Media More Than Happy to Help Republicans Blow ‘Red Wave’

What will really be “reprehensible” is if Republicans blow their chances to boot the Dems through betrayals, self-inflicted wounds, completely avoidable missteps, and exploitable perceptions of phoniness. (JD Vance/Facebook)

U.S.A. – -(Ammoland.com)- “GOP Insiders Reportedly Sounding ‘Code Red’ Over JD Vance Blowing Ohio Senate Race,” Mediaite reports. “‘Worst Campaign’ You Could Possibly Run.”

Before proceeding, a caveat is in order. Mediaite has a strong leftist bias and has been rated as factually challenged in much of its reporting. As such, it’s not out of line to suspect a motive behind the story to bolster confirmation bias and voting commitment among the readers, and to a lesser extent, since “conservatives” don’t typically frequent the site, to demoralize Republican voters and maybe get some to stay home.

That said, there’s the old saying about a blind pig finding an acorn once in a while, plus Mediaite can document much of what they’re claiming here. What’s undetermined is how much weight we should assign their observations when considering our own actions and likely voter outcomes.

It’s true that Donald Trump-backed Vance has an uphill climb in convincing some Republican voters that he means what he says and won’t end up being just another Vichycon who forgets his core constituency once they give him power. For starters, some (like me) question the sincerity of a newly-converted Trump acolyte who a few years earlier was dissing a “yuge” part of the MAGA agenda with assertions like:

“Trump makes people I care about afraid. Immigrants, Muslims, etc. Because of this, I find him reprehensible. God wants better of us.”

Vance giving his support in 2016 to hopeless GOP presidential candidate Evan McMullin, who in 2020 betrayed everything he’d previously campaigned on by endorsing Joe Biden, doesn’t exactly ease concerns about JD’s political judgment and priorities.

“It’s one of several toss-up Senate races nationwide which Republicans are in jeopardy of losing with a celebrity candidate backed by former President Donald Trump. Polls show Dr. Mehmet Oz trailing in Pennsylvania and Herschel Walker losing in Georgia,” Mediaite elaborates, concluding with a hard truth we ignore at our peril:

“Losses in Ohio, Georgia, and Pennsylvania would almost certainly doom the GOP’s chances of winning the Senate.”

Yep.

We’ve gone over concerns with Trump-endorsee Oz in previous AmmoLand columns. Now that he’s the primary victor, many of us are not surprised to see him distancing himself from “The Donald” and going “moderate.” If he wins, and right now he’s trailing, expect that to be how he legislates and votes.

And for his part, Trump-backed Herschel Walker, a critic of absentee fathers, is trying to overcome a media-hyped scandal about his multiple “unknown” children. That’s hardly a good look for a candidate vying for the public trust.

It doesn’t look good, does it? Well, too late. Gun owners can either vote for these guys or the Democrats, and we know what they want to do to us on guns, the danger they’ll pose to the filibuster, and the way they’ll shape the courts and other agencies through confirmations.

Vance’s Democrat opponent Tim Ryan showed us what he was made of back in 2019:

“He organized a caravan with Moms Demand Action, an anti-gun violence group, to travel more than 370 miles, including six stops through the region before its final leg in [Mitch] McConnell’s hometown, where around 1,500 people gathered in support. Protesters came with signs with messages like ‘Mitch Do Something,’ ‘Ban These Killing Machines’ and ‘Make America Safe Again.’”

Oz is running against John Fetterman, who likewise is campaigning on disarming not just his constituents but all of us:

“Fetterman called on Senate Democrats to abolish the filibuster that has prevented advancement of many bills in the evenly-divided Senate, to not only enact a ban on assault weapons and ‘high-capacity magazines,’ but also implement universal background checks on all gun sales.”

And Walker is up against incumbent Raphael Warnock. Per The Washington Free Beacon:

“Warnock, who has been endorsed by the top anti-gun groups in the country, also has a long history of joining anti-gun coalitions. In April 2013, he partnered with then-New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg’s Mayors Against Illegal Guns to advocate for federal universal background check legislation… Warnock … accused those who oppose some anti-gun measures of being bought off and immoral.”

The bottom line: Republicans doing their best to blow the much anticipated “Red Wave” continue to exemplify the Stupid Party and take the fire out of the bellies of their base, as evidenced by the ridiculous “bipartisan gun bill” they just let the Democrat sucker them into (with more surrenders on the way). If they lose key states, expect more of the same — and the continual problem is if they do take them, who has confidence we’ll suddenly see them get serious about advancing “pro-gun” bills like national reciprocity and hearing protection?

Nonetheless, any gun owner who wants to keep Democrats out of office simply as a matter of lesser of two evils, self-preservation, and the Republican campaigns themselves, would do well to look to the other side’s playbook and learn to Fight Like a Democrat.

Here are some generalities that nonetheless often hold true: Many voters are going to be low-information kneejerk reactionaries, particularly in the high population areas where the votes overwhelm the rest of the state. First and foremost, they’ll vote for whoever has  “D” after their name. When they do pay attention to the issues, more often than not their impressions and conclusions are going to be no deeper than “mainstream media” sound bites and headlines.

So come up with some soundbites of our own and see if any gain traction.

We don’t have much on Ryan, who was an aide to Jim Traficant, a congressman who “was expelled from the House after being convicted of ten felony counts, including taking bribes, filing false tax returns, racketeering, and forcing his congressional staff to perform chores at his farm in Ohio and houseboat in Washington, D.C.” Maybe that’s worth a mention.

But there’s actual culpability stuff to use against Fetterman, who pulled a shotgun on an unarmed black jogger, and on Warnock, who repeatedly obstructed a police investigation into child abuse. Both are inexcusable and neither has ever been adequately explained and apologized for, so why not make them the first details voters think about when they hear their names?

Or we could just stay above it all, like idiots who think they really do have “friends across the aisle” and lose. And then find out what real dirty fighting is about.

Either way, concessions with an eye toward gaining media approval are a fool’s errand that gains nothing and demoralizes the base. Which is naturally what Democrats and their DSM allies are counting on Republicans to do.


About David Codrea:

David Codrea is the winner of multiple journalist awards for investigating/defending the RKBA and a long-time gun owner rights advocate who defiantly challenges the folly of citizen disarmament. He blogs at “The War on Guns: Notes from the Resistance,” is a regularly featured contributor to Firearms News, and posts on Twitter: @dcodrea and Facebook.

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Chuck

For 44 years I’ve voted for the lesser of two evils. Just once before I die, I’d like to vote for a candidate that isn’t carrying all the baggage every candidate is carrying. A man/woman that believes in America and not some F**king Party’s vision for it.

Autsin Miller III

Chuck, I feel the same way. I have come to the conclusion that it will never happen. I think the system is so entrenched that in order to make it up the ladder in either party, they have to sell their souls to the party line no matter how outrageous it becomes. Once, just once I would like to be able to feel good about who I voted for rather than who I voted against.

Stag

Why are we more concerned with how the media i.e. Left sees a Trump endorsement than how we SHOULD see a Trump endorsement? You can pretty much guarantee every single candidate who gets a endorsement from Trump will be just another butter/fudd. In other words, a lot of hard talk and not a lot of follow through combined with more infringement.

Skeeter

The GOP needs to dump the MAGAt crowd and their extreme right policies, and return to Conservative Republican politics. The current GOP policies resemble fascism more than Conservative. If not, the GOP will die, and should.

TNJEWBOY
Russn8r

OMG. JD Vance, wolf in sheep clothing. Begs the Q: Trump too? At a min he seems utterly incompetent-negligent at vetting candidates before endorsing them, despite clear warning signs, warnings from conservatives, gross prior betrayals. But JD Vance goes far beyond his other idiotic endorsements. Yet the possibility of MAGA Kabuki is verboten. He’s a sacred cow.

I almost want to donate to the DemCom. Almost.

Anyway, I’m done with Trump. DeSantis 2024.

Russn8r

Another Trump betrayal: Blake Masters, lying VichyCon, open-immigration, jungled up with the same globalists as JD Vance.

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/arizona-senate-candidates-masters-lamon-grapple-america-first-label-primary-heats-up

Last edited 15 days ago by Russn8r
Russn8r

TEX Hearts Blake!

Wild Bill

Be fair, he has not written on the topic of this Blake person. Can’t be putting words in the mouth of other people.

Mack

A nice feature of the One America News Network is their use of tags.

So:

https://www.oann.com/tag/j-d-vance/

See the article:

J.D. Vance: Push-Back Against The Narrative
Ohio Republican Senate nominee J.D. Vance shared some advice for his fellow conservatives while slamming his liberal opponent. One America’s Cynthia Kaui has more.

PistolGrip44

Why did they remove the ratings from these articles? Could the so-called, “authors” not stand the criticism?

john

It is beginning to look as if Trump’s endorsement of any political candidate will be met with disdain by all media outlets. He spent four years call them out as the phoney dishonest media. That’s something I would not want more bad press if I was running for office. I would want to be view for my accomplishment not my relationship with Trump. Yes Trump did had great victories for the American people the elite rinos and the democrats hate him. Anyone who has anything to do with him has become a target. The media is the harpoon which is… Read more »

The Crimson Pirate

Well, it’s pretty simple. I am not staying home on election day and if Oz and some democrat are the choices then I am voting Oz regardless of any misgivings I have about him. Considering the Senators I have now (Toomey, Casey) I doubt if he could make things any worse. OZ, THAT WAS NOT A CHALLENGE. IF YOU ARE NOT OUR FRIEND PLEASE DO NOT TRY TO OVER ACHIEVE!

Russn8r

Of course, we’re going to vote against the DemCom & “for” the RINO. You don’t need to tell most readers that, except for a few cut-off-your-nose-to-spite-your-face “Libertarians”.

If there’s a celebrity RINO, Trump will ALWAYS endorse him, despite a 100% chance they’ll F him & all of us in the A. (Makes one doubt his real agenda.) Other than that, does he EVER vet ANYONE?

The Crimson Pirate

Libertarians are not libertarian. The party is far from the ideology. I would think republicans would sympathize with the plight of libertarians given the history of the Republican party.

Russn8r

I agree. Real republicans should respect real libertarians.

I’m both: That means I support our ownership of our country, and recognize the inherent redistributionist-dilutive-socialist-destructive-globalist-nationally suicidal aspects of the Big L party platform:

Unlimited legal immigration, invasion-occupation, amnesty, anchor-baby citizenship, no borders, One-Way “Free Trade”.

“Big Ls” are subversives: They’re Left-Libertarians, neo-Libertarians, LoLibertarians. Their immigration policy is like a board of directors that throws new bearer shares of corporate stock from helicopters.

I have yet to see one who can even honestly take the pledge of allegiance let alone the oath of office.

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Grigori

Anymore, it really does not matter if they are an “R” or a “D”, Either will sell our country out at the drop of a hat. People like Trump are intentionally pushing us towards traitors in our own ranks. The number of people who profess to be “Patriots”, and who believe that Trump is some kind of “messiah” still, is frightening. All they know is his cult-of-personality and that he says things we like hearing and speaks of solutions we like to problems he identifies. They conveniently overlook the things between the lines he says that we don’t like, like… Read more »

Last edited 16 days ago by Grigori
Wild Bill

Yes, I bet their are many Ds and Rs that are secretly on the Chinese Communist Payroll.

Russn8r

And Mitch McConnell, not so secretly.

Grigori

For real, Russn8r! I wonder if he really does his young Chinese wife any good. Or maybe she is like a little kid and he lets her swing on his turkey neck giblet for fun.

Russn8r

Good question. 🙂

Grigori

Yep!

swmft

words are cheap actions are all that count