blue states

Left-Wing Lockdown

Betsy McCaughey, Real Clear Politics

Americans have learned a powerful lesson. When politicians tell us to follow the science, it's not that simple. Many scientists have lost their legitimacy. They proposed a draconian lockdown without assessing its side effects on us. They demanded rigorous adherence to it, until, suddenly, they decided marching against racism was more important than preventing virus deaths. Americans won't forget. New York City residents have to wait until late June for sidewalk dining at restaurants. But it's OK, even laudable, for throngs of protesters to march down the street now, many maskless and shouting.

During coronavirus pandemic, essentials are the new protected class

Michael Goodwin, New York Post

The Trump revolution, for all its progress, clearly has more work to do. For by hook and crook, the protected managed to hang on to power. This time they call themselves “essential.” Among the many actions governors and mayors took in the last three months, the decisions about working, shopping, swimming and even praying were hugely consequential. They were also arbitrary and often foolish. The arbitrary distinction between essential and nonessential recalls the gag about the difference between a recession and a depression. A recession is when your neighbor loses his job, a ­depression is when you lose your job.

Coronavirus Deaths: The Most Predictive Factor

David Catron, The American Spectator

In our 26 red states, the average coronavirus death rate per million is about 82. In the 24 blue states, plus the District of Columbia, it’s about 235. On average, then, you are about 2.9 times more likely to die of COVID-19 if you live a blue state than if you live in a red state. But averages mean little in the real world. If you live in New York, your chance of dying of coronavirus is 11 times higher than if you live in Georgia. The numbers change depending on the relative states, of course, but the most predictive factor is whether you prefer blue or red. The former preference appears to be bad for your health.

Blue States Become Laboratories of Despotism

David Catron, The American Spectator

It’s obvious why Democratic governors refuse to lift their job-killing lockdowns, despite clear indications that their ostensible goal of “flattening the curve” has been achieved. The actual point of the exercise has little or nothing to do with public health. They hope they can delay reopening their states long enough to drive the economy into a depression for which the voters will punish President Trump and the Republicans. They don’t care how many lives they ruin. Nor do they give a damn if their actions are constitutional. They assume the voters are too stupid to see the despotic impulses that lie beneath their affected empathy.

Conservatives Lukewarm On China Trade Deal Miss The Point

A massive Chinese purchase of agricultural products will pump much needed cash into the economies of a dozen Heartland states before the 2020 election. So, it is little wonder that Donald Trump, always the keen-eyed negotiator started there, instead of with the provisions that benefit Silicon Valley, where he is not going to get any political benefit no matter what he does.

Democrats will stop at nothing to help wealthiest earners in blue states

Editors, Washington Examiner

Democrats are not sincere when they cry about tax cuts for the rich. Rather, they are just upset that the tax cuts aren’t going to the right rich or that taxes aren’t being imposed in a way that forces low-tax states to subsidize high-tax states. Once again, the wisdom of the tax reform bill reasserts itself. Not only is it creating jobs and opportunities for people all over the nation, but it also has all the right people whining and suing in order to protect the rich from a fairer, simpler tax code.

The Hardened Divide in American Politics

Sam Wang, The American Prospect

With increased partisan polarization among voters, how states vote from one election to the next also changes much less than it previously did. That’s the reason we can talk about “red states” and “blue states” and focus on only a few battlegrounds. 

R's Seek Big Gains With Immigration In Blue States

Matthew Boyle, Breitbart

New England Repubs. are poised to win elections in bright blue states and give the Dems a run for their money in areas they've dominated for years.

Cruz: Texas Is Fighting to Stay Red

Sen. Ted Cruz, Breitbart

Cruz warns of the Obama Administration efforts to make Texas buckle under a torrent of federal rules and regulations. Obamacare’s unconstitutional, unfunded mandate to expand Medicaid in our state has gained some attention. But Cruz is certain Texas will stay red.

Can a Former RNC Elite Turn Michigan Red?

Todd Spangler, Detroit Free Press

Suddenly, Michigan Repub. Terri Lynn Land's campaign in the race to replace retired Dem. Sen. Carl Levin is building steam in a very blue state. So why does it suddenly seem Terri Lynn Land has an edge?

R's Did Better Than You Think

Sean Trende, Real Clear Politics

For all the hubbub about the damage to the GOP brand, their candidates held up fairly well Tuesday night. We continued to see drop-offs in Dem. performance using the '12 presidential elections as a benchmark. Several R's won competitive races in blue territory. 

Paul Outlines Battle Plan in Cali

David Drucker, Washington Examiner

Sen. Rand Paul’s suggestions on how to woo the Golden State back to the GOP drew mixed reviews.