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In Order to Stay Relevant to Younger Viewers, the New Season of MTV’s Dating Show Goes Sexually Fluid

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Are you the one?

That is, to be on MTV’s reality dating show.

That is, to hook up with your dream lover.

That is, for y’all to both be sexually fluid.

From Variety last week:

MTV’s dating reality show Are You The One? is addressing changing attitudes regarding sexuality and gender identity by featuring sexually fluid contestants on the show’s eighth season, which [bowed] on June 27th.

MTV (and/or Variety) believes heterosexuality is so passé. Ain’t you talked to the kids lately? “O” is for Options:

The shift from the show’s past focus on heterosexual relationships is part of the larger effort at MTV to be relevant to younger viewers by reflecting contemporary mores and concerns in youth culture.

According to Executive Producer Rob LaPlante, the former Music Television is also hoping to cash in on the stakes of high drama:

“In previous seasons [the cast] hadn’t been through as much of a struggle. A lot of the people this season come to us having battled the world in terms of accepting them and accepting the way they look at sexuality and coming out. Struggle in anyone’s life makes them a more interesting person. It’s a growth mechanism. Life has not been handed to them on a silver platter.”

It isn’t just a case of adding a pool of gay contestants to interact with one another; now everybody’ll have a seat at a sexual buffet:

On previous seasons of Are You The One? producers would pair 10 male and 10 female singles in heterosexual couples via a matchmaking algorithm. The name of the game: find out who your “perfect match” is. Now, all contestants will be lumped together and have the ability to pair with anyone in the group. The new format has changed the matching algorithm due to higher variables (which the producers run by a statistics professor), but the essence of the show has remained the same.

The show’s transitioning from mere entertainment to entertainment with a message:

“It’s still a fun, drama-filled salacious ridiculous reality show but it’s now got a social message underneath it.”

Are You the One? — for which the main demographic is 21-26 — is gonna have some haters; but Rob isn’t worried:

“The world is going to shout louder than the voices that don’t need to be heard.”

It’s hard to believe how much television has changed over the past 20 years. I suppose the same can be said of politics.

It seems to me that society didn’t evolve so rapidly during the previous two decades:

In 1977, Billy Crystal played Jodie Dallas — a gay character — on the television program Soap. At the time, it was incredibly bold. And it lingered among television lore for years, as homosexuality remained far from the silver and small screen. But in the last few years, the slope of change has turned into an elevator.

Politics (here), culture, entertainment…even — as we’ve seen — religion (here and here)…they’re all malleable. And now, if you wanna really go far on Are You the One?, you will be too.

For a preview of the show — which I was hesitant to embed here — visit this link.

-ALEX

 

Relevant RedState links in this article: herehere and here.

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NYT Charles Blow: ‘There Are Tanks in the Nation’s Capital and Concentration Camps at Its Border’

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Yes, the New York Times Charles Blow really said it. He tweeted, “Let this sink in: There are tanks in the nation’s capital and concentration camps at its border. The drift to [sic] toward the unimaginable is unmistakable.”

I am without words. Almost.

Looks like President Trump has really hit a nerve with his “Salute to America” celebration. What is it exactly about patriotic displays that causes the left to completely lose all sense?

The sight of a flag to a liberal has become the equivalent of showing a cross to a Satanist or kryptonite to Superman.

Now that the Trump/Russia collusion theory has been debunked, it appears as if Democrats have traded that narrative for this new one in which Trump is the modern-day Hitler.

And the most ironic thing about it is that liberals are running headlong toward a socialist ideology which actually does have the potential to rob them of their freedom.

It’s dangerous when “opinion leaders” such as Charles Blow and AOC make remarks like this. Before long, these phrases, outrageous as they are, will be picked up by other political commentators and politicians and will soon become part of normal conversation, just as terms like “manufactured crisis” have.

The left has become increasingly anti-American and they no longer even try to hide it.

Many responded to Blow’s tweet with disapproval. (Via Twitchy)

“This is a lunatic take. This manages to insult Holocaust survivors and the US military all in one internet post.”

“You should leave while you still can Charles.”

“Are you… are you seriously? JFC. Get help.”

“I guess you missed JFK’s inauguration.”

“Let this sink in.”

“The tanks are stationary & unarmed for a July 4th parade.”

“Our “concentration camps” detain ILLEGAL migrants,& ALLOW THEM TO LEAVE OR APPLY FOR ASYLUM without the murder, slavery,one normally associates with them.@nytimes employs liars/demagogues.”

“My God…you are an idiot!”

“Maybe in your own head.”

“Someday there will be a new Republican president, who you will also breathlessly try to convince us all is Literally Hitler. Pace yourself.”

“2020 is going to hurt you all so so bad.”

“Your constant “EVERYTHING IS LITERALLY HITLER” is going to get him re-elected because people are tired of being constantly told they’re evil incarnate just for not being Democrats.”

“Did you complain this hysterically when Eisenhower, Nixon, Clinton, Reagan, and Bush did it? It’s not the end of the world. Climb back in off the ledge.”

“The left has lost all connection to reality, as they sit in the freest, wealthiest nation in the history of the world.”

And this:

Happy Fourth of July to all! Enjoy the parade!

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Eyes Are Rolling After Julian Castro Absurdly Compares Betsy Ross Flag to the Confederate Flag

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Democratic presidential candidate former U.S. Secretary of HUD Julian Castro speaks during a campaign event at the Unity Freedom Presidential Forum Friday, May 31, 2019, in Pasadena, CA. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

If you thought California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) suggesting that Nike’s decision to not sell Betsy Ross-themed shoes was patriotic was bad, wait until you check out this next story.

Democratic presidential candidate Julián Castro was asked about the controversy during an interview with CBS News Wednesday, and he used the opportunity to equate the Besty Ross flag to… the Confederate flag:

“Yeah. Well, you know, I was glad to see that and my hope is that that they didn’t just do it to do it, that they understand the significance there. And look there are a lot of things in our history that are still very painful,” Castro told CBS News on Wednesday.

“The Confederate flag that still flies in some places and is used as a symbol, and I believe that we need to move toward an inclusive America that understands that pain, that doesn’t wipe it away from history in the sense that still belongs in a museum or we need to read about it and understand the significance because that’s how you learn and make sure that we don’t make the same mistakes in the future, but does not glorify it, does not celebrated it,” he continued.

Watch video of Castro’s remarks below:

Twitter users erupted after hearing of Castro’s comparison:

Castro’s claim is ridiculous. Until news of Nike’s decision broke, pretty much no one outside of the concern troll left and the ten white supremacists who have “co-opted” the Betsy Ross flag were aware that it had been appropriated covertly for racist purposes.

Red State‘s Bonchie made an excellent point in this regard last night in his post on another historically ignorant leftist who made an obscenely off-base comparison:

Until five minutes ago, absolutely no one was even aware that they should be offended by the Betsy Ross flag. Like all things in politics these days though, it quickly became dogma on the left that the original American flag is a violent symbol of racist oppression. Some of us tried to warn others that it was going to come to this but we were called crazy. I can remember during the original days of the Kaepernick kneeling ordeal when we were assured his protests had nothing to do with the flag itself. Life comes at you fast.

This is the thing about the left that I’m sure most readers understand but which I will nevertheless reiterate: You give them an inch, they will take a mile – and then some.

Though there was an intense debate about Confederate monuments and whether or not they should be removed, the powers that be in various cities and states decided it was in the best interests of their communities to remove them. One of the main arguments used in opposition to these moves is that the left wouldn’t just stop at Confederate monuments.

It was believed that once they got their way on those monuments, the next move would be to erase all public references to our founding fathers and other important historical figures. That is now happening.

Now the movement is extending to historical flags that have nothing whatsoever to do with racism. The left also did this with the Gadsden flag when the Tea Party used it as a symbol. All of a sudden it was a code for racism. In reality, it wasn’t, but when the left has decided they don’t like something you can rest assured they will do whatever they can to either demagogue it out of existence or shame people into being quiet about it.

What’s next on the chopping block? Our current American flag?

Bingo.

People are absolutely fed up with this kind of nonsense, and if Democrats can’t find anyone on their side to stand up to it then they are practically begging for another 4 years of President Trump.

Your call, lefists.

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—Based in North Carolina, Sister Toldjah is a former liberal and a 15+ year veteran of blogging with an emphasis on media bias, social issues, and the culture wars. Read her Red State archives here. Connect with her on Twitter.–

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Beto Betas on Betsy Ross Flag Decision by Nike

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Failed Senate candidate and future failed 2020 presidential candidate Robert “Beto” O’Rourke has weighed in on the Nike controversy surrounding its decisions to pull its shoe adorned with a Betsy Ross flag and, of course, has decided to side with Nike because the social justice sect of the Democrat religion has labeled it a sin.

According to tweets posted by Ben Jacobs, O’Rourke considers it “important to take into account the impression that kind of symbol would have for our fellow Americans,” and that he respects Nike’s decisions and is “grateful for the conversation” that it’s provoking.

He also added that the Betsy Ross flag has been “appropriated” by white nationalist groups.

In other words, the SJWs said “jump,” and O’Rourke asked “which cliff?”

The appointed cliff was to erase our history because the loudest of the outrage mob have declared the flag in cahoots with racism and slavery. A lot of things could be tied with slavery, yet I don’t see many in the mob tearing off cotton based clothing. This is more useless anger directed at something that doesn’t deserve the ire, and an obedient politician doing what’s necessary to stay in the good graces of a group of people who are rejecting him anyway.

O’Rourke is doing so badly in the Democratic race right now that the chances of him winning the primary are about as good as this Irish blooded politician actually being considered Hispanic as his nickname implies.

If anything, O’Rourke just demonstrated that he, like Nike, is a coward. He’s obedient to a fault.

In the meantime, some companies are tossing out attitudes like O’Rourke’s and asking others to show pride in the flag. One company called “Out of Line” has created a Betsy Ross flag themed shoe in an effort to look at the flag in a more positive light, and recognize an accomplishment of a woman in a time with when accomplishing things was far more difficult.

This woman’s clothing company is showing far more bravery than a major corporation or a nationally known politician.

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Justin Amash Resigns From the GOP But How Will We Be Able to Tell the Difference

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Rep. Justin Amash, R-Mich., center, is joined by, from left, Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., Rep. Thomas Massie, R-Ky., and Rep. Ralph Norman, R-S.C., as he hosts a news conference with a bipartisan group of House and Senate lawmakers who are demanding the U.S. government should be required to seek warrants if it wants to search for information about Americans and insist on reforms to the FISA Amendments Reauthorization Act of 2017 to protect Americans’ rights, at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

GOP Representative Justin Amash took to The Bulwark, oops, I mean the Washington Post  this morning to explain just how partisan politics offended his sensibilities and principles and how, by golly, after running for office as a Republican for years he just couldn’t take the shame of it anymore: Justin Amash: Our politics is in a partisan death spiral. That’s why I’m leaving the GOP.

I don’t totally disagree with Amash when he says:

In this hyperpartisan environment, congressional leaders use every tool to compel party members to stick with the team, dangling chairmanships, committee assignments, bill sponsorships, endorsements and campaign resources. As donors recognize the growing power of party leaders, they supply these officials with ever-increasing funds, which, in turn, further tightens their grip on power.

The founders envisioned Congress as a deliberative body in which outcomes are discovered. We are fast approaching the point, however, where Congress exists as little more than a formality to legitimize outcomes dictated by the president, the speaker of the House and the Senate majority leader.

With little genuine debate on policy happening in Congress, party leaders distract and divide the public by exploiting wedge issues and waging pointless messaging wars. These strategies fuel mistrust and anger, leading millions of people to take to social media to express contempt for their political opponents, with the media magnifying the most extreme voices. This all combines to reinforce the us-vs.-them, party-first mind-set of government officials.

My question for Amash is when did he first discover he was working in bordello?

Partisan politics, despite General Washington’s desires, have been part and parcel of the national fabric since, well, President Washington was a member of the Federalist party. Wedge issues have also been there, though I think Amash confuses “wedge issues” with “things that matter a lot to most Americans” Abortion is a wedge issue. But, quite honestly, abortion is one of the most important national issues out there for me.

The real issue is, in my view, that Amash has fallen in love with his own press releases. Because he gets praise from the left whenever he does something bizarre and untoward, like supporting impeachment, he thinks he is reaching across the aisle and finding common ground. Apparently he’s never noticed that no one on the other side does the same and the only common ground he ever stands on is owned by the Democrats.

What makes this whole screed so disingenuous is that Amash looks like he’s going to lose his primary. A poll last month showed him trailing my dog, Toph, by 16 points. His declaration of independence is an acknowledgement that he knows his only way forward in politics is to try to convince the GOP to back him over a GOP candidate in order to keep his seat.

I hope this new gig works out well for him and for his constituents. But we all know it will be just a matter of time until he’s caucusing with the Democrats.

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Clothing Company Shows Up Nike’s Cowardice and Creates Betsy Ross Flag Themed Kicks

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A great business model is to watch as a company submits to the will of SJWs over something ridiculous, then craft the very product said SJWs were getting angry over.

After Nike dropped a Betsy Ross flag themed shoe due to kneeler in chief Colin Kaepernick calling it racist, another company stepped up to gladly offer the public their own Betsy Ross flag adorned kicks.

As the Daily Caller reported, a clothing company called “Out of Line” has released its own shoe that proudly displays the Betsy Ross flag across the entirety of the shoe, not just a small space on the back. The shoe is called “Boss Like Ross,” I have to say, they look pretty awesome.

According to the Daily Caller, the company’s founder, Carla Reed, the idea is to promote looking at things in a more positive light, and not erasing an accomplishment by a woman in a time where it was difficult for women to accomplish things:

“She [Betsy] did it and thats my point to Nike,” Out of Line founder Carly Reed told the Daily Caller News Foundation. “Their [motto] is just do it, but Betsy did it. She did it all on her own. In a time where it wasn’t easy, as well.”

The “Boss Like Ross” shoes aren’t “intended to be a political statement,” according to Reed. Rather, she wants the sneakers to help change people’s perspective and see things in a more positive light.

“These shoes aren’t about knocking Nike or Kaepernick,” Reed told the DCNF. “It was a great idea by Nike, and I respect anyone who stands up for what they believe in. I believe in women. Women that are getting ‘Out of Line’ and paving their own path, just like Betsy Ross.”

“…They were made to change people’s perspective,” Reed continued. “A perspective that is built around hate and is now erasing a key figure in American history. You can be patriotic and support equality. That is the foundation of America.”

Reed believes that Kaepernick has the wrong idea about the flag.

“Colin Kapernick’s name is everywhere,” Reed told the DCNF. “As much as I respect him and everything, this isn’t really about him. You can take something and see it however you want, and I’m choosing to see this flag in a positive way.”

She’s absolutely correct. The flag does not denote racism, and getting rid of something just because it existed at the same time racism did does not make it evil. Convincing the outrage mob that they should probably find a better way to expend energy is useless, but as Reed shows us, whenever they leave it someone else can pull up quick to retrieve it.

 

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Kamala Harris Doesn’t Even Support the Policy She Savaged Biden for Not Supporting

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So what exactly was all that at the debate about?

Kamala Harris is now changing her story. Instead of being in favor of mandatory busing (see my article here for what that is) as she signaled earlier, she’s now saying it should be available only as an “option.” That means leaving it up to local communities instead of forcing it at a federal level, which is exactly what Biden was arguing.

Compare her comments from a week ago to the latest ones.

And her comments yesterday.

Putting the clear flip-flop shown above aside, which is a big deal in its own right, some might say her newest position is still consistent overall because she would have supported the policy back when Biden opposed it in the 70s and 80s. That doesn’t hold water though because Harris says in the first statement that our schools are just as, if not more segregated today. If that’s true (it’s not), how could she possibly oppose busing for today’s students when she insisted it was tantamount to racism to oppose it decades back, a time when she asserts the problem was less serious? None of this makes any actual sense.

What it shows is just how politically brutal Harris is going to try to be. With her seeing a spike in the polls after the debates, she’ll only be emboldened now. While the first debates were heated, she’ll no doubt go even harder at Biden the next go around.

I just don’t think the former vice president is up for it.

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Woman Heard Yelling ‘F***ing Owned B*tch’ On Andy Ngo Assault Video Is Pretty Impressed With Herself

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I am triggered this morning.

Twitchy reported on an extremely disturbing tweet by a young woman who witnessed Antifa’s brutal assault of Portland journalist Andy Ngo last Saturday.

Rani Something Baker, a staff writer for @BunnyEarsWeb, is ecstatic that her voice can be heard yelling “F***ing Owned B*tch” in Jim Ryan’s viral video of the attack.

She took to Twitter to say, “Wish there was room on my Twitter bio to put “Yelled ‘F***ING OWNED BITCH’ at @MrAndyNgo on video” in there. Theres [sic] probably a couple million people that heard it by now, lol.”

“It’s probably a close second to my appearance on Portlandia in terms of sheer volumes of people that saw it with no idea who I am.”

In Jim Ryan’s video of the attack (the second video below), I can hear the remark clearly at 0:28. (It sounds more like a male voice to me.)

As you can imagine, not everyone was as excited about it as she was and she received some harsh feedback.

One man tweeted, “You participated in the brutal public beating of a gay, minority journalist and you are boasting about it?”

To which Baker responded, “OH NO NOT THE FBI”

Here are several other responses to her tweet.

“This is one of the people who participated in Andy Ngo’s assault, jeering from the sidelines.”

“And what did he do to deserve that?”

“Did you enjoy seeing him hurt?”

“Bad enough to be one of the people excusing a brutal assault by a violent mob, but imagine being so depraved as to brag about being caught on video cheering on such an assault.”

“…as he was being assaulted…You’d have fit right in during the Jim Crow era.”

“Brain injury Haha Haha! Owned!!!!…You all are sick human beings.”

“Is it a good idea to brag online about participating in a crime?”

“It’s called being an accessory to a crime.”

Baker goes on the defensive: “Got any proof I “participated”? My voice is on the video but I am ten+ feet away from Andy. Never touched him.”

And “Prove I “participated.” Mocking someone covered in silly string and coconut milk isn’t a crime, just hilarious.”

Imagine watching a young man being surrounded and violently attacked by a mob, kicked and punched, hit with “milkshakes” and spray, as Ngo was, and responding as Baker did. And then boasting that her tasteless taunt was heard by millions and saying it was hilarious to see Ngo covered in silly string.

Antifa and their supporters have become a modern day KKK.

The mainstream media should distance themselves from this group, but instead they provide cover for them. Yes, cable hosts denounce the violence, because they must, while at the same time criticizing the victims. In the case of Andy Ngo, many mainstream reporters prefaced their condemnation of the attack by saying, “well, some say Ngo deserved it. But…”

I posted about how CNN’s Brian Stelter edited out the most violent part of the attack here. That was an attempt to filter the truth from his audience. Stelter was trying to shape the news. And he was not the only liberal journalist to do so.

I wrote, “although members of the mainstream media are by no means as radical as Antifa members, they are on the same side of the political spectrum. They try to minimize and sometimes cover up their violence. Similar to the way one might cover up for a crazy relative.”

Local governments look the other way. As some states and municipalities try to pass laws banning public mask-wearing, courts are ruling these laws to be unconstitutional.

Hopefully, the enormous press coverage of the assault on Andy Ngo will lead to some action against Antifa and tolerance of their brand of behavior. Antifa and those who condone their conduct must be forced into the spotlight.

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Stand For the Anthem

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Stand for the anthem. Not for how it fails us, but how it has lifted us to unimaginable heights.

Stand for the anthem. Not to salute a leader, but to honor the great citizens that reside within these borders and work every day to serve their families, their neighbors and their nation.

Stand for anthem. Not for its tradition, but for its inspiration – a love song to the resilience of the human spirit and our willingness to push back against the darkness always, even within ourselves.

Stand for anthem. Not because you love the injustices we may struggle with, but because you love that we are free enough and powerful enough to engage in that struggle in the first place.

Stand for the anthem. Not because it is a sign of complete agreement with your fellow Americans, but because it is a sign of the stunning and diverse rainbow of people who gather themselves in this one place, under this one flag.

Stand for the anthem. Not because it celebrates war or violence, but because it celebrates the peace that can only be found by having the fortitude to fight the costly battles; and it spurs us to action when we see unrest even to this day.

Stand for the anthem. Not to prove you love America the most, but simply to respect those who have served this nation, those who serve their neighbors, and those who give everything in the service of something higher – the very essence of the American spirit.

Stand for the anthem. Not because you love everything about this country, but because you are grateful to be free to not love everything about this country when so many around the world will never know that luxury.

Stand for the anthem. Because the people you love dearly live here.

Stand for the anthem. Because it is a symbol of generations of people from all experiences who have sown into you so that you can be who you are, right now.

Stand for the anthem. Because for just that couple of minutes, wherever it is played it is a respite from all the arguing and division. For just that couple of minutes no one is shouting at each other, berating each other or accusing each other of heinous things. For just that couple of minutes any given group of Americans are united in the same tune, singing the same words, enjoying the same soil. There is immeasurable power in that small act.

Stand for your anthem. Not because of where we’ve been but where we have yet to go.

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Martha McSally Faces an Electoral Beatdown In 2020

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During a hearing by the Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Personnel about prevention and response to sexual assault in the military, Sen. Martha McSally, R-Ariz., recounts her own experience while serving as a colonel in the Air Force, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, March 6, 2019. McSally, the first female fighter pilot to fly in combat, says she was raped in the Air Force by a superior officer. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

One thing that both political parties have in common is that the default to nominating dull proven losers because those losers are popular with the party establishments and are very unlikely to cause much trouble or upset too many any apple carts. This is the case of Martha McSally.

McSally is a prime example of a resume masquerading as a candidate. Her qualifications are that she was the first American woman to fly a fighter aircraft (A-10) in a combat zone and she was the first American woman to command a fighter squadron. We don’t know how well she did any of that but she was first and for the Arizona GOP that was enough. In 2012, she ran in the GOP primary for the special election to replace Gabby Giffords (AZ-8) and lost. She turned around, won the GOP nomination in AZ-5 and lost to the Democrat incumbent. Losing two congressional contests in one election cycle is damned impressive, but not so impressive as to keep the AZ GOP from boosting her.

In 2014, a wave year for the GOP, she ran for the House, this time in AZ-2 — if you’re keeping track, this is the third district she’s carpetbagged her way into — and won by 167 votes. She did manage to hold her seat in 2016.

In 2018, she tried to fail upwards and ran to replace Jeff Flake in the US Senate and lost to Kyrsten Sinema, hooker boots and all, while Doug Ducey was boatracing his opponent. So it isn’t like Arizona won’t elect Republicans, it is just very reluctant to elect McSally.

When John McCain died, McSally got the nod to fill the remainder of his term and now will have to defend that seat in 2020.

Her opponent is Gabby Giffords’s husband, former astronaut Mark Kelly. Where McSally seems to think that interacting with voters will give her cooties, Kelly is a dynamic campaigner. Where McSally seems to think she’s owed something, Kelly is willing to work his progressive, gun-grabbing ass off to get it. Check out the first quarter fundraising numbers.

How in the hell can an incumbent senator in what will be a tightly contested race only raise $1.8 million in any quarter, much less going into the general election? How can she have been in office for 18 months and only have $2 million cash-on-hand?

And there are other strange things, for instance:

No matter how you cut it, McSally can barely win “gimme” elections. She has a track record of folding like a cheap suit when faced with an actual challenger. If the GOP was interested in keeping this seat, they’d make McSally ambassador to Dumbf***istan or some place and find a real fighter who can campaign and raise money. But they won’t and a seat that we should have retained will be handed to the Democrats.

 

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