Can MAGA win this fall?

Short answer is yes.  No thanks to current Republican legislative leadership.

Republicans can still keep the House and even gain in the Senate, and this time  to an effect.  In part it must involve a culling of the herd (thankfully some are “self-culling”) and replacement with serious patriots. With RINO fifth-column operatives and Republican establishment ineptness (at best), it will not be easy and will need to reflect, as did the 2016 election, a rejection of “mainstream” media.

Electoral victory will require hard-nosed practical politcal education — of donors and voters. The message should be fearsome. The attempt by leftists to regain blue color America to reliable Democrat fold can be thwarted.  Current legislative leadership needs to go. Voters see them as business as usual and self-serving types, (and we cannot argue against that).

Related articles of note:

Why the Center Cannot Hold   by Laura Hollis at Townhall. Bold emphasis ours.

For months, the American press, aghast at Donald Trump’s presidency, has been predicting a “blue wave” — voters sweeping Republicans out office and instead electing a massive number of Democrats.

There’s no question that Democrats and progressives despise Trump and are motivated to vote. But the left-wing media engages in what I call “progpaganda” — the promotion of things they want to be true, endeavoring to shape events, and not merely report on them. This is the same group predicting with “99 percent certainty” that Hillary Clinton was going to win the White House.

American voters appear to have gotten wise to the press’ efforts. But for some inscrutable reason, Republican politicians haven’t. Thus, true to form, the GOP is running with their tails tucked between their legs in an effort to escape the political tsunami that probably wouldn’t occur if they didn’t create it themselves. This year has an unusually high number of congressional Republicans retiring — at last count, more than 40 — including Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, who won his last election by nearly 35 percentage points.

The buzz is that those retiring see the writing on the wall, and are getting out while the getting’s good. (Vox put it bluntly: “Republicans are screwed.”) Some even speculate that establishment Republicans (who loathe Trump as much as the Democrats) are willing to lose Congress to thwart Trump and make a point.

Talk about cutting off your nose to spite your face.

Jennifer Rubin, a conservative writer for The Washington Post, explained in an interview with Politico that, having left the Republican Party, she does not see herself ever going back. Rubin — and plenty of others on the right — blame Trump for the GOP’s implosion.

They have it exactly backwards. It is the GOP’s self-destruction that made Trump’s meteoric rise not only possible, but inevitable. The roots of Trump’s triumph can be seen in the “shellacking” that voters gave Democrats in 2010, when they handed Republicans control of the House, and again in 2014 when Republicans took control of the Senate.

Then, as now, the GOP listened to the press, but not the people.

Republican and other conservative voters have been begging the GOP to represent their interests in Congress — to no avail. The people want reduced taxation, simplified regulation, and — critically — enforcement of our immigration laws. (Trump’s popular bluster notwithstanding, we don’t really need a wall on our southern border; we need to enforce the laws we have on the books.) They want an end to interminable foreign wars and to international agreements that penalize American companies and American workers.

How hard is any of this to understand?

When the GOP took control of the House in 2010, they told voters they couldn’t do anything without the Senate. When voters gave them the Senate in 2014, the GOP complained that anything they passed would be vetoed by President Obama, a Democrat. In 2016, voters gave the GOP-controlled Congress a Republican president who would sign any remotely conservative legislation they sent across his desk — whereupon Congress proceeded to do nearly nothing legislatively, save for a tax overhaul.

It’s almost as if, lacking any further excuses for political inertia, Republicans have thrown up their hands and are running for the exits. The predicted “blue wave” isn’t the explanation. It isn’t even their excuse. It’s their reprieve.

Republicans who blame Trump for their current circumstances are fools or blinkered cowards. Trump is only in the White House because the public got fed up with the GOP’s ambivalence, incompetence and incessant capitulation to a perennially hostile (and often frankly deceitful) media.

Compare the press’ coverage of Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election with their complaints about Trump in 2016. Romney is upright, steadfast, honorable, truthful, moral, faithful to his wife, dignified, polite and respectful to his political opponents. The press characterized him as evil incarnate; a soulless, grasping robber baron willing to see widows and orphans die to advance his fortune. In 2016, they suddenly purported to care about honor, dignity and “statesmanship.”

Had Republicans displayed the courage of their convictions in the years leading up to 2016, instead of sucking their thumbs every time the press lied about them, voters would have had much greater confidence in the other GOP presidential candidates. As it was, having been sold down the river too many times, voters picked an outsider who clearly could stand up to the press and the left.

Those who bemoan the rise of populist politicians like Trump and the loss of the “political center” bring to mind “Slouching Towards Bethlehem,” a song written by Joni Mitchell (and based upon the poem, “The Second Coming,” by William Butler Yeats). Mitchell writes:

Things fall apart
The center cannot hold
And a blood-dimmed tide
Is loosed upon the world…
The best lack conviction
Given some time to think
And the worst are full of passion
Without mercy

When the best among us — our leaders — lack conviction, what arises in their place is often the product of frustration and resentment. From there, it is backlash after backlash.

The predicted “blue wave” may take place. If it does, it’s worth asking what America will look like if progressives get control of the government. Because they will not suffer from the timidity and self-abasement that Republicans have shown.

Because of current Republican legislative leadership people may not vote “for” Republicans.  But they can be informed enough to hold their noses and vote the Republican line as it is still the only hope.

Via The Federalist, Jane Robbins writing:

New Polls Undermine Forecast Of Blue Wave In Midterms
A trove of new polling shows the once-formidable lead Democrats had in the generic congressional ballot is nearly gone.

R Mall


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Pontificating from the sewer

This Patriot Post item presents a fine analysis of the “evangelical” view of human failures and politics.  Those that I know are largely policy driven.  Sure I have known a few prigs and the holier-than-thou types. They range from being tools, political nincompoops, lazy (intellectually and otherwise), impractical, and of the ilk: any excuse to equivocate and  vote for a Democrat. Their view if social justice is corrupt.

Comey Tees Up Demos’ 2018 ‘Morality’ Play


In the now-infamous ABC News interview promoting his new book, disgraced former FBI Director James Comey pontificated on Donald Trump. The interviewer was George Stephanopoulos, former White House communications director for Bill Clinton, and he asked Comey, “You write that President Trump is ‘unethical,’ ‘untethered to the truth.’ Is Donald Trump unfit to be president?” Comey answered, “Yes, but not in the way I often hear people talk about it. I don’t buy the stuff about him being mentally incompetent, or early stages of dementia. He strikes me as a person of above-average intelligence, who’s tracking conversations and knows what’s going on. I don’t think he’s medically unfit to be president. I think he’s morally unfit to be president.”

And there it is, the foundation Democrats and the Left are seeking to build as the core of their political platform for the 2018 midterms: “Trump is not fit for office because of his lack of morality.” The plan appears to be using this not as a “get the vote out” message to a Democrat base that is already chomping at the bit to hit back at Trump, but it is instead designed to discourage conservatives from supporting Republican candidates. The mainstream media’s drum-banging on Trump’s lack of moral character has been especially aimed at conservative evangelicals. The question posed: “How can you willing give your support to such an immoral man and still claim to be committed to promoting morality? Isn’t that hypocritical?”

It may prove to be an effective campaign tactic; time will tell. However, it first presumes that Trump’s lack of high moral character was an unknown issue, when the fact is it has been well known since long before he decided to run for office. Second, it assumes that conservative evangelical voters are essentially cultish followers of personality rather than focused on the issues. Conservatives in general tend to be more issue-driven than emotionally driven in their politics, and evangelicals are no exception. In fact, many evangelicals who did vote for Trump made the decision by weighing the options between two heavily flawed and morally compromised candidates, looked at where they stood on the important issues, and chose accordingly.

Finally, Democrats and the Left have been engaged in this anti-Trump #Resistance ever since he won the election. Comey’s assertion that Trump is “morally unfit for office” is yet another salvo from anti-Trumpers in their ongoing fight to get him removed from office. But the Democrats have a problem. What is it that Democrats are offering the American people, other than more anti-Trump vitriol? So far, they have come out against the obviously beneficial Republican tax cuts, against securing America’s border, against legislation on DACA, against the Rule of Law (see California declaring itself state a sanctuary haven for illegal aliens), and against Americans’ Second Amendment rights. Instead, Democrats and their cohorts in the mainstream media have doubled down on riding the anti-Trump train, projecting that it will carry them on a blue wave back into congressional power. Will it work? They hope so, but of course if it doesn’t they can always blame the Russians.

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Second Amendment Interlude

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We’re thinking maybe people know who the real lying POS is

From a morning AOL feed:

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Yes bad government is the people’s failure

  • But the Paul Ryans (and Mitch McConnells) have/had a special responsibility

Nathanael Blake writing at Townhall has a fundamentally sound article recommended in its entirety, excerpt here:

You Need To Do A Lot More Than Voting To Be A Good Citizen 

. . . For most people the effort required to understand politics and policy is disproportionate to their ability to influence them. Unless one enjoys that sort of thing, it is rational to ignore politics, or to align with a party that seems to generally fit one’s views, even if one does not understand all the issues. And people who mostly care about only a few issues may align with interest groups, and follow their lead in supporting a party.

Even political junkies do this. The passionate and informed health-care policy wonk may ignore nuclear power plant regulations, or trade policy in Southeast Asia, or legal debates over Chevron deference. These are important issues, but we are finite beings, and not even a devoted genius could hope to master all of public policy. And many of those who do follow politics are paying attention only for daily hits of rage.

We are all rationally ignorant of many things, even those relating to our interests and passions. But it is one thing for a guitar player to not understand the physics of circuit design in a tube amplifier; it is another for a free citizen to not know the basics of the government he or she is part of. The former is rational ignorance, the latter is abdication. The difference is self-rule. In the United States, the people are the sovereign. We are not meant to simply be servants and consumers of government, but its masters.

Thus, the problem of public ignorance is not just that of politicians exploiting it—for instance, to strip away constitutional rights. It also raises the question of who we are. There is something servile about free men and women declining to participate in governing themselves. While we cannot learn all the details of policy in every domain, we can at least understand the basics, and basis, of our government. To abandon this is not like neglecting to keep up foreign language skills, or some other worthy but peripheral endeavor. Rather, it is to abandon our identity as free, self-governing citizens, and instead to become subjects.

. . . Voting cannot save us. Indeed, by itself, voting is only the most marginal form of civic participation. In a debased culture, votes hardly matter, for politics will follow the culture. If we improve the culture, the politics may follow.

However, there are no certainties in a free society. Attempts at renewal may fail, and such failure may be made more likely by the potential for rational ignorance to produce a tragedy of the commons. In a corrupt, selfish society, it may seem rational for responsible people to embrace a quietist ignorance of politics, but this only exacerbates the political problem.

. . . Those who retreat into private life will find that, although they have no interest in politics, politics is interested in them. The price of freedom and self-government is the responsibility of self-government.

In reflecting on the first article about each citizens responsibility, which we heartily endorse, we also recognize that the Paul Ryan’s have/had a special responsibility, that is if they ever believed their own rhetoric.  That responsibility does not require definitive success, but to try,  to be defeated (they can’t eat you), to (forgive such crazy talk) risk reelection in a way that lays groundwork for good and isolates or undermines that which needs to be opposed, to recognize degenerative compromises, the ratcheting up of big government . . .to not facilitate what you say you oppose. In that regard, this article also at Townhall is compelling:

 Not Only Did Paul Ryan Not Fix Entitlements, He Made Them Worse 

Concluding summation by the author of the above article after exposing the rhetoric – reality divide:

Primum non nocere—first, do no harm. Ryan may not have had the power to compel Republicans to reform entitlements, but he did have the power—if he had had the courage—to prevent his own party from making the problem any worse. He did not.

In life, family first, indeed, but military and other families succeed under more trying conditions than congressional service presents, so let us not hear of that Ryan retirement BS.

It is critical to change the underpinnings of cultural/ structural decay, especially academia (those who teach the children rule the world), to seize every day to work to restore and abide by limitations on government, and then go home.  Instead he/they allowed “the system” to control, and maybe he/they favor much of it after all, with a few demurrals. We often see about the sincerity of such as them, in their retirement gigs.

R Mall

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…but I wouldn’t buy a used car from him.

A man of “integrity’? . . . Define “integrity”.

Paul Ryan: Comey a Man of Integrity, ‘As Far as I Know’ Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) said former FBI Director James Comey was a man of integrity, as far as he knew.

When asked if Comey is a man of integrity Ryan said, “As far as I know. I don’t know him very well. I’ve — two or three briefings is about what I had with James Comey.”
Todd asked, “Would you take him at his word? Would you trust his judgment?”
Ryan added, “Look. I’m not going to try and help sell some books.”     DLH

Memo to the outgoing Speaker:  A man of integrity does let the powerful get away with such “extreme carelessness” towards national security that would result in indictments if it were a lowly sergeant or GS7 or a government contractor of any stripe. A man of integrity does not run a law enforcement agency with deputies who lie to Congress and their own agency or are politically motivated.  A man of integrity does not consult polls before making public information they have a right to know.      R Mall

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Punks, bottom to top

Here we have “three men”, “rowdy party attendees”, “one attacker”, “who had help”.  Police are asking for your help but think no further description is necessary?

He asked them to leave a pool party. They responded with a brutal beating.

But the biggest takeaway from this , per the Miami Herald, is…the ‘guard’ who was brutally beaten (again, by those “rowdy party attendees”) “was not authorized to be patrolling the area”, “policed said”.

Presumably then, it was his own damn fault…for hassling those “rowdy party attendees”.


Still more, reflecting what “Democultur” has wrought 

Stunning! Attorney Argues It was Fault of Trump Supporters That They Were Beaten, Cold-Cocked, Egged, Bloodied After San Jose Rally

Washington Post said she “taunted” them — by wearing a Trump shirt, smiling, and flashing the peace sign!)

Of all the nerve. Taunting people by wearing a Trump shirt and flashing the peace sign. Why it’s a wonder she wasn’t arrested and jailed.      DK

And at the top of the food chain:

 McCabe Report Finds Obama’s FBI and DOJ: Corrupt, Dishonest, Coordinated and Conspiring

How dare anyone say bad things about the skinny black kid who’s trying to ruin America (with the help of Soros and Clinton         DK

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Kids — you have vocabulary and grammar options

True, most probably already know the rap words, and for too many they pretty much comprise their entire vocabulary. The trick now is to add nuance for more sophisticated communication.

We have harped on this several times over the past few weeks, months. Never yet had we seen any of the dominant liberal web sites, big city newspapers, cable news, or social media do any extensive comment on it. Instead we’ve read and heard about all the honors bestowed on the rap and hip hop stars, and how many top “songs’ (like the ones noted here that occupy the playlists of Barack Obama and politicians and celebrities from all political ideologies.

As the shootings in Broward and the never ending “conversations” on gun violence and the causes drone on, we’ve not seen anyone make any serious reference to the deadly, corrosive effect of this stuff on young people and the culture at large.

This is about the first we’ve seen. When we have published the actual lyrics of this awful “musical” genre on Veritaspac, we’ve gotten just about zero response. If we did it would probably be that we shouldn’t present such “graphic, pornographic” language.

In the final analysis, listen up America…even you folks in the Quad Cities. Few have not been in traffic, stopped at a light and not have been subject to this crud that the occupants and drivers, black and white, have cranked up and are mesmerized by.   The young people in this country and in this community are consuming this stuff.

And we’re supposed to rise up against the NRA??!!

News flash! These are not the “niggas with attitude” and they are not “straight outa Compton”!         DLH


The article below from Newsbusters presents more documentation of the cultural scandal and the hypocrisy of the left regarding the misogyny and violence embedded in the hip-hop and rap culture.  It has the added feature of reference to a glossary of terms of sorts.

Now we have seen yutes, male and female sing along with the hip hop /rap tune (there is only one) never missing a lyric.  Nor do they miss any grammatical rules, because the genre exists in part to destroy any. And these same aficionados talk the same cadence in everyday, everywhere discourse.  One of he big problems is what they supposedly rebel against is something never imposed on them in our indigenous schools. So educated America is at a loss to a mechanism for being able to talk the talk.

So we have added some vocabulary game proposals along the side that our clever readers might be able to adapt to help teach those who might be unable to understand the words or patois. Here are some excerpts from the Newsbusters expose.    Bold our emphasis

Hateful Hip-Hop: Top U.S. R&B/Hip-Hop Songs Objectify Women 55 Times  

In the #MeToo era, many in the music industry have been producing and awarding sexually exploitive lyrics.

For the week of March 31st, 2018, eight of the top 20 songs in Billboard’s “R&B/Hip-Hop” chart were blatantly sexist and misogynistic. In these songs, women were portrayed as commodities or luxury goods — something to be owned or consumed and of no more importance than money, cars, liquor or drugs. Sexual lyrics are casually graphic and almost solely about women giving men pleasure.

In eight of the 20 songs, singers used the word “bitch” a total of 55 times, with 15 blatant instances of women being treated as sex objects. Cardi B, a woman and a wanna-be #MeToo activist, had a new Top-20 song about dominating “bitches” and giving them drugs. Newly minted rap star Post Malone and Ty Dolla $ign rapped that they “can take yo’ bitch,” and receive oral sex from “hoes.” And Kendrick Lamar’s “King’s Dead” (which used “bitch” seven times) grossly detailed oral sex.

Graphic Lyrics Deriding Women as Mere Sex Objects

The song “Psycho” occupied the No. 3 spot on Billboard’s R&B/Hot-Hip Hop chart. Written by Post Malone and featuring artist Ty Dolla $ign, it depicted the luxuries the young rappers have earned, with the worst lyrics concerning the women they’ve acquired. They rapped about stealing “bitches,” and getting them to perform sex acts for them.

In just the second verse, several lines included the lyrics, “You should see the whip, promise I can take yo’ bitch. Dolla ridin’ in an old-school Chevy, it’s a drop top. Boolin’ with a thot-thot, she gon’ give me top top.”

Translation: “thot” is slang for a slut or a whore. It’s a word condensed from the phrase, “that hoe over there.” “Top” is also slang for oral sex.
Another current Top-20 fixture has been the rap group Migos. These three rappers have frequently written songs that objectify and are disparaging towards women. This week, their song “Stir Fry” sat at No. 8 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop listing. It’s lyrics stated that they have the “finest hoes,” and that one “hoe” in particular has “got a big ol’ onion booty, [that] make[s] the world cry.”

Another Migos’ song, “Walk It, Talk It,” was high in the chart as well. The song sat at No. 12 and was written about the rap moguls’ decadent lifestyle which included dominating loose and easy women. Several lyrics portrayed rappers’ desire for a threesome with women, “I want that thot, this thot, menagin’,” [as in menage a trois]; and a disparaging objectification of women’s bodies, “She just bought a new ass, but got the same boobs.”

“Him and I” by G-Eazy and Halsey came in at No. 13. A sort of Bonnie and Clyde romance, if you will, the song’s lyrics depicted the two lovers/partners in crime living a fast and hard lifestyle. “We do drugs together, fuck up clubs together,” the song lyrics read. Although the songwriters expressed some type of dependency and intimacy towards one another, it devolved into expressing how the female of the duo is the man’s “down bitch.” G-Eazy and Halsey write:

My bitch was the most solid, nothing to solidify. She would never cheat, you’d never see her with a different guy. Ever tell you different, then it’s a lie. See that’s my down bitch, see that’s my soldier. She keeps that thang-thang if anyone goes there… We keep mobbin’, it’s just me and my bitch. Fuck the world, we just gon’ keep getting rich, you know?

No. 14 in the hip-hop top 20 was “Plug Walk,” by Rich the Kid. It was a song dedicated to his drug supplier, or “Plug,” in which Rich the Kid rapped about a day driving around with his dope-slinger, and getting into gang banger mischief. (“Pick him up in a space coup, I don’t let my plug walk.”)

Rich talked about making deals as a Gucci-wearing “boss,” and picking up women along the way, while discarding old ones. He rapped in the chorus, “New freak, had to cut my other lil’ bitch off (ooh, ooh, lil’ bitch.)” In the second verse, the rapper described a woman he was planning on having have sex with. He wrote, “Bitch this ain’t no Henny in my cup (lil’ bitch.) Stayed down, now the racks up (racks up.) She gon’ let me fuck, ass up (ass up.


Nielsen ratings have found that “it’s the first time in U.S. history that the genre has risen to the top of the musical food chain,” with it making up “25.1 percent of all music consumption in the U.S.” as of 2017. Rock music is second place with only 23%. This is particularly problematic for youth. In a recent article for the The Harvard Crimson, contributing writer Uzochi Nwoko wrote that the “average age of hip hop listeners is the lowest of all major music genres in the United States. Because of this impressionable demographic, the content of hip hop and rap music has particular potential for impact.”

Nwoko discussed that, while the message of wealth and empowerment have been appealing to African-American youth, they have also been receiving the more “insidious connotations.” One such example, the writer claimed, is “the saturation of rap and hip hop music with misogynistic lyrics that hypersexualize and give little or no respect to women.” Nwoko also reported her Billboard hip-hop findings for the week of Feb. 24, which was that an astonishing 18 out of the top 25 songs used language belittling towards women, such as “bitch,” “hoe,” and “whore.” . . .

Dr. Carolyn West, Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Washington wrote in 2008 about the dangerous implications Hip-Hop culture poses towards young black women in particular. As far as rap music’s expansion from its urban roots to the corporate mainstream, West claimed, “What’s changed over time is the greater sexualization of hip-hop. Initially it started off as a revolutionary form of music. Now, large corporations produce images that sell, and there is a blatant link between hip-hop and pornography.”

Looking the lyrics of the recent top- 20, it’s hard not to recognize this pornographic material. West argued that “Black adolescent girls are being bombarded with graphic sexual images… Black Entertainment Television, plays more than 15 hours of music videos per day.” Considering that rap has become the predominant music genre in the decade since, furthered by the enormous prevalence of social media in America today, it’s safe to say that even more youngsters are plagued by hip-hop’s negative connotations.

. . .

Why Does Hip-Hop Get a Pass? . . .

To have a high-profile music awards show celebrate a genre that is inundated with blatant sexism in the height of Hollywood’s #MeToo movement seems like doublethink. It shows that the toxicity of sexual abuse and misogyny in pop culture is not really being taken seriously, despite the celebrity virtue-signaling. Rap continues to outsell every other genre, and also sells to the most impressionable demographic. Even the Daily Beast argued that the rap industry practically promotes artists accused of real-life violence towards women. For those who care about our culture, obviously there is a huge problem, and for outspoken #MeToo advocates, a huge disconnect.

Don’t be “lost in America.” There is no urban divide. Hip-hop is taught and  practiced in every state, cities large and small, farm and manufacturing communities of every stripe.  Adapt these aids to help bring you and yours up to date.

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So this button of the Swamp Borgata mouths off:


And, I guess Comey is Elliot Ness


Then at the daily press briefing:

‘With all of this turmoil, particularly this last week, has the president thought about stepping down, before or now?’ (DimWit April) Ryan asked during Tuesday’s press briefing. 

Read more:

White House Press Secretary merely dismissed Ryan’s question as “ridiculous”, which, of course, it was.

Our response might have been, “Ms. Ryan, have you, before or now, thought about going to h-ll?’ (Which is one of perhaps 10,000 reasons we are not the White House Press Secretary.)


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“Shoeless”Paul Ryan…Say it ain’t so, Paul

Paul Ryan Not Running For Reelection

Ohh Nooo! Say it ain’t so Paul.

“Why it matters: House Republicans were already in a very tough spot for the midterms, with many endangered members and the good chance that Democrats could win the majority.” Axios

But, does it really (matter)?

Axios reports that Paul says it’s just so hard to work with Trump:

“…ready to step out of a job that has become endlessly frustrating, in part because of President Trump.”

Wonder how Trump feels about the congressional GOP caucus.        DLH

Rat chewing a hole in the ship

With this news we hope he resigns the speakership immediately.  His countenance will only drag GOP prospects down. Leave the Speakership and STFU

R Mall

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