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'Are they out of their minds?' Former Reagan staffer slams WSJ for overlooking Kari Lake’s 'extremism'
On Monday, September 26, the Wall Street Journal’s conservative editorial board published an editorial attacking Democratic Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs — who is running against far-right MAGA Republican and conspiracy theorist Kari Lake in Arizona’s 2022 gubernatorial race — for her views on “school choice.” The WSJ’s editorial board recommended that Lake emphasize “school choice” rather than the 2020 presidential election, which she falsely claims was stolen from Donald Trump. And veteran conservative columnist Mona Charen, in a scathing article published by The Bulwark on September 28, slams the Journal’s editorial board for turning a blind eye to Lake’s extremism.
In its editorial, WSJ’s editorial board wrote, “The race for governor is close, and Democrats are seeking to rev up turnout by making the election about Donald Trump. GOP gubernatorial nominee Kari Lake hasn’t helped herself or her party by insisting that the 2020 election was stolen. Her election fraud claims put off many Republicans and independents and are a loser in the general election. A winning and unifying issue for Republicans this November is school choice.”
The board continued, “(Florida Gov. Ron) DeSantis won in 2018 thanks in part to support from black mothers who were worried his Democratic opponent would take away their kids’ state scholarships. Ms. Lake has a chance to drive a similar message, and Ms. Hobbs has made herself vulnerable by telling parents they can’t be trusted with school choice.”
Those familiar with Charen’s background know how conservative she is. The 65-year-old Charen worked in the Reagan White House during the 1980s and was a speechwriter for First Lady Nancy Reagan, and the titles of her books include “Useful Idiots: How Liberals Got it Wrong in the Cold War and Still Blame America First” and “Do-Gooders: How Liberals Hurt Those They Claim to Help (and the Rest of Us).” But Charen has been a blistering critic of former President Donald Trump and the MAGA movement, and in 2020, she endorsed Joe Biden for president.
In her Bulwark article, Charen notes that she agrees with “school choice” and has been critical of teachers’ unions. But “school choice,” she emphasizes, is no reason to endorse someone as “extreme” as Lake.
“Disturbing, extremist, and otherwise unfit candidates dot the national landscape in 2022 like monkeypox, from Doug Mastriano in Pennsylvania to J.D. Vance in Ohio to Don Bolduc in New Hampshire, but Arizona surely takes the highest honors for the sheer concentration of ranting incompetents who threaten the democratic process,” Charen writes. “Kari Lake, the Republican candidate for governor, whom the Journal is endorsing, may be in favor of school choice, but that’s a little beside the point when you consider the larger picture. Kari Lake has declared that the 2020 election was ‘corrupt and stolen.’ Regarding the current president of the United States, she has expressed pity, urging that ‘deep down, I think we all know this illegitimate fool in the White House — I feel sorry for him — didn’t win. I hope Americans are smart enough to know that.’”
Charen continues, “She has no patience for temporizers. ‘It is not enough to say you are for ‘Election Integrity’ if you are not for DECERTIFYING the 2020 election if wrongdoing, fraud or different results are revealed,’ she tweeted last year. She then boasted that she was the only candidate for governor calling for decertification of the 2020 election. In addition to the standard denial of the 2020 election, Lake has also adopted the smarmy tactics Trump has normalized in the GOP. When former Congressman Matt Salmon, one of her primary opponents, demurred about putting cameras in every Arizona classroom, she accused him of coddling pedophiles and sneered that he was too weak to be governor.”
Doug Mastriano, the Trump-backed Republican candidate for Pennsylvania governor whom multiple polls suggest is losing to Democratic rival Josh Shapiro by a considerable margin, is apparently resorting to divine intervention.
The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that Mastriano this week announced he would be leading "40 days of prayer and fasting" between this coming Thursday and election day, even as he struggles to raise money and keep wary Republicans from abandoning hope.
"While it is unclear who Mastriano expects to start fasting on Thursday, the recent entreaties seem to indicate that his campaign, which epitomizes what scholars call Christian nationalist ideology, has fallen on hard times," notes the Inquirer. "The messaging has grown increasingly erratic, sometimes arguably bordering on nonsensical. One of Mastriano’s main attack strategies these days is emphasizing that he is taller than Shapiro."
The Republican Governors Association has refused to come to Mastriano's financial aid, and Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey referred to the race as a "lost cause" earlier this year.
Mastriano has also had troubles building a grassroots army to propel him to victory, as a recent event that was billed as a "big rally" in the state capital of Harrisburg attracted only 60 people.
Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) hosted a podcast on impeaching President Joe Biden and members of his administration as Hurricane Ian's eyewall was breaching Florida's coast.
Gaetz spent less than 90 seconds of his Wednesday 30-minute Firebrand podcast on the hurricane.
"I want to take just a moment to let you know while we're here live at the Longworth Office Building at the Capitol complex, my heart is in the sunshine state," the congressman said.
Gaetz recommended having candles and charged batteries before moving on.
"Please keep my fellow Florida man, Florida woman in your prayers because there are a lot of people on the peninsula going through a lot," he said.
But Gaetz spent most of the podcast on what he called the "MAGA oversight agenda."
"I don't care what the leadership in Washington think of either party if their desire is to go engage in some unified effort against the American people," he said. "And I think we have to get to the corrupt core of these agencies."
"At a minimum, we have to open the impeachment inquiries of people like [DHS Secretary] Alejandro Mayorkas," he continued. "If we're not willing to engage in an impeachment inquiry at least at the outset, I believe we will have betrayed the voters who indend to give us power."
Gaetz added: "The MAGA agenda is an investigations first agenda and it is an agenda that will include impeachment."
Gaetz used a portion of the show to plot with Newsmax host Sebastian Gorka about how to create a select committee to investigate members of the Biden family.
"We're here strategizing what Republican control is going to look like in the next Congress," he told Gorka. "There's some talk on the Hill today about what a select committee would look like to be able to delve into the compromise of the first family."
Gaetz concluded his podcast with another mention of the hurricane.
"It's gonna be a rough one," he admitted. "It's a big storm but we're tough folks down in the Sunshine State."
Ian reportedly made landfall just minutes after Gaetz ended his live stream.