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Trump’s focus on rule of law is winning the immigration debate, says …

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Try to guess which DC think tank issued a warning that Donald Trump’s emphasis on the rule of law is winning the debate over immigration. Heritage Foundation? The Cato Institute? Surprise — it’s the hard-left Center for American Progress, as the Daily Beast reports today. By hailing unencumbered migration and demonizing immigration enforcement, CAP’s Tom Jawetz warns that Democrats have set up a “false dichotomy” between immigration and the rule of law.

Is he so sure it’s false? Asking for a friend …

But a new report from an influential liberal think tank, provided to The Daily Beast, posits that the party’s decision to cede the “rule of law” ground to Republicans creates “the false dichotomy of America as either a nation of immigrants or a nation of laws”—making the party and its candidates appear soft on enforcement, and potentially weakening future attempts for humanitarian-focused immigration reform.

In doing so, writes Tom Jawetz, vice president of immigration policy at the Center for American Progress, supporters of humane immigration policy “have ceded powerful rhetorical ground to immigration restrictionists, who are happy to masquerade as the sole defenders of America as a nation of laws.”

Jawetz—a former immigration attorney and chief counsel on the Immigration Subcommittee of the House Judiciary Committee, differentiates “the rule of law” and Trump’s “law and order” rhetoric, calling the latter “an enforcement-heavy vision of social control that is generally used as a racially coded dog whistle.” For Democrats to achieve a fair and functional immigration system, they have to patch the immigration system’s fragmented legal framework, Jawetz writes—instead of “relying increasingly upon administrative discretion to save the system from itself.”

Ahem. Democrats have not so much “ceded powerful rhetorical ground” but abandoned it with great enthusiasm. Constant discussion of abolishing ICE — the agency responsible for, y’know, enforcing the laws Congress passed regarding immigration — tends to do that. Compound that with members of the House Democratic caucus calling detention facilities “concentration camps,” and you’re not ceding anything. You’re gleefully dunking the rule of law in the faces of voters to own the cons.

Bear in mind too that the worst perpetrators of this nonsense come from CAP’s wing of the party. The Center for American Progress is not a moderate center-left think tank, even if they conveniently allied with the Clintons at times. They aren’t as radical as Justice Democrats, but House members like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez are closer to CAP on the spectrum than most of the other frosh Democrats who won in Trump-friendly districts. Watching CAP come down on the side of the latter is akin to watching Dr. Frankenstein first come to terms with his creation.

That’s especially true as CAP has spent the last several years cheering on “administrative discretion.” What exactly is DACA and DAPA other than administrative discretion? Did they object when Barack Obama used his administrative discretion to limit the scope of immigration-law enforcement without Congress changing the statutes? CAP’s concern on this point comes directly from the fact that the executive isn’t controlled by a progressive any longer, which suddenly necessitates rewriting statutes rather than picking up a pen and a phone.

That doesn’t make CAP wrong, of course. Our immigration laws need a massive overhaul to reinforce the rule of law. It’s just that CAP’s sudden conversion to that concept looks less like a principled stand than it does a realization that anyone can be President Pen & Phone, and that open borders sells very, very badly among American voters.

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Beto’s new fundraising appeal… for Ilhan Omar

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Well, this is an interesting turn of events. Just when you think that Beto O’Rourke can’t go any further over the edge to attract some attention to his campaign, it happens. He sends out a letter to solicit donations to his 2020 presidential campaign and asks his supporters to send along some money for Rep. Ilhan Omar, too.

Beto’s second-quarter fundraising total was not good, to describe it as kindly as I can. So, what does he do? He sends out an email to supporters asking for donations, which is completely normal. Here’s the twist – he also asks for donations for Ilhan Omar because of the “send her back” kerfuffle. Atta boy, Beto. The empty suit never misses an opportunity to virtue-signal.

The candidate who was once touted as the next Kennedy to govern from the Oval Office has hit such a thick brick wall in his run for the 2020 Democrat nomination that he is now glomming onto a radical, anti-Semitic freshman lawmaker for fundraising purposes. Beto, you magnificent Bastard.

To be clear, his ability to embrace his own general incompetence is a sight to behold. At this point, he is just riding whatever wave still exists for him and his desperation makes for some interesting moves. The man has nothing to lose. His only job right now is running for president. Who knows? Maybe he’ll end up on someone’s vice-presidential preference list.

Now, Beto is classy, you see. Just ask this Reddit member.

As Beto said, these racist chants don’t happen by accident. They are the product of a president who sees our diversity as a weakness. The logical end result of dangerous, Islamophobic, racist, anti-immigrant rhetoric coming from the White House.

Last night was a new low for this president. Today we’re doubling down in our resolve to elect more strong leaders like Ilhan to the House, and replace Donald Trump in the White House. That’s why your contributions, especially today, are so important.

The Act Blue site for donations explains that each donation will be split between O’Rourke and Omar.

Ilhan Omar is a public servant who has shown us what leadership looks like in the face of some truly hateful words and actions. Right now, it’s important for us to stand with her and show we’ve got her back. That’s why we’re asking you to split a donation between our campaigns today.

It’s amazing, isn’t it? The Democrat who has been the most vocal in her anti-Semitic remarks since she’s been in Congress – one who was the core reason for a watered-down anti-hate resolution in the House – is portrayed as a martyr in Trump’s America.

Democrats, especially in Texas, are not thrilled with Beto these days. They see him failing to catch on as a presidential candidate and wonder why in the world he didn’t just run against John Cornyn for his Senate seat. O’Rourke admitted to a reporter that Chuck Schumer “checked in” with him just last week. But, that call wasn’t really about the Senate seat, he said. Wink, wink.

Beto did an interview with Jemele Hill in which he admitted how poorly he performed in the first Democrat debate and the challenges he faces in the upcoming one. He talked about his poor poll numbers, too.

Robert Francis O’Rourke bought into his own publicity when he ran against Ted Cruz. O’Rourke was a back-bencher in Congress with no legislative accomplishments of his own yet he felt entitled to a seat in the U.S. Senate. Since he did better than any Texas Democrat running in a statewide race in recent years, he then decided he’d try to fail up and skip another Senate run in favor of a presidential campaign. The Democrat running for president from Texas that everyone in Texas expected to run for president, Julian Castro, ate Beto’s lunch during the first debate.

Beto really has no lane in which to run in this Democrat primary. He is unabashedly socialist in his ideology but so are other candidates. He adjusts his positions according to the political winds of any given day. His last attempt to capture lightning in a bottle on the trail was with his stunt of campaigning for president in Mexico.

Looks like Beto’s counter-jumping and skateboarding across the stage days have met their expiration date. We’ll see what happens during the second date. Lucky for Beto that he won’t be sharing a stage with Julian Castro this time.

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New RNC ad: AOC & the Squad want anarchy, you know

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The RNC rolled out a new ad aimed at bolstering Donald Trump’s standing, and it has … not a single frame or mention of Trump at all. Instead, the ad asks viewers to contemplate the alternative, in the alternative’s own words. It focuses on the frosh “Squad” — Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez most of all, but also her pals Ilhan Omar, Ayanna Pressley, and Rashida Tlaib — and their incendiary rhetoric. And, the ad strongly implies, the violence that their rhetoric incites (via Twitchy):

Those who immerse themselves in the daily political cycle won’t find anything new in the ad except for the slick packaging. But this ad isn’t meant for insiders; it takes aim at those who are either completely disengaged with politics or only paying scant attention. It’s effective, especially at the end when three of the four refuse to provide a condemnation of Antifa and its violent tactics.

By the way, did Tlaib not get asked the question? Or did she actually respond with a condemnation when asked? Her absence from that montage is intriguing, at the least.

Expect to hear plenty of griping from the Left about the RNC’s attempts to tie political speech from the Squad to Antifa violence. Fifteen years ago, I might have had some sympathy for that complaint, but the same people who will make those complaints now have been declaring for years that conservative speech is violence, while excusing actual violence by their allies as free speech and punishment for it as political.  This is a response in kind, which doesn’t exactly make it correct, but it certainly evens the playing field.

The ad falls short in one respect. The Squad’s ultimate goal isn’t anarchy, just as it isn’t for the anarchists, either. Their ultimate goal is a totalitarian system which they run and impose their agenda on everyone else by force. Anarchy is just a means to that end, a strategy that we have seen play out over and over again for the past century or more.

By the way, expect ads like this to be a Republican genre of 2020 for a couple of reasons. First, Donald Trump isn’t popular enough to conduct a blanket ad campaign focusing solely on him. Second and most importantly, Democrats have become so unhinged that the most effective way to elect Republicans is to amplify what Democrats are actually saying and doing. In this cycle, the cliché “the ads write themselves” might be closer to the truth than ever.

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Percentage who think Trump wins a second term now at… 60?

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If perception is indeed the harbinger of reality, there might be a smidgen of good news out there for Donald Trump this week. One of the latest surveys out from Scott Rasmussen asked voters if they thought Donald Trump was poised to win a second term. You can read whatever you like into the numbers, but the percentage who believe that’s either somewhat likely or very likely has now reached 60. That’s the highest recorded thus far and up significantly from January of this year.

The number of voters believing President Trump will be re-elected in 2020 continues to grow.

The latest ScottRasmussen.com survey found that 60% of voters nationwide now believe it is at least somewhat likely President Trump will be successful in next year’s campaign. That’s up from 57% in May, 54% in April, 50% in March and 46% in February…

Data released earlier showed that 41% of voter believe none of the Democrats running will beat the president. On the other hand, 36% believe any of them will do so. Seventy-five percent (75%) of Republicans believe none of the Democrats running can defeat President Trump. Forty-nine percent (49%) of Democrats believe any of them are likely to defeat him.

Interestingly, the people at the extreme ends of the curve are stacking up on the “four more years” side. Sixteen percent say it’s not at all likely that Trump gets a second term, but double that amount – 32% – say that it’s very likely he will be re-elected.

We should keep in mind that these numbers have nothing to do with the President’s approval rating (which barely drifts far away from 46% these days) nor with how likely any of the respondents are to vote for Trump themselves. That sixty percent includes both those who are hoping Trump wins next November as well as those who think it will happen but are horrified by the prospect.

As for me, if I had been called up to answer that poll I’d nearly have been at a loss. Even today I would most likely give Trump a better than 50/50 chance of a second term, but not by much. If the Democrats nominate some sort of centrist that’s palatable to the independent voters, Trump’s chances go down. If they wind up with a liberal flamethrower who can readily be tarred as a socialist, Trump’s chances should be very solid.

One other thought on Scott Rasmussen’s numbers in closing. Back in January Trump still had the Russia, Russia, Russia story hanging over his head with the media beating that drum every day of the week. There were probably a lot of Democrats who fervently believed that he would either resign or be impeached before we got to 2020. With that mostly in the rearview mirror, I’m guessing that more people are either hoping or fearing that he can pull off that 2016 magic one more time.

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Dem internal poll: Ocasio-Cortez becoming the party’s “definitional face” in the heartland

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Why did Nancy Pelosi reverse her earlier approach to her noisy first-term progressives and start taking them to the public woodshed? An internal poll conducted in May by Democrats might explain why Pelosi decided to start cracking down on the frosh “Squad.” Axios got its hands on the survey, which showed that Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez had succeeded in making herself the “definitional face” of Democrats among swing voters.

And that’s not a good thing for most other Democrats. When it comes to “white, non-college voters” that Democrats wooed away from Donald Trump in the midterms, AOC is box-office poison:

  • Ocasio-Cortez was recognized by 74% of voters in the poll; 22% had a favorable view.
  • Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota — another member of The Squad — was recognized by 53% of the voters; 9% (not a typo) had a favorable view.

It’s not just Ocasio-Cortez personally. The socialism that she espouses turns out to be “toxic,” as Democrats discovered:

  • Capitalism was 56% favorable; 32% unfavorable.
  • “Socialism is toxic to these voters,” said the top Democrat.

Yikes. Socialism is toxic in any waters — just look at Venezuela to see how it inevitably ends up — but Pelosi and other Democratic leaders had to have blanched at that result. Not only is Ocasio-Cortez busy selling socialism as the new agenda for the Democratic Party, so are most of their presidential candidates. Joe Biden’s the only one lightly jogging just to the right of Karl Marx, and only just. Biden’s taking flack for trying to add more socialism into ObamaCare rather than abandoning it for single-payer.

We’ll have more on that later, but this extremist impulse explains why Pelosi decided to go on the offensive against Ocasio-Cortez and her squad now, although the necessity has existed since the first days of 2019. Until that poll, Pelosi could shrug off AOC and her “Squad” as nothing more than a media creation and believe Pelosi herself was the face of the Democratic Party. Pelosi’s not a terribly popular figure either, but she knows how to stay on brand and on message to keep a competitive posture. Ocasio-Cortez and Democratic Socialists threaten to destroy that brand and turn the Democrats back into a fringe urban party and lock them out of power for a generation.

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Democrat Internal Poll of Swing Voters Is Leaked and the Results Are Brutal

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Some Democrat strategist is going to wake up in a cold sweat later tonight after seeing this.

The Democratic Party conducted an internal poll of swing voters, including their feelings on the “squad” and socialism. The result are absolutely brutal when juxtaposed with the stated positions of those running in the 2020 Democratic primary race.

The poll was leaked to Axios and here are some of the results.

The poll — taken in May, before Speaker Pelosi’s latest run-in with AOC and the three other liberal House freshmen known as “The Squad” — included 1,003 likely general-election voters who are white and have two years or less of college education.

  • These are the “white, non-college voters” who embraced Donald Trump in 2016 but are needed by Democrats in swing House districts.
  • The group that took the poll shared the results with Axios on the condition that it not be named, because the group has to work with all parts of the party.

The findings:

  • Ocasio-Cortez was recognized by 74% of voters in the poll; 22% had a favorable view.
  • Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota — another member of The Squad — was recognized by 53% of the voters; 9% (not a typo) had a favorable view.

Socialism was viewed favorably by 18% of the voters and unfavorably by 69%.

  • Capitalism was 56% favorable; 32% unfavorable.
  • “Socialism is toxic to these voters,” said the top Democrat.

Headlining members of the fresh face caucus, Ilhan Omar and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, have favorable numbers just above the DMV. Actually, Omar’s 9% might not even meet that threshold. I’d have been interested to see the results of Rashida Tlaib but that wasn’t published here.

The numbers on socialism are nice to see. While it’s no doubt a popular trend among young, liberal voters, to see swing voters still sharply opposed to that dumpster fire ideology gives me hope we’ve still got a few more years left in us.

There was some mixed news in the poll though. Trump is doing worse with these voters than he did in 2016 but has shown improvement since the 2018 election, where many of the same swing voters swept Democrats into power in the House. Trump should have room to win the rest back if he can present a disciplined message to this group down the stretch while exposing the radicalism of the Democrats.

As I’ve shared before, I think Bernie Sanders is dead at this point so I’m not going to bother speculating about what would happen if he were the nominee, but if Elizabeth Warren ends up in the position, which is looking very possible right now, the Democrat party is going to have to contend with her outspoken support of socialist policies. This poll also shows why Joe Biden has outpaced everyone else. He’s not actually a moderate, but just his appearance of moderation compared to his challengers has given him a level of support in the middle that the others can’t really touch. That could change though if he keeps floundering as he has.

Trump’s biggest advantage in 2020 is how insane Democrats have gone. I see no evidence they are planning to turn the ship around at this point.

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Dem Rep. Greg Meeks Threatens to Primary AOC As the Civil War Goes Nuclear

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It’s actually getting hard to keep up at this point with all the volleys being lobbed in the Democrats’ ongoing civil war.

Just yesterday, we had a Democrat Rep. Clay light Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and her Chief of Staff up for their very public attacks against other caucus members. Those included AOC insinuating racism against House Speaker Nancy Pelosi as well as a tweet accusing moderate Democrats of being like segregationists.

“It shows you how weak their argument is when they have to resort and direct racist accusations toward Speaker Pelosi … it’s very disappointing to me,” Clay said.

The Missouri Democrat also described Ocasio-Cortez’s chief of staff Saikat Chakrabarti and the progressive group Justice Democrats as “juvenile” and “ignorant.”…

…“It shows you how ignorant and little history [Chakrabarti] knows, how ignorant he is to American history. How dare he,” Clay said.

A few days before that, AOC was sniping at Pelosi for making her do actual work as a Congressional member. Pelosi had previously downplayed AOC and her “squad” as having no following and just being four votes. Without continuing, rest assured there are many more examples just from the past few weeks. The cold war has certainly gone hot at this point.

Another Democrat Representative has jumped into the fray now. Rep. Greg Meeks (D-CA) took a not veiled at all shot at AOC and her “Justice Democrats” sycophants, who have been trying to primary Congressional Black Caucus members, among others.

Here’s The New York Daily News with the comments.

In an interview with the Daily News, Meeks fumed over Ocasio-Cortez’s recent racial beef with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and pushed back against her left-wing allies at Justice Democrats for openly backing insurgent candidates trying to unseat members of the Congressional Black Caucus.

He also said the CBC can play the same game.

“Primaries go two ways,” Meeks said when asked whether his wing of the party would consider challenging progressive members next year, including Ocasio-Cortez. “If someone picks a fight with somebody else, you fight back. That’s what my parents told me.”

Meeks would go on to wink and nod that there aren’t any “current” plans to primary the socialist queen, but come on, it’s abundantly clear what he’s threatening above.

At this point, I’d be shocked if no one challenges AOC and no doubt Pelosi is working out the logistics of that behind the scenes. A well funded, liberal candidate could likely give the incumbent a real run for her money, as she’s not even wildly popular in her own district. AOC has has made a lot of enemies, especially after costing her constituents millions of dollars in investments and wages by nonsensically running Amazon off.

Also contained in the Daily News article is this gem from an anonymous Congressional Democrat, supposedly in leadership.

A Democratic leadership source, who only spoke on condition of anonymity, was harsher.

“Justice Democrats in general are trust fund kids who are funding this with their parents’ money,” the source said, blasting the progressive group as “elitist” for criticizing black lawmakers from poor districts who take corporate donations. “It’s offensive for CBC members when these elites are looking down on them when they don’t have the financial ability to say, ‘I don’t want that money.’”

As RedState’s streiff reported on today, that saw AOC squad member Rep. Ayanna Pressley respond by basically calling the CBC uncle toms.

Here’s what the Democrats can do with all this chaos.

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We’ll see how Justice Democrats responds. There have been rumors they may try to primary Meeks and these latest comments only add more gasoline to the fire. On the other side of the equation, there’s also some rumblings that AOC’s district may be redistricted out of existence. If that happens, I might die from the sheer overload of schadenfreude.

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Harris: Biden’s a revisionist on busing and I’m not gonna let him get away with it

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The Democrats’ internecine racism war continues apace, and Kamala Harris wants to stoke it even further. While Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez trades shots with Nancy Pelosi and the Congressional Black Caucus, Harris once again went on the attack against Joe Biden over his previous opposition to forced busing. This morning, Harris told a radio audience that Biden’s engaging in “revisionist history,” even as Harris’ own position on the issue remains somewhat vague:

Sen. Kamala Harris is taking fresh aim at fellow 2020 hopeful Vice President Joe Biden over his remarks on busing in the first Democratic debate, calling his efforts to explain himself “revisionist history.”

“I’m not going to let us engage on a debate stage for who’s going to be the next president of the United States — I’m not going to allow us to engage in revisionist history,” Harris said in a taping of the popular New York-based syndicated radio program “The Breakfast Club,” which aired Friday morning.

“I can’t stand on that stage and allow certain conversations to be taking place,” Harris told the radio hosts.

When asked by host Charlamagne tha God if she’s for or against busing, Harris said she was for the federally mandated policy at the time.

Really? That would be yet another new position for Harris, who didn’t quite claim that policy in the debate with Biden last month. A few days later, Harris had backed all the way up to Biden’s professed position in the debate, which is that it’s not a valid option for federal intervention:

After a Democratic Party picnic Wednesday in West Des Moines, Harris was asked by reporters whether she supports federally mandated busing.

“I think of busing as being in the toolbox of what is available and what can be used for the goal of desegregating America’s schools,” she responded.

Asked to clarify whether she supports federally mandated busing, she replied, “I believe that any tool that is in the toolbox should be considered by a school district.”

That’s what Biden’s position was and is, too. So who’s the revisionist? It certainly seems to be Harris, who told Iowa voters one thing and The Breakfast Club something else entirely.

The difference is presumably because busing sells in the urban cores, where decades of progressive leadership — and busing itself — has created a disastrous educational climate. It doesn’t sell in the very areas where busing would need to find students to swap, and it ignores the core problems of inner-city economics and the lack of resources for local schools that the white-flight reaction to busing in the 196os and 1970s exacerbated and accelerated. Harris tiptoed around that because, as I wrote in my column at The Week, the sudden focus on busing threatens all the gains Democrats made in 2018 and perhaps much more:

What might be more important is where busing would be unpopular today. One major if unintended consequence of forced busing was an acceleration of “white flight,” as parents opted out by moving their families from the cities to the suburbs. Not only did the outflow of more affluent families, including black and Hispanic families, starve school districts of children to bus into those schools, it also drove capital and a large part of the urban tax base out with them, along with the resources to address failing schools.

As those school districts exist today, busing wouldn’t solve the problem — much as it didn’t in the 1970s. To get the influx of enough non-minority students into those schools to make a meaningful impact on the de facto segregation left behind as a consequence of white flight, a Democratic administration would have to get the students from the suburbs. It would also take the Supreme Court overturning its precedent in Milliken v. Bradley, which limited busing to within school districts, but numerically the suburbs would be the only source for busing exchanges on the scale needed.

Therein lies the 2020 risk. Cohen mentions a number of losing issues bandied by Democrats in the past few weeks, but none of them are as potentially explosive as busing. Slavery reparations are hypothetical at best, and none of its small number of advocates have any realistic suggestions as to how it would work. Medicare-for-all might be more developed as a policy, but at least thus far it’s being sold as only an indirect change to the way health care gets reimbursed. Busing, however, sends a clear and unequivocal message to suburban voters: Democrats plan to send their children far from home for their education, again.

FiveThirtyEight’s Geoffrey Skelley did a good job quantifying Democratic gains in the suburbs in 2018’s midterms. It certainly looked as though Trump fatigue had hit these key districts, and that suburban voters wanted a return to normalcy. If Democrats want to keep debating on whether to force their children to attend schools 50 miles away in failing districts, though, those same voters — who elected Trump in 2016 — are going to have a rapid change of heart.

That might be true even in the first-ring suburbs where Democrats already had an advantage:

Democrats went into the midterms with a 56/27 advantage in “dense suburban” House districts and came out the other side with a 68/15 lead. The fears of a new era of busing would likely hit those districts harder and could give Trump and the GOP more momentum — and permanently make Democrats a party whose appeal is limited strictly to urban cores. That would not only lose the presidency, it would likely hand back the House and put the Senate out of reach.

The Milliken precedent is instructive in this debate. It essentially limited busing to Biden’s professed position, although that was hugely controversial at the time. Among its other alleged flaws, it made school districts superior to states in terms of addressing school assignments, which would be an obvious route to attack it if the situation arose again. School districts can bus with Milliken, but states and the federal government can’t force students across district lines — and it’s the districts themselves that have become indirectly segregated now, not just schools, thanks to demographics within those district boundaries.

If Harris plans on federal intervention to impose busing, her administration would have challenge Milliken in order to move students not just out of failing schools but failing school districts. That would require an abandonment of stare decisis worship from Democrats, who have been holding that line to protect Roe v Wade and especially Casey v Planned Parenthood. It would require judicial activism on a scale only dimly hinted at in Democratic fever dreams during the confirmation hearings of Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh.

In terms of electoral impact, Harris’ obsession with reviving the busing debate has much more potential to derail Democrats than Ocasio-Cortez’ nonsensical race-card-tossing at Pelosi. Trump has a wide opening to attack Democrats on this point and remind suburban voters of just how much social engineering Harris and others plan to do with their children.

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Beto O’Rourke Goes on Bizarre, Pathetic Rant Telling Refugees America Was Founded on White Supremacy

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I know tampering with the dead is taboo, but I’ll make an exception here for Beto O’Rourke.

As I said a few weeks ago, his campaign is nothing but a smoking crater at this point. He has no base of support anymore now that he’s not running against Ted Cruz and the media aren’t relentlessly fluffing him.

Instead of standing for anything, Beto has spent his entire presidential campaign apologizing for being privileged and doing whatever he can to show off his inter-sectional credentials. That’s a losing strategy when Joe Biden is sucking up the moderate support and everyone else is already more woke than you.

In what is probably his most pathetic show of pandering to date, Beto decided it’d be a good idea to rant to immigrants about how awful and racist the United States is.

I mean, if that’s true, then why would these people want to be here?

It’s not true though. America was not founded on “white supremacy.” It was founded on an incredible set of ideals which have allowed us to develop into the most free, prosperous country on earth. There’s a reason the immigrants and refugees in that picture are in Nashville, TN and not Mexico City.

This entire message isn’t unique to Beto though. We’ve heard similar trashing of America from other candidates and it appears to have become a pretty solid plank in the Democratic party platform. We’ll see how that works out for them outside of blue urban areas in the coming election.

Denigrating the United States with ridiculous hyperbole just makes Beto look desperate. He’s a man with nowhere go and he’s flailing about (figuratively and literally) trying to make people notice him. Mission accomplished I guess, but it’ll do nothing for his campaign.

Someone tell this dude to just quit already. The sheer cringe of all this is getting harder and harder to watch.

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“It’s true”: Steyer jumps into crowded Dem presidential field … as an anti-influence populist

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Tom Steyer’s entry into the Democratic race raises an important question. If a multibillionaire donates to himself 130,000 times, will he get a spot in the third presidential debate?

No really, that’s about the only question Steyer’s candidacy will raise. As expected, the man who has been pushing for Donald Trump’s impeachment made it official earlier today:

His populist “power to the people” sounds a bit like another multibillionaire’s pitch four years ago:

At least when Donald Trump made this pitch, he had an arguable outsider status. Steyer has spent the last several years as one of the monied interests influencing politics that he’s now railing against. It started with Steyer’s crusade on global warming, the apotheosis of which was his pressuring Harry Reid into an all-nighter in the Senate when Democrats didn’t even have a bill to offer.

Even Dana Milbank called the effort “hot air,” which wasn’t meant as a compliment, and Milbank pointed out that Steyer’s money and influence was the point of the stunt:

Still, they figured their antics in the wee hours would display their dedication for all Americans to see — or at least insomniacs who watch C-SPAN2. It also might impress Democratic donors. As The Post’s Ed O’Keefe reported, Democratic senators discussed plans for the filibuster last month at a fundraiser held by liberal billionaire Thomas Steyer.

Five years ago, Steyer had enough juice as an insider money man to force Reid into that stunt. For the last couple of years, Steyer has tried to use his money to force Democrats to take up impeachment of Donald Trump. That turned out to be a tone-deaf effort, with more people than ever opposing such a move, but it never stopped Steyer from threatening to withhold his money from Democrats who didn’t support impeachment. For Steyer to come out now as the white knight against political influence and manipulation by the elites is akin to Trump suddenly claiming a mantle of leadership on civility and humility. It’s so laughable as to be satirical, but that would assume Steyer has a sense of humor.

Coincidentally, today marks the final departure of the man who set the precedent of the billionaire presidential hopeful. H. Ross Perot died earlier today in Texas, the veteran of two independent presidential campaigns that changed the direction of the country even though Perot never won a single state:

Perot’s wealth, fame and confident prescription for the nation’s economic ills propelled his 1992 campaign against President George H.W. Bush and Democratic challenger Bill Clinton. Some Republicans blamed him for Bush’s lost to Clinton as Perot garnered the largest percentage of votes for a third-party candidate since former President Theodore Roosevelt’s 1912 bid.

During the campaign, Perot spent $63.5 million of his own money and bought up 30-minute television spots. He used charts and graphs to make his points, summarizing them with a line that became a national catchphrase: “It’s just that simple.”

Former President George W. Bush called Perot a patriot.

“Texas and America have lost a strong patriot,” Bush said in a statement. “Ross Perot epitomized the entrepreneurial spirit and the American creed. He gave selflessly of his time and resources to help others in our community, across our country, and around the world. He loved the U.S. military and supported our service members and veterans. Most importantly, he loved his dear wife, children, and grandchildren. Laura and I send our heartfelt condolences to the entire Perot family as they celebrate a full life.”

That certainly was a gracious message from the Bushes, whom Perot at times accused of dirty tricks against him. In the 1992 campaign, Perot briefly withdrew only to re-enter the race after claiming that the Bush family had attempted to sabotage his daughter’s wedding. It was a bizarre episode in what had been a remarkable attempt to get around the two-party system, but it reminded people of Perot’s less-than-stable temperament, which has its own parallels to today as well.

So how seriously should we take Steyer? He’s not likely to make much progress within the Democratic field, which has already stocked up on extreme-progressive craziness. His wealth and his demographics will limit his appeal in a cycle where Democrats are already flagellating themselves over the enduring support for Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders. He’s no real threat for the Democratic nomination.

However, that’s not his only option. If Steyer gets frustrated with being just one voice among 347 others (estimated) in the Democratic race, he might go Perot’s way — and that could present Democrats with a serious problem. Steyer has the money and the stubbornness to present a Perot-like threat as an independent to whomever Democrats nominate, perhaps especially Biden. Steyer might not get 19% of the vote as Perot did in 1992, but if he gets 8% by splitting progressives away from Biden, that’s a sure-fire way to re-elect Trump … which would be an entire new level of irony.

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