Mid-Day Digest

Sep. 25, 2018

THE FOUNDATION

“With those who wish to think amiss of me, I have learned to be perfectly indifferent; but where I know a mind to be ingenuous, and to need only truth to set it to rights, I cannot be passive.” —Thomas Jefferson (1804)

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IN TODAY’S EDITION

  • Kavanaugh’s bold response to allegations puts burden of proof on accusers.
  • Latinos aren’t singing the Democrats’ tune quite willingly enough.
  • Keeping the Senate in November is absolutely critical.
  • The Navy needs more ships, plain and simple.
  • Daily Features: Top Headlines, Memes, Cartoons, Columnists, and Short Cuts.

IN BRIEF

Kavanaugh Boldly Responds to Allegations

Thomas Gallatin

“What I know is the truth, and the truth is I’ve never sexually assaulted anyone,” Brett Kavanaugh told Martha MacCallum in a Fox News interview Monday evening. With his wife Ashley at his side, Kavanaugh sought to set the record straight and directly respond to the last-minute, entirely scripted allegations of sexual misconduct that have threatened to derail his Supreme Court confirmation. Ashley pointedly noted, “I know Brett. I’ve known him for 17 years. He’s decent, he’s kind, he’s good. I know his heart. [These allegations are] not consistent with Brett.”

Kavanaugh added, “I want a fair process where I can defend my integrity, and I know I’m telling the truth. I know my lifelong record and I’m not going to let false accusations drive me out of this process. I have faith in God and I have faith in the fairness of the American people.”

Mazie Hirono, the heretofore virtually unknown Democrat junior senator from Hawaii, has found her ticket to relevance with this fiasco. She blatantly argues that Kavanaugh should be presumed guilty because of his conservative judicial views, and her opinion is taken seriously in the media. In this era of identity politics, dominated by the inherently unjust “social justice” concept of group association determining the parameters by which people are to be judged rather than by the specific actions of an individual, what is a person to do who has been judged as “guilty” due to his identity group?

Well, Kavanaugh decided that he couldn’t just sit back and allow the accusations against him to remain a nebulous “she said, he said” argument. While leftists actively attack our judicial system with their presumption of guilt, Kavanaugh has essentially opened the door and invited his accusers to provide proof of their allegations.

In the interview, Kavanaugh laid down three specific and important points that can be definitively proven false if they are not accurate. First, he says he was a virgin through high school and “for many years after.” Second, he never drank to the point of memory loss. By asserting this, Kavanaugh has removed for himself the defense of saying that he may have been too drunk to remember what happened — doubly effective given that both accusers admit drunkenness and foggy memories. And third, he denies having gone to any parties in the area where his accuser said the assault took place. In fact, Kavanaugh reportedly has detailed calendars that he will provide to the Senate Judiciary Committee. That at least proves he was careful and meticulous, even at age 17.

Kavanaugh realizes that he will have to fight for his good name and reputation not only before the Judiciary Committee but before the court of public opinion. He’s not naive to the fact that at least within the mainstream media he’s guilty until proven innocent. Sensationalism sells. The longer someone goes without responding directly to accusations the more the public assumes that person is trying to avoid having to answer the allegation. Kavanaugh has done everyone a favor here, both by publicly responding to the allegations and offering specific details in refutation of the accusations.

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Latinos Not Singing Democrats’ Tune?

That coming Democrat “blue wave” maybe more the stuff of leftist daydreams than future reality, especially with reports that one of the identity groups Dems are counting on to turn out in big numbers come November might not. While Democrat voter enthusiasm has been high among women, another demographic group Dems have historically counted on is showing signs of being less enthused: Latino voters.

Amy Walter of The Cook Political Report writes, “Latino voter drop-off in midterm elections is nothing new, but the thinking was that President Trump’s rhetoric and policies around immigration, especially the issue of separating children from their parents at the border, would be a catalyst for higher Latino engagement in 2018. At this point, however, recent polling by New York Times Upshot/Siena College and Monmouth University, suggests that’s not the case.”

This should not be that surprising given the fact that Trump’s booming economy has lowered unemployment levels to record lows across all demographic groups, especially among Hispanics. So with record-high employment coupled with the fact that Latinos in general are not culturally radical leftists, what would motivate Latinos to vote against Trump?

By the way, Trump’s rhetoric on securing the border has not alienated a majority of Latinos, a fact demonstrated by a recent special election in Texas. As Texas Monthly reported, “Republican Pete Flores, backed by endorsements from [Gov. Greg] Abbott, Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick, [Sen. Ted] Cruz and … John Cornyn, won a stunning upset victory over well-known Democrat Pete Gallego in a San Antonio special election to capture a state Senate seat. The election was to fill the remaining term of disgraced former state Senator Carlos Uresti, who resigned his seat after being convicted in federal court of eleven felony charges. This marks the first time a Hispanic Republican has been elected to the Texas Senate and the first time the Senate has had twenty-one Republican senators.”

We’d like to think that Hispanics appreciate a president who enforces the law. Millions of Hispanics are law-abiding and don’t appreciate what 22 million illegals have done to their communities.

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Top Headlines

  • Midterm buoy? Republican Party favorability highest in seven years (Gallup)
  • White House: Rod Rosenstein and President Trump will meet on Thursday (The Washington Free Beacon)
  • U.S. warns Russia against selling missile system to Syria (National Review)
  • Trump secures first trade deal — with South Korea — hailing it as “historic milestone” (CNS News)
  • “Here with a bang”: Trump touts North Korea progress, seizes initiative at UN General Assembly (The Washington Times)
  • U.S. approval of $330 million military sale to Taiwan draws China’s ire (Reuters)
  • FBI: Crime rate fell in 2017, after two years of gains in the violent-crime rate (USA Today)
  • BLS: Americans spent more on taxes than on food and clothing combined in 2017 (CNS News)
  • Repealing SALT deduction cap would largely benefit the wealthy (The Hill)
  • Humor: God checks Twitter, immediately bumps up date for Apocalypse (The Babylon Bee)
  • Policy: Why states are leaving Common Core in droves (The Daily Signal)
  • Policy: American farmers don’t need subsidies (Real Clear Policy)

For more of today’s news, visit Patriot Headline Report.

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GOOD NEWS

First Husband-Wife B-2 Pilots Retire Together

Lt. Col. John Avery and Lt. Col. Jennifer Avery, the first pair of married pilots to fly the B-2, retired together this month at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo.

“It’s an honor to speak as John and Jennifer Avery retire from the Air Force, just as it was to speak at their wedding,” said Col. Jared Kennish, the 131st Bomb Wing Operations Group commander, at the pair’s joint retirement ceremony on Sept. 7, according to an Air Force statement. “This couple has made history.”

For more, visit Stars and Stripes.

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FEATURED ANALYSIS

Why Keeping the Senate Matters

Robin Smith

Republicans are clinging to a slim 51-49 majority in the U.S. Senate, which has proven to be a challenge throughout the first two years of the presidency of Donald Trump. The upcoming midterm elections are particularly crucial to the implementation and protection of policies that are pro-America and, candidly, depend on the voters who hoisted Donald Trump into the White House to turn out with the same energy and determination in November.

In Texas, a GOP stalwart who finished second behind Trump in the 2016 presidential primary is in danger. In Missouri, a Democrat incumbent is fighting for her seat in a right-leaning state. And in the deep-red state of Tennessee an open Senate seat is a battleground between two well-known candidates. Let’s take a quick peek at those three races that deserve review, with special attention paid to how “unDemocratic” the Democrats sound in their rhetoric and campaign promises.

In the Lone Star State, a hard-left Progressive, Beto O'Rourke, is giving Ted Cruz a true run, with the Cook Political Report moving the election from “leans Republican” to “toss-up” status. So why is a red state with a Republican governor giving its incumbent such a slim lead?

It seems Beto, the 45-year-old two-term U.S. House incumbent, has learned that to win, you must abandon leftist ways on the campaign trail. His website uses rhetoric that’s just not reflected by members of his own party — for example, he demands that “we are all treated with dignity and respect, meeting the small, petty and divisive politics of this age with a confidence, courage and strength that could only come from Texas.” We suppose his friend Wendy Davis, the former state senator and losing gubernatorial candidate who filibustered to have more relaxed abortion laws, taught him a lesson to avoid too much extremism down in the heart of Texas. His campaign platform states the obvious for educated kids, access to health care, and good jobs, yet he sounds nothing like his colleagues who promise to reverse the Trump tax cuts and move to impeach the president.

Head north to the Show-Me State and Democrat Claire McCaskill touts her record to be “a fighter Missourians can count on.” That may be true … if you want your senator to fight the president you voted into office by an 18.5-point margin. McCaskill voted against the confirmation of Neil Gorsuch for the Supreme Court, and she opposes Kavanaugh. She voted against the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act that reversed the economic quagmire of the Obama economy. On the other side, GOP nominee and state Attorney General Josh Hawley is getting the Trump-treatment, complete with an endorsement and rally in the state.

Polling shows this race is a dead-heat. Looking at the two-term Senate incumbent’s website, the inquiring reader would never know of her intent to stand with Chuck Schumer in keeping the southern border porous and spending even more on entitlements. No, a glance at that website reveals praise for national security, seniors, and veterans, while failing to note her work directly against Trump’s agenda on those same issues.

Finally, the Volunteer State’s open seat resulting from Bob Corker’s fall from potential VP candidate to cable news’s favorite GOP Trump critic is a similar slugfest. On the Left, we have former Democrat Gov. Phil Bredesen, whose claim to fame was to kick 300,000 Tennesseans off the state’s Medicaid program during his two-term tenure but who now joins the chorus to expand Medicaid while having the nerve to call for a freeze in federal spending. On the Right, we have the consistent conservative Republican Rep. Marsha Blackburn. To illustrate the contentious race, the Democrat has been busy camouflaging his leftist partisanship so much that the NRA had to recently demand he stop using an outdated “A” rating in campaign ads. That grade no longer applies for a man who now supports the Clinton/Schumer/Bloomberg gun-control agenda, earning him a current “D” rating.

The Real Clear Politics average has Tennessee’s matchup as a tie.

So what does this mean? It means voters need to wake up and look to the obstruction in Washington that has jeopardized the funding to end the open border, dragged out the entire process of confirmations for a host of presidential nominees, and threatens to end tax cuts that have helped boost the economy. That’s just a small sampling of the agenda that awaits if Republicans lose this slim lead in the Senate.

Democrats have long run as Republicans but governed as Socialists, though that disparity is growing now at an accelerated rate. Republicans need to find their spine and articulate the best days ahead for Americans if their numbers are to increase. Americans can multiply the great days ahead by adding more Republicans to the Senate but will understand more division and the subtraction of their earnings through taxation if Democrats prevail. Do the math.

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MORE ANALYSIS FROM THE PATRIOT POST

OPINION IN BRIEF

Brett Kavanaugh: “These are smears pure and simple. And they debase our public discourse. But they are also a threat to any man or woman who wishes to serve our country. Such grotesque and obvious character assassination — if allowed to succeed — will dissuade competent and good people of all political persuasions from public service. As I told the committee during my hearing, a federal judge must be independent, not swayed by public or political pressure. That is the kind of judge I will always be. I will not be intimidated into withdrawing from this process. The coordinated effort to destroy my good name will not drive me out. The vile threats of violence against my family will not drive me out. The last-minute character assassination will not succeed.”

SHORT CUTS

For the record: “You’ve watched the fight. You’ve watched the tactics, But here’s what I want to tell you: In the very near future, Judge Kavanaugh will be on the United States Supreme Court. Don’t get rattled by all of this. We’re gonna plow right through it and do our job.” —Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY)

Upright: “The most disturbing thing is these people who are on television, some people I know and respect, [who say] ‘I believe her.’ You never met [Christine Blasey Ford]. You don’t know anything about her. Are women born with a special gene for telling the truth, and men with a special gene for lying? … I have an open mind. I want to hear both sides of the story and make a determination. That’s what the American system of justice is all about.” —Harvard law professor Allen Dershowitz

Non Compos Mentis: “Denying Dr. Ford an FBI investigation is silencing her. Forcing her into a sham hearing is silencing her. And pushing through Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation is silencing her.” —Sen. Kristen Gillibrand (D-NY)

Guilty until proven innocent: “All but five men in the world already share the terrible fate of not serving on the court. And, perverse though it may seem, the nomination of an accused sex offender is a great opportunity. Delaying or withdrawing this nomination will send a message that there is no such thing as ordinary, forgivable, just-a-bit-of-drunken-boyishness attempted rape. If we care about all the sexual assaults that haven’t yet occurred; if we care about the girls and boys who will become victims; if we care about preventing the debilitating, life-threatening trauma disorders victims often suffer, we must treat attempted rape as disqualifying for a Supreme Court justice.” —Sandra Newman in a Washington Post op-ed, “Want to help prevent rape? Withdraw Kavanaugh’s nomination”

And last… “Remember folks, if they can do it to Kavanaugh this way, they can do it to any adult male you know. Brother, husband, father, friend, colleague. The only dependent variable: whether the man is a political enemy of the progressive Left.” —Buck Sexton

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