From the right: It’s Dems Who Are the Party of the Rich
Democrats are fully engaged in attacking the GOP tax-reform bill as “cutting taxes for the rich.” But Steven Moore at the Washington Examiner says US Census figures suggest “the Democrats are actually the party of the rich.” After all, Democrats hold 19 of the 25 congressional districts with the highest median income. And the six held by Republicans are all swing seats being targeted by Democrats. Together, all these districts gave Hillary Clinton nearly 63 percent of their votes. Republicans, on the other hand, hold 59 percent of the districts classified as middle class. Moore’s advice to the GOP: “Increase taxes on the wealthy” and let Democrats “bear the political burden of advocating for lower taxes for their affluent constituents.”

Foreign desk: Time To Prepare Military Option on Iran
North Korea may have proved that “sanctions and negotiations alone can’t stop a determined dictator from acquiring nukes,” concedes Evelyn Gordon at Commentary, but “the jury’s still out on military action.” Some say that would only buy time, but “the more time you buy, the better the chances of an unexpected development — say, regime change in Iran — that could lead to permanent success.” Which is precisely what happened in Saddam Hussein’s Iraq. Also, military action buys more time than sanctions, because “rebuilding from scratch always takes longer than expanding or improving existing infrastructure.” The most serious concern is painful retaliation, which means “taking steps,” such as curbing Iran’s conventional-missile program, “to make this option less dangerous, and therefore more feasible.”
Political scribe: Mike Pence Is GOP Party Leader Now
Donald Trump may still be the star, but Vice President Mike Pence “has unofficially taken on the role as the leader of the Republican Party,” reports Salena Zito at Town Hall. Unlike the president, who enjoys big public rallies, Pence is steadily working the traditional fundraising-dinner scene. He’s also created his own fundraising PAC, “an unprecedented move by a vice president.” But it’s not “a sign that he’s preening his own political ambitions or creating a shadow campaign, as other news organizations have reported.” Instead, it’s “a smart strategic move by a White House aware that Trump’s strength is not in being a party leader but a man willing to go to places where no Republican showed up before and ask people in his own unique way for their votes.”

Business writer: For Cuomo, Only a Landslide Will Do
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