Given the aggressive performance thus far of a young New York Republican during two days last week of the House Intelligence Committee’s impeachment inquiry, President Donald Trump now has branded Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.) a “star.”
That’s a decent payoff for her on-target hits against Chairman Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.).
Here is Trump’s tweet about it, below.
“A new Republican star is born,” the president wrote.
“Great going, Elise Stefanik!”
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 17, 2019
In case you missed it last week, Stefanik got under Schiff’s thin skin so much that he denied her a legitimate forum during her allotted speaking time.
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More than once she tried to talk, completely within House rules and procedures — and more than once, Schiff “gaveled her down” or refused to recognize her.
For a Democrat Party that pays such attention, even deference, to radical feminism, his treatment of her appears to be proof that Dems are not pro-women.
They are just pro-leftist women.
So if you’re a Republican woman, you may not speak — but can instead fetch the chairman’s pipe and slippers.
And it’s not even that Stefanik is some kind of hardcore conservative rabble-rouser.
A Harvard grad of 2006, she went to work right out of the Ivy League for the George W. Bush administration.
From there she worked on the Tim Pawlenty campaign for president, and after that helped to write the 2012 GOP party platform.
Then she worked for GOP vice presidential nominee, then-Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) in debate prep for his 2012 matchup against then-Vice President Joe Biden.
That is not a resume to make swoon the large populist wing of the Republican Party.
She is a member of the moderate GOP Tuesday Group caucus in the House and has left the Republican reservation on a host of issues that include climate policy, immigration, the travel ban, and taxes.
She’s a member of the Republican Main Street Partnership and the Climate Solutions Caucus.
These positions and memberships could be a product of her age; she was first elected five years ago at 30.
She was initially elected in 2014 in a relatively safe GOP district and has been reelected twice.
But she wins her district by double digits, sits on the powerful Intel and Armed Services committees (plum assignments for a congressional youngster), and has a reputation for good constituent work.
Then there’s the “young woman angle” that doesn’t hurt GOP optics.
Combine this with her standout performance, much due to Schiff’s heavy-handed bumbling, at last week’s hearings and her name is now in the spotlight.
So much so that her likely Dem opponent in next year’s elections is already corralling big Democrat and leftist bucks by opposing her. Stefanik is also using her new won fame to rake in the campaign cash.
This week’s hearings should see her continue her robust performance, which will further solidify her in the current GOP firmament.
That’s not bad for an Ivy League moderate in a decidedly populist party. Not bad at all.
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