- The Washington Times - Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Consider that a recent Washington Post-ABC poll has revealed that 35% of Americans say illegal immigration at the U.S.-Mexico border is a “crisis,” up 11 points from 24% since January. The percentage of Democrats who agree there’s a crisis jumped from 7% to 24% in that time — nearly a quarter of the party acknowledging what President Trump has been saying for quite some time.

Will Democratic lawmakers pay attention to the shifting opinions of constituents?

“There is a crisis on the border — more and more Democrats are coming to recognize this crisis,” Sen. Tom Cotton, Arkansas Republican, told Fox News, referring to those poll findings, which could prove to be an unsettling reality check for Democrats.

They risk falling out of touch with their flock at a critical time as the 2020 election looms. Those Democratic voters may suddenly find themselves agreeing with the president on one issue, then another — this slow warming is surely the stuff of nightmares for Democratic leadership.

“Democrats in Congress may not have gotten that message yet, but that kind of growing recognition among the American people that we face a crisis at the border ultimately cannot help but reach the Congress,” said Mr. Cotton.



Whether they pay attention is another matter. House Republican Whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana is already mulling this factor.

“Democrats would rather harass the president than solve problems,” Mr. Scalise said on Wednesday.

He cited House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler of New York and his efforts to hold Attorney General William Barr in contempt of Congress, among other things.

“The Democrats’ heads are in the sand. The committee of jurisdiction under Chairman Nadler’s mishandling of that committee has led to a kangaroo court where he just wants to focus on harassing the president and his family instead of focusing on the problems that our country is facing, including this crisis at the border. We don’t have a secure border and we need to address those kinds of problems instead of what we’re seeing out of Chairman Nadler and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s other liberal lieutenants,” Mr. Scalise said.

MR. COTTON HAS A BOOK

The aforementioned Sen. Tom Cotton has a new book arriving next week, by the way: “Sacred Duty: A Soldier’s Tour of Arlington National Cemetery” arrives Tuesday. The author has firsthand experience here.

Mr. Cotton served in Iraq with the 101st Airborne and in Afghanistan with a Provincial Reconstruction Team. Between his two combat tours, he served with The Old Guard at Arlington National Cemetery — as a platoon leader with the storied 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment, which maintains a 24-hour vigil at the Tomb of the Unknowns, serves as an escort to the president and provides security for Washington in time of national emergency or civil disturbance.

Mr. Cotton was there.

“At the height of the Iraq surge, he carried the flag-draped remains of his fallen comrades off of airplanes at Dover Air Force Base, and he laid them to rest in Arlington’s famed Section 60, ‘the saddest acre in America.’ He also performed hundreds of funerals for veterans of the Greatest Generation, as well as the Korean and Vietnam Wars,” publisher William Morris says in advance notes.

FOR THE LEXICON

“Hail-Mueller Pass.”

A handy term suggested by Grady Means, an opinion contributor to The Hill and a former White House policy assistant and strategy consultant.

“With the Democrats still trying to throw a Hail-Mueller Pass with time out on the scoreboard and with the economy humming, it’s time to confront the central issue: ‘Has Donald Trump been an awful, OK, or great president?’” writes Mr. Means, suggesting that Mr. Trump’s personal style may rile some people, but the case could be made that he is indeed a great president.

“If we’re looking for dignity, manners, grace and orderliness, Trump is vulnerable. If we’re looking for strong leadership to provide real opportunity for economic advancement for all Americans and a strong defense of America and its interests, then Trump has a claim to greatness over his current opponents and his predecessors,” notes Mr. Means.

MAIN STREET CONSERVATIVES HAVE A PARTY

An event of note in the nation’s capital on Thursday: The editors and leaders of The American Conservative will gather at a historic hotel north of the White House to celebrate their history and mission to advance “Main Street conservatism.”

The publication explains that term: “Main Street conservatism opposes unchecked power in government and business; promotes the flourishing of families and communities through vibrant markets and free people; and embraces realism and restraint in foreign affairs based on America’s vital national interests.”

So there you go.

Best-selling author of “Hillbilly Elegy,” J.D. Vance will be on hand at this cordial event to have a few words of wisdom for the guests, with awards on tap for New York Times columnist and author Ross Douthat and Jon Basil Utley, publisher of the American Conservative, a former foreign correspondent and a current contributor to Reason magazine.

A few details: There will be butler-passed hors d’oeuvres that include grilled shrimp with mango salsa and petite lamb chops; the dinner includes a salad of field greens adorned with pecorino cheese, Marcona almonds and mandarin oranges, among other things. The main course includes a pairing of filet mignon, sage and coriander salmon with fingerling potatoes, plus tri-color carrots and broccolini. And for dessert: passion fruit glazed cheesecake.

POLL DU JOUR

• 26% of U.S. voters say they will most consider economic issues when they vote for Senate or House candidates; 26% of Republicans, 28% of independents and 23% of Democrats agree.

• 21% say they will most consider security for foreign policy issues like terrorism or the border when they vote; 38% of Republicans, 17% of independents and 8% of Democrats agree.

• 17% say they will most consider health care issues when they vote; 12% of Republicans, 16% of independents and 22% of Democrats agree.

• 17% say they will most consider “senior” issues like Medicare and Social Security when they vote; 14% of Republicans, 14% of independents and 18% of Democrats agree.

• 6% say they will most consider education issues when they vote; 3% of Republicans, 7% of independents and 7% of Democrats agree.

• 5% say they will most consider “women’s” issues when they vote; 2% of Republicans, 4% of independents and 7% of Democrats agree.

Source: A Politico/Morning Consult poll of 1,990 registered U.S. voters conducted May 3-6.

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