Elections, Politics

Politico: Dems Are Getting Really Worried About November

If you’re Nancy Pelosi, you’re getting a little nervous these days. Or, well, maybe not.

Pelosi’s ability to sense the political winds is legendary for being entirely insensitive.

That might be why she continues on her anti-tax cut ‘crumbs’ tour despite that polling shows a steady shift in favor of Republicans as we head into the thick of the midterm elections.

Dems are really excited about the prospect of retaking Congress, but the polls don’t seem to be cooperating.

According to Politico, that has members of Pelosi’s caucus beginning to reconsider whether her serial losses over four cycles is cause for a coup.

If Dems lose this opportunity to take the House, it could be the end for Pelosi.

And that’ll be unfortunate for Republicans since she’s clearly their best asset.

Here’s more from Hotair…

Should they be? As much as they bragged about coasting to a new House majority over the last several months, the sudden and repeated hits on the panic button might give observers whiplash. Politico reports that dissension has grown in the ranks as polling has reversed itself not just on the generic Congressional ballot but on the economy and Donald Trump himself.

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. …

“People get caught up in the anti-Trump messaging. That’s what the messaging has been,” said Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-Mo.).

“The Democrats focus so much on Trump and the carnival that is around him that we don’t spend enough time talking about who we are and what we will do if the voters give us a chance in the majority.”

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Elections, Politics

Joe Biden Moving Pieces Into Place for 2020

Joe Biden is done being coy about his presidential ambitions.

This week he officially opened the office for his Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement, just down the road from the US Capitol.

And it’s admittedly a front for his not-so-clandestine campaign headquarters.

According to anonymous advisers, five key officials were invited to a meeting at the office to discuss Biden’s plans for 2020.

In which Biden made it clear that he’s making serious moves to be positioned for a run against President Trump.

The big issue is his age. At 78, he’d be the oldest president ever elected…by far.

That might be why advisers discussed a promise to serve only one term then hand the ball over to his VP.

We’ll see.

Here’s more from Yahoo…

Former Vice President Joe Biden is tiptoeing toward a potential run in 2020, even broaching the possibility during a recent gathering of longtime foreign policy aides.

Huddled in his newly opened office steps from the U.S. Capitol, Biden began a planning meeting for his new diplomacy center by addressing the elephant in the room. He said he was keeping his 2020 options open, considering it a real possibility. He insisted he had made no decision, and didn’t need to yet, according to five people who either attended the meeting or were briefed on it by those who did.

Biden also expressed interest in bringing those in the room onto his team if he decides to launch a campaign. At the same time, he gave them an out: There would be no hard feelings if they decided they were content in their current roles outside of government, said the people, who demanded anonymity to discuss a private meeting.

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Elections, Politics

2018: Nancy Pelosi Hell Bent on Helping Republicans

Remember Nancy Pelosi’s ill-fated ‘crumbs’ remark in criticism of the GOP tax cut bill?

Clearly she and her fellow ‘champions of the people’ are so tone-deaf they don’t understand that a thousand or two bucks is a big deal for the average American, especially when it comes in one lump sum as a bonus.

And that’s what has happened for millions of Americans so far.

This might explain why a new poll now shows a Republican advantage in the generic ballot going into the November election.

But that’s not stopping Pelosi from doubling down on her comment. Just this week she reiterated the word to describe the tax bill which a vast majority of Americans support.

As Trump suggested, Pelosi is the gift to the GOP that keeps on giving.

Here’s more from Redstate…

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi seems oddly determined to assist the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) with their efforts to re-elect House Republicans, doubling down on her comments that the bonuses companies have been paying their employees after the GOP tax cut bill are just “crumbs.”

As we reported earlier, at least 355 companies across the country have announced they will give their employees pay raises, bonuses, increased contributions to 401(k) plans, improved health insurance and other benefits. Pelosi and her fellow Democrats have been scrambling to find a way to minimize this news as the 2018 midterms approach.

Despite the ridicule Pelosi’s “crumbs” comment got — one Indiana Republican Congressman even named his bill to make these bonuses tax-free the “CRUMBS Act” to mock her — Pelosi did not hesitate to embrace the word again during a press conference yesterday.

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Elections, Politics, States

Report: Mitt to Announce Senate Bid on Thursday

According to sources, Mitt Romney will officially announce his bid for US Senate via social media on Thursday.

Mitt has been teasing the run for several weeks now after the official announcement by Sen. Orin Hatch (R-UT) that he’ll retire at the end of his term.

According to polls, Mitt is overwhelmingly popular in the majority Mormon state which shares his religious background.

What will be interesting, assuming Mitt wins in a landslide in November, is the interaction Mitt with have with President Trump.

It’s no secret the two aren’t the best of pals after Mitt openly called for Trump’s rejection during the primary.

Here’s more from Washington Examiner…

Mitt Romney will launch his Utah Senate campaign Thursday morning with a low key announcement on social media, and will make his first public appearance a day later near Salt Lake City with a keynote address to a gathering of grassroots Republicans.

Romney teased his run for Senate in a Feb. 1 tweet, saying that he would have an announcement to make on Feb. 15. On Wednesday, Romney previewed his campaign again in a short Facebook post. Sources in Utah told the Washington Examiner that Romney that will officially jump into the 2018 Senate race with a digital announcement, rather than holding at a staged rally with supporters.

Romney for a couple of weeks has been scheduled to be in Provo on Friday to headline the Utah County Republican Party Lincoln Day dinner. Like most of the state, Utah County is heavily Republican. The region is also among the most populous and politically influential in statewide campaigns.

Romney is a beloved figure in Utah and isn’t expected to face fierce competition in the Senate race, either in the primary or the general election.

 

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Elections, Politics

Carter Page Rebukes FBI: Never Met Russian Official

Carter Page appeared on Fox News with Laura Ingraham last night to break open the FBI’s case for the FISA warrant on him.

Recall that the Steele dossier, funded by the DNC, was used by the FBI to get the FISA warrant in order to surveil Page.

Their argument was that Page, a Trump campaign adviser, had been in contact with Russian officials.

The dossier names one Russian in particular: Igor Sechin.

But Page set the record straight: “No, I’ve never met Sechin in my life.”

We know the Russians were feeding lies to Hillary’s campaign which were in turn fed to Chris Steele for his dossier.

The gist: the warrant to surveil the Trump campaign was based on political lies to benefit Hillary. Period.

Here’s more from Daily Caller…

Former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page said Monday in an interview with Fox News’ Laura Ingraham he never met a Russian official who allegedly offered him money in exchange for lifting sanctions, as claimed in the infamous dossier compiled by former British intelligence agent Christopher Steele.

Page, a former Trump campaign foreign policy adviser and subject of a FISA warrant that was sought after by the FBI due to claims made in the Steele dossier, said he had never met a Russian official named Igor Sechin, who, the dossier claims, supposedly offered Page billions of dollars in return for him pressuring the Trump administration to lift sanctions against Russia.

Donald Trump Jr., who was previously on “Tucker Carlson Tonight” earlier Monday night, stated that Carter Page was in no way an essential part of the Trump campaign. During Laura Ingraham’s interview, Page agreed with that point.

Later in the interview, Page said he had never met Sechin.

“You could tell that there were positive opportunities on the horizon in terms of U.S., Russia relations,” said Page.

“Was that Sechin? Was that Igor Sechin?” asked Ingraham.

“No, I’ve never met Sechin in my life,” Page responded.

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Elections, Politics

Second Memo Released: Hillary Fed ‘Intel’ to Steele

Don’t look now, but a second memo has been released on the FBI’s FISA collusion.

This time it’s coming from the Senate side. Sen. Chuck Grassley has been hot on the trail of the FBI’s collusion with the Hillary campaign to derail Trump.

The memo released by Grassley’s Judiciary Committee argues that Chris Steele, the DNC-paid author of the dossier, was being fed with anti-Trump Russia collusion speculation directly from Hillary’s campaign staffers.

Further, the memo alleges Steele deliberately misled the FBI in the course of serving as a ‘witness’.

So, in essence, the Hillary campaign’s opposition research was presented as fact to the FISA court to justify wiretapping of Trump’s campaign.

Brilliant.

Here’s more from BizPacReview…

Christopher Steele isn’t getting off the hook so easily.

According a memo released by the Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday, Steele, the former British MI6 agent who compiled the Trump dossier commissioned by Fusion GPS, was fed allegations from Clinton associates during his research on President Trump, Fox News reports.

The Monday memo is an unclassified, redacted version of a criminal referral filed on Jan. 4 by Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) that suggests Steele lied to the FBI about his contacts or that the FBI misrepresented Steele’s statements.

Grassley and Graham wrote to the Justice Department in January, requesting an investigation of Steele. The Senators now ask the FBI for an emergency review of their criminal referral so that it can be made public with limited redactions.

In the memo, the lawmakers state “there is substantial evidence suggesting that Mr. Steele materially misled the FBI about a key aspect of his dossier efforts, one which bears on his credibility.”

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Elections, Politics

Report: Leaderless Democrat Party Is ‘Dead Broke’

The big narrative for the Democrat’s post-Obama era is that they’d continue the legacy of ‘hope and change’ and lead the resistance against Donald Trump to take back Congress.

But from all appearances, that effort has begun to fizzle in a major way.

Not only is the party essentially leaderless, it ended the year with next to nothing left in the bank.

All this while Trump’s numbers continue to improve along with the economy.

But perhaps the worst statistic to plague the Democrats is their generic ballot advantage ahead of the November midterm elections.

That advantage has shrunk from comfortable double-digits to a mere 6%, which is a veritable tie when one factors in the latent advantage Dems already have in midterms.

Now they’re squirming.

Here’s more from The Week…

The Democratic National Committee had a rough 2017, plagued by leadership troubles, internal squabbling, and unflattering reports. To top it off, the party ended the year “dead broke,” says The Intercept‘s Ryan Grim.

The Democratic Party is carrying more than $6 million in debt, according to year-end filings — and has just $6.5 million in the bank. Do the math, and the party is working with just over $400,000 overall. Meanwhile, the Republicans are swimming in pools of money. The Republican National Committee had raised $132 million by the end of 2017 — about twice as much as the DNC — and entered 2018 with almost $40 million to spare, with not a penny of debt.

The DNC’s rebuttal, The Washington Post reports, is that they raised more money in 2017 than they have in previous non-election years and were operating at something of a disadvantage given the “rebuilding job” undertaken by first-year chairman Tom Perez. While the DNC claims it is not borrowing money to pay the bills, Grim notes that the party would be operating at a financial loss if not for its borrowing.

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Elections

Breaking: Congressman Trey Gowdy to Call It Quits

In a surprise announcement yesterday, firebrand Congressman Trey Gowdy (R-SC) announced he’s retiring from Congress and will not seek re-election in November.

It’s a major shake-up in particular for the House Oversight Committee wherein Gowdy’s reputation for hard-hitting questions and grilling of witnesses took on a reputation of its own.

After his election in 2010, Gowdy faced down Hillary Clinton during congressional hearings leading the charge as Chairman of the Select Committee on the Benghazi investigation.

He will be sorely missed.

Here’s more from GroupState…

U.S. Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., announced Wednesday that he will not seek re-election, saying his skills “are better utilized in a courtroom than in Congress.”

Gowdy, who is finishing his fourth term, was first elected in 2010 after a contentious battle with former Rep. Bob Inglis.

Gowdy’s full statement is below.

The Herald-Journal will update this article later today.

“Words cannot adequately express my gratitude to the people of South Carolina for the privilege of representing them in the House of Representatives. The Upstate of South Carolina has an incredible depth and breadth of assets including numerous women and men capable of representing us. I will always be grateful for the opportunity to serve in the People’s House and—prior to Congress—to advocate on behalf of justice in our court systems.

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Breaking: DOJ and FBI Coordinated to Exonerate Hillary

While we’re awaiting the public release of the ‘explosive’ House Intelligence Committee memo, another explosive letter was just released, this one from the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs.

In that letter, further analysis of the text messages between lead FBI agent Peter Strzok and Lisa Page spin a very interest web.

It has become clear that, not only did Loretta Lynch know that the FBI was planning on exonerating Hillary of the email server charges, the DOJ actually helped draft Comey’s get-out-of-jail-free memo.

The whole thing stinks to high heaven and pretty much begs an independent investigator to investigate the FBI’s independent investigation, among other things.

Here’s more from Redstate…

I posted a bit earlier on the FBI using the “dog ate my homework” excuse for five critical months of text messages from Peter Strzok, the number two guy in the FBI’s counterintelligence operation, and his colleague and bedmate, Lisa Page.

But a recently released letter from Senator Ron Johnson, chairman of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs, there are other questions that need answered.

Strzok and Page are under pressure to clear Clinton after Cruz drops out of the race.

To fully appreciate what follows, this is the key timeline.

August 2015: FBI gets control of Hillary’s server and personal devices. Mostly.

November 2015. FBI investigation expands from storage of email to examining if Clinton jeopardized national security.

May 2016. James Comey begins circulating a draft of conclusions.

May 3, 2016. Ted Cruz drops out of GOP primary.

June 2016. Loretta Lynch meets with Bill Clinton.

July 1, 2016. Loretta Lynch says she will abide by any FBI recommendation.

July 2, 2016. Hillary Clinton interviewed by FBI.

July 5, 2016. Comey clears Clinton.

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Hope & Change: Polls Show Democrat Lead Shrinking

The narrative pushed by Democrats and leftist media for the last year is that hell-fire and brimstone are coming down on a nation under Trump and, therefore, Americans will give Congress to the Democrats in November.

And for a while, polls backed up that theory.

The trouble now for Democrats is that that reality has started to shift, rather dramatically in fact.

In a single month, Democrats’ generic ballot advantage has halved.

Meanwhile, the share of voters who are satisfied with the state of the economy — the issue that drives sentiments more than any other — has nearly doubled.

If things continue in that direction, Democrats will have a major problem on their hands.

And that’s all without the impending FBI collusion scandal, which is about to bust open in a ‘bigly’ way.

Here’s more from Hotair…

I don’t mean to overstate the comeback. RCP still has the average generic ballot lead for Democrats at 8.5 points, even including the numbers in today’s NBC survey. Eight and a half points is still well into “wave” territory 10 months out from a midterm.

But the trend this week has been encouraging, especially after that ugly upset in the Wisconsin special election on Tuesday.

The poll’s economic news shows a rosy picture for a nation ten years removed from a crippling recession. Nearly seven-in-ten Americans say that they are satisfied with the overall state of the economy, a share last seen during the dot-com boom of the late 1990s and early 2000s. Sixty-nine percent say they are either very satisfied (21 percent) or somewhat satisfied (48 percent). That’s up dramatically just since June 2015, when just 37 percent said they were satisfied

The poll has some potential good news for Republicans who are nervously eyeing their reelection prospects in November. The Democratic advantage on the generic ballot is down to six points, compared to 11 points last month. In December, 50 percent of Americans said they preferred a Democratic-controlled Congress after the 2018 election, while 39 percent favored one led by Republicans. Now, 49 percent say they want to see a Democratic Congress , while 43 percent pick the GOP to lead on Capitol Hill.

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