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Senate GOP Squishes Screw Trump On Border Wall… Again

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“It’s the primaries, stupid” is one of CHQ Chairman Richard A. Viguerie’s favorite and oft-repeated dicta, and at no time was the validity of that point more apparent than during today’s Senate vote on the McConnell and Schumer bills to end the partial government shut down and fund the border wall.

Six Republican Senators joined the Democrats to vote for the Schumer bill, and please remember these names come next primary season:

Senator Lamar Alexander

Senator Susan Collins

Senator Corey Gardner

Senator Johnny Isakson

Senator Lisa Murkowski

Senator Mitt Romney

Collins and Murkowski are perennial shaky votes, although Senator Collins may have some residual goodwill from conservatives for her vote for Justice Brett Kavanaugh, that banked favorability is rapidly being drained away by futile gestures like voting for Schumer’s “no wall” reopen the government bill.

Murkowski, on the other hand, has shown herself to be not only completely out of touch with the conservative base of the Republican Party, she is also completely lacking in gratitude for the huge political favor President Trump did for her and her constituents by taking the first steps toward oil and gas drilling in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. ANWR is estimated to hold 5 billion to 16 billion barrels of recoverable oil in the coastal plain, worth as much as $5 trillion to the Alaskan and US economy.

Both Collins and Murkowski are good candidates for a challenge from the Right, and many CHQ readers will recall that Murkowski has already been defeated once in the GOP Primary, only to sneak back in through a post-primary independent run facilitated by Alaska’s oddball election laws.

Senator Lamar Alexander of Tennessee has already announced he is not running for reelection and we urge Volunteer State conservatives to begin recruiting an electable conservative for the primary before another squishy Republican, like former Governor Bill Haslam, jumps to the head of the pack.

The two odd defections in the six-pack are Senators Cory Gardner of Colorado and Johnny Isakson of Georgia.

Isakson isn’t up for re-election until 2022 and, although he disclosed he is suffering from Parkinson’s Disease, Isakson has filed paperwork to run for reelection. He has generally been a pretty solid Trump vote on immigration, voting for the bill to penalize sanctuary cities, for last February’s Grassley – Trump immigration deal and against the 2018 Coons – McCain immigration deal opposed by conservatives.

Senator Isakson obviously needs to hear from conservatives on the Wall and immigration, the toll-free Capitol Switchboard is (1-866-220-0044) we urge CHQ readers and friends to call Senator Isakson’s office to let him know you object to his vote for the Schumer “no wall” bill.

Senator Cory Gardner is another case entirely. Gardner is up for reelection in 2020 and is already falling into the trap of running away from President Trump – a dumb thing to do when you are going to be on the ballot with an incumbent president of your own party.

In 2014, Gardner’s entry into the U.S. Senate race against Democratic incumbent Mark Udall essentially cleared the Republican field. As the Colorado Sun noted, the move allowed him to save campaign cash, unite his party and avoid partisan issues ahead of the fall campaign.

It may not prove the same in 2020 given Gardner’s moderate actions and efforts to push back against Trump, which frustrate the core of the Republican Party. He doesn’t energize the base like his outspoken colleague U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham. A recent poll reported by the Colorado Sun showed 16 percent of his own party view Gardner unfavorably.

Our advice to Senator Gardner is those who ran away from President Trump in 2018 did not fare so well, others, like new Senator Josh Hawley of Missouri and new Governor of Florida Ron DeSantis succeeded by embracing both the President and his policies.

Which brings us to the final name on the list: Mitt Romney.

When Romney announced he was running for the Senate we predicted that his priority would be positioning himself as the anti-Trump, not representing the good people of Utah, and so far he has lived up to that prediction.

The gratuitous vote in favor of the Schumer bill was just the first in what we expect will be a long line of votes against President Trump and for the globalist establishment position on immigration, trade and practically anything else that will allow him to virtue signal to the anti-Trump crowd.

The toll-free Capitol Switchboard is (1-866-220-0044) we urge all CHQ readers and friends to call Senators Lamar Alexander, Susan Collins, Corey Gardner, Johnny Isakson, Lisa Murkowski and Mitt Romney to tell them no more defections, and that grassroots conservative Republicans back President Trump and his commitment to keep the partial government shutdown in place until the wall is funded.

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Cory Gardner, a moderate? Maybe but I to see him more of as fence rider! And since Colorado, has just elected an all Democratic state government, and because Colorado is a sanctuary state, I suggest that Gardner might want to curry favor in the people and the government of Colorado by voting with Schumer! Perhaps because he wants to succeed our new liberal state governor, Jared Polis!