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  • user warning: Table './conserva_drupal/cache_filter' is marked as crashed and should be repaired query: UPDATE cache_filter SET data = '<p>REPUBLICANS: April 17, 2018</p>\n<p>Paul Ryan, the GOP leader in the House, says he won&rsquo;t run for re-election &mdash; the latest warning sign that a blue wave may be coming in November.<br />\n It&rsquo;s one thing to be the speaker of the House, with all the power that comes with the position; quite another to be in the minority. And if Ryan thinks the midterms will leave him in the wilderness, why stick around Washington?<br />\n It&rsquo;s a question a lot of Republicans have been asking. Ryan is the most prominent Republican who&rsquo;ll be leaving, his decision the most consequential; but more than 40 other House Republicans have said they&rsquo;re also calling it quits, some expressing &ldquo;intense dissatisfaction with the state of Washington under Mr. Trump,&rdquo; according to the New York Times.</p>\n<p> A RECENT Gallup poll puts the president&rsquo;s approval at just 41 percent &mdash; with a majority of those polled, 54 percent, saying they disapprove of the president.<br />\n The president&rsquo;s most loyal fans may think, as they always do, that the polls are rigged, that they&rsquo;re just fake news. But those not under the spell of this president are taking the numbers seriously.<br />\n No president in recent history has had such a low poll number in April of his second year in office. Barack Obama had a 48 percent approval rating; George W. Bush 76 percent; Clinton 50 percent; George H.W. Bush 68 percent; Nixon 57 percent; JFK 77 percent; and Eisenhower 68 percent. Only Ronald Reagan (44 percent approval) and Jimmy Carter (43 percent) came close to Donald Trump&rsquo;s paltry number.<br />\n And that same Gallup poll shows a partisan divide of Grand Canyon proportions. Only eight percent of Democrats approve of the job the president is doing, while a whopping 89 percent of Republicans are still solidly in his corner &mdash; an exceptionally high number given the daily chaos emanating from this administration, much of it Donald Trump&rsquo;s own doing.<br />\n Some of that support, of course, is tribal, rooting for the captain of your team. But with Donald Trump something else is going on.<br />\n He&rsquo;s not only getting backing from people who like him. I suspect he&rsquo;s also getting support, unintentional for sure, from progressives who loathe him &mdash; because a lot of them are angry, resentful and at times unhinged, traits that don&rsquo;t sit well with ordinary Americans. Before this is over, the angry left just might turn out to be an unlikely bonus for the president&rsquo;s party this fall.<br />\n Here&rsquo;s an idea for Republicans rightly worried about the midterms: Launch a well-produced ad campaign around the idea that if voters want to live in a country controlled by progressive Democrats, think about what that country would look like.<br />\n Let&rsquo;s start with impeachment. If Democrats take over the House, there&rsquo;s a good chance it won&rsquo;t be long before the president is impeached.</p>\n<p> THE GOP ad might ask: Impeachment for what? For obstruction of justice or collusion with the Russians? Unless the special prosecutor comes up with some hard evidence, independents &mdash; the group Republicans will need to hold onto Congress &mdash; will see impeachment as nothing more than a left-wing coup.<br />\n The GOP ad should hammer that message hard &mdash; and ask voters if they really want Nancy Pelosi running the House.<br />\n But it&rsquo;s not only the important matters of consequence like supposed Russian collusion that could determine which party winds up in control of Congress next year. It&rsquo;s also a lot of small things that could count, too.<br />\n Things like trying to shut down conservative voices progressive Democrats don&rsquo;t want to hear. Whether it&rsquo;s encouraging advertisers to boycott Fox programs because of an ill-advised Laura Ingraham tweet, or cupcakes on campus shouting down conservative speakers. These tactics don&rsquo;t go over well with reasonable Americans.<br />\n Things like Hillary Clinton saying she won the votes of &ldquo;optimistic&rdquo; and &ldquo;dynamic&rdquo; people while Donald Trump won the votes of Americans who &ldquo;don&rsquo;t like black people getting rights (and who) don&rsquo;t like women getting jobs.&rdquo;<br />\n Little things like that snarky New York magazine cover portraying President Trump as a pig. The pig cover won&rsquo;t bother progressives in Manhattan, of course, but they sell the magazine in newsstands at airports where Middle Americans see it. And even if some of them don&rsquo;t especially like the president, there&rsquo;s a good chance they won&rsquo;t like the disrespect even more.<br />\n And there&rsquo;s the grating nonsense from progressives about white privilege. Republicans should make commercials asking: How are white blue-collar workers in the Rust Belt privileged? How is a white woman trying to make ends meet as a waitress in a small-town diner privileged?<br />\n And is Donald Trump really a bigot who &ldquo;wants to make America white again&rdquo; because he wants to build a wall along our southern border?<br />\n &ldquo;If Donald Trump is a bigot because he&rsquo;s against illegal immigration,&rdquo; the GOP ad might say, &ldquo;Then what does that make any of you who also are against illegal immigration? Are you also trying to make America white again?&rdquo;<br />\n The strong economy may help Republicans in November, but the midterms are likely to come down to enthusiasm. Which side has more: Those who detest the president or those who are sticking with him?<br />\n Candidate Trump ran against the elite media to his advantage. Republicans this fall can run against an elite progressive culture to their advantage.</p>\n<p> BUT IF between now and November the president fires Jeff Sessions, his deputy or the special counsel, then ignore everything you just read.</p>\n', created = 1574424161, expire = 1574510561, headers = '', serialized = 0 WHERE cid = '2:4b53ef055b2df8b4ec2386cd2c7a9828' in /home/conserva/public_html/includes/cache.inc on line 112.
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The GOP’s secret weapon

REPUBLICANS: April 17, 2018

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