Vote to in­crease Repub­li­can ma­jori­ties

Toronto Sun - - COMMENT - HUGH HE­WITT

As Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s first two years in of­fice come to a close, we’ve seen two orig­i­nal­ist jus­tices con­firmed to the Supreme Court, 26 orig­i­nal­ist ap­peals court judges con­firmed, 10 more nom­i­nated, and 41 new district court judges on the bench and dozens more pend­ing.

Add to that: the re­peal of the se­quester on de­fence spend­ing and a mas­sive mil­i­tary re­build un­der­way; a mas­sive tax cut of un­prece­dented depth and struc­tural change; a rene­go­ti­ated trade deal be­tween the United States, Mex­ico and Canada; with­drawals from the aw­ful Iran deal and, in ef­fect, the ab­sur­dist Paris ac­cord; the roll­back of job-killing and bu­reau­crat em­pow­er­ing reg­u­la­tions by the hun­dreds; an econ­omy surg­ing while unem­ploy­ment drops to 3.7%; and a new en­tente in the Mid­dle East (one that arose de­spite U.S. recog­ni­tion of Jerusalem as the cap­i­tal of Is­rael) that sees the United States and Is­rael aligned and co­op­er­at­ing closely with Egypt, Saudi Ara­bia, Jor­dan, United Arab Emi­rates, Kuwait, Bahrain and now a new gov­ern­ment in Iraq against the ex­pan­sion­ist Ira­nian theocrats.

Did I men­tion the dev­as­ta­tion and de­feat of Is­lamic State in its phys­i­cal “caliphate?”

That’s not even the en­tire list of ac­com­plish­ments, but it’s enough to have si­lenced the #Nev­erTrumpers who used to mock Trump-sup­port­ing con­ser­va­tives by post­ing a street sign car­ry­ing the name “Gor­such” above ris­ing flood­wa­ters. Those of us who fol­low the pres­i­dent’s of­ten con­fus­ing, loud, ex­tem­po­ra­ne­ous and dis­rup­tive pres­i­dency not by his tweets but by his ad­min­is­tra­tion’s deeds and those of con­gres­sional Repub­li­cans are amused that the #Nev­erTrump rump has stopped the “but Gor­such” non­sense.

Many of the suc­cesses, es­pe­cially with re­gard to the ju­di­ciary, are be­cause of the un­par­al­leled skill of Se­nate Ma­jor­ity Leader Mitch McCon­nell, R-Ky., sup­ported by Ju­di­ciary Com­mit­tee Chair­man Chuck Grass­ley, R-Iowa, and the Se­nate GOP cau­cus, which has al­most al­ways held to­gether as a whole. McCon­nell is, as I’ve said be­fore, the sin­gle most ef­fec­tive con­gres­sional leader the GOP has had in my life­time. And it looks as if his ma­jor­ity will grow in Novem­ber. The Repub­li­can House Ma­jor­ity may be pre­served as well.

Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and Ma­jor­ity Leader Kevin Mc­Carthy, R-Calif., and their cau­cus crafted and passed the tax bill as well as 14 Con­gres­sional Re­view Act res­o­lu­tions and the ro­bust mil­i­tary spend­ing bills.

Repub­li­can can­di­dates should point both to the achieve­ments out­lined above and the rapidly ex­pand­ing econ­omy in their clos­ing cam­paigns.

They should also dwell on the prospect of the en­raged left con­trol­ling any­thing in gov­ern­ment. Demo­crat Jer­rold Nadler of New York, who would take the gavel of the House Ju­di­ciary Com­mit­tee, has al­ready promised a pur­suit of Jus­tice Brett Ka­vanaugh to sat­isfy his party’s fringe. Demo­crat Max­ine Wa­ters of Cal­i­for­nia, who would gain the gavel of the House Fi­nan­cial Ser­vices Com­mit­tee, has urged the phys­i­cal pur­suit of her Repub­li­can col­leagues across and out of pub­lic places. The rad­i­cal rump of the Democrats, led again by Rep. Nancy Pelosi of Cal­i­for­nia, would set out to de­stroy the Trump eco­nomic mo­men­tum and to par­a­lyze the reg­u­la­tory roll­back with a hun­dred hear­ings and in­qui­si­tions.

Trump is as weary­ing to­day as An­drew Jack­son must have been in 1829 to the peo­ple of both par­ties who are used to dif­fer­ent rules sets. I am one of them. Thus my crit­i­cisms of the pres­i­dent are many and de­tailed. But my fear of the wild-eyed left is far greater than my dis­com­fort with his bull-in-china shop pol­i­tics.

The left, we saw this week and last, con­trasts un­fa­vor­ably with the pres­i­dent’s hy­per­bole and oc­ca­sional cru­elty. It is now a snarling, en­raged col­lec­tive scream. To give it power would be to risk fray­ing even fur­ther the com­mon bonds of ci­ti­zen­ship. Best for them to spend a long time in the wilder­ness, as the “San Fran­cisco Democrats” of 1984, so very wrong about the Soviet Union, needed to en­dure.

Af­ter the at­tempted slim­ing of Ka­vanaugh, vot­ers must not re­ward that out­burst of the new McCarthy­ism in the least or it will be re­peated. Re­view the first few para­graphs above. Vote to re­peat those sorts of achieve­ments in­stead of em­pow­er­ing the en­raged mobs. Don’t just re­turn the Repub­li­cans. In­crease their ma­jori­ties and in­crease pros­per­ity and se­cu­rity, ju­di­cial res­traint and free en­ter­prise even as we col­lec­tively fig­ure out a pres­i­dent who may be out­side our na­tional norms for the of­fice, but who is suc­ceed­ing for us all.

He­witt hosts a na­tion­ally syn­di­cated ra­dio show and is a pro­fes­sor of law at Chap­man Uni­ver­sity’s Fowler School of Law


Don­ald Trump speaks be­fore Neil Gor­such takes the ju­di­cial oath dur­ing a cer­e­mony at the White House.


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