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Democrat Joe Manchin takes Trump’s side in NFL kneeling fiasco

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Why doesn’t Joe Manchin just get it over with an become a Republican? In a Q&A session Monday, the West Virginia Senator was asked by a high school student how he felt about kneeling during the National Anthem.

In his answer, Manchin took Trump’s side.

This is something the owners have to address. The owners of these football teams, that have these contracts with these players and the conditions these players are going to be playing under, has to step in here and say, ‘I’m not going to tolerate it. They can make that deal happen. The only thing that you and I can do right now is turn off the TV if you don’t want to watch, don’t go to the game if that’s a team you don’t respect for whatever reason. I think everyone should stand and show respect for the flag that represents the greatest nation on earth that’s shed more blood and lost more lives for the cause of freedom that you and I enjoy. So it — you know, I — I prefer people standing.

Remember that this entire issue was enabled by the NFL honoring President Obama’s request in 2009 for the players to participate in patriotic displays to help with military recruitment. Before that, the teams could huddle in the locker room during the anthem. It was started by players. President Trump made it far worse by forcing people to take a side, but he didn’t create the problem out of thin air as the media would have us believe.

Manchin understands his constituency in West Virginia, where patriotism runs deep. The problem is, his party is diametrically opposed to most of his own positions.

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Democrats’ goal with their Kavanaugh confirmation shenanigans is winning the midterm elections

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Democrats goal with their Kavanaugh confirmation shenanigans is winning the midterm elections

The state of affairs in American election politics is abysmal. Most if not all moves made by any given politician is to help them and those in their party win elections. That’s what motivates everything in DC, including the Democrats going after Brett Kavanaugh. Including their use and/or manipulation of Christine Blasey Ford.

Before Ford’s story came to light, it was near certain that Kavanaugh would be confirmed. Democrats knew this. Their attempts to stall and derail the confirmation process weren’t out of some vain hope they could succeed. They needed to be on record with their faces in front of the camera having their “I am Spartacus” moment. They needed to show that they tried as hard as they could but still couldn’t get the job done.

They needed fodder to feed their supporters with fear of what Republicans will do next so they could get people to sign checks and get out the vote. This is their bottom line, 100%. We went through six years of it with the Republicans when Barack Obama was President. Now we’re starting the same cycle with the Democrats.

Then, Christine Blasey Ford happened. The game plan has now changed. They’re pulling out plays they ran in 1992 following Anita Hill’s testimony against Clarence Thomas. Why? Because 1992 showed the highest percentage of female voters compared to eligible females in history.

If you want to get the female vote out, you need a female victim. 66.3% of eligible female voters came out following an all-male grilling of Hill over a Supreme Court justice confirmation. That’s 3% higher than Hillary Clinton was able to draw in 2016.

This is why one of their stipulations to have Ford testify is that only members of the Senate Judiciary Committee can question her. They don’t want female counsel for the Republicans asking questions. They want powerful men on the attack in front of a national audience.

They want a repeat of the Anita Hill scenario.

Even as Ford’s story shines a sliver of light on the possibility they can stop Kavanaugh from being confirmed, their primary motivation has been and always will be to win elections. Every move they’ve made before and during the Kavanaugh confirmation has been to position themselves as the underdogs who just need a little more help from their supporters in order to stop the bleeding caused by evil Republicans.

The ebb and flow created by a two-party system is driven solely by momentum. The presidential pendulum swings towards one party, then the other. The Congressional pendulum does the same, though it’s rhythm is slightly askew from the presidential cycle. There’s really no way for them to avoid it but they can slow or speed up the momentum in one direction or the other with cunning political moves and controversial circumstances. That’s American election politics in a nutshell.

To the Democrats, Kavanaugh is a boogeyman for fundraising purposes and  Ford is a pawn to set their narrative. Every action the Democrats have taken during this confirmation has the sole goal of helping them win the midterm elections.

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Eddie Scarry on the media being in lockstep with Democrats over Kavanaugh

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Eddie Scarry on the media being in lockstep with Democrats over Kavanaugh

If the Democrats point this way, mainstream media goes there. If they point that way, mainstream media heads where they’re told to go. That’s the dynamic we’ve seen for many years in journalism and this latest glaring example is how journalists are handling the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation.

There was a time not too long ago when it was more subtle. The media winked and nodded about President Clinton’s decisions but would occasionally call him out for them just to keep up the illusion of unbiased reporting. When President Bush took office, it became a little more apparent that they leaned Democrat. Once President Obama came around, they were unabashedly smitten. Now with President Trump, they can no longer contain themselves or their contempt for anything associated with him.

Kavanaugh, unfortunately, is associated with him, which is why mainstream media is so willing to go wherever the Democrats say. Eddie Scarry from the Washington Examiner recognized this and called it out in an interesting piece. It doesn’t tell us anything we didn’t already know, but it brings it all together nicely to share with those who may be, for some reason, still skeptical that bias exists.

Coincidence: Media follow Democrats’ lead and want Brett Kavanaugh to withdraw

https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/coincidence-media-follow-democrats-lead-and-want-brett-kavanaugh-to-withdrawThe only acceptable outcome for the media is for Republicans to abandon Kavanaugh and then see him withdraw in defeat.

Coincidentally, that’s what Democrats want, too.

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Conservatives, stop playing the leftists’ game by calling out Spartacus Booker’s groping incident

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Conservatives stop playing the leftists game by calling out Spartacus Bookers groping incident

Leftists laid a trap and conservatives walked right into it. Senator Cory “Spartacus” Booker mentioned an unwanted “groping” incident in an article he wrote about growing up. The incident, which also happened in high school like Brett Kavanaugh’s alleged sexual assault, is being latched onto by some conservative writers as a “gotcha” moment.

Some are doing it right. Most I’ve read so far are doing it wrong.

Let’s acknowledge that the similarities between Booker’s incident and the alleged Kavanaugh incident ends with the timing. They both happened in high school. Otherwise, the stories diverge greatly. Booker was attempting to “steal 2nd” during a New Year’s make-out session initiated by his companion. That’s not in the same ballpark as what Kavanaugh has been accused of doing.

Some are saying that this makes Booker a hypocrite for calling on Kavanaugh to withdraw over the accusations against him. Nope. I may completely disagree with the notion the left is pushing about Kavanaugh, but laying the “hypocrite” label on Booker is more of a deranged leftist move than anything a conservative should ever consider doing.

Folks, we have the evidence (or lack thereof) on our side. Booker needs about as much added attention as a cold sore. Making him a subject of this debate is careless and will not benefit the case for Kavanaugh. Even if it did somehow help a little in the court of public opinion, it’s simply not our style. Leave these tactics for the social justice warriors and militant leftists to us. Let them embarrass themselves by calling out nothingburgers left and right.

There are a dozen better reasons to move beyond Ford’s accusation and other Democrat stall techniques. By focusing any attention at all on Booker, we’re only playing the left’s game of confusion and deceit. Trust me, they’re better at their game than we can ever be.

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