Elections, Media

Rachel Maddow Finds a Unique Villain to Blame for Ossoff’s Loss

The leftist media has already jumped the shark long ago, but now, on the heels of the Democrats sad loss in Georgia this week, it’s getting ridiculous.

As we might have predicted, the media thinks the loss is not at all because liberalism simply doesn’t sell — especially in the Deep South.

Nay, it must be due to something other than a failed ideology and/or a bad candidate…despite tens of millions of dollars.

According to Rachel Maddow, the loss was due to… wait for it … the weather.

But here’s the dirty little secret: Ossof got fewer votes than the previous Democrat candidate in that district, the one who spent less than a grand.

Yes, you read that right: Nearly thirty million won fewer votes than half a grand.

Um, ouch.

Here’s more from Redstate…

On Tuesday night, when media outlets declared Karen Handel defeated Jon Ossoff in Georgia’s sixth congressional district, I said progressives would have a difficult time trying to find a scapegoat. After all, Ossoff is straight, white, and male. There was no grievance factor for progressives to latch onto, especially considering he lost to a woman.

But then there is Rachel Maddow. Her ratings have increased since Donald Trump became president mainly because she will indulge even the most absurd theories about the president and his administration. The idea that a Democrat lost to Karen Handel for any other reason than an outside influence cannot be justified. Something sinister happened. There is no other reason Ossoff lost, right?

Enter the weather.

Yes, Maddow went there. Watch this clip:

“If there was a turnout effect from the bad weather today in the district, does that have any partisan implications that you can foresee in terms of what was expected for same-day, election-day voting here, rather than the early vote?”

Remarkable. Yesterday, on the Commentary podcast, John Podhoretz said Ossoff received 24 fewer votes than Rodney Stooksbury, Tom Price’s opponent in 2016. Ossoff spent $30M. Stooksbury? $427.

The hilarious part is, people weren’t even sure if a person named Rodney Stooksbury even existed. He didn’t campaign. His website featured no photos of him. He was a mystery. His existence ultimately was confirmed at some point.

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Elections, Media

CNN ‘Sad Meme’ Blows the Net After Ossof Loss in GA

Schadenfreude: It’s the German word for taking particular pleasure in the misfortune of another.

It’s not good, but we just can’t help from grinning at the image of CNN’s political panel with their long faces as the realization hits them that Jon Ossof had officially become the fourth Democrat to lose in a special election.

It was supposed to be a referendum on President Trump in which red-state voters finally would reject him.

Nope, not gonna happen.

And now the Virginia and New Jersey gubernatorial elections are due in November, and liberals suddenly have no cause for hope.

It appears now that hope and change are the conservative rally cry.

Here’s more from Redstate…

As the election results showed Republican Karen Handel soundly beating her opponent Jon Ossoff in the special election in Georgia, CNN analysts appeared disappointed by the results before anchor Anderson Cooper cut to a break.

TFW Your Candidate Gets His Ossoff Handeled – wrote Reddit user Colonel_Falhma on The_Donald subreddit, highlighting their “SALTY TEARS

Although CNN hadn’t called the race for Handel yet, it was clear the Democrats’ candidate had lost. 

Right before the moment, CNN’s Chief Political Correspondent Dana Bash pointed out that the district was one where Democrats should have been more competitive after Mitt Romney won by double digits and President Donald Trump won it by just over one percentage point. 

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“[I]t is wealthy, it is educated and the kind of voters that are in this district were supposed to be the kind that Democrats could pick off from the Republican,” she said, pointing out that Democrats had failed again.

Anchor Anderson Cooper moved into a break, but not before the cameras focused on the panel — executive editor for CNN Politics Mark Preston, CNN’s chief political analyst Gloria Borger, David Chalian, CNN’s Political Director, and Bash.

The image was widely shared by Trump supporters, including some White House staff.

“Hey @CNN its like your constant conspiracy theories and hatred towards the President actually doesn’t make a difference,” wrote Turning Point USA founder Charlie Kirk in a Twitter message that was retweeted by Donald Trump Jr.

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Elections, Issues

Planned Parenthood Paid Big Bucks For A Big Georgia Loss

As we’ve reported already, Democrat John Ossof bought a big, fat nothing burger in Tuesday’s special election in Georgia, and it only cost him 25 million smackers.

But what’s even more mouthwateringly delectable is that three-quarters of a million of those liberal dollars came from Planned Parenthood for whom Ossof was a wholly-owned subsidiary of so-called “women’s health care rights” (aka abortion on-demand).

It’s sort of poetic justice to know that it went to waste after all.

The only frustrating factoid is that those dollars ultimately were funded by the taxpayer (aka ‘us’).

Here’s more from Redstate…

Talk about getting no bang for your buck.

Planned Parenthood were hoping an influx of ready cash into Georgia’s race for the 6th Congressional District would give them one more friend in Congress.

From The Washington Times:

 With $734,000 in campaign contributions, the abortion giant was the second-biggest spender on the Democratic side of the ledger — only trailing the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, which poured $4.9 million into the race.

Mr. Ossoff raised a historic $23 million to try to pick off the seat vacated by former Rep. Tom Price, who was appointed to head the Department of Health and Human Services by President Trump.

I’m actually quite happy about this, and I encourage them to spend as much as possible on losing candidates.

The way I see it, that’s money that’s not going to enrich the heartless ghouls that profit from human irresponsibility, fear, and death.

Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the pro-life Susan B. Anthony List, said it turned out to be a referendum on Planned Parenthood.

“Although America’s largest abortion business, Planned Parenthood, spent six figures in support of her opponent Jon Ossoff, Karen’s record of courageous leadership won the day,” Ms. Dannenfelser said in a statement.

“We are encouraged that the voters rejected Ossoff’s extreme pro-abortion agenda and are sending Karen Handel to Washington to stand up for women and children and get taxpayers out of the abortion business,” she added.

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Elections, Politics

Pelosi Faces Growing Doubts Among Dems After Georgia Loss

Yesterday’s surprise loss by the Democrats in the Georgia special election has caused more than a little head-scratching.

Now that the Dems are 0-4 in congressional contests since President Trump’s inauguration, they’re suddenly looking inward in hopes of discovering what’s wrong.

And some of that introspection is already spilling out into the media in the form of calls for new leadership.

San Fran Nancy Pelosi has been at the helm of the House Dems since GW Bush’s first term.

But now her dutiful underlings may finally be onto something novel: perhaps it’s time for her to go.

Every blind squirrel eventually gets the nut.

Here’s more from Politico…

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and other top Democrats put a brave face on Wednesday morning after a disappointing loss in the Georgia special election, yet there is no disguising the unhappiness in the party ranks.

There is no challenge to Pelosi’s leadership, and none is going to happen at this point, said numerous Democrats. But it’s clear frustration is growing with the longtime Democratic leader following the extensive losses Democrats have suffered over the past half-decade.

And the fact that Republicans spent millions of dollars on TV ads tying Democratic hopeful Jon Ossoff to Pelosi — and the brand of progressive policies she represents — shows that she will once again be an issue for Democratic challengers in the very districts that the party needs to win to make her speaker again.

Some Democrats want to replace Pelosi atop their caucus, as they have since last November’s poor showing at the polls; they say there is no way to get back in the majority with her as their leader. And others who backed her in last year’s leadership challenge have now flipped their stance.

“I think you’d have to be an idiot to think we could win the House with Pelosi at the top,” said Rep. Filemon Vela (D-Texas), who supported Pelosi in her last leadership race. “Nancy Pelosi is not the only reason that Ossoff lost. But she certainly is one of the reasons.”

“#Ossof Race better be a wake up call for Democrats – business as usual isn’t working. Time to stop rehashing 2016 and talk about the future,” Rep. Seth Moulton (D-Mass.), a rising star for the party, tweeted on Tuesday night.

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Elections, Politics, States

Dems Lose Again: Big Money Fails to Push Ossof Over the Top

Despite raising and spending more than 25 million — mostly from out of state and Hollywood liberals — Democrat Jon Ossof lost the race for the open seat in Georgia last night.

And it really wasn’t all that close. In the finals days, polls showed Ossof neck and neck with Republican Karen Handel, and many had him with a slight lead.

The predictions mostly showed younger voters turning out in droves to push Ossof over for the win, on which Dems were ready to pounce as a harbinger of things to come and as a rejection of President Trump.

Not so much.

Republicans are now 4 of 4 in special elections since Trump took the White House.

Here’s more from WSJ…

Republicans held on to a hotly contested U.S. House seat in Georgia on Tuesday, beating back a powerful challenge that ultimately showed the limits of Democrats’ ability to turn opposition to Donald Trump’s presidency into electoral gains.

Republican Karen Handel, a former Georgia secretary of state, beat Democrat Jon Ossoff, a former congressional aide, in the most expensive House race in history and the most significant test of the two parties’ political strength since Mr. Trump’s election.

The Associated Press called Ms. Handel the winner.

Republicans had invested heavily in the campaign, with President Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and other party luminaries flocking to the Atlanta suburbs to bolster Ms. Handel’s candidacy. Donors and outside groups poured more than $23 million into Ms. Handel’s campaign, and still the GOP had faced the politically embarrassing prospect of losing a district the party has held for almost four decades.

The result was a big blow to Democrats, who were hungry for a victory to demonstrate that grass roots, anti-Trump energy gives them a shot at taking control of the House in the 2018 midterm elections. Democrats earlier this year lost two other contested House special elections, in Kansas and Montana.

In South Carolina, Republican Ralph Norman held the House seat vacated by Mick Mulvaney, Mr. Trump’s budget director, but by a far closer margin than expected. Mr. Norman defeated Democrat Archie Parnell, a former Goldman Sachs executive, by less than four percentage points. Mr. Mulvaney won the district by 20 points in November and Mr. Trump carried it by 18 points.

The twin victories mean that Republicans are 4-for-4 in the House special elections that are being widely viewed for signals to each party’s prospects next year in the battle for control of the House, which is now held by the Republicans. All along, Georgia had been considered Democrats’ best shot at a victory.

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Elections

Special Election Day: Referendum on Trump in Georgia Race

It’s election day in Georgia after months of high profile attacks and millions in out-of-state spending on behalf of Democrat Jon Ossof.

The race to replace former Congressman Tom Price after his appointment by President Trump to head HHS is easily the most expensive in history.

And with the polls in a dead-heat, it’s anyone’s guess who will win the day.

But if Ossof pulls it out despite not living in the district, Democrats will be crowing about it for the rest of the month as a harbinger of things to come in the 2018 election cycle.

If he loses, it will represent a colossal failure by the Dems to capitalize on Trump’s low approval numbers despite more than enough money and media.

This is going to be a long day in the Peach State.

Here’s more from Redstate…

Voters go to the polls today in Georgia’s sixth congressional district for a special election. Polls heading into voting day show the race is a dead heat. Karen Handel or Jon Ossoff will win at the end of the day, and the results may be a harbinger of things to come.

The district has a long history with Democrats owning the seat from 1845 all the way until 1978 when thirty-five-year-old Newt Gingrich won the seat. He held it until 1999 when he retired. After that, Johhny Isakson held the position until he ran for the Senate in 2004. Tom Price has held it since, and when President Trump nominated him to be Secretary of Health and Human Services, the seat opened up.

The race is a referendum on the Presidency of Donald Trump, young as it may be.

Ironically, neither Republican Karen Handel nor Democrat Jon Ossoff spends much time talking about the President. Ossoff, with a lot of donations received from outside the district, is running a campaign that is more reminiscent of a moderate Republican than a Democrat, with ads emphasizing his willingness to cut spending and eliminate waste and fraud in government programs. Ossoff’s priorities page discusses healthcare, but Obamacare doesn’t merit a single mention.

Ossoff is hoping to attract crossover Republican voters in a district won by Donald Trump with a slim margin over Hillary Clinton. Based on polling data, Handel won’t come close to matching Price’s near 62% of the vote he received in 2016, the lowest since he first ran in 2004. A defeat will be especially embarrassing for Handel. She failed to secure the nomination in two state-wide races (one for Governor, the other for the Senate) and allowing the seat to return to Democrats for the first time in nearly 40 years will give Democrats a big boost going into 2018.

Make no mistake, Handel losing will be directly attributed to President Trump. Trump’s defenders will say Handel’s refusal to embrace Trump is responsible for her loss, but that makes little sense in light of Trump’s average job approval rating of 40 percent (and that’s due in part to the outlier of Rasmussen showing Trump’s job approval at 48 percent). Her loss will give Democrats reason to believe they can take back the House in 2018 with the Senate being a long-shot.

Democrats are convinced even if Handel wins by a slim margin; it gives them momentum. That’s where I part ways with conventional wisdom. The race is expensive with $50 million being spent by both sides. Since January, Ossoff took in more than $23 million, most of it from outside the state. If he cannot mount a campaign to win after raising that much cash, there are no moral victories. If Ossoff wins, it is big news. If he loses, it becomes just another congressional race next year.

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Elections, Politics

Elizabeth Warren to Trump: ‘Donald, You Ain’t Seen Nasty Yet’

Uber-left Sen. Elizabeth Warren took to the same NYC stage serving host to the Shakespeare-inspired Trump assassination play to launch yet more invective against the president.

Reading to a crowd of fellow travelers from her own book, she issued a challenge, “You ain’t seen nasty yet,” a reference to Trump’s label of Hillary as a ‘nasty woman’.

Warren continues her national book tour coupled with lobbing political grenades at Donald Trump in what many are speculating is the build-up to a bid for the White House in 2020.

After it became clear Hillary would be the frontrunner in 2016, Warren backed off from hinting at a primary challenge.

But now with the race wide open, she could wrest from Hillary the moniker of would-be first female president.

Here’s more from Breitbart…

On Friday, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) stood on an empty New York stage, reading excerpts from her latest book, This Fight is Our Fight: The Battle to Save America’s Middle Class, and could hardly restrain her excitement while reading what sounded like a warning for President Donald Trump: “Donald, you ain’t seen nasty yet.”

Warren was reportedly reading some of her favorite anti-Trump signs from the nationally-coordinated Women’s March in Boston, Massachusetts, when she said, “And only one more because I have to discipline myself on this. This is a good sign: ‘Donald, you ain’t seen nasty yet.’”

The phrase “nasty woman,” quickly became a slogan after Trump uttered the phrase during the final presidential debate following Hillary Clinton’s remarks that she would raise taxes on the rich in order to pay for the nation’s mounting debt. “My Social Security payroll contribution will go up, as will Donald’s, assuming he can’t figure out how to get out of it,” Clinton said at the time. Trump moved into his microphone and said in response, “such a nasty woman.”

Warren was speaking at The Town Hall, a New York City-based performance space Friday evening. Those who chose to watch Warren read portions from her book and answer questions, instead of attending a rendition of Julius Caesar in which President Trump is killed off, could have paid $45-$50 per ticket to do so.

Another one of her favorite signs was reportedly, “women’s rights are not up for grabs.” In a video, she can be seen saying, “What Donald Trump and the Republican majority in the House and the Senate want to do to us, is they want to deliver the knockout blow to the middle class.”

Trump’s Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin — a longtime donor to the Democratic Party — has stated that Trump’s tax plan is meant to help the middle class and strengthen free market competition.

The far-left senator and former Harvard law professor went on to say, “The character of a nation is not the character of its president. The character of a nation is the character of its people.”

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Elections, Politics

Mitt 6.0: Romney Appearance Stokes Speculation of Another Run

Mitt Romney has been seen increasingly on-stage and in the public eye in recent weeks, which is fueling speculation that his days in politics aren’t over after all.

The former Massachusetts governor and two-time presidential candidate is rumored to be mulling a second bid for U.S. Senate…from Utah.

Recall Romney was defeated in 1994 by Ted Kennedy for the U.S. Senate seat in Massachusetts.

But now with the retirement of Sen. Orrin Hatch, GOP backers in the heavily Mormon state are said to be pressuring him to run, which would be his 6th campaign for office.

This could get interesting.

Here’s more from Breitbart…

Failed 2012 Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney offered lukewarm praise for President Trump over the weekend at his annual E2 summit — an appearance that included some rumblings of possibly yet another run for office from the former Massachusetts governor.

The annual summit in Utah, attracting wealthy Romney donors, political elites and business leaders, saw Romney declare that he and Trump are “not as far apart as I feared early on,” according to Utah’s KUER radio.

He reportedly pointed to Trump’s appointment of Justice Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court and Trump’s pro-business economic policies as areas where the two agree. He also agreed with Trump’s approach to NATO. Romney had been widely rumored to be in contention for the position of Secretary of State — but Trump eventually went with Rex Tillerson.

In a Q&A, he called it “encouraging” that he had been considered for the position.

“I didn’t believe for a minute I could tell him what to do on any of those things, but I thought that that kind of openness was very encouraging,” Romney said. “And if he was willing to have me in that position, I would be anxious to serve because I love the country.

Yet the summit also raised the possibility that Romney is on maneuvers for a future run himself. According to Politico, in a closed-door appearance Friday, former Democratic Vice President Joe Biden floated the idea that Romney should run again — this time for the Senate.

Politico reported that Romney, who has previously spoken to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) about succeeding Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT), merely smiled in response to the remark as the audience applauded.

Should Romney run again, it would mark the latest in a long line of attempts to seek high office. He challenged Democratic Sen. Ted Kennedy for his Massachusetts Senate seat in 1994, before running for and winning the Massachusetts gubernatorial race in 2002.

In 2008, Romney ran unsuccessfully for the Republican nomination, being beaten by Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), and lost to President Barack Obama after winning the nomination in 2012. He also considered running for the 2016 nomination, before deciding against it. However, he gave a speech in which he condemned Trump as “a phony, a fraud” before later allowing himself to be considered to be Trump’s Secretary of State.

Should he run for Senate in the future, it would mark the sixth time he has either run for office or seriously considered it.

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Elections, States

Puerto Rico Votes to Become the 51st State in the Union

Voters in Puerto Rico made their voices clear this weekend on the question of whether the U.S. territory should remain as such or should become the 51st state in the union.

And after ballots were tallied, voters overwhelmingly came down in favor of statehood.

The problem is that it wasn’t a binding vote, rather a referendum designed to send a message to Congress, which has the final authority on admittance of new states.

Puerto Rico is undergoing the throes of bankruptcy and is relying on help from the U.S. government to remain afloat.

Should the island be granted statehood, it would add an equivalent of Oklahoma’s population to the official demographics of the union.

Here’s more from the AP…

Puerto Rico’s governor announced that the U.S. territory overwhelmingly chose statehood on Sunday in a nonbinding referendum held amid a deep economic crisis that has sparked an exodus of islanders to the U.S. mainland.

Nearly half a million votes were cast for statehood, about 7,600 for free association/independence and nearly 6,700 for the current territorial status, according to preliminary results. Voter turnout was just 23 percent, leading opponents to question the validity of a vote that several political parties had urged their supporters to boycott.

And the U.S. Congress has final say in any changes to Puerto Rico’s political status.

But that didn’t stop Gov. Ricardo Rossello from vowing to push ahead with his administration’s quest to make the island the 51st U.S. state and declaring that “Puerto Rico voted for statehood.” He said he would create a commission to ensure that Congress validate the referendum’s results.

“In any democracy, the expressed will of the majority that participates in the electoral processes always prevails,” Rossello said. “It would be highly contradictory for Washington to demand democracy in other parts of the world, and not respond to the legitimate right to self-determination that was exercised today in the American territory of Puerto Rico.”

It was the lowest level of participation in any election in Puerto Rico since 1967, according to Carlos Vargas Ramos, an associate with the Center for Puerto Rican Studies at Hunter College in New York. He also said that even among voters who supported statehood, turnout was lower this year compared with the last referendum in 2012.

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Elections, Politics

Bernie Sanders Attacks Trump Nominee for Being a Christian

This headline might have alternatively been written, “How Hillary Clinton Saved Christians in America”.

It’s common knowledge now that Hillary colluded with the Democrat Party to ensure Bernie Sanders did not get the Democrat nomination for president.

And it’s also been demonstrated that Sanders had more than a decent chance of beating Trump had he gotten his party’s nod with a high turnout of young voters.

So when Sanders openly attacked a Trump nominee this week for being a Christian and suggested his faith disqualifies him from the post, it quickly became clear that Christians would likely have been targeted under an openly atheistic Sanders White House.

Hillary, accidentally, did us all a favor. Weird.

Here’s more from Fox News…

First they came for the wedding planners and the bakers. Then they came for the Catholic farmers and the Baptist high school valedictorians. And now, the secularists are coming after the evangelical public servants.

On Wednesday, Russell Vought, President Trump’s nominee to be deputy director of the White House Office of Management and Budget, was viciously attacked by Sen. Bernie Sanders over his Christian faith.

Sen. Sanders deemed Vought unsuitable for office because he believes that salvation is found alone through Jesus Christ. He said someone with that kind of a religious belief system is “really not someone who this country is supposed to be about.”

Sen. James Lankford warned that Sander’s comments “dangerously close to crossing a clear constitutional line for how we evaluate qualifications for public service.”

“The First Amendment is crystal clear that the federal government must protect every American’s right to the peaceful and free exercise of religion,” the Oklahoma Republican said. “We cannot say we have the free exercise of religion and also require people to practice their faith only in a way that government officials prefer.”

The Vermont senator’s comments brought strong condemnation from Christians across the nation – including Family Research Council President Tony Perkins.

“Senator Sanders is taking the Obama era’s religious hostility and putting it on steroids,” Perkins said.

Robert Jeffress, the pastor of First Baptist Church of Dallas (and a Fox News contributor), said that there are only two choices for the senator: “Apologize to the country for his foolhardy attempt to introduce an unconstitutional litmus test that would exclude 41 percent of the country, or resign.”

The controversy stems from an article Vought wrote in 2016 defending his alma mater, Wheaton College. In that article, he described Islam as a “deficient theology.”

“This is a fundamental problem,” he wrote in The Resurgent. “Muslims do not simply have a deficient theology. They do not know God because they have rejected Jesus Christ his Son, and they stand condemned.”

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