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How Jim Jordan could save Congress for the GOP

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Representative Jim Jordan acknowledged today he intends to run for Speaker of the House should the GOP retain a majority in Congress. If the GOP were wise, they’d back him quickly and get the word out that he’s their choice to replace retiring Paul Ryan. It could save the midterm elections for him.

The announcement came while answering questions after Jordan introduced articles of impeachment against Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

Rep. Jim Jordan introduces impeachment articles against Rod Rosenstein: Read them here | cleveland.com

https://www.cleveland.com/metro/index.ssf/2018/07/rep_jim_jordan_introduces_impe.htmlJordan and several of his House Freedom Caucus colleagues introduced the impeachment articles on Wednesday. They claim that Rosenstein intentionally withheld embarrassing documents and information from Congress, failed to comply with congressional subpoenas, and otherwise abused the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.

“The DOJ is keeping information from Congress,” said a statement from Jordan. “Enough is enough. It’s time to hold Mr. Rosenstein accountable for blocking Congress’ constitutional oversight role.”

The conservative has been a thorn in the side of establishment Republicans. As an active member and former leader of the House Freedom Caucus, Jordan has spearheaded attempts to block Republican legislation that leaned too far to the left. Many if not most Republicans in Congress would normally balk at the notion of making him the most powerful man on Capitol Hill.

Considering the stakes, they should rethink their position on Jordan. In order to maintain control of Congress, the GOP needs to unify their entire base behind their candidates. Ordinarily this means putting up milquetoast moderates like Ryan, but this midterm election is anything but ordinary. The backlash against Congress is coming from Democrats, of course, but the loudest minority against them right now comes from the right who views their moves since gaining power as weak and too liberal. Their successes in the first year with a Republican President were minimal and 2018 has seen mostly moderate or left-leaning legislation coming from the Hill.

Jordan represents an embrace of more conservative ideas. While he hasn’t been the most outspoken proponent of the President, he has backed most aspects of his agenda even more so than establishment representatives. The sticking point has been in the details.

It is unlikely the GOP will recognize the opportunity Jordan is giving them. Old battle scars run deep and their knee-jerk reactions will likely prevent them from seeing the reality that backing Jordan wholeheartedly and preemptively is the best chance they have at keeping their majority.

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Hardline conservative US Rep. Jim Jordan will run for House speaker

https://www.fox23.com/news/national-news/hardline-conservative-us-rep-jim-jordan-will-run-for-house-speaker/798961042Jordan is one of the most powerful conservatives in Congress; he co-founded the House Freedom Caucus, a faction of about 30 hard-line Republicans who frequently clash with the House GOP leadership. Jordan’s bid presents a direct challenge to House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., the presumed front-runner to be the next House speaker.

The current speaker, Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, is retiring at the end of this Congress. On Thursday, Ryan endorsed McCarthy, though he noted he would not have a vote in the leadership contest.

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  1. Jake Olanyson

    August 25, 2018 at 11:11 am

    Jim Jordan’s picture should be posted next to the definition of “Legally Retarded.” He’s like the world’s worst used car salesman who will wind up making the GOP look even more idiotic than it already does. We need a conservative speaker who stands for the republican values that support a vision for all of America. Not just another corrupt imbecile who only panders to anyone and everyone who he thinks will keep him in office. Maybe you’ve abandoned the ideals of conservatives with honor like John McCain in favor of your orange idiot shitbag who is dragging the GOP into a laughing stock among anyone with the ability to read and listen. The far right has gone too far, and that has resulted in too many people warming up to the idea of either taking a break from supporting the GOP, or turning against us in an attempt to cleanse the party of embarrassment. A very tall task these days, unfortunately.

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When Joe Biden first ran for president, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez hadn’t been born

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Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was born in October, 1989, well into George H.W. Bush’s term in the White House. Had then-Senator Joe Biden had his way, he would have been sitting in the Oval Office around the time the young Congresswoman was born.

Biden’s first run for president wasn’t much of a run. He had plagiarized components of speeches made by Neil Kinnock, leader of the British Labour Party. What made it worse is that he even mimicked personal details of Kinnock’s speeches that talked about family, something that drew ridicule and condemnation as it seemed likely he fabricated aspects of his life to match that of Kinnock.

But that’s not going to be the issue for Biden in 2020. His real problem is his label as a moderate without any leftist-favored intersections of race, gender, or sexual preference. This isn’t the time in history for a Democrat to win the nomination by relying on the Establishment wing of the party. Many Democrats still blame the DNC for supporting Hillary Clinton as the reason Donald Trump is President today. Had they backed the favorite Democratic-Socialist of 2016, Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT), his supporters believe he would have been able to defeat Trump. We’ll never know, but that won’t change the challenge Biden has with his reputation of being in the murky middle.

As Rush Limbaugh pointed out, Biden may be the best chance the Democrats have of defeating Trump, but he doesn’t really stand a chance in the primaries. This may be true despite his frontrunner status. Since most of the candidates are pushing further and further to the left with their radical policy proposals, whichever one emerges as the last hyper-leftist radical progressive standing will draw in the support from the others with very limited upside for Biden once the radicals start falling off.

No matter which way you cut it, Biden is going to have to lurch to the left to try to suspend disbelief among the primary voters who want to see more Justice Democrats and fewer Establishment Democrats in office. Biden may have too much history as a moderate to suddenly paint himself as a progressive, but that won’t stop him from trying.

Will age and a long history of White House ambitions harm Joe’s chances? Absolutely. The New (Justice) Democratic Party of AOC doesn’t want an old white guy representing them. They will do whatever they can to make him leave the race.

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Why full-blown #NeverTrumpers on the right are wrong to embrace Democrats

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In 2016, I supported Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) for the GOP nomination. I supported him all the way through to the Republican National Convention and was among those holding out for the tiniest possibility that he could somehow be gifted the nomination by a magical “conscience” vote. When it didn’t happen, I skulked off knowing candidate Trump would bring about challenges for the nation if he won. But…

… and this is a big but…

… there was absolutely no scenario that would have made me wish for, cheer on, or vote for Hillary Clinton.

She was bad. This new batch of Democrats running for the White House are even worse.

I am no longer a Republican. I had high hopes for a third party I co-founded, but it went in a different direction from where I initially wanted to take it, so now I’m officially an Independent. But one thing hasn’t changed. There is still absolutely no scenario in which I could support socialism-loving, pro-abortion, anti-gun, big government preaching Democrats. Even the “moderates” in the race are lurching to the left. If Joe Biden ends up winning the nomination as the only semi-rational Democrat (almost) in the race, I still couldn’t support him.

Today, there are still plenty of things President Trump does that discourage me. His bump-stock ban opened Panora’s Box for future gun confiscations and his administration’s push for Red Flag Gun Laws is only Constitutional if you eliminate the 2nd, 4th, 5th, 6th, and 14th Amendments. I am often struck with hope that deals are in the works to finally end his destructive tariffs, but there’s always a roadblock. As North Korean dictator Kim Jong un visits Russia’s Vladimir Putin, I’m reminded of the debacle we witness as the “negotiations” to end their nuclear program were completely botched.

But here’s the thing. He’s our President. From the beginning of his administration, I’ve consistently said I’d praise him when he does right and I’d criticize him when he does wrong. This type of intellectual honesty is not present in either the #AlwaysTrump camp nor the #NeverTrump camp. Just yesterday, I Tweeted agreement with three out of four points Charlie Kirk made about the President’s successes. By mentioning there wasn’t really a North Korean deal in sight and it should’t be considered a victory, I was summarily attacked for being a “pearl clutching” Democrat or something like that.

The same happens when I praise the President, only much worse. I won’t even mention the things that are sent to me on social media, through direct messages, and via email. Many of the folks who followed me when I supported Cruz are terribly offended by my support for the border wall, for example. They tend to forget that Cruz supports the wall as well as the fact that we desperately need it. To many #NeverTrumpers, any praise for actions the President does, even if they’re conservative, is a betrayal to the credo of “orange man bad.”

I wish the President would let someone read his Tweets just to prevent him from embarrassing himself. I wish he’d alert his staff of policy changes instead of making them react to Tweets. I wish he’d stop talking about how great he is all the time. I wish he could be a statesman instead of a strongman. But as our President, he has my support. As someone who has reversed many of the evils from the previous administrations, he has my praise. As a President who is willing to acknowledge Israel as a sovereign nation and our ally, he has my pleasantly surprised smile.

One does not have to gush over the President to be a supporter. One does not have to hate everything he does to be critical. It’s preferable to look at each individual action and determine if it’s good for America or not. That level of intellectual honesty is sorely needed right now, but instead it is conspicuously absent. We are polarized. Either Trump is evil or Trump is godlike depending on which tribe you’ve sworn your allegiance to. Personally, my allegiance is to my God, my family, and my country, and I am fully capable of molding my support or not for individual policies, choices, or words based upon these three criteria.

Sometimes I’m asked how I can be a Christian and support a man who is clearly not. I look to Daniel, Joseph, and others for guidance in situations like that, but I also remember Romans 13:1:

Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.

I do not have to support the President’s adulterous affections or misogynist statements in order to support many of his policies. But perhaps most importantly I cannot justify supporting the existential threat of socialism just because I object to our leader’s personal sins. I wouldn’t leave my wife alone with him, but that doesn’t mean I’m opposed to his desire to end visa overstays.

Then, there’s the issue of abortion. Can a Christian say, “Trump is too sinful to support” and then support a pro-abortion Democrat as a result?

Lastly, there’s the challenge of pushing the conservative philosophy, an act that superseding my personal feelings about President Trump. He is malleable. We’ve seen this time and time again, especially when he’s been on the verge of shifting to the left on important issues. Those who incessantly oppose him cannot help sway him towards the right side of an issue. If they’re attacking him when he’s being conservative, their attacks on him when he’s being progressive are meaningless.

It’s time for #NeverTrumpers to ask themselves if we’re really better off with someone they like better even if that person is a pro-abortion, anti-gun, socialism-loving Democrat. The right answer is obviously “no.”

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Kamala Harris really, really, really wants to have conversations

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Politicians are trained on how to be non-committal, especially when their perspective on a particular issue may not be popular to the people they’re trying to reach. Democratic candidates for president are stuck in a non-committal Catch-22 with many of their policies because on one hand, they need to appear to be the most progressive player on the field in order to win the Democratic nomination, while on the other hand they mustn’t paint themselves into a hyper-leftist radical bubble that will be hard to back out of during the general election.

Some candidates choose to be aggressive with their radical natures, doubling- and tripling-down on their leftist lunacies. Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) is taking the opposite approach in many ways, trying desperately to appeal to primary voting radicals while still making herself viable for the general election. How can she do this? By promising to have conversations.

Lots and lots of conversations.

The GOP released a short video clowning her for her unwillingness to answer questions directly. She has mastered the art of deferring questions by using the full-blown non-committal response of, “Let’s have that conversation.”

Kudos to the GOP for this video and to GOP Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel for Tweeting it. This is the type of silliness the GOP will need to expose in the Democratic candidates if they want to coast to victory in 2020.

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