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After watching Kimberley Strassel’s interview on Fox & Friends, the more convinced I am that we’ll see a government shutdown over President Trump’s wall. If/when that happens, expect the MSM to write tons of breathless stories explaining how Republicans are losing the shutdown fight. Republicans should ignore those stories because they can win a fight over the border wall as long as the caravans keep popping up.

The Democrats’ only hope on this is to muddy the subject up by talking about immigration. A shutdown will focus the people’s minds on the wall, though, because President Trump will talk constantly about funding the wall.

Since he’s got the biggest megaphone in the Western Hemisphere, he’ll dictate the agenda. Pundits will insist that Republicans always lose shutdown fights. Historically, that’s true. Then again, let’s not forget the #SchumerShutdown.

Why they’ve typically lost is another story. They’ve typically lost because the Democrat president had the biggest megaphone. With that not being the fact in this instance, the odds change.

It’s worth noting that most of the government is funded. The MSM won’t get away with stories about this or that department that helps widows and children closing until the evil Republicans fund them. Those types of departments are funded so those stories won’t appear.

Next, lots of people are experiencing the burden these asylum-seekers are causing. When they disappear into the US, they carry with them costs for health care, education, etc. The immigration activists don’t admit that but it’s a fact.

Don’t be surprised if President Trump puts on a full-court press on this one.

Saturday afternoon, a pundit was asked if this 7-day investigation will lead to greater harmony in the Senate, especially within the Senate Judiciary Committee. That question seemed utterly foolish to me.

For years, Republicans were accused of being unwilling to compromise. It was said that compromise had become “a 4-letter word” with Republicans. That myth was exploded with the #SchumerShutdown. President Trump offered Democrats a totally reasonable compromise, where they’d get permanent protection for DACA recipients in exchange for voting for fully funding President Trump’s wall.

Instead of accepting that compromise, Sen. Schumer shut down the government. Within 3 days, Democrats had sent signals that they were taking a PR beating and were willing to partially surrender. Democrats still haven’t funded the wall but they caved on military spending pretty quickly.

Let’s be honest about something. As long as Democrats like Dick Durbin, Richard Blumenthal, Amy Klobuchar, Tina Smith, Chuck Schumer, ‘Spartacus’ Booker, Pocahontas Warren and Bernie Sanders inhabit the Senate, compromise will remain a dirty word with Democrats. It’s that simple.

These aren’t reasonable people. If they were reasonable, a healthy portion of them would’ve voted for the tax cuts that has the economy running like gangbusters. If these Democrats were reasonable, a few would’ve announced that they’re voting to confirm either Justice Gorsuch or Judge Kavanaugh. Neither of those things has happened. Democrats are in full resist and obstruct mode. They’ve been that way since President Trump’s inauguration.

Democrats boycotted President Trump’s inauguration. In fact, a handful of Democrats started calling for President Trump’s impeachment before his inauguration. Which of the Democrats’ actions sound like the actions of reasonable people?

When President Trump tried negotiating with Sen. Schumer on DACA, the compromise was simple. Rather than protecting DACA recipients, Democrats shut down the government.

Then there’s this:

Democrats aren’t interested in compromising. They’re interested in resisting at all costs. The #SchumerShutdown is proof of that. If you want government that functions and actually fixes things, you’d better vote for a straight Republican ticket because Democrats have shown they aren’t interested in fixing things.

Sen. Hirono, Sen. Feinstein and Sen. Schumer have each insisted that, because Judge Kavanaugh isn’t involved in a criminal or civil trial, he isn’t entitled to the presumption of innocence. Most lefty pundits have accepted that as Gospel fact. I don’t accept that as Gospel fact or anything like it. In fact, I dispute it vehemently.

The first question that the outrageous left hasn’t answered is straightforward: at what point does a person lose the presumption of innocence? Do we really want to live in a society where uncorroborated accusations were enough to destroy a person’s life? Right now, the Hate-Filled Left is targeting Brett Kavanaugh but let’s suppose that he withdraws his nomination. There’s a decent possibility that Amy Coney-Barrett would be President Trump’s next nominee. Isn’t it virtually guaranteed that the Hate-Filled Left will attack her with uncorroborated accusations?

The Hate-Filled Left is parading out one woman after another with stories that can’t be verified to prevent a judicial conservative from being confirmed for the Supreme Court. They’ll certainly keep doing that until President Trump nominates another Ruth Bader-Ginsberg.

The ruthless lefties don’t just think conservatives are wrong. They think we’re evil. Don’t believe me? Check this out:

Bill O’Reilly nails it in this interview with Wayne Allen Root:

Without question, the Democrats have a script they’re following on SCOTUS nominees. They’ve been doing that since Ted Kennedy lied through his teeth about Robert Bork. The only difference is that today’s Democrats would make Ted Kennedy look mild.

That should frighten everyone who cares about civil rights.

I’d argue that the ‘verdict’ is already in on whether Judge Kavanaugh should be confirmed as the next Supreme Court justice. Late this afternoon, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley announced that “next week’s high-stakes open hearing to examine the sexual assault allegation against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh could be canceled if the accuser doesn’t accept the committee’s invitation.”

If Christine Blasey-Ford is a no-show next week, the Committee should immediately vote to move him out of committee.

UPDATE: Dr. Christine Blasey-Ford, the woman accusing Judge Kavanaugh of improper sexual behavior, has issued a statement saying she won’t testify Monday unless the FBI conducts a full investigation. In saying that, she sounds just like Chuck Schumer. Then there’s this:

These pinhead Democrats don’t understand just how partisan and unfair they sound. Blumenthal thinks that the nomination should be pulled entirely based on his subjective criteria? That isn’t fair. This isn’t based on constitutional principles. It’s based on partisan desperation.

Earlier this week, Bob Corker, Susan Collins and Jeff Flake wanted to slow down the confirmation. Tonight, they’re each in favor of voting to confirm Judge Kavanaugh.

I’d argue that the verdict is in.

Based on this article, it sounds like Chuck Schumer’s days as ‘minority leader for life’ might be numbered. Early in the article, it says “Progressive groups have a blunt assessment of Sen. Chuck Schumer’s work to defeat Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination: ‘You are failing us.’ Thirteen liberal groups have signed on to a letter, delivered Wednesday morning, that pans the minority leader’s strategy of stopping President Donald Trump’s nominee for the Supreme Court. They say that ‘the Democratic Party’s progressive base expects nothing less than all-out resistance to Trump’s dangerous agenda,’ and question whether Schumer is delivering it.”

That’s just part of it. It continues, saying “But Schumer is grappling with multiple challenges: a base that wants him to stop Kavanaugh even though Republicans can confirm him without Democratic help, as well as a brutal midterm map and vulnerable incumbents who are under pressure to support Trump’s pick. Senate Democrats have largely united behind Schumer’s strategy of demanding documents and disrupting the Judiciary Committee’s hearing. But liberal groups say it’s not enough.”

Do these people look like they’re capable of processing complex questions?

At this point, I question whether they’re capable of arriving at 4 when adding 2 + 2. Whether Schumer gets axed or not is beyond my control. Watching the fireworks, fortunately, isn’t.

News junkies like me and other bloggers remember how fired up the Democrats were the night President Trump nominated Brett Kavanaugh to replace the retiring Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court. Special interest organizations put together official statements that looked like this:

Democrats didn’t even bother to find out who President Trump had nominated. Now, they’re making things worse. According to this ABC News article, Democrats are now willing to meet with Judge Kavanaugh to “personally lobby him to hand over his entire record.” I’d tell the Democrats to take a hike. The vast majority of them have already announced that they’re voting to not confirm Judge Kavanaugh. Why do these Democrats need to examine documents that don’t have anything to do with Judge Kavanaugh’s judicial philosophy if they’ve already decided they’re voting against him?

Judge Kavanaugh has written 300+ opinions, the most of any recent SCOTUS nominee. If they can’t figure out Judge Kavanaugh’s judicial philosophy after reading Judge Kavanaugh’s opinions, then they’re hopeless. This is an obvious stalling tactic. It should be stopped before the first interview is held.

This is wishful thinking:

Meanwhile, a potential roadblock awaits Kavanaugh’s confirmation process after the National Archives indicated Thursday that it needs until the end of October to produce nearly 1 million documents requested by Senate Republicans. The records delay could mean a vote to confirm Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court might not come as quickly as Republicans hoped – they wanted Kavanaugh confirmed in early October before the court’s fall term is set to begin.

That won’t slow anything down. Republicans aren’t paying attention to this tactic:

Despite the setback, Senate Republicans, led by Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley of Iowa, appear unfazed and plan to forge ahead with a mid-September confirmation hearing for the 53-year old appellate judge.

Republicans should make the argument that Judge Kavanaugh’s rulings, plus his documents from when he worked for Ken Starr, plus the information that they’ll get from the confirmation hearings itself, are enough to make a well-informed decision. If Sen. Schumer whines that it isn’t enough, I’d throw it back in their face that the vast majority of Democrats have either officially announced that they’re voting against confirming Judge Kavanaugh or they’ve appeared at anti-Kavanaugh rallies where they’re expected to be no votes.

This LTE criticizes Sen. Schumer’s ‘forgetfulness’. That’s noteworthy but it isn’t the most distressing news for Democrats. The most distressing news is that it was written by a Democrat.

It opens by saying “Sen. Chuck Schumer’s plea for financial support from Democratic New York State Assemblyman Dov Hikind may have answered a question recently proposed by both Schumer and the Watch commentator Allison Perry. Allison challenged any supporter of President Trump to provide information “as to any way in which Donald Trump has improved your lives or this country.” And Schumer, in asking for contributions, got an earful.”

A couple paragraphs later, the LTE said “You forgot to tell us about unemployment, which is lower than it has been in decades, while economic confidence is at a 17-year high. It’s also at a record low for minorities. That’s very good news, Senator. You forgot to tell us how the U.S. is beginning to emerge in energy dominance. The Department of Interior, which has led the way in cutting regulations, opened plans to lease 77 million acres in the Gulf of Mexico for oil and gas drilling, decreasing our reliance on foreign oil. That’s very good news, Senator.”

Read the entire LTE. Every GOP candidate should commit to memory each of these statistics. Lately, Democrats have started testing a talking point that goes something like this: ‘yes, the economy is good but we don’t know if it’s helping everyone. We don’t know that everyone is feeling the recovery.’

That’s BS. If people weren’t feeling the effects of the Trump/GOP economic policies, consumer confidence wouldn’t be sky-high. Business investment wouldn’t be happening at the high rate that it’s happening. If the economy was in tough shape, people wouldn’t be returning to the workforce in an attempt to find a job. Optimism is increasing. Pessimism is shrinking.

Those things didn’t happen during the Obama administration. They’re happening now, though.

The Democrats aren’t happy with Sen. Schumer:

For all the talk about a blue wave, the truth is that Democrats are a divided political party.

This Politico article contains some of the best news I’ve seen all day. When I read “the party’s base is demanding Schumer and his colleagues wage a knock-down, drag-out fight”, I couldn’t help but smile from ear-to-ear.

Let’s be upfront about this. I don’t expect this to happen. Still, if the Democrats want to imperil their most vulnerable senators, I’ll be happy to see that happen. I’d love to see Republicans pick up 6-7 seats instead of 2-3 seats in the Senate.

Still, if the Democrats’ base insists on a knock-down-drag-out fight, Republicans should smile, then hit these red-state Democrats hard until they’re too toxic to win. In some cases, that shouldn’t be that difficult. It’s important that we remember that this vote isn’t the only thing that senators like Manchin, Donnelly, Tester, Heitkamp and Nelson will be judged on. Tester and Nelson voted against Gorsuch. All of them voted against the Trump/GOP tax cuts. Don’t think that those votes won’t be included in the GOP’s closing arguments in late October and early November.

Still, how long at-risk Democrats can or should hold out is a complicated political equation that could affect their survival in November. As long as they remain undecided, deep-pocketed conservative groups like the Judicial Crisis Network and Americans for Prosperity will continue pounding them with pro-Kavanaugh ads and activism in their states.

A spokeswoman for JCN said it would pull ads when and if Democratic senators come out in support of Kavanaugh and shift to thanking the nominee’s supporters. Meanwhile, GOP opponents, who expect some of these Democrats to ultimately support Kavanaugh, are hitting them for their supposed indecision.

Organizations like the Judicial Crisis Network are already running ads like this against Democrats:

This is another hard-hitting ad from JCN:

Good luck dealing with that pressure.
UPDATE: Rand Paul has announced that he’s supporting Kavanaugh’s confirmation. The pressure just got a lot more intense for Manchin, Donnelly, Heitkamp, Tester, etc.

Predictably, President Trump’s critics are out in force today. On the Senate floor, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer focused on the Democrats’ talking points, saying that meeting with KJU gave him legitimacy that KJU will turn into favorable treatment from the community of nations. Saying that Sen. Schumer’s logic is more than flawed is understatement.

Further, if you accept Sen. Schumer’s logic as Gospel fact, then war or a nuclear North Korea is inevitable. That’s the definition of Democratic defeatism. We just had 8 years of that. The international community is worse off as a result of President Obama’s mishandling of foreign policy/national security.

Why listen to the idiots that screwed up Iran, Russia and Iraq? Why listen to the people who told us that ISIS was the JV team, then essentially told us we’d have to accept terrorism attacks as the new normal? Democrats keep telling us how to do things after they’ve created the mess. Here’s the video of Sen. Schumer’s speech:

The prestige that Kim Jung-Un supposedly got from the Summit can disappear in an instant. If Democrats are worried about that, they aren’t paying attention to what’s important. Despite the TV media’s obsession with what didn’t happen, they should consider the Trump administration’s strong negotiating position.

The military option is still a legitimate option. The UN sanctions haven’t been lifted. President Trump, Secretary Pompeo, Ambassador Haley and NSA Bolton have made it perfectly clear that the sanctions won’t get lifted until they see North Korea’s actions change. Further, if North Korea insists on continuing playing games, they can pay the price for that decision.

That’s before taking seriously the reality that President Trump won’t hesitate to use the military option if it comes to that. I remember Ambassador Crocker’s reply when asked what he thought of the Nimitz carrier group. He replied “That’s what 20,000 tons of diplomacy looks like. TRANSLATION: Little Rocket Man, the era of strategic patience is history.

Senate Democrats insisting on obstructing President Trump’s agenda got a shot across their bow this afternoon from Majority Leader Mitch McConnell:

“Due to the historic obstruction by Senate Democrats of the president’s nominees, and the goal of passing appropriations bills prior to the end of the fiscal year, the August recess has been canceled. Senators should expect to remain in session in August to pass legislation, including appropriations bills, and to make additional progress on the president’s nominees.”

Democrats have insisted on using every trick in their book to obstruct President Trump’s nominations to cabinet positions, Supreme Court justices and appellate court judges. They haven’t stopped using those tactics because they’ve never paid a price for their obstruction.

This afternoon, that changed. This afternoon, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced that he’s cancelling the Senate’s August recess. That means 10 vulnerable Democrats will lose time to campaign in their home states while their opponents campaign and fundraise.

Sherrod Brown, are you feeling better today than a month ago? While Jim Renacci is campaigning throughout the state during August, you get to slog through appropriation bills and judicial confirmation votes. Trump won Ohio by 400,000+ votes in 2016. I’m pretty certain his voters will turn out, especially after you voted against the Trump/GOP tax cuts. Good luck this November.

Bob Casey, are you feeling better today than a month ago? You, too, voted against the Trump/GOP tax cuts. Now, you won’t have as much time to campaign as you’d anticipated. Good luck in November.

Jon Tester, how’s that long flight back to Montana? You thought you’d have the month of August to campaign. You really needed it after making those baseless accusations about Ronny Jackson. Instead of campaign in August, you’ll be spending your time in DC wading through appropriations bills and confirming Trump’s judicial nominees. Good luck in November.

Mitch is playing this properly. If Democrats want to play hardball, let them lose some Senate seats as a result.