Today’s Campaign Update
(Because The Campaign Never Ends)
Democrats Friday morning: Believe the women!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Normal people: Ok, well, Susan Collins just spent an hour making a very compelling case for why Judge Kavanaugh should be confirmed, so…
Democrats Friday afternoon: NO, NOT HER!!!! YOU CAN’T BELIEVE HER!!!!!!!!!!!!!
What happens when the GOP surrender caucus doesn’t surrender? – You end up getting a Supreme Court justice confirmed.
Jeff Flake didn’t have much to say all day as he did a good job of avoiding protesters, reporters and presumably elevators, but Senator Susan Collins of Maine had much to say, and what she had to say clinched the vote in favor of confirmation. It was a magnificent speech that laid out all the reasons why Judge Kavanaugh is supremely qualified for this role, and why his opponents had utterly failed to make any legitimate case against him.
Many who lack historic perspective called Collins’ speech a “throwback” to a time when the Senate was, as its traditionalists like to pretend, “the greatest deliberative body on earth,” but that is a lot of nonsense. The truth is that the U.S. Senate has alway been a vile and nasty place filled with vile and nasty people, though I will admit that the Democrats made sure it became far more vile and nasty than normal during the course of this confirmation process.
Sadly for the people of Alaska, Senator Lisa Murkowski made her own floor speech later in the day, looking small and petty in comparison to Collins as she ended up trying to justify her “no” vote on some ill-defined concern that Kavanaugh might rule against her state’s Native Americans. This is also nonsense – Murkowski’s political calculation here is all about her support for abortion on demand, and everyone knows it.
But even Murkowski had one redeeming moment, stating that, in the final confirmation vote today, she had agreed to vote “present” as a gesture of collegiality with Montana’s Steve Daines, who will now be able to fly to his home state and walk his daughter down the aisle at her wedding.
So, the Surrender Caucus didn’t surrender, and the Senate will end up doing the right thing at the end of a very sad and tawdry process for America. But the damage by the Democrats and to the Democrats has been done, and millions of American voters have had their eyes opened to that party’s despicable true nature. They will pay for their destructive and vicious tactics at the polls this November and in 2020.
Um…can we, like, change our minds now that we’re gonna lose? – Rumors were flying Friday evening that some of the Democrat Senators whose re-elections are in jeopardy were meeting to try to make a deal to change their “noes” on Friday’s cloture vote to “yes’s” on today’s confirmation vote. Supposedly, this includes North Dakota’s Heidi Heitcamp, Indiana’s Joe Donnelly, Missouri’s Claire McCaskill, Montana’s Jon Tester and Florida’s Bill Nelson.
Should they do that, it would just demonstrate the typical Democrat utter contempt for the intelligence of voters. Democrats rely on their belief that the people inclined to vote for them are complete morons, and all to often, they end up being right. But in this instance, their party has already spent the last month demonizing this man as the second coming of Satan, pounding that message home across the nation’s TV screens seemingly 24 hours a day.
That’s a real hard thing to now just go back from. You can’t just tell your support base that “Brett Kavanaugh is a violent drunk gang rapist!” on Friday and then wake up Saturday and say “Ok, well, but he’s fully qualified to sit on the Supreme Court!”. Even the dimmest bulbs in the Democrat light fixture are going to have a hard time rewarding them for that sort of 180 degree turn.
Heitcamp and McCaskill are probably done in any event, so don’t expect a shift from them. Donnelly, Tester and Nelson? They’re probably craven and desperate enough to give it a try. Regardless, their votes don’t matter at the end of the day, so whatevs, dudes.
Winners and losers… – I’ll do a listing of the week’s winners and losers in the Campaign Update Week In Review later day, or possibly tomorrow if the voting runs into the evening, but there is one yuuuuuuuuge winner in all of this that everyone needs to acknowledge: the American voter. Because the American voter rose up in 2016 and decided to change the course of American history.
As voters went to the polls on November 8, 2016, our country was rapidly slouching towards becoming just another dying, European-style quasi-socialist, quas-democracy. Every institution of the federal government, from the FBI to the DOJ, the state department to the EPA, the IRS to the National Security Council and on and on, had been utterly corrupted by eight years of Barack Obama. Even the nation’s courts have been corrupted, as all the absurd rulings we’ve seen out of Obama-appointed judges over the last two years have demonstrated clearly. The elevation of Hillary Clinton to the presidency would have ensured the completion of that trajectory, and the corruption would have only accelerated and ultimately become irreversible.
But just as the GOP Surrender Caucus rose up and refused to surrender on Friday, millions of voters all the “experts” told us would surely either stay home or vote for Clinton rose up, went to the polls, and cast a vote for real, radical change. And boy, has Donald Trump given us that over the last two years.
Through just 20 months in office, President Donald Trump (I never tired of typing those three glorious words) has done away with about 90% of the wholly un-American Obama legacy, reasserted American influence and power across the globe, reduced ISIS to rubble and Islamic terrorism to more a nuisance than a security threat.
And later today, barring some last-minute seismic event, he will have achieved what Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan and both George Bushes could not: a 5-4 constitutional originalist majority on the U.S. Supreme Court.
Perhaps even more importantly, President Trump has provided an example that appears to be finally sinking in among his GOP colleagues: That when you are viciously attacked by the depraved Democrats, the proper response is not to give them the “olive branch”, i.e., surrender they seek, but to fight back with everything you’ve got.
Make no mistake about it: Donald Trump is the only GOP President in modern times who would have stuck with Judge Kavanaugh through this terrible, despicable assault on his character. Even Reagan pulled the plug on Bob Bork when he was under similar duress. The Bushes? Please.
You, the American voters, gave us this indispensable man. You, the American voters, created the victory that should take place this afternoon.
So pat yourselves on the back, voters, because you deserve it. You made this.
That is all.
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