BO’S NEXT JOB – CAROL LEE: BO at the UN.; KANE – McCarthy?; HAHN – Nope!
MITCH/JOHN: WHITON – Mitch to the door; GEHRKE – Mitch next; PEOPLES & COLVIN – Conservative dare; NRO – After Boehner?; DRUDGE LINKS.
PAPA: PODHORETZ – Just another lib.
LEADS: McCARTHY – Carson right about Islam; PICKET – 18 cities want more Syrians; KAMISAR ET AL – Cruz wins Values Voter; STANAGE – Trump plows on; HAMILTON & KOSAR – Thought control; NELSON – Wiki sues NSA.
THE HILLARY: WASHINGTON TIMES – She’s cornered; WASHINGTON EXAMINER – Dems terrified?; DRUDGE LINKS.
END NOTES: MARK LEVIN, 9/25/15.
“I have had a relationship with John Boehner for a long time. His becoming Speaker, of course, made those relations much more close. I have not always agreed and I wasn’t always happy with what John told me, but he never, ever misled me. He never, ever told me something that wasn’t true and I accepted that. I got where I understood John Boehner very, very well. His word was always good,” Harry Reid
Carol Lee, WSJ: Obama to Press Growth, Climate Issues at U.N.
“President to advance foreign-policy goals at U.N. General Assembly amid new challenges
“. . . He is set to address the General Assembly on Monday, a speech that will serve as a road map for how he intends to approach the remaining 16 months of his term. He is expected to appear again next autumn but will have only a few months remaining in office.
“Mr. Putin also is scheduled to address the world body on Monday, and the Middle East will be central to the U.S. and Russian leaders’ high-stakes talks.
“But Mr. Obama’s schedule in New York, from Sunday to Tuesday, reflects a president looking to make strides in other policy areas . . .”
Paul Kane, WaPo: “Lucky Kevin McCarthy is the odds-on favorite to be the next speaker. He’ll need it.”
“. . . He has never served as a committee chairman, nor does he have a major piece of legislation that defines his policy interests.
“Some veteran lawmakers fear that the same group of conservatives that bedeviled the current speaker will trouble his successor. The next few months present several fiscal battles in which conservatives are pushing for a confrontation with Democrats in the Senate or a veto fight with President Obama. Democrats can slow or kill almost any legislation in the Senate where the threat of a filibuster requires 60 votes to move almost any legislation; there are 54 Republican senators.
“‘The next speaker is going to have to deal with those who deny basic math,’ Rep. Charlie Dent (R-Pa.), a leader of the moderate wing, said. “ ‘It’s not just sad; there’s a sense of uncertainty and a little bit of a haze and a fog of not being sure where things are going to go.’
“McCarthy has made no official declaration that he will try to succeed Boehner, but many rank-and-file Republicans have coalesced around the Californian as the next in line. . .”
Julia Hahn, Big Govt: “EXCLUSIVE– Mark Levin Warns House Republicans: Do Not Support Kevin McCarthy for Speaker”
“Levin’s a tirelessly warrior against Speaker Boehner and the Washington establishment. “Kevin McCarthy is Eric Cantor with ten less IQ points,” Levin declares in an exclusive interview with Breitbart News.
“The radio star adds Republicans must learn their lesson and not repeat the mistakes they made following Eric Cantor’s historic fall from power—namely that Republicans must replace Boehner with a ‘principled conservative.’
“Levin explained that with the resounding defeat of the former-House Majority Leader, conservative voters made their voices heard and sent a clear message to the Republican establishment. Washington Republicans, however, refused to get the message.
“‘The Republican establishment never learned their lesson after Cantor… They replaced Cantor with McCarthy, who is a wheeler and dealer—he is not a principled conservative… My concern now is that they will do the same thing again,’ Levin said.
“Kevin McCarthy occupies the business wing of the Republican Party shared by other politicians like Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI)
, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ)
. All seem to think that increasing corporate profits through large-scale immigration and globalist trade pacts like Obamatrade are more important than prioritizing the wages of Americans or preserving America’s cultural identity as a Western nation.
This vision is also in line with the donor-class idea of governing, which means lowering expectations and trying to manage the affairs of Congress in a smooth and non-confrontational way. For instance, only a few days ago, presidential contender Sen. Marco Rubio dismissed attacks on Republican leadership in an interview with Fox News host Bret Baier. Rubio said, ‘expectations were raised unnecessarily high.’
“In other words, that conservative voters were expecting too much when they sent their elected officials to Washington to represent them. This stands in contrast to his presidential competitor Sen. Ted Cruz, who recently suggested that Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY)
has abdicated his position of power: “Today, Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV)
is the de facto leader of the Senate.” Breitbart News asked Levin about McCarthy’s repeated support for open-border policies. . .”
MITCH/JOHN . . .
Christian Whiton, NRO: “Show Mitch McConnell the Door”
“Last week, House Speaker John Boehner decided to retire rather than chance being ousted by his own colleagues. Despite this lucky break, the congressional GOP has little chance of winning back disenchanted Republican voters unless it also shows Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell the door. Continued Republican control of the Senate is on the line.
“A brand-new poll reveals that 72 percent of Republican primary voters are dissatisfied with McConnell and Boehner. Only 2 percent of those polled were “very satisfied” with the party’s two congressional leaders, who the majority believe have accomplished essentially nothing.
“The situation is actually worse than the poll would indicate: Republican rank-and-file members across the country aren’t just disappointed, they’re incensed. This malaise will only deepen if — as is likely — congressional Republicans lose the debate with Obama over government funding for Planned Parenthood.
“The fight should have been an easy one to win. . .”
Joel Gehrke, NRO, “GOP Representative: Mitch McConnell ‘Next Guy in the Crosshairs’”
“. . . “Next guy in the crosshairs will probably be McConnell,” Representative Matt Salmon (R., Ariz.) said in a text message to Senator Mike Lee (R., Utah), according to National Journal’s Sarah Mimms. Lee replied that he doubts that will happen.
“Still, Salmon’s speculation reflects a theory of Boehner’s struggles that is common among the outgoing speaker’s friends and foes alike — that his unpopularity among the grassroots stems more from McConnell’s failure to take advantage of the Senate majority than anything House Republicans have done. If that’s true, then Boehner’s departure can hardly be expected to ease the tensions between GOP leadership and the conservative base or preempt more leadership fights in the future.
“People are frustrated with out Republican leadership, with Boehner and McConnell, and it’s not usually the third or fourth question that comes up — it’s the first question that comes up,” Representative Marlin Stutzman (R., Ind.), who voted against Boehner in January, told National Review last week. “It’s happening at tea-party events, but it’s [also] happened at Republican breakfasts, it’s happening at donor meetings — there’s a deep frustration.”
Steve Peoples & Jill Colvin, AP: “Conservatives to 2016 GOP field: Defy us at your own peril”
“WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican Party’s conservative wing, pumped up by House Speaker John Boehner’s stepping down, is warning the 2016 presidential candidates that defying its wishes will come at their peril.
“Religious activists forcefully conveyed this message Saturday: embrace our uncompromising stance against abortion rights and gay marriage, among other priorities, even if doing so risks a federal government shutdown.
“An emboldened conservative movement signals fresh trouble for White House candidates viewed by the party’s frustrated base as insufficiently committed to their cause. Chief among them is former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush. . .”
NRO: “After Boehner”
“The election of a Republican House in 2010 put an end to the march of liberal legislation through Congress. Obama would get no signing ceremony for carbon caps, for pro-union laws, for new gun controls, or even, as it turned out, for the “comprehensive immigration reform” so favored by all the great and good. Republicans in Congress also imposed some spending cuts, albeit ones that fell too heavily on defense. When George W. Bush’s tax cuts expired, they got President Obama to agree to put many of them into law indefinitely.
“Those are real accomplishments for which Speaker John Boehner, who has just announced that he will retire at the end of October, deserves some credit. While he seems to have favored something like the misbegotten immigration bill that the Senate passed in 2013, for example, he wisely chose to avoid letting it go through over his party’s objections. But overall his record is one that conservatives find, and should find, disappointing. To be sure, there are real limits, as Boehner and his allies always insisted, on what Republican congressmen can achieve when an implacably liberal president has a unified Democratic party behind him; but what is most dismaying is how little Republican congressmen have even tried to achieve. The House has never voted on a conservative replacement for Obamacare, or a tax reform, or even a bill to unwind Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. One of the few conservative policy victories in the last few years — the end, for now, of federal authorization of the Export-Import Bank — was accomplished over Boehner’s objections.
“The Republican leadership in Congress constantly complains that conservative groups are demanding that it fight the Obama administration in ways it considers counterproductive. But it does not suggest that instead Republicans fight against the administration, or for conservative causes, in some superior way. Its alternative to losing fights consists of “regular order” and advancing bipartisan legislation that appeals to business groups. That is a recipe for demoralization among conservatives, loss of Republican popularity among swing voters, further strife within the party caucus, and a further weakening of Congress as an institution. “Boehner has conservative views on most issues and sought to advance those views as best he could. But he has allowed a destructive dynamic to take hold among Republicans in which realism is forever pitted against vision. We wish him well in retirement, and wish for a successor who will transcend that division.” www.nationalreview.com/article/424643/boehner-record-successor
DRUDGE LINKS (9/28, 27/15)
ONE LAST CRY… Boehner resignation triggers all-out leadership scramble… 62% of Republicans Feel BETRAYED by Party… Only 2% ‘very satisfied’… MAG: McConnell ‘next in crosshairs’… INSIDE THE EVE OF DECISION… Least-popular speaker in three decades… Debt Up $3,968,445,855,460 Under Spending Deals… Departure creates uncertainty for Obama… Trouble for Jeb? Boehner could never land the ‘big deal’ he wanted…
PAPA . . .
I lived in northern Italy during my high school years. I remember 19 political parties, elections every six months, and that every gold tile in St. Peter’s dome had some tourist’s initials . . . I am less awed by the Pope . . .
John Podhoretz, NY Post: “Pope Francis is just another liberal political pundit”
“Pope Francis is unquestionably a man of uncommon personal grace, the possessor of a genuinely beautiful soul. “On Heaven and Earth,” his book-length exchange with Rabbi Abraham Skorka first published in 2010, is a remarkable testament to the breadth of his perspective.
“But that’s not exactly the guy who showed up Friday at the United Nations. That pope endorsed the Iran deal, the UN’s environmentalist goals and what amounts to a worldwide open-borders policy on refugees — and offered a very specific view of how to promote development in the Third World that’s straight out of a left-wing textbook.
“‘The International Financial Agencies,’ the pope said, ‘should care for the sustainable development of countries and should ensure that they are not subjected to oppressive lending systems which, far from promoting progress, subject people to mechanisms which generate greater poverty, exclusion and dependence.’
“We’re told we must not view the pope’s expression of views on contemporary subjects through the lens of day-to-day issues — that we belittle him and ourselves by examining his words through an ideological filter.
“Because of the awesome position he holds, and by dint of his own teachings and his life and teachings before he rose to service as the Vicar of Christ, Francis is said to be deeper and loftier than mere politics.
“Sorry: When the pontiff sounds less like a theological leader and more like the 8 p.m. host on MSNBC or the editor of Mother Jones, what’s a guy to do?. . .”
LEADS . . .
Andrew McCarthy, NRO: “On Islam, Ben Carson Is Right and Charles Krauthammer Is Wrong” “The unique demands of the nation’s highest office conflict with orthodox Islamic teaching. Does Charles Krauthammer get Islam wrong because he gets the Constitution wrong? Or does he get the Constitution wrong because he gets Islam wrong?
“This conundrum comes to the fore — and not for the first time — after Dr. Krauthammer’s serial denunciations of Dr. Ben Carson. In a Sunday Meet the Press interview, Carson opined that Islam is inconsistent with the United States Constitution and, therefore, that he “would not advocate that we put a Muslim in charge of this nation” — meaning he would not recommend that voters elect a Muslim president.
“Dr. K decries Dr. C’s remarks as ‘morally outrageous,’ albeit ‘sincerely felt.’ With Democrats in distress, the columnist fears Republicans are undermining their golden 2016 opportunity: ‘It is certainly damaging to any party when one of its two front-runners denigrates, however thoughtlessly, the nation’s entire Muslim American community.’
“But what loseth a man if he denigrates a tiny community — a large percentage of whose members are Islamists reliably aligned with Democrats — but gains the esteem of a vast political base convinced that Washington is insane on matters Muslim?
Kerry Picket, Daily Caller: “Mayors of Eighteen U.S. Cities Tell Obama They Are Ready to Take More Syrian Refugees”
“Mayors from eighteen U.S. cities signed a letter to President Obama saying they are willing to take even more refugees than what has been proposed by the administration . . .
“Ed Pawlowski, Mayor of Allentown, PA, William Peduto, Mayor of Pittsburgh, PA . . . http://dailycaller.com/2015/09/24/mayors-of-eighteen-u-s-cities-tell-obama-they-are-ready-to-take-more-syrian-refugees/#ixzz3mxCPgGnW
Ben Kamisar et al., The Hill: “Cruz wins Values Voter Summit straw poll for third straight year”
“Sen. Ted Cruz won the Values Voter Summit straw poll for the third year in a row on Saturday, a strong showing of support from evangelical voters for his 2016 presidential bid.
“The firebrand Texas senator won a whopping 35 percent in the poll of summit-goers, ahead of runner-up Ben Carson’s 18 percent. That margin is significantly wider than last year, where he edged out Carson by just 5 percentage points.
“Former Gov. Mike Huckabee (Ark.) took third with 14 percent, followed by Sen. Marco Rubio (Fla.) with 13 percent. Real estate magnate Donald Trump finished a distant fifth with 5 percent.
“Carson won the event’s poll for vice president, his second consecutive win for that category. . .”
Niall Stanage, The Hill: “Media thumps Trump, but polls show he’s winning big”
“. . . Much of the negative media attention has been built around a single poll in the immediate aftermath of the debate, by CNN/ORC.
“The survey showed the businessman’s support among Republican voters nationwide had declined by 8 percentage points since the last survey from the same source, less than two weeks before.
“That was a sizable decline, to be sure — even though Trump still led his closest rival by 9 percentage points. But no other reputable poll since the debate has shown Trump falling by anything like that margin.
“A survey from Fox News released earlier this week showed the businessman at 26 percent support nationally, an increase of 1 point since Fox’s last survey in mid-August. A Bloomberg poll gave him 21 percent — good enough for a 5-point lead over the field and an unchanged rating since the last poll from the financial news outlet at the beginning of August.
“The picture is not substantially different in the crucial early states — and, in some cases, it is even better for Trump. . .”
John Hamilton & Kevin Kosar, WaPo: “How the American government is trying to control what you think”
“NASA tweeting that Congress should give it more money so our astronauts won’t have to ride on Russian rockets. Recovery.gov reporting overly optimistic statistics on jobs saved and created by stimulus funds. The Department of Health and Human Service Web site encouraging the public to “state your support for health care reform” during the congressional debate over Obamacare.
“These are just some recent examples of the executive branch using our tax dollars to shape our opinions. Unlike the National Security Agency’s personal data collection or the overuse of “secret” stamps to withhold information, this government-produced propaganda receives almost no attention. But that doesn’t mean this “third dimension” of government information is not a problem. America becomes less democratic when the $3 trillion executive branch uses its resources to tilt the debate in its favor.
“Of course, a democratic government has an obligation to inform and be transparent. Citizens need to know the government’s policies and plans. We have a right to know which companies receive government contracts, how to collect insurance benefits and social security payments and what public school educational reform will look like. But too often, the government uses its information machinery to do more than simply inform us about a policy. Sometimes, it tries to persuade us to adopt a particular position, regardless of its efficacy. . .”
Stephen Nelson, US News: “Wikipedia’s Lawsuit Against NSA Internet Vacuum Has First Day in Court”
“A judge is weighing whether to kill the case against tapping the Internet’s backbone.
“A lawsuit against the National Security Agency’s dragnet interception of Internet communications had its first day in federal court Friday, with a diverse coalition of organizations asking a judge to rule against the Obama administration’s request that their case be dismissed.
“U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis didn’t rule from the bench or betray a clear leaning during arguments.
“The case was filed in March by the Wikimedia Foundation, which operates Wikipedia, along with the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Amnesty International USA, PEN American Center, Human Rights Watch, The Nation magazine and other human rights and advocacy groups.
“The groups are represented by the American Civil Liberties Union and say the NSA’s “upstream” collection of Internet communications from the cables, routers and switches that make up the Internet’s backbone is unconstitutional.
“The upstream collection is – along with the PRISM program that collects communications directly from companies like Google and Facebook – a major source of Internet records the government says it’s authorized to acquire through Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. . .”
THE HILLARY . . .
Washington Times: Hillary in a corner
“She’s on a suicide watch as her fibs and stretchers just keep coming
“A not-so-funny thing is happening to Hillary Clinton on her way to the coronation. By this time she was supposed to be busy getting accustomed to the purple, looking forward to high times next summer at the Democratic National Convention in Tampa. She might have been thinking about what she would do about those carpets upstairs in the White House that she never got around to replacing when she lived there in that other century. Now she’s on a suicide watch.
“Will she continue to die the death of a thousand self-inflicted cuts, or will she — and the rest of us — be put out of her misery by an embarrassed and frightened party and an ambitious vice president who can’t believe the prospect of a second chance at a job he has lusted for, for so long. . .”
Washington Examiner: “Editorial: Clinton should terrify Dems”
“Summer is over and with the arrival of autumn, leaves are starting to turn. Similarly, some once-promising presidential campaigns have begun to shrivel and curl up at the edges.
“The fall has come already to Rick Perry and Scott Walker.
“But, despite chill winds, there are candidates still clinging on who would certainly be highly unusual nominees. Donald Trump and Ben Carson are in this category and continue to enjoy great popularity.
“But it is the Democrats who, even more than the GOP, seem bent on nominating someone who should be unelectable. Even now they are on track to pick Hillary Clinton. It is supposedly her turn.
“The latest Quinnipiac poll hints that Clinton may have stopped bleeding support, at least for now. But as they make up their minds, early-state Democrats would do well to look deeper. Her standing with the national general electorate continues to deteriorate, and has arguably never been worse.
“The same Quinnipiac poll, released Thursday, shows that Clinton is now considered to be honest and trustworthy by only 32 percent of registered voters, and dishonest and untrustworthy by 63 percent. This is a personal record for her, and it’s worse than any other candidate for whom the question was asked.
The poll also shows Clinton’s unfavorable rating at an all-time high for Quinnipiac (55 percent) and has her losing nationwide in head-to-head match ups against Jeb Bush, Carly Fiorina, and Ben Carson. (She narrowly edges out Donald Trump, 45 to 43 percent.) She performs worse than Vice President Joe Biden (who is not officially a candidate yet) against all four, and no better than Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders against anyone but Carson. . .”
DRUDGE LINKS (9/26/15)
END NOTES . . .
Mark Levin (9/25/15)
“On Friday’s Mark Levin Show: When you have a radical, ideological President violating the Constitution, especially someone as lawless and brazen as President Obama, it’s a requirement of the opposition party to take the necessary steps to stop it. John Boehner, who is retiring at the end of October, set in motion a pattern and practice of appeasement and capitulation that only emboldened Obama. The House and Senate have done nothing effective to push back, but instead turned their political guns on Conservatives for not playing along. Boehner was in way over his head and didn’t have a clue how to stand up to Obama. He was more willing to work with Nancy Pelosi and radical leftists than Conservatives. He and Mitch McConnell are the reason Donald Trump is surging; if they had been effective leaders rather than try to manage the American people, there’d be no need for an outsider candidate.
“Also, there is still a big question whether Islam is compatible with democracy. The mosque and the state must be intermingled, not separate, and only Ben Carson has had the courage and brilliance to point this out. Later, Mark is joined by Clint Walker to discuss the 2016 elections and his acting experience.”