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100 Days of Trump: Democrats would love to fish with Gorsuch, but will they confirm him?

While President Donald Trump and the media continue to battle it out over “fake news” and who really is the enemy of the American People, Trump’s nominee for the Supreme Court, Judge Neil Gorsuch, is making the rounds in the Senate office buildings meeting with the politically obsessed politicians who will ultimately decide whether he can take his place on the high bench.

Gorsuch TrumpFrom all accounts the meetings are going well.

Seung Min Kim of Politico reports, “In nearly 60 meetings since he was nominated just three weeks ago, the Colorado appellate judge has chatted up senators about fishing and rafting. He’s distanced himself from the president who nominated him, Donald Trump, while lavishing praise on the jurist who could have had the job he now seeks: Merrick Garland.

“Gorsuch and his allies are engineering a full-court charm offensive to win over Democrats soured by the GOP’s yearlong blockade of Garland, President Barack Obama’s final nominee to the Supreme Court. And there are signs it’s working — if not generating outright Democratic support, at least leaving the minority with little to latch on to so far.”

The Politico story indicates among others, Gorsuch met with Washington Democrat Senator Patty Murray last week. One can only imagine the intellectual gap between those two. I wonder if Murray needed to call in a translator to tell her what all those big words meant.

But the most interesting aspect of all of this is to contrast the overall tone of this new rapport between Gorsuch and Senate Democrats with the protests that took place on January 31 outside the Supreme Court building where leftists of all different stripes and desperations prepared in advance to protest whomever President Trump nominated.

It didn’t matter whether it was Gorsuch or the modern living embodiment of Mahatma Gandhi – to those demonstrators the nominee was automatically against minorities, the poor, women’s rights, LGBTQ individuals and every other perceived persecuted population.

When Gorsuch’s name was finally announced the protesters allegedly took out their markers and scratched in his name on their signs. I wonder how many of them got the spelling incorrect.

In other words, Democrats and leftists were more than prepared to oppose Trump’s Supreme Court nominee from the get-go. Some cited the current 4-4 split on the Court as a reason to oppose him; others said they were against Gorsuch because the Republican Senate majority refused to take up the nomination of Merrick Garland (Obama’s nominee) last year; and still others complained they were opposing Gorsuch because… well, just make up a reason.

Maybe they don’t like his hairdo. Who knows?

While it’s great to see some Democrats possibly coming around to at least engage in chummy chats with the Justice-to-be, I can’t help but think when the time comes for hearings that their demeanor will change remarkably. The senators themselves might personally take a liking to the affable judge from Colorado, but when the cameras go live there are leftist constituencies to satisfy.

And what deep pocketed liberal donor is going to open his wallet for a senator who didn’t fight Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee for every inch?

I think these positive media stories – at least in reference to Gorsuch – could be just a smokescreen for Democrats to allow them to appear like they’re giving the process its due to moderate independent voters.

After all, Gorsuch does seem like a good guy, right? Why make a private office visit uncomfortable? The Democrats can talk about all the times they went fishing and camping when they were young, harkening back to the days before humans ruined the climate with unregulated carbon dioxide emissions and big corporations polluted all the waterways to make them unusable.

Heck, Democrats can even share stories about how they thought up their own “catch and release” program before the federal bureaucracy required them to do it.

At the same time, there’s no harm in Gorsuch putting some distance between himself and Trump if it will help him sway a few Democrats. As a would-be member of the Supreme Court Gorsuch doesn’t “work” for Trump and is certainly not beholden to any particular set of preordained judicial outcomes.

The Democrats probably want Gorsuch to provide a list of issues he’ll cooperate with them on in exchange for potential support. I wouldn’t put it past them.

All kidding aside, it does look like Gorsuch is headed for confirmation one way or another. Rumor has it the judge could be an official member of the Supreme Court by Easter.

Paul Bedard of the Washington Examiner reports, “Gorsuch's hearings have been set to begin March 20…

“The plan is for the nomination to be submitted to the full Senate in early April where it appears likely that he will surpass the needed 60 votes to avoid a parliamentary maneuver to get him to the court. Insiders said the goal is a vote before the Easter recess which begins on April 7, two days before Palm Sunday.”

If the reports are true – that Gorsuch’s “charm offensive” is actually convincing some Democrats to let his nomination through -- it once again demonstrates how effective Trump’s decision-making process was for this crucial appointment.

Because of the emotional commitment on the issue for both sides, anyone the president sent up to the Hill for confirmation would face significant opposition. But since Trump appointed a principled jurist and a nice guy to boot, it makes it that much harder for the looney left to gain a foothold against him.

Leftist kooks want Trump impeached but Democrat leaders balk at the timing

With Congress in recess this week, one can only assume America’s elected representatives are back home in their districts busy listening to constituents’ concerns over local matters and problems.

But for the Democrats (and Republicans too), they’re likely hearing a virtual din of whining from the leftist kook fringe over the need to impeach the new president. Regrettably for the impatient, it looks like Democrat leaders are sitting on the idea – for now.

Gabriel Debenedetti of Politico reports, “Just a month into Donald Trump’s presidency, Democratic Party leaders are trying to rein in the talk of impeachment that’s animating the grass roots, the product of a restive base demanding deeper and more aggressive investigations into Trump’s ties to Russia.

“Democratic officials in Republican-dominated Washington view the entire subject as a trap, a premature discussion that could backfire in spectacular fashion by making the party appear too overzealous in its opposition to Trump. Worse, they fear, it could harden Republican support for the president by handing his party significant fundraising and political ammunition when the chances of success for an early impeachment push are remote, at best.”

It seems obvious Democrat leaders don’t consider it too soon to impeach Trump as much as they possess neither the grounds the evidence or the political numbers to make it stick.

In other words, even if every single House Democrat agreed to impeach Trump tomorrow they still wouldn’t have close to the number of votes necessary to move the process forward. And needless to say Democrats wouldn’t have two-thirds of the senators agreeing with them to kick Trump out of office.

So instead, according to Debenedetti’s article, the Democrats are engaging in a mission to recruit Republicans into their “impeach Trump” circle of kooks and sideshows for future considerations.

Hey, Ringling Brothers recently announced they’re folding up their circus tent – maybe the Democrats can take over the high wire act.

These days impeaching a president would be extremely difficult even if you have congressional majorities to go through the process. If you don’t believe it, ask the Republican holdovers from the 90’s.

Besides, who needs impeachment when you can have your own little fantasy world where Hillary Clinton really won the election?

Peter Hasson of the Daily Caller reports, “Liberals seeking refuge from reality now have a fake news website where they can pretend to live in a world where Hillary Clinton is president.

“’Approval ratings for President Clinton hit 89 percent,’ ‘Confused by fake news, Redditers think Trump is president’ and ‘DOJ considers charging Trump with treason’ are just a few headlines featured on HillaryBeatTrump.org, a satirical news site devoted to covering stories from an alternate universe where Hillary won last November’s election.”

I thought this might be a joke but then I looked at the site. Hasson seems to think the operators are liberals but it looks more like an Onion-esque political spoof site to me. For example, there was a story from Valentine’s Day titled, “ABC announces first octogenarian ‘Bachelorette,’ Ruth Bader Ginsburg.”

From yesterday there was a story about California students rioting because they ran out of boba tea. Hillarious.

Fake news, yes, but it can still make a point when you know it’s fake news. The problem with today’s media – and Democrats – is you don’t know when to take them seriously.

Unfortunately, the out-of-control hysteria deriving from the Democrat National Committee these days is supposedly genuine. They said last week the fallout from the Michael Flynn phone call and subsequent resignation was “worse than Watergate.”

It really makes you wonder whether they’d just be better off logging on to HillaryBeatTrump.org and pulling some of the stories for Democrat Party members to read.

Knowing their state of denial, they’d actually believe all of it.

The Midwest moves further Republican due in part to Trump keeping his word

It’s been well accepted by now that Donald Trump won the presidency largely because of his strength with non-college educated voters in the Midwestern states of Wisconsin, Ohio and Michigan. These working class people recognized the Democrats had little to offer them anymore with their globalist economic policies and liberal social causes.

Trump won big in Iowa as well, a state that was until recently seen as a case study for swinging back and forth between the parties. But there are signs Iowa is joining the others in moving steadily towards the Republican Party too.

Thomas Beaumont of the Associated Press reports, “After decades as the crossroads of prairie populists and checkbook conservatives, Iowa has suddenly become solidly Republican like many of its Midwestern neighbors.

“It was one of four states — along with Kentucky, Missouri and New Hampshire — that flipped to complete GOP control in the November election, but Iowa's rush of new legislation has been the most intense.

“In an all-night session last week, Iowa lawmakers approved a bill similar to one enacted in Wisconsin six years ago that strips most public sector unions of long-held collective bargaining rights, including health insurance.”

Here’s an example of false or incomplete reporting. Public employees’ health insurance isn’t “stripped” by the proposal (and wasn’t in Wisconsin’s), it merely means they’ll have to contribute to paying for a share of it like virtually all private sector personnel have to do.

In other words, it’s all about money…and power.

Beaumont’s story quotes several people who were shocked and outraged at the Republicans’ actions. Apparently there was even a protest at the Capitol building. It didn’t work in Wisconsin in 2011 and it certainly isn’t going to work in Iowa now. The public has wised up as to the problem of out-of-control public employee benefits and pensions as well as the union leadership being in bed with the Democrats.

No more. And thankfully President Donald Trump has appeared to play a major role in turning even wavering Republicans into believers.

Jodi Enda of CNN reports, “Trump's 40% approval rating is 21 points below average for a president finishing his first month in office, while his 87% approval rating among Republicans is second only to that of George W. Bush among all GOP presidents elected in the last 65 years, Gallup reported Friday.

“Put another way, a greater percentage of Republicans support Trump than backed Ronald Reagan after his first four weeks in the Oval Office.

“I called a number of Republicans I met along the campaign trail to find out what they think of Trump now. Some bemoaned his blustery style. None disputed his policies.

“The reason is simple: They agree with him.”

Reading the comments of those interviewed for Enda’s story only confirmed my impression that even though some people are turned off by Trump’s personality they can get beyond it and agree with what he’s trying to accomplish.

It also goes to show that many conservatives and Republicans held back their support from Trump because of initial concerns he wasn’t who he said he was. A lot of conservatives simply didn’t believe that a man with Trump’s history, background and penchant for saying controversial things could actually turn out to govern as a conservative.

We’re only a little over a month into Trump’s presidency but so far the news has been better than most could imagine. Again, I think it’s because of the influence of the conservatives around President Trump that have convinced him to move in certain directions. Trump surely has his own ideas but from all accounts he’s a good listener and is very fair.

People in the Midwest have clearly recognized it. Hopefully some in the ever-shrinking political center will follow suit.

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Approval not needed by the left

Here's the deal: the left is entitled to it's 30 hours. However it's been days and their should be a CLOCK set then minute he was appointed. Either they get in done in 30 hours of working hours or Whalaa, it's a done deal.
Use the Nuclear option the dems gave us to use.