In the 2014 mid-term elections Republicans re-took majority control of the US Senate by 54 to 44, picking up 7 net seats. Today Republicans still hold majority control with 51 votes.
2014 was the year that Senate GOP stars like Joni Ernst (Iowa) and Tom Cotton (Arkansas) first emerged.
Here is Wikipedia reporting about 2014, almost six years into the Obama presidency:
Republicans defeated five Democratic incumbents: Mark Begich of Alaska lost to Dan Sullivan, Mark Pryor of Arkansas lost to Tom Cotton, Mark Udall of Colorado lost to Cory Gardner, Mary Landrieu of Louisiana lost to Bill Cassidy and Kay Hagan of North Carolina lost to Thom Tillis.
Republican pick-ups of ‘open’ Senate seats included Ernst, Steve Daines in Montana, Mike Rounds in South Dakota, and Shelley Moore Capito in West Virginia.
The Ernst victory followed a classic Fake News media template. She was repeatedly portrayed as the underdog until closer to election day when the polls went her way. Here is just one example of many. National Review reported on June 8, 2014 about two Quinnipiac polls:
State Sen. Joni Ernst, the Republican candidate for U.S. Senator in Iowa, trails U.S. Rep. Bruce Braley, the Democrat, 44 – 40 percent, as an unusual gender gap shows women supporting the man while men support the woman, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today. This compares to a 42 – 29 percent Braley lead over Ernst in a March 13 survey by the independent Quinnipiac University.
42 to 29 sounds like a rout but that is how bad these polls are. Ernst was running to replace left-wing Democrat Tom Harkin who had been senator for 30 years and had won re-election in 2008 with 63% of the vote. Based on Harkin’s margin of victory six years before and his long service as a liberal, Republican Ernst was considered the underdog… by the media, that is.
Ernst won by 8.3 points on election day, 52.1% to 43.8%
This all sounds strangely like the forecasts that Hillary had a 91% chance of beating Trump.
On October 11, 2016 the highly revered election prognosticator Larry Sabato predicted on Fox news that Hillary Clinton would win 341 electoral votes to 197 for Trump. Yet when the votes were counted Trump won 304 electoral votes and Hillary got only 227.
Warning: Don’t believe these fake media polls or these so-called “experts”. They have been blown to smithereens over and over and over.
Today we are hearing about a US Senate seat in Texas where one-term conservative incumbent Republican Ted Cruz is facing off against a leftist Democrat challenger named Beto O’Rourke. Polls are showing the race very close when Cruz should be mopping up. The media are touting O’Rourke daily.
We should never believe this nonsense. Nikitas3.com predicts that Cruz will win by a comfortable margin just like Joni Ernst did.
Perhaps you remember 2014 when two long-serving and high-ranking Republican US senators – Mitch McConnell of Kentucky and Pat Roberts of Kansas – were alleged to be in dire peril of losing their seats.
These stories came out of the blue, as if coordinated by the media (which they certainly were) and then the media reported breathlessly for months that these losses would be a major blow to Republican hopes to re-take majority control of the Senate. We were subjected to story after story after story that these important and established Republicans looked like they were on the road to defeat and that this would show how strong Obama really was.
It was all Fake News. Here is CBS News reporting on October 1, 2014:
Businessman Greg Orman, an independent, leads Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kansas, in a new poll released Wednesday, a development sure to spark worry among Republicans eyeing control of the Senate after Election Day.
The Suffolk University poll shows Orman leading Roberts 46 percent to 41 percent among 500 likely voters, with 11 percent undecided, five weeks before Election Day.
Yet Roberts won re-election by 10.5 points meaning that that this poll alone was wrong by a whopping 15.5 points. Out of only 100 points, that is pretty darned bad. Here is the Politico website reporting on February 6, 2014:
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell trails his Democratic opponent, Alison Lundergan Grimes, by 4 points in a new poll published Thursday night by Kentucky’s largest newspaper.
The survey also found President Barack Obama to be slightly more popular than the longtime incumbent senator in the red state.
The Louisville Courier-Journal poll, a robo-poll conducted by SurveyUSA, gave McConnell 42 percent to Grimes’ 46 percent, adding to Democrats’ hopes of a competitive race.
The poll also found that only 27 percent of registered voters view the Republican incumbent (McConnell) favorably. Fifty percent view him unfavorably.
This all sounded grim for McConnell as the national media repeated this narrative for months based on polls conducted in 2013 and early 2014. It was even suggested in 2013 that actress Ashley Judd might run against McConnell since Kentucky was her mother’s home state and she went to college there. Here is The Daily Beast reporting on February 15, 2013:
Simple human nature may best explain why the prospect of actress Ashley Judd disrupting the otherwise inevitable reelection of U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has provoked the ire of so much of Kentucky’s political chattering class.
But it’s a different character of human connection that provides the actress with a legitimate chance to topple the state’s most disciplined and effective political strategist of our era. And it’s why the famously sober and calculating McConnell machine is acting so concerned.
Yeah, right… “concerned”. Another joke. McConnell beat Grimes by 15.4 points, i.e., the Louisville Courier-Journal poll was wrong by almost 20 points. He would have whipped Judd by 40 points.
These two cases are typical of the type of stories that the Fake News media put out every election cycle – that Republicans are in danger of losing their seats… or that Donald Trump could not possibly be elected president in 2016.
There also were endless media forecasts that Trump was going to bring down the Republican party with him, including both the House and Senate. Yet Republicans maintained majority control of both.
Nikitas3.com predicts that both will remain majority-Republican after the November 2018 election. Nikitas3.com predicts that Republicans, who now hold 51 Senate seats, will hold 57 seats to as many as 61 seats after November.
The stories focusing on the Ted Cruz race ignore all of the great news for many Republicans who are going to win this November including possibly even taking seats from sitting Democrats in liberal states like New Jersey, Minnesota and even Massachusetts where Elizabeth ‘Pocahontas’ Warren is spouting ideas that are extreme even for her liberal state.
Ironically the Fake News polls were a critical factor in Trump’s victory. If the media hype had not made the Hillary campaign complacent with predictions of easy victory she might have campaigned harder and won.
Did China Get Hillary’s Emails? It Looks Like they Did
Richard Pollock at The Daily Caller reports:
A Chinese-owned company operating in the Washington, D.C., area hacked Hillary Clinton’s private server throughout her term as secretary of state and obtained nearly all her emails, two sources briefed on the matter told The Daily Caller News Foundation.
The Chinese firm obtained Clinton’s emails in real time as she sent and received communications and documents through her personal server, according to the sources, who said the hacking was conducted as part of an intelligence operation.
The Chinese wrote code that was embedded in the server, which was kept in Clinton’s residence in upstate New York. The code generated an instant “courtesy copy” for nearly all of her emails and forwarded them to the Chinese company, according to the sources.
The Intelligence Community Inspector General (ICIG) found that virtually all of Clinton’s emails were sent to a “foreign entity,” Rep. Louie Gohmert, a Texas Republican, said at a July 12 House Committee on the Judiciary hearing. He did not reveal the entity’s identity, but said it was unrelated to Russia
Two officials with the ICIG, investigator Frank Rucker and attorney Janette McMillan, met repeatedly with FBI officials to warn them of the Chinese intrusion, according to a former intelligence officer with expertise in cybersecurity issues, who was briefed on the matter. He spoke anonymously, as he was not authorized to publicly address the Chinese’s role with Clinton’s server.
Among those FBI officials was Peter Strzok, who was then the bureau’s top counterintelligence official. Strzok was fired this month following the discovery he sent anti-Trump texts to his mistress and co-worker, Lisa Page. Strzok didn’t act on the information the ICIG provided him, according to Gohmert.
This shows how serious and dangerous Hillary’s email scandal really was. This is why it must be pursued. Nikitas3.com believes that Trump is going to fire attorney general Jeff Sessions and appoint an AG who will go after Hillary not only on the emails, on Uranium One and the Clinton Foundation. Meanwhile The Gateway Pundit reports:
Hillary’s carelessness and criminal actions may have led to the deaths of 20 CIA operatives in China.
The Chinese government killed or imprisoned 18 to 20 CIA operatives in China from 2010 to 2012.
At the same time a Chinese-owned company operating in the Washington, D.C., area hacked Hillary Clinton’s private server throughout her term as secretary of state.
Business Insider reported:
China killed or imprisoned 18 to 20 CIA sources from 2010 to 2012, hobbling U.S. spying operations in a massive intelligence breach whose origin has not been identified, the New York Times reported on Saturday.
Investigators remain divided over whether there was a spy within the Central Intelligence Agency who betrayed the sources or whether the Chinese hacked the CIA’s covert communications system, the newspaper reported, citing current and former U.S. officials.
The Chinese killed at least a dozen people providing information to the CIA from 2010 through 2012, dismantling a network that was years in the making, the newspaper reported.
Yes, 2010 to 2012, when Hillary was secretary of state. No surprise there.