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Bannon Claims Another Scalp as Jeff Flake Decides Not to Seek Reelection

Under threat of an arduous primary challenge backed by Steve Bannon, Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., announced Tuesday he will not seek reelection.

Flake’s decision to retire follows that of Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., who stood down as polls showed him below 50 percent with Republican voters in his state. Bannon was recruiting a primary challenger to run against Corker.

The former chief Trump White House strategist now has helped pressure two establishment Republican senators to step aside and make room for candidates more favorable to Trump. Corker and Flake are perhaps Trump’s harshest critics among Republicans in the Senate.

Flake, like Corker, had been struggling in the polls. According to the Arizona Republic, Flake acknowledged that political concerns were driving his decision:

He told The Arizona Republic ahead of his announcement that he has become convinced “there may not be a place for a Republican like me in the current Republican climate or the current Republican Party.”

Flake said he has not “soured on the Senate” and loves the institution, but that as a traditional, libertarian-leaning conservative Republican he is out of step with today’s Trump-dominated GOP.

“This spell will pass, but not by next year,” Flake said.

During an emotional speech on the Senate floor, Flake assailed Trump. “I rise today to say, ‘enough.’ We must dedicate ourselves to making sure that the anomalous never becomes the normal.”

Flake’s decision comes just one week after Bannon hosted a fundraiser for Flake challenger Kelli Ward.

Sorry, But Tuesday Night Was NOT a Good Night for Republicans

Politics is not really about winning or losing. Politics is about the number of votes you get. And if you get enough votes, you happen to win. And that means something. But if you get many more votes than you were expected to get and you still lose, it is also very meaningful.

Governing is about winning and losing. If you win enough elections, you can govern. But politics is about votes.

That’s why Tuesday night was bad news for the Republicans.

In the contest to replace former GOP Rep. Tom Price in Georgia’s Sixth District, Republican Karen Handel defeated Democrat Jon Osoff by a surprisingly “comfortable” margin of four points, 52 percent to 48 percent. President Trump and Republicans are celebrating. What they are not telling you is that in November, just eight months ago, the Republican Price won the seat by 24 points.

That Osoff lost is not especially good news for the GOP. It’s merely the avoidance of a catastrophe. There are many seats where the 2016 margin was much closer that the GOP will have to defend in 2018.

Meantime, in a contest to replace former Republican Rep. Mick Mulvaney in South Carolina’s Fifth District, a Republican candidate who aligned himself with Trump won by three points, 51 to 48 percent. In November, Trump had won the district by 18 points and Mulvaney had taken it by 20.

People are talking about how Democrats need to change their approach, but Republicans need to do so even more urgently. Trump needs to discipline himself, which he appears to be doing more of, and do a better job of touting his accomplishments and program, like he did during the campaign.

But more crucially, Republicans in Congress need to start adopting his agenda. They’re so frightened of Democratic talking points and the possibility that someone won’t like them that they are failing to deliver on the stuff, like repealing Obamacare, that they’ve been promising for years.

But more crucially, Republicans in Congress need to start adopting his agenda. They’re so frightened of Democratic talking points, GOP consultants’ focus groups, and the possibility that someone won’t like them, that they are failing to deliver on the stuff, like repealing Obamacare, that they’ve been promising to do for years. And for which they were able to get enough votes to put them in the position of governing.

So they should try governing, and then the politics will take care of itself.

Where is the Republican Attack Machine on the Shutdown?

Democrats are always so much better at spinning their nonsense than Republicans are. They whine, attack, and rally the troops every time there’s a big battle to be fought, while Republicans think somehow people will come around to their point of view. And Democrats do it in an organized fashion guided by a well thought out, long-term plan that nevertheless seems spontaneous. Republicans focus solely on today’s news cycle and think they can win the PR war via President Trump’s tweets.

The newest battle — the growing struggle over funding for the government, which runs out in a week — is a perfect example of this communications incompetence.

Republicans and Democrats are trying to come to an agreement on new spending legislation that would fund the government through September, the end of the fiscal year. If they don’t, or if they can’t agree to simply fund things at current levels, the government shuts down.

Every single time there is a debate about shutting down the government, Republicans get blamed. But this debate is coming right after an election in which Republicans seized the White House and maintained their majorities in the House and the Senate. That is, voters have just affirmed their agenda. And now it is the Democrats, not Republicans, who are in reality blocking “progress” and “getting things done,” which is the mantra you hear from Democrats during these shutdown debates.

The newly elected president wants funding for the wall with Mexico, the issue that was the banner for his campaign. Democrats won’t give him a penny for it. They don’t even want to give him cash to enforce existing immigration law. He wants to increase defense spending, but Democrats are resisting. What’s more, despite having lost an election, they have demands. Americans voted to end Obamacare, but Democrats are insisting that subsidies not only continue but be enshrined forever as entitlements.

So why aren’t Republicans running around their districts and states and flooding cable TV, shrieking and close to tears about the prospect that “intransigent” and “ideological” Democrats want to “shut down the government” for their own “partisan political gain”? You know, the crap Democrats say all the frigging time.

See, here’s how this kind of BS is done, as demonstrated by a master you’ll recognize.

Yeah, it’s junk, but it’s effective.

Why aren’t Republicans accusing Democrats of potentially allowing garbage to pile up at the Korean War Memorial, or whatever, and forcing the closing of our beautiful and sacred National Parks. And why aren’t they repeating the same phrases over and over until the idea is drilled irrevocably beneath everyone’s skulls and into their grey matter so that even the MSM has to report what they are saying due to the deluge of breast-beating?

WHERE IS THE REPUBLICAN PLAN TO SPIN THIS FIGHT INTO A VICTORY FOR TRUMP AND GOP PRIORITIES?

I got no idea.

Black Caucus Members Storm Senate Floor to Protest Sessions

This is now how Congress argues issues. Via “protest,” instead of engaging in a debate. House lawmakers led by Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas, and other Congressional Black Caucus members staged a protest against Alabama Republican Sen. Jeff Sessions’ nomination to attorney general on the Senate floor Wednesday, the Washington Examiner reported. The group of… Continue Reading

Laura Ingraham May Run for Senate in Virginia

That’s right, my former boss at LifeZette reportedly may get into politics. From the Washington Examiner: The queen of conservative talk radio, Laura Ingraham, is eyeing a Senate run in Virginia and a challenge to Hillary Clinton’s running mate, Sen. Tim Kaine. Knowledgeable sources said that several party insiders have approached the media giant to… Continue Reading

Minnesota Trending Red

Looks like that “Blue Wall” Democrats thought they had in the Rust Belt is turning red. From the Washington Examiner: One of the most underreported stories of this year’s election cycle was how darn close the race finished in Minnesota for Donald Trump. Yes, Minnesota. The president-elect did not win the North Star State on… Continue Reading

Reid: Dems 2020 Roster looks like an ‘Old Folks Home’

Outgoing Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid says the potential 2020 Democratic presidential field resembles an “old folks home,” according to a new report. In the aftermath of President-elect Trump’s victory and recent chatter that Vice President Biden could launch a 2020 campaign for the Democratic nomination, the Nevada Democrat remarked that the field of prospective… Continue Reading

Democrats Become More Liberal Under Obama

Democrats grew more liberal over the course of President Obama’s eight-year presidency, voter data compiled by a leading GOP pollster reveal. President-elect Trump, a Republican, defeated Democrat Hillary Clinton last month by winning more votes in the Electoral College, compensating for his loss in the popular vote. Trump pulled it off by luring blue-collar voters… Continue Reading

Cruz Announces he is Running for President

As you are probably aware, Sen. Ted Cruz is announcing Monday his candidacy for president. He actually did so at 12:09 pm ET Sunday via Tweet: “I’m running for President and I hope to earn your support!” He’ll make a formal statement this morning at around 10:00 am at Liberty University, a conservative, Christian college in Lynchburg, Va.… Continue Reading