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May 3, 2022

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Today the GOP Senate Primary is being held in Ohio, with several candidates in particularly close contention for the Republican nomination. In mid-April, former President Trump endorsed Hillbilly Elegy author J.D. Vance, who has since risen in the polls.

News Coverage from the Right: Trump-backed J.D. Vance tries to ride endorsement to Ohio Senate win (NY Post)

News Coverage from the Left: J.D. Vance Wildly Suggests Biden Is Trying To 'Kill A Bunch Of MAGA Voters' (Huffington Post)

From the Flag: The primary is widely considered a test of Trump’s “kingmaker” status within the Republican party, and how much sway he still has over voters. Here’s more perspective from both sides.


Vance Once Rebuked Trump, Now Happy for His Help

  • J.D. Vance has successfully duplicated Trump’s playbook by tapping into anger over things like political correctness and corruption in Washington, DC.
  • Despite the fact Vance previously blasted Trump with criticism, he’s happy to accept his endorsement now because it could help him win.
  • It always made sense for Vance and Trump to come together as allies given they have similar populist views and complaints.

“The Decline of Ohio and the Rise of J.D. Vance” Christopher Caldwell, New York Times Opinion: “After laying out a list of Mr. Trump’s triumphs to the MAGA crowd last weekend, Mr. Vance insisted, ‘The thing that Trump revealed, more than any policy achievement, is that we are living in an incredibly corrupt country.’ … Mr. Vance also grasps, as Mr. Trump does, the deep discontent with political correctness, and the hunger for someone unafraid to stand up to it. If there was a moment in Mr. Vance’s campaign when his fortunes seemed to turn, it was his release of a TV ad that began: ‘Are you a racist? Do you hate Mexicans? The media calls us racist for wanting to build Trump’s wall.’ The ad took voters by the collar. The sense among Ohioans at town halls that they are being cast as ‘bad people’ for holding contestable but reasonable political views is palpable.”

“Once the toast of liberal parties, J.D. Vance has gone full MAGA” James Hohmann, Washington Post Opinion: “It is a measure of the sad state of our politics today that Donald Trump endorsed a Republican candidate for Senate in Ohio who just a few years ago described the former president as noxious and reprehensible. Since 2018, that candidate has gone out of his way to embrace everything Trump stands for. And now, J.D. Vance has good reason to think his U-turn has been worth it. … When Trump called Vance onstage at the Delaware County fairgrounds in Ohio … he paid him the highest possible compliment, pointing to negative coverage in The Post and the New York Times, as well as on CNN and MSNBC, as evidence that Vance must have great ideas. Sketching out a Vance win, Trump told the crowd, ‘You have to imagine all of the liberal tears that will be cried.’ At that moment, Vance’s transition was complete."

One more opinion piece from the Left: J.D. Vance and Donald Trump Were Meant to Be Sarah Jones, New York Magazine Opinion


Vance Is an Important Part of the Republican Party’s Future

  • J.D. Vance’s position on issues could help define the Republican party going forward, and his previous disapproval of Trump is a distraction.
  • Donald Trump Jr. says his father endorsed Vance because he is willing to challenge establishment Republicans and the corrupt nature of Washington, DC politics.
  • Former President Trump made a bold decision in backing Vance, who is a worthy candidate that stacks up well against the rest of the field, who are unlikely to challenge the status quo.

“The conversion of JD Vance” Oliver Wiseman, Unherd: “Vance’s political conversion is usually presented in personal terms — from anti to pro-Trump. Aware of the liability that his past Trump comments undoubtedly are in this race, Vance tends to respond to suspicion from Trump supporters by emphasising his approval of the man and his administration. … expressing his regret at ‘stupid things’ he had said in the past. But the Trump focus disguises a deeper transformation. Woven through Hillbilly Elegy, which was published in 2016, is an orthodox conservatism that places the blame for the endemic social problems from which its author escaped at his community’s own doorstep… It isn’t just Vance’s high-profile conversion that has made the Ohio senate primary so closely watched. The race has become a proxy battle for the future of the American Right. Not Trump versus anti-Trump, or the establishment versus the populists, but competing visions of post-Trump Republican politics. His two main opponents are perfectly absurd modern Republican archetypes.”

“To make Ohio great again, make J.D. Vance your next senator” Donald Trump Jr., Cincinnati Inquirer Op-ed: “My father’s decision to endorse J.D. Vance sent MAGA waves through the Republican establishment. They are not happy. That’s not surprising though, because the RINOs and establishment insiders are never happy with outsiders who shake things up. One thing my father and I are both sick of is two-faced Republicans who talk a good game on TV and repeat the right slogans, but then turnaround and sell out our America First agenda to the swamp. America First voters didn’t elect these Republicans to go to Washington to just spout talking points, they were elected to actually push back against the radical left and advance our conservative principles. Sadly, too few of them have the strength to do what they were elected to do. That’s why it’s so vital that in 2022 we elect America First warriors across the country.”

One more opinion piece from the Right: J.D. Vance, You’re Hired Sohrab Ahmari, The American Conservative


Vance Atop the Polls in Close Race, Trump’s Influence Will Be Tested

A poll conducted in the closing days of April showed the top four candidates in Ohio’s GOP Senate primary are in a tight race, with J.D. Vance receiving 26% of the vote, Josh Mandel at 24%, Matt Dolan at 21%, and Mike Gibbons at 17% (Emerson).

Meanwhile, the Washington Post highlighted nine elections being held this month in which Trump endorsed candidates, calling May a litmus test of his “kingmaker status.”

Flag Poll: Will Trump’s endorsement be enough to help J.D. Vance secure the nomination? Join our discussion here.


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Aircraft Lands In North Pole, Space Hotel, Deer Control

On May 3, 1952, A ski-modified US Air Force C-47 piloted by Lieutenant Colonel Joseph O. Fletcher of Oklahoma and Lieutenant Colonel William P. Benedict of California becomes the first aircraft to land on the North Pole. A moment later, Fletcher climbed out of the plane and walked to the exact geographic North Pole, probably the first person in history to do so. Above is a photograph of Fletcher.

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Today I Learned that by letting a wolf population recover, traffic collisions caused by deer are reduced by nearly 25%; the reduction is not based as much on the decimation of the deer population but on the “landscape of fear” created by the wolves.

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