Cruz Drops a Truth Bomb About Democrat Opposition to Kavanaugh’s Confirmation

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U.S. Senator Ted Cruz Explains Democrat Opposition to Kavanaugh

It was a raucous day Monday on Capitol Hill at the start of the Senate confirmation hearings to approve Brett Kavanaugh’s appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court. Amidst outbursts from the gallery by anti-Kavanaugh protesters, Senate Democrats pulled out all the stops in an all-out effort to delay the confirmation of Judge Kavanaugh, throwing one procedural hurdle after another in front of Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Chuck Grassley of Iowa. Most of the objections coming from the Democratic side centered around thousands of pages of documents requested by them that they had not received or had time to examine. Committee member Ted Cruz in his opening statement gave a dead-on assessment of why the Democrats are so against Kavanaugh’s confirmation.

Here’s an outtake from Sen. Cruz’s remarks that sums up nicely what the true Democrat objection to Kavanaugh’s confirmation:

We know that every Democratic member of this committee is going to vote no we don’t have to speculate. Every single one of them is publicly announced they’re voting no– doesn’t depend on what they read in documents, doesn’t depend on what judge Kavanaugh says at this hearing they’ve announced ahead of time they are voting no and most of the Democrats in the Senate have announced that in the full Senate but everyone should understand Judge Kavanaugh has handed over more documents than any nominee more than the last five combined, Republican and Democratic nominees. This is not about documents it’s not about qualification it’s not about record, what it is about Democratic senators trying to re-litigate the 2016 election and just as importantly working to begin litigating the 2020 presidential election but we had an opportunity for the American people to speak, they did. They voted in 2016 and they wanted judges and justices who will be faithful to the Constitution that’s why I’m confident at the end of what Shakespeare would describe as ‘a lot of sound and fury signifying nothing,’ I am confident that Judge Kavanaugh will become Justice Kavanaugh and will be confirmed in the United States Supreme Court. Thank you mister chairman.”

Watch Sen. Cruz’s full statement. 

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Year in Review: The presidential election in a nutshell

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Election Flag a2016 was a year jam-packed with political intrigue.  There was no shortage of scandal, double-dealing, and betrayal…and that was just the Democrats!  (OK it was the Republicans too!) 2016 Saw the rise of the populist in politics, both on the right and the left.  On the left, you had an aging senator from Vermont attracting a young and enthusiastic crowd of budding socialists.  We witnessed the rise and fall of Ted Cruz, who took Tea Party populism to a new level and became its standard-bearer.  Conservative populism clashed with and eventually gave way to well… populist populism.  Donald Trump, (now add President-elect to his name) saw a huge chunk of America that had been overlooked by conservatives and taken for granted by liberals, the disaffected white, working class voter.  On the other side of the aisle, the Democrats just could not seem to get out of their own way.  Day after day, scandal after scandal piled up eventually, at precisely the wrong time, the whole thing collapsed.  The liberal world was turned upside down when Trump won the presidency by a convincing margin in the much-maligned Electoral College.

The faulty rational of persistent #nevertrump’ers

Election 2016While the primaries were in full-swing, it made sense for movement conservatives to speak out against Donald Trump.  He made many a comment that would have ended the campaign of any other Republican.  His statements about Senator McCain immediately turned off many a patriotic conservative.  He made statement after controversial statement and yet his popularity with the working man only increased.  His has policies were all over the political map, some being conservative, some to the left of even Hillary, mostly all of them populist.  He was outmatched in knowledge about foreign affairs by nearly all of his opponents.  His near absolute ban on Muslims was completely unworkable, but since then has been refined away from populism to pragmatism.  He’s also made it a point to surround himself with foreign policy and military experts.  Still, there were preferable alternatives who showed greater aptitude for conservatism, and who had nearly mistake-free campaigns.

Marco Rubio had great foreign policy credentials. Carly Fiorina also proved herself equal to any of her rivals in that department and focused like a laser beam on Hillary from the beginning.  Senator Cruz has the support of the Constitutionalists and had by far the best ground game of any of the candidates, rivaled only possibly by the Clinton machine.   This was to finally be the year of the movement conservative.  What none of them realized, was that the white, non-college educated working man had abandoned the Republican party two elections ago. With no popular support for so-called ‘establishment’ Republicans (read Jeb Bush) and young, intelligent candidates who could speak the language of conservatism fluently, this election was to be the era of Regan reborn.  The problem was, the average American spoke the language of not conservatism, but populism.   Trump, like his followers, feels free to cherry-pick from any political school of thought, conservatism, nationalism, populism, and even liberalism.  In short, Trump followed former Republican constituency to where it wanted to go.

Everyone knows the result, Trump won the nomination.  the #nevertrump crowd now had (and still has) a decision to make, reluctantly follow the new GOP standard-bearer, for all his flaws, or stick with Republican and  conservative orthodoxy. As Trump filled in the gaps of his foreign affairs and military knowledge, and softened on some of his more problematic stances on immigration, the opposition of many Republicans against him softened.  Little by little, Republican diehards resigned themselves to the reality that it was Trump or bust.  Others though, convinced of the certainty of a Trump loss, and fearful of down-ballot losses stubbornly dug in their heels on the subject of never Trump, even to the point of actively undermining his candidacy.

Reluctant, even stoic support for Trump is to be expected and understandable.  He is not the second coming of Reagan, but the first coming of Trump.  Those who insist on ideological purity won’t find it in this GOP candidate.  Those who had fought hard to rehabilitate the Republican Party’s image after losing virtually all of the black and most of the Latino vote four years ago find themselves besides themselves with frustration in their candidate.  He is their candidate though, and for all his shortcomings with regards to many conservative principles and a maddening lack of political sense, is still better for America in many ways then his opponent, Hillary Clinton.

The key is to show that while Trump says controversial things, Hillary has done, time and again, many things that were deeply dishonest, maybe even illegal.  While Trump’s thoughts get him into hot water, Hillary’s actual deeds (or occasional lack of) have gotten Americans killed or put in jeopardy.  While critics can theorize about Trump being bad, we have proof positive that Hillary would be worse.  Evidence of her corruption is well documented.  We don’t have to wonder how she would govern, she would turn America into her own personal fife, and we her serfs, existing only to provide her and her sycophants  with wealth.  On the subject of Supreme Court appointees alone, there is no real choice for the constitutionalist that wants a Scalia type justice on the Court.

There is no chance of Trump being replaced as GOP nominee, any talk to the contrary is pure fantasy. There is no realistic chance of someone not from the Republican or Democratic parties becoming our next president.  Even if the #nevertrump crowd could come up with a candidate with the financial means to do so, it’s too late to get him or her on the ballot in many states.  So why does anyone claiming to be a Republican seek not to simply withhold support, but actively act to undermine his campaign?  They are ideologues, but ones who fail to understand that under a Hillary presidency, none of their conservative initiatives will come to be.  Clinton will enact her liberal, even socialist policies.  If she can’t get her agenda done under a Republican Congress, the Democrats will appeal to the American sometimes pathological need to just “get things done” regardless what that actually means.  Republican control of Congress his hardly guaranteed.  Democrats are already counting on the fact that the Republicans were put into power on Capitol Hill for the express reason of stopping the liberal Obama agenda.  Whatever political victories Hillary can garner, she will lock in by appointing active judges and an ever-growing, compliant regulatory machine.

The never Trump crowd has fooled themselves that in four years, they will get a do-over if Trump loses and finally undo the Obama/Clinton agenda.  It won’t happen, what they dont’ realize is this election may be the last one for America as a true constitutional democracy.  The next election, should Clinton win, will be more like those in the democratic-socialist countries of Western Europe– mere referendums on how quickly or slowly to descend into the socio-economic oblivion, and who will go out on top. The fact is, regardless of how much the conservative true believer would rather not, there is no real choice when it comes to any meaningful governmental reform.  There is only one candidate that will appoint justices that will respect the letter and spirit of the Constitution.  There is only one candidate with a pro-growth agenda, only one candidate that will turn America away from an otherwise certain, yes certain, move toward a single-payer healthcare system.  Like it or not, the only viable choice, for all his shortcomings, is Donald Trump.

There I said it.

Exit Cruz, Exit Conservatism?

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Ted Cruz may be out of the race, but is conservatism?

He’s a solid, movement conservative.  He was the smartest person in the race.  He is a true believer, and now he’s out.  Ted Cruz made it to the semis, but now his candidacy is effectively over. The most conservative conservative is out of the race, but is conservatism?  Mr. Trump is not a movement conservative.  Some of his positions are conservative, a few aren’t. Back when there was such a thing, Trump could have run as a moderate, maybe slightly conservative Democrat.  So what if any conservative principles will survive to become part of the Republican platform in the summer?

First, obviously illegal immigration will be dealt with.  Sanctuary cities will be no more.  A wall (or really imposing fence) will get done, either with or without Mexico paying for it.  Trump would be wise to embrace Rubio’s plan to track and control visas.  There will be a pause on letting in refugees from Muslim countries.  That is the better way to put it by the way—rather than make religion the operative criteria, banning refugees from specific points of origin is more doable, and doesn’t sound as bad.

The military will be rebuilt back to its former strength.  How and when it will be used will be a point of difference with many conservatives.  ISIS will be destroyed and the Russians will be made to think twice before getting up to more mischief.  That’s where the commonality ends.  Trump’s foreign policy would look more like Rand Paul’s than Ted Cruz’s or Marco Rubio’s.  He’ll seek a larger, more assured return on investment for any military intervention. World events though have a way of disrupting a new president’s foreign policy plans, just ask George W. Bush.  Sometimes they only thing worse than avoiding war is putting one off.   “Pay me now, or pay me later,” will be the likely advice from a number of his military experts.  Our need for strength in the end is merely a recognition of the fact of how little control over what our adversaries will do.

Perhaps most importantly, he will have an opportunity to appoint three, maybe four Supreme Court justices. He has stated that he will create a short list of candidates he would consider.  Perhaps he might even consider Cruz for one of those positions.  It would be a good move to smooth over some past differences.  It would if nothing else, prevent a 2020 run from his former rival.  He hopefully realizes that the promise of conservative Supreme Court picks is the single best way to win over skeptical Cruz supporters.  Most other things being negotiable for them, Constitutional principles are not.

If in July in Cleveland the Republicans focus on the commonalities rather than the differences between Trump and conservative wing of the party some degree of unity can be achieved. If they do, they’ll be the stronger for it.  If they don’t it could be a long, hot summer.   Whatever differences remain can be worked out in the course of time. The differences, if not overcome early on, will make it difficult to convince movement conservatives to come out in sufficient numbers for Republicans to win in November.

Quick Thoughts 5/3/16

Easy come, easy go- out west.

Election 2016For the last couple of weeks presidential candidates have lavished attention on the Northeast.  Now the so called “Acela Primary” is over, the Northeast won’t see much of the candidates until June.  One June 7th, NJ will be one of the last states to hold a primary and it will mean something.  Don’t expect a lot of visits from GOP candidates to the Garden State though, they are already campaigning in California where the mother load of remaining delegates resides.  The Democrats want to spend time in a blue state, so seeing Bernie is a good bet.

Cruz-Kasich alliance?

The Cruz-Kasich alliance is better termed a mutual non-aggression pact. It’s true that Kasich didn’t call for his supporters to vote for Cruz to stop Trump in Indiana, but he did pull his operation out of Indiana in favor of more fertile grounds in Washington and New Mexico.  Some in the media were quick to call it a failure, the truth is we won’t know until those states vote, starting on Tuesday.

Fiorina on the ticket

On Wednesday, fresh off of a string of defeats in the northeast, Cruz stole a page from Trumps playbook and took control of the news cycle by coming out with a major announcement. That announcement was that he was naming Carly Fiorina as his running-mate. Fiorina was possibly the best possible choice- as she was already vetted and solidly on the Cruz team.  The job of a running mate during the election is to go after the opposing candidate.  That’s something that Carly has been doing since day one.  What’s more, she’s pretty good at it and can go on attack against Hillary Clinton without fear of the ‘war on women’ line being used on her.  Carly also has an organization in the state of California, a state that Cruz must do good in.  It was in the end, Cruz’s only move to prevent non-stop coverage of his five losses the day before was to name Fiorina as his VP, but it was a good one.

 

The Northeast Enjoys the Primary Spotlight

PHILADELPHIA-  The Northeast finds itself in unfamiliar territory, in the presidential primary spotlight.  On Tuesday five states:  CT, DE, MD, PA, and RI will all hold meaningful primary elections.

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The National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, PA attracted two GOP hopefuls and hundreds to two separate events in the span of a week.  On Tuesday, Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) made an appearance, holding a rally that also featured former presidential candidate Carly Fiorina.

On Sunday, the National Constitution Center held another event– Fox New’s America’s Town Hall.  Several hundred people attended the event that attracted the likes of Gov. John Kasich (R-OH) and via satellite, Senator Cruz, who was campaigning in Indiana.  The candidates took questions ranging from matters of national security to college tuition assistance from audience members and from online followers.  Though mainly a GOP partisan crowd, the candidates did take questions from Democratic voters.

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John Kasich, (R-OH), presidential candidate
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PHILADELPHIA- Hundreds gathered for a town hall meeting hosted by Fox News.

The presidential primaries are usually settled by the time many states in the Northeast vote.  This year is different, this year each of the United States will figure into the nomination of both GOP, and to a lesser extent, the Democratic candidates.  This means frequent visits from candidates from both the parties.  Democrats Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders along with current Republican front runner Donald Trump have all held events in the Northeast.