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Kavanaugh Supreme Court nomination is good news and bad news for GOP

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Kavanaugh Supreme Court nomination is good news and bad news for GOP

The nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to succeed retiring Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy continues to be a good news/bad news situation for Donald Trump.

In a recent letter to Senate leadership — is that ever a contradiction of terms — signed by the Republican governors of 31 out of 35 states and territories, Senators were asked to “expeditiously” confirm Kavanaugh’s nomination. In the letter, they wrote: “Judge Kavanaugh’s impeccable credentials demonstrate he is worthy of this nomination.”

However, according to a recent Quinnipiac University poll, these governors might be out of touch with their constituents.

When the 1177 voters polled were asked if they believed the Senate should confirm Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, 41 percent responded “no” while 40 percent said “yes.” This “split down the middle” was surprising, considering that a plurality (45 percent) also believed that Kavanaugh would make the Supreme Court more conservative.

Kavanaugh’s nomination has also become a bit of a good news/bad news situation for some of the GOP senators Trump will need to see him confirmed.

Sen. Rand Paul is allegedly torn on how he will vote on the nomination due to past opinions by Kavanaugh where he appeared to put government interests ahead of Fourth Amendment protections against unreasonable search and seizure. Personally, I think this is simply another of Paul’s classic “spotlight” moments where he pretends to be looking out for the Constitution only to cave when the lights go out. Based on his Trumpian behavior lately, I believe Paul will vote to confirm Kavanaugh.

Another GOP senator facing the good news/bad news conundrum concerning Kavanaugh is Dean Heller (NV) who faces a very tough re-election in November. Already a pathetically weak candidate due to his non-conservative brand of conservatism — he once defended abortion and Planned Parenthood funding as the conservative position — Heller has gone full-Trump since winning his primary race, putting him in a politically tough spot.

Hillary won Nevada in 2016. When you take that fact and add his undying support of Trump, along with the unproven belief that Kavanaugh will be a vote against Roe v. Wade, Heller’s support of Kavanaugh’s nomination could cost him his re-election. No loss if that happens, but it makes his support of Kavanaugh less certain.

When Kavanaugh was nominated, I wrote about how Trump selected him solely for self-interested reasons, specifically, Kavanaugh’s likely vote in favor of Trump if he should ever be indicted in the Russia scandal. Besides once ruling that a sitting president is above the law, concern over Trump’s motivation for nominating him was confirmed after we recently learned that Kavanaugh disagreed with the unanimous Supreme Court ruling that forced Nixon to turn over the Watergate tapes.

In another piece, I wrote about how Kavanaugh’s anti-Fourth Amendment opinion in a 2015 case involving NSA warrantless spying—he considers it legal—provided adequate reason to reject his nomination because, in the words of Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI), we don’t need a “rubber stamp for the executive branch.”

Depending on how you look at it, Kavanaugh’s nomination and possible confirmation to the Supreme Court is a good news/bad news situation for Trump and the GOP. In my opinion, it’s nothing but bad news for constitutional conservatives.

Originally posted on The Strident Conservative.

 


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AMPFest19 denounces NY Times report of unauthorized, violent Trump meme video that few even saw

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NY Times Violent Trump Meme Video

It’s another case of leftist media taking nothing and turning into a major news story bashing President Trump. At the very least, the NY Times reporters were lying about the facts surrounding the story. At worst, this seems like it could be a blatant setup. Either way, it’s working as the President is being blamed left and right for a violent spoof video played in a back room at AMP Fest 2019.

The three-day event in Miami was tainted by a report from the NY Times that a parody video depicted President Trump violently killing Democrats and progressive news outlets. It’s an edit of the infamous “church massacre” in the movie Kingsman: The Secret Service starring Colin Firth and and Taron Egerton. President Trump’s head replaces Firth’s as the protagonist goes on a murderous rampage, along with everyone else in the “church,” shooting, stabbing, and killing each other. The other churchgoers’ heads are replaced by logos for various progressive news outlets as well as Democratic politicians, plus Mitt Romney who fittingly stab President Trump in the back.

The NY Times article, which I won’t link to for the sake of journalistic integrity, insinuates that it was a major part of the event that included such prominent Trump supporters as Donald Trump Jr., his former spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders, and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis. They even quoted a spokesperson at the event saying the video was being looked into.

But a statement by the event on Twitter seems to contradict the NY Times report and put it into a more dubious light:

The statement reads:

It has come to our attention that an unauthorized video was shown in a side room at #AMPFest19. This video was not approved, seen, or sanctioned by the AMPFest19 organizers. The organizers of #AMPFest19 were not even aware of the video until they were contacted by the NYT. The first time anyone officially associated with #AMPFest19 was made aware of the video was when the NYT requested comment. We find it shocking that the New York Times would not report on any of the sanctioned events in the article. Including our panel conversation LITERALLY condemning political violence while claiming to be upset over a meme that was not sanctioned shown on stage, or approved. #AMPFest19 always has and always will condemn political violence. And proof of this was our major panel discussion on this very topic at AMPFest19.

The video was shown in a side room. It was unapproved. None of the big names mentioned in the article even saw the video on the small screen where it was played. The event itself, which is relatively new and not as widely attended as events like CPAC, focused on important political issues, including stopping political violence. Anyone reading the NY Times article would know none of this based on their reporting.

In a sad irony, the violence being “condemned” would have been seen by literally dozens of people at best had the anti-Trump news outlet not made the story go viral.

Conservatives on Twitter pointed out the hypocrisy of the NY Times reporting:

Here’s the graphic video for anyone interested. Just to reiterate, it’s graphic. Last warning: Graphic content.

It is clear based on AMP’s statement that this was a setup designed to attach a silly, albeit horrible video to the Trump campaign. Sadly, nobody even saw the video until the NY Times made it go viral. Who incites violence? Leftwing media.

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Stench of impeachment must stick to Democrats in 2020

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Stench of impeachment must stick to Democrats in 2020

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi has one goal. Contrary to popular belief, it’s not impeachment of the President. She’s supporting it now because she has to for various reasons ranging from a revolting left within her own caucus to acting as a smokescreen to protect Joe Biden and other Democrats (possibly including herself) who have engaged with the previous corrupt government of Ukraine. But it’s not what she wants because she knows it will fail in the end.

Her actual goal is to clear the stink of impeachment off the Democrats before the 2020 election. Yes, it’s going to stink. Thanks to the antics of Adam Schiff and others, it’s already stinking pretty badly and it hasn’t even had very much time to rot in front of American voters. She wants to get in, check off the impeachment box on her list of “accomplishments” as Speaker, and move onto the next component of obstruction that she’ll hope to ride into the 2020 election.

We cannot allow that to happen. This stink must remain firmly attached to the Democrats who support impeachment all the way through to election day next year. They need to wear impeachment like an albatross of shame around the necks, and they must not be allowed to shed it until they’re ousted from office.

This is important. The press is going to help them “move on” after it’s done. But conservatives must keep pressing it. We cannot allow it to fall off the radar as we’ve done so many times in recent elections. Benghazi should have sunk President Obama, but he was let off the hook. The Brett Kavanaugh confirmation debacle should have helped Republicans expand their control of the Senate, but it was old news a month after his confirmation just in time for the 2018 midterm elections. Time and time again, Democrats hand Republicans something that stinks, and Republicans fail to capitalize on it during elections.

If former FBI Director James Comey had let Hillary Clinton off the hook for her email scandal a month earlier than he did, she might have won the 2016 election. That’s how bad Republicans are at capitalizing on Democratic mistakes. Impeachment is such a mistake, a huge one. And if Republicans don’t handle it right, they’ll let it slip into the history books instead of letting it carry them to big gains in the House and Senate.

President Trump will be fine. He’ll capitalize on it without even trying and will use it to win his reelection. Down-ballot races must do the same. Any Republican running against a Democrat who supports impeachment should use that as the anchor that sinks the incumbent into a dark electoral pit. They should hammer this debacle until their opponents’ names are synonymous with “impeachment” among their constituents.

We must help them.

If your representative supports impeachment, make certain everyone you influence knows just how bad that really is. Today, it is allegedly popular with many. But it’s going to end up stinking very badly, and that odor must stick to Democrats like glue.

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Andrew Wilkow: Elizabeth Warren’s lack of real-world experience is why progressives love her

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Andrew Wilkow Elizabeth Warren

Elizabeth Warren is the current frontrunner for the Democratic nomination for president. I’ll admit, I never expected that to be the case until recently. I truly believed she would be in the middle of the pack before bowing out in favor of Bernie Sanders, Kamala Harris, or one of the other radical progressives who would take on Joe Biden. But I was wrong. She has surged into the lead and at this point, it’s her race to lose.

BlazeTV’s Andrew Wilkow explained her popularity among the progressives, and in doing so showed by I was unable to see her appeal. According to Wilkow, the difference between her and Hillary Clinton is that she’s a member of the elite academia, which progressives love. Her lack of real-world experience isn’t seen as the clear detraction that it should be. Instead, having lived in a theoretical bubble of feel-good progressive policy proposals gives her an advantage in the eyes of hyper-leftists.

In other words, she hasn’t had any real-world experience to burst her bubble, so she’s able to enact hypothetical ideas that are demonstrably bad without reality clouding her judgment. To the far-left, this makes her an ideal candidate.

How in the world is Elizabeth Warren leading in the Democratic polls? Andrew Wilkow breaks it all down for us in this eye-opening analysis for BlazeTV. She’s as detached from reality as her policy proposals, which is why the radicals adore her.

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