Monday, March 12, 2018
Lamb to the Slaughter?
Friends, there's a big election coming up tomorrow: a special election to decide whether Republicans will hold onto the seat in Pennsylvania's 18th Congressional district. Some polls give a slight edge to the Democrat, Conor Lamb, over the Republican, Rick Saccone, despite the fact that the district favored Trump over Clinton by 20 points. The Democrats have put a maximum effort into stealing the seat, in the hope that they can feed the narrative of a cresting "blue wave" in 2018. For those keeping score, there have already been four special elections for the House of Representatives since Nov. 2016, and Republicans have won every one. In most cases, Democrats convinced themselves they could compete, only to come up short. Now, we all know that lefties don't lack for ego, so let's not give them anything to crow about, eh? My prediction is that Saccone will win, and Democrats will congratulate themselves for getting close. How did they make it competitive? Their candidate, Conor Lamb, is young and, according to endless fawning news reports, handsome. He's also done everything in his power to avoid connecting himself to liberalism, Nancy Pelosi, or Trump-hatred, despite the fact that he's a member of the party which espouses all three. If he wins, it will be a triumph of dissimulation, but...I doubt he can win. Time will tell.
Meanwhile, here's a fun story: Emperor Cuomo is sweating bullets, because his campaign for the Democratic nomination for Governor of New York may not be the usual coronation. He might be challenged from the (loony) left. Let's hope this is a storyline that repeats itself a lot between now and November. There's a good chance that many electable Democrats will be picked off by angry Bolshevists. Wouldn't that be great?
In other good news, President Trump is wisely backing away from his bone-headed proposal to raise the age for buying some firearms from 18 to 21. Unfortunately, legislation to that effect passed in the great state of Florida. We must hope it gets overturned by the courts.
Lastly, just a little more good news: President Trump has blocked the sale of Qualcomm, a very important U.S. telecommunications company, to a foreign firm. He has done so to protect U.S. national security, although, as I've written, even as a U.S. company Qualcomm is a menace, and further measures are needed to protect our national edge in high tech R&D and manufacturing. Nonetheless, Trump has done more in a year to safeguard our technological preeminence than most Presidents do in one or two terms. Bravo!