VFP/C4L, May 4th.
GOP: ERICKSON – Wind favors Ted; SCHWARTZ – Fiorina runs; KRAUTHAMMER – Incoherent Donald; BARONE – Trump not yet the nominee.
LEADS: MARTEL – US cancels China maneuvers; MacFARLANE – BO’s fence grows; BEDARD – 19,723 released.
PA: Knepper – Election results.
END NOTES: Mark Levin (4/28/16); BATCHELOR – GOP Chaos
Passover 2016 begins in the evening of Friday, April 22
and ends in the evening of Saturday, April 30
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“Both the left and right have a long history of advocating American retreat and retrenchment. Liberals want to come home because they think we are not good enough for the world. Conservatives want to wash their hands of the world because they think the world is not good enough for us.” Charles Krauthammer
GOP . . .
The mobs howl “democracy” that easily becomes mob rule. The French had their revolution, the Germans theirs. The French also needed a guillotine, the Germans swastikas. And the Russian Bolsheviks used machine guns on three-wheeled carts to evict their elites and to establish communes. And over decades we Americans move from one scoundrel to another: The Donald is our cure for Barry who was the mob’s cure for George. America is now in the hands of the personality disorders, the lazy, the impulsive, the drug users, and the terrorist. And Donald and Hillary will rant and tax us whereas Obama and Bush created unfunded entitlements and Teddy opened our borders while getting drunk and porking waitresses after lunch.
We and our children all need Ted to win Indiana and California. . .
Erick Erickson, Resurgent: “The Winds Appear to Have Shifted in Ted Cruz’s Favor”
“There were several events yesterday that suggest to me the winds have shifted in Ted Cruz’s favor since he named Carly Fiorina his running mate.
“First, John Boehner had a complete and utter meltdown about Ted Cruz yesterday. He referred to Cruz as both an S.O.B. and Lucifer. Then Peter King, the noxious congressman from New York, came out and declared Cruz worse than the devil. He was followed up by former senator Judd Gregg who declared he would rather Trump than Cruz, even though he is a Kasich guy.
“The fact that the Washington Establishment is now coming out so forcefully against Ted Cruz suggests they know Indiana is trending in Cruz’s direction. In fact, more polling out of Indiana suggests just that. Cruz had been behind and the latest polling has the race tied.
“Second, late yesterday a flood of stories from the usual stenographers of the Washington Republican Establishment have declared “resignation” and “acceptance” that Donald Trump will be the Republican nominee. These stories all take the position that everyone should stop trying to stop Trump. They read not so much defeatist as suppressive. The Republicans in Washington are hoping the major outside groups trying to stop Trump will suddenly turn off the spigot in Indiana.
“Third, the Drudge Report has doubled down on ignoring Cruz while boosting any and all stories making the case that the race is over. Drudge has become the front page into the world of Trump and the fact he is so zealously now trying to ignore Cruz suggests the Trump team needs to suppress Cruz at all costs.
“The Establishment and Drudge now so ruthlessly intent on telling us all to surrender, give up, and stop fighting tells me the winds have shifted in Ted Cruz’s favor and they’re now very nervous. . .”
Ian Schwartz, RCP: Cruz Announces Fiorina as Running Mate: Trump and Clinton “Two Sides Of The Same Coin”
“Sen. Ted Cruz announces Carly Fiorina as his choice for Vice President if he becomes the Republican nominee for president. Transcript:
“CRUZ: In choosing the person I believe would honorably and faithfully serve in the office of the Vice President – the person who under our Constitution could ascend either temporarily or permanently to the presidency – there must be higher criteria, and that criteria must be this: will that person keep the faith and trust of the American people? For all the enormously impressive qualities I saw in others whom I considered for the office of the Vice Presidency of the United States, I found a clear choice. “One who has never been afraid to stand up to the insider status quo. Who knows the principles of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution because this leader has lived them – a life dedicated to the dignity of work, of our right to pursue our wildest aspirations – and to help others do the same. And a leader who understands that power never has and never will come from the government – here in the United States it comes from the people. “Who respects the people, who has worked alongside them, and who will serve them with an unbreakable purpose of protecting every one of their rights – and making sure that the America we hand to our kids and grandkids is better than the one before us today. “For the 13 months of this race, there has been a proven, consistent, courageous fighter. A fighter who terrifies Hillary. And who will do the same to our enemies. And that’s why I am proud to announce Carly Fiorina as my Vice Presidential running mate. “Fiorina’s beginning remarks:
“FIORINA: Ted Cruz is a constitutional conservative who has made enemies in both parties standing up to the bipartisan corruption in Washington. He has fought to change the system. He kept his word to the people of Texas, and I know, if elected, he will keep his word and bring back American jobs, defend our nation, and protect our constitutional freedoms. “Make no mistake: this is a fight now. Ted and I can’t do this without your help. And this is about all of us. It’s about whether we want our kids to be able to get a good paying job when they get out of school. It’s about whether we want to turn our backs on religious liberty and our second amendment. It’s about whether we want to live in a nation that secures its borders and calls Islamic terrorism by its name. It is about whether we believe America must lead again in the world. “This is why we fight. Join us. And let’s elect Ted Cruz the next President of the United States.”
Also: Ian Schwartz, RCP: “Carly Fiorina Sings Lullaby At Cruz Ticket Announcement”
“Carly Fiorina sings on stage after Ted Cruz announced she is his choice for Vice President if he is able to win the Republican party’s nomination. Carly recalled a lullaby she sings to Ted Cruz’s children from the lectern. Before he introduced his VP choice, Cruz told the crowd Fiorina often sings lullabies to his two young daughters when she is on the campaign trail with the candidate. Cruz said Fiorina enjoys texting ‘heart and smiley-faced emoticons’ to his daughters. “‘I know two girls who I just adore. I am so happy I can see them more. Because we travel on the bus on the day, we get to play, we get to play,’ Fiorina sang.”
Charles Krauthammer, NY Daily News: “The world according to Donald Trump: His foreign policy speech is an incoherent jumble of contradictory ideas”
“Two world wars, nuclear missiles and international terrorism have disabused us of the illusion of safety-by-isolation. You wouldn’t know it, though, from the Democratic presidential race where foreign policy has been treated as a nuisance, a distraction from such fundamental questions as whether $12 or $15 is the proper minimum wage.
“On the Republican side, however, foreign policy has been the subject of furious debate. To which Donald Trump has contributed significantly, much of it off-the-cuff, contradictory and confused. Hence his foreign policy speech on Wednesday. It was meant to make him appear consistent, serious and presidential.
“He did check off the required box — delivering a ‘major address’ to a serious foreign policy outfit, the Center for the National Interest (once known as the Nixon Center). As such, it fulfilled a political need.
“As did its major theme, announced right at the top: America First. Classically populist and invariably popular, it is nonetheless quite fraught. On the one hand, it can be meaningless — isn’t every President trying to advance American interests? Surely Truman didn’t enter the Korean War for the sake of Koreans, but from the conviction that intervention was essential for American security.
“On the other hand, America First does have a history. In 1940, when Britain was fighting for its life and Churchill was begging for U.S. help, it was the name of the group most virulently opposed to U.S. intervention. It disbanded — totally discredited — four days after Pearl Harbor.
“The irony is that while President Obama would never use the term, it is the underlying theme of his foreign policy — which Trump constantly denounces as a series of disasters. Obama, like Trump, is animated by the view that we are overextended and overinvested abroad. “The nation that I’m most interested in building is our own,” declared Obama in his December 2009 West Point address on Afghanistan.
“This is also the theme of Bernie Sanders. No great surprise. Left and right isolationism have found common cause since the 1930s. Socialist Party leader Norman Thomas often shared the platform with Charles Lindbergh at America First rallies. . .”
Michael Barone, RCP: “Donald Trump Isn’t the ‘Presumptive Nominee’–Not Yet, Anyway”
“Donald Trump has declared himself, after following up his New York win April 19 with victories in five other Northeastern states Tuesday, the “presumptive nominee” of the Republican Party. Is it a done deal?
“Not quite. Trump’s 40 percent of total primary votes so far have yielded him 48 percent of pledged delegates — not exactly the unfair system he’s been decrying. He must win about 56 percent of those yet to be chosen to get to the 1,237 majority necessary for the nomination.
“There are signs in the Northeastern primary results that he may get there. For the first time, he significantly outperformed his poll showings. For the first time, he got more than 50 percent of the vote (he came closest earlier in Massachusetts, with 49 percent).
“But turnout in these primaries hovered around just 10 percent of eligible voters, lower than in any other state but Louisiana. That’s partly because registered Republicans are scarce on the ground in the Northeast: 37 percent of registered voters in Pennsylvania, between 21 and 29 percent in the other closed primary states. Not coincidentally, none except Pennsylvania has come close to voting for a Republican presidential nominee in recent years. . .”
LEADS . . .
Frances Martel, National Security: “U.S. Canceled Anti-China ‘Freedom of Navigation’ Operation in South China Sea”
“Pentagon officials confirmed to The Wall Street Journal that they had canceled a “freedom of navigation” exercise planned for April that was intended to make a statement against China’s growing colonization of the region.
“The decision not to conduct the exercise – which typically consists of a U.S. Navy ship traveling through international waters claimed exclusively by China – was an attempt to “lower the temperature” of the dispute between China and its neighbors over the region. China insists it has exclusive domain over most of the South China Sea, including parts of Malaysia, Brunei, the Philippines, Taiwan (which it does not recognize as a sovereign state), and Vietnam.
“To aids its allies, the United States has conducted two freedom of navigation operations in the region recently, and promised to conduct them “regularly” to keep China from usurping more territory.
The Wall Street Journal reports that, instead of that operation, six American warships flew near the Scarborough Shoal in late April. The Shoal is a Philippine territory the Chinese government seized by force in 2012. . .”
Kevin Williamson, NRO: “Why the Left Hates Jews” Avg IQs – 70, 75, 85, 100, 110 . . . the Jews are at the top . . . Lynn, Richard & Vanhanen, Tatu (2006) IQ and Global Inequality. Augusta, GA: Washington Summit. Also consider Strogatz, Steven (especially the work of Yoshiki Kuramoto). (2003) Sync: The Emerging Science of Spontaneous Order. NY: Hyperion; and Clark, Gregory (2014) The Son Also Rises: Surnames and the History of Social Mobility. Princeton University Press, Princeton, NJ.
“Why does the Left hate the Jews? The Labour party in the United Kingdom is being convulsed at the moment with a public reckoning of the anti-Semitism of some of its most prominent members, including the former mayor of London, “Red” Ken Livingstone, who has just been suspended from the party for arguing that Adolf Hitler was, effectively, a Zionist. He was trying to explain away the anti-Semitic remarks of MP Naz Shah, who suggested that Israel be liquidated and its population forcibly resettled in the United States.
“In the United States, the Harvard Law Record went to some lengths to conceal the identity of a law student who attacked a visiting Israeli dignitary as — in the classic anti-Semitic formulation — ‘smelly.’ That student was Husam El-Qoulaq, a Palestinian leftist. The campus Left has, to no one’s surprise, rallied to his defense. Among those defending him were a number of Jewish law students, who insisted that El-Qoulaq couldn’t possibly have known the anti-Semitic history of “smelly Jew” rhetoric, in spite of his having been reared at the world center of such nonsense.
“Others insisted that the Harvard case and the Labour cases are — this, too, will be familiar — not at all about anti-Semitism but about anti-Zionism. . .
“For those who learned at the feet of that old fraud Edward Said, the Jews are the colonialists, the European modernists inflicting capitalism and technology upon the noble savages of their imaginations. The Israeli Jews commit the double crime of insisting upon being Jews and refusing to be sacrificial victims. They were okay, in the Left’s estimate, for about five minutes, back when Israel’s future was assumed to be one of low-impact kibbutz socialism. History went in a different direction, and today Israel has one of the world’s most sophisticated economies.
“For the Jew-hater, this is maddening: Throw the Jews out of Spain, and they thrive abroad. Send them to the poorest slums in New York, and those slums stop being slums. Keep them out of the Ivy League and watch NYU become a world-class institution inspired by men such as Jonas Salk, son of largely uneducated Polish immigrants. Put the Jewish state in a desert wasteland and watch it bloom, first with produce and then with technology. Israel today has more companies listed on NASDAQ than any other country except the United States and China. The economy under Palestinian management? Olives and handicrafts, and a GDP per capita that barely exceeds that of Sudan. . .” http://www.nationalreview.com/article/434730/leftist-anti-semitism
Scott MacFarlane, NBC: “Secret Service Plans to Raise White House Fence by 5 Feet”
“Secret Service: ‘Current fence simply is not adequate for a modern era’
“The U.S. Secret Service plans to raise the height of the White House security fence by 5 feet and add a new concrete foundation to reduce the risk of fence-jumpers, according to a copy of an agency report obtained by the News4 I-Team.
The agency, along with the National Park Service, said it intends to begin building a “taller, stronger” fence to protect the White House grounds by 2018.
Details of the plan were included in an audio recording of a briefing made by federal officials, which was released to the I-Team Wednesday. The same briefing is expected to be presented May 5 at a meeting of the National Capital Planning Commission, which must first approve any changes to White House fencing.
“The current fence simply is not adequate for a modern era. We’ve said that before. It is becoming more and more acutely clear that that is in fact the case,” Secret Service official Tom Dougherty said in the briefing to federal officials.
Paul Bedard, Washington Examiner: “ICE releases 19,723 criminal illegals, 208 convicted of murder, 900 of sex crimes”
“The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency in 2015 decided not to deport but release 19,723 criminal illegal immigrants, including 208 convicted of murder, over 900 convicted of sex crimes and 12,307 of drunk driving, according to new government numbers.
“Overall, those released into virtually every state and territory of America had a total of 64,197 convictions among them, for an average of 3.25 convictions each, according to an analysis by the Center for Immigration Studies. ICE also said that the group were convicted of 8,234 violent crimes. ..”
PA . . .
Leo Knepper, CAP: “A Great Night for CAP and CAP PAC Endorsed Primary Candidates”
“Six out of the seven candidates endorsed by the respective organizations won their races:
Rep. Greg Rothman—House District 87 (Cumberland County) Dawn Keefer—House District 92 (Cumberland and York County) Frank Ryan—House District 101 (Lebanon County)
John DiSanto—Senate District 15 (Dauphin and Perry County) Aaron Bernstine—House District 10 (Beaver County) Rep. John McGinnis—House District 79 (Blair County)
“It is worth noting that Dawn Keefer’s win came despite a legally and ethically questionable campaign mailer that used the official seal of the House of Representatives. A copy of the mailer can be seen here. The mailer is a perfect example of the incestuous relationship between big lobbying firms and lawmakers. Representatives Saylor and Grove’s preferred candidate, Anthony Pugliese, is the son of a prominent lobbyist in Harrisburg and is a lobbyist himself. That Saylor and Grove would put their names on a campaign piece that used, to all appearances, official letterhead is appalling and another reason why the legislature needs to enact serious internal reforms.
“As we look toward the general election, we fully expect to add additional candidates to our roster. Between competitive general election races for incumbents and new candidates, CAP and the CAP PAC fully expect to be involved in at least ten to twelve races this November.
“Our continued success is a testament to the generosity and involvement of our supporters. . .”
END NOTES . . .
Mark Levin (4/28/16)
“On Thursday’s Mark Levin show, John Boehner, the quintessential big government Republican, made vile comments about Ted Cruz. His comments reveal all that is wrong with Washington DC and the establishment.
“Sen. Mike Lee calls in and said the fact that Boehner said this is appalling and he called on Boehner to apologize. Lee explained that what Boehner said should be a wake-up call for Americans and it shows the Republican Establishment’s true colors.
“Later, Scott Rasmussen, President of Styrk, calls in to talk about projections for Tuesday in Indiana and beyond. Rasmussen said we are at a crossroads and the GOP nominee will be decided in Indiana. If Cruz wins in Indiana next week, no matter what happens in California, we will have a close race between him and Donald Trump.”