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The Real March Madness

Daniel J. Flynn, The American Spectator

Leadership requires standing up against the mob, not grabbing a pitchfork to join it. That’s followship. The country’s leaders made a tails-I-win/heads-I-win coin-flip calculation that politically indemnifies them against imposing draconian measures. If the disease kills tens of thousands of Americans, they can justify limiting everyone’s freedom and pushing the economy into contraction. If the disease kills a fraction of that, they can counterfactually point to their unprecedented actions as the difference maker. CYA bureaucratism belongs to those lower on the federal totem pole, not to the face at the top. We do not necessarily fear what kills us. We fear the unknown.

It’s Beltway wishful thinking — Joe’s no fighter

Charles Hurt, Washington Times

He is the same rotting corpse of a candidate he was three weeks ago. It’s just that Democrats have decided that they would be better off with the dead guy than with Mr. Sanders. In other words, the Democrat National Committee won. They killed Mr. Sanders in the crib — for the second straight primary in a row. It’s like “Weekend at Bernie’s,” only it stars anyone but Bernie himself. Either way, Mr. Biden is still a corpse. His electoral revival has nothing to do with Mr. Biden being a fighter, except of course when he is attacking defenseless voters. Then he’s a real tough guy. Calls young women “dog-faced,” cusses out gun owners, calls people liars or accuses them of being “fat.”

Sam Donaldson Couldn't Save Bloomberg

Tim Graham, CNS News

On Valentine's Day, Sam Donaldson announced he was endorsing Michael Bloomberg for president because President Trump is a "sick, ignorant man." Donaldson even made a commercial for Bloomberg. Then the results came in, and Bloomberg had only won American Samoa. Donaldson's endorsement didn't sway a lot of people. Donaldson backed Democrat Doug Jones in the 2017 Senate special election. In 2016, he made anti-Trump donations to John Kasich late in the primaries and to Hillary Clinton leading up to the general election. For decades, Sam Donaldson gave to the Democrats "at the office," so to speak. Now he's spreading his retirement money all over to drag Republicans down.

The Sudden Crash of Chris Matthews

Tim Graham, CNS News

Matthews was falling out of step with the Democratic Party's lunge to the left in the Trump era. The MSNBC star reacted badly by comparing the Sanders victory in Nevada to the fall of France to the Nazis during World War II. He also ripped into Sanders for lauding Fidel Castro's literacy programs. In this campaign, it seemed Matthews was still carrying on his great political love affair with Barack Obama, and his vice president, Joe Biden. We may now confidently assume that no one in Hollywood will make a nasty cartoon of a movie about MSNBC, with a blonde bombshell playing a fictional intern absorbing creepy compliments from Matthews. It's still nice to be a Democrat.

Jimmy Kimmel Slobbers Over Schiff

Tim Graham, CNS News

This is the classic divide for liberals when it comes to conservatives: Conservatives are either dumb (liberal take on former Vice President Dan Quayle) or evil (liberal take on former House Speaker Newt Gingrich). Jimmy Kimmel never graduated from college, but he can play to the gallery and pretend the Republicans are idiots or villains. He's a comedian, so he's the smartest guy in the room. This is why Schiff can do no wrong. Which congressman has been vindicated by the evidence on the charge of Russian collusion: Schiff or Nunes? It doesn't matter what special counsel Robert Mueller's report said — although it showed Schiff was wrong when he said he had definitive evidence of collusion.

Embarrassing Festival Of Never Trump Losers Occurs For Some Reason

Kurt Schlichter, Townhall

You do have to hand it to the organizers of the “National Summit on Principled Conservatism” for managing to stuff four lies into a five-word phrase. It’s not “national,” or a “summit,” or “principled,” and it certainly has nothing to do with “conservatism.” It's one final carnival before the lights totally go out on this tragic punchline of a movement. In the era of Bernie Sanders being the alternative to Trump, the Never Trump rump faction has managed to do what we all thought was impossible – become even less relevant. There’s no point to them anymore. You’re either for Trump, or for the communist, and for 99.9999% of Republicans, even those who still sniff at Trump, Bernie is a Bolshevik too far.

For Democrats, Coronavirus Is the New Russia… Or, Is It Ukraine?

Roger L. Simon, The Epoch Times

What is it with these people? Why can’t they, in the face of a national, actually global, emergency, be collegial for ten minutes. Instead they are villainous liars. When the Democrats move their target from Russia to Ukraine to impeachment and now to the coronavirus, it’s not only about Trump. Even more it’s about power, personal power as manifest through the political. It comes from the depths of selfishness. Is this good for me? The Democrats have taken this and stood it on its head. Whatever happens, it’s Trump’s fault. And if it’s not really Trump’s fault, it should be. In times like this people reveal themselves for who they are. And what we are seeing from the Democrats isn’t pretty.

Failed Never Trump Pundits Don't Speak for You, But MSM Can't Get Enough of Them

Larry O'Connor, Townhall

We are not obsessed with you. We resent your continued prominent position that you did not earn through accuracy or hard work. You continue to have a place at the table for one reason and one reason only: You satisfy the needs of left-leaning networks to further distort the center-right perspective in American politics and to give the false impression that the president faces serious opposition from fellow Republicans. We were right. You were wrong. We are still right. You are on the verge of voting for a Marxist. You aren't serious, yet you're taken seriously by the gate-keepers of American media. And you act like you earned that place. As if you deserve it. That sucks... and, yes, we resent it.

The Left Dumps NeverTrump

Julie Kelly, American Greatness

Suddenly, the Left realized that not only are NeverTrumpers uninvited interlopers in the Democratic Party but they are outcasts in the GOP, too. NeverTrump, as all of us on the Right have noted since 2016, does not represent the views of the overwhelming majority of rank-and-file Republicans. The Jennifer Rubins and David Frenches and Max Boots of the world reflect a teeny tiny faction of disgruntled GOP voters, perhaps no more significant than the intraparty defection routinely faced by any president. It’s odd that now this is some sort of stunning revelation, as if NeverTrump’s bleating about Bernie suddenly made them out-of-touch and unrepresentative of the GOP when, in fact, they have been all along.

The Loser Establishment Is Rightfully Terrified of Ric Grenell

Kurt Schlichter, Townhall

There is still establishment trash in key positions, and the president is taking out the garbage. He is cleaning house of losers, schemers, hacks, and pompous fat-bodies. He’s going to ruthlessly purge the national security/foreign policy bureaucracy, getting rid of the Never Trump weasels and replacing them with actual patriots. The media is going nuts, as it has been directed to do by its masters, screeching that Trump is ruining the institutions that have not failed to fail at everything they have done in nearly 30 years. He’s going to try out a new idea on our bureaucracy – having it not suck at its job. The reason you are hearing all the shrieking and screaming is that it’s working.

Another Corrosive Correspondents' Dinner

Tim Graham, CNS News

Washington journalists are rejoicing that celebrity glitz and glamour are returning with their self-celebrating soiree, the White House correspondents' dinner. Last time around, Hasan Minhaj worried out loud saying that in the Trump era, "trust is more important than truth." And many people don't trust the press, which he equates with truth, just like The New York Times does. These highly educated, well-read policy nerds somehow can't imagine that a comedy routine like this mixed in with candid shots of Wolf Blitzer or Brian Stelter guffawing along isn't helping the idea that the press is nonpartisan, that it doesn't see itself as valiantly taking a side. They're urged to keep their "foot on the gas".

Democrats and the Media Continue to Be Russia’s Best Allies

Roger L. Simon, The Epoch Times

The Dems and the media are so hungry for something, anything, to get Trump, the Russians don’t have to do much of anything. My advice to POTUS, if he would like to diffuse matters and put an end to the Democrats being the Russkies inadvertent “besties,” he should just relax and make fun of the whole business instead of complaining. A year or more ago some Russian comics showed the way in a phone call to Adam Schiff that turned the California congressman into a buffoon desperately looking for nonexistent “kompromat” on the president. It remains the best, and easily the funniest, political prank of our times. As a lesson in humility, they should play it again and again in front of the House Intelligence Committee.

Thatcher and Reagan: Why Do They Hate Them So?

R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr., The American Spectator

Mrs. Thatcher pretty much believed as Ronald Reagan believed: Government is not the solution to our problem. Government is the problem. How many times did he say the most terrifying words he could imagine were, “I’m from the government, and I’m here to help”? Mrs. Thatcher had her own variation of this line. Ronald Reagan and Mrs. Thatcher got along swimmingly, and, come to think of it, Ronald Reagan and only Ronald Reagan shares a place with her in the bien-pensants’ pantheon of hated figures. Donald, your pathway to greatness is clearly marked. The hatred for Mrs. Thatcher — and President Reagan too — is quite startling to anyone familiar with what they achieved. I have come to love her.

The Cruel Reality Of Life As One Of The Media’s Never-Trump Waterboys

Christopher Bedford, The Federalist

Never-Trump men and women agree with a media that has been proven wrong over and over again, but there is no room for self-awareness. The two-or-so weeks of journalistic self-reflection that followed the 2016 election gave way to race-baiting, conspiracies, and inquisitions. A promised focus on the heartland and The New York Times’s apology to its readership gave way to The 1619 Project. In what industry would this hubris survive except for media? Even in politics, a business filled with corrupt liars not even trying to deliver, its practitioners are held to task by elections. Not here. The club marches on, complete with back-handed back-slaps to the boys who carry its water.

The Absurd ‘Trump Is a Tyrant’ Trope

David Catron, The American Spectator

That people like Bernie Sanders, Pete Buttigieg, Elizabeth Warren, et al. are touring the nation publicly abusing the president in order to capture the Democratic nomination is proof that Trump is not a tyrant. In a genuine dictatorship, there would be no alternative party from which to challenge him. He has the power to obliterate entire cities, yet the worst any of these people can expect from our Oval Office “autocrat” is a snarky tweet. If the Democrats want to win, they will have to stop running against an absurd caricature and try to learn what the president knows that they have missed. The voters will be happy to tell them if they will just shut the hell up and listen.

Trump’s Critics on the Economy: So Wrong, So Often

Stephen Moore, The Epoch Times

Anti-Trumpers are still squawking from their lofty perches as if nothing that happens in the real world—rather than in la-la land or on MSNBC—really matters. Being wrong five or 10 or 100 times isn’t punishable; it can even win you a Nobel Prize. It is the unique sanctuary of punditry and academia. If you hired a stock picker that consistently recommended losing stocks, would you keep that person on retainer? If you hired a contractor and the house collapsed, would you pay him? If a football team lost every game, would you give the coach a five-year contract extension? But the press keeps turning to the same sources no matter how many times they have been wrong on the economy.

Trump Drives Democrats Crazy At Daytona

We think that maybe Kelly O’Donnell is not old enough to remember the 1992 presidential campaign, but Maggie Haberman certainly is, and so we contrast the reception President Trump got at the Daytona 500 with the reception Bill Clinton got in 1992 when his motorcade entered Darlington speedway, where 70,000 rabid stock-car fans awaited the start of the Southern 500.

Impeachment Dies in Desperation

L. Brent Bozell III and Tim Graham, CNS News

As the impeachment effort against President Donald Trump inevitably burns out on the ash heap of history, Democrats are being left to argue that if this president is left unchecked, if he's not removed from office, he'll "do it again." He'll pressure foreign governments to investigate the business dealings of the Bidens, which is a "threat to national security." National security equals no questioning of the Bidens. Democracy equals removing an elected president. Since the start of the year, Trump's approval is up 6 points among Republicans and 5 points among independents. This leaves the overall impression that Trump has a very good chance of becoming the first president to be impeached and then reelected.

Trump Recognizes His Congressional Defense Team In Well-Deserved Victory Lap

While we agree with the President that Democrats are both vicious and mean, we want to focus on what the President said about the Republicans and conservatives who were the leaders of the effort to save the Trump presidency and the MAGA agenda.

Mitt Romney Will Never Ever In A Million Years Be President

Were Romney’s action a singular deviation from conservative orthodoxy one might give fair consideration to its legitimacy, but it is not. Romney’s choice to ignore the clear evidence offered in the President’s defense is of a piece with his past choices to align himself against his fellow Republicans and the conservative movement.