First, here’s my Monday Washington Examiner column on Ebola and the necessity of common sense travel restrictions. Much of it comes out of the counsel of the very, very calm, very respected health care systems lawyer Lowell Brown –one of my law partners— who has three decades of experience representing hospital systems behind his observations of the current situation. The Administration’s reaction to Ebola has to account for the costs of not imposing the travel restrictions –not a travel ban, but common sense restrictions for a disease estimated by WHO to reach 10,000 new cases a week by December. Those costs are already high and climbing, burdening an already stressed American hospital system.
Second, at the the “Townhall 2014” forum tonight in Glendale, Calfiornia, before approximately 1,200 conservative activists who paid a fairly expensive ticket price to come in, the Ebola concern is very low. So is the enthusiasm for immigration reform legislation in a 2015-16 GOP-majority House and Senate. In fact while about 20% of the audience pronounced themselves very concerned over Ebola, only 10% favored the hypothetical GOP majority taking the initiative and putting an immigration reform bill before the president in early 2015. Michael Medved and I strongly advocate such a course, provided the bill is a good one and, in my case, that means an-impossible-to-avoid construction of at least 1000 miles of double-sided, high fencing along the border. The GOP has a huge opportunity here to present the president with a long immigration reform bill he simply cannot veto, one stocked with key legislative victories like the Keystone pipeline and repeal of the medical device tax while also providing regularization for most of the illegal population, but not citizenship, but getting such a bill past the very skeptical base of the GOP will mean turning to conservatives to actually draft the bill, not to the usual suspects. If the usual suspects want a bill and not simply attention, they will bow out of the way and let the conservatives draft that bill.
Third, at the very same forum which is skeptical of Ebola fears and very skeptical of immigration reform legislation, 50% of attendees want Mitt Romney to run for the White House again again. This result surprised every participant –Katie Pavlich, Michael, Dennis Prager, Ben Shapiro, Elisha Krauss, Brian Whitman and me. Again, these are hard-core conservative enthusiasts, willing to pay for a ticket to a show featuring conservative media folk, very opposed to immigration reform and hostile to Common Core. I had expected another 10% to 20% showing in the Romney-run-again? poll, but while the enthusiasm of the non-Romney people seems focused on Ted Cruz, it is safe to say that it isn’t just “Establishment Republicans” driving the Romney 2016 bus. Lots and lots of deep red conservatives are on it too.
I’ll talk about all this on Monday’s show with none other than columnist-to-the-world Mark Steyn, who is marking launch day for his wonderful new book The [Un]Documented Mark Steyn with a long interview with me commencing at 7:21 Eastern and ending at 9 PM. (That’s 4:21 to 6 PM Pacific for the Steelers fans.) Listen online if you can’t hear it in your car. A vast draft of undiluted Steyn heading your way tomorrow, probably enough to immunize you against Ebola panic.
These are the saddest of possible words:
“Tinker to Evers to Chance.”
Trio of bear cubs, and fleeter than birds,
Tinker and Evers and Chance.
Ruthlessly pricking our gonfalon[a] bubble,
Making a Giant hit into a double[b] –
Words that are heavy with nothing but trouble:
“Tinker to Evers to Chance.”