By The Blaze. Tea Party Republican and former Illinois congressman Joe Walsh is considering a primary challenge against President Donald Trump, and the now-talk radio host says if he does announce a run, “it’s going to be before Labor Day.” . . .
The New York Times reported Wednesday that Walsh “is expected to announce he is running for president as early as this weekend.” He told The Times, “If I do it, it’s going to be before Labor Day.”
Walsh went from passionately supporting President Trump’s candidacy in 2016 to regularly — and adamantly — speaking out against the president and calling him “unfit” for the office. The former congressman from Illinois told WTTW-TV this week that the turning point for him came when President Trump met with Russian President Vladimir Putin in 2018. . .
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But Walsh has a tough row to hoe in presenting any significant threat to President Trump according to the current political landscape, where the president enjoys strong polling numbers from Republican voters and the “undivided” support of the Republican National Committee. . .
So far, one Republican is formally challenging President Trump in the primary. Former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld threw his hat in the ring earlier this year, after running as the Libertarian Party’s vice presidential nominee in the 2016 election. (Read more from “Tea Party Republican Mulling Primary Challenge Against President Trump” HERE)
Climate Alarmist Candidate Jay Inslee Drops Out of 2020 Presidential Race
By PJ Media. Gov. Jay Inslee (D-Wash.) announced he was dropping out of the 2020 presidential race on Wednesday. Having decided to make his presidential campaign all about climate change, Inslee found himself in a race packed to the gills with far-left climate activists just as radical as he is. He made many desperate gambits for attention, like calling President Trump a “white nationalist” (fact check: false) and hinting that he would prosecute fossil fuel executives for murder.
“This show has been so good to me, this has been sort of the bookends of my campaign,” Inslee told MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow. “It’s become clear that I’m not going to be carrying the ball. I’m not going to be president, so tonight I’m withdrawing from the race.”
Inslee insisted he would keep fighting climate change like he had been doing for 25 years, and he did not endorse a fellow candidate in the race. (Read more from “Climate Alarmist Candidate Jay Inslee Drops Out of 2020 Presidential Race” HERE)
The Thrill Is Gone? Dems Seem Bored with Their Presidential Candidates
By PJ Media. It’s a long way down from “Hope and Change” to “Succumb to the Inevitable,” but that’s the level of excitement generated by the 2020 Dem contenders. Sad!
Jonathan Easley writes for The Hill that “soft levels of support mark this year’s Democratic primary” and is the defining feature of this year’s frontrunners, “even after an intense focus on the race by the national media.” You can shine a light on Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders, and Elizabeth Warren, but it seems you can’t make any of them shine. . . .
What does all this voter confusion mean for the candidates themselves? Kamala Harris, once thought to be the youngish/intersectional/progressive alternative to Biden, now faces a “crossroads” in a campaign that has “lost steam” in recent weeks. Bernie Sanders, whose support seems to have softened since his electrifying (well, if you’re into that kind of thing) 2016 effort? He’s now punching down, as it were, at Harris, and also at Elizabeth Warren. Edward Hardy writes for The Independent that “the increase in attacks clearly reveals that Sanders and his campaign team are concerned” with softening poll numbers. . .
If electability is the goal, then where is the money, the oil that fuels every campaign? The Daily Caller reported yesterday that DNC chair Tom Perez “will hold three fundraisers for American ex-patriots [sic] in Mexico, as Democrats struggle to keep pace with Republicans in fundraising.” Just make sure they’re all genuine Americans, Tom, because taking campaign funds from foreigners is wrong… and something Democrats would never, ever do. Wink-wink, nudge-nudge. . .
So who passes the electability test? I know it’s early, but if I had to put my money on just one candidate, it would have to be Donald Trump. (Read more from “The Thrill Is Gone? Dems Seem Bored with Their Presidential Candidates” HERE)