This is a strange presidency. But embracing socialism is no way for Democrats to win the hearts and minds of voters in November.
President Donald Trump is a divisive, unpopular president. This year, his disapproval rating has remained above 50 percent, sometimes topping his approval rating by more than 16 points.
Republican voter enthusiasm is lagging, independents want to see a Democratic-run Congress by a margin of more than 20 points, and the Washington press corps hammers the president relentlessly.
Given this unprecedented opportunity for the midterms, it seems like all the Democratic Party has to do is sit back, remain calm, and not screw this up.
Well, about that.
Trump is known to charge up his supporters at his pro-wrestling-style rallies, but the fact that he even exists charges up his critics even more. Whether it’s a bizarre tweet, an offensive comment or just an abrupt change in White House personnel, many Democrats have come unglued.
To be fair, it’s hard to blame them.
Well, if you really buy the Russian-collusion theory, then isn’t it plausible that the Russians are using their longstanding influence over the American far-left to push the Democrats that way . . . so as to keep Trump in power? The truth is out there!
THIS PROBABLY MAKES US HEARTLESS COLONIALISTS OR SOMETHING: Navy Hospital Ship USNS Comfort Will Deploy to Colombia to Care for Venezuelan Refugees.
Colombian President Ivan Duque offered specific suggestions on what he hoped a Comfort mission would accomplish, Mattis told reporters while returning from Colombia, according to a transcript of the media availability released by the Pentagon. Colombia was the the final stop of Mattis’ week-long, four-country South American tour visiting military and civilian leaders.
“It is an absolutely a humanitarian mission. We’re not sending soldiers; we’re sending doctors. And it’s an effort to deal with the human cost of Maduro, and his increasingly isolated regime,” Mattis said, referring to Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, according to the transcript.
Details of a Comfort mission are still being worked out, but one thing Mattis made clear, according to the transcript, is Comfort will not enter Venezuelan waters.
There’s no telling what the desperate Maduro regime might try.
WARREN HENRY: Democrats Are Fielding Even More Anti-Semitic Candidates For Congress. “Michigan’s Rashida Tlaib is representative of the Democratic Party’s march beyond the embrace of candidates who criticize Israeli policy or its current government to a much uglier place.”
Another odd endorsement story occurred in Pennsylvania’s 1st Congressional District. Democratic nominee Scott Wallace came under criticism after it emerged that his charitable foundation has given hundreds of thousands of dollars to groups that promote the BDS campaign.
Wallace disclaimed responsibility for the donations and denied supporting BDS. Democratic Jewish Outreach of Pennsylvania initially declined to endorse Wallace, but ultimately reversed its decision under pressure from the Democratic Party in a toss-up contest.
Last week, Democrats nominated Ilhan Omar as their candidate in Minnesota’s 5th Congressional District. Omar has claimed that Israel “hypnotized the world” and said she hoped Allah would awaken people to “the evil doings of Israel.” She recently defended those comments by referring to “the apartheid Israeli regime.”
Lastly, there is Leslie Cockburn, the Democratic nominee in Virginia’s 5th Congressional District. The Virginia GOP has accused her of being a “virulent anti-Semite,” based on her-coauthorship of “Dangerous Liaison: The Inside Story of the U.S.-Israeli Covert Relationship,” a book that “advocated for the inherently anti-Semitic belief that Israel controls America’s foreign policy.”
The Virginia GOP quoted from The New York Times review of the book: “Its first message is that, win or lose, smart or dumb, right or wrong, suave or boorish, Israelis are a menace. The second is that the Israeli-American connection is somewhere behind just about everything that ails us.”
Once is happenstance. Twice is coincidence. Three times is enemy action.