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An Unmitigated Disaster

By 5.5.16

Republican party leaders may have worried that Donald Trump would not only lose the general election for the presidency, but would so poison the image of the party as to cause Republican candidates for Congress and for state and local offices to also lose. Now they seem to be trying to patch things up, in order to present an image of unity before the general elections this fall.

Regardless of how that attempt at patching up an image turns out, Trump’s candidacy could be not only a current political setback for Republicans, but an enduring affliction in future elections.

For decades after Republican President Herbert Hoover was demonized because the Great Depression of the 1930s began on his watch, Democrats warned repeatedly, in a series of later presidential elections, that a vote for the Republican candidate was a vote to return to the days of Herbert Hoover.

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What Now? It’s Panic Time on the Right

By 5.5.16

When Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas announced Tuesday night, after losing Indiana, that he was suspending his presidential primary campaign, it was not a fatal blow to the stop-Trump movement. Many Republicans who oppose Donald Trump — because he’s a self-serving, unreliable conservative likely to alienate huge swaths of the American electorate — weren’t particularly strong on Cruz, a staunch conservative but also a craven opportunist who hurt the GOP brand with such kamikaze stunts as his push to shut down the government in a bound-to-fail (and it did) bid to defund Obamacare.

Ohio Gov. John Kasich is a different story. A strong conservative who talks like a liberal, Kasich also polled as the Republican likeliest to beat Hillary Clinton. He presented the great white hope of Republicans who wanted a contested national convention to save them from Trump. After watching Kasich’s announcement Wednesday that he is suspending his campaign, I still do not know why Kasich, who lacked the ability to win the needed number of delegates long ago, waited until he was the last Republican left on the field to fold up his tent and go home.

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Communist Party Feels the Bern

By 5.2.16

As it has for months now, People’s World again this past week carried a headline hailing Bernie Sanders “revolution.” As the successor to the Soviet-funded and directed Daily Worker, and as ongoing house organ of Communist Party USA, People’s World is pleased with the long march of “progress” in the Democratic Party. The far-left lurch of today’s Democratic Party is lovingly in line with what the comrades have long desired. These inheritors of the Soviet experiment see Bernie Sanders as an exciting culmination of what they have been fighting for. And they view Barack Obama’s “fundamental transformation” of the Democratic Party as having made a candidate like Bernie possible.

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A Trump Presidency Could Cure Our Pharma Affliction

By 4.29.16

Early this year, Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump served notice to the pharmaceutical industry that their days of vacuuming up taxpayer money for nothing were at an end. Trump did this by backing a policy that has, for years, been verboten in GOP policy circles: the idea that the federal government should renegotiate drug prices down through the Medicare program.

Coming from a more conventional candidate, there are good reasons that conservatives might find this particular cure worse than the illness. In Trump’s case, however, that debate seems unnecessary. As with everything Trump does, this particular bit of policy heresy seems more like a negotiating tactic than a serious proposal, since Trump’s actual healthcare plan does not mention it, and to all appearances he has dropped the idea completely.

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The Umbrage Factory

By 4.25.16

America is a country of strivers. Alas, having attained so much success, many Americans now strive to be offended. Polite agreement to disagree is gone. Now people log on to social media where they discover words that offend their delicate sensibilities. Then they make sure everyone knows they are aggrieved. Sometimes the perennially offended even win a trophy for their troubles — such as the scalp of ESPN analyst and former Major League Baseball pitcher Curt Schilling.

In August, the network suspended Schilling for posting a tweet that likened Muslim “extremists” to German Nazis to illustrate that a small segment of a population can do a lot of damage.

This month, ESPN fired Schilling for sharing and commenting on a Facebook post of a photo of a supposedly transgender woman with this caption: “Let him in! To the restroom with your daughter or else you’re a narrow minded, judgmental, unloving, racist bigot who needs to die!!!” Schilling commented: “A man is a man no matter what they call themselves. I don’t care what they are, who they sleep with, men’s room was designed for the penis, women’s not so much. Now you need laws telling us differently? Pathetic.”

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Release Those 28 Pages Now

By 4.21.16

President Obama made his fourth trip to Saudi Arabia Wednesday, ostensibly to “clear the air” in an attempt to repair the damaged relationship with the Kingdom brought about by what many will regard as his administration’s mistakes — cozying up to the Islamic Republic of Iran, for example, and embracing the Arab Spring which toppled the Saudi ally Hosni Mubarak in Egypt.

But perhaps the biggest mistake Obama has made with regard to the Saudis is the one they’ll likely thank him for; namely, opposing — and threatening to veto — a bill authored by Sens. John Cornyn and Chuck Schumer which would declassify 28 pages of a 2002 bicameral congressional report on the 9/11 terrorist attacks and open the door for civil litigation against foreign governments involved in material support for that terrorist conspiracy.

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‘Confirmation’ — HBO’s High-Tech Lynching

By 4.19.16

The left is masterful at rewriting history. Witness HBO’s TV movie Confirmation, which aired Saturday, about Anita Hill’s accusations of sexual harassment 25 years ago, which almost derailed Clarence Thomas from becoming a Supreme Court justice. The drama’s makers claim that they didn’t take sides in depicting Thomas’s Senate confirmation hearings, even as a trailer punctuates close-ups of actress Kerry Washington, who played Hill, with stentorian capital letters: “It only takes one voice… to change history.” Another trailer proclaims, “One woman made a choice… to take a stand.”

Apparently, because HBO didn’t expressly label Thomas as guilty, producers feel they can get away with saying they were evenhanded. One man (Thomas) made a choice and took a stand; where are his plaudits?

“The movie only has credibility if it’s not espousing one point of view or presenting only one side,” Confirmation screenwriter Susannah Grant said in the Washington Post. OK, then it has no credibility. “Confirmation” airbrushed out events that do not confirm the left’s revisionist view on the Thomas hearings.

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Canceling Hamas in Wichita

By 4.15.16

As the scenes of wanton carnage from bombings in Paris and Brussels lacerate our sensibilities, test the limits of compassion, and strike fear in our hearts about the prospects of such violence being visited once again on our own shores, our chattering classes have gone to great lengths to reassure us that the Muslim community in America is different from the Muslim community in Europe.

We are repeatedly told that Muslims in America are well off and integrated into our communal structure. The violence we see in Europe is not a function of Islamic theology but of alienation and marginalization — of Europe’s inability to integrate its Muslims.

Of course, those mourning their loved ones in San Bernardino, California might dispute that notion.

After absorbing so many Muslim refugees into their community, the people of Minneapolis might also question the underlying proposition. Having served as ground zero for the Al Qaeda-affiliated Al-Shabab a decade ago, they are now America’s recruitment center for ISIS. 

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Another LGBT Lynching

By 4.13.16

It amazes that the tiny sliver of Americans disenchanted with the sex they were born into seem to have taken total control of American culture, and of the laws, policies, and etiquette to enforce their every whim, no matter how bizarre, or how contrary to nature or to the wishes of the overwhelming majority of Americans. And these folks are allowed a level of intolerance and personal vitriol granted to no other group in living memory. (See William Murchison’s fine piece in Tuesday’s TAS here.) Informed readers keeping up with recent events out of North Carolina, Georgia, and Mississippi know this is true.

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Campaign Lies

By 4.13.16

If you took all the lies out of political rhetoric, how much would be left? Apparently even less than usual this year.

The latest, and perhaps biggest, lie — thus far — is that Donald Trump was cheated out of delegates in Colorado because the voters did not select the delegates.

Two very different questions have gotten confused with each other. One question is whether this is the best way to choose delegates. Most of us would say “No,” but most of us don’t live in Colorado, and each state is allowed great leeway in how it chooses to pick its delegates.

The more fundamental question is whether this was some trick cooked up to deprive Donald Trump of the delegates needed to win the Republican nomination. That is of course how Donald Trump and his followers automatically depict anything that doesn’t work out to his advantage.

But the Colorado rules were written and known to all before anybody cast a single vote in the primary elections, anywhere in the country.