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This afternoon, Tyler Kistner won the endorsement of Second District Republicans in Minnesota’s Second District. Tyler Kistner said:

I am truly honored to have earned the endorsement of the delegates and the Republican Party in the Second District. I’d like to thank Regina Barr and Erika Cashin for running a spirited campaign.

Now, our party must unite together to beat Angie Craig in November. These are not ordinary times, and the stakes have never been higher. Our country is facing an unprecedented enemy in the form of this pandemic and a record number of families and small businesses are hurting. I will fight for the people of Minnesota and work with President Trump to get our country and our economy back on track. I will stand up to the deceptive practices of China. I will be a steadfast leader in the fight to rein in our debt and deficit and get our fiscal house in order.

Angie Craig has already broken her promises to the Second District by taking hundreds of thousands of dollars from special interest groups in Washington DC. She has become nothing more than a puppet to Nancy Pelosi, Ilhan Omar, and the progressives that run her party.

I served Minnesota and our country as a Marine, now, I ask for the honor of going to Washington to serve you again.

Minnesota’s Second District is one of the races targeted by the NRCC. We can’t afford to let ‘Let them eat expensive ice cream’ Nancy Pelosi serve another term as Speaker. We can’t afford to have Jerry Nadler and Adam Schiff lead one faux impeachment investigation after another while totally ignoring the infiltration of the Wuhan coronavirus with nary a bit of interest from Schiff, Pelosi or Nadler.

Pelosi negotiated while literally letting small businesses die while tens of millions of people filed for unemployment. Schiff impeached a president based solely on allegations. I don’t want any citizen tried solely based on allegations. While Pelosi negotiated and literally tens of millions of people lost their jobs, Angie Craig didn’t speak out. When Schiff impeached President Trump based solely on hearsay testimony, Angie Craig voted to impeach President Trump.

It’s clear that Craig’s talk about small businesses is just talk. It’s clear that Craig’s talk about civil rights is selective at best. It’s time to throw her out this November.

I first learned about Agnes Gibboney’s story in April, 2018. For LFR readers who aren’t familiar with my post about Agnes, make sure you check it out. After you do that, check out Agnes’ campaign website and learn about Agnes.

Having had the privilege of getting to know Agnes, I can state emphatically that Agnes is the personification of a patriot. When I spoke with her this afternoon, the first thing that impressed me about Agnes is that she isn’t a politician. She’s a doer. She’s running for the congressional seat currently occupied by Congressman Pete Aguilar. The comparison couldn’t be more stark. Agnes’ opponent is a cookie-cutter politician.

On immigration, Agnes’ opponent said “Both parties need to come together to pass comprehensive immigration reform that keeps families together, provides a pathway to citizenship, protects people who were brought to the United States as children from deportation, while also protecting the border and our national security.” Later, he exposed himself as an open borders Democrat:

We need an immigration policy that builds bridges, not walls and keeps families together instead of tearing them apart.

By comparison, Agnes was born in “Budapest, in Soviet controlled communist Hungary.” They wanted to live in the United States “but they were not allowed that choice. They eventually immigrated to Brazil, waiting thirteen years for the family’s US immigration application to be accepted.” Eventually, Agnes became a US citizen.

Agnes is an Angel Mom, having lost her son Ronald when he was 29. Ronald “was murdered by a previously deported illegal alien gang member.” Immigration isn’t just a policy issue. It’s part of who she is. Agnes told me that she wants to “be part of the solution” that finally fixes the US immigration laws, including the asylum laws. While she is a proponent of President Trump’s wall, she admits that a wall by itself isn’t enough.

Agnes said that this presidential election will be a choice between President Trump and a socialist. Agnes plans to help President Trump keep the economy strong. By comparison, Agnes’ opponent said that “I stood up to Republican efforts to give a massive tax cut to the wealthy while leaving middle-class families to foot the bill.” That’s an outright lie. Guy Benson’s tipsheet article notes this:


It’s time to fire career politicians like Pete Aguilar, Adam Schiff and Nancy Pelosi. These politicians couldn’t tell the truth if their lives depended on it. Follow this link to contribute to Agnes’ campaign. Be part of the team that fires Nancy Pelosi as Speaker. It’s the right fight at the right time. Join with Agnes because she’s the right person to fight this fight.

Every other year, people question whether Collin Peterson will retire. It’s like a fifth season in Minnesota. The order goes spring, summer, fall, is Collin Peterson retiring, then winter. Last fall, Peterson announced that he’d announce whether he’d seek another term “in January or February.” February is half gone and we still haven’t heard anything from Peterson.

What we have heard is that, if he runs, Peterson has a primary challenger:

Thaddeus Laugisch, of Moorhead, on Thursday, Feb. 13, said he planned to challenge U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson for his 7th District seat. Laugisch is seeking the Democratic endorsement for the seat and said he could be a better advocate than Peterson, the nearly three-decade incumbent, for Minnesota’s workers.

“Families of western Minnesota are struggling while CEO profits are at all-time highs,” Laugisch said in a news release. “Minnesotans deserve a fresh perspective in Washington that fits their needs, instead of the needs of the wealthy.”

I’ve never heard of Mr. Laugisch. I’m not surprised by that because Collin Peterson is the DFL bench in CD-7.

Peterson has not yet announced whether he will seek another term and several GOP candidates have signed up to take on Peterson in the district that favored President Donald Trump over Hillary Clinton in 2016 by 30 percentage points. Peterson said last year that he expected to make an announcement about his plans in January or early February, but two weeks into February Peterson still hadn’t made public his plan.

It’s impossible to know what Peterson’s plans are at this point but nothing will surprise me. In one way, I think the retirement question is almost irrelevant. Peterson votes against President Trump 85% of the time in a district that Trump won by 31 points in 2016. That’s a strong structural disadvantage to start a campaign.

Peterson has won by smaller and smaller margins the past few cycles. In 2018, which was a strong DFL year, Peterson won by 4.26%. In 2016, Peterson won by 5.06%. In 2014, Peterson won by 8 points. In 2012, Peterson won by 20 points.

Republicans have several top-tier, well-financed, challengers running. In the interest of full disclosure, I contributed to Michelle Fischbach. That being said, I don’t have a vote in the matter. If he runs, the people might involuntarily retire him.

NBC News just made a stunning admission about impeachment when it said “American soap operas are not popular these days. And yet, the Senate trial to remove President Donald Trump from office is currently garnering fewer viewers than the soaps.” This isn’t surprising to most Americans. The Democrats’ partisan impeachment was seen as a travesty by fair-minded people.

Another contributing factor to the terrible ratings is the lack of star power on the House Democrats’ team of impeachment managers. When Adam Schiff and Jerry Nadler are the ‘star’ prosecutors, people will tune out. Couple that with 3 days of the Democrats repeating the same allegations over and over and over again and you have the makings of something exceptionally boring.

The good news is that this nightmare will finish on Wednesday:

The bad news is that the next round of impeachment is right around the corner:

The only thing that will prevent Democrats from attempting another impeachment is massive amounts of public pressure in the form of telling Pelosi that another round of impeachment will cost her the Speaker’s Gavel. It will require the American people telling Angie Craig and Dean Phillips that they’ll be one-term wonders if they support another round of impeachment. The NRSC and other campaign committees and PACs should spend boatloads of campaign cash into the 30 Trump districts where Democrats currently serve. It’s time to let them know there’s a steep price to pay for ignoring the people’s business while pursuing impeachment.

Let’s highlight the fact that Adam Schiff is a total liar. In March, 2017, he told Chuck Todd that he’d seen evidence “stronger than circumstantial” that President Trump colluded with Russia to win the 2016 election. This fall, he read into the congressional record a mythical conversation between President Trump and President Zelenskiy.

Do Democrats really want to hitch their wagon to Schiff’s star? Or to Jerry Nadler’s star? The Democrats’ other problem is that anyone with firsthand knowledge of anything is likely to be covered by executive privilege. Does Schiff think that he can get away with another impeachment investigation without giving the White House Counsel’s Office access to cross-examining Schiff’s witnesses? Does Schiff think that these vulnerable freshman Democrats will want to vote for starting another impeachment inquiry?

Last time, Speaker Pelosi coerced vulnerable freshmen into voting for initiating the impeachment investigation by holding USMCA over their head. USMCA is now the law of the land. Does anyone seriously think that those freshmen Democrats will willingly vote to end their political careers?

The only way to stop this impeachment charade is by vanquishing 50+ Democrats from the House this November. If Democrats still have gavels, we’ll keep getting one round of impeachment after another. It’s that simple.

Apparently, it’s difficult, if not impossible, for Adam Schiff to go a day without telling a whopper. Tuesday night, Politico reported that Chairman Schiff “appears to have mischaracterized a text message exchange between two players in the Ukraine saga, according to documents obtained by POLITICO.” During Tuesday’s impeachment trial, Politico published an article that said “Schiff (D-Calif.) sent a letter to House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) last week summarizing a trove of evidence from Lev Parnas, an indicted former associate of Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani. In one section of the letter, Schiff claims that Parnas “continued to try to arrange a meeting with President Zelensky,’ citing a specific text message exchange where Parnas tells Giuliani: “trying to get us mr Z.” The remainder of the exchange, which was attached to Schiff’s letter — was redacted. But an unredacted version of the exchange shows that several days later, Parnas sent Giuliani a word document that appears to show notes from an interview with Mykola Zlochevsky, the founder of Burisma, followed by a text message to Giuliani that states: “mr Z answers my brother.” That suggests Parnas was referring to Zlochevsky not Zelensky.”

This is a parody of Chairman Schiff’s biggest whopper:

Schiff is in danger of alienating voters. His bombastic comments don’t play well in the Heartland. His accusations aren’t well-founded. Thus far, Pat Cipollone and Jay Sekulow have baited him and berated him, which threw him off his game.

During yesterday’s rules debate, Schiff would start each round with cherry-picked arguments. When it was their time, Cipollone or Sekulow would go into what they called at one time Paul Harvey’s Rest of the Story’ strategy. That’s where they filled in the unfair things that House Democrats did during the impeachment investigation. They had lots of things to choose from.

Whether it’s outright lying or whether it’s omitting important details, it’s still corruption. Yesterday, the NRSC put out this video mocking House Democrats:

Pundits have talked ad nauseum about whether there will be witnesses when the impeachment trial starts in earnest on Tuesday. Since President Trump has already said that he’ll invoke executive privilege should John Bolton or Mick Mulvaney get called to testify, the answer to that is no with an asterisk. They’ll certainly be called but they certainly won’t testify in any meaningful way. Don’t expect Democrats to litigate that issue. They’d rather have the issue than the information. (I can already hear Hakeem Jefferies saying ‘What is President Trump hiding?’)

Considering the fact that Mulvaney is President Trump’s acting Chief of Staff and Bolton is Trump’s former National Security Adviser, the answer is obvious that they’d have lots of classified information in their heads. A judge won’t side with the Democrats on compelling Bolton and Mulvaney to testify so Democrats can go on a fishing expedition.

Once those things happen, Democrats will have nothing to show for their efforts. What’s worse is that the whole world will know that their case is thin. What’s worst is that Democrats, especially Schiff, will be forced to either rest their case (which isn’t happening) or Schiff will start making foolish-sounding accusations.

When the Trump legal team starts poking holes in the Democrats’ case, they’ll show that the Democrats’ case is virtually nonexistent. That should make for some fun viewing and some interesting closing arguments. What pundits haven’t speculated about is the evidence collected during the Democrats’ impeachment investigation. Pundits haven’t speculated about it because, despite all the headlines of “bombshell” testimony, they know this case is weak.

Accusations aren’t evidence. When it’s exposed that the Democrats only have accusations, that will deliver a stinging rejection of these articles of impeachment. This isn’t a serious exercise. This impeachment was built on the Democrats’ rage. It wasn’t built on evidence. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell put it best, saying that “House Democrats had performed a pale imitation of a real inquiry”:

Adam Schiff will make a fool out of himself. After making a series of unserious accusations, which will happen, Republicans will vote to acquit President Trump. Most importantly, Americans will agree with Republicans.

The impeachment trial should then be used by the NRCC against every swing district Democrat on the ballot. Remind voters that House Democrats voted for a flimsy impeachment investigation, then voted for incomplete articles of impeachment. Finally, remind voters that House Democrats wasted 2 entire years on this flimsy investigation while ignoring the people’s business.

That’s how you maximize the damage to the Democrats. Make them pay a steep political price. That’s the only hope of getting them to stop these investigations.

Newt Gingrich is one of the best election analysts in modern history. When he starts talking about the potential for wave elections, I listen. That’s what he’s talking about in this article.

One of the first things he mentions is “The liberal media likes to focus on how many House Republicans are retiring. Somehow this is supposed to make Republicans feel defeated and hopeless. In this context, I was startled recently to hear Congresswoman Elise Stefanik say 2020 was going to be the year of the House Republican woman. She went on to assert that there was a historic record being set for Republican women filing to run for the House.”

Speaker Gingrich then gets into candidate recruitment, online fundraising and a host of other things that give Republicans a distinct advantage. Here’s what he said about candidate recruitment:

I checked in with Chairman Tom Emmer at the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) and found that, if anything, Stefanik had understated the momentum of new recruits. With House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy and the leadership team going all out, the House Republicans are setting a remarkably encouraging series of records.

Consider these numbers: The total number of Republicans filed for House seats so far is 928, according to Federal Elections Commission (FEC) figures – or 188 more than the total at the same time in 2010 (740). The year 2010 matters because it was the last time Nancy Pelosi was kicked out of the majority and Speaker John Boehner led the House GOP to its biggest gain in modern times – with his “where are the jobs” slogan.

Right now, the only accomplishment that the House Democrats can point to is the ratification of President Trump’s USMCA trade agreement. Compared with the things that Republicans can point to during their 2 years in office, the Democrats don’t have much to highlight during the campaign. Then there’s the fundraising portion of this equation:

In the 2018 cycle, this system raised $1.8 billion over the two-year period. When this scale of small-donor involvement was combined with massive donors like Michael Bloomberg (who spent $5 million on ads in the last two weeks in some elections) the Democrats’ money advantage was enormous. This helps explain the Republican House defeats.

The threat posed by the ActBlue system was reinforced in 2019 when it raised more than $1 billion for the Democrats. Republican leaders realized they had to match or exceed the small-dollar system the Democrats had invented. They developed a competitive model called WinRed. The intensity of support for President Trump, combined with growing anger over the Democrats’ investigation and impeachment strategy, has made WinRed a success much faster than anyone expected.

In its first two quarters, WinRed raised $101 million. Its effectiveness is growing rapidly. It raised $31 million in its first quarter of existence and more than doubled that in the second quarter with $70 million (fourth quarter of 2019). In fact, WinRed raised more in its first 190 days than ActBlue raised in its first five years.

The other factor that people haven’t talked about is the fact that most of the competitive seats that Republicans need to flip to return to the majority are seats that President Trump has done well in. It isn’t like Republicans have to flip tons of seats where Democrats traditionally do well in. That, in turn, means that they won’t need to raise as much money as Democrats raise.

House Democrats have to defend why they didn’t get important things done during this Congress. They promised to lower prescription drug prices, fix health care, work on infrastructure and strengthen the economy. They didn’t get any of those things done. They don’t have a list of accomplishments. Democrats have an accomplishment — USMCA. The rest of their time was wasted on impeachment, sour grapes and other waste-of-time investigations. If I were running the NRCC’s messaging, I’d have a single message, which would be “What have you done for me lately?”

It’s time to call Pelosi’s Democrats out. They’re essentially worthless. Democrats spent more time telling us that Iranians really loved Soleimani than they spent in court to compel witnesses that House Democrats said weren’t needed but that Senate Democrats insist are essential. Now Pelosi insists that not calling witnesses that House Democrats didn’t call amounts to a cover-up:

I’d love hearing Pelosi sell that BS to the American people.

The NYTimes published this op-ed yesterday. Apparently, their editors weren’t working. Either that or their editors are just worthless. The op-ed states incorrectly that “G.O.P. women, at both the national and state levels, are on the brink of extinction.”

That’s either sloppy or intentionally dishonest. It’s most likely intentional dishonesty because it didn’t require any research to find facts that refute the statement. Elise Stefanik saw the op-ed and replied with a series of fact-based tweets. Here’s one of Ms. Stefanik’s fact-based tweets:


If that isn’t enough, check out this Stefanik tweet:


This one is my personal favorite:


I love reading about a freshman Democrat heading for defeat first thing in the morning. The only thing that’s better is hearing that 2 freshman Democrats are heading for defeat. The point is that the NYTimes’ op-ed isn’t accurate. (That’s a shock, right?) The other point is that Elise Stefanik is definitely a rising star in the GOP. She’s tough as nails and she doesn’t back down. Finally, let’s end with this Stefanik tweet:

It’s time for the NRCC to target and defeat Adam Schiff. It isn’t just that he’s a despicable liar, though there’s little doubt that he’s one of the Democrats’ most despicable liars. It isn’t just because he led a faux impeachment investigation, though he’s guilty of that, too. It’s because, in addition to those things, Schiff is accusing Republicans of doing the disgusting things he’s already done.

“We are hearing astounding things from Republican members who are saying it’s okay to solicit foreign interference in an election, things I never would have imagined I would ever hear either party say,” Schiff said, adding, “For some of our members who are defending the Constitution, it is their finest hour. But for others who are willfully blinding themselves to this president’s misconduct, it is the most shameful hour.”

It’s also time for Mr. Schiff to get sued. Saying that Republicans are advocating for soliciting foreign interference in our elections is a lie. Schiff isn’t a man of integrity. He’s a thoroughly dishonest politician. Consider what he said in the so-called Schiff Memo:


Thanks to the Horowitz Report, Devin Nunes’ reputation is at least partially restored:


Schiff is so loathsome that he doesn’t deserve to be the ranking member of the HPSCI. He doesn’t deserve to be a member of Congress, though he deserves to be stripped of his security clearance. Then there’s this:

We now know from the Horowitz report that the dossier played a “central and essential role” in obtaining warrants to spy on the 2016 Trump campaign. We also know that Schiff lied to the public about what had happened, as his media handmaidens protected him and trashed his fellow House Intelligence Committee member, U.S. Rep. Devin Nunes, a California Republican, who tried to warn the country of the FISA abuse.

It’s time to throw this bum out. He isn’t welcome in the People’s House anymore.

When it rains, it pours. When Nancy Pelosi’s Democrats declared war on President Trump, they woke a sleeping giant. That’s if you thought that Republicans were sleeping, which I didn’t. The floodgates have opened and it’s raining advertising cash into the districts of vulnerable Impeachment Democrats.

GOP-aligned outside groups have spent roughly $8 million on TV spots this cycle in battleground districts, such as Rep. Anthony Brindisi’s central New York seat. The vast majority of those ads specifically hammer Democrats over impeachment.

Meanwhile, swing-district Democrats are receiving little reinforcement from their own party or even other liberal coalitions. Democratic and pro-impeachment groups have spent about $2.7 million in TV ads, according to an analysis of spending by the ad tracking firm Advertising Analytics. And more than $600,000 of that total went to ads targeting Republican incumbents, not helping vulnerable Democratic members.

“Many of us have been expressing our concerns to leadership,” said a Democratic lawmaker said, who declined to be named in order to speak candidly about strategy. “You don’t want to have to play catch up.”

“Everyone knows you don’t just take a shot and sit there,” the lawmaker said. “It’s like someone taped our arms to our side and punched us in the face.”

That’s what happens when 232 Democrats voted for impeachment. These supposedly moderate Democrats showed their true colors. Meanwhile, the numbers of Never Trumpers continues shrinking. If you want to start a wave election, this is the way to do it.

Democratic-aligned groups, however, have begun spending on ads. Last week, the liberal coalition Protect Our Care launched a $2 million digital ad campaign to promote a Democratic drug-pricing bill. But GOP groups are devoting far more cash, including a roughly $5 million buy on anti-impeachment TV ads across 18 Democratic districts by American Action Network, a nonprofit tied to House GOP leadership.

The last I checked, $5,000,000 is quite a bit more than $2,000,000. Also, the unfair impeachment hearings didn’t play well in battleground districts. In fact, the impeachment hearings have pulled House Republicans closer together than at anytime since 2010. For those too young to remember 2010, Republicans and independents registered their disgust with the ACA that year. Republicans gained a net 63 seats in the House. Republicans flipped majorities in 20+ legislative bodies nationwide. Republicans flipped governorships, too.

Check this out:

“That’s probably something for the pundits to decide. I’m just focused on doing the right thing and voting for the district,” Cunningham said in an interview. “People in the First District are smart and they can sift through the fiction and get to the facts and when they do they realize that I’m the most bipartisan freshman Democrat.”

That sounds awfully defensive. It sounds like something a worried Democrat would say. He has a right to say that. He’s got a bullseye painted on his back in a ruby red state. Speaking of ruby red states:

McAdams, another swing-district Democrat who’s being targeted by ads, said he’s working to counter the GOP ads with his own direct pitches to voters in events like town halls.

“They’re negative but you know, I’m out there in person telling my district the work that I’m doing and they know me,” McAdams said. “They’re going to judge me based on who I am and my track record and I think I have a track record that resonates.”

McAdams voted to start the impeachment inquiry. That’s the biggest thing voters in UT-4 need to know. This is telling:

House Majority Forward, a nonprofit with ties to Pelosi, has so far made the largest investment to help vulnerable Democrats, running $2 million worth of ads in a dozen districts. Those spots touted legislative achievement of freshman lawmakers but did not explicitly mention impeachment.

Isn’t that interesting? If impeachment isn’t hurting Democrats, why aren’t they touting it? This, more than anything, indicates that impeachment is hurting Democrats. All of the Democrats’ spin isn’t changing reality. Not even with the MSM’s help can they turn this polling around.

The Democrats have a decision looming. They can either start working with President Trump or they can anticipate a wave election. Democrats promised to work with President Trump. They haven’t. The people won’t vote to re-elect politicians who didn’t keep their promises..