Boy, were the pickings slim. Other than the post below, I reblogged my annual Thanksgiving message, and posted a Veterans’ Day talk I delivered to the local Republican Party. I’d really let the blog slide as I dove into another busy school year.
It’s amazing how quickly time flies. Not only did losing the House “stymie” President Trump’s agenda; they’re straight-up impeaching him—their plan all along. We managed to hold onto the Senate, but by a slimmer margin than I hoped. I also don’t trust Mitt Romney for a minute, so I think we can slot him in with the Democrats.
I know the Republican Party isn’t perfect. We squandered majorities in the House and the Senate by not addressing immigration or funding the wall. The tax cuts were great, but a few years of a good economy will mean nothing if we import legions of peasant-socialists.
That said, the Republican Party is still the only viable vehicle for conservatism in the political realm. The failure to realize that blazingly obvious truth is the source of my enduring frustration with Libertarians, who think the Republicans are functionally different from them. News flash, Libertarians: you basically took over the Republican Party, at least on civil liberties and social issues. Now return the favor and stop running spoilers that get Democrats elected (that goes double for you, Justin Amash, you dirty traitor)!
Anyway, we get another bite at the apple in 2020. With that, here is “Election Day 2018“:
This blog has fallen dormant—has it often seems to do—during the height of election season. A savvy, dedicated blogger would churn out the bulk of his content when the news comes fast and fresh, and folks are seeking out information about candidates—not during the middle of summer, the deadest time for political news, outside of some primary elections.
But, hey, that’s what makes The Portly Politico unique.
What won’t make it unique is this admonition: VOTE. Ideally—and if you’re a reader of this blog, this might go without saying—vote for Republicans.
I went out to vote this morning—the last time at my current precinct, as I’ve recently moved to the countryside (after two floods, it was time)—and it was hoppin’. I arrived around 7:05 AM EST, and there was a line out the door. I finished voting around 7:40 AM EST—that’s how many people were there to vote.
I’ve never experienced a midterm election [like] this year[‘s]. Both sides are highly energized. It feels like a presidential election.
I’ll refrain from offering detailed analysis at this point (I think Republicans will pick up some Senate seats, but the House is a complete toss-up), but this election—to recycle another cliché, but only because it’s true—is of the utmost importance.
If Republicans lose the House (which, I’ll confess, seems likely, albeit by a narrow margin), it will certainly stymie President Trump and the GOP’s conservative agenda. The prospect of returning Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi to the Speaker position is also terrifying.
If Republicans lose the Senate, it will be utterly catastrophic. You can kiss conservative Supreme Court nominees goodbye. If you’re the most anti-Trumpist #NeverTrumper neocon that ever lived, you’ve gotta hold your nose and vote Republican for that reason alone.
If we lose both… well, I shudder to contemplate the kangaroo court of baseless investigations and accusations that Democratic Congress will unleash. Impeachment might not result in removal, but the fraying fabric of our political system would be rent asunder as Democratic knives stab any opposition.
This election is a referendum on Trump and Trumpism, yes, but it’s also a series of choices: the Constitution, or lawlessness. Capitalism, or communism. Rule by the people, or rule by an entrenched, technocratic elite.
Get out there and vote, folks—especially Republicans!