November 6, 2018

Midterm Elections

Both sides are making their closing arguments ahead of today’s midterm elections.

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From the Left

The left is urging voters to support Democrats as a repudiation of Trump and the GOP.

“President Trump on Monday closed out an us-against-them midterm election campaign that was built on dark themes of fear, nationalism and racial animosity... [At a campaign rally in Indiana, he] repeatedly [prompted] loud boos as he warned that if Democrats win, they would invite murderers to come into the United States to kill men, women and children...

“Mr. Trump’s fiery, invective-filled campaigning produced what may be the most polarized midterm contest in modern times as he played to tribal rifts in American society in a way that no president has done since before the civil rights era.”

New York Times

“Republican leaders have repeatedly been willing to change the rules and customs of democracy for the sake of raw power. The list includes: rushing unpopular bills through Congress with little debate; telling bald lies about those bills; stealing a Supreme Court seat... trying to keep American citizens from voting; gerrymandering; campaigning on racism and xenophobia... If they still hold on to their majority… party leaders will take it as an endorsement of their strategy."

New York Times

“In perhaps the most outrageous example of election administration partisanship in the modern era, Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp, who is running for governor while simultaneously in charge of the state’s elections, has accused the Democratic Party without evidence of hacking into the state’s voter database. He plastered a headline about it on the Secretary of State’s website, which thousands of voters use to get information about voting on election day.”


[This is] the second time that Kemp had made a far-fetched allegation of a cyberattack by Democrats against the state’s election system. The extraordinary move also fit a pattern for the state’s chief election officer, who has previously launched investigations into people and groups seeking to register voters, none of which has resulted in findings of criminal wrongdoing."

Mother Jones

One former Republican pleads, “Vote against all Republicans. Every single one… I’m sick and tired of Republicans who go along with Trump — defending, abetting and imitating his egregious excesses... If you’re sick and tired, too, here is what you can do. Vote for Democrats on Tuesday. For every office. Regardless of who they are... That’s the only message [the GOP] will understand."

Washington Post

Regarding the Democrats’ progressive base, “Tuesday’s election is a critical test... There is always some proportion of people on the left who think the way to manipulate Democrats into embracing a more progressive agenda is to keep allowing Republicans to win elections... Will the left finally grasp that getting power and keeping it is crucial?"


“The two issues with which he is most often associated, support for a balanced budget and opposition to free trade, put him at odds with both of our major political parties. An old-fashioned, soft-spoken Southerner, he nevertheless held views on so-called ‘social issues’ that would be to the left of the mainstream of the Republican Party, both then and now. He was a fervent supporter of the Vietnam POW/MIA movement in the late '80s and early '90s, but he was not in any sense a hawk. Never mind 2003. Perot opposed the first war in Iraq in 1990… Perot's death should be mourned by all Americans who regret the fact that it is no longer possible to make reasoned, non-ideological arguments about questions of public import, and by the devolution of our political life into mindless partisan squabbling.”
Matthew Walther, The Week

From the Right

The right urges voters to support the GOP and keep America on the right track.

From the Right

The right urges voters to support the GOP and keep America on the right track.

Three reasons to vote Republican tomorrow... [1] Wages and salaries are surging at the strongest clip in a decade, outpacing inflation... [2] The dynamic partnership between President Trump and Senate Republicans has resulted in an historic confirmation clip of judicial confirmations... [3] [a Dem-majority House would pass] damaging legislation that threatens to undo some of the important economic progress achieved by Republicans."


“President Trump will not fix all our problems, but he has a better shot than most, because he approaches the country’s and the world’s problems with an untutored eye. He does not have rafts of experts telling him what to think: he has common sense...

“Common sense... dictates that we welcome people who enter the country legally and close our borders to those who do not. It indicates that if our public education system is failing generations of low-income minority children who need it most, we should give alternative solutions a chance. It means, too, that providing health care insurance that is so expensive that it cannot be used is as bad as providing no insurance at all.”

Fox News

Many point out that “for all the talk about how Mr. Trump’s populism is changing the Republican Party, his most significant achievements have come when he’s hitched his populism to traditional conservative priorities and then worked with his fellow Republicans to make good on his promises."

Wall Street Journal

Christopher Buskirk, editor of American Greatness, writes, “Republicans don’t want to go back to the Bush-McCain-Romney era any more than Democrats want to go back to Clintonism... [Trump’s] opponents should remember that whatever they think of the man or his policies, he won more votes than any Republican ever, remains very popular with his own party and is presiding over an economic boom."

New York Times

Regarding the Democrats’ strategy, “pre-emptively covering for a weaker blue wave than expected by publicly contemplating bringing back court-packing, abolishing the Electoral College, delegitimizing the Supreme Court, or even ignoring court rulings completely doesn't help their case that Trump is a uniquely undemocratic president... Trump hasn't destroyed the republic... Democrats, meanwhile, decided to become the image they painted of Trump."

Washington Examiner

“Voices from the left, the center, and what can only be called the ‘former right’ are calling on Republicans and conservatives to abandon any kind of individualized determination for the sake of opposing a man who isn’t on the ballot... Ask your Democratic candidates if the challenge of Donald Trump is so grave that they’re willing to moderate their positions on abortion, immigration, health care, gun rights, or religious liberty even in the slightest to win your support... The Democrats have not earned your vote."

National Review

“NBC and MSNBC embraced Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts in the first debate of Democratic presidential candidates Wednesday night, treating her like the star of the show. The debate led off with Warren, who had a huge popularity advantage from the start… NBC anchor Savannah Guthrie started it off sounding more like Warren’s press secretary. ‘You have many plans – free college, free child care, government health care, cancelation of student debt, new taxes, new regulations, the breakup of major corporations,’ Guthrie said, before teeing up an economy question. Guthrie even used Warren’s plan to break up tech companies as the foundation for a question for Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey… the round-robin final comments also ended with Warren, as Maddow asked her for the ‘final, final statement.’ That let NBC bookend the entire debate with Warren and Warren.”
Dan Gainor, Fox News

President Trump should be happy. As much as Warren is articulate, obviously intelligent, and energetically supported by Democrats, she would also be far easier to defeat than Joe Biden… Considering Trump's economy, the president is well placed to defeat Warren.”
Tom Rogan, Washington Examiner

A libertarian's take

“The fans who avidly followed the men’s tournament certainly weren’t doing anything wrong. And it’s hard to argue that each of them had a moral obligation to be exactly as interested in women’s soccer. Even if we could stop them from watching the men more than the women, should we?…

“It’s tempting to answer that the fan choices aren’t innocent, they’re sexist. But since we can’t peek into their hearts, to say that definitively, we’d have to assume that men’s greater speed, strength and endurance definitely make nodifference to the sport’s quality. Fair enough, but then why do fans prefer to watch Megan Rapinoe play instead of the sedentary elderly who could presumably use some exercise? Alternatively, maybe pay should be equalized precisely because biology is unfair. But that seems to be an argument for curbing the pay of all top-level athletes, who have to hit the genetic lottery just to get on the field. It might be easier to focus on the distributions across society at large, rather than every individual industry, especially when fundamental biology is in play.”
Megan McArdle, Washington Post

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