Peter Funt

Kamala Harris tests CNN’s campaign

CNN’s “Town Hall” Monday night, featuring fast-rising Sen. Kamala Harris, was moderately helpful in assessing the California freshman’s presidential candidacy, but far more useful in evaluating what television must do in the critically important 2020 race.
Host Jake Tapper promised that this would be the first of many such made-for-CNN events. Indeed, with a crowded field of Democratic contenders, many of whom are new to the national scene, an hour of prime-time can go a long way toward educating voters.

Jim Brown

In Louisiana, make performance matter

How do you put a dollar value on the worth of a public official? How about this idea. Shouldn’t receiving any salary increase be based on results?
LSU football coach Ed Orgeron will pocket some three and a half million dollars this year, making him one of the highest-paid football coaches in the nation. He received such an enormous salary package based on results. It’s the old adage that you get what you pay for, and with Ed, LSU ended the football season winning10 games.

Michael Reagan

President Ocasio-Cortez? No chance

Here’s a scary political thought for all Americans.
If Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez were old enough, and American voters were stupid enough, she could be elected president next year.
“AOC” — as the rookie House member from New York City has been nicknamed — is only 28, which makes her constitutionally too young to join the mob of mostly leftwing Democrats competing to run against Donald Trump next year.
But according to a recent poll, 74 percent of Democrats said if given the chance they’d vote for Ocasio-Cortez for president in 2020.
Don’t worry.

Thomas Sowell

Judging by rhetoric

Seventy-one years ago this month — in January 1948 — a black, 17-year-old high school dropout left home. The last grade he had completed was the 9th grade. He had no skills, little experience, and not a lot of maturity. Yet he was able to find jobs to support himself, to a far greater extent than someone similar can find jobs today.
I know because I was that black 17-year-old. And, decades later, I did research on economic conditions back then.

Christine Flowers

Andrew Cuomo rejects fundamental values of his faith

Thirty-five years ago, while visiting the University of Notre Dame, former New York Gov. Mario Cuomo gave a landmark speech on the topic of abortion. Decades later, the speech has been cited by Catholics who support abortion to establish their legitimacy as both people of faith and good citizens of the United States. The rhetoric is powerful, sometimes even approaching poetry, but the message is quite clear: A politician is not free to supplant his personal morality for public policy. Cuomo ended his address with these words:


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