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5 takeaways from the 2020 Democratic hopefuls poll

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When the outrage about Obamacare prompted many Republican lawmakers to book trips to Iowa in 2010 and 2011, the field was decent with Rudy Giuliani, Fred Thompson, and Newt Gingrich making the most waves early. Following the 2014 midterms, new faces popped up and it appeared the GOP would have an embarrassment of riches with Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, and Rand Paul being the stalwart newcomers who would rejuvenate the party before the ultimate newcomer hit the scene.

The Democratic Party is lost. This is apparent when you look at the results of a CNN poll released today:

2020 Democratic Presidential Candidates

In their quest to find the next Barack Obama, the best Democrats can do right now is tap his 75-year-old running mate. The former Vice President will be 17 days from his 78th birthday when election day rolls around in 2020. That says a lot and leads our list of five takeaways from this early poll.

Here they are:

1 – A 77-year-old white guy is the top choice for a party that blames “old white guys” for all the nation’s problems

Wouldn’t it be ironic if they did nominate Biden? Every day we hear in mainstream media from leftist pundits how just about every problem can be blamed on an ancient Caucasian patriarchy that needs to be booted from power. Yet, they seem to favor the epitome of the ancient Caucasian patriarchy in Biden.

He seems to be as healthy and mentally sharp as anyone could expect after three quarters of a century. Many have speculated that he would be President today had he thrown his hat in the ring as so many Democrats wanted in 2016.

Despite the enthusiasm behind him, I find it extremely unlikely, nearing the realm of impossibility, that Biden will end up running, let alone becoming the nominee. He’s simply the most recognized name right now among the Democrats. Of course, we could also make the same observations about the second name on the list, Senator Bernie Sanders, who is a year older than Biden.

2 – Spartacus isn’t making an impact yet

Only 1 in 20 Democrats polled want to see Senator Cory “Spartacus” Booker as the nominee. As an eloquent African-American Senator from a left-leaning state, he draws the easiest surface-level comparisons to President Obama.

So far, those surface comparisons haven’t put him on the Democrats’ map. That is likely to change as he seems to be one of the most aggressive early campaigners. He used his time questioning Justice Brett Kavanaugh from the Senate Judiciary Committee to get nomination face time, but so far that hasn’t resulted in much additional name or face recognition. It’s early and he will likely be a frontrunner, but at least for now he’s still nowhere.

3 – 4% want Beto O’Rourke who is about to lose his Senate race

When the next sessions on Capitol Hill start, Representative Beto O’Rourke will likely be sitting on his couch still trying to figure out what went wrong. He had support from celebrities. Leftist magazines pointed to him as the next JFK. He raised more funds than any Senate candidate in history.

Unless something crazy happens, he’s going to lose big to Senator Ted Cruz.

It would seem his national popularity is greater than his Texas popularity. Losing doesn’t eliminate him altogether; Rick Santorum lost a couple of elections before coming in second for the 2012 GOP nomination. Still, it wouldn’t behoove the Democrats to push O’Rourke to run against President Trump if he can’t even beat Senator Cruz.

4 – Some actually take Michael Avennati seriously

The fact that lawyer Michael Avenatti is on the list is ridiculous. The fact that 1% of Democrats want to see him run is hilarious.

If he’s the solution to the Democrats’ woes, they’re in much bigger trouble than anyone knows.

5 – Entertainers on not on the list, but should be

Looking into my crystal ball following President Trump’s victory in 2016, I saw a strange face pop up. The Democrat I thought could beat the President in 2020 is someone nobody is talking about. Actor George Clooney, who has been quietly feeling out donors since late 2016, is a name that will pop out of nowhere in 2019 if indeed he chooses to run for President.

Another name not on the list is Oprah Winfrey. It will all depend on whether she is serious about her ambition to change the world from the top down, but if she chooses to run, she’ll be the contrast to President Trump the Democrats would love to see.

Last but not least on my list of entertainers who could win the nomination is Dwayne Johnson. The Rock is extremely intelligent and outspoken, plus he is universally liked. If he were to win, could you imagine him and Vladimir Putin holding a summit?

With the midterm elections almost upon us, speculating about 2020 is a fun distraction. As backwards as Democrats have been this election cycle, the next one is shaping up to set records in lunacy.

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16 states hit 9th Circuit to sue President Trump, as expected

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16 states hit 9th Circuit to sue President Trump as expected

It was one of the most replayed parts of President Trump’s announcement regarding his national emergency declaration last Friday – a sing-song moment as the President predicted the declaration would be made, Democrats would sue, they’d go through the 9th circuit, and their decision will hopefully be overturned by the Supreme Court. So far, he’s been absolutely correct as 16 states have filed against the declaration.

New York, California, 14 other states sue Trump in Ninth Circuit over emergency declaration

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/new-york-california-sue-trump-in-ninth-circuit-over-emergency-declarationThe attorneys general of California, New York, and 14 other states on Monday filed a lawsuit in the Ninth Circuit against the White House’s recent national emergency declaration over border security, claiming President Trump has “veered the country toward a constitutional crisis of his own making.”

President Trump sarcastically had predicted the lawsuit last week. He’s slammed the Ninth Circuit multiple times as “disgraceful” and politically biased.

My Take

This is their right, and while it may annoy those who support building the border wall, it would be a mistake to condemn these states for trying to stop it. This is part of the way our nation is intended to operate. If one or more states feel the need to challenge the authority of Washington DC, they should be able to make their case before the courts. If the courts make decisions based on the Constitution, then the end result will be the accurate and righteous one.

That’s how this was all intended.

I’m not suggesting the 9th Circuit is going to treat this fairly, nor am I confident the Supreme Court will make its decision solely on the Constitution, but until things are changed, this is what we’ve got. Attempts to subvert any component of this system from the President’s right to declare the emergency to the states’ rights to challenge it to the courts’ responsibility to make a ruling about it all would be to denounce the foundation upon which this nation was built.

There was a way this could have been avoided. Had the President and the GOP decided to have the debate over the wall while they had power over the House, Senate, and White House, they would have been in better position to get the wall going by now. Unfortunately, they an improper political calculation to hold off on the wall debate until after the midterm elections, and now it’s costing the American citizens. It costs us money to sit here through the shutdown and the legal battle over the national emergency declaration. It’s costing us time; the wall should be much further along by now. It may end up costing us the wall altogether if they aren’t able to make a strong case before the Supreme Court.

We are in the midst of a crisis at the border, one that has been going on for decades. Let’s not exacerbate the crisis by adding a Constitutional crisis on top. This needs to play all the way out.

 


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Leftist media pushes back on Green New Deal criticism

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Leftist media pushes back on Green New Deal criticism

It’s been an up-and-down couple of weeks for proponents of the Green New Deal. Before details were released, it was already being heralded as the greatest thing since President Obama’s election. Then, the details came out and even many on the left were taken aback by the ambitious and incoherent provisions of the deal as detailed in a FAQ section on Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s government web page.

But that was just a draft. They took it down. At least that was the story.

Unfortunately for proponents, they were caught a little flat-footed as questions started pouring in about, well, all of it. Even if we dismiss the less-draconian concepts such as eliminating air travel or the less-sane ideas like taking care of those who are unwilling to work, the left is still stuck with a proposal that the most frugal estimates put at costing around $7 trillion while other’s consider the decade-long cost to be in the HUNDREDS of trillions of dollars.

This is, of course, ludicrous. There’s not enough money in the entire world to pay for the proposal if its cost is somewhere between the lowest and highest estimates, but that hasn’t stopped leftist media from regrouping. Now that the dust has settled a little bit, they’re doing everything they can to recommit to this concept. It’s not that they suddenly believe in this fairy tale. It’s that they don’t want this to be the issue Republicans attack in the 2020 elections.

One article in particular that I read from CNN (yes, sometimes I need to see what the other side is thinking) really struck me for its honesty about the situation. Though I stopped reading it in paragraph two when it referred to “non-partisan” PolitiFact, I went back to it just now to digest the awfulness fully (see the sacrifices I make for our readers!).

To be clear, much of what this article says is correct. It asserts the GOP will take the tenets of the Green New Deal and use it to scare voters into thinking it’s even worse than Obamacare. From 2010 through 2016, Republicans attacked Obamacare incessantly and it worked, giving them the House in 2010, the Senate in 2014, and the White House in 2016. Unfortunately, they stopped there and didn’t actually go after Obamacare with the same fervor they held in their campaign rhetoric and now the Democrats have turned the issue on its head.

But here’s the thing. Obamacare may have been bad, but the Green New Deal truly is worse. It’s not even close. Even if we take at face value the notion that the Green New Deal is simply an ambitious framework around which real legislation can be forged, we have to look at the core issues entailed in order to see the true damage it can do. This is a socialist document. It’s a call for the same levels of insanity that drive the Medicare-for-All movement. Within its frivolous attempts to change perceptions of air travel, cows, and job creation is a deep-rooted desire to convert Americans to needing more government.

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The Green New Deal represents the far-left’s desire to make more American dependent on government. At the same time, it aims to increase the levels of dependency for those who are already in need of assistance. It wants Democrats to latch their wagons on the notion that if we become a militantly environmentalist nation, that will serve the dual purpose of giving us fulfillment while saving the planet.

I believe most leftist journalists understand this, but they see in the ridiculous framework a path through which Republicans can be defeated wholesale in 2020 as long as the left can control the narrative surrounding the Green New Deal. They fear another Obamacare counterinsurgency that would wipe out the anti-Trump gains they made in 2018, so they’ve adopted a stance that the Green New Deal isn’t as bad as Fox News says it is. Meanwhile, they’re doing everything they can to say, “look over here and not at the Green New Deal.”

The politics behind what the Green New Deal represents is more in play than the tenets of the proposal itself, at least in the eyes of leftist media. It’s not that they want to promote the concept. They simply don’t want the concept to derail their party in the next election.

 


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Louis Farrakhan refers to Ilhan Omar as ‘sweetheart,’ prompting zero outrage

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Louis Farrakhan refers to Ilhan Omar as sweetheart prompting zero outrage

Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan referred to Representative Ilhan Omar (D-MN) as “Sweetheart” as he addressed her during a speaking engagement on Sunday. He apparently caught his faux pas and immediately justified the remark, but at that point the moniker which many consider to be sexist or misogynistic had already been noted.

Nevertheless, it didn’t cause the stir one might expect. As a far-left progressive, Omar is known for being a feminist icon on Capitol Hill even though she hasn’t been in office for a full two months yet. As our EIC noted, the lack of a rebuke was because of the source, not because she now feels it’s okay to refer to her as “sweetheart.”

The statement came as Farrakhan was telling Omar she shouldn’t be sorry for the statements she made last week about Israel, AIPAC, and Jewish influence in Washington DC, particularly over Republicans.

In a world where consistency was still considered a virtue, followers of Omar would be wondering why she’s not expressing outrage over the belittling reference from a powerful man. But the world isn’t consistent and Farrakhan always gets a pass.

 


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