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‘Grandstanding idiot’ award goes to Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner

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This is really beyond me.

Houston is a liberal city, for the most part, as Texas goes at least. It tends to vote heavily Democrat. and in keeping with that, Sylvester Turner is the latest in a long line of Democrats to run the city. (In fact, there are no living Republican former mayors, the last one being Jim McConn in 1982.)

In a disaster, there’s no need for politicking. There’s more than enough need for leading and managing a city of nearly 7 million. Yet Turner’s highest priority is promising “to personally defend undocumented immigrants who may be hesitant to seek help in the aftermath of Harvey over fears of being deported.”

“There is absolutely no reason why anyone should not call. And I and others will be the first ones to stand up with you,” Turner, an attorney, told reporters on Monday. “If someone comes and they require help and then for some reason [someone] tries to deport them, I will represent them myself.”

I’m sorry for Houstonians, because this is truly idiotic. Who in the U.S. government is running around looking at papers of people needing rescue? Who would even think this way?

It’s not like Turner has to worry about an election–he just took office. There’s no Republicans running around threatening to deport illegals in the midst of the flood. His statement is nothing but grandstanding.

I could even stomach grandstanding if Turner hadn’t been so ineffective and political about his city’s preparation and response to the storm.

Read streiff’s RedState report on exactly how Turner reacted to sound advice from the state’s governor, Greg Abbott. Abbott, a Republican, didn’t grandstand. He went with the scientific and expert evidence and advised people in certain parts of Houston to leave before the storm.

But Turner didn’t want a “Rita” evacuation mess on his hands, so he told people to stay put.

To quote the salient part of streiff’s piece:

Let me make an observation here. Usually local official know Jack Sh** about anything during a major disaster. Local governments aren’t equipped or staffed or trained to deal with a cataclysmic event like a Cat 4 Hurricane. Local officials don’t have access to the same information as available to state and federal emergency management organizations. By and large the caliber of people that you find congregating to the higher levels of emergency management in local governments isn’t that which you’d want to make calls about risk involving potential loss of life. There is documentary evidence to prove this guy’s f***ing incompetence and hubris on any television screen.

Only now, days after landfall, with the predicted massive flooding and follow-on cresting of reservoirs happening, is Turner reacting.

But don’t worry, politics is always at the top of Turner’s list.

Turner, a Democrat, addressed the city’s immigrant community in a press conference on Monday morning, urging residents to put Texas’ Senate Bill 4 — which outlaws sanctuary cities — “on the shelf“ as emergency workers focus on rescue and recovery missions in the flood-torn city.

The whole “false rumor” of illegal aliens being checked was concocted as a political stunt.

This is the mayor who has to rely on the New York Times and CNN to defend his non-evacuation decision. He is very, very fortunate that citizens from all over Texas and Louisiana responded to personally rescue those who were trapped. He’s very, very fortunate that the storm stalled in the Gulf of Mexico and didn’t turn north or east faster so that this army (and Cajun Navy) of citizen heroes could swing into action.

Turner dodged a bullet by nature’s fickle fate or God’s grace. The death toll could have been much, much higher due to his negligence and rejection of sound advice.

But don’t worry, Senate Bill 4 is on the back burner and illegal aliens can get free legal advice from the award-winning “grandstanding idiot” of Texas.

[Note: To be fair, Turner was asked by a reporter about the “rumor.” But the press is ever-liberal and ever-ready to supply an opportunity. Contrast this with how they treat Ted Cruz.]

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Rep. Seth Moulton enters the Democratic nomination race

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Rep Seth Moulton enters the Democratic nomination race

The clown car continues to fill up as a new Democrat announces their presidential campaign seemingly every week. This time, it’s Representative Seth Moulton (D-MA), marking the third politician from Massachusetts to vie for the top spot. He joined Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and former Republican governor Bill Weld as hopefuls from The Bay State.

An Iraq War veteran from the U.S. Marines, Moulton led efforts to replace Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi once the Democrats won back control of the House last year. His politics are pretty much indistinguishable from other candidates as he favors Medicare-for-All, gun control, and other common leftist notions.

Moulton has a tall mountain to climb on the fundraising side if he hopes to make it to the main debate stage. There’s still time, but he’ll need to get some heavy attention very quickly to be able to make a serious run.

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How NOT to beat AOC: Run a big-dollar GOP candidate against her

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How NOT to beat AOC Run a big-dollar GOP candidate against her

There is some excitement coming out of the Bronx because of an alleged “big money donor” with connections who wants to defeat Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) so badly, he or she is willing to fork over tons of dollars and influence in a campaign to turn the deep blue district red. This won’t happen. It will be disastrous if they try.

The only thing that could possibly work for the GOP to upend the hyper-leftist radical progressive would be to find the ideal candidate and run a purely grassroots campaign against her. Otherwise, they’d only be playing to her strengths.

If the GOP is serious about beating her, they need to forget the money angle. That’s not to say they don’t need money, but it needs to be money from within the district comprised of small donors who are targeted starting as soon as possible. They don’t need to appeal to the few Republicans in the district. They need to go after the independents and Democrats.

Their message must be simple, something to the effect of “The only candidate from the Bronx who is actually interested in the Bronx.” They have plenty of ammunition available to demonstrate how Ocasio-Cortez has her sights very clearly set on the national arena in which social media and battles with other Democrats is making her a nationwide star. They need someone who attends city council meetings, community meetings, and is 100% focused on the issues that concern the people of the Bronx instead of the grand ideas of Green New Deals and Medicare-for-All.

Then, they need a PAC that hammers away at the detrimental effects losing the Amazon deal has had on the Bronx. This is a gimme.

If their plans to go after AOC with money is the strategy that plays out, she’ll destroy them. It won’t be close. Every dollar spent will literally have the opposite effect. They can’t beat her with money. They need to hit doorbells.

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Is Beto’s campaign already crumbling?

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Is Betos campaign already crumbling

Yes. Yes it is.

You won’t see any in mainstream media talking about it, not because they’re all trying to hide the reality (though some are) but because they probably haven’t noticed. This isn’t an analysis of what we’re seeing. The proof of Beto O’Rourke’s campaign demise can be seen in what’s absence.

Betomania isn’t taking hold as many (including me) predicted. He was actually getting more attention and interest from mainstream media before he officially announced his candidacy. Now, he’s struggling to get positive headlines. Even neutral stories, such as a pair of campaign aides leaving but still volunteering for the campaign, is being positioned in a negative light. The Hill’s headline was truthful and not spun, something they’re not known to do with headlines about candidates. Instead, it’s “Key aides leave O’Rourke’s campaign: report.”

Another story that’s making its rounds is his use of lobbyist campaign contributions. A favored candidate would get a plethora of headlines excusing this action with whataboutisms and claims of nothingburgers, bug so far, nothing. “O’Rourke faces question about acceptance of lobbyist money” is the type of headline we’re seeing.

In fact, we’re even seeing some negative opinion pieces coming from leftist publications. Radical progressive site Mother Jones didn’t take kindly to O’Rourke’s claims that his lack of charitable giving was due to him giving himself to the people.

So, where’s the Betomania we were promised? Some of it is being sucked away by a concerted effort underway by some progressive groups who really, really want a woman to be at the top of the ticket, and not Hillary Clinton. With Senators Kamala Harris, Elizabeth Warren, Amy Klobuchar, and Kirsten Gillibrand all having favorable genders to some of these groups than someone like O’Rourke, the need to chop him down is important if they’re going to have a chance against the two old white guys, Vice President Joe Biden and Senator Bernie Sanders.

But the primary reason Beto is flailing for attention is because so much of it is going to South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg. Like O’Rourke did with his 2018 Senate campaign, Buttigieg came out of nowhere to suddenly be rising in the polls and raising an unexpected amount of campaign funds. He’s also getting a sustained level of attention from the media as compared to O’Rourke’s hills and valleys.

Little by little, Buttigieg is getting attention from everyone on the left. He’s omnipresent in the media, which is very difficult considering the number and popularity of his competitors.

So far in April, he’s drawn many more searches on Google than O’Rourke. Most of this can be attributed to people simply not knowing who he is, but the consistency of his media dominance is worth noting.

Very few saw Scott Walker’s climb and sudden fall in 2015 during the early days of the GOP primary. He went from the frontrunner to pulling his name from contention seemingly overnight. Are we seeing the same with Beto O’Rourke?

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