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Crickets at Times endorsement and other commentary


Conservative: Crickets at Times Endorsement

“In a break with tradition,” as the editorial board portentously announced, The New York Times endorsed not one, but two female candidates for the presidency: Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Elizabeth Warren. “This is big news,” Spectator USA’s Freddy Gray snarks, “at least, it is in the la-la-land of elite legacy media.” The rest of us know that the Times’ support “will do nothing to boost” the candidates’ chances. “If anything, it will further harm two already-struggling women contenders by making them seem even more elitist and out-of-touch — another great example of the way in which performative feminism ends up destroying that which it claims to advance.”

Culture critic: The Evils of Ethnic Studies

“On Nov. 27, 2019,” City Journal’s Heather Mac Donald reports, “Harvard University denied tenure to an ethnic-studies professor” — so, of course, she screamed racism. The facts tell a different story: The Ivy “showered” professor Lorgia García Peña with benefits and attention, but she just failed to publish enough. Moreover, the majority of failed tenure applicants were white. Yet García Peña’s field of ethnic studies “stakes its identity on the conceit that it is in a nonstop battle for survival against the forces of racism and exclusion.” That worldview is “injecting paranoia and hatred into the body politic” — and will only make “the embattled American ideal of a colorblind society” seem “impossibly quaint.”

Defense desk: Free the Space Force!

At Politico, retired Air Force Lt.-Gen. Steve Kwast warns the United States is “on the brink of disaster” in the battle for outer space. Yes, President Trump was smart to create a Space Force to achieve US dominance in the cosmos. But the Air Force, which now runs the program, might just suffocate the initiative. It doesn’t plan to “deploy Space Force personnel in space to see, build and apply ­human creativity to the physical environment.” That’s how China is “winning the space race” — by planning ­space “battleships and destroyers that can move fast and kill.” Meanwhile, there are scant signs the Air Force is prepared to give the Space Force the tools to build a “guardian force.” The solution: Congress should disconnect the Space Force from the Air Force and “give it the mission of ­defending space.” That isn’t science fiction — it’s gaining the “strategic high ground.”

Joe Manchin: Impeachment’s No Joke

In an interview with The Washington Examiner’s Salena Zito, Sen. Joe Manchin vows to “be fair” in “his approach to the Senate impeachment trial of President Trump.” The West Virginia Democrat says of the ­impeachers: “They’re asking us to make a judgment on whether we should remove him from an office that he’s been elected to represent by the people of the United States.” Manchin, as Zito notes, “has been long respected by voters in his deeply reddening state for his political independence from both parties”; 70 percent of those voters oppose removing Trump, according to a Club for Growth poll. No wonder Manchin sounds ultra-cautious: “When push comes to shove . . . you better make sure you’ve had all your T’s crossed and your I’s dotted, and all of your ducks in order, ­because that’s the greatest and most difficult decision you will ever make.”

Pro-lifer: Nothing Progressive About Surrogacy

The recent death of a California woman during a surrogacy childbirth, warns National Review’s Kathryn Jean Lopez, raises a troubling question: “Who protects all the human lives involved in the transaction?” The woman, Michelle Reaves, “had been serving for the second time as a surrogate for a family. And while the baby was born, this wife and mother of two did not survive.” In California, surrogacy agencies offer as much as $85,000 for mothers to bear children for other people. “You can imagine the temptation for a woman in need, believing she is giving a gift to ­another, when, in fact, it may be that she’s just being exploited” — or that “she may be overlooking the dangers” given her health status. Bottom line: “Just because it can be done, should it be?”

— Compiled by Sohrab Ahmari & Karl Salzmann

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