Angela Merkel Migrates Into Retirement

By Scott McConnell

Whatever her accomplishments as pathbreaking female politician and respected leader of Europe’s dominant economic power, Angela Merkel will go down in history for her outburst of naivete over the issue of migration into Europe during the summer of 2015.

Her announcement on Monday that she will vacate the leadership of Germany’s ruling center-right Christian Democrats marks the culmination of what has been a slow denouement of Merkelism.

She had seen the vote share of her long dominant party shrink in one regional election after another. The rebuke given to her last weekend in Hesse, containing the Frankfurt region with its booming economy, where she had campaigned extensively, was the final straw. Her CDU’s vote had declined 10 points since the previous election, their voters moving toward the further right (Alternative fur Deutschland or AfD). Meanwhile, the further left Greens have made dramatic gains at the expense of Merkel’s Social Democrat coalition partners.

Long the emblematic figure of “Europe,” hailed by the neoliberal Economist as the continent’s moral voice, long the dominant decider of its collective foreign and economic policies, Merkel will leave office with border fences being erected and disdain for European political institutions at their highest pitch ever. In this sense, she failed as dramatically as her most famous predecessors, Konrad Adenauer, Willy Brandt, Helmut Schmidt, and Helmut Kohl, succeeded in their efforts to make Germany both important and normal in the postwar world.

One can acknowledge that while Merkel never admitted error for her multiculti summer fling (beyond wishing she had communicated her goals better), she did manage to adjust her policies. By 2016, Germany under her watch was paying a healthy ransom to Turkey to keep would-be migrants in camps and preventing them from sailing to Greece. Merkel’s departure will make the battle to succeed her one of the most watched political contests in Europe. She has turned migration into a central and quite divisive issue within the CDU and Germany, and the party may decide that it has no choice but to accommodate, in one way or another, the voters who have left them for the AfD.

Related to the issue of who should reside in Europe (objectively the current answer remains anyone who can get there) is the question of how are such questions decided. In July 2015, five years after asserting in a speech that multiculturalism has “utterly failed” in Germany (without addressing what policies should be pursued in an increasingly ethnically diverse society) and several weeks after reducing a young Arab girl to tears at a televised forum by telling her that those whose asylum claims were rejected would “have to go back” and that “politics is hard,” Merkel changed course.

For those interested in psychological studies of leadership and decision making, it would be hard to imagine a richer subject. Merkel’s government first announced it would no longer enforce the rule (the Dublin agreement) that required asylum claimants to be processed in the first country they passed through. Then she doubled down. …read more

Via:: American Conservative

      

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Judge Andrew Napolitano: What Trump needs to be a truly successful president

By Andrew Napolitano President Trump — like all his modern predecessors — has a buIly pulpit available to him. …read more

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Trump’s reversal of failed Obama policies has created a booming economy

By Andy Puzder America’s economy is booming because President Trump has reversed failed Obama policies. …read more

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Gutfeld on Ben & Jerry’s new flavor

By Greg Gutfeld Ben & Jerry’s has a new ice cream flavor, dedicated to the resistance. And like the resistance, it contains nuts. I know. Too easy. But here’s another example of how the left injects politics into everything. …read more

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As Jews murdered in the Pittsburgh synagogue massacre are buried, the Jewish mourning period begins

By Tuly Weisz The shock and horror of a gunman murdering 11 Jews at prayer in a Pittsburgh synagogue Saturday – while screaming “all Jews must die” – has traumatized the Jewish soul and shaken the core of all Americans. Christians are mourning with the Jewish community, for we are part of the same faith family through the Hebrew Bible. …read more

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Trump successes are boosting GOP candidates in midterms – Don’t expect a blue wave

By Dave Bossie Many American families – busy getting into their autumn routines of juggling work, school and extra-curricular activities – are just now beginning to focus on who to vote for in the midterm elections Tuesday. …read more

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Trump withdrawal from Russia nuclear treaty is a smart move

By Stephen Yates Over and over again since President Trump’s inauguration, we’ve seen the same story play out when it comes to U.S. participation in ineffective international treaties. Despite warnings from top experts and former officials that changing an agreement would be impossible and dangerous, the Trump administration dissolves or reworks a treaty, to the benefit of all involved. …read more

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This is the WORST Halloween candy ever (and here’s what I steal from my kids)

By Tom Shillue It’s Halloween week, which kicks off the annual tradition prized by parents all across the nation: putting the little ones to bed and stealing candy out of their Halloween bags. …read more

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Trump’s Iran Policy Is Designed to Hurt the Iranian People

By Daniel Larison

Mike Pompeo made another absurd assertion about the administration’s Iran policy in a recent interview:

We want the Iranian people to be successful. We want this to be a successful country. We want to restore democracy there [bold mine-DL]. We think the Iranian people want that same thing. And so our aim is not to harm the Iranian people, but to change the behavior, the malign activity of this regime.

Since most Iranians reject the demands that Pompeo made earlier this year, it simply isn’t true that the Iranian people want the same thing as the administration. There is no reason why it would be true. Iran hawks are forever projecting their preferences onto the population at the same time that they are harming them with punitive measures. If this administration had the slightest respect for the Iranian people, it would stop claiming to be on their side. No major power is ever acting on behalf of the people of a country that it is dictating terms to, and Americans should stop taking our officials’ statements seriously when they say these things.

If the administration’s aim is “not to harm the Iranian people,” it would never have reimposed sanctions on Iran and would never have reneged on the nuclear deal. Everything that the Trump administration has done in relation to Iran since coming into office has been harmful to the people, whether it has come in the form of banning them from traveling to the U.S. or imposing the sanctions that strangle their economy. You cannot credibly inflict collective punishment on an entire nation and then pretend that this isn’t exactly what you intended to do. The explicit goal of the administration’s Iran policy is to make conditions inside the country terrible, so we can dispense with the nonsense that it is not deliberately targeting the civilian population.

Pompeo’s claim that the administration wants to “restore democracy” may be the most laughable of all. For starters, it is not up to a foreign power to “restore” another nation’s democracy. Trying to coerce a government into yielding to the administration’s demands represents the denial of the other country’s sovereignty and independence, so it is ludicrous to suggest that this policy has anything to do with making Iran more democratic. At the same time, Pompeo’s statement is an admission that the administration is pursuing regime change in all but name.

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Fellow Dem Calls McCaskill a Piece of WHAT?!

By Susie Moore

Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo. talks to supporters during a campaign stop Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2018, in Kansas City, Mo. McCaskill is facing challenger, Missouri Attorney General and Republican U.S. Senate candidate Josh Hawley in the upcoming election. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Senator Claire McCaskill is in the fight of her political life, attempting to hold onto her US Senate seat here in Missouri. The latest Missouri Scout Poll has her opponent, Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley, with a 4 point lead, and the RCP average has Hawley at a +2. As we’ve noted here before, Trump won Missouri by 19 points in 2016. And this time around (as opposed to 2012 – shudder), the GOP contender doesn’t show any signs of folding or contracting terminal foot-in-mouth syndrome prior to Election Day.

Consistent with the conventional wisdom, Claire is making her final push by running to the middle, hoping to pick up the moderate/Independent vote and, possibly, the disaffected GOP vote. In fact, she’s not just attempting to claim the “moderate” mantle for herself, she’s attempting to distance — really distance — herself from the progressive left by dubbing them “crazy.”

As the New York Times reported yesterday, McCaskill elaborated as to whom she was referring with the “crazy Democrats” description:

Ms. McCaskill, who has been attacked by her Republican challenger, Josh Hawley, as too liberal for Missouri, was asked on Fox about a radio ad that sunnily describes her as “not one of those crazy Democrats.”

When asked who she considered to be crazy Democrats, Ms. McCaskill pointed to liberal activists who have publicly confronted Trump administration officials and other Republican figures in recent months.

“The crazy Democrats are the people who walk into restaurants and scream in elected officials’ faces. The crazy Democrats are — we have a state senator here in Missouri that actually advocated for the assassination of President Trump,” Ms. McCaskill said, referring to State Senator Maria Chappelle-Nadal, who made the remark on Facebook last year. “That’s a crazy Democrat.”

It isn’t that McCaskill’s assessment is totally unfair. We covered Chappelle-Nadal’s antics fairly extensively last year, (here, here, and here.) But this is either a truly gutsy move, or desperation-driven disaster. Hillary Clinton slapped the “deplorable” label on those she already knew would never vote for her. Claire’s taking a chance on alienating people whose votes she absolutely needs.

And it hasn’t played well — particularly to the aforementioned “crazy Democrat.” Chappelle-Nadal is having none of McCaskill’s shade and is (verbally) punching back:

Claire McCaskill is desperate. She’s a piece of shit. Instead of knowing why people of color are angered by this administration, she chooses to put us & our families in harm’s way. If my family is harmed, blame it on Claire McCaskill. She deserves to lose. She is not a Democrat. https://t.co/0x1KbwYHgg

— MariaChappelleNadal (@MariaChappelleN) October 30, 2018

In fact, Chappelle-Nadal’s Twitter feed is a veritable cornucopia of McCaskill hate right now:

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— MariaChappelleNadal (@MariaChappelleN) October 30, …read more

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