Today’s Wall Street Journal reports: “Republicans scrambled Wednesday to prevent a potential Democratic wave in next year’s midterm elections after a political shellacking Tuesday fueled by opposition to President Donald Trump….
“Bryan Lanza, who worked for Mr. Trump’s presidential campaign, said in an interview that the vote should be a wake-up call for Republicans who have not delivered on policy.
“‘Last night showed the voters are frustrated with the status quo and inaction,’ Mr. Lanza said. ‘Republicans were punished at the polls, and it’s painful.’…
“Democrats were surprised by the magnitude of their electoral wins, which overshadowed for now intraparty disagreements over how to recover from their bitter loss to Mr. Trump last year.”
Blue Dog Democrats — conservative Democrats who had been considering working with the Republicans on tax reform — following Tuesday’s elections are now “lining up in firm opposition to the Republicans’ tax code overhaul,” The Hill reports.
Former Democratic National Committee chairperson Donna Brazile’s new book “exposes liberal media’s Hillary health coverup,” the NY Post headlines. “The missed stories are not merely the result of mistakes or sloppy reporting. Brazile’s book is a revelation in that it shows that many left-leaning journalists didn’t so much cover Clinton as cover up for her….
“Anything that could possibly suggest Trump was unfit for the Oval Office — bingo, front page, top of the broadcast.
On the other hand, anything that could hurt Clinton was downplayed or ignored. Nothing to see here, move along.
“The coverage of Clinton’s health was a prime example of the tilt. Her coughing fits, especially a long one on Labor Day, and a history of falling were pointed out by the popular Drudge Report, some Republicans and smaller, conservative-leaning sites to suggest she was not being honest about her health.
“But her campaign always denied anything was wrong — allergies, the candidate and her flacks insisted, caused the persistent coughs, and major news organizations mostly nodded their heads and stayed mum, accepting the official denials without skepticism.”
Angelo Codevilla has written an extraordinary summary of the history of terrorist movements in the Middle East from the 1970s to present, showing that they have been mere bit players of the major states contending for power in that region — Russia, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, Qatar, Iran, and Pakistan. The article, the second in a series of four, is required reading for anyone wishing to matriculate to the next-le