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Sunday, December 15, 2019

Representative Jeff Van Drew of New Jersey, a moderate Democrat who is among his party's staunchest opponents of impeaching President Trump, told aides on Saturday that he is planning to switch parties and declare himself a Republican as soon as next week, just as the House is casting its historic votes on articles of impeachment.

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At a White House meeting on Friday, Mr. Van Drew sought Mr. Trump's blessing for the move, which could be critical to his ability to avoid a primary challenge next year, and the president urged him to make the jump, according to two Democrats and one Republican who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the talks were intended to be private.
Good for Jeff, run to Donald, kiss the crime boss's ring and beg for a primary pardon.

Whatever Democrat ends up running against Van Drew next fall will likely have one of the largest war chests among all non-incumbent congressional candidates. Let the voters of the district decide which side of right and wrong that they prefer their rep to be on.

#1 | Posted by tonyroma at 2019-12-14 07:06 PM | Reply

The New Jersey 2nd is a moderate district that Barack Obama won by eight points in 2012, before Donald Trump won it by four points in 2016. In the blue wave of 2018, Van Drew won it by six points as a Democrat. In other words, this is a district that can, and frequently does, go either way.

Let's say Jeff Van Drew were running for reelection in 2020 as a Democrat. He's alienated the Democratic voters in his district by voting against impeachment, and the Trump supporters in his district aren't going to suddenly vote for a Democrat just because he voted against impeachment. So if Van Drew were running as a Democrat, and he survived the inevitable primary challenge, he would likely have lost a general election race that the Democrats otherwise could have won.

Now that Jeff Van Drew is running for reelection as a Republican, it means the Democrats can run a pro-impeachment candidate against him, while the Republicans are stuck with a turncoat like Van Drew who doesn't appeal to either side. In other words, the Democrats will have a better chance of winning this district in 2020 now that Van Drew is playing for the other team.

www.palmerreport.com

So before the usual sychopants arrive claiming that Van Drew's party switch confirms that the Dems are losing the political impeachment battle, the history of the district shows that they likely aren't. Just like Trump, Van Drew is making his decision based on service to his own ends, not the nation's. Hopefully the voters of his district will remind him of that next November.

#2 | Posted by tonyroma at 2019-12-14 07:46 PM | Reply

Van Drew is making his decision based on service to his own ends, not the nation's

Actually no, it just shows the impeachment is not be based on facts.

But polling, which is antipodal to the service of the nation at this time.

Eight other lawmakers in competitive districts are currently on the fence ahead of the full House vote
www.nbcnews.com

I will say it again if Democrats had the facts to support their accusation, it would be a question.

But here we are.

#3 | Posted by AndreaMackris at 2019-12-14 08:03 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

lmao @Mattress.goofball...

... who is pretending that his former hero John Bolton didn't call this a "drug deal" and that Purple Heart winning fact witnesses, Trump staff fact witnesses, and career diplomat fact witnesses... and Trump's public statements don't involve facts.

Nice obliviousness, if you are born with it.

#4 | Posted by Corky at 2019-12-14 08:34 PM | Reply

Buh-bye.

#5 | Posted by anton at 2019-12-15 12:03 PM | Reply

Here is another clown dumb enough to believe the charity thief was interested in fighting corruption.

#6 | Posted by anton at 2019-12-15 12:04 PM | Reply

ANTON

"Here is another clown dumb enough to believe the charity thief was interested in fighting corruption."

In my experience, birds of a feather usually flock together.

#7 | Posted by Twinpac at 2019-12-15 01:03 PM | Reply

Van Drew wants to spend quality time with the Dotard's favorite white supremacist.

Congressman Jeff Van Drew

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In light of the recent revelations regarding White House Senior Advisor Stephen Miller we must stand up against white supremacist terrorism and the racist rhetoric that encourages it. That is why I am an original cosponsor of H.Res. 299.

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#8 | Posted by reinheitsgebot at 2019-12-15 01:15 PM | Reply

I'm hoping the Dems put up a great candidate that beats this DINO by 10 by making impeachment an issue.

#9 | Posted by _Gunslinger_ at 2019-12-15 02:33 PM | Reply

I will say it again if Democrats had the facts to support their accusation, it would be a question.

But here we are.

#3 | Posted by AndreaMackris

Jesus Christ you're stupid.

#10 | Posted by jpw at 2019-12-15 04:03 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Turnabout is fair play:

Freshman Democrats Want Rep. Justin Amash To Help Present Impeachment Case

A group of 30 freshman Democrats in the House are working to have former Republican Rep. Justin Amash (I-Mich.) help present the argument for impeaching President Donald Trump to the Senate.

We keep forgetting that a Republican rep DID come out early for Trump's impeachment and the party forced him to leave.

Remember that the next time an idiot says that the House impeachment process isn't bipartisan.

#11 | Posted by tonyroma at 2019-12-15 09:25 PM | Reply

We HATE Trump.... that's all they got...

Now Joe Biden's and Nancy Pelosi's bribery via Berisma... that's real... now why don't we hear about THAT?

#12 | Posted by Pegasus at 2019-12-15 09:28 PM | Reply

Pigass if their activity was of actual concern to you or any other Republican one of you would have brought it up years ago.

#13 | Posted by Tor at 2019-12-15 09:31 PM | Reply

This guy is only the first to bail in order to save his own skin. He's looking out for #1 instead of following the zealots' suicide-bombing plot. Expect more of the same before this is over.

#14 | Posted by berserkone at 2019-12-15 10:29 PM | Reply

Whatever Democrat ends up running against Van Drew next fall will likely have one of the largest war chests among all non-incumbent congressional candidates.

Funded by outside interests who wouldn't ever want to go to NJ, but who cares about dark money because both sides do it, right?

#15 | Posted by GOnoles92 at 2019-12-15 10:33 PM | Reply

that Purple Heart winning fact witnesses -Corky

Yeah, they "won" a Purple Heart. That's a bit Trumpian of you lol

#16 | Posted by GOnoles92 at 2019-12-15 10:37 PM | Reply

(Folks are awarded such medals).

#17 | Posted by GOnoles92 at 2019-12-15 10:37 PM | Reply

Earned...awarded.
Not win lol. It wasn't a lottery

#18 | Posted by GOnoles92 at 2019-12-15 10:38 PM | Reply

We HATE Trump.... that's all they got...

Well, there's that and his abuse of office and vast personal enrichment at the tax payer's expense.

Gosh, who could possibly dislike Trump?

#19 | Posted by jpw at 2019-12-15 10:56 PM | Reply

"that's all they got"
leftists are in perpetual revolt. They direct it against anything traditional, as this is the perceived source of all oppression and wrong in the world. The first problem is when leftists begin to interfere with mechanisms that tend to orient society toward the biological imperative of reproduction - that is, religion - because they've got nothing left to fill the void. This leads directly into leftists' second problem, which is when they push for government to assume the roles previously left for a transcendental being, and many more. God forbid one messianic leftist group should come into power, because waiting in the wings is an even more murderous and unscrupulous group of further-leftists whose first aim will be to put the former up against a wall and a firing squad.

#20 | Posted by berserkone at 2019-12-15 11:31 PM | Reply | Funny: 1 | Newsworthy 1

Trump isn't traditional, nor is he much different from previous republican administrations, policy-wise (so twitter ------------ granted). It's amusing to see the dinosaur media try to write hagiographies for GW Bush just because they hate Blumpf so much. Theatrics aside, Blumpf is a pretty milquetoast, isntreal-first republican.

#21 | Posted by berserkone at 2019-12-15 11:42 PM | Reply

Leftists have identified Blumpf as misogynistic, racist, anti-semitic (LOL), and the rest for years now, and blasted it out 24/7 from their bully pulpits, and the public is tired of it. God, if he were only one of the things of which he were accused!

#22 | Posted by berserkone at 2019-12-15 11:45 PM | Reply

so, launching a couple of wars (W Bush - Iraq & Afghanistan) or extending them (Obama - Yemen, Libya (with the result of open-air slave markets), more drone attacks), which cost thousands to millions of lives, waste political capital, money, use of infrastructure and other resources, and all of the direct and indirect consequences thereof, STILL pale in comparison to being accused of muh raycism by the dinosaur media. Damn you all for making me defend zion don.

#23 | Posted by berserkone at 2019-12-15 11:53 PM | Reply

5 Aides To Democratic Rep. Jeff Van Drew Resign Ahead Of His Party Switch

The senior aides wrote to the New Jersey Democrat that they "can no longer in good conscience" keep working for someone switching to the GOP.

Is anyone actually surprised? Van Dumb should have listened to the Bible instead of the antichrist:
For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul?

#24 | Posted by tonyroma at 2019-12-16 07:52 AM | Reply

Wonder if this douche was pictured with a dead hooker or a live boy, and the Ruskies have those
Pictures?

#25 | Posted by aborted_monson at 2019-12-16 08:50 PM | Reply

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