Speaking of the Iran deal (11)

Featured image I 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 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 deal serves »

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 »

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 »

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 »

When Life Imitates Art: Donald Trump vs. Montgomery Burns

Featured imageJust when you think The Simpsons is finally going to run out of material, along comes Donald Trump with a tolerably accurate real life imitation of Montgomery Burns. The Washington Post helpfully assembled this “Who Said It?” quiz of statements that could plausibly have come from either person, such as: “By building a casino, I can tighten my stranglehold on this dismal town!” And: “In life you have to rely »

Khameni’s “Kampf”

Featured imageAt the site of the Gatestone Institute Amir Taheri explores the book published in Iran by the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran. Taheri’s column on the book is published there under the heading “The ayatollah’s plans for Israel and Palestine.” Taheri has also adapted his Gatestone column into a piece for the New York Post published as “Iran publishes book on how to outwit US and destroy »

To Beau or not to Beau?

Featured imageYesterday I reiterated my view that Vice President Biden is likely to contest Hillary Clinton for the Democratic presidential nomination. Today brings us more definitive evidence than I was able to muster in that post. It comes in Maureen Dowd’s New York Times column “Joe Biden in ’16: What Would Beau do?” It also comes in Times reporter Amy Chozick’s companion story “Joe Biden said to be taking new look »

Dems resort to Mediscare once again

Featured imageCampaigning in New Hampshire last month, Jeb Bush said he wants to “phase out” traditional Medicare to build a more efficient, market-based system focused on patients. Democrats pounced immediately. DNC press secretary Holly Shulman claimed that under a Bush presidency seniors would lack the benefits they rely on. Tevi Troy, writing in the Wall Street Journal, reminds us that the Democrats have been engaging in this sort of Mediscare for »

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 »

The fight against AFFH comes to the Senate [With Comment by John]

Featured imageWe’ve covered the efforts of House Republicans, led by Rep. Paul Gosar, to block the Obama administration’s Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) regulation — Obama’s hook for controlling local governments and dictating how Americans shall live. The House has passed Gosar’s amendment to defund AFFH, and he has written stand-alone legislation to repeal the rule. Now, Mike Lee has introduced a bill in the Senate to defund AFFH. Lee’s co-sponsors »

Zebra Lives Matter!

Featured imageI don’t know about you, but I’ve had about all I can take of Cecil the lion. A friend emailed me this reminder of an alternate perspective on the lion’s demise: STEVE adds: The contrarian memes are coming in fast and thick–almost enough for a “Cecil’s Week in Pictures” feature: And finally, for the reductio file: »

Judge Sullivan is not amused (2)

Featured imageJosh Gerstein reports Judge Sullivan’s order to the State Department in the matter of Huma Abedin and the emails of Hillary Clinton et al. in Politico’s “Judge wants Clinton certification on emails.” Gerstein places the story in the context of the lively litigation deriving from the revelation that Madam Hillary used a private email account/server for her official email during her tenure as Secretary of State. Judge Sullivan entered the »

Sunday morning coming down

Featured imageI wrote briefly here this past Sunday about songwriter Jimmy Webb and posted a video of his song “All I Know” with Linda Ronstadt contributing the harmony vocal. I want to stick with Webb for another week or two. Next week I’m thinking we’ll turn to his relationship with Glen Campbell. This week I want to take a look at Shawn Colvin’s performance of one of Webb’s buried gems. Shawn »

Obama Administration Enlists Celebrities to Promote Iran Deal

Featured imageThe Obama administration has released this YouTube video, starring Morgan Freeman–the only participant I recognize–and other people who apparently are famous, including Queen Noor, to sell the Iran deal. What is their argument? There isn’t an argument, exactly, just an assertion that if the deal isn’t approved, we will all die in a nuclear war. All right then! Where can I write to my Congressman? Here it is: This approach »