Assault on America, Day 412: Fundraising and policy success is Trump’s way to ‘feed the wolf’

It is undoubtedly true that money helps “feed the wolf” in political campaigns. Without it you can’t pay staff, purchase advertisements, send out mailers or do other tried-and-true canvassing methods. But big bucks don’t buy everything. President Trump has a healthy war chest and issues on his side -- and that’s all he needs to succeed in November.

Assault on America, Day 411: Time to stick a fork in Joe Biden’s comatose candidacy…or is it?

Anyone with eyes and experience knows Joe Biden’s campaign is in trouble and may be on unalterable death watch. But it’s still too early to say for sure whether the former Obama veep is comatose and headed for political obscurity. Nevada and South Carolina will have their say. Will Biden spring back to life?

The Democrats’ February Blues

Victor Davis Hanson, National Review

Democrats say they appeal to diversity, protect the average working American and are suspicious of the billionaire class. But the Democratic primary race so far reminds us that party rules favor rich, white candidates. The agendas voiced on the debate stages are not those of Middle America. The Democrats have nine months to unite around a centrist candidate. They have to give up on aborting Mr. Trump’s first term and instead offer a realistic counter-agenda to Mr. Trump’s booming economy and recalibration of foreign policy. Democrats also have to run their debates and primaries competently, fairly and professionally. Otherwise, 2020 will turn out to be a disaster for them.

Assault on America, Day 408: The American economy stinks? According to Democrats it does

No matter how hard they try, Democrats will have a heck of a time convincing Americans that the economy isn’t working for them and that the only solution to their woes is to turn Trump out of office. Telling someone to see something that isn’t there isn’t exactly a sound strategy for success.

Democrats, get ready for a brokered convention

Newt Gingrich, Fox News

Even with all his money, it is unlikely that Bloomberg will sweep the delegates. The Republicans have a series of winner take all primaries after a certain point. However, the Democrats have a proportional representation beginning at 15 percent. This means that every candidate who can get 15 percent or more of the vote will have an incentive to stay in the race. If everyone who can get 15 percent (and therefore some delegates) stays in the race – and if an assault on Bloomberg keeps him from breaking 50 percent – then it is entirely possible the Democrats are headed toward a wide-open convention. This means the super delegates could come into play on the second ballot. Buckle your political seat belt, America.

Assault on America, Day 407: Search for Dem White Knight becomes forlorn recovery mission

Logic says Democrats’ dissatisfaction with their presidential field will continue until party voters settle on a frontrunner, but that’s not likely to happen as long as the candidates are as divided as they are now. With no “White Knight” on the horizon, the party’s hopelessness will only intensify. Trump is looking terrific by comparison.

Donald Trump: The Great Uniter

Patrick J. Buchanan, The American Conservative

When have Republicans ever exhibited the home-team enthusiasm they demonstrated during that State of the Union address and the post-acquittal gathering in the East Room? When have working- and middle-class voters shown such support for a Republican as they do for Trump at his mammoth rallies? Heading for November, this is a party united. But not only is Trump the great uniter of the GOP, he is the great uniter of Democrats. Every Democrat but three in the House voted to impeach and remove him. Every Democrat in the Senate voted to convict and expel him from office and prevent his ever running again. We were divided long before Trump got here, and we will remain so long after he departs.

Democrats shoot and miss, so now it's time to give Trump a first term

Charles Hurt, Washington Times

Considering all the dark forces arrayed against him, it is truly a wonder that Mr. Trump has managed to accomplish all that he has accomplished in the past three years. But it was hardly a first term. There was no “honeymoon,” as they call it. Hell, there was not even a break in the campaign against him. Hillary Clinton, Democrat opponents, the federal intelligence services and the vast majority of the media kept right on rolling in an effort to thwart him at every turn. Since all these liars and charlatans in Washington canceled Mr. Trump’s first term, shouldn’t he have a shot at another first term? When will he get the first term to which he was elected in 2016?

The Democratic Establishment Is Awful at Picking Candidates

Rich Lowry, National Review

The establishment’s 0-2 record backing Clinton and Biden is why, if it is forced to mount a “Stop Bernie” campaign, it won’t have much credibility. Why are these people, who insisted on the weakest general-election candidate in decades and then boosted a candidate whose performance has fluctuated between woeful and lackluster, to be trusted to tell voters who is a strong candidate or not? Certainly the Democratic experience in the past two elections suggest that party insiders know less about electability than they think. They are naturally inclined toward the safe and the familiar, when, as the great Zionist Theodore Herzl observed, “It is the simple and fantastic which leads men.”

Assault on America, Day 406: NH greases Bernie’s socialist wheel, establishment fumes

What a mess. The New Hampshire Democrat primary went absolutely as predicted. Sanders comes away with the undisputed win he was deprived of in Iowa and the “moderates” are left wondering what a Bernie-bro fueled fall candidacy might look like. Donald Trump won the day without even being on the ballot -- again.

Why Democratic Enthusiasm Is Down

David Catron, The American Spectator

Additional proposals these Democrats have put forward to fix America are free health care for illegal aliens, free college tuition, free child care, an end to fossil fuel use, and the repeal of Trump’s tax cuts. This brings us back to Orange Man Bad and discouraged Democrats. The 2020 strategy of their party is: Destroy Trump and promise the voters anything, no matter how implausible. Is it selling? A January 30th AP poll reports, “When it comes to the 2020 presidential election, Democrats are nervous wrecks and Republican excitement has grown.” Rank-and-file Democrats know Trump is going to win. Why should they go out in the cold to vote in a meaningless primary?

Democrats Lose If They Let Trump Live Rent-Free in Their Heads

John Fund, National Review

Trump Derangement Syndrome may be so deeply imbedded in the Democratic Party that it can’t be successfully treated. But the first step would be for Democrats to take Trump at his word. He is not evil — he is more of “a total act” who tramples social norms and sacred cows with equal abandon. Opposing him is fine, but acting as if he’s a dictator tilts the rhetorical playing field toward him. Instead, Democrats might compete with Trump by recognizing that he’s a brilliant self-promoter who often knows exactly what he’s doing and changes course constantly. The way to beat a master showman may involve running someone who can at least compete with him in the showman department.

Assault on America, Day 405: Romney, Hogg, and all of DC’s liars, sleazebags and opportunists

It's no secret that Washington is chock full of liars, sleazebags and opportunists, but what Mitt Romney did last week ranks up there with the most underhanded, publicity seeking stunts of all time. President Trump will succeed despite the presence of people like Romney. Who will history remember?

Democrats, Trump is giving America the economy you claim to want – Be honest and say thanks

Deroy Murdock, Fox News

President Trump’s and the GOP’s $1.5 trillion Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, two regulations deleted for every new one imposed, energy independence, and an overall pro-business tone have liberated overlooked Americans from Obama’s economic dungeon. The rich are getting richer, but the poor, forgotten, and neglected are progressing — and more swiftly than the advantaged. Honest liberals should stop slamming President Trump and thank him for delivering what they claim to want: a boost for those with the least to thrive in the mainstream and savor the American Dream. Democrats sat on their hands and pouted over their economic model, which is more shredded than Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s copy of President Trump’s address.

Don’t Tell Henry Olsen, But He Sounds Like the Republicans of the 1930’s

Washington Post reporter Henry Olsen accuses the authors of the groundbreaking book "Coming Home" of using “cherry-picked evidence” to predict a surge in African American support for President Trump. In fact, he is the one guilty of cherry picking data even slanting the data. Olsen cites unnamed polls that show Trump’s approval rating among African American voters at 13 percent, but does not tell the reader anything about the sample used.

Assault on America, Day 404: Biden’s facade candidacy implodes from lack of real substance

Impeachment will likely end up killing Biden’s final run for president, but there wasn’t much of a foundation for his candidacy to begin with. All along Joe chose to defend his son against some pretty obvious charges of political favoritism. It’s a choice he made… and the man chose his family over being president. So be it.

Assault on America, Day 402: Democrat NH debate -- Anger and Racism ain’t gonna do it

New Hampshire Democrats head to the polls in a few days and they’ll need to decide between the emerging party socialistic trend -- as embodied by Bernie Sanders -- and the establishment status quo (Joe Biden?). Pete Buttigieg is a possible alternative to Biden, but he didn’t inspire much confidence on Friday night. It’s certainly not an easy political dilemma for Granite State voters.

A fitting end to a political impeachment

Editors, Washington Examiner

The articles of impeachment that Democrats chose were inappropriate. One was a dumb joke; the other was too weak to consider valid. Throughout the process, Democrats used hyperbolic language in trying to describe what would happen if Trump were acquitted. Rep. Jerry Nadler, one of the House impeachment managers, said if Trump weren't removed from office, then he would effectively be a "dictator." That's preposterous. If Democrats believe their case against Trump was so airtight, they will now have the opportunity to spend the 2020 election attacking his actions in Ukraine based on the evidence they've gathered, and voters will be able to decide the merits of removing Trump from office. This is as it should be.

Assault on America, Day 401: Are Trump’s fans as tired of winning as Democrats are of losing?

Even a good many Democrats would admit it’s been a rough go of it lately, with President Donald Trump not only surviving their best shots, he’s actually making inroads with voters who heretofore wouldn’t consider choosing Republicans. Which begs the question: Are Trump’s fans as tired of winning as Democrats are of losing?

Bernie Sanders: The Best Man on Trump’s Team

David Catron, The American Spectator

For the GOP, Bernie Sanders' campaign has no downside. Trump will crush him. Now Sen. Sanders — complete with his record of praising communist regimes, his campaign for the Socialist Workers Party during the 1980s, a video of him partying drunk and shirtless with his Soviet comrades, another video of him heaping praise on the Soviet public transportation system, its “superb” cultural program for children, its “free” Soviet heath-care system, ad infinitum — is the choice of many Iowa Democrats to lead their party in the 2020 general election. Sanders is pleased with these results, presumably, but his complacency can’t compare to the euphoria it has produced among President Trump’s reelection team.