By every account, this was a strange election. Having had some time to think about it, I have determined the best explanation for November 8 is that this midterm election was intended to turn out pretty much the way it did.Who intended it? The Republican establishment. Why? To get rid of Trump. How did they do this, and where is the proof? It wasn’t too hard, and the proof is all around us.This was a midterm election, so there are no real consequences beyond the control of Congress. This means that if you can control one house, even by a slim margin, you can stall the agenda of the other side. How large a majority you have is secondary and, in the long view, not that meaningful.The establishment Republicans were willing to settle for less than expected numbers in the House to eradicate what they see as by far their biggest problem. This was their chance to bury Trump and avoid a great deal of damaging unpleasantness at very low to no real cost.It makes sense. The Democrats funded the Trump senatorial candidates in the primaries because they thought they could make them lose. The Republicans seemed to think that might be a good idea. If necessary, they could help those candidates lose, which could seriously weaken Trump but still leave them with sufficient winners.The Dem-supported Trump candidates lost, as per their plan. I have heard some pundits say that this was a clever move on the part of the Democrats. Maybe so, but they had a lot of help. Those candidates lost because if they had won, Trump would be almost assured of the presidency in 2024. Look at the contortions Mitch McConnell went through to keep Murkowski and deny the Trump candidate in Alaska. Check out where the Republican House money went when the chips were down. New Hampshire was denied funding just as Bolduc was surging. See here, here, here.Immediately upon the polls closing, the Republican Establishment gushed over Ron DeSantis. He was all over TV. The very next day, Fox News (with dedicated anti-Trumper Paul Ryan on its Board) ran the headline “Ron DeSantis is the future of Trumpism.”The Republicans, admittedly dreadfully incompetent at messaging, outdid their own previous failures in this election — on purpose. National ads acknowledging the accomplishments of Trump on the economy, immigration, inflation, crime, or any of the other major issues on the table for this election were nonexistent.Ronald Reagan made one of the most impressive marks on an election in the last 50 years when he asked a simple question: “Are you better off now than you were four years ago?” The Republicans needed only one chart with two columns — one for Trump, one for Biden — listing gas prices, food prices, general inflation rates, murders, education proficiency rates, and half a dozen more items with the comparable figures. Displaying that chart on 30-second ads in every market every day would have left the Democrats begging for mercy with minimal voter turnout. Did Republicans, do it? No. Why not? The Trump name would have been mentioned. And this year, there were more than enough of those issues to slay an entire herd of dragons. There were several House races with obvious “Biden bumps” in the vote tracking. A Biden bump is a sudden, straight-line, vertical rise in the normal arcing pattern of vote count over a number of hours. The Biden bump was clearly demonstrated on Election Night 2016 in several states, and it was clear last Tuesday. Check that out here.Republicans are making no noise about this at all. They are contesting nothing vocally on the national level. They are taking no action whatsoever in the obvious stalling of the counts in Arizona and Nevada. The Republicans are quiet because the establishment accomplished what it set out to do. There should be no question about this. Yes, Harmeet Dhillon and the troops are plugging a lot of holes at the local level, and that’s needed, but the overall national outcome was predetermined.The Republican Party used their huge polling advantage and the favorable winds granted by the unspeakably incompetent Biden administration to target their own losses in a manner that will ensure the embarrassment of Trump and ascendancy of DeSantis, all in one fell swoop. This week, the Republican establishment will likely be dangling a few vivid alternatives in front of Trump as he retires to Mar-a-Largo before his scheduled announcement. His choices will be presented in the starkest of terms.Deals are made all the time in this game, and this election has no other explanation that makes sense. “Interesting times” is the understatement of the year, and we likely could be in for a pretty interesting couple of months.This is all opinion, of course, but it seems to me to be logical. That assumption is based on two things that I have come to believe over the years. In politics, things are not ever as they appear to be, and politicians will never fail to act in their own self-interest, whatever the stakes. (For all of you mystery fans, there are also motive, means, and opportunity.)And regardless of how we may feel about this personally, we have to hope the Republicans achieve at least their minimum goal: a House majority. The fear is that whenever one is dealing with the devil, or playing with fire, or even failing to do one’s level best, the risk of serious loss is much higher than the players are willing to believe going in.What Really Happened in the Midterms and Why – American Thinker
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The media is declaring Democrats have won the Nevada senate race with Catherine Cortez Masto defeating Republican Adam Laxalt. This gives the Senate to the Democrats with 50 seats, Republicans with 49 and the Georgia runoff still outstanding. [Media Report]Something is very weird about this Nevada outcome, when you compare the Governor race on the same ballot.With Laxalt previously ahead, and with his previous vote percentage in alignment with Republican Governor Candidate Joe Lombardo, it appeared Laxalt was positioned for victory. However, apparently the Democrats gained post-election ballots where the Democrat on the Senate race was supported, but the Democrat in the Governor race was not.Media Declaring Democrat Victory in Nevada Senate Race, Amid Significant Disparity Between Governor Race Outcome in Same State – The Last Refuge
i’m stepping away from politics for a minute to talk about a very personal matter. At the risk of sounding dramatic i’m going to be upfront-am trying to save my brother’s life.
I set up a fundraiser at paypal. Raised 0. Please recommend a fundraiser that would work for this situation. Time feels short.
Here is the situation. My brother is a retired school teacher who lives on a fixed income. He is senior living alone with no family to speak of,except me. Our family is gone. He was in good health a few years after his retirement but it started going south and one health issue led to another. This happens quite often to seniors that they have one problem and it leads to another problem and sometimes it snowballs. He’s somewhat mobile now with difficulty. He’s been hospitalized at least twice this year. His family doctor recommended he go into assisted living the first time and i agreed totally. He needs to be in an area where he has people he knows well or closer to me where he has some family. i can’t say too much because i respect his privacy so i’m saying as much as i’m able.Please bear with me. i apologize if i can’t get out a lot of detail; am disclosing as much as possible. The problem is he’s on a fixed income as i am. Recently the situation got worse. He dehydrated, blacked out and ended up at the local emergency room. He was hospitalized for 4 days and had suffered a concussion from the fall. :This is it. I have to get him out of the situation he’s in.
He can no longer stay where he is but i know in his condition and the lack of finances it will be difficult to convince him to move unless there is financial help. Realistically it’s not going to happen without it so he has a point. I can’t leave him there like this-it’s basically suicidal and he will die depressed and alone with nothing to show for all the years he dedicated to the teaching profession. From the time he was in grade school he wanted to be a teacher. He worked his way through college and went on to get his masters. I never expected his life would turn out like this at all. The man was brilliant surrounded by people. Now he’s alone, suffering depression, on a fixed income and in poor health. He doesn’t seem to be as mentally sharp as he used to be but am glad that hasn’t declined too much yet. When the situation is resolved i will post photos and tell the whole story. i can’t even give out his name right now. i wouldn’t be able to write this without respecting his privacy. It’s a bit of pickle but if you bear with me i will eventually be filling in the blanks in the near future(depending on the outcome of course). My apologies for the lack of details. Hope you understand.
I called a professional mover. He can’t pack himself in his condition. The movers are professional and would make it as stress free as possible for him. This is what he needs. However, it’s going to cost anywhere from 4,000-7,000 and i had hoped on raising the 7,000 just to be on the safe side. i did not want to have to start over a 2nd time to make up a difference. Zero isn’t going to do it and that’s where i’m at with it. i don’t see that it’s going to raise a dime more no matter how many times i put it up.
I would get a loan and pay for it but my credit score isn’t high enough. IF i had a car i would sell it but i don’t have a single asset to sell, let alone a car. i don’t have a thing that would raise over 300.00 and that’s a stretch. i sit here night after night crying because i have no idea what i can do. i call him every other night to be sure he’s ok. He sounds more depressed each time i call. i’m trying to keep his spirits up so i never let on how upset i am. i know he’s not eating right so i do send him little care packages of groceries and hope he’s eating them. It’s the best i can do.
I can pay back a loan. i simply have no way on earth to get that kind of money otherwise. He has insurance that will help him pay for the assisted living facility and i found 2 he’d likely consider-that’s not a problem. The sticking point is getting him there.
If you know of any bank that would lend 7,000 with a reasonable payment each month please let me know. i don’t want to get involved in a bank that would be the equivalent of a loan shark,let’s put it that way OR If you know of a good fundraiser where the chances of my raising 7,000 would be very likely.That would be a God send!
All i feel is anymore is desperation and some days i sink to resignation and fear of the worst. I would move heaven and earth to get him into one of these facilities as soon as possible. There must be a miracle out there. i don’t understand how i can see all these fundraisers and people raise hundreds of thousands and i end up with 0.
At the least thank you for listening, if nothing else.
Realistically an attempt to deprive Trump of the nomination in 2024 is highly unlikely to succeed. If it did, the nomination would likely be worthless with many Trump voters staying home. Trump’s crassness, pettiness, bloody mindedness and often foolish actions drive me to distraction. However, he is a politician of immense strength, when properly used, and he is the founder of a new and stronger GOP which is still in the process of birth. Republican strategists ignore all of this to the peril of the party.
Personally, i was thinking most Republicans would have stood down for the 2024 election and let Trump become the sole nominee. i wouldn’t normally support this but given all the dynamics there is good reason to do it for 2024 as long as we are 90% certain Trump will run. Most of us were 100% certain Trump would run. You can be 100% certain the MAGA supporters were waiting for the day no matter what Trump may or may not have intended to do.We can have the crazy primaries for 2028.
There are good reasons for handing it to Pres Trump; first and foremost was his being deprived of the 2nd term he obviously earned in 2020.The other reason was to be totally prepared to take down whoever the Dems would run in 2024 rather than bruise a stable of Republicans in a crazy primary.
Trump was a great President. You don’t have to build his base. It’s already there. He has a fantastic record to run on and now we have lived through a disastrous Biden presidency where the Democrats controlled the White House and Congress. You can actually compare the wildly successful 4 yr of Trump, to the horrible 4 yr of Biden.You don’t have to wonder how Trump will govern. You already know as well as you know how Biden has governed. It’s like having 2 incumbent Presidents running against each other. The good news is we know how they rigged the election of 2020 and we’re going to make sure that doesn’t happen again.I would have thought any potential Republican nominees would have considered all that and held off on their own aspirations until 2028. not look for blood and circle like sharks. They’re politicians, maybe i expected too much.
One of the Republicans who had his eyes on the White House was the Governor of Florida, Ron DeSantis. Oh, but i thought Ron was running a campaign for Gov this year and probably considering 2028 instead. A you kidding me? DeSantis is an opportunist and there’s no way on earth he’d let 2024 go by. Trump let his real thinking about Ron slip in public at a huge rally in Pennsylvania? You know, the brand ‘Sanctimonious’ Santis. We all heard it or heard about it eventually. Everyone wondered what the hay that was about and some people still have no idea.
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Word got back to Trump that DeSantis was indeed planning a run for 2024 behind everyone’s back including his. It’s why DeSantis would never answer THE question. Silence. I knew months ago that DeSantis was going to run. As soon as Trump left office and got banned from social media DeSantis started to fill the void by grabbing headlines. Something Trump could not longer do. He lost the bully pulpit of an office to speak from or affect policy. Ron had one as governor and he jumped in with both feet. Sure Trump could get in the news here and there and you know the media,with much negative press-it was all the media would give him. DeSantis could actually DO things and make headlines.He had an office to do it from. It’s when Ron the opportunist began his campaign for the White House. The media has an agenda and if you watch closely you can figure out what they have up their sleeve. Anyone notice that Fox was giving DeSantis a lot of high praise and Trump not so much? We know the media always beats the tar out of Trump so they spend 99% of their time doing that but they were covering DeSantis when he was making headlines himself.
DeSantis, behind the scenes ,was making even more concrete plans. Real plans. Behind the scenes plans, except anything you do in politics is rarely ‘behind the scenes.’ Sooner or later word gets out or in this case gets back to Trump.
Doesn’t anyone find it odd he seldom mentioned Trump or when he was asked THE question simply wouldn’t respond at all. He wouldn’t even try for a diplomatic answer, just silence.He looked caught in the debate with Crist, but he wouldn’t put it to rest.
Kari Lake was asked THE question by a reporter;of course in her case it was the question about being Trump’s VP if asked.She definitely put it to rest. She made it clear she intended not only to serve her 1st term as governor of Arizona, but a 2nd term as well.I don”t think anyone will ask her again. There was the way DeSantis should have answered but he couldn’t because he intended to run all along. He was in a pickle. Think about it. He couldn’t clear the air because he intended to run but he also couldn’t make those intentions known because it would look like he wasn’t taking his run for Governor seriously. If he lied and said he wasn’t going to run it would definitely come up during a primary. He picked silence and hoped eventually THE question would go away. He wouldn’t respond to Trump either. He had people who would do that for him so he’d look like Saint Ron and the surrogates could point out evil Trump. Ron is NOT the good guy in all this. Who has the responsibility to answer the Ron are you going to run question? Ron did-not Trump. He let it fester and then the real answer got back to Trump.
Why would Trump be especially furious with DeSants? For all the reason the 45th President mentioned in a Truth on Truth Social.DeSantis wouldn’t be Governor were it not for Trump. FACT
Pres Trump lays it out in a long screed on Truth Social and every word of it is fact.
Ron came to me in desperate shape in 2017—he was politically dead, losing in a landslide to a very good Agriculture Commissioner, Adam Putnam, who was loaded up with cash and great poll numbers. Ron had low approval, bad polls, and no money, but he said that if I would Endorse him, he could win. I didn’t know Adam so I said, “Let’s give it a shot, Ron.” When I Endorsed him,…
Dan Bongino mentioned Trump’s claim in his Friday podcast 11/11/2022. It’s the next to the last segment.
You would think of all the possible opponents, if any, for 24 Ron would NOT be one of them. IF he had simply waited until 2028 [which many of us expected he would do]he probably would have had the full backing of the former Pres and been handed his base.A shoe in.
Ron is a great governor-no doubt-but his one fatal flaw is being an opportunist of the worst kind.
Yes, DeSantis got the Hispanic vote but Trump had already started that trend particularly in southern Florida. Ron just ran with it.
If you like credit both but the lions share of the credit goes to Donald Trump. Again, FACT.
Now do you see why Trump attacked DeSantis? i couldn’t see Ron as a backstabber but given all the people who backstabbed Trump one more wouldn’t surprise me. DeSantis is free like anyone to decide to primary Trump but given what Trump did for him it’s an exceptional circumstance. DeSantis could have waited until 2028. It wouldn’t have hurt his chances at all. Besides, people took for granted he was totally committed to becoming Governor. That’s why Crist asked him THE question-to expose what he likely already knew.
Trump put a fake news story (lie)to rest as well.For the record:
There is a Fake Story being promulgated by third rate reporter Maggie Hagaman of the Failing New York Times, that I am blaming our great former First Lady, Melania, and Sean Hannity, that I was angry with their pushing me to Endorse Dr. Oz. First of all Oz is a wonderful guy who really worked hard and was a very good candidate, but he WAS LONG IN THE RACE before I ever Endorsed him, they had NOTHING to do with it, he was not a “denier” (his mistake!), & I was not at all ANGRY. Fake News!45th President (and 47th)Donald Trump on Truth Social
I know some Republicans think Trump should postpone the big announcement on the 15h. i don’t even though it sounds reasonable to wait.
It’s not going to take away from the run off race in Georgia. Trump can still get behind the Herschel Walker. i can’t see any reason he wouldn’t. We all KNOW what the announcement is going to be. You’re only postponing the inevitable. We know what he’s going to say so what difference could it make if he says it in November and not December. The only reason some of these Republicans want him to wait is to inflict more damage on him for a month.Note i said SOME Republicans,not all. Trust me, these same Republicans would be eager to have him announce if he were going to say he wouldn’t run and endorsed their choice, which would include DeSantis of course. They wouldn’t want a delay.In fact they’d want him to speed it up. The Democrats would be salivating over that one too.
In my opinion, saying he isn’t good enough to run in 2024 is like being back in 2020 and saying he wasn’t good enough then.He had a heck of a record to run on.
Were we saying that? Nope. Everyone i knew could hardly wait for his 2nd term.
American Catholic notes,
Trump would never have called out DeSantis with the nickname at all if DeSantis were close to losing. The only reason he felt safe enough to say anything was DeSantis was a sure win at that point. If he had said anything were DeSantis remotely close to losing he knows he’d have been blamed. Keep in mind too the MAGA base was solid behind DeSantis for governor. DeSantis didn’t need to turn on us either and try to primary Trump when we were solid for him.
Please get behind Herschel Walker in Georgia. Donate as much as your are able. His opponent is going to be awash in money from the Democrats.They always seem to outraise us no matter the race. Volunteer to help his campaign if you have the time to spare.It’s a MUST WIN race. Want us to get the Senate? Here’s the chance! He’s a good man.
…A Maricopa County Election judge spoke out about what she witnessed at the polls on Tuesday with tabulators not working and inaccurate ballot reporting, and her supervisors threatened her with termination...
By Greg Holt If Donald Trump won the election, where is the proof? Right here Election 2020, a hotly contested subject. Many people are beginning to realize that the so-called win by Biden-Harris in the 2020 election was anything but; it was in all actuality a highly organized and carefully orchestrated theft on the grandest scale imaginable. […]Indisputable Proof That Donald J. Trump Won the Election – News With Views — Truth2Freedom’s Blog | ARLIN REPORT……………….walking this path together