Elections

Roy Moore Refuses to Concede Elections to Jones

As expected, Democrats and their media lapdogs are celebrating the loss of Roy Moore as an iconic failure for President Trump to push his candidate across the line.

And now the story being woven is that it’s the official turning of the tide ahead of next year’s election.

But wait, Roy Moore has yet to concede and could call for a recount.

The problem is Alabama’s state law only provides for an automatic recount if the margin of victory is within a half point.

Jones’ victory, however, was a full point and a half over Moore after all precincts reported in.

Unless there was serious voter fraud — which has a long history on the Democrat side — it’s highly unlikely the election will be overturned.

This puts the GOP majority in the Senate at a slim two-vote margin, which is an effective tie in the case of a liberal Republican like Sen. Susan Collins voting with Democrats.

The GOP agenda is now officially on death-watch.

Here’s more from the Hill…

Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore (R) refused to concede the special election Tuesday night after multiple media outlets called the race in favor of his Democratic opponent, Doug Jones.

“At this point, we do not have a final decision on the outcome tonight,” Moore’s campaign chairman, Bill Armistead, told supporters.

“When the vote is this close, it is not over,” Moore said.

Alabama state law requires an automatic recount when election results are within 0.5 percentage points.

With 100 percent of precincts reporting, Jones holds 49.9 percent of the vote, compared to Moore’s 48.4 percent, a 1.5-point gap, according to The New York Times.

Shortly after Moore’s speech, Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill (R) was asked by CNN’s Jake Tapper if he expected “anything other than Mr. Jones being the next senator from the state of Alabama.”

“I would find that highly unlikely to occur, Jake,” Merrill replied.

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Jones Defeats Roy Moore, Pulls Ahead In Final Hours

It’s official. Roy Moore has lost his bid for U.S. Senate after Doug Jones pulled ahead in the final hours of the night as votes came in from the urban areas of Alabama.

Talking heads will be gushing over the results with all sorts of insight as to how the harassment scandal was the nail in his coffin coupled with Democrat turnout efforts in the black areas of the state.

But one thing will be undeniable: had Moore’s campaign handled the initial response to the accusations better and had Donald Trump not played hokey pokey with his endorsement, things might have turned out entirely the other way.

Rest assured Democrats will be crowing about this victory for weeks on end.

Here’s more from Redstate…

The race has been called by the Decision Desk and the AP.

With nearly 100% of precincts reporting, we can now report that Judge Roy Moore has lost in his campaign for Senate in Alabama. Democrat Doug Jones will be filling the seat left vacant by Republican Jeff Sessions, who went on to join the Trump administration.

Moore, of course, faced serious allegations of sexual misconduct in the final weeks of his campaign, and what’s more, he did a poor job of handling those accusations. From bad interviews to contradictory statements to generally making it clear that even if they were true it wouldn’t be a big deal, Moore and his campaign didn’t make the sale.

Jones was the worst possible person that the Democrats could have put up against Moore in Alabama. That he won in Alabama of all places is very bad news for the GOP. The pro-abortion extremist could not be more out of step with voters in Alabama. His win was not only a rejection of Moore, but a repudiation of the power of Steve Bannon.

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Obama Records Get-Out-The-Vote Call for Moore’s Opponent

With mere hours remaining before voters begin showing up at the polls in Alabama, the most ironic event to-date may be just the thing Roy Moore needed to secure his victory.

With the polls showing a renewed lead in recent days, Roy Moore’s opponent has secured both an endorsement and campaign assistance from Barack Obama’s magic community organization skills.

Obama reportedly recorded a get-out-the-vote call to Democrat and minority voters in hopes of creating a surge against Moore.

But what sometimes happens in cases like these is a very public backlash.

And we expect folks in Alabama won’t take kindly to the former Campaigner-in-Chief trying to influence their election.

Moore may have just won the perfect last-minute surge he needed. Merry Christmas, Barack.

Here’s more from Daily Caller…

Former President Barack Obama recorded a get-out-the-vote call for Democratic Alabama Senate candidate Doug Jones, the New York Times reports.

The former president is just the latest prominent liberal to aid Jones’ special election campaign. Democratic New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker has campaigned in Alabama for Jones, while other Democratic senators have fundraised on Jones’ behalf.

Jones’ campaign advisers were still unsure on Sunday night about whether they would actually use the taped call from Obama, amid fears that the former president’s endorsement could backfire and hurt Jones, according to the NYT. The exact contents of Obama’s call remain unclear.

President Donald Trump taped a robocall of his own for Republican candidate Roy Moore.

“We need Roy voting for us and stopping illegal immigration and crime, rebuilding a stronger military and protecting the Second Amendment and our pro-life values. But if Alabama elects liberal Democrat Doug Jones, all of our progress will be stopped full,” Trump said in the call.

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Demographic Shift: Younger Voters to Form a ‘Millennial Party’

It is roundly assumed that President Trump will be the last of the Baby Boomer presidents — and that one small debate slip-up in New Hampshire prevented Marco Rubio from becoming the first GenXer.

Both because Boomers are aging out and because Millennials are coming of age, the demographic shift is massive.

Millennials are already the largest voting bloc now that they’re of voting age.

And, as we’ve recently reported, a super-majority of them aren’t keen on either the Democrat or the Republican Party.

With issue positions that are a sort of hodge-podge from both parties’ platforms, the biggest event in 21st-century politics may be the formation of a viable third party.

Attempts were made in the past, but the numbers didn’t support the trend.

With GenX and Millennial leaders coming to the helm in countries around the world, it may be an inevitable event as early as 2020.

Here’s more from Washington Examiner…

A worldwide movement among younger voters to create “millennial political parties” is taking root in the U.S., where the “youth” bloc is now the biggest and is ready to toss older politicians engaged in partisan warfare out on their ears.

New signs emerged in a Harvard University Institute of Politics poll that said millennial voters feel abandoned by warring Democrats and Republicans and are eager for the style of “community” politics last seen during President Bill Clinton’s two terms in the 1990s.

And while younger voters told Harvard that they overwhelmingly favor Democrats in the upcoming 2018 election, Democrats aren’t feeling a big millennial bump at the polls.

“You would think that generally Democrats would be doing better,” said John Della Volpe, director of polling at the Harvard Kennedy School Institute of Politics. But, he said, his poll found that just a third of young voters believe the parties cares about them.

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Rollercoaster: FNC Exonerates Moore, then Retracts Headline

We had a bombshell story all prepped to grace your inbox that went thusly: Roy Moore accuser admits forging yearbook entry.

It promised to turn the entire scandal rollercoaster upside down. That is until the headline both from Fox News and Breitbart was proven to be rather misleading.

The stories claimed that Beverly Young Nelson had forged the signature and note in her yearbook, a fact which has been the most damning of all the claims against Moore.

But the reality is she didn’t forge anything. She simply made a notation of the date and location below his signature.

What’s more, several experts have verified that his signature and handwriting match other examples in the public record.

So in a matter of hours, Moore has gone from presumed guilty to exonerated, and back to presumed guilty again.

The bottom line is conservative media has done Roy Moore a grave disservice today.

In the era of fake news on the left, conservatives must hold to an unequivocal standard of integrity lest we become like them.

Here’s more from Breitbart…

Beverly Young Nelson has finally admitted that she forged a portion of the infamous high school yearbook that she and attorney Gloria Allred used as proof of her accusations against U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore.

And in yet another blow to the credibility of ABC News, the disgraced, left-wing network downplayed the bombshell by presenting this admission of forgery as adding “notes” to the inscription. Worse still, the reporter actually coaches Nelson, puts words in her mouth, downplay the enormous significance of her deceit.

“Nelson admits she did make notes to the inscription,” ABC News tells us. “But the message was all Roy Moore.”

“Beverly, he signed your yearbook,” ABC News reporter Tom Llamas says.

“He did sign it,” she replies.

“And you made some notes underneath.”

“Yes,” Nelson says.

And then, after a woman admits to forging a document used in a campaign to destroy the Republican nominee for the U.S. Senate in Alabama, ABC News quickly moves on as though it is not news of extraordinary consequence.

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If Moore Is Elected, It Could Spell Disaster for the GOP

‘Good riddance’ is the refrain in the halls of Congress today after Sen. Al Franken expectedly announced his resignation ‘in the coming weeks’.

With the ouster of Franken and Conyers for harassment allegations, Republicans are wringing their hands in hopes that the Democrat brand is tainted.

But the worst may be yet to come with the Alabama special election set for Tuesday.

Roy Moore’s beleaguered campaign has rebounded in the polls enough to give confidence that he’ll prevail.

But his ongoing scandal isn’t going away anytime soon with the possibility of a Senate investigation looming.

And if he’s seated by his GOP colleagues, it is a political certainty that Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi will use Moore as a political noose to hang around the GOP’s neck in the 2018 midterms.

The argument will go something like this: “We cleaned our own house. But Moore proves Republicans are hypocrites.” And they’ll have a point. Stay tuned for Tuesday.

Here’s more from Washington Examiner…

When Sen. Al Franken announced his resignation amid sexual misconduct allegations Thursday the Minnesota Democrat emphasized what he and all Democrats consider a glaring irony: A Republican accused of molesting an underage girl is on the verge of being elected to the Senate and President Trump sits in the White House, accused of sexually harassing or assaulting 19 women.

In pressuring Franken and Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., another accused of sexual harassment, to step aside

“Those who trash legitimate accusers, it could be the president, it could be Roy Moore, it could be anybody, there is going to be, and needs to be, a price to be paid for it,” Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., told reporters Thursday. “Now it’s clear that behavior of this kind before you take office is something that the body should take seriously and it should be even-handed if it’s a Democrat or a Republican.”

Franken is beloved by his colleagues. Conyers, Congress’ longest-serving member, is a civil rights icon. But, with the momentum behind the “Me Too” movement gaining steam, Democrats were forced to cut ties, showing they’re serious about a “zero-tolerance” policy. And what, at first, appeared a rejection of Moore by Republicans, changed in the last week when Trump and the Republican National Committee rushed to his defense and poured money into his campaign. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., also appeared to walk back his criticism of Moore and Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, backed Trump’s endorsement saying, “Many of the things that [Moore] allegedly did were decades ago.”

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Poll Shock: Has the Time for A Third Party Finally Come?

At various junctures in American political history, a third political party has emerged to give serious challenge to the prevailing two-party system.

But no third party has yet had the staying power to create a system that is considered normal in Canada, England and elsewhere in Western democracies.

But that may be changing soon.

As the Democrats continue to drift to the hard left and the GOP continues to flounder with its failure to live up to promises, calls for a third option are as loud as they’ve ever been.

And now a new NBC poll shows fully 70% of Millennials — who constitute the largest generation in American history — are calling for another option.

We could see a third party candidate in 2020 become the new face of a major third party.

If that happens, it’s anyone’s guess who the next president will be.

Here’s more from Redstate…

While Republicans and Democrats have held a duopoly over America’s political system since Lincoln, the time may be soon approaching when they will have to share the stage with other parties if millennials have anything to say about it.

According to a new NBC News poll, millennials have overwhelmingly indicated that a wish for a third party to appear on the political stage by a whopping 71 percent. Meanwhile, only 21 percent of millennials think that Republicans and Democrats do an adequate enough job.

The reason? Millennials believe that neither party truly cares about them.

Six in ten disapprove of the way Congress is handling its job, while 59 percent have an unfavorable view of the Republican Party and 42 percent have an unfavorable view of the Democratic Party. On the whole, millennials overwhelmingly do not think either party cares about people like them.

These views may help explain why a large majority of young adults — across racial subgroups, genders and partisan affiliations — say a third major party is needed. The survey was conducted October 26 to November 10, among a nationally representative sample of 1,876 adults aged 18-34.

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Elections, Issues

War: Just When You Thought Immigration Was Already Hot

Democrats argue that a ‘blue wave’ is coming in the 2018 midterm elections that will sweep the Republican Party out of control of Congress and be a major repudiation of Donald Trump.

But one announcement this week could, in a grand irony, change all of that calculus.

Recall that candidate Trump’s most critical push for popular support was ending the wave of illegal immigration from Mexico and all points south.

This week his archnemesis Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) announced he’s retiring from Congress.

And the rumor is he’ll immediately begin what amounts to an exploratory committee for 2020.

This is significant because Gutierrez is a rabid open-borders, pro-La Raza radical who makes mere DREAM Act supporters seem like hard right-wingers.

If the G-man jumps in the race, it’s going to be 2016 all over again.

And rest assured voters will reject Democrats next year once again.

Strap in, folks.

Here’s more from Fox News…

After Illinois Democratic Rep. Luis Gutierrez abruptly announced his retirement Tuesday and endorsed a successor without revealing his future political plans, Fox News has learned the outspoken immigration advocate will be testing the waters for a potential 2020 presidential bid.

Few national political figures could be more ideologically opposed on the issue of immigration than President Trump – who wants a border wall and has fought to suspend immigration from some Muslim-majority countries – and Gutierrez, who blasted even the Obama administration over legal deportations. He also tangled publiclywith Trump White House Chief of Staff John Kelly over his support of the decision to end a program that shielded young illegal immigrants from deportation.

House members historically struggle to gain traction over better-known senators, governors and celebrities in presidential primaries.

But Fox News is told Gutierrez will set a national schedule for the first six months of 2018, visiting cities across the country to test the waters for a White House run. If he enters, he’ll likely face a crowded field of Democrats eager to take on Trump.

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Elections, Politics

Ivana Trump: Donald Trump Won’t Run for Reelection

It isn’t the first time in recent months it’s been suggested that Donald Trump will call it quits before the do-or-die moment in the 2020 race.

But Ivana Trump — the Donald’s first, first lady — knew the man intimately for fifteen years and therefore knows how his mind works.

The fact that he’s working harder than he ever has in his life coupled with the fact that he simultaneously has the least amount of power and control, Ivana argues, will ultimately push him to declare victory as the most successful president ever.

He’ll make the case that he’s done everything he ever intended — and in a ‘yuge, bigly’ way — and then hand over the baton.

It’s a likely scenario that could thrust VP Mike Pence into the limelight and throw all the Democrats’ anti-Trump calculus into the wind.

With his first year in the White House quickly coming to a close, the decision will need to be made in about 18 months before primary campaigns begin to gear up.

Here’s more from Redstate…

She was married to the guy for 15 years and is the mother of three of his children. By all accounts, she was as ambitious as he was, so maybe she does have an inside track on how Donald Trump thinks.

The first Mrs. Trump, Ivana Trump, gave a Saturday night audience the benefit of her knowledge about our president, while appearing on an Irish talk show, The Ray D’Arcy Show.

So what does she think is going on in her former husband’s head?

For starters, maybe Mike Pence should start printing up campaign signs now, because she doesn’t see Trump running for reelection.

 “I think he’s missing a little bit of his old life,” Ivana Trump told Ireland’s “The Ray D’Arcy Show” Saturday night local time.

Trump said she suspected the president missed having the freedom to split his time between his Trump Tower penthouse in New York City, his Mar-a-Lago resort estate in Florida, and the Trump National Golf Club in Westchester, outside New York City.

“From 8 o’clock in the morning to midnight, he’s working, working, working and everybody shouts at him the problems of that country,” she said. “I don’t envy him. I think he must be freaking exhausted. I would be too.”

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Brazile: ‘At least’ 25 People Will Run for Dem Nomination

DNC spoiler Donna Brazile is still on her book tour despite Hillary’s chagrin, which is serving as a sort of guarantee that the nail is finally in the Clintons’ political coffin.

And now Brazile is predicting that, with Hillary gone, the number of candidates likely to make a bid for the White House against President Trump could swell to a minimum of 25.

And she’s naming names.

Among the likely hopefuls for the Democrat nomination — in addition to Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders — are Sens. Cory Booker, Kirsten Gillibrand, Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris, VA Gov. Terry McAuliffe, CO Gov. John Hickenlooper, NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo and LA Mayor Eric Garcetti.

It’s likely to be a clown show that pales the 2016 GOP primary in comparison.

Here’s more from Washington Free Beacon…

Former Democratic National Committee interim chair Donna Brazile predicted a massive field of 2020 presidential candidates on Tuesday, telling MSNBC’s Chris Matthews she foresees 25 potential Democratic contenders.

Matthews asked Brazile about possible candidates like Sen. Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.) and Joe Biden, who are 76 and 75, respectively, and wondered if there should be an “outer age where you’re just too old to run” for presidents.

“Chris, I predict tonight that there will be literally over 25 people who will consider running for president,” she said. “Perhaps Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders.”

Other rumored contenders include Sens. Cory Booker (D., N.J.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D., N.Y.), Elizabeth Warren (D., Mass.), Kamala Harris (D., Calif.), Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti.

“Should the older guys run?” Matthews asked.

“The last thing I’m going to do at the age of 57 is to kick somebody who’s 65 or 70 and tell them that their days are over,” Brazile said.

“Donna, they’re way over 70,” Matthews said, laughing. “Why are you dodging this?”

“Chris, we have a big bench. I’m not asking anybody to leave the room,” Brazile said. “I think the Democratic Party should allow everybody to run, everybody who wants to run. Let’s not dog people just because of their age.”

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