Don’t blame Louie Gohmert for Clinton’s destruction of documents

Featured image Attempting to defend Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email system, James Carville said, “I suspect she didn’t want [Congressman] Louie Gohmert riffling through her e-mails, which seems to me to be a kind of reasonable position for someone to take.” Reasonable, as Shannen Coffin says, only if she was not too concerned with complying with the law. But Clinton’s penchant for making sure that her records can’t be reviewed »

The incalculable damage done

Featured imageA knowledgeable reader writes to comment on my post this morning noting the Clinton email talking points. Our reader raises an angle on the damage done that I have not seen explored elsewhere. I want to pass it on without further comment at this point: I saw your note on Clinton emails. You and everyone else are missing the real problem and scandal. It is not the emails she saved »

Today’s Non-Obligatory Non-Trump Post

Featured imageFor the next few days I’m billeted at the annual meeting of the American Political Science Association in San Francisco, where I’ll be speaking on a Saturday afternoon panel (details to come). But being a masochist I decided to turn up near the beginning, because who can resist the allure of academic panels such as—I’m not making this up—“Democracy and the ‘White Problem,’” “Rousseau’s Lesser Known Works on Women,” or »

The Clinton tornado claims another victim

Featured imageA friend who has been closely following Hillary Clinton’s career for years writes: Add Bryan Pagliano to the list of Clinton “friends” who are left to clean up the mess made by the Tom and Daisy Buchanan of American politics. At least Pagliano is still alive. Other “friends” include: Jim McDougal (Clintons’ business partner; convicted felon who died in prison), Susan McDougal (Clintons’ business partner; convicted felon), Vince Foster (avoided »

Feelin’ I’m Fallon

Featured imageClinton press secretary Brian Fallon appeared on CNN yesterday to answer questions posed by Brianna Keller about some of the email issues that are dogging the Clinton presidential campaign (video below, about nine minutes). Fallon carefully toes the party line in every detail. As for Bryan Pagliano’s assertion of the Fifth Amendment in response to the congressional subpoena issued in connection with the Benghazi investigation, Fallon paraphrases the letter from »

Thoughts from the Ammo Line

Featured imageAmmo Grrrll contemplates the disappointment of GREAT EXPECTATIONS. She writes: I reckon I was about three when I had one of the biggest disappointments of my young life. We were at a carnival of some kind and, after enduring sustained, relentless wheedling, Daddy bought me some cotton candy. Whipped pink sugar on a stick – what could be better? Most anything, as it turned out. All that promising pretty froth »

Who’s the Stupid Party? [With comment by Paul]

Featured imageSome conservatives still like to call the Republicans the Stupid Party, but I say: not while the Democrats are around. Michael Ramirez speaks for me; click to enlarge: Hillary Clinton: if she isn’t the most overrated American in history, who is? The woman has been exposed as a dope. What did she do that made people think she had talent? No one can remember. One aspect of her emails that »

Why did Hillary’s staffer plead the Fifth?

Featured imageAs John noted yesterday, Bryan Pagliano, the Hillary Clinton staffer who worked on her campaign in 2008 and set up her private email server in 2009, will plead the Fifth Amendment in response to a Congressional subpoena. To the casual observer, this might seem odd. Pagliano didn’t send or receive information on the server, nor did he conceal or destroy any records. What crime might he have committed? Shannen Coffin »

Thursday’s Obligatory Trump Post

Featured imageOne measure of the depth of Trump’s presence on the political scene today is a poll result showing that if Trump supports an idea—even a liberal idea like universal health coverage also supported by Obama—Democratic support drops substantially. Hey—maybe Trump really is a double-double agent intended to sow mayhem inside Democratic ranks too. Just check out this chart from a PuffHo/YouGov poll, which shows that when Donald Trump supports universal »

Donald Trump and the loyalty oath issue [UPDATE: Trump takes the pledge]

Featured imageThe Republican National Committee has asked GOP presidential aspirants to sign a statement pledging not to run for president next year unless nominated by the Republicans. The entire field, except for Donald Trump, made that pledge last month during the first GOP presidential debate. Trump will meet today with RNC Chairman Reince Priebus to discuss the loyalty oath issue. Trump has scheduled a new conference for this afternoon. There are »

CRB: Two cheers for originalism

Featured imageToday we conclude our preview of the new (Summer) issue of the Claremont Review of Books with a bonus edition featuring a book by a friend. Subscribe to the CRB here for the heavily subsidized price of $19.95 and get online access thrown in for free. Michael Stokes Paulsen is the University Chair & Professor of Law at the University of St. Thomas in the Twin Cities. Through his contributions »

Trump talks Islamist terrorism with Hugh Hewitt, doesn’t distinguish himself

Featured imageDonald Trump went on Hugh Hewitt’s show today. How did it go for Trump? It could have gone better. Hugh began by asking Trump whether he is familiar with General Soleiman. The following exchange ensued: DT: Yes, but go ahead, give me a little, go ahead, tell me. HH: He runs the Quds Forces. DT: Yes, okay, right. HH: Do you expect his behavior… DT: The Kurds, by the way, »

“We Need To Start Killing These Officers”

Featured imageIn Madison, Wisconsin, a mob attacked a police officer who was trying to break up a fight: The officer stopped in the area of Prairie Road and Jacobs Way around 6:20 p.m. after spotting a large number of people in the street. He said that as he approached he saw a woman punch a man in the face, and he could see that the woman had a can of pepper »

Federal Judge Vacates Brady Suspension

Featured imageThis morning, Federal Judge Richard Berman made good on his courtroom observation that he didn’t think much of the NFL’s case against Tom Brady: he found that Commissioner Goodell’s arbitration decision with respect to Brady exceeded his authority, and vacated the decision in its entirety. It is rare for judges to overturn the decisions of arbitrators. I have no opinion on whether Judge Berman’s decision will survive the appeal to »

Full of Ifill

Featured imagePBS NewsHour anchor/editor Gwen Ifill tweeted her comment on Barbara Mikulski’s announcement that she would cast the thirty-fourth vote to sustain Obama’s anticipated veto of probable congressional disapproval of the Iran deal yesterday (below). Take that, Bibi. — gwen ifill (@gwenifill) September 2, 2015 Ms. Ifill isn’t owning up; she denies that the tweet expresses her point of view. She explained to PBS Ombudsman Michael Getler and others that »

How much smokier can a gun get?

Featured imageInvestor’s Business Daily has a media watchers’ angle that leads in to the heart of its editorial on the Clinton email scandal today: When a scandal involves a Democrat, the mainstream media always insist on a smoking gun before they take it seriously. Well, how about two of them — so far? Chuck Todd, host of NBC’s “Meet the Press,” said this week that “there is no evidence to suggest »

Has Hillary Clinton created a national security disaster?

Featured imageMost coverage of Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server (including mine) has focused on whether she lied about her usage and whether she violated the law. This focus is natural because Clinton is running for president. Presumably, only partisan Democrats are likely to support a liar and even some of them might balk at backing a criminal. But Stanley Kurtz looks at a different and vital question, namely »