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So John Conyers (D-MI) has now “retired” and endorsed his 27-year-old son to succeed him. Given his district’s long run of poor decision-making, it is likely Conyers will get his wish. Conyers was forced to step down after numerous allegations of sexual assault and harassment were unveiled.

Reporter Cokie Roberts even said, “oh we all knew not to get on an elevator with him.” Well Cokie, you didn’t say anything because…? I bet you would have if he were a Republican.

Even Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) called on Conyers to resign just days after defending him as “an icon.” Of course, it’s not like his seat is likely to be filled by a Republican in the long run.

Senator Al Franken (D-MN) looks poised to resign after multiple female Democratic Senators called on him today to resign. Apparently, six different women making allegations was just too much. The five it stood at yesterday was fine. Of course, since Minnesota’s Governor Mark Dayton is a Democrat, it doesn’t cost them anything to call for Franken, the failed comedian who won in a razor-thin election, to resign.

A more meaningful move would have been to call on Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ) to resign after he was out on trial for bribery and he was accused of utilizing the services of a multitude of underage prostitutes. Of course, that would have meant Governor Chris Christie, who is TECHNICALLY a Republican, would have gotten to fill Menendez’s seat, and that would have been a bridge too far.

Now, we MAY see calls on Menendez to resign from his fellow Democrats, but only AFTER Governor-elect Phil Murphy takes over and gets to fill the seat.

The Democrats are scrambling to at least appear to claim the moral high ground of personal responsibility for conduct that Republicans surrendered when they nominated and then elected Donald Trump to be President. The immediate goal would be to help Doug Jones defeat Roy Moore for the Senate seat in Alabama once held by Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

If Moore does win, they may hope to get him to resign, but the seat will still be held by a Republican, as the governor of Alabama, Kay Ivey, is a member of the GOP. It is likely that whoever Ivey appoints will be somewhat more malleable for the Democrats and the liberal Republicans like Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) than Moore.

It is always about politics with both sides. They’re all professional politicians and all of these empty gestures are just empty virtue signaling.

I somehow doubt McConnell and Mitt Romney would have been so quick to condemn Luther Strange, their preferred establishment candidate if the same 40-year-old accusations had been made against him. As I wrote about a few weeks ago, I think it likely that McConnell knew about these accusations beforehand, but kept them as his ace in the hole to ensure a Moore defeat in the general if Strange failed to secure the nomination.

I’m quite certain the majority of people will be fooled by the empty virtue signaling from both sides. Many of those who do see it for what it is will then lump those of us who are truly disgusted with all of them on both sides in with the ones who are insincere, assuming incorrectly but understandably that we would have preferred an establishment candidate.

I’ve said this before and I’ll keep saying it:

Do a better job picking your nominees Republicans. Stop surrendering the moral high ground. With their mortal lock on the media narrative Democrats will find it all too easy to make it seem as if they have taken it over, even with their love affair of mass infanticide.

Benjamin Wilhelm served as a commissioned officer in the United States military for 10 years, serving one combat tour in Afghanistan. He is a recipient of the Bronze Star and Combat Action Badge among other military awards. Ben has worked in a variety of private sector businesses both large and small. He is a former military and civilian firearms instructor and an advocate for veterans issues. Ben is a strict Constitutionalist who sees the Federal government as an out of control leviathan, and the federal debt as a burden that will break the country. Ben is a divorced father of two boys.

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New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy eyeing 2020 with Puerto Rico visit

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New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy eyeing 2020 with Puerto Rico visit

The newly-elected, progressive Governor of New Jersey (ex-Goldman Sachs executive Phil Murphy) is already eyeing 2020.

Murphy led a delegation yesterday to visit Puerto Rico, three months after Hurricane Maria. Digging further, a press release listed an extensive delegation including some curious choices, like appointed health officials from small towns with heavy Spanish-speaking (though not necessarily Puerto Rican-heavy) populations. It also includes the head of a leading Northeastern utility, PSE&G.

Last I checked, PSE&G has absolutely no business in Puerto Rico.

Ostensibly, this is for “relief efforts.” But no source document I could find, including that mentions actual relief efforts. No mention of what’s being brought down there. I suspect that’s because they probably aren’t bringing any relief supplies, no medicine, no equipment. Nothing. It’s just meetings, optics, maybe “fact finding.”

It should be obvious what’s really going on here.

Mainland public officials are going to Puerto Rico to recruit people — Puerto Ricans are birthright American citizens, have been since 1917 — to move to the mainland.

Upon arrival, those Puerto Ricans can legally claim “domicile” and register to vote (that is, if they were citizens to begin with) within any of our 50 states.

But Murphy’s team is looking to pack his state — a deep blue New Jersey which went for Hillary by a 55%-42% margin last year — and other likely settlement destinations (count on them also being blue states) with even more likely Democratic voters.

Murphy just got elected by a double-digit margin in New Jersey, ending eight years of term-limited and integrity-limited Republican Chris Christie’s bad beach manners. He does not take office until January 16, 2018.

Murphy does not need more help in re-election.

This is about the next presidential election.

The progressives are already packing the voter rolls.

But this trip is, very likely, using public funds, whether from Murphy’s transition budget or elsewhere. Given New Jersey’s legendary and current budget problems,

Call this what it is: A taxpayer-funded, Democratic voter-registration drive.

This guy is running for President. He’s already working on votes.

And bet that his delegation is recruiting Puerto Ricans to move to the mainland. Of course, those Puerto Ricans — already citizens — would become eligible to vote in the next Presidential election.

How that use of taxpayer money is legally suspect. These expenditures are subjects that are within the jurisdiction of the Justice Department (which has used its discretion to investigate matters of far less potential impact) to inquire.

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Mainstream media is finally talking about Ruben Kihuen because they have no other choice

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Mainstream media is finally talking about Ruben Kihuen because they have no other choice now

Over a week ago, I asked the question, “Why isn’t mainstream media talking about Representative Ruben Kihuen’s sexual misconduct accusations?” Now, it seems like they have to cover him because the House Ethics Committed has launched an investigation into him over sexual harassment allegations.

Unfortunately, the “coverage” of Kihuen, a Democrat, is pretty scant. Politico, which is know for exceptionally long pieces going into every detail of political scandals involving Republicans, dedicated an entire two paragraphs to Kihuen:

Ethics Committee launches investigation into Kihuen

https://www.politico.com/story/2017/12/15/ethics-committee-launches-investigation-into-kihuen-297785The House Ethics Committee launched an investigation into Rep. Ruben Kihuen over allegations of sexual harassment.

The freshman Nevada Democrat is accused of harassing a campaign aide during his 2016 campaign. He denies the allegations and has rejected calls for his resignation.

There’s no need to click through to read the rest of the article because that’s the entire thing.

My Take

I’m not a Republican shill. I’ve actually been pretty betrayed by the GOP for a long time and no longer have affiliation with them. I do, however, believe in fairness in coverage when it comes to the mainstream media. Politico has actually gotten better at this since the election, choosing not to go down the road that so many left-leaning publications have of exposing everything about President Trump and Republicans while glazing over bad news for the Democrats, but this story has been the exception. The appetite for Democratic sex scandals, it seems, has not risen to the point that mainstream media has to cover it more. The only way that can happen is if more people demand it.

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Female sexual harassment finally makes an appearance in the current political purge

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Female sexual harassment finally makes an appearance in the current political purge

Men in power have been falling like flies over the last few months. Politicians, Hollywood elite, and journalists have been most hit. Now, the first female accused of sexual misconduct has made headlines during the “purge.” Democrat Andrea Ramsey, who was running for Congress in Kansas, has dropped out of the race following reports she sexually harassed a male employee in 2005.

Dem woman drops out of Kansas race over sexual harassment settlement

https://www.axios.com/dem-woman-drops-out-of-kansas-race-over-sexual-harassment-settlement-2517682430.htmlThe allegations: When Ramsey was the executive vice president of human resources at LabOne Inc. in 2005, Gary Funkhouser — a male employee who worked under Ramsey as a human resources manager — alleged she propositioned him for sex. She made “unwelcome and inappropriate sexual comments and innuendos” toward him, according to the lawsuit he filed against LabOne in October 2005. Ramsey then stopped talking to Funkhouser, moved him from his office to a cubicle farther away from her in the office, and then fired him on June 13, 2005. Funkhouse and LabOne permanently closed the case in July 2006 after reaching agreed-upon mediation terms, according to legal documents reviewed by Axios.

My Take

We all knew this would eventually happen. Men, while accounting for the vast majority of these sexual misconduct issues, aren’t the only ones who can use a position of power to pressure people under them. Now that it’s happened, we can move on.

This isn’t really big news, though some are making it their top story for some reason. It’s news. It happened. There are bigger fish to fry.

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