up some pressure on David and hopefully, miraculously, he will quit the field, saving their bacon for them. I would not be at all surprised to see the California Atty. Gen.’s (AG) office offer David some innocuous plea agreement that carries no penalty now, in hopes of saving face and getting out of this. On the other hand, maybe not. I did not think Kamala Harris’ successor as AG could possibly be as maliciously dumb as she is. I was wrong. Javier Becerra is even worse. But even if he does not understand what trouble prosecutors are in, some of his deputies do. These clowns have largely bought themselves until the fall to try to figure out how to get out of this. I have written this a little deliberately provocative, for if the AG could be provoked to go full speed ahead right now to prove how tough they are, that would be to Daleiden’s benefit. Frankly, I would like to see PP AND the AG’s office come tumbling down now, rather than give them until the fall to figure out an exit strategy or a way to suppress the taped depositions. At every step they are getting more brazen. But even if the entire California Justice System can be perverted, those perversions would insure the case ultimately landed in a court outside California. (And yet, there are some honorable officials in the California Justice System – officials who both believe in fair play and will not be willing to let their careers be washed upon the shoals of this hustle.) Then prison would loom for those who tried to railroad all this. So they desperately want some excuse to dismiss this that does not seem to be their fault AND some plausible way to suppress the depositions. That is what all this is about right now.
But know this: in all of these situations, right until the moment of final victory, the malefactors will keep waving their arms shouting boogedy-boogedy. I keep saying that we have a long fight ahead of us, even in those areas where the tide has completely turned. So do not be surprised about these things. The only thing that will ever surprise me is if one of the malefactors actually does surrender like a meek, little lamb when he is caught red-handed.