Conservatives Upset with Do-Nothing Congress

2017 July 19
by bc3b

In 2018 the Democrats have the most to lose as 23 of the 34 seats up for election are theirs along with two independents (King and Sanders) who vote consistently with them.

Yesterday we discussed the Republicans in the Senate and how 19 had Heritage Action ratings under 50% in 2016. Those 19 include the two GOP Senate leaders – Mitch McConnell and John Cornyn.

This is the time to take action in the primaries.

Republicans up for re-election include: Flake (AZ), Heller (NV), Cruz (TX), Strange (AL), Wicker (MS), Fischer (NE), Corker (TN), Hatch (UT) and Barrasso (WY).

If conservatives and nationalist populists are interested in making a statement, Flake, Heller and Corker would be the best targets along with Hatch (if he doesn’t decide to retire).

It appears that conservatives are truly upset with Congress and rightly so.

Conservatives are lashing out at the Republican-controlled Congress over the lack of progress on President Trump’s agenda.

One by one, conservative groups lined up to blame Congress (not the president) for the collapse of Senate Republicans’s effort to repeal and replace ObamaCare.

“It’s shocking the amount of pushback he’s getting from his own party,” said Carl Higbie, a former spokesman for the pro-Trump Great America PAC. “it’s time to primary some of these longstanding congressional leaders that can’t get the job done.”

Conservative talk radio host Hugh Hewitt trained his ire on Sen. Dean Heller (R-Nev.), arguably the most endangered GOP Senate incumbent in 2018, for opposing the repeal and replace bill.

Hewitt questioned Heller’s intelligence, saying on his Tuesday show that he’s not “sharpest knife in the drawer” and accusing him of not grasping the damage he was doing to the Republican Party.

Hewitt even compared the list of Republican defectors from the bill to a fictional list kept by Arya Stark, a character on HBO’s ‘Game of Thrones,” of people who have been marked for revenge after wronging her family.

“We know the list to blame. It’s like #AryaStark list. And it just keeps getting longer”€ Hewitt tweeted.

Hewitt said that, along with Heller, Sens. Ron Johnson (Wis.), Susan Collins(Maine), Rand Paul (Ky.) and Mike Lee (Utah) belong on that list for opposing the bill.

Tea Party Patriots co-founder Mark Meckler fumed, ticking through the names of senators who he said abandoned conservative voters by opposing a subsequent measure to repeal the Affordable Care Act and put off replacement.

“[Alaska Sen. Lisa] Murkowski, [West Virginia Sen. Shelley Moore] Capito and Collins. People are furious. And not one ounce of it is directed at Trump,” Meckler said.

The Senate Conservatives Fund (SCF), which funded ads in the past against Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and other Republicans, vowed to back primary challenges against Republicans who did not back the repeal and replace efforts.

“Republicans have promised to repeal ObamaCare for years, and now with President Trump in the White House there is no excuse for them to break their promise,” said SCF chairman Ken Cuccinelli.

The outrage illustrated the intraparty divisions that have opened up in the Republican Party over healthcare and could imperil other parts of Trump’s agenda.

Hat tip: The Hill

27 Responses leave one →
  1. 2017 July 19 8:15 am
    Eph permalink

    Hugh Hewitt? Really????

    Is that a joke???

  2. 2017 July 19 8:20 am
    drdog09 permalink

    Something conservatives should really be concerned with —

    “[W]e hope to issue this week a new directive on asset forfeiture—especially for drug traffickers,” Sessions said. “With care and professionalism, we plan to develop policies to increase forfeitures. No criminal should be allowed to keep the proceeds of their crime. Adoptive forfeitures are appropriate as is sharing with our partners.”

    — Jeff Sessions

    Asset forfeiture is a scourge.

  3. 2017 July 19 9:39 am
    bc3b permalink

    Eph #1 –

    When even a RINO like Hugh Hewitt is disgusted with these people, you know how bad things have gotten.

    With Democrats, what you see is what you get. If anything Democrats move even farther to the left once they are elected.

    With Republicans, the opposite is true. They campaign as conservatives and immediately become Uni-Party. Flake is a good example. Two of the best (worst?) examples ever were Kelly Ayotte and Renee Ellmers. Both campaigned as conservatives, opposed illegal immigration, had Tea Party support and were endorsed by Sarah Palin. Both became Uni-Party immediately upon arrival in DC.

  4. 2017 July 19 10:35 am

    Why is everybody upset,the GOP long ago morphed into the mugwump party.

  5. 2017 July 19 11:12 am
    drdog09 permalink


    You are being kind. 🙂

  6. 2017 July 19 1:01 pm
    bc3b permalink

    I wonder what the Republicans’ big lies will be for 2018. They have already lied about repealing ObamaCare, balancing the budget and refusing to increase the debt, securing the borders, etc., etc., etc.

  7. 2017 July 19 1:33 pm
    drdog09 permalink

  8. 2017 July 19 1:42 pm
    drdog09 permalink

  9. 2017 July 19 3:03 pm
    gnqanq permalink

    As the old saying goes, “to save the village, it is required that we destroy the village”.

    Unfortunately, we are surrounded by idiots (politicians & fellow citizens). And the only sure way to fix the problem is that the country is going to have to burn to the ground. Not my choice but the realty of the situation.

    I believe a financial collapse will kick it off when it goes. Saw an article on zero hedge where Chicago has 4 maybe 5 years before all assets are exhausted. Presently, they are liquidating assets to meet current obligations.

    Look no further to present Greece, where women whore themselves out to feed their family.

  10. 2017 July 19 3:23 pm
    bc3b permalink

    Kalifornia proposes jail time for the use of “wrong” pronoun for transgendered seniors:

  11. 2017 July 19 3:37 pm
    bc3b permalink

  12. 2017 July 19 6:40 pm
    bc3b permalink

    John McCain was diagnosed with brain cancer. He still has 5.5 years left in his term.

    Eph, if you are lurking: If McCain cannot fulfill his term, any ideas whom might be named to replace him?

  13. 2017 July 19 6:45 pm

    Whoever it is will be a rino.

    If we’re lucky schumer will be next.

  14. 2017 July 19 7:42 pm
    Eph permalink


    Ducey will go RINO. Schweikert.

    No chance for Franks or Gosar.

  15. 2017 July 19 9:40 pm

    “Conservatives Upset with Do-Nothing Congress”

    gee I couldn’t imagine why.

    btw I’m not dead just be busy and purposely tuning out most news last couple weeks… 90% all the same shit everyday anyway, and weeks ago it was clear failure theater was going to be in full-effect for the summer.

    12 – I have nothing nice to say about Mcturd, all I’ll say is why is anyone remotely surprised by this news, he’s been acting brain damaged for a decade plus….
    As for replacement, you can bet on another mccain clone\henchmen.

    6 – That’s easy… they’ll lie about actually wanting to win\keep majorities, they aren’t interested in that or governing, they’ve proved it.

  16. 2017 July 19 9:43 pm

    “If we’re lucky schumer will be next.”

    Or RBG, she can do more damage.

  17. 2017 July 20 3:53 am
    drdog09 permalink

  18. 2017 July 20 6:12 am
    drdog09 permalink

  19. 2017 July 20 6:24 am
    justrand permalink

    the VDH article is excellent…though deeply troubling.

    Progressivism IS seductive. And there are plenty of dim-witted, brainwashed people who are very easily seduced.

    My fear remains that America will NOT fight another Civil War…but rather, simply slip into a sick mashup of ‘1984’, ‘Brave New World’ and ‘This Perfect Day’.

  20. 2017 July 20 6:49 am
    The Ghost of Reason permalink

    Good morning all…. Rand…. Are you out of the fire’s way?

  21. 2017 July 20 7:08 am
    bc3b permalink

    drdog09 #18 –

    he article is correct. Progressives want to destroy nationalism and replace it with globalism. One of the best ways to destroy nationalism is through multiculturalism, replacing of lessening the influence of the people who reside within a country. Merkel has been very successful in doing this in Germany as Ted Kennedy and his allies did in the US.

  22. 2017 July 20 7:11 am
    bc3b permalink

    Over at, there was almost as much celebration last night as the night of the 2016 election.

    From everything I have read about John McCain, he’s not a very nice human being. I don’t wish cancer on anyone, but his leaving Congress (whenever that happens) will be a good thing.

  23. 2017 July 20 7:24 am
    bc3b permalink

    drdog09 #17 –

    From VDH article in National Review – “The country is coming apart, and the advocates of radical egalitarianism are winning.”

    Aren’t Rich Lowry and the rest of the girly men at today’s National Review helping out with their constant opposition to anything Trump? Most of them probably voted for Hillary, whose presidency would have destroyed the US because Trump wasn’t pure enough or because he sometimes uses coarse language.

  24. 2017 July 20 7:37 am
    drdog09 permalink


    Absolutely BC. Lowry and their ilk are as much to blame as the Progressives. Not because they are Progressives, but because they really are not opponents to Progressivism. They are just hagfish on the body of people who do oppose Progressivism.

    There is of course the other aspect — how little we need them. I hear constantly about the NWO and its plans for population reduction. Got news for them it is not as easy as it sounds. Take any Intel PC chip. How many people are needed to create it?

    85 engineers/designers
    10 lithographers
    2000 production personnel
    150 QC people
    15 material scientists
    on and on.

    That is just one company with a single product. Who sources the glass for the cpu die? Who sources the copper, silver, gold and rare earth components? Who makes the CPU pins? Etc, etc. Its Milton Freidman’s pencil metaphor all over again.

    Its much easier to replace the elite than it is the electrician.

  25. 2017 July 20 8:07 am
    justrand permalink

    Ghost, I’m back home…and the fires are nowhere near us, for now.

    Thanks for thinking of us up here in Galt’s Gulch! 🙂

  26. 2017 July 20 8:08 am
    bc3b permalink

    drdor09 –

    Today’s National Review editorial staff is in no way nationalistic. They disassociate the Constitution from the United States. They claim to revere the Constitution but deplore nationalism and, in many cases, the democratic process. They are elites and just like Frau Merkel believe the world would be a better place if Charley Lunchbucket would just adhere to the dictates of the elites and stop causing trouble by doing things like supporting Donald Trump.

  27. 2017 July 20 8:39 am
    drdog09 permalink

    Chipotle always claimed to serve only ‘fresh ingredients’ — — Can’t get much fresher than on-the-hoof rat burger for their Burrito Grande.

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