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Congressman Darrell Issa is out, Diane Harkey is in

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News broke earlier today and then followed up by an official statement by Congressman Darrell Issa, that he will not be seeking re-election in 2018. Issa was first elected to Congress in 2001. He has won re-election easily for most of his years in Congress. With re-districting and changes in demographics, his seat has become one of the most vulnerable seats in Congress.

He barely won re-election in 2016. He only won re-election because his district after re-districting incorporated parts of South Orange County, a wealthy Republican stronghold.

Orange County is the last vestige of Republican control in a large population center in California, and some believe that Orange County will soon turn blue.

In 2016, Orange County voted Democrat for the first time since the Great Depression.

Many see this as a move the Orange County could be going blue especially since Issa’s announcement comes on the heels of another Republican Congressman, Ed Royce, from Orange County announcing he will not seek re-election.

Analysis

There is no doubt in my mind that Democrats are energized to go after Trump. Orange County did go for Hillary in 2016 but Orange County Republican Congress members, for the most part, won pretty easily in 2016.

Orange County Republicans did vote for Trump overwhelmingly in the 2016 primary because for the most part; the election was over. All the candidates, including the last two, Cruz and Kasich were out.  Yet, Cruz and Kasich were still on the ballot. Who received more votes between them? It was Kasich, not Cruz.

Orange County Republicans are more traditional business/establishment, middle of the road Republicans. Cruz brand of Republicanism wasn’t as popular in this area as it was in other parts of the country. Where Kasich’s brand of Republicanism wasn’t very popular among Republicans throughout the country.

Republicanism in Orange County is more moderate and more focused on economic instead of cultural and social issues.

So has Orange County turned more blue. Yes, primarily in North Orange County but South Orange County is still a strong Republican stronghold.

So the question is, will Trump bring down Republicans that should have won re-election because voters don’t feel energized to come out and vote especially those Republicans that see the GOP tax plan, which limited SALT deductions, as a tax increase on them simply because they live in high-taxed California.

Prediction

So will Trump bring down Republicans in Republican-controlled areas of Orange County? I’m not sure it is to early to tell but with Issa not running for re-election, it might be a much harder task for Republicans to hold onto the seat.

The already declared Republican candidate seeking to replace Issa is Diane Harkey. She is the highest elected Republican in the State. She represents all of Issa’s district and much more as the Chair of the Board of Equalization. She currently represents approximately 9.5 million people in Imperial, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, and San Diego County.


EXCLUSIVE: Republican Diane Harkey to Run for Darrell Issa’s Seat – Breitbart

http://www.breitbart.com/california/2018/01/10/exclusive-diane-harkey-running-for-darrell-issas-congressional-seat/Breitbart News can confirm that House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) called Harkey on Wednesday to discuss her running for the seat. A source told Breitbart News that Harkey has the support of McCarthy and the support of outgoing Congressman Issa.


 

If she makes it to the general election, which I anticipate that she will, she might be the only candidate capable of keeping the seat in GOP hands.


Konstantinos Roditis is an Orange County resident and the Republican candidate for California State Controller. You can learn more about his campaign at cacontroller.com, and you can follow him on Twitter & Facebook as well.

Mr. Roditis a candidate for California State Controller. He is an entrepreneur and owns several companies. He graduated from UCSD with a B.A. in Political Science/International Relations. He's a former City Commissioner with the City of Anaheim, CA. He's a Conservative Constitutional Federalist. Follow him on Twitter @KonRoditis

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Trump failed with Putin due to anti-Trump Republicans and fake news

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Following Trump’s bizarre performance at the Helsinki Summit with his BFF Vladimir Putin, bi-partisan condemnation of his press conference was swift and severe after he expressed his willingness to accept Putin’s word that Russia didn’t interfere with the 2016 election, despite findings by US intelligence proving otherwise.

Not to worry, though. Following this backlash, and now that he’s home and a safe distance away from Putin, Trump’s false bravado was back on full display yesterday as he attempted to backtrack from his previous statements about Russian interference.

According to Trump, he didn’t reject US intelligence in favor of Russia; he simply misspoke. He’s always believed Russia interfered. He’s just a victim of the English language.

“The sentence should have been ‘I don’t see any reason why it wouldn’t be Russia,’ sort of a double negative. So you can put that in and I think it probably clarifies things pretty good.

“I have on numerous occasions noted our intelligence findings that Russians attempted to interfere in our elections.”

But Trump’s difficulty with contractions isn’t the only reason for this apparent misunderstanding. Not at all. The real culprit, as is always the case when the news is unfavorable, is the “Fake News” media.

Sadly, criticism of Trump’s Helsinki remarks has been noticeably missing in some so-called conservative circles in Washington and in the media. Not only that, they have joined the Trump echo chamber in defending him.

For example, according to Trump, Sen. Rand Paul agreed with his claim that the Mueller investigation was responsible for Trump’s troubling comments.

Additionally, in an interview with Trump Pravda (FOX News), Paul called out Republicans who criticized Trump, labelling them pro-war and/or anti-Trump for doing so.

“Republicans that are making the criticism are either the pro-war Republicans like McCain and Graham or the anti-Trump ones like Sasse … They are motivated by their persistent and consistent dislike of the president.”

In the House of Representatives, so-called conservatives in the House Freedom Caucus embraced Trump’s “Fake News” mantra, arguing that the media’s criticism of Trump’s statements had overshadowed his accomplishments concerning Russia. At least, that’s how Freedom Caucus member Rep Warren Davidson sees it:

“The reality is people are upset about what President Trump said, but they’re not giving him credit for what he’s done.”

Is it just me, or shouldn’t what you say jive with what you do? I think they call that walking the talk.

Meanwhile, sounding like he wrote Trump’s “Fake News” talking points, the conservative talk show host formerly known as Rush Limbaugh, also blames the media for Trump’s pro-Russia comments, saying that their “embarrassingly shallow and puerile, infantile questions” were responsible.

So, take heart, America. Trump didn’t mean what he said when he said it. He was simply playing 3-D chess with the Russian President, and anyone who thinks otherwise only does so because they are pro-war, anti-Trump, and they believe fake news.

Originally posted on The Strident Conservative.

 


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Christian, conservative, and all-in for Trump Republicans race to lead House conservative caucus

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After years of compromising their convictions and trading their principles for political power, the GOP provided little resistance to Donald Trump and his nationalist populist ideology as he and the so-called new American right seized control of the party.

As I wrote in May, one of the casualties from Trump’s hostile takeover of the GOP is the conservative base of the party as a new kind of conservative was born, the Trump conservative–or Trumpservative as I call them—consisting of Republicans who identify as Christian, conservative, and all-in for Trump.

As the 2018 election dawns on the horizon, leadership positions within the GOP are up for grabs in groups claiming to represent conservatives, including the Republican Study Committee (RSC). Considered the largest caucus on Capitol Hill, the RSC has experienced a growing influence since Trump moved into the White House. While this would be good news if the RSC was truly conservative; in the Age of Trump and with the rise of the Trumpservative, it’s hard to see how it could be anything but bad news.

Currently, there are five House Republicans considering a run to replace outgoing RSC Chairman Rep. Mark Walker (NC), a man who falls short of being a conservative based on his very average Liberty Score® of 70% (C).

Unfortunately, but not surprisingly, the five contenders for Walker’s position are no more conservative than he is based on their Liberty Score®. Listed in order of their seniority, they are:

Discouraging how those who have been there the longest are some of the worst, isn’t it? But it gets worse.

As a Southern Baptist preacher-turned-politician, the departing Walker is a Trumpservative—Christian, conservative, and all-in for Trump. And as bad as the five contenders for his job are, the preferred candidate from the above list is Hartzler, who, despite being the least conservative of all, is also a Trumpservative—Christian, conservative, and all-in for Trump.

When asked about running, Hartzler replied, “I’m praying on it,” which I find to be the most troubling part of the Trumpservative.

It’s not that I don’t believe in the importance and power of prayer. My objection is with the casual way prayer is thrown around within the ranks of politicians looking to justify their actions and win votes. After all, if she “prays” about it, how can anyone question her decision?

Too often such prayers are simply an attempt to justify a decision the person has already made. Sprinkle a few of the right-sounding Christian words on the situation and bada bing, bada boom, instant “God’s will.” It reminds me of the scene in the movie Kingdom of Heaven where Guy, who is in line to become King of Jerusalem, seeks the blessing to go to war against Saladin, a war he had already decided he would wage.

By the way, Gov. Jerry Brown and Rep. Nancy Pelosi often sprinkle a little faith on their politics when it serves their purposes, as do many on the extreme-left. Obviously, that doesn’t make them conservative because “by their fruits you will know them.” In the same manner, when you take into account that she registers a weak 69% on moral issues on her Liberty Score®, I think it’s appropriate to ask what kind of fruit are we getting from Hartzler or any candidate with her track record.

If her GOP colleague in Missouri, Rep. Ann Wagner has anything to say on the matter, Hartzler should run based on her proven credentials as a Trumpservative. In an interview with the Hill.com, Wagner—Liberty Score® 53% (F)—endorsed her Show-Me-State friend:

“She’s a very active member of the RSC. She’s a solid conservative. And I would certainly love to see a woman like Vicky head up the RSC.

“That would be an excellent dynamic and I think Vicky would be well-suited for that position.”

During the 2016 campaign, pro-Trump talker Rush Limbaugh said that Trump’s success occurred because “nationalism and populism have overtaken conservatism.”

That may be the reason for Trump’s success, but it’s also the reason for the death of conservatism within the GOP. And it isn’t helping the “Christian” part of the equation very much either.

Originally posted on The Strident Conservative.

 


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Despite claims to the contrary, Trump and McConnell aren’t fixing our broken judiciary

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While so-called conservatives and Trump supporters—but I repeat myself—have been singing the praises of Donald Trump for nominating Brett Kavanaugh to replace Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court, Mitch McConnell has been busy singing his own praises for his work in reshaping the federal judiciary in Trump’s image.

Unfortunately, this self-aggrandizing by and for Trump and the GOP may serve them well in November, but it perpetuates the status quo and misses the opportunity to provide the reform necessary to save the judiciary and our republic.

Based on past opinions where he stated that sitting presidents are above the law and that the NSA can violate our Fourth Amendment rights, Kavanaugh appears to be Kennedy 2.0 and not a strict constructionist. If he is confirmed, the broken Supreme Court remains broken.

And despite making the judiciary his “top priority,” McConnell has failed—a word we use often when discussing the Senate Majority Leader—to make the changes necessary to fix the lower courts, leaving them broken as well.

With all eyes on the Kavanaugh nomination this week, Trump’s nomination of Mark Jeremy Bennett to the Ninth US Circuit Court of Appeals—one of the most overturned courts—was confirmed thanks to unanimous support from Democrats. Only 27 Republicans dissented.

Based on past opinions, Bennett’s confirmation is bad news for the Second Amendment as he believes that gun bans are constitutional. And on a side note, he supported same-sex marriage before the Obergefell decision.

Just as he missed an opportunity to shift the Supreme Court to the right with the Kavanaugh nomination, Trump’s choice of Bennett was a missed opportunity to shift the Ninth Circuit—a court that routinely decides against the Constitution. Ironically, these two nominations could be doubly damaging.

Since Congress has demonstrated zero interest in judicial reform, the current practice of assigning unilateral jurisdiction of the various circuit courts to individual Supreme Court justices will continue to be employed. Based on past practices and seniority, it’s likely that Kavanaugh will be assigned to the Ninth Circuit. If that happens, we will have a non-constructionist Supreme Court justice overseeing one of the worst circuit courts and its newest non-constructionist justice, Mark Jeremy Bennett.

Following Kennedy’s retirement announcement, I wrote a piece about how McConnell would likely use the news to save his job, so I’m not surprised that the Kentucky senator has turned the judiciary into an election-year issue. I’m also not surprised that Donald Trump lied about appointing strict constructionists to the courts.

And, in the end, I won’t be surprised when liberty in America is destroyed by the time Trump and the GOP are through.

Originally posted on The Strident Conservative.

 


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