What to make of Francois Fillon

Featured image For almost as long as Power Line has been around, I have bemoaned the fact that France never produced a successful political leader willing to push Thatcherite/Reaganite economic policies. When Nicolas Sarkozy began to emerge, I held some hope that he might take France in that direction. However, I never really thought he’d take it far, and he didn’t. Writing in the City Journal, Fred Siegel describes the deeply Catholic »

Annals of Liberal Cluelessness

Featured imageThe New York Times on Saturday published an unintentionally hilarious article from Molly Worthen entitled “Can I Go To Great Books Camp?” The article went through all of the conservative educational programs that teach classic texts in a serious way, including several well known to Power Line readers, such as the Claremont Institute’s Publius Fellows, and the Hertog Fellows program (both of which have featured moi as an instructor). In »

The Cultural Canaries Say PC Liberalism is Dying

Featured imageAs I remarked in yesterday’s video compilation, even Hollywood has taken notice of PC absurdity. This 2 minute excerpt from Tim Allen’s new ABC sitcom “Last Man Standing” takes aim at a real “guidance” document against “microaggressions” issued last year by UCLA. The examples lampooned in this clip (like “people who work hard can get ahead”) were in fact proscribed by UCLA’s idiot administration. How long will campus liberalism want »

Donald Trump’s first economic policy call

Featured imageYesterday, I wrote about what appears to be Donald Trump’s first foreign policy call — a telephone conversation with the Taiwanese president that signals to China the possibility of closer relations between the U.S. and Taiwan. I argued that this was a good call. I take the deal Trump worked out with Carrier to keep about 1,000 jobs in the U.S. to be the president-elect’s first economic policy call. How »

Travelin’ with the Times

Featured imageThe New York Times has joined with the upscale tour company Abercrombie & Kent to offer deluxe tours to readers in the upper reaches of the top 1 percent. Those of us who can’t afford to participate may console ourselves that we would gladly pay a modest sum to avoid confinement in a narrow space with such luminaries of the Times as Nicholas Kristof. I’m thinking of it all as »

Donald Trump on Jon Huntsman in 2012

Featured imageIt is now being rumored that president-elect Trump is considering Jon Huntsman for Secretary of State. This rumor strikes me as more shocking than the rumor — now more than that — Trump was considering his nemesis Mitt Romney for that job. In other words, the Huntsman rumor is probably rooted in fact. The incongruity of a Huntsman selection is based on more than just the former Utah governor’s harsh »

The Week in Videos

Featured imageI’m not saying this will become a regular feature, but a few good ones have piled up on the spindle, starting with this extended version of the schadenfreudtastic video of the predictions that Trump would never make it (4 minutes): And I haven’t seen Tucker Carlson’s new show on Fox News, but this segment with New York Times editor Liz Spayd is pretty good, as Spayd is remarkably honest about the »

The Global Warming Fraud, Explained

Featured imageMuch can be said about the Left’s lavishly-financed effort to portray global warming as an existential threat, so that a small minority can profit while the rest of us are impoverished. But this is perhaps the most fundamental point: a scientific argument can be made that doubling the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere will increase global temperatures by about one degree C. Most people agree that this would be »

A Preview of Coming Attractions

Featured imageScott kindly mentioned my forthcoming book, Patriotism Is Not Enough, which will appear in mid-February (though you can pre-order today!) I’m going over the final page proofs right now, and thought I might as well share a couple of previews. The book centers around, but is not confined to, the story of Harry Jaffa and Walter Berns, two of the great thinkers of the late 20th century. I’m one of »

California Dreaming?

Featured imageIt’s hard to single out the most delicious example of the post-Trump liberal freak out, but the din about California secession has to rank high on the list. Among other obvious things, California provided Hillary Clinton with her entire margin of victory in the popular vote—without California, Trump wins the popular vote in the other 49 states handily. (Without California and the five boroughs of New York City, Trump’s popular »

Sunday morning coming down

Featured imageChris Hillman was a teenage bluegrass star on the Los Angeles music scene in the early ’60s. When Roger (then Jim) McGuinn asked him if he could play bass for the band he was forming, he said yes and then taught himself how. Moving from mandolin to bass, he become one of the founding members of the Byrds together with McGuinn, David Crosby and Gene Clark. The Byrds brought McGuinn’s »

Donald Trump’s first foreign policy call

Featured imageTo the consternation of many, Donald Trump has spoken by telephone with Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen. Reportedly, this is the first direct communication between the leader of the United States and the leader of Taiwan since 1979. Team Trump says not much should be made of this. Taiwan’s president called to congratulate the president-elect and Trump accepted the call. That’s all. However, this Washington Post article contends that the call »

A fitting end: Castro’s hearse breaks down

Featured imageThe vehicle carrying Fidel Castro’s remains during his funeral parade broke down yesterday. Soldiers had to push it through the streets. How symbolic! What could be more fitting, given the broken down nature of the antique Cuban state produced by Castro? There have been plenty of choice comments on Twitter. Here’s the obvious take in the form of an old joke: NOTHING in Cuba works. Except the prostitutes. Here’s my »

Have Kellogg and Other Companies Been “Dragged Into” Politics?

Featured imageThe Minneapolis Star Tribune reprints an article from the Washington Post under the headline “U.S. companies get dragged into a volatile political climate.” The article centers on Kellogg, which stirred outrage when it announced that it was blocking advertising on Breitbart.com because Breitbart isn’t “aligned with our values as a company.” There was a lot of pushback from conservatives, including us, but does that mean that Kellogg was “dragged into” »

It ain’t over til it’s over

Featured imageYesterday, in a post called “It’s Over,” I noted that Jill Stein and her friends have withdrawn their state court suit which sought a recount of the Pennsylvania presidential vote. But Team Stein hasn’t quit, after all. Instead, it has resorted to federal court. Team Stein’s lawyer explained: Over the past several days, it has become clear that the barriers to verifying the vote in Pennsylvania are so pervasive and »

Ellisonian gleanings

Featured imageKeith Ellison is trying to plug the leaks that have sprung in his nascent campaign to head the Democratic National Committee. Ellison seeks to plug the leaks with lies and he’s lying as fast as he can talk. Let’s tune on him in action. Last week the Investigative Project on Terrorism released audio of Ellison speaking during a 2010 political fundraiser, criticizing what he saw as the inappropriate and disproportionate »

It’s over

Featured imageJill Stein and her crew have dropped the court proceeding by which they were seeking to force a statewide recount in Pennsylvania. Trump’s victory in the Keystone State stands. Thus, even if a recount were somehow to overturn the results in Wisconsin and Michigan, Trump would still prevail. There were no grounds for an automatic recount in Pennsylvania because Trump won by 0.8 percent. An automatic recount isn’t triggered unless »