In a much-ballyhooed House special election Tuesday in North Carolina’s 9th District, Republican Dan Bishop won a narrow 50.8%-48.6% victory over Democrat Dan McCready. The media had blown it up as a harbinger of the 2020 election, claiming that if the Democrat won, it could mean a “blue wave” and possible losses for Trump and the GOP Senate. As it is, they’re trying to spin the Dems’ narrow loss as a sign of leftwing enthusiasm and eroding GOP support, since that district went for Trump by 12 points in 2016. Remember, according to the media, every Democratic win is a sign of rising Democratic support, while every Republican win is either an outlier or voter fraud.
The truth is this race was hardly indicative of any national trends. It represented an extremely unusual set of circumstances, including a scandal that forced a special election, massive media coverage, an off-year election with no higher race coattails, and ridiculous levels of spending (over $6 million on each side by the campaigns and outside groups combined), all of which can affect turnout and distort the results. To show how unique this race was, in another special election in North Carolina’s 3rd district, the Republican won by 62%-to-38%. That exactly matches the partisan breakdown of the district. There were zero defections on either side.
A couple of actual takeaways from the North Carolina races...
In all of yesterday’s commemorations of the 18th anniversary of 9/11, it was too easy to overlook that it was also the seventh anniversary of the deadly attack on our diplomatic outpost in Benghazi, Libya. Yes, wasn’t it amazingly coincidental that a spontaneous attack sparked by a YouTube video just happened to occur on the anniversary of 9/11?
Over 13 hellish hours, a handful of brave men saved staffers and defended the outpost, but four Americans - Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens, US Foreign Service Information Management Officer Sean Smith and former Navy SEALs Glen Doherty and Tyron Woods – were killed. All of this played out while they waited and waited for help to arrive that officials back in Washington never gave the order to send.
The media did exemplary lapdog service helping to cover up, disseminate false official stories and dismiss Benghazi as a “phony scandal” (it was hardly “phony” to the men who survived, and certainly not to those who didn’t and their families), but they weren’t able to convince enough Americans to put one of the officials chiefly responsible for it into the Oval Office.
What happened at Benghazi, and the way government officials prioritized covering their rear ends over providing cover for Americans under fire, is another story that needs to be protected from the history editors and never forgotten. There are many books and articles about it, and a terrific movie that the media did everything in its power to keep you from seeing, called “13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi.”
As we head into the 2020 elections and you keep hearing from the Democrats about how bad Trump is and how we need to put them back in charge to restore “normalcy,” remember that this is what they considered a normal way of dealing with Americans under attack. They might hate Trump because he sends rude tweets, but unlike those in charge during the Benghazi attack, at least he knows how to send SOMETHING.
President Trump scores major win in the Supreme Court
By Mike Huckabee
President Trump scored a major win in the Supreme Court Wednesday, with a 7-2 decision upholding his policy of requiring anyone seeking asylum in the US to apply in a third country first.
The decision overturns a national stay on the policy (the second, in fact) issued by the same (surprise!) Obama-appointed San Francisco federal judge. On Monday, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, which may finally be showing the effects of the sanity transfusion enabled by Trump’s judicial appointees, lifted the injunction everywhere but in its jurisdiction, including California and Arizona.
The Supreme Court action isn’t a final decision on the policy, but it does put an end to federal district judges with their magic gavels trying to dictate asylum policy to the President. Many analysts believe that the 7-2 ruling, with only uber-liberals Ginsburg and Sotomayor dissenting, is a good sign for Trump’s eventual chances in the SCOTUS.
For the record: opponents of the policy claim that Trump isn’t allowed to make asylum seekers apply in another country first (for instance, if they come from Honduras and cross Mexico, making them apply in Mexico rather than coming here to do it.) Also, they claim Trump would expose them to dangerous reprisals by sending them back where they came from. Trump’s argument is that vast hordes of migrants are gaming the system: that they aren’t really in danger at home or else they’d apply for asylum in the closest country; they’re really coming here for economic opportunities and only claiming they’re asylum seekers after they’re intercepted; and we shouldn’t have to grant asylum to people who enter our national illegally instead of following the application procedure.
The real problem is that we have loopholes in our immigration laws that are being widely exploited, but as long as the Democrats are in charge of the House, there is virtually no chance of the asylum law being fixed. The best we can hope is that in 2020, voters will get tired of the House being run like an asylum.
Facebook's censorship draws Senate attention
By Mike Huckabee
Facebook’s censorship of the pro-life organization Live Action for “disseminating false information” (i.e., videos branded as “false” because they express pro-life views that biased “fact-checking” groups disagree with) has drawn the attention of Republican Senators. They wrote a letter to the social media giant demanding an audit of its editorial practices that will allow them to grill Facebook’s top executives. The letter bluntly states, "The only thing more astonishing than your claim to nonpartisanship is your complete failure to back that claim with proof.
And lo and behold, as if by a miracle, Live Action says Facebook told them that they will be updating their fact-checking process and removing strikes from the group's accounts.
It’s amazing what a little sunshine can do. I still want that audit, though.
I wanted to make sure you also read these comments:
Great Moments In Journalism: CNN’s James Acosta outdid even his usual work by asking a question of Treasury Secretary Jim Mnuchin that elicited this dumbfounded response:
“That’s the most ridiculous question I’ve ever heard of.”
Click the link to find out what question Jim Acosta could possibly ask that was more ridiculous than all the other questions he’s ever asked. Bonus feature: this story quotes my comment on it from Twitter. Of course, you already read that because you subscribe to my Twitter feed, right?
Sad news today: Energy tycoon, philanthropist, major Republican donor and all-around colorful Texas character and visionary T. Boone Pickens died at his home in Dallas Wednesday at 91, following a series of strokes and a head injury from a fall in 2017.
And like many people, I was shocked and saddened to hear of the death at age 30 of Harvest Christian Fellowship associate pastor Jarrid Wilson, who committed suicide after a long struggle with depression. He had been very open about his problems and devoted his life to being an advocate for others suffering with mental health problems, depression and suicidal thoughts that not even his deep faith could cure.
I hope you'll join me in offering our prayers and condolences to his wife, children, family and friends. At the link, you can read more about Jarrid’s life, his struggles and the profound effect he had on others, as well as comments from colleagues, including Harvest senior pastor Greg Laurie, who will be my guest next weekend on “Huckabee.” There’s also a link to a GoFundMe page to help Jarrid's widow and small children.
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