Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America relish watching Beto O’Rourke get exposed yet again as an empty suit who only knows platitudes and pandering. They also cover the Supreme Court’s decision that will likely keep the citizenship question off the 2020 census. And they discuss Tim Ryan and Tulsi Gabbard clashing on the Afghan War while summing up the rest of the candidates in the first Democratic debate.

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  1. OccupantCDN Coolidge
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    Isn’t the census question a naked power grab? The census determines representation, if the illegals who cant vote are counted in the census this would increase the value of the votes of the voters who remain, because they’ll get extra seats in congress. This will also counter the flow of American population flows.

    Also – not to equate the two – but doesnt this remind you of the constitutional convention when the low population slave states, wanted to count the slaves in the census, so that they would get political power from the slaves?

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  2. The Cloaked Gaijin Member
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    Regarding the census question, Jim Geraghty thinks the Supreme Court is all about performance.

    We are supposed to be theater critics?

    “We warned you the Supreme Court is all about performance.”

    If something was Constitutional before, then it is supposed to be Constitutional now — unless an amendment was passed.

    Performance?  The Supreme Court justices have to be treated like children or even worse Ivy League college students who need coloring books when confronted with a person of a different view?

    I feel like Chief Justice John Roberts is caught in the middle of transitioning into either Anthony Kennedy, David Souter, or Caitlyn Jenner.  I wonder if the John Roberts from 2030 will recognize the John Roberts from 2007.

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  3. Taras Coolidge
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    @Taras

    Like the Democrats, Jim and Greg believe in the mystical power of the U.S. border to turn foreigners into “real Americans”.

    My parents were immigrants and, though they lived here more than 50 years, to the end of their days their primary loyalty was to their home country.  (Not that they would give the quisling regime imposed by the Soviets the time of day!)

    What about the children of immigrants?  Well, when I was growing up, the schools still taught patriotism.  That is less true today, if not untrue.

    I believe Bobby Jindal is a patriot; but I believe that in large measure because he chose to become a Republican, and the Republican party is a patriotic party. If he were a Democrat, I would not have any particular reason to believe he is a patriot, and some reason to believe he isn’t.

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