Gaming the Scalia Seat (Updated)

Featured image Just curious: is the Senate in recess this weekend? If not, Mitch McConnell might want to have someone rush down to the floor right away to gavel it into session so Obama doesn’t fill Scalia’s seat today or tomorrow with a recess appointment, no doubt citing the grounds that he needs to end-run Republican obstructionism. [UPDATE: Elizabeth Price Foley explains why the Senate may indeed be in recess right now, »

After last night

Featured imageThe Republican presidential candidates’ debate in South Carolina last night must have warmed the hearts of Democrats everywhere. I would say you have to see it to believe it. I am posting a video of the entire event below. As usual, I want to offer a few thoughts and brief observations in the spirit of inquiry. CBS hosted the debate. Moderator John Dickerson acted as a Democratic operative seeking to »

A good night for Bush and Rubio, if that’s possible

Featured imageIn an earlier post, I wrote at length about what I thought was the big moment of tonight’s debate — Donald Trump’s attack on George W. Bush. I’ll now offer my overall impression of how the various candidates did. I thought Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio had the best debates. Jeb went toe-to-toe with Trump and was considerably more forceful than in their previous encounters, especially the early ones. Bush »

Breakfast with Justice Scalia

Featured imageJustice Scalia’s death in Texas yesterday represents a tragic loss for the Supreme Court and for our country. His nearly 30-year tenure on the Court is most notable for his adherence to, and elaboration of, the original meaning of the Constitution and amendments as publicly understood at the time of ratification. The brilliant style in which he explained himself in his opinions magnified his impact. He made an enormous contribution »

Trump channels Code Pink

Featured imageIt’s no secret that Donald Trump is a vicious bastard. It’s no secret that his views have often been more aligned with liberals than with conservatives. But until tonight, I didn’t know that his stance on George W. Bush is more vicious than that which leftist politicians are willing publicly to take. Nor did I know that Trump once urged Nancy Pelosi to impeach President Bush. In tonight’s debate, Trump »

What kind of Supreme Court nominee will Obama select? [With Comment by John]

Featured imageI think that President Obama’s nominee to replace Justice Scalia will be dead on arrival at the Senate, regardless of whom Obama selects. I suspect that Obama will reach the same conclusion. If so, Obama will select the person whose rejection will provide Democrats with the most political ammunition. Most likely, this means Obama will select an African-American female. That way, when the Senate refuses even to bring the nomination »

Scalia’s Death to Set Off Battle Royal In Senate [With Multiple Updates]

Featured imageSupreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia died today. Scalia was a towering intellect and a great justice. His sudden death is tragic on several levels. The immediate impact, however, will be political. President Obama will use the vacancy to try to expand the lawless bloc on the Court. Senate Republicans must do all they can to prevent this from happening. Will it be possible for Republicans to run out the clock, »

Mark Toner concedes

Featured imageIn his post “Debate this,” Paul Mirengoff reviewed the latest developments in the Clinton email scandal as reported by Catherine Herridge and Pamela Browne of FOX News. I found the significance of the developments hard to understand without Paul’s explanation. If you are interested in the scandal but haven’t taken the time to read up on the latest developments, I highly recommend Paul’s post. In the video below Herridge quizzes »

Sports post of the day: Isaianity revisited

Featured imageTwo years ago, I wrote about Isaiah Thomas. Not the Detroit Pistons superstar of yesteryear, but the 5-9 point guard who was beginning to light up the NBA. Referring to “Linsanity” (the brief wave of enthusiasm for Jeremy Lin), I suggested that if Thomas played in New York (as Lin did), he would be a candidate for Isaianity, given his production, his height, and the fact that he was the »

I wonder who’s Kissinger now

Featured imageIf I had known that Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders were going to debate about Henry Kissinger, I would have kept watching last night. Having been outdebated on foreign policy in the previous debate, Sanders opened a new line of attack featuring the 92 year-old former Secretary of State. At Politico, professor Gary Bass reports: Sanders announced that he had a “very profound difference” with Clinton. “In her book and »

Another South Carolina poll

Featured imageOkay, here’s a South Carolina poll that’s more in line than the one I mentioned yesterday with what I fear to be the case. Augusta Chronicle/ Morris News Service/Fox 5 Atlanta surveyed 779 likely GOP primary voters. The results are: Trump 36 Cruz 20 Rubio 14.5 Bush 11 Kasich 9 Carson 5 These results are nearly identical to those reported by Marist/WSJ/NBC in mid-January, except that Kasich has gained substantially. »

Justice Scalia, RIP [UPDATED]

Featured imageJustice Antonin Scalia, the intellectual cornerstone of modern conservative jurisprudence, died today on a ranch near San Antonio. He was 79. The cause of his death is not yet publicly known. Chief Justice Roberts made this statement: On behalf of the Court and retired Justices, I am saddened to report that our colleague Justice Antonin Scalia has passed away. He was an extraordinary individual and jurist, admired and treasured by »

Fallon’s fallacies, cont’d

Featured imageI took a look at Clinton campaign spokesman Brian Fallon’s resort to the Clinton scandal management playbook in “Fallon’s fallacies.” The ad hominem attack is the key play in the playbook. Last month the campaign called the play on Obama-appointed Intelligence Community Inspector General I. Charles McCullough, III. The Clintons generalize the ad hominem attack into the Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy. Madam Hillary herself is the author of the phrase and »

The Week in Pictures: Feminist Meltdown Edition

Featured imageThe Clintons’ sense of entitlement is of a piece of the entire boomer-generation liberalism that expects because they made the sixties man! that they should be placed on a pedestal forever. So it was schadenfreudetastic to watch old feminists like Gloria Steinem proves that today’s young women need a feminist like a fish needs a bicycle. Meanwhile, Bernie keeps chugging that old socialist moonshine.   And finally. . .   »

The Case of the Spotted Cow

Featured imageIt’s not Sherlock Holmes, but rather an actual crime story. The Minneapolis Star Tribune reports: A border-crossing beer run has landed two Maple Grove bar managers in a heap of legal trouble. In an unusual bust, undercover state investigators caught Maple Tavern illegally selling a beloved Wisconsin beer in April. The bar had tapped kegs of New Glarus Spotted Cow, a farmhouse ale that can only be sold in Wisconsin »

Censorship, United Airlines Style

Featured imageIt’s not just at college campuses that politically incorrect speech is being censored. The other day I was killing time between connecting plane fights in the United Club at LAX, and I stumbled across a link to Paul Gottfried’s review of Brad Birzer’s fine new biography of Russell Kirk that appeared on the VDARE website. Gottfried is always interesting and highly readable, though usually idiosyncratic. But when I clicked on »

Being a Bureaucrat Means Never Having to Say You’re Sorry

Featured imageWe have covered the Gold King Mine environmental disaster here, here, here and here. Briefly, the EPA and its contractor spilled three million gallons of toxic liquid contaminated with lead, arsenic, cadmium and aluminum into the Animas River. The spill turned the river orange and inflicted environmental damage for many miles downstream: In response to the spill, the EPA has been uncommunicative and unhelpful to the impacted communities. It has »