End Of Day Report

Monday, February 29, 2016

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer

Trump & The Klan

Last week, former KKK leader and anti-Semite David Duke announced on his radio program (I didn’t know he even had one!) that he supported Donald Trump and was going to vote for him. “Voting for these people [Cruz, Rubio and Carson], voting against Donald Trump at this point, is really treason to your heritage,” Duke added.

Trump was peppered with questions about the endorsement Friday. He dismissed it, saying, “I didn’t even know he endorsed me. David Duke endorsed me? OK, alright. I disavow, OK?”

Last summer, when Duke said positive things about Trump, The Donald was quick to denounce him. “I don’t need his endorsement; I certainly wouldn’t want his endorsement,” Trump said in August.

All fine and good.

But consider this exchange yesterday between Trump and CNN’s Jake Tapper:

TAPPER: Will you unequivocally condemn David Duke and say that you don’t want his vote or that of other white supremacists in this election?

TRUMP: Well, just so you understand, I don’t know anything about David Duke. OK? I don’t know anything about what you’re even talking about with white supremacy or white supremacists. So, I don’t know.

I don’t know, did he endorse me or what’s going on, because, you know, I know nothing about David Duke. I know nothing about white supremacists. And so you’re asking me a question that I’m supposed to be talking about people that I know nothing about. . .

You wouldn’t want me to condemn a group that I know nothing about. I would have to look. If you would send me a list of the groups, I will do research on them. And, certainly, I would disavow if I thought there was something wrong. . .

TAPPER: OK. I mean, I’m just talking about David Duke and the Ku Klux Klan here, but. . .

TRUMP: I don’t know any — honestly, I don’t know David Duke. I don’t believe I have ever met him. I’m pretty sure I didn’t meet him. And I just don’t know anything about him.
That weird exchange generated all kinds of negative stories over the past 24 hours. Understandably so.

Trump has been quick to ridicule his fellow Republicans with stinging rebukes: “Liar.” “Choke artist.” “Low energy.” Yet when asked about David Duke, Trump, who knows how to verbally “slice and dice” better than anyone we’ve seen, was suddenly at a loss for words.

This morning, Trump blamed his bizarre response on a “lousy” earpiece from CNN, claiming he could hardly hear what Tapper was saying.

I have done remote interviews where it was hard to understand the host. But it is clear from the transcript that Trump did understand that the topic was David Duke and his endorsement. Blaming the earpiece only raises questions about Trump’s honesty.

When Ronald Reagan faced a similar situation in 1984, he said:

“Those of us in public life can only resent the use of our names by those who seek political recognition for the repugnant doctrines of hate they espouse. The politics of racial hatred and religious bigotry practiced by the Klan and others have no place in this country, and are destructive of the values for which America has always stood.”
Throughout this campaign, I have urged candidates to learn from Trump’s aggressive, direct style. This time, I urge The Donald to learn from Reagan.

South Carolina Results

As was widely predicted, Hillary Clinton won Saturday’s Democrat primary in South Carolina. What no one predicted was the lopsided result: Clinton 74%, Sanders 26%.

Clinton’s victory was impressive. She carried every single county. According to exit polls, she won every major demographic except one: Millennials or voters under 30. And she crushed Sanders with black voters: 86% to 14%.

There was only one problem with Clinton’s win, and it’s a big one: Democrat turnout was way down — off by 16% compared to 2008. In contrast, GOP primary turnout set a record.

Even the Huffington Post is starting to panic. A column yesterday noted that South Carolina’s turnout figures “are not an anomaly. They’re consistent with other primaries to date. Republicans are psyched. Democrats are demoralized. . . In this era, lousy primary turnout spells big trouble for the general election.”

Officer Down

Over the weekend, the nation lost one of its finest. Officer Ashley Guindon of the Prince William County Police Department, here in the Virginia suburbs of our nation’s capital, was gunned down while responding to a domestic disturbance call.

She was just 28 years old, and it was her first day on patrol. Two other officers were wounded in the shooting.

Guindon served in the Marine Corps Reserves. According to the Washington Post, she “was assigned to a unit at Bolling Air Force Base involved with sending home the remains of fallen Marines.” Officer Guindon dealt with death on the battlefield and was dedicated to making our homeland a safer place.

As the anti-police rhetoric grows on the left, from the White House to Hillary Clinton, these tragedies are becoming all too common. “Blue” lives matter too. All lives matter.

Racism At MSNBC

Far-left talk show host Melissa Harris-Perry has a specialty — race baiting. She sees racism everywhere. For example, did you know the term “hard worker” was racist? It is according toHarris-Perry.

She mocked Kieran Romney, Mitt Romney’s adopted black grandson. And, believe it or not, she even did a racial critique of Star Wars. Evidently, Harris-Perry was really bothered by the fact that Darth Vader was an evil villain dressed in all black, but when he turned good at the end, he was white.

In short, Harris-Perry is a walking example of racism on the left. Her bosses at MSNBC didn’t object when she claimed to see racism in the adoption of a black baby by a white family. But when she sent an email suggesting her liberal bosses at MSNBC were racists, they showed her the door.

Former Attorney General Eric Holder bemoaned her firing, tweeting, “She brought to television voices/perspectives too often unheard/ignored.” For once I applaud the executives atMSNBC. Harris-Perry’s bizarre rantings should be unheard and ignored.

End Of Day Report

Friday, February 26, 2016

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer

Debate Recap

The gloves came off at last night’s Republican debate in Houston, Texas. Senators Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio were eager to knock Donald Trump off his perch as the GOP frontrunner. While I am glad they had a spirited debate, I really don’t think it helps when everyone talks at the same time.

Here’s how the Associated Press described the debate:

“Rubio was the principal aggressor, spitting out a steady stream of criticism on everything from Trump’s position on immigration to his privileged background, his speaking style and more. Cruz was happy to pile on, too, questioning the front-runner’s conservative credentials, foreign policy savvy and electability. . . It was a rare night where the bombastic Trump, standing between the two senators, found himself on the defensive.”
That’s a fair description for anyone who missed it. That said, Trump had many good responses throughout the debate, and still has to be considered the front-runner. He was endorsed just hours ago by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie.

There are no post-debate polls available yet, but it is clear that Cruz and Rubio have a major challenge. Going into last night’s debate, Trump was leading in the vast majority of Super Tuesday states.

Disney Dumps American Workers

Anyone struggling to understand the Trump phenomenon this year (and even to some degree the Sanders surge), needs to watch this video of Leo Perrero testifying before the Senate yesterday.

Mr. Perrero was a highly trained information technology worker at the Walt Disney Company. He had received excellent job reviews. And yet even as Disney reported record profits, Mr. Perrero was told by corporate executives that his job was being given to foreign workers brought into the country on H-1B visas. Adding insult to injury, Perrero was told that HE would have to train his replacement.

What happened at Disney is happening all over the country.

These aren’t the low-skilled jobs that Americans supposedly won’t do. These are good-paying, high-skilled jobs that Americans need in order to support families and pay taxes.

Immigration policy is supposed to benefit America and its citizens. But bringing in foreign workers to pay them less than Americans results in unemployed Americans and less tax revenue to the government.

Across the spectrum — left, right, Republican, Democrat, Independent — Americans are sick and tired of a political system that seems rigged against them. And many voters appear to be looking beyond establishment politicians for solutions this year.

Bathroom Battles

The left is taking its war on common sense to a bathroom near you.

Two weeks ago, a man walked into the women’s locker room at a Seattle public pool and proceeded to undress. Women in the locker room complained to the management, who asked the man to leave. He refused, saying, “The law has changed and I have a right to be here.”

I don’t think he has any right to be there, but he is correct that liberals changed the law, allowing him to be there.

A spokesman for the Seattle Parks office told local media, “We have guidelines that allow transgender individuals to use restrooms and locker rooms consistent with their gender identity. We want everyone to feel comfortable in our facilities.”

Good luck with that. I suspect most women are not going to feel comfortable with a man in their locker room!

This nonsense is not isolated to the left coast. Earlier this week, the city council of Charlotte, North Carolina, approved an ordinance allowing men to use women’s bathrooms based on their “gender identity.” Conservative state legislators are vowing to reverse it.

In Jacksonville, Florida, the city council recently defeated a similar effort. Councilman Tommy Hazouri withdrew his bill to include “gender identity” in the city’s human rights ordinance when he realized it lacked support. But he blasted other council members, saying, “Today, we are stuck in the past, frozen in time, when it comes to human rights.”

Are you kidding me? There is no “human right” to invade the privacy of the opposite sex. Where does the left come up with this idiocy?

For all those well-meaning folks who just didn’t see how same-sex marriage affected them, let me say this: If we had held the line on the normal meaning of marriage, we would not be having this debate today! But here we are sliding further down the slippery slope.

It’s bad enough that adults are having to contend with this nonsense, but the Obama Administration isforcing it on our kids. Thankfully, some states are trying to fight back. Conservatives in Congress should be joining them. Nobody voted for this!

While the left is obsessing over a miniscule minority, who is defending the privacy rights of the vast majority?

End Of Day Report

Thursday, February 25, 2016

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer

Debate Night

The remaining Republican candidates will take the stage tonight in Houston, Texas. Tonight’s debate will be hosted by CNN and begins at 8:30 p.m. ET.

This could well be a make-or-break moment for the GOP contenders heading into Super Tuesday on March 1st. Twelve states are voting next week and nearly 600 delegates are up for grabs.

Working For Unity

In recent days, many readers have asked me about the possibility of various candidates joining together to help unite the party. The idea of a Cruz/Rubio ticket is most frequently mentioned.

My good friend Rep. Trent Franks is making that case to his House colleagues. He is asking House Republicans to sign a letter to Senators Cruz and Rubio urging them to consider the stakes and to unite for the good of the party. Here are some excerpts:

“Now is a time for choosing — for you, and for us. Through rivalry, disunity, and baseless hatred in our ranks, conservatives are now in danger of splintering our voice. . . We call upon all national security, free-market, and pro-family conservatives to boldly rally around the two of you together and ask you both to answer the call of statesmanship and decide between yourselves which shall be the candidate for President and which shall be the candidate for Vice President.”
That sounds like a great idea to me! What do you think?

Good News: Abortion Clinics Closing

All across America, abortion clinics are closing at a record pace. According to a new Bloomberg analysis, more than 160 abortion mills have shut down since 2011, while just 21 have opened.

Planned Parenthood took a big hit: “Of all the facilities in the nation that closed or stopped performing [abortions], about a third were operated by Planned Parenthood.”

The primary cause for the closures was the success of state-level pro-life initiatives. “State regulations that make it too expensive or logistically impossible for facilities to remain in business drove more than a quarter of the closings,” the report notes.

At least 30 clinics were closed after Texas passed legislation requiring abortion facilities and doctors meet basic health and safety standards.

And here’s more good news: In the past week, Ohio and Wisconsin joined the growing list of states cutting off taxpayer funding to Planned Parenthood.

These are important pro-life victories! They are the direct result of all the hard work and dedication of pro-life activists, volunteers and voters who elected the right candidates to state and local offices.

Congratulations, my friends! We are making a difference for the cause of life!

Fantasy Foreign Policy

Fantasy football can be fun. But when it comes to foreign policy, engaging in fantasies can be dangerous. Case in point: Ibrahim al Qosi.

Secretary of State John Kerry testified before the Senate Appropriations Committee yesterday. Senator Mark Kirk (R-IL) had a question for Secretary Kerry about the Obama Administration’s plans to close the terrorist detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

He showed Secretary Kerry a picture of Ibrahim al Qosi, a personal aide to Osama bin Laden. He was taken to Gitmo in 2002, but released in 2012 by the Obama Administration and sent to Sudan, which is ruled by a radical Islamist regime.

Last year, al Qosi reemerged in Al Qaeda recruiting videos and is confirmed to be a key leader of Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula. With President Obama vowing to shutdown Guantanamo Bay any way he can, Sen. Kirk asked Secretary Kerry whether al Qosi’s example “would end the policy of [sending] terrorists to terrorist nations.”

Kerry paused and replied, “Well, uh, senator, he’s not supposed to be doing that.”

What is Kerry going to do about it? Arrest al Qosi and put him back in Gitmo?

In his response, Kerry summed up the foreign policy mindset of this administration. Obama’s foreign policy is built on the fantasy that bad people can be talked into doing good.

Remember when Vladimir Putin invaded Ukraine? Kerry’s response was, “You just don’t in the 21st century behave in 19th century fashion by invading another country on completely trumped up pre-text.” Last time I checked, Putin still controls Crimea.

When China started building artificial islands in the South China Sea to challenge the U.S. Navy, the Obama White House scolded Beijing, essentially saying, “Uh, China, you’re not supposed to be doing that.” Now China is putting missile batteries on the islands.

After the administration negotiated a nuclear deal with Iran, the ayatollah wasted no time test-firing nuclear-capable ballistic missiles. Obama responded by sanctioning a handful of Iranian companies, little more than a slap on the wrist and a warning not to do that again.

Guess what? Iran is about to test another missile and it is up to a lot more than that.

Tehran’s Terrorism

Far from encouraging Iran to moderate, the nuclear deal has emboldened the Islamic regime to become even more aggressive. Flush with cash from sanctions relief, Tehran is doubling-down on its world-wide campaign of terror. Consider these headlines:

“Israel Says Iran Building Terror Network In Europe, U.S.”

“Report: Iranian Revolutionary Guards Planning Attack On Saudi Airliner In Southeast Asia”

“Iran Pledges Cash For Killing Jews”

Left-Wing Extremist Kills Cop

Three Colorado sheriff’s deputies were shot yesterday attempting to serve an eviction notice. When eight officers approached the home of Martin Wirth, he opened fire. Two deputies were wounded, one, Corporal Nate Carrigan, was killed. The other officers returned fire, killing Wirth.

There was a reason eight officers were sent to serve the notice: Wirth was a left-wing activist with a long anti-police history. He once wrote that the police were “a brutal impediment to human progress, a danger to us all.” He accused them of raping and killing people.

Wirth was reportedly a leader of the Occupy Denver movement, an offshoot of Occupy Wall Street. He ran for the state Senate in 2014 on the Green Party ticket.

I doubt you’ll hear much about this shooting from the national media. After all, it doesn’t fit the left’s narrative of “racist cops,” “oppressed minorities” and “hate-filled Tea Party extremists.”

End Of Day Report

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer

No Hearings

Kudos to the Republican members of the Senate Judiciary Committee!

We reported yesterday that Senator Charles Grassley, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, was holding firm in his opposition to hearings for any Obama nominee to the Supreme Court. In fact, Grassley invoked the so-called “Biden Rule.” (In 1992 then-Judiciary Committee chairman Senator Joe Biden warned President George H.W. Bush against making any nominations to the Supreme Court in the election year.)

Late yesterday afternoon, the Republican members of the Senate Judiciary Committee announced that they had unanimously agreed that there would be no hearings on any Obama nominees to the Supreme Court this year. In a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, they wrote:

“We wish to inform you of our intention to exercise our constitutional authority to withhold consent on any nominee to the Supreme Court submitted by this president to fill Justice Scalia’s vacancy. . . this committee will not hold hearings on any Supreme Court nominee until our next president is sworn in on January 20, 2017.”
House conservatives reportedly met with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell last night to encourage him to hold firm. Pressed by Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan on whether the GOP Senate caucus would back down again as it has before, McConnell answered, “There’s not a snowball’s chance in hell that’s gonna happen!”

Needless to say, the left is apoplectic. Senate Democrat Leader Harry Reid blasted Chairman Charles Grassley as “inept.”

I am pleasantly surprised to see Senate Republicans holding firm. While the president has a duty to name a replacement, the Senate is under no obligation to grant a hearing or to vote on that nominee.

Yes, Obama and his allies will holler about “obstructionism” but they would do that anyway. If the nominee got a hearing, the pressure to provide a vote would be enormous.

The stakes are simply too great. A line in the sand has been drawn. The American people will decide who replaces Justice Scalia in November, and it won’t be Barack Obama.

TAKE ACTION: Here is a list of Judiciary Committee Republicans who signed the letter to Sen. McConnell. Please contact them at 202-224-3121, and thank them for taking such a strong stand at this most critical time.

Charles Grassley (IA)
Orrin Hatch (UT)
Jeff Sessions (AL)
Lindsey Graham (SC)
John Cornyn (TX)
Michael Lee (UT)
Ted Cruz (TX)
Jeff Flake (AZ)
David Vitter (LA)
David Perdue (GA)
Thom Tillis (NC)

Trump Runs The Table In Nevada

Donald Trump scored a “YUGE” win in the Nevada caucuses last night. He took 46%, followed by Marco Rubio (24%), Ted Cruz (21%), Ben Carson (5%) and John Kasich (4%).

Continuing a positive trend, turnout in the GOP caucuses set a new record, and was double that of 2012. Trump won more votes than Rubio and Cruz combined. In fact, Trump has received more primary votes at this point in the race than Mitt Romney and John McCain did in their respective campaigns.

According to various media surveys of caucus goers:

  • 61% wanted the GOP nominee to be a political outsider. Trump won 70% of those voters.
  • 58% were angry at the federal government.
  • Evangelical turnout was significantly higher this year (39%) than it was in 2012 (28%) and 2008 (24%). Trump carried 40% of the evangelical vote.
  • While Hispanics were a small part of the electorate, Trump carried 45% of Latino voters.

    The GOP candidates will meet tomorrow night for a debate in Houston, Texas. After that, the primary race becomes a national competition as more than a dozen states are set to vote on Super Tuesday, March 1st.

    Obama Letting Illegals Vote

    If you need another example of why so many Americans are disgusted with the political system and are lining up to vote for a non-politician, consider this: The Obama Administration got smacked down Monday by a federal judge for attempting to let illegal immigrants vote. That somewhat oversimplifies the situation, but it is essentially what happened.

    Several states are asking the U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) to help them enforce state laws requiring proof of citizenship when someone registers to vote. That seems only logical and fair. I suspect most Americans would be shocked to find out that it is not routine behavior.

    Predictably, several left-wing groups rushed into federal court attempting to stop this effort.

    Now when federal agencies like the EAC are dragged into court, it is standard practice for the Justice Department to defend the agency. But in this case, the Obama Administration sided with the left-wing groups, essentially giving a pass to illegal immigrants voting in U.S. elections.

    Some may argue that this is a non-issue, but it is about to become a huge issue.

    The left is pushing for universal voter registration. Last year, California and Oregon took the first steps by automatically registering everyone to vote when they get a driver’s license. Liberal politicians have introduced similar laws in a number of states. You can see where this is going.

    California is among 12 states that allow illegal immigrants to get driver’s licenses. Now they will be automatically registered to vote. (Oregon’s voter-approved ballot initiative banning driver’s licenses for illegal immigrants is being challenged in court — by illegal immigrants who shouldn’t be here!)

    Back to Monday’s federal court case. . .

    Not only did the Obama Administration refuse to defend the U.S. Election Assistance Commission, the Justice Department sent a letter to the chairwoman of the EAC informing her that she could not even hire outside counsel to defend the EAC.

    Judge Richard Leon was stunned and called the administration’s actions “unprecedented” and “extraordinary.” He told lawyers representing the various left-wing groups that there was “no chance at all — zero” that he would agree to the restraining order they were seeking to prevent the EAC from helping the states.

    Judge Leon also ripped into the Justice Department’s attorneys and ordered them to present new arguments in two weeks.

    It’s hard to see this case as anything but the left’s attempt to rig the elections. The best thing we can do to fight back, in addition to exposing this corruption, is to make sure all our like-minded friends and family members are registered vote and turnout in droves this November!

 

End Of Day Report

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer

Obama Presses Radical Agenda

Oh, if only we had a president who cared as much about veterans as he does about the comfort of enemy combatants. Speaking at a White House press conference this morning, President Obama announced that the Pentagon was submitting a formal plan to Congress to close the terrorist detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

“I am absolutely committed to closing the detention facility at Guantanamo,” Obama declared. And he vowed to “make the case for doing so as long as I hold this office.”

So what does the president propose we do with the terrorists currently held there? He wants to release some to other countries, even though, if history is any guide, many of them willreturn to the battlefield to wage jihad against us.

The rest he intends to bring to the United States. According to one report, the Pentagon has looked at more than a dozen possible sites to host these hardened terrorists, including “the naval brig in Charleston, South Carolina, a military prison at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, and a federal prison in Canon City, Colorado.”

The president acknowledged that closing Gitmo is a going to be a tough sell. A poll last summer found that only 27% of Americans supported closing the terrorist detention facility.

The president’s plan immediately ran into a buzz saw of bi-partisan opposition on Capitol Hill. Congress has already enacted significant restrictions against any Obama plans to close Gitmo.

Speaker Paul Ryan said, “His proposal fails to provide taxpayers with critical details required by law, including the exact cost and location of an alternate detention facility.” Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR) put it bluntly, saying, “Simply put: this plan is dead on arrival in the Senate.”

Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO), who is up for reelection this year, quickly blasted the president’s plan. “I’ve repeatedly said I do not support the transfer of prisoners from the Guantanamo Bay military facility to Colorado. . . This plan has done nothing to change my mind. These detainees should not be transferred to Colorado.”

Of course, there are rumors that Obama will issue an executive order closing the facility.

Biden’s Rules

As we have previously noted, the judicial confirmation process went nuclear in 1987 when Senate Democrats destroyed the nomination of Judge Robert Bork. The character assassination of Judge Bork was so bad, the hearings added a new a term to our political lexicon — “to Bork someone,” meaning to destroy them by innuendo and outright lies.

Who was chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee in 1987? Then-Senator Joe Biden (D-DE) wielded the gavel.

In 1992, Chairman Biden took to the Senate floor to express his views on the possibility of a Supreme Court nomination that year by then-President George H.W. Bush. Here’s what Biden said:

“. . .it is my view that if a Supreme Court justice resigns tomorrow or within the next several weeks, or resigns at the end of the summer, President Bush should consider following the practice of a majority of his predecessors and not — and not — name a nominee until after the November election is completed.”
Did you notice the emphasis there on not naming a nominee? Biden wasn’t stuttering. Watch it here. He continued:

“The Senate, too . . . must consider how it would respond to a Supreme Court vacancy that would occur in the full throes of an election year. It is my view that if [President Bush] goes the way of Presidents [Millard] Fillmore and [Andrew] Johnson, and presses an election year nomination, the Senate Judiciary Committee should seriously consider not scheduling confirmation hearings on the nomination until after the political campaign season is over.”
One liberal commentator at MSNBC called the Biden video “a pretty devastating soundbite” that erodes the “moral high ground” Democrats are attempting to claim in the current showdown over the vacancy created by Justice Scalia’s death.

On the Senate floor yesterday, Senator Charles Grassley, the current chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, held his ground and vowed to follow “the Biden Rules.”

President Trump Threatens To Prosecute Hillary

Donald Trump was asked last night by Sean Hannity what he thought of Hillary Clinton’s email scandal and whether a Trump Administration would prosecute her. Trump said he would.

“You have no choice. In fairness, you have to look into that,” Trump said. “If a Republican wins, if I’m winning, certainly you will look at that as being fair to anyone else. [It’s] so unfair to the people that have been prosecuted over the years for doing much less than she did,” he added.

End Of Day Report

Monday, February 22, 2016

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer

Results: Nevada

Hillary Clinton won the Nevada Democrat caucuses Saturday by a larger than expected margin of 53% to 47%. Two recent polls showed Clinton and Sanders were tied in Nevada, and the Sanders campaign desperately wanted to prove that New Hampshire wasn’t an aberration. But it just wasn’t in the cards.

Reports suggest Clinton got a big boost from behind-the-scenes efforts orchestrated by Harry Reid, who got a number of unions off the sidelines at the last minute.

Democrats vote next this Saturday in South Carolina, where Clinton currently enjoys a 24 point lead.

Results: South Carolina

It is hard to find weaknesses in the sweeping victory Donald Trump scored in South Carolina Saturday night. He won virtually every demographic, all but two counties and all 50 delegates. Here are the results:

Trump 33%
Rubio 23%
Cruz 22%
Bush 8%
Kasich 8%
Carson 7%.

Exit polls indicated that there are various categories of the Republican vote that Trump essentially owns. For example:

  • 40% of Republican primary voters said they were angry with big government, and they voted for Trump by 20 points.
  • 44% of primary voters said illegal immigrants should be deported. They voted for Trump by 23 points.
  • 48% of primary voters said they wanted a candidate from outside the political establishment. They voted for Trump by 50 points.

    The vote had another major result: A distant fourth place finish drove Jeb Bush, who was once the frontrunner, out of the race. Ohio Governor John Kasich, who did not seriously compete in South Carolina, is vowing to stay in, as is Dr. Ben Carson.

    Nevada Republicans vote tomorrow, where Donald Trump holds a 16-point lead according to the latest poll.

    Reflections On Money

    There are many campaign postmortems out there that are depressing to read. By some accounts, Jeb Bush raised roughly $180 million. Unconfirmed reports suggest a top Bush consultant may have been paid as much as $14 million for his colossal failure.

    Reading these reports brought to mind the millions donated to Karl Rove in 2012. No matter what they did, they just couldn’t turn Mitt Romney into a winning candidate. The same argument made for Romney — he’s the only one who can win — was made for Jeb. It ended up being a complete misreading of the mood of the public.

    I remember a large donor in 2012 who said to me, “I’ll support your super PAC, but I want to know you’re following the lead of Karl Rove in spending your money.” I refused to follow Rove’s lead, and I didn’t get the donation.

    All of which is to say that we could win a lot more victories if we stopped listening to the establishment’s analysis of the kind of people we should nominate and what we should run on. The professional consulting class is demonstrating an uncanny (and expensive) ability to get it wrong!

    Evangelicals & Trump

    Seventy-two percent of Republican voters Saturday identified as born-again evangelical Christians. They split 33% for Trump, 27% for Cruz and 22% for Rubio.

    There is a lot of angst about how an electorate that was so overwhelmingly evangelical could give a plurality of its votes to Donald Trump when his views on values issues are at best murky. I have a theory.

    For years many pro-family leaders have been warning the Republican Party that there are a lot of voters out there who vote for Republican candidates solely on issues like the sanctity of life, the meaning of marriage and the general sense that Republicans stand for social conservatism.

    We have warned party elites that if those issues are off the table, a lot of these folks will vote based on other issues, such as their perception of their own economic interests. That could lead them to vote for Democrats or populist candidates.

    Just consider two main issues for values voters — abortion and the meaning of marriage — and where we stand today. After 40 years of voting for pro-life candidates, we are beginning to make some progress. But we have yet to fully restore rights to the unborn, and we are fighting over whether taxpayers should be forced to pay for abortions.

    On marriage, social conservatives did everything they were asked to do. We were told that a federal marriage amendment was a bridge too far, and that marriage was a state issue. So, more than 30 states voted to protect the definition of traditional marriage. But then the federal courts invalidated their votes.

    When the Supreme Court ruled that marriage only between a man and a woman was unconstitutional, there was little pushback from Republican leaders in Washington. Some quarters of the party actually seemed relieved that the court had “settled” the issue, even though it was settled in a manner contrary to the values of most Republican voters.

    So what does this have to do with South Carolina? Well, if you are an evangelical blue collar worker and you conclude that no major political force is going to fight for your social values, you start voting based on other issues, if you vote at all.

    Did Donald Trump win a plurality of evangelical votes? Yes he did. They were overwhelmingly blue collar evangelicals who chose him for his opposition to illegal immigration, his opposition to trade deals, which they perceive as trading away their jobs, his economic populism and his full-throated “America First” nationalism.

    Several conservative media outlets this morning, including the increasingly influential Breitbart.com, are suggesting that what is happening now may be a blue collar takeover of the Republican Party.

    Scalia Laid To Rest

    Justice Antonin Scalia was laid to rest Saturday. His death reflects the loss of another conservative Reagan icon leaving the scene and passing into the pages of history. He left behind a tremendous legacy and became the gold standard of judicial conservatism.

    It was utterly classless of President Obama to skip Scalia’s funeral. He had time to meet with activists from the Black Lives Matter movement last week, but he could not make time to attend the funeral of this judicial giant.

    Justice Scalia’s son, Reverend Paul Scalia, delivered an incredibly moving homily at the funeral. You can watch Rev. Paul Scalia’s homily here. Commenting on how his father’s faith influenced his life, Rev. Scalia said:

    “He knew well what a close-run thing the founding of our country was. And he saw in that founding, as did the founders, a blessing — a blessing quickly lost when faith is lost from the public square or when we refuse to bring it there. Dad understood that the deeper he went in his Catholic faith, the better a citizen and public servant he became.”
    I share these remarks with you because I do not believe one’s faith is a purely personal matter. I believe faith has a tremendous impact on the very nature of our country. You can read more of my thoughts in my latest opinion piece at The Daily Caller.

 

End of Day Report

Friday, February 19, 2016

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary L. Bauer

Pope Francis — Please Call Your Office!

By now you have heard about the controversy between Pope Francis and Donald Trump. When a reporter aboard the papal airplane baited Pope Francis with a loaded question about Donald Trump’s signature issue — building a border wall — the pope unfortunately swallowed the hook. He responded:

“And then a person who thinks only about building walls, wherever they may be, and not building bridges, is not Christian. . . I say only that this man (Trump) is not Christian if he has said things like that.”
Let me say that the reporter who asked Pope Francis the question probably had an agenda. The U.S. media, which left out a lot of the pope’s response, certainly had an agenda.

Having said that, the pope’s remarks seemingly reflect a degree of hostility toward protecting borders, which he has expressed in other ways in the debate taking place in Europe now.

Government is a God-ordained institution whose purpose is to protect the life and liberty of its citizens. Nations that fail to secure their own borders eventually cease to be nations.

Pope Francis can see with his own eyes what is happening in Europe, which is facing a tidal wave of Muslim migrants that threatens to overwhelm the continent. If unchecked, the Vatican will be an island of the Christian faith in a sea of Muslim devotees.

What is even worse is what the Holy Father has avoided saying. Catholic theology and the teachings of Christ clearly embrace the sanctity of life and God’s institution of marriage as the union of one man and one woman.

The current president and vice president and the front runner for the Democrat presidential nomination have elevated the destruction of innocent unborn children to an idol they worship. Meanwhile, they have used their liberal allies on the courts to turn the sacrament of marriage into a mockery.

But Pope Francis has remained silent as to whether these politicians are Christians.

As I understand Catholic theology, the pope is infallible on matters of faith and doctrine, not on the details of border security in a dangerous world.

Cruz Closing In

The latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal finds Senator Ted Cruz is closing in on Donald Trump in tomorrow’s crucial South Carolina primary. The day before the polls open, here’s how the race stands:

Trump 28%
Cruz 23%
Rubio 15%
Bush 13%
Kasich 9%
Carson 9%
Undecided 5%.

Again, this poll could be an “outlier.” Most polls give Trump a much bigger lead. But as we noted yesterday, his numbers are falling. The race could be much closer than expected. Those remaining undecided voters may determine the winner.

One thing to keep in mind: The South Carolina primary is open, meaning Democrats can vote too. Some pundits have speculated that Trump’s attack on George W. Bush during last Saturday’s debate was a not-so-subtle appeal to Democrat voters.

Speaking of Senator Cruz, if you missed my interview last night on Fox Business with John Stossel discussing the 2016 campaign, you can watch it here.

Goodbye, Nino

The body of Justice Antonin Scalia was brought this morning to the Supreme Court, where it will lie in repose until his funeral tomorrow. My heart breaks for his wife, Maureen, their eight children and 36 grandchildren. It is difficult to imagine the Supreme Court without him. He was the court’s conservative anchor for almost 30 years.

As the nation says goodbye to this judicial giant, I want to make one brief observation about his impact on the high court. Justice Antonin Scalia authored the decision in the 2008 Hellercase. It was a 5-to-4 decision upholding the Second Amendment right of an individual to own a firearm for self-defense. It was reaffirmed in 2010 in McDonald v. Chicago, also on a 5-to-4 vote.

In the McDonald case, Barack Obama’s first Supreme Court appointment, Sonia Sotomayor signed onto a dissent that read in part, “I can find nothing in the Second Amendment’s text, history, or underlying rationale. . . to protect the keeping and bearing arms for private self-defense purposes.”

Obama’s second Supreme Court appointment, Justice Elena Kagan, thankfully has not had the opportunity to rule directly on the Second Amendment. However, she has a long and clearanti-Second Amendment record.

I have no doubt that a third Obama appointee to the Supreme Court would eagerly reverse Justice Scalia’s decision in the Heller case, jeopardizing the Second Amendment rights of all Americans.

Other recent, notable 5-to-4 cases that could be overturned include the Hobby Lobby decision, protecting religious business owners from Obamacare’s contraception mandate, andTown of Greece v. Galloway, which protected the right of local communities of have prayers at town meetings.

I was encouraged by an opinion piece in today’s Washington Post from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senator Charles Grassley, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee. They argued that the American people, through their vote this November, should have a say in the next Supreme Court appointment. I couldn’t agree more.

My friends, the future of the Republic and the values we cherish are at stake. Please make sure all your like-minded friends and family members are registered vote.