After the Blue Puddle

It was lousy to lose the House – but I’ve read a story where the Democrats are seriously considering impeaching Justice Kavanaugh…so, the Democrat majority will likely be short lived. But, we still need to think about the future.

Looking ahead at the Senate maps in 2020 and 2022, there isn’t too much of a risk to the GOP majority – absent a meltdown of epic proportions, the GOP might have a very enduring Senate majority. Like in the 10+ year range. More than long enough to replace both Breyer and RBG, assuming Trump is re-elected in 2020 (a likely event given how simply difficult it is to eject a sitting President). There are some 135 (or more, not sure) open Federal seats in the judiciary and you know that Trump and Cocaine Mitch are going to go into overdrive filling them – fundamentally, the Judiciary is going to be under our control for a generation. Over time, this will become more and more noticeable as more and more cases are decided in favor of the Constitution. A great deal of what Democrats have accomplished these past 40 years has been via the Courts…now that will stop, and a good deal of it might even be reversed.

But we clearly failed in the House…and there are simply too many big population States where we are just doing miserably. California and New York most notably, but also Illinois, Massachusetts and New Jersey. We can’t count on holding the red States all the time and forever. We’re going to lose some in the red States…better to shore up our position with some major blue State wins in both the House and Senate. To do this, we’re going to have to ask what the blue Staters want, and then figure out how to give as much of it to them as we can consistent with the Populist-Conservative stamp of the modern GOP.

It is a tall order, but not impossible. We lost the California governorship by 18 points..but if we just get 1 in 10 CA voters to switch from Democrat to GOP, we win the governorship…and perhaps a Senate seat, as well. And likely a few House seats, into the bargain. And have a shot at winning California’s electoral votes. It is certainly worth the effort. Heck, just forcing the Democrats to defend their California position is worth the effort. Every dollar and minute spent in California is a dollar and minute they aren’t spending invading our territory. We ran less than 400 House candidates this year – and that is just criminal negligence, in my view. No Democrat, anywhere, should ever be without an opponent. I don’t care if it is the most forlorn hope in history, every Democrat should get a challenger – and a challenger who is provided at least enough money to show up. You never know when someone might catch fire and by a combination of pluck and luck, do the impossible. It is also crucial to run in the deep blue areas because it at least gets people everywhere used to the idea of voting GOP – that there is always an alternative. And it can’t be emphasized enough that it is in the battles on enemy territory that you breed the sort of warriors who will eventually bring you victory.

As for what to do to convince them to vote for us – that will be a case by case basis. What works in suburban Los Angeles might not work as well in suburban Chicago. But I’ll suggest a few, broad strokes we could try.

1. Annul defaulted student loan debt and allow the rest of it to be discharged in bankruptcy 5 years after the student leaves school. The stuff in default is mostly money gone for good, anyways, and I don’t see any reason to fatten lawyer pocketbooks by forcing the kids to go through bankruptcy on it. It is also, to me, absurd that student loans are pretty much the only sort of debt that can’t be discharged. Either a person is making enough money to pay, or they aren’t – and if they aren’t, then that should be the end of it. Lots of youngsters get suckered by the schools into thinking that any degree will make them rich. The truth is that only certain degrees are big money makers. Part of this, I think, should be putting part of the liability on the schools…if a kid goes bankrupt on his student loan, some percentage of it should be charged to the school where the loan was used. That’ll force the schools to be more careful, and stop selling degrees as a path to easy money.

2. Always side with the private sector unions in their battles with large corporations. Never, ever, never, no how, no way take the side of the large corporation. If we can’t pick a side, at least shut our traps about it. If we want to have a shot at breaking the Democrat hold on the blue cities, we’re going to have to get working class people to at least consider us. They won’t if they think we are siding with the bosses.

3. Work is what makes a person dignified. We Conservatives know this, but we aren’t doing enough to make sure that work is rewarded. Income tax cuts don’t resonate with working poor people who don’t functionally pay income taxes. Nor do fights over property rights mean much to renters. While keeping taxes low and protecting property, we’ve got to find a way to do something for poor working people who rent. Something has to be done to show working poor people that we give a darn about them…and we’re trying to help. Perhaps some sort of income support for low-income working people? Perhaps allowing them to write off sales taxes on major purchases (autos, home appliances, that sort of thing) on their taxes? Perhaps a low-income per child subsidy? Not sure here, guys: just thinking and spitballing.

4. Make firm and public enemies of the super rich. Most of them are liberals, and the few that aren’t are open borders hucksters who want to move their factories to China. They don’t care about us, and they don’t care about America.

5. Make firm enemies of all large corporations. No one likes them. At all. Pick fights with them. Break them up. Rake them over the coals for their idiocy. Show regular folks that the corporations which they dislike are also disliked by us.

Just a few ideas to show where I’m going here. We’ve got to expand the map, and we won’t expand it by the old Chamber of Commerce, GOPe tactics. Something new is needed. Maybe others will come up with better ideas than mine and that’s great. But we can’t assume we’ll keep winning with what we’ve got. Trump has shown us that if we start talking about issues people care about (in his case, immigration and trade), people respond. Lets find out what else they’ll respond to.

UPDATE: Mueller writing his final report.

27 thoughts on “After the Blue Puddle

  1. Cluster November 8, 2018 / 8:31 am

    Our fight has just begun as evidenced by yesterday’s news conference and the newly emboldened progressive media who are already working in lockstep with the new Democrat House. Firing Sessions yesterday was much needed – he is too weak to work in the WH and to engage in the battle. Trump is posturing for war and he is smart to do it because they are coming after him …. and no doubt they will over play their hand and lead to a 2020 landslide for DJT.

    Did you see that Antifa is threatening Tucker Carlson?

    Of course the media will have no time to cover this threat to “journalism”.

    In terms of where the GOP is headed and how we continue to build the new conservative coalition – I say let’s trust Trump’s instincts ……… he is the best steward of pragmatical conservatism in my lifetime

    • Amazona November 8, 2018 / 10:33 am

      But….but…..but it’s not a mob. That is hate speech. It is not a mob, it is just a group of concerned citizens threatening someone who does not agree with them. Not a mob, just typical Leftists.

  2. Retired Spook November 8, 2018 / 8:57 am

    As usual, Kurt Schlichter has some sage advice.

    No, you never win by losing, but there is opportunity for the GOP in this win. When life gives you lemons, you should take those lemons, sell them, and buy beer.

    • Cluster November 8, 2018 / 9:10 am

      From the article:

      If he wants to be really aggressive, he should aim it towards minority communities that the Democrats have traditionally paid attention to right before elections and then ignored for the next two years.

      This is EXACTLY what Trump should do. Call the Democrats out by promoting policies that are targeted to improve the lives of inner city children, and blighted minority communities and expose the Democrats for their incompetence and insincerity ……

  3. Cluster November 8, 2018 / 9:06 am

    Meanwhile MSNBC is doing their best to paint Tuesday’s election as a “crushing blow” to Trump and “his” Republican party.

    I hope Trump destroys them and in a battle between progressives and Trump – I will bet on Trump all day long.

  4. Amazona November 8, 2018 / 10:39 am

    I almost wish the House WOULD start impeachment hearings against Kavanaugh.. They would be so quickly proved to be ignorant, biased and out of touch, the entertainment value would be immense and it would drive even more people away from the party. Just watch them try to make the alleged actions of a 17-year-old the centerpiece of an action today. It would open the door to the analysis of Ford which never really took place, as well as the witness tampering of her FBI buddy and her perjury when she said she never helped anyone with a lie detector test. It would blow the whole Kavanaugh thing right out of the water, and drag a lot of top Dems down with it.

    They might be able to turn some people against Trump as Trump’s fighting back could be spun as deceitful, but even so all they have is that they don’t like him.

    I want a group of insiders to start tallying up the cost to the nation of dealing with Dem hysteria. What would these hearings cost? What would they accomplish?

    • M. Noonan November 8, 2018 / 1:49 pm

      Some are saying that Pelosi will kill any idea of impeaching Kavanaugh…I’m not so sure. She’s pretty stupid, too. What must be remembered is that Democrats view Tuesdays results as being their permanent victory in the House leading to their ultimate, and permanent, victory in the Senate and the White House in 2020. The people have, once and for all time to come, spoken. And the people want Trump removed from office and all of his actions while in office reversed. They can’t imagine a world where they aren’t the majority – and they are going to act as if their least desire is overwhelmingly supported.

      Of course, I’m delighted – they won a small House majority with some very narrow wins in about 25 races. The people who won, did so by pretending to be anything other than Progressive fanatics. Here in NV-04, the Democrat didn’t even mention he’s a Democrat and made no statements in support of Pelosi or, indeed, any statements which weren’t pure milquetoast “I wanna be nice to you” boilerplate. Its a district with a slight Dem lean, but the GOP won it in 2014…and so can win it, again. And will win it again if the guy in there is out an about trying to please the most fanatic leftists of San Francisco.

  5. Cluster November 8, 2018 / 12:08 pm

    But Trump is the devisive one right? Here’s an exchange on MSNBC this morning …..

    JOE SCARBOROUGH: This thumping; just how badly Donald Trump lost on Tuesday night, how horrible he is for the Republican party nationwide . . . [people] saying he’s going to destroy the Republican party? They don’t have to wait five years from now: he’s doing it right now.

    Yeah, they won a couple of Senate seats in the reddest of red states where Donald Trump won by 20 points. So what? Big deal.

    . . .

    MIKA BRZEZINSKI: He lost–big time, yesterday.

    . . .

    JOE: Donald Trump was freaked out yesterday. Everybody could see how freaked-out he was . . . He got trounced. Donald Trump was humiliated, he as weak, he was battered, he was confused . . . He was just baffled! He didn’t know what to do! He was freaking out! Just like a little kid in a sandbox, trying to kick sand on other people.

    Just how weak he is now, how vulnerable he is now . . . he was beaten so badly.

    “He thinks he’s going to stop his children, if they’ve done something wrong, from going to jail? They’ll just be in state jail [instead of federal jail.]”

    • M. Noonan November 8, 2018 / 1:51 pm

      They live in a strange, alternate universe.

  6. Retired Spook November 8, 2018 / 1:40 pm

    From the YCMTSU File.

    Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s supporters are clearly willing to do anything to make sure she recovers from a fall that landed her in the hospital on Thursday.

    After Ginsburg, who was appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court in 1993 by Democratic President Bill Clinton, was hospitalized with three broken ribs following a Wednesday evening fall at her office, some took to social media to jokingly offer up their own ribs to replace her fractured ones.

    “Where can I donate a rib, or three?” tweeted one RBG fan. “Asking for a Supreme Court justice.”

    “I will give Ruth Bader Ginsburg all of my ribs if she needs them okay,” wrote another devoted supported.

    The article says “jokingly,” but I’d bet there are more than a few Millennial airheads who are dead serious.

    • Cluster November 8, 2018 / 1:48 pm

      One of them I am sure is Joy Behar who thought gerrymandering was responsible for the election of two GOP Senators ….. she is a sharp one that Joy

      • M. Noonan November 8, 2018 / 1:54 pm

        Word is out that Mueller is suddenly writing his final report…that bit of drivel is done. Oh, the Democrats in the House will make a big noise about it, but there won’t be anything in it but Orange Man Bad nonsense.

      • Retired Spook November 8, 2018 / 2:16 pm

        Clearly many on the Left have zero understanding about how the Constitution works.

        Behar’s remark came in response to Dowd remarking that popular support for Democrats was outpacing Democratic gains. He noted President Donald Trump won the electoral college in 2010 but lost the popular vote. Likewise, Democrats received 8 million more votes than Republicans between the various Senate races last night, but still lost seats. (emphasis – mine)

      • M. Noonan November 8, 2018 / 2:39 pm

        Of course, they add in all of California’s Senate votes, even though 100% of them were for a Democrat. They also ignore that of the 35 seats up in 2018, Democrats won 23 of them…or 65.71%. Which percentage actually greatly exceeds their “popular vote” total. If anyone should bitch about that issue, it should be us.

    • M. Noonan November 8, 2018 / 1:53 pm

      We all pray for her recovery, but 85 year old people never really recover from broken bones like that – their bodies simply lack what it takes to knit everything back together fully. I’m sure she’ll soldier on as long as she can…but I also expect her to leave the Court sooner rather than later.

  7. Retired Spook November 8, 2018 / 8:15 pm

    I fully expect the Democrats to find enough votes in the Florida Governor and Senate races, the Georgia Governor race and the Arizona Senate race to change the results of all four. Hell, all they have to do is canvas the cemeteries.

    • Cluster November 9, 2018 / 8:18 am

      It wouldn’t surprise me in the least:

      PHOENIX – Latest polling numbers released from the Secretary of State’s office shows Kyrsten Sinema has taken a slight lead over Martha McSally in the race for Arizona Senate.

      Let me know when we take up arms ……. I’m ready

    • M. Noonan November 9, 2018 / 11:40 pm

      I think we stepped in fast enough to prevent the theft of FL and GA…AZ I suspect is gone, but apparently the GOP is now going to be allowed to count more rural ballots while Democrats make them in their areas.

      The pushback has been great – and Trump is a hero, again. We’ve never really fought voter fraud on the ground and this time we’re doing it.

      • Retired Spook November 9, 2018 / 11:43 pm

        Still, it’s going to continue until someone pays a steep price. Gregg Gutfeld had a great line this afternoon on The Five: “I know we have early voting, but apparently now we also have late voting.”

      • M. Noonan November 10, 2018 / 11:19 pm

        I found out that it was only this past January that a Consent Decree entered ordered on the GOP in 1982 was lifted – this Consent Decree essentially forbade the GOP from having poll watchers in any place the Democrats felt the GOP shouldn’t be there. My understanding is the argument was that having such would discourage minority voting. But, even with that, 99.99% of the American people don’t realize that a vote can be taken and only representatives of one party will be there for the count. That does have to change – even if we have to provide federal money to do it. Each party must have a representative present, 24/7, from the first ballot being cast to the final certification of the vote. At no time should any ballots be without multi-partisan minders.

        FL tried to short circuit fraud by insisting that the total number of ballots be given within 30 minutes of poll closure – on the theory that if you tell us, then, you’ve got 500,000 in our county but, five days later, suddenly have 600,000, it would seem, well, odd. But what the GOP forgot is that when it comes to the law, the Democrats simply proceed as if it doesn’t apply to them…on the excellent grounds that, until now, it never has. That as to change, too.

      • Retired Spook November 11, 2018 / 12:16 am

        Voter fraud is really one-sided too. I can’t even remember a Democrat accusing a Republican of voter fraud. The worst things they say about us is that we think anyone who votes should be required to prove they are who they say they are, and that people who have died and people who have moved out of the precinct they are registered in should be purged from the voter rolls. And they call that voter suppression.

  8. jdge1 November 9, 2018 / 10:50 am

    Former NY attorney general won’t face sex abuse charges
    The special prosecutor investigating former New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said Thursday that she couldn’t bring criminal charges over allegations he physically abused women he dated, in part, because current state law doesn’t explicitly outlaw such behavior.

    So, when is assault NOT a crime? Ans: – when it’s done by someone on the left of the political spectrum. Anyone want to bet that if this was a Conservative AG he would have been castrated?

  9. Retired Spook November 9, 2018 / 11:36 am

    Got this email from a good friend this morning:

    Republicans lost the House last night. Today there are no riots, no protests, no videos of large groups sobbing uncontrollably, no grief counselors were sent to schools, no celebrities threatening to move to Canada, no property was destroyed, no cars overturned and nothing was set on fire.

    No outrage. No drama, Life goes on even if you didn’t get what you wanted. Let’s hope that others can learn from this example.

    This illustrates the difference between Liberals and Conservatives better than anything I can think of.

  10. Cluster November 10, 2018 / 9:24 am

    Good article:

    Left-wing journalists attempt to gain notoriety through partisan questioning and have effectively killed journalism. Decades ago, the news was a place to gather facts and people were taught to think for themselves, creating their own opinions. Now, as society has fallen, individuals are no longer showed the value of critical thought. They watch a biased left-wing news station and listen to politicians who have talking points that further their political aspirations than believe their words are the truth.

  11. Retired Spook November 10, 2018 / 10:45 am

    This is the first really sober analysis of the Dems’ victory in the House that I’ve read.

    • jdge1 November 10, 2018 / 12:13 pm

      I read that this morning too. As much as it was a disappointment to see so many people blind to the detriment of the Liberals policies with the election results, there’s also the reality point out well in the article that the Dems will have many struggles with running the house a little to show for their effort. Still, I see them doing a LOT of bolstering with the backing of media. Here’s to hoping they stick their finger in their own eye.

      • Retired Spook November 10, 2018 / 1:12 pm

        Wouldn’t it be ironic if Nancy Pelosi turned out to be the voice of reason among House Democrats? Still, I’m not holding my breath. There’s just too much hate and rage on the Left, and it will only increase if they actually do attempt to further a Progressive agenda, and it gets shut down in the Senate.

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