- The Washington Times - Monday, March 5, 2018

Midterm fever has appeared out of nowhere. The Texas primaries are Tuesday, and analysts are already reading the proverbial tea leaves to determine the implications for the rest of the nation. The possible take away message: as Democrats fantasize of “flipping” seats in GOP strongholds in Texas and elsewhere, Republicans must light a fire under their own voters, or else.

“We tracked how many Texans turned out to vote early in the 2018 primaries compared with primaries in 2010 and 2014, the last two midterm election years. Coming off of a highly contested presidential election and with various high-profile statewide and congressional elections on the ballot, over 650,000 Texans voted early in the state’s 10 counties with the highest number of registered voters,” writes Annie Daniel, an analyst for the Texas Tribune who did all the math.

“Overall, 370,219 Democrats voted early in those 10 counties compared to 282,928 Republicans. Four years earlier, Republicans outvoted Democrats in early voting in those 10 counties 253,019 to 184,489, respectively. That means Democratic turnout more than doubled from four years ago, while Republican turnout rose less than 15 percent,” Ms. Daniel notes.

BUSH DYNASTY: THE STATUS OF GEORGE P.

For those who wonder, George P. Bush — son of Jeb Bush — is campaigning to hold on to his current role as Texas Land Commissioner, a surprisingly powerful office in the state and a steppingstone to bigger things.

President Trump has endorsed Mr. Bush the younger. On Monday, Sen. Ted Cruz praised his “courage and character” in upholding grass-roots conservatism. Then there’s granddad.

“This very proud grandfather will also put in a plug for @georgepbush for Texas Land Commissioner. A good man doing a great job,” tweeted former President George H.W. Bush.

The media, meanwhile, is drumming up discord.

“The last Bush tries to survive in the party of Trump,” noted NPR, while the Guardian declared, “George P. Bush’s struggle in Texas may signal end of 70-year political dynasty.”

A BUNCH OF CLOWNS

Oh, well. The federal government currently funds a clown school located in House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s San Francisco-based congressional district, reports Terence P. Jeffrey, executive editor of CNS News.

The “Clown Conservatory” is part of the nonprofit Circus Center and has received a $10,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. The grant lasts until the end of May.

Mr. Jeffrey reports that the Clown Conservatory describes itself as the nation’s only “professional training program for clowns and physical comedians.” According to the NEA grants database, this federal agency has given the Circus Center $65,000 since 2005, a figure that includes the current $10,000 grant.

Time marches on, though.

“The federal government spent $146 million on the National Endowment for the Arts in fiscal 2017,” Mr. Jeffrey points out. “President Trump’s fiscal 2018 budget proposal, sent to Congress in March 2017, called for eliminating federal funding for the NEA, starting by slashing its funding to just $29 million in this fiscal year.”

RAINING ON ALARMISTS

As yet another Earth Day approaches, the climate alarmist crowd has a new challenger. Published this week by Regnery Books: “The Politically Incorrect Guide to Climate Change” by Marc Morano, a meticulous researcher and founder of the Climate Depot, an online information repository.

“Why should people care about whether man-made ‘global warming’ is a threat, and whether the proposed ‘solutions’ are really necessary? The fact is, the climate agenda literally impact every aspect of your life. The purported solutions to the non-problem will affect what kind of lightbulbs and appliances you are allowed to buy, the size of your home and how it is heated and air-conditioned, how you travel, the food you eat, the clothes you wear, and how many kids you have,” writes the author, who has won praise for his work from climate and weather experts who agree with him.

“With the U.S. government, all the scientific organizations, Al Gore, the Science Guy, Hollywood, the Democratic Party, and the United Nations all behind the bad news that our use of fossil fuels is destroying the climate of Earth, anyone on the other side of the debate finds themselves behind the eight ball. Peeking out from behind the eight ball is Marc Morano,” noted the late John Coleman, founder of the Weather Channel, in the book foreword. “By the time he’s done, you will realize you’ve been hoaxed. Climate change has become a scam.”

STEYER UPS THE ANTE

Billionaire environmentalist Tom Steyer personally funded a “Need to Impeach” campaign against President Trump four months ago and now says he has garnered the support of 5 million people. Mr. Steyer says it’s time for phase two.

He now plans to stage 30 events in communities where members of Congress “have not voted in favor of impeachment” and aspires to mobilize a “digital army” to amplify the cause.

“We are making the patriotic case, reaching across the political aisle, about the need to save the stability of our democracy from Trump and his administration,” vows Mr. Steyer, who also has released a 60-second national TV spot supporting his cause, and now says his supporters have hosted “6,500 impeachment-themed parties” on their own.

POLL DU JOUR

83 percent of small business owners support President Trump’s new tax plan.

80 percent expect it to have a positive impact on their business.

38 percent of owners with that positive outlook will hire additional employees.

28 percent will invest in new research and technology.

26 percent will offer new services, 21 percent will expand their facilities.

13 percent will give employee bonuses, 10 percent increased benefits.

Source: An Insureon/Manta survey of 2,700 small business owners in the U.S. conducted Jan. 9-12 and released Friday.

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