When the outrage about Obamacare prompted many Republican lawmakers to book trips to Iowa in 2010 and 2011, the field was decent with Rudy Giuliani, Fred Thompson, and Newt Gingrich making the most waves early. Following the 2014 midterms, new faces popped up and it appeared the GOP would have an embarrassment of riches with Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, and Rand Paul being the stalwart newcomers who would rejuvenate the party before the ultimate newcomer hit the scene.
The Democratic Party is lost. This is apparent when you look at the results of a CNN poll released today:
In their quest to find the next Barack Obama, the best Democrats can do right now is tap his 75-year-old running mate. The former Vice President will be 17 days from his 78th birthday when election day rolls around in 2020. That says a lot and leads our list of five takeaways from this early poll.
Here they are:
1 – A 77-year-old white guy is the top choice for a party that blames “old white guys” for all the nation’s problems
Wouldn’t it be ironic if they did nominate Biden? Every day we hear in mainstream media from leftist pundits how just about every problem can be blamed on an ancient Caucasian patriarchy that needs to be booted from power. Yet, they seem to favor the epitome of the ancient Caucasian patriarchy in Biden.
He seems to be as healthy and mentally sharp as anyone could expect after three quarters of a century. Many have speculated that he would be President today had he thrown his hat in the ring as so many Democrats wanted in 2016.
Despite the enthusiasm behind him, I find it extremely unlikely, nearing the realm of impossibility, that Biden will end up running, let alone becoming the nominee. He’s simply the most recognized name right now among the Democrats. Of course, we could also make the same observations about the second name on the list, Senator Bernie Sanders, who is a year older than Biden.
2 – Spartacus isn’t making an impact yet
Only 1 in 20 Democrats polled want to see Senator Cory “Spartacus” Booker as the nominee. As an eloquent African-American Senator from a left-leaning state, he draws the easiest surface-level comparisons to President Obama.
So far, those surface comparisons haven’t put him on the Democrats’ map. That is likely to change as he seems to be one of the most aggressive early campaigners. He used his time questioning Justice Brett Kavanaugh from the Senate Judiciary Committee to get nomination face time, but so far that hasn’t resulted in much additional name or face recognition. It’s early and he will likely be a frontrunner, but at least for now he’s still nowhere.
3 – 4% want Beto O’Rourke who is about to lose his Senate race
When the next sessions on Capitol Hill start, Representative Beto O’Rourke will likely be sitting on his couch still trying to figure out what went wrong. He had support from celebrities. Leftist magazines pointed to him as the next JFK. He raised more funds than any Senate candidate in history.
Unless something crazy happens, he’s going to lose big to Senator Ted Cruz.
It would seem his national popularity is greater than his Texas popularity. Losing doesn’t eliminate him altogether; Rick Santorum lost a couple of elections before coming in second for the 2012 GOP nomination. Still, it wouldn’t behoove the Democrats to push O’Rourke to run against President Trump if he can’t even beat Senator Cruz.
4 – Some actually take Michael Avennati seriously
The fact that lawyer Michael Avenatti is on the list is ridiculous. The fact that 1% of Democrats want to see him run is hilarious.
If he’s the solution to the Democrats’ woes, they’re in much bigger trouble than anyone knows.
5 – Entertainers on not on the list, but should be
Looking into my crystal ball following President Trump’s victory in 2016, I saw a strange face pop up. The Democrat I thought could beat the President in 2020 is someone nobody is talking about. Actor George Clooney, who has been quietly feeling out donors since late 2016, is a name that will pop out of nowhere in 2019 if indeed he chooses to run for President.
Another name not on the list is Oprah Winfrey. It will all depend on whether she is serious about her ambition to change the world from the top down, but if she chooses to run, she’ll be the contrast to President Trump the Democrats would love to see.
Last but not least on my list of entertainers who could win the nomination is Dwayne Johnson. The Rock is extremely intelligent and outspoken, plus he is universally liked. If he were to win, could you imagine him and Vladimir Putin holding a summit?
With the midterm elections almost upon us, speculating about 2020 is a fun distraction. As backwards as Democrats have been this election cycle, the next one is shaping up to set records in lunacy.
Pelosi’s endgame strategy: Impeach Trump during general election season
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi has been playing a balancing act for the past few months. On one hand, she has to stop her caucus from becoming too zealous about impeaching President Trump, fearing the same public backlash the GOP received in 1998 during impeachment proceedings against President Clinton. On the other hand, she needs to keep the specter of impeachment alive so she doesn’t start getting attacked by the radical Democratic base who want the President out immediately.
But lost in the mix is the speculation that Pelosi is fully prepared to impeach the President, just not yet. She wants to bring impeachment and all the mud that will be flung at the President as a result during the heart of general election season.
Evidence of this is all circumstantial but compelling. In a closed-door meeting with committee heads yesterday, she instructed her team to keep up the pressure through investigation after investigation. This would normally not be enough to appease impeachment hawks like Maxine Waters and others, but their clear support for the strategy is an indicator that they’ve been promised vindication at a better time than now. Otherwise, there’s enough support for impeachment among the base for them to continue beating the drum louder and possibly even call for Pelosi’s ouster.
It’s also conspicuous that lower members of the Democratic totem pole haven’t gone after Pelosi, including known antagonists like Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ilhan Omar.
Pelosi knows her time is short if things don’t go her way quickly. She was able to gather support from opposition within her caucus by promising to only serve as Speaker for two years. But she has no intention of stepping down if Democrats retain control of the House of Representatives through the 2020 election. Instead, she intends to build her credentials by strategically beating the President, not only on the political arena but in the 2020 election itself. No, she’s not running, but if she launches her impeachment hearings in a way that can earn her credit for the Democratic nominee to win, she will have solidified her seat as Speaker for as long as she wants to stay there.
It’s a huge gamble. Depending on how the impeachment proceedings go in the eyes of the public, she could do enough damage to help kick the President out of the Oval Office. On the other hand, she could seal her own fate if the President wins as a result of sympathy he’s able to garner from the political move of a well-timed impeachment proceeding. It has the potential to backfire spectacularly if the public sees it as a dirty trick, one that could even cost the Democrats control of the House.
But in reality she doesn’t have much to lose. If she impeaches now when it won’t affect the election or if she chooses not to impeach at all, there’s a very good chance she’ll be held to her word to step down as Speaker in 2021. If she delivers the White House to the Democrats, she’ll be locked in her Speaker seat indefinitely.
This should infuriate Democrats more than Republicans, especially the growing radical wing of the party. Their goal, as stated by the Justice Democrats, is to take over the party from within. But Pelosi’s moves are not only meant to harm Republicans but also increase the power over the Democratic Party held by the establishment.
We may be witnessing the swampiest tactics every put on display from Capitol Hill as Speaker Pelosi plots the takedown of a sitting President. Some say she’s impotent, but clearly she’s a viper with plenty of bite left.
AOC says 2/3rds of Democrats have ‘social intelligence of a sea sponge’ for believing her 12-year apocalyptic claims
On May 12, Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said anyone who took her literally about the world ending in 12 years over climate change would “have to have the social intelligence of a sea sponge.” A new survey by Rasmussen indicates most Democrats have such social intelligence. They took her literally, and therefore they all possess sea-sponge-intellects, according to their young cult leader.
This is a technique of the GOP, to take dry humor + sarcasm literally and “fact check” it.
Like the “world ending in 12 years” thing, you’d have to have the social intelligence of a sea sponge to think it’s literal.
But the GOP is basically Dwight from The Office so who knows. https://t.co/pmkwrdeAnq
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) May 12, 2019
67% of Democrats believe the United States has only 12 years to aggressively fight climate change or else there will be disastrous and irreparable damage to the country and the world.
This is the problem with radical progressive politicians like AOC. She mixes hyperbole with her actual feelings and doesn’t give indications as to when she’s being literal and when she’s using “dry humor + sarcasm.” But if you listen to one of the many instances where she makes the claim about 12-years-until-apocalypse, she seems deadly serious.
She’s not the biggest problem, though. The real problems are the millions of sheep who follow here without question, who believe everything she says and support everything she does. The left often argues that President Trump’s most passionate followers are like a cult, but even the President’s supporters aren’t as dedicated when it comes to taking him literally as AOC’s cult following is with her claims. The response to Trump’s actions and statements are supported but measured. Moreover, I’ve seen (and participated in) plenty of pushback against some of his policies from tariffs to firearm restrictions to dealing with North Korea.
We hear fairly regularly about pushback from prominent conservatives, and oftentimes the President takes this pushback into account when making decisions. But with AOC, the only occasional pushback comes from the Democratic establishment as Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi or other old school Democrats jab at AOC a bit. Otherwise, she’s unabated in her rhetoric and unchecked in her actions.
Here’s the sad part. If you were to tell AOC’s followers they were sea sponges for taking her literally, they’d scream at you. But if you showed them that SHE called them sea sponges, they’d nod and say, “Oh, if AOC said it, I must be a sea sponge.”
Lindsey Graham makes two great points about the Democrats’ impeachment hysteria
Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) went on Fox News with Sean Hannity today to discuss how many Democratic lawmakers and candidates for president have gone into full-blown impeachment hysteria. He made a pair of excellent points.
First, he noted that the Democrats are doing so at their own peril. It’s difficult for them to justify pushing forward following failed investigations and realizations that their narrative about President Trump colluding with the Russians was patently false. The American people have and well continue to see through their attacks as nothing more than unhinged anti-Trump rhetoric designed to distract voters from their own shortcomings. Nevertheless, they’re forced into this line of thinking by the hyper-leftist base that is essentially telling them to take the impeachment way or the highway.
But he noted something else equally important. He said, “The public’s going to kick the Democrats out of power and they’re going to reelect the President if he stays focused on doing the job for the American people.” [emphasis mine]
This is extremely important to understand because the President is known as a fighter. Ever since Attorney General William Barr released his summary of the Mueller Report, the President has Tweeted and talked about it almost non-stop. As recently as this morning, he focused again on the Democrats coming after him.
….But they really want a do-over! You can’t investigate and legislate simultaneously – it just doesn’t work that way. You can’t go down two tracks at the same time. Let Chuck, Nancy, Jerry, Adam and all of the rest finish playing their games….
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 22, 2019
Graham is correct. If the President keeps doing what he’s been doing in the Oval Office and refrains from being drawn into the Democrats’ petty battles with him, the people will appreciate it. If he goes low with them, there could be challenges.
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