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Survival Mode: Nancy Pelosi endorses Daniel Lipinski

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As the Democrats move towards socialism, certain Democrats stand in the way. Daniel Lipinski, the longtime representative of Illinois 3rd District, is in an intense primary battle. Daniel Lipinski is a pro-life and a Democrat which is a heated factor in this primary. His opponent is Marie Newman, a staunchly pro-abortion candidate. She has received numerous endorsement from Democrats in Congress, among them are Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Luis Gutierrez (D-IL). Leftist are rallying around Newman. In a previous NOQ Report article this race was considered one of the most important because it was the first battleground in a possible intra-party civil war. Marie Newman is a strong candidate and not reliant on any social media platform. If it weren’t for big union support, Lipinski would be in serious trouble.

Enter Pelosi

Washington Examiner: Nancy Pelosi backs Dan Lipinski for re-election despite his opposition to abortion

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said Thursday she supports Rep. Dan Lipinski, D-Ill., and his bid for re-election, even as other Democrats have said they oppose him because he opposes legal abortion.

“Yes, I do,” Pelosi told reporters at the end of her weekly press conference Thursday when asked if she supports him.

Lipinski’s position on abortion has drawn opposition from progressive and pro-abortion lawmakers such as Reps. Jan Schakowsky, D-Ill., and Luis Gutierrez, D-Ill., both of whom have endorsed his primary challenger, Marie Newman. Lipinski has not been endorsed by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

Despite her own pro-choice stance, Pelosi does not have a litmus test on the issue when it comes to members in her own party. In an interview last year, Pelosi and the DCCC said there is room in the party for pro-choice Democrats like Lipinski.

My Take

This resembles a power move, but it’s not. In the past, we have seen instances with Republican leadership using power moves against more ideologically strong candidates, such as in the 2013 Virginia Gubernatorial Election. Instead, this is survival mode. As the Democrats move left, Nancy Pelosi is left with the dilemma of how to remain on top. The current Democratic makeup in Congress doesn’t have nearly enough interest in replacing her. New socialist types, on the other hand, they could want one of their own in that role.

But I think remaining the Democrat front-figure in the House is only part of the issue. Daniel Lipinski is a likable Democrat. Getting rid of likable JFK types for Fidel Castro types isn’t a winning strategy for them. Identity politics has lost Democrats 3 of the last 4 major election cycles. Pelosi stating that the Democrat cannot turn down pro-lifers in their party may be her acknowledging the reality of the state of the party. They aren’t winning, and being staunchly pro-abortion won’t get them there.

Simply put, abortion is not a good litmus test for Democrats. The strategy is killing the party in America’s heartland. Perhaps Pelosi realizes this. Or perhaps it’s all about her seat in power. You decide.

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Stacey Abrams doesn’t concede in her non-concession speech

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Stacey Abrams doesn't concede in her non-concession speech

Republican Brian Kemp will be the next governor of Georgia. He defeated Democrat Stacey Abrams by receiving 50.2% of the vote, negating the possibility of a runoff election.

Abrams isn’t happy about it. She said today she’s unwilling to concede but acknowledged that Kemp would be certified as the winner. In a strange political doublespeak way, she fought back against a system that prevented her from rightfully winning.

Or something.

Bottom line: She lost. She, President Obama, and Oprah Winfrey failed to get her enough voters to win the election. Whether she actually concedes or not is irrelevant.

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Kamala Harris pushes fraudulent ‘petition’ to build her 2020 fundraising spam list

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The worlds of marketing and political campaigning have many things in common. Their intention is to persuade people. They’re both selling something. They employ tested colors, designs, and buzzwords to get people excited. One of the keys to their success is something called “list-building.”

With ballots from the 2018 elections still being counted, Senator Kamala Harris is wasting no time building her 2020 list. To do it, she’s employing a deceptive technique, promoting an online “petition” that’s really nothing more than a way to get people to willingly give her campaign their contact information. These people will be targeted with campaign fundraisers later.

No official announcement has been made about her 2020 presidential run, but it’s hard to believe she’s not running after purchasing 1,100 Facebook ads to promote these “petitions.” A Facebook ad doesn’t have a set cost, but we can assume big money is being put into these list-building ads because of the sheer volume. To put it into perspective, Beto O’Rourke spent around $5 million on Facebook ads for his Senate campaign. Presidential campaigns can easily spend 25 times as much as an expensive Senate campaign.

Unlike a valid petition people often sign to get a candidate or proposition on a ballot, these list-building petitions don’t actually do anything. People are told they’re demanding this action or that, but in the end they’re just giving over information. Some go so far as to ask for everything, including name, address, phone numbers, email, and occasionally even income. These lists grow much more slowly because of the depth of the information requested.

A more common technique is to ask for minimal data to encourage people to fill it out. At the end of the day, all a campaign really needs is an email address they can later use in fundraising campaigns. Here’s an example of an ad Senator Harris’ campaign recently put out:

Kamala Harris Petition

The meta data reveals the page was titled, “Acquisition: 180822 Mueller FB.”

“FB” means it was a Facebook campaign. “Mueller” was the topic. “180822” is the tracking number for A/B testing. “Acquisition” is the goal. Anyone who signed this “petition” has just had their contact information acquired. Mission accomplished. They will soon be receiving emails asking them to donate to the Kamala Harris 2020 presidential election fund.

As for the results of the “petition,” they will go nowhere. There won’t be a Congressional action that is enabled by the thousands of people who “signed” it. You won’t see Kamala Harris standing in front of the White House reading off the names of the people who participated in the “petition.” She couldn’t do that even if she wanted to because the “petition” only asks for a first name. Are there really people out there who believe signing a petition only requires a first name?

Senator Harris is promoting fraudulent petitions with the sole purpose if building her 2020 fundraising spam list. Anyone who “signs” it believing they’re demanding protection for Robert Mueller is a sucker. That’s exactly who she wants to target.

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Nancy Pelosi blames misogyny for Democrats opposing her as Speaker

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Nancy Pelosi blames misogyny for Democrats opposing her as Speaker

Nancy Pelosi believes she’ll be Speaker of the House again. Her caucus controls the vote. She was Speaker before. Most Democrats support her. Most.

A vocal group of 17 (and counting) Democrats in Congress have declared they will not support her for Speaker of the House. Though no official challenge has stepped up, there are speculations that a younger, more progressive Democrat will emerge. Given the state of the party and the shift to the left, it’s very possible her path to the gavel will be bumpy.

Predictably, Pelosi is blaming her challenges on misogyny. It’s the patriarchy WITHIN the Democratic Party that is allegedly keeping her down. Because, well, of course that’s the reason. It’s always the reason.

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