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This article highlights a new ad campaign paid for by the Congressional Leadership Fund. We’re told that the ad campaign features a “33-second ad that includes images of window-smashing and other protester-driven violence surrounding the inauguration. The ad isn’t that imaginative, saying “Radical extremists who destroy buildings, burn cars and divide America. Hollywood celebrities who are blinded by their hatred of the president. Nancy Pelosi and the Washington Democrats answer to them.”

While I don’t have a problem with the ad, I’d take a different direction. I’d show Sen. Schumer saying that Democrats are changing their ways, then asking ‘When did Democrats become fans of increased fracking and oil exploration? When did Democrats become big fans of building pipelines? When did Democrats stop protesting major pipeline projects?’

The point is to highlight the fact that Democrats haven’t changed. They still take orders from the same special interests that’s hurt America’s drive for energy independence. Highlight the fact that Republicans, not Democrats, have championed blue collar mining jobs that help rural America. I’d find a way to use the first part of this video:

I’d highlight the fact that we’re creating good-paying construction jobs under the Trump administration. I’d highlight the fact that the Democrats’ hatred of President Trump won’t let them tell the truth. This op-ed highlights that:

Not a day goes by without another allegation or reckless tweet fueling the dysfunction of a deeply divided Republican Congress that fails to govern while hardworking families across the country are left behind. Mired in controversy, Washington Republicans are unable to uphold the basic bargain they made with the American people when they were elected: to fight to create new good-paying jobs and support sustained economic growth.

Thus far, we’ve had 5 monthly jobs reports during the Trump administration. Thus far, more than 900,000 jobs have been created and the unemployment rate is less than 4.5%. If the economy keeps creating jobs at this pace, the economy will create more than 17,000,000 jobs during President Trump’s time in office.

If Republicans cut taxes and regulations, the economy will create significantly more than 17,000,000 jobs in 8 years.

Let’s not forget that Democrats are the party that loves raising taxes and imposing onerous regulations. In their announcement, Democrats said that they’ll continue to push for a $15/hr. minimum wage. That isn’t how to create jobs.

Democrats haven’t learned anything. Democrats apparently still think that government knows best. Democrats still apparently think that government creates jobs.

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Anyone that thinks Democrats will retake the U.S. House hasn’t read this article. I’m not predicting another defeat for Ms. Pelosi just yet. I’m just not willing to predict it’s a foregone conclusion.

Josh Kraushaar’s article contains the ominous warning that “a new study of last year’s election results underscores the idea that Democrats need to win back working-class Donald Trump voters before they chase moderate Republicans who defected to Hillary Clinton.”

Apparently, Democrats know that they need to win back working-class Donald Trump voters. That’s what’s behind their latest con-job marketing scheme. The Democrats’ latest rebranding scheme is doomed for failure if it relies on “Too many families in America today feel that the rules of the economy are rigged against them. Special interests have a strangle-hold on Washington — from the super-rich spending unlimited amounts of secret money to influence our elections, to the huge loopholes in our tax code that help corporations avoid paying taxes.”

When coal miners hear the term special interests, they immediately think environmental activists. When construction unions hear special interests, they hear environmental activists. Democrats are the party of the special interests. Blue collar workers know that the Democratic Party isn’t interested in fixing things. This is laughable:

By two to one (67% to 33%), for example, Americans believe it is a bigger problem that “huge corporations and billionaires are using their political power to reduce competition, keep wages low, and get special tax breaks” than that “government is imposing too many job-killing regulations on businesses and taxing people too much.”

There’s a quick reply to the Democrats’ study alleging Republicans giving special treatment to “huge corporations and billionaires.” I’d simply ask ‘remember Solyndra?’ They got more than $500,000,000 in guaranteed loans.

There’s more:

“What’s so troubling is that politics seems to be the dominant factor,” said Ryan Alexander, president of Taxpayers for Common Sense, a nonpartisan watchdog group. “They’re not talking about what the taxpayers are losing; they’re not talking about the failure of the technology, whether we bet on the wrong horse. What they are talking about is ‘How are we going to manage this politically?'”

Democrats will have a difficult time posturing themselves as the party fighting the special interests. When environmental activists tell Democrats to jump, Democrats frequently reply ‘how high’ or ‘off what’?

Finally, there’s this:

If the government goes back to putting working families first, ahead of special interests, we can achieve a better deal for the American people that will raise their pay, lower their expenses, and prepare them for the future.

I’d love hearing the Democrats explain how government can put people first. Government doesn’t create wealth or prosperity. Government’s responsibility is to maintain infrastructure, protect the public and get out of the way on the rest of things.

During President Obama’s administration, government told schools which bathrooms kids could use. Government also denied male college students their due process rights or the right to confront their accusers. I’m confident that those students didn’t think government put their interests first. Meanwhile, Republicans fought for and supported coal miners, construction workers and fought for increased pipeline infrastructure. Democrats fought against those things.

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If ever there was a sign that Tim Walz’s seat was in play, this article provides proof that Rep. Walz’s seat is in danger of flipping into Republicans’ hands.

The paragraph that’s killing the DFL says “That’s still better than any of Hagedorn’s potential DFL opponents. Former state lawmaker Vicki Jensen raised just $17,000. Four other Democrats have filed as candidates but none reported raising any money by Saturday’s deadline.”

When the DFL fundraising leader for the First District has raised $17,000, that’s a terrible sign. What’s worse is that Sen. Jensen lost that race by a 58.5%-41.5% margin. What’s worst for the DFL is that the other 4 candidates haven’t raised any money yet. That’s the definition of a weak DFL field.

There’s more than just that, though. According to the Minnesota Secretary of State’s Office, Tim Walz, the incumbent in 2016, defeated Jim Hagedorn by a 50.3%-49.6% margin. Now Walz is running for governor, most likely because he thought he’d lose the rematch against Hagedorn.

If Vicki Jensen is the DFL-endorsed candidate to replace Walz, they’ll be fighting an uphill fight. At this point, though, I don’t think we know who the DFL-endorsed candidate will be because none of the candidates have raised much money. Hint: there are legislative candidates that’ve raised as much money as Jensen has.

According to this article, one of the most vulnerable Democrats in the U.S. Senate was caught acting like a corrupt, two-faced politician. According to the AP’s article, “An Indiana senator railed against Carrier Corp. for moving manufacturing jobs to Mexico last year, even as he profited from a family business that relies on Mexican labor to produce dye for ink pads, according to records reviewed by The Associated Press.”

What’s worse is that Peter Hanscom, his campaign manager issued one of the shoddiest statements in recent political history when he said “Joe is proud to support good companies that create quality Hoosier jobs, including Stewart Superior. Throughout his career, Joe Donnelly has always fought for a level playing field for the American worker, including a renegotiation of NAFTA, and he will continue to do so.”

Let’s rewrite that statement so that it’s honest. To be honest, it should say “Throughout his career, Joe Donnelly has frequently fought for a level playing field for the American worker, including a renegotiation of NAFTA, and he will continue to do so.”

Sen. Donnelly might have substantial union support but he doesn’t have their support on this.

“What you are creating is poverty, because the jobs they are creating are very poor jobs. You have very poor salaries. You have poor quality of life. It’s not good for America and it’s not good for Mexico,” said Ruelas-Gossi, a critic of these types of policies who has taught at the University of Miami School of Business and has written about Latin trade issues for Harvard Business Review.

Sen. Donnelly’s uphill fight just got a little steeper.

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Is it possible that Mark Penn is a voice for Democratic sanity? In this article, it certainly sounds that way.

Penn is right in saying “I am for the Democratic Party to move back to the center. The center is where America is.” The far left isn’t appealing to many Americans. That being said, the far left, where Bill de Blasio, Bernie Sanders and Tom Steyer live, is where the energy is.

Still, the Democratic Party is a long ways away from recapturing the majority in the House or Senate. This past week, the DCCC sent out an email blast asking people to vote on potential bumper sticker slogans. One slogan option that the DCCC asked people to vote on was “Resist & Persist.” Another option was “She persisted, we resisted.” Then there was the slogan “Democrats 2018 — I mean, have you seen the other guys?”

These are actual slogans that the DCCC is considering. Frankly, they sound like a bunch of slogans that grade school students wrote. Last night, Greg Gutfeld had a little fun at the DCCC’s expense:

Democrats deserve to get mocked. At this point, they’re a joke totally reliant on identity politics. Why shouldn’t Democrats be mocked mercilessly? Their leadership is virtually nonexistent. Whatever the Republicans’ faults are, and they definitely exist, Democrats don’t have ideas to rally around. Until that changes, Democrats should expect their losing streak to continue.

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I love watching Greg Gutfeld demolish Democrats. He isn’t quite the new Breitbart but he’s more than the average Dem can handle. The latest Gutfeld attack comes against Chuckles Schumer. Recently on The Five, Gutfeld highlighted Schumer’s dishonesty.

Speaking on the subject of illegal immigration, Schumer said “The president’s immigration policies are destroying local economies, causing chaos and panic in families and communities who have done nothing, nothing, nothing wrong. By using racial profiling and fearmongering to target law-abiding immigrants, the Trump administration is putting people with a traffic ticket or a status violation in the same category as serious violent criminals.”

Gutfeld’s reply was sharp and to the point. Gutfeld said “The economy is fine, unemployment is down, as for profiling and harassing legal immigrants, by conflating illegal with legal immigration, it’s Schumer who is the real guilty party here.”

This is said in the context of Schumer saying that “Dems will block all funding for more immigration agents and for the wall too.”

It’s inescapable that Sen. Schumer is fast becoming the Democrats’ next Pelosi. Sen. Schumer dances to the tune of NCLR, aka the National Council of La Raza. NCLR is the biggest of the open border-promoting special interest organizations.

At a time when people want to feel secure, Sen. Schumer is selling insecurity. At a time when Democrats need to win back blue collar workers who simply want laws that make sense, Sen. Schumer is pitching laws that don’t make any sense except to the Democrats’ special interest allies.

Democrats need to win over lots of voters to recapture the House and Senate in the 2018 midterms. If they keep playing the identity politics of 2016 that they’re deploying now, they’ll fall short of that goal. Rest assured that Republicans will tie Sen. Schumer to Claire McCaskill, Jon Tester, Joe Donnelly and Heidi Heitkamp. These are each states that President Trump won handily. Tying these Democrats to a ‘New York liberal’ like Sen. Schumer won’t make these senators’ jobs easier.

Here’s the video of Gutfeld’s monologue:

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This article on Tim Walz is filled with inaccuracies and propaganda. Then again, it was written by a Strib writer.

For instance, it says “Politicians who reach a hand across the aisle in Washington sometimes pull back a stump. But once a week, Walz laces up his sneakers and joins a bipartisan running group as it sprints away from a Capitol convulsed by bitter partisan disputes over health care, immigration, budgets and taxes. In a House divided, Walz would rather run with his colleagues than against them. ‘Being bipartisan may be viewed as a weakness in some quarters,'” said Walz, who has signed on to more bipartisan bills than almost anyone else in Congress. ‘I reject that idea.’”

The Strib’s Jennifer Brooks then includes “Of the 351 bills Walz co-sponsored last term, more than half — 54 percent — were sponsored with non-Democrats. The legislative site GovTrack ranked him as the 9th most bipartisan member in Congress in 2016. Walz’s seats on committees like Veterans Affairs and Agriculture lend themselves to cooperation and blurred party lines.”

As a congressman, Rep. Walz can steer clear of controversial issues like health care. Governors can’t. Recently, Rep. Walz tried portraying himself as independent of the DNC on health care. The Republican Governors Association, aka the RGA, put together this video of Rep. Walz’s townhall meeting:

That sounds centrist. Unfortunately, Walz hasn’t lived up to that billing. First, he voted for the ACA. Next, after the ACA started failing, Rep. Walz refused to offer a single amendment that would fix the ACA. In this post, I wrote “Rep. Walz hasn’t lifted a finger to propose a solution that would fix the ACA. It’s one thing to whine about bills. It’s another thing to fix bills that are “failing my constituents in a lot of ways.” This is typical Democrat do-nothing complaining that don’t offer solutions.”

Rep. Walz hasn’t said whether he’d eliminate MNsure. Rep. Walz has said that the ACA is “failing my constituents in a lot of ways.” What’s his solution to that crisis? Congressmen can hide from those crises. Governors can’t. Without explaining how he’d solve the problem, we won’t know if Rep. Walz is truly a moderate. All we have to go by is his word. That isn’t enough. Actions are required. If the actions don’t match the rhetoric, then we know he’s a phony.

Anyone that thinks that Tim Walz’s recent statements will help him get elected is kidding himself. Rep. Walz is a con artist. Those of us in Minnesota know that about Rep. Walz. According to this article, Rep. Walz said “The DNC wanted the message to be the ACA [Affordable Care Act] is working fine and don’t talk about the warts. I said I can’t do that because it’s failing my constituents in a lot of ways.”

Rep. Walz’s statement is transparent in that he’s a) voted for the ACA, b) criticized the AHCA and c) criticized the Senate Republicans’ health care bill. The thing is that Rep. Walz hasn’t lifted a finger to propose a solution that would fix the ACA. It’s one thing to whine about bills. It’s another thing to fix bills that are “failing my constituents in a lot of ways.” This is typical Democrat do-nothing complaining that don’t offer solutions.

I don’t know why Rep. Walz would make a statement like this while he’s running for governor. Saying that the ACA is failing his constituents in a lot of ways is a shortcut to alienating a huge part of the DFL primary voters. RNC Chairwoman Ronna Romney-McDaniel criticized Democrats obstruction in this video:

Here’s what she said:

It’s unfortunate because people are suffering across the country. Let’s look at the evolution of this, they passed 30,000 pages of legislation without reading it. They said you could keep your doctor. They said you can keep your healthcare plan. They said it was going to be affordable, and none of that has been true. And now, premiums have doubled across the country, you have insurers pulling out of marketplaces. People are suffering and Democrats are sitting on their hands when they created this problem. Republicans are working together. We have reached out to them, we want them involved in the process. It is unfortunate they have obstructed every step of the way and they are not putting the American people first.

Tim Walz fits that description perfectly. He voted to create this crisis, then voted multiple times against fixing the problem. Here’s the video of Rep. Walz whining about the ACA without offering a solution to fixing it:

I can’t picture a way for Walz to win the DFL gubernatorial primary. Until now, he’d been predicted to be the DFL frontrunner. I’ve got to think that his criticisms of the ACA will hurt him with primary voters.

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With all of the articles pontificating about the meaning of Karen Handel’s victory in Georgia’s Sixth District, it isn’t surprising that Newt Gingrich’s article provided the most enduring insight. Newt said “Meanwhile, Republicans rose to the challenge. Handel was their champion, and they went all out to win. I have a friend who lives in the district and visited every home in her neighborhood on Election Day to ensure not a single voter failed to turn out.”

While it’s true that this loss has to sting Democrats, it’s important not to overlook the blocking and tackling part of winning elections. Without enthusiastic foot soldiers making calls and knocking on doors, victories are harder to come by.

Footnote: This feels a lot like 2004 in that Democrats were fired up about John Kerry and put together a pretty good GOTV operation. What people didn’t talk about until after the election was that Republicans put together a pretty good GOTV operation, too, and defeated the Democrats’ GOTV operation.

It isn’t that Democrats weren’t fired up for this runoff. It’s that Republicans were pretty fired up, too. This shouldn’t be overlooked:

Throughout the race, the elite media was consistently negative, but Trump’s use of social media ended up reaching a larger audience than the three major networks combined. In Georgia, a similar situation occurred. The longer the race went on, the more vicious the leftwing media became, the more Handel grew, and the more Ossoff shrank.

I’m more than a little skeptical of this article. Here’s why:

In Washington, Representative Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico, the chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, moved to calm the party overnight, circulating a memo that outlined in detail how Democrats aim to capture a majority in 2018. In the document, which was sent to lawmakers and staff, Mr. Luján wrote that there was “no doubt that Democrats can take back the House next fall” in the midterm elections.

Acknowledging that the Georgia result was a setback, Mr. Luján wrote on Wednesday that there were between six and eight dozen seats held by Republican lawmakers that would be easier for Democrats to capture than Georgia’s Sixth. He said the next few months would become a “recruitment blitz” for Democrats as they enlist candidates in those elections.

“Let’s look outside of the traditional mold to keep recruiting local leaders, veterans, business owners, women, job creators and health professionals,” Mr. Luján wrote. “Let’s take the time to find people who fit their districts, have compelling stories, and work hard to earn support from voters.”

The hard left won’t like that. They aren’t looking for “people who fit their district.” They’re looking for the next Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren.

Footnote: this is a picture of Ben Ray Lujan, the man tasked with restoring Nancy Pelosi to her speakership:

First, I’m skeptical that there are between 75 and 100 seats across the U.S. that are easier for Democrats to win than Georgia’s Sixth. It’s more likely that there’s a maximum of 25 toss-up districts in the entire U.S. This sounds more like Lujan attempting to entice reluctant politicians into being willing to run in 2018. Further, it takes a wave election to have that many competitive districts in an election cycle.

This headline should frighten Democrats. It says “Jon Ossoff’s Georgia special election loss shows Democrats could use a substantive agenda.” The article wasn’t written by George Will, Charles Krauthammer, Jim Geraghty or Jonah Goldberg. It was written by Matthew Yglesias and published by Vox.

First, Yglesias attempted consoling fellow depressed progressives by saying “To win in 2018, Democrats will have to find opportunities to do better, but it’s certainly an achievable goal. The fact that the district was competitive is a sign that the GOP majority is at risk; the question is simply what can Democrats do to put themselves over the top?”

Next, Yglesias tried telling Democrats a hard truth, saying “One thing they might want to try is developing a substantive policy agenda to run on. They came close this time, and they’ll just need to put forth an attractive package for voters in the 2018 midterms.”

This is a sobering defeat for Chuck Schumer. I’d include Nancy Pelosi but I’m certain she’s too stubborn to learn from this defeat. From a structural standpoint, Democrats have rejected blue collar workers. The other thing is that Democrats still think health care is a winning issue:

With the political world, and the president himself, transfixed by multiple Russia investigations hanging over the White House, Democrats are growing increasingly concerned that movement on Republican legislative priorities will fly under voters’ radar.

This week, Democrats are adjusting their focus — and, they hope, that of the public — toward GOP-led efforts in the Senate to repeal Obamacare, an issue party strategists anticipate to have more sway in next year’s midterm elections than myriad investigations. As Senate Republicans aim for a vote on yet-to-be-finalized legislation by the July 4 recess, Democrats are employing tactics to slow their progress and spotlight the process.

This comes ahead of a highly anticipated special election Tuesday in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District that Democrats hope will serve as a referendum on President Trump and the GOP-controlled Congress.

Then there’s this:

“I think it’s time we start focusing almost all of our attention on health care. This is a red alert moment, this bill is speeding to the floor,” Connecticut Sen. Chris Murphy told RCP last week. “Bob Mueller is going to continue the Russia investigation, and I’d be advising Democrats for the time being to put a little pause on the high-profile Russia hearings and focus all our energies on a health care bill that could ultimately ruin our nation’s health care economy.”

Health care isn’t the winning issue that Democrats think it is. The truth is that each time Democrats try hitting Republicans on the American Health Care Act, aka AHCA, Republicans can hit Democrats with their vote for the ACA, then finish them off by tying Democrats to Bernie Sanders/single-payer health care.

The Democrats’ obstruction tactics will hurt them. Eventually, Resistance will die or Democrats will pay a heavy electoral price in November, 2018. Right now, Democrats are only against Trump. They’ve repeatedly shown that they aren’t for the American people. That won’t work.

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