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Lindsey Graham’s finest moment

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I’ve never been the biggest fan of Lindsey Graham. His big-government attitude to conservatism has driven some of the worst wings of the Republican Party for decades. With that said, I love him today.

His explosion on his Democratic Senate colleagues during the Brett Kavanaugh hearings was the best I’ve ever seen the Senator from South Carolina. He started off by laying out the fact that Senator Chuck Schumer announced his opposition to Kavanaugh 23 minutes after he was announced. He then went on a rant that would have won him an Emmy if he said it during either of the first two seasons of House of Cards.

It was quite powerful and encapsulated the anger many conservatives have been feeling about this sham from the start.

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Republicans need Mia Love because she isn’t scared to call out the President

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There are three types of Republicans on Capitol Hill. There are the avid supporters, whether of the President himself or of his agenda. There are the haters, most of whom have decided to not run for reelection or have kept a low profile. Then, there are people like Representative Mia Love (R-UT) who supports the President’s agenda while still being willing to call him out.

She’s the type of representative Republicans need in DC if they’re going to stay credible and achieve what they set out to accomplish after President Trump won the White House.

Every President has sheep on Capitol Hill. That’s not intended to denigrate them; belief in the man or his agenda will yield an unquestioning regard towards him, as it should. Every President will have detractors. It’s the conscientious few who take everything case-by-case before deciding whether to agree or not that gives a government the stability it needs. Without them, a party can fall too closely in line with pieces of the agenda or actions by the man himself that they normally wouldn’t follow, but fear of repercussions make them do it anyway.

An example of this was the “s–thole countries” comment the President allegedly made regarding certain third-world nations. It’s the type of phrase he would use based upon his history and in context it makes sense. Multiple people claimed to have witnessed him saying it, so despite his denials, reports were almost certainly accurate.

Love called him out.

GOP Rep. Mia Love Slams Trump’s ‘Shithole Countries’ Comment

http://time.com/5100217/mia-love-donald-trump-shithole-remark/“The President’ comments are unkind, divisive, elitist, and fly in the face of our nation’s values. This behavior is unacceptable from the leader of our nation. My parents came from one of those countries but proudly took an oath of allegiance to the United States and took on the responsibilities of everything that being a citizen comes with,” Love said in a statement on Thursday.

“They never took a thing from our federal government. They worked hard, paid taxes, and rose from nothing to take care of and provide opportunities for their children. They taught their children to do the same. That’s the American Dream,” the statement continued. “The President must apologize to both the American people and the nations he so wantonly maligned.”

Some would not give her much credit for the statement since it was her heritage that was allegedly attacked by President Trump, but she could just as easily said she believes he didn’t say it. She took a stand against her own party and her own President. That type of courage deserves to be rewarded.

Currently, she’s the only black Republican woman in Congress. Losing her would serve to confirm allegations that the GOP is a racist patriarchy. The people of Salt Lake City need to give her another term.

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The greatest threat to Republicans in the midterms: Positive poll numbers

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The greatest threat to Republicans in the midterms Positive poll numbers

Midterm elections invariably favor the party that’s not in the White House. There is always more passion from opposition to the executive branch that translates into victories in the legislative branch. This has helped maintain the ebb and flow of power between the two parties that is incongruent between the legislative and executive branches.

In other words, people who were pumped about voting for President Trump are less pumped now than the people who want to put a check on his power.

This election year seemed to be heading in the same direction as previous midterm election years. Then, a strange thing happened. Democrats went full-blown unhinged during the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation process. Moreover, Republican voters were reminded that the President is powerless to put conservatives on the Supreme Court if the Democrats take control of the Senate.

Polls since Kavanaugh’s confirmation make prospects look great for Republicans to hold the Senate Majority and decent for them to hold a House majority. Just a month ago, the potential for a blue wave put both at risk.

Now, the thing that can hurt the Republicans the most is expression of positive sentiment (or at least less negative sentiment than the Democrats) in the form of favorable poll numbers. If Republican voters think they’re going to win these elections, they’re less likely to actually get out and vote.

Democrats don’t have this problem. Their hatred for President Trump and their desire to regain control of the House and Senate is not going to fade. If anything, these poll numbers are going to put a fire under them that will prompt them to force others around them to vote as well.

Republicans may have the momentum, but three weeks is a long time to try to sustain it now that the Kavanaugh debacle is mostly over. Republicans won that round, so it’s very easy for complacency to set in.

If the GOP really wants to hold majorities, they must generate a lot more enthusiasm around election day. If polls won elections, Hillary Clinton would be President, the Senate would be blue, and Merrick Garland would be on the Supreme Court.

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Mitch McConnell may be a squish, but he’s been effective at getting the courts fixed

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Mitch McConnell may be a squish but hes been effective at getting the courts fixed

I don’t like Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s politics. He’s the worst kind of Republican, one who will sacrifice conservative values and push a moderate agenda whenever he possibly can. He has attacked conservative candidates and helped fill the Senate with milquetoast moderates who won’t act boldly against abortion, Obamacare, or the border wall.

With that said, his management of the Senate through important confirmations has been spectacular. He has leveraged his skill as a political strategist to make vulnerable Democrats choose: confirm President Trump’s nominees for the judiciary quickly or skip out on valuable campaigning time.

Democrats chose the former. They felt they needed the last three weeks before the election to hit the campaign trail and try to save their seats. As a result, he’s been able to push through more judges in President Trump’s first two years than anyone else through the past five administrations.

He might be a squish, but he was able to play hardball when it was needed. As botched as the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation process was, none of the challenges can be laid at his feet. He got Neil Gorsuch through relatively easily. On top of that, he infused the circuit courts with 28 right-leaning judges and the district courts with 53.

Compared that to the 22 he allowed through in President Obama’s final two years and the only conclusion is that McConnell has been a good steward when it comes to the courts.

Behind the Senate deal to confirm scores of conservative judges

https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/congress/behind-senate-deal-confirm-scores-conservative-judges-n919626“Lose the Senate and the project of confirming judges is over for the last two years for President Trump,” McConnell said in an interview with NPR. “That, I think, is a scary prospect to the people who like what we’ve been doing on the judge project and I hope will help us hold on to our majority.”

Republicans have had success with judicial nominees in large part because of a rule change by then-Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., in 2013. Frustrated by GOP efforts to block Obama nominees, he changed the threshold to end debate and allow confirmation votes on federal court judges from 60 votes to 51.

Of course, one could say former Senator Harry Reid is the real hero. If he hadn’t opened up the confirmation process by dropping the threshold from 60 to 51, we wouldn’t have had half the judges confirmed this session. We also wouldn’t have Gorsuch or Kavanaugh at the Supreme Court.

Thank you, Mitch, for being a good manager and thank you, Harry, for being short-sighted.

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