Commentary

Medved: Terror Reshapes The Race

The terrorist attacks in Paris have reshaped the race for the White House, diminishing the prospects of several leading candidates. Hillary Clinton suffered the most serious damage because the global reach of ISIS demonstrates the failure of administration policies that she helped put in place. Just hours before the explosion of terror in France, the president boasted that ISIS had been “contained.”

Ben Carson and Donald Trump also look less credible as commanders-in-chief: Carson because of his shocking lack of national security perspective, revealed in several interviews, and Trump because the ISIS challenge requires a response more sophisticated than “I’ll bomb the BLEEP out of them and take their oil.”

At this time of crisis, the public has the right to demand a candidate who speaks coherently, knowledgably and passionately about the challenges we face.

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Hewitt: A Commitment To America Winning

Pepperdine California Democratic Party

Speaking in Turkey Monday, President Obama said the following:

“What I’m not interested in doing is posing or pursuing some notion of leadership or America winning.”

Well, we are interested because without it there will be no destruction of the Islamic state. President Obama, late in his presidency and with a candor he never displayed during either election, is now laying it out for the American people. His vision is not the vision of the vast majority of Americans and the destruction he has done the super majoritarian vision is vast and dangerous and will take years to repair.

That repair cannot be begun under former Secretary of State Clinton who did nothing to arrest or impede President Obama’s rush to a world of equals where America does not lead. It can be begun under a new Republican president and continued with Republican majorities in Congress. When the Democratic Party returns to a commitment to American leadership, perhaps it will return to power.

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Hewitt: Time For American Leadership

Pepperdine California Democratic Party

The very day that President Obama pronounced his Islamic State to be contained, that state unleashed the worst terror attack in France in 50 years. The president was humiliated but he just doubled down in his naïveté in Turkey on Monday, announcing that he wasn’t interested in American leadership or America winning. Perhaps he is just afraid of a similar carnage on the streets of New York or DC, aware that it would rightly be laid at his feet. His retreat again into hectoring, lecturing academia-like flights of fancy do nothing to protect America or the world from the storm. He is the lamest of ducks, held in contempt by our enemies, feared by our friends.

This is a situation to be endured for 15 more months and then American can begin to regain the world’s respect. Under Mrs. Clinton that would be hard.  She is after all the architect of the failed president’s first term foreign policy. Under a Republican, it will also be hard but at least possible. Never has there been a clearer choice. We will see which road American voters take.

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Thornbury: Choose A Flat Tax

Greg Thornbury

Just subsidize the kids some more.

That’s the rule if a presidential candidate wants to get the vote of religious families. The American tax code is a punishing maze that leaves parents feeling confused and cheated. Building a new child credit into that structure is the kind of fix that social conservatives usually recommend.

A better policy for families is a tax code that does more than any political lobby could do to help families realize their own aspirations. Such a plan actually has no child credits but would be simpler and flatter, with a top rate of, say, 20%, 18%, 15% or even, as Ben Carson would have it, 10%.

A clearer, simpler, flatter tax code is an important symbol that says to adults: You can see that you will be able to enjoy a greater portion of the fruit of your labor.

Once all families—including families of faith—understand the tradeoffs, they too will choose a flat tax.

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Medved: Too Late For President Paul D. Ryan?

With just three months till the Iowa Caucuses, experts cite the real possibility that the GOP convention in Cleveland won’t be decided on the first ballot, creating a fluid, unpredictable situation.

Most of the delegates—60 percent—will be selected proportionally; only 40 percent will be awarded on a winner-take-all basis. That means that even if one candidate captures 75 percent of the winner-take-all delegates—unlikely in such a complex, competitive race—he’d still need a full third of proportional delegates to reach a majority.

With no majority choice on the first ballot, the delegates would go to a second ballot or beyond, until consensus emerges. The prospect of a dark horse, who wasn’t damaged in bruising primary battles, becomes an appealing possibility.

And who’s the most likely “dark horse” choice? Speaker Paul D. Ryan, with his rash of positive publicity as a party-unifying pragmatist who remains devoted to solid conservative principles.
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Medved: A Proud Parade of Political Pros

Widespread public disgust with petty bickering and corruption in Washington has led to popular preference for an “outsider candidate” for president, not a professional politician.

Americans long for another Lincoln—someone who’s wise and idealistic—and untainted by political machinations. The only problem is that the real Lincoln was a proud professional pol: he first ran for the legislature at age 23, and spent his entire adult life seeking or holding public office.

Our greatest presidents all earned deep experience in practical politics: Washington won election to the Virginia House of Burgesses at age 26, Jackson got elected to Congress at 29, Theodore Roosevelt entered the New York legislature at 23, his cousin Franklin became a State Senator at 28. Even Reagan devoted 25 uninterrupted years to the practice of politics with masterful sophistication.

History shows that to achieve success at the highest level, it helps immensely to have sharpened your skills and deepened your perspective with campaigns for lesser offices.

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Medved: The Presidency: No Laughing Matter

Donald Trump’s appearance as host of Saturday Night Live generated big ratings, but did it help his pursuit of the presidency? If you believe his top priority must be to convince the public that he’s serious about the world’s biggest job, the answer is that SNL probably hurt more than it helped.

On NBC, he looked more comfortable delivering carefully-scripted lines with hip comedians on a studio set than he does in unscripted debates with his fellow candidates, highlighting his decades-long background with Broadway and Hollywood. That’s not the preparation that normally would reassure uncertain conservatives.

Meanwhile, his funniest skit on SNL showed the Trump White House in 2018, with all the nation’s foreign and domestic problems suddenly solved. When asked how he did it, “President Trump” shrugs and says it was magic, inexplicable. It doesn’t help a candidate’s credibility when a TV vision of his presidency is treated as a joke.

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