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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Trump recruiting for the Senate

Bummed by being handicapped politically by a narrow 51-49 advantage in the Senate, President Trump is recruiting blue chip Republicans to run

No more Roy Moores.

And that means Trump is willing to back a RINO or two in the primaries. Winning matters. Ideological purity is for losers.

Ask Bill Kristol how that works.

"Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN) is 'listening closely' to people who are encouraging him to reconsider his decision to retire from the Senate, according to an aide," the Daily Beast reported.

The aide, Micah Johnson, told the Daily Beast, "In recent days, people across Tennessee have reached out to Senator Corker with concerns about the outcome of this election because they believe it could determine control of the Senate and the future of our agenda. The senator has been encouraged to reconsider his decision and is listening closely."

Corker was a tough critic of Trump until the Fake News media turned on him after his tax cut vote. He got to walk a mile in Trump's shoes,

Republican Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn is seeking the seat, which complicates matters.

Her spokeswoman did her no good when she told the Daily Beast, "Anyone who thinks Marsha Blackburn can't win a general election is just a plain sexist pig."

Meanwhile, in North Dakota (a Trump state), Republican Congressman Kevin Cramer may enter the Senate race after all. Trump needs him to defeat incumbent Democrat Heidi Heitkamp.

"Cramer, the state's lone House member and a close ally of President Donald Trump, has long been considered the blue-chip recruit for Republican. He announced in January that he wouldn't challenge Heitkamp, but White House officials, party leaders and Cramer's home-state supporters continued to pressure him to jump in," MSN reported.

Republicans want the lone Republican in the race to seek Cramer's seat in the House instead.

Trump is not a salesman, not a politician. He is hustling candidates to run for the Senate.

In West Virginia where I live, recruiting a viable candidate to try to knock off Joe Manchin is not a problem.

Attorney General Patrick Morrisey, Congressman Evan Jenkins, and coal magnate Don Blankenship want the Republican nomination. I will support any of them, but Morrisey is the giant killer, knocking off a five-term Democratic incumbent in his first run for office.

We will see how this plays out, but Trump is engaged.

He got his nose bloodied in Alabama. Lesson learned.


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  1. "Winning matters. Ideological purity is for losers."

    Amen, Brother Surber!

    1. What Don and Dennis said goes for me, too.

    2. "Ideological purity is for losers." Trump and Surber would know. "Conservatism" is no where to be found in D.C.

    3. The Whiny Libertarian speaks.

      Trump is doing more for the country than every Libertarian ever elected. And he's even paying down the debt. That's what happens when the money comes rolling in.

  2. There is a new GOP Manchin ad - "Joe Voted No"

    1. You've seen it, IQ? Pretty awesome, right? Just keep hammering on that all way to November. Status Quo Joe won't stand a chance.

  3. Don, I'll believe he's learned his lesson if none of them are endorsed by Vichy Mitchy.

  4. Let's face it: the RNC will not necessarily send money to any of these candidates. The RINO establishment will not want Trump to succeed. And there is no guarantee Bob Corker will not revert to his East Tennessee RINO roots after he's re-elected, if he is. What good is having 60+ votes in the Senate if the Senators who are nominally on the President's side can't be counted on to vote for what he (and the people who support him) want? Call me cynical, but I am also a realist. Herding cats is a cinch. If we can't get a better leadership in the Senate, what good will those votes do us? -- BJ54

    1. But this time, Trump will own them, not Tom Donahue.

    2. Oh, you think he'll fatten their bank accounts?

  5. I don’t have a clue why corker would do better than Blackburn except that Blackburn has not been a statewide candidate before, unless the local media hates her.

  6. They will all be Roy Moores.
    The Democrats and the MSM will see to that.
    All the tools of the trade will be rolled out.
    Fake Republicans, dossiers, confected court cases, wronged women with oddly inflated bank accounts, innuendo, beat ups, fake news inadequately retracted (if at all) and lies. Lots and lots of lies.
    Alabama showed that character assassination works to keep GOP voters at home.
    Therefore we are about to see industrialized character assassination of the likes never seen before.

    1. Not with ~465 races going. When it's one or two the media can pull that stuff.

      Countrywide, it's much more diffuse.

      Of course, if they want to go after Trump, we know how that will turn out.

    2. The Dems only have to flip the Senate. That's just 8 seats if you count only the GOP senators, 3 of which are retiring.

  7. This demonstrates two things.

    One is that Trump has taken control of the party.

    The other is that he has no interest in seeing "maverick" style republicans in the legislature slowing down his agenda. He wants people who will march lock step with the party, and himself.

  8. My, my, my, the Bluebirds of Despair are out tonight.

    The same people who said Trump would get nothing done, the Swamp would win, Mueller would have his head on a pole, we'd be bogged down in wherever.

    They refuse to learn.

    1. Fo sho, Ed. Come on, people. Have a little faith!

  9. Be interesting to see who the Pres throws his name behind in Indiana to unseat Donnelly.

  10. Moore was not a bad candidate. he was hated by McConnell and the rest of the Vichy GOP and they worked to deep six him. The Vichy GOP wanted Strange, but AL didn't. McConnell can mock Bannon all he likes, but the Al loss rests solely at his feet.

    Trump needs to get Arpaio to stand down in AZ as well. Arpaio is not a good candidate as I don't see him winning state wide. All he will do is kill the chance of the other conservative.

    I hope Trump succeeds in his effort to recruit for the Senate. Getting others in that recognize what McConnell and Cornyn represent, and refuse to put them back in leadership is badly needed.

  11. I thought Moore was absolute shit. He still could have won that if he and his wife would have just shut their mouths for the last three weeks of the election. And I agree about Arpaio; I don't think he's electable either.