Will 2018 Resemble 2010?

Featured image The Democrats need a pickup of only 24 seats, net, to take control of the House of Representatives. That isn’t very many, by historical standards, and the Dems have been supremely confident that as of January 2019, Nancy Pelosi will once again be Speaker of the House. The Democrats see a wave election coming–or they did, anyway, until the generic preference polls began to tighten following passage of the GOP »

A Turning Point for Trump In Sight?

Featured imageMy sense is the intransigence of the Democratic “resistance” mentality is going to make this present “government shutdown” the longest ever, with unpredictable political effects at this early point. It comes amidst evidence that Trump’s position might be improving. According to the most recent CBS News poll, Trump’s overall numbers continue to be underwater. His best numbers—still below 50 percent—are for his handling of the economy and his handling of »

Crazy Story of the Week

Featured imageThere are many news items these days that recall that great line from Randall Jarrell’s comic novel about academia, Pictures from an Institution, that runs: “President Robbins made a speech that—a Gertrude said, you had to hear it not to believe it.” This week brings one that is off the chart for this category. From The Telegraph: Women who identify as men are not being routinely offered potentially life saving »

And now, a five-month gap [With Comment by John]

Featured imageThe Daily Caller’s Chuck Ross reports that the FBI “failed to preserve” five months’ worth of text messages exchanged between FBI counterintelligence officer Peter Strzok and FBI lawyer Lisa Page. In a letter sent to Senate Homeland Security Committee chairman Ron Johnson on Friday, Assistant Attorney General Stephen Boyd disclosed that text messages are missing for the period between December 14, 2016 and May 17, 2017. The period is crucial »

Andrew Roberts for the Win

Featured imageI am pleased to see that on the question of how to think about the Churchill biopic Darkest Hour, the great Andrew Roberts comes down pretty close to where I do–and also where to rank the other major Churchill biopics. Our one major divergence is over Brendan Gleeson’s turn in the HBO production Into the Storm, which I thought suffered more from defective writing and poor direction rather than Gleeson’s »

Scarborough’s Stand

Featured imageJohn declared the tweets of the day last night, and they may be. I will only add this footnote. The one and only Joe Scarborough debuted his “new single” via Twitter. Inspired by the Women’s March, he dedicated it “to those who #Resist.” Scarborough’s tweet inspired Resistance of its own. I thought the Resistance to Scarborough’s tweet made it the tweet of the day. If laughter is the best medicine, »

Collusion 3.0

Featured imageThe New York Times has been a prime proponent of the Trump/Russia collusion illusion. Andrew McCarthy usefully reviews the iterations of the illusion in “Collusion 3.0: Russia and the NRA.” McCarthy notes that the first attempt to suggest a conspiracy between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin to subvert the 2016 presidential election centered on Carter Page and originated in the Steele dossier helpfully produced by the Clinton presidential campaign. »

Baltimore sacks its police chief after record breaking year for homicides

Featured imageThe Washington Post reports that Baltimore’s mayor has abruptly replaced Police Commissioner Kevin Davis weeks after the city ended 2017 with a record-setting homicide rate. The mayor, Catherine Pugh, was responding to increased pressure to control crime. Violent crime began spiraling out of control in Baltimore after the police came under attack by local politicians following the accidental death of Freddy Gray in 2015. As we discussed here, police officers »

Feel Good Story of the Day

Featured imageI recall talking once with Daniel Oliver about his experience as chairman of the Federal Trade Commission under President Ronaldus Magnus, and especially how his greatest moment of satisfaction came when the Washington Post ran a “news” story about how he had “brought the commission to a standstill.” “All of my friends in other agencies called me to say, ‘Congratulations—how did you do it?'” Which brings us to this story »

Has Trump Set Up An Economic Boom?

Featured imageWe’ve seen already the news of the growing number of companies citing the corporate tax cut as the trigger to give bonuses, raises, and announcements of significant new domestic capital investment, which is ruining the Democrats’ day. Wait till they get a load of this news, from the Wall Street Journal this morning: Less-Educated Workers See Biggest Weekly Pay Bumps Americans with only a high-school diploma are seeing faster earnings »

Minnesota woman strikes St. Kate’s

Featured imageSt. Catherine University (a/k/a St. Kate’s, formerly St. Catherine College) sits on a leafy 110-acre campus in the Highland Park neighborhood of St. Paul. It is located a few blocks down the street from my high school alma mater and within shouting distance of Macalester College as well as St. Thomas University. A “Minnesota woman” went on an arson rampage at St. Kate’s this past Wednesday. Truza Jamal Hassan — »

Sen. John McClellan: (D) or (R)?

Featured imageThe true story of the Immigration and Naturalization Act of 1965 is almost unbelievable. I don’t know of a single statement regarding the effects of the act made its congressional proponents that proved to be true. Either they did not know, or could not frankly admit, what they were doing. Yesterday’s Wall Street Journal carried a column by NPR News correspondent Tom Gjelten on “The curious history of chain migration” »

Shutdown politics, who has the upper hand?

Featured imageLast night, in considering which party will be blamed the most for a sustained partial government shutdown, I mentioned two polls. The first, by the Washington Post, found that, by a 20-point margin, more Americans will blame President Trump and Republicans than Democrats. This, I believe, is similar to what most polls are showing, even though it was the Dems who voted to defeat a bill that would have kept »

Tweets of the Day

Featured imageMany are critical of President Trump’s Twitter habit, often with cause. But I suspect that those who abhor Trump’s tweets don’t see many of them. Most are unexceptionable, and some are really good. Like this one, honoring today’s Women’s March, which I guess was a thing although we saw no sign of it where I live: Beautiful weather all over our great country, a perfect day for all Women to »

Storm Signs for Fauxcahontas?

Featured imageElizabeth Warren’s potential presidential run in 2020 may have hit a major bump in the road with today’s story in her hometown paper, the Boston Globe: Elizabeth Warren’s native American problem goes beyond politics By Annie Linskey WASHINGTON — There’s a ghost haunting Elizabeth Warren as she ramps up for a possible 2020 presidential bid and a reelection campaign in Massachusetts this year: her enduring and undocumented claims of Native »

Shutdowns then and now

Featured imageYou have to be awfully cynical to be Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer. Senate Republicans have sought to publicize an exhibit displaying Schumer on shutdowns that they have extracted with help from the Wayback Machine, circa 2013. Schumer’s Democratic minions followed him then and they follow him now. Who knew the Senate Republicans have a good Twitter feed to put this exhibit into evidence? It’s a good idea. They probably »

Mr. Mulvaney requests…

Featured imageOMB Director Mick Mulvaney is one of the all-stars among President Trump’s cabinet level appointees. President Trump had the inspired idea to appoint him acting director of the constitutional monstrosity known as the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau when Richard Cordray departed to run for elective office. Before his departure, however, in the lawless spirit of the bureau itself, Cordray sought to name his own successor. We admired his performance facing »