Here is a summary of the top 5 conservative headlines making news today.
1. Conservatives take the U.S. Supreme Court for a generation
On Monday night, the United State Senate voted to confirm Amy Coney Barrett as an associate justice on the United States Supreme Court. The vote comes after a weeks-long process to replace former liberal Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who passed away in September.
Conservatives now comprise a “supermajority” on the court with six seats to the liberal faction’s three. Barrett, just forty-eight years old, is expected to usher in a new generation of conservative judicial decisions on the Supreme Court much to liberal voters chagrin.
It is anticipated that within weeks of Barrett being on the bench the Supreme Court will rule on highly contentious issues such as the Affordable Care Act (aka ObamaCare) and Roe v. Wade, which provides American women with a right to choose to terminate a pregnancy.
A conservative Supreme Court will be the crowning achievement of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s career. Despite how the legislative and executive branches of the United States sway in future years, McConnell’s actions will have a conservative court strike down any progressive legislation for years to come.
2. Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation noted for one thing, civility
It has been 751 days since the last justice on the United States Supreme Court was confirmed to the bench. Brett Kavanaugh, another conservative, was subjected to a lengthy and critical confirmation process that was in stark contrast to the one Amy Coney Barrett endured.
Perhaps it is due to all the political attention being focused on the upcoming election but the confirmation of Barrett to the court reminded American pundits of confirmations of days past as all sides were civil during the proceedings.
Despite Democrats accusing Republicans of being hypocrites for their willingness to fill a Supreme Court seat so close to election day (many Republicans stonewalled President Obama’s nominee Merrick Garland from the court in 2016, citing the nominations close proximity to election day) the proceedings largely refrained from character assassination and ugly accusations.
Many Americans were pleased to see the confirmation of Justice Barrett did not lead to a mud slinging competition between Republicans and Democrats (as many Senators are in close reelection campaigns) and proved that the “world’s greatest deliberative body” is capable of acting like adults.
3. Democrats are worried as Republican voter registration surges in swing states
The Democratic presidential nominee is leading in all major swing states in the polls. Pundits are writing the obituary of the Republican party. Democratic leaders are preparing legislative goals for next year. Sound familiar?
As the media continues to focus on the “imminent” defeat of Donald Trump and Republicans there should be one statistic that makes Democrats worry about their electoral chances.
In Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Florida and Wisconsin Republicans are seeing a late surge in voter registration that is putting them within striking distance of Democratic registration numbers. Since 2016, Republicans have registered roughly 179,000 more voters than Democrats, with a large addition being made in recent months.
The Trump campaign is hoping that this surge in voter registration will push him to victory on election night in a surprise similar to 2016.
“There are glimmers of hope, because I think the president’s campaign did what the last two incumbents did, which is: alter the composition of the electorate,” said Scott Jennings, a Republican strategist.
If Trump is able to pull off the improbable again, look for pundits to note the voter registration surge statistic as a deciding factor in their 2020 election summaries.
4. Trump hits fossil fuel rich Pennsylvania in the final stretch of the campaign
After an alleged “gaff” by former Vice President Joe Biden in last week’s presidential debate where he promised to end American fossil fuel production, the Trump campaign is trying to capitalize on the remarks in fossil fuel rich Pennsylvania.
In an effort to pick off undecided voters in a crucial state the campaign has been making multiple stops per day in Pennsylvania where their message is very simple, “elect Joe Biden and your job in the fossil fuel industry is as good as gone.”
“Biden confirmed his plan to abolish the entire U.S. oil industry.” Trump said Monday during a stop in northeastern Pennsylvania. While the attack is not wholly accurate, it remains to be seen whether or not Biden’s debate gaff can convince enough blue collar workers to vote for another Trump term.
The hydraulic fracking industry, which produces natural gas for energy consumption, has been a major industry and employer in Pennsylvania since the late 2000’s.
Pollster Nate Silver’s 538 forecast has repeatedly listed Pennsylvania and its 20 electoral votes as the closest swing state in the race.
a. Trump’s final pitch to Pennsylvania: I love fracking – Politico
5. In final days, Trump changes his messaging on Biden
Donald Trump loves to give his opponents derisive nicknames that one would typically hear in the school yard. “Lyin’ Ted Cruz”. “Little Marco Rubio”. “Crooked Hillary Clinton.” In 2016, although those attacks sounded childish to most they proved to be very damaging to their recipients.
However, for most of 2020, Donald Trump’s go to attack on Joe Biden, “Sleepy Joe” has not caught on as well as it might have in years past. The Trump campaign had tried to paint the Democratic nominee has senile and having lost his mental capacity. So far that has not proven effective, so the campaign is employing a last minute messaging change. In the past week the Trump campaign has pivoted its attacked on Joe Biden by trying to paint him as a “career politician” instead of just senile.
This is similar to the attacks the “outsider” Trump lobbied at Hillary Clinton to much success. It remains to be seen if this new tactic will be beneficial to the campaign just eight days from election day.