Janet: Finicum Rally – 3/5; FERRO – AFP 3/5,CPAC, March 2-5.
KRAUTHAMMER – Evangelicals; FOX – Debate summary; HANSON – Log cabin candidates; WILLIAMSON – Political suicides.
GOP: FRENCH – Cruz triumphs; NOONAN – GOP shatters.
LEADS: DC EXAMINER – Planned Parenthood primary; McCLEARY – China sea; NY POST – Mittens advice; NAPOLITANO – Hillary’s false hopes; GOLDMAN – Immunity; REUTERS – Mexico sez ‘No.’
PA: SNYDER, Politics PA.
END NOTES: BATCHELOR – Hillary & el-Qaddafi; LEVIN – 3/3/16.
Janet: STAND BY ME FOR LIBERTY – FIGHT FOR FINICUM RALLY
Calling all American Patriots! Join all fifty states at this Stand By Me for Liberty – Fight for Finicum Rally – a national rally for Liberty honoring fallen hero LaVoy Finicum and in support of the release of ALL the patriots who are now political prisoners – Ammon, Ryan and Cliven Bundy, Dwight and Steve Hammond and other Patriots.
Mark your calendars – It’s Saturday March 5, 2016 from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm at 6th and Arch St. Philadelphia, Pa. in front of the Federal Building. **Also another rally at 12:00 noon at 1601 Penn Ave. Pittsburgh, Pa.**
Also, set aside Sunday, March 6, 2016 for a day of fasting and prayer for these Patriots!
Now’s the time to rally for the release of these Patriot political prisoners in Oregon and to honor a real American hero – LaVoy Finicum – who loved Liberty more than life and who was assassinated in Oregon by the FBI and Oregon State Police on January 26, 2016.
Do not let LaVoy’s sacrifice have been in vain. Bring your friends and together let’s carry on LaVoy’s legacy by educating Americans about what both the late Justice Scalia and LaVoy Finicum stood for – constitutional originalism!
Kathryn Ferro, AFP: 21st Century Education Summit, March 5th
Penn State Great Valley inside the Conference Center
30 E. Swedesford Rd. Malvern, PA 19355
9:00am – 1:30pm
Speakers and breakout sessions: come find out what your options are as a parent in PA, and support the important issues of school choice and education reform.
Find full agenda and register at: https://afpfpaeducationsummit.eventbrite.com
Thanks again! Best Regards,
Kathryn Ferro | Field Director – Southeastern Pennsylvania | Americans for Prosperity – PA
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CPAC: March 2-5
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PLAYGROUND . . .
“You’re the liar,” Trump said. “I’ve given my answer, lyin’ Ted.”
“Trump also tangled with Cruz after accusing Cruz of being the primary supporter of Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts.
“Cruz rejected the claim, and when Trump tried to interrupt, said, ‘Breathe, breathe, breathe.’
“Rubio quipped, ‘When they’re done with the yoga’ — and when brushed off by Cruz, added: ‘Well, [Trump is] very flexible, so you never know.’ . . .”
REWARD . . .
“All told, that debate averaged 14.5 million viewers, which made it the most-watched of the year at the time.” http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/tv-ratings-fox-news-gop-872681
Charles Krauthammer, NY Daily News: “Donald Trump, defender of the faith: Evangelicals, too, buy his tough guy act; expose it as a fraud”
“How could this have happened? A more scripturally, spiritually flawed man than Trump would be hard to find. As several anti-Trump evangelical voices have argued, Christian witness cannot possibly support a thrice-married man with such an impressive list of sins, featuring especially spectacular displays of the seven deadlys.
These theological arguments are both eloquent and impassioned but, in this season of fear and anxiety, beside the point. This time around, evangelicals are not looking for someone like them. They’re looking for someone who will protect them.
Fox: “Rivals spar with Trump on trust at GOP debate – but all vow to support nominee”
“Donald Trump’s rivals teamed up at Thursday’s Fox News Republican presidential debate in a concerted effort to cast him as a political salesman willing to say anything and take any position to win the nomination – but in the end, pledged to support the GOP nominee, even if it’s Trump.
Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz and John Kasich all pledged to support the eventual nominee. And Trump, who has occasionally threatened to mount an independent bid, also vowed, “Yes, I will” support the nominee.
The moment of unity in Detroit was a break from the otherwise tense and personal debate. At other times, the Republican front-runner repeatedly was challenged, by the moderators and his rival candidates, on his alleged inconsistencies.
Also – Jonathan Last, Lion Ted: Cruz Crushes the Detroit Debate
Victor Davis Hanson, NRO: “Log-Cabin Candidates”
“. . .Unlike this year’s other presidential candidates, not even a fabulist such as Trump can claim that he is an up-from-the bootstraps, self-made man whose dad was a bartender or mailman.
“Trump may have inherited more than $40 million from his real-estate-magnate father, but he has made no apologies. Instead, Trump inflates his net worth to more than $10 billion. He brags about his moneymaking and his “tremendous” and “fantastic” real-estate holdings and various companies. Far from being ashamed of his opulent upbringing, Trump wallows in it.
“Trump’s logo has been emblazoned on everything from skyscrapers and golf courses to ties and vodka. His crass message is something like, “I was born rich and then got even richer — and now I want to make you as rich as I am.”
“So how does Trump pull off his populist act without sounding like a pampered rich kid? Certainly not in patrician fashion like Franklin D. Roosevelt or John F. Kennedy. Instead, Trump boasts that money is the only measuring stick of successful people — apparently, presidents included. Rich guys are “winners”; the rest are “losers.” “Trump’s accent is Brooklynese, not Fifth Avenue. His vocabulary is street-crude. His behavior is uncouth. His finger-pointing rants and attacks turn debates into brawls. He is certainly no fussy, windsurfing multimillionaire like John Kerry. Trump tells voters that he knows politicians are corrupt because as a New York businessman, he knew how to corrupt all of them. “Trump is not a banker, techie, or Wall Street investor, but a wheeler-dealer builder who talks more like a New York cabbie or street hustler.
“For the first time in recent memory, a candidate is neither trying to convince us that he grew up poor, nor that he is an elegant aristocrat who feels a sense of noblesse oblige.
“Trump’s zillionaire shtick is certainly obnoxious and creepy. But so far, his in-your-face braggadocio has somehow worked better with average voters than have the weepy log-cabin tales from all the other well-off candidates.” http://www.nationalreview.com/article/432227/donald-trump-net-worth-rich-not-hiding http://www.nationalreview.com/article/432227/donald-trump-net-worth-rich-not-hiding
Kevin Williamson, NRO: “A Multiple-Choice Question — and All the Answers Are Political Suicide”
“. . . About than 80 percent of federal spending is on Social Security, medical benefits, the military, and interest on the debt. Of that remaining 20 percent that is so-called discretionary spending, much really cannot be eliminated: You can defund the Department of Energy, but the work it does (including the management of nuclear-weapon assets) is going to have to be done by someone, at some expense. So what’s it going to be: Cut popular spending, raise taxes, or live with deficits for as long as the markets will lend us money?
“We know what answer to expect from the frequently bankrupt Trump, who once financed a casino boondoggle with junk bonds at 15 percent interest. Cruz and Rubio may not want to answer that question right now, during a hotly contested primary. Fair enough. But somebody is going to have to answer that question, someday.” http://www.nationalreview.com/article/432250/budget-deficit-2016-republican-candidates-congress
GOP . . .
Jonah Goldberg, NRO; “Trump Backers Should Not Complain about How the Game Is Played” “. . . Not counting Top Chef and Naked and Afraid, I’m not a big fan of reality shows, but I’ve watched my share of Survivor, The Bachelor, and even Trump’s own personal propaganda series, The Apprentice. It seems to me that in many of these shows, the game is played the same way: Groups form alliances. Sometimes these alliances are formal, often they are tacit and voluntary — but they are all temporary. “At the end of the season, the winner is the guy or gal who was in the right alliance until the alliance no longer served his or her needs. Fans may be happy or disappointed based on who emerges, but it’s silly to say that Tiffany stole the Bachelor from Rhonda. That’s simply how the game is played.
“Well, welcome to the big leagues. Trump has been playing the game all along, and now that he’s ahead, he doesn’t think anyone should be allowed to change their tactics to beat him. . .” http://www.nationalreview.com/article/432335/donald-trump-supporters-2016-republican-convention
David French, NRO: “Cruz Triumphant”
“Tonight was the night when I could clearly see Ted Cruz as President of the United States. He made the right moral judgment — dealing with Donald Trump was far more important than jockeying for position with Marco Rubio or John Kasich. He made the case against Trump in the right way — he was civil even as he eviscerated Trump again and again. And he connected with the audience not just with his command of the facts, but also by making his case in an effective, human way. When he asked the audience how many had been waiters or waitresses, I had to smile. Both my wife and I spent more than our fair share of time bringing ice tea to thirsty customers, and the notion that waiting tables — even for a season – is a job Americans won’t do is absurd. “But I can’t praise Cruz without also praising Marco Rubio. Their nonaggression pact was clear. It is an extraordinarily difficult thing for political rivals to choose not to attack each other, but both Rubio and Cruz made the right decision. They both kept their eye on the ball, and in so doing kept hope alive in the quest to save the conservative movement and stop Trump.
“Regarding Kasich, his performance was cheap and cowardly . . .” http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/432345/ted-cruz-defeats-donald-trump-gop-debate
Peggy Noonan, WSJ: “The Republican Party Is Shattering”
“Stop Trump? Unite behind him? No matter the outcome, nothing will ever be the same.
“I’m interested in where we are. I think we are seeing a great political party shatter before our eyes. I’m not sure I see a way around or through. I said so on TV the other night and got a lot of responses on social media. They said: Good. They said, ‘They are corrupt,’ and ‘I am through.’ Good riddance to bad rubbish. Next.
“I am not experiencing it that way. For me the Republican Party was always the vehicle of a philosophy, conservative political thought—no more, no less. I have the past 10 years been its critic on wars and immigration, on the establishment’s self-seeking and failures of imagination. And yet at the prospect of the party’s shattering I feel somewhat shattered too. So many lives, so much effort went into its making. ‘I am more faithful than I intended to be.’
“I knew Tuesday night I was witnessing something grave, something bigger than 1976, that traumatic year when a Republican insurgent almost toppled the incumbent Republican president. Bigger too than 1964, when Goldwater conservatism swept the primaries and convention and lost the country. What is happening now is bigger and less remediable in part because the battles in the past were over conservatism, an actual political philosophy.
“And I find myself receiving with some anger, even though I understand, those—especially on the top of the party—who are so blithely declaring the end of things. Do they understand what they’re ending? Did they ever? It started in 1860. It’s first great figure was a man called Lincoln. We’ll start a new party and call it Fred, they tweet. We’ll be the party in exile. Implicitly: And I and my friends will run it. Like little boys knocking over building blocks. And they say Donald Trump is careless.
“But we are witnessing history. Something important is ending. It is hard to believe what replaces it will be better. . .”
LEADS . . .
Washington Examiner: “The Planned Parenthood primary”
“At the center of the debate over abortion, there is a battle over the legitimacy and public funding of Planned Parenthood, an organization that performs more abortions than any other group — about one every two minutes.
“The battle over Planned Parenthood is a proxy for the fight over abortion and the culture wars generally. For that reason, voters look for every presidential candidate to tell them where they stand and whether they think taxpayers should continue to fund it.
“Unsurprisingly, Hillary Clinton has offered full-throated support for the abortion giant, and in turn has received the Planned Parenthood Action Fund’s first-ever primary endorsement. Just last week, Planned Parenthood launched a seven-figure ad campaign in primary states supporting Clinton. . .”
Paul McLeary, Foreign Policy: “Into the blue.”
“The U.S. has sent aircraft carrier the USS John C. Stennis, along with a host of accompanying ships, into the disputed waters of the South China Sea Navy officials said Thursday. The carrier is being joined by two destroyers, two cruisers, and the 7th Fleet command ship USS Blue Ridge. The move comes amid complaints from Washington and its regional allies over Chinese deployments of advanced radar and surface-to-air- missile systems to disputed islands in the critical waterway. No word if the ships are planning to conduct any freedom of navigation exercises near some of the artificial islands that Beijing has built in the region. The Navy has sailed within 12 nautical miles of such islands twice since October, and Navy leadership has promised to do more in the coming months.”
“Mitt Romney is back, offering to share the sage political wisdom that won him the White House in 2012.
“Oh, wait. President Obama beat him — despite a sagging economy and terrible approval ratings. Indeed, Obama became the first guy ever to win a second term in the White House despite drawing fewer votes than the first time round.
“More than 3 million fewer — while Mitt added only 1 million to John McCain’s disastrous 2008 total.
“Romney actually popped back in the news half a year ago — when he (reluctantly) opted out of the 2016 race because he figured Jeb Bush had a better shot.
“Anyway, on Thursday, Romney speaks at the University of Utah on “the state of the 2016 presidential race.” By all accounts, it’s a bid to rally the anti-Trump cause and set the agenda for that evening’s GOP debate.
“Because a one-term governor of Massachusetts — the author of RomneyCare, the model for ObamaCare — is the obvious guy to save the Republican Party. . .”
Andrew Napolitano, Reason: “Hillary Clinton’s False Hopes”
“There’s been a relentless barrage of bad legal news for Clinton lately.
“. . . It is fair to call this a scandal because it consists of the public revelation of the private and probably criminal misdeeds of the nation’s chief diplomat during President Barack Obama’s first term in office. Clinton’s job as secretary of state was to keep secrets. Instead, she exposed them to friend and foe. The exposure of state secrets, either intentionally or negligently, constitutes the crime of espionage. For the secretary of state to have committed espionage is, quite simply, scandalous.
“We are not addressing just a handful of emails. To date, the State Department has revealed the presence of more than 2,000 emails on her private server that contained state secrets—and four that were select access privilege, or SAP. The SAP emails require special codes in order to access them. The codes change continually, and very few people in the government have the codes. SAP is a sub-category of “top secret,” and it constitutes the highest level of protected secrecy, for the utmost protection of the government’s gravest secrets. It is unheard of for SAP-level data to reside in a non-secure, vulnerable venue—yet that is where Clinton caused four SAPs to reside.
“Clinton’s allies in the State Department have perpetrated the myth that the 2,000 emails were recently upgraded to reflect their secret contents. That is untrue. The emails possess secret status by virtue of their contents, not because of any markings on them. Clinton had a legal obligation to recognize state secrets when she saw them, no matter their markings or non-markings. On her first day on the job, she swore under oath that she recognized and understood that legal obligation and she promised to comply with it. She did not comply. . .”
Adam Goldman, WaPo: “Justice Dept. grants immunity to staffer who set up Clinton email server”
“The Justice Department has granted to a former State Department staffer, who worked on Hillary Clinton’s private email server, as part of a criminal investigation into the possible mishandling of classified information, according to a senior law enforcement official.
“The official said the FBI had secured the cooperation of Bryan Pagliano, who worked on Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign before setting up the server in her New York home in 2009.
“As the FBI looks to wrap up its investigation in the coming months, agents are likely to want to interview Clinton and her senior aides about the decision to use a private server, how it was set up, and whether any of the participants knew they were sending classified information in emails, current and former officials said. . .”
Reuters: “Mexico says won’t pay for Trump’s ‘terrible’ border wall”
“MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – There is no way Mexico would fund Donald Trump’s ‘terrible’ plan to build a wall along its border with the United States if the Republican front-runner wins the U.S. presidential election, the Mexican finance minister said.
“Trump, the New York billionaire developer and former reality television star, sparked outrage in Mexico when he vowed to force Latin America’s second largest economy to pay for a wall along the southern U.S. border to stem the flow of illegal immigration and drugs.
“In a televised interview late on Wednesday, Finance Minister Luis Videgaray categorically rejected the proposal.
“‘Under no circumstance will Mexico pay for the wall that Mr. Trump is proposing,’ he said. ‘Building a wall between Mexico and the United States is a terrible idea. It is an idea based on ignorance and has no foundation in the reality of North American integration.’
“Trump has accused Mexico of sending rapists and drug runners across the U.S. border and has vowed to increase fees on some Mexican visas and all border crossing cards as part of a broader plan to force Mexico to pay for the wall.
“Former conservative Mexican presidents Felipe Calderon and Vicente Fox have compared Trump to Adolf Hitler while fears of a Trump presidency have helped stoke a spike in the numbers of immigrants trying to enter the United States.”
PA . . .
Sy Snyder, PoliticsPA: “3/4 Ups & Downs”
Marc Gergely. The State Representative from Pittsburgh found himself in hot water this week. He was charged with six counts of corruption for allegedly aiding Ronald “Porky” Melocchi’s installation of video poker machines. Rep. Gergely was apparently caught by an FBI sting operation that included a wiretap of a conversation with Melocchi. It’s always particularly upsetting to see cases like this because they erode the public’s trust in government.
Donald Trump. Speaking of what happens when the public no longer trusts government, there’s Donald J. Trump. Earlier this week, the ex-reality TV star scored the endorsements of Montgomery County Commissioner Joe Gale and Congressman Tom Marino. The big surprise, though, was the report from BillyPenn that the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette is seriously considering throwing its support to Trump. At the moment, The Donald is doing well although that’s terrible news for Pennsylvania’s junior Senator.
Patrick Reese. No one got worse news this week, however, than Patrick Reese. A close confidant to Attorney General Kathleen Kane (he was even her driver), Reese was sentenced to three to six months in jail for doing Kane’s bidding. The AG wanted her aide to read emails that were supposed to be under a protective order. The price of loyalty turned out to be too high in this case.
Steve Santarsiero. The State Rep. and Congressional candidate scored his biggest endorsement so far on Tuesday when Governor Wolf announced his support. While you would think an FEC complaint two days later would negatively impact Santarsiero, the PA GOP’s move only highlighted the Democrat’s attack against his main rival, Brian Fitzpatrick. While the candidate is selling himself on experience and vision, any attention he can draw from his potential opponents would be more than welcome.
Dwight Evans. Another public official looking to make the jump from Harrisburg to Washington, Evans’ campaign to unseat embattled incumbent Chaka Fattah got a big boost on Monday. The Philadelphia Fraternal Order of Police endorsed Evans, giving the State Rep. a grand Leap Day present. In fact, at this point, it would be fair to call Evans the front-runner in the four-way PA-2 Democratic primary.
END NOTES . . .
John Batchelor (3/3/16)
Thursday 3 March 2016 / Hour 1, Block A: Jo Becker, NYTimes, in re: The Libya Gamble. Part One: Hillary Clinton, “Smart Power” and a Dictator’s Fall The president was wary about intervening, but Mrs. Clinton was persuasive. In the end, the ouster of Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi left Libya a failed state and a haven for terrorists. Part Two: A New Libya, with “Very Little Time Left” The fall of Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi seemed to vindicate Hillary Clinton. Then militias refused to disarm, neighbors fanned a civil war, and the Islamic State found refuge. Video: Hillary Clinton’s Legacy in Libya http://www.nytimes.com/2016/02/28/us/politics/libya-isis-hillary-clinton…
Mark Levin (3/3/16)
“On Thursday’s Mark Levin Show, Mitt Romney has come out against Donald Trump and yet doesn’t endorse any of the other candidates. He is trying to suppress the Trump and Ted Cruz vote to get the process to a brokered convention. Americans should remember that Romney already had his heyday in 2012 when he missed his opportunity to make a strong showing against President Obama. He never gave a speech to Obama like he just did to Trump. What makes him think that America will want him now? If Romney and the Establishment succeed in getting the primary process to a brokered convention than the whole process will have been for nothing.
“In addition, at Thursday nights [sic]debate it’s Rubio, Trump, Cruz, Kasich and the moderators, that’s seven debaters in total. The moderators should ask some questions about what type of Supreme Court justice the candidates would nominate or how they would deal with the massive debt and not feed petty attacks.”