Former Rep. Beto O’Rourke, D-Texas, got more bang for his buck after announcing his run for president than his 2020 Democratic rivals, raising more than $6 million online in the first 24 hours of his campaign.
O’Rourke, who served in the House from 2013 to 2019 and ran a closer-than-expected Senate race last year, announced Thursday he was joining a growing group of White House hopefuls.
The campaign said Monday it raised $6,136,736 entirely online and from all 50 states.
O’Rourke is even more annoying with his penchant for “inspiring” generalities and self-indulgence than Obama was. In fact, he is officially the most annoying person in the Democratic presidential field.
Here’s how it happens. They win the presidency the Senate and the House. It could happen. Then they eliminate the filibuster. I’m certain they’ll do this the minute they win the Senate anyway. And then they “expand” the Supreme Court through legislation.
After watching Mitch McConnell transform the judiciary over the past four years, liberals are demanding a bold response. And Democrats are listening.
Sens. Kamala Harris, Elizabeth Warren and Kirsten Gillibrand told POLITICO they would not rule out expanding the Supreme Court if elected president, showcasing a new level of interest in the Democratic field on an issue that has until recently remained on the fringes of debate.
The surprising openness from White House hopefuls along with other prominent Senate Democrats to making sweeping changes — from adding seats to the high court to imposing term limits on judges and more — comes as the party is eager to chip away at the GOP’s growing advantage in the courts.
The excuse they’re using is that McConnell didn’t confirm Barack Obama’s choice, Merrick Garland. Of course, that was indeed a raw political move that undermined good governance. But it’s something the Democrats would have done without a second thought, especially after Obama’s end-runs around Congress and Reid’s elimination of the filibuster for most presidential nominations.
“It’s not just about expansion, it’s about depoliticizing the Supreme Court,” said [Elizabeth] Warren (D-Mass.), who mentioned bringing appellate judges into Supreme Court cases as an option.
That’s Orwellian. Actually, court packing is solely about politicizing the Supreme Court.
It’s yet another leftist idea that seems crazy at first but gradually becomes normalized as people talk about it.
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Sen. Richard Blumenthal on Friday blamed rhetoric from President Trump and his supporters for the mass shooting in New Zealand that took the lives of 49 people.
“Words do have consequences, and we know that at the very pinnacle of power in our own country, people are talking about ‘good people on both sides,’” Blumenthal, D-Conn., said on CNN.
Blumenthal indicated he was talking about Trump’s comment after a violent rally in Virginia that included the white supremacist group Unite the Right, after which Trump said “both sides” shared the blame. But he also said he was talking about Trump’s supporters.
“I think it’s more than the president, it’s the people who enable him, and who fail to stand up to him and speak out,” he said.
“I think that the public discourse from the president on down is a factor in some of these actions,” Blumenthal concluded.
It’s possible. Getting the Jewish vote has been one of the Holy Grails for Republicans for years, but now that anti-Semitism has become so prominent within the Democratic Party, maybe my fellow Jews will rethink their allegiances.
After displays of alleged anti-Semitism by Democrats and deep divisions within the party over what to do about it, White House officials and their close political allies believe President Trump has a unique opportunity to win support from Jewish voters in the 2020 election, despite the group’s longstanding loyalty to the Democratic Party.
“It’s becoming increasingly uncomfortable and untenable for legion Democratic voters to swallow hard enough to accept brazen, blatant, unreprimanded and unrepentant comments coming from a 37-year-old member of Congress,” senior White House aide Kellyanne Conway told the Washington Examiner.
Democrats’ perceived leniency toward anti-Semitism will take a toll on Jewish voters’ longstanding allegiance to the Democratic Party, according to Curtis Ellis, a senior adviser at the pro-Trump nonprofit organization America First Policies.
“By not condemning Ilhan Omar in clear, unequivocal terms, Nancy Pelosi and her crowd are doing President Trump’s work for him in expelling Jews from the ‘Egypt’ of the Democratic Party and bringing them to the ‘promised land’ of President Trump,” Ellis said. “Ilhan Omar is one of the plagues.”
Alex Titus of the pro-Trump super PAC America First Action said Trump “has a unique opportunity to peel off a significant portion of Jewish voters in 2020 who have traditionally voted Democrat. He said, “From members of leadership to the rank-and-file, Democrats have an anti-Semitism problem, and it isn’t going away anytime soon,” Titus said.
The press has been beside itself that President Trump allegedly tried to influence an investigation of his former National Security advisor, Michael Flynn, by casually asking then-FBI Director James Comey if there might be a way to go easy on him.
Obviously, Flynn got hammered anyway.
Now we have evidence that the Obama Justice Department actually ordered the FBI to back away from charging Hillary Clinton as she ran to replace her friend Barack Obama as president. And of course, no charges were filed.
An internal chart prepared by federal investigators working on the so-called “Midyear Exam” probe into Hillary Clinton’s emails, exclusively reviewed by Fox News, contained the words “NOTE: DOJ not willing to charge this” next to a key statute on the mishandling of classified information. The notation appeared to contradict former FBI Director James Comey’s repeated claims that his team made its decision that Clinton should not face criminal charges independently.
Fox News has confirmed the chart served as a critical tip that provided the basis for Texas Republican Rep. John Ratcliffe’s explosive questioning of former FBI lawyer Lisa Page last year, in which Page agreed with Ratcliffe’s characterization that the DOJ had told the FBI that “you’re not going to charge gross negligence.” A transcript of Page’s remarks was published Tuesday as part of a major document release by the ranking Republican on the House Judiciary Committee, Georgia Rep. Doug Collins.
So I guess three terms in Congress and a few years on the El Paso city council qualifie one to be president. O’Rourke is officially the most annoying candidate in the Democratic field. And let’s face it, that’s a very high bar. Every time he opens his mouth, he is dripping with phoniness. As an… Continue Reading
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This is a hugely important story. One of the great, if underreported projects of the Trump presidency is the remaking of the Obama courts. Despite Supreme Court Justice John Roberts’ delusional proclamation that there are only judges, not liberal or conservative judges, judges do in fact have personal biases and Barack Obama did much to… Continue Reading
President Trump Wednesday said, in effect, that House Speaker Pelosi could go stuff, somewhere, her suggestion that he shouldn’t be impeached. Right. There’s nothing to impeach him about. And Pelosi would gladly do so anyway if she thought it would make political sense. But Republicans demonstrated with Bill Clinton that impeachment tend to backfire as… Continue Reading