Mid-Day Digest

Nov. 28, 2018

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“In politics, as in religion, it is equally absurd to aim at making proselytes by fire and sword. Heresies in either can rarely be cured by persecution.” —Alexander Hamilton (1787)

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IN BRIEF

The Race in Mississippi Was All About Race

Nate Jackson

“That’s racist!” Oh how tiresome is the charge leftists make virtually every day against a Republican somewhere. The slandered person this time is GOP Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith, who yesterday won her runoff to become the first elected female senator from Mississippi. Gov. Phil Bryant appointed her to the seat earlier this year to replace Thad Cochran. Leftmedia outlets teased 24/7 that the race would be close primarily because of contrived racial controversy, but Hyde-Smith ended up defeating Democrat and former Clinton Agriculture Secretary Mike Espy 54-46. Unwilling to let the narrative go easily, Twitter headlined that she “narrowly” won. We suppose it’s “narrow” compared to Donald Trump’s 18-point win in 2016…

Significantly, of course, Hyde-Smith’s win provides Senate Republicans with a majority of 53 seats, and thus a more comfortable cushion for anything from confirming President Trump’s judicial nominees to advancing conservative legislation to blocking Nancy Pelosi’s House legislative agenda. As we argued the day after the midterms, GOP gains in the Senate were driven mainly by voter concern over the judiciary in the wake of Democrats’ horrendous treatment of Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

Speaking of horrendous treatment, that brings us back to the big issue in this race — race. The Washington Post called it a “racially charged election.” But why was that the case? Because Democrats injected race into the mix. Blacks make up 37% of Mississippi’s population, the highest of any state, and Espy would have been the first black senator to represent the state since Reconstruction. Thus, any apparent gaffe made by Hyde-Smith — from innocuous comments about a public hanging to donning a Confederate uniform cap at a tourism appearance — turned into a scandal supposedly proving her racism, all to motivate black voters. As it turns out, however, some of the “evidence” of racism and hate in Mississippi came in the form of nooses left hanging from trees near the state capitol … by Democrat protesters.

None of this is to say Hyde-Smith was a particularly strong candidate — she wasn’t. But it is to say, as Erick Erickson notes, “2020 is going to be the nastiest campaign season we have ever seen because the Democrats will look at Georgia, Mississippi, Florida and elsewhere and conclude they must amplify, sustain, and magnify their accusations of racism to suppress some voters while driving up the turn out of others.”

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Another MSM ‘Bombshell’ on Trump/Russia Collusion Falls Apart

Thomas Gallatin

On Tuesday, Robert Mueller’s investigation made a surprising announcement — it was pulling out of its agreed plea deal with Paul Manafort, Donald Trump’s former campaign manager. The Mueller team’s court filing gave the reason: “After signing the plea agreement, Manafort committed federal crimes by lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Special Counsel’s Office on a variety of subject matters, which constitute breaches of the agreement.” For his part, Manafort denied the allegation, saying through his legal team that “he believes he has provided truthful information and does not agree with the government’s characterization or that he has breached the agreement.”

Despite Leftmedia spin, the news is a blow to the Trump/Russia collusion narrative. Lacking evidence to support the collusion charge, Mueller seemingly needs someone connected to both the Trump campaign and the Russians who is willing to testify to the allegation. Mueller may have determined Manafort is not that man.

However, like clockwork, as soon as another piece of the vacuous collusion narrative begins to fall apart, the mainstream media runs to the rescue by peddling the latest dubiously sourced “bombshell” report. This time it came from The Guardian, which reported that “unnamed sources” claimed Manafort held “secret talks” with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in the spring of 2016 — mere months before the organization released the hacked emails of Hillary Clinton’s campaign manager, John Podesta. Boom! The collusion evidence we’ve long been waiting for!

Except for one huge problem: Both Manafort and Assange vehemently denied the story, which has no visitation records or corroborating evidence to support the assertion that any meetings between the two ever took place. And it’s not likely that Manafort could have easily avoided the 24/7 surveillance that Assange has been under ever since he first holed up in the Ecuadorian embassy in London back in 2012. Humorously, following Assange’s threat to pursue “all legal options against the Guardian” for its “totally false and deliberately libelous” story, the news agency started to soften and walk back its more damning assertions.

So, once again in the era of Trump Derangement Syndrome, the MSM rushes to uncritically publish any story that promotes a negative story against Trump — especially when it’s directly related to the Left’s favorite narrative: Trump/Russia collusion. No need to waste time on checking facts or sourcing evidence. So long as there are unnamed sources, every bit of hearsay will be published as if it were the gospel truth. And media pundits wonder why the vast majority of people have so little trust in the MSM.

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TOP HEADLINES

  • Rate of migrant men arriving at border with children up 110% in two years; meanwhile, 170 family units were separated between April and September after they were found to be unrelated (National Review)
  • Illegal alien mother sues U.S. government for $60 million over child death (The Washington Times)
  • As Trump renews border wall demands, government shutdown looms (Reuters)
  • Poll: Seven in 10 Mexicans have negative view of migrant families arriving to their country (The Daily Caller)
  • Trump to GM: Reopen those plants or lose your subsidies (CNBC)
  • Trump rejects “man-made” climate change (The Hill)
  • ObamaCare enrollment drops — three reasons why that’s good news (Investor’s Business Daily)
  • California bar killer had seven 30-round magazines — enough ammo to kill many more (Associated Press)
  • State Department funds nonprofit that provided “material support” to Iran, Hamas (The Washington Free Beacon)
  • Humor: Melania Trump criticized for decorating White House with skulls of her enemies (The Babylon Bee)
  • Policy: Biofuel mandates have been an environmental disaster (Foundation for Economic Education)
  • Policy: Work, skills, and community: Restoring opportunity for the working class (American Enterprise Institute)

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

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FEATURED ANALYSIS

Democrats Outraged at Betrayal by Black Men, White Women

Louis DeBroux

Despite their victories in the midterm elections, picking up dozens of seats in the House and half a dozen governorships, Democrats are livid at what they see as a betrayal by one of their most monolithically loyal demographics: black men.

In three critical, high-profile races — governor of Georgia, and governor and U.S. Senate in Florida — the Republican won by a very narrow margin, and it was black men voting Republican who arguably cost Democrats those seats.

In the gubernatorial races, Georgia Democrat Stacey Abrams made history by becoming the first black woman to earn a major-party nomination for governor. Likewise, in Florida, Democrat Andrew Gillum sought to become the state’s first black governor.

But baffling Democrats is the fact the three-term Democrat Senator Bill Nelson (an old, rich, white man) outperformed former Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum (a black man). Nelson won 43,000 more votes than Gillum, but where he won them is astonishing. According to exit polling, while 90% of black voters cast ballots for Nelson, only 86% voted for Gillum.

In Gadsden, Florida’s only majority black county, and in the five counties with the highest percentage of black residents, Nelson outperformed Gillum by thousands of votes. It was former Congressman Ron DeSantis’s strong showing among Hispanics and men, and Gillum’s (relatively, compared to Nelson) lackluster showing with black voters, that likely cost Gillum the governor’s mansion.

In Georgia, the race was not quite close enough for Democrat Abrams to steal a victory over Republican Secretary of State Brian Kemp, though not for lack of trying. Abrams found a friendly judge on Election Day and forced polling stations in several heavily Democrat counties to stay open four hours past the legal cut-off. Another judge, violating his judicial oath to uphold the law, barred counties from disqualifying ballots with signature mismatches. Abrams also filed a lawsuit attempting to force counties to count illegal, fraudulent, and inaccurate ballots.

Her efforts nearly paid off, but in the end Kemp’s margin of victory was still large enough to withstand Democrat dirty tricks and co-conspirator judges.

Democrats have manufactured a variety of sore-loser excuses to explain these losses. Showing an utter lack of class, Abrams refused to concede for nearly two weeks after the election, even when it was clear there was no mathematical path to force a run-off. In her concession she slammed Kemp, claiming Georgia did not have a “free and fair election,” and promising lawsuits, which she filed this week.

She was joined by two-time presidential loser Hillary Clinton, and Democrat Senators Cory “I am Spartacus” Booker and Sherrod Brown, among others, in claiming the election was stolen, claiming (what else?) racism and systemic voter suppression, despite the fact that everything Kemp did was required by state law.

This is an interesting tactic to use considering that under Kemp, Georgia voter registration hit a record high of nearly seven million, including more than a quarter million new registered voters since April of this year, the majority of those coming in counties won by Abrams. There is also the fact that in the 2018 midterm elections, Democrat Abrams lost her race for governor with more votes (1.9 million) than current Republican Governor Nathan Deal won reelection with in 2014 (1.3 million).

Notice a pattern? Democrats seem to think electoral victories are theirs by birthright, and any time a Republican wins it must be racism or voter suppression or some other nefarious machinations.

That’s why you get Washington Post articles with language that would be considered hate speech if the races were reversed. Columnist Vanessa Williams, commenting on the Georgia governor’s race, wrote, “White female voters in Georgia showed little interest in helping black women fulfill their dream of electing Stacey Abrams as governor, which would have made her the first African American woman to head a state in the nation’s history. … But another group of voters also raised eyebrows for how they voted in the race. … Black men voted for Kemp at a higher rate than black women, according to exit polling, a data point that drew gasps and rebuke on social media and news commentary.”

In 1850, Democrats passed the Fugitive Slave Act, requiring law-enforcement officials to arrest runaway slaves and return them to their owners. Today, Democrats think they own the votes of black Americans and are outraged when black (or Hispanic, or Asian, or women) voters flee the modern Democrat poverty plantations and vote Republican.

Under President Donald Trump, black Americans are thriving; black unemployment hit historical lows, with 1.2 million more blacks employed under Trump than Obama. Black home ownership is on the rise. And despite the Leftmedia’s hilarious attempts to deny Trump credit for the rise in black prosperity, at least some black voters have taken notice that their lives are much better under Republican policies than Democrat.

And that terrifies Democrats. If a 4% swing in black male votes from Democrat to Republican was enough to cost them Florida’s governorship and U.S. Senate seat, imagine the dire straits they would find themselves in if the black vote for Republicans rose to 15%, or 20%! It would be devastating for Democrats, who rely on race, sex, and economic divisions for electoral victories.

Blacks across America suffer most when living in Democrat-run cities like Detroit, Baltimore, Chicago, and St. Louis. Blacks thrive under Republican policies. Hopefully more will realize that truth and let their votes reflect it.

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OPINION IN BRIEF

Byron York: “The story of the Secure Fence Act is a perfect example of why so many Americans distrust their government. In 2006, an election year, there was a bipartisan consensus to pass a law requiring the construction of a border fence. In 2007, after the election, there was a bipartisan consensus not to enforce it. Still, Public Law 109-367 remains on the books. And it still calls for a border barrier. … Obviously, the Democratic Party has moved far to the left on immigration in the last 12 years. Many, if not all, of those Democrats would now oppose what they once supported, especially if Donald Trump wanted it. So any fight on a border barrier would be uphill for the president. But masses of migrants are pushing toward the border. And even when the caravans are gone, illegal crossing of the border is still common. There is a law on the books that could strengthen border security. Why wouldn’t the president try it?”

SHORT CUTS

Insight: “What is education? Properly speaking, there is no such thing as education. Education is simply the soul of a society as it passes from one generation to another. Whatever the soul is like, it will have to be passed on somehow, consciously or unconsciously, and that transition may be called education. … What we need is to have a culture before we hand it down. In other words, it is a truth, however sad and strange, that we cannot give what we have not got, and cannot teach to other people what we do not know ourselves.” —Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874-1936)

For the record: “President Trump thrives on controversy, so he intentionally provokes it. No one can look at his conduct, his word choice, his Twitter feed, and come to any other conclusion than Trump stokes the fire because he loves the fight.” —Peter Heck

Narcissist-in-chief: “By the way, American energy production — you wouldn’t always know it, but it went up every year I was president. And that whole, ‘Suddenly, America’s, like, the biggest oil producer and the biggest gas…’ That was me, people. … Just say ‘thank you,’ please.” —Barack Obama (“The boom in production almost exclusively took place on state and private lands where the Obama administration had little to no control.” —The Daily Caller’s Michael Bastasch)

Of course — you’re a Democrat: “Not only did I not get indicted, nobody in my administration got indicted, which, by the way, was the only administration in modern history that can be said about. In fact nobody came close to being indicted. Partly because the people who joined us were there for the right reasons.” —Barack Obama

Braying Jackass: “By the time I take office, what you increasingly have is a media environment in which, if you are a Fox News viewer, you have an entirely different reality than if you are a New York Times reader.” —Barack Obama

Alpha Jackass: “F—k bipartisanship. Republicans are bad. They have bad morals and bad ideas. The goal should be to eliminate them utterly as a political movement and then allow a center-right party to move into the vacuum which has basic skills like arithmetic and not being racist.” —Think Progress’s Ian Millhiser

And last… “The genius of capitalism is it’s the only system that doesn’t rely on anyone’s benevolence — which if you’ve ever dealt with people, you realize we’re only capable of that in sporadic bursts.” —Frank Fleming

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