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Wittman requested Congress stay in session to solve government shutdown. Pelosi declined.

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Representative Rob Wittman (R-VA) went on Fox News this morning as the government shutdown approaches its 23rd day. He asked Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) to keep Congress in session so they can work out a deal to get the government up and running again.

“We need to be here working on this issue which is in the forefront now with the government being shut down,” Wittman said. “People expect their government to work and get things done.”

There have been several discussions over the past four weeks between Republicans and Democrats, but the impasse continues. At issue is the border wall, which President Trump asked for well before the government shutdown started. He declared then that he would not sign a CR to prevent a partial government shutdown. Democrats have declined to consider anything that includes funding for the border wall.

“On Friday, I asked Speaker Pelosi to keep us in session,” Wittman continued. “I sent her a letter and said ‘we have the business of the nation to do.’ The people who have sent us here expect us to get the job done. They expect us to find common ground.”

While the President waits…

…the Democrats have other things to do…

Dems fly to Puerto Rico on chartered jet, meet with lobbyists, see ‘Hamilton’ as shutdown drags on

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/democrats-fly-to-puerto-rico-amid-ongoing-government-shutdownDespite a partial government shutdown with no end in sight, about 30 Democratic members of Congress traveled to Puerto Rico this weekend — with their families and lobbyists — for a winter retreat where they also planned to see a special performance of the hit Broadway show “Hamilton.”

Those attending the Congressional Hispanic Caucus BOLD PAC gathering in San Juan also planned to meet Saturday with Puerto Rican officials to discuss ongoing cleanup efforts from Hurricane Maria, according to a report.

My Take

Democrats have held an advantage on this issue ever since the President announced he’d “own” the shutdown. Currently, most Americans believe the shutdown is the President’s and the GOP’s fault, but things may be changing soon in public sentiment. The optics of their Puerto Rico trip is as bad as it gets, especially with “Beach Bob” as their poster boy.

If Republican stay in Washington and continue to beat the drum of “let’s get this done,” they can turn the tide on the Democrats. But they must do so in good faith. That means making real offers the Democrats could actually accept.

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Bongino: Democrats have nowhere to go on the shutdown

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Bongino Democrats have nowhere to go on the shutdown

The old narrative from Democrats and leftist media was that President Trump was unwilling to negotiate. Senator Chuck Schumer often said the President had a “temper tantrum” every time they’d try to work things out.

This was untrue, of course, but facts weren’t enough to change the narrative, so the President went on national television to lay out his plan on how they can make a deal to open up the government.

Nope. It wasn’t good enough because it still had the “W” word in it. So, now the narrative has switched from “he won’t deal” to “there’s nothing new in the deal.” This is also false.

Dan Bongino went on Fox & Friends this morning to point out where the situation stands. Democrats have backed themselves into a corner, according to Bongino, and the only way out is to address the President’s offer. But they won’t. They’re Democrats.

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Kamala Harris makes 2020 run official

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Kamala Harris makes 2020 run official

Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) has announced she will be running for the Democratic nomination for President of the United States. She joines a slew of Democrats who have already announced with plenty more expected to join the race soon.

She joins Julian Castro, John Delaney, Richard Ojeda, Tulsi Gabbard, Kirsten Gillibrand, and Elizabeth Warren as major candidates who have declared or stated their intention of declaring soon. Then, there are 142 other people who have filed with the FEC to run for the Democratic nomination.

Add another 20 or so who have expressed interest publicly to run and they’re going to have to trade in the clown car for a clown bus.

My Take

Nobody is surprised by this. The Senator used the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation hearings as a platform to promote herself and her future campaign, which she almost certainly intended at that point. Now, it’s official.

She has a good chance despite national polls showing her lower than Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders, and a handful of other better-known Democrats. California has an early primary next year, meaning she has a chance of getting a huge boost in delegates from her home state if she can remain viable at that point.

Another thing to watch is President Obama. He’s spoken more kindly of Harris than just about any other potential candidate other than Biden. If Joe doesn’t run, the former President might throw his clout in her direction.

Here’s how it’s playing out on her Twitter Moment:


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2020 hopefuls lurching leftward to appeal to radical progressive base

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2020 hopefuls lurching leftward to appeal to radical progressive base

The great primary evolution is already starting. We saw it in 2016 as every Republican candidate tried to “evolve” their views to cater to the conservative base. No evolution was more striking than candidate Trump’s, who went from supporting gun bans and partial birth abortion as a younger man to being one of the most conservative candidates during the primaries.

We’re seeing it now with the Democratic candidates and potential candidates as they try to plant their ideological flags as far to the left as possible. Former Trump pollster John Mclaughlin gave his opinion on the leftward lurch of the field, focusing on Elizabeth Warren, Cory “Spartacus” Booker, and Kamala Harris. Each has attempted to paint themselves as the radical progressive the primary-voting base desires. All of them were much more moderate in the past. Warren was even a Republican in the 1990s.

The thing that makes this trend most disturbing is that the “far left” of the past is nothing compared to the radical progressivism of today’s Democratic base. By the time the primaries really heat up, most if not all will be full-blown socialists.


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