Inside the Beltway: Milwaukee County Sheriff David A. Clarke Jr. guest-hosts Sean Hannity radio show (The Washington Times)


September 2, 2015



By Jennifer Harper  

He’s called “the people’s sheriff.” That would be Milwaukee County Sheriff David A. Clarke, Jr., whose heroic career in law enforcement spans more than three decades. He’s been sheriff for Milwaukee since 2002; during last year’s election, he won 79 percent of the vote. His sterling career takes an interesting turn on Thursday, however.

Sheriff Clarke will guest-host Sean Hannity‘s nationally syndicated radio show in the afternoon, predicting in a tweet that it will entail “hot topics and unvarnished truth.” Washington Times Editor John Solomon will be along to discuss the hair-raising particulars of Hillary Clinton‘s emails. Mr. Clarke has spoken out on several broadcast appearances about “anti-cop rhetoric” and the forces behind it.

The sheriff recently told Fox News that President Obama “started this war on police,” later adding, “I need every law-abiding person in America to stand up and start pushing back.”

LATE-NIGHT PRESIDENTS

It’s getting crowded on those fancy after-hours sets. Jeb Bush is scheduled as the first guest on the debut of CBS’s “Late Night with Stephen Colbert on Tuesday, to be followed 48 hours later by Vice President Joe Biden, and eventually, Democratic hopeful Sen. Bernie Sanders. Over on NBC, Republican front-runner Donald Trump will hold court on the “Tonight Show” on Friday.

Any minute now, the analysts will begin tracking how many times the hopefuls appear on the shows, because it means, well, something. This has been going on ever since then-Democratic candidate Bill Clinton stunned voters in 1992 by appearing on the Arsenio Hall Show, playing a saxophone and wearing sunglasses. In Mr. Biden’s case, it could mean something very specific – speculation is growing that he soon will reveal if he’s launching a bid for the White House.

“Will Joe Biden announce a 2016 run on Colbert’s ‘Late Show’ next week?” asks Mediaite analyst Matt Wilstein. “While it seems somewhat unlikely that Biden would use his first time on Colbert’s ‘Late Show’ couch to announce his decision to run for president, it is plausible that he could use the opportunity to announce that he has decided to forgo a 2016 campaign. At the very least, their interview is guaranteed to include plenty of awkward teases and speculation over the question on everyone’s minds.”

RALLY AGAINST IRAN DEAL BUILDS UP STEAM

The upcoming rally at the U.S. Capitol against President Obama‘s nuclear agreement with Iran has gained momentum. The star power for the event on Wednesday now includes Republicans Sen. Ted Cruz, Reps. Louie Gohmert and Mike Pompeo; Donald Trump, Glenn Beck, Mark Levin and Jenny Beth Martin, co-founder of the Tea Party Patriots, a major organizing force for what’s being called a “historic” event.

“Congressional Democrats are under enormous pressure from the White House and left-wing pressure groups to fall in line behind President Obama’s disastrous nuclear deal,” says Mort Klein, president of the Zionist Organization of America, which is also organizing the rally, along with the Center for Security Policy.

“We’ve seen Democratic opponents of the deal, like Senators Schumer and Menendez, harshly attacked and threatened for exposing the gaping flaws in this agreement – like the Iranians keeping their centrifuges, enriched uranium stocks, their apparatus of nuclear and ballistic missile research and development,” Mr. Klein continues. “The rally is an important opportunity to make clear that this nuclear agreement makes war as well as bloodshed and destabilization across the Middle East more likely, not less likely.”

There’s interest elsewhere. The Orthodox Union Advocacy Center is sending a delegation of hundreds of Orthodox Jewish rabbis and other leaders to stage their own rally and press conference outside the Senate on Wednesday. The group likens their event to the historic Rabbis’ March in 1943 in support of American and allied action to counter the destruction of European Jewry.

HERE COMES THE MONEY

Whether we like it or not, political theater is actually political showbiz, with dollar signs attached. Take the fast-approaching Republican debate, set for Sept. 16 at the spectacular Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, hosted by CNN. Ad Age analyst Jeanine Poggi reports this: “CNN is asking 40 times its normal rate for commercial time in the next Republican debate. The cable news network is charging as much as $200,000 for a 30-second spot in the prime-time brawl taking place on Sept. 16, according to a media buyer. This is on par with the cost of buying commercial time in some broadcast prime-time series.”

The typical price for prime-time spot on CNN fetches about $5,000. But the debates are crowd-pleasers.

“Much of the buzz can be attributed to GOP front-runner Donald Trump, whose polarizing viewpoints, crass comments and unpredictability have made for compelling TV,” Ms. Poggi says. “Fox News set a record earlier in the month with 24 million people tuning in to the first Republican primary debate of the 2016 election cycle, making it the most-watched cable telecast of all time, excluding sports programming.”

NINE VIDEOS, NO COVERAGE

This may come as a surprise to conservatives. The big three networks – ABC, CBS and NBC – have not aired any news about the now nine investigative videos on Planned Parenthood since July 31, this according to Media Research Center analyst Katie Yoder, who faithfully tracks the broadcast coverage of the matter. She found that the networks were far more interested in the birth of panda twins at the National Zoo. Some conservatives of influence are not happy about this.

“These videos raise serious questions about whether Planned Parenthood has broken federal law by selling human body parts for profit, altering the abortion procedure to obtain specific body parts, committing illegal partial-birth abortions, and committing infanticide,” says an open letter to all three networks, signed by Media Research Center founder Brent Bozell and 30 more including Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, Jeanne Mancini, president of the March for Life, and Patrick Reilly, president of the Cardinal Newman Society.

“The videos have prompted state and congressional investigations into Planned Parenthood and shocked our public conscience. How is it not news that a taxpayer-funded organization has been caught red-handed – literally – selling the body parts of tiny, defenseless human beings?” the letter states.

There are ways around the networks, though. Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the pro-life Susan B. Anthony List, has organized a screening of the videos at the U.S. Capitol on Thursday. Invitations have gone out to some 2,000 staffers following press reports that most Senate Democrats have not seen the gruesome videos produced by the Center for Medical Progress.

POLL DU JOUR

96 percent of Republican Iowa caucus-goers are “unsatisfied or mad as hell” at President Obama; 18 percent of Democratic Iowa caucus-goers agree.

93 percent of the Iowa Republicans are unsatisfied or mad as hell at Democrats in Congress; 51 percent of the Iowa Democrats agree.

91 percent of the Iowa Republicans are unsatisfied or mad as hell at politicians in general; 82 percent of the Iowa Democrats agree.

91 percent of the Iowa Republicans are unsatisfied or mad as hell at the amount of money in politics; 94 percent of the Iowa Democrats agree.

90 percent of the Iowa Republicans are unsatisfied or mad as hell the federal government; 55 percent of the Iowa Democrats agree.

Source: Des Moines Register/Bloomberg Politics Iowa Poll of 400 Iowa Republican voters conducted Aug. 23-26, plus previous comparative findings on Democrats.

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