Conservative: Can Dem Establishment Beat Bernie Again?
You’ve heard all of it sooner than: Outsider with grassroots help leads a marketing campaign in the direction of the get collectively establishment and its institutions. He says some points exterior the mainstream, nonetheless he has an odd charisma and always dominates the dialog. In 2016, notes the Washington Free Beacon’s Matthew Continetti, this script starred Donald Trump, nonetheless “the update features Bernie Sanders.” Trump “shook the Republican Party to its foundations,” and “it might now be the Democratic Party’s time in the barrel.” In fact, Sanders “is in a better position now than Trump was in July 2015.” As Democrats have flip into aware of his viability, “they have reacted predictably,” criticizing his insurance coverage insurance policies on The New York Times op-ed net web page. But they now perceive “Bernie might win” — and that they’ve “no idea what to do about it.”
Political scribe: News Media’s ‘Edelweiss’ Moment
It was “an astounding lack of cultural awareness,” says Steve Cortes at Real Clear Politics: The New York Times’ Maggie Haberman, after learning that Marine Corps musicians had carried out “Edelweiss” at a presidential event, questioned on Twitter whether or not or not anyone on the White House understood “the significance of the song.” Apparently, she thought the ballad — written by two American Jews, Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II — “conveys some nefarious message” due to its use on an Amazon TV assortment about Nazis. Actually, it’s pretty indicative, he says, of the “appalling dearth of historical knowledge” by too many media professionals, and their “unwillingness to place events of the Trump political phenomenon into a larger context.” They “constantly call Trump racist” and “protest haughtily at the horror of such a ‘new’ political sin.”
From the suitable: Dems Hurt Themselves With Tax-Cut Lies
Pretty loads every data outlet now concedes that the Democrats “have been successful in their attempt to cast the 2017 Trump-led tax cuts as a tax increase,” critiques National Review’s Charles W. Cooke — and under no circumstances ideas that this “does not comport with reality.” Still, no matter some “short-term advantage” from neutralizing considered one of many president’s re-election talking elements, “this is a problem for the Democrats.” Because “by attacking the tax cuts from the right,” it has made advancing their political agenda “much more difficult to achieve,” on situation that they can’t fulfill that agenda “without raising taxes and spending, not just on ‘the rich,’ but on the middle class, too.” If that’s how voters react as soon as they suppose their taxes have been raised, take into consideration what goes to happen when Congress really raises them.
Foreign desk: Ukraine’s Comedian President Won’t Rule
Sunday’s landslide win for comedian Volodymyr Zelensky in Ukraine’s presidential runoff election is “a problem both for the country’s Western backers and those in the Kremlin who hope to exert control again,” declares Bloomberg’s Leonid Bershidsky. Ukrainians didn’t vote for a selected political path, nonetheless fairly “against being told what to do.” Defeated incumbent Petro Poroshenko had harassed “his dedication to nation-building,” portraying himself because the daddy of the nation. Zelensky beat him “by ridiculing this paternalistic ambition” and “mocking his gravitas.” His sole promise: to “consult the people before doing anything serious, through referendums or, for smaller issues, through some kind of social network-based, crowdsourcing mechanism.” That “could be a wasted chance — or it could finally free up the creative energy Ukraine needs for a leap forward.”
Culture critic: Perverse ‘Oklahoma!’ Revival Is Not OK
Broadway “has lots of bad ideas,” and the current revival — overtly political reinvention, really — of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Oklahoma!,” is one amongst them, argues Judith Miller at City Journal. It turns an American primary with regard to the pleasure of beautiful mornings and corn that’s as “high as a elephant’s eye” into “an attack on American gun culture, sexual politics, class discrimination and a corrupt system of justice.” Granted, the musical “cried out for reconsideration,” and a number of of this manufacturing’s enhancements “are brilliant.” But it’s “one thing to emphasize the darkness that lies beneath this iconic musical’s cheery surface. It is another to turn what Rodgers and Hammerstein intended as a celebration of the American spirit into a sanguinary condemnation of it.”
— Compiled by Eric Fettmann