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A weird way to woo ‘reluctant Trump voters’ and other commentary

A weird way to woo ‘reluctant Trump voters’ and other commentary
22 Oct
12:33

Conservative: Weird Way To Woo ‘Reluctant Trump Voters’

Democrats for a while pinned their midterm-election hopes on wooing people who’d only reluctantly backed Donald Trump in 2016. “But the Democrats have a funny outreach strategy,” sighs National Review’s Kevin Williamson. They’ve insisted these voters “must have been motivated by racism . . . that they hate women, that they are motivated by bigotry against Muslims and revulsion against homosexuals, that they are dumb.” And the Dem agenda is fully aligned with “NARAL and Planned Parenthood, anti-police radicals, people who gleefully advertise their hatred for white men . . . — the whole smelly poopburger.” In short, Dems “have pretty much abandoned any serious effort to reach out to those voters,” opting instead to try to “convince Americans that their neighbors are Nazis, and that screaming at them on Facebook is the moral equivalent of fighting with the French Resistance.”

Culture critic: Stick To Fashion, Teen Vogue

Sighing over Teen Vogue’s latest “poorly-written diatribe that reads like a B student’s Marxism 101 paper and gets key historical facts wrong,” The Federalist’s Inez Feltscher Stepman wonders what it would take for the magazine to give up on politics. She warns: “The relentless politicization of all spaces in public and private life is exhausting and dangerous.” After all, “With the threat of political violence and civil unrest bubbling in the background, it’s even more critical that people of different political tribes connect with each other” in other spheres “as sports fans, Netflix bingers, and, yes, fashionistas.” The push for politics everywhere is “one of the most destructive trends in our culture.”

Labor watch: Public Unions Try To Hold the Line

With the Supreme Court’s Janus decision likely to devastate their dues collection, public-employee unions across the nation are spending millions in the runup to Election Day in hopes of somehow protecting their turf, notes Steven Malanga at City Journal. In Maine, they’re pushing a ballot initiative to hike taxes on high earners to fund new state spending; in Hawaii, the target is out-of-state owners of luxury property. And “government labor groups have contributed about $30 million this cycle to federal elections,” overwhelmingly to Democrats. Yet these priorities may upset union members, since “even efforts to raise taxes anger some government workers, who have to pay the levies, too.” Which helps explain “why public-sector unions now face a potential exodus of members.”

Political reporter: Dems Don’t Know How To Handle Hillary

Hillary Clinton is slowly amping up her public presence, notes Annie Karni at Politico, and “Democrats are conflicted” about what to make of” it. Her claim that Bill and Monica had nothing to do with #MeToo was widely panned, but “why should the woman who won the popular vote in 2016 . . . be silenced at a time of great public discourse?” Men who lost White House runs don’t go into hiding. But campaigns mainly only want her quiet help in fund-raising; “Clinton is seen as a discordant fit to publicly stump [even] for many young, progressive female candidates.” No matter: “she just can’t step away from domestic politics” — leaving some to wonder if she may yet enter the 2020 race.

Sociologists: California Is Turning Feudal

Though “often seen as the role model for the future,” the Golden State is now “moving backward toward a more feudal society,” Joel Kotkin and Marshall Toplansky warn in the Orange County Register. It’s creating a society “characterized by the ultra-rich, a diminishing middle class and a large, rising segment of the population that is in or near poverty.” Its inequality level is now worse than Mexico’s, and “closer to that of Central American banana republics like Guatemala and Honduras than it is to developed states like Canada and Norway.” The problems “lie with policies that keep housing prices high, an education system that is a disgrace, particularly for the poor, and a business climate so over-regulated that jobs can be created either in very elite sectors or in lower-paying service professions.”

Source: https://nypost.com/2018/10/21/a-weird-way-to-woo-reluctant-trump-voters-and-other-commentary/

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