Dems continue to use Hillary – and GOP needs to enlist Jordan
Friday, May 25, 2018
Chad Groening (OneNewsNow.com)
With less than six months before the midterms, a conservative political scientist says if Democrats are having to rely on robocalls from Hillary Clinton to win primaries, they're in big trouble.
Coming out of Tuesday's primaries, it's evident that the far-left wing of the Democratic Party is getting stronger and stronger with its radical candidates overwhelmingly beating more moderate primary opponents. While four socialists (running as Democrats) won state-level primaries in Pennsylvania this week, two gubernatorial primaries further illustrate this trend. In Texas, for example, open lesbian Lupe Valdez will be the Democratic challenger to incumbent Republican Governor Greg Abbott. And in Georgia, staunch leftist Stacey Abrams hopes to become the first black female governor of the state after overwhelmingly beating a moderate in the primary.
Dr. Charles Dunn, professor emeritus of government at Clemson University, says the party's use of a twice-defeated presidential candidate could mean tough times ahead.
"If the Democrats have to rely on a robocall from Hillary Clinton in Georgia to put a black female candidate for governor over the top, they are in big trouble," he tells OneNewsNow. "Some people never learn. Hillary Clinton is a has-been – she's washed out, she faces legal difficulties. And right now it looks like Democrats have not learned that they have to turn to new faces with good ideas."
And if the Democrats' forward-looking ideas are repealing the tax cuts and impeaching the president, Dunn says they're "out of sync with the American people."
Such tactics by the Democrats, he adds, are making him more optimistic about the chances of the Republicans holding on to control of House of Representatives this fall.
And to keep control of the House?
While conservative political pundit Richard Viguerie isn't nearly as optimistic as Dunn, he suggests that an early departure by House Speaker Paul Ryan could possibly help Republicans hold on to the House majority.
Ryan, whose term expires in January, announced in mid-April he will not seek re-election. Politico is reporting that top House Republicans now are privately questioning whether the Wisconsin lawmaker can make it through Election Day. The doubts have been fueled by a series of high-profile embarrassments for the GOP leader, including the recent collapse of the farm bill and his apparent inability to stop an effort by Republican moderates and Democrats to pass an amnesty bill.
Two of the names commonly mentioned as replacements for Ryan are House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California and Ohio Congressman Jim Jordan (pictured above), a leading member of the House Freedom Caucus – although Jordan has not officially announced he is running for the post.
Now there are calls for Ryan to resign early in order to help Republicans in the fall midterm elections. Richard Viguerie, a conservative activist and chairman of ConservativeHQ, says "you could make an argument either way if the election were held soon ... that Kevin McCarthy would have the advantage" of replacing Ryan.
But according to Viguerie, that could discourage grassroots conservatives from voting in the midterms. He offers a solution:
"... If they knew that if the Republicans maintained control of the House that Jim Jordan would be the speaker, then that could motivate them to turn out," he shares. "So an argument is to be made on either side of this whether Paul Ryan should resign now or later."
ConservativeHQ has posted an open letter to Jordan, urging him to declare himself a candidate for the speaker's position.
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