The Super Bowl Ad You Didn’t See

Featured image I understand that Jeb Bush ran an ad on the Super Bowl yesterday. If so, I missed it, like much else. I was multitasking. I doubt that the ad will do much to salvage Jeb’s flailing campaign. But when you have lots of money and little popular support, I guess you have to do something. Why not the Super Bowl? Michael Ramirez offers the Super Bowl ad you didn’t see: »

Jeb to Conservatives: Drop Dead

Featured imageBack in September in “Bush League De-Regulation,” I took note of Jeb Bush’s Wall Street Journal op-ed about his views on regulation. I wondered whether he really understands the problem sufficiently, and concluded: This is another sign that Bush, as good as he is in many ways, is not good enough. He doesn’t get the full depths of the problem. Like his dad and older brother. Today, as reported by »

Today’s sports post: Super Bowl (don’t call me) L

Featured imageI’m no football historian, but I have seen nearly all L of the Super Bowls. I don’t recall ever witnessing defense being played as well by two competing Super Bowl teams as it was yesterday. Denver’s defense must be among the best of all time. A few weeks ago it made Tom Brady, surely one of the best five quarterbacks ever in my opinion, look ordinary at best. Yesterday, they »

How will Jeb do tomorrow? (and why it matters)

Featured imageNew Hampshire voters will answer several potentially consequential questions tomorrow: How badly will Sanders beat Clinton; what will Trump’s margin of victory be; what price (if any) will Rubio pay for repetition in debating? For me, though, the biggest question is: How well will Jeb Bush do? Here’s why. There has been much speculation about the degree of winnowing the Republican field will undergo after New Hampshire. In particular, how »

About Those Unarmed Black Victims

Featured imageThe Washington Post has been analyzing local press accounts to build a database of police shootings. The paper published preliminary results last August; I commented on them here. The Post’s numbers showed that as a percentage of the population, unarmed blacks were seven times as likely to be shot. (In the final accounting the Post has just released, that drops to six times as likely.) Noting that shootings of unarmed »

Pop culture and the GOP field

Featured imageTevi Troy has two excellent posts about the Republican presidential field’s pop culture interests. This one focuses on music. It finds that Donald Trump has “broken the GOP’s music curse.” This one focuses on pop culture in general. It finds that Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio have displayed a “facility to invoke images and references that go beyond politics.” Unlike Barack Obama, Cruz eschews upper-middle-brow references (e.g. to shows like »

Monday Morning News Roundup

Featured imageI was indisposed most of the weekend at a conference (about which more in due course), so I have a lot to catch up on. Let’s look at a few headlines from the morning papers: From the Washington Post sports page print edition (I can’t seem to find it online), a story about women’s professional soccer: U.S. Women’s Strike Might Be Brewing Now, if I was a hacker, I’d correct »

Sports for Politics’ Sake at the Washington Post [with comment by Paul]

Featured imagePaul notes below the irrepressible reflexes of the Washington Post’s arts and entertainment coverage that often appears in their misnamed Style section (misnamed because its relentless politicization shows it has little style and no class). But apparently the problem extends to the Sports section as well. I don’t often take in the Post’s sports section any more, but this morning happened to find me in Washington, DC, where I made »

Art for politics’ sake at the Washington Post

Featured imageIf you think (as I do) that the Washington Post’s news section too often manifests liberal bias, you should probably steer clear of the arts, entertainment, and letters portions of the paper. The news section’s high profile produces limits as to how far reporters typically go to express such bias. Those who write in non-news sections are less constrained. That’s why I refer to these pages as the Washington Post’s »

The War on Police In San Antonio

Featured imageA San Antonio tabloid says it will publish the names and addresses of every police officer in the San Antonio police department, following the shooting of an unarmed black felon by a San Antonio policeman. Local TV station KENS reports: 36-year-old Antronie Scott was being followed by a undercover police officer Thursday night. Police say when Scott got into a car in a parking lot on Sahara Street, a uniformed »

CNN does the math

Featured imageCNN has done the math on the speaking fees the Clintons has collected since Bill Clinton left office “dead broke.” The numbers are mind-boggling. The Clintons have done very well by themselves as class warriors for the common man: Hillary Clinton and her husband, former President Bill Clinton, combined to earn more than $153 million in paid speeches from 2001 until Hillary Clinton launched her presidential campaign last spring, a »

Would Rubio sign an amnesty bill?

Featured imageAs conservatives sort through the wreckage from Marco Rubio’s close encounter with Chris Christie the other night, some are debating the question of what Rubio would do as president about illegal immigration. It’s a vitally important question and a fair one, given that Rubio has been all over the place on this issue. Kevin Williamson at NR says that anti-amnesty conservatives have nothing to fear from a President Rubio. But »

She would prefer not to

Featured imageThe proposition that she would prefer not to goes a long way in Clinton world. Appearing on ABC’s This Week with former Clinton aide George Stephanopoulos yesterday, Hillary Clinton gave it a new twist. Following up on her declaration this past Thursday that she would think about releasing the transcripts of her highly compensated speeches to Wall Street audiences, Stephanopoulos asked her if she had made a decision yet (video »

Talkin’ unemployment blues

Featured imagePresident Obama made an appearance in the White House press room on Friday to take a victory lap over the fall of the official unemployment rate (U-3) to 4.9 percent (video below, about 15 minutes). Is that number for real? Referring to the hell he saw tending to wounded men during the Civil War, Walt Whitman held that “the real war will never get in the books.” By the same »

Climate Change, the Long View

Featured imageAt Watts Up With That?, Dr. Tim Ball puts the climate change debate into historical perspective: Recent discussion about record weather events, such as the warmest year on record, is a totally misleading and scientifically useless exercise. This is especially true when restricted to the instrumental record that covers about 25% of the globe for at most 120 years. The age of the Earth is approximately 4.54 billion years, so »

Tell me why

Featured imageTell me why no one attacked John Kasich last night. He’s leading the governors/former governors in New Hampshire, and conventional wisdom holds that only one (or at most two) governors will survive the New Hampshire primary. He’s a bona threat to finish ahead of Marco Rubio (and this was true even before last night) and Ted Cruz. If he finishes a close second, he could even hurt Trump going forward. »

After last night

Featured imageWatching last night’s cage match among the Republican presidential candidates at St. Anselm’s College in Manchester on ABC, I found that event an exercise in reduction. Paul Mirengoff elaborates the details in here. At the outset, I want to insert my usual media note. ABC News should not be part of the equation for Republicans. George Stephanopoulos should not have a hand in any event sponsored by the Republican Party. »