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Rove: Yes, Republicans Have a Chance to Keep the House

President Trump, as you well know, needs Republicans to keep the House in order to keep from being impeached. Like, the House sits in January and impeaches by February. Not just that, but with a Democratic House, he will remain under constant investigation by Democrats and the press long after Mueller wraps up his probe.

Assuming Mueller wraps up his probe.

Contradicting the media narrative that Republicans basically lost in the Ohio special election even though THEY WON the Ohio special election, Karl Rove writes today in the Wall Street Journal that the victory held some positive portents for the GOP.

Republicans won because Mr. Balderson was a good candidate and because his rival, Democrat Danny O’Connor, ended up embracing Nancy Pelosi. But the victory was also a GOP team effort. President Trump carried the district by 11 points and held a rally there last weekend; Trump critic John Kasich, who represented the district in Congress before becoming governor, endorsed Mr. Balderson; the Paul Ryan-associated Congressional Leadership Fund spent $3.3 million; and the Republican National Committee and the Ohio Republican Party mounted a massive get-out-the-vote effort.

While Republicans can’t mount this gigantic an effort in every race this fall, neither can Democrats, who were left claiming a moral victory for coming very close to taking an open Republican seat. But close only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades.

Rove acknowledges a tough road for the GOP, but then writes:

The good news for Republicans is that in 36 of these 50 most vulnerable GOP districts, Republican incumbents are seeking re-election, most with strong district ties and name identification and more cash on hand than their Democratic opponents. Incumbency doesn’t matter in special elections, but it will loom large in the fall.

The bottom line: While Republicans will certainly lose House seats in November, they have a fighting chance to keep their majority. They must re-elect almost all of their 36 incumbents whose districts are R+7 or less, put special effort into the eight open seats rated toss-ups or lean Republican and whose PVI is even or tilts Republican, and go hard after the handful of open Democratic seats that lean Republican.

Here is Michael Knowles of the Daily Wire noting the media’s biased coverage of the Ohio race. Did winning mean nothing for Republicans? Kinda, sorta fake newsy, you know?

Michelle Obama to Play a Huge Role in the 2018 Campaign

Former First Lady Michelle Obama will take a high-profile role in the 2018 campaign, but in order to keep herself from getting to deep in the muck she’ll seek to elect Democrats under the guise of an ostensibly nonpartisan group which launches Thursday and that is being called “When We All Vote.”

According to Politico report about the $8 million effort:

The initiative, scheduled to be launched Thursday, is the result of months of quiet conversations and planning full of false starts and uncertainty about whether to go forward. It will have the former first lady appear in public service announcements and at live events throughout the country into the fall, according to multiple people informed of the plans.

She’ll be joined by several A-list celebrities, including actor Tom Hanks, country stars Faith Hill and Tim McGraw, Houston Rockets star Chris Paul, singer Janelle Monae and “Hamilton” creator Lin-Manuel Miranda.

The first PSA will go out Thursday, with more in the process of being lined up, featuring other prominent activists and players. The group will be incorporated as a nonprofit, separate from the Obama Foundation, the personal offices of Barack and Michelle Obama, and Citizen 44, the LLC that the former president himself pays for to handle his own political involvement.

Named “When We All Vote,” it will be stocked with prominent Obama alumni, including Valerie Jarrett as president of the board and former first lady chief of staff Tina Tchen as treasurer. Pete Rouse, an Obama senior adviser who served as interim White House chief of staff, will also be on the board . . .

Organizers intend to send personal messages to people urging them to register. According to one document describing the group’s plans, it will partner with “outlets that young Americans use most.”

So its nonpartisan, right? And the Obamas don’t deceive people, right? I mean, look at the roster of participants. And they’ll be trying to get young people off their video games and to stop texting for a few minutes to vote. Of course, they all vote Democratic.

Here’s the video, which has just been released and has not yet been widely seen or even published, far as I can tell.

I mean, honestly, have a look that people featured in this video. Young African Americans. An effusive young pajama-boy style white guy with a goatie. Um, Tom Hanks. Unfortunately, they are not likely conservative Republicans, as the makers of this video fully understand. And they are there to appeal to Democrats.

This will be a tax-free effort to register Democrats. Thank you for contributing to Michelle’s new project.

Barry’s Back

Barack Obama is expected to hit the campaign trail around September to help Democratic candidates around the nation running for the Senate, the House, and for governor, according to CNBC.

That means lots of new lectures about “that’s not who we are” and what it takes to be an American, which is, being a liberal.

I would think the sight of Obama on the campaign trail will bring lots of conservatives to the polls, frightened off their couches by the prospect of a return to the era where leftists like Obama ran the country.

Liberals don’t need any more motivation, they’re already foaming at the mouth with hatred for conservatives and President Trump. So I’m not sure this helps Democrats.