- Democrats’ abortion purge
- Impeachment fever
- Club comes for Tillis
Abortion purge: We’ve heard endlessly about the new abortion laws in Georgia and Alabama. But whatever your thoughts on their merits, these are a direct reaction to the nine-months abortion laws that Democrats have moved in states like New York (where it passed), and Rhode Island and Virginia (where it did not).
Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairwoman Cheri Bustos, a congresswoman from Illinois, had been scheduled to attend a fundraiser for Rep. Dan Lipinski, D-Ill.. Lipinski, probably the last truly pro-life Democrat in the U.S. House, faced another primary challenge from 2018 opponent Marie Newman, who used the occasion of that fundraiser to raise money herself through emails to leftist grassroots fundraising lists.
But there is no room left in the Democratic Party for anyone who doesn’t support taxpayer-funded abortion on demand through nine months of pregnancy. This is evidenced by the fact that Bustos chickened out of showing up to support Lipinski at his fundraiser after leftists criticized her for helping him.
Her announcement of her cancellation ironically praised the “big tent Democratic caucus.” Yet she offered no clear reason, aside from his pro-life stance, that “I must cancel my participation in this event.”
This should send a message to everyone in America who opposes abortion, or even who holds the majority positions that it should not be funded by taxpayers and that it should not be lawful in the third trimester. Unlimited and unregulated abortion has become the Democratic Party’s true defining issue. Long believed by the socialist Left to be a necessary condition for the liberation of women, unrestricted abortion on demand is now a must-believe for any Democrat running for office, and it will apparently be enforced not only by leftist donors, but also by the officers running the Democratic Party’s apparatus, even as they pay lip service to their party’s “big tent.”
This is just one further illustration of the Democrats’ growing extremism, which played such a huge role in making Donald Trump president in an election he was fully expected to lose. It isn’t just abortion, of course — there’s also the silly “woke” political correctness in a number of other areas, including, for example, online censorship of opposing views and the full-scale embrace of transgender ideology even where it directly abets child abuse.
But abortion takes priority over other issues. Currently, national abortion franchise Planned Parenthood is spending money on political ads in a number of states where it may not be especially advantageous, including Georgia and Kentucky, where a governor’s race is currently on. The incumbent Republican governor of Kentucky, Matt Bevin, is currently running an ad attacking his Democratic opponent, Andy Beshear, for the support that the abortion organization is giving him.
Impeachment: Democrats are increasingly interested in impeaching President Trump. That’s not just the impression you get from radicals like Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., but also from Rep. Justin Amash, R-Mich. who is so far the only Republican to stake out such a position. It is a far-flung position, too. After the “no collusion” finding in the Mueller Report, the idea of impeachment is rather crazy. The libertarian-leaning Amash, never a fan of Trump, has consequently found himself cut off from the support of the DeVos family (a big deal in Michigan Republican circles), and he’s also newly vulnerable to a GOP establishment that has been trying to oust him for a few cycles already.
Aside from Amash, there’s no evidence that any Republicans will be supporting an impeachment push. Moreover, it still appears that Democrats in leadership will not allow a futile impeachment push (doomed in the Senate) to go anywhere, although it’s possible that they will succumb to overwhelming pressure from leftists sent over the edge by Trump’s presidency.
Alabama: Already, Republicans are lining up to run for Senate against Democratic Sen. Doug Jones. Rep. Bradley Byrne, R, is viewed as an establishment conservative candidate, and Republicans worry that 2017 loser Roy Moore, R, will get in and cost them the seat again. Meanwhile, however, state Rep. Arnold Mooney, R, has received the endorsement of libertarian/constitutionalist Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah.
North Carolina: Sen. Thom Tillis, R, is already facing a primary challenge from investor Garland Tucker, R, but the Club for Growth is trying to induce Rep. Mark Walker, R, to jump into the race as well. As with many others this cycle (although not others challenging GOP incumbents), they took a poll designed to encourage him. The poll showed Tillis with a low approval rating (45 percent) among Republican voters, thanks to his reluctance to support Trump’s national emergency declaration earlier this year.
The Club for Growth has generally avoided endorsing challengers to GOP incumbents since 2014, and so this is new.
Meanwhile, NRSC officials have intimidated pollster John McLaughlin into cutting ties with Tucker’s campaign.
Wyoming: Sen. Mike Enzi, R, recently announced his retirement. The first Republican to get in publicly in the race is conservative mega-donor Foster Friess, who ran unsuccessfully in the gubernatorial primary in 2018.