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The Rushmore Report: Dems Pledge to Come Up with a Message – At Last

As polling shows that more Americans today think the Democratic Party “just stands against” President Donald Trump instead of promoting its own message, leading liberals are calling for the party to unify its base by refocusing its attention on an economic alternative. A Washington Post poll last week found that only 37 percent of Americans believe that the Democratic Party actually “stands for something.”

Another 52 percent say the party “just stands against Trump.” With focus now on the 2018 midterm elections, that same poll found that only 24 percent of registered voters plan to vote based on their opposition to Trump in the midterm elections. Meanwhile, 20 percent of registered voters will vote based on their support of Trump. And 51 percent said Trump will not be a factor in their midterm votes.

Now, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) has unveiled a legislative agenda called “A Better Deal: Better Jobs, Better Wages, Better Future.” According to Schumer, the agenda has three prongs that will focus on creating more job-training opportunities, lowering costs of everyday expenses, and raising wages.

Schumer was asked why Democrats didn’t release this type of economic agenda during the 2016 campaign. He responded, “Well, I don’t know why it didn’t happen in the campaign. We all take blame, not any one person.” He added, the new agenda “is not going to be left or right.”

He continued, “It will unify the Democratic Party, because we are united on economic issues. And a bold, sharp-edged message, platform, policy, that talks about working people and how the system is rigged against them is going to resonate. And this is the first time we’re going to have it, and our party is going to be unified.”

There you have it. Democratic leader Chuck Schumer says of his party: “This is the first time we’re going to have it.”

America is waiting. The Democratic Party says it actually has a message – at last.

About the Author

Samuel Smith is a reporter for The Christian Post.

The Rushmore Report: Dems on Pace to Clear Trump Nominees – In Just 11 Years

Dozens of President Trump’s nominees are waiting for their confirmations to move forward as Democrats embark on historic obstructionism, according to several Republican lawmakers. Yet, the GOP isn’t the only one to have noticed the maddening delays. The New York Times is now reporting on the brand new “delaying tactic” the Democrats are employing to deny Trump his nominees. Here is what is happening.

Democrats are requiring that Republicans check all the procedural boxes on most nominees, even those they intend to eventually support. That requires the Senate Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, to request a former “cloture” vote to move forward.

An “intervening day” is then required to allow the cloture request to “ripen.” Next is a vote to impose cloture followed by 30 hours of “post-cloture” debate before a final vote. Democrats have refused to shorten the debate time – to “yield back,” in the parlance of the Senate – though in most cases there is little to debate.

In the end, many Democrats end up voting for the nominee, as each of them did last week on a federal appeals court judge from Idaho.

The process is being delayed to an “excruciating degree,” the Times concludes.

In some instances, top Democrats have apparently admitted that their obstructionism was political at its core. One case in point is the Democrats’ treatment of deputy defense secretary nominee Patrick Shanahan. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer refused to hold a vote on him – twice – before noting that “once things change a little bit in healthcare” they can consider the nominee.

If the Democrats continue to delay, Trump’s nominees will be waiting in the wings long after he has left office.

Republicans calculate that at the current rate, it will take 11 years and four months to fill all possible Trump administration spots at the current average of three and a half days spent considering each nominee.

About the Author

Cortney O’Brien writes for Townhall.

The Rushmore Report: Nancy Pelosi Says Pro-Life Stance ‘Dishonors God’

Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the water, the House Minority Leader has said something outrageous about Christians who are crazy enough to defend the lives of the unborn. Such a position, taken by political leaders, “dishonors the God who made us,” said Pelosi. The California Democrat is a strong supporter of abortion rights and Planned Parenthood.

Recently, in comments about the proposed GOP healthcare bill which aims to repeal the Affordable Care Act and defund the biggest abortion provider in America, Planned Parenthood, Pelosi seemed to equate caring for God’s creation with support for the organization.

“I know my colleagues are people of faith,” she said. “They tell us that all the time. So, this is God’s creation, we have a real responsibility to it . . . to minister to the needs of God’s creation is an act of worship. To ignore those needs is to dishonor the God who made us.”

She also called on Republican legislators to “examine their consciences and look into their hearts” before they vote so they can “make a decision in favor of what is right.”

Guy Benson, of Townhall, offered a response to Pelosi’s comments. “This condemnation on behalf of ‘God’s creation’ comes from a woman who, as a professed Catholic, has amassed a 100 percent pro-abortion rating from both NARAL and Planned Parenthood,” writes Benson. “She has opposed virtually every conceivable limitation on abortion, over her political career, including measures to ban the barbaric procedure known as partial-birth abortion. Read up on the grisly details of what that entails, then circle back to this lecture from Nancy Pelosi about faith, conscience examination, moral responsibility, and honoring God.”

It really is remarkable that the highest elected Democrat in America can call out those who support birth over barbarism as “dishonoring God.” And still, many left-leaning Christians question why it is so hard for Bible-believing believers, supporters of the rights of the unborn, to support Democrats.

The Rushmore Report: President Trump’s Choice to Lead the Democratic Party

Since Donald Trump was inaugurated, there have been four special congressional elections to fill vacated seats in the House. Democrats are 0-4 in these contests. This has led to fresh introspection within the Democratic Party. What is clear is that the party lacks a unified vision for America. What is equally clear is that the party needs one leader around whom they can rally. Not surprisingly, President Trump has weighed in. He has thrown his support behind one experienced politician to lead Democrats as they seek to regain a majority in both houses of Congress in 2018.

And President Trump’s choice is . . .

Nancy Pelosi

Trump is now on record. He hopes Democrats keep Rep. Nancy Pelosi in her role as House Minority Leader. In a tweet, Trump offered his “endorsement” of Ms. Pelosi. “I certainly hope the Democrats do not force Nancy P out. That would be very bad for the Republican Party – and please let Cryin’ Chuck stay!” (“Cryin’ Chuck” is Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York.)

Trump’s tweet comes at a time when some Democrats are questioning if Pelosi is the right person to continue to lead the party in the House of Representatives.

“We need leadership change,” New York Democrat Rep. Kathleen Rice recently told CNN. “It’s time for Nancy Pelosi to go, and the entire leadership team.”

Criticism of Pelosi increased after Democrats lost in the special race in Georgia last week, with Republican Karen Handel’s win over Jon Ossoff.

For her part, Pelosi has made it clear that she isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. Though Democrats have lost over 1100 seats to Republicans – House seats, Senate seats, Governor seats, and state congressional seats – since Pelosi rose to leadership, most in her party seem content with their current direction.

Count President Trump among her biggest supporters.

The Rushmore Report: Democratic Chief – The 48% We Don’t Want in Our Party

The Democratic Party has just staked out unchartered territory. They have gone where no political party has gone before. The Democratic National Committee Chairman, Tom Perez, just dropped a bombshell that only the most liberal and divisive of the party faithful can possibly applaud. Perez told Huffington Post there is no room in the Democratic Party for 48 percent of the American electorate.

Democrats can disagree on guns, national debt, the economy, and national defense. But there is one issue that, in the chairman’s own words, “is not negotiable.” What is that issue that now defines all Democrats?

Abortion.

Perez: “Every Democrat, like every American, should support a woman’s right to make her own choices about her body and her health. That is non-negotiable.”

It didn’t take long for a pro-life response. Marjorie Dannenfelser, a top pro-life advisor to President Trump, fired back. “Never has it been so clear: on abortion, there is no room for dissent or exceptions among Democrats; only support for the party’s radical platform, which calls for abortion on-demand, up until the moment of birth, paid for by taxpayer dollars.”

The National Right to Life’s president also blasted the DNC chairman’s abortion stance.

“Dating back to the ouster of (pro-life) Pennsylvania Governor Bob Casey from their 1992 convention, Democrats have become increasingly intolerant of pro-life Americans within their own ranks. By forcing all Democrats to pledge fealty to the abortion industry’s extreme agenda, Tom Perez has completed the party’s transformation and sent the message that pro-life Democrats are no longer welcome in their party,” said NRL President Carol Tobias.

Indeed, Perez is attacking more than one-fourth of his own party, and nearly half of all Americans. A recent Pew Research poll confirmed that 28 percent of Democrats believe abortion should be illegal in all or most cases. Meanwhile, a Gallup poll found that 48 percent of all Americans consider themselves “pro-life.”

So, to be clear, the man selected by the Democratic Party to represent their views is now on record. To be a Democrat, one must take the position that taking the life of the unborn child, right up to the point of birth, is not only acceptable – to believe otherwise is simply “nonnegotiable.”

One can be a Democrat and disagree with most of the party platform – but not the issue of life.

Is it still possible for a person to be a Bible-believing, God-loving Democrat? Yes. I know several who are. But in the face of this radical pro-abortion “non-negotiable” position of the Democratic Party, at the very highest level of party leadership, it’s not as easy as it used to be.

 

The Rushmore Report: California Democratic Platform – Gays, Guns, Grass, and Government

Thanks to Hillary Clinton’s unexpected defeat last fall, Democrats face a quandary they weren’t expecting until the next decade. What does their party embody in a post-Clinton universe? One place to go seeking answers: California and an open gubernatorial seat in 2018 that’s a window into modern-day progressivism – or, at least the Left Coast version of it. Democrats are embracing four themes: gays, guns, grass, and government.

One recent poll has Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom well ahead of his rivals. What does Newsom owe to his popularity among fellow Democrats? Newsom has embraced the four “G”s. And this says a whole lot about where the Democratic Party now stands on popular issues in the country’s most Democratic state.

1. Gays

Newsom sparked a political and legal firestorm as mayor of San Francisco. In 2004 he issued 4,000 marriage licenses to same-sex couples. This was eight years before his own party embraced gay marriage. The man most likely to be the next governor of California has made same-sex marriage a cornerstone of his political career.

2. Guns

Newsom was a sponsor of Proposition 63 in 2016, which outlawed the possession of high-capacity magazines and requires background checks for buying ammunition. The bill also outlaws magazines with more than ten rounds. Gun control is way down the list of priorities for most Americans – but not Democrats, at least in California.

3. Grass

Newsom has also sponsored legislation to legalize recreational use of marijuana for adults age 21 and over. He has hailed the bill as a “game changer.” Clearly, the legalization of pot is another cornerstone of the platform California Democrats are openly embracing.

4. Government

For Newsom and other Democrats, they just can’t get enough of big government. In their world, it is up to government – not capitalism, the church, or the individual – to provide healthcare, as well as just about anything else the citizenry desires.

About the Author

Bill Whalen writes for FoxNews.com.

The Rushmore Report: Democratic Chair – ‘Trump Didn’t Win the Election’

The newly elected Democratic National Committee chairman was videoed screaming that Donald Trump “didn’t win the election” during a rally in New Jersey. The embarrassing clip, in which Tom Perez also claims the Republican Party doesn’t care about voters, leaves little doubt about how he will attempt to drag voters back to the beleaguered party. An irate Perez, who served as President Obama’s Labor Secretary, screeches: “Donald Trump, you don’t stand for our values. You didn’t win this election.”

He added, “Donald Trump, the bromance you have with Putin, it’s not going to do you any good. Donald Trump, we will resist.”

According to several news reports, Mr. Perez also said there was “a bully in Washington in the White House.” Perez was elected as the DNC chair in February after edging out Keith Ellison, the first Muslim elected to Congress.

Democrats have been on a downward spiral in recent years, losing control of the House in 2010 and then the Senate (2012) and White House (2016).

Perez has been hell-bent on trying to help his party after he demanded all current staffers at the DNC submit their letters of resignation by April 15 in a desperate bid to overhaul the party’s organization following the humbling presidential defeat to Trump last year.

The DNC has endured a torrid time during the past few months, following accusations that the party favored Hillary Clinton over Bernie Sanders in the Democratic primary and the resignation of former chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz.

Trump has slumped to a new low in his approval ratings just 10 weeks into his presidency. Mr. Trump’s job approval stands at just 42 percent, according to a new NBC News/SurveyMonkey Poll.

A majority of those polled – 56 percent – said they think the President is doing a poor job and that he is leading the country in the wrong direction.

About the Author

Charlie Bayliss is a freelance British writer, published in several publications, including Stride, Neon, and Sabotage Reviews.

The Rushmore Report: Divided Democrats

For all the marches and protests the left has generated since Election Day, the debate over who will lead the Democratic Party in the early stages of Donald Trump’s presidency is underscoring the divisions still lingering within its ranks. During last week’s debate among the eight candidates to head the Democratic National Committee, this division was on full display.

The candidates struggled to define a vision of how they would effectively counter Trump’s administration and break through in clear opposition to his message.

The two leading candidates appear to be former Labor Secretary Tom Perez and Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison. They cannot agree on how vigorously the party should oppose Trump, or how to settle divisions within their own ranks.

Ellison said Trump’s actions so far “legitimately raise the question of impeachment.” Perez said, “We have seen from the get-go that this person wants to turn the clock back, and the Democratic Party needs to take the fight to Donald Trump.”

But another candidate cautioned against focusing too much energy on Trump. Pete Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, called Trump a “computer virus in the American political system.” He said, “Yes, we’ve got to take the fight to him. But we can’t let him dominate our imagination, because it’s our values and our candidates that matter.”

Central Challenge

The central challenge for Democrats is to recover from the bitter split of the 2016 presidential primary. The wounds of that race were ripped open at the debate, over a question about whether the race between Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton was “rigged.” Some candidates sidestepped the question, while others took either side. Buttigieg said Democrats don’t want to make the mistake of reliving the 2016 race. “We can’t allow this to devolve into a fractional struggle,” he warned.

The candidates also disagreed over future primary contests, with some pushing for their party to match new Democrats against incumbent Democratic senators up for election in 2020.

At the Forefront

Perez and Ellison are at the forefront of an eight-candidate field. Both have racked up an impressive list of party endorsements. But neither has the votes to win the job. The debate will continue as the Democratic Party seeks to heal its wounds, bridge its divide, and become competitive once again.

About the Author

Eric Bradner is a reporter for the Cable News Network.

The Rushmore Report: The Left Has Taken Hypocrisy to a Whole New Level

Noah Bierman of the Los Angeles Times has accused President-elect Donald Trump of “creating a lasting and bitter divide in American society.” Time calls him the President of the “Divided States of America.” Meanwhile, Barack Obama claims, “I would have won a third term,” defeating Mr. Trump. In the weeks following the November election, the left has taken hypocrisy to an unprecedented and dangerous level.

Example #1 – Trump is not legitimate because most Americans voted against him.

From Hillary Clinton to Bill Clinton to every host on CNN and MSNBC, the drumbeat continues. “Because Trump received only 46 percent of the vote, he has no mandate.” It is suggested, daily, that despite winning 30 states and 85 percent of the counties in America, Trump’s win is not legitimate. It’s funny – in 1992 there was another president who received significantly fewer votes – just 43 percent. But we never heard such outrage. Perhaps that’s because the president who won just 43 percent of the vote was a Democrat named Bill Clinton.

Example #2 – Obama would have won a third term.

Rather than celebrate the democratic process, the current president is pouring lighter fluid on the fire in the most juvenile of ways. By saying he would have beaten Trump, he is a) diminishing Hillary Clinton, b) diminishing Donald Trump, and c) diminishing himself. Does anyone remember George W. Bush making such a claim when his party lost the White House in 2008? Mr. Obama has criticized his successor more before Trump has even taken office than Mr. Bush criticized Obama in eight years. Who is being divisive?

Example #3 – Reserving service to others is only okay when it’s the left boycotting the right.

The Rockettes are waging an apoplectic fit because they have to perform for the Trump inauguration. One member said, “He’s not my president!” When Bruce Springsteen, Ringo Starr, and Cyndi Lauper cancelled their concerts in North Carolina because of the bathroom laws (keeping men out of ladies rooms), the media celebrated their bravery. When Elton John, Justin Timberlake, Katy Perry, Garth Brooks, KISS, Celine Dion, and area high school marching bands all turned down the request to perform at the inauguration, no one squawked.

But when Melissa and Aaron Klein refused to bake a cake for a same-sex wedding, in keeping with their religious principles, Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian fined them $135,000 for causing the gay couple undue “emotional suffering.” Of course, that was okay, because it was the right who was refusing to serve the left and not the other way around.

Ben Shapiro said it well.

“The left has suddenly discovered freedom of association; after years of telling religious people they had a moral and legal obligation to throw out their religion and service same-sex weddings and to fund abortion, now the left realizes the ability to pick and choose those to whom you give your services is actually kind of important. But don’t expect this to last. Of course artists should be able to turn down clients; so should religious bakers, but you won’t see the left acknowledge that. The only freedom to turn down clients it the freedom for leftists to turn down conservative and religious clients, not the other way around.”

The Rushmore Report: The Historic Decline of the Democratic Party

As President Obama prepares to leave office, his party is smaller, weaker, and ricketier than it has been since at least the 1940s. The Democratic Party has frittered away tremendous power – from 2009 through the aftermath of the 2016 elections. The decline of the Democratic Party is indisputable and historic. For those who think the Democratic Party is not in crisis, the following data will destroy this fallacious argument.

  • Democrats surrendered the White House to a political neophyte.
  • Democrats’ seats in the Senate have slipped from 55 to 46 – down 16 percent.
  • Democrats’ House seats have dropped from 256 to 194 – down 24 percent.
  • In 2009, Democrats controlled the House and Senate. Now they control neither.
  • Governorships have dropped from 28 to 16 – down 43 percent.
  • State legislatures plunged from 27 to 14 – down 48 percent.
  • States with Democratic governors and legislatures are down from 17 to 6 – off 65 percent.

Since FDR, eight presidents have served at least two terms or bowed to their vice presidents due to death or resignation. Among them, Obama ranks eighth (last) in total state legislative seats that his party preserved during his tenure.

Obama has supervised the net loss of 959 such Democratic positions, down 23.5 percent, according to Ballotpedia, which generated most of the data cited here. This far outpaces the 843 net seats the Republicans yielded under President Eisenhower.

By this measure, Ronald Reagan is No. 1. While he was president, Republicans gained six statehouse seats.

In terms of boosting his party’s state-level strength, Obama is the worst president since World War II. Reagan is he best.

“My legacy’s on the ballot,” Obama said in September, just as he had said before the shellacking his party received in the 2014 midterms.

Democrats have paid the ultimate price. The political cadavers of more than 1,000 Democratic incumbents and nominees, from Hillary Clinton on down, confirm that Obama is poison at the polls.

Rather than enjoy a traditional, low-key post-presidency in Chicago, Obama plans to hunker down in Washington, D.C., comment on current events, and counsel his party’s candidates and officeholders. Democrats should find this as appetizing as dinner cooked by Typhoon Mary.

About the author

Deroy Murdock is an American political commentator and a contributing editor with the National Review. Murdock is a first-generational American, with roots in Costa Rica.