A tale of two parties and their very different fields of candidates

Michael Barone, Washington Examiner

The two most noticeable things about the Democratic field is that it’s heavily weighted toward those with congressional service who were elected from safe Democratic (and in some cases tiny) states. The 2016 Republican field was full of candidates who showed they could win tough general elections but weren’t so tested in Republican primaries. Most 2020 Democrats have a different problem: minimal vote-getting experience beyond the Democratic cocoon of densely packed central cities, sympathetic suburbs, and university towns. It’s a predictable problem for a party that didn’t win many offices beyond that cocoon during the Obama years.

Assault on America, Day 308: If idiot ‘Beto’ falls in the Democrat race, does he leave a mark?

It's doubtful anyone outside of “Beto” O’Rourke’s own narrow sphere gave a hoot about his pulling out of the Democrat primary race. As the months go by it’s clear the contest is down to a three or four candidate grudge match. Then the winner gets to take on a newly bolstered President Trump. Any way you slice it, it’s ugly for Democrats.

Assault on America, Day 307: What do Virginia & California have in common? We’ll know today

It’s heartbreaking to think Virginia could be going the liberal way of the Golden State. What would the Founding Fathers think? Medicaid expansion? Abortion on demand up to the moment of birth? Transgender public restrooms? This could be the Old Dominion’s future if Democrats achieve their aims today. California, here we come.

Impeachment Vote Will Cost These Dems Their Seats

David Catron, The American Spectator

Thursday’s hyper-partisan vote and resolution purports to lay out the framework for the next phase of the “impeachment inquiry” launched by fiat during a news conference last month. This resolution, departing from 150 years of historical precedent, endows the House Intelligence Committee with extraordinary power over the inquiry, codifies Adam Schiff’s closed-door hearings, severely limits the powers of the Republican minority, and violates the president’s right to due process. The Democrats whose districts were won by Trump in 2016 have signed their own political death warrants by voting for this tawdry resolution. Execution day will be November 3, 2020.

Assault on America, Day 306: For Democrats and the odious media, it’s too late to apologize

In most situations apologizing for wronging someone is a good thing, but it certainly doesn’t apply to the present circumstances involving President Donald Trump and his wicked impeachment detractors. If anything, the Democrats should apologize for dragging the nation through this farce. Don’t hold your breath waiting for it…it’s too late.

On Laws, Guns, And Freedom, Bureaucrats Fight To Overrule The People

Daniel Oliver, The Federalist

What we in the US are seeing now, and have ever since Donald Trump was elected, is an attempt by Democrats to weaponize the legal system to further a nakedly political agenda. At the same time all the impeachment hysteria is happening, left-wing pols and some Republican dupes (no, Virginia, not all Republicans are dupes) are calling for gun control. Energy exploration and production expert Hunter Biden’s father, Joe Biden, wants a ban on all military-style weapons as well as a ban on high-capacity (i.e., more than one round!) magazines; and also more “red flag” laws. Laws written on paper aren’t enough to keep a people free.

The 'Evil Party' Earns Its Name With Shameful Impeachment Attempt

Roger L. Simon, PJ Media

Democrats are clearly misusing impeachment in the worst way, turning it political and distorting the Constitution and the Founders' intentions to such a degree that, should they succeed, our Republic will not recover. With a presidential election only a year away, it's obvious they don't have much confidence that their potential candidates will win. It's not difficult to see why. Nevertheless, Republican leadership must stand firm against this impeachment at every turn, not just for Trump, but for all of us, for our country. "The Evil Party" (by contrast, Republicans are just "The Stupid Party") must be stopped, then reformed.

Is California Becoming Premodern?

Victor Davis Hanson, National Review

California is nearing the logical limits of progressive adventurism in policy and politics. Residents carefully plan long highway trips as if they were ancient explorers charting dangerous routes. Tourists warily enter downtown Los Angeles or San Francisco as if visiting a politically unstable nation. Insatiable state tax collectors and agencies are viewed by the public as if they were corrupt officials of Third World countries seeking bribes. Californians flip their switches unsure of whether the lights will go on. Many are careful about what they say, terrified of progressive thought police who seem more worried about critics than criminals.

California's Burning

Steven Greenhut, The American Spectator

You might have noticed that California is burning, as the state faces one of the most grueling wildfire seasons in history. To its credit, the Newsom administration is trying to increase some brush-clearance measures, but its difficulty in doing so speaks to the broader problem. Perhaps there’s not that much that any governor can do about this disaster at this late stage, but it would be ironic if this comes to define his governorship. Well, Newsom wouldn’t be the first politician who was undone because he was too focused on ideologically driven matters and not enough on the nuts-and-bolts issues of governance.

Assault on America, Day 303: Voter interest in Amy Klobuchar compares to a one-day sale

American voters like to “shop” candidates and we’re still a long way from folks hauling out their political credit cards and making a purchase. The media likes to suggest Democrats are giving Sen. Amy Klobuchar a long hard look -- but there’s no way the “moderate” label sticks to the woman. Any shopping curiosity ends soon.

Exit, Lying

Robert Stacy McCain, The American Spectator

God forbid, however, that any of the allegedly objective professionals in the political press corps should bother digging up any facts that might adversely impact the Democratic Party. Instead, they pliantly repeat whatever Democrats tell them, including Ms. Hill’s claim that she is the victim of an “abusive husband” (despite praising him as “the love of my life” in social media posts during her campaign). Democrats tell lies, the “fake news” media report these lies as if they were true, and everybody is supposed to pretend we don’t notice any discrepancies. Goodbye, then, to Katie Hill, who leaves Washington the same way she came in — exit, lying.

Assault on America, Day 302: Petty partisan divide the scariest part of Halloween, 2019

Politics in 2019 is a nasty business -- frightening to many -- and it doesn’t figure to improve over the course of the next year. Be it in the suburbs or at a World Series game, passions and emotions have a tendency to get the better of some people. Halloween once was a time for fun. Is it still?

New poll poses serious questions about Democratic impeachment drive

Byron York, Washington Examiner

There is a range of opinions among voters that is more complex than much of the yes-impeach-no-don't-impeach commentary in the media today. The Suffolk numbers suggest many Americans hold complex views of the Trump impeachment. Some are fine with the continued investigation, although large numbers don't believe they have yet seen an impeachable offense. The numbers of people who are ready to impeach Trump now, or who believe the whole thing should be called off, are not big enough to win the day. Democrats now hope televised hearings will convince Americans that the president must be impeached. Democrats should be cautious as they try again.

Anatomy of 2020: Weighing Issues, Candidates, and the State of Our Union

Victor Davis Hanson, National Review

Impeachments and scandals are two different things. So far, Donald Trump is the most transparent, investigated, and cross-examined president in history. The result is not much dirt, but a lot of now-predictable and boring duds — the voting machines, impeachment 1.0, the emoluments clause, Stormy, Michael Avenatti, Michael Cohen, the 25th Amendment, the McCabe-Rosenstein Keystone Kops coup, Robert Mueller’s investigation, taxes, and now Ukraine. The public may find the latest blood sport amusing at first and support an inquiry. But as it drags on and Schiff burns up the Constitution, they will tire and prefer to weigh in during the election.

The Naked Democrat

Robert Stacy McCain, The American Spectator

Common sense (which has now become very rare) would tell us that it’s unrealistic to expect “private” nude photos would always remain private, especially if the photos are of someone in a highly public career like politics. Didn’t Katie Hill learn any lessons from the Anthony Weiner scandal? No, of course not. Fools never learn their lessons, no matter how obvious the lessons might be. As Kipling put it, “the burnt Fool’s bandaged finger goes wabbling back to the Fire.” Ms. Hill seems to have learned nothing from her experience, releasing a defiant YouTube video statement and vowing on Twitter that “the fight continues,” whatever that means.

Why Sunday, November 3rd Matters

November 3 is International Day of Prayer for Persecuted Church. We should not just pray for those Christians elsewhere in the world, but for the persecuted church in America. For centuries America has been a beacon of religious liberty. Her lighthouse is now under assault.

Assault on America, Day 301: Jane Fonda and Dems give new meaning to ‘Nothing to See Here’

Wherever there are famous people pulling stupid stunts (like Jane Fonda getting arrested every week to “raise awareness” on climate change), there will be establishment media sources close by seeking sensationalism and something to talk about. If people would simply stop watching… perhaps the absurdity would cease.

Care About Impeachment When They Have 67 Senators

Kurt Schlichter, Townhall

This coup d’twerps is not about right or wrong, nor fact or evidence, and never was. Though he didn’t, Trump should have affirmatively conditioned Ukrainian military aid on that corrupt country ferreting out the truth about why snortunate son Hunter was getting a prima facie corrupt payoff from a foreign oligarch. That’s irrelevant. The Democrats know they can’t beat Trump through the political process, or through the legal process, so they are simply going to try to manufacture a façade of high crimes and misdemeanors and take him out purely because they can. If they can. It’s a gang fight we will win. The future belongs to those who can count.

Assault on America, Day 300: Impeachment ruse exposes Dems as unfit, incompetent and stupid

With impeachment, Democrats clearly want Americans to see something that isn’t there and then lie about it lest we all be called unfit, stupid and incompetent. It’s our own modern-day version of “The Emperor’s New Clothes,” but this time the joke -- and the shame -- is on the swindler Democrats.

Why are Democrats acting like they have something to hide?

Michael Goodwin, New York Post

These are extraordinary events and the effort to expose the truth about both the spying on a presidential candidate and the subsequent plot to upend his administration is so rich with bombshell potential that you would think the media would be licking their chops over the scoops to come. Instead, The New York Times, CNN and the rest of the Democratic propaganda outlets are furious that the public may finally learn the whole sordid story about one of the most disgraceful episodes in presidential history. And so they have joined forces with Comey, Brennan, Clapper, Schiff, Nadler and Pelosi in attacking Barr for daring to hunt for the truth.