If Hillary wins, she has quite the reconstruction project ahead with her own party

posted at 9:21 pm on October 15, 2015 by Matt Vespa

Given the reported chaos on Capitol Hill regarding the speakership, I guess liberals could pop open the champagne and gloat about how the governing party cannot pick a leader. Actually, that is a disconcerting aspect of this whole saga. Republicans have the most House seats since 1929, but are unable to pick a new speaker of the House. Nevertheless, a new speaker will be selected, and the business of the day will continue. Moreover, Republicans can take sober satisfaction knowing that the party is going to run the table concerning finding quality candidates for future elections. The simple fact is that the GOP cares about state and local races; Democrats do not–and it’s done major damage concerning pushing their progressive agenda. In all, Obama will leave his party in its worst shape at the state and local level since the Great Depression, as Jeff Greenfield wrote in Politico. Th​e position Democrats have found themselves in during the Obama era can only be described as horrific.

“It’s almost a crime…we have been absolutely decimated at the state and local level,” said Democratic Party Vice Chair Donna Brazile.

Here’s the sad, sad state of the Democratic Party:

Now turn to state legislatures—although if you’re a loyal Democrat, you may want to avert your eyes. In 2009, Democrats were in full control of 27 state legislatures; Republicans held full power in 14. Now? The GOP is in full control of 30 state legislatures; Democrats hold full power in just 11. In 24 states, Republicans control the governorship and both houses of the legislature—giving them total control over the political process. That increased power at the state level has already led to serious consequences for Democrats, for their political future and for their goals.

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“We are fooling ourselves,” says one well-placed Democratic operative, “if we think we can advance a progressive agenda in Washington, if half the Congress and half the states are controlled by a Republican Party enthusiastically working to undo every trace of progressive policy.”

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For longtime Democratic operative Joe Trippi, the problems began at the end of the 1980s, when Republicans, after decades in the minority, “put everything in their energy and funding towards solving their problems in winning the House of Representatives. And [in 1994] it worked. And they also recruited for state races—we didn’t. None of the Washington committees of the Democratic Party really gave a damn who was running for attorney general or secretary of state.”

 

The article also touched upon the fact that the current Democratic congressional leadership is very, very old–like the age where one takes up residence at the Home of the Merciful Rest retirement home.

Yet, I get it; state and local races aren’t the most exciting, or ones covered most by the press, though ironically–it’s the policies enacted at this level that have the most immediate impact on one’s personal finances. Nevertheless, it’s also at this level where congressional districts are drawn, which is why organizations, like the Republican State Leadership Committee, have a $125 million effort over the next several years to hold current Republican gains in the state legislatures, while also fighting to gain ground in the Democratic controlled Colorado House, Kentucky House, Washington House, Iowa Senate, Minnesota Senate, and New Mexico Senate.

The RSLC also has the Future Majority Project aimed at electing men and women from diverse communities (yes, liberal media Republicans values transcend race, religion, and ethnicity)–and the Right Women, Right Now project aimed at recruiting more women for state and local offices. For Right Women, Right Now, they’re aiming to recruit some 500 women candidates, and hope to see 150 elected into office. The FMP goal aims to find 250 candidates for elected office, and hope 50 see themselves sworn into their respective offices.

In Virginia’s state elections, the RSLC has devoted $100,000 to the Virginia House of Delegates races in their own backyard. The party already enjoys a supermajority in the Old Dominion. Nevertheless, Sang Yi running in the 37th District, Jason Miyares running in the 82nd District, Danny Vargas running in the 86th District, Chuong Nguyen running in the 87th District, and Lara Overy running in the 93rd District can all expect some cash coming their way. Former RNC chair, RSLC Chairman Emeritus, and future Virginia gubernatorial candidate Ed Gillespie said:

“The strength and diversity of Virginia’s Republican candidates this year is reflective of what we are seeing around the country, with outstanding Republican candidates who more closely reflect the electorate we seek to serve. These five delegate candidates are running on policies that will create more opportunities for their fellow Virginians. Their victories in November – combined with victories in the state senate – will go a long way in demonstrating that our Republican nominee for president will carry Virginia next year.

 

Concerning the state senate, it’s an entirely different story. The Republicans have a slim majority in that chamber. That’s why $250,000 is being spent on this defensive effort that ranks at the top of the RSLC’s list, with funds going to Glen Sturtevant, Senate District 10, Nancy Dye, Senate District 21, and Hal Parrish, Senate District 29.

The organization appears to have all the confidence with these three candidates, with RSLC president Matt Walter saying, “the quality of candidates Virginia Republicans have recruited for the senate this year cannot be overstated. By supporting these three exceptional candidates, we have a real chance to not only keep but expand the senate majority and add more commonsense, open and innovative conservatives to the Republican caucus in Richmond.”

Overall, the RSLC recently released their 15 in ’15 races to watch come November:

More on each candidate including bio, headshot and campaign website can be found here.

Jenean Hampton: Kentucky Lieutenant Governor Candidate

Julie Emerson: Louisiana House District 39 Candidate

Shane Aguirre: Mississippi House District 17 Candidate

Jenifer Branning: Mississippi Senate District 18 Candidate

Sang Yi: Virginia House District 37 Candidate

Anna Urman: Virginia House District 43 Candidate

Jason Miyares: Virginia House District 82 Candidate

Danny Vargas: Virginia House District 86 Candidate

Chuong Nguyen: Virginia House District 87 Candidate

Lara Overy: Virginia House District 93 Candidate

Amanda Chase: Virginia Senate District 11 Candidate

Siobhan Dunnavant: Virginia Senate District 12 Candidate

Nancy Dye: Virginia Senate District 21 Candidate

Teri Hickel: Washington House District 30B Candidate

Cindi Duchow: Wisconsin House District 99 Candidate

 

Republican supremacy at the state level has forced Democrats into a pickle regarding candidate recruitment for congressional races. There are a dozen competitive House seats next year, and in some cases, they can’t find anyone to run against the incumbent Republican. State races matter. Localities matter. As the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review’s Salena Zito wrote earlier this month, “22 of our 44 presidents came from state legislatures, including Thomas Jefferson, John Quincy Adams, Abraham Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt, Calvin Coolidge, Franklin Roosevelt and Jimmy Carter.”

Yet, it’s not like the Democrats aren’t doing anything. They know about how congressional maps are drawn and redrawn, which leads us to their $70 million Advantage 2020 project. Greenfield also hinted at Democratic maneuverings to retake the ground they lost to Republicans, with Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe and EMILY’s List starting a joint effort to get governors elected in states where that office has a say over the congressional maps. Donna Brazile and Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear have also launched a movement to get the Democratic grassroots re-energized for local elections. That might be a difficult feat given the bastions of power Republicans have built and maintained since the early 1990s.

So, it’s possible that Democrats could win in 2016 (lord help us!), but it might be their Little Bighorn if they can’t find anyone else who can succeed their aging leadership.


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If Hillary wins the nomination… she will get creamed in the general election the she is going to get creamed on at least 2 issues:

1. GUNS: Hillary goes left of “D- from the NRA” Sanders and proposes that gun makers be liable for all gun crimes, which would put gun manufacturers out of business and end gun sales in America, period. O’Reilly clearly explains that in the first minute of his Talking Points yesterday, excellent: http://video.foxnews.com/v/4558447811001/the-democratic-debate/?#sp=show-clips

With Obama, despite his “cling to their guns and Bibles” statement, there was a little bit of ambiguity as Obama maintained that he wasn’t going to “take away your guns.” NOT Hillary. A lot of Dems and Independents are gun owners and voted for Obama because of that ambiguity. But they won’t vote for Hillary. This will all but give the election to Trump.

2. IMMIGRATION: insane, and Trump is going to take Hillary down with this, as the country is no longer in the mood for playing around on the illegals issue. A preliminary taste of what’s to come from Trump:

Donald J. Trump @realDonaldTrump Oct 13
#DemDebate / Notice that illegal immigrants will be given ObamaCare and free college tuition but nothing has been mentioned about our VETERANS

Hillary will lose the general election. Root for her to get the Dem nomination.

anotherJoe on October 15, 2015 at 9:27 PM

Yeah, her face……

Indiana Jim on October 15, 2015 at 9:31 PM

All she has to do is buy everyone a copy of The Communist Manifesto

ShainS on October 15, 2015 at 9:36 PM

Um, the GOP and the Dems are on the same side.

In case you needed a reminder.

fossten on October 15, 2015 at 9:37 PM

“We are fooling ourselves,” says one well-placed Democratic operative, “if we think we can advance a progressive agenda in Washington, if half the Congress and half the states are controlled by a Republican Party enthusiastically working to undo every trace of progressive policy.”

…in Washington?…no problem…the Republicans are screwing the people back home!

JugEarsButtHurt on October 15, 2015 at 9:37 PM

The question is, will the MSM agree to sit four to eight years on the sidelines of American politics? They might, at some point, abandon all pretense to objectivity (and legality – will this DoJ prosecute them for millions in in-kind contributions, really?) and throw it in openly with the Democrat establishment, to cash in on their loyalty when victorious Democrats loot the Treasury and use the money to rebrand and reposition themselves. This scenario is tenfold more possible if Trump wins the Republican nomination, since Fox News cartel will likely not be on his side and earned media time will run dry quicker than he can say “yuge”. If it happens, the only recourse will, I fear, be the dreaded “Second Amendment solution”, which means Obama will remain in power until dragged out of the White House on a rope.

Rix on October 15, 2015 at 9:38 PM

Schadenfreude, if this doesn’t make you grin nothing can. Lolz!!! I left them a link to this. Just trying to be extra nice to all of the Hillary cultists at NPR.

Bmore on October 15, 2015 at 9:43 PM

How hard is it to reconstruct the Reichstag fire? That’s all she has to do, then it’s Clinton II, Clinton III etc.

Who is John Galt on October 15, 2015 at 9:44 PM

The question is, will the MSM agree to sit four to eight years on the sidelines of American politics? They might, at some point, abandon all pretense to objectivity (and legality – will this DoJ prosecute them for millions in in-kind contributions, really?) and throw it in openly with the Democrat establishment, to cash in on their loyalty when victorious Democrats loot the Treasury and use the money to rebrand and reposition themselves. This scenario is tenfold more possible if Trump wins the Republican nomination, since Fox News cartel will likely not be on his side and earned media time will run dry quicker than he can say “yuge”. If it happens, the only recourse will, I fear, be the dreaded “Second Amendment solution”, which means Obama will remain in power until dragged out of the White House on a rope.

Rix on October 15, 2015 at 9:38 PM

And at that point Trump can go Keyser Soze on the Dems and the media, and start a blizzard of rescinding XOs and gutting ABC departments and play the lame duck game. Trump don’t play that kind of bullshit.

fossten on October 15, 2015 at 9:47 PM

Start by overthrowing ‘Maverick’ McCain in the Republican primary in AZ.
Support either Kelli Ward, or someone else a few hundred years younger than Senator Cranky Appleton.

orangemtl on October 15, 2015 at 9:47 PM

This Ms Clinton lies, her former boss Obama lies.

The lies of these two and the lies of the commie Democrats pale to the worlds largest most evil lie.

Climate Change

This blog in fact all blogs and every last thinking American must step up and call out this Climate Change fraud for what it is.

Nothing but a tax and spend corrupt cult of false data and Hockey Stick fudged data.

This talk/statement in words by Patrick Moore former Greenpeace person must be seen by all and discussed in depth.

http//:www.wattsupwiththat.com/

History will know those who stood up and those who hid in the shadows.

A time of choosing .

APACHEWHOKNOWS on October 15, 2015 at 9:48 PM

Hillary will lose the general election. Root for her to get the Dem nomination.

anotherJoe on October 15, 2015 at 9:27 PM

dayuum…after watching the wretched debate with the witches and sissy beyotches the other night, I’ll put a post it note “stick here Jeb/Marco” just to keep the dems away and give some breathing room to figure out plan B,C, and D.

arnold ziffel on October 15, 2015 at 9:51 PM

MeanWhile,Lootery numbers area still roll’n in:

2016 US elections
1h
Hillary Clinton raised $29.45 million in Quarter 3; has 33 million on hand – @politico
Read more on politico.com
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Hillary Clinton has whopping $33 million in cash

The Democratic front-runner is posting bigger fundraising numbers than any White House contender.

By Gabriel Debenedetti

10/15/15 08:23 PM EDT
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Hillary Clinton’s campaign brought in $29.45 million in the third quarter, spending $25.8 million in the process — both totals that eclipse any other candidate in the race for the second straight quarter.

The campaign raised roughly $28.8 million in primary money and accepted around $691,000 in general election funds, ending the quarter with roughly $33 million cash on hand — another mark higher than any of her rivals.
(More….)
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http://www.politico.com/story/2015/10/hillary-clinton-fec-fundraising-33-million-214861

canopfor on October 15, 2015 at 9:54 PM

Lolz!!! This young Man has given me reason for two laughs today. Gotta love that!

Bmore on October 15, 2015 at 9:56 PM

And at that point Trump can go Keyser Soze on the Dems and the media, and start a blizzard of rescinding XOs and gutting ABC departments and play the lame duck game. Trump don’t play that kind of bullshit.

fossten on October 15, 2015 at 9:47 PM

For that, Trump has to win. I’m talking about a scenario when the Dems really go off the hinge in order to win, operating under assumption that the victory will write off all sins and the defeat will be too painful to contemplate anyway. You wouldn’t put such a possibility past ol’ Hitlary, wouldn’t you?

Rix on October 15, 2015 at 10:00 PM

Th​e position Democrats have found themselves in during the Obama era can only be described as horrific.

“It’s almost a crime…we have been absolutely decimated at the state and local level,” said Democratic Party Vice Chair Donna Brazile.

Here’s the sad, sad state of the Democratic Party:
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THE DNC has been hijacked by Communist/Progressives/Socialists,
and the Party of Liberal Democrats are no more!!!

The current DNC is Extreme Far Left Loons!!

Until they return to the “Kennedy” type political party,
they will,………….DESTROY THERE/THEIR OWN PARTY!!

canopfor on October 15, 2015 at 10:01 PM

Stopping the progressive, i.e, Marxist agenda is what I want. And no compromise with them.

rbj on October 15, 2015 at 10:01 PM

Hillary Clinton has whopping $33 million in cash

http://www.politico.com/story/2015/10/hillary-clinton-fec-fundraising-33-million-214861

canopfor on October 15, 2015 at 9:54 PM

Case in point. She’s been accepting foreign “contributions” for the Foundation, an act so brazen that would see pretty much anyone else – possibly, Obama himself including – wearing orange. Now, these “contributions” will be whitewashed through third party funds to end up as campaign money.

Rix on October 15, 2015 at 10:03 PM

“It’s almost a crime…we have been absolutely decimated at the state and local level,” said Democratic Party Vice Chair Donna Brazile.

.
Hmmmmmm…… passive voice. I wonder why.

ExpressoBold on October 15, 2015 at 10:03 PM

Lolz!!! This young Man has given me reason for two laughs today. Gotta love that!

Bmore on October 15, 2015 at 9:56 PM

Bmore: Yes,……lol.
Good gawd, the Cult of Personality striketh agains:)

canopfor on October 15, 2015 at 10:05 PM

… controlled by a Republican Party enthusiastically working to undo every trace of progressive policy.”

Huh? What?

Cleombrotus on October 15, 2015 at 10:05 PM

canopfor on October 15, 2015 at 9:54 PM

Case in point. She’s been accepting foreign “contributions” for the Foundation, an act so brazen that would see pretty much anyone else – possibly, Obama himself including – wearing orange. Now, these “contributions” will be whitewashed through third party funds to end up as campaign money.

Rix on October 15, 2015 at 10:03 PM

Rix: Could be, and heres Trump:)
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campaign finance
2h
GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump’s campaign says it raised $3.9 million in 3rd quarter; Trump made $100,000 contribution – statement
End of alert
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Carrie Levine Retweeted
Dave Levinthal [email protected] 9m9 minutes ago

Trump, mid-June: “I don’t need anybody’s money. It’s nice. I don’t need anybody’s money. I’m using my own money … I’m not using donors.”

canopfor on October 15, 2015 at 10:07 PM

Lolz!!! This young Man has given me reason for two laughs today. Gotta love that!

Bmore on October 15, 2015 at 9:56 PM

Bmore: Its getting around,….with Hillary next to it:)

https://twitter.com/rubycramer

Ruby Cramer Retweeted
Dan Merica [email protected] 2h2 hours ago

A woman at Hillary Clinton’s TX rally had Clinton’s image shaved into the back of her head. How, I don’t know.
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https://twitter.com/danmericaCNN/status/654815246121435136/photo/1

canopfor on October 15, 2015 at 10:16 PM

Um, the GOP and the Dems are on the same side.

In case you needed a reminder.

fossten on October 15, 2015 at 9:37 PM

Exactly. Repubs have to start playing hardball like dems. Dems govern by telling the GOPe to pound sand. Repubs govern by trying to get along with dems.

Old eagle on October 15, 2015 at 11:01 PM

Exactly. Repubs have to start playing hardball like dems. Dems govern by telling the GOPe to pound sand. Repubs govern by trying to get along with dems.

Old eagle on October 15, 2015 at 11:01 PM

No sir, repubs govern by saying “could you pee in the sand first?”

arnold ziffel on October 15, 2015 at 11:21 PM

The GOP has a woman candidate named Overy?!?
AWESOME! “Hands off our Overy!”

Kenz on October 15, 2015 at 11:25 PM

Instead of spending a measly $850B to rebuild the Dem Party as did Precious (ARRA), she’ll take Krugman’s advice and spend at least $2T on her version.

Another Drew on October 16, 2015 at 12:14 AM

Despite an overwhelming political consensus that former first lady Hillary Clinton won Tuesday night’s Democratic primary debate, focus groups of Democratic voters say they were most impressed with Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders.
The focus group conducted by Republican pollster Frank Luntz, as well as those focus groups conducted by CNN and Fusion, all say they favored Sanders.
During a brief Fox News segment, Luntz began by asking who was supporting the former secretary of state at the start of the debate.
About half of the participants raised their hands in response to his question.
Luntz then asked them who was still supporting Clinton after the debate and only a few said they were.
Surprisingly, the majority of the group said that Sanders won the debate.

Daily Mail

Not really scientific, but perhaps illustrative of Cankles weakness as a candidate.

bobthm3 on October 16, 2015 at 6:37 AM

the majority of the group said that Sanders won the debate.

perhaps illustrative of Cankles weakness as a candidate.

bobthm3 on October 16, 2015 at 6:37 AM

Actually, sign that Democrat public education policy is working.

Younggod on October 16, 2015 at 8:01 AM

The Dems’ solution to their weakness in the House and local races is, of course, illegal migrants. Once enough illegals are amnestied and registered to vote across the country, it’s “all progressives, all the time” at every level of elected office. Keep in mind you’re dealing with people accustomed to one-party ballots and “monitored” voting; tell them to “vote Dem or else”, they will.

As for their leadership, like every dictatorship in history, they are determined to protect their present Fearless Leaders- or more accurately, those Fearless Leaders are determined to protect themselves. Up and comers are seen as Young Turks challenging the Rightful Leaders, pretenders to the throne rather than successors.

As such, the only way new blood will get into the center seats in the Democrat party will be if the Hillary! generation dies of old age before they can off their juniors. It’s less The Sopranos than The Godfather, Part II– over and over again.

But ultimately, it’s still the Mafia. Crossed with the Bolsheviks.

clear ether

eon

eon on October 16, 2015 at 8:42 AM

And yet Democrat-Lite… er, Republicans cannot seem to get their act together on the National level.

Ukiah on October 16, 2015 at 8:54 AM

If queen Hillary gets elected president it would mean that most of America is hopelessly corrupt and/or stupid. I don’t believe we are there yet: democrats haven’t yet change the demographics enough and destroyed education enough. America IMO has a little time still, but your grandchildren are probably screwed.

Chessplayer on October 16, 2015 at 9:47 AM

Nothing will get done on this front if Hillary is elected. She is not a real leader. She does not deal in this level of detail. It all has nothing to do with the fantasy tape running in her head, so it is not something she will deal with. What happens to other people is of no concern of hers.

bartbeast on October 16, 2015 at 3:25 PM