Home Congress A Very Bad Night to Be a Republican

A Very Bad Night to Be a Republican

120
6,915

There’s been a lot of head-in-the-sand, “Naw, we didn’t lose, it was the GOP ESTABLISHMENT that lost” kind of nonsense going around the conservative blogosphere this week about Tuesday’s disastrous election night. On sites like Breitbart, you’d almost come away believing that Tuesday night’s electoral shellacking, which saw the GOP lose the Virginia governor’s race, the New Jersey governor’s race, seats in the Washington state senate, seats in the Georgia House, and seats in the Virginia legislature…was some sort of bizarre VICTORY for Republicans…or at least, President Trump. You have to swallow a lot of Kool-Aid to believe something like that.

It doesn’t do the Republican Party, conservatism, or Trumpism any good to pretend that we didn’t lose bigly on Tuesday. Now is the time to reflect on what went wrong to make sure we don’t see a repeat performance of this disaster next November, when the stakes are much, MUCH higher.

Of course, it will also not do to listen to the mainstream liberal punditry tell us what lessons Republicans should be learning from these losses, particularly Ed Gillespie’s loss in Virginia. No, that will not do at all. We’re not sure we’re quite ready to believe that Gillespie lost because he tried to distance himself from the president, but we’re also not sure the media is correct in framing this as some kind of referendum on Trump himself. CNN’s own exit polls, after all, showed that for the majority of voters, Trump was not a factor at all in their vote. All politics is local, they say, and that’s certainly the case with local politics. Just as it doesn’t do us any good to bury our heads in the sand, it doesn’t do us any good to read tea leaves that aren’t there.

Even so, it’s not hard to imagine that these results might be a little bit more favorable if the Republican Party in Washington had put together a more successful legislative agenda over the last ten months. It has seemed like one failure after another on Capitol Hill; even now, the doubts circling the Republican Party’s push for tax reform are growing darker and darker. Nothing breeds failure like failure, and the GOP has not exactly been a beacon of success in the era of Trump. The president himself has done some real good from the Oval Office, but his legislative success rate – whether you blame him or Ryan and McConnell – leaves something to be desired.

If there was a defining failure in Virginia for Republicans, it was in the area of turnout. Democrats came out in droves, beating Republican by 10% in the stampede to the ballot box. That’s a clear sign of waning enthusiasm on the right, and that will be a KILLER in the midterms if we aren’t careful. This is why Republicans – from the state level all the way up to the top of the White House – need to come through with some major victories for their voters before the 2018 election season swings into high gear. Next November will be here before you know it, and we don’t have much time to turn things around.

  • itsfun

    Just what did the Republicans lose? Virginia didn’t vote for Trump and only replaced a democrat with a democrat for governor. New Jersey has been and always will be a blue state.

    • GenEarly

      The question isn’t what the “Repubs” lost but What we are losing.,,,,,, Our Country, bit by bit and step by step. Most Repubs are worthless ChamberPots while DemocRats are progreSSive tyrants.
      https://christianmerc.blogspot.com/2017/11/a-point-of-resolve.html?showComment=1510315967014#c2343945169080079867

      • pappy450

        Like I have said before, and will KEEP saying it. UNDER PRESIDENT TRUMP, The members of BOTH parties are terrified that they are losing their STOLEN “POWER”, “CONTROL” and those all-precious TAXPAYER DOLLARS that fund their CUSHY lifestyle and the POWER and CONTROL is slowly being returned back to where it belonged in the first place with “WE THE PEOPLE”. THAT my friends is exactly WHY BOTH “parties” want PRESIDENT TRUMP out of Washington DC. (He is their “fly in the ointment”)

        • itsfun

          That is exactly what I have told my friends and anyone that would bother to listen.

          • Norbert

            itsfun,
            They don’t listen because they know what your opinion is worth.

          • itsfun

            LOL you are such a mean and nasty person. If you actually believe a fool like you can hurt my feelings, then you are very wrong. Simple solution for you is if you don’t like what I post, then don’t read it.

          • GenEarly

            Snarky Elitism is sooo wonderful. Keep it up if things get frisky and see what happens.
            For such an educated person, manners and politeness obviously were omitted in your education.

        • GenEarly

          You are So Correct!!! As I posted below the Liberty Movement cannot “win” with these traitorous chamberPot Repubs as defacto leadership.
          We either make the Repubs actually “republic-ans” or get a new party to reflect our values.
          HW Bush “The Elder” killed the Reagan Revolution so Bushies and Clintons are all too obviously the problem, not the answer. The problem among the electorate is that this Establishment Deep State Cabal isn’t all that obvious as the Repub vs Dem sham game continues.

          • Buddyb

            The problem with all politicians, especially on the national level is that they are all in the same boat, rowing in the same direction, just wearing different color “sailor suits” to try to camouflage their true identities. This is certainly not a new phenomenon either. It has been true for many years. Also, the direction they are rowing our boat is down the river toward a total loss of sovereignty.

            Two southern politicians from many years ago said it best:“There’s not a dime’s worth of difference between the Democrat and Republican parties.” ~ George Wallace.

            “The only difference between the Democratic Leadership and the Republican Leadership is that one of them was skinning from the ankle up, and the other from the ear down.” ~ Huey Long

            If these guys knew the truth so many years ago, whu]y is it so difficult for people nowadys to see it? they are all worthless as spit.

          • SZ939

            The CURE is TERM LIMITS! The one Failing of the Founding Fathers who believed that common people would hold public office for one term and then go back to their farms or businesses. The problem is that there is no term limitation for Congress, unlike that for President. Illinois is similar with Madman Madigan controlling the State for over 40 years regardless of who is elected Governor.

          • Dutch

            The Republicans have let us down for years. The Democrats have been a total disaster for years, but if you can’t see major differences between the two parties, you’re as blind as a bat.

          • Buddyb

            The differences you see in the two parties are the differences they WANT you to see. I will admit that the Republican Party was once the one most aligned with the US Constitution, but that is no longer true. Both parties are tending toward globalism, and quickly.

            They have sold out the American people whom they are supposed to represent, especially the middle class (now almost non-existent). It’s easy to look at a Democrat side by side with a Republican and “see differences” until you check their voting records and see who provides them with their campaign money.

            The real problem is not term limits, which would be a wonderful thing (never going to happen), The real problem is that ALL the problems that affect All of us are not those which can be solved by politicians, since they are only capable of creating more political problems. No, the REAL problem in the USA is spiritual in nature, and there is no political solution to a spiritual problem.

          • GenEarly

            Why is it so difficult for people to see? Because societies like fiat money are perpetuated by illusions and if examined too closely they disappear. People like the comfort of “organization” around them as it is supposed to promote co-operation and well being.
            But once corrupted and rotten as the USSA now is the government itself becomes a liability to society.
            Travails are upon us, Reckoning dead ahead.

          • George Dunson

            I’ve always said ” show me a honest politions and I’ll show you a Fool” Time for term limits to get rid of career mooching scumbag s

          • Kathryn Jordan

            Yeah. And the “Elder” Bush told Reagan that he would continue what Reagan began…NOT!!!! If somehow we can return to what Reagan began, I think our country will come back together and this influx of “us vs them” will disappear. Of course that is the ideal plain and right now not reality.

          • GenEarly

            Bushies and Clintons…… peas in the same pod.

          • Kathryn Jordan

            That is so very true. No wonder that the “Elder” Bush and Clinton work so well together with their so-called foundation.

          • Kathryn Jordan

            Agreed! Both are liars so belong in the same pod.

          • GenEarly

            The Repub civil war is in an all out brawl to the finish. Mitchy McCuckold Must Go
            …… possibly the country will die because of Repub ineptitude and the DemocRat desire to wipe out anyting resembling constitutional liberty.

            https://westernrifleshooters.wordpress.com/2017/11/12/k-blog-on-the-moore-accusations/

          • Kathryn Jordan

            Who knows what will happen. You are right when you say that Mitch “turtle face” McConnell has to go. Let’s just hope people can work together to make sure our country does not die and our constitutional liberties are still intact.

        • Kathryn Jordan

          You should have seen the email I sent to my representative from my district in Ohio. I actually told him that members of Congress should take an annual pay cut rather than an annual pay raise. They don’t need that raise every year when there are average people struggling to make ends meet. I told Congressman Stivers that every member of Congress could take half of their pay cut each year to bring down the national debt and the rest toward Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid. I can’t wait to get a reply from him.

          • pappy450

            I wouldn’t hold my breath waiting for a “reply”. If you DO get one i would be curious what is said. I would expect (if anything) the same kind of letters I get back from MY CROOKED N.Y. “representatives” (a pre-writtnen CRAP statement penned by “office operatives” basically telling you nicely to go to HELL ,and mind your own business)
            MONEY, VOTES, and “perks” are all these “sponges” want, and to hell with the people.

          • Kathryn Jordan

            Will let you know what Congressman Stivers says to me.

          • Kathryn Jordan

            I did get a reply via email from Congressman Stivers. He told me how much a single person as well as married couples would save. Didn’t tell me anything about those who were on Social Security Disability. Guess it means another email asking a question about that.

        • George Dunson

          Amen!! You are correct

      • itsfun

        I can only say DITTO

  • Patti Luis

    Agree on that Virginia don’t want to better themselves I guess.But this didn’t hurt Republicians and media can take this opinion and shove it right up their arse.

    • GenEarly
    • The Redhawk

      Northern VA is mostly made up of GUMNIT UNIONIZED WORKERS who work in the DC GUMNIT TOILET and want to SAVE their JOBS …

      • Norbert

        The Redhawjk,
        So what? The Democrats won. Are you denying that?

        • The Redhawk

          NO denying but these are Meaningless “wins”….My head unlike Yours has not BLOWN UP as YOURS did on 8 NOV 2016 …Now go back to hide under tour Mommy’s Apron…

        • Lela Madera

          No surprise democrats won in a blue state. Big deal.

          • nancy miller

            Best comment to this article. You got right to the point!

        • George Dunson

          Because it’s a DemoRAT’S state ! You stupid or something?

    • Maria Young

      Patti, I do not agree that the people in Virginia do not want to better themselves. Why do you have to use such bad language?

      • George Dunson

        Because they are STUPID!

  • GenEarly

    The Repub governor candidate was Estab ChamberPot and did not really want the “Deplorable” voter support.
    We all know there is only One Party Rule,,,,, Establishment Swamp in DC and most State capitals too.
    The bigger question is who wins this current Civil War? Allowing ChamberPots to lose ensures DemocRat Marxist victories but ChamberPots have proven since Bush I to not only be No Opposition to DemocRats but actually their Enablers. Lying Ryan and Mitchy McCuckold will sabatoge MAGA and Trump.
    You can not win this political war with traitorous leaders like the Estab Repubs. It’s just the despicable way it is.
    Make No Mistake, the DC Swamp wants to eliminate Trump and by extension the Liberty movement by Any Means Necessary.

  • pappy450

    No surprise here. These States is mostly DEMOCOMMIES…How else would the vote come out? Just the LAME STREAM MEDIA making their usual “big deal” out of nothing, in an attempt to fire up their base that has been in a slump since PRESIDENT TRUMP was elected. “politics” as usual.

    • The Redhawk

      Spot on !!

    • creed

      How else? Vote fraud! With Trump having started an investigative committee on vote fraud, the NWO Marxists know they have to get as many in position as possible in the time remaining. However, Trump is not moving fast enough. This is, bar none, the most important weapon he has with which to fight them. The ONLY way to take Marxists out of office, and keep them out (the will and vote of the People) is to completely clean the voter rolls. Trump must sue every secretary of state to prove their rolls are, not reasonably clean, but squeaky clean, or face prison time.

      • nancy miller

        You must be right. He is only working fourteen hour days. Maybe he should just give up the habit of sleeping altogether! Please!!!

        • George Dunson

          That’s why he has a group of people who must begin to do their job and get back to work! Trump can’t do it all.The Republican party is scared to be called out if they say or do anything! Don’t want to do your job, GET OUT! !

          • Gloria D.

            I agree.

        • creed

          Not my meaning at all. It’s an issue of priorities. Drop something else, anything else to get this one thing done! Nothing is more important than stopping vote fraud as it is the main reason so many NWO Marxists are in Congress today, cancelling our votes for candidates who act FOR the will of the People, instead of AGAINST it, (for the NWO), and keeping Trump from making America great again. If Obama can sue the states to stop them from instituting voter ID, then certainly Trump can sue them for doing nothing about totally corrupted voter rolls. Another issue that most people are unaware of and that should take equally high priority are the criminal acts of the leaders of the Republican party in defrauding the vote in the primaries to allow only RINOs through the primaries. There is a Veritas covert video that shows a high Republican party official refusing to accept 20 to 30 ELECTORS votes for Ron Paul in the 2012 presidential election. This has gone on for over 50 years now. If one checks recent Republican presidents (since Nixon), every single one has supported the New World Order over and above the best interests of the American people. For over 50 years now, in most elections, conservatives have had the choice between a Democrat, and a Democrat drenched in Republican party speech, (RINO). At this point, if we don’t stop any more Dems and RINOs from getting into office (look at Pennsylvania etc) the Congress will keep Trump from doing anything for this country. And no, I do not have any idea why Trump isn’t already attacking this like his life depends on it (his life as president does).

      • pappy450

        PRESIDENT TRUMP is doing the absolute BEST he can. The “trouble” is the DEMOCOMMIE and RINO “elites” in CON-gress that are CONTINUALLY undermining every part of his agenda they can.
        They are ALL terrified that their STOLEN POWER, CONTROL and all-precious TAXPAYER DOLLARS that fund their cushy lifestyle, is being CURBED by OUR President and is SLOWLY being returned BACK to “WE THE PEOPLE” as it SHOULD be. The “swamp creatures” are nervous, they have NEVER had to deal with a NON-POLITICIAN before that puts the wishes of the PEOPLE before the “swamp”.

    • Gloria D.

      Exactly.

    • Ron

      first I voted for President Trump because he was an outsider not because he ran on the rhino ticket of late . And till the rhino’s get back to there base and stop swimming in the swamp this will continue to happen we the people are fend up with rhinos at lest I am .We need more statesmen like President Trump not fake ones like MaCain .

  • bleedgreen

    all stupid ultra liberal states that could join california and form their own liberal territory (wish they would as va. is the east coast california) if the election were held today Trump would win in a landslide in ELECTORAL VOTES we overcome all those liberal on the west coast and VA by electoral voting GO TRUMP MKE VA PAY move the Navy to wilmington NC much better vacation area too

    • GenEarly

      ReOpen the Charleston, SC naval base! The entire state of VA has been lost to possibly just 8 or 10 counties of government teat sucking progs.
      Hopefully the state legislature can maintain some balance. NC isn’t much better off either. Both states have filled up with northern progreSSive libtards and illegals (who vote).
      What too many of us fail to realize is this is a fight to the finish. ProgreSSives never, ever stop of their own accord and must continue to “progress forward” until eventually the “Deplorable Un-Redeemables” (Hilarity Clintoon’s own words) are eliminated and the future sheeples end up in re-education camps, (government public skools).
      The French revolution, and Russian Bolshevik revolution are educational examples or just read “Animal Farm” a formerly read school book.

    • Stephen Leonhard

      The entire “Left coast” and much of New York and the far northeastern states will continue to vote socialist/communist and but for the electoral college would be forcing their anti-American government on the rest of America!
      Socialism is just the camels nose under the tent flap and sooner or later the entire animal will displace all of us!

  • The Redhawk

    THE SURPRISE would have been for NJ to Elect A eas Governor,,,,Guess those Idiots have already forgotten CORZINE who should be in Jail with Menendez… As for VA, McAukiffe Released Felons to add to the Progressive Liberal Socialist Votes for Shillery and many must still be on the lose to vote…NO big Freaking DEAL!!

  • CindyLouTerror

    How come nobody mentions that the utterly disgusting kathy allen lost her overspent race for the House in Utah? Big win for Repubs to keep Chaffetz’s seat. All leftist states like VA, whose governor, Terry the creep pardoned 60,000 paroled felons to vote for Killery and who likely voted in this last election, will get what they deserve. CA, MD, IL, HI and NY and their partners in communism will reap what they sow and are going down in a death spiral. Good riddance.

  • undunder

    GOP swamp things like John “I was an irresponsible reckless navy pilot” McCain, Mitch “weasel” McConnell, Paul “Im a two-faced do-nothing-but-whine loser” Ryan, the obstructing women and other self-serving feckless pseudo conservative creatures in Congress have done nothing to promote the agenda Trump laid out and for which voters voted. These folks are huge disappointments and their attitudes will cost them bigly in the next two election cycles. I will be, for the first time in years, supporting their opposition. I can’t see that we are any better off than when the libtards are in power. At least they get stuff done even if it’s wrong and counter-productive. EGOP prefers to sacrifice the middle class and America as a whole just to prevent Trump from succeeding. I don’t know why republicans are afraid of being who they say they are. Let them join the party they seem to be more in aligned with – the democrats who seem to despise freedom and capitalism.
    You know those two items that brought America great prosperity. Libtards govern by convincing many that the many are too stupid to succeed and need cradle to grace provision. Republicans in Congress are handing over control of Congress to democrats one failure to act after another.

    • Kathryn Jordan

      It will be interesting to see if the GOP can even get one thing sent to President Trump’s desk by the end of the year. Wonder if both houses of Congress can come to a compromise on this tax bill and be able to send it to President Trump’s desk. At least the GOP will have one victory if they can do that. If they can’t, you are right to say that they are handing control of Congress to democrats because on one failure and another. I hope there is a way to get Mitch “weasel” McConnell, Paul “I’m a two-faced-do-nothing- but whine loser” Ryan out of Congress. Who know how much longer McCain has to live with his aggressive brain cancer (it will take his life eventually like it did Sen. Kennedy as well as my mother).

      • SZ939

        Arizonans should RECALL this Imbecile before he hurts himself. McStupid has been Senile for a very long time and needs to retire and rest, preferably in the Hell for Liars and Idiots.

        • A. Jay

          Spot on! He cant blame the brain cancer for his behavior, he’s done this crap for a long time!

        • Kathryn Jordan

          I sort of doubt that they will do that until it gets to a point where McCain cannot function at all. Then again, Arizona may just surprise all of us. Either that or they just like the guy even with his aggressive brain cancer.

        • carroll wood

          Jan and the sheriff gone and now have a traitor and a flake. USAF Ret

        • nancy miller

          He isn’t stupid. He just works for the Soros bunch for world government. He is a spoiler.

      • nancy miller

        Someone needs to sit down and explain to the member of the House and Senate that the President was elected because he wants what WE WANT!!
        It is time that all of them (ALL OF THEM) follow his lead and vote as one!
        Yesterday I heard about all of the tweaking they are doing with tax reform. They need to do what the President wants. Keep it simple, lower tax rates for all, reduce spending, and above all…..WORK TOGETHER OR GO HOME!

        • Kathryn Jordan

          Last I heard, the House version of tax reform was going to add 1.7 trillion to the national debt. I would rather see these members do what the President wants: keep it simple, lower tax rates for all, and reduce spending. That is the big one: reduce spending. Why do we have to add to the national debt? Our great grandchildren will be paying for it. I want to these people to work together or resign so other people can be elected to go and do the work that the President wanted.

      • Cookie Vranish

        I will be happy when McCain kicks the bucket. Better yet, I would like to see him caught up in some of the dirty tricks he has pulled on Republicans and Trump in particular. A conviction for treason with enough time for a sentence to live out the remainder of his life in shame!

        • Kathryn Jordan

          McCain’s type of brain cancer can take his life fast or several years from now. It really depends on how the person responds to radiation and their own attitude. It took my mother’s life very fast because of her negative attitude. I would not say that he has done anything that would be “treasonous”. He votes the way he thinks would be best for his state and Americans. People may not agree with him, but some may just respect him.

    • Defend America

      I understand your frustration as millions agree with you but we can not allow Democrats back in office unless you want to see more of the past 8 years. We voted not only against Hillary and her criminal clan but Obama’s legacy. Democrats will never allow Trump to pass anything we voted for. I plan to vote my Senator out of office but I could never vote for another Democrat after their behaviour since President Trumps election. They have proven to me they do not care about American citizens….Law and Order or the Constitution.

    • Cookie Vranish

      You have described them perfectly! I don’t look for Trump to clean up DC until he gets most of the Senate and House of Representatives eliminated! That is a tough task! We must save Trump, the rest are expendable. Especially Sessions! It looks like the criminals might get away with their crimes!

  • ray2hill

    Yes the Republicans lost last Tuesday but the so called conservatives lost even more. The voters of all stripes are tired of the lies and the hate from the right wing and they have no other plan but to lie, miss-characterize and spread more hate. That is just who they are and what they do. America is better than that.

    • GenEarly

      Thank you Comrade Ray for your brainwashed insights. I suppose you also hate those Jefferson statues along with those of RE Lee?
      Your ProgreSSive lies are going to leak out even with your MSM control of Propaganda here in the USSA.
      https://www.newsbud.com/2017/10/24/targeting-michael-flynn-shielding-the-radical-cleric-gulen-special-counsel-robert-mueller-must-step-down/

    • Dutch

      I don’t understand what you’re talking about. Clearly, the democratic party has demonstrated much more hatred than the republicans ever have.

    • Red

      Hate????? Again you shouldn’t be posting about things that you know absolutely nothing about, it isn’t conservatives that are out there violating the laws, blocking public conveyances, looting and burning private property, murdering people and law enforcement officers, it’s you the communists.

  • Dan

    If the demonrats follow usual voting practices how many dead voted, how many illegally registered voted, how many bused from outside districts voted and don’t forget everybody is sick of watching these do nothing rinos sit back and get rich at our expense. If they deem the candidates of their party useless they aren’t going to vote.

  • jdbixii

    “Nothing breeds failure like failure.” Politicians have lost any sense of what is good for the country, even based on what is affordable for the country. If anything justifies term limits, it is this fact. From control of foreign policy, (with the power of the purse to compel it), to many of the domestic policies and programs which continue to generate partisan-political controversy, what is obvious is that law, in particular, is disdained.

  • KingDon

    Bottom line: I’ve read all the posts shown so far and what no one is mentioning is the fact that the progressive/socialists are showing up and voting in much larger numbers, percentage wise, than.republicans. Apparently conservative Republicans have either already accepted defeat or just don’t care enough to take a few minutes out of their daily life to go and vote. In other words, they’re talking the talk, but not bothering to walk the walk. So they need to stop making excuses and actually show up at the voting booth instead of whining after the fact.

  • W. Coyote

    Both parties go through ups and downs. Andrew, the author, does make a good point. It comes down to turnout. He also makes a bad point about “not do to listen to the mainstream liberal punditry ” There are a number of conservative commenters on the so called “mainstream liberal” media. They are making some rational points about the lessons to be learned.
    What Democrats learned a year ago is that a committed minority can elect someone to be president who is unfit for the office. I think that was sufficient motivation to drive turnout.

    • Dutch

      Believe me, we are not a minority. We love President Trump, and he is no way unfit for the office. He far exceeds Pres Obama or Hillary C.

      • W. Coyote

        Dutch – Good morning and thank you for your reply. Hillary got 48% of the vote. Trump got 46%.
        What is it that you love about Trump?

    • rivahmitch

      You’re hallucinating. There are NO CONSERVATIVE COMMENTATORS on the MSM. There are a (very few) RINOs posing as conservatives but no real conservatives that I recognize. Are there lessons to be learned? Yep! However, the lesson these establishment sycophants would have us learn will only restore the full power of the Washington establishment.

      • W. Coyote

        rivahmitch- Good morning and thank you for your reply. I certainly am not going to get into the argument about who is “real conservative”. Who are these “establishment sycophants” you are referring to?

        • rivahmitch

          Gillespie certainly qualifies, as do Ryan, McConnell, McLame, the Bushies and Mittens. Don’t have tine for a more exhaustive list right now as I’m involved in Armistice (aka Veterans) Day activities.

          • W. Coyote

            Hope those Veterans Day activities went well. If you are a veteran yourself, then I would like to thank you for your service. Thank you also for your interesting list. Do you consider Donald Trump as a “conservative”?

          • rivahmitch

            Actually, I’m a Vietnam Marine (68-69) and that service was my privilege. The current President is not a classic conservative but a pragmatic conservative and is certainly better that anything we’ve had in the office during my septuagenarian lifespan except for Reagan. I also rate him higher than any occupant of the office (since Reagan) in actually caring about America and its citizens.

          • W. Coyote

            Good morning Mitch- Your comment certainly got me thinking. Pragmatism is a valued characteristic. But do you think it is pragmatic to claim that his inauguration crowd size was the biggest, to claim there were “millions of illegal votes”, and to give up American leadership on environmental issues? Do you think it pragmatic to simply take Putin’s word for when he says “We didn’t do it”, while attacking honorable men who have spent years in public service, on foreign soil, on Veteran’s Day?
            How do you feel about Donald Trump, who chose not serve our country, passing judgment on John McCain, who sacrificed over 5 years of his life in a N. Viet prison?

          • rivahmitch

            I’ll address a few of your questions though I feel it a waste of time. As to the turnout at his inauguration, I don’t care. I was at the TP rally where we had over a million and were dismissed by the press as minor and/or as thugs. (I’m quite willing to condone and commit violence in response to violence but I saw none at our rally. AS to those poor congresscritters who claim to have been spat on.. I don’t believe it but, again, I don’t care since as a returning ‘Nam vet, I collected my share of sputum so my reaction is that old Russian phrase from Catch 22… that’s, of course, IF it happened).

            Personally, I believe that there probably were enough iilegal votes in the election that trump may have won the popular (as well as the required electoral vote). As to “environmental leadership, since the real purpose of the “Global Warming (now Climate Change) is simply to give the UN control of income distribution and export the wealth of the U.S. and the standard of living of our citizens, I’ll gladly relinquish it. BTW, you should know that I spent over 30 years at the National Science Foundation (including a trip to the Antarctic in the late 70s when “global cooling”was the rage and most of the honest (as opposed to political) climatologists that I know do doubt the mantra that “it’s a settled issue”). I wouldn’t take Putins word for anything. However, I suspect that thee Russians are no more active wrt our elections than we are with respect to those of other countries and , I suspect, as the onion peels we’ll discover that Russia was more likely to have favored their collaborator in stealing our Uranium than Trump. Attacking “honorable men who have spent years in public service on foreign soil” is a canard. Assuming you’re referring to our “diplomats” and “intelligence gatherers, many of the former become overly enamoured of the countries in which they serve and many of the latter slant their finding to suit their political winds. AS to Trumps comments on John McLame, I have no problems with them. Being a POW does not make one a hero. I have a good friend who spent over six years at the Hanoi Hilton and has no love for McLame either. I’ve no respect for McLame personally but that’s as a result of several things he said in 2008 and not germane to the current discussion. As to Trumps status, as I understand it he received a physical deferment. I actually have a close friend , who was my singing partner in High School, who received a similar deferment for “flat feet” a week before he won a state-wide college marathon. Like Trump, he didn’t seek the deferment but was the beneficiary of a flawed system.

            I think I’ll end our discussions at this point as I’ve already spent more time than I wished on it. Perhaps we’ll see each other one day over the barricades.

          • W. Coyote

            Well, I appreciate that you took the time to share your views, and I really hope you don’t consider that a waste of time. I hope when you say “over the barricades”, you don’t mean opposing sides. We may disagree on some issues but I think we have more in common than differences. For example, I would guess that you consider yourself a patriot and that you love our country. We have that in common. I am not someone who thinks that people with different perspectives as “the enemy”.
            Call me old fashioned but I believe in respecting those who served in the military. You, Donald Trump, or any Republican may very well disagree with McCain on some issues, but he put his life on the line for our country and I respect that. Donald Trump’s father found a doctor to write him a deferment letter based on bone spurs. He could have served, but he chose not to. If Trump didn’t like John McCain, he should have just kept his mouth shut.
            I disagree with your assessment of Trump being “pragmatic”. I think he is ruled far more by his emotions, and possibly some insecurity. I just chose one example out of many possible- the issue of crowd size. He won- a lot of people attended and that should have ended it. But Trump kept going back to over again.. He should have known that there are factual ways of checking, but he is the one that made an issue out of it.
            Whether or not global warming proves to be as catastrophic as some are predicting, the future belongs to renewable and cleaner sources of energy- not coal. We will all benefit through cleaner air and water. China burns a lot of coal as they bring a billion people out of poverty. But they are also now the leaders in solar, and other renewable technologies. Fortunately for us, there is still work going on here, including some governors who are basically ignoring Trump and working with other nations to reduce carbon pollution.
            I agree with your assessment of Putin- I wouldn’t take his word for anything. But I’m sure you are well aware that he was furious with Hillary because she cast doubt about the legitimacy of his election in Russia ( 2014, I think). They fed Wikileaks with the DNC hacks, published fake news in swing states and hacked into to the voting systems in 39 states. I think everyone ( Democrats and Republicans) should be very concerned about this. So far Mr. Trump has shown no concern. Why? I assure you if for whatever reason Putin had favored Hillary, had interfered in a way to help her, and she won, then Trump would still be screaming bloody murder.
            Otherwise, I hope you and your family are doing well today.

  • gvette

    LMAO…the DemonRATS won two races. How quick people forget about the over 1200 seats the DemonRATS lost after Obunghole was elected.

  • Michael Paul

    Washington has unfortunately caught the California flu and is following in their path so this is no big surprise. Northern Virginia has already caught the DC flu and New Jersey is the most corrupt state in the nation and the place where I make my home. Every 4 or 8 years, New Jersey flips parties for its crappy Governors. There has not been a decent Governor in the state Of New Jersey since Tom Keane and that is going back a while. Christie was a terrible Republican Governor as were democrats Corzine and McGreevy before him. Murphy wants to raise taxes and make New Jersey a sanctuary state. If he follows these policies, he will probably last 4 years before he is replaced by another incompetent Republican who will be followed by another incompetent democrat and so on. The only concern to me is Georgia which is being overrun with northeastern liberals moving down there to escape high taxed states up north but they continue to vote for the same type of people who gave them high taxes up North.

  • Edward Conley

    What will it take for the RINOS to see if they don’t stop stabbing the president in the back they will destroy the part from within?

    • GenEarly

      The Rino-ChamberPots in Con-gress do not care about the “Republican” Party. They are more than willing to be in the minority. They still get paid and have no responsibility to govern, just sit back and complain to keep their fundraising going.
      If they lose their seat it’s no big deal they have squirreled away their campaign funds to take with them and can always become a lobbyist in DC or back in their State Capitals.

  • RB

    Dumocrats still can’t believe they lost!

    • Kathryn Jordan

      I doubt they ever will. You know that Hillary will keep screeching that she was “cheated” out of winning the presidency. Dare we even think we would be safe with her as president? Would she do something with the influx of illegals? What about those Muslim countries that even President Obama had some reservations of letting people in; would she allow those people into our country? Somehow, I think she would.

  • OnTheRoad

    Us Conservatives better take this serious. Liberals are pissed off they lost in 2016, and are going to do what ever it takes to get power back. No matter what it takes! They will cheat, lie, steal….ANYTHING IT TAKES! We better get our butts out there and vote. And to all the RINO’s out there…you better stop BS’ing around. Look out for corruption in the Democratic party. Once they get the balance of power back on their side, they are not going to give us it back. America is going to go to hell if they get power back. Just look at what’s happening now. It’s already started!

    • Jo Melcher

      OnTheRoad: You are 100% correct! So sad, God Bless President Trump and what he is trying to achieve to get our Country back!

      • OnTheRoad

        Hi Jo. It’s so true, isn’t it? I really don’t get these so called Republicans. Why are they not doing more to stop the Democrats from getting the balance of power back? We’re finally in a position to make a great change in our country with Trump. But nobody seems to be taking it serious. What are they afraid of?

        • GenEarly

          “We” the “Deplorables” are “the Problem” for electing Trump in the first place!
          There is only One Establishment Swamp Party. Now with that view the DC scene will make “sense”. Welcome to the USSA. TINVOWOOT (there is no voting our way out of this) I suggest our Plan B needs to be implemented/increased : Beans,Bullets,& Bullion as prudent “insurance”.
          All the best.

  • Kathryn Jordan

    I sometimes wonder about who is in control of Congress. Is it the Republicans? or are they somewhat handing control to the Democrats? With several Republicans saying they will not seek reelection, that tells me that the party is not taking certain things seriously. I hope that both houses of Congress can at least get one thing passed and sent to President Trump’s desk before their Christmas break. I look at how country has become and I wonder how destructive things have become. I ask myself when will it all stop and we can bring this country back together again. I know the Elder Bush promised Reagan that he would continue what Reagan began while he was president; the Elder Bush said “forget it; I’m doing things my way” and things went to hell in a hand basket. From then on, it never recovered to where it should have been. I pray that we can somehow return to what Reagan began.

  • GuardianFlame

    As much as I’d like to disagree with this article, I can’t. The GOP has done pretty much squat – nothing, nada – and they had better get their acts together before the 2018 MidTerm Elections or there will be bigger losses to the Liberals and a swing in power in our Congressional Houses.

    President Trump is doing everything he can to fix our Nation. IT’S UP TO US TO FIX OUR CONGRESS BY LETTING THEM KNOW PERSONALLY THAT WE ARE NOT PLEASED BY THEIR ACTIONS! If they vote the wrong way, GET IN THEIR FACE, threaten that they WILL LOSE THEIR CONGRESSIONAL SEAT if they don’t vote the WILL of the People! If enough people do this, it impacts that Congressman and csn change his/her vote.

    We can’t sit idly by and let the loony Left begin destroying what P.T. is fixing. If that happens, you can only blame yourselves!

  • fbair1

    Those state were already liberal, publish some honest news like when is clinton goin to jail?

  • marihia

    The Republican’s LOST NOTHING!!! both states ARE COMMIE STATES, your bullsh!t won’t wash

  • ch

    Here is something that all should watch and learn from. It is a meeting in WY, but the statistics and information affects every citizen in the US. It is long, but well worth the listen with all the information

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CnuMpesju2o

  • David Jones

    This slag heap garbage must have been written by a brain dead liberal democrat

  • Pattie Kelly

    These were wins in states that were blue and Hillary carried in the election. So no biggie. Let’s talk about jobless rate 4.1% GDP 3% how long has it been since it was 3%. 261,000.00 jobs in October, More companies coming over to America to bring more jobs and economy booster to the US, VA getting a work over for our vets and if they can’t get an appointment in a timely manner they have a card they carry and they can get care anywhere and the VA pays, all the regulations rolled back to create a more job friendly environment, 70% less illegals crossing the borders, Porto types of the WALL, Plus our President is loved over seas a balanced budget which hasn’t been seen in quite awhile. So stop gripping that nothing is getting done. It’s not our President’s fault but McConnell’s and McCain and Collins and Murkowski those are who we need to blame for abandoning their party for personal reasons. They need to go somehow.

  • Phyllis Schultz

    If the GOP doesn’t pull together, and help the President pass his and our agenda, the GOP is going to lose. If the GOP loses the American people lose. If dems take control again we can kiss this land we love good bye. They will complete Obuma’s destructive path and the US will end up like Communist Russia and other countries that have been ruled by Communism. GOP work with the President and GOP voters, for all of our sakes, get out and vote.

  • barbarakelly

    When Judge Moore saying we are dealing in a spiritual war. Yes I totally agree. The different thinking on both side –The left has gone so dirty and criminals having side issues with children and pedo’s. and as right now because Judge is so damn straight it is eating them up alive and Moore will not go by the way Mitch wants to run the establishment and do nothing and keep it the way it has been for the last 20yrs. And who else is joining mitch but our traitor mccain. Moore has to get help from us now more then ever.. And isn’t convenient that they brought up this issue of the Judge now instead of the primier’s . This I’ll bet was a set up to get the Dem guy in gov. to win. I wish there was a way we could find out who is doing this ugly thing to him.

  • Frances Finch

    Maybe he shouldn’t have had George W. On his team. He was running on old established Republican theme. I wouldn’t have given him a vote either.

  • All Christians and all Republicans have to get in and support President Trump in everything he is doing, even if some are not 100% behind him. We have to and can change this country for the next 20 years if we ALL band together to make it the country we all want it to be. One Nation Under God and recognized around the world as a Christian Nation!

  • Perfick

    The sole reason Trump’s programs have not gone forward is because of a small number of traitor Republicans in the Senate. McCain, Flake, et al. These scum dogs are absolute traitors to their country. When the Dims were in charge every Dimwit voted in lock step and passed Obama’s Communist agenda. Now WE should be in control but the Dims are still in lock step and we have a handful of traitors in our party. These scum need to be removed. Our country’s future is at stake and these rotten bastard phony Republicans are killing us.

  • tes d’aless

    I’m very perplexed! First of all, if the RINO idiots would stop being ridiculous, we wouldn’t be having a problem! They have messed it up for the Republican Party. Secondly, I can’t understand or believe how Democrats think it’s good to vote for someone who thinks sanctuary cities are good, spending our hard earned money foolishly is good and just hating America! Someone please enlighten me or get rid of the idiot dumos

  • Don Lindsey

    When Virginia voted in the Libaturd, they voted to make themselves a sanctuary state…That is good news for the East and South, they will pull all the illegals and criminals away from the other states making it easier for ICE BECAUSE THEY KNOW WHERE TO LOOK FOR THEM!

  • Ron

    Not surprising, HOWEVER, the GOP, the Senate and the House better START SUPPORTING the elected Republican candidate instead of sitting in the backseat thinking they have it in the bag. They are going to have to fight especially in 2018 HARD HARD or they will lose. SECONDLY, they better take off the gloves, NICE GUYS ‘DO NOT AND WILL NOT WIN ELECTIONS ANYMORE” COME ON CONSERVATIVES LETS GET ON A ROLL START NOW……………………………LETS KEEP OUR REPUBLICAN SEATS AND TAKE AWAY SOME OF THOSE DEMOCRATIC SEATS . “WE CAN DO IT”

  • Defend America

    Americans are sick of the resistance to President Trumps agenda. We the People want action not words or broken promises. I know most of the seats lost are basically Democrat constituents but we must stick together if we want to win in November.

    GOP had better put some new faces up for the November election, but most of all We must not allow Democrats to win are we will never see any progress. We already know that Democrats will sabotage every thing Trump tries to do.

    We can not stay home we must continue to fight the progressives are we will have a repeat of Obama’s agenda come 2018.

  • carroll wood

    Virginia is a failure

  • PATRICIA MEAD

    Proof again that both parties are out to destroy us. We have shown that we are catching on when we elected someone who is not a part of the crooks in Washington. Since President Trump came on the scene, the media has done all to stop the American people from electing him . Many expected they would kill him and , knowing what we expected are trying to get rid of him in other ways.

  • bleedgreen

    republican and dems lose thats why Trump and us INDEPENDENTS win electoral college a landslide for TRUMP va. and calf. multimillion’s lose this way and that is GOOD

  • Cookie Vranish

    Yup, we lost bigly! We will have to regroup and attack the next time. The Democrats must be very happy, because they seldom win any elections anymore. Pretty tough sell when they are so crooked!

  • Rj Stoker

    How many of the prison inmates and illegal immigrants, who through legislature in Terry Mc Auliffe’s Virginia were given the right to vote ,helped to eke out this small margin win????

  • Stephen Howe

    Trump will persevere. America will endure. The libtards will fail…YET AGAIN!

  • Rummy Walker

    KEEP BELIEVING IT IS BECAUSE THESE ARE BLUE STATES AND THE WORLD WILL COME TUMBLING DOWN AROUND YOUR HEAD. WE WERE OUT SMARTED AND OUT WORKED. WE HAVE GIVEN THE REPUBLICANS THE OPPORTUNITY TO CHANGE THE DIRECTION OF THE COUNTRY AND THEY HAVE BUNGLED IT. IF THEY KEEP DOING NOTHING IT WILL ONLY GET WORSE. UNLESS WE CLEAN OUT THE RINOS THE ENTIRE GOVERNMENT WILL BE LIBERAL DEMOCRATS WITHIN SIX YEARS. WE NEED TO MAKE AS MUCH NOISE, AND MORE SENSE, THAN THE DEMS. CAN WE DO IT?

    AMERICA FIRST

  • marihia

    This is bullsh!t and ya all know it!!

  • R Parten

    Any bad night to be a republican is always far superior to being a communist masquerading as a
    democrat!

  • Marion E McKenzie

    It was only a BAD Nite if you were a RINO.We could have taken both these BLUE STATES if we would have had a real Republican Running…

  • CBUJAN

    I don’t know why the democrats are celebrating for they were expected to win in Virginia and New Jersey they are both democratic states. Wait until 2018 then will see who has a bad night.