Hillary’s high anxiety

The Daily Mail’s David Martosko takes a bemused look at the subset of surviving Hillary Clinton emails released yesterday. Martosko hits all the highlights.

Martosko notes, for example: “Despite the collective shock inside the D.C. beltway when news surfaced that Clinton had a secret email account, many of Washington’s most influential Democrats were already in on it. Political operative David Axelrod had her email address almost from the start, but claimed just weeks ago that he was unaware of it. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew and then-White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel wrote to her at the now-infamous ‘[email protected]’”

One senses that the destroyed emails dealt with more important subjects than this survivor: “‘Pls call Sarah and ask her if she can get me some iced tea,’ one message read.” Martosko also notes that Bill and Hillary kept each each apprised of their doings via aides. He draws the inference that they might not be on the closest personal terms.

The email below is a hit on Twitter. It demonstrates Madam Hillary’s high anxiety about her omission from a Cabinet meeting she only heard about on the radio. Business Insider provides the relevant email chain explaining why she needn’t have worried here.


Martosko derives much hilarity from the emails. I am afraid, however, that the joke is on us.

Wisconsin’s shame, cont’d

We used to laugh along with Tom Wolfe when he mocked the left’s routine invocation of fascism in America. Quoting Jean-Francois Revel, Wolfe observed that the “dark night of fascism is always descending in the United States and yet lands only in Europe” (more here).

We’re not laughing now. Now it’s not so funny. Now we’re a little worried.

In part, we have Jonah Goldberg to thank for that. In part, we have political developments in the Age of Obama.

We have, for example, the John Doe investigation of conservative groups to punish and suppress their support of Governor Walker in Wisconsin. The Wall Street Journal has been reporting on the state’s John Doe probe, which hit dozens of conservative groups with subpoenas in October 2013 while silencing them with a secrecy order. The subpoenas and accompanying raids were the continuation of a single-cloth investigation stretching back to May 2010.

David French reported on the raids in the NR article “Wisconsin’s shame.” Cindy Archer is one of the victims of the raids. She writes in today’s Wall Street Journal that she has filed suit against Milwaukee County Prosecutor John Chisolm to protest the investigation. “I fear his retaliation, given what I know of his methods,” she writes, “but the Chisholm campaign against me that began at dawn on Sept. 14, 2011, requires a legal response to discourage the prosecutor’s continued abuse of his office.” (Ms. Archer’s wall Street Journal column is accessible here via Google.)

The latest disclosures out of the Wisconsin investigations evoke Orwell. M.D. Kittle reports:

Democrat Milwaukee County prosecutors tapped the email and text communications of conservative activists as part of a five-year probe aimed at bringing down Republican Gov. Scott Walker, affidavits reviewed by Wisconsin Watchdog reveal.

One target of the spying operation told Wisconsin Watchdog the methods used to keep tabs on Wisconsin residents were like those of the National Security Agency’s domestic spying program.

“It was actually worse because (Milwaukee County prosecutors) were taking the body of emails and looking at actual data,” said the source, who asked not to be identified for fear of retribution from the prosecutors.

“The (documents) reveal just how far they went,” the source said. “These warrants reached well beyond what could be seen as real targets.”

Whole thing here.

UPDATE: Glenn Reynolds comments: “This was a serious abuse of power for the most craven of political reasons. John Chisholm and his minions should end up broke, unemployable, and possibly in jail. As an example to the others.”

Looks Like We Called Greece Right

Two weeks ago we posted our first ever “Monday Morning Briefing” for Power Line VIP subscribers, which we hastened to add later may not appear always on Monday, and may be closer to “bi-weekly,” since bi-weekly is ambiguous: is that twice a week or every other week?  Just like everything else bi, isn’t it? (And I promised my mom long ago that I’d never be bi-anything. . .)

Anyway, our first ever briefing was a prediction that the Greek crisis was coming soon to a head, and would send the stock market tumbling. Okay, not a hard prediction to make, but the wrinkle I discuss about the IMF remains to be played out I think.

I’ve decided to post the briefing here on the main site, so you can see what you’re missing by not being a Power Line VIP subscriber! Though I hasten to add that the format, style, and content of these briefings are a work in progress. Still—another good reason to become A VIP subscriber

After Eight Years of Obama, Will Democrats Be Ready to Stay Home?

Real Clear Politics reports on a survey carried out by liberal groups and interpreted by Stan Greenberg, a Democratic Party pollster. So you have to start by wading through a lot of spin:

Democratic voters are skeptics this summer.

They doubt presidential contenders can deliver favored reforms from Washington, no matter how enticing the policy agendas sound. Those doubts depress enthusiasm about next year’s White House contest and could impact turnout for the eventual Democratic nominee.

Their skepticism doesn’t turn on the idea of a Democratic nominee who would follow a two-term Democrat, President Obama. “It’s because the old political system is uniquely corrupted” in their eyes, Greenberg said. “What matters is how deep the critique people have about what’s happening in the country, both politically and economically.” …

To succeed Obama, a Democratic candidate has to animate secular voters and what Greenberg calls the rising American electorate (unmarried women, people of color, and younger voters). These slices of the population will make up a majority of the total electorate for the first time in 2016, according to the pollster.

Near the end, you come to the point:

The threat comes down to an enthusiasm gap of 19 points between the Democrats who say they are “extremely interested” in the congressional and local races in 2016, and the much more energized GOP voters.

19 points is a huge difference. After 6 1/2 years of Barack Obama, Democrats are dispirited. Not much has gone right, unless you think the absence of gay marriage used to be the world’s biggest problem. Sea level hasn’t changed noticeably, and race relations have rarely been worse. Republicans, on the other hand, are not just energized, but outraged. A lot can happen in 16 months, but I would be surprised if events cause Republican-leaning voters to think the election isn’t so important after all. Therein lies a huge advantage for the GOP.

Down and out in Paris and London

George Orwell at work We know that Paul is on vacation in Paris. I believe that John is on, or about to depart on, vacation in London. I think we may be short on manpower for a while and that our coverage may reflect it. If so, I will post a few literary, musical or otherwise offbeat items from which I would refrain if we were at full strength.

I have invited Professor Philip Hamburger to provide us brief commentary on the Supreme Court’s Clean Air Act decision yesterday in Michigan v. EPA, with special attention to Justice Thomas’s concurrence. Although Professor Hamburger is also on vacation, he thinks he will work up something for us in the next day or two.

In the meantime, if things seem a bit slow or offbeat over the next week, I wanted you to know why.

Netanyahu’s take

Israel simply cannot afford the smug self-delusuions with which our pending nuclear agreement with Iran is being negotiated and sold. Its critique of the arrangement reflects a realistic view of the proceedings. Prime Minister’s Netanyahu’s views, expressed most recently yesterday and posted here, represent the Israeli consensus. I find their bluntness refreshing:

• “In the nuclear talks, to my regret, what we are seeing are Iran’s increasing demands, and the major powers’ concessions which are also increasing, in keeping with the Iranian pressure. This agreement is going from a bad agreement to a worse agreement, and is becoming worse by the day.”

• “In effect, it is paving Iran’s way to being not only a major power with one or two nuclear bombs, but with an unlimited arsenal within a decade with the possibility of achieving several atomic bombs beforehand, by violating the monitoring which, in any case, is full of holes.”

• “In addition to this, the agreement also gives Iran many billions of dollars, apparently hundreds of billions of dollars, within a short time, which will allow it to finance its increasing aggression, first of all the murderous stranglehold it is using around the State of Israel, but also in other parts of the Middle East that are subject to its aggression, such as Yemen, Iraq and many other places.”

• “Therefore, there is both a conventional threat and a non-conventional threat, which in my view will heighten the nuclear arms race in the Middle East.”

• “For all of these reasons, this is a bad agreement. I appreciate the fact that there is a broad consensus within the State of Israel against this agreement. There are also increasing voices in the West against this agreement; they understand the significance its implementation would have on global security, theirs as well.”

Netanyahu leaves unspoken the American strategic reorientation that Obama has engineered, away from Israel and our Sunni allies, toward our deadly and unremitting enemies in the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Gay Wedding Etiquette

We’re featured the humor of Key & Peele here before (remember “Curse the Brilliant TSA!“), but I’m not sure they can get away with sketches like these much longer–certainly not on a college campus. I especially like “When do we get to sing YMCA?” and “Where do you get the Euros to buy gay gifts?” Enjoy–about 4:30 long: (more…)