Mid-Day Digest

Nov. 2, 2018

THE FOUNDATION

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IN TODAY’S EDITION

  • Republicans have their closing argument: A roaring economy.
  • Trump is actually very “warm and consoling” in person, says rabbi.
  • Marsha Blackburn serves a model opposition ad in Tennessee.
  • If Democrats win, expect a renewed push for “free” college tuition.
  • Deregulation worked in 1978 for airlines, as we can still see today.
  • Ben & Jerry team up with anti-Semitic, anti-Trump resistance.
  • Daily Features: Top Headlines, Memes, Cartoons, Columnists, and Short Cuts.

IN BRIEF

Roaring Economy Is GOP’s Best Election Pitch

Nate Jackson

If Republicans focus their closing argument this weekend on the roaring American economy, they’ll strengthen their chances of holding Congress in Tuesday’s midterm elections. Today’s jobs report is a particularly strong one — 250,000 jobs added and a headline unemployment rate of 3.7%, the lowest since 1969. The fuller U-6 measure of unemployment dropped to a historically low 7.4%. MarketWatch reports, “The increase in hiring last month was broad based — not a single major industry shed jobs.” And Investor’s Business Daily notes, “Among blacks, the unemployment rate dropped from 8.3% [two years ago] to 6%, and among Hispanics it’s now 4.5%. It was 5.7% two years ago.”

There are more than seven million job openings, which is more than there are people looking for jobs. “Thirty-eight percent of all owners reported job openings they could not fill in the current period, equal to last month’s record high,” reports National Federation of Independent Business Chief Economist William Dunkelberg. That has put upward pressure on wages, which increased at a 3.1% annual rate — the best since 2009.

As President Donald Trump observed, “It’s the best unemployment numbers we have in 50 years. And that’s wonderful, but we actually need workers now. That’s a good thing to be saying because that hasn’t been said for many, many decades. And we want people to come in. You’ve all been reading about the immigration situation with the caravans and all, but the fact is, we want people coming into the country. We want them to come in legally.”

On a final note, consumer confidence once again hit an 18-year high this week. And what is the economy but a monetary measure of consumer confidence? When people perceive that things are good, that perception becomes reality.

How good is it? “Pretty much everything you could want in a monthly jobs report,” says … Joe Biden’s economic adviser, Jared Bernstein. Granted, he refuses to credit Trump, but still.

The bottom line: The extraordinary midterm record for Trump and congressional Republicans has the nation better off than we were two years go. Will voters reward the GOP with holding both houses, or has Democrats’ divisive rhetoric really made voters “tired of winning”?

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Rabbi Debunks Leftmedia Anti-Trump Narrative

Thomas Gallatin

Following the anti-Semitic attack on the Tree of Life synagogue last Saturday, which left 11 people dead, the Leftmedia worked to create a narrative that blamed President Donald Trump’s rhetoric for fostering the hatred that motivated the atrocity. In an interview with CNN’s Alisyn Camerota prior to Trump’s visiting the synagogue, Tree of Life Rabbi Jeffrey Myers refused to badmouth the president, insisting, “The president of the United States is always welcome. I’m a citizen; he is my president. He is certainly welcome.”

On Tuesday, amid a crowd of protesters, Trump and his family visited the Tree of Life synagogue, where he spoke privately with Rabbi Myers and offered his condolences. Following Trump’s visit, Myers was again interviewed by CNN’s Camerota, who renewed her negative narrative against the president. But once again the good rabbi refused, saying that he was “pleasantly surprised” by Trump’s warmth.

Myer further related, “I was privileged to have a private 15 or 20 minutes with the [Trump] family. The president was very warm, very consoling. He put his hand on my shoulder and the first question he asked me was, ‘Rabbi, tell me — how are you doing?’ And I must say throughout the time we spent together, I was pleasantly surprised by a warm and personal side to the president that I don’t think America has ever seen.”

Actually, the rabbi’s personal experience with Trump has been affirmed by many others. As Mark Alexander noted in 2016, “[Trump] is an interesting case study. On a personal level, those we know who are closest to him say that he is very personable and fair, that he demonstrates integrity and humility, and that he treats people with dignity and respect.” In a conversation Alexander had with a longtime friend who managed Trump’s personal security team prior to his nomination, he was told that, despite all of Trump’s brazen, brash bravado in public — his “New Yorker” side — he was universally admired by those on his staff as generous, kind, and fair to those around him, and that his personal interactions with guests were warm and accommodating. Yes, that is the polar opposite of his brawling public persona, but it’s still vintage Trump.

Even exiting Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN), who often bumped heads with Trump, confirmed this week that when visiting with Trump at the White House or other venues, he was very personal and hospitable. It’s too bad more of that Trump doesn’t come through in his public comments and interactions.

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Blackburn’s Best Opposition Ad Yet

Mark Alexander

One U.S. Senate race receiving a lot of national attention is that of Rep. Marsha Blackburn, who is seeking the seat being vacated by Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN). That is because, according to the Leftmedia pollaganda machine, she has been trailing her opponent, the aging and infirm former Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen, in a state Donald Trump carried by 25 points.

Though Bredesen was originally considered a sacrificial lamb, a placeholder but not competitive, that shifted earlier this year for several reasons.

First would be that the Democrats’ national strategy is “HATE TRUMP,” and Bredesen has received enormous support from out-of-state leftists, including $3.5 million in ad support from Demo Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY), and big-dollar support from New York leftist Michael Bloomberg. Second, opposition from some wealthy establishment Republican elitists who don’t like Blackburn’s alignment with Trump (or more likely have problems with strong women) has helped turn Bredesen into a viable competitor. Last, even retiring Sen. Corker, who last year got into a distasteful spat with Trump, has offered tepid support for Blackburn, saying only that he will vote for her and has maxed out his donations to her campaign.

As with many Demo campaigns across the country, Bredesen’s team has endeavored to paint him as a “moderate,” but that is a fallacious deception.

To drive home that point, Marsha’s team developed what should serve as a model opposition ad for every Republican facing a “moderate” Democrat — pulling clips from Bredesen’s phony claims of bipartisanship and comparing those with identical fake claims by Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton.

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Top Headlines

  • Trump announces step to stop “meritless” asylum claims at border (The Daily Signal)
  • Operation Faithful Patriot: First 100 troops arrive to serve at border (Fox News)
  • Size of migrant caravan drops to around 4,000 with at least 600 miles to go (Hot Air)
  • Three things Democrats will do if they win the House — investigate, obstruct, impeach Trump (Washington Examiner)
  • Trump says Pelosi subpoena threat is “illegal” and grounds for Supreme Court battle (The Washington Times)
  • Study: Nearly half of Republicans feel bullied at work (The Daily Caller)
  • DOJ announces $8.7 million grant for active shooter training (The Washington Free Beacon)
  • Facebook censoring pro-life political ads — again (Washington Examiner)
  • Promoting adoption, Trump affirms human life for “born and unborn” (The Daily Signal)
  • Humor: Don Lemon: “I apologize if any evil white people were offended by my remarks” (The Babylon Bee)
  • Policy: Here’s how the GOP tax cuts are helping Americans in every state (The Daily Signal)
  • Policy: U.S. oil production allows America to crack down on Iran (National Review)

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

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TODAY’S MEME

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TODAY’S CARTOON

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BEST OF RIGHT OPINION

For more of today’s columns, visit Right Opinion.

MORE ANALYSIS FROM THE PATRIOT POST

OPINION IN BRIEF

David Harsanyi: “If you think Trump should bring down the temperature, you may well have a point. If you think Trump should turn down the temperature but you fail to mention that a progressive yelling about health care tried to assassinate the entire GOP congressional leadership on a baseball field, you don’t really care about the temperature. If you fail to mention that Democrats have been accusing Republicans of wanting to kill the poor and young, of trying to destroy the planet, of being terrorists after every school shooting, you don’t care about the temperature. If you rationalize mob behavior every time you don’t get your way in the electoral process, you don’t care about the temperature. And if your first instinct is to play politics with tragedy for partisan gain, you are part of the problem.”

SHORT CUTS

Food for thought: “At my church in suburban Washington, D.C., a police officer parks his car in a prominent place each Sunday morning. He is positioned inside the building as a precaution. Church leaders have developed an escape plan should it become necessary. What a judgment on a culture that we now have to consider such things at places that once were thought to be houses of God, but increasingly appear under assault by the Devil.” —Cal Thomas

For the record: “We don’t do stunts.” —Defense Secretary James Mattis on sending troops to the border

Braying Jackass: “[Democrats] are working to make certain that the agenda of the most racist, sexist, homophobic, bigoted president in history will go nowhere because Democrats will control the House and the Senate.” —Sen. Bernie Sanders (Socialist-VT)

Alpha Jackass: “Why are Trump folk fighting the idea that their campaign message is fear and loathing? It’s the truth. Identify enemies threatening to create more carnage, as Trump put it in his inaugural speech. Then demonize, like with [illegal immigrants]. Create a farce that they are an invading force filled with dealers and murderers. Whip up as much xenophobia and conflict as he can. Democrats are evil. The media is the enemy of the people. That is a phrase propagated by Stalin and used by Hitler. The president says he’s a nationalist. Again, we know where this comes from.” —CNN’s Chris Cuomo

Backwards thinking: “Not promoting violence, voting against it. You will never see me raising a fist. I’m a pacifist. My words were taken out of context. I’m worried about the blood of the dissent, protesters, more children shot at school, people shot while praying, for who they love and who they are.” —actor James Cromwell responding to criticism of his earlier remark: “If we don’t stop [Trump] now, then we will have a revolution for real.”

And last… “From time to time, it’s good to remember there’s a multibillion dollar industry based on keeping you in a perpetual state of stupidity, rage, resentment, and paranoia.” —David Burge

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