We may be the stupid party, but are we that stupid?

Featured image Politico reports that “a group of Senate Democrats is beginning to explore trying to extract concessions from Republicans in return for allowing Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch to be confirmed.” What concessions? The deal Democrats would be most likely to pursue. . .would be to allow confirmation of Gorsuch in exchange for a commitment from Republicans not to kill the filibuster for a subsequent vacancy during President Donald Trump’s term. »

The Democrats Blink

Featured imageCooler heads among the Democrats know that they face disaster if they filibuster Judge Gorsuch’s nomination, and I’ve suspected from the beginning that Chuck Schumer is quietly rounding up eight votes from safe Democrats to vote for cloture to prevent the Republicans from getting rid of the filibuster. Politico reports that Democrats are trying to get a deal from enough Republicans—the Gang of 14 redux—to allow Gorsuch to go forward while »

Nunes’s Announcement: Another Take

Featured imageI wrote earlier today about House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes’s statement that one or more intelligence agencies “incidentally” collected communications of members of President Trump’s campaign during the Fall of 2016. A reader writes to offer another perspective: I think you need to be a bit more nuanced. I think Nunes is leaving the door open for something like this: The communications were intercepted in the normal course of »

Breaking News From CNN: We Have No News

Featured imageDemocratic Party operatives are desperately trying to keep their Russia narrative alive. Thus, this CNN headline: “US Officials: Info suggests Trump associates may have coordinated with Russians.” Sounds like a blockbuster, right? Only the story contains no actual news. The FBI has information that indicates associates of President Donald Trump communicated with suspected Russian operatives to possibly coordinate the release of information damaging to Hillary Clinton’s campaign, US officials told »

Sheldon Whitehouse — “dark money” hypocrite

Featured imageSen. Sheldon Whitehouse devoted his first day of questions to Neil Gorsuch to the subject of “dark money.” He meant money that goes to politicians and political causes from contributors who aren’t identified. Whitehouse complained about a $10 million campaign in support of confirming Gorsuch to the Supreme Court. According to Whitehouse, “dark money” is being used to finance this campaign. Whitehouse did not claim that Judge Gorsuch is involved »

“The most powerful person in Washington”

Featured imageThat’s what Eli Lake calls James Comey. Why? Because with the FBI’s investigation of alleged collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign, Comey “will in a practical sense determine the legitimacy of our elected president.” When President Trump, just a few days after taking office, decided to retain Comey as FBI director, I questioned whether this was a good decision from Trump’s perspective: Comey, independent and stubborn as hell, has »

Why OPEC Is Finished—and Russia Too

Featured imageTracy Alloway (@TracyAlloway) of Bloomberg News points us to this chart from a recent Goldman Sachs presentation on oil production costs, which is being called the “OPEC’s Nightmare” chart, as it shows how the falling production costs of domestic shale oil production costs mean our oil industry is capable of plenty of short-cycle production that will blunt any attempt by the cartel to boost prices by playing with supply: Observations: »

Terrorist Attack at Parliament [Updated]

Featured imageAn apparent terrorist attack occurred a couple of hours ago near the Parliament building in London. A car veered into a crowd of pedestrians on Westminster Bridge, killing at least one and wounding as many as 11 others. Reports indicate that someone–I assume the driver of the vehicle–then began assaulting people, including a policeman, with a knife. There are also reports of shots fired outside Parliament; I assume that was »

Loose Ends (17)

Featured imageThe new normal in the Time of Trump is for too many things to be happening all at once, such that it is hard to keep up. So let’s just go down a short checklist. • OMG! Add to the list of the things the media find defective about President Trump is that he is likely to be the first president in 100 years who doesn’t have a pet in »

Explicating “Amy”

Featured imageMinnesota Senator Al Franken is not a lawyer, but he plays one on the Senate Judiciary Committee. A former comedian, he hasn’t been intentionally funny in a long, long time. He was laughable when he sought to educate Neil Gorsuch on an undisputed issue of statutory construction in one of the cases heard by Gorsuch on the Tenth Circuit. Adam White offers remedial instruction on the case here. Franken cited »

Observations on the Gorsuch hearing, Part Two — Al Franken strikes out

Featured imageSen. Al Franken has become something of a hero to the left because it was in response to one of his questions that Attorney General Sessions said he “did not have communications with the Russians.” Franken never asked Sessions whether he had. Instead, Sessions volunteered this information. So this wasn’t Al Franken getting Sessions to misstate something in response to withering questions; this was dumb luck. (It is also lucky »

So, Were Trump’s Tweets Right After All?

Featured imageToday House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes told reporters that, as has long been rumored and reported, one or more intelligence agencies did collect communications of members of President Trump’s campaign during the Fall of 2016: Members of the intelligence community collected “incidental” communications of the Trump transition team during legal surveillance operations of foreign targets, a top Republican lawmaker said Wednesday afternoon. House Intelligence Chairman Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., »

Analyze this

Featured imagePolitico reports on a story with manifold ramifications: Members of the Donald Trump transition team, possibly including Trump himself, were under surveillance during the Obama administration following November’s election, House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes told reporters Wednesday. Nunes said the surveillance appears to have been legal, incidental collection and that it does not appear to have been related to concerns over collusion with Russia. Nunes is going to the White »

Media Alert [Updated]

Featured imageMy daughter Kathryn will be on Fox & Friends tomorrow morning, talking about liberals’ efforts to impose thought control on campus. I believe she is currently scheduled to be on at 7:45 Eastern, but that could change. I will update if she gets a revised time. It should be an interesting segment, tune in if you can! UPDATE: The segment is now scheduled for 6:45 Eastern. »

Rice returns

Featured imageIn September 2012 Susan Rice made the rounds of the Sunday gabfests to promote the lie that a YouTube video prompted a riot that led to the deaths of our men in Benghazi. She was the United States Ambassador to the United Nations at the time, faithfully peddling the transparently false Obama administration line. I wrote about Rice’s performance that morning in “Fools and knaves.”. Rice’s performance perfectly represented the »

Tom Cotton nails it on the AHCA

Featured imageSen. Tom Cotton announced today that he will not vote for the American Health Care Act in its present form. He released the following statement: Despite the proposed amendments, I still cannot support the House health-care bill, nor would it pass the Senate. The amendments improve the Medicaid reforms in the original bill, but do little to address the core problem of Obamacare: rising premiums and deductibles, which are making »

Observations on the Gorsuch hearing, Part One

Featured imageI watched the first seven hours of the Senate Judiciary Committee’s hearing on the nomination of Neil Gorsuch. The short version is that Judge Gorsuch was terrific and that the Committee’s Democrats barely laid a glove on him. Indeed, with a few exceptions, their efforts seemed only slightly more than half-hearted. If the rest of the day went, and tomorrow goes, like the first seven hours, it’s possible that Gorsuch »