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NeverTrump Attack James Mattis Because He Will Not Attack Trump Over the Ukraine Kerfuffle

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Defense Secretary Jim Mattis listens to a question about Russia from the media at the Pentagon, Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017, in Washington. Senior American and Russian military leaders met for an unprecedented, face-to-face session somewhere in the Middle East this week to discuss the growing tensions in the competing battles to retake one of the remaining Islamic State strongholds in Syria. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

For the past couple of years, retired USMC General and former Secretary of Defense James Mattis has been a central member of the the NeverTrump Pantheon. Trump hadn’t been in office all that long when rumors surfaced that a “suicide pact” existed between Mattis, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin, the cabinet secretaries NeverTrump considered the “adults in the rooom,” in which if one was given the heave-ho the other two would resign in protest. As it came to pass, this story had exactly as much credibility as the Steele Dossier.

What is instructive, though, is that as far as the NeverTrump people are concerned, these guys were and are only as useful as their ability to hurt President Trump. When they cannot or will not attack Trump, then they became anathema.

Yesterday, Mattis was on ABC’s This Week with Martha Raddatz, primarily to talk about Iranian adventurism. But, naturally the Ukraine non-scandal came up:

RADDATZ: Secretary Mattis, I just want to turn to something else that’s in the news, and that’s the whistleblower investigation. President Trump just said “I hope they can put out that conversation.” Should a president be asking foreign leaders to investigate political opponents?

MATTIS: Yeah, Martha, this is not something I have background on. I don’t know anything more than what I read in the news. And apparently no one has seen the complaint, so I really prefer to talk about things I know more about.

Good points all. So far, the argument has been about something which no one really knows anything about. All we know for certain is that the “whistleblower” doesn’t appear to actually be a “whistleblower” because we’re told they neither heard the conversation nor read a transcript. They made a complaint based on something that was heard/seen outside the scope of their duties. What President Trump actually said or didn’t say is unknown.

But that will never do for those with TDS.

Qatar is pretty smug about it:

And the train trust of Max Boot and Tom Nichols had a major sad:

What this shows is that these people aren’t interested in honor or dignity or integrity (of which Mattis has loads). They are only interested in inflicting political damage upon President Trump and his administration.

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That Democratic Party Favorability Advantage Just Went Poof

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Some more moderate Democrats (well, moderate by today’s standards) have been sounding the alarm on this for a while. Their presidential candidates haven’t been listening.

During the 2018 election, the Democrats enjoyed a sizable advantage in favorability among the electorate. We would eventually see that play out as the votes were cast, with a somewhat sizable blue wave sweeping over the country. Democrats retook the House with over 40 seat pickups and Republicans, while gaining seats in the Senate, didn’t get up to the 55 that looked possible earlier in the summer.

Now, that favorability advantage is gone.

As Ed Morrisey over at HotAir writes, this can be almost completely laid at the feet of the leftward lurch the 2020 Democrat presidential candidates have taken.

What happened? Leonhardt reaches back to a July NPR/Marist poll to argue that the party’s progressives are pushing away from populism into straight-out socialism — and that voters won’t buy it. Decriminalizing the border and slavery reparations are now practically de rigueur for presidential hopefuls, but it runs right into a brick wall with the electorate:

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The simple answer is that the crazy things the left are pushing, the majority of Americans simply don’t support. Even something like “free public college” can only garner 51%, and that’s before it’s articulated that taxes will have to go up to pay for it.

The support for the “Green New Deal” continues to baffle, but again, when polls ask about it in relation to the government control and cost, public support plummets for it.

It’s still really, really early. Nothing we are seeing now is dispositive of what will happen in 2020. That includes polls that are both good and bad for Republicans. But, what this does show is that the strategy of preaching radical socialism isn’t working for Democrats. Their only real hope is that Biden somehow coasts to the nomination without his eye completely exploding next time.

Here’s the reason this trend extremely important for Trump. The President is never going to garner 50+% favorability. He’s likely to never cross 50% approval outside of Rasmussen’s polling. The way Trump wins is how he won in 2016. He gets his opponent down in the mud and exposes them. If the Democratic party favorability is at parity with Republicans, that’s a huge advantage to Trump because it’s basically giving him a head start.

If the nominee ends up being an Elizabeth Warren or Bernie Sanders, Trump will immediately have the foil he needs to propel himself to reelection. Neither of them are going to tack to the center, as has been shown necessary in essentially every presidential race in the modern era. Of course, the stakes become much higher if it’s Warren and not Biden though. At that point, we enter Flight 93 election territory.

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