More watched Dems than Repubs, but more watched Trump than Clinton

Featured image We’re still waiting to see how much bounce, if any, the Democrats gained from their convention. But the television ratings are in. The Democrats had larger audiences the first three nights; the Republicans received a larger share for the finale. The degree of the Democrats’ edge varied over the first three nights. On Monday, apparently it was about half of million viewers. On Tuesday, the Dems had approximately 5 million »

In the Immortal Words of Daniel Pipes…

Featured imageDaniel Pipes recently gave an interview to Germany’s Global Review. His observations are pithy as always; here are some highlights: GR: Many people say that Islam is not a religion but a reactionary, totalitarian and repressive ideology comparable to fascism and communism; and that Islam cannot be reformed. Other people say that Islamism had nothing to do with religion and Islam. What do you say about relations between Islam and »

The (de)iceman cometh

Featured imageYaron Steinbuch reports in the New York Post: “ISIS teen who killed priest passed background check for airport job.” Steinbuch notes that “[t]he bloodthirsty jihadist who executed a Catholic priest in France ‘easily’ passed a background check to become an airport baggage handler[.]” The murderer “worked full time at Chambéry Airport in the Savoie region, which is used by more than 250,000 passengers a year, until just three months ago[.]” »

Mansfield on Trump

Featured imageI’ve been waiting for Harvey Mansfield to offer up his considered judgment about Donald Trump, which he does today in the Wall Street Journal. One reason for this curiosity is not just that he’s Harvey-Freakin’-Mansfield, but because I still recall his terrific takedown of Ross Perot in The New Republic back in 1992 (not available online unfortunately), and figured that there might be similiarities. Here’s an excerpt from his Perot article: »

Venezuela’s new decree

Featured imageIn his column “Socialism for the uninformed,” Thomas Sowell observed: “socialism sounds great. It has always sounded great. And it will probably always continue to sound great. It is only when you go beyond rhetoric, and start looking at hard facts, that socialism turns out to be a big disappointment, if not a disaster.” Sowell cited the slow-motion catastrophe in Venezuela as a case in point: “While throngs of young »

The Week in Pictures: Unready for Hillary Edition

Featured imageWell, how about that? Maybe the: Worst. Acceptance. Speech. Ever. But here we are. One hundred days to go. More thoughts on that tomorrow. For now, enjoy the amazing spectacle of a plausible Democratic convention marred only by the pathetic speech of . . . their nominee. And once again, the ascent of a Clinton is marked with the wreckage of people ruined along the way—I’m looking at you, Debbie »

Economists For Clinton?

Featured imageYahoo Finance, a site which I believe is viewed by hundreds of thousands of people, is currently featuring this graphic which shows how superior Hillary Clinton’s economic plans are to Donald Trump’s. Clinton’s proposals, the graph says, will lead to much more GDP growth than Trump’s: The chart comes from an analysis by Moody’s Analytics. CNN is currently highlighting the same report and its pro-Hillary conclusions. CNN tells us a »

The economy is slumping at a bad time for Democrats

Featured imageNational conventions aren’t what they used to be. They have become highly choreographed and lacking in drama (though there was more drama than normal at both conventions this year). But the conventions still serve vital purposes. They enable the two parties and their candidates to make their case directly to the American people in a setting glitzy enough to attract viewers. And they enable voters to discern, albeit not infallibly, »

The First Third of Hillary’s Speech Was Awful

Featured imageDuty won out last night, for a while, anyway. I steeled myself to watch Hillary’s acceptance speech, beginning with the introduction by her daughter Chelsea. As the Fox hosts carefully noted after Chelsea finished, politicians’ children are traditionally off limits for criticism. Sure: but if you choose your son or daughter to deliver an important speech at a national convention, people are going to form some kind of judgment on »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured imageAmmo Grrrll draws on a REVEALING RIDE-ALONG chronicled by former Pioneer Press and Star Tribune columnist Nick Coleman wasy back when: About 15 years ago, when the “Driving While Black” meme was just finding purchase in the public mind, ultra-liberal Twin Cities columnist Nick Coleman, son of a Democrat pol, no friend to Power Line, was invited to go on a ride-along with the police. I knew Nick personally, not »

The NCAA enters the bathroom wars

Featured imageI wrote here about the NBA’s decision to participate in the bathroom wars by pulling its all-star game from Charlotte in response to North Carolina legislation on the matter. To no one’s surprise, the NCAA has elected to indulge in similar leftist grandstanding. Ed Whelan has the details. He reports that the NCAA will require cities seeking to host championship tournaments to answer a questionnaire pertaining to state and local »

Mosby’s futile prosecutions nearly bankrupted police union

Featured imageThe Baltimore Sun reports that the cost of defending the six Baltimore police officers charged in the arrest and death of Freddie Gray emptied the coffers of the city’s police union. The union was able to stay afloat only because its members voted to double the dues. The vote was unanimous, according to the Sun’s sources. Marilyn Mosby has finally dropped all charges in these cases. However, the dues will »

Minimum Wage, Maximum Ignorance

Featured imageWilliam F. Buckley Jr. used to speak of the “invincible ignorance” of liberalism, and there’s hardly a better example than the minimum wage. Generally the first thing you learn on the first day of Econ 101 is that if you raise the price of something, you’ll reduce the demand for that something. Including labor. So it’s fun to notice this morning that the city of Seattle, which threw out both »

Ms. Clinton resets

Featured imageI wondered what Madam Hillary and her cornermen would do to make sure she didn’t suffer one of her patented coughing fits last night in the course of the the biggest speech of her career. I would guess they must have done something, but I’m still wondering what. At the Daily Wire, Robert Kraychuk makes a related observation: “Clinton noticeably cleared her throat twenty-two times. In and of itself, it »

Sleepers don’t awake

Featured imageHillary Clinton demonstrated again in her DNC acceptance speech that she is a terrible public speaker. Politic has posted the text of the speech here. C-SPAN has posted video of the speech here; PBS has posted it on YouTube here. Having received some of the best instruction in the world on how to do it, Madam Hillary has absorbed this lesson: speak slowly. Speak as if you’re talking to children. »

Dems end on a mediocre note, but probably helped themselves this week

Featured imageThe Democrats wrapped up their convention tonight. Like the Republican convention, this one had its ups and downs, along with more turmoil than probably was expected. But I believe that, like the Republican convention, this one will produce a decently large bounce for the nominee — in this case Hillary Clinton. I believe this for two reasons. First, Hillary received the benefit of what (by all accounts) were strong speeches »

Did Obama Help Hillary?

Featured imageContrary to what seems to be the conventional wisdom, I don’t think President Obama is a particularly good speaker. This is partly because he is lost without a teleprompter, partly because he has no gift for the memorable turn of phrase, and partly because he rarely talks about anything except himself. Think about it–when has an Obama speech ever moved public opinion on any issue? Never. If he has ever »