Tired of all the articles about Senator Feinstein.
Here is the bottom line:
The most important thing about the Senator is her seat on the Senate Judiciary Committee. With her on that Committee, we get the judges through.
If she resigns, the GOP , because of the arcane Senate rules, can BLOCK ANY REPLACEMENT ON THAT COMMITTEE.
WHICH MEANS NO MORE JUDGES.
NOTHING in the Senate is more important than getting those judges through.
SO, SHUT UP ABOUT HER RESIGNING.😠😠😠
Breaking News: Dianne Feinstein suffered previously undisclosed medical complications during her Senate absence, people close to her said. Many described it as “frightening” to see her operating in the Senate in her current state. https://t.co/OqerfkZPeM
— The New York Times (@nytimes) May 18, 2023
1. She's already announced her retirement
2. She's been on judiciary since 1992, when she was first elected.
3. 129 federal judges confirmed since Joe Biden took over with a 50-50 majority for one half of it, faster than any President since Reagan.
You're out of your depth. https://t.co/KE2fUH4uF0
— DiFi Power Armor (@TonyMoonbeam) May 18, 2023
IF Dianne Feinstein resigns Democrats will need Republicans to AGREE to replace her seat on committees (judiciary the most critical).
unanimous consent will be asked for by Schumer BUT if 1 R objects, then 9 R votes will be needed. Do the math!! pic.twitter.com/WEbU0MHQ6T
— Candidly Tiff (@tify330) May 18, 2023
If you want judges (which is supposedly what this was all about) then the best option of the bad options we have is her staying and voting. Simple as that.
— Centrism Fan Acct 🔹 (@Wilson__Valdez) May 19, 2023
You mean the party that was openly saying they would hold a SCOTUS seat open for the entirety of Hillary Clinton’s term had she won in 2016? Those Republicans? https://t.co/WkxeTR5TRp
— Jason Karsh (@jkarsh) May 19, 2023
It’s truly silly to believe the highest (and only!) moral question of the Feinstein situation is whether individual staffers should resign or be able to hold jobs in the future, with no consideration for enabling the GOP to block all judicial appointments for the next 18 months.
— The Fig Economy (@figgityfigs) May 18, 2023
While the leftists and media birdies chirp and cry “RESIGN” Dianne Feinstein will be voting for the first Black woman to sit on the Eleventh Circuit. Stay mad! https://t.co/yL4DMIINn8 pic.twitter.com/HpKZ0grWPc
— Candidly Tiff (@tify330) May 18, 2023
Someone needs to ask leftists why they are working so hard to bully Dianne Feinstein into resigning when the GOP has adamantly stated they have no intention of allowing her replacement to fill her committee assignments.
— Ragnarok Lobster (@eclecticbrotha) May 16, 2023
What a great idea✊🏾 The book nerd in me thinks this is fantastic!
The history about housing and racism that they don’t want taught 😡
The ages of these women😳😳
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Why do these videos of Halle with the children make me😪😪😪
Books that have been banned in one Florida school 🤬🤬🤬
Republicans deploy new playbook for abortion bans, citing political backlash
GOP lawmakers in North Carolina and Nebraska are casting new 12-week bans as “mainstream,” while Democrats say they are “cruel and extreme”
By Rachel Roubein
May 20, 2023 at 10:09 a.m. EDT
Nebraska antiabortion groups and GOP lawmakers were stunned. In late April, their effort to ban most abortions was tanked by an unlikely person: 80-year-old Sen. Merv Riepe, a longtime Republican.
Instead, on Friday, Nebraska’s conservative legislature voted to ban abortions at 12 weeks of pregnancy — a threshold that significantly narrows the window for legal abortions but still allows the vast majority to occur.
A few days earlier, North Carolina Republicans used their legislative supermajority to enact a similar 12-week ban, calling it a “mainstream” approach that would be more broadly accepted than the stricter bans many conservatives had sought to pass. And in neighboring South Carolina, state Sen. Katrina Shealy (R) told The Washington Post that she and the other female GOP senators who blocked a near-total ban are planning to push for a 12-week ban on most abortions when the state Senate takes up a bill next week restricting abortion after roughly six weeks of pregnancy.
Immediately after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, Republican lawmakers were quick to embrace so-called “trigger” bans designed to take effect as soon as the decision was released, while others rushed to pass additional restrictions that would halt the procedure in their states, sometimes backing proposals that did not include exceptions for rape or incest.
Now, almost a year later, lawmakers in some Republican-led states have started coalescing behind bans that allow most abortions to continue — a reaction, some Republicans say, to the sustained political backlash to abortion restrictions that has been mounting since the landmark decision in June.
While the 12-week bans have so far only passed in two states — North Carolina and Nebraska — the proposal has also gained traction with some national antiabortion groups who say they’re supportive of restricting abortions as far as a state can, including Susan B. Anthony Pro-Life America, which has also been pushing for, at minimum, national limits on abortion at 15 weeks.
How voters respond to these new bans could impact how abortion plays out as an issue in the 2024 presidential election. With little polling on the 12 week proposals, it’s unclear whether voters will buy Republican arguments that these kinds of bans are a “mainstream” compromise.
Which is why Tester needs to be on your list for monthly donations. He needs every bit of help he can get from those of us outside of Montana.
The battle to defeat Jon Tester in Montana is personal for Republicans
The Democratic senator has been able to win consistently in a deep-red state
By Liz Goodwin
May 22, 2023 at 6:00 a.m. EDT
A self proclaimed “seven-fingered dirt farmer” could stand between Republicans and the Senate majority in 2024.
Sen. Jon Tester of Montana, one of the most vulnerable Democrats up for reelection next year, has bedeviled Republicans since 2006, winning reelection twice in a deep red state whose other senator, Steve Daines, is now in charge of gaining back the majority for Republicans as chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee.
“He’s pretty wily,” said Sen. John Cornyn (R-Tex.), who once led the NRSC, of Tester. “He’s been able to hold on a long time.”
Republicans hope to change that this time, with Daines and his longtime top aide Jason Thielman, the NRSC’s executive director who is also from Montana, working to recruit a top-flight challenger to Tester and using their expertise to plot his defeat from their perches at the organization. They argue the state has changed rapidly since the last time Tester won, and their bet is that Montanans will no longer let their affection for the likable senator with a penchant for salty language override their increasing alienation from the Democratic Party.
But Tester’s allies essentially agree that the race will be a test of whether the senator’s authenticity and connection with his home state’s voters can override most Montanans’ inclination to vote Republican. Trump carried the state by 16 percentage points in 2020 — less than he won it by in 2016. But in 2022, Democratic state lawmakers lost races in the party’s former stronghold of Great Falls and Cascade County — Tester’s backyard — and the GOP gained a supermajority in the Montana state legislature.
Concerns about Biden’s reelection swamped by fear of Trump in swing voter focus groups
“Whatever the step above panicked is, that is what I feel about Trump,” said one of the voters, who picked Trump in 2016 then Biden in 2020
By Michael Scherer
May 22, 2023 at 5:00 a.m. EDT
Nearly all of the 15 gathered swing state voters described feeling negative emotions when they saw President Biden on a television or computer screens — “confused,” “concern,” “worry,” “sad,” “sorry” and even “panicked.”
Every single one said they wished Biden and his old Republican foe Donald Trump were not running for reelection. Several offered dire assessments of Biden’s mental and physical capacities, calling him too old or speculating about the possibility of dementia.
But as the focus group moderator steered the conversation to the possibility of a Biden rematch next year with Trump, the mood clearly shifted among these voters, who had all cast a ballot for Trump in 2016 and then Biden in 2020. Nine of the 15 said they would vote again for Biden, three said they would go back to Trump and three said they would either not vote or find a third-party candidate.
Even a 32-year-old recruiting manager from Phoenix, who had described the panic she felt watching Biden, came back into the fold.
“Whatever the step above panicked is, that is what I feel about Trump,” said Felicia, a registered Democrat.
Antiabortion groups push 2024 GOP candidates to embrace national ban
The effort comes amid warning signs from polling and election results of Republican vulnerability on the issue
By Michael Scherer and Josh Dawsey
Updated May 18, 2023 at 10:05 a.m. EDT|Published May 18, 2023 at 5:00 a.m. EDT
Leaders of the antiabortion movement gathered in Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago office last week to head off what they viewed as a potential crisis.
The former president’s reelection campaign had recently said that abortion restrictions “should be decided at the state level.” Days later, his rival, former U.N. ambassador Nikki Haley, delivered a speech arguing against federal abortion limits that did not have enough votes to pass both chambers of Congress.
Trump’s guests, including Susan B. Anthony Pro-Life America President Marjorie Dannenfelser, Family Research Council President Tony Perkins and Sen. Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.), showed him polling from the GOP firm On Message Public Strategies suggesting that a majority of Americans supported limiting the procedure after 15 weeks.
They insisted that the federal government must still have a role. They reminded Trump of his performance at the 2016 Las Vegas presidential debate, when he used shocking language to describe Democratic support for exceedingly rare abortions in the latest stages of pregnancy, which are typically conducted only in cases of fetal anomaly or threats to the life of the mother.
Multiple people involved in the conversation say Trump got the message. Two days later, during a CNN town hall, he repeated almost word for word what they had discussed in his office, reframing the debate away from Republican plans and onto misleading claims of Democratic extremism.
“Remember the debate with Hillary Clinton?” Trump told CNN’s Kaitlan Collins. “And I said, ‘Rip the baby out of the womb at the end of the ninth month, they will kill the baby in the ninth month.’”
The moment was a win in a behind-the-scenes battle being waged by antiabortion activists and senior Republican officials to corral the party’s presidential candidates on an issue that has been widely viewed as kryptonite for the GOP since the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade last year. They are using the early days of the presidential contest to coach Republicans across the country on the need to find their voice on the issue, while arguing that any retreat from long-held GOP orthodoxy on abortion will only feed the Democratic narrative.
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