There is much talk about Republican strength in the 2018 mid-term US Senate elections when only 8 Republicans will be up for re-election but a whopping 25 non-Republicans (Democrats, and Independents who vote Democrat) will be.
Most of the attention has focused on the 10 Democrat senators who are running for re-election in states that president Trump won in 2016 including Jon Tester in Montana, Debbie Stabenow in Michigan and Claire McCaskill in Missouri.
Stabenow may be challenged by four formidable Republicans/conservatives – successful sitting Michigan governor Rick Snyder; rock music stars Kid Rock or Ted Nugent, both of whom are Michigan born-and-bred, and Michigan residents who are big-time Michigan cheerleaders; or young Michigan business superwoman Leah Epstein.
Nikitas3.com predicts that Stabenow would lose to any of them, and that she may well retire at the prospect. Kid Rock already appears to be preparing to run, and don’t think that he can’t win. There is a huge buzz about him, and the people of Michigan love this guy (his real name is Robert James Richie). He even is planning to register voters at his concerts. One early poll showed him beating Stabenow by 8 points. And this is a state that was considered “solid blue” for decades. Oh how things change…
Stabenow is a colorless bureaucrat who could come from Mars and nobody in Michigan would know the difference. Kid Rock would crush her in a debate because he would talk about the real issues that affect the working people of Michigan, not about ‘global warming’, trannybagger bathrooms or any other nonsense from Democrats.
McCaskill may be challenged by retired NASCAR driver Carl Edwards (age 37), who would beat her. In West Virginia moderate Democrat Joe Manchin could be beaten by a Republican challenger who gets strong support from president Trump since Trump is very popular in that coal-mining state.
West Virginia’s governor Jim Justice just switched from Democrat to Republican, and it was announced at a big Trump rally. So Justice himself may be the guy to beat Manchin.
Meanwhile here is a story about Wisconsin, which Trump won, from Red Alert Politics:
Even though the 2018 midterm elections are more than a year away …there’s a new challenger in Wisconsin who has a good (shot) at padding the GOP’s majority in the Senate.
Kevin Nicholson, 39, of Delafield, Wisconsin, who served in the Marine Corps in Iraq and Afghanistan, has become the first major Republican challenger to Sen. Tammy Baldwin’s (D) seat in 2018. Nicholson, in an interview with Red Alert Politics, said that identity politics drew him to the conservative movement after being the president of the College Democrats who spoke at the 2000 Democratic National Convention.
Baldwin is a left-wing lesbian who wants total government health care. Nikitas3.com predicts that she will lose to Nicholson or to Wisconsin Republican governor Scott Walker if he chooses to run. This tilt to the Republicans is being energized by Walker’s success as governor since 2011, and by the recent decision by the Taiwanese electronics giant Foxconnn to create 13,000 manufacturing jobs in Wisconsin after heavy lobbying by president Trump and governor Walker.
These 10 seats offer the GOP the distinct possibility of getting to 60 Senate votes or more from the 52 that they now have. That 60 votes is a “magic number” that would give Republicans unlimited power. Nikitas3.com predicts that Republicans will get to 60 seats or even 61 or 62 seats.
It gets worse for Democrats. Republicans won mid-term elections by big margins in 2010 and 2014 since many Democrat voters, like blacks, don’t turn out when there is not a presidential election, while Republicans do. And that was before Trump. With Trump in the White House, even more Trump ‘base’ voters will turn out and they will more than compensate for more Democrats energized by their opposition to Trump.
And if you don’t think that Trump is going to get a backlash of sympathy after these relentless attacks on him then you don’t understand politics.
One 2018 US Senate race, however, is going to be much more interesting than expected and it is not one of the ten discussed above. It is the re-election bid in liberal Massachusetts of ultra-liberal Democrat US senator Elizabeth Warren, who has been a darling of the hard-left since she was first elected in 2012.
But Warren has been savaged since 2012 as “Pocahontas” since she had claimed early in her career that she was a Native American, allegedly since she is 1/32 Native. She made this claim to get job preferences under affirmative action. President Trump has called her our repeatedly, even saying that calling her ‘Pocahontas’ is “an insult to Pocahontas”. Warren’s goofy appearance, gaffe-prone style and strident rhetoric add to the mix.
This satire has taken a big toll on Warren’s image and could easily lead her to lose her US Senate seat in 2018, even in Massachusetts. Her poll numbers within Massachusetts have been falling steadily as the polls of liberal Republican governor Charlie Baker have been rising.
Nikitas3.com predicts that she will lose the 2018 election. This is significant because Massachusetts was expected to be a ‘safe’ seat for Democrats to hold onto. If Warren loses it will be another disaster for Democrats on top of more than 1,400 election losses nationwide in the last 7 years on the local, state and federal level, including the US House, US Senate and White House.
There are several potential and attractive GOP challengers to Warren including Baker; former Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling, who is now a conservative radio host in Boston; lieutenant governor Karyn Polito; and Gabriel Gomez who has run previously for US Senate and may run again. Gomez is a former Navy SEAL and a graduate of both the US Naval Academy and Harvard University. Gomez now works in the investment field.
Baker could probably beat Warren in 2018 at the end of his first term, but Baker could also wait until 2020 when another Massachusetts Senate seat comes up, a seat held by a tired 71-year-old Democrat hack named Edward Markey, whom Nikitas3.com believes is beatable. And thus by January 2021 Massachusetts could conceivably have two Republican US senators.
Meanwhile, the most interesting candidate for 2018 has already officially declared that he is running against Warren and has even opened a campaign office. This candidate is a Trump-supporting computer/technology genius who was born in the nation of India and came to the US at the age of 7. He is credited with developing and getting the first patent for an e-mail system. His name is Shiva Ayyadurai and he is a real dynamo.
Ayyadurai even is mocking Warren by claiming that he is a ‘real Indian’ running against a ‘fake Indian’. The rhetorical possibilities of this line of ridicule have expanded geometrically with Ayyadurai.
It is also significant that Indian-Americans like Ayyadurai are part of a flourishing immigrant/ethnic group that voted reliably Democrat for many decades. Ayyadurai now marks a shift that first appeared in the 2016 presidential election.
This is significant since Indian-Americans are successful in business, computers, technology, medicine and science, and have an outsized influence in our country. In short, we have another important demographic group shifting away from the Democrats. And not only are Indians embracing Trump economic policies, but also his stance on terrorism, which threatens all Americans and threatens India as well.
If Ayyadurai wins he will become a national figure and will set the stage for a further realignment toward the GOP among his ethnic group. This realignment started with two other elected Republican Indian-Americans: Governor Nikki Haley of South Carolina – now Trump’s UN Ambassador – and former Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal.
Here are some excerpts from Adelle Nazarian writing on Breitbart News about Ayyadurai, with a Nikitas3.com comment after each:
Nazarian writes: “I consider myself an embodiment of the American dream: an all-American Indian,” Ayyadurai told Breitbart News in an exclusive interview shortly after he launched his campaign. …At age 14, while working as a Research Fellow at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in Newark, NJ, he created the first electronic system that replicated the old- fashioned paper-based interoffice mail system (inbox, outbox, folders, address book, attachments, etc.), which he named “email”. Ayyadurai went on to receive the first U.S. Copyright for his invention on August 30, 1982, recognizing him as the inventor of email.
Nikitas3.com comment: Look at that… at age 14 he was working as a research fellow. Meanwhile Warren has been a “consumer activist” bureaucrat in the federal government and a Harvard professor and a blatant obfuscator about being Native American. So obviously Ayyaduria vastly better represents the embodiment of the American dream. And the fact that he already has announced his candidacy with 15 months until the election gives him an edge. Most candidates won’t announce until January 2018 or later.
Nazarian writes: (Ayyadurai) criticized Warren for her divisive and irrational approach, which he said, “…is leading us nowhere. My whole life has been about fighting for the truth while creating tangible solutions to real problems across the fields of communication, health, education, governance and commerce. Engineering is about finding solutions with a commitment to ongoing refinement. That’s what engineering training teaches you.” Ayyadurai said.
He suggested that politicians like Warren have “no idea that governance is about solving complex systems problems. Irrational outbursts create drama and only serve to generate advertising dollars for the mainstream media. People are tired of this partisan nonsense and elitism.”
Nikitas3.com comment: Wow. Kaboom. Ayyadurai also has made major technological strides in fields other than email. Nikitas3.com believes that he will appeal even to Massachusetts voters who are weary of failed Democrat promises and more bureaucrats like Warren. These voters elected a Republican governor in 2014 (Baker).
Nazarian writes: (Ayyadurai) had never registered to vote until last year, when he voted for Trump. “I saw Trump as a necessary force to disrupt a broken system that was no longer serving the American people,” he told Breitbart News. …He saw Trump’s victory as ushering in real change and said Trump’s victory was “bound to occur…. You can’t get away with fooling people over and over again. The truth is what intellectual and Hollywood Elites are upset at … [It] is not Trump, but that they lost control over everyday people, who they discounted as inferior — a lower caste.”
Nikitas3.com comment: Wow again. This is the type of blunt language that Trump won with. Ayyadurai’s family suffered grievously in socialist/communist India under a “caste” system. Ayyadurai now holds four degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology including a Ph.D. in biological engineering.
Nazarian writes: Ayyadurai cited the welfare state as an example of the Democratic Party’s attempts to keep people “in bondage so they don’t rise up on their own two feet. It’s no different than the old plantation model.”
Nikita3.com comment: Ayyadurai for US Senate in 2018!
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