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The Pragmatism and New Populism of Ivanka Trump

Philip Wegmann - October 29, 2020


The most important job was also the best job. Naturally, it went to Ivanka. Twice. At her first Republican National Convention, she introduced the presidential nominee by telling the faithful that she was not, in fact, one of them. “Like many of my fellow millennials,” Donald Trump’s oldest daughter explained, “I do not consider myself categorically Republican.” She said she wasn’t a Democrat, either. On the biggest night of Republican politics, Ivanka was agnostic. Not anymore. Well, not exactly. The senior adviser to the president tells RealClearPolitics...

Will Limbaugh and His Loyalists Celebrate One Last Win?

John P. McCormick - October 29, 2020


Here in the chattering class we cling to our polling data and our supposed skill at forecasting. Sometimes, though, we’re oblivious to force vectors that tip elections (see 1948, 1980, 1994, 2010 and 2016). I wonder whether, last week, we overlooked a vector possibly crucial in 2020: Rush Limbaugh’s disclosure that he is dying.  The news came and went in a day. Limbaugh, whose 70th birthday barely precedes the January inauguration, framed his lung cancer prognosis as non-negotiable: "Stage Four is, as they say, terminal."   For 15 million listeners and another...

Mail Vote Challenges Are Likely; Will States Be Ready?

Bill Jones - October 29, 2020


While serving as secretary of state of California for eight years, I had the opportunity to oversee many elections, including some outside of our state. I was honored to be asked to visit both Nicaragua and Mexico to review their election processes. In Nicaragua, I saw long lines of people standing in hot, humid conditions to participate in the first election after the Sandinista/Contra war in the 1990s. In Mexico, I observed the watershed election of July 1997, which changed one-party rule in the country. In each of those elections, accusations of voter fraud called into question the...

Donald Trump: Why He Deserves 4 More Years

Larry Elder - October 29, 2020


Lost on the President Donald Trump-hating pundits who weighed in on the second and final debate with former Vice President Joe Biden was Trump's energy and focus. The man just recovered from COVID-19.  Male and 74 years old, Trump is in the "high-risk" category. His weight makes him "comorbid." Yet, there he was, still throwing heat at the end of the standing 90-minute debate, having spoken earlier that day at a typically raucous love fest/campaign rally. Trump handily defeated Biden, who noticeably tired by the end of this second and final debate. Yes, nearly all polls show Biden ahead...


Actually, the Democratic Party Never Moved Left

Froma Harrop - October 29, 2020


The "energy" of the Democratic Party is on the left. That's what the left kept telling us a year ago, before Joe Biden started vacuuming up large wins in the Democratic primaries. President Donald Trump has run with the notion, bellowing at rallies that the party has been "completely taken over by socialists, Marxists and far-left extremists." Not at all true. Set aside the massive media attention conferred on a tiny number of colorful hard-left Democrats and what do we see? We see a Democratic Party overwhelmingly dominated by moderates. Start with the choice of Biden as the presidential...

Biden's Expanded-Map Strategy Carries Risk in Pennsylvania

Susan Crabtree - October 29, 2020


Vice President Joe Biden this week told reporters he hopes to carry Pennsylvania by the “grace of God” and called it a “big deal to me personally as well as politically.” His top campaign strategists are more confident — at least outwardly — that Biden would carry the state of his birth because they added final trips for him and for surrogates to the traditionally Republican states of Georgia and Texas while boasting about expanding his electoral campaign map. Flush with cash, the Biden team is putting up new ads in Georgia, Iowa, and Ohio, another state...

Election a Choice Between Rule-Changing and Respect for Constitutional Norms

Victor Davis Hanson - October 29, 2020


In traditional presidential campaigns, the two major parties offer contrasting ideas and policies. The Democratic and Republican candidates barnstorm the nation to make their cases. Not this year. Democratic nominee Joe Biden is more or less a virtual candidate, mostly communicating from home via Zoom. He offers few detailed alternatives to the first four years of the Trump administration. Instead, Biden is running on the idea that Donald Trump caused the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting economic recession, and that he's responsible for violence in the streets. But Biden rarely offers...

Biden and PA; Ivanka's Pragmatism; an Immigrant's Devotion

Carl M. Cannon - October 29, 2020

Good morning, it’s Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020. “The sun has risen bright and clear,” a German immigrant named Carl Schurz wrote to his wife, Margarethe, on this date in 1855, “and the view spread out before me presents so cheerful and sweet a picture that I am distinctly encouraged to hope we shall be very happy here.” Schurz was writing from Watertown, Wis., where he and his family would prosper. But as far as being “very happy,” Carl Schurz was not the kind of person who could be content while other people were in bondage....


The Twitter Presidency: How Trump Shapes TV News Agenda

Kalev Leetaru - October 28, 2020


Just under a century ago, confronting an antagonistic press that opposed him at every turn, President Franklin Roosevelt turned to the then-nascent technology of radio to bypass the media and speak directly to the American public through his “fireside chats.” Today Donald Trump wields his Twitter account to similar effect. Using a new dataset that tracks every appearance of Trump’s tweets on television news screens this year, we can examine how effective has he been at setting the media agenda. Trump’s Twitter account is so central to his presidency that the courts...

Trump To Appeal To Nevada Voters From Neighboring Arizona

Aamer Madhani - October 28, 2020


LAS VEGAS (AP) — President Donald Trump will make a crunch-time appeal to voters in Nevada. But he’ll do so from Arizona. The Republican president is under pressure Wednesday to prevent a repeat of a September rally in Nevada that attracted thousands of people: The airport that hosted that event was fined more than $5,500 for violating crowd restrictions aimed at preventing the spread of the coronavirus. Rather than curb the crowds as virus cases spike across the U.S., Trump is simply shifting his event across the banks of the Colorado River to Bullhead City,...

Going to the Wall; Third Party Impact? Hagiography's Pitfalls

Carl M. Cannon - October 28, 2020

Good morning, it’s Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020. Nine years ago this morning, baseball fans woke up bleary-eyed from watching one of the most dramatic World Series games in history. This being 2020, last night’s match-up didn’t offer comparable Game 6 drama -- at least not on the playing field during the game -- but it did produce a worthy champion in the talented, close-knit Los Angeles Dodgers. As if to punctuate my point about 2020, the end of Major League Baseball’s season last night was marred by two self-inflicted blunders, which may be the theme of this year writ...

How To Preserve the American Republic? The Constitution and Originalist Justices Like Amy Coney Barrett

John Kass - October 28, 2020


If Americans can agree on anything in this election between President Donald Trump and Joe Biden, it's this: We can't stand the other side. And each tribe loathes the other with absolute passion, as hatred and threats of revenge hang in the air. This is where newly sworn-in Associate Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett comes in. And also President Trump, who kept his promise to the American people to appoint constitutional originalists to the high court. Because if there's anything that can keep the republic together, it's reverence and respect for the Constitution, and Supreme Court...


Election Will Determine Border Wall's Fate, Trump's Legacy

Susan Crabtree - October 28, 2020


OTAY MESA, Calif. — On a clear late-October day, U.S. Border Patrol Chief Rodney Scott and several of his deputies are standing at a high point on the San Diego County side of the border with Mexico next to a 30-foot-high slotted steel fence that didn’t exist three years ago. The rust-colored barrier, the northern part of the new dual-fence system that makes up President Trump’s signature “border wall,” dives down the hill, and curves leftward before carving a straight line toward the sea. Scott, who spent most of his career here, ending as chief of the San Diego...

Court Packing Is Radical. Dems Must Say Where They Stand.

Ryan J. Owens - October 28, 2020


Former Vice President Joe Biden recently confessed that, if elected president, he would form a commission to investigate whether to “pack” the Supreme Court. His flirtation with the far left on this issue is alarming. Court packing would be an egregious act. Biden and every Democratic Senate candidate should be forced to explain their position on it to voters.  What is court packing? It occurs when Congress and the president pass a law that adds new seats to the Supreme Court, which the president and Senate can then fill with new justices. It is an odious...

How Third-Party Candidates Could Determine the Presidency

Sean Spicer - October 28, 2020


In 2016, Donald Trump won the presidency by 36 electoral votes, but in 15 states -- where 157 electoral votes were at stake -- neither he nor Hillary Clinton won by a majority. Trump won 110 electoral votes in nine states where he received a plurality, and Hillary Clinton picked up 47 electoral votes in six states where she came up short of a majority. In almost every case, the vote total of third-party candidates made the difference. Heading into the final week of the 2020 campaign, the most important names on the ballot may not be Donald Trump and Joe Biden but rather three...

The Great COVID Lie

Ben Shapiro - October 28, 2020


Until COVID-19 hit, President Donald Trump was on a glide path to reelection. On domestic policy, Trump's tax and regulatory cuts spurred the economy to heights unseen in 50 years; his Department of Education cracked down on the star-chamber courts applied on college campuses in cases of alleged sexual misconduct; he has appointed scores of well-qualified constitutionalist judges, including three Supreme Court justices. On foreign policy, Trump is the first president of my lifetime not to enter any foreign wars; he has brokered historic peace deals in the Middle East between Israel and Arab...


The Late Ballot Scam

Betsy McCaughey - October 28, 2020


Democrats and media allies falsely claim that newly confirmed Justice Amy Coney Barrett is poised to steal the election for Donald Trump. Democrats are demanding she recuses herself from election cases coming before the Supreme Court. Otherwise, warns The Washington Post, "the court's reputation will be shattered" and "the public's faith in democracy" destroyed. Truth is, it's the Democrats trying to tilt the scale for their candidate. They're swarming swing states with armies of lawyers filing lawsuits. Some challenge voter ID laws or signature requirements on ballots. But their biggest goal...

The Mobilization of the Mob

Michelle Malkin - October 28, 2020


Ready or not, here they come. The ground troops of the anti-Donald Trump resistance aren't just biding their time until Election Day for Hidin' Joe Biden. Hell no. They're making their direct action checklists and checking them twice. They're training for instigating. No matter the outcome at the ballot box, the left-wing mob is prepared to disrupt and destroy nationwide in the name of preserving "democracy." Four weeks ago, I exposed the pot-bangers and lawn-crashers of the Sunrise Movement. That's the constantly morphing, full-time front group for the Sierra Club that nurtures...

The President's Baffling Reelection Strategy

J. Peder Zane - October 27, 2020


President Trump has humbled me. Since his 2015 ride down the escalator he has taught me time and again that there are two kinds of people in the world: Donald Trump and everybody else. As an everybody else, I think I understand why he blasts out aggressive tweets (because most media won’t cover him fairly), attacks athletes like Colin Kaepernick and LeBron James (they are influencers advancing a view of America he rejects) and exaggerates so mightily that his enemies can brand him a liar (he’s a salesman). What I don’t get is the distasteful intensity and anger of his tone...

Barrett Confirmed as Supreme Court Justice, Reshaping Judiciary

Lisa Mascaro - October 27, 2020


WASHINGTON (AP) — Amy Coney Barrett was confirmed to the Supreme Court late Monday by a deeply divided Senate, Republicans overpowering Democrats to install President Donald Trump’s nominee days before the election and secure a likely conservative court majority for years to come. Trump’s choice to fill the vacancy of the late liberal icon Ruth Bader Ginsburg potentially opens a new era of rulings on abortion, the Affordable Care Act and even his own election. Democrats were unable to stop the outcome, Trump’s third justice on the court, as...