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Lewandowski Heads Trump Search for V.P.

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 11:19 pm

You know what that means:

Political adviser Beth Myers headed up the process for Mitt Romney. Washington lawyer A.B. Culvahouse managed the selection for Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.). Now, Corey Lewandowski will have that responsibility for Donald Trump.

Lewandowski, Trump’s traveling confidant and campaign manager, will be in charge of the team that will survey and vet potential vice-presidential candidates for the presumptive GOP presidential nominee, two top Republicans said.

According to reports I just made up, but which sound accurate, threshold requirements for Vice Presidential candidates include a willingness to “bruise a bitch” for Mr. Trump.

Sources say Mike Huckabee, Chris Christie, and Rick Perry are all willing to meet this condition.

Big Media Correction of the Day

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 11:07 pm

From today’s New York Times:

Correction: May 10, 2016

Because of an editing error, an article on Monday about a theological battle being fought by Muslim imams and scholars in the West against the Islamic State misstated the Snapchat handle used by Suhaib Webb, one of Muslim leaders speaking out. It is imamsuhaibwebb, not Pimpin4Paradise786.

This is like the database error that results in a white nationalist being named a delegate to the Republican National Convention by Donald Trump.


California Secretary Of State’s Office: Too Late To Take White Nationalist Off Trump Delegate List

Filed under: General — Dana @ 9:07 pm

[guest post by Dana]

Shades of Ron Paul, 2008:

The head of a white nationalist political party was briefly slated to cast a ballot for Donald Trump this summer at the Republican National Convention after the campaign approved his application to serve as a California delegate.

The Trump campaign submitted the name of William Johnson, the head of the American Freedom Party who funded pro-Trump robocalls that talked of the white race “dying out in America,” to the California secretary of state. Johnson is one of 169 delegates — 159 from congressional districts and 10 at-large delegates — that voters in each of California’s congressional districts would send to the GOP’s nominating convention this summer by voting for Trump.

Johnson said he received an email from a California strategist with Trump’s campaign late Tuesday afternoon stating that he had been listed in error.

The Trump campaign blamed the mistake on a “database error,” and immediately took steps to remove Johnson’s name from the list:

“Upon careful review of computer records, the inclusion of a potential delegate that had previously been rejected and removed from the campaign’s list in February 2016, was discovered. This was immediately corrected and a final list, which does not include this individual, was submitted for certification.”

Unfortunately, according to the California secretary of state’s office, the campaign missed the critical deadline:

Sam Mahood, a spokesperson for the secretary of state’s office, told TheBlaze Tuesday night that Trump’s campaign submitted their revised delegate list to their office past the deadline.

“Their delegate list is still the same. We told them that in an email today,” Mahood said.

No comment from the Trump campaign.


UPDATE BY PATTERICO: Supposedly the guy is withdrawing. Not sure how that works if California says he’s the guy. I suspect he can back out but I have no expertise in this area.

The Case for Trump

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 7:57 pm

Surprisingly persuasive.

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P.S. While I love the concept, I’m not 100% sure what “MAXIUMUM FREEDOM” means.

Nicholas Kristof: Of Course Progressives Believe In Diversity, Well, Except For “Conservative” Diversity…

Filed under: General — Dana @ 7:43 pm

[guest post by Dana]

Nicholas Kristof has an eye-opening piece at the New York Times titled A Confession of Liberal Intolerance. In his op-ed, he both admits to and laments an undeniable sort of discrimination at our institutions of higher learning. You’re sort of late to the party, Nicholas, but welcome anyway:

We progressives believe in diversity, and we want women, blacks, gays, Latinos, and Muslims at the table – er, so long as they’re not conservatives.

Universities are the bedrock of progressive values, but one kind of diversity that universities disregard is ideological and religious. We’re fine with people who don’t look like us, as long as they think like us.

Thus Kristof begins his confession. Given the recent outing of Facebook for its calculated political bias, Kristof informs us that that’s exactly where he’s been mulling this over. On Facebook. How ironic.

I’ve been thinking about this because on Facebook recently I wondered aloud whether universities stigmatize conservatives and undermine intellectual diversity. The scornful reaction from my fellow liberals proved the point.

“Much of the ‘conservative’ worldview consists of ideas that are known empirically to be false,” said Carmi.

“The truth has a liberal slant,” wrote Michelle.

“Why stop there?” asked Steven. “How about we make faculties more diverse by hiring idiots?”

To his credit, Kristof zeroes in on the root of the problem: liberal arrogance. (I think liberal ignorance would have worked equally as well.)

He also offers findings from four different studies that demonstrate that Republican professors in the humanities and social sciences are indeed “endangered species,” and the stark contrast a black sociologist provides reveals the narrow-minded bigotry of supposed “progressives” (a term used to describe a group of people who are anything but…):

“Outside of academia I faced more problems as a black,” he told me. “But inside academia I face more problems as a Christian, and it is not even close,”

If it’s tough being a conservative in academia, it’s even tougher if one is also an evangelical:

According to Yancey’s study, 59 percent of anthropologists and 53 percent of English professors would be less likely to hire someone they found out was an evangelical.

“Of course there are biases against evangelicals on campuses,” notes Jonathan L. Walton, the Plummer Professor of Christian Morals at Harvard. Walton, a black evangelical, adds that the condescension toward evangelicals echoes the patronizing attitude toward racial minorities: “The same arguments I hear people make about evangelicals sound so familiar to the ways people often describe folk of color, i.e. politically unsophisticated, lacking education, angry, bitter, emotional, poor.”

Kristof, who earns his bread and butter in the belly of the self-admitted liberally-biased beast, nonetheless reminds readers of all political persuasions why this particular kind of discrimination is so dangerous:

To me, the conversation illuminated primarily liberal arrogance — the implication that conservatives don’t have anything significant to add to the discussion. **My Facebook followers have incredible compassion for war victims in South Sudan, for kids who have been trafficked, even for abused chickens, but no obvious empathy for conservative scholars facing discrimination.

The stakes involve not just fairness to conservatives or evangelical Christians, not just whether progressives will be true to their own values, not just the benefits that come from diversity (and diversity of thought is arguably among the most important kinds), but also the quality of education itself. When perspectives are unrepresented in discussions, when some kinds of thinkers aren’t at the table, classrooms become echo chambers rather than sounding boards — and we all lose.

**Clearly, narrow-minded bigots are limited in their capacity to feel anything but disdain for those who dare to think differently. The very definition of progressive.


Straight Outta Options

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 7:35 am

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Flurry of Lawsuits Over Bathroom Law

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 7:19 am


The United States and North Carolina tangled over transgender rights on Monday, with the Justice Department filing a civil rights lawsuit over the state’s so-called bathroom bill and state officials defiantly filing suits against the federal directive to stop the implementation of the controversial legislation.

Also, a major player in North Carolina — the state’s public university system — defied the governor and legislature and told the Justice Department on Monday it intends to act “in compliance with federal law” as it relates to House Bill 2, known as HB2.
The Justice Department seeks declaratory relief and threatens to curtail federal funding to the North Carolina Department of Public Safety and the University of North Carolina.

Once you give the federal government unlimited money to grant to (or withhold from) states as they see fit, the states have to dance to their tune or get slammed. I like that North Carolina is standing up to them in favor of their constitutional authority to decide such matters at a state level.

P.S. Americans face a stark choice this November between a candidate who thinks the North Carolina law never should have been passed, and a candidate who thinks the thinks the North Carolina law never should have been passed but then kinda sorta walked that back.

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