Beware: The Trojan Horse Elise Stefanik looking to replace Liz Cheney in GOP leadership

 

Just who in the world is Elise Stefanik? We hear the drumbeat…..Liz Cheney must go…. and now the plan is hatched for her replacement. We keep being told and hearing that she is a favorite of the Tea Party? Really? Which Tea Party? Other than a few hearings where Stefanik supposedly made her bones we know zero about her. I wasn’t overwhelmed. The young new face. Is that what we want in a top leadership position? A Paul Ryan creation? How does one become, in her words, “a big tent conservative?” So let’s take a look. Her voting record turns out to be a whole lot like her “big tent” idea and not so conservative. She hasn’t been in Congress long so this won’t take much time. What caught my eye was her voting record.

 

File:Elise Stefanik, 115th official photo.jpg - Wikimedia Commons

Elise Stefanik

 

Elise Stefanik, GOP conference chair favorite, voted with Trump less than Liz Cheney

 

Rep. Elise Stefanik, the favorite to replace Rep. Liz Cheney as the House GOP conference chair, voted with former President Donald Trump less than Cheney and has lower voting scores from top conservative organizations. 

According to a tool on the FiveThirtyEight website on “Tracking Congress In The Age Of Trump,” Cheney, R-Wyo., voted with Trump 92.9% of the time compared to 77.7% for Stefanik, R-N.Y.

The conservative group Heritage Action, meanwhile, gave Cheney a 91% score compared to just 56% for Stefanik during the most recent Congress. And the American Conservative Union, which hosted the extraordinarily pro-Trump Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) earlier this year, gives Cheney a 78% rating compared to just 44% for Stefanik. 

 

First a look when she was first running for Congress May 20, 2014, NY21: Is Elise Stefanik a fresh new voice or a carpetbagger?

Republicans Matt Doheny and Elise Stefanik have been locked in an expensive and sometimes bitter matchup that’s involved accusations of carpetbagging and dishonesty.

Martha Foley’s conversation about Elise Stefanik’s life story, her background, and her political ideas (read more about Stefanik’s political writing here.)

In the years since, Stefanik, now just 29, has worked hard to advance the policies and ideas of other Republican politicians, serving most notably under George W. Bush and Paul Ryan.

But there’s no evidence in the essays readily available online that she was particularly ideological, though she’s now favored by many Tea Party and Conservative activists. When former Democratic Governor Jeanne Shaheen, now the U.S. Senator from New Hampshire, was named to head the Institute of Politics, Stefanik praised the choice. “I think it’s very helpful to attract new women to leadership positions if you have a female director,” Stefanik told a Crimson reporter.

Stefanik also co-authored an essay with Shaheen urging college students, men as well as women, to become more engaged in politics following the Hurricane Katrina disaster. The essay raised pointed questions about the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in 2000, which “decided the outcome of a presidential race”

Stefanik moved to her parents’ seasonal home in Willsboro after leaving Paul Ryan’s 2012 vice presidential campaign. In the months since, she has described herself as a “big tent” conservative, with a center-right political brand. That may do well in the moderate North Country. Democrats and some Conservatives have tried to paint her as more ideological, more of a true “movement” or “tea party” candidate.

But as Stefanik continues to find her own voice on the campaign trail, these writings seem to hint at more centrist, moderate and even bipartisan instincts.

Stefanik is 29 years old, single with no kids. She’s a Harvard graduate and until last year, she spent much of her time in Washington, D.C., where she still owns a part-share in a home. 

Her main argument in the campaign so far has been that she’s a really new voice, a younger candidate with fresh ideas, that’s a notion she’s played up in her campaign advertisements.

Why has the GOP supported her so strongly in this race, over Matt Doheny? I mean, she’s a newcomer, he’s been around for years.

A conservative campaign for a bipartisan candidate?

One thing that’s interesting about Stefanik is that over the years she’s shown a much stronger bipartisan streak than you often see in modern Republican politics.  Stefanik even co-wrote an article with Shaheen.

Her Street cred:

Washington Post

Trump and many of his allies have rallied around Stefanik to succeed Cheney as chair of the House GOP Conference after the Wyoming Republican made clear she would continue to publicly challenge Trump’s false claims about the election and place blame on him for the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol by his supporters.

Appearing on Bannon’s show less than a week before Republicans are expected to vote Cheney out, Stefanik sought to cement her place in leadership by giving credence to unfounded theories about election fraud, including in Arizona.

I picked out some of the times she opposed Trump with her votes. 

A great place to check out your Congressman or Woman.

Tracking Congress In The Age Of Trump

An updating tally of how often every member of the House and the Senate votes with or against the president.

Check our her record at FiveThirtyEight.

Favors Import-Export Bank

Opposed Trump removing the troops from Syria

Voted to overturn Trumps emergency declaration of Border wall fencing

Voted to ban drilling in the Eastern Gulf of Mexico

Voted to block Trump from exiting the Paris Climate Change agreement

Voted to condemn Trump from calling on courts to invalidate Obamacare – Affordable Care Act

Voted yes toOverriding President Trump’s veto of a bill that overturned his emergency declaration for border wall funding (248-181)

Voted yes Overturning President Trump’s emergency declaration for border wall funding (245-182)

Voted yes Funding the Department of Homeland Security through Feb. 28, without money for a border wall (231-180)

Vote yes Disapproving of the Trump administration’s plan to lift sanctions on three Russian companies (362-53)

voted no Making permanent the individual tax reductions passed in 2017 (220-191)

Voted no Limiting the ability of officials to search and read private messages collected incidentally as part of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (183-233)

Voted no Overhauling the tax code (final version) (224-201)

Voted no Delaying implementation of ozone standards (229-199)

Voted no Repeal of an FCC rule barring internet providers from sharing data on customers’ activities (215-205)

Voted no Repeal of a rule requiring energy companies to reduce waste and emissions (221-191)

 

That is the best of the swamp today.

 

 

RNC will not back Trump if he runs again in 2024 primary

 

Nope. In an apparent rush to make sure that a new political party is born, our gal Ronna, the chair of the RNC says not going to do it. Will stay neutral. Oh, but by the way, she sure wants Trump to help us in 2022 getting back the House. Who knows, maybe even the Senate.

Of course, its all about the bucks. Rona is afraid the big fat PAC monies won’t find their way into the GOP coffers. You know, we need more RINO’s.

A granddaughter of Michigan Governor and businessman George W. Romney and niece of U.S. Senator Mitt Romney, as RNC Chair, she has been known for her prolific fundraising. It is said she is a major supporter of Trump.

The past four years under Rona’s stewardship we have lost the House, Senate and the Presidency. Trump picked her it is said, and she was re-elected in January. Sure, the RNC is suppose to stay neutral, but why not remain mute until the dust settles while Trump is under major attack with the upcoming impeachment??? Why agitate all those red MAGA hat wearers?

 

 

The Republican National Committee (RNC) will not back former President Trump if he chooses to run for office again in 2024 and will instead remain neutral, RNC chair Ronna McDaniel indicated in a Wednesday interview with the Associated Press.

“The party has to stay neutral. I’m not telling anybody to run or not to run in 2024,” McDaniel said, walking the fine line as polls continue to indicate that a sizeable portion of the GOP base continues to back and support the former president.

“That’s going to be up to those candidates going forward. What I really do want to see him do, though, is help us win back majorities in 2022,” she told the outlet.

Jason Miller, 2020 senior adviser to the Trump campaign, stated that Trump is committed to that goal.

He said Trump “made clear his goal is to win back the House and Senate for Republicans in 2022” despite rumors of the former president planning to forge a party outside of the Republican Party.

“There’s nothing that’s actively being planned regarding an effort outside of that,” he added.

This is the best of the swamp today..

Encore time for President Donald Trump! Vote Vote Vote!

 

This is why we are great again! Vote, Vote, Vote.. This is the big day. Let’s have an encore with a big night tonight counting all of those Red Votes. Pass the video along. A reminder of just who Trump is and what he stands for.

 

Remember this one? Let’s give the special snowflakes an encore.

Eleven States have formed compact to pool electoral votes to country’s popular votes

 

You hear the drumbeat….Hillary Clinton blamed the electoral college among many things for her loss. Now she and others such as Cortex are out on the same old trail. Do away with the electoral college.

What I am here to tell you is that we are well underway of doing away with the electoral college with not so much as amending the Constitution. How? Let me give you a way back post.

Forget the 12th Amendment which demands the Electoral College. Instead form an interstate compact:

Additionally, the framers of the Constitution were attempting to prevent too much power from being directly put into the hands of the public. They were consistently wary of any one party having too much power, and there was no difference between a tyranny of one individual and a tyranny of the majority, in their opinion. The Electoral College system was designed so as to nullify some of the potential for the tyranny of the majority by making population less important in the whole of the Electoral College process. Keep Reading

Now the new wrinkle. Give the State’s electoral votes to the Presidential candidate who wins the country’s popular vote thus insuring the demise of the electoral college and overriding the Constitution.

The Connecticut state Senate on Saturday voted in favor of a measure to give the state’s electoral votes to the presidential candidate who wins the popular vote.

The move puts the state in a position to become the 11th, in addition to Washington, D.C., to join an interstate compact to pool their electoral college votes for the candidate who wins the popular vote.

The state Senate voted 21-14 in favor of the bill, with the support of three GOP lawmakers, The Guardian reported. The measure passed the state House on a 77-73 vote last month. Democratic Gov. Dannel Malloy is expected to sign the legislation, according to the report.

With the addition of Connecticut’s seven electoral votes, the compact would have 172 in total. For the compact to go into effect nationally, it would need 270 electoral votes – the number needed for a candidate to win the presidency. More at The Hill

A new map courtesy of the Cook Political Report 

Easy to see how a few States with major Democrat numbers could rule Fly-Over country.

 

 

 

No need to change the constitution. Sounds to me that it’s time to take this action to court and have it adjudicated.

Democrat candidate Cortez calls the system a ‘shadow of slavery’s power’ after the confirmation of Justice Brett Kavanaugh. Dinesh D’Souza reacts on ‘Fox & Friends.’

 

 

Hint: We are a constitutional republic, not a democratic republic.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a Democratic socialist hoping to represent New York’s 14th Congressional District, declared over the weekend that the Electoral College is a racist American relic that must be abolished.

“It is well past time we eliminate the Electoral College, a shadow of slavery’s power on America today that undermines our nation as a democratic republic,” the 28-year-old Boston University graduate tweeted to her 881,000 followers Saturday afternoon.

H/T: Washington Times

Bonus:

Here is a fun interactive map link that shows how America has voted in every election since 1824. Slide the arrow between years for all results: Presidential election results

From an earlier B-ville post:

 

Net change in voter registration in key states since 2016

 

Feel good story of the day. Enjoy. For more details check out Big League Politics

DATA: Blue States Getting Redder and Red States Getting Redder

And the biggie:
*PA Rs net +109,101 Pennsylvania’s shocking march away from the Democrats is breathtaking: Democrats were down another 22,000 since last month and Republicans are surging. Once again, Pennsylvania’s numbers likely speak to Michigan. (Oct 2017)

And, a reminder that in my last report, NH was R net +6,511 and ME was R net +1,201.

GOP could have Stopped Supremes Kagan and Sotomayor with a filibuster but did not

Looks like the GOP as usual stepped up to the Democrats plate both with Kagan and Sotomayor. No filibuster threatened, and better yet, we gave them the number to push it over the top. 60 votes are required to stop a filibuster. We had the numbers. With Kagan five GOPers sent it over the top, with Sotomayor the number was nine. They didn’t insist for another candidate. So who says fair is fair.

Kagan Confirmed Supreme Court – Vote Count tally Breakdown 63-37  July20, 2010

56 of the 57 Senate Democrats voted to confirm Kagan. The only Democrat who rejected the confirmation was Ben Nelson (D-NE). Both of the Senate independents, Joe Lieberman (ID-CT) and Bernie Sanders (I-VT), voted to confirm Kagan. Additionally, five Senate Republicans broke party lines and voted to confirm Kagan; these were Richard Lugar (R-IN), Susan Collins (R-ME), Olympia Snowe (R-ME), Judd Gregg (R-NH), and Lindsey Graham (R-SC). Final count: 63-37. Five Republicans and one Democrat defected.

How Republican Senators Voted on Sotomayor – Interactive Graphic …

How Republican Senators Voted on Sotomayor. An interactive breakdown can be found at the New York Times August 6, 2009.

Judge Sonia Sotomayor was confirmed by the Senate in a 68-to-31 vote on her nomination to the Supreme Court. All Democrats and independents present voted yes (Senator Edward M. Kennedy, who has been battling cancer, was not present for the vote). They were joined by 9 of the 40, or 23 percent of the Republicans in the Senate. This is less than the proportion of Democrats and independents that voted for John G. Roberts Jr. — half of Democrats and independents supported his nomination to Chief Justice of the Supreme Court in 2005. But it is more than the proportion that voted for Samuel Alito in 2006 — just 9 percent of Democrats and independents supported his nomination to the Supreme Court. Below are details on how Republicans voted on Judge Sotomayor.
HOW THE SENATOR VOTED STATE MARGIN OF VICTORY
WHEN LAST ELECTED
STATE’S WINNER IN 2008
PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION
PUBLIC STATEMENT
ABOUT THE NOMINATION
YES Susan Collins Me. +23% OBAMA +17% “I know that I will not agree with MORE»
YES Olympia J. Snowe Me. +53% OBAMA +17% “I was impressed with Judge MORE»
YES Judd Gregg N.H. +33% OBAMA +10% “Although Judge Sotomayor and I MORE»
YES George V. Voinovich Ohio +28% OBAMA +4% “In particular, the one comment MORE»
YES Mel Martinez Fla. +1% OBAMA +3% “Judge Sotomayor’s rise to the MORE»
YES Richard G. Lugar Ind. OBAMA +1% “Judge Sotomayor is clearly MORE»
YES Christopher S. Bond Mo. +13% MCCAIN <1% “If some are saying that a MORE»
YES Lindsey Graham S.C. +15% MCCAIN +9% “I believe she follows precedent, MORE»
YES Lamar Alexander Tenn. +34% MCCAIN +15% “Even though Judge Sotomayor’s MORE»

Soros supported Christie is no more after Kamikaze attack on Rubio

It was a puzzle at the last debate why Christie chose to decimate Rubio. After all, Trump was leading the pack. But then again, just who is/was Christie? What did he hope to accomplish? Was this the plan? Christie had been leaving little doubt all week that Rubio was going to be in his crosshairs come the debate.  So what is going to be the payback for him and who orchestrated it? So let take a look back and think about just who is the real Chris Christie from some of my earlier posts.

Chris Christie raking in the money from Dems – add George Soros to the list June 4, 2013 — bunkerville.

TRENTON — Gov. Chris Christie is cashing in donations from top Democratic fundraisers and other traditionally liberal donors across the country, even nabbing the support of a handful of rainmakers aligned with President Obama and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, a Star-Ledger review of state and federal records shows.

The checks are flying into the Republican governor’s war chest from all sorts of unlikely places — the hedge fund run by liberal billionaire George Soros, for example, and the politically progressive halls of the University of California, Berkeley.

Brigid Harrison, a political science professor at Montclair State University, said much of Christie’s Democratic support stems from a recent fundraiser in California with Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg.

Palatucci (Christie’s campaign manager) declined to discuss the campaign’s fundraising strategy, but said Christie has done plenty to earn the backing of Democrats.

The Star-Ledger review found:

•â€…Five executives at Soros Fund Management have chipped in a combined $19,000 to the governor’s re-election campaign, state records show. The donor roll includes Soros’ protégé and chief investment officer, Scott Bessent, who tends to fund liberal Democrats, and Sender Cohen, a partner at the hedge fund who more often favors Republicans.

•John Doerr, a top Democratic fundraiser and venture capitalist in California, sent Christie the maximum $3,800 donation for the Republican primary this year. So did his wife. Federal records show the couple has given more than $1.2 million to national Democrats since 1997.

•Tim Mullen, a Chicago investor who gave more than $100,000 to Emanuel’s campaign for mayor in 2011 and bundled from $200,000 to $500,000 for Obama in 2008, has also sent Christie a maximum donation, as has his wife Alice. Mullen was already a Christie donor in 2009, state records show.

NJ Star Ledger (Well worth the full read)

A few more stories that might be of interest.

Governor Christie’s Relationship with Radical Islam 

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s nomination of Sohail Mohammed to be a state judge shows the governor’s tin ear for radical Islam. Not only did he appoint a longtime mouthpiece for radical Islamists to be a judge, but Christie has also turned a blind eye to the activities of one of Mohammed’s clients – radical imam Mohammed Qatanani, head of one of New Jersey’s largest mosques.

Qatanani has a history of Hamas support and was related by marriage to a leading Hamas operative in the West Bank. This fall, Qatanani will return to a New Jersey immigration court, where the Department of Homeland Security is fighting to have him deported. In his initial application for a green card filed in 1999, government lawyers say Qatanani failed to disclose a conviction in an Israeli military court for being a Hamas member and providing support to the terrorist group.

Oddly, Christie – a Republican who was then the U.S. Attorney for New Jersey – sided with Qatanani against DHS, allowing a top lieutenant, Assistant U.S. Attorney Charles McKenna, to testify as a character witness at Qatanani’s first immigration trial, and publicly embracing the imam at a Ramadan breakfast at his mosque. Christie later appointed McKenna as New Jersey’s head of homeland security..

As general counsel to the American Muslim Union (AMU), Mohammed often represented clients subject to government allegations concerning terrorists. The AMU often is highly critical of U.S. counter-terrorism efforts.

One online newsletter even included a claim that a “Zionist commando orchestrated the 9/11 terrorist attacks” and shows support for a “Rabbi” from the extremist Jewish organization Neturei Karta, which denies the right of Israel to exist and supports its dismantling.

Read more at: Investigative Reports

N.J. turns away non-union power crews – Christie cut his deal

How desperate is hurricane-ravaged New Jersey? Not desperate enough to suspend a union monopoly that keeps the state in the bottom ten states for economic competitiveness (and #48 for business friendliness). Relief crews from Alabama who were specifically called to New Jersey found themselves diverted to Long Island, NY after they arrived because they use non-union labor. New Jersey folks will just have to wait to get their power on.

WAFF-TV of Hunstville, AL reports:

Crews from Huntsville, as well as Decatur Utilities and Joe Wheeler out of Trinity headed up there this week, but Derrick Moore, one of the Decatur workers, said they were told by crews in New Jersey that they can’t do any work there since they’re not union employees….

Understandably, Moore said they’re frustrated being told “thanks, but no thanks.”

Mitt Romney and Chris Christie on Climate Change

“First, a couple of preliminary things. In the past I’ve always said that climate change is real and it’s impacting our state. There’s undeniable data that CO2 levels and other greenhouse gases in our atmosphere are increasing. This decade average temperatures have been rising, temperature changes are affecting weather patterns and our climate……

At about 5.15 minutes in, it gets rare with Chris. He intends to eliminate all coal plants, and create off shore wind. Green energy coming your way New Jersey! Enjoy the view. Full transcript over at the clip.

Kasich pleads for Democrat’s vote

Here is a hint for flipper (Kasich) as I call him, flapping his hands all around.You have to get through the GOP primaries. First. Before you can be the nominee. Second hint. Most primaries are not open. So keep appealing to the Democrats and your flippers will flip no more. Here we go:

Branding himself as a compromise candidate, Kasich said Sanders is too hot, and Clinton too cold – but the Ohio governor is just right.

“So, I’m still an undecided voter, but I’m choosing between you, Hillary, and Bernie Sanders,” the woman said in the C-SPAN 3 video posted to YouTube. “So my question is why should I vote for you in the Democratic primary?”

Kasich approached the woman in the audience to get “up close and personal” before going into his spiel.

Kasich reiterated that his only boss is his wife, then transitioned to explain that he’s a great compromise between Clinton and Sanders, likening himself to the perfect porridge.

“We got to get hope back in the country again, and Hillary is too brittle and Bernie is way out here on the extreme,” Kasich told the young woman. “I’m the right porridge. One of them is too hot, the other one’s too cold, but I got the right temperature.”

Victory is Ours! Republicans Sock it to them!

No matter how they spin it, we done good!!In Pennsylvania, Republicans rgibbsswept the State-wide offices. Your not hearing much about that! We are on the move. Don’t fret thinking about NY-23. Dede was a Dem, would have voted democratic so no loss there. The Whitehouse and MSM is now saying they would rather have another Representative than Governors– wow, that is a stretch. A trifecta would have been nice, but we taught the party bosses that it is a new world. New Jersey was sweet, Virginia-wow!

http://hotair.com/archives/2009/11/03/open-thread-new-jersey/

http://www.americanthinker.com/2009/11/forget_the_21_spin_it_was_a_ro.html

%d bloggers like this: