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  1. President Trump will be re-elected. President Trump will likely hold all of the states he won last time, with Pennsylvania being the only loss. He’ll likely flip New Hampshire, New Mexico, Nevada and Minnesota. There’s even an outside shot at flipping Maine. That would put his electoral vote total north of 330.
  2. President Trump will win the popular vote.
  3. The lawsuits that seemed imminent a month ago won’t be a factor, at least in determining the presidential race. Lawsuits might get filed but President Trump will have enough electoral votes to call it Tuesday night.
  4. Republicans will flip the House, thanks to the recruiting efforts of Elise Stefanik, Dan Crenshaw and Will Hurd.
  5. John James will defeat Gary Peters in Michigan.
  6. Mitch McConnell will remain Senate Majority Leader.
  7. Joni Ernst and Martha McSally will win their races.
  8. Lindsey Graham and Thom Tillis will win their races.
  9. Jason Lewis will pull off the surprise upset in Minnesota.
  10. Republicans will hold onto their majority in the Minnesota Senate.

The polls have been intentionally wrong all year. They’re fake news. Still, it’s important for Republicans to Get Out And Vote!

Chuck Schumer isn’t the brightest bulb in the Senate Democrats’ chandelier. Still, this week, he’s outdone himself. This week, Sen. Schumer said that “By every modicum of decency and honor, Leader McConnell and the Republican majority have no right to fill it.” The Constitution disagrees. Article II, Section 2 says “shall have power, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, to make treaties, provided two thirds of the Senators present concur; and he shall nominate, and by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, shall appoint ambassadors, other public ministers and consuls, judges of the Supreme Court…”

“Article II, Section 1” says “The executive power shall be vested in a President of the United States of America. He shall hold his office during the term of four years, and, together with the Vice President, chosen for the same term, be elected, as follows:” Article I, Section 3 says “The Senate of the United States shall be composed of two Senators from each state, chosen by the legislature thereof, for six years…”

It doesn’t say that the Senate can’t confirm judges if we’re nearing an election. As long as they’re in session, a confirmation vote is justified.

In addition to not being bright, Sen. Schumer isn’t terribly honest, either. Whatever. Sen. McConnell said that there will be an up-or-down-vote on President Trump’s nominee. At the time, Sen. McConnell didn’t know that it would be Judge Amy Coney-Barrett.

I hope Senate Judiciary Committee Democrats throw a Schumer-like temper tantrum against Judge Coney-Barrett. If they do, it’ll sink the Democrats this election. In fact, President Trump thinks it’ll be difficult for Democrats to attack her:

Attacking ACB is like attacking ‘Mrs. Suburban Housewife.’ Nonetheless, I’d be surprised if Democrats don’t go too far. That’s just who they are.

During his interview with Sean Hannity, Sen. Lindsey Graham, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said that Republicans have the votes to confirm President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee. The woman will be sworn in before the election.

Senate Republicans have enough votes to confirm a replacement for late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg before the Nov. 3 election, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., told “Hannity” Monday. “It’s pretty obvious that if they [Democrats] want an outcome, they’ll just destroy anybody’s life to keep the seats open,” Graham told host Sean Hannity.

“They said they tried to destroy Brett Kavanaugh so they could fill the seat — they were dumb enough to say that,” Graham added. “I’ve seen this movie before. It’s not going to work, it didn’t work with Kavanaugh. We’ve got the votes to confirm Justice Ginsburg’s replacement before the election. We’re going to move forward in the committee, we’re going to report the nomination out of the committee to the floor of the United States Senate so we can vote before the election. Now, that’s the constitutional process.”

This is the video of the interview:

If Republicans have the votes to confirm, which I think they do, that means that Democrats will wage full-out thermonuclear war on President Trump’s nominee starting the night before the nominee is named. If you thought Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearings were bad, this nominee’s confirmation hearing will make that look timid.

With Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearing, Democrats were worried that Kavanaugh’s Catholic pedigree would influence his thinking on so-called reproductive rights cases. This time, instead of replacing a Republican-appointed justice, they’ll be appointing the Court’s Liberal Lioness replacement. That isn’t just a cultural shift. It’s a seismic shift in judicial philosophy.

Mitch McConnell is right in warning his caucus of the upcoming fight:

“Already some of the same individuals who tried every conceivable dirty trick to obstruct Justice Gorsuch and Justice Kavanaugh are lining up … to proclaim the third time will be the charm,” McConnell said in what amounted to the official opening salvo in the war over the vacant seat. “The American people are about to witness an astonishing parade of misrepresentations about the past, misstatements about the present and more threats against our institutions from the same people, the same people who already have been saying for months … they want to pack the court.”

He added: “Two years ago a radical movement tried to use unproven accusations to ruin a man’s life because they could not win a vote fair and square. Now they appear to be readying an even more appalling sequel.”

After Chairman Graham’s statement, Sen. Cory Gardner announced that he’ll support President Trump’s nominee. Even if Mitt Romney votes to not confirm President Trump’s SCOTUS nominee, Republicans have enough votes to confirm, with Vice President Pence casting the tie-breaking vote. I’m confident that Romney will vote to confirm, partially because he’s generally on board with strict constructionist judges, partially because voting against confirmation and for impeachment means the end of his political career.

When ABC’s George Stephanopoulos asked Nancy Pelosi if she’d consider impeaching President Trump, he stopped just short of gift-wrapping President Trump’s reelection. This morning on Fox & Friends, President Trump responded to this mini-fiasco:

President Trump on Monday claimed he would win the presidential election if House Speaker Nancy Pelosi actually attempted to use impeachment as an option to block his eventual Supreme Court nominee from being confirmed to the seat vacated by the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

I don’t think Ms. Pelosi is that stupid. She might threaten impeachment but she doesn’t dare impeaching President Trump.

Likewise, it’s rumored that Ms. Pelosi might shut the government down in an attempt to shut down the confirmation process. Ms. Pelosi might threaten it but President Trump, Sen. McConnell and Leader McCarthy would jump for joy if she actually shut it down. That wouldn’t just guarantee President Trump’s reelection. It would guarantee McCarthy wielding the Speaker’s Gavel starting in 2021 and strengthen the GOP majority in the Senate.

That being said, packing the courts, granting statehood to Puerto Rico and Washington, DC and killing the filibuster are definitely on the Democrats’ priority lists. Schumer and AOC definitely tried ramping up the fear with Republicans:

I don’t give a damn about of RBG’s wish. The spot on the SCOTUS bench didn’t belong to RBG. It belongs to the American people. Had Democrats held the Senate when Justice Antonin Scalia passed, there’s no doubt that President Obama would’ve nominated someone to the left of Merrick Garland and Democrats would’ve confirmed that far-left SCOTUS nominee.

Sen. McConnell set the precedent record straight:

We are already hearing incorrect claims that there is not sufficient time to examine and confirm a nominee. We can debunk this myth in about 30 seconds. As of today, there are 43 days until November 3rd and 104 days until the end of this Congress. The late, iconic Justice John Paul Stevens was confirmed by the Senate 19 days after this body formally received his nomination. Nineteen days from start to finish.

Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, another iconic jurist, was confirmed 33 days after her nomination. For the late Justice Ginsburg herself, it was just 42 days. Justice Stevens’ entire confirmation process could have played out twice between now and November 3rd, with time to spare. And Justice Ginsburg herself could have been confirmed twice between now and the end of the year, with time to spare. The Senate has more than sufficient time to process a nomination.

Here’s the video of Sen. McConnell’s speech:

Senate Republicans need to ignore the Democrats’ threats. They need to confirm the highly qualified woman jurist to the Supreme Court ASAP. Finally, it’s important to differentiate between RBG’s extraordinary legal career from her time on the bench. As a jurist, she was an activist more than a jurist. President Trump needs to reject activists.

Predictably, Democrat activists have threatened violence if President Trump nominates someone to replace the late Associate Justice Ruth Bader-Ginsburg. One Democrat activist, Andrew Desiderio, posted a tweet on the subject. Reza Azlan then replied to Desiderio’s tweet. Here’s that tweet:


Here’s Desiderio’s original tweet:

Author Aaron Gouveia similarly blasted McConnell’s statement, saying: “F–k no. Burn it all down.” A Canadian political science professor called for arson, prompting accusations he made a terroristic threat. “Burn Congress down before letting Trump try to appoint anyone to SCOTUS,” Waterloo professor Emmett MacFarlane tweeted.

Senate Republicans better wake up. Whether they like it or not, this isn’t going away. If Senate Republicans haven’t realized that Democrats have declared war on Republican judicial nominees, then they’re stupid and need to be replaced ASAP. The truth is that Democrats are coming after every GOP senator, whether they vote before or after the election.

Susan Collins, Thom Tillis, Cory Gardner, Joni Ernst and Lindsey Graham will get targeted by Democrats whether they vote to confirm President Trump’s nominee or not so they might as well confirm President Trump’s nominee. Democrat politicians and Democrat activists are in win-at-all-cost-mode. If that means demolishing people or institutions, these Democrats won’t hesitate in using whatever tactics are required to stop the confirmation of President Trump’s SCOTUS nominee. If yoou think I’m bluffing, check this out:

A member of Wisconsin’s ethics commission, Scott Ross, ordered Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., to “burn it all down” if he couldn’t stop McConnell. “F—–g A, Ed. If you can’t shut it down, burn it down,” he said. Other tweets didn’t contain violent threats but indicated opponents wouldn’t take Ginsburg’s replacement lying down. If McConnell jams someone through, which he will, there will be riots,” warned GQ writer Laura Bassett.

It isn’t like these should be treated like idle threats. These are the people who’ve contributed to bail funds like Minnesota Freedom Fund. I wrote about the exploits of MFF in this post:

Timothy Wayne Columbus, a 36-year-old-man, is charged with first-degree criminal sexual conduct for allegedly penetrating a girl in 2015 when she was about 8 years old. A warrant was issued for his arrest on June 25. But he was later bailed out of jail and according to a court document, filed to have his bail money returned to Minnesota Freedom Fund (MFF), the organization Harris and many Biden staffers asked their followers to donate to during the rioting in Minneapolis earlier this year.

According to MFF’s website, “At Minnesota Freedom Fund, we believe that wealth should never determine who is kept in jail. That’s what the money bail system does. It puts a price on freedom that only a few can afford and many cannot. This system is unjust. That’s why we’re working to create a society that values the freedom of all people, regardless of class or identity, ends mass incarceration, and invests in restorative and transformative justice.”

Restorative justice is the system that let the Parkland shooter roam free without getting flagged by law enforcement agencies. MFF says that this system “is unjust.” Tell that to Andrew Pollack, whose daughter Meadow was assassinated at Stoneman Douglas HS. But I digress. More on this system of organizations in future articles.

Predictably, Senate Democrats voted unanimously against starting debate on a COVID relief bill. Democrats didn’t vote against final passage of the bill. Democrats voted against starting debate on a bill that “provides $300 per week in federal unemployment benefits through Dec. 27, another round of Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) funding, more money for testing and schools and liability protections from coronavirus-related lawsuits.”

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said the bill “is laden with poison pills. Provisions our colleagues know Democrats would never support to guarantee the bill’s failure. The truth of the matter is the Republicans and the Republican leader don’t want to pass a bill too many on the hard right in the Senate and outside it would be angry.”

Do Democrats think that extending federal unemployment benefits until Dec. 27th is a poison pill? Do Democrats think that “another round of Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) funding” is a poison pill? Do Democrats think that “more money for testing and schools” is a poison pill?

Thursday’s vote virtually guarantees another 2 year term for Mitch McConnell as Senate Majority Leader. Thanks to this vote, Democrats will be portrayed as heartless politicians who don’t care about the people. I know this because Jason Lewis just used it that way:

U.S. Senate candidate Jason Lewis released the following statement slamming Senator Tina Smith for delaying COVID relief yet again.

“I wish I could say I’m surprised that Senator Tina Smith is marching in lockstep with Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer, but this is just more of the same from Tina. Last month she held up relief over a demand that incarcerated inmates be able to make phone calls for free, and that’s after she twice voted to block relief in the spring while simultaneously dumping $1 million dollars in personal stock holdings.

“Further proving this is nothing more than a political game for Tina, she has basically been running a single issue campaign on the alleged need for more post office funding in recent weeks, and yet she shot down the latest round of COVID relief which includes USPS funding, all because party leaders told her to.

Mitch McConnell summed things up perfectly:

Congress has spent months talking — talking — about whether to give the American people more relief as they continue grappling with this pandemic. Today, we are going to vote. Every Senator will be counted. Should we move forward with a floor process to deliver hundreds of billions of dollars more for kids, jobs, and healthcare? Should we at least vote to move forward and have this debate out in the open? Or do our Democratic colleagues prefer to hide behind closed doors and refuse to help families before the election? We’ll find out in a couple hours. Republicans have tried repeatedly to build on the CARES Act and get more help out the door to American families. But Democrats have blocked us at every turn. They’ve invented different excuses each time.

Check this out:

Where’s the proof that Democrats give a damn about the American people? I’ve searched for that proof but haven’t found any. It’s time for Democrats to start acting like they’re compassionate. Otherwise, they’ll be seen as heartless as Nancy Pelosi and Hillary Clinton.

Finally, Tina Smith isn’t worthy of a spot in the Senate. She’s represented Chuck Schumer, not Minnesota. That’s pathetic.

The expectations for the Democratic National Convention weren’t high considering who their primetime speakers were. Still, they managed to not meet expectations. Most importantly, the Democratic National Convention didn’t do what Democrats needed it to do. Next week, Democrats will yield the stage to Republicans, who will hold their quadrennial convention.

Expectations are higher because the speakers’ talent is higher. According to this article, the speakers will be “former UN Ambassador Nikki Haley, U.S. Senators Tim Scott and Joni Ernst, and South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem.”

The article continues, saying “Other speakers will include Nick Sandmann, who sued several media outlets for libel over the portrayal of his role in a confrontation with a Native American group on the National Mall in 2019 when he was a high school student, and Mark and Patricia McCloskey, a Missouri couple who face charges from a local prosecutor after brandishing guns at Black Lives Matter protesters marching in their neighborhood last month.”

Each night will also feature “a speaker who lived under socialism.”

Then there’s this:

Alice Marie Johnson, whose life sentence was commuted by Trump following intervention by Kim Kardashian West, has confirmed that she will speak. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell will deliver taped remarks. A previous report suggested he would skip the convention, but his campaign said that was a “miscommunication.” While Jared Kushner was not originally scheduled to speak alongside Trump’s adult children, CNN reports that “it’s now under consideration.”

This sounds interesting. At least, the RNC won’t feature one past-their-prime politician after another. It’s great that the primetime speeches will be live. I hope that Kim Klacik speaks at the convention, too, even if it’s just to introduce Tim Scott or Alice-Marie Johnson.

I’m betting that Alice-Marie Johnson will highlight the First Step Act, which President Trump signed into law in December, 2018. The First Step Act is fixing some of the injustices created by the 1994 Crime Bill that then-Sen. Joe Biden co-authored. Biden is now the Democrats’ presidential nominee. I’m betting that Nick Sandman will talk about the media mob. I’m betting that the McCloskeys will highlight Soros prosecutor Kim Gardner’s unjust prosecution of them for defending themselves.

This will be a livelier convention than the DNC. That isn’t exactly difficult to accomplish.

Just when you thought that the do-nothing House Democrats couldn’t do less, they prove you wrong:

The House will not come back to Washington next week, House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer told reporters Tuesday, reversing an announcement he made on a Democratic Caucus conference call the previous day.

The change of course comes as members expressed concern about returning to Washington while some areas in the region are developing into coronavirus hot spots. Hoyer said the decision to delay the return, which had been briefly scheduled for May 4, came after he talked with the Capitol physician, who said he recommended against taking the risk involved in members returning.

What a bunch of do-nothings. This isn’t democracy in action. It’s Democrat inaction. What’s worst is that Pelosi and Hoyer seem intent on leaping from one crisis to the next.

Ed has this right, too:

This is nothing more than Pelosi trying to preserve her leverage through the use of the “unanimous consent” parliamentary maneuver to keep the House from debating the issues properly. And what about the vigorous congressional oversight Pelosi demanded in CARES I? Pelosi claimed that as her big win for delaying that relief bill by several days, and yet hasn’t bothered to show up to conduct any oversight in almost a month since.

This is nothing less than an abdication of office in the face of a national emergency. If Congress needs to protect itself from the COVID-19 pandemic, they could have appropriated money to rent out a local five-star hotel for weeks on end, disinfected it, and then used it as a dorm for its members, complete with quarantine options if necessary. Meeting rooms could have been used for committee hearings or simple negotiations with all social distancing protocols observed. Capitol Hill has been closed to outsiders, so that isn’t an issue, and Congress could have arranged for reserved buses to transport members back and forth between the hotel and the Capitol.

Why hasn’t Adam Schiff started investigating how COVID-19 got started? Why hasn’t the Oversight and Reform Committee started looking into the corruption within the FBI regarding Michael Flynn? The answer is simple. Both investigations would expose the Democrats’ corruption.

The hammer just dropped:


Good for Mitch McConnell for calling out the Do-Nothing Democrats. If Democrats aren’t willing to serve in times of crisis, whether in the House or Senate, they need to resign immediately. If they won’t resign, then they need to be involuntarily retired this November. This isn’t for the faint of heart. It’s for patriots. That doesn’t describe many Democrats these days.

Mitch McConnell’s Senate passed by voice vote the PPP bill to refill the PPP refill account. After weeks of stalling, Pelosi’s House will likely pass the bill Wednesday. It didn’t come without plenty of grumbling from Democrats. Rep. Pramila Jayapal, virtually one of the members of the Democrats’ Squad, didn’t hesitate in talking about why the PPP refill bill was delayed:


According to Tyler O’Neil’s article, Rep. Jayapal said “I think what you’re hearing from all of us on the call is that we have real concerns about giving away leverage now without getting some of the priorities that we need.” This isn’t surprising. Pelosi used this tactic to hold Blue Collar America hostage when the PPP was created. Pelosi also tried this technique to negotiate the trial rules for the Democrats’ faux impeachment trial.

In that instance, Pelosi ran into a brick wall named McConnell. Predictably, that negotiation went nowhere fast. I wrote about that negotiation here:

The Constitution gives the sole power of Impeachment to the House. If a House majority wants to impeach a president, the ball is in their court. But they have to do the work. They have to prove their case. Nothing in our history or our Constitution says a House majority can pass what amounts to a half-baked censure resolution and then insist that the Senate fill in the blanks. There is no constitutional exception for a House majority with a short attention span.

Look, I think everyone knows this process has not been some earnest fact-finding mission with House Democrats following each thread wherever it leads. The Speaker of the House did not reluctantly decide to impeach after poring over the secondhand impressions of civil servants. This was a predetermined political conclusion. Members of her conference had been publicly promising it for years.

Here’s the video of that famous speech:

But I digress. The point is that Democrats, whether it’s a matter of people losing their jobs or some other life-and-death situation, always seek a political advantage. Doing the right thing right off the bat is never part of the Democrats’ tactics.

Let’s not forget that the leader of the House Democrats shot off her mouth on this, too. She and Schumer both essentially told Blue Collar America to go to hell. This is the Schumer-Pelosi Shutdown. Check this out:

Literally millions of people have lost their jobs as a direct result of the Democrats’ stall tactics. Any family that lost their family business should directly hold the Democrats to blame. This shutdown of the program was entirely avoidable. Pelosi’s Democrats could’ve avoided the shutdown had they acted. Instead, these Democrats delayed helping Blue Collar America multiple weeks in search of a partisan advantage.

How disgusting is that?

Now that Ms. Pelosi has stuck her partisan Democrat nose into the middle of serious bipartisan negotiations on a coronavirus-related stimulus package, it’s only a matter of time before she gets rolled by Sen. Mitch McConnell — again. Based on this article, Pelosi’s House Democrat bill is a strictly partisan bill filled with items unrelated to the virus.

For instance, “Pelosi reportedly was seeking a ‘laundry list’ of items to be included in the legislation, including wiping out up to $10,000 in student loan debt per person and securing election-security funding.” These items have nothing to do with the virus or the stimulus. They should be ignored. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell should immediately announce that the Senate won’t consider bills unless they’re clean bills and they’re related to the virus or to the stimulus.

This statement stinks to high heaven:

“It’s on the Senate side now because that’s their deadline for a vote, but we’ll be introducing our own bill and hopefully it’ll be compatible with what they discussed on the Senate,” Pelosi told reporters early Sunday.

Pelosi knows that the Democrats’ bill won’t be anything like the Senate bill. First, the House Democrats’ bill won’t be a negotiation between Republicans and Democrats. Speaker Pelosi demands things from people. She doesn’t negotiate. She dictates terms. At least, that’s what she does until she runs into Mitch McConnell. Then she gets her arse kicked.