Trump’s Gettysburg Address? He’s Off-Message!

Featured image When the focus is on issues, Donald Trump wins. When the focus is on collateral nonsense, Hillary Clinton wins. So our liberal media have desperately tried to deflect attention away from the vital issues that separate the parties and the candidates, and toward a succession of critiques of Donald Trump’s personality. Sometimes Trump has enabled this, as with his four-day feud with the Khan family. But it no longer matters. »

Joe Biden: The plagiarist as pugilist

Featured imageScott has commented on Joe Biden’s tough talk about wanting to fight Donald Trump “behind the gym.” About Biden’s willingness to engage in fisticuffs and his prowess in that regard, I haven’t a clue. I do know that Biden lacked the courage to take on Hillary Clinton for the presidency. The vice president was cowed by the Clinton Machine. It was left to the much tougher Bernie Sanders to step »

Saturday Afternoon Coming Down

Featured imageScott was very kind this morning to draw attention to my Weekly Standard article “Crisis of the Conservative House Divided.” I would have done so myself, but I was on the road all day yesterday on a completely frivolous and speculative venture: I drove up to Modesto, the location where American Graffiti was filmed set, to meet up with my two best pals from high school (we call ourselves “The »

Clues to a Mystery [Updated With a Third]

Featured imageEurope is being roiled by a populist uprising against a gigantic wave of immigration from the Middle East. More than a million “refugees,” the vast majority of them young men, have swarmed into Europe from Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria and other Islamic countries. In days gone by, if large numbers of young men wanted to move into a foreign country, they had to be armed. No longer. Most Europeans are unhappy »

Corrections of the day [Updated With One More]

Featured imageThe total area of Minnesota is not quite 87,000 square miles. The total area of the United States is not quite 3,800,000 square miles. The numbers provide useful context to my nomination for the correction of the day. Minnesota’s Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness is one of the wonders of the state and the subject of Porter Fox’s interesting New York Times travel article “On the water, and into the »

What is to be done?

Featured imageSteve Hayward’s current Weekly Standard article “Crisis of the conservative house divided” provides an anatomy of splits in the conservative movement exposed in the course of the 2016 presidential contest. It’s an important and illuminating essay. Steve’s essay turns on “the insidious political character of the ‘administrative state,’ a phrase once confined chiefly to the ranks of conservative political scientists, but which has broken out into common parlance. It refers »

The Week in Pictures: Rigged! Edition

Featured imageToday’s gallery is totally rigged. Either to make you laugh or cry. Which is just like this election. Which is why it’s rigged I tell you! Anyway, with less than three weeks to go, I’m taking no chances. I’ve put my name down on the liver transplant waiting list. And finally. . . »

Democrat Agrees to Spanish-Language Debate, Drops Out When He Realizes Opponent Speaks Spanish

Featured imageThe Florida Senate race has been good for some laughs in a generally grim election season. It pits incumbent Marco Rubio against former Republican Patrick Murphy, whose main qualification is inherited wealth. The candidates agreed to debate on Univision, an important Spanish-language outlet in south Florida. Alex Conant, Rubio’s press guy, sums up what ensued in this tweet: To recap: Dem candidate agrees to Spanish-language debate. Then drops out when »

Trump’s refusal to commit to “accepting” defeat — some historical perspective

Featured imageIgnorance and anti-Trump bias continue to prevail in the denunciations of Donald Trump’s statement that he doesn’t know yet whether he will “accept” the result of the presidential election. For example, Michael Gerson asserts that Trump’s lack of belief in the fairness of our electoral system “is disqualifying” in a presidential candidate. Gerson notes that the fairness of our electoral system has been “hard-won through a long history of strife »

What’s Up With the Polls?

Featured imageThere’s quite a variance in the polling numbers for Trump and Hillary Clinton, complicated by the fact that some polls only offer a choice between the two major party candidates, and ignore Gary Johnson and the Green Party’s Jill Stein. Some polls have Hillary leading by as much as 15 points, while the Los Angeles Times poll continues to show Trump leading or virtually tied. (The methodology of the Times »

Clinton security detail also considered Hillary a nasty woman

Featured imageDonald Trump has drawn criticism for saying of Hillary Clinton during last night’s debate: “What a nasty woman.” Supposedly, this remark will hurt Trump. If so, it may be because Trump, having so viciously attacked Republicans like Ted Cruz and George W. Bush and having repeatedly called Clinton a liar and a crook, lacks standing to call anyone nasty. There is no doubt, however, that Clinton is a nasty woman. »

Biden talks tough

Featured imageThe new news brings us a glimpse of a few more facets of the multifaceted Joe Biden. If he were a pop singer, one of his albums would have been titled The Many Moods of Joe Biden. We have come to know him as left-wing hack. We have come to know him as a vulgarian. We have come to know him as an ignoramus. We have come to know him »

Clinton Foundation employed senior Muslim Brotherhood official

Featured imageGehad El-Haddad, the now-imprisoned former spokesman for the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood’s “Freedom and Justice Party,” was paid by the Clinton Foundation even as he promoted the Brotherhood’s interests as an adviser to Egypt’s Mohamed Morsi. So reports Patrick Poole at PJ Media. Poole calls Gehad “the Baghdad Bob of the Arab Spring.” According to Poole, while serving Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood government, Gehad incited violence, justified the torture of protesters, recycled »

Obamacare! What Can’t It Do?

Featured imageMinnesota’s version of the Affordable Care Act is called MNSure. Like all such implementations of the federal law, it has been a disaster. Last week, Minnesota’s left-wing governor, Mark Dayton, created a firestorm when he accidentally blurted out the truth: “The reality is the Affordable Care Act is no longer affordable to increasing numbers of people.” Dayton has been furiously backpedaling away from that comment ever since, but local Democrats »

Loose Ends (13)

Featured image• The best laugh line of the week comes from—where else?—the New York Times, which ran an op-ed about how Trump’s hypermasculinity is causing problems for the raising of boys. Here’s the punch line from the piece: Even at my son’s preschool, the children’s interest in Mr. Trump led to a circle-time discussion about bullying. Ah yes, circle time. Wonder if that preschool had circle time discussion of President Clinton »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured imageAmmo Grrrll charts her recovery from injury in HEALING GRACE. She writes: Everyone knows how I’m voting; there is no one left to convince, and I am heartsick of politics. So before this election makes me mentally ill enough to be hired by the Democrats as a Trump Rally Disrupter, how about a welcome change of subject? Many of you were very kind in wishing me a speedy recovery in »

Revised Media Alert

Featured imageMy apologies to those who tuned in to the third hour of the Laura Ingraham radio show today expecting to listen to me, and heard my buddy Garrett Murch instead. Then again, I probably shouldn’t apologize–Garrett is good. It was his first venture on radio, so I hope you treated him kindly. The Laura producers couldn’t find an empty studio for me this morning, so instead of the third hour »