Republican politics

Opinion/Analysis: The truth (and good news) about Roy Moore’s loss in the Alabama

Roy Moore, the Republican defeated Tuesday in the U.S. Senate race in Alabama, turned out to be a deeply flawed candidate and one who traditional Republican voters – including people of faith and suburban men and women – could neither muster enthusiasm for nor support. Moore had a well-established track record for controversy, low approval numbers in polls and was portrayed in the media as a dirty old man at best and a pedophile at worst. So his election loss should not come as a big surprise. If there is any small comfort to be found in Tuesday night’s results, it’s that Democrats can’t hang Roy Moore around Republicans’ necks — or Trump’s for that matter — in 2018. Moore drew so much opposition for some of his extreme positions and sexual misconduct allegations, it would be wrong to read his narrow defeat as a repudiation of President Trump or the Trump agenda. And the victory of Democrat Doug Jones does not signal that Democrats have solved their own deep-seated problems and are about to capture control of the House and Senate in the 2018 midterm elections. That’s wishful thinking by Democratic partisans – not a sober assessment. The sexual misconduct allegations against Moore surfaced at the worst possible time – as the country was engulfed in a flood of such allegations against prominent men in politics, the entertainment industry, journalism and other sectors. On top of this, the mainstream media worked hard to make the Alabama Senate election a referendum on President Trump, on Steve Bannon and on the future of the GOP in an effort to hurt the president and the Republican Party with Moore’s unpopularity, arising out of his alleged sexual misconduct. Let’s be clear. To be sure, Republicans in Congress have issues. They have failed thus far to follow through on a single Trump campaign legislative promise: no immigration reform, no border security, no repeal and replace of ObamaCare, no tax reform (though that appears in the offing), no overhaul of the Deep State that is throwing sand into the regulatory reform gears at every turn. If the Republican Party fails to show results when it controls both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue, there will be hell to pay at the ballot box in 2018, no doubt about it. But Republican losses for the governorship of Virginia and in the special election for a Senate seat from Alabama were each unique for different reasons. Virginia has been trending Democratic for almost two decades, especially in areas where turnout will always be greater than in rural parts of the state. And the Republican candidate for governor did not fully embrace President Trump. And Alabama? Well, count the ways this election went off the rails: no clear, consensus candidate who all Republicans could support after a bitter primary; a concerted effort by the national media and Democrats nationally targeting Moore for defeat; and Moore’s many self-inflicted and politically concocted wounds. When President Trump has been invited in to campaign for a Republican candidate, where his message is welcomed and received, and where the candidate and President Trump are aligned, good things have happened. But bad things happen – as took place in Alabama – when the president and the candidate have been opposed by the Republican establishment. At some point, unless the establishment GOP desires to spend decades in the wilderness of not controlling Congress, the Republican National Committee and leaders in Congress must begin to align their efforts with the Trump White House. Find the candidates who are great advocates for a stronger, more prosperous, America First agenda and who are good campaigners able to draw voters from across the political spectrum. This year is ending with strong economic numbers, solid optimism among the public for a brighter future, and a president who deserve the credit for much of it – despite incessant attacks from the anti-Trump media. The Trump agenda – where it has been allowed to take hold – is working. The Moore-Jones race wasn’t about the message, which never really got through. It was about the flawed messenger and a war of attrition over personal scandal. That’s not an agenda that Democrats can duplicate across the country, even though they are not above trying to do so. And its certainly a lesson Republicans can learn from.

Well said, Ned!  The author of that piece was Ned Ryun; the Founder and CEO of American Majority.  Excellent!

Former Rep. Tom Tancredo to Run for Governor of Colorado

Former Congressman Tom Tancredo (R-CO), a strong advocate against illegal immigration, will reportedly run for Colorado gubernatorial election in 2018. Tancredo decided to enter the race for governor after a private poll revealed that he had a wide lead over other potential Republican candidates. The survey also revealed that Tancredo has a statistical tie with Democratic candidate Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO). Tancredo told Colorado Politics on Monday, “I think that all of the things we need to do in the state of Colorado really require some bold leadership. It will not be easy to get some real change here, but I think I can provide that kind of leadership. I’m not afraid of taking on tough issues and being bold.” Tancredo explained that difficult issues facing Colorado families include roads, gun rights, education, sanctuary cities, energy, and economic growth. Tancredo was a prominent critic of illegal immigration during the Bush administration. The Republican gubernatorial candidate believes that the Republican establishment tanked his chances of winning the Colorado gubernatorial primary in 2014 after a wave of negative ads from the Republican Governor Association tanked his standing in the polls. “We have to anticipate what the establishment will do. It could get ugly. I think there is a swamp here,” Tancredo admitted. Tancredo had discussed whether he should run with conservative groups since August. “I keep asking the same question — ‘Do you think I can beat (Polis)? Do you think I’m the guy who can do it?’” Tancredo said. “So far, it looks like I have a chance.” Tancredo added, “I am so mad at the Republicans who are presently in office or in the hunt for not speaking out in defense of free speech that it won’t take much to push me over the line.”

Yes!!  We’re thrilled that former Congressman Tom Tancredo (R-CO) is seriously considering another run for Governor here in the great state of Colorado!!  In the interest of disclosure, and as many of you know, I’ve had the pleasure of knowing Tom on a personal level for many years.  He is the one who turned me on to “The Clash of Civilizations..,” and other writings, by Samuel P. Huntington.  Tom is a great guy who thinks outside the box and would be a breath of fresh, albeit feisty, air in the governor’s mansion.  We, of course, will keep a close eye on this developing story.    🙂

Kasich: Trump, Bannon Agenda ‘Is Not What’ the Republican ‘Party Is’

Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Gov. John Kasich (R-Ohio) said the executive chairman of Breitbart News Steve Bannon targeting Republican senators to help ensure President Donald Trump’s agenda was being moved forward is pushing policy that was “not what the party is.” Partial transcript as follows: TODD: There seems to be a massive battle inside this Republican party. Steve Bannon yesterday declared it a season of war against the Republican establishment, singling out people like Bob Corker in particular, and thought it was outrageous he cared to criticize the president. What do you make of what Steve Bannon is doing to the Republican party? KASICH: I was on a show not long ago saying I’m disappointed in the direction of the Republican party. They cannot be anti-trade or anti-immigrant. They just can’t walk away from increasing debt. The Republican party can’t go out and start grabbing people out of their homes who have been really good people living in this country and shipping them out of the country willy-nilly or taking away health care for millions of people. This is not what the party is. Look, I grew up in the Reagan era. Here’s what it was. It was sunny. It was positive, inclusive. It was a big tent, and there was room for everybody. Pro-growth, all the things that we really like. Connectivity, welcoming, that’s where this party needs to be. When we don’t head in that direction, I’m going to fight to push us in that direction.

I remember back when John Kasich was in Congress and was a positive advocate for balancing the federal budget.  Now, he’s just a disgruntled whiner, since he lost in the primaries to Trump.  So, he spends more and more time on liberal news outlets like CNN complaining about the direction of the Republican Party and hinting that he might leave.  What a sore loser!!  Last I checked, the stock market is through the roof, unemployment is at historic lows, and we’re rolling back the big government programs that Obama and hist fascist regime put in place.  Plus, take a good look at who Trump has nominated for federal judges.  John’s not only a sore loser..  He’s jealous.

Rush Limbaugh: Steve Bannon Is ‘Taking Over the Role of the Republican Party’

Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh said this week that Breitbart News Executive Chairman and former White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon is “taking over the role of the Republican Party” as he looks to support conservative challengers to establishment lawmakers in 2018. “I think what Bannon is doing is slowly but surely taking over the role of the Republican Party, and people joining Bannon are [doing the same],” he said Wednesday. “The Republican Party is obviously not with [President] Trump on balance — you have some in the House who are — but the Republican Party on balance is not with Trump.” Bannon was one of the main populist/nationalist voices in the Trump White House, fighting to keep Trump true to the “America First” platform which catapulted him into the Oval Office. Since Bannon’s departure, Trump appears to have been tempted by the establishment siren song coming from the donor class, GOP congressional leaders, and the “West Wing Democrats” on a number of issues, including DACA and Afghanistan. But the establishment was dealt a serious blow last month when Judge Roy Moore beat the establishment-backed Sen. Luther Strange (R-AL) in the Alabama Senate primary, despite Strange outspending Moore by as much as 10-1. This has led to widespread speculation in the media that Bannon-backed conservative candidates could pose a serious threat to establishment candidates in 2018. Limbaugh argued that this development comes as the Republican elite has cozied up with donors and Democrats while ignoring the voices of the people who voted them into office: ” Some people make an argument that there really isn’t a Republican Party left. I mean, there are people who call themselves that and they go out and raise money and they raise a lot. But whereas the party used to be known for one, two, or three very serious things, they’re not anymore. When the Republican Party joins the Democratic Party on things like amnesty for illegal immigrants — that’s not the Republican Party. The Republican Party ceases to exist in the area of immigration, for example.” Limbaugh went on to argue that Bannon and his allies are trying to keep the identity of the Republican Party alive as the Republicans in Congress are joining Democrats on “issue after issue.” “The Republican party is the fundraising arm of the House and the Senate and their lobbyist buddies — that’s who Bannon is running against,” he said. “They’re running against the Republican establishment is what’s going on and, in the process, becoming the Republican Party.”

Kasich floats idea of leaving Republican Party if ‘party can’t be fixed’

Gov. John Kasich, R-Ohio, in an interview Sunday hinted that he would consider leaving the Republican Party if its members don’t get their act together. Kasich, who ran against President Trump in 2016, was the last man standing in Trump’s path for the presidency. He announced his decision to end his bid in May. Kasich is widely seen as a Republican moderate. “If the party can’t be fixed, Jake, then I’m not going to be able to support the party,” he told CNN’s Jake Tapper. “Period. That’s the end of it.” Kasich made it clear that, in his opinion, the Democratic Party may not be a viable alternative. He said he has no “idea what the Democrats are for.” ‘What I’m trying to do is struggle for the soul of the Republican Party the way that I see it,’ Kasich said. ‘And I have a right to define it, but I’m not going to support people who are dividers.’ Kasich failed to gain traction with GOP voters in a race dominated by Trump’s ability to seize on the electorate’s anger and disdain of political insiders. Although Kasich tried to pitch himself as the best Republican to take on Hillary Clinton, the weight of the anti-Trump faction never got behind him. Viewed widely as a longshot candidate from the start, Kasich’s popularity shot up after his strong second-place finish in New Hampshire’s primary in early February. But from the South to the Midwest, many voters were captivated by his boisterous rivals, and his efforts to cast himself as a nicer alternative fell short. “The spirit, the essence of America lies in the hearts and souls of us,” he said. “Some missed this message. It wasn’t sexy, it wasn’t a great soundbite.”

If Gov. John Kasich (R-OH) leaves the GOP, then good riddance.  He was somewhat effective with budget issues when he was in Congress.  But, the last couple of years he has become nothing but a crybaby and a whiner.  When the GOP had their convention in Ohio, John Kasich didn’t even show!!  Talk about low class!  Because Trump had beaten him in the primaries, John Kasich wasn’t big enough of a man to put it aside, like every other candidate that lost (including Ted Cruz and Mike Huckabee) in the GOP primary.  He just picked up his football and walked off the field like a sissy la la, and it reflected poorly on him.  John said in this interview with Jake Tapper (who was probably salivating at another RINO attacking his party), that he, John Kasich, has “the right to define” what the “soul of the Republican Party” is…whatever that means.  Umm…ok?   Jake should have asked him to explain what the heck that means.   John and other liberal RINOs (Republicans In Name Only) like Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) cannot get over the fact that Donald Trump won their party’s presidential nomination…and then won the general election!  They’re still unable to process that.  So, instead of putting the election behind them, rolling up their sleeves and being team players, and working for the people, they instead just whine on liberal tv networks like CNN, write books nobody will read, and in the case of McCain and those in the Senate and House…just vote against anything Trump is for….just because.  They’re a bunch of little children, and we are seeing them for who they are.  In other words…  They’re acting like Hillary; sore losers.  So, if John Kasich wants to leave the party, then by all means, we hope he does!

President Trump Applauds Lindsey Graham’s Bill to Repeal Obamacare

President Donald Trump on Wednesday applauded Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Bill Cassidy’s (R-LA) new legislation to repeal and replace Obamacare through block grants. President Trump released a statement on Wednesday cheering the Graham and Cassidy bill to replace Obamacare. Graham and Cassidy, along with Sens. Ron Johnson (R-WI) and Dean Heller (R-NV), and former Sen. Rick Santorum, unveiled their legislation on Wednesday – otherwise known as Graham-Cassidy-Heller-Johnson (GCHJ). The legislation would repeal Obamacare’s individual and employer mandate, Obamacare’s medical device tax, and deliver health care dollars to the states so that they can design a health care system that works best for their local population. President Trump said: ” I applaud the Senate for continuing to work toward a solution to relieve the disastrous Obamacare burden on the American people. My Administration has consistently worked to enact legislation that repeals and replaces Obamacare, and that can pass the Senate and make it to my desk. Obamacare has been a complete nightmare for the many Americans who have been devastated by its skyrocketing healthcare premiums and deductibles and canceled or shrinking plans. As I have continued to say, inaction is not an option, and I sincerely hope that Senators Graham and Cassidy have found a way to address the Obamacare crisis.” A number of governors have come out publicly in support of the new Obamacare repeal legislation. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, Utah Gov. Gary Herbert, Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin, and Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds endorsed the Graham-Cassidy Obamacare repeal plan. Herbert declared that the bill was a “vast improvement over the Affordable Care Act.” Sen. Graham cheered Vice President Mike Pence’s support for the new Obamacare repeal bill. Graham said that Pence has been “awesome.” Graham said that he needs helps rounding up support for the bill. Sen. Graham explained, “I’m urging the White House to call governors and to urge Mitch McConnell to take action. I’m telling the Republican party that we have not tried everything.” President Trump contends that Obamacare continues to be a “complete nightmare” for Americans and has led to skyrocketing health care costs. The president hopes that this legislation will serve as the vehicle to repeal and replace Obamacare.

NOW is the time to call, or email, your member of Congress…and BOTH U.S. Senators and urge them to support (and vote for) this GCHJ bill!  This is critical!

Analysis: Either Republicans Cure Obamacare or Voters Will Repeal and Replace Them

‘Once upon a time, Republicans controlled the House, the Senate, and the White House, but they failed to repeal and replace Obamacare. They paid no political price for shirking seven years of promises to scrap Obama’s imploding entitlement. Nonetheless, they lived happily ever after.” Some Republican members of Congress may believe this fairy tale. Alas, for them, Washington, D.C., is no enchanted forest. Rather, it’s a fever swamp in which bad boys and girls get eaten alive by snakes and alligators. A Politico/Morning Consult poll released Wednesday shows that the GOP may pay a huge political price for its belly flop on Obamacare repeal and replacement, starring Senator John McCain. The Arizona Republican’s literal thumb down on the so-called skinny-repeal amendment on July 28 decisively sandbagged efforts to move legislation to a House–Senate conference committee, where negotiations could have burnished the bill. According to Politico/Morning Consult’s research, Democrats now lead Republicans in a generic congressional face-off — 44 percent to 37 percent, with 19 percent undecided. Just one week before Democrats gained this 7-point edge, they were tied with Republicans at 40 percent in this poll. Amazingly, among 1,972 registered voters asked “Who do you trust more” to handle health care?, Democrats beat Republicans 47 percent to 34. How ironic that the party that singlehandedly built this beast now has a 13-percent advantage in how to tame it. (The survey’s margin of error is +/ – 2 percentage points.) This study should disabuse Republicans of the fantasy that they can wreck things this badly without suffering grave electoral consequences. If, after seven years of blood oaths to scrap Obama’s calamitous “reform,” Republicans simply throw up their hands and let this monster terrorize Americans, they deservedly will get slaughtered in the November 2018 midterms. Democrats have seen blood since the night Hillary Clinton lost the White House. These liberals will start lining up to vote next Memorial Day. Independents often value competence over ideology. Many of them may be so appalled at GOP ineptitude on this matter that they will favor Democrats. This fiasco may leave Republicans feeling too betrayed, disgusted, and depressed to vote in numbers necessary to win. If this nightmare unfolds, the GOP could lose the House. Moreover, they idiotically could blow a totally decent chance to gain at least eight Senate seats among the 25 the Democrats are defending (Republicans are shielding just eight) and secure a filibuster-proof Senate majority. Coupled with a GOP House and a right-leaning Republican president itching to sign pro-market ideas into law, this is the best chance in 30 years for the conservative, free-market movement to implement its entire agenda. So, naturally, Republicans are botching it. Meanwhile, the bog continues to swallow Obamacare. Premiums for Obamacare plans rose 21.6 percent last year. Prices for various policies are expected to climb next year, according to the Wall Street Journal, by 24 percent in Texas, 28 percent in Idaho, and some 30 percent in Colorado, Kentucky, Nevada, and Virginia. Illinois officials on Tuesday warned citizens to prepare for premium hikes of 43 percent. The Department of Health and Human Services recently calculated that average premiums for Obamacare policies on HealthCare.gov have rocketed from $2,784 in 2013 to $5,712 in 2017 — a 105 percent increase. So much for Obama’s promise that his pet plan would cut costs.

Indeed..  To read the rest of this outstanding, yet sobering, op/ed by Deroy Murdock, click on the text above.