By Rich Kozlovich
It appears Judge Roy Moore - called a conservative firebrand by the media - won the vote against currently appointed sitting Sen. Luther Strange, in spite of the millions spent by the Republican Party to defeat him. I'm not shocked!
I've stated a number of times in the past this midterm election is going to be a bloodbath for both parties. Bigger than anything we've seen in recent years, and it will be pivotal in American history. I've also stated this bloodbath will be in the general election for the Democrats, but in the primaries for the Republicans. That's already being acknowledged by incumbent Republicans by retiring before being defeated. What I don't understand is Trump's willingness to support Mitch McConnell in this.
Lindsay Graham is 62 currently and will also be up for re-election in 2020, and he's not all that popular in his state. I think this will set the tone for a challenge in the primary.
Then there's John McCain. As I've said - the particular cancer he has is a death sentence with the average life span after diagnosis being 14 months. I don't think he'll live out his term, and at some point he's going to be too sick to do anything. Of course he could do the right thing and resign - but I don't think he will. I've outlined his career and life in other articles and I not impressed with his character. Everyone seems to have forgotten he was part of the Keating Five scandal where he's referred to as "The most reprehensible of the Keating Five". And there's still a hidden cloud about his military career since he refuses to release his records.
I really think after the 2020 election there's going to be changes taking place we couldn't have imagined a few years ago. The Republican Party is going through a metamorphosis from a party of faux conservatives to a party of real conservatives. I also think those conservatives will have to attack the Republican party structure and elite to win, just as did Judge Moore.
The Democratic Party is going to remain what it is today. Irrational, leftist, Saul Alinsky radicals, and unelectable except in totally hard left districts. Maxine Waters will continue to be elected as long as she can breath and act as their Mother Teresa. Chuck Schumer will continue as the chief strategist and he's not up again until 2022. Neither of them are going to budge an inch in their hard left approach as to how they think the world should work, and they won't let anyone change that in their party. They're going to be the gifts that keep on giving.
I also think Governor John Kasich is going to change parties. I think this will happen not long after the election. He might do it before leaving office, but I don't think so. I also think he'll do this in order to run for President of the United States as a Democrat. Strange as it may seem - given the mess the Democrat Party is facing - I think the Democrats may accept him. He has all the qualities they so admire in their leaders. He's weird, he's arrogant, he's capable of talking unendingly without saying anything, and he's a heretic. What more could they want? Let me tell you! They're going to demand he support abortion! If he doesn't - he's done. So this question remains: Is he going to be just like Dennis Kucinich? Kucinich was a life long anti-abortion Catholic until he ran for President, and then all of a sudden had an epiphany that abortion wasn't murder after all. I think Kasich is capable of that kind of metamorphosis, but make no mistake about this - he knows that's what it will take. Heresy!
I don't see Independents taking a place on the political landscape in a large way, even if a few RINO's decide to make a play in that direction. And where they do show up - I think they'll impact the Democrats more than Republicans because the Tea Party types made up their minds long ago that forming a third party was totally counterproductive to pushing a conservative agenda. Their goal was to take over which ever mainstream party that would accept the conservative values of less government, less taxes and less regulations.
That's the Republican party. Get over it!