Cortney O'Brien, July 12, 2018
A group of conservative African-American leaders informed House Speaker Paul Ryan Thursday morning on Capitol Hill that they wanted him to censure Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) for her controversial speech last month encouraging supporters to harass Trump officials.
Star Parker, president of The Center for Urban Renewal and Education, matter-of-factly stated that Maxine Waters "is not the reflection of black America." She too insisted Speaker Ryan send a strong message and censor the congresswoman.
Matt Vespa, July 12, 2018
We all know Democrats are against Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court. Kavanaugh is everything under the sun: he’s anti-worker, anti-woman, and an extremist on Second Amendment rights. He’s not any of these things, by the way. Still, it’s an effective scare maneuver, as Election Day draws nearer. Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) has already said he’s going to fight Kavanaugh with everything that he’s got at his disposal. It’s not much and whatever attacks they have were flubbed in the opening salvo. They also didn’t use the right picture of Judge Kavanaugh in their initial attack. They used a photo of Judge Thomas Hardiman.
The Women’s March blasted an email, where Kavanaugh’s name isn’t even mentioned. Nominee “XX” is going to destroy the country. Also, we can’t get a press release right. Sen. Bob Casey (D-PA) came out against Trump’s nominee before he or she was even revealed at the time. This is very important in that voters were reminded that a) Casey is still a living senator; and b) he’ll pop flares in this fight, but then goes back into bunker—living off the political dividends of his last name (via ABC News):
“In a nation with over 700 sitting federal judges, many of whom were appointed by Republican presidents, it is outrageous that President Trump will nominate from a list of just 25 dictated to him by the Heritage Foundation,” Casey said in a statement Monday. “This list is the bidding of corporate special interests hell-bent on handing health care over to insurance companies, crushing unions that represent working men and women, and promoting policies that will leave the middle-class further behind. Any judge on this list is fruit of a corrupt process straight from the D.C. swamp.”
Casey also took a hit at the Heritage Foundation, calling it an “extreme Right organization,” claiming the group strives to cut Medicaid and accused Heritage of calling labor unions "cartels."
The fact is that Kavanaugh is a solid pick. He’s mainstream. He’s winning over the small, though powerful moderate GOP faction in the Senate; without Collins and Murkowski we could be sunk here. And his credentials are next to none. If the GOP remains united, the game is over, though I feel a couple red state Democrats will do the right thing and cross over on this nomination. For a side that’s vowed to fight to the bitter end, the opening salvo was a disaster. At least know the face of your enemy. Still, there’s a lot of time and more dirty tricks up the Left’s sleeve. This could get brutal fast. So, this isn’t the end game here with these failed opening shots at Kavanaugh, but it should give everyone confidence that their opening shots blew up in their faces.
Matt Vespa, July 12, 2018
Judge Brett Kavanaugh is going to be a weeks-long torment for some on the Hill—and I’m talking about red state Democrats. Senate Republican moderates Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski have been very receptive to Kavanaugh’s nomination, easing pressure from the right that they could sink this SCOTUS nominee if they defect. That could be the case, but for now, pressure has ramped up on Sens. Jon Tester (D-MT), Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND), Joe Manchin (D-WV), Joe Donnelly (D-IN), and maybe Bill Nelson (D-FL). Nelson needs help. Republican Gov. Rick Scott is outworking him on Hispanic outreach, and he’s beating Nelson with older voters who are more likely to turnout in November. A vote for Trump’s nominee could boost his chances of eking out a win—and that goes for the rest of the bunch. The downside is that they’ll be persona non grata in the party. The national party could ostracize them, freezing them out on much needed help on voter outreach, grassroots work, etc. if they vote for Trump’s nominee, especially when they think Roe v. Wade is going to be overturned. Then again, in the nightmare scenario, the GOP could pick-up all of these seats.
Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) kept her cellphone glued to her ear whenever she walked through public hallways, making it impossible for journalists to ask her about Kavanaugh’s record.
Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) pleaded that he was losing his voice and urged one reporter for The New York Times to “look at my statement.”
Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.) bolted from the Capitol out of the first floor exit instead of taking the Senate subway, where most reporters camp out.
Senate Democrats admitted it will be difficult to defeat Kavanaugh with only 49 seats in their caucus, but their goal is to inflict as much political damage on the GOP as possible ahead of the November midterm elections.
“We have to lower the expectations of our base. We can’t defeat the nominee on our own,” said a Democratic senator who requested anonymity to discuss internal party deliberations.