Graham is pushing for regime change in Saudi Arabia and other commentary

Political scribes: Democrats Have a Hispanic Downside
Florida’s Republican Gov. Rick Scott has spent years courting his state’s Hispanic voters “as if his political profession trusted it” — and it did, counsel Politico’s Michael Grunwald and Marc Caputo. Final month, that effort was key to his upset win over Sen. Invoice Nelson and that of GOP gubernatorial candidate Ron DeSantis over Andrew Gillum. Clearly, Democrats “have a Hispanic downside in America’s largest swing state,” which might assist President Trump win re-election. This, regardless that overwhelming margins amongst Latinos elsewhere helped drive Democratic victories. In Florida, which has a much wider cross-section of Hispanics, Democrats “have assumed demography could be future.” So as a substitute of organizing year-round, they presumed their positions on immigration and well being care “would converse for themselves.”

Safety desk: Graham Pushing Saudi Regime Change
Sen. Lindsey Graham is constant, says Bloomberg’s Eli Lake: The south Carolina Republican has supported regime change in Iraq and Libya; now he needs Saudi Arabia to rid itself of “harmful” Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman. However whereas statecraft is a presidential area, there’s one space “wherein a single senator could make a really massive distinction: arms gross sales.” And that’s exactly what Graham is doing: refusing to assist any arms gross sales to Riyadh and urgent his colleagues to explicitly title MBS as complicit in Jamal Khashoggi’s homicide. That, says Lake, “is an enormous deal,” undermining President Trump and pressuring the State Division “to sanction the de facto head of the Saudi state.” However Riyadh nonetheless has the oil weapon, so whether or not Graham’s gambit will work stays to be seen.

Conservative: NJ Gov Favored Ethnics Over Ethics
New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy “has a behavior of pandering to any and all curiosity teams that may very well be of use in forging his picture on the nationwide scene,” contends the Star-Ledger’s Paul Mulshine. That was obvious Tuesday, when Murphy’s former aide, Katie Brennan, testified for 5 hours earlier than state legislators “about her alleged assault final 12 months by the marketing campaign’s then-director of Hispanic/Islamic outreach, Al Alvarez.” She mentioned her allegations had been ignored for eight months by each the native prosecutor and Murphy himself. Solely after she lastly went public was Alvarez pressured to stop his “plum” authorities job. Ladies, notes Mulshine, make up half of New Jersey’s inhabitants — “however, just like the legendary man on the gallows, the governor appears to be studying it a bit too late.”

Centrist: Democratic World Might Really feel Warmth From Paris
The fires, flares and tear fuel proceed to scorch Paris because the gilets jaunes (yellow vests) vent their anger over inexperienced taxes and velocity limits, notes The Washington Put up’s Anne Applebaum. However whereas their origins are nontraditional, the mobs didn’t “emerge from nowhere.” They “discovered each other on the Web,” and “anger is among the issues that travels shortly on social media, a type of communication that favors emotion.” However they aren’t linked to any present political events, and don’t have any clear ideology or philosophy past basic anger. Which is why it’s necessary to search out methods to steer such actions (in France and elsewhere) to “take part in additional formal establishments” and “forestall them from being hijacked by individuals with darker agendas.” If we don’t, democracy itself might face an actual menace.

Libertarian: Why I Deleted My Twitter Account
Glenn Harlan Reynolds explains at USA At the moment that he simply deleted his Twitter account after the location completely banned somebody he follows. However that simply emphasised his “rising perception that Twitter is, nicely, horrible.” The “walled backyard” social media create “is the antithesis of the standard Web philosophy of openness.” Certainly, “they’re truly consciously designed to be addictive to their customers” and “absorb an enormous period of time in largely profitless strivings for likes and shares.” Worse nonetheless, social media “promote dangerous emotions and dangerous conduct.” Reality is, “in the event you got down to design a platform that will poison America’s discourse and its politics, you’d be onerous pressed to give you one thing extra harmful than Twitter.” Nonetheless, he doesn’t assume Twitter ought to be banned — simply that “possibly our time is healthier spent elsewhere.”

Compiled by Eric Fettmann

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