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Socialist winner in NY-14: Why is the establishment Democrat I beat in the primary still running against me in the general election?

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Just doing my tiny part here to try to midwife a vicious Democratic civil war.

“NYWFP” stands for New York Working Families Party. Joe Crowley, the high-ranking House Democrat whom Ocasio-Cortez upset last month in the NY-14 primary, earned that party’s nomination for the general election on the assumption that he’d surely be the Democratic nominee too. Oops. Ocasio-Cortez is the Dem nominee — but Crowley, a name many local voters will recognize, will now be on the ballot this fall anyway. Which raises a nightmarish possibility for Democrats: What if a bunch of low-information Democrats turn out for the general election in November and reflexively pull the lever for Crowley, not realizing that he’s no longer the choice of their party?

Don’t think it could happen? Well … you’re probably right. If there’s any inkling this fall that Crowley might win as a third-party candidate, I’d expect Dem leaders to get involved and publicize the fact that Ocasio-Cortez is their choice. As much as they might personally prefer Crowley, any shenanigans that snatched a sure House seat away from the great socialist hope would be a declaration of war on the party’s far-left base. But, going strictly by the numbers, it’s at least conceivable that Crowley would have the votes to beat her. She won the primary by 15 points, true, but that 15 points translates into a margin of just 4,000 votes. Overall, a bit more than 27,000 people voted last month; in 2014, the last midterm, *67,000* people voted in the general election in November. Having Crowley on the ballot is a risk to Ocasio-Cortez, however small.

The good news for her is that he’s said he isn’t running. He conceded the election to her and endorsed her:

The bad news is that his signals to others seem a little … mixed:

Even in Ms. Ocasio-Cortez’s district, the Working Families Party line was won by Mr. Crowley, who had secured that party’s endorsement. Bill Lipton, state director of the Working Families Party, said he immediately reached out to Mr. Crowley’s campaign to request that he vacate the line.

To Mr. Lipton’s chagrin, his campaign declined; Mr. Crowley will remain on the ballot in November. “You’d think that given the moment we’re in,” said Mr. Lipton, “that Democratic leaders would want to help progressive forces to unite.”

Lefties are pounding him on Twitter but Crowley is continuing his two-step, insisting that he’s 100 percent behind the nominee and also that, ah, there’s nothing he can do about opposing her this fall:

I’m not sure that fourth point is true. Per the NYT, “There are no residency requirements … for some offices, and election lawyers say Mr. Crowley could put his name in nomination for any number of positions.” That is, if Crowley agreed to be the WFP’s nominee for some other political office, they could drop him as nominee for the House seat and give Ocasio-Cortez a clear path. So why won’t he do it?

Hmmmm. The party’s stuck for now, but they’re doing what little they can to remedy the situation:

You may ask, why would a minor party with a very outside but still precious chance of actually winning a House seat this fall want to waste that opportunity by aligning with the Democrat? Presumably they fear it would be a pyrrhic victory: A Crowley upset of Ocasio-Cortez would give the WFP a seat in Congress but render it a curse word among leftists for years to come, incinerating what little interest there is in it locally. Better to just follow the Democratic lead.

Exit question: Is there any “Operation Chaos” potential here for Republicans? NY-14 is a very, very blue district: In 2014, Crowley pulled 75 percent of the vote with the Conservative Party candidate finishing third behind, er, blank ballot. (There wasn’t even a Republican nominee.) You’d need a shockingly tight race between Ocasio-Cortez and Crowley to make Republican votes matter despite the best efforts of local Democrats and the WFP itself over the next three months to sideline Crowley or even oust him from the ballot. So, no, no chaos in the offing, almost certainly. But vote Crowley anyway just in case.

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Obama’s Former Director of National Intelligence Says Obama Behind Entire Russia Witch Hunt!

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Guest post by Joe Hoft

President Obama’s former Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, came clean on CNN and stated that former President Obama was behind spying on President Trump!

James Clapper was on CNN yesterday and he stated that Obama was behind spying on President Trump and all the corrupt and criminal actions involving the government, including the Mueller investigation –

According to Obama’s former spy chief, James Clapper, who appeared on CNN to say it was Obama who set the entire Russia witch-hunt into motion by tasking the intelligence community assessment.

Clapper said –

If it weren’t for President Obama we might not have done the intelligence community assessment that we did that set up a whole sequence of events which are still unfolding today including Special Counsel Mueller’s investigation.  President Obama is responsible for that.  It was he who tasked us to do that intelligence community assessment in the first place.

The cat is out of the bag.

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It’s a special day on the Sunday shows when socialism’s new superstar drops by to show off her intellectual chops.

She’ll be on “Face the Nation” along with her idol, Bernie Sanders, as they campaign together in Kansas for a progressive Democrat running for Mike Pompeo’s old House seat. Why they’re wasting their time there, I have no idea: It’s a R+15 district. Presumably the idea is to draw big crowds so that other socialist candidates across the country can point to it and say, “See? Even in the heartland they want hard-leftism.”

Otherwise it’s likely to be wall-to-wall chatter about Trump and Putin today. Adam Schiff will be the lead guest on “This Week,” where he’ll say Adam-Schiff-type things about collusion and kompromat. The top-billed Republican, meanwhile, is Marco Rubio, who took some heat this week after claiming that he was satisfied with POTUS’s “I said ‘would’ when I meant to say ‘wouldn’t’” walkback of the Putin press conference. He’ll sit down with “Face the Nation” and “State of the Union” for some “Are you serious?” questions and will also likely be pressed on Trump’s commitment to NATO. Rubio’s a hawk of almost McCain-ian proportions, but unlike McCain he has a long career ahead of him potentially and therefore needs to stay on Trump’s good side. He’ll do his best this morning to be diplomatic with his criticism of the president’s NATO skepticism.

If you can stand it, John Kerry will also be on “Face the Nation” to condemn Trump for not showing as much strength towards an enemy as Kerry himself did with, er, Iran. The full line-up is at the AP.

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DEVELOPING: DOJ Releasing Docs Related to FISA Warrants on Carter Page

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On Friday, conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch announced documents related to the FISA warrants on Trump’s former campaign advisor, Carter Page were released by the FBI — and were on the way to JW headquarters.

Almost one year ago to the day, Judicial Watch filed a FOIA lawsuit against the DOJ for the following documents:

Copies of all proposed and all final signed FISA applications submitted to the FISC relating to Russian interference in the 2016 election, allegations of collusion between people associated with the Trump campaign and Russia, and any known Trump associates regardless of context;

Copies of all FISC responses to the above-mentioned applications in which the Court notified the FBI or Justice Department that it would not grant the proposed applications or recommended changes. If any such FISC responses were provided orally, rather than in writing, please provide copies of FBI or Justice Department records memorializing or otherwise referencing the relevant FISC responses;

Copies of all FISC orders relating to the above mentioned applications, whether denying the applications and certifications, denying the orders, modifying the orders, granting the orders, or other types of orders.

Obama’s Deep State FBI and DOJ obtained a FISA warrant on Carter Page in October of 2016 and three subsequent renewals in order to spy on Trump’s campaign and transition team.

Comey, Rosenstein, McCabe and Sally Yates all signed the FISA applications even though Hillary’s fraudulent Russia dossier was used as a pretext to obtain the warrants.

“Judicial Watch may finally get the infamous spy warrants the Obama administration and Deep State used while conspiring with the Clinton campaign to target then-candidate and now President Trump. It took a year, but the stonewall and cover-up, we hope, begins to end today,” Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton said.


Tom Fitton updated and said the docs were Fed Ex’ed.

Fitton appeared on Fox News early Saturday morning to discuss the new development.

Tom Fitton expects the documents to have redactions, however he said on Fox News, “I suspect we’ll get more answers. We won’t get all the answers we want, so the fight will continue.”

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The new FISA warrant documents have not been released at the time of this publication, however; The Gateway Pundit will update as soon as the documents are available.

Update: Tom Fitton says he expects to receive the corrupt FISA docs by Monday.

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