Does Anybody Care About Ukraine?

Grind for October 1st
“If you could kick the person in the pants responsible for most of your trouble, you wouldn’t sit for a month.”
– Theodore Roosevelt

Slip And Slide

The Headline

Kamala Harris drops to fifth place

The Grind

After a surge of support that could have put her in the running for Democratic nominee, Kamala Harris has dropped below Pete Buttigieg into fifth place.

Recent polls show her with a national average of just 5%. Biden is still in the lead with 28%, though Elizabeth Warren has eclipsed him in a few polls.

Warren’s increase in popularity may have something to do with Harris’ struggles, notes CNN: “Warren’s rise over the past three months tracks pretty closely with Harris’ fall. When Harris announced for president, she was the one with the big crowds and all the excitement. That candidate is Warren now.”

Other factors contributing to Harris’ decline include:

— Her back-and-forth comments on healthcare

— Her failure to attend a CNN forum on climate change

— Her failure to follow through with her attacks on Biden (she eventually agreed with him that federal busing should be an option for schools but not ordered for desegregation)

— Her poor performance at this month’s debate in Houston

— Her failure to present a clear message to voters

The Details

As her numbers continue to slip, Harris is gearing up to launch a full-fledged assault on Iowa (which will hold its caucus on Feb. 3rd).

Harris’ campaign will add 10 offices and more than 60 full-time employees in Iowa. She spent three days there this week and plans to visit the state at least once a week next month – even while she continues her duties as senator.

“I’m f–ing moving to Iowa,” she told one colleague.

The most recent polls conducted in Iowa show Harris in fifth or sixth place in the state.

Not Important

The Headline

Do voters really care about Trump’s phone call to Ukraine?

The Grind

On September 24th, Democrats launched a formal impeachment inquiry of President Trump regarding his phone call with the Ukrainian President in July.

During the call, Trump suggested the Ukrainian government investigate Joe Biden and his son, Hunter. Trump released the transcript of the call this week, saying he was forced to do so because “folks were saying such lies, such horrible things about a call that was so innocent and so nice.”

When asked about the phone call, former Ohio Governor John Kasich told CNN that people in his state didn’t seem concerned about the call.

“I think it’s absolutely worth condemning,” said Kasich, who ran against Trump in 2016. “But the question is, where are the people? I’m out here in Ohio, I’m finally back in the heartland. There’s nobody talking about this.”

“This story is just ridiculous,” adds political commentator Tim Pool. “The best they can say is that it was a ‘Wink, wink, nudge, nudge.’ I’m sorry, you can’t impeach someone based off a ‘Wink, wink, nudge, nudge.'”

The Details

As Pool explains, Democrats’ impeachment efforts will take up valuable time (and headline space) during the Democratic primaries.

“Democrats can’t beat Trump on his policies or his stellar record of accomplishment, so they’re trying to turn a Joe Biden scandal into a Trump problem,” said Trump’s campaign manager, Brad Parscale. “The misguided Democrat impeachment strategy is meant to appease their rabid, extreme, leftist base, but will only serve to embolden and energize President Trump’s supporters and create a landslide victory for the President.”

The truth is, Trump is making progress on real issues (whether you agree with him or not) and Democrats are spending their time on scandals and impeachment. Come election time, Trump can talk about his achievements and point out that Democrats wasted their time.

“Wow. Impeachment over this?” tweeted Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC). “What a nothing (non-quid pro quo) burger. Democrats have lost their minds when it comes to President @realDonaldTrump.”

Some analysts believe Trump’s phone call was intentionally designed to create bad press for Joe Biden – because it would reignite the controversy surrounding his son’s work in Ukraine while Joe was overseeing Ukrainian policy at the White House.

Indeed, Trump reacted to the impeachment inquiry with a fundraising video that raised over $1 million during its first hours.

Democrats’ sole focus is to impeach the president to prevent him from being re-elected, claims the video. Impeachment “is the only way they’re going to beat me,” says Trump at a rally. “And actually it’s working the other way because now we have our best poll numbers that we’ve ever had.”

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