Republican field passes debate warm-up test

Featured image It’s not difficult to find fault with the individual members of the huge GOP presidential field. But watching nearly all of them (Trump, Huckabee, and Gilmore were no shows) participate in the first candidate’s forum of the cycle, I was impressed with what I saw, and more inclined than I have been for some time to agree that the GOP does have a pretty deep bench. (We don’t get to »

Hillary’s Supporters Want to Repeal the Bill of Rights

Featured imageThis is a man in the street video filmed by Mark Dice in San Diego. I don’t know anything about Dice, but these Hillary supporters have got to go: if you tell them that Hillary wants to repeal the Bill of Rights, they are on board. No one ever said democracy would work if people are stupid. Still, no matter how low your expectations are, this is painful: »

White House adds to Joe-mentum

Featured imageAppearing this morning on MSNBC, White House press secretary Josh Earnest seemed to be doing all he reasonably could to promote a Joe Biden presidential run. Asked by Mika Brzezinski: “Does President Obama want Joe Biden to jump in the race for president and will he support his vice president, Earnest responded: It certainly seemed to generate some news in the last 24 hours, didn’t it? What the president has »

Can Rand Paul use the Cleveland debate to make himself relevant?

Featured imageRand Paul has become a diminished force in the presidential race, to the point that we have wondered “where did Rand Paul go?” Thursday’s debate will give Paul an opportunity to roar back into the consciousness of Republican voters. But to do so, Dave Weigel of the Washington Post suggests, he will have to take a page out of his father’s playbook and swing for the fences as an ardent »

Obama Announces Global Warming Plan: We’re Saved!

Featured imageSo today Obama released the EPA’s final rule for the “Clean Power Plan” that gives the EPA the power to restructure our electric utility industry nationwide. By their own admission, full implementation of the emissions targets will avert only 0.018 degrees C of warming by the year 2100. I’m sure we’ll all notice that much change in temps! But at least now we’ve “taken action” to “save the planet.” The »

Media Alert [Updated: Chris Christie?]

Featured imageGuest hosting today’s Laura Ingraham show was great fun, with excellent guests and lots of callers. Tomorrow’s show promises to be a blockbuster: guests will be Victor Davis Hanson, our own Steve Hayward, and Ann Coulter, talking about her dynamite book Adios, America!. If at all possible, you should tune in. The show is 9 to 12 Eastern. You can go here find a station in your area. If you »

Question of the Day

Featured imageNational Review‘s Jay Nordlinger wins the Internet for today with this great question: Idle question: If the Norwegian Nobel Committee gives John Kerry the peace prize for the Iran deal, and Iran goes nuclear, will he throw away his Nobel medal? Jay goes on to note that Henry Kissinger did indeed try to return his Nobel Peace Prize from 1973 after North Vietnam shredded the peace accord, but that the »

Speaking of the Iran deal (11)

Featured imageI have said repeatedly here that the Iran deal is distinguished from the Munich Agreement in part by the state of public opinion. As Churchill acknowledged in his great speech opposing the Munich Agreement, the agreement was hugely popular in Great Britain; it reflected public opinion. By contrast, Americans (on average) resist the deal with Iran. They understand the sinister nature of the Iranian regime and they understand that the »

The Judiciary Below the Water Line

Featured imageDecisions of the Supreme Court understandably get a lot of attention, but what about the decisions of the Circuit Courts of Appeals, not to mention District Court and state appellate courts? Their decisions are often very important to the evolution of case law, but receive much less attention and often don’t get appealed successfully to the Supreme Court (except, it would seem, for the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals because »

How would a Biden campaign play out?

Featured imageIf it really was Beau Biden’s dying wish that Joe Biden run for president, then Joe has a powerful incentive to enter the race, especially since Hilary has yet to show any sign of invincibility. Moreover, as Scott notes, regardless of what Beau did or did not say, the fact that Biden is putting this story out amounts to strong evidence that he’s considering a run. How would a Biden »

Moral Clarity of the Past [With Comment by John]

Featured imageScott reminded us this morning of Winston Churchill’s notice of Hitler’s Mein Kampf, suggesting that we ought to take seriously the statements of murderous purpose whether they come from a seemingly implausible Austrian-born corporal, or a soon-to-be nuclear-armed Iranian ayatollah. Of course, Mein Kampf was mostly ignored in the 1930s or dismissed as the unimportant or irrelevant thoughts that Hitler would discard once he assumed the “responsibilities” of high office. As »

Minimum Wage, Maximum Folly

Featured imageInteresting news on the minimum wage front this weekend. First, the Brookings Institution, perhaps better known as the Hillary Clinton administration-in-waiting, put out a note by an economist who served in the last Clinton administration that is highly critical of the proposal for a national $15-an-hour minimum wage: A $15-hour minimum wage could harm America’s poorest workers By: Harry J. Holzer Many economists worry minimum wage increases tend to reduce »

Lindsey Graham’s charmed military career

Featured imageThe Washington Post’s practice of trying to dig up ancient dirt on Republican presidential candidates — e.g., from Mitt Romney’s prep school days and Chris Christie’s high school baseball career — has finally delivered the goods. Unfortunately for the Post, its victim, Lindsey Graham, is in 15th place in the polls, with the support of 1 out of every 200 Republicans surveyed. The Post shows that as a military reservist, »

My Coates problem–and ours

Featured imageI refashioned my posts about Ta-Nehisi Coates’s book Between the World and Me into a column for City Journal. The column has now been published under the heading “An updated racial hustle.” Please check it out if you have any interest in the subject. Dreadful as it is, Coates’s book remains at the top of the New York Times nonfiction bestseller list this week. Culture matters, and this book is »

Trump: Bush’s Stalking Horse?

Featured imageIn my interrogatories about Trump a week ago, I asked Trump enthusiasts the following question: • Are you happy that Trump is essentially a stalking horse for Jeb Bush? If Trump wins some early primaries in a crowded field it will be with less than 20 percent of the vote, but it will likely cause the party establishment—such as still exists—to rally around Bush, just as Democrats rallied to Michael »

Media Alert

Featured imageI will be guest hosting the Laura Ingraham radio show tomorrow and Tuesday. The show is 9 to 12 Eastern. You can go here find a station in your area. If you miss the show live, you can get highlights via podcast on iTunes. Both shows should be a lot of fun, with good guests. Please tune in! »

Debbie Doubles Down (on Socialism)

Featured imageThe other day John noted that Democratic National Committee chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz stumbled badly when Chris Matthews asked her the difference between a Democrat and a socialist, between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders. Today Chuck Todd of NBC’s “Meet the Press” renewed the question, and Schultz doubles down on her clueless non-answer. This has gone from embarrassing to stunningly incompetent. It’s one thing to be unprepared for Chris Matthews »