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Trump Already Has a Massive $33 Million War Chest for His Campaign

According to Politico:

President Donald Trump’s campaign has stockpiled $33 million in his campaign account two-and-a-half years before the next presidential election, new disclosures show . . .

Trump’s campaign operation raised $18 million between April and the end of June overall, a slight decrease from the $20 million it had raised during the first three months of the year. In addition to Trump’s campaign, the president established two joint fundraising committees that raise funds that are distributed among both the campaign and the Republican National Committee.

Trump was the first president in history to file for reelection shortly after entering the White House and to create a campaign account. He’d amassed tens of millions of dollars before the midterm elections even moved into full swing, an unprecedented act for any president. The $33 million that Trump had in his bank account at the end of June put him leagues ahead of any potential presidential challengers.

All told, Trump has raised almost $90 million for his campaign and the two joint fundraising committees since he launched his reelection bid. Combined, the three committees had $53 million cash on hand at the end of June.

Trump has gained from simply being honest about things politically.

Previous presidents have pretended for a couple of years that they didn’t know if they were going to run for reelection and that their actions weren’t informed in part by politics. This even though every president since Calvin Coolidge has either sought reelection if they could or decided not to only when it became clear they couldn’t win.

So now Trump has $33 million in the bank and surely won’t be using his own money on the campaign.

A Gift to the GOP: Democrats Move Toward Leninism Light

The victory of extreme leftist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in New York over Rep. Joe Crowley, the fourth-ranking Democrat and someone who many thought would replace Nancy Pelosi, is a huge win for Republicans and President Trump.

Just a thought – how come the press never describes someone like Ocasio-Cortez – who supports universal health care, guaranteed employment, and abolishing the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency – as “extreme” or “radical”? Or even “left-wing.” Only conservatives are “extreme” or have a “wing” attached to them. Sorry, just thinking out loud.

Anyway, my point is, even if the press believes socialists are perfectly mainstream, much of the rest of the country still does not, and plenty – particularly conservatives – will turn out in force to support Republicans. People like Ocasio-Cortez and Maxine Waters – Republicans should hope to see more of her if her message wasn’t so dangerous – are confirming that the Democratic Party belongs to Bernie Sanders, whose policies are insane.

Professional Republicans are well aware of this. The RNC Tuesday released this video, a quite effective one, seems to me:

Of course, Trump gets this too.

Ocasio-Cortez wasn’t the only victory for the left, as Politico reports:

It wasn’t the only victory for liberals in competitive primaries on Tuesday.

Former NAACP President Ben Jealous won the Democratic nomination for Maryland governor, campaigning over the final weekend with Sen. Bernie Sanders, even as Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker had most of the state party in his corner.

Elsewhere in New York, a Syracuse University professor, Dana Balter, beat a more moderate opponent backed by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, Juanita Perez Williams in a battleground House district. Rep. Jared Polis won the Democratic nomination for governor in Colorado, and Joe Neguse, a preferred candidate among liberals, won the nomination to replace Polis in the House.

While Crowley was the only incumbent to fall, two of his New York City colleagues — Reps. Yvette Clarke and Carolyn Maloney — were held under 60 percent against 30-something candidates who said the progressive moment inspired their under-the-radar campaigns.

These people are going to make Nancy Pelosi look completely reasonable and moderate. They are also going to flatten out the Blue Wave everyone was expecting this year.

The bad news is that the opposition party is now one step from communist.

Trump Rules the GOP

It wasn’t a good day Tuesday night for Republicans who failed to associate themselves with President Trump.

Trump critic Rep. Mark Sanford of South Carolina learned that the hard way when he lost his primary to pro-Trump Katie Arrington.

The president, finally able to turn his attention to politics after the Singapore summit, weighed in with a last minute tweet before the polls closed that may well have spelled Sanford’s doom.

And then afterward:

As James Antle notes in the Washington Examiner, Sanford follows in the footsteps of other Republicans who crossed Trump, like Sens. Bob Corker, R-Tenn and Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., who didn’t even bother trying to win their primaries.

Meantime, in Viriginia, implacablly pro-Trump Corey Stewart won the GOP nod to oppose Sen. Tim Kaine.

According to Antle:

Recent Republican primaries have demonstrated Trump’s power over the party. Corey Stewart won the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate in Virginia over the strenuous objections of many in the party — his less prominent main challenger did come within less than 2 points of the upset — in no small part because he embraced Trump . . .

Rep. Martha Roby, R-Ala., was forced into a runoff by a recent former Democratic congressman who voted for Barack Obama for president and Nancy Pelosi for speaker. Why? Because Roby was deemed insufficiently loyal to Trump.

The most prominent example was when Trump exhorted West Virginia Republicans to remember Alabama and nominate someone other than Don Blankenship, who had recently done time over a deadly mining accident and was producing racist television commercials, to run against vulnerable Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va.

In these cases, Trump is aligned with leadership on the outcome of the primary. The voters simply won’t listen to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., or any other leader besides Trump.

The bolding is mine. Antle goes on to say Trump’s domination of the party “won’t necessarily last forever.”

That’s certainly true. At the very least, some kind of coherent pro-Trump faction with a guiding ideology must be created to ensure what Trump stands for outlasts Trump. Otherwise, once he’s gone, the Mitch McConnells, the Chamber of Commerces, and the Bushes of the world – all the “adults” – will simply clean the house up from what they think is a one-night keg party thrown by the “children” and make everything just as it was.

Republicans Running Massive Grassroots Operation to Save 2018 Midterms

Well look at this. A little community organizing by Republicans. The GOP would do well to take a page out of Barack Obama’s playbook since Barack Obama WON THE PRESIDENCY TWICE.

From an article in Politico, which in this case does a nice job of laying out a news story about something Republican are doing without the usual caveats about how evil the whole thing is:

Republicans have amassed a sprawling shadow field organization to defend the House this fall, spending tens of millions of dollars in an unprecedented effort to protect dozens of battleground districts that will determine control of the chamber.

The initiative by the Congressional Leadership Fund, a super PAC aligned with Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), now includes 34 offices running mini-campaigns for vulnerable Republicans throughout the country. It has built its own in-house research and data teams and recruited 4,000 student volunteers, who have knocked on more than 10 million doors since February 2017.

CLF’s new, more targeted structure also overshadows that of its Democratic rival, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s House Majority PAC, which has no field locations.

CLF’s midterm strategy, which emphasizes long-term voter engagement, is not normal for a super PAC. Typically, lawmakers’ campaigns and the National Republican Congressional Committee deal with field work and get-out-the-vote efforts — then PACs like CLF swoop in to fill in the blanks with what Bliss often refers to as “shitty TV ads.”

But Ryan’s political allies decided last year that that model wasn’t working — and that CLF, with its seemingly endless resources, was a “sleeping giant,” as they called it.

GOP megadonor Sheldon Adelson has provided tens of millions of dollars for the effort.

Activists have been knocking on doors and ringing phones since the beginning of last year, heading back to the same people repeatedly to lock up their vote for local House candidates. The idea stems from a simple concept that every child knows about his parents: Keep asking, and eventually you may get to “yes.”

Democratic Dreams of a Congressional Takeover Imperiled

Uh oh. Take the champagne back off the ice.

Democrats have little idea of what to do about running the country, other than hating on Trump. Maybe they think Robert Mueller’s investigation will somehow erase the wage gap or get Kim Jong-Un to stop his nuclear weapons program.

Anyway, just being against something seems to be having political consequences, especially when the person you’re against just lowered everyone’s taxes.

Oh, but attacking Trump just feels so good!

According to Politico:

House Democrats are heading into the throes of the election haunted by many of the same problems that dogged them in 2016: a Trump-dominated news cycle, a message that’s struggling to break through and sharp divisions within the party about how to fix it.

Now many Democrats say they’re watching nervously as polls start to trend in Republicans’ favor — and worry they’re witnessing the beginning of a slow-motion train wreck that they have no idea how to stop.

There are still widespread disagreements within the diverse 193-member caucus about what campaign message Democrats should rally around in the final months before the midterms and even who should be the party’s chief messenger.

Some Democrats worry a rerun of the Republican playbook employed in the past several cycles — painting House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) as the GOP’s central villain — will again be successful in denying them the House majority.

Other members say the caucus’ main problems are internal. Democrats on the far ends of the party’s ideological spectrum continue to battle over what their focus should be in the election — and how much of it should center on President Donald Trump.

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