ENGELBRECHT – DOJ Voter Fraud; WILLIAMSON – New Wasps; NIMMO – FBI wants schools to report anti-govt students; ERICKSON – Reporter assaulted.
GOP: McHUGH – Kasich & NAFTA; GOLDBERG – Support Cruz; YORK – Rubio trails in FL; CBS – PA Dems re-register; ANDERSON – Selfie voters.
LEADS: SIMON – Trump, ISR, ISL; VLAHOS – ISL genocides; BENNETT & HATTEM – FBI Waves.
HILLARY : HANCHETT – Hill’s place in Hell.
PA: SNYDER – PoliticsPA.
END NOTES: BERRY – Cruz to abolish Dept of Ed?; MARK LEVIN 3/10/16.
Delco County Patriots Event
On Thursday Night Come Chat ‘n Chew ‘n Watch the REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE with fellow Delco Pats in the private dining room at TIP O’LEARY’S RESTAURANT & BAR, 300 West Chester Pike, Havertown PA 19083, (Near Kohl’s) Driveway entrance right after fenced playground. Plenty of spaces on the far side parking lot; Access by driving behind the building. TIME 8:00 pm to socialize Debate starts at 9:00 pm Let’s see if this debate hosted by CNN is as ‘lively’ as the Fox debate was . . . and who will win our Straw Poll. Coming? Click here to RSVP NOTE: All Food & Beverages at your own expense. O’Leary’s is providing the room to us free of charge. However … they do expect us to order something from their reasonable menu or bar list.
“Unlike Trump, Cruz is ideologically and intellectually qualified to be president (and to pick Supreme Court nominees). Moreover, there are two things even Cruz haters can concede. First, it’s a given that a President Cruz would want to be re-elected. Second, Cruz’s “brand” hinges almost entirely on his fidelity to the Constitution. Mimicking Barack Obama’s disdain for the Constitution simply wouldn’t be an option for Cruz, and that means he’d have to work with Congress to get his conservative agenda passed. This has been a year where a lot of good and honorable people have had to swallow their pride. The trough isn’t empty yet, and many more may need to belly up for seconds if they want to save the GOP.”
Catherine Engelbrecht, True the Vote: “DOJ Goes to Court to Allow Illegal Alien Voter Registration”
“Today, in a federal courthouse in Washington, D.C., the NAACP and other leftists groups are seeking to allow illegal aliens the opportunity to vote.
“Three weeks ago these groups sued the Election Assistance Commission (EAC) over its decision permitting specific states to require proof of citizenship in voter registrations. And Obama’s Justice Department sided with the plaintiffs!
“Yes, you read that right. The DOJ – the designated attorney of government agencies – left the EAC without counsel. And even more disturbing, the Justice Department fought against the EAC in court!
“Noncitizen voting dilutes the votes of American citizens and destroys the concept of free and fair elections – a fundamental concept upon which our country was founded.
“NAACP lawyers argued that even asking for documentation of citizenship should be banned. They went so far as to compare America to Nazi Germany.
“This is absolutely outrageous!
Kevin Williamson, NRO: “The New WASPs”
More on this: Brody, James: The Moral Strumpet. Available through Amazon.
“. . . Who would have guessed that the new WASPs would be so heavily Asian? The new West Coast money culture is shaping up to look a great deal like the old East Coast money culture. Young men making their first few millions run the risk of being mocked by their colleagues for having a “red-car year” if they go out and buy a Ferrari, and showy rich guys such as Yuri Milner are savagely mocked for building fake French chateaus at $100 million a pop. (Larry Ellison’s acquisition of a Hawaiian island at $600 million, on the other hand, wasn’t mocked as a rich-guy extravagance but soberly greeted as an announcement of his intention to evolve into a full-blown Bond villain.) If anything, there’s a bit of protest-too-much modesty, young millionaires complaining that they really can’t afford to live here. It’s a strange kind of Puritanism, to be sure: You can buy a $150,000 Tesla, sure, but not a Rolls Royce. It is difficult to imagine Sergey Brin gold-leafing his name onto a jet in meter-high lettering. You don’t see a lot of Kiton suits in Mountain View.
“It’s not that there isn’t conspicuous consumption here. There is, and it takes the same form as that of the great old capitalists slandered by the envious and the small as ‘robber barons,’ which is to say: good works. You don’t advertise how rich you are out here with a flashy watch or an absurd Italian sports car, but by what you give away. “The commitment to philanthropy here is in fact remarkable. It isn’t just billionaires giving away a few millions they won’t miss — although, let’s not sneer at those mere millions, either — but an entire civic culture built around the assumption that successful people will invest both money and time in doing good on a large scale. That philanthropy is shaped by the tech industry’s expectations of high return on investment, and the business of measuring philanthropic effectiveness has taken off as a field of enterprise in itself. Of course there are carping critics, the antediluvian types at the New York Times who insist that these billionaire captains of industry should be fighting for the politically managed redistribution of wealth rather than working to make private philanthropy more effective — and that completely misses the point. There are not in fact very many self-professed libertarians out here, but the reflexive belief that government should be, or is going to be, the primary actor running the show when it comes to building a better world simply isn’t an operating assumption among the famous founders and venture capitalists who shape the culture of Silicon Valley. “But at less rarefied levels, that familiar, unthinking California progressivism remains regnant. People really do believe that if there isn’t a large, expensive, expansive, federally run welfare state providing cradle-to-grave succor and free false teeth, then we will descend, inevitably, into something somewhere between Oliver Twist and Fury Road. . .”
Kurt Nimmo, InfoWars: “FBI Instructs High Schools to Inform On “Anti-government” Students”
“Constitutionalists figure prominently on the target list
“A new FBI initiative based on Britain’s ‘anti-terror’ mass surveillance program instructs high schools across America to inform on students who express ‘anti-government’ and ‘anarchist’ political beliefs.
“‘High school students are ideal targets for recruitment by violent extremists seeking support for their radical ideologies, foreign fighter networks, or conducting acts of targeted violence within our borders. High schools must remain vigilant in educating their students about catalysts that drive violent extremism and the potential consequences of embracing extremist belief,’ states an unclassified document released in January by the FBI’s Office of Partner Engagement, the agency’s primary liaison for the law enforcement community.
“The document claims public school educators ‘are in a unique position to affect change, impart affirmative messaging, or facilitate intervention activities,’ including informing on students. It calls for ‘observing and assessing concerning behaviors and communications’ of students ‘embracing extremist ideologies.’
“In addition to ‘designated foreign terrorist organizations,’ the FBI program targets ‘domestic violent extremism movements,’ including anti-government groups.
“According to the FBI ‘some adults embrace domestic violent extremist ideologies [and] their beliefs can permeate family norms, oftentimes influencing their children. This dynamic fosters biases leading to hatred and intolerance, and drives the need for action..”
Erick Erickson, Resurgent: “Trump Campaign Manager Calls Reporter “Delusional” After She Says He Assaulted Her”
“Corey Lewandowski, Donald Trump’s campaign manager, assaulted a Breitbart.com reporter, Michelle Fields according to Fields and at least one eye witness. According to Michelle Fields, ‘Someone had grabbed me tightly by the arm and yanked me down. I almost fell to the ground, but was able to maintain my balance. Nonetheless, I was shaken.’
“The Washington Post’s Ben Terris was an eye witness. Terris saw what Lewandowski did. Thereafter, reports on the subject note that Lewandowski told another Breitbart reporter he had mistaken Michelle Fields for someone else.
‘[S]ources said Lewandowski acknowledged to Breitbart’s Washington political editor, Matthew Boyle, that he did manhandle Fields.
‘Lewandowski’s explanation to Boyle, said these sources, was that he and Fields had never met before and that he didn’t recognize her as a Breitbart reporter, instead mistaking her for an adversarial member of the mainstream media.
“After all of this transpired, Politico produced an actual audio recording from when the assault happened, which included the voices of Michelle Fields and Ben Terris discussing Lewandowski’s involvement.
“Michelle Fields also took pictures of the bruises caused by the assault.
“In a normal world all of this would lead to Lewandowski’s dismissal. Rick Tyler was dismissed from the Cruz campaign over a Facebook post. Here we have audio, eyewitnesses, and bruises.
“The response of the Trump campaign is to deny it. Lewandowski, overnight, took to Twitter to call Michelle Fields a liar. Donald Trump says the Secret Service told him nothing happened.
Also – Michelle Fields, Big Journalism: “Michelle Fields: In Her Own Words”
GOP . . .
Katie McHugh, Big Govt: “Pat Caddell: When Trump Finds Out Kasich Voted for NAFTA, Kasich Will Lose Ohio”
Also Common Core & BOCare . . .
“Veteran pollster Pat Caddell warns that Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s vote for the North American Free Trade Agreement during his tenure in Congress could cost him both his approval rating as governor and the critical state primary.
“I believe — I haven’t gone back and looked — but I think he was in Congress in ’93 and if so, I’d bet you he voted for NAFTA. How much do you want to bet? Somebody ought to look that one up. That’s the real point this morning that could change the election in Ohio,” he told Breitbart News executive chairman and host Stephen K. Bannon on Breitbart News Daily Friday morning. . .”
Jonah Goldberg, NRO: “Anti-Trump Conservatives Might Need to Swallow Their Pride and Support Cruz”
“The so-called Republican establishment is coming to the painful realization that Texas senator Ted Cruz may be its only hope to block Donald Trump from winning the nomination and Hillary Clinton from winning the White House. It’s not assured, of course. There are as many theories on how to emerge from this year’s Republican convention with an acceptable nominee as there are interpretations of what was going on in the TV show Lost. “But the most plausible path to a Trump-free, Republican-controlled White House is consolidation around Cruz. It’s a difficult conclusion for many people, and some might not get there unless Senator Marco Rubio loses the primary in his home state of Florida. And some might never accept Cruz, opting to bend the knee to Trump instead.
“Many believe — correctly in my opinion — that Rubio would be the more competitive challenger to Clinton in the general election. But many also believe that the Hulk would be a great offensive lineman in the NFL. In other words, reality has a way of taking our personal preferences off the menu. If the math isn’t with Rubio, hopes and wishes can’t change that. So that leaves Cruz. . .”
Byron York, Washington Examiner: “Marco Rubio, trailing in the fourth quarter at home”
“. . . “There are people spreading rumors that we’re going to end our campaign,” Rubio told the crowd in the English-language part of the event. (Rubio gave two speeches, English first and then Spanish.) “Let me tell you something. I will be on that ballot on Tuesday. I will campaign as long and as hard as it takes. We are going to the White House. We are going to win this nomination.”
People cheered, but it’s not the sort of thing any candidate wants to have to say at a rally. Nor would any candidate want his surrogates to have to say it either, as former Rep. Lincoln Diaz-Balart did when he reminded the crowd of the Yogi Berra-ism that ‘it’s not over ’til it’s over.’. . .”
CBS/PGH: “Report: 46,000 Pa. Democrats Become Republicans Due To Trump”
“PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Nearly 46,000 Pennsylvania Democrats have switched to Republicans since the beginning of the year.
“According to Penn Live, some experts attribute the mass exodus to Donald Trump.
“There’s even a title for the movement. It’s called ‘Ditch and Switch’ and calls for lifelong Democrats to abandon the party, register Republican, and help ensure Trump’s place in the general election. . .”
Kristen Soltis Anderson, “Excerpt: Kristen Soltis Anderson’s ‘The Selfie Vote’”
“. . . There are three reasons why Republicans need to get past the idea that losing millennial voters is no big deal.
“The first is that this moment is not normal. In the past, while Democrats have often done very slightly better with young voters, we have not seen the sort of enormous, sustained generational political divide that we are seeing today. Even as recently as fifteen years ago, young voters behaved generally like their grandparents at the polls. Today that is unfathomable.
“The second reason why Republicans need to pay attention to winning young voters today is that we can’t count on them naturally becoming Republican tomorrow. Across a whole host of cultural factors, today we are seeing a decline in the sorts of behaviors that might have lent Republicans a more natural advantage with millennials as they age.
“When I conduct a survey of voters, I often ask a series of demographic questions in order to segment and analyze the results. The most common demographic items that pollsters like me look for include age, race, marital status, religion, income, education level, and type of location where one lives. These factors alone can tell you a lot about how someone might vote. Republicans, for instance, do well among married voters; Democrats do well among voters who aren’t married. Republicans do well among voters who go to church every week, but lose voters who go to church less often. Republicans do well with voters who live in more spread-out or rural areas, while Democrats do well in denser areas and city centers. (emph added, jb)
“So what trends are we seeing among millennials? They’re flocking to denser areas, they’re less likely to go to church regularly, and they’re less likely to get married, just to name a few. Republicans are potentially on the losing side of a whole host of social trends, and need to be certain they can reach voters who don’t have the normal “Republican” cultural and demographic indicators. Many of these voters are millennials. . .”
LEADS . . .
Roger Simon, PJM: “Trump, Israel, and Islam”
“. . . Whatever one thinks about Trump, and I certainly don’t always agree with him, he is the first major American politician (something he clearly is now) to name directly the entity that seeks to destroy Western civilization. He didn’t even cloak it in “radical Islam.”
The assumption of the “good people” is this will only make things worse, alarm the Muslim world and stir it up (as if it could be any more stirred up). Perhaps, however, it’s the contrary. Perhaps people are sitting in the Islamic world and privately sighing in relief. At last America has a leader (a “strong horse” in their parlance) who isn’t a fool, who is willing to stand up and say what so many already think. Most likely, someone like Egypt’s al-Sisi, despised by Obama, will get what Trump is saying. Egypt’s leader knows — has said aloud — that Islam has a problem in its very principles that must be seriously reformed. Maybe he will see Trump as his natural ally. Nothing is simple and nothing, as Lawrence was told, is written.”
Kelley Vlahos, Fox: “Report details ISIS atrocities against Christians, presses State for ‘genocide’ label”
“Holding a bloody shirt he carries with him to remember the Islamic State’s crimes against Iraqi Christians, Douglas Bazi described for a Washington audience Thursday how he’s suffered at ISIS’ hands: He was kidnapped, had his teeth bashed in with a hammer and watched as his church was bombed.
“‘There is not ‘life’ in Iraq,’ Bazi said, noting his congregation has been targeted so often it is called the ‘church of the martyrs, or the church of the blood.’
“Bazi joined Middle Eastern Christian leaders and human rights advocates from the Knights of Columbus on Thursday as the group, along with In Defense of Christians (IDC), released a powerful and comprehensive report they say makes the case that the terror campaign against Christians and other minorities in Syria, Iraq and other parts of the Middle East can only be called one thing: genocide.
“The report, along with the personal accounts conveyed at the National Press Club in Washington on Thursday, put even more pressure on the Obama administration to officially label the atrocities as genocide.
“The State Department and White House so far have not done so, but are facing a congressionally mandated March 17 deadline to make a decision. . .”
Cory Bennett & Julian Hattem, The Hill: “Comey’s FBI makes waves”
“The aggressive posture of the FBI under Director James Comey is becoming a political problem for the White House.
The FBI’s demand that Apple help unlock an iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino killers has outraged Silicon Valley, a significant source of political support for President Obama and Democrats.
Comey, meanwhile, has stirred tensions by linking rising violent crime rates to the Black Lives Matter movement’s focus on police violence and by warning about “gaps” in the screening process for Syrian refugees.
Then there’s the biggest issue of all: the FBI’s investigation into the private email server used by Hillary Clinton Obama’s former secretary of State and the leading contender to win the Democratic presidential nomination.
A decision by the FBI to charge Clinton or her top aides for mishandling classified information would be a shock to the political system.
In these cases and more, Comey — a Republican who donated in 2012 to Mitt Romney — has proved he is “not attached to the strings of the White House,” said Ron Hosko, the former head of the FBI’s criminal investigative division and a critic of Obama’s law enforcement strategies. . .
HILLARY . . .
Ian Hanchett, Breitbart: “Benghazi Victim’s Mother: ‘Special Place In Hell’ For People Like Hillary, “I Hope She Enjoys It There’”
“Patricia Smith, whose son Sean was killed in the 2012 terrorist attack on the US consulate in Benghazi, Libya, responded to Democratic presidential candidate former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s statement about her being ‘absolutely wrong’ by saying there’s ‘a special place in hell’ for people like Clinton ‘and I hope she enjoys it there’ on Thursday’s broadcast of the Fox Business Network’s ‘Intelligence Report with Trish Regan.’
“Smith said, ‘She lied to me. She told me it was a fault of the video. … And she knew full well it wasn’t at that time. And then she says, she was going to check, and if it’s any different, she would call me back. She would let me know. She has never once spoken to me, or her office. The only thing I ever got out of them is that I am not a member of the immediate family, and I don’t need to know.’
“She later added, ‘I want Hillary to talk to me personally, and tell me why there was no security there, when they were asked for it. I know this, because I spoke to my son. That day, he says he was really scared, because he saw the 17 people — 17 November, whatever it was, that they were walking around taking pictures. And he was afraid. He says it didn’t look very good. And he was afraid. And that he asked for security, and he was turned down.’. . .”
PA . . .
Sy Snyder, PoliticsPA: 3/11 Ups & Downs
Pat Toomey. Thanks to the latest Harper Polling survey, Sen. Toomey maintains a lead over all three of his potential Democratic opponents. Furthermore, the Senator secured the endorsements of the both the Philadelphia Firefighters and the PA State Troopers Association. He’ll still have to worry about the implications a Trump nomination could have for his re-election, but as for this week everything is coming up roses.
Katie McGinty. On the eve of the Democratic state committee, questions were raised about how well the party’s chosen Senate candidate is doing. Particularly harmful were the comments from McGinty campaign chair and ex-Governor Ed Rendell that she needs to spend about $4 million dollars in television advertising to win the Democratic primary. To tamp down fears, the campaign released their first TV ad and EMILY’s List revealed they’ll be hitting the airwaves. Nevertheless, their tough streak continued when a Sestak Super PAC emerged right after the Harper Poll showed his lead over McGinty growing. There’s still time left, but win or lose the McGinty team won’t look back at this week fondly.
Bill Shuster. After a tough February, Congressman Bill Shuster needed some good news. Luckily for him, he got it. One of the (now former) top aides to his primary challenger Art Halvorson was found to have forged petition signatures and the Congressman’s team made sure the news spread. Additionally, Shuster won our own PA-9 reader poll. Prepare for this contentious primary to get even more heated in the weeks ahead.
Brian Fitzpatrick. The PA-8 Republican candidate’s biggest strength is that he’s the younger brother of the widely popular incumbent Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick. Therefore, anything that makes it look like he is coasting on his family’s name would be damaging. So when it emerged that Rep. Fitzpatrick was making calls for his brother while Brian was still an FBI agent, it was wasn’t the just the possible violation of the Hatch Act that was the problem. There’s a real danger that Brian will fail to distinguish himself enough from his brother. In fact, the special guest for his official campaign kick-off is none other than Mike Fitzpatrick. The days of a familiar name securing an election may or may not be over, but either way Brian Fitzpatrick should be campaigning as if they are.
Hillary Clinton. Sure Michigan might have let the former Secretary of State down, but it looks like the Keystone State is standing by her. The latest Harper Poll has Clinton with a forty point lead over Bernie Sanders in the Democratic primary. Not only that, she also leads all three potential GOP challengers (Donald Trump, Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio) in head-to-head matchups. Clinton will need her father’s birth state, and it’s twenty electoral votes, if she’s going to be the 45th President of the United States.”
END NOTES . . .
Susan Berry, Big Govt: “Cruz: I Will Work to Abolish the Federal Department of Education”
“The Obama administration has abused executive power in forcing Common Core on the states. It has used Race-to-the-Top funds to effectively blackmail and force the states to adopt Common Core.
“Now, the one silver lining of Obama abusing executive power is that everything done with executive power can be undone with executive power, and I intend to do that.
“‘Beyond that, though, Jake, I intend to work to abolish the federal Department of Education and send education back to the states and back to the local governments,’ he added. . .”
Mark Levin (3/10/16)
“On Thursday’s Mark Levin show, There is a notion out there that if you are fed up with the D.C. politicians that Donald Trump is your guy, but Ted Cruz is also a viable candidate. It’s time for Americans to get behind a solid conservative like Ted Cruz who has a consistent record of standing up for conservative values. Americans need to consider who is going to give them a secure border, a conservative supreme court, and cut the size of government.
“Also, some Trump supporters are acting like Marxists in their attacks to silence public figures and people in the media who speak against Trump. There tactics will only serve one purpose – to elect Hillary Clinton.
“Later, President Obama wouldn’t give Stephen Harper the more conservative prime minister of Canada the time of day, but now hosts the leftist, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. In addition, Obama has been a horrific president and has caused division among the American people in so many ways.
“Obama constantly trashes America and hates the Constitution.”