Trump Goes To War With GOP Establishment

President Trump is back in the game, and after his second impeachment acquittal, he’s coming after the GOP Establishment. Dear GOP squishes, the bell tolls for thee.

Former President Donald Trump will soon begin screening 2022 midterm candidates who are eager to forward “America First” policies while ensuring every open Republican seat has a MAGA-approved contender vying for it.

Trump has received dozens of requests from prospective candidates who wish to earn his support, and he is fielding them as he sees fit. Trump has rejected meetings with former South Carolina governor and 2024 hopeful Nikki Haley and with House and Senate GOP candidates vying for his ear.

Haley trashed Trump for his alleged part in the January 6th unarmed “insurrection” – which defies the very definition of the word – then had the nerve to ask for his endorsement. Your political career is over Nikki, and I could not be happier.

Formal meetings with prospects could begin as early as March, according to Politico.

Trump has refocused on the movement he began now that the Senate impeachment trial fully acquitted him, lording the America First agenda into battle against the “business as usual” crowd in Washington, DC. With $31 million on hand, bankrolled by his leadership PAC, Save America, Trump’s coffers will strategically be invested.

The president may be out of office, but he still has a lot of influence, especially with his voters. If Trump decides some GOP cuck isn’t worthy of our votes, believe me, most Trump supporters will go along. There are far too many useless politicians in the GOP, and they all should be tossed on the dung heap.

If You Like Your GOPe You Can Keep It

The rocket surgeons in the GOP Establishment have unveiled their Obamacare replacement kit, and while it is hard on the outside, it has a squishy middle; just like Chris Christie.

The legislation would preserve two of the most popular features of the 2010 health-care law, letting young adults stay on their parents’ health plans until age 26 and forbidding insurers to deny coverage or charge more to people with preexisting medical problems. It would also target Planned Parenthood, rendering the women’s health organization ineligible for Medicaid reimbursements or federal family planning grants — a key priority for antiabortion groups.

I like the Planned Parenthood smackdown, but the other two “features?” Pass.

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), one of at least three conservative senators who opposes the plan to provide income-based tax credits, tweeted: “Still have not seen an official version of the House Obamacare replacement bill, but from media reports this sure looks like Obamacare Lite!”

Well duh, Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan had their grubby little paws in it. Of course it’s Obamacare Lite!

And four key Republican senators, all from states that opted to expand Medicaid under the ACA, said they would oppose any new plan that would leave millions of Americans uninsured.

“We will not support a plan that does not include stability for Medicaid expansion populations or flexibility for states,” Sens. Rob Portman (Ohio), Shelley Moore Capito (W.Va.), Cory Gardner (Colo.) and Lisa Murkowski (Alaska) wrote in a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).

I would argue none of these four “Republicans” have ever been described as “key,” primarily because they straddle that thin conservative line between John McCain and Lindsey Graham. In other words, they’re useless back-benchers.

I’d like to believe the new version of Obamacare would be full of sunshine and unicorns, but nothing the GOP Establishment has done ever convinced me they have our best interests at heart.

Stupid Is As Stupid Does

gop-surrogate-democrats-ht-aoshqAfter a smear campaign by leftist Democrats, Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from any investigations into Donald Trump’s presidential campaign. Shockingly, some members of the GOP Establishment added their two cents on the drama, and gleefully kicked the AG while he was down.

Some congressional Republicans were quick to agree Thursday with Democrats calling for Attorney General Jeff Sessions to recuse himself from investigations into Russian interference in the 2016 election, following leaks and media reports that Sessions met with Moscow’s ambassador twice last year.

So after a resounding presidential win, along with dozens of congressional victories, the Stupid Party is still stuck on stupid. The offenders consisted of the usual suspects.

Nevertheless, a number of Republicans were quick to give in to the media narrative. During a town hall with Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) on CNN Wednesday evening, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) said that if Sessions had spoken with the Russian ambassador, “then for sure you need a special prosecutor.”

“AG Sessions should clarify his testimony and recuse himself,” House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) tweeted early on Thursday.

“I think, the trust of the American people, you recuse yourself in these situations,” House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” Thursday morning. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) joined in during an appearance on NPR on Thursday morning.

Isn’t it interesting these despicable piles of dung trashed Sessions on uber-liberal outlets like CNN, MSNBC, and NPR? These jackasses feel comfortable there because they share the same ideology. Rubio, in particular, enrages me because he portrays himself as a stalwart of conservatism, when if fact he is nothing but an MSM lickspittle.

F**k these people sideways. I’d respect them more if they changed parties.

(H/T to AOSHQ’s J.J. Sefton for the graphic.)

The $64,000 Question

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Once in a while, Rush Limbaugh really ramps up his game. Yesterday’s last hour was brilliant, and addressed points I have brought up many times in the last few years. To wit:

I have a question for Republicans running for the House and the Senate: Why should people vote for you? It’s clear that you don’t want to stop Hillary Clinton.

It is clear that many of you do not want to keep Hillary Clinton out of the White House. So if it’s not important to keep her out of the White House, why is it important to elect you? The answers are, “Well, she’s gonna win because Trump is so bad, and we’re the people that are gonna stop her.” Yeah, but where’s the evidence you want to stop her? Where’s the evidence that you want to be around to put the brakes on?

So if you are a Republican and you just can’t abide Trump — which means you’re not serious about stopping Hillary; you’re not serious about keeping her out of the White House — then people should vote for you because?

In the House and the Senate and the governorship, that’s where you’re gonna stop Democrats???

Well, they cannot really stop Democrats with governorships, even if they wanted to do so, which they don’t. The can stop Democrats in the Senate, but in the years since we gave them control, the GOP has done nothing – literally nothing – to stop Barack Obama and his minions.

Every person’s answer to this question must be a personal one, but I know what I will be doing next month. I will be voting for Donald Trump – if for no other reason than to stop Hillary Clinton – and I will take every other candidate on a case-by-case basis. GOP incumbents who align themselves with the establishment will be skipped, and this GOP straight ticket nonsense ends now.

Super Bruiseday

PrintDonald Trump continued his march to the GOP presidential nomination after winning seven states during the Super Tuesday primaries. Ted Cruz won three states and Marco Rubio won Minnesota – his first win, making him 2016’s Walter Mondale.

Now whether you love him or hate him, Donald Trump’s meteoric rise can be blamed on one group, and one group only.

The story of Trump’s rise has played out day after day on television and on social media, but the conversations behind closed doors among members of the Republican elite during this period have been less well documented.

Many of the conversations had one thing in common: a stubborn refusal to take Trump seriously, even as fans packed sports stadiums to see him in the summer months, as he dominated media coverage of the election, and as polls showed him winning wide support among young and old, men and women.

Many in the Republican establishment believed he would eventually self-destruct or that Americans would lose patience with his bombast, his free-wheeling insults and lack of firm policies to back up his promises to “Make America Great Again.”

They were wrong.

Correction: the GOP establishment was wrong again, just as they have been wrong about John McCain and Mitt Romney being the only “electable” candidates. Ironically, the GOP is still bitterly clinging to this electability nonsense, claiming the underwhelming Marco Rubio is the only electable candidate. Now, I’m no YUGE fan of Trump – I’m a Cruz supporter – but if you’re angry The Donald is running away with the election, your blame lies not with him, nor with his supporters. It lies solely with Mitch McConnell, Paul Ryan, and the rest of “our betters” in the GOP establishment.