Evening Edition - August 12

August 12, 2020 |

WHO HIRES WHO

Among the many dusty political clichés that no longer apply is the idea that the Republicans are the party of “the rich” and Democrats are for “the common man” (or woman or whichever one of the 57+ genders you identify with.) That should have been set to rest long ago by all the big bucks pouring into Dem coffers from Wall Street, Hollywood and Silicon Valley; the Party’s efforts to continue letting illegal immigration destroy the jobs and wages of low-skilled workers; their laws that crush small businesses and independent contractors; and Party leaders like Hillary Clinton and Nancy Pelosi with their Marie Antoinette-like attitudes toward all the lower class “deplorables.”

But here’s yet another scientifically-verified example, and thanks to Instapundit for finding this on Twitter. The study was from last year, but it’s even more timely now.

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill researchers discovered that when hiring top campaign workers, Democratic Presidential campaigns disproportionately hire people from the same small handful of elite private and Ivy Schools, while Republicans tend to hire people who attended state public universities all across America.

The top three schools for Republican campaign hires are UT-Austin, Ohio State and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Others in the top 20 include the University of Alabama, Brigham Young in Utah and Missouri State. Overall, 20% of Democrat hires come from just seven schools: Harvard, Stanford, NYU, UC Berkeley, Georgetown, Columbia and Yale. Sixteen percent of Hillary Clinton's 2016 staffers came from just four of those schools. So we can also add "The Democrats represent diversity" to the outdated cliche list.

I’m sure the Dems would say that just shows that they hire the “best and the brightest.” But that’s only because they define “best and brightest” as “people who went to the same expensive schools I did in the same parts of the country and got indoctrinated with the same lefist dogma by the same liberal professors.” It could help explain why they seem to be so out of touch with most Americans, and as Hillary and Mike Bloomberg let slip, look down with scorn and condescension on anyone who doesn’t have an Ivy League degree and a white collar job. It doesn't take a degree from Hah-vahd to know how well that goes over with blue collar voters.

Moral: this is not your father’s Democratic Party anymore, even if they are running your grandfather for President.

AMUSING

Interesting and amusing piece by Stephen Kruiser at PJ Media on why the Biden campaign might have to declare the choice of Kamala Harris as an in-kind contribution to the Trump campaign.

ELECTION RECAP

Here's a wrap-up and analysis of Tuesday’s primary election results by Democratic pollster and Fox News contributor Doug Schoen.

As he notes, the big story is the wins by anti-establishment candidates on both the left and right, a problem for leaders of both parties, but worse for the Democrats. This widens even further the great divide between the shell-shocked voters whom Biden will have to feed "moderate" baloney to convince them the party hasn’t gone crazy and the wild-eyed leftist nutjobs who are actually getting elected in blue cities and states and turning them into Third World countries (he’ll also need to win over the voters who actually voted for that!)

Also, deeply depressing but hardly unexpected, voters in Minnesota gave a big win to Rep. Ilhan Omar over her better-funded, equally “progressive” but not stunningly corrupt, anti-American and anti-Semitic challenger. It’s further proof that once Democrats get into a seat of power, no matter how awful they may be, removing them from it is like trying to pry off a deer tick.

NEW READING

There are two new books out about the Trump Administration, one by a former White House insider and the other co-written by a black political activist. But before you brace yourself for whatever mud the authors have agreed to peddle for a fat advance, you should know these are not the kind of back-stabbing books we’ve come to expect.

The first is by former Trump Director of Oval Office Operations, Madeleine Westerhout, and it’s called “Off the Record: My Dream Job at the White House, How I Lost It, and What I Learned.” She has some harsh words, but not for Trump. Westerhout saves her criticism for the media, and with good cause. After a dinner at Trump’s golf resort in New Jersey, she had a few drinks with some reporters she thought were her friends and who assured her their conversation was off-the-record. She made some catty jokes about Trump’s daughter Tiffany’s weight and his relationship with his daughters. Of course, the “off the record” comments were immediately reported, and she was quickly invited to resign. She now believes they reported those stories just because they hate Trump so much and want to hurt him in any way they can. She learned the hard way not to trust the media.

Westerhout says her comments weren’t true and it “broke her heart” to hurt Trump and his family. But she has talked to him on the phone twice since and he forgave her, which she says “just goes to show how gracious he is.” In fact, she was surprised to discover that he was nothing like what she expected. And she was hardly a Trump sycophant.

Until she went to work for him, all she knew about him was the horrible things she’d heard in the media, so she hadn’t even voted for him in 2016 (although she stresses that she did not vote for Hillary.) She was surprised to discover that he was nothing like how he had been painted. She says he’s actually a kind and friendly boss, he reads constantly, works very hard, relies heavily on female aides and is very warm toward friends, family and staffers.

Westerhout said one of her goals with her book is to counter the relentless false negative stories about Trump. I wish her luck, although I suspect that’s like trying to put out the Chicago Fire with a flyswatter.

The other new book is called “Coming Home: How Black Americans Will Re-elect Trump.” It’s by African-American conservative political activist Vernon Robinson III and Bruce Eberle of the Eberle Associates political fundraising firm.

They tell a similar story of not supporting Trump at first and only voting for him because he had to be better than Hillary Clinton (Note: he is also much better than Joe Biden.) But they came around after seeing him keep his promises about governing like a real conservative with his judicial appointments, peace through strength, cutting of regulations and more, as well as forcing new trade deals, making our allies pay more for their defense, strengthening border security and other measures that put Americans first.

But the thing that’s unusual about this book is its theory that Trump will win reelection because he’ll get a higher percentage of the black vote than any Republican in a century. Two reasons: he’s actually doing things to help black Americans (sentencing reform, job creation, rising wages, opportunity zones, protecting their churches) and unlike most Republicans, he’s actively appealing to them for their votes and not just letting the Democrats’ false claims that he’s a “racist” define him.

I don’t know if that will win him enough black votes to tip the election, although the Democrats wouldn’t have to lose that many for it to sink them. That’s why they viciously attack any black person who dares to oppose them (i.e., if you don’t vote for Biden, “you ain’t black.”) I know it can be done because when I was Governor of Arkansas, I reached out to the black community, listened to their concerns and worked with them to try to solve some problems. They were skeptical at first (they’d grown up hearing a lot of anti-Republican propaganda), but they eventually realized I was sincere. I’m proud to say that I won reelection with the highest percentage of the black vote of any Arkansas Governor since Reconstruction. But of course, I didn’t have a national media churning out a 24/7/365 river of poison accusing me of being a racist. That’s a lot to have to overcome.

November’s election will present a stark choice for African-Americans. Republicans offer proven policies that make them safer, freer and more prosperous. Democrats offer policies that have failed black communities for decades and are currently making life exponentially worse for them. But they’ve resorted to tokenism by adding a black VP candidate and they’re ramping up the false accusations of racism. I think that the choice is pretty clear. I hope enough black voters agree.

PRESIDENT TRUMP ON THE NFL

President Trump weighed in on the NFL’s leftwing virtue-signaling by saying that while he’d love to see the sport reopen and is doing everything possible to make that happen, “I would say this, if they don’t stand for the National Anthem, I hope they don’t open.”

I’m sure he’ll get the usual hair-on-fire outraged reaction from the media, but judging by the TV ratings, I’d say millions of football fans agree with him. The NFL seems to be testing the old philosophical question: “If 22 large men hit their knees during the National Anthem and nobody’s around to hear them, do they make a sound?”

DAILY VERSE

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  • Diane W Hawkins

    08/16/2020 02:09 PM

    Please don't get too political!!! You have stood out as a commentator because of your fairness and honesty. I am so sick of politics driving everything in this country. Please just present the facts. I'm tired of seeing Democrats just involved in painting the Republicans black. And I'm getting just as tired of Republicans bending over backwards to paint the Democrats in as bad a light as possible. PLEASE don't make this your game too. This is being written in response to many of your columns recently not particularly this one. I know it's a war but Republicans are doing their part in escalating it.

  • Joyce Birch

    08/13/2020 03:54 PM

    You think we've gone through hell watching the far-left attack the President, family, & any Trump supporters, the last 4 yrs., wait, the Biden/Harris ticket, you "ain't" seen nothing yet!
    Great newsletter as usual. Saw you on the Ingram Angle last night, great job! Governor, do you ever think a Republican will ever run for office in these Democrat states that have all the violence, murders, & destruction? It seems there are more blue states than red states. I know we need to keep the electoral system. Could you give a little history on the red/blue states? Are there solid red states & blue states written in stone? I know when President Trump won, he took a few blue states (districts) if I recall. I'm concerned about Texas. More liberals moving there. As you can see, I'm not that good when it comes to the political system. Way too deep for me. But, I've been learning more since the Obama administration.

  • carole a braden

    08/13/2020 02:50 PM

    right on

  • Diane Harris

    08/13/2020 12:57 PM

    Will you help me to know how to talk to my brother now that is very unhappy with President Trump. He is a retired Postal worker and says Trump is going to take away his pension...how do I talk to him. I assure him Trump is for the people, but the headlines don't sound good regarding post office. Thanks for any insight!

  • Jack Narvel

    08/13/2020 11:39 AM

    Hi Mike - Good piece, but you forgot to mention that Kamala Harris is NOT actually black but Jamaican and an (India) Indian (not American Indian). So the left continues to spin whatever it can, whenever it wants, Amen??

  • Janet C. Harris

    08/13/2020 10:35 AM

    I appreciate so very much each Evening Edition. Thank you Governor Huckabee for sharing a bit of humor with the facts. I know I am getting the truth from you! Yes, I am a Trump supporter and will be voting accordingly!

    Thank you for the My Faith Votes pic of you with President Trump. It is my prayer reminder to pray for you both AND I do.

  • June Slemp

    08/13/2020 09:28 AM

    In May 1607 the Jamestown Colony landed on the shore of Virginia and planted a cross they had brought with them and knelt and dedicated Virginia first and all the lands westward to the Lord Jesus Christ and Father God. That prayer is still before God's throne and we can agree with it that this IS STILL one nation under God and the enemy cannot have it!

  • Mike Horst

    08/13/2020 08:43 AM

    Mike, What is it with these Democrats? What do they really stand for? One minute they are radical leftists. The next they are moderates. That is the problem with these clowns they stand for whatever they think is blowing in the political winds. They stand for nothing really! Vote them OUT!

  • Huey Collins

    08/13/2020 08:16 AM

    I Stand

    When you have "been in the shit," I will consider your opinion about kneeling.

    When you have been on the line, and every human being on the other side not only wants to kill you, is trying hard to kill you any possible way they can...I will consider your opinion about kneeling.

    When you have to pick up your companion because he is either close to death or already dead and carry him however far you have to as bullets whiz by and explosions knock you down...I will consider your opinion about kneeling.

    When you move through hostile territory for weeks, eating MRI's, sleeping in mud, sand, heat, cold, bugs, snakes, etc, on alert every minute of every day with almost zero sleep or rest...I will consider your opinion about kneeling.

    When you do all of the above (and there is much more), either because you volunteered or your country called you to duty and you swore this oath; "I, _____, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God." An oath I have never been released from...I will consider your opinion about kneeling.

    You may not be wrong for kneeling, but I promise you this; when you refuse to stand and honor the many who sacrificed so much, up to including their lives... I take it as a personal insult and consider you disrespectful.

    You want you cause heard? Well fellow American, choose a different platform. My ears are closed until you do so.

    I stand

    ????????????GOD????????????BLESS???????????? AMERICA????????????

    #TheVirusIsOverBecauseISaySo

  • Jack macdonald

    08/13/2020 08:07 AM

    Candidate selection has evolved to gender and race being the criteria rather than real qualifications. This assures that this country will continue a slide to mediocrity .

  • Margie Babik

    08/13/2020 07:45 AM

    Dear Governor Huckabee: How are the misguided people in this country supposed to know the truth about the democrats when all they do is watch and read liberal propaganda? Why aren't there any negative ads and true issues about Biden and democrats seen on mainstream TV? How do we get to the people who don't know there is a FOX News station to hear the truth about what is going on in this country?

  • Jack macdonald

    08/13/2020 07:38 AM

    I'm 80 yrs old and didn't know that I would live long enough to see MPLS elect a anti-Semite , America hating muslim to congress TWICE. The muslims have a roadmap for gaining political inroads until they capture governments. It has already worked in the UK where several of their largest cities including London have muslim mayors. They currently have Dearborn, MI and it looks like MPLS is targeted for the same fate. I have two daughters living there. God help them.

  • Patsy Weaver

    08/13/2020 07:30 AM

    God bless you!

  • Edward Peterson

    08/13/2020 03:22 AM

    In July you posted this article (https://off-guardian.org/2020/07/07/second-wave-not-even-close/) on the Chinese virus Herd Immunity. I read it and decided to test the ideas presented. The following is a link to an Excel spreadsheet I put together to test the ideas that we are closer to herd immunity then we think. https://1drv.ms/x/s!Al1fc-sl0-j7x0WUVCVnJM5Y30KH In this spreadsheet is a pivot-chart that generates a graph with 3 lines. The red line is a 7 day moving average of deaths per million population. The orange line is a 7 day moving average of confirmed cases per 100 thousand population. The black line is the estimated herd immunity. There are also three dashed lines on the graph. The upper and lower lines mark the zone in which the author the herd immunity threats hold (HIT) is likely to be found and the middle dashed line at 17% is his estimated HIT. When you select a state you see where that state stands in terms of achieving herd immunity. All the states around NYC all have very high herd immunity (>50%) and their case and death curves tread with low numbers. Also, the maximum in the curves Is reached approximately when a 17% HI is achieved. When I first did this on July 20 I wanted to find a state that was on the cusp of HI. Arizona I estimated was within a week of achieving HI. If you look at Arizona’s graph it reach 17% about July 27 as anticipated and the case and death curves started rapidly treading down. The same has occurred for Florida and Texas seems close. My state, California, is at 10% and I don’t expect we’ll achieve HI for another month or so. I plan to do an analysis by county because I think some have and case/death rates are dropping. Where HI has been achieved it doesn’t appear where there have been an increase in cases that there has been an increase in deaths. Check out NJ for example. I think this has 2 potential explanations. First we know that there have been issues based on how tests are used to ID cases. Second, more youth seem to be getting infected and they have a very low rate of death. Anyway, it appears once HI is reached deaths and cases drop and stay relatively low. I plan to update my spreadsheet with new data periodically to see how things progress. By the way, the case and death data I use is public information from the CDC and the population data is from the census. Contact me if you want to know more. There is a lot here and not enough space to write it all. I love your newsletter. Keep it coming.

  • James Evart

    08/13/2020 01:25 AM

    My hope is that President Trump hits Harris with her corrupt, incompetent and agenda driven history as hard as he can because Biden himself does not even see himself completing his first term. Harris would most certainly succeed him as President if they won with Pelosi in succession. What a thought!
    An applicant for ANY job must be up to the physical and mental demands of the position applied for. I should think that testing Biden's cognitive ability would be mandatory for the highest, most significantly impactful and difficult job in the United States, let alone the world. Would you hire a bumbling idiot to work even as your janitor? He belongs in a rest home. Why is everyone not shouting objections to his Presidential candidacy and the risks inherent in even considering him for such an important office as President of the United States? His candidacy is sheer madness!

  • don E sandford

    08/13/2020 12:39 AM

    Been thinking some after learning President Trump considering White House and Gettysburg as back drop for his acceptance speech . A great back drop is important for his message to be delivered and remembered by all ,maybe an even better place could be found that expounded and drove home his love for the country, accomplishments so far and goals for America and his administration for the next four years, consistent with and reminding us all of its founding values, ideals and sacrifices that once bound people from sea to shining sea. Considering security needed where ever it may be is makes it even harder to find these days. Anyway , just a thought for perhaps the most important speech of his presidency.

  • Eleanor Patricia Allert

    08/12/2020 11:29 PM

    Trusting the Lord will bless us with good success in overcoming this lawless ungodly onslaught, I continue to pray that He will give us "...the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ."

    Blessings to you and yours,

    Eleanor Allert

  • LeAnn Kathman

    08/12/2020 10:26 PM

    Thank you for being the voice of reason, and with s dash of humor.

  • Dot Whitley

    08/12/2020 10:21 PM

    Real conservatives are rich in common sense, love toward the helpless, loving our neighbor as ourselves, honest, and most of all fearing the Almighty Lord God. We hate the evil of war, yet we know we have to protect our land whether it's here in our homeland or far away. We are blessed with having real men.
    Liberals are poor in everything Conservatives are rich in. They are a pitiful excuse of mankind.

  • Carl "T" Smith

    08/12/2020 10:20 PM

    Not to worry about 22"men" taking a knee during the National Anthem. The NFL has decided to prevent that from happening by NOT playing the OUR National Anthem! I think the NFL just Pissed off a few million Veterans and active service personnel will probably watch PBS instead. If the commissioner showed up with a check for a Million Dollars for me to Watch - After I got out of Jail for punching out his lights I think I just explained how I feel about Millionaire Ingrates

  • Vaslav Nijinsky

    08/12/2020 09:41 PM

    Get woke, go broke. Virtue signaling gets you nada from the Antifa and BLM thugs but your pockets picked, then thrown to the wolves.

  • Rick Locke

    08/12/2020 08:48 PM

    Call me confused. (I know - "Hey, Confused, How's it going?")
    The democrats nominate Joe. A guy who bragged on camera that he did what the democrats tried for 2 years to impeach President Trump for. Hmmmmm.

  • Virginia G Moore

    08/12/2020 08:44 PM

    I heard a couple of comments by Kamila Harris (heaven forbid I pronounce it wrong) saying "when I take office". Who is running for the office of president on the democrat ticket? From her comments, it sounded like she thinks she is; however, we all agree that Biden will be a puppet only. So if she should be elected, (please God no), she will be the one making decisions along with Obama!!

  • PAUL SCHABER

    08/12/2020 08:39 PM

    Biden VP Pick Kamala Harris Voiced Support for Defunding the Pentagon in July
    By Kristina Wong -August 12, 20200495

    In July, she stopped short of backing an amendment by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) to defund the Pentagon by ten percent in 2021, but said in a statement afterwards that she “unequivocally” agreed with the goal to reduce the defense budget, and she remained supportive of the effort:

    I APPLAUD SENATOR SANDERS AND AM GRATEFUL FOR ALL THE WORK THAT HE’S DONE ON THIS AMENDMENT. I UNEQUIVOCALLY AGREE WITH THE GOAL OF REDUCING THE DEFENSE BUDGET AND REDIRECTING FUNDING TO COMMUNITIES IN NEED, BUT IT MUST BE DONE STRATEGICALLY. I REMAIN SUPPORTIVE OF THE EFFORT, AND AM HOPEFUL THAT WITH THE BENEFIT OF ADDITIONAL TIME, FUTURE EFFORTS WILL MORE SPECIFICALLY ADDRESS THESE COMPLICATED ISSUES AND EARN MY ENTHUSIASTIC SUPPORT.

    Harris then joined 13 other Senators in voting against the 2021 National Defense Authorization Act, which authorizes Pentagon spending and activities, as well as troop pay.

    She said in a statement:

    I AM THANKFUL FOR ALL THE WORK NEGOTIATORS DID TO THIS POINT, HOWEVER, I VOTED NO BECAUSE CALIFORNIANS DEMAND BETTER. I COULD NOT VOTE FOR A BILL THAT PROVIDES BACKDOOR FUNDING FOR TRUMP’S BORDER WALL, CLEARS A PATHWAY TO TESTING A NUCLEAR WEAPON FOR THE FIRST TIME IN DECADES, AND DOES NOT ADEQUATELY ADDRESS THE SCOURGE OF SEXUAL ASSAULT IN THE MILITARY. AND I COULD NOT BACK THIS BILL AFTER REPUBLICANS REFUSED TO INCLUDE OUR AMENDMENTS TO DEMILITARIZE POLICE DEPARTMENTS.

    President Trump said Tuesday about Harris during a press conference, “She’s a big slasher of funds for our military.”

    Harris either missed or voted against the two previous National Defense Authorization Act bills.

    She missed the vote on the 2020 National Defense Authorization Act on June 27, 2019, and voted against the 2019 National Defense Authorization Act, along with nine other senators.

    The last NDAA she voted for was 2018, when she said, “This bill ensures our brave service members have the equipment, support, and benefits required to defend our nation, and improves military readiness, capacity, and modernization.”

  • Duane Bequette

    08/12/2020 08:27 PM

    Your comments on what colleges Republican hire out of scares the heck out of me. UU and UW are also extremely liberal universities. No wonder Republicans cannot get their act together!