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Rick Saccone or Blue Wave. That’s the lesson?

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By this time Conor Lamb has not officially been declared the winner, but in all likelihood, unless Rick Saccone wins a supermarjority of the absentee ballots, most of which come from Lamb’s friendliest county, Rick Saccone will walk away from this one tail between the legs. However, the specific outcome of this race does not dwarf the fact that Saccone had no business pursuing a higher office. Earlier in this election cycle, I wrote a piece called Blue wave looking weak in Pennsylvania special election. I mistakenly made, based off the actions of the Democrats, that this race was Saccone’s for the grabbing. At the time polling showed Saccone winning and Democrats appeared to be consolidating their funds elsewhere. What I remain well-foresighted on was my critique of Rick Saccone and Conor Lamb as well. Saccone’s background served as little justification for a State Rep seeking a promotion.

The House of Representatives would be a promotion for the current State Rep. However, Rick Saccone hardly has an active record in the PA legislature. For the most part, Saccone has a record of sponsoring lighthearted, if not outright nonsensical bills, such as a resolution appreciating Heinz Ward and Juneteenth. In the legislature, he has a record of voting in favor of guns and unborn. However, Rick Saccone is not a limited government conservative on a local level. In the past he has voted for tax increases.

I briefly summarized Saccone in my previous article stating:

Rick Saccone will in my mind comes away as the winner on March 13th. However, he is not nearly suitable for the job as he should be. He legislative record is one of recognizing days of the year as special for a person or group. He does not have a record of sponsoring serious conservative legislation. Though he does have a record of voting conservative, he isn’t a leader on the issues he is campaigning on. The GOP is right to break the bank for his campaign as they aren’t short on cash in this moment. Saccone isn’t a strong candidate in my opinion, but, with some bankroll, he is.

Blue Wave?

So the disastrous election day for Saccone isn’t terrible surprising, nor are we lack for a clear explanation. Connor Lamb, as I noted in the article, was a good candidate. He had experience he could leverage in order to convince voters to vote for him. A good military background and experience as a US Attorney out-qualified the placeholding State Representative. But Democrats are rushed to assume Rick Saccone’s shortcomings are a setback on the Trump administration. I believe that campaigning is a skill, and some people really suck at it: Mitt Romney. Conor Lamb is good while Saccone blew a double digit lead [insert Warriors or Falcons meme here] that Trump won the district with in the 2016 Election. Such a swing could indicate that leftism is on the rebound one year following Trumpism in power. But this would only be true if indeed Conor Lamb campaigned as a leftist. Alas, leftists should halt their celebration of a Blue Wave, for Conor Lamb ran more as a Dan Lipinski than a Marrie Newman.

The Lesson

While Democrats might be ever so inclined to believe that leftism has an appeal among the common folks, Conor Lamb ran as a complete moderate. Rick Saccone relied on tribalism, the premise of any Democrat being worse than any Republican. Democrats ought to learn that foregoing elitist leftist ideals will better serve their 2018 chances. But they won’t. We shall see just how well the Blue Wave fairs for all the leftist senators campaigning in states Trump won. Republicans are like to take this race as a wake-up call to defend that which they have spent years trying to gain. But every race is, in moderate or large degree, independent of up or down the ballots. Conor Lamb winning shows that Rick Saccone had no business running. Candidates matter is a lesson we should all learn. Rick Saccone was the regrettable choice for Republicans.

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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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