How on earth did Sinema beat McSally in Arizona?
The outcome of the Sinema-McSally Senate race in Arizona is disappointing and even baffling, especially considering that Republican Gov. Doug Ducey won by double digits. Could voters who supported the incumbent governor really turn around and vote for Democrat Sinema over Republican McSally? If it wasn’t a case of “finding” votes, as appears to be happening under our noses in two Florida counties, what is the explanation?
Jon Gabriel, editor of RICOCHET, sees five factors that kept McSally from doing better and helped put Sinema over. They range from McSally’s very cautious and controlled campaign, to the barrage of intensely negative ads she ran (compared to Sinema’s positive flag-waving), to the left’s organization --- and plenty of money, from the likes of Tom Steyer’s NextGen America --- behind Sinema, to even McSally’s friendship with the late Sen. John McCain, which was off-putting to many strong conservatives.
I would add that Sinema painted herself as a moderate when she really is not. (Wish more people had seen and taken seriously the Project Veritas video of her campaign office.) Once she’s in the Senate for a comfortable six-year term, she’ll no doubt be as “progressive” as any of the other leftist newbies, or oldies for that matter.
Anyway, whoever plans to be involved one day in campaigning as a conservative needs to read this and learn.
Yes, the President could discontinue press briefings (BUT HE WON'T)
While outgoing Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake is, unsurprisingly, siding with CNN in its lawsuit against the White House over “journalist” Jim Acosta’s ouster, lawyers for the administration have asserted that President Trump could bar “all reporters” from the White House if he wanted to, for any reason he saw fit.
Imagine the steam coming out of all the ears of all the so-called news professionals right now. They’re going even crazier than they already were, even though the President is not actually calling for any such thing. This merely sets the negotiating table, giving Trump plenty of room for doing what he DOES want to do; namely, ban a partisan disrupter who acts like a jerk and doesn’t even know when to relinquish the microphone to an intern.
The whole debate is patently ridiculous. Before he’s allowed back, Acosta must understand that he needs to remember where he is --- the WHITE HOUSE --- and conduct himself accordingly. When told to give up the microphone, he should stop grandstanding and hand it over immediately. In the meantime, CNN has a host of other “journalists” it could send who no doubt despise Trump every bit as much as Acosta does but can be counted on to remain at least somewhat professional in the Briefing Room.
The ban on Acosta does not limit media access to Trump in any way. It only denies the ability for Acosta to get himself on video “accosting” the President.
This is a good time to remind everyone that these press briefing circuses (complete with man-eating tigers) haven’t always been in existence. In that respect, they’re kind of like modern State Of The Union addresses, which used to be accomplished in the form of a letter. We tend to build everything up into "the biggest show on Earth" and have become accustomed to these productions, but we don’t need them. There’s certainly nothing in the Constitution that requires them. If we even just tried taking the cameras out of the Briefing Room, reporters might go back to gathering news and Jim Acosta might start acting like a gentleman, though I’m not holding my breath for the latter.
Congratulations to Iowa Sen. Joni Ernst, a 23-year military veteran, who was just elected vice chairwoman of the Senate Republican Conference, becoming the first woman elected to a Senate GOP leadership position since 2010. Mitch McConnell was reelected Majority Leader, and John Thune will be the Majority Whip.
On the House side, Rep. Kevin McCarthy of California was chosen as the new Minority Leader to replace Paul Ryan who is leaving as Republicans lose the Speakership along with the majority. He defeated conservative Jim Jordan of Ohio, founder of the House Freedom Caucus, by 159-43, which could signal that House Republicans will not only have very little power to stop the Democrats but won’t even muster much effort to try. It will be up to the Senate to hold the line against the leftist agenda that they hid from voters throughout the election and now plan to try to force down our throats: stringent gun control, restrictions on free speech and religious liberties, repealing the tax cut, radical climate legislation, socialized medicine, and of course, an endless barrage of time-wasting, partisan, vengeance-fueled investigations and subpoenas.
And who will be presiding over all that insanity? Nancy Pelosi hopes to be Speaker again, but she’s facing stiffer opposition than ever before.
For all the noise made by the newcomers demanding a fresh face, never discount the ability of an old school Democrat to wield raw political power to her advantage. She’s faced many such challengers before, although none this outspoken; but the vote has always gone her way after the upstarts are given the closed-door facts-of-life speech about the lousy, powerless committee assignments they can look forward to, and the campaign funding they can forget about, if they don’t button their lips and get in line. Even now, when she’s still a little short of the votes needed to win, nobody has had the guts to run against her. That makes toppling her a lot harder. To quote Ralph Waldo Emerson, "If you strike at a king (or queen, in this case), you must kill him." Because if you don't, you might end up on the Left-Handed Screw Thread Committee.
That still doesn’t answer the question of why Pelosi even wants the job. Granted, it must’ve stung to be replaced after voters realized the horrible mistake they’d made giving Congress to the Dems in 2006 (unfortunately, it didn’t sting voters as badly, or maybe they would have remembered that lesson.) So it would be awfully gratifying for her to be able to take the gavel back.
But this time, she won’t be leading the old-time professional chair warmers. It will be more like herding feral cats. She’s got a new class of far-left firebrands whose ignorance is exceeded only by their arrogance; a group of suburban socialists who went to expensive schools that mostly taught them unwarranted self-esteem. They know virtually nothing but think they know it all, and they’ve been conditioned to believe they will get whatever they want if they just scream in our faces loudly enough. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is already doing it in the hallway outside Pelosi’s office. It’s almost sad to see Rep. Pelosi reduced to pandering to identity politics by arguing that she should get the Speakership back because she’s a woman, rather than being able to run on her experience and knowledge of House protocols and procedures.
She’s still the odds-on favorite to be the next Speaker. But as to why someone who’s 78 years old would want to finish a long career in politics by playing schoolmarm to a pack of out-of-control toddlers in the Romper Room from Hades is beyond me. To borrow another classic quote, this time from Longfellow, “Whom the gods would destroy, they first make mad.” Being the leader of the next Democratic House would certainly drive anyone mad. Let’s hope the House’s upcoming descent into madness ends with the destruction of the Democratic majority just two years hence.
Latest Media Meltdown: Liberal “journalists” are OUTRAGED that the First Lady would have any say over the hiring decisions in the West Wing. Because they would never approve of a First Lady being some sort of “co-President.”
You can’t prevent every crime, but you can prevent those perpetrated by known criminals who are already in custody. Unless, of course, those criminals are illegal immigrants in liberal “sanctuary cities,” where virtue-signaling is more important the lives of US citizens.
I’m sickened to have to keep reporting stories like this, but here’s the latest one: Police in Middlesex County, New Jersey, defied an order to turn over Mexican citizen Luis Rodrigo Perez to ICE and instead freed him from jail, despite his violent record. He’s now been arrested for allegedly murdering two young men and a woman in Missouri. They received no sanctuary from him or from New Jersey's deadly, misguided "sanctuary" policy.
If you make a dumb mistake one time, it might be forgivable. But when you persist in willfully and defiantly repeating the same dumb mistake over and over, no matter how many people have to die because of your bullheaded stupidity, then it’s time for adults to come in and take that decision away from you.