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Jeb Bush Pushes the Poison of Identity Politics

By 7.16.15

“This Nation was founded by men of many nations and backgrounds. It was founded on the principle that all men are created equal, and that the rights of every man are diminished when the rights of one man are threatened.… [R]ace has no place in American life or law.”
John F. Kennedy, 1963

“America represents something universal in the human spirit. I received a letter not long ago from a man who said, ‘You can go to Japan to live, but you cannot become Japanese. You can go to France to live and not become a Frenchman. You can go to live in Germany or Turkey, and you won’t become a German or a Turk.’ But then he added, ‘Anybody from any corner of the world can come to America to live and become an American.’”
Ronald Reagan, 1988

Hillary Clinton Can’t Decide Which Position To Take on Iran Deal

By on 7.15.15 | 11:41AM

I maintain that I know very little about foreign policy, which is why I've left the conversation surrounding the Iran deal to the site's more experienced foreign policy commentators, choosing to take the "dead babies" stories instead. But what I do know is that, even among the most liberal Internet commentators, the Iran deal is, at best, controversial.

Early yesterday morning, the coverage was laudatory. Which meant, obviously, that Hillary Clinton, who was supportive of the deal but, ultimately, sanguine about it in her initial interviews. As coverage peaked in the morning, Hillary Clinton was dancing around backstage in DC offering "full-throated" support for Iran's sudden, yet predictable, nuclear advantage. But as reporters read the lengthy deal, released yesterday afternoon, their opinions soured.

And so did Clinton's

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Yes, Trump Can Win

By 7.14.15

The media assures: Donald Trump can’t possibly win.

The GOP Establishment assures: Donald Trump can’t possibly win.

After assuring everyone that 1) Trump was never going to run in the first place and 2) once he declared that he would run they insisted he would get nowhere, we now find that these whiz-bangs were wrong on both counts. Trump is in the race and he has surged to the top of the polls, drawing huge crowds. By chance, here in my home Central Pennsylvania county, a race to fill a vacancy in the state legislature in an August 4th election has Republican candidate Greg Rothman knocking on doors in this traditionally Republican district. Rothman tells me he has knocked on 3,100 doors thus far — and while he’s there to talk state issues residents in this area are volunteering to him that they support… Donald Trump. 

Yet in spite of the reality of Trump’s candidacy and the support surging for his candidacy — and the startling reality that rank-and-file Republicans are spontaneously telling a Pennsylvania legislative candidate that they like Donald Trump — the Trump critics insist he can’t win.

Hillary Clinton, Old Person, Does Not Like This Newfangled Uber App

By on 7.13.15 | 5:54PM

A week or so ago, my friend Lisa De Pasquale over at Breitbart, penned an article about how this election cycle is shaping up to be Gen-X versus Baby Boomers. In it, she pointed out that while Hillary Clinton might not be too old to be President (I mean, seriously, the GOP once ran John McCain who knows so much about foreign policy because he was around with Pangea broke apart), she certainly acts old - way older than should be socially acceptable or electorally palatable. 

Today, Hillary spent half her speech railing on the Wall Street banks that make up a significant part of her donor base, and the other half complaining about these young whippersnappers and their newfangled smartphones with the texting and the Facebooking and the Ubering. I mean, who do they think they are, circumventing an antiquated and burdensome, union-driven transportation boondoggle with ingenuity and common sense and a cooperative network that allows individuals to purchase products on a free market that they themselves police? 

Hamptons Hotspot Turns Down Nancy Peolsi

By on 7.13.15 | 4:54PM

There are only a few people who can get seated at any restaurant in the Hamptons without making a reservation first. That list might include Billy Joel, Howard Stern, maybe that woman from the Food Network who runs the gourmet store in the neighborhood, probably Barack Obama.

Obviously, the list, at least at Hamptons hotspot Beautique, does not include House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. Unfortunately for Nancy, she, reportedly, had to find that out the hard way.

[A] source said Pelosi had wanted to dine at the hotel’s restaurant, Beautique, that night, but arrived without a reservation and they were forced to turn her away.

“She was accompanied by a lot of security. Guests like Howard Stern already had tables,” says a spy. We’re told the restaurant did put together some room service so she could dine in her room.

Hillary Clinton, Backed By Wall Street, Wants to Dismantle Wall Street

By on 7.13.15 | 4:03PM

It isn't easy being Hillary Clinton. Bernie Sanders is drawing big crowds. Pantsuits weren't a staple on the Paris Fashion Week runways. Disgusting commoners want to touch you, and people want to know things about your email and Benghazi and all these things they were supposed to forget about once they were dazzled by Hillary Clinton's wisdom and beauty. 

And there's only so much pandering you can do to target demographics. Keeping women, minorities, youth and small leftist special interest groups in line is only helpful if you have the majority of the Democratic base locked down, and its increasingly apparent that she doesn't. As Bernie Sanders rants away, Hillary's numbers are slipping, and her connection with the progressives that put Obama over the top only to see him govern as (mostly) a moderate, is tenuous at best. So what's a girl to do?

Pander some more. This time, to Bernie's base. America, you need a raise. Or something.

Ted Cruz Didn’t Bulk-Buy His Own Book, Says Amazon

By on 7.13.15 | 1:45PM

Over the weekend, Ted Cruz got a rude response from the New York Times when, despite blockbuster sales for his book, A Time for Truth, the New York Times refused to put it on their weekly list of best-sellers because they were convinced - convinced, I tell you - that Ted Cruz had been instructing his campaign to buy the book in bulk in order to pad his numbers. Cruz's book, by all accounts, sold around 11,000 copies, which should have put him third on the list, behind a book about the Wright Brothers and a book written by a former Playboy bunny and reality television star.

Scott Walker: Conservative Presidential Candidate, But for How Long?

By on 7.13.15 | 12:50PM

I suppose, based on the exultant prediction Aaron is making about Scott Walker's run at the Presidency, that it's up to me to be the Debbie Downer. 

So, it's not that I don't like Scott Walker. I do. I like him even more because the very mention of his name makes liberal toes curl. He's defeated the worst of the progressive worst not once, but three times in four years, and he plans on making his vision for Wisconsin, which won over voters despite dramatic sit-ins, protests and threats to bring hippie drum circles to every school district in the state, his vision for America. His brand new campaign video says it all.

But as serious conservative contenders for the highest office abound, Scott Walker isn't necessarily among them.

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Six Reasons Why Scott Walker Will Be Elected President

By 7.13.15

Shortly before Scott Walker was re-elected Wisconsin’s Governor for the third time in four years, I made the case that if Walker prevailed Republicans should nominate him as their presidential candidate right then and there. Since January, Walker has been at or near the top of most public opinion polls of preferred standard bearers for the GOP in 2016, and today he officially launches his White House bid, making him the 15th Republican to join the field. While this field is quite crowded, I believe it will soon become apparent that Scott Walker stands out head and shoulders above the rest. Here are the six reasons why I believe Walker will not only win the GOP nomination, but be elected President in November 2016.

1. He’s Part of the Middle Class (or He Actually Shops at Kohl’s and Sears)

OPM Hack Affects 24 Million Americans, But OPM Chief Isn’t Resigning; UPDATE: Archuleta Resigns

By on 7.10.15 | 1:12PM

Update: Approximately 20 minutes ago, OPM director Kathleen Archuleta finally submitted her resignation. Lower-level employees in charge of tech still remain. Her deputy will take over. 

*****

If you weren't certain, before, whether your personal information had been compromised in the series of Chinese hacks that hit the Office of Personnel Management earlier this year, well, let me set your mind at ease. You probably were.

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