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Precedents Democrats are setting during Kavanaugh’s confirmation are disastrous for the republic

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Precedents Democrats are setting during Kavanaughs confirmation are disastrous for the republic

Decorum is dead in the Senate. This was supposed to be the last bastion of good taste in federal government, the lone holdout of traditions and politeness during even the most heated moments. It’s gone now. Today’s U.S. Senate is a shell of its former self.

That aspect of American politics has been deteriorating for a while, but the way it has manifested during the Brett Kavanaugh Supreme Court confirmation embodies the kill shot that will put the Senate down for good. It’s coming from both sides, though most heavily from the Democrats who are so bent on stopping confirmation that they’re willing to use any tactic imaginable.

Let’s set aside the details of the last-minute bombshell Dianne Feinstein dropped on the confirmation. A former high school acquaintance of Kavanaugh’s claims he sexually assaulted her. Whether her allegations are true or not are now in the court of public opinion; any hopes of proving or disproving the allegations are pointless. What’s truly important here is the timing. Doing it now for maximum effect is 100% political. She first learned of the allegations in July. To drop them now is the most disgusting use of political maneuvering I’ve seen from Feinstein.

However, that’s not even the most important failure by the Senate during the hearings, the lead up to them, and the aftermath. Democrats have acted like petulant brats from the outset. They’ve turn the confirmation process into a mockery, a venue through which some can propel their presidential aspirations, and a way to score political points through their outbursts.

Take, for example, the questions they sent to Kavanaugh. To say the sheer number of them is unprecedented is a gigantic understatement. The previous 163 Supreme Court nominees have had 1247 total questions submitted to them over the centuries by the Senate. Kavanaugh has had 1278.

Let that sink in. Then ask yourself about the reason they’ve submitted so many. Would the answers have swayed any of them? Most declared they were not going to vote in favor of Kavanaugh well before the hearings even started. If they weren’t going to change their minds based upon the answers, why ask them?

Democrats are acting like wounded dogs backed into a corner. They aren’t; if they played their cards right they could take the House and Senate this year. However, they either don’t recognize the position of potential strength they’re in or they lack the strategic intellect to handle the situation properly.

It could also be a matter of the hammer and the nail. They’ve wielded the victim card so adeptly for decades. It’s their hammer. If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.

Through their tantrums, they’re destroying an important aspect of our republic. The Supreme Court is supposed to be the apolitical branch of government. It is not supposed to be weaponized for political gains and should never be the vehicle on which other branches ride to their political aspirations. The Democrats’ behaviors during this confirmation have set an unfortunate precedent. They are driven by fear and using this as their opportunity to lead the resistance. Unfortunately, they’re treading on the one component of national government that is supposed to be insulated from such activities.

If Kavanaugh was unqualified or demonstrated perspectives that ran contrary to the Constitutional mandate given to the Supreme Court, I could understand taking such drastic measures. He is very qualified and seems to be the most Constitution-friendly potential Justice since Clarence Thomas. The Democrats choose to ignore these things because of who nominated him and the potential for control of the Senate in a few months.

It’s a precedent that could turn all future Supreme Court nominations into circuses. That’s not what this nation needs now or ever.

While Republicans are not completely innocent in their handling of Kavanaugh’s confirmation, Democrats have been absolutely rotten, incorrigible, and childish. Their desperation is pitiful and should be remembered on election day.

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Andrew Gillum concedes to Ron DeSantis in Florida gubernatorial race

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Andrew Gillum concedes to Ron DeSantis in Florida gubernatorial race

It was arguably the most watched gubernatorial race in the nation this past midterm election season and it didn’t disappoint. It took a recount and multiple lawsuits to finish, but in the end Republican Ron DeSantis defeated Democrat Andrew Gillum.

The mayor of Jacksonville finally conceded for the second time today, nearly two weeks after election day. He already conceded once on election fight.

Andrew Gillum concedes in Florida governor’s race for second time

https://www.tallahassee.com/story/news/2018/11/17/andrew-gillum-concedes-florida-governors-race-second-time/2041301002/In a four-minute video posted live on Facebook, Mayor Gillum stood with his wife R. Jai, a Tallahassee park in the background and both dressed in Florida A&M University orange and green. Gillum first thanked his supporters. Then, he officially acknowledged Republican Ron DeSantis as the winner.

“R. Jai and I wanted to take a moment to congratulate Mr. DeSantis on becoming the next governor of the great state of Florida,” Gillum said in the video posted at about 5 p.m.

DeSantis Tweeted acknowledgement of the concession.

Florida is a bellwether for the 2020 presidential election. The closeness of the race and the apparent corruption in the state means both parties have a lot of work to do. The state needs to get their act together before then as well.

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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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