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Final pitch to vote straight red ticket: “We can’t go back”



There are two things I’m normally not a fan of: straight ticket voting and national party messages. I’m backing off from both of these pet peeves for this election. Keeping control of the House of Representatives is just too important for me to quibble over degrees of conservatism as I normally do.

I will be voting straight Republican ticket this year. It’s not the first time I’ve done it, but it’s the first time I’ve done it without fully embracing everyone on the ballot. I’m not crazy about a couple of Republicans on my ballot, but I’m voting for them anyway. If we lose either the House or the Senate, the progress we’ve made over the last two years will be halted at best, reversed at worst.

That’s why this video actually worked for me. It represents me. I agree with the messaging. National party messages are usually based on issues. I remember when the GOP put out horrible ads in 2012 that were all about Obamacare. It was the right message for most individual candidates but it wasn’t universal enough for the party to promote it. When a national party focuses on a single issue, it speaks of a generalization that will not resonate.

This message geared around the economy is universal. It’s a safe bet that the vast majority of people seeing this message are in better financial situations than they were two years ago. Instead of making it a partisan message like they did in 2012 when half the country liked Obamacare, they chose to go with a personal message reminiscent of President Reagan’s message in 1980. It’s actually the opposite message; Reagan was pointing to how bad the economy was in 1980 and asked, “Are you better off than you were four years ago?”

It was powerful and it worked. This message of not going back isn’t quite as strong, but it works nonetheless.

Americans must ask themselves if they’re better off than they were two years ago. If they’re honest, the vast majority will admit that their bank accounts are bigger, their tax burden is smaller, and prospects for prosperity are much, much higher.


Orange County didn’t turn blue because of Trump. It turned blue because of fiscal irresponsibility.



Orange County didnt turn blue because of Trump It turned blue because of fiscal irresponsibility

The “angry suburban backlash” against President Trump is what many analysts and commentators blame for the reversal in control of the House of Representatives. It’s partially correct, but there’s a bigger challenge for the GOP: red-leaning population centers like Orange County that seem to be shifting blue as well.

The suburbs may have the voters the Republicans need, but heavily populated affluent areas like Orange County have the money Republicans need.

Orange County just went from mostly red to totally blue in the House of Representatives. It has as many or more congressional districts than over half the states in the country. And until this year, four of them could be counted as “leaning-” or “solid-Republican.”

Now, they are all blue.

Democrats Complete Sweep of Orange County, Once a GOP Haven Democrat Gil Cisneros’ victory in California’s 39th District, Democrats have defeated all four Republicans in Orange County, an area former President Ronald Reagan once referred to as the place “where the good Republicans go before they die.”

Cisneros, a Navy veteran and lottery winner, defeated former GOP state Assemblywoman Young Kim in the increasingly diverse 39th District. He had garnered 50.8 percent of the vote compared to Kim’s 49.2 percent when the Associated Press called the race nearly two weeks after Election Day. He won by roughly 3,500 votes.

This is a bigger deal than most realize and has national implications. It demonstrates two things quite clearly. First, the organizational structures of the party in California and the local area are abysmal. They have been for a while, but Orange County survived their bumbling because the GOP held a favorable fiscal reputation here. Second, President Trump’s influence is limited in areas where higher education and income levels make up the bulk of voters.

Tax cuts weren’t the big winner in places like Orange County because they weren’t accompanied by spending cuts. Fiscal responsibility is more important in areas like Orange County than other Republican strongholds. Local publications lambasted Congress and the White House when they passed spending bills that would make President Obama blush.

In California, we live with a state government that spends incessantly. We don’t want a federal government that does the same.

If the GOP doesn’t start acting like the party that wants lower spending, they have no chance of regaining a foothold in areas that are less concerned about kneeling football players and more concerned about budget deficits and the national debt.

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Why Max Boot left the GOP



Why Max Boot left the GOP

Conservative pundit Max Boot was part of the Republican tribe for years. That was before Donald Trump became the face of the party. Now, he’s spreading the message that President Trump is “morally and intellectually unfit” for the job.

It’s unpopular to say so on a site that is mostly populated by Republicans, but I have to agree with Boot. He pushed for Americans to vote for Democrats this past election, which I disagree with wholeheartedly. You can’t defeat evil with evil. However, I understand the sentiment. He believes the only way the Republican Party can come to its senses is if they suffer tremendous defeats at the ballot box.

I tend to believe they won’t come to their senses.

The GOP is solidly behind this President. Most have separated character from policy, which is their right. I agree with most of what Trump wants to do. I disagree with how he does it. Max Boot wants to reform the GOP. I’ve already let them go.

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Joni Ernst warns of challenges to push President Trump’s agenda after losing the House



Joni Ernst warns of challenges to push President Trumps agenda after losing the House

Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA), the newly elected Republican Senate Conference vice chairman, pointed out two things that are going to be big challenges over the next two years: border security and making the tax cuts permanent. Both centerpieces of President Trump’s agenda will be difficult to achieve now that Democrats control the House of Representatives.

Republicans were able to get the tax cuts they wanted, but without control of the House it will be nearly impossible to make them permanent in the next two years.

They were unable to get border security pushed forward in the first two years of the administration despite having control of the House and the Senate during that stretch. Most notably, they failed to make significant progress towards building a border wall between Mexico and the United States.

With Democrats controlling the House, getting it done now will be nearly impossible.

My Take

It’s indefensible that Republicans didn’t do more for border security when they had the chance. Two years is plenty of time to push through legislation, but their focus on three failed Obamacare repeals drew their attention away.

Don’t get me wrong. Obamacare repeal is extremely important and arguably the reason they were able to win in 2010-2016. But it’s failure is no excuse for delaying border security measures. Now, they’re delayed indefinitely.

In those rare periods when a party controls the House, Senate, and White House, they need to pack all the legislation they believe America needs. Republicans ignored the border and now Americans will pay the price.

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