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The Rushmore Report – He’s Back! Guess Which Dem Is Considering a 2020 Presidential Run?

Question: What’s the difference between the Dallas White Pages and the 2020 Democratic presidential primary? Answer: The Dallas White Pages have fewer names. The Democratic primary promises all the predictable suspects: Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton, Elizabeth Warren, Andrew Cuomo, Cory Booker, Kamala Harris, Eric Holder, etc. Now add a new name to that list. Actually, it’s an old name. You won’t believe who else is thinking about another run for the White House.

Hint #1: He is a former nominee.

Hint #2: He’s a northeastern liberal, just the kind that never gets elected.

John Kerry.

Now, I bet that’s got you excited! Just when you thought the Democrats had no new ideas, they are reaching back and back and back . . . to that grand old election of 2004.

You remember John Kerry. He’s the guy who lost to George W. Bush, despite Bush’s 38 percent approval rating. Kerry’s the guy who masterminded President Obama’s brilliant strategy that brought Russia and North Korea to their collective knees.

Yes, that’s called sarcasm.

Well, here’s what we know. In a recent appearance on Face the Nation (yes, that’s still on the air), anchor Margaret Brennan asked Kerry if he would run in 2020. Kerry responded, “Talking about 2020 right now is a total distraction and waste of time. What we need to do is focus on 2018. We need to win back the confidence of the country to move in a better direction, and to do it in sensible ways.”

The CBS morning show was thrilled to have a guest so relevant as a losing candidate from the olden days, so they let Kerry ramble on. Don’t worry, I won’t give you all that he said. (It won’t fit into one column.)

The highlight: “We are in a moment of crisis for our country. The world is in a moment of crisis.” (Typical Kerry optimism)

Then Kerry did not deny reports that he told a Jerusalem Post reporter that he was considering a run in 2020.

That all adds up to one thing. John Kerry still wants to be president. He’s running. Unfortunately, Kerry’s run in 2020 will be like my run on the neighborhood track. He may be running, but nobody will notice.

The Rushmore Report – NY Dem Governor Cuomo: ‘America Was Never that Great’

The governor of the most taxed state in America just dropped a bombshell in a moment of honesty. In a public speech, Andrew Cuomo, a strong 2020 presidential candidate, mocked President Trump’s desire to “make America great again.” His astonishing perspective is that “America was never that great.” Even his liberal audience was awestruck by such an anti-America statement.

A few days later – for purely political purposes – Cuomo walked back his statements a bit. He called his comments “inartful.” Note, he didn’t say he didn’t mean what he said; he just regretted that what he said was so accurately understood.

Will this cost him among his political base? Probably not. Consider this – according to a recent poll, Democrats view socialism more positively than capitalism. So for an audience that is so incredibly liberal, Cuomo’s comments are not out of bounds.

But can you imagine Democrats of past generations saying “America was never great?” Can you imagine Franklin Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy, or Bill Clinton saying that? Of course not. Why not? Because a) they didn’t believe it, and b) to say that would be political suicide. But in today’s Democratic Party, saying America was never great has become frighteningly mainstream.

Of course, Gov. Cuomo will not have to answer for his un-American sentiments, because he will only agree to interviews with members of the press who agree with him on everything he is going to say. But if – and I know this is a longshot – Cuomo did take honest questions, I suggest the following to any press members who are so fortunate as to interview the governor. Ask him . . .

“Was America not great when she abolished slavery?”

“Was America not great when she won two world wars?”

“Was America not great when she went to the moon?”

“Was America not great when she won the Cold War?”

“Was America not great when she received more refugees than any other country in the last century?”

“Was America not great when she passed historic civil rights legislation?”

“Was America not great when she did more to feed the world’s hungry than any other country on earth?”

As expected, President Trump blasted Cuomo for his statement. He is begging the governor to run against him for president in 2020. Is it possible that the Democratic Party would nominate a man who thinks so little of our country – to represent our country on the world stage? Unfortunately, yes, it is possible. A party that is more in line with socialism (see Argentina) than capitalism (see America) just might embrace the governor whose state takes back more money from her citizens (state taxes) than any other state. But will America ever elect a man who believes America is neither great nor ever has been?

Surely not.

The Rushmore Report – Why Bernie Sanders May Be Banned from Democratic Primary in 2020

He almost won the nomination in 2016. He remains one of the Democrats’ favorite leaders. And he has strongly hinted that he is poised to make another run for the White House in 2020. Polls indicate that he would be a formidable opponent for President Trump. But there’s just one problem. Bernie Sanders may not be allowed to run in the Democratic primary. Here’s why.

The Democratic National Committee has adopted a new rule at its annual conference in Providence, Rhode Island. The rule bars anyone who does not “run and serve” as a Democrat from competing for the Democratic nomination for President.

The rule reads, “At the time a presidential candidate announces their candidacy publicly, they must publicly affirm that they are a Democrat. Each candidate pursuing the Democratic nomination shall affirm, in writing, to the National Chairperson of the Democratic National Committee that they: (a) are a member of the Democratic Party; (b) will accept the Democratic nomination; and (c) will run and serve as a member of the Democratic Party.

Sanders, of course, is famously an independent. After running for the Presidency on the Democratic ticket in 2016, he declared a return to his independent status when competing for his Senate seat. Although he caucuses with Democrats, he expressed no desire to change his affiliation once outside the Presidential nomination process.

In his home state of Vermont, Sanders is considered a Democrat by government edict.

Sanders supporters have said they believe this measure was enacted out of “spite” for Sanders’ popularity, and to keep him from competing against Democrats who hold some of his same views, such as Senators  Elizabeth Warrn, Cory Booker, and Kamala Harris.

The Rushmore Report – Who Leads Dem Race for 2020? (It’s Not Bernie Sanders)

A new 2020 Democratic primary poll was just released. The Suffolk University poll of Democratic primary voters registered support for those most expected to enter the next presidential race. Hillary Clinton was not one of the eight options on the ballot. Those names were, in alphabetical order: Booker, Biden, Gillibrand, Harris, McAuliffe, Patrick, Sanders, and Warren. The winner? It’s not who you think.

No, Bernie Sanders is not in the lead. Nor is he second.

Here are the leading candidates in order of preference:

1. Elizabeth Warren – 26%

2. Joe Biden – 20%

3. Bernie Sanders – 13%

4. Corey Booker – 8%

5. Kamala Harris – 4%

6. Deval Patrick – 4%

7. Kristen Gillibrand – 2%

8. Terry McAuliffe – 2%

This poll is not good news for Bernie Sanders, who enjoys enormous name recognition and almost beat Hillary Clinton just two years ago.

“Primary polls this far out are normally nothing more than a test of name recognition,” said Stu Rothenberg, a non-partisan political handicapper. Given his name recognition, one would expect Sanders to lead the pack, rather than garner the favor of just 13 percent of Democratic voters.

Why do Democrats prefer Senator Warren over Bernie Sanders? Rothenberg said, “Warren is a populist outsider who is critical of corporate insiders. She has the same message, but is a different messenger who is a little younger and, unlike Sanders, is actually a Democrat.”

The Rushmore Report – Bill Clinton Warns Dems to Avoid Bernie Sanders

Former President Bill Clinton has spoken to Democratic Committee Chair Tom Perez about the future of their party. And he didn’t hold back. NBC News political reporter Jonathan Allen appeared on C-SPAN on the show Washington Journal. Allen shared the inside scoop of the tense conversation between the former president and the leader of the Democratic Party.

Clinton warned Perez to “not let the party go to Bernie Sanders folks.”

Allen, author of Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton’s Doomed Campaign, said Perez had received “explicit instructions” from Bill Clinton to keep the hard-leftists of the party from taking control.

Allen said, “The DNC is unpopular with its own base. Half of the Democratic Party felt like the DNC was unfairly tipping the scales in the last presidential election trying to get Hillary Clinton nominated, trying to hurt Bernie Sanders. So you start with that bad blood, and really there’s just been a clash between these two sides that has resumed; the hostilities that had been put aside at the Democratic National Convention in 2016 resumed the minute Donald Trump was elected president.”

Allen continued, “There is this huge battle for the soul of the Democratic Party between the Clinton-type folks and the Sanders folks. And Tom Perez is in the middle of that and he’s gotten very explicit instructions from Bill Clinton not to let the party go to the Sanders crowd.”

Back in 2016, when the Democratic nomination process commenced, Clinton criticized Sanders for his New Hampshire campaign strategy against Mrs. Clinton. Said Bill, “His online campaign is simple: ‘Anybody who doesn’t agree with me is the tool of the establishment.'”

This is still early 2018. The next presidential election is 912 days away. This could get interesting – for a long time.

The Rushmore Report – This Senator May Run Against Trump in the 2020 Primary

President Trump already announced this week he is all in for 2020. Confident in his first year accomplishments, he feels he will have plenty to run on come the next presidential election. Tax reform is gaining in popularity and the economy is booming. So what can go wrong? Plenty. Trump may face this Senator in a Republican primary.

His name is Jeff Flake.

The outgoing senator from Arizona, perhaps President Trump’s least favorite Republican (and the feeling is mutual), is not going to be wearing a Trump campaign sticker. In fact, he predicts that someone from the party will challenge him in 2020, and he’s even encouraging it.

“I do think the president will have a challenge from the Republican Party, and I think there should be,” Flake said. “I also think that there will be an independent challenge, particularly if the Democrats insist on putting somebody up from the far left of the party.”

Flake may have had Ohio’s Republican Governor John Kasich in mind, who is said to be considering another go at the White House.

Or he could be thinking of himself.

Flake didn’t rule out his own presidential prospects, leaving the door open for an independent or Republican run. When asked about running, he simply says, “I won’t swear it off.”

When a Senator is asked about running for president, anything less than, “Not in a million years under any circumstance will I run. The answer is no, no, no, and no – so quit asking me. The answer is no” means, “Of course I’m running!”

So when Flake says he’s “not swearing it off,” that translates to, “I have formed a committee, raised millions of dollars in commitments, and will run unless a meteorite hits me on the head.”

Will Flake be a real threat to President Trump. No, he won’t. But that didn’t stop 16 Republican primary candidates in 2016.

 

The Rushmore Report – Trump’s Biggest 2020 Challenge May Come from This Man

As President Trump looks toward reelection in 2020, he will have his eye on the likes of Joe Biden, Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, and maybe even Oprah Winfrey. I’m sure the Republican Party is already gathering opposition research on each of these Democratic rivals. But it may be that Trump’s biggest challenge will come from someone else. He may never even get to the general election – because of this man. Trump needs to start looking to his left now, because this man may challenge him for the Republican nomination – and win. Who is it?

Mitt Romney.

I offer three reasons to look out for Mitt Romney if your name is Donald Trump.

1. Romney still wants it.

Mitt Romney has made no secret of his disdain for Donald Trump. He says things that sound more like a future candidate than a supporter of the leader of his own party. Why else would he run for the Senate in Utah, as is his plan for 2018? For Mitt Romney to only want the Senate seat – at this stage of his career – would be like Nick Saban applying to be an assistant coach at the University of Florida. Saban only wants to be on top. Romney has done it all, including serving as Governor of Massachusetts. He has nothing else to prove, or accomplish, short of the White House. He still wants it.

2. The Republican Party wants it.

Nothing would bring a broader collective smile to the faces of the Republican Party leadership than for the epitome of the establishment to run for president. Romney has won his party’s nomination before. He has all the right positions. He is steady. No one worries about him saying something crazy. And if the Democratic Party takes over one or both chambers of Congress in 2018, it is Romney – not Trump – who has the experience necessary to work with the other side. That’s exactly what he did in Massachusetts.

3. Many Americans want it.

People are tired of the uncivil nature of modern politics. Mr. Romney is a true gentleman. The masses would celebrate his demeanor. Independents will especially rally behind his centrist-appearing positions and style.

Just one problem

This all sounds good for the Romney Camp. But there’s just one problem. Donald Trump’s supporters are rabid. They will show up in primaries. The genteel nature of Mitt Romney will actually work against him. While he can afford to fund his campaign all the way to the Convention, he will not excite voters. Trump only needs to muster 35 percent of self-identified Republicans to gain 50 percent of the actual Republican vote. His people will turn out to vote.

So what would happen?

It’s hard to say. My guess is that a Romney run would do to Trump what Ted Kennedy did to President Carter in 1980. it will weaken the incumbent president and erode enough of his base to put his general election bid in jeopardy. I don’t think Romney would win the nomination, but he might cause Trump to lose the general election.

There are those who will suggest that is Romney’s main goal anyway. So either way, he wins.

The Rushmore Report – Four Problems with Oprah’s Speech

On Sunday evening, Oprah Winfrey received the Cecille B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award. She proceeded to launch into an emotional speech about the power of women to fight back against sexism and sexual malfeasance – a speech that led to widespread celebration in Hollywood. But there are four problems that jumped out from her speech.

First, let us agree that everyone in Hollywood knew about the problem of sexual harassment and assault and nobody did anything for years, but now they apparently think one speech from the most powerful woman in the history of media can cure all ills.

Oprah’s speech was quite good, of course. She’s a terrific performer, and she’s world famous for her ability to connect with her audience on a personal level. The speech led NBC to tweet out its support for her presidential candidacy, and led actress Reese Witherspoon to elevate Oprah to the level of Jesus:

“I will now officially divide time like this: Everything that happened before @Oprah speech and everything that happened after.”

So what was so special about the speech?

Not much, in truth.

Oprah didn’t name any names. She didn’t explain where she had been for the prior several decades, as all of this unfolded. She didn’t encourage any serious measures against sexual harassment and assault. She channeled the feelings of many women, which is terrific, for what it’s worth – but it isn’t as though women have been met with scorn and hatred for telling their stories of sexual assault and harassment. The level of national sympathy for victims has been overwhelming, as it should be.

In fact, there were several rather insulting moments in Oprah’s speech that we’re all supposed to ignore (and hey, if she’s a purported presidential candidate, she deserves to have her speeches analyzed). Here they are, in order:

1. Oprah implied that matters are the same for black women today as they were for black people generally in 1964.

She led off her speech by talking about how moved she was in 1964 when Sidney Poitier won the DeMille Award. “I remember his tie was white, and of course his skin was black, and I had never seen a black man being celebrated like that. I tried many, many times to explain what a moment like that means to a little girl, a kid watching from the cheap seats as my mom came through the door bone tired from cleaning other people’s houses.”

This is quite moving and beautiful. But then Oprah feels the need to state that young black girls will treat her victory in 2018 the same way, which is asinine. Sorry, it is. Oprah stated, “In 1982, Sidney received the Cecil B. DeMille award right here at the Golden Globes and it is not lost on me that at this moment, there are some little girls watching as I become the first black woman to be given this same award.”

Michelle Obama has been First Lady. Condoleezza Rice has been Secretary of State, Loretta Lynch has been Attorney General, and Susan Rice has been national security advisor. Many of today’s top stars are black women, in music and sports and television and movies. It’s insipid for Oprah to compare herself to Poitier, or 1964 with 2018.

2. Oprah’s press pandering

Yes, we all appreciate the press for doing the hard work of digging. But it’s nothing but pandering to suggest that they’ve engaged in the “insatiable dedication to uncovering the absolute truth that keeps us from turning a blind eye to corruption and to injustice.” It’s even more ridiculous to say this is the context of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, an organization of international journalists who report on . . . Hollywood, where they apparently had nothing to say for decades about sexual harassment and abuse.

3. “Your truth”

This one is a pet peeve. Oprah stated, “What I know for sure is that speaking your truth is the most powerful tool we all have.” She’d go on to praise women for telling their stories of assault and harassment, which is wonderful and positive. But the phrase “your truth” is the opposite of truth – there’s the truth, and there’s your opinion. End of story.

4. She equated the status of a raped black woman in Alabama in 1944 to women in Hollywood today.

Oprah told the story of Recy Taylor, who was kidnapped and raped in Alabama by six white men. She died only ten days ago. The story is heartbreaking. But then Oprah stated, “She lived as we all have lived, too many years in a culture broken by brutally powerful men. For too long, women have not been heard or believed if they dare speak the truth to the power of those men. But their time is up. Their time is up.”

This is plainly absurd. To compare the fate of women in Hollywood in 2018 with the fate of Recy Taylor in 1944 is ridiculous. But it’s precisely the sort of nonsense Oprah routinely preaches: when The Butler was released in 2013, Oprah compared Trayvon Martin to lynching victim Emmitt Till.

The end of Oprah’s speech was magnificent, but it would have been nice if she had used some of her power to fight the Harvey Weinsteins of the world years ago, rather than leading from behind.

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Ben Shapiro is the editor of Daily Wire and hosts the most popular conservative podcast in the world.

The Rushmore Report: The Real Democratic Platform for 2018 and Beyond

Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Shumer (NY) has blasted the Republican-backed tax law. Nancy Pelosi calls it “the worst legislation in American history.” The fact is, the Democratic Party has never been more unified. Their platform is simple – if Trump is for it, they are against it. No leading Democratic voice has said a single positive thing about the plummeting unemployment rate, a record stock market, victories over ISIS, tax cuts for 80 percent of the American people, or the growing American economy. Because the party is rooted in what they are against – Trump – it’s easy to define their platform for 2018 and beyond.

Given their universal, undying opposition to everything Trump and the Republican-led Congress have done this past year, what is clear is that Democrats, once given the opportunity, will reverse every policy and undo every law that has been passed by the Republican majority.

So, based on the Democratic Party’s stated opposition to the actions taken on the other side of the aisle, we can glean their emerging platform. The new Democratic Party – in coming elections – will stand for ten bedrock principles.

1. Higher taxes

Not one Democrat in the Senate or the House voted for this week’s tax bill. They called it “the worst piece of legislation ever.” So we can expect the party, should they win majorities in the Senate and House in 2018, to pass higher taxes, to return the rates to the Obama years. So if your family earns $45,000 per year, Democrats will reverse the $2,000 tax break Republicans just passed. By returning rates to the Obama years, those making $49,000-$86,000 will see their taxes go up by $930. Those earning $86,000-$149,000 will see an $1,800 per year tax increase. The Democratic Party – given the chance – will hike taxes across the board, to the levels they maintained through the Obama years.

2. More illegal immigration

Democrats have criticized every Trump statement and action on illegal immigration, from the day he was inaugurated. Illegal immigration has dropped by 40 percent since Trump took office. Therefore, by definition of their opposition to Trump, Democrats will loosen border security in an effort to open the floodgates for a massive increase in illegal immigration – back to the levels they tolerated the past eight years.

3. Return the Dow to 18,000

We hear it all the time. Trump’s policies favor “Wall Street over Main Street.” This explains the jump in the stock market from 18,000 to nearly 25,000 in just one year. Never mind, this means trillions of more dollars in retirement accounts for over 120,000 million Americans. Trump’s pro-business posture led to this growth in the stock market, so it must be reversed. This means returning the market to its pre-Trump level of 18,000 which Democrats praised at the time. A growth in the stock market is good, but enough is enough. And for Democrats, 18,000 is enough.

4. Resurgence of ISIS

Under Trump’s policies – which again have been opposed universally by Democrats – ISIS has ceded 80,000 square miles to American forces. ISIS has relinquished control of such major cities as Raqqa, Falluja, Ramadi, Baquba, and Abu Ghraib. So, in support of pre-Trump foreign policy and its results, the Democratic platform will call for American troops to give land back to ISIS, along with these major cities. If Trump’s policies were wrong, so were the results of those policies.

5. More regulations

By some counts, President Trump has ended over 800 regulations in an effort to free up businesses to set the pace of a capitalistic society. This has led to economic growth of over three percent and record hirings. This will stop under Democratic leadership. Strangling regulations – most that were enacted under Obama – will come back.

6. Return of the corporate tax rate to the highest level in the world

While Democrats say the former rate of 35 percent – the highest in the industrialized world – was too high, they never introduced a single piece of legislation in the past 30 years to do anything about it. They were completely comfortable with a high corporate tax rate, resulting in record numbers of American businesses relocating overseas. So once they win elections in 2018 and 2020, Democrats will return the rate to the level they found acceptable for the last 30 years. American businesses should pay more in taxes than their competition anywhere else in the world.

7. Reduce growth from four percent back to one percent

The Obama recovery was the worst economic recovery in American history, averaging one percent growth per year. Yet, Democrats have universally condemned Trump’s economic policies, despite leading to a near-four percent annual growth rate in the economy. So, it stands to reason, Democrats will enact whatever policies are necessary to reduce the growth of the economy back to a more meager one percent.

8. Higher unemployment

When President Trump took office in January, the unemployment rate was 4.8 percent. Today, at 4.1 percent, the rate is lower than it was at any point in the Obama Administration. This is unacceptable. The unemployment rate is at its lowest rate in 17 years; Democrats will reverse the trend. The only other option would be to admit what Trump is doing is actually working.

9. North Korean sanctions come down

From 2008 to 2016 the Democrats had the White House. And North Korea continued to grow as a nuclear threat. Still, the Obama Administration did not enact any of the sanctions Trump has put on the rogue regime in just one year. Again, since they oppose his foreign policy, it stands to reason, the Democratic Party will reverse these sanctions.

10. Move Israeli embassy back to Tel Aviv

Sure, President Obama – like Clinton and Bush before him – promised to move the American embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. They never followed through on this promise. President Trump made the same promise, but actually followed through on his word. And for that he met universal condemnation from the Democratic Party. While this move was praised by Israel, the only democratic state and our strongest ally in the Middle East, Democrats ridiculed the action. So expect them to reverse this move if given the chance.

Will Democrats really take these ten actions? I’m simply taking them at their collective word. They opposed every action of the Trump Administration that has led to such things as the retreat of ISIS, lower unemployment, a record stock market, middle class tax cuts, and economic growth. So it stands to reason that the Democratic platform will be to reverse these gains to pre-Trump levels.

It only stands to reason that the Democratic Party will seek to undo what they opposed in the first place. So for those of you who want to pay more in taxes, see companies move overseas, irritate Israel, increase the unemployment rate, and relinquish gains made against ISIS, you know what to do – vote Democrat.

The Rushmore Report: New Poll – Dems’ Top Choice for 2020

Rasmussen Reports has just released a fresh survey of 1,000 likely Democratic voters to see who they like for president in the 2020 election. The Democratic youth movement continues. Whereas the top five Democratic leaders in Congress are age 75, on average, the leading choice for the White House would be 78 upon his inauguration.

Democrats’ leading man is former Vice President Joe Biden, garnering the support of 41 percent of those surveyed. The next three candidates are all about the same age: Bernie Sanders (20 percent), Elizabeth Warren (11 percent), and Hillary Clinton (nine percent).

Party leaders who are touting their “strong bench” have no answer for the simple facts. A full 82 percent of the preferred candidates have been around since the days when a CD was a banking term, Blackberry was something you ate, Gunsmoke was a radio show, and Al Gore had yet to invent the Internet.

Waiting in the wings, should Democrats decide to nominate a candidate not yet on Medicare, are the following: New Jersey Senator Cory Booker (five percent) and outgoing Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe (two percent). Let us know if you can pick either out of a lineup.

To summarize, 82 percent of Democrats want someone close to 80, seven percent want someone in his 50s, and the other 11 percent don’t know what they want.

For his part, Biden is traveling the country to promote his new book. He has not ruled out a run in 2020. He says he is “not considering a run at this time,” and “there are plenty of other good candidates out there.” Both statements are code for “I’m running.”

What’s interesting – but not surprising – is that the media has not said a thing about his age. I’m talking about the same media who said Ronald Reagan was too old to run in 1980. Never mind, Biden would be older on his inauguration than Reagan was when he left office – after eight years in the White House.

The 41 percent who support Biden is up 15 points since February. Self-proclaimed moderates prefer Biden (34 percent), to Sanders (15 percent).

There are four take-aways from the new Rasmussen poll.

  1. Democrats have no new candidates.
  2. Democrats love Joe Biden.
  3. Joe Biden is running in 2020.
  4. The election is too far out for any of this to mean much right now.