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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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Which Democratic candidates denounced Antifa? Some didn’t know who they were.

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Which Democratic candidates denounced Antifa Some didnt know who they were

Antifa is a domestic terrorist organization that spreads violence and vitriol to otherwise peaceful events. When they have their own events, they get even more violent and spew even more vitriol. President Trump has denounced them unambiguously to the point of threatening to declare them an official terrorist organization. What do Democratic candidates for President think?

The folks at Turning Point USA are often too kind. They granted checkmarks to candidates who generally denounced hate, which is a cop-out response to a very specific question. But so be it. If they thought Jay Inslee, Joe Biden, Andrew Yang, and John Delaney’s generalized opposition to violence qualified as denouncing Antifa, it’s their video and their team’s effort that was put into tracking down the answers. Tulsi Gabbard gave the only non-generalized response saying, “I have denounced Antifa.”

Arguably the most concerning aspect of the video was seeing how many candidates needed to be told who Antifa even is. It’s not quite as egregious as Gary “What’s Aleppo” Johnson’s lack of awareness in the 2016 election, but anyone running for President of the United States should have acute awareness of the violence committed by Antifa, especially considering all of them love to condemn violence that comes from the right.

This is guaranteed: If President Trump had given any answer other than Gabbard’s in response to the same question about a white supremacist group, the press would have been relentless in their accusations of his implied support. Where’s the media calling out Julian Castro for replying to the question with “thanks”? Why aren’t journalists hounding Bernie Sanders for pretending he didn’t hear the question? Shouldn’t tough guy Cory Booker be held to account for his unwillingness to denounce the group when asked a direct question about them?

The truth is Democrats don’t really dislike Antifa. Some of them quietly support them. And that means mainstream media’s walking orders are to avoid discussing Antifa at all costs. They only make the news when they can be portrayed as a counter-movement against white supremacist groups.

By progressive standards, nearly all of the 2020 candidates support domestic terrorist group Antifa with their unwillingness to directly denounce them. Thanks to Lauryn Gray and TPUSA for bringing this information to light.

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Steve Hilton: While Trump haters pray for a recession, the real economy is booming

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Steve Hilton While Trump haters pray for a recession the real economy is booming

Americans believe in the Trump economy. It’s been helping them get jobs if they’re unemployed and better jobs if they were underemployed. It has raised wages, reduced taxes, and increased consumer spending to all-time highs. Even if you’re like many Americans who do not care about the stock market, Wall Street’s effects on Main Street are felt.

But if you listen to mainstream media, you’re likely hearing a different story. The fearmongers are actively attempting to crash the economy in hopes of using a recession against the President when the 2020 election rolls around. It’s disgusting when consider millions of Americans would be hurt by such a move, but the people pressing this false narrative are the same people who will be able to easily survive it. If their families relied on the prosperity the Trump economy is allowing, perhaps they’d think twice.

As Fox News host Steve Hilton pointed out, reality is not matching the narrative being pushed by the left. The more people are aware that recession talks are fake, the less likely they’ll become a self-fulfilling prophecy.

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Trump hits ‘nut job’ Anthony Scaramucci

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Trump hits nut job Anthony Scaramucci

Anthony “Mooch” Scaramucci has been on a tear in recent days, coming out as a firm anti-Trump commentator on progressive news channels and spreading whatever vitriol he can must against his former boss. In case you don’t remember him, he was White House Director of Communications for 11 days before being fired.

His vocal tirades have been embraced by progressive media as well as Never Trumpers since he’s technically a former White House insider. But he’s the flavor of the week as his rhetoric will soon grow tiresome even to his fellow Trump haters. He’s abrasive and not the most likable guy, so they’ll discard him faster than they did Omarosa Manigault.

President Trump hasn’t taken kindly to the man who he offered a real opportunity to for a brief period before realizing he wasn’t the best fit for the job or as a member of the administration.

Somewhere in Scaramucci’s twisted mind, he believes all the sudden press he’s getting is going to benefit him. He thinks he’s a hero, as narcissists often do. But as this wears on, he’s going to find his revitalized fame is temporary.

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