Establishment Republicans like House speaker Paul Ryan allowed the House of Representatives to slip from Republican majority control in the recent elections.
Republicans lost 37 House seats. Fortunately they only need to pick up 15 seats in 2020 to regain majority control and that will be eminently doable after Democrats make themselves look terrible in investigating president Trump.
On the other hand Republicans picked up two US Senate seats last Tuesday, and probably three seats once the race is settled in Arizona.
In the ‘red wave’ of 2010 Democrats lost a whopping 63 House seats along with six Senate seats even after two years of slobbering media coverage of Obama.
Many Republicans lost on Tuesday because they refused to embrace president Trump who saved the Republican party from disaster by winning the 2016 election.
There is no Republican more responsible for this loss than retiring congressman Paul Ryan, the speaker of the House and also the leader of the House, who also was the vice presidential candidate in Mitt Romney’s failed 2012 presidential bid.
And that failed bid, friends, illustrates perfectly what this whole fiasco is all about; a loser – Ryan – versus a winner – president Trump.
Ryan has either been openly critical of Trump or has offered lukewarm support. Ryan did not compose a coordinated message for House members to run on, like a good leader should have.
At the same time a whopping 45 Republicans announced their retirements from the House as 2018 progressed, including Ryan. This was a political disaster for Republican control but it also was a public relations catastrophe.
What could look worse than Republicans looking scared and weak. This set the stage for the loss of 37 seats. Ryan should have shown leadership by seeking to convince some of these people to stay on and staying on himself. But he was heading out of town too.
Many of these Republicans, including Ryan, were well-established and would have easily won re-election. Some were committee chairman but they were fearful of being out of power after the ‘blue wave’ so they quit instead.
If so many Republicans had not retired and had instead fought for their principles and jobs, the GOP would most likely have kept the House majority.
In short these spineless Republicans believed the media ‘blue wave’ theory so they ran away, making the ‘blue wave’ a self-fulfilling prophecy.
Ryan was even bad-mouthing president Trump as recently as October 30, one week before election day, by saying that the president could not amend the birthright citizenship issue by executive order.
Ryan could have kept his mouth shut or waited until after the election but he didn’t. That’s typical. His comments certainly added fuel to the anti-Trump fire at a crucial time.
Ryan even seemed to act last Summer like the coming loss of the House was a foregone conclusion, that it was going to be part of the natural political cycle.
It apparently did not enter Ryan’s mind that president Trump defied the political cycle in 2016, and that House Republicans could have done it again in 2018.
Many of these retiring Republicans were also RINO anti-Trumpers and so their exit will not be missed. But in the interim we have two years of Trump-hating crazies running the House.
Fortunately this will backfire. Americans will turn on the Democrats when they see their terrible behavior investigating anything and everything connected to the president.
This will then be part of president Trump’s 2020 re-election strategy, just as the Kavanaugh debacle hurt Democrats in the recent elections.
President Trump was somewhat conciliatory to the Democrats after their House election victory. But that is his strategy – open with a kind word and then ratchet up the pressure. In fact the president already has gone negative. He started by tweeting:
If the Democrats think they are going to waste Taxpayer Money investigating us at the House level, then we will likewise be forced to consider investigating them for all of the leaks of Classified Information, and much else, at the Senate level. Two can play that game!
This is classic Trump – take no prisoners. Not only can the Senate investigate but a new attorney general also can launch multiple investigations after Jeff Sessions leaves. And that would be great to watch.
Added election note: Does the name Karen Handel ring a bell? She was the Republican Georgia congressional candidate who won a “special” election to the US House in June 2017 against Democrat Jon Ossoff. It was a race that grabbed national attention since it was supposed to be an early referendum on president Trump just 5 months after Trump took office.
Well, in the recent mid-term election Handel lost her re-election bid by about 1 point or 2,934 votes out of 315,772 votes cast. Too bad.
Nikitas3.com conjectures that a lot of campaign cash from New York, California, Hollywood and other out-of-state places flowed into the campaign of Handel’s opponent, to knock off Handel in punishment for winning such an important election just like all of that out-of-state money that poured into Beto O’Rourke’s campaign to unseat Ted Cruz.
That money easily could have made the difference in Handel’s loss. Many Republicans lost their congressional seats because of a big influx of Democrat cash in the closing weeks of the election.
Another Liberal Suggests Violence
Upset over President Trump firing Attorney General Jeff Sessions, MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow is organizing mass marches.
The protests are slated for today at 5 PM.
“It’s happening,” she wrote online. “This is a ‘break the glass in case of emergency’ plan to protect the Mueller investigation.”
“We knew this would happen at some point,” she added. “The day has arrived.”
Maddow posted the messages to her Twitter account, which has 9.54 million followers.
Notice Maddow’s wording. She said “this is a ‘break the glass in case of emergency’ plan”…
She could have said “this is an emergency plan to protect the Mueller investigation”. But ‘break the glass’ suggests that rioters should take to the streets and break windows and maybe do other worse things.
Maddow will deny that this is what she meant but these extremists like Maddow know exactly what they are saying and doing and their followers do too. They are all experts at inciting propaganda and following orders.
Update: Fox News reported:
Democratic Sen. Richard Blumenthal said President Donald Trump’s firing of Attorney General Jeff Sessions is a “break the glass moment.”
So this inciting rhetoric is spreading. It is obviously intentional.