Never-Trumper Mark Sanford Ends Long Shot Campaign for President

H/T Breitbart.

How embarrassing ending a run for president that never really got started.

Former South Carolina Republican Congressman and Gov. Mark Sanford (SC) is ending his long-shot bid for president.

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BREAKING: @MarkSanford says he is suspending presidential campaign

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“I am suspending my race for the Presidency because impeachment has made my goal of making the debt, deficit and spending issue a part of this presidential debate impossible right now,” Sanford announced his of his intention to exit the race after a brief press conference in New Hampshire, an early primary state.

“From day one, I was fully aware of how hard it would be to elevate these issues with a sitting president of my own party ignoring them,” he added. “Impeachment noise has moved what was hard to herculean as nearly everything in Republican party politics is currently viewed through the prism of impeachment.”

Sanford entered the race in September, claiming that the GOP had “lost” its compass under President Trump and pledging to make national deficit solutions his primary campaign focus.

His departure still leaves former Illinois Rep. Joe Walsh and former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld as Republican primary candidates.

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Another Republican Congressman Has Announced Their Retirement Ahead of 2020

H/T Town Hall.

Peter King is not a true Republican but is a RINO.

Republican Congressman Peter King announced Monday morning he will not seek re-election in New York’s 2nd Congressional District.

“I have decided not to be a candidate for re-election to Congress in 2020. I made this decision after much discussion with my wife Rosemary; my son Sean; and my daughter Erin. The prime reason for my decision was that after 28 years of spending 4 days a week in Washington, D.C., it is time to end the weekly commute and be home in Seaford,” King wrote on his Facebook page. “This was not an easy decision. But there is a season for everything and Rosemary and I decided that, especially since we are both in good health, it is time to have the flexibility to spend more time with our children and grandchildren. My daughter’s recent move to North Carolina certainly accelerated my thinking.”

King has served in Congress for nearly 30 years and has been a key player on the House Homeland Security and Intelligence Committees.

“My time in Congress has been an extraordinary experience – an experience I wouldn’t have even dared imagine when I was a kid growing up in Sunnyside or a college student loading and unloading trucks and freight cars at Manhattan’s West Side Railway Terminal. I intend to remain in Seaford, be active politically and look forward to seeing what opportunities and challenges await me in this next chapter of a very fortunate life,” he said. “Politically I will miss the energy and dynamism of a re-election campaign especially since my polling numbers are as strong as they have ever been and I have more than $1 million in campaign funds.”

“Governmentally I will miss fighting for the people of my district and America and will always be proud of my efforts for 9/11 victims and their families; protecting our citizens from terrorism and MS-13; leading the successful effort to recover from Superstorm Sandy; being consistently cited for bipartisanship; working with President Clinton to achieve the Good Friday Agreement and end centuries of warfare in Ireland and Northern Ireland; and standing with the brave men and women of law Enforcement. In the coming weeks and during the next year I intend to vote against President Trump ‘s impeachment and will support the President’s bid for re-election,” King continued. “Most importantly I want to thank the residents of the 2nd Congressional District for giving me the opportunity to represent them in Washington, D.C. I will complete my term of office and continue to work hard for these constituents all the way to the final bell of the final round on Dec. 31, 2020. It’s been a great run! Thanks.”

King joins a list of 19 Republican House members who have announced their retirement ahead of the 2020 election.

Bring It On: Billionaire Michael Bloomberg Expected To Join Crowded Democrat Primary Race

H/T Clash Daily.

There is always room for one more clown to get into the 2020 DemocRat Clown Car.

Why not. What’s one more Democrat willing to step up and get a public shellacking from President Trump once the campaign begins?

According to a spokesperson, billionaire Michael Bloomberg, former Mayor of New York, is expected to file paperwork to get his name on the Democratic primary ballot in Alabama this week. This comes after he had said in March that he wouldn’t run for president in 2020.

Perhaps Bloomberg will make things interesting — after all, he’s a billionaire but he’s also the Nanny-state Democrat whose “Big Gulp Ban” was overturned as unconstitutional and as a prominent man in NYC, he knows President Trump.

Despite preparing to file the paperwork in Alabama, Bloomberg has yet to make a final decision on a run, the spokesman added.

Bloomberg’s possible entrance comes as former Vice President Joe Biden’s campaign struggles to break out of the Democratic field and as Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, a liberal lawmaker who has railed against billionaires like Bloomberg, rises in the Democratic primary campaign. A possible Bloomberg bid would be sure to dramatically shake up the Democratic primary process.

The reason Bloomberg is filing in Alabama is strictly because of the state’s early filing deadline. Despite it not being an early nominating state — Alabamans will pick their Democratic nominee on March 3 — the state has a filing deadline on Friday.

It seems that Bloomberg, much like Democratic Primary voters, isn’t too keen on the candidates that are currently running. The lackluster slate of Democrats — and perhaps the “eat the rich” agenda of Senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren — that made the decision for him.

Bloomberg has privately expressed concerns about the strength of the 2020 field, according to a person familiar with his thinking. And a Democratic strategist who has previously worked with Bloomberg said the former mayor is reconsidering his options, in part, because of the outcome in this week’s elections in Virginia, where investments from his gun control group helped Democrats win control of the General Assembly.

Unfortunately, things are not looking very good for our anti-hero. His polling numbers are about as fantastic as the rest of the Democrats, and that is pretty depressing — for Bloomberg.

Bloomberg and his team are undeterred by the polling data they’ve conducted internally, which isn’t strong, said a Bloomberg adviser who was providing context on the strategy.
“It’s not strong but it’s not zero either,” the adviser said.
Source: CNN

A piece ran in the Washington Post today titled, Hey Michael Bloomberg, No One Wants You To Run For President.

Pelosi Throws the Haymaker Punch That Will Cost Democrats the White House and Congress in 2020

H/T Western Journal.

Nancy Pelosi(Delusional-CA)is doing her best to help elect a super Republican Majority in both houses and reelect President Trump in a landslide.

Ever since Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi uttered into existence the “official impeachment inquiry” on Sept. 24, 2019, Republicans had been demanding the full House vote on a resolution specifically authorizing, as the House had done in the impeachments of former presidents, and establishing fair rules for it.

Weeks later, Pelosi announced she was giving Republicans what they wanted. But, on Halloween Day, Republicans got a trick instead of a treat.

Democrats passed H.R.660, which simply resolved that the House committees continue doing what they were doing and proposed some rules going forward that are far from fair for the man Democrats have accused of “high crimes and misdemeanors.”

In addition to punting on the request for a specific authorization, the resolution denies President Trump some basic rules of fairness.

It gives Democrats veto power over Republicans’ use of the subpoena while placing no limit on Democrats’. It requires House Republicans to submit their witness list to the Democratic committee chairmen for approval with no similar requirement on Democrats. It does not afford the president the right to counsel in the House Intelligence Committee where the bulk of the impeachment proceedings have occurred and will resume. It authorizes the continued use of the top-secret Intelligence Committee even though this has nothing to do with national security and that committee is not intended for and has never been used for impeachments before.

The resolution does require the Intelligence Committee to designate “open hearings,” which have now been scheduled. But because the resolution fails to provide the president with a right to counsel in the Intelligence Committee, these hearings will occur without the president’s counsel and thus deny him the right and ability to defend himself.

Furthermore, Pelosi’s H.R.660 doesn’t undo the damage that’s already been done.

For over a month now Democrats have held closed-door impeachment proceedings without the presence of the president’s attorneys while refusing to allow Republicans the right to call their own witnesses and present their own evidence and, in some cases, limiting Republicans’ right to cross-examine the Democrats’ witnesses.

In what were supposed to be top-secret proceedings, Democrats released the opening statements of certain witnesses and leaked out testimony they believed to be favorable to them, again, while denying the president the right to even participate.

H.R.660 does not and cannot undo nearly a month of secret, one-sided work done by House Democrats on the Intelligence Committee.

Pelosi’s chicanery involving the impeachment vote is nothing new to House Democrats. House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff infamously kicked off the “inquiry” by making up words Trump allegedly said during his telephone call with the Ukrainian president.

Because the transcript of the call, and the statements of the Ukrainians themselves, revealed there was no crime, Schiff had to make it up.

Schiff’s fabrication is reminiscent of the former head of the secret police in the Soviet Union, Lavrentiy Beria’s, famous boast, “You bring me the man and I’ll show you the crime.” But over a month into the “official” impeachment inquiry, and many months into the unofficial one, Democrats still have not shown us the crime.

Rest assured, if the president had committed a high crime or misdemeanor Democrats would have put the name of that crime in neon lights on top of the Capitol Building.

Instead, Pelosi went on the late-night talk show of the left-wing Stephen Colbert and tried to explain why she’s impeaching the president. She giggled, laughed and repeatedly said it’s “about the Constitution,” while boasting that she’s “throwing a punch for the children.”

She also stated solemnly that, “No one is above the law,” but then failed to identify what law the president violated. In short, even though she has no evidence of any crime, Pelosi has the power, so she’ll throw the punch.

To add a veneer of legality, she claimed the president “violated his oath.” Whatever that means, it will be enough to impeach in the House. That’s because Democrats have the majority and are licking their chops to take out this president who beat them in 2016.

There is a historical precedent for impeaching a president for non-criminal conduct, however. Former President Andrew Johnson, who like Trump was despised by the opposition party and the media, was impeached by the House for various non-criminal acts, i.e. “high misdemeanors” in the parlance of the Constitution.

But here’s the rub. Pelosi knows her impeachment will die in the U.S. Senate just like Johnson’s and Clinton’s did.

Yet she’ll use these impeachment proceedings, as the country moves into the 2020 presidential re-election, to land as many punches against the president as she can.

Her performance on “The Late Show” reveals the truth.

She’s got nothing. But her impeachment inquiry, although a joke and political stunt to her, is being taken with the utmost seriousness by the president’s 62 million loyal supporters.

Each punch Pelosi throws at Trump hits half of America — the half that put Trump in the White House and kept Congress in the hands of the Republicans in 2016.

And now, thanks to this impeachment, it will happen again.

In the end, Pelosi’s punch will go down in history as one of the biggest haymakers that missed its mark and ended up knocking out her own political party.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Is Elizabeth Warren Set to Fall?

H/T Town Hall.

It would not surprise me if Princess Fauxachontias is on her way out of the 2020 DemocRat Clown Car.

She is laying off staff and cutting hours and pay.

This has been an awful week for the purported new 2020 Democratic presidential front-runner, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass. For months, Warren has received nearly unmitigated praise from the media for her bevy of “plans.” She’s been praised as “wonkish” and “brainy” and “focused.” Her growth in the polls has been the dual result of a strong organizational effort by her campaign in early primary states like Iowa and New Hampshire, and endless gobs of drool from reporters.

But now the bloom is coming off the rose.

For months, Warren has simply lied about whether she would raise middle-class taxes to pay for her Bernie Sanders-lite proposal to replace America’s health care insurance system with “Medicare for All.” To support that lie, on Friday, she released another one of her now-famous plans. It is a compendium of tissue-thin falsehoods, a plan about as plausible as Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Green New Deal. According to Warren’s plan, she’ll somehow manage to institute a wildly generous Medicare For All policy — including coverage for illegal immigrants — at a one-third discount off virtually all major estimates. She’ll radically reduce reimbursement rates for doctors and hospitals — and yet, care levels won’t suffer. She’ll cram down drugmakers’ prescription drug prices — but innovation won’t suffer. She’ll jack up taxes on the wealthy — but the wealthy won’t engage in tax avoidance.

The plan is a joke. It’s a lie.

But that’s Warren’s tendency: dishonest radicalism. At least Sen. Sanders, I-Vt., can be counted on to tell the unfortunate truth about soaking the middle class. Warren can be counted on to shift her policy proposals to appease specific constituencies and then lie about how she’ll pay for them. She’ll also lie about everything from her own ethnicity (Harvard Law School graduate David French rightly calls Warren an “academic grifter”) to her research on medical bankruptcy (she has claimed that “medical bankruptcies” represent a far higher percentage of all bankruptcies than can be supported by the facts).

All of this underscores her unelectability. As her poll numbers have risen, so, too, has Democrats’ wishcasting that perhaps — just perhaps — her unelectability has been overestimated. Maybe, the argument goes, voters aren’t put off by Warren’s radicalism and tendency toward scolding self-righteousness. Maybe Warren can pull this thing off.

Also last Friday, a poll came from The New York Times and Siena College. It pitted former Vice President Joe Biden, Sanders and Warren against President Trump in the battleground states and showed that among likely voters, Warren trails Trump in every major battleground state. She’s down by four points in Michigan, two in Pennsylvania, two in Wisconsin, four in Florida and four in North Carolina. Biden, by comparison, is up in all of those states except North Carolina.

And Warren’s numbers are likely to drop. Remember, Trump’s numbers aren’t particularly malleable. Neither are Biden’s, since he has 100% name recognition. Warren, however, isn’t widely known by the public. That means Trump — whose chief political skill lies in his willingness to use every iota of dirt against political opponents — will have the opportunity to define Warren. If she’s riding weak against Trump now, wait until he dubs her “Lieawatha.”

All of which explains why Warren has been faring worse in national polling of late. In early October, Warren actually surpassed Biden in the RealClearPolitics poll average of national numbers. Now she’s down nearly double digits again.

So hold the phone on that inevitable Warren nomination. Warren’s a weak front-runner. And she’s not getting any stronger.

LMAO: Turns Out Beto Was Lamer Than We Thought … He Coached His Fans How To Cheer

H/T Clash Daily.

I knew Little Bobby Francis O’Rourke was lame but until I read this story I did not realize just how lame he is.

It makes even Jeb! and his ‘please clap’ moment looks like the Beatles by comparison.

When would true ‘grassroots’ fans need a script for something?

Almost never, really.

Ok, there are some niche events where a page of instructions might be necessary — people who still go to screenings of Rocky Horror Picture Show, for example, wanting the ‘authentic experience’ might bring one just so they don’t miss any cues to throw toast, confetti or whatever

But true fans? True fans don’t NEED to be told how to respond to someone that truly energizes them. Go to any Olympic event, and you’ll know an American athlete is competing from the rousing chants of U-S-A! The same is true of a Trump rally, come to think of it, when some protester tries to crash the party.

In 2016, the issues drove the rally chants. ‘Lock her up’ and ‘Build the wall’ both figured prominently. And it wasn’t Trump leading the chants, either.

But now that he’s bowed out, we’ve discovered that the Beto rallies were as empty as his support. The Vanilla Obama, supposedly so ready to knock off Senator Ted Cruz, and who had ‘Man, I’m just born to be in it’ splashed across a Vanity Fair cover to announce his Presidential Race was all hat and no cattle. Just a has-been trying to seem relevant on a skateboard.

We knew all of that before he ever quit. But what we didn’t know was just how pathetic his few followers really were. They weren’t even proper lemmings. At least lemmings can follow the crowd without instructions.

His ‘followers’ were given instructions on HOW to cheer for him.

Even Jeb! would know that is pathetic. And he knows a thing or two about being pathetic in front of an audience.

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Beto “cheer guides” found after his rally. How pathetic can this guy be? He’s literally coaching his audience on what to chant. America’s biggest loser!

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It’s sad, really. But it really DOES get worse once you read the cheers themselves.

Stop and think for a moment that someone actually CLEARED these cheers for use. These are the ones that got a thumbs up from some kind of an organizer.

Hard to imagine which of them are the most cringe-inducing.

 

Call: You Beto // Response:  believe it

When I say yee, you say haw? Yee, haw?

Hell yes we can

That last one needs tweaking. How about… ‘Like Hell he can!’

It’s almost disappointing to see him drop out so early, isn’t it? He’s barely scratched the surface of his full loser-ly potential.

Not to worry, I’m sure he’ll be back in the spotlight again. The glutton for punishment can’t help himself.

SHOCK: New Poll Has Hillary Clinton And Joe Biden Tied For First Place

H/T The Daily Wire.

The Hildabeast is not even in the race for the nomination.

A new Harvard-Harris national poll has former Vice President Joe Biden running a substantial lead ahead of his closest rivals, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA).

Democratic voters were asked: “Which of the following candidates are you most likely to vote for in a Democratic primary?”

33% selected Biden, 18% selected Sanders, and 15% selected Warren. No other candidate came close to double digits. 8% were “not sure.”

When independents were added to the Democratic group, the numbers shifted, but the positions remained the same. 25% for Biden, 15% for Sanders, and 12% for Warren. 14% were “not sure.”

When asked about their level of commitment to the candidates they selected, 60% said they “might change” their minds, while 40% said they were “committed” to their choice.

Here’s where things get interesting – the survey asked respondents to choose a candidate if the pool were expanded to include Hillary Clinton, Michael Bloomberg, and John Kerry.

Once these candidates are added to the mix, the race changes dramatically. Biden still leads with 19% of the Democratic vote, but Clinton comes in second with 18%. Warren falls to 13%, and Sanders to 12%.

When independents are added to the pool, the race gets even tighter, with Biden and Clinton tied at 13% each. Warren and Sanders also tie at 10% each.

The idea of Hillary Clinton entering the race at this late stage has been floated by several people. Even Clinton herself has been making the rounds on talk shows and podcasts, calling President Trump “an illegitimate president” on multiple occasions.

After Trump tweeted about Clinton in early-October, the former secretary of state said the following to Judy Woodruff on “PBS NewsHour”:

You know, it truly is remarkable how obsessed he remains with me … maybe there does need to be a rematch. Obviously, I can beat him again. But, just seriously, I don’t understand, I don’t think anybody understands what motivates him.

Speaking recently with Fox News’ Tucker Carlson, former Clinton advisor Philippe Reines said: “You know, she ran for president because she thought she would be the best president. If she still thought that now, if she thought she had the best odds of beating Donald Trump – I think she would think about it long and hard.”

When Carlson suggested that Clinton “hasn’t foreclosed the possibility,” Reines replied: “No, she has not.”

On October 22, The New York Times published a piece about Democratic donors wondering about the state of the race:

When a half-dozen Democratic donors gathered at the Whitby Hotel in Manhattan last week, the dinner began with a discussion of which presidential candidates the contributors liked. But as conversations among influential Democrats often go these days, the meeting quickly evolved into a discussion of who was not in the race — but could be lured in.

Would Hillary Clinton get in, the contributors wondered, and how about Michael R. Bloomberg, the former New York mayor? One person even mused whether Michelle Obama would consider a late entry, according to two people who attended the event, which was hosted by the progressive group American Bridge.

At a Georgetown University Law School event on Wednesday, former President Bill Clinton told the crowd: “She may or may not ever run for anything, but I can’t legally run for president again.”

Hillary Clinton may be battered and bruised, having lost to Donald Trump in 2016 and Barack Obama in 2008, but there remains a certain segment of the Democratic electorate that would vote for her regardless. The question remains – will she throw her tattered hat into the ring?