VICTOR DAVIS HANSON – Europe teeters; JONAH GOLDBERG – Evading Trump.
LEADS: ZITO – Modern populism; DURAN – BO’s refugee promise; ECONOMIC TIMES – Elderly double; ROSS – Naturalize anti-Trump voters.
GOP: SWOYER – Walker endorses; FIELD – PA key; FUND – Cruz poised; LOWRY – Fair fight; STOKOLS & SCHRECKINGER – GOP civil war to Ryan’s turf.
HILLARY: DOJ stonewalls Hillary case; GERSTEIN – Second judge grants discovery.
END NOTES: SOWELL – Supreme hypocrisy; MARK LEVIN.
“Socialism also insidiously takes responsibility away from the individual and transfers it to the anonymous, but well-funded, state. The ancient Greek idea that one changes one’s children’s diapers so that one day they can change his is considered Neanderthal or just crudely utilitarian. Victor Davis Hanson http://www.nationalreview.com/article/433364/europe-edge-abyss
Victor Davis Hanson, NRO: “Europe at the Edge of the Abyss”
“Because of what Europe has become, it now has few viable choices in dealing with radical Islamic terrorism. Its dilemma is a warning to Americans that we should turn away from a similar path of national suicide.
“After suffering serial terrorist attacks from foreign nationals and immigrants, a normal nation-state would be expected to make extraordinary efforts to close its borders and redefine its foreign policy in order to protect its national interests. But a France or a Belgium is not quite a sovereign nation any more, and thus does not have complete control over its national destiny or foreign relations. “As part of the European Union, France and Belgium have, for all practical purposes, placed their own security in the hands of an obdurate Angela Merkel’s Germany, which is hellbent on allowing without audit millions of disenchanted young Middle Eastern males into its territory, with subsequent rights of passage into any other member of the European Union that they wish. The 21st-century ‘German problem’ is apparently not that of an economic powerhouse and military brute warring on its neighbors, but that of an economic powerhouse that uses its wealth and arrogant sense of social superiority to bully its neighbors into accepting its bankrupt immigration policies and green ideology. “The immigration policies of France and Belgium are unfortunately also de facto those of Greece. And a petulant and poor Greece, licking its wounds over its European Union brawl with northern-European banks, either cannot or will not control entrance into its territory — Europe’s window on the Middle East. . .” http://www.nationalreview.com/article/433364/europe-edge-abyss
Jonah Goldberg, NRO: “Charting a Course around a Trump Nomination”
“. . . There will be winners and losers. Either Trump wins or #NeverTrump wins (that’s the umbrella Twitter hashtag for a diverse coalition of conservatives who will never vote for the man). There’s no compromise.
“So if you’re a #NeverTrumper, the debate now is all about the how.
“The most desirable, but least plausible, way to stop Trump would be for Ted Cruz or John Kasich simply to beat him before the Republican convention in Cleveland. Unfortunately, Cruz would need to secure more than 80 percent of the remaining delegates to win the nomination outright. Kasich, the longtime candidate of math deniers, would need to capture a lot more than 100 percent. “The second-best, but more likely, scenario is to deny Trump the 1,237 delegates required to automatically win on the first ballot. Right now, that seems quite doable. Recently, University of Virginia political scientist Larry Sabato projected the most likely scenario for Trump to get to 1,237. It required Trump to carry both Wisconsin and Indiana handily, and even then he only landed at 1,239. Right now, that looks unlikely. And if Trump loses just a couple congressional districts in Sabato’s scenario, he’ll fall short.. . .” http://www.nationalreview.com/article/433403/never-trump-stop-donald-trump-nomination
LEADS . . .
Salena Zito, TribLive: “Tracing the roots of the rise of modern populism”
“So, populists have been nominated for president before by major political parties. They’ve just never won. Not yet.
“Political scientist John Gerring suggests that Democrats did not shift away from their historic populist orientation until 1952. This, of course, followed the “Dixiecrat” populist rebellion of 1948 and preceded George Wallace’s populist-oriented revolt from the party in 1968.
“Given that politics, like nature, abhors a vacuum, the Republican Party began integrating populist themes into its anti-statist worldview in the 1970s, according to Baylor University political science professor Curt Nichols: “This was a time when the Supreme Court was ruling against school prayer and for abortion. As one adviser of the time noted, ‘All things Catholic are good politics for Republicans.’ ”
“The outcome was unavoidable: Populist-based appeals ensued.
“One can see populist anti-intellectualism seeping into GOP politics during Nixon’s presidency, as his administration railed against its critics in “ivory towers,” the mainstream press and other “nattering nabobs of negativity,” Nichols recalled.
“When the Democratic Party abandoned blue-collar workers during the Clinton administration, through its championing of the North American Free Trade Agreement, the stage was set for Republicans to capture that constituency.
“Yet, nothing really happened. Until Donald Trump. . .”
Nicole Duran, Washington Examiner: “Obama reiterates refugee promise”
“In a brief Easter weekend radio address, President Obama vowed to decimate the self-proclaimed Islamic State, but he said the United States will do so by offering an example of freedom, tolerance and open society.
“Our openness to refugees fleeing ISIL’s violence; our determination to win the battle against ISIL’s hateful and violent propaganda — a distorted view of Islam that aims to radicalize young Muslims to their cause,” are paramount in the fight, Obama told Americans during his weekly radio address.
“Admitting entry to Syrian and Iraqi refugees has become a divisive issue in the U.S. as well as Europe, but Obama made clear he has no plan to back off his promise to admit 100,000 to the U.S. this year.
“‘We have to wield another weapon alongside our airstrikes, our military, our counterterrorism work, and our diplomacy,’ Obama said. ‘And that’s the power of our example. Our openness to refugees fleeing ISIL’s violence. Our determination to win the battle against ISIL’s hateful and violent propaganda – a distorted view of Islam that aims to radicalize young Muslims to their cause. . .’
Economic Times: “Global elderly population expected to more than double by 2050”
“WASHINGTON: The number of people globally aged 65 and over is expected to more than double by 2050 as the world’s senior population continues to rocket, a US study said Monday. “The global population is aging at an unprecedented rate with 8.5 percent of people worldwide — or more than 600 million — now aged 65 and over, said the US Census Bureau report. “If the trend continues nearly 17 percent of the global population, or 1.6 billion people, will be in the 65-and-over. . .”
Chuck Ross, Daily Caller: “Obama Admin Funds Blitz To Naturalize Anti-Trump Voters”
“The Obama administration is supporting several non-profit groups — with federal funding through a major White House initiative — that are part of an organized effort aimed at converting green-card holders into U.S. citizens in order to vote against Donald Trump, a Daily Caller investigation reveals.
“Through an initiative called Networks for Integrating New Americans initiative, which the White House formed in April 2014, the administration has partnered with the National Partnership for New Americans (NPNA), an immigration rights umbrella organization that has denounced Trump’s “hateful rhetoric.”
“In a recent post to its Facebook page, NPNA asserted that green-card holders “have the potential to change America’s electorate” by gaining citizenship. The group and its executive director is also affiliated with one of the leftist groups that helped shut down a Trump rally in Chicago earlier this month. . .” http://dailycaller.com/2016/03/28/obama-admin-funds-blitz-to-naturalize-anti-trump-voters/
GOP . . .
Alex Swoyer, Big Govt: “Gov. Scott Walker Endorses Sen. Ted Cruz”
“‘It’s time we elect a strong leader and I’ve endorsed Ted Cruz,’ Walker said on the radio Tuesday morning, according to Fox News.
“GOP frontrunner Donald Trump predicted the day before the endorsement that Walker wouldn’t support his campaign, posting on Twitter, “After the way I beat Gov. Scott Walker (and Jeb, Rand, Marco and all others) in the Presidential Primaries, no way he would ever endorse me!”
“The Wisconsin primary is April 5.”
Nick Field, PoliticsPA: “Pennsylvania Key to Trump’s Electoral Hopes”
“How can Republicans break through the Democrats’ “Blue Wall” in the Electoral College?
“In 2012, Pres. Obama defeated Mitt Romney by 332 to 206 in the Electoral College.
“In a Clinton-Trump contest, it is believed, the former Secretary of State would retain segments of the Obama coalition like college-educated whites, African-Americans and Latinos yet struggle among whites without college degrees.
“In this scenario, Democrats would have an advantage in the swing states in the Southwest that President Obama won as well as Virginia and Florida.
“A Republican nominee, however, could still win if they were able to pry Pennsylvania (20), Ohio (18), Michigan (16), Wisconsin (10) and Iowa (6) away. In that case, Trump would defeat Clinton 276 to 262. . .”
John Fund, NRO: “Why Cruz Is Poised to Stop Trump in Wisconsin”
“. . . On the surface, Wisconsin looks like classic Trump Territory. It’s an open primary, and Trump polls better when independents are allowed to vote in GOP primaries. It’s quite a blue-collar state, with 57 percent of those who voted in the 2012 primary lacking a college degree. A relatively high 62 percent also are not Evangelical Christians. But the only two public polls taken in the last month show Ted Cruz with a narrow lead. A big factor is Governor Scott Walker’s reshaping of conservatism in the state since he beat back union opponents of his reforms in 2011 and survived a recall attempt in 2012. Mark Block, a political strategist, says that the state’s conservatives expect substantive policy debates and are sophisticated in evaluating candidates. “Many of them are unimpressed with Trump. During debates with Walker when he was a presidential candidate last summer, Trump criticized him for being inflexible with unions. “He said some untrue things about the reforms in Wisconsin,” Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch told me in Washington last week. She has not endorsed a candidate but is decidedly cool to Trump. Governor Walker is at least as cool, and he might announce an endorsement of Ted Cruz this coming week. “I think it’s fair to say that my views, my beliefs, my strategy overall would probably be more aligned with either Senator Ted Cruz or Governor John Kasich,” Mr. Walker told WTMJ Radio’s Charlie Sykes. “If you’re just looking at the numbers objectively, Ted Cruz — Senator Cruz is the only one who’s got a chance other than Donald Trump to win the nomination.” http://www.nationalreview.com/article/433295/ted-cruz-wisconsin-donald-trump-primary-polls
Rich Lowry, NY Post: “Nobody’s stealing the GOP nomination — a convention fight is fair game”
“The Wall Street Journal reported that Ted Cruz may come out of Louisiana with as many as 10 more delegates than Trump, even though the mogul narrowly beat Cruz in the popular vote there. In a tweet, Trump pronounced it “unfair,” and worthy of litigation.
“The Louisiana delegate picture isn’t evidence of anything untoward. Trump and Cruz both won 18 delegates on election night. Marco Rubio, who has since dropped out, won five, and another five are uncommitted. The Cruz campaign has done the nitty-gritty work to see that those delegates are likely Cruz supporters.
“The only scandal here is that the Cruz campaign, built on grassroots organizing muscle, knows the process and is working hard for every advantage. Trump’s plaint is a little like showing up at a cricket match and crying foul because the opposing team knows the rules and all you know is that you swing a bat.
“The Louisiana flap is a window into the intricate, state-by-state process of picking delegates to a convention in Cleveland where the allegiance of every last delegate might matter. If there is an open convention, Trump will argue that the voters should rule, not delegates no one has heard of, selected at obscure precinct, county, district and state meetings. He will, in short, declare the entire exercise of a contested convention illegitimate. . .”
Eli Stokols & Ben Schreckinger, Politico: “Trump brings GOP civil war to Paul Ryan’s backyard”
“The billionaire’s Janesville rally Tuesday kicks off a weeklong scramble for delegates, momentum and the future of the Republican Party.
“When Donald Trump plants a flag Tuesday in the hometown of House Speaker Paul Ryan, he’ll be sounding the opening shot of a weeklong battle for Wisconsin — a symbolic beachhead in his fight to vanquish the Republican establishment.
“‘I think he may be trying to make a point there,’ said Congressman Reid Ribble, a Republican who has vowed not to support Trump even if he becomes the GOP nominee. ‘I don’t think it’s going to go over that well with Paul Ryan supporters.’
“‘Indeed,’ said Ted Kanavas, a former state senator from Brookfield who served as Mitt Romney’s Wisconsin campaign chairman in 2012, ‘A lot of people perceive it as a punk move.’
“Trump has made a habit of holding rallies in his rivals’ backyards, and this one was announced hours after Ryan condemned Trump’s rhetoric — without naming the businessman — in a speech last week. Trump’s visit comes on the heels of a campaign stop here by Ted Cruz as their campaigns duel for the delegates at stake in Ryan’s district. . .” http://www.politico.com/story/2016/03/trump-wisconsin-donald-trump-221314
HILLARY . . .
Andrew McCarthy, NRO: “The Justice Department’s Hillary Stonewall”
“When it comes to Hillary Clinton’s e-mail scandal, the most important thing to bear in mind —
even more than classified information — is this: It was all about avoiding accountability. It still is.
“Mrs. Clinton did not set out to damage national security and compromise defense secrets, although she obviously had no compunction about doing so as necessary to serve her higher personal interests. For a generation, she has been a public person whose most intimate companion has been scandal. She knew her State Department stewardship would be no different. Her motive in designing a communication system that circumvented government recordkeeping and disclosure laws was to avoid a day of reckoning as she campaigned in 2016 for the power of the presidency she craves. “That would be the same Loretta Lynch who came to prominence in 1999 by being appointed United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York by none other than Mrs. Clinton’s husband. Loretta Lynch, who had a history of significant political contributions to Democratic-party candidates before President Obama reappointed her as U.S. Attorney for the EDNY in 2010, and then elevated her to U.S. attorney general in 2015. Loretta Lynch, who said in her confirmation hearings that she supports the Democratic president’s lawless executive actions and non-enforcement of federal law. Loretta Lynch, who very much likes being attorney general of the United States and would be well positioned to continue in that powerful post in a Hillary Clinton administration.
“The known evidence that Mrs. Clinton committed federal crimes is abundant, perhaps even overwhelming. . .”
Josh Gerstein, Politico: “Second judge grants discovery in Clinton email lawsuit”
“U.S. District Court Judge Royce Lamberth entered an order Tuesday agreeing that Judicial Watch can pursue legal discovery — which often includes depositions of relevant individuals — as the group pursues legal claims that State did not respond completely to a FOIA request filed in May 2014 seeking records about talking points then-U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice used for TV appearances discussing the deadly attack on U.S. facilities in Benghazi in September 2012.
Lamberth is the second federal judge handling a Clinton email-related case to agree to discovery, which is unusual in FOIA litigation. Last month, U.S. District Court Judge Emmet Sullivan gave Judicial Watch the go-ahead to pursue depositions of Clinton aides in a lawsuit for records about former Clinton Deputy Chief of Staff Huma Abedin.
“Where there is evidence of government wrong-doing and bad faith, as here, limited discovery is appropriate, even though it is exceedingly rare in FOIA cases,” Lamberth wrote in a three-page order. The judge noted that State argues it had no legal duty to search Clinton’s emails when Judicial Watch’s request arrived because her emails were not in the agency’s possession and control at that time. It was not until December 2014 that Clinton turned over a portion of her email archive to State at the agency’s request. http://www.politico.com/blogs/under-the-radar/2016/03/hillary-clinton-email-discovery-221338
END NOTES . . .
Thomas Sowell, NRO: “Supreme Hypocrisy”
“The Democrats complain, and the media echo their complaint, that it is the Senate’s duty to provide ‘advice and consent’ on the president’s appointment of various federal officials. Therefore, according to this claim, the Senate is neglecting its constitutional duty by refusing even to hold hearings to determine whether the nominee is qualified, and then vote accordingly.
“First of all, the “advice and consent” provision of the Constitution is a restriction on the president’s power, not an imposition of a duty on the Senate. It says nothing about the Senate’s having a duty to hold hearings, or vote, on any presidential nominee, whether for the Supreme Court or for any other federal institution. The power to consent is the power to refuse to consent, and for many years no hearings were held, whether the Senate consented or did not consent. Nor have Democrats hesitated, when they controlled the Senate, to refuse to hold hearings or to vote when a lame-duck president nominated someone for some position requiring Senate confirmation during a presidential-election year.
“When the shoe was on the other foot, the Republicans made the same arguments as the Democrats are making today, and the Democrats made the same arguments as the Republicans are now making.
The obvious reason, in both cases, is that the party controlling the Senate wants to save the appointment for their own candidate for the presidency to make after winning the upcoming election. The rest is political hypocrisy on both sides. “None of this is new. . .” http://www.nationalreview.com/article/433345/supreme-court-nomination-bipartisan-hypocrisy
Mark Levin (3/29/16)
On Tuesday’s Mark Levin show, now we are supposed to be against reporter Michelle Fields, and believe that the Jupiter police in Florida are out to get Donald Trump. Trump’s campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, grabbed Fields and violently yanked her back on March 8. It is obvious that the police thought there were enough grounds to charge Lewandowski with a misdemeanor. However, instead of Fields being the victim, we are led to believe that Trump and his campaign manager are the victims. Clearly, the Secret Service didn’t feel that Fields was a threat, but Lewandowski had to jump in there to stop her from asking Trump any questions. This behavior on Lewandowski’s part is indefensible.
“Later, Governor Scott Walker of Wisconsin endorses Ted Cruz for president Tuesday. Walker is one of the best governors in America and has credentials in creating jobs and controlling public sector spending.”