- The Washington Times - Wednesday, July 13, 2016

In an age when strategic soundbites and convenient political correctness drive the press narrative, one young Republican has some old-school straight talk about a certain likely GOP presidential nominee.

“My father refuses to surrender to the poison of political correctness and the mainstream media’s traps. Political correctness is nothing but fear. President Obama and the Democrats refuse to fix our problems, because they’re too afraid they might offend someone in the process. They recoil in fear as our country falls apart,” says Eric Trump, son of Donald Trump, in a new voter outreach. “If our campaign has made one thing clear, it’s that my father isn’t intimidated by anyone or anything.”

The son is convinced his father is fearless.

”He will fight for America until the bitter end. If the media pushes, he will push back ten times harder. He will never give in to their ransom notes disguised as calls for political correctness. It’s already driven the press into a deep panic. It’s already driven Obama and Crooked Hillary crazy. They’ve spent decades getting away with twisting everything Republicans do and say,” the younger Mr. Trump continues, adding, “We must stand our ground. Their days of twisting our actions, distorting our words, and sacrificing our safety for the sake of political correctness are over.”

MORE FAMILY DYNAMICS

“Donald Trump’s family prefers Newt Gingrich to be his running mate, but his top staff are pushing hard for Mike Pence. That’s the deliberation facing the presumptive Republican nominee as he enters the final hours of choosing a vice presidential candidate, according to a Republican operative with familiarity of the internal talks,” writes David Cantanese, senior politics writer for U.S. News & World Report.

“Senior operatives on the campaign, including chairman Paul Manafort, believe Pence, the Republican governor of Indiana, would help unite the party and serve as a reliable and respectable surrogate for Trump. He would also be “someone they can control,” a source told Mr. Cantanese.

“But Trump’s children have grown to admire Gingrich, the former speaker of the House, who has been a reliably potent surrogate for their father and would bring a personality with spice, something their dad craves. Additionally, Trump has a more comfortable rapport with Gingrich, while he’s still getting to know Pence.”

The analyst adds, “In essence, Pence would be the safe choice of the political handlers; Gingrich would be the splashier selection and a roll of the dice.”

REAGAN’S COMMON SENSE RE-PURPOSED

As the Democrat and Republican parties debate priority issues for their party policy platforms, they have a unique opportunity to strike at out-of-control regulations. A new report from the Competitive Enterprise Institute offers a starting point for both party platforms and especially the next president: President Ronald Reagan’s 1981 executive order - E.O 12291 - which gave the White House oversight and review of federal regulations.

Yes, think about it. The yearly clutter of new regulations ends up costing the tax paying public more, and it contributes to all that gridlock voters complain about.

“Federal regulations impose hundreds of billions of dollars in costs on American businesses, job creators and consumers, yet oversight of most regulations is weak,” said Wayne Crews, vice president for policy for the organization. “The next president can put some limits on government growth by restoring and improving an executive order put forward by President Reagan in 1981 requiring agencies to emphasize cost analysis of rules and submit them to stricter White House review.”

Find Mr. Crews’ innovative and disciplined thinking about the possibilities here. The new link goes active a 5 a.m. on Thursday.

THE MOMENT OF TRUTH

A new survey reveals that voters employ their own methods to conduct some all-important decision-making. “When do you begin to decide who to vote for?” asks a poll released Wednesday by the Fischlinger Center for Public Policy Research at the College of Mount Saint Vincent in New York.

Here’s what the respondents said: a quarter of them make up their minds before campaigning even starts. Another 21 percent decide a few days before the election, while 18 percent make up their minds after the presidential debates. Ten percent decide a few days before the election, 3 percent wait until they are actually in the voting booth.

ONE FOR MR. SAVAGE

Talk radio host Michael Savage has bested some strong competition. But he won. Thee outspoken veteran broadcaster and author will be inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame. in November, in the “Spoken Word On-Air Personality” category. His competition for the recognition was Sean Hannity, Diane Rehm and Mike Francesca, also nationally ranked radio hosts.

“To me, this is the capstone of my life. All my writing, all my speaking. This is it,” Mr. Savage told World Net Daily, promising to personally thank his listeners during the ceremony, grateful that they consistently  respond to his vigorous messages about “borders, language and culture.”

FAREWELL MR. RUSSERT

Tim Russert was once the stalwart host of NBC’s Sunday morning staple “Meet the Press” until his untimely death in 2008. Two months after his father’s passing, his son Luke Russert joined the network at age 22. He put in eight years as a Capitol Hill correspondent and host, earning his proverbial journalist’s stripes as a hands-on, camera-ready presence. But times change. The younger Mr. Russert has decided to leave broadcasting all together; NBC has announced his last day on the job is Friday.

“It’s fair to say my broadcast career began in unusual way after college graduation and the death of my father,” Mr. Russert said in a statement. “As a result, I threw myself into the work and never took the time to reflect, to travel and to experience many things that would have given me a clearer sense of what my future should be. Now at 30, I look forward to taking some time away from political reporting and focusing my efforts on other endeavors that I have long wanted to pursue.”

POLL DU JOUR

98 percent of small business owners are registered to vote; 97 percent vote regularly in national elections.

65 percent are “conservative” on social and fiscal issues, foreign affairs and national security.

50 percent are Republicans, 21 percent Democrats, 19 percent independents, 6 percent unaffiliated and 2 percent Libertarians.

46 percent say the Republicans Party bests represents small businesses, 40 percent say neither party, 14 percent say the Democratic Party.

Source: National Small Business Association survey of 890 small business owners conducted April 4 to 13 and released Wednesday.

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