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Following Pennsylvania defeat, Blue tsunami eminent for Trump and GOP

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After Republicans failed to retain the US Senate seat once held by Jeff Sessions in one of the reddest of red states following Roy Moore’s defeat in the AL special election in December, Trump and the GOP swamp couldn’t get their excuses out there fast enough.

While shocking, the outcome of that election was no surprise to those not drinking the orange Kool-Aid. Leading up to the December contest, evidence of an election tidal wave for Democrats was obvious as the party whose mascot is an ass flipped one state election after another in districts where Trump often won by bigly numbers.

While the special election for Congress in PA’s 18th District was close enough that the National Republican Congressional Committee wants to impound voting machines pending a recount, the apparent win by Democrat Conor Lamb over Republican State Rep. Rick Saccone is another indicator that the GOP faces the very real possibility of losing the House and Senate in November.

In his analysis of how Democrats have succeeded in moving the electorate in their direction, Ben Shapiro concluded Tuesday night that 2018 could be “very, very ugly” for Republicans in 2018.

Shapiro went on to point out the obvious fact that Trump’s popularity, or unpopularity as the case may be, was a factor in this shift.

Of course, GOP leaders don’t agree with this conclusion. As the party leader in the House, Speaker Paul Ryan says Lamb won because he ran as a conservative. While it would be easy to look at Ryan’s claim as another copout for his failed leadership, I’m inclined to give him the benefit of the doubt. After all, he thinks he’s a conservative too!

What the GOP conveniently leaves out of their interpretation of why they’re losing in these elections is that voters have started to realize that Republicrats and Trumplicans have hijacked the party of Reagan. The party no longer represents conservatism, and voters refuse to elect lying liars simply because they are #notDemocrat. We need look no further than Obamacare and DACA for proof.

And perhaps the greatest spin cycle ever witnessed in the age of Trump, Kayleigh McEnany, the national spokesperson of the Republican National Committee, wants you to know that Lamb only won by riding Trump’s coattails.

“This is not a victory for Democrats at all. What this proves is that if you act like Trump and endorse Trump’s agenda, you can win in a Republican district.”

Her claim is beyond ironic, especially in light of how vulnerable House Republicans are rejecting offers of help from Trump because he’s become so toxic.

Despite how Trump, The GOP, and the faux conservative media try to spin it, the PA election proves what we’ve known for some time now—the Blue wave has become a tsunami, and it’s going to destroy Republicans in November.


Originally posted on The Strident Conservative.

David Leach is the owner of The Strident Conservative. His daily radio commentary is nationally syndicated with Salem Radio Network and can be heard on stations across America.

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The GOP’s rock and hard place: Kavanaugh versus midterms

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The GOPs rock and hard place Kavanaugh versus midterms

Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court is looking less and less likely to ever make it to a vote on the Senate floor because of memories from two drunk teen girls over three decades ago and not a shred of proof otherwise. The bar has been set, at least for Republicans.

That bar is, of course, very different for Democrats like Keith Ellison. Mainstream media and a majority of Democrats are all about “believe the women” accusing Kavanaugh without anything backing up their claims, but extremely credible accusations against Democrats like Keith Ellison are to be dismissed as lies.

That’s the state of affairs in American politics. Last minute accusations can take down a Republican politician or someone nominated by a Republican President.

It should be noted that I’m not a Republican. I’ve found the actions of the GOP to be pitiful considering the amount of control they finally wield. If the situation were reversed and they were using these tactics against Democrats, I’d rail against them just the same. It’s important that anyone reading this understands that I’m not an apologist for the GOP. I’m an apologist for the truth.

With that understood, here’s where we stand. The GOP is stuck between the proverbial rock and hard place. Things were looking bad for Kavanaugh with the first accusation. The court of public opinion was leaning away from his confirmation at that point and is certainly going to take a dive with the newest accusation. Republicans must stay consistent and battle for him even as the Democrats’ narrative shifts a little.

We will go from hearing Democrats calling for FBI investigations and hearing out the accuser to an attempt to establish a behavioral trend. Two is all it takes to establish a “trend” that mainstream media will lock onto at the unofficial request of the Democrats, so this new narrative changes their calculus.

Republicans are stuck preaching the same narrative they were before, that this is all a big trick by the Democrats to stall and potentially derail Kavanaugh’s confirmation. The ground just got more slippery for them, but changing stances at this point will jeopardize the Kavanaugh confirmation even further. They have their story and they must stick to it.

Here’s their bigger problem. By backing Kavanaugh, they’re feeding Democrats all the fodder they need to juice up their base. Female voters in particular will be the targets of their messaging. A higher percentage of female voters came to the polls following the Anita Hill testimony against Clarence Thomas than during Hillary Clinton’s presidential run. Democrats will bank on a repeat of 1992.

Republicans are down to two choices. They could either back Kavanaugh and likely lose a few close midterm races as a result or the could dump Kavanaugh and hope to retain power for confirmation of the next nominee.

Neither choice is good for Republicans.

This new precedent of accuse and derail is very dangerous for all of us regardless of who is getting accused. Kavanaugh’s future is in doubt, which unfortunately means the same is true for American politics.

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Kavanaugh denies new accusation

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Kavanaugh denies new accusation

Just when things seemed like they were stabilizing around the Brett Kavanaugh Supreme Court nomination, another accusation of sexual misconduct dropped. On top of that, Stormy Daniels’ lawyer Michael Avenatti claims to have information about much stronger accusations about to drop.

Kavanaugh denies 2nd accuser’s sexual misconduct allegation as Avenatti claims ‘evidence’ of ‘targeting’ women for gang rape | Fox News

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2018/09/23/kavanaugh-denies-2nd-accusers-sexual-misconduct-allegation-as-avenatti-claims-evidence-targeting-women-for-gang-rape.htmlSupreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh faced a storm of new sexual misconduct allegations Sunday after attorney Michael Avenatti said he had knowledge that Kavanaugh and high school friend Mark Judge targeted women with drugs and alcohol in order to “allow a ‘train’ of men to subsequently gang rape them.”

Avenatti, who represents adult film star Stormy Daniels in a lawsuit against President Trump and has hinted at a possible presidential run, made the claims in an email to Mike Davis, the chief counsel for nominations on the Senate Judiciary Committee. He did not state the source of his “evidence” and did not name any alleged victims.

My Take

There are two possibilities here. Either the Democrats and their fans are laying down the biggest set of traps in Senate confirmation history or Kavanaugh was (and maybe still is) a very creepy guy. One or the other is to blame for putting in jeopardy the first opportunity we’ve had to make a real Supreme Court dent on Roe v. Wade and other important issues.

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Human trafficking bill expands Patriot Act and further erodes liberty

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Human trafficking bill expands Patriot Act and further erodes liberty

A few weeks ago, America recognized the thousands of people who died on September 11, 2001 when an Islamic terrorist group hijacked four commercial airliners and crashed two of them into the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center and one of them into the Pentagon.

In a piece I wrote about 9/11, I showed you how liberty also died that terrible day not at the hands of the terrorists but at the hands of our government as Democrats AND Republicans leveraged the tragedy to expand government control over our lives.

One of the responses to 9/11 by our benevolent overlords in Washington was the creation of the pro-America-sounding but unconstitutional Patriot Act. In the name of peace and safety, this law was passed just forty-five days following 9/11, giving the government:

  • Power to conduct searches of homes and businesses without the consent or knowledge of the owner or occupant
  • Power to search telephone, email, and financial records without a warrant

The Patriot Act was renewed in 2011 until 2015 when the USA Freedom Act — another pro-America-sounding law — was passed to fix the part of the Patriot Act that were proving to be constitutionally questionable.

But constitutionally questionable isn’t really anything the government worries about these days. And when they clearly intend to exceed their constitutional limitations, politicians in Washington are smart enough to dress up their excrement sandwich by placing it between two slices of tasty bread.

Congress is getting ready to expand the Patriot Act by hiding it between two slices of bread they are calling the Empowering Financial Institutions to Fight Human Trafficking Act of 2018 (H.R.6729).

While it may sound noble, “H.R. 6729 is a disguised effort to expand the Patriot Act,” according to Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI) and is designed to “conceal the bill’s true purpose: to give the government more power to unconstitutionally spy on law-abiding Americans without a warrant.”

The House is taking additional steps to camouflage H.R.6729 by including it in a bundle of we have an election coming up so let’s look busy vote next week.

As I said in the beginning, terrorism didn’t destroy liberty in America on 9/11, Big Brother Government has done that job.

Originally posted on StridentConservative.com.

 


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