Liz Cheney Wants To Lead The GOP — Right Back To Its Bush/Cheney Past

When Congress returns in January, there will be fewer Democrats than there were in December. If current projections hold, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s current 37-seat lead will have shrunk to as few as nine — the most tenuous grip on power she’s ever had as speaker. At the same time, pending the Georgia runoffs, Mitch McConnell will be returning for his fourth term as Senate majority leader.

There will be a host of new Republican faces and a few old ones, including Kentucky Rep. Thomas Massie, which might be awkward for Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney, who chairs the House Republican Conference but donated money to Massie’s primary opponent. A libertarian troublemaker who now bears Ron Paul’s “Dr. No” nickname, the anti-war Massie has long been a procedural pain in Republican leadership’s side. So when one of his stands earned the ire of President Donald Trump, the reliably pro-war Cheney saw an opportunity to get rid of him and went for it.

Given the president’s angry tweet, Cheney didn’t think the MAGA crowd would mind the member in charge of the conference taking a shot at one of her own, but she grossly misread the moment. When members angrily confronted her for this and the rest of her anti-Trump messaging during the first in-person House Republican meeting in weeks, someone — widely assumed to be Cheney and her staff — leaked the contents of the closed-door argument to Politico. The comments didn’t look good for her. You might say it was a gross misreading of the moment.

In fact, Cheney has grossly misread just about every single thing about Trump’s presidency from start to finish. Last week, while some Republicans left their homes and boarded planes to assist the party and president in contested election brawls, she opted to join a ticketed gathering of marginalized Never Trumpers to discuss the future of a party they plan to once again control.

The speakers list included a host of the usual suspects: Sen. Ben Sasse, Sen. Tim Scott, and for some reason Reince Priebus. But unlike Scott, who really doesn’t want to be disliked, and Sasse, who seems clinically unable to be liked, Cheney is in leadership. She’s not just in leadership: Most signs suggest she someday wants to be speaker of the House.

There’s a problem with this plan, though, and if it wasn’t evident in 2019 it sure is now: The Republican base that came out and voted for Trump in numbers no incumbent president has ever won — the base that is sending well more than 40 new, smiling Republican faces to the House and Senate — is not the base that elected her father and George W. Bush in 2000. It’s very different, and it’s not going to snap back to the way things were.

If true, this means Cheney is trying to lead a party she doesn’t really understand.

“She Kind of Reminds You of Margaret Thatcher,” reads the headline of a now thoroughly silly Politico Magazine profile published days before the election. “Could the daughter of one of the more reviled leaders in recent GOP history,” the article wondered, “become the face of the party as soon as next year?”

But when you add up the D.C. Republicans who have been elected since 2017, you’re looking at more than 40 percent of the federal GOP — meaning in every one of the four years Cheney’s been in Congress, the party has become less and less the party of the neoconservatives, and more and more the party of the populists.

Trump could leave office soon. But even if Joe Biden is inaugurated in January, Trump is going to continue to shape the Republican Party. It is easy to forget given the constant crush of media attacks that he is the most popular Republican in the country.

Is there any doubt that his rallies will continue? That the battle chest he’s raised since the networks called the race won’t be put to use? That Republicans will stop calling for his help to push tight elections over the finish line — or that weak-kneed incumbents will stop fearing him?

And what does this party want, anyways? Put simply: build the wall, get tough on China, apply aggressive trade policy to American manufacturing, fight the woke left, and stop endless wars. Cheney isn’t with the populists on about half of these planks. Granted, she has a lot of friends who agree with her and tides could change, but year after year their numbers get fewer.

Speaker of the House John Boehner wasn’t a Tea Party Republican, and he resisted a number of their causes before looking around, seeing his party looked a lot like the Tea Party, and leaving the speakership. Speaker of the House Paul Ryan was bewildered as 2016 rose up around him, wandering from awkward press conference to awkward press conference before quitting the campaign trail in the final weeks. When Trump took office, he looked around and left the speakership.

Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy is a canny politician who looked around as well, saw where the party was, and got with it. He’s no MAGA populist at heart — he’s transactional — but it’s impossible to come away from a conversation with him and not realize he understands the moment like few in leadership do.

So what exactly is Cheney doing? Whatever her plan, you can bet it is a gross miscalculation.

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Carney: Surprise! Democrats Say Stimulus Talks Are Back On

Here we go again with the stimulus bill talks.

Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY), the New York lawmaker who leads the Senate Democrat minority, said on Thursday that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) agreed last night to restart talks on a coronavirus relief bill.

“Last night, they’ve agreed to sit down and the staffs are going to sit down today or tomorrow to try to begin to see if we can get a real good Covid [Chinese coronavirus] relief bill,” Schumer said during a press conference in New York. “So, there’s been a little bit of a breakthrough in that McConnell’s folks are finally sitting down and talking to us.”

Democrats successfully blocked the chances for a stimulus bill prior to the election, hoping a weakening economy would hurt Trump. None of the Democrat leadership on Capitol Hill wanted Trump to be able to point to a legislative accomplishment or an economic surge in the weeks before the election.

To the surprise of many, however, the economy did surge in September and October, thanks to strength in manufacturing and housing and stronger than expected household consumption. Flush with income saved during the pandemic, the American economy was more resilient to the surge in coronavirus and lack of stimulus spending than economists had forecast.

Now, there are signs of weakness. Jobless claims jumped higher last week. The New York Fed’s manufacturing survey showed growth slowing. So did surveys from the Philly and Kansas City Feds. The stock market has been volatile even though we keep getting good news about vaccines.

It is likely that businesses and consumers are reacting to the surge in the virus and the re-emergent threat of lockdowns by pulling back on spending and investment. Democrats are itching for shutdown orders but realize that doing so without a large spending bill to support the economy would invite economic catastrophe.

So it’s not surprising that Schumer wants to sit down with McConnell. But does McConnell really want to supply Schumer with the financial means of shutting down the economy again?

We certainly do have an obligation to support small businesses whose sales we cripple with lockdown orders and workers whose jobs we eliminate as collateral damage in our war against the pandemic. We should not let the virus increase the economic misery of our fellow Americans if we can prevent it. Another round of stimulus checks would go a long way to keeping the economy growing.

Even without lockdowns, we would likely need some stimulus just to offset what is likely to be a slump in spending by older Americans as infections rise. For a lot of Americans beyond. certain age, life revolves around traveling to visit your grandkids, playing golf, taking cruises, going out to eat, and spending down the savings accumulated over a lifetime of work. It is the de-saving of the old that allows the young to spend less income than they earn — to save — without hurting the economy. We won’t be back to normal until older Americans feel safe to leave their homes and spend money.

But we know a lot more about the virus than we did back in the spring — about how it is spread, how it can be treated, and how it can be contained — and should approach with caution proposals that make it easier for Blue State governors and mayors to lock us out of our businesses and schools once again. New York City just closed its schools once again despite no evidence they were at-risk of becoming hotspots for spreading coronavirus. There are even signs that the politicians will use the vaccine as an excuse to shut down, urging us to close large parts of the economy until the vaccine is universally available. The difficult task ahead is balancing the need for stimulus with the goal of protecting the economy from the zealotry of the lockdown Democrats.

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Mitch McConnell: “The President is 100 Percent Within His Right to Look Into Election Irregularities”…

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell knows exactly what 71 million Trump supporters would do to his congressional power (business model) if they left the Republican and Democrat parties.

This is Decepticon Mitch at his finest.  This is how he stays in power:

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Interesting Timing – AG Barr Meets With Mitch McConnell – SSCI Vice-Chair Reacts to Esper Firing…

Do not attribute anything extraordinary to this series of events.  Quite likely, they are disconnected and not what most of us would love to believe.

In no way should this be construed as fuel for the trusty plan community.  However, that said, it is interesting.

U.S. Attorney General Bill Barr meets with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell today.

There are no immediate reports on the intents or purposes of the meeting, and with all things Barr does the meeting provides multiple ways of looking at it.

If investigative findings were ever going to bring sunlight upon the corrupt machinations at the gateway to the swamp, the DOJ would eventually have to have a conversation with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell about the corrupt activity of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI).   Is this that?  Likely no, but wishful thinking always puts that little element of hope into a series of events…

If the DOJ were ever going to go full wolverine on the schemes, lies, manipulations and known malfeasance of the body politic, who would be the most at risk in that scenario?

The answer is SSCI vice-chairman Mark Warner…. who just coincidentally sends out a statement today warning President Trump about firing ‘senate confirmed’ executive branch officers like Defense Secretary Mark Esper:

Are these events related…. who knows.  We can hope yes, but the real answer is likely no.

I dislike Bill Barr with the heat of a thousand supernovas…. not only because he seems to be a coward and swamp-certified protector of the administrative state; but also because he has hidden behind the skirt of Sidney Powell amid the entire Flynn fiasco.

Instead of just admitting, openly and publicly, what is clearly evident for the entire world to see… AG Barr uses proxy entities like Missouri USAO Jeff Jensen to send exculpatory information to Ms. Powell so she can achieve what cowardly Barr is not willing to do with the righteous fury that is warranted.  That’s why I consider Barr a coward.

The wise words of Mike Vanderboegh echo so loudly….

This is no small thing, to restore a republic after it has fallen into corruption. I have studied history for years and I cannot recall it ever happening.

It may be that our task is impossible. Yet, if we do not try then how will we know it can’t be done? And if we do not try, it most certainly won’t be done. The Founders’ Republic, and the larger war for western civilization, will be lost.

But I tell you this: We will not go gently into that bloody collectivist good night. Indeed, we will make with our defiance such a sound as ALL history from that day forward will be forced to note, even if they despise us in the writing of it.

And when we are gone, the scattered, free survivors hiding in the ruins of our once-great republic will sing of our deeds in forbidden songs, tending the flickering flame of individual liberty until it bursts forth again, as it must, generations later. We will live forever, like the Spartans at Thermopylae, in sacred memory.

MAGA, bitches.  Trump because FUCK YOU, is a very powerful group of Americans…

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Democrats Light $73 Million On Fire In Kentucky Senate Race Against Mitch McConnell

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell handily defeated Democratic challenger Amy McGrath in the race for his Kentucky Senate seat Tuesday night, despite the piles of cash poured into McGrath’s campaign from progressive Democrats across the country.

McGrath raised more than $2.5 million in the first 24 hours of her campaign, the most money ever raised in the first 24 hours of a Senate campaign. According to OpenSecrets, McGrath brought in $88 million and spent over $73 million — $30 million more than the McConnell campaign spent in the deep-red state.

This is not McGrath’s first loss in Kentucky politics. In 2018, McGrath lost in Kentucky’s least-conservative district by more than 10,000 votes.

As predicted by Comfortably Smug, Democrats’ astronomical spending against an incumbent senator set McGrath up to “pull an Ossoff,” referring to the 2017 special election in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District. Democrat Jon Ossoff lost to Republican Karen Handel after spending about $50 million, at least half of which came from out of state.

McConnell will now serve his seventh term in the U.S. Senate, but his current title as majority leader will depend on the outcome of other Senate races.

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McConnell hints that COVID-19 relief package might wait till early 2021

October 30, 2020

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) hinted on Friday that the long-delayed second coronavirus economic relief package might be delayed until the beginning of the new year.

When asked by conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt about the legislative agenda during the next session of Congress, presuming the GOP maintains control of the Senate after November 3, McConnell drifted to coronavirus relief.

Read the full interview transcript here.

“We probably need to do another package, certainly more modest than the $3 trillion dollar Nancy Pelosi package,” said the Kentuckian, referring to the package that the Democrat-controlled House of Representatives passed back in May.

“I think that’ll be something we’ll need to do right at the beginning of the year,” he added. “We could target it particularly at small businesses that are struggling, and hospitals that are now dealing with the second wave of the Coronavirus, and of course the challenges for education, both K-12 and college.”

The first economic relief package was passed by both houses and signed by the President back in March. A second package has been stalled since the summer and pressure has been mounting for both parties to agree to some form of a deal so that the tens of millions of unemployed Americans can get their stimulus checks in the mail.

You can follow Douglas Braff on Twitter @Douglas_P_Braff.

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Senate Confirms Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court

The Senate voted to confirm Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court on Monday night, making her the third justice to join the nation’s highest court under President Donald Trump.

The Senate confirmed Barrett along partisan lines, 52-48.

Barrett will become the third justice to join the Supreme Court since Trump took office, after a Senate Republican majority confirmed Judges Brett Kavanaugh and Neil Gorsuch to the court.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) said that the confirmation of Barrett “will go down as one of the darkest days in the 231-year history of the United States Senate.”

The Senate vote concludes a relatively undramatic confirmation process compared to Kavanaugh’s tumultuous confirmation to the Supreme Court.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) announced in early October, or early during the confirmation process, that Senate Republicans had the votes to confirm Barrett.

The confirmation hearings also had few contentious moments as the Senate Judiciary Committee swiftly advanced Barrett out of committee last week.

Barrett spoke about her judicial philosophy and her qualifications for the Supreme Court without using any notes, which Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) found impressive.

The relative ease with which the Senate Judiciary Committee managed to advance Barrett led the Washington Post and several leftists to call for Senate Judiciary Committee ranking member Dianne Feinstein’s (D-CA) retirement. Many leftists were particularly incensed by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Feinstein at the confirmation hearings conclusion.

The Post wrote:

If that wasn’t enough to anger Democrats — who have spent this week trying to paint Barrett’s nomination process as a sham — Feinstein also thanked the committee’s chair, Sen. Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.), and then walked across the room to wrap him in a hug. Never mind that neither senator was wearing a face mask. Many Democrats were so much more incensed about what that hug symbolized — a final white flag, a compliment for Graham after a comparatively tame week of questioning — that, hours later, at least two liberal activist groups called for Feinstein to go.

Brian Fallon, the executive director of Demand Justice, said, “It’s time for Senator Feinstein to step down from her leadership position on the Senate Judiciary Committee. If she won’t, her colleagues need to intervene.”

Schumer said he had a “long and serious talk” with Feinstein regarding handling the confirmation hearings.

The Democrats’ inability to slow down Barrett’s confirmation might result from polling, which found that a majority of Americans want Barrett confirmed to the nation’s highest court.

It may explain why Schumer also led a largely symbolic effort to convince Republicans to vote against Barrett on Friday in a brief but rare closed-door session.

Murphy claimed on Sunday that the battle to confirm Barrett is a “fight to the end. No hyperbole – it’s life or death stakes.”

Despite Democrats’ tepid opposition to Barrett’s confirmation, the Senate approved her on Monday night. Now, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas will swear in Barrett to the nation’s highest court at the White House on Monday evening.

Sean Moran is a congressional reporter for Breitbart News. Follow him on Twitter @SeanMoran3.

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Senate Confirms Judge Amy Coney Barrett To Nation’s Highest Court

The Republican-led Senate voted 52-48 to confirm Amy Coney Barrett to the U.S. Supreme Court Monday after a contentious confirmation battle. Her ascension to the high court replaces a leftist justice with an originalist, shifting the court’s balance of power back towards the Constitution after a century of anti-Constitutional dominance thanks to President Donald Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

Barrett is expected to be sworn in by Justice Clarence Thomas at the White House on Monday night.

Barrett, a 48-year-old judge previously on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, takes a seat vacated by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg who passed away last month at the age of 87 due to complications from pancreatic cancer.

The Senate confirmation comes approximately one week before the November election, sending Democrats into an uproar over the president and the elected Republican majority fulfilling its constitutional duty to fill the vacancy. Barrett is the third Supreme Court justice to be appointed and confirmed by President Donald Trump.

In 2017, Republicans filled the vacancy left by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia with Justice Neil Gorsuch after capturing the White House in 2016. In 2018, Democrats attempted to derail Trump’s second nominee, Justice Brett Kavanaugh, with unsubstantiated allegations of sexual assault.

Democrats have pledged to pack the Supreme Court with additional justices if swept into power next week. The proposal has been left an open question for Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, who has refused to make his position clear in public but has signaled his willingness to overhaul the judicial institution to circumvent constitutional barriers to permanent Democrat rule.

Biden’s running mate, California Sen. Kamala Harris, has also emphasized she is “open” to the idea of court-packing in retaliation for Republican senators lawfully employing the duties voters have given them.

While Barrett’s confirmation battle came in the prime of an election season, Democrats focused their attacks on the appointment’s close proximity to election day and complained that the conservative judge’s commitment to faithfully applying the law would pose an obstacle to Democrat desires.

Barrett was also subject to criticism based on her Christianity. Reuters and Newsweek characterized Barrett as a character in the dystopian “Handmaid’s Tale” and protestors donned red cloaks to mock the judge for her participation in the Christian community “People of Praise.”

One MSNBC analyst even posted pictures on Twitter of Barrett in a face mask to compare the court nominee to a sex slave from scenes in the television series based on the “Handmaid’s Tale.”

Barrett’s arrival to the high court comes at a tumultuous time. Deep divisions permeating all levels of government have heightened concerns of violent unrest following next week’s election echoing what the nation suffered in the immediate aftermath of George Floyd’s death.

The court could be at the center of the chaos within days by presiding over the election outcome conducted amid a once-in-a-generation pandemic with Barrett now serving on the bench.

On Nov. 10., the Supreme Court will also begin hearing arguments that could dictate the future of the Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as “Obamacare.”

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Beijing Bribery – Bartiromo Releases Exclusive Segment With President Trump: “Deep Seated Corruption” and DC “People are Protected”…

During an interview segment with Homeland Security Committee Chairman Ron Johnson discussing the Chinese pay-offs to the Biden family, Ms. Bartiromo plays an audio soundbite from President Trump outlining the motive for DC to blame Russia not China.

As noted by President Trump the DC system cannot use China as the foil for their political attack narratives because Beijing has used financial schemes as an intelligence operation to compromise most of the more influential politicians.   The Chinese payments to Joe Biden and family are only one example; there are likely dozens of high-powered DC politicians who have taken bribes from the Chinese Communist Party; thus DC has willfully created a corrupt system of mutually assured destruction… ergo they must ignore.

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Once you realize that Beijing has paid-off top level DC politicians for influence operations, you are well positioned to think about how much the Chinese Communist Party has paid to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and Tom Donohue inc etc.  Once that light-bulb goes off you start to rethink the background motives for the number one lobbyist in Washington DC… and then suddenly a lot of things make a lot more sense.

(Source – Open Secrets)

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Once you start to realize is that “lobbying” is merely the mechanism, then you can see how the U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the bag-man.

♦ Hunter Biden was the bag-man for the Biden family gathering up payments from foreign entities, laundering them through false businesses, and then redistributing the payments to the family members.

♦ Tom Donohue is the bag-man for the Chamber of Commerce gathering up payments from foreign entities, laundering them through the chamber, and then redistributing them to the DC politicians from K-Street.

It’s the exact same process.

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(2018 – Open Secrets)

And remember, it’s the lobbyists who actually write the legislation.

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McConnell positions Senate to confirm Judge Barrett

October 23, 2020

In a 51-46 vote Friday, the Senate passed a motion to proceed with a vote on whether to confirm Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court of the United States after she was nominated by President Donald Trump to replace the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell led the charge to end debate on the nominee’s confirmation and to move forward with a vote on the Senate floor, which will likely take place early next week.

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