ANDREW McCARTHY – It’s not my party.
THE DEMS: TAU – Lock her up; MARTOSKO – Women in charge; DRUDGE LINKS; ROSS – Wikileaks release; ROSS – Big donors to get big jobs.
LEADS: McGURN – The case for Trump; AGIESTA – Trump bounces; NEIDIG – Voting rights for felons (VA & IA); FRENCH – Dem vs. Dem; SHELD – Open-carry in Cleveland.
PA: FINNIGAN – Trump can take PA; SNYDER – PoliticsPA.
END NOTES: BRODY – Don’t tell the Dems.
Remember a Vet!
Andrew McCarthy, NRO: “It’s Not My Party”
“Donald Trump has completed the gutting of a principled Republican party that began in the Bush years.
“You reap what you sow. For a generation since Ronald Reagan left Washington — that would be the Ronald Reagan who knew that “I’m from the government and I’m here to help” was a punch line — the “conservative” Republican party has sown an incoherent statism that has trouble telling the good guys from the bad guys. On Thursday night came the harvest: The party was formally taken over by an incoherent statist whose “conservatism” is not done justice by scare quotes. Oh . . . and he has trouble telling the good guys from the bad guys.
“Of course, you wouldn’t get that from his acceptance speech. Donald Trump doesn’t know much, but he has a genius for self-promotion and marketing. The conservative intellectuals and Washington political class so dismissive of his bravura 72-minute performance for its high-decibel staccato and occasional rambling repetitiveness are missing the point, as they have throughout Trump’s ascent.
“From 30,000 feet, which is as close as most Americans get to government policy in all its intricacies, Trump gave a great speech. If you knew nothing of Trump, if your only impression was the Donald bestriding the Manichaean world he portrayed Thursday night, you wanted to be with him.
“He’s with the cops against the thugs who shoot them down. He’s with peace-loving Americans (and don’t forget the “Q” after “LGBT”) against the barbaric Islamic terrorists who besiege them. He’s with wall-deprived communities preyed upon by illegal aliens. He’s now with the upright American middle class screwed over by the cabal of Beltway insiders and crony capitalists (of which he was, until moments ago, a member in good standing). He is the embodiment of law and order, pitted against Hillary Clinton, a recidivist felon in the court of public opinion — one the throng in Cleveland wants “locked up,” pronto.
“You can see why it would drive an informed person nuts. But a note to all eggheads: Save your dissertation on why free trade does not actually undermine the dignity of work. Forget the stubborn facts that manufacturing is thriving in America, that a trade war with China is a moronic idea, and that Trump has forsworn any action on the entitlement spending that drives the ruinous $19 trillion national debt he decries. And don’t dare mention the bombshell Trump conveniently omitted in his stemwinder: his commitment to give legal status (pssst– that means amnesty) to millions of the illegal aliens he risibly promises to deport.
“As every demagogue from Huey Long to Saul Alinksy to Barack Obama knows, what the masses want is a villain to seize on. There’s a right side and a wrong side, good and evil. Trump gets that the power of caricature triumphs over fact and complexity in modern America. Just ask “Lyin’ Ted.”
“That’s why ‘Crooked Hillary’ ought to be nervous. Trump is more ill-suited for the presidency than anyone who has ever sought it . . . with the exception of Mrs. Clinton herself. . .”
THE DEMS . . .
Byron Tau, WSJ: “Bernie Sanders Supporters Chant ‘Lock Her Up’ in Philadelphia Protest against Clinton”
“PHILADELPHIA — It’s not just Republicans that want presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton in prison.
At a lively Sunday march in support of former Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, chants of “lock her up,” “Hillary for Prison” signs and t-shirts and calls for indictment were common among the most ardent supporters of Mr. Sanders, who arrived in Philadelphia to make their voices heard to the delegates attending the Democratic National Convention.
“Republicans used last week’s Republican National Convention to make the case that Mrs. Clinton’s perceived ethical lapses made her unfit for office. Delegates to the Republican convention could be heard chanting “Lock her up!” while “Hillary for Prison” shirts and bumper stickers have proliferated across the country.
Mrs. Clinton hasn’t been accused of any criminal wrongdoing — in fact, Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey explicitly said that her use of a private email server for government work did not rise to the level that would justify criminal charges. However, Mr. Comey called her “extremely careless” in her handling of the nation’s secrets by running her work email off a private server, while a State Department probe concluded that she was in violation of Department rules.
“But at the pro-Sanders rally, attendees were more than eager to list the reasons that Mrs. Clinton deserved to be incarcerated. . .”
David Martosko, UK Daily Mail: “EXCLUSIVE: Democratic National Committeewoman says her party is ‘clearing a path’ for Hillary because ‘the women in charge’ want it that way”
- Female member of the Democratic Party’s controlling body spoke to Daily Mail Online in Las Vegas following Tuesday’s primary debate
- She rattled off a list of women at the top of the party hierarchy and said two vice chairs helped craft a decision this summer to favor Clinton
- The committeewoman warned her party could promote Hillary ‘because she’s a woman, and risk having her implode after she’s nominated’
- The Democratic National Committee insisted that it ‘runs an impartial primary process, period’
- But it has sanctioned just six debates this time around; Democratic presidential candidates had to survive 27 of them in 2007-08
- DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz campaigned for Hillary in 2008 when she last ran for the presidency
DRUDGE LINKS (7/25/16)
Chuck Ross, Daily Caller: “Wikileaks Releases Nearly 20,000 Hacked DNC Emails”
“. . . It is unclear how Wikileaks obtained the records, but the release comes weeks after a hacker (or hackers) going by the name Guccifer 2.0 began releasing records obtained through the DNC’s computer systems. The hacker claims to be Romanian, but many suspect that the records were taken by a team of Russian hackers.
“Guccifer 2.0 has said that they obtained DNC emails. Other documents released by the hacker(s) include internal planning memos and databases of Democratic donors.
“The DNC, which is chaired by Florida Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, has acknowledged that their systems were infiltrated. The party has not commented on specific information released through the hack.
“According to Wikileaks, which is operated by Julian Assange, the release is ‘part one’ of a new series it is calling ‘Hillary Leaks.’ . . .”
Chuck Ross, Daily Caller: “ELECTIONS: Leaked DNC Documents Show Plans to Reward Big Donors with Federal Appointments”
“Democratic National Committee documents recently released by WikiLeaks include spreadsheets and emails that appear to show party officials planning which donors and prominent fundraisers to provide with appointments to federal boards and commissions.
The documents, which were circulated among top DNC officials in April, could raise legal questions for the party, says Ken Boehm, the chairman of the National Legal and Policy Center, a government watchdog group.
“The disclosed DNC emails sure look like the potential Clinton Administration has intertwined the appointments to federal government boards and commissions with the political and fund raising operations of the Democratic Party,” Boehm told The Daily Caller.
“That is unethical, if not illegal. . .”
LEADS . . .
“In short, Mrs. Clinton is the culture war on steroids.” William McGurn
William McGurn, WSJ: “The Case for Donald Trump”
“The alternative is President Hillary Rodham Clinton.
“What’s the best case for Donald Trump?
“This is the reality of choice in a two-party democracy. Still, many have a hard time accepting it. So even as Mr. Trump handily dispatched 16 more-experienced rivals, his shortcomings and unfitness for office have become a staple of conservative fare.
“Yes, Mr. Trump elevates insult over argument. Yes, he is vague and contradictory about the details of his own proposals. And yes, he often speaks aloud before thinking things through. It’s all fair game.
Even so, in this election Mr. Trump is not running against himself. Though you might not know it from much of the commentary and coverage, he is running against Mrs. Clinton.
“On so many issues—free trade, the claim that Mexico will pay for a border wall, his suspiciously recent embrace of the pro-life cause—Mr. Trump gives reasons for pause. But he still isn’t Mrs. Clinton. That’s crucial, because much of the argument for keeping Mr. Trump out of the Oval Office at all costs requires glossing over the damage a second Clinton presidency would do. . .”
Jennifer Agiesta, CNN: “Donald Trump bounces into the lead”
“Donald Trump comes out of his convention ahead of Hillary Clinton in the race for the White House, topping her 44% to 39% in a four-way matchup including Gary Johnson (9%) and Jill Stein (3%) and by three points in a two-way head-to-head, 48% to 45%. That latter finding represents a 6-point convention bounce for Trump, which are traditionally measured in two-way matchups.
“There hasn’t been a significant post-convention bounce in CNN’s polling since 2000. That year Al Gore and George W. Bush both boosted their numbers by an identical 8 points post-convention before ultimately battling all the way to the Supreme Court. . .”
Harper Neidig, The Hill: “Va. Supreme Court strikes down restored voting rights for felons”
“The Virginia Supreme Court struck down Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s (D) move to restore voting rights for over 200,000 convicted felons on Friday.
“The 4-3 ruling came a month after Republicans in the state sued McAuliffe, saying that he overstepped his authority in issuing the executive action.
“The unprecedented scope, magnitude, and categorical nature of Governor McAuliffe’s Executive Order” exceeded his authority, wrote Chief Justice Donald W. Lemons in the decision.
Republicans argued that the move would also disproportionately favor Democrats like presumptive nominee Hillary Clinton.
Also – Nikita Vladimirov, The Hill: “Iowa Supreme Court upholds lifetime felon voting ban”
“The Iowa Supreme Court on Thursday ruled in favor of a lifetime voting ban for felons.
“The 4-3 decision upheld the current statute, in which anyone convicted of an ‘infamous crime’ is subject to the voting ban.
“Opponents challenged the meaning of that phrase, arguing the state’s interpretation was unfairly harsh. But the court found that all felonies are ‘infamous crimes.’
“We are constrained to conclude that all objective indicia of today’s standard of infamy supports the conclusion that an infamous crime has evolved to be defined as a felony,” Chief Justice Mark Cady wrote in the majority opinion.
“This is the community standard expressed by our Legislature and is consistent with the basic standard we have used over the years. It is also consistent with the constitutional history, text and purpose of the provision. . .”
David French, NRO: “Trump’s Speech Makes It Official: It’s Democrat v. Democrat in 2016”
“The GOP nominee proposes himself as the sole solution to the nation’s ills. That’s the opposite of conservative.
“In the battle over the role of government in American life, it’s clear that the Left is winning decisively. The era of small government is over. As Donald Trump’s convention speech made clear, the election of 2016 is a race between an old-school Democrat and a new-school progressive — between a post-war Teamsters’ boss and a university professor. Actual conservatism is nowhere in sight.
“I can’t recall a Republican speech in my lifetime that put such an overwhelming emphasis on the ability of a national leader to transform American lives. I and I alone will protect Americans from ISIS, from domestic crime, and from the free market, Trump declared. Corporations won’t move their factories, wages will increase, and trade will suddenly become fair. How? Don’t ask. He’ll make it so.
“Nor can I remember a modern Republican speech that put less emphasis on life, liberty, or the Constitution. He never mentioned abortion or Roe v. Wade. His discussion of religious liberty focused entirely around the Johnson Amendment — obscure legislation that has kept churches out of politics — and neglected the far more grave concerns about the independence and even existence of religious institutions in the face of increasingly militant secular progressives. In a speech that lasted 75 minutes and felt even longer, he used the word “freedom” once. “Liberty” was nowhere to be found.
“Conservatives have long focused on the reality that private individuals and private associations are the best-equipped to encourage and foster human flourishing. Churches and civic associations take care of their members better than government social workers. Businesses large and small are best-equipped to respond to and spearhead economic innovation. Good families are better than even the best government at raising children and overseeing their education.
“Thus, much of the modern conservative enterprise has been focused around protecting individuals and private associations from government encroachment, and ending government monopolies on enterprises such as education in an attempt to spur competition and restore the primacy of the family in the lives of children. This philosophy depends on a world of mutual obligations, with individuals and families primarily responsible for their own well-being and governments responsible for protecting their liberty and security. . .”
Liz Sheld, PJM: “How Many People Were Shot by Open Carriers at the RNC?”
“We were warned.
“Prior to the Republican National Convention, multiple mainstream media outlets warned about Ohio’s dangerous gun laws that allow for the open carry of firearms.
“The head of the police union wanted Ohio Governor John Kasich to (unconstitutionally) suspend the state’s gun laws.
“‘We are sending a letter to Gov. Kasich requesting assistance from him. He could very easily do some kind of executive order or something — I don’t care if it’s constitutional or not at this point,’ Stephen Loomis, president of Cleveland Police Patrolmen’s Association, told CNN. ‘They can fight about it after the RNC or they can lift it after the RNC, but I want him to absolutely outlaw open-carry in Cuyahoga County until this RNC is over.’ . . .
“Great news: the children were not shot!
“Over at the anti-Second Amendment/Everytown for Gun Safety-funded website ‘The Trace’ they have a collection of people outside the RNC open carrying firearms, in a piece called “‘Because We Are Free:’ Open Carry At the RNC, In Photos.’ You can see various photos of people with their rifles standing around outside the convention venue.
“Despite all the warnings and vapors coming from the media and the anti-Second Amendment groups, not a single person was shot.
“A virtual powder keg of people with vastly different ideologies engaging in sporadic yelling and heated taunting at one another, and not a single person was shot by an open carrier or a concealed-firearm carrier.
“Will we read any follow-up stores from the mainstream media about how free citizens are capable of successfully possessing a firearm in pubic without snapping into a murderous rampage?”
PA . . .
Brandon Finnigan, NRO: “Inescapable Pennsylvania”
Long article, detailed . . . worth your attention.
“. . . CONCLUSION The state of Pennsylvania has changed considerably over the last few decades, and provides a prime opportunity for Donald Trump — if, and only if, he changes some behaviors that will cost him votes in key areas. Given current trends — and presuming that the campaign makes an effort to expand beyond his core voters — I could see Trump winning all but Erie, Lackawanna, Centre, Allegheny, Montgomery, Delaware, and Philadelphia counties, and squeaking by with a 1 to 2 percent victory:
“That is a narrow, narrow win. But a win is a win is a win, and it is within his grasp. As the polling stands now, he will lose the state by five points. But if he changes tack, he can emerge victorious — not only in Pennsylvania, but elsewhere too. This is a state that is ripe for the picking — perhaps more so than at any point in the last 25 years. It’s up to Trump and his campaign whether he wants to reach out and take it.”
Sy Snyder, PoliticsPA: 7/22 Ups & Downs
“Barbara Hafer. Another former PA State Treasurer has been indicted. Yesterday we found out that Barbara Hafer i.s being charged with lying about taking $500,000 in consulting fees from a company that did business with her office. It actually appears that all this was revealed through the wire former Treasurer Rob McCord was wearing as part of his plea deal after he was found guilty of extortion. Is a non-corrupt State Treasurer really so much to ask!?
PA GOP Delegation. The trip was definitely worthwhile for the 71 delegates that Pennsylvania sent to the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. First of all, they got great seats right off the stage. Then, Speaker Paul Ryan spoke to them on Monday (he even twirled a terrible towel). Donald Trump Jr, Joni Ernst and Jeff Sessions were the guests of honor on Wednesday while VP nominee Mike Pence surprised them during their Thursday breakfast. This is a week they won’t forget.
Kathleen Kane. The Attorney General’s August 8th trial is rapidly approaching and new controversies just keep popping up. On Wednesday, we learned that Kane had interviewed the son of someone scheduled to testify against her for a job. That same day it was revealed that Kane’s twin sister, Ellen Granahan, won that pay raise from new First Deputy Attorney General Bruce Castor. Whoever said August is a quiet month?
Brian Fitzpatrick. The first-time candidate and younger brother to retiring incumbent Mike Fitzpatrick wrapped up just his second fundraising quarter last month. Nonetheless, he was able to score his second straight victory over Democratic nominee Steve Santarsiero in the fundraising race. On top of that, Ohio GovernorJohn Kasich is set to campaign with Fitzpatrick today.
Eric Papenfuse. We’ll be giving the Harrisburg Mayor a down arrow every week until he lifts his ridiculous ban of PennLive. We’re up to the sixth week now.”
END NOTES . . .
James Brody: “Don’t Tell the Democrats”
Chicago has strict gun laws and record levels of violence – often by blacks against blacks. And Mr. Gates can computerize our kids but he won’t eliminate differences between them while he makes money from Common Core. And you can pay teachers in poor neighborhoods to raise scores but those teachers have been shown to cheat. It is as if the students recruit and keep teachers that match the habits of the students (Strogatz, 2003). What Lynn & Vanhanen (2006) discover about national differences in ability may apply to differences that we can find in America. From Lynn & Vanhanen:
“. . . economists and political leaders believe – or pretend to believe – that all peoples of the world have the same intelligence. If this were so, closing the gap between rich and poor nations should be relatively easy. Al that is required is for rich nations to give poor nations more money so that they can improve education and this will increase their human capital up to the level at which they can produce goods and services that are competitive with those of rich nations. As a condition of this aid, the donor nations should require the recipient nations to introduce free market economies. Our study has shown that the belief that all peoples of the world have the same average intelligence is incorrect. On the contrary, there are large differences in the intelligence of nations and they are the most important cause of the differences in wealth and poverty. (emph added, jb) These intelligence differences will be hard to change because they are partly determined by genetic differences and the environmental factors contributing to them will be difficult to modify. It will therefore be much more difficult to alleviate world poverty than is generally believed.”
And perhaps likewise for American neighborhoods . . .
Lynn, Richard & Vanhanen, Tatu (2006) IQ and Global Inequality. Augusta, GA: Washington Summit, p 292.
Also: Barkley R. (1997) ADHD and the Nature of Self Control. NY: Guilford; Bronowski, J. (1977) A Sense of the Future. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press; Strogatz, Steven. (2003) Sync: The Emerging Science of Spontaneous Order. NY: Hyperion.