Rush Limbaugh instructs us that if Donald Trump wins in November, we'll see "levels of violence we have not seen" -- from liberals. C'mon, Rush, are we the 90-pound weaklings getting sand kicked in our faces at the beach, or are we waiting for your listeners in parking lots with baseball bats? It can't be both. And Mr. Trump has already said we could see riots if he loses. Could they be saying it might be better for us if we stayed home and didn't vote?
Ho hum, Obama Administration releases laughably low tally of civilian deaths from drone strikes. The Administration's list also argues that its numbers are smaller than what independent news organizations have reported because it has information "unavailable to non-governmental organizations." If it knows more than us, it ought to be doing better than us, and, quite frankly, it's not.
Surprise, surprise, Newt Gingrich has decided that "free" trade pacts aren't so great after all. This, just as he's being vetted to be Mr. Trump's running mate, and after whipping votes for "free" trade deals while in Congress! As Hillary Clinton can tell you, it sure is easier to apologize for what you've done after it's really obvious to everyone else how wrong you were. I wonder what the futures market says about the chances of Julian Castro turning against the TPP within the next week or so.
Alaska Gov. Bill Walker cuts annual Alaska Permanent Fund checks in half. The Alaska Permanent Fund, which comes from oil production revenues, has heretofore to pay $2,000 per Alaska citizen (regardless of age) annually. I tend to cut Gov. Walker some slack -- previous administrations have really fouled things up there -- but it's very telling that he said more than a few lawmakers begged him not to cut the checks for fear they'd lose re-election. Why do people say socialism isn't popular again?
Finally, former Montana Governor and Republican National Committee Chair Marc Racicot says he cannot "endorse or support" Donald Trump for President. I'm old enough to remember when Tha Bush Mobb used Mr. Racicot as an amulet against charges that they were too extreme, so of course I'm aggrieved to see him used similarly by a Republican "establishment" that doesn't hate Mr. Trump anywhere near as much as it wants us to think. Still, what a prose style on this guy -- he makes George Will sound earthy.