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The most foreshadowed scandal in American history: What does that foreshadow for America?

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It’s interesting that everyone who dislikes President Trump does so on the basis of him being a bald face liar whose word is worth exactly nothing. But on the other hand, this has been the most known fact in America since sometime in the 1980s.

Trump has been nothing if not true-to-form. Therefore, this thing with his campaign/family and Russia has to be the most foreshadowed scandal in American history.

We knew it was coming, for all the benefit of the doubt many conservatives have yielded to Trump in office.

The main reason Trump was elected is because he wasn’t Hillary Clinton. I think just about everyone in America can agree on that fact, except Hillary Clinton. Ironically, Hillary Clinton and the Democrats did everything they could to ensure Trump would be the man she would run against in the general election. Their stupid mistake (among many).

What does this mean for America? Colbert King, in his WaPo op-ed, focused on all the things we knew about Trump and yet he won. But he didn’t focus on all the things we knew about Hillary Clinton.

Of all the candidates the Democrats could have run, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders had to be the worst possible slate they could offer after eight years of President Obama. The left thought they’d achieved national consensus on their policies and therefore they could press for a caretaker, or a socialist.

Obviously, they were wrong.

On the Republican side, so much rabid frothing caused a fractured race where a legitimate Black Swan like Trump, who had unmatched name recognition and cojones the size of his buildings, could bust in on a faux-populist platform, and convince just 70,000 voters in key swing states to hand him the Oval Office.

What does that really foreshadow about America?

We’re broken at a deeper level than mere politics.

In February 2016, I concluded, after conversations with otherwise-sane drinkers of Trump’s potion, “Actually, I’d say we’re screwed.” We knew we were going to get a Trump/Clinton race.

In April 2016, Grover Norquist was prophetic when he said:

Try winning 270 electoral votes while threatening to damage the nearly 186,000 energy jobs in Ohio, almost 73,000 jobs in Pennsylvania and more than 100,000 jobs in Colorado.

Trump won Ohio and Pennsylvania, but lost Colorado. He lost Colorado because of Gary Johnson and his Libertarian 5 percent, Jill Stein’s batty Green Party’s 1.3 percent and independent Evan McMullen’s 1 percent (mostly from the Mormon population).

American voters knew exactly what the choice was: a liar versus a liar. We chose the liar that wouldn’t lecture us with his lies.

The biggest lesson about the 2016 election, and now 2017’s very predictable scandals, is that Americans want to be left alone, free from “shaming,” lectures, and being told how terrible we are.

Half the country likes to lecture the other half about the things they value, and the other half isn’t listening. This works both ways on the “political correctness” spectrum.

Maybe actual politicians will learn something. Either you can feed the dysfunction by shouting to your friends and ignoring your opponents, or you can pursue principle and get government to leave Americans alone.

It’s obvious the Democrats and Republicans haven’t learned this lesson. It’s unclear that they ever can.

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  1. Dennis Bonnette

    July 15, 2017 at 10:17 am

    I was a NeverTrumper all the way to the Cleveland convention, but made the binary choice with Ted Cruz to vote for Trump. To my great pleasure, I have seen him govern in a far more conservative fashion than I expected. He has supported religious and family rights where it matters most — in his appointment to SCOTUS. Another such appointment alone would mark his presidency as a constitutional victory. In foreign and defense policy, he is effectively making America stronger. Were the feckless RINO’s in the House and Senate to get on board, his domestic agenda would also be a success. Let us rejoice that Trump’s accomplishments far exceed the critical task of removing Hillary Clinton from the presidency. I do not ignore the bungling errors of Trump and those around him. But let us not despair of the future of the Union before the story is fully written.

  2. esotericwy

    July 15, 2017 at 10:37 am

    Americans have been dumbed down. Education has become INDOCTRINATION and learning a figment of the imagination. Very few voters understand and can apply Economics and Civics. The Family is and has been under attack since the 1960s. There no longer is an objective or at least up front Media which can better be described as the Praetorian Guard Media (Mark Levin) of the Democrat Party. Entitlement is the new word for individualism. “Free” stuff is never free but the majority of Americans believe that the rich steal from the poor and, therefore, do not deserve to keep their wealth. Sovereignty is a foreign word. The Declaration of Independence and the US Constitution are ancient documents that no longer have relevancy in the 21st Century.

    On the battlefield for America is the Progressive Movement and their anti-American IDEOLOGY that believes that their Utopian vision of creating Paradise on Earth will be a Reality. The “true believers” and fellow travelers are daily given their marching orders equipped with their proven weapons of choice: Lies, Deception and Misinformation. They see themselves as the “enlightened” believing that through the State that the Individual can reach his/her potential. It is the wisdom of the Collective like Moses leading the Jews from Egypt to the Promised Land that they in control and with all the power can make all the necessary decisions and choices for everyone else.

    This climate has been building for over 100 years and can find its roots even in ancient times.

    Mark Levin in his bestseller REDISCOVERING AMERICANISM and the TYRANNY of the PROGRESSIVES lays out a clear and precise case using the exact words of the Progressive thinkers what their GOALS are and how they will be accomplished.

    “Throughout ‘Rediscovering Americanism,’ you’ll see these dichotomies. You’ll see these opposites,” he explained.
    “Americanism versus progressivism. What does that mean? It means constitutionalism versus centralism. It means individualism versus conformity.”
    Levin continued: “It’s about private property versus collectivism. Prosperity versus redistribution. Separation of powers versus the administrative state. Eternal universal truths versus ideological social engineering. Stability versus constant transformation. Real science versus social science. The rights of man versus the power of government. An eternal moral order versus situational ethics. Liberty versus growing authoritarianism. Education versus indoctrination. The civil society versus the federal leviathan.”

    This is the landscape that the battle is taking place. There is very little opposition. The RINO WHIG Democrat Lite Republicans are proving daily that they are in the Progressive camp but pretend Conservatism.

    Since the election of Donald Trump, the Left has been on a Jihad called the “Resistance” to destroy and remove Mr. Trump regardless of the consequences both intended and unintended to the country. There is no LIE to bold to not tell. The more deceptive the tacit the more alarming the result. Misinformation is the breath of life for the propagandist.

    Russia RUSSIA Russia is the only flavor of the moment. Impeachment, treason and collusion hammered out daily by the Media and their Lords, the Democrats. A $20,000,000,000,000 (TRILLION) National Debt and climbing out of control, Social Security to go bankrupt in 17 years and Medicaid in 12 1/2 years, American Sovereignty disappearing, an economy that cannot get away from 1 to 1/2-2% growth, a tax system that does not work and help the economy, Obamacare morphing into RINOWHIGcare, a world on fire, anti-Capitalism” and the best goes on.

    Ronald Reagan left a successful Legacy that should of been followed regardless of the Party in power. Unfortunately, that never happened. We got 1) GW Bush, “Read my Lips NO NEW TAXES 2) Bill Clinton expanding on the definition of the word “is” 3) GW Bush who was going to be the Compassionate Conservative 4) Barak Obama’s “fundamental transformation of America” and, finally, Donald Trump fighting against the “Resistance”.

    Do Americans really want to be left alone? Could they now be more interested in what’s good for me. John Kennedy stated, “Ask not what your country can do for you but what you can do for your country”.

    It is obvious that most Americans regardless of political Party loyalty have lost sight of their roots and what AMERICANISM really is all about.

    The divide is growing and Donald Trump is not responsible for it. It makes no difference to the Progressive Democrat Party which Republican was elected. They would still be illegitimate and stole the election from their Chosen One, Hillary Clinton.

    David Horowitz has written extensively about the Left’s on going WAR against the Right. The Right is asleep or just doesn’t care. They seem more focused on destroying the Conservative wing of their Party and would rather just get along to belong.

    Abraham Lincoln stated that we have a government “of the people. by the people and for the people”. How many Americans truly understand those important and clarifying words.

    Ben Franklin was asked ate end of the Constitutional Convention, what type of government do we have, a Monarch or a Republic?. He answered back, a Republic if we fight for it.

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Mapping the Senate in the midst of midterm elections

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Mapping the Senate in the midst of midterm elections

There’s never a stoppage of talk about a Blue Wave in politics. The midterm elections are the rallying beacon for the left. Ever since Democrats acknowledged Trump would assume the Whitehouse, winning the 2018 elections has been a top priority and a great source of rhetoric. In history, there are numerous occasions where the party in power loses midterm elections, leading to all sorts of political havoc. But this doesn’t happen every time. In 2010, Obama lost the House, stopping much of his agenda in its tracks from a legislative point of view. But is Trump doomed to the same fate? In the House, the answer is less certain. The vast amount of open seats gives measure to unpredictability. The Senate, on the other hand holds the power of impeachment and should Democrats really want Trump removed, they would need control.

Current Senate: 51 Republicans, 49 Democrats

North Dakota

The first seat that the Democrats will likely lose is North Dakota. The GOP had nearly twice as many votes than the Democrats in the primary. Heidi Heitkamp won a high turnout election in 2012 by a slim margin of 1%. She needs to build upon that to survive, but can she against a very formidable opponent? Kevin Cramer was also elected to Congress that same year. He won with 12248 more votes than Heitkamp received in a victorious election for the Democrats. In North Dakota, the congressional district is at-large meaning the Senate race and the Congressional race is virtually the same in that the candidate must have statewide appeal in order to win. Cramer has proven his appeal to voters achieving 233980 votes in 2016, 72643 more votes than Heitkamp received. Cramer has the same race, but a different opponent. It is likeliest that North Dakota turns red out of every blue seat. The math just doesn’t look good for the Democrats. On top of that, Heitkamp voted against confirming Kavanaugh, a move that signaled concession.

West Virginia

Joe Manchin has toted a moderate stance, but West Virginia is becoming more Conservative. Joe Manchin, on the other hand is attached to the ever left moving Democratic party. Patrick Morrisey doesn’t seem to have the same post-primary momentum that his counterparts in Trump voting states have had. This can be attributed to Joe Manchin’s likability and his ability to make moves that pander to his voters. His lone Democrat vote for Kavanaugh was a populist move, both cowardly and brave at the same time. It may, in fact, save his campaign. On the flip side, the left may snub Manchin seeing very little difference between the two. This race is a tossup.

Wisconsin

The Primary Election yielded the strongest candidate for the GOP’s chances in November, in stark contrast to Indiana. Leah Vurkmir already has the backing of the well organized Wisconsin GOP, the same GOP that successfully campaigned for Scott Walker during his recall election. This same level of organization already found favor with the more conservative Vurkmir who handily crushed her primary against despite what polling had to say. She’s got game and doesn’t have major scandals holding her down. The Democrats neglected Wisconsin in 2016. So the Republicans better have capitalized off of Hillary’s idle hands. Vurkmir is a great test for the prowess of the GOP in Wisconsin. She makes this race a tossup.

Arizona

This race began with a lot more promise. However, the emergence of Martha McSally does not bode well for Republicans. She is one of the most left leaning Senate candidates among Republicans, and she doesn’t have the military background that John McCain won with, though she is a veteran herself. It’s very likely that many Republicans snub their noses at this obvious RINO of a candidate. The Democrats on the other hand are nominating a candidate who actually supported Kate’s Law, so were dealing with a Joe Manchin level of Democrat rather than a Claire McCaskill. It doesn’t quite energize any bases to have two similar candidates. However Krysten Sinema’s true colors are coming out. Despite a seemingly moderate time in Congress, she is being revealed as far left. She has made statements bashing her own state and the country. As a result, McSally may be pulling ahead. But still this race is a tossup.

Florida

In 2016, the Republicans used the more likable Marco Rubio to maintain the Senate seat. They look to employ the same strategy with Governor Rick Scott. Rick Scott knows how to outperform polling which is what Republicans need in such a time as this. He is capable of winning statewide elections and faces a three term Senator. The GOP can’t run with anything less than a complete professional level campaigner. The Florida GOP is also more organized, similar to Wisconsin. The GOP knows how to win the state and is in the process of solidifying Florida as a red state. Most experts have this race as a tossup, which is why I give the edge to Rick Scott.

Texas

Social media is gunning for Cruz’s seat. Unreliable polls have this race as close. But can the guy who thinks that kneeling for the anthem is patriotic really win a state like Texas? I doubt it. But Ted Cruz will have to work for his reelection, which he will probably enjoy doing. Trump will come to Cruz’s assistance later in the campaign to solidify Trump voters with Cruz. I think Beto’s chances are hyped but losing by single digits are in the realm of likelihood. Ted Cruz will win, especially with Abbott running for reelection.

Indiana

Joe Donnelly won in 2012 due to facing a weak candidate Mike Braun came out of one of the worst Senate primaries of the GOP. Should he win, it would be achievement of the Indiana GOP to carry such a poor candidate to victory. But Trump won Indiana by 20 points. This is a hard race for Donnelly to win, yet Donnelly isn’t the most left Democrat. He is closer to a Manchin than Feinstein, but that might change with his no vote on Kavanaugh. This unpopular move is hard to justify in a state that swung for Trump so heavily. The Indiana GOP should be glad he voted no. Donnelly sabotaging his own chances is way more likely than Braun running a sealed campaign. This race is a tossup.

New Jersey

Bob Menendez may have survived charges related to his corruption, but is one of the most unpopular Senators in the country. Powerful allies have turned on him. Because of his meteoric unpopularity, this race can be considered a tough one. Still New Jersey is heavy on the leftism and Conservatism is little known there. Bob Hugin is no Conservative but will give Menendez a good run if nothing else. Its hard to imagine Republicans stealing a seat in the New Jersey, but its also hard to vote for blatant corruption even if you are a pussy hat wearing soy boy. I think Hugin will lose by a only a slim margin.

Ohio

Jim Renacci was a terrible candidate from the beginning despite easily winning his primary. Trump’s team handpicked him, and he has done nothing to capitalize off this endorsement. Since the primary he has had terrible poll numbers, but the bigger problem is his lack of advertising. The Blaze reports on his lack of ads:

Brown, evidently understanding the seriousness of the challenge from Renacci after Trump won Ohio in 2016, has spent freely on television and radio ads — roughly 25 times more than Renacci has in the time since the May primary.

Brown has spent $12.5 million since May, compared to only $481,000 from Renacci (which paid for ads that ran in June statewide). In 2012, Josh Mandel spent $12 million on broadcast ads in an unsuccessful bid to unseat Brown.

State Republicans can’t figure out what Renacci’s strategy is by spending so little on ads.

Still if Renacci was good for one thing it’s the actions that inspired headlines like this Republican Jim Renacci Defends Decision To Fly On Strip Club Owner’s Private Plane To Meet Religious Leaders. Sherrod Brown saw the red wave and acted accordingly.

Montana

Jon Tester is another Democrat Senator holding a seat where Trump won bigly in 2016. However, like Indiana, this race seems to be a race to the bottom. Jon Tester is an underperformer but Matt Rosendale is seen as a carpetbagger. Rosendale is having some trouble campaigning, so it seems. Perhaps Tester voting against Kavanaugh and Gorsuch will give Rosendale an edge, like Braun in Indiana. Other factors in this race include a potential Libertarian spoiler candidate. This race is a tossup, but perhaps a debate between the candidates will change the tide.

Nevada

This is the second most likely seat to flip blue. Dean Heller is the only Republican up for reelection in a state carried by Hillary Clinton in 2016. Dean Heller is looking for a Kavanaugh bump in what looks like a dead heat of a race. His challenger, Jacky Rosen, is also looking for a Kavanaugh bump. She is the Left’s best potential reinforcement in the Senate. Along with Kavanaugh, Rosen is hedging a bet on Obamacare to sink Heller. It’s a risky strategy, but ultimately this race will be a referendum on these two issues. The California pollution is a major disadvantage for the Republicans in Nevada, rendering their incumbent in a tossup.

Missouri

Claire McCaskill is another unpopular Democrat Senator. Her opponent, Josh Hawley is the darling of the Missouri GOP. This race had major implications from the beginning thus invited a large field of candidates for the primary. Josh Hawley is a likable candidate who won’t make a legitimate rape comment that gave McCaskill the seat in the first place. He even avoided campaigning with a controversial pastor. He doesn’t want people to not like him, thus he waited a long time within his campaign to clearly articulate his positions. Josh Hawley is the Missouri Marco Rubio and should carry the GOP across the finish line. There is a lot of money riding on this election. Other factors in this race may be the confusion with the lawsuit surrounding Missouri’s voter ID law. This race is a tossup on paper, but Hawley will likely take it.

Tennessee

Can the Democrats take this seat away from Republicans? Yes? Tennessee is the third of three seats that have a possibility of flipping blue as part of the Blue Wave? The only problem for leftist is that Phil Bredesen isn’t all that leftist and a victory in this race is not an indication that the country is embracing socialist or anticapitalist policies. Rather Phil Bredesen is perhaps a political unicorn: fiscally conservative and socially moderate. Paige rogers write this much prior to him winning his primary.

Under his tenure, the fiscally conservative Bredesen understood and respected Tennesseans’ preference for low taxes over “government goodies” and did not attempt to force more taxes down our throats. Tennessee also requires a balanced budget, which basically means that the state can’t spend more than it takes in. In a 2011 exit interview, he remarked, “As long as you’re willing to tell people there are certain things you can’t do — you can’t have Massachusetts services and Tennessee taxes … [then there’s an understanding] that Tennessee’s future lies more in being a low-tax state and accepting the level of services that implies.” And so, under the taxation-restrictive environment of Tennessee, he made the most of what he had to work with.

The threat to the GOP is real. Bredesen has even stated that he would have voted for Kavanaugh. Meanwhile, the overrated pop star Taylor Swift is shelling out for him calling Marsha Blackburn, a woman, bad for women. Tennessee is a red state, and Trump supports Marsha Blackburn. Bredesen is playing the Joe Manchin card, but Project Veritas released a video implicating his moderate act as a lie. These are critical advantages. But this race is close. This race is a tossup.

Michigan

John James is a fantastic candidate on paper and a savvy campaigner, but that was in the primary. He will need a lot more than that if he wants to flip a union heavy state. Michigan went for Trump but that was very telling of how bad Hillary Clinton was rather than how popular the Republicans are. If the Republicans win in Michigan, then the Red Wave would be catastrophic. This race is winnable. Tom Rogan describes this race as one to watch.

And it’s clear the Stabenow campaign is growing increasingly concerned. Their focus has shifted away from broad appeals to Michigan voters and toward a narrative that the Republican Party wants to penalize Americans with pre-existing health conditions. It’s a basic fear strategy, devoid of factual foundation, but one they hope will be enough to shut down James’ lead.

And with Kid Rock due to campaign for James next week, the Democrats want to blunt James’ rise before he can catalyze it. James finished very strongly in his primary, after trailing his main GOP opponent for most of the race, and he’d like to pull off a similar feat next month.

Perhaps a Kavanaugh bump paired with some solid campaign ground game will deliver the upset. Just maybe he might do it. But for now, this is a blue seat.

Before Election Day Republicans 42 Democrats 23


I considered this map very liberal (not Left) with its use of tossups. At a glance, the GOP already secures 49 seats, two fewer seats than what they currently hold. A Democratic majority would require the Democrats to win all 9 toss up races along with securing the competitive races that aren’t tossup. The Democrats max out at 51, maybe 52 if they drum up some rape allegations on Ted Cruz; it’s approaching that time in the race if they are going to do that. In contrast the Republicans max out at 59, all of the tossups and a W in both New Jersey and Michigan.

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Democrats scream foul about factual ad against Bob Menendez

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Democrats scream foul about factual ad against Bob Menendez

The New Jersey Senate race is the second-most watched in the nation next to Beto O’Rourke’s failing bid to unseat Ted Cruz in Texas. Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ) is in big trouble despite being an incumbent in a far-left state.

His federal corruption charges in 2015 should have been enough to force him to resign or to primary him out, but shady political moves by the Democratic Party in New Jersey prevented that from happening. This opened the way for businessman Bob Hugin to do what few Republicans have been able to do in recent years – win a Senate seat in a deep blue state.

An ad posted by the Hugin campaign depicts factual aspects of hypocrisy Senator Menendez has engaged in while in office. There are no wild accusations or manipulations of the truth in the ad. It simply tells the story how it happened, but Democrats are screaming foul. They believe that the nature of the ad in itself is unfair, not because it isn’t factual but because Menendez’ actions and words have been so outrageous that the Democratic Party wants them expunged from the public consciousness.

A hung jury is the only reason Menendez isn’t in jail right now. That’s saying a lot because it indicates a likelihood of guilt but an inability to sway partisan leftists on the jury. That alone should be enough to make everyone in New Jersey question their Senator and the system that kept him on the streets and in his Senate seat.

They can correct that mistake now.

If Menendez wins in New Jersey, it will bring shame to a leftist state that puts party over honesty, accountability, virtue, effectiveness, and common sense. This man needs to be ejected faster than any other in DC. Bob Hugin is the only right answer.

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Project Veritas stings Claire McCaskill, but also exposes a sad truth about American politics

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Project Veritas stings Claire McCaskill but also exposes a sad truth about American politics

Project Veritas, the undercover journalists who bring us a steady flow of videos revealing leftist hypocrisies and scandals, was able to get some good dirt on Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill. She’s all in for just about every bit of gun control legislation that can make it to the floor, a stance that won’t sit well in right-leaning Missouri.

But there’s something else revealed in this and past videos by Project Veritas. There are things that certain politicians simply cannot say which promotes the atmosphere of lies and subterfuge that plague our nation’s capital. She’s a “moderate” Democrat when speaking to her constituents, a play that’s necessary in a red state. The same is true for blue state Republicans who can’t come out and say they want to ban abortions or other right-wing priorities because the general sentiment in these states oppose those views.

What we’ve seen is that the youthful, energetic, passionate people who make up the campaign staff and volunteers are often much further to the left than the candidates they support. The same is almost certainly true for Republican campaign staff and volunteers who are likely more conservative than their candidate. What does this really tell us?

Most politicians must cater to the middle while they’re driven by the ideological fringe. This creates a contradiction that cannot be reconciled in today’s two-party political atmosphere.

Is there a solution? Yes. We’ll discuss that after the election. In the meantime, we’ll support the push to keep majorities for Republicans in the House and Senate.

If there’s a red state Democrat that deserves to be moved out of office, it’s Claire McCaskill. The question is whether Missourians will see McCaskill as the centrist she wants them to see or the far-left activists she really is.

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