Crime Watch: Fett’s Moronic Movie Metaphor
Pennsylvania Senate candidate John Fetterman’s use of “The Shawshank Redemption” as a “touchstone” on leniency for killers is “a particularly terrible metaphor.” says David Harsanyi of the Federalist — if Morgan Freeman’s character had committed his crimes in real life, he would “almost certainly deserve to die in prison,” contrary to Fetterman’s statement that it’s a “simple choice” to set him free. Reminder: As head of his state’s Board of Pardons, Fetterman voted ‘to release a murderer who stabbed and beat a 72-year-old man to death’ and another ‘who used a pair of scissors to kill the mother of his girlfriend. So “maybe all these murderers deserve to be free. . . . But only someone who has trouble distinguishing between real life and fantasy, or a sociopath, would call these choices “very simple.”
Liberal: The Democrats’ Problem With Hispanics
“Republican gains among Hispanic voters have generated a wave of concern among Democrats,” warns William A. Galston at the Wall Street Journal. Donald Trump’s share of the Hispanic vote rose from 28% in 2016 to 38% in 2020. In Florida, it jumped to 46%; Texas, 41%. “If these trends continue,” Democrats must “concede that a group they have long considered the cornerstone of a new Democratic majority has instead become a swing group” and therefore will have to “honestly focus on what really move” these voters. (It’s not an opposition to immigration controls, for example.) And they need to show they can “get inflation under control” and focus more on “broad-based growth and upward mobility” and less about “redistribution”.
Eye on NY: Beware of the new bond issue
This fall, New Yorkers will vote on a $4.2 billion environmental bond for clean water, clean air and green jobs, but the doubts of James Hanley of the Empire Center “We can now afford this new loan.” While some investments may bring “better public health and reduced property damage,” the fine print of this election measure is “of less certain value.” The zero-emissions mandate for all school buses leaves “school districts on the hook for billions of dollars,” “labour and materials provisions are a complete waste of taxpayer dollars,” and “Buy American provisions preclude the purchase of the cheapest materials.” Ultimately, “a more cost-effective measure that stretched more New York taxpayers’ dollars to fund more projects for the same cost would have been better.”
Republican: Remember all the ‘election deniers’
Accused of being an election denier, Arizona’s GOP government nominee Kari Lake Quotes ‘150 examples of Democrats denying election results’: Karine Jean-Pierre, White House press secretary, claimed in 2018 that Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp stole the election from Stacy Abrams; Hillary Clinton said “Trump is an illegitimate president” in 2019 and on other occasions. “If you’re going to start throwing around terms like Holocaust denier, let’s remember who the other Holocaust deniers were – Hillary Clinton and all the Democrats,” Lake fumed. “Since 2000, people have questioned the legitimacy of our elections. If she wins, she “wants Democrats, Independents and Republicans to all know their vote counts.”
Gadfly: Watching the Panic in the White House
President Biden’s new commitment to codify Roe v. Wade by Congress next year, Notes by Jim Geraghty of the National Review, would require the addition of at least two Democratic senators, “thereby raising the stakes in a year when his party is not expected to do well.” It is not the decision of a president who is convinced that his party will perform adequately in the next election. But “maybe the White House should freak out,” because the latest polls “are pretty much what Republicans wanted to see,” with inflation and the economy being by far “the biggest issues on people’s minds.” voters”, followed by crime. The Democrats bet on “the emphasis on abortion, January 6, and the threat of Donald Trump”. It won’t work “when inflation is 8.2%, gas prices are skyrocketing, crime is high, the border is insecure, and large majorities of the electorate think the country is on the wrong track”.
– Compiled by the Editorial Board of The Post