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Conservative Picks for Utah Primary

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Conservatism is under assault in Utah. Leading the assault is Mitt Romney, the carpetbagging fipflopper using his Mormon status to target a vacant seat in Utah. The Senate is finally rid of Orin Hatch. RINOs Jeff Flake and John McCain’s days are numbered and there are some solid Conservatives advancing to November in easier to win seats. But Conservatives in the Senate will face their newest opponent in Mitt Romney. Romeny will, no doubt, be a vocal vote. He is campaigning on “calling them as he sees it,” which is fine if you have a Conservative worldview. But this is Mitt Romney. He is the author of Obamacare’s framework. He ran one of the worst campaigns in modern history in 2012. He’s the first reason we have Trump. Should Romney win he will vote as any establishment player would: from the left of Trump.

Conservatism in Utah is at a critical point and will have to overcome celebrity politics. The convention tried and failed. It’s now up to the electorate.

Best Pick: Mike Kennedy, Chris Herrod
Worst Pick: Mitt Romney
Best Race: District 3
Worst Race: US Senate

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There literally could not be a worse candidate than Mitt Romney. He’s a rich carpetbagger riding the Salt Lake City Olympics, which shouldn’t matter. Mike Kennedy is the only chance for Conservatives in this race.

Conservative Pick: Mike Kennedy

District 1

Ron Bishop is unopposed. He’s a mediocre career politician.

District 2

Chris Stewart is decent and unopposed.

District 3

John Curtis is opposed after a single term that was the result of a special election. He hasn’t seen enough action to prove a RINO. In fact, he may be fiscally responsible. He voted against Omnibus. His opponent is Chris Herrod. Herrod is running as a fiscal hawk. What is unique about him is the depth of principle he comes with. His opposition to spending and socialized medicine along with his support for individual freedoms make him a more ideal Conservative and less likely to disappoint in the future than Curtis.

Conservative Pick: Chris Herrod

District 4

Mia Love went to DC with much fanfare and high expectations. So far she has been a huge disappointment boasting an F Liberty Score. She is unopposed.

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Republicans can confirm Kavanaugh and still win the midterm elections If they play their cards right

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If they play their cards right the GOP can confirm Kavanaugh and still win the midterm elections

It would be easy for Americans hearing news from mainstream media and reading awkwardly worded polls to believe that Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation is doomed and the Republicans are set to lose big time during the midterm elections. It’s harder to see that they’re actually in a position of strength if they play their cards right.

Here are their cards:

  1. The first accusation was held by Democrats until the last minute for purely political reasons and is a 36-year-old he-said-she-said.
  2. The second accusation is “lazy at best, slimy at worst” according to critics of the New Yorker story.
  3. With over a month left before midterm elections, there’s plenty of time to confirm Kavanaugh and move the narrative elsewhere.
  4. Last-minute fundraising can skyrocket if they use the Democrats’ derailment tactics against them properly.

It’s the fifth card, though that has the most potential bite. Their trump card (no, not that Trump) is the unwavering support of Keith Ellison and more importantly the backstabbing by Democrats against his accuser, Karen Monahan.

Democrats are all about believing Kavanaugh’s accusers but are silent at best about Ellison’s:

DNC official Keith Ellison’s ex, accusing him of domestic violence, says there’s smear campaign against her

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2018/09/23/dnc-official-keith-ellisons-ex-accusing-him-domestic-violence-says-theres-smear-campaign-against-her.htmlRep. Keith Ellison’s ex-girlfriend Karen Monahan on Sunday claimed there’s been a smear campaign against her to help her husband, a top official in the Democratic National Committee (DNC).

Monahan, who said he sent her threatening text messages and once screamed obscenities at her as he dragged her off a bed by her feet, wrote on Twitter: “I said this would happen early on. Keith is getting others to write commentary, sharing personal info, like being sexually abused, making false statements about who broke up, how it happened, etc. He will stop at nothing. #WhyIDidntReport victims get smeared, shamed,lied on.”

If Republicans play their fifth card properly with the other four, they can get Kavanaugh confirmed and still have a good shot at retaining full control of the House and Senate after the midterm elections. Ellison represents the type of double-standard endemic in Democratic lawmakers.

What they cannot use is an “if… then…” argument. In other words, they can’t tell Democrats that if they’re willing to believe Kavanaugh’s accuser then they must believe Ellison’s accuser. That would be falling into a trap. Democrats are fully prepared to throw Ellison on his own sword if it means retaking the House and Senate and derailing Kavanaugh’s confirmation.

Instead, Republicans must attack the way Democrats handled Ellison BEFORE the Kavanaugh situation. Putting this into current context gives Democrats an out. However, Republicans can easily demonstrate how Democrats attempted to sweep the Ellison mess under the carpet when it first came out but jumped on board the Kavanaugh-is-a-sexual-deviant train as soon as the option presented itself.

Here’s how a general campaign ad might play out:

“Democrats came out screaming when Brett Kavanaugh’s accusations first emerged, but when the Deputy Chair of the Democratic National Committee was accused, they defended him and viciously attacked his accuser[show Monahan’s Tweets]. She had witnesses, doctor’s reports, and other evidence that the Democrats tried to quash. Her accusations were dismissed because Democrats will do anything to stand by their man [show image of Ellison screaming].”

Republicans have everything they need to confirm Kavanaugh and still win the midterms. All they need to do is play their cards right.

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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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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.

 


David Leach is the owner of The Strident Conservative. His daily radio commentary is distributed by the Salem Radio Network and is heard on stations across America.

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