Donald and Bernie

A recurring phenomenon of Presidential elections is the early emergence of a fringe candidate who generates a lot of niche excitement by speaking to a core minority constituency in his party. This year, it’s happened in both parties. We have Trump and Sanders.

It will never happen, but having the two of them at the top of their parties’ tickets would make for an entertaining autumn next year.

In Four Freedoms Park

Olivia Nuzzzi has a piece over at The Daily Beast about Hillary Clinton’s opening campaign event: Welcome to Hillary Island, a Pleasant Little Police State. This paragraph struck me.

Here would be Hillary Island—formerly Roosevelt Island—a strip of land located in the middle of the East River between Manhattan and Queens that some 10,000 New Yorkers call home. More specifically, here is Four Freedoms Park—a grassy island enclave named for the Four Freedoms FDR spelled out in his 1941 State of the Union speech: Freedom of speech, of worship, from want, and from fear—where the Clinton team has assembled a red and blue stage, in the shape of an H, for her to pace on as she delivers her first major campaign speech.

Read the whole thing. That captures a bit of the Orwellian nature of so much of the Left’s politics these days.

Freedom of speech? The Left now wants to partially repeal the First Amendment in order to correct the Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling. (I probably I should have included a trigger warning for some Progressives.)

Freedom of worship? Ask the Little Sisters of the Poor about that. Or a former pizza shop owner. For many, worship extends beyond a meeting house and throughout their lives.

Freedom from want? Ask one of the structurally unemployed who can’t find a place in a stagnant economy.

Freedom from fear? Ask that question tonight in one of several Baltimore neighborhoods—if you’re not afraid to go.

BTW, those first two freedoms are about what the government isn’t supposed to be able to take from us. The second pair are gimmes Progressives imagine government can provide. There’s much to be said about the differences between them. The comments are open. Discuss among yourselves.

Anti-Semitism on the Left

Yesterday, NPR talk-show host Diane Rehm (I sometimes listen to her so you don’t have to.) asked Bernie Sanders if he held dual citizenship: U. S. and Israeli. She said the information came from “a list we have gotten[.]” It appears that the list comes from a pro-Palestinian Facebook page. Her cheap shot question and its anti-semitic underpinning is not surprising given her long term anti-Israel bias.

Bernie Sanders is tied with Hillary Clinton for last place among my picks for President in the coming election (at least among the current candidates). There are plenty of substantive reasons to oppose his candidacy, but this sort of slimy, baseless attack is now becoming all-too-common. I expect a lot more of it aimed at candidates from both sides of the aisle who support Israel. The next year-and-a-half will be ugly.

One Person, One Vote

The Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case from Texas that would seek to allow legislative and congressional districts apportioned based on equal numbers of registered voters instead of equal population. As tempting as that might be to some politicians, it doesn’t seem to comply with the Constitution. Ken Jost explains why.

To be true to the Framers, however, the court perhaps should settle the issue by insisting that states must count all people, not just those eligible to vote under rules subject to political manipulation. “One person, one vote” means just that.

Read the whole thing.

BTW, Ken and I are friends from high school. Our class just celebrated its 50th reunion.


My codefendant Erick Erickson has a post up over at RedState exploring the mainstream media’s Democrat-operatives-with-bylines’ prognostications of doom for the Republicans in 2016.

No, it just has to be a coincidence that on the same weekend five major media outlets run the same basic talking points against the GOP.

Read the whole thing.