Strange Bedfellows

There’s an old saying about politics making strange bedfellows which seeks to explain how some straight-laced conservative folks could vote for a vulgar showman rather than his corrupt opponent and other conservatives would vote for the corrupt candidate instead.

It now seems that saying is being turned on its head—that the existence of a politician’s strange bedfellows (or even the failed attempts at having them) is becoming a key deciding factor in several careers.

Proverbs 5:18, 19 is good advice.

23 thoughts on “Strange Bedfellows

    • First of all, that there is even a GOP to “destroy” is due to Steve Bannon’s tireless efforts to bring change to the party, and Washington DC. Had the sandbaggers succeeded, we would have had Hillary Clinton. Hillary Clinton stated clearly her intention of opening our borders to unrestricted immigration, and, acting to put those same immigrants on the voting rolls as soon as possible. Those tens of millions of new Democrats would have doomed the Republican party. That same Hillary Clinton would have appointed more liberals to the Supreme Court, and, other courts leaving conservatives to face both a liberal state, and, a highly intrusive and hostile liberal judiciary.

      Steve Bannon saved the GOP from that fate by identifying a large bloc of Democratic-leaning voters for conversion, white working-class voters in the rust belt, and, formulated a conservative political agenda that would win them over. His strategy succeeded spectacularly.

      Unfortunately, an obstructionist bloc in the Senate seemed, and, seems, more intent on losing on the failed, and failing, agenda of the past, than winning.

      If the GOP wants to keep winning, rather, than revert to losing, they will have to be forced to changed, unlikely, or replaced, the more effective and rational strategy.

      Kudos to Steve Bannon.

      Mitch McConnell, and, his minions, spent $30,000,000 dollars to lose a Senate primary race, and, zero dollars to win a general election in which the GOP candidate lost by one-and-a-half percent. Had nothing been spent on the primary, and, a fraction of that sum spent on pointing out the liberalism of the Democratic candidate, and boosting Republican turnout, the Republican candidate might have won.

      Place blame were it is due.

      As to the notion that a candidate for Senate is “unqualified” for twice defying a federal court order I would only note that federal courts have no authority to tell an elected representative how to vote on any issue.

      Roy Moore’s real “crime” is being conservative, and, demanding that the Republican party take conservatism seriously. The GOP agenda towards conservatives is to lie to them. Roy Moore was going to expose that agenda rather than go along with it. That is why they tried, successfully, to sandbag his candidacy.

      Here is what the real lesson is: the Republican leadership in the House and Senate considers even the most liberal of Democrats to be the opposition, while it considers people who are actually conservative to be the enemy.

      Think about that.

        • I would point out that Roy Moore beat Luther Strange who was backed by Donald Trump, Mitch McConnell and $30,000,000 of the Senate GOP’s money. Moore beat Strange anyway. You can call him a “disgrace,” but, in doing so you are implicitly condemning the majority of the Republicans in Alabama.

          Pissing on your own voters is political suicide.

    • You have not idea of which you speak. I never want to serve on a jury that has you as a member or more importantly want you on a jury that is judging me.

  1. Now that it has worked once, expect every Republican candidate to be accused of sexual misconduct. No evidence, much less proof, will be required for said candidate to be declared a deviant. The establishment statists will rue the day they gleefully piled on.

    • I have taken a lot of satisfaction in the fact that the number of scalps collected in the ongoing pervnado are predominantly liberal Democrats.

      Party of women and equality indeed….

    • This seems to be the establishment’s modus operandi. The Democrats are engaging in an war of annihilation against the Republicans and the establishment’s response seems to be that they can hide from the battle, and, benefit from conservatives being taken out. The utter shortsightedness of that strategy is stunning.

  2. Moore ran a dreadful campaign. Take away the sex claims and you still had someone so not ready for prime time.

    Did anyone else see Jake Tapper with his “spokesman”. The guy was blowing smoke about how a Muslim can’t serve because they “have” to swear on a Christian bible and when Tapper pointed out that one can choose what they want to swear on, it was and excruciating long moment of silence as he tried and failed to process the idea. It was painful.

    For the entire campaign it was one fail after another. He can complain that they were out to get him but he made it easy. Seemed to just assume that any GOP candidate was a shoo in and paid the price.

    The lesson learned is to get involved at the lower levels and work to see decent candidates offered for the general elections, not loudmouth hacks who appeal to a tiny but vocal minority.

    Losing a safe seat is painful but having him as the defacto face of the GOP would have probably cost them 3 or 4 seats above and beyond those they may lose anyway.

    • Here is a reality check, the “face” that cost the GOP upwards of fifteen Senate seats, and nearly forty seats in the House is that of George Walker Bush. I have never read any lectures about the need to stop establishment moderates before they destroy the party. Nor, have I read lectures about how a tiny, but vocal cabal of neoconservative warmongers pursuing a messianic crusade to bring “democracy” to the Middle-East nearly destroyed the GOP. No, only people who are actually conservative are so judged.

      • Can you seriously say Moore ran a good campaign? When the accusations hit he could have easily made them work for him–assuming they are untrue. But while I can’t say for sure he is guilty he did everything he could to LOOK guilty and blow easy chances to explain himself. His interview with Hannity–hardly a hostile news guy–was awful. He vanished from the campaign trail for long periods of time. His spokespeople looked like they were auditioning for the role of “slack jawed yokel #3” in a revival of Hee Haw.

        I defy anyone to explain how he ran anything other than an inept campaign. Trump was right back when he said that if Moore won the nomination he would lose the election.

        • If his campaign was so “inept,” how did he beat a sitting Senator backed by numerous party leaders and $30,000,000 of their money?

          The reality is that Roy Moore was sandbagged, and, the sandbaggers are trying to blame their victim.

  3. I was a Ted Cruz supporter and gladly voted for Donald Trump because judges. This whole year I’ve been supporting Trump because the media and deep state is at war with him. Not including his twitter mishaps and yes his acting un-presidential, policy wise Trump has been a good conservative President.

    But Bannon and his idiocy (and Trump needs to put him in his place) is going to hurt us for generations to come when Trump will be forced to select from centrist judges instead of conservative judges. If we lose the Senate by targeting Heller and not finding a more worthy candidate in Arizona who can win we aren’t even going to get an Anthony Kennedy like nominee – we will get someone to the left of even Kennedy and probably Souter territory.

    However, throwing a bone to Bannon and his junkies, Mitch McConnell is too blame for this. Mo Brooks would’ve been a fine Senator and would’ve won but Mitch targeted him when he should’ve cleared Roy Moore out of the field and should’ve let Alabama voters decide between two good candidates between Strange and Brooks.

    • The reality is that the choice would have been between Brooks and Moore. Moore was the clear frontrunner. McConnell spent millions to ensure Moore’s opponent was the man most easy to beat: Strange, very strange.

    • Strange’s biggest problem was the circumstances of his appointment to the Senate. His hands were dirty, and Moore had better name recognition than Brookos.

      • Actually, Roy Moore has a large number of very dedicated supporters. You can dismiss that reality as mere “name recognition,” but, doesn’t make that fact go away.

    • Donald Trump and Mitch McConnell supported Roy Moore in the initial primary, while you and I supported Mo Brooks. But, all had their candidate lose, initially, or in the runoff. Blame doesn’t fall for backing the wrong candidate. Blame falls on Mitch McConnell and those who acted to sandbag the GOP nominee after the nominee was picked. His support for another candidate in the primary doesn’t absolve him one iota.

      • Blame falls on the guy who lost. McConnell and Trump both supported Strange in the primary.

        I suggest you look at AL Senate results for the last couple of decades. You really have to work to lose to a Democrat in AL.

        • Mitch McConnell spent $30,000,000 to defeat Roy Moore.

          He owns his actions, and, inactions when a Senate seat was at stake.

          • McConnell can quite credibly argue that his actions were designed to back someone that would have won. Which is exactly what he’s arguing.

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