Jeffrey Lord is a Contributing Writer for NewsBusters.
Lord is a former White House political director in the Reagan White House and aide to HUD Secretary Jack Kemp. After graduating from Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania he went on to work for the Pennsylvania State Senate Majority Leader, then going on to serve on Capitol Hill as a press secretary and legislative director for Congressman Bud Shuster (R-Pa.) and Executive Assistant to US Senator John Heinz (R-Pa.). He was the chief of staff for Reagan-Bush ’84 co-chair Drew Lewis as well as to Mr. Lewis in his role as chairman of Warner-Amex Cable (now Time Warner) in New York City.
Now a writer and commentator, he is a Contributing Editor of The American Spectator, and has appeared on Fox News, CNN, CNBC, the Fox Business Channel and Newsmax TV. His work has been discussed on The Rush Limbaugh Show, and he has also appeared on the Sean Hannity, Mark Levin and Laura Ingraham talk radio shows in addition to talk radio programs across the country. His articles have been published in The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Times, National Review, The Weekly Standard, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, The Harrisburg Patriot-News and other publications. He is the author of The Borking Rebellion:The Untold True Story of How a Bipartisan Group of Pennsylvania Women Attorneys Took on the Entire US Senate Judicial Confirmation Process - and Won. Lord, a native of Northampton, Massachusetts, now lives in Camp Hill, Pennsylvania.
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What Donald Trump, Ronald Reagan, Arnold Schwarzenegger and others - with names like Al Franken (of Saturday Night Live) , Sonny Bono (of Sonny and Cher), Fred Grandy (of The Love Boat) and Ben Jones (The Dukes of Hazzard) have in common is something that is as hard for their ordinary political opponents to understand as it is obvious.
Every one of these people entered their political careers as fixtures of American culture.
The clip went viral.
Hillary Clinton, recounting what she said was her favorite political ad of all time, involved a dog trained to bark when a politician lied.
The media were horrified. From the podium at a rally, Donald Trump was discussing Ted Cruz’s stance on waterboarding in which the Texas senator appeared to hesitate. From the audience a woman yelled out that Cruz was…was…well, “the P-word”. The “P-word” suddenly so potent a word that the media bleeped not only the woman’s words but Trump himself when he slyly repeated it.
You were waiting to settle in for Super Bowl 50. Can Peyton Manning pull it off? Can Cam Newton play under Super Bowl pressure? These and the usual other Super Bowl conversations are waiting to be had -- the thumbs up or down on the halftime show, who had the best commercial. Nothing unusual there.
So amid all the usual Super Bowl hype, a welcome hype that momentarily distracts from the intensity of the presidential campaign, why not play the race card?
Amid all the sound and fury over the Trump/Fox showdown, an interesting side bar to the story developed. On a Breitbart radio show, I heard one caller, a Trump or Cruz supporter (I forget which) began by saying that he no longer watched Fox News or Fox Business either. The gist of his call was that he believed they were no longer conservative.
Interestingly, the Breitbart caller was saying something that no less than Rush Limbaugh had observed the other day.
On May 1st, 1973, Republican Senator Charles Percy of Illinois had his resolution calling for a special prosecutor passed by the Senate. Attorney General Eliot Richardson chose Archibald Cox, a Kennedy ally and Richardson’s old Harvard law professor for the task. Cox, with a small army of liberal Ivy League attorneys, set to work with a vengeance. By October of 1973, Nixon had had more than enough -- and briskly and abruptly gave Richardson the order to fire Cox on a sleepy fall Saturday.
There was hell to pay.
Chris Christie fibbed about his record. But since he's not the presumed frontrunner for the GOP nomination, most of the media never blinked. If you're a RINO, the media love ya. But if you're nominated, they will turn on a dime and rip your political guts out.
My New Year's Eve interview with CNN came with a Clinton defender who insisted every Clinton sex charge was "phony" and "disgraceful" and dragged around by the radical right.
Phony charges? Really? Really? President Clinton himself stepped in front of the cameras to say that he had never had sex with “that woman, Ms. Lewinsky”…and later came to the nation and admitted he lied. The phony here was Mr. Clinton.
Amazing. Just amazing. The Washington Post Editorial Board has put out this editorial titled: "For Republicans, bigotry is the new normal." The editorial is an assault on, well, just about everybody in GOP-land. But just a few years ago, the Post rhapsodized over Franklin Roosevelt, with no admission of how bigotry was very normal for the Democrats of his time, and racial resentment still works for them.
In the middle of the furor over Donald Trump’s Muslim remarks, Hillary Clinton managed to get out an e-mail titled “A Word on Donald Trump.” There was nothing unexpected in one sense. She disagreed and was attacking him. Ho hum.
But then she bragged of how she defended women.
One has contempt for Christians.
And both think the Jihadist attack in San Bernadino by an Islamic couple is the fault of the NRA. And oh yes, one also thinks the problem in San Bernadino is Mr. and Mrs. Joe Doaks America and their shopping tastes in guns. Really. What gutless cowards at the New York Daily News and The New Yorker.
The brazenness of the double standard is increasingly stunning.
This time around? The dustup began as an offshoot of Donald Trump’s allegation that Muslims in Jersey City cheered as the towers fell on 9/11.
Donald Trump saw his remarks about illegal immigration twisted into supposed advocacy for a database of Muslims, and the MSNBC headline came with a major twist: "Trump’s plan for a Muslim database draws comparison to Nazi Germany."
This is shameful. Utterly unprofessional journalism. And utterly typical. And you wonder why the American people have such a low opinion of journalists?
To borrow from the theme of the 2012 Obama campaign, General Motors may be alive, but clearly Islamic terrorism is not dead.
For the good part of a day America was being fed a story about Ben Carson that wasn’t true. Was Carson deliberately lying? Clearly not. One can quibble over the wording in his book, or even criticize him for imprecision or a foggy memory, but in fact there was no “there” there.
The ladies of The View slammed Carly Fiorina for having a "demented" look, which set up a new showdown on that chat show. And Latino groups protested NBC giving Donald Trump any air time to host Saturday Night Live. The Left does not look pretty.
It’s time for a GOP talk radio debate. Specifically on February 26th of next year. Why February 26th? Because of this news…welcome news…from Republican National Chairman Reince Priebus. The RNC has now pulled the GOP from the February 26th GOP debate that was to be hosted by NBC.
In the wake of the disaster that was the CNBC debate - which was an open attack on the candidates - Priebus has released this letter.
Mitt Romney sounded just like a liberal reporter. “There was a time when we all got the news with the same facts, if you will. We had three networks we watched for the evening news. Most of us got newspapers. Everybody in the middle class got a newspaper, so we got the same facts whether we agreed or not with them.”
Now, according to Romney, people “get their news on the web” and “they tend to read those things which they agree with.” He said people are “not seeing the other side” and “not even getting the same facts” with Fox News and other outlets. He really suggested conservative media are making America worse. It's no wonder he's not president.
The headline in The New York Times says it all: "CNBC Gives In to Donald Trump on Details of the Debate."
In other words? Donald Trump takes on the media -- again -- and wins.
The Washington Post was shocked. “Ben Carson said Thursday that Adolf Hitler’s mass murder of Jews 'would have been greatly diminished' if German citizens had not been disarmed by the Nazi regime."
From the Huffington Post to ABC to Time and more (and more!) the liberal media was out there to dismiss Carson’s comments to Wolf Blitzer’s quite legit question as somehow as wacko as it was inflammatory. Even the Anti-Defamation League jumped in to say that Carson’s remarks were "historically inaccurate and offensive.” Stop.
Mark Levin was relentless. Sean Hannity, too. They called for new Republican leadership in Congress. It is now abundantly clear that talk radio, not the elected GOP leadership, is the place conservatives are looking to for leadership on conservative principle. They aren’t looking to the GOP leadership in Washington, they are looking to talk radio.