WSJ Runs Dumbest Media Attack On Dave Brat, So Far

Former Politico reporter Reid Epstein just jumped to the Wall Street Journal but seems to have taken the worst of Politico’s instincts with him. In an uncharacteristically bizarre WSJ piece, Epstein attempts to manufacture from thin air a political controversy for Republican Dave Brat, the GOP House candidate who shook up the media and GOP Establishment bubble Tuesday night with his stunning defeat of Eric Cantor, the House Majority Leader.

The title of Epstein’s piece apparently came from an editorial meeting where everyone shared their ideas with a flashlight under their chin: “David Brat’s Writings: Hitler’s Rise ‘Could All Happen Again’.”

Pretty foreboding, no?

Epstein really piles it on by opening his piece with a non-sequitur connecting Brat’s writing about Hitler and the fact that Cantor is Jewish:

David Brat, the Virginia Republican who shocked House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R., Va.) Tuesday, wrote in 2011 that Hitler’s rise “could all happen again, quite easily.”

Mr. Brat’s remarks, in a 2011 issue of Interpretation: A Journal of Bible and Theology, came three years before he defeated the only Jewish Republican in Congress.

Epstein then attempts to convince people to turn their heads by writing about how his article will turn heads: “But it is the reference to Hitler’s Germany that is likely to turn heads during Mr. Brat’s first full day as a tea party star.”

Except that this is what Brat wrote about Hitler — which you will be relieved to learn is anti-Hitler:

Capitalism is here to stay, and we need a church model that corresponds to that reality. Read Nietzsche. Nietzsche’s diagnosis of the weak modern Christian democratic man was spot on. Jesus was a great man. Jesus said he was the Son of God. Jesus made things happen. Jesus had faith. Jesus actually made people better. Then came the Christians. What happened? What went wrong? We appear to be a bit passive. Hitler came along, and he did not meet with unified resistance. I have the sinking feeling that it could all happen again, quite easily. The church should rise up higher than Nietzsche could see and prove him wrong. We should love our neighbor so much that we actually believe in right and wrong, and do something about it. If we all did the right thing and had the guts to spread the word, we would not need the government to backstop every action we take.

That perfectly reasonable, factually accurate, and articulate Nothingburger comes from a 13-page essay Brat wrote in 2011.

Thirteen full pages, one warning about how we have to not repeat the mistakes that made Nazi Germany possible, and from that…

Epstein whips up a word soup about “Hitler, Rise Again, Tea Party, Defeat, Jewish.”

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Armed Guards Ended Reynolds High School Attack

When a teenage student brought a gun into Troutdale, Oregon’s Reynolds High School on June 10, the carnage he could have caused was cut short by two armed resource officers who ran toward the sound of the shots.

The officers–Nick Thompson and Kyle Harris–closed in on the shooter’s proximity in “less than a minute.”

According to Oregon Live, “Troutdale Police Chief Scott Anderson credited the two resource officers… for preventing further carnage.” Said Anderson: “I believe their quick response saved many of our students’ lives.”

“At least one of the officers fired shots,” he added.

In December, Breitbart News reported that the presence of an armed guard cut Karl Halverson Pierson’s December 14 attack on Arapahoe High School to 80 seconds. At Sandy Hook Elementary, where there was no armed guard, Adam Lanza had approximately four unimpeded minutes to carry out his evil intent.

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Anti-Semitic Slur Published in Silicon Valley High School Yearbook

A Silicon Valley high school unknowingly published copies of a yearbook which included an anti-Semitic slur against a Jewish classmate from Israel.

The Contra Costa Times reports that a student at Monta Vista High School had intentionally changed the last three letters of the student’s name to “jew” while labeling a team photo, which went unnoticed by the yearbook adviser until the last week of classes, due to its subtle placement in the picture.

Parents of the targeted student have demanded the school recall the books, but school administrators are saying recalling the yearbooks (which cost $90 a piece) would be “next to impossible,” as the students are unlikely to return books that have been filled with personalized messages from their friends, the Times notes. 

While it is not clear whether the Monta Vista student actually dislikes Jews or simply made a joke that went too far, he will reportedly face “consequences;” the details of which have not been released, according to school administrators due to privacy laws.

Prosecutors have called the incident at the Silicon Valley school “extremely disturbing” but will most likely not file a hate crime charge against the student because there was not a formal threat made against the student, vandalization of property or violent act committed, writes the Times. Neither his name nor the targeted student’s names are being released, since they are minors.

The District Attorney’s office recently charged four young San Jose State students for the racially-tinged harassment and hazing of a black freshman, which allegedly involved explicit racial slurs.

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Bomb Scare at Newcastle University, Teenager Arrested

A part of Newcastle University had to be evacuated yesterday following reports of “suspicious items”. The university’s INTO language skills centre was closed and students and staff asked to leave amid concerns the items could be dangerous.

BBC News reports that a bomb disposal team was called and performed a controlled explosion before reopening surrounding roads at 1am this morning.

Police say an 18-year-old man has been arrested and is helping them with their inquiries.

No one has been reported injured and police said there was no danger to the public.

A Northumbria Police spokesman said: “Potentially suspicious items have been found and the building was evacuated as a precaution so the items can be recovered and examined.

“Inquiries are in the early stages and we are working closely with Newcastle University.

“There is currently no cause for concern for students and the wider community.”

The university in North East England has more than 22,000 students from the UK and abroad, and some 1,200 academic staff. The INTO centre caters mainly to international students.




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Grimes Fundraiser Makes Waves – But For All The Wrong Reasons

That private Washington fundraiser for Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes with Harry Reid, last Thursday, is making all kinds of headlines – none of them good.

The Politico reported that Grimes didn’t mention coal in her speech, after promising voters in Kentucky that she would  use the event to demand that the Senate invest in clean coal technology. 

Alison Lundergan Grimes’ campaign insisted last week that she’d use a high-dollar fundraiser with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid as a forum to promote Kentucky’s coal industry and demand action to protect the use of fossil fuel.

That didn’t happen, according to an audio recording of the 45-minute affair obtained by POLITICO through a source at the event.

Instead, when the Kentucky Democrat spoke at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill last Thursday, she stuck to a partisan script, railing against Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s record on jobs, the minimum wage and women’s issues.

The one word she didn’t say during her 11-minute speech: “coal.”

Meanwhile, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid earned his nickname “Dingy Harry” by trash-talking Republicans, but not so much –  as Senator Rand Paul described it – as a former boxer engaging in political fisticuffs. No, that’s being too charitable.  To me, Reid sounds more like a 15 year old mean-girl sneering at rivals from another clique.

He bluntly called the GOP Senate candidate in Colorado — Cory Gardner — a “real loser.” Michigan Senate candidate Terri Lynn Land “fell on her face” in recent weeks, Reid said. And he said that “everyone is pulling for” tea party favorite Chris McDaniel to win his runoff fight against GOP Sen. Thad Cochran in Mississippi, a scenario that the Democratic leader believes would make the general election even more competitive for his party.

Terri Lynn Land, Rep. Gardner and Chris McDaniel will have the last laugh on election day, I suspect.

And Gardner’s in good company, by the way. Dingy famously called President Bush “a loser” in May of 2005. 

The Senate’s top Democrat, Harry M. Reid of Nevada, called President Bush a “loser” yesterday just about the time Air Force One was touching down on foreign soil.

He had made that disgraceful remark not at a political event, but during an appearance before about 60 High School juniors in Nevada. (For a near-complete list of Harry Reid’s episodic verbal diarrhea, click here.)

Gardner’s candidacy has apparently unnerved Reid, because that Senate seat was not supposed to be competitive and thus is a direct threat to his job as the highest-ranking Democrat in Congress.

Via the Colorado Observer:

“Sen. Reid is engaging in a little political fisticuffs and as a former boxer he’s throwing a punch,” Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky said, alluding to Reid’s history as an amateur boxer in Nevada. “Colorado was never on the political map and desperate times call for desperate measures.”

Added Rep. Tom Cotton of Arkansas, a Republican Senate candidate: “You can expect Sen. Reid to sink too low.”

Rep. Greg Walden, chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee, also defended Gardner. “Where is that coming from? You could say that about some of the people here, but Cory Gardner? There are few people as thoughtful, capable, and energetic.”

Colorado Republican Rep. Scott Tipton too defended Gardner and criticized Reid’s efforts to thwart Republican legislation. “There’s going to be one winner in November, and it’s going to be Cory Gardner,” Tipton said.

“Mr. Reid has blocked all of these bills we’ve passed in the House – protect our land and water rights. Mr. Reid is the cork in the bottle for the creation of good jobs and the protection of our rights,” Tipton said.
In contrast to the effusiveness of Republican lawmakers, Colorado’s two Democratic senators were tight lipped about Reid’s remark. “I’ve never heard Sen. Reid say anything about congressman Gardner,” Sen. Michael Bennet told TCO. “I didn’t hear about it,” Udall said in an interview.
Added Rep. Tom Cotton of Arkansas, a Republican Senate candidate: “You can expect Sen. Reid to sink too low.”

Rep. Greg Walden, chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee, also defended Gardner. “Where is that coming from? You could say that about some of the people here, but Cory Gardner? There are few people as thoughtful, capable, and energetic.”
Colorado Republican Rep. Scott Tipton too defended Gardner and criticized Reid’s efforts to thwart Republican legislation. “There’s going to be one winner in November, and it’s going to be Cory Gardner,” Tipton said.
“Mr. Reid has blocked all of these bills we’ve passed in the House – protect our land and water rights. Mr. Reid is the cork in the bottle for the creation of good jobs and the protection of our rights,” Tipton said.
In contrast to the effusiveness of Republican lawmakers, Colorado’s two Democratic senators were tight lipped about Reid’s remark. “I’ve never heard Sen. Reid say anything about congressman Gardner,” Sen. Michael Bennet told TCO. “I didn’t hear about it,” Udall said in an interview.

Here’s “real loser” Cory Gardner grilling HHS Sec. Sebelius, last October in one of my all-time favorite House moments:




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