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Democrat Senator Joe Donnelly: Woke Or Wuss?

Indiana’s Democratic Senator Joe Donnelly is one of a handful of fake “conservative Democrats” still in the U.S. Congress.

We say Donnelly is a fake conservative because, while he talks a good game during his campaigns, when it comes time to vote – especially on the important issues – he votes with Far-Left Liberals like New York’s Joe Donnelly KavanaughChuck Schumer and Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth “Fauxahantas” Warren.

The latest example of Donnelly’s fake conservatism is his little ballet around the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court created by the retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy.

Donnelly said he would take the same approach as he has previously followed for Judge Kavanaugh’s nomination, “I will take the same approach as I have previously for a Supreme Court vacancy. Following the president’s announcement, I will carefully review and consider the record and qualifications of Judge Brett Kavanaugh.” (NBC News, 07/18/18)

The influential Ft. Wayne (Indiana) Journal Gazette summarized Donnelly’s situation this way:

Indiana Sen. Joe Donnelly has been engaged in an intense game of Whac-A-Mole – trying to knock down all the threats to a successful re-election bid. The latest, and perhaps one of the most difficult moles to whack, will be his vote on President Donald Trump's nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Donnelly's official statement indicates he will ‘carefully review and consider (Kavanaugh's) record and qualifications.’ It then mentions a recent meeting with Trump at the White House where they discussed the Supreme Court opening prior to Trump's announcement.

This is Donnelly's attempt to have it both ways – not committing support, but indicating he and Trump are in close consultation. It's also a media relations tactic Donnelly has perfected over the years. …

Following Trump's announcement, high-profile Democrats and liberal groups held a rally on the steps of the Supreme Court vilifying the nominee, saying he poses a threat to abortion rights and health care protections.

Donnelly's response was another attempt to have it both ways in a tweet saying that “more than 1.5 million Hoosiers have pre-existing conditions – a fancy term for asthma, pregnancy, cancer, or arthritis. We will not go back to the days where people who suffer from them can't get health insurance.” This is a tactical nod to concerns about health care but devoid of any mention of abortion. (Journal Gazette, 07/16/18)

Of course, only Democrats and liberals consider abortion to the “health care,” while conservatives and most Republicans consider it to be the taking of a human life, if not outright murder.

Donnelly’s Kavanaugh problem is made worse by the fact that his opponent, conservative outsider businessman Mike Braun, has got him caught between his carefully cultivated image as a “conservative Democrat” and the ascendant Far-Left wing of the Democratic Party.

Braun is pounding Donnelly with daily news releases demanding that Donnelly meet with Kavanaugh and commit to voting for him.

And the numbers would seem to be on the side of confirmation: As the Washington Times reported, “A plurality of voters supports the confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh, including nearly one in five Democrats, according to a poll released Wednesday. The new Morning Consult/POLITICO survey found that 40 percent of voters want the Senate to confirm Judge Kavanaugh, while 28 percent don’t want him confirmed.”

Mike Braun is going to continue to hold Joe Donnelly’s feet to the fire on the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation and his attacks have left Donnelly’s carefully cultivated image as a “conservative Democrat” in shambles, because not only was it a fraud to begin with, but it is now a position that is decidedly out of favor among the Democratic Party’s most motivated voters.

Donnelly, who has thus far refused to meet with Kavanaugh, seems to be wilting under the pressure and has wussed out, going with the 28 percent of “woke” liberals who would probably oppose Ruth Bader Ginsberg if she were nominated by Donald Trump.

To learn more about conservative outsider businessman Mike Braun’s insurgent Republican campaign for Senate go to Mike Braun for Indiana.

CHQ Editor George Rasley is a seventh generation Hoosier. He served on the staff of Vice President Dan Quayle, as assistant to the late Indiana state Rep. Phillip T. Warner, as a member of the staff of Lt. Governor (later Governor) Robert D. Orr, as an Elkhart County Republican Precinct Committeeman, Chairman of the Goshen, Indiana, City Republican Committee, and Chairman of the Elkhart County Young Republicans, Chairman of the Third District Young Republicans and as Executive Director of the Indiana Young Republican Federation.

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What's in a name?

I'm a 3rd gen Californian from a conservative family. We've seen a lot of political shifting and you can imagine the political climate for conservatives here. But the fact that ultra-liberal members of the Democratic party have hijacked the entire party apparatus does not mean we should consider every Democrat a villain. Like me, many come from multiple generations following the same political tree. I have no doubt those Dems have witnessed the theft of their party and find it distasteful, but like me, they're probably reluctant to split with generations of family tradition. Rather than cuss them out, let them experience the acceptance of a big tent. Let the traditional Dems stay Dems if they want, but we should open our arms and encourage them to vote with us! Welcome them in and don't hassle them over the label. After all, what's in a name? (Shakespeare) Besides, it'll totally freak out the pollsters trying to figure out who's ahead. That's worth something all by itself.

Joe Donnelly

All you had to do was ask almost anyone from Indianapolis to the northern part of the state and we would/could have told you what kind of back stabber he is.


A few Democrats are still like the ones I grew up with and don't want to hurt the country, Doug Schoen is a shining example. Am I a Democrat? Hell no, but I see the tolerable maybe three around. I can really only think of two, but I'm being kind. That 'tactic' (meeting with Trump) gets him nowhere, hell the janitor meets with Trump often. Donnely seems to be his own man, gets the stink eye from Schumer (remember what his name means) and falls in line with the rest of the sheep.