2018 Elections

Get Cynical, Get Angry, And Stay Free

Kurt Schlichter, Townhall

What is rewarded is repeated. These antics are no fluke; it’s part of a plan. They have exported the Chicago model across the country to all the Democrat strongholds in the sea of red that is America. They wait until the returns come in and, if it’s close enough to be plausible, they go into ballot creation mode and – surprise! – votes mysteriously appear and good golly if they don’t always every single time inevitably happen to total just enough to push the moribund liberal over the finish line. Count every vote, especially the ones they invent. Count those twice.

Winning Is the Goal, Not Hunting RINOs

David McIntosh, National Review

Club for Growth’s purpose is to identify, and through its PAC elect and support, the next generation of leaders who will champion the 21st-century platform grounded in those same principles of liberty. And the results speak for themselves. The success rate of the Club for Growth PAC is 85 percent of the races in which we made endorsements — a much better average than that of the House committee and leadership super PACs. Many of seats we helped win are in competitive areas that include suburban voters. The Club for Growth is about much more than bagging RINOs.

Trump Is Right: Honest Vote Count No Longer Possible

Activist judges and post-election lawsuits to “count every vote,” whether legal or not, have made a mockery of election laws and left any election decided within the margin of litigation to the whim of liberal judges, not the electorate. This is no way to govern.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: What does it say about Dems when they deny a loss is a loss is a loss?

Eventually the facts catch up to a liar and it’s never been truer than for Democrats hoping to swing legitimately won Republican victories in Florida (and other places). Americans aren’t stupid – they realize when they’re being taken. The question is will Democrats ever acknowledge it.

Election Time in the Banana Republic of Florida

Roger L. Simon, PJ Media

Who's responsible for this nauseating state of affairs?  The Democrats, no surprise, behave as if Boss Tweed were reincarnated in Miami Beach, bringing down their best Fusion GPS lawyer from the Perkins Coie mafia of Trump dossier fame to oversee the recount. As long as you're on the "correct" side of things, by any means necessary, right? But the GOP hasn't got clean hands either. Rick Scott and his fellow Republicans cry foul when the election supervisors of Broward and Palm Beach counties act in a manner that would make Mayor Daley blush, but aren't they a little late?

No Flori-Duh Please

Larry Thornberry, The American Spectator

OK, let’s ease off on the Flori-Duh pedal please. The somewhat inaccurate refrain heard over and over across the news-sphere over the past few days is, “Florida is having trouble counting votes again.” Wrong. Florida is not having trouble counting votes. Broward and Palm Beach counties are. And these two counties have been where the problems have popped up in cycle after cycle. Floridians have much to celebrate on Thanksgiving. But one thing we may not be able to be thankful for is that the midterm elections, long in coming and much labored, are finally over.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: GOPers won’t win in 2020 with the same dumb hacks leading the charge

The political war will rage on regardless of who Republicans choose to lead them in the next Congress. If they’re wise GOP House members will look to the recent past and discover their leaders haven’t aided their cause. New leaders would help them regain what they lost this year.

The Myth of Obama, the Myth of Trump and the Reality of Elections

Ben Shapiro, CNS News

We shouldn't be surprised by last night's results. Republicans performed as they've always performed outside of Obama. Democrats performed as they've always performed outside Obama. So, what lesson should Republicans learn? That political gravity applies to President Trump — and that they've got to reach out to the suburban voters they lost in the midterms. What lesson should Democrats learn? The Republican Party remains competitive in swing states, and running to the hard progressive left while shouting about Trump won't cut it. Will either party learn those lessons? Probably not. So buckle up. It's going to be a wild two years.

The one big thing the liberal media never told you about Trump and the midterms

Newt Gingrich, Fox News

The biggest change in this election was the sheer volume of money generated by left-wing billionaires and activist groups who hate President Trump. 2018 was President Trump’s victory, and he and Sen. McConnell will use it well to continue getting judges and other nominees confirmed by the Senate, to block left-wing actions by the Democrats, and to set the stage for key legislative achievements the American people want (probably starting with infrastructure investments and reforms). The president defeated both the money wave and the liberal media – and had a very successful midterm election for a first-term president.

Trump To Issue Orders To Stop Phony Asylum Claims

We have word from the White House that, perhaps as early as today, President Trump will take action to ensure asylum is not a free pass to cross our borders illegally. We applaud President Trump’s decision to use the authorities granted to him by the Immigration and Nationality Act to end the gaming of our dysfunctional immigration system.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: What separates CNN’s Jim Acosta, Nancy Pelosi or any Democrat?

As demonstrated by the events of this week Democrats and their media allies can’t help but whip up turmoil and foster division wherever they venture. Conservatives and Republicans must do more than look on in amazement – it’s time to get to work to ensure 2020 restores some sanity.

Conservative Issues Nationalized the Election

Yesterday, ConservativeHQ.com Chairman Richard A. Viguerie hosted a news conference with conservative leaders to analyze the results of the 2018 midterms and to offer a roadmap for Republicans to return to the majority in the U.S. House of Representatives.

2018 House Election Results: Clearing Out The Dead Wood

As CHQ Chairman Richard A. Viguerie observed in his book TAKEOVER, those of us who have been around the conservative movement for many years don’t root for Republicans to lose, but we understand history well enough not to fear defeat because when the Republican establishment fails, conservatism advances.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: If history is a guide Dems’ wimpy ‘civility’ will last about a week

Time will tell whether “civility” returned to American politics with the results of this year’s elections. Democrats have never shown much interest in playing nice, least of all when they’re in the majority and calling the shots. Will calmer heads prevail now? Don’t bet the farm on it.

GOP Knocks Off Four Senate Democrats

David Catron, The American Spectator

Yesterday was a good day for the “world’s greatest deliberative body.” The voters banished four Democratic Senators to outer darkness. One of the most important GOP pickups in the Senate was the Florida seat Bill Nelson has occupied for 18 years. Former Florida governor Rick Scott won that race by a 1 percent margin after a race characterized by Nelson’s lethargic campaign, false tweets and his vote against Kavanaugh. There are still races around the country that have yet to be called as this is being written, but regardless of the grandiose claims that will inevitably be made by the Democrats and the media pursuant to their recovery of the House majority, the fabled blue wave failed to materialize yesterday.

Divisive Dems may be own undoing with kinder, gentler Trump

Michael Goodwin, New York Post

Democrats' tendency to overplay their hand in their fits of rage could undo them again. If they investigate at the expense of legislating and refuse to bargain in good faith over such issues as immigration and infrastructure, they will offer voters a stark contrast for 2020. Which is why a cooler Trump could be just the ticket to lower the too-hot political temperature. Trump 2.0 can make deals with the Dems, if they are inclined, or he can let them make fools of themselves. Either way, he will be the grown-up in the room.

Voters Reject Paul Ryan’s Failed House Leadership

The lesson of the 2018 midterm election for House Republicans should be clear – seat-by-seat you can look at yesterday's results and see how leadership failures cost Republican seats in the House. It is time for new conservative leadership in the House, especially now that the Party is in the minority.

Results For Our Six Bellweather House Races

In four of our six bellweather races the Republican lost. Every Republican, even the two incumbents who won, was outspent, some by more than 2 to 1. However, none of the Democrat wins were landslides indicative of a “Blue Wave" against President Trump, rather they showed a complete failure of leadership on the part of House Republicans.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: 2018’s split decision goes to Donald Trump and his Senate Republicans

Donald Trump will act like nothing’s different after all of this… but will everyone else? American politics is at best an unpredictable exercise. 2018 proved to be about what most people thought – lots of surprises and upsets… and pollsters who’re eating crow today. The next two years will be fascinating to watch.