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Is Jeb Bush Really the Candidate Conservatives Want to Vote For?

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In a new report for the Upshot in the New York Times Nate Cohn writes that the only two candidates who really stand any chance of winning the Republican primary are Jeb Bush and maybe Scott Walker.

Now, I like Governor Walker (R-WI) as much as the next guy. He’s done some great work in Wisconsin, and I think that he would make a vastly superior President to Barack Obama. He’s not my favorite candidate (I’m not sure how conservative he really is) in the field, and I would be at least a little disappointed if he beat out the guys I’m really pulling for… but I could get behind him. I could vote for Governor Walker come November 2016.

Jeb Bush is a far different story.

Somehow the GOP establishment has decided that Jeb is as conservative as they want us to get, and they will keep pushing him as long as he doesn’t make any major screw-ups. But I wanted – no, needed — to come to you and ask you, dear grassroots, conservative reader, are you really ready to support Jeb Bush for President in 2016?

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Look, I’m not saying he’s the worst option ever. But he’s no more conservative than John McCain or Mitt Romney, and the conservative grassroots never “loved” them. Jeb Bush is simply another in the line of “big government” pseudo-conservatives that are the Bush family. George H.W. Bush expanded the government, raised taxes and lost an election. George W. Bush DOUBLED our national debt, expanded the government and bailed out the banks. Jeb Bush is already talking about reforming government… not cutting government.

JebThis is the ultimate Bush family legacy, really. They are big government Republicans who have done more to harm our (conservative) cause over the last 30 years than any attack from a liberal Democrat.

Let’s just ruminate over some of Jeb’s most recent statements announcing his positions on some important issues.

 

On Education – Jeb Bush wholeheartedly supports the Common Core, and is all about BIG GOVERNMENT answers to solve our education problems. This one thing should eliminate him from contention, but it hasn’t.

On Amnesty and Illegal Immigration – Jeb Bush has been one of the loudest Republican voices supporting amnesty and a path to citizenship for over 11 million people… and he’s been advocating amnesty for YEARS.

On Taxes – Jeb Bush won’t guarantee that taxes won’t go up under his leadership. In fact, he seems very amenable to the idea of raising taxes if it gets him other things that he wants from Democrats. Does this remind you of anyone? (George HW Bush raising taxes in response to a Democrat pledge to cut spending; they never did, and he lost his job.) In fact, Forbes magazine writes that Jeb Bush WANTS to raise your taxes!

On Spending – As Governor Jeb Bush received good grades from conservative groups based mainly on tax policy, but we know he has reversed course on that. What hurt his grades was spending… and there is no evidence that he will spend less as President. Like his brother George W. Bush, Jeb is a “compassionate conservative” which is simply a euphemism for welfare state Republican. Make no mistake, Jeb Bush spends money like a Democrat on a bender.

On Gay MarriageJeb Bush is “evolving” reminding us of other recent politicians… right, Obama?

 

The stat geeks (and I use the term affectionately) at 538 Blog put together this easy to understand chart back in December showing just how Jeb compares to other popular Republicans. And it’s not pretty…

Jeb Bush is demonstrably more liberal than his brother, John McCain and Mitt Romney! Though he’s at least more “conservative” than Chris Christie and Condoleezza Rice.

 

Conservative Chart

 

 

The long and the short of it, folks, is that Jeb Bush is far more liberal than your average grassroots conservative. Sadly, we only make up a portion of the GOP’s base of support. Jeb can win the primary without us (as Mitt, McCain and Dole did previously), so it is up to us to convince other members of the base that Jeb is not fit to serve.

And I mean what I say – Jeb isn’t fit to serve as President. I won’t vote for him, I won’t say nice things about him if he’s the nominee. The best I can offer Jeb Bush is that I wouldn’t vote for his opponent.

So, if you’re with me on the Jeb issue, then we have some work to do.

We have to reach as many conservative voters as we can and implore them to find a different candidate. We have to direct them to Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, Scott Walker, Bobby Jindal, Rick Perry, Marco Rubio… basically almost any other Republican seriously in the mix.

Look, I’m not saying that a Jeb Bush candidacy would be the death-knell for the Republican Party, but… it could be.

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Graham Says Comey, Brennan, Clapper, McCabe Will All Be Called to Testify

It looks like the Deep State is in deep you-know-what.

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RussiaGate was fun while it lasted for the Democrats, but their attempts to delegitimize Donald Trump’s 2016 election will now die a slow and painful death at the hands of the burgeoning ObamaGate investigation.

The GOP has long been concerned that outgoing President Barack Obama may have unethically abused his position to “spy” on incoming Trump team, in an effort to push a wild conspiracy theory that The Kremlin had something to do with Hillary Clinton’s loss in 2016.  The “evidence” they used to kickstart the whole shebang was little more than a dirty “dossier” of old Wall Street Journal rumors that had been kicking around for a decade prior.

Nevertheless, Americans were soon enduring a 22-month-long, $25 million nightmare of an investigation that did nothing but stoke the fires of the “resistance”.

Now, as Republican lawmakers begin to look for answers as to why or how this could have happened, Senator Lindsey Graham has told radio host Hugh Hewitt that a number of incredibly prominent witnesses will be called to testify on the matter.

HEWITT: Now I have a series of questions. I just would like to know yes, no, I don’t know as to whether or not you will be calling as a witness to the Judiciary Committee the following people. Will you be subpoenaing James Comey?

GRAHAM: Yes.

HEWITT: Andrew McCabe?

GRAHAM: Yes.

HEWITT: John Brennan?

GRAHAM: Yes.

HEWITT: James Clapper?

GRAHAM: Yes.

HEWITT: Susan Rice?

GRAHAM: Don’t know.

HEWITT: Ben Rhodes?

GRAHAM: Don’t know. I’m having, Senator Johnson’s going to look at all the things that happened from the election to transition. His committee’s going to look at all that.

It looks like the Deep State is in deep you-know-what.

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Maxine Waters Exploits Death of George Floyd to Attack Donald Trump

The “resistance” will never let a good crisis go to waste.

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Something horrific has occurred in Minneapolis, and our nation is headed for a somber reckoning on account of it.

The death of George Floyd while in police custody is a tragedy, undeniably.  Floyd was restrained by handcuffs and lying prone while an officer of the law kneeled on his neck, causing his death by suffocation in a gruesome incident that was caught on video.

America is now enraged, and from Minneapolis to Los Angeles there have been wild and chaotic demonstrations in protest.  A reality check is coming for much of the nation, and a heavy one at that, yet the Democrats are still looking for ways to exploit Floyd’s death to attack the leader of the free world.

REP Maxine Waters has shockingly blamed President Donald Trump for “cops killing black people” — days after George Floyd died in police custody.

Waters, a Democrat from California who frequently launches wild attacks at Trump, told TMZ she thinks the Minneapolis Officer Derek Chauvin, who was filmed with his neck on Floyd’s knee, “enjoyed doing it.” Trump on Wednesday called the death “very sad and tragic”.

Here’s where Waters tried to stretch the horror to fit her own personal, political narrative:

“I’m reflecting on all of the killings of young black men in particular, but of course black women too, at the hands of the police and at the hands of these white supremacists.”

“And I’m thinking about the way that the president conducts himself — in a way he’s dog-whistling — and I think that they’re feeling that they can get away with this kind of treatment.”

Now is certainly the time for a vigorous discussion about the sort of horror we’ve seen in Minneapolis, but Maxine Waters appears to be missing the point.

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Lindsey Graham Announces First Witness in RussiaGate Origins Probe…and It’s a Doozy

The truth may be just over the horizon, and that does not bode well for the Democrats’ chances of taking back the White House in 2020. 

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Now that the RussiaGate hoax has now been officially swallowed by the ObamaGate scandal, it’s the GOP’s turn to work the case and uncover just how deep the Democratic debauchery goes.

As it stands today, many on the right side of the aisle are of the belief that the outgoing Obama administration was responsible for concocting a plan to delegitimize the election of Donald Trump by linking him to The Kremlin, and attempting to portray the Big Apple businessman as a stooge to Vladimir Putin.  They used every trick in the book as well, including salacious and unverifiable rumors being passed off as “counterintelligence dossiers”.

Of course, now that the Republicans have a hold of the Senate, they are looking to get to the bottom of this mess, and they certainly aren’t wasting any time beating around the bush.

Former acting Attorney General Rod Rosenstein will be the first witness to testify in the Senate Judiciary Committee’s investigation into the origins of the Russia probe.

The Senate Judiciary Committee, chaired by Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., announced Wednesday that Rosenstein is scheduled to testify before the committee on June 3 at 10:00 a.m.

The hearing, according to the committee, will be titled “Oversight of the Crossfire Hurricane Investigation: Day 1.”

Why Rosenstein?

“Crossfire Hurricane” is the FBI’s internal code name for the bureau’s original investigation into whether members of the Trump campaign were colluding with Russia to influence the 2016 presidential election. That investigation was launched by the FBI in July 2016. Former special counsel Robert Mueller’s team eventually announced that it found no evidence of coordination.

“Mr. Rosenstein will testify about the new revelations contained in the Horowitz report concerning the FISA warrant applications and other matters,” Graham said in a statement Wednesday. “This will be the first in a series of oversight hearings regarding all things Crossfire Hurricane and the Mueller investigation.”

The truth may be just over the horizon, and that does not bode well for the Democrats’ chances of taking back the White House in 2020.

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Trump Tweets Eye-Opening ObamaGate Comparison as Joe Pientka Remains At-Large

The left is trying to cover their tracks, but President Trump has employed some of the world’s finest political bloodhounds.

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Where there was once “RussiaGate”, we now have the all-encompassing ObamaGate scandal, in which every new piece of evidence we discover appears to support the idea that the outgoing administration, under the supervision and responsibility of Barack Obama, was involved in the sort of smear campaign that Hollywood producers would pan as being too “far-fetched” for the silver screen.

This is the sort of controversy that could blow Washington wide open, especially as it becomes ever clearer that high-level officials within No. 44’s administration were intimately involved with the plan to frame incoming President Donald Trump as some sort of Kremlin double-agent.

With new evidence emerging every day, it was only a matter of time before the comparisons between ObamaGate and other major scandals emerged. 

President Donald Trump continued Wednesday to raise questions about former President Barack Obama spying on his campaign during the 2016 election.

“OBAMAGATE MAKES WATERGATE LOOK LIKE SMALL POTATOES!” he wrote on Twitter in all-caps.

Then came even more damning allegations.

“New papers make CLEAR that the Obama Administration SPIED, in an unprecedented manner, on the Trump Campaign and beyond, and even on the United States Senate,” he wrote.

Trump spent Tuesday night retweeting news and information on Twitter about the Russia “hoax” investigation as Acting Director of National Intelligence Ric Grennell spent his last day declassifying new documents about the case.

On Tuesday, White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany suggested the newly confirmed Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe could release more information about the tactics used by the FBI and the Obama administration to spy on Trump’s campaign.

“This President has overseen an ODNI (Office of the Director of National Intelligence) that has given the American people a lot of information that I think they’re entitled to see,” she said during a press briefing. “And one of the things the President has asked for is, where are the 302s — the summaries of that interview with Michael Flynn?”

The missing 302’s have become the next hinge point in this necessary counter investigation, and the only man left who can help sort his out, FBI Agent Joe Pientka, has essentially gone missing.

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House Republicans Sue Pelosi For Defying ‘231-Year Constitutional Tradition’ With Proxy Voting

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House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy announces a lawsuit against Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) brought by his party’s caucus in an effort to block voting by proxy in the chamber.

“I just filed a lawsuit in federal court to overturn Speaker Pelosi’s unconstitutional proxy voting scheme,” tweeted McCarthy on Tuesday evening. “It could allow as few as 20 Representatives to control the votes of 220. This is NOT the representative democracy our Founders envisioned or what our Constitution allows.”

TDW:

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) filed a lawsuit against Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) on Tuesday evening in an attempt to block the House of Representatives from allowing representatives to vote on behalf of up to ten other members of Congress as a designated proxy voter.

In addition to McCarthy, nearly two dozen Republican members of Congress have signed on as plaintiffs in the lawsuit, which also names the sergeant-at-arms and House clerk, two figures who serve a notable role in the proxy voting plan, as defendants.

The lawsuit states that, so far, 55 members of Congress had sent letters to the House clerk designating another representative as their official proxy voter. As of Tuesday evening, an additional four members of congress officially designated another representative as their proxy, bringing the total to 59 members, all of whom are Democrats.

The lawsuit, a copy of which was posted by The New York Times, accuses the Majority of ignoring “what the constitution demands of it,” and asks that the court “not do the same” in its ruling. More

The representatives need to show up for work or resign from their office. These people are overpaid and get benefits for life the least they can do is show up in person to do their jobs. They already get too many privileges and have enough special rules just for themselves. The rest of us are going back to work and they should too.

 

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POTUS Reflect on ‘Chance to Break the Deep State’ in Powerful New Interview

President Trump is practically daring the Deep State to show themselves at this point.

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Donald Trump’s election in 2016 was largely predicated on the idea that the NYC business mogul would arrive in Washington DC and figuratively burn the place to the ground.

The American people had been victimized long enough by the lobbyists, special interest groups, and other vermin that dwelled within the Washington swamp.  Trump understood this explicitly and made sure to promote his hopes for extermination during that grueling campaign.

Now, from his post in the Oval Office, President Trump is continuing this populist campaign, and doing so with such gusto that he has made the once-clandestine “Deep State” a household moniker.

During a recent interview with Sharyl Atkisson, the Commander in Chief even went so far as to call out the Deep State by name, threatening to “break” them in the coming months.

“When you look at what [acting DNI] Richard Grenell has done in eight weeks, these people didn’t do anything for two and a half years. They should have been exposing this. So I’m very disappointed in certain people. And some people have done a phenomenal job, but what am I doing? I’m fighting the deep state. I’m fighting the swamp. And I said I was doing it. And I’m exposing the swamp. I think if it keeps going the way I’m going, and Ratcliffe is fantastic,” he said.

“If it keeps going the way it’s going, I have a chance to break the deep state. It’s a vicious group of people. It’s very bad for our country. And that’s never happened before,” Trump said.

The storm is coming, folks, and the President is ready to hunker down and push us on through to the other side of it.

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President Trump Told by Baltimore Mayor to ‘STAY AWAY’ for Memorial Day

This is a stunt, plain and simple, and we can only hope that Americans will see right through it. 

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In this time of great “resistance”, every Democratic politician and their brother is grandstanding in an effort to be seen “standing up” to Donald Trump.

This is the cheapest and easiest way for the liberal left to score political points in 2020, and some of these shenanigans are just too ridiculous to believe.

Take Baltimore’s Mayor for example, who took to Twitter, (and not official channels of communication), to implore that President Trump not complete a preplanned visit to the city for Memorial Day.

The mayor of Baltimore is asking President Donald Trump to stay home ahead of a planned trip to Fort McHenry for Memorial Day, calling it “not a smart thing to do” as the city remains on lockdown over the coronavirus.

“That President Trump is deciding to pursue non-essential travel sends the wrong message to our residents, many of whom have been disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 virus,” Mayor Bernard “Jack” Young said in a statement Thursday.

Trump is scheduled on Monday to visit the city’s Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine, which has been closed to all visitors since late March due to the coronavirus. While Maryland began phasing out its statewide “stay-at-home” order last week, the city of Baltimore’s is still in place. Young told CNN on Friday he got no heads-up about Trump’s visit.

“Dear Mr. President @realDonaldTrump, please stay home!” Young said on Twitter Thursday.

The smackdown that Young received from the White House was swift and epic.

A spokesperson for the White House, Judd Deere, said in a statement that Trump will not stay home.

“The brave men and women who have preserved our freedoms for generations did not stay home and the President will not either as he honors their sacrifice by visiting such a historic landmark in our Nation’s history,” Deere said.

This is a stunt, plain and simple, and we can only hope that Americans will see right through it.

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