Poll shows “war on women” theme isn’t working, among other good news

Featured image A new AP/Gfk poll provides lots of good news for Republicans. Perhaps most significantly, it shows that female likely voters no longer favor the Democrats in this election. AP/Gfk surveyed 1,608 adults. The sample included 968 likely voters. The margin of error is plus-or-minus 2.8 for all respondents and 3.6 for likely voters. Last month, the survey found that female likely voters favored having a Congress controlled by Democrats by »

Polarization? Consensus? Compromise? Nonsense

Featured imageBoth the estimable Bill Galston today and Wall Street Journal veteran political reporter Gerald Seib yesterday are making much of last week’s ABC News/Washington Post poll that finds a large jump in the number of people who say they prefer candidates who seek “consensus” and “compromise” over “sticking to principles.” The number who say “compromise” over “principle” has risen from 34 percent in 2010 to 50 percent today. Naturally this »

Obama’s surge

Featured imagePresident Bush gave us the surge that turned the tide in Iraq and gave us victory until President Obama threw it away. Obama, however, is making plans for his own surge impending, this one in the United States. Jonathan Strong of Breitbart News dug up a GSA request for proposal for Card Consumables that provides a shocking glimpse into the future. Here is how a Washington Times editorial describes it »

Those lyin’ Dems, by the numbers

Featured imageOn two occasions this campaign season, against all the odds, President Obama has said something useful and, even more improbably, something true. On those occasions he advertised the fact that the Democratic Senate candidates running for election or reelection in states such as Colorado, New Hampshire, Louisiana, Alaska, North Carolina, Arkansas, and Iowa are in the bag for him. When their vote is needed, Obama can count on it, and »

Holder DOJ expert witness: blacks are dumber and less civic-minded than whites

Featured imageAn expert witness hired by Eric Holder’s Department of Justice testified that North Carolina election law requirements have an adverse impact on black voters because they are less “sophisticated” than white voters and therefore have more difficulty figuring out how to register to vote. Christian Adams has the details. The requirements that the DOJ’s witness found blacks less able than whites to comply with are (1) registering to vote before »

Cultural Differences, Assimilation and Immigration Policy

Featured imageTwo stories currently in the news are, I think, illuminating. The first comes from Paris: The incident took place when a veiled woman was spotted on the front row of a performance of La Traviata at the Opera Bastille…. France brought in a law in 2011 banning anyone from wearing clothing that conceals the face in a public space, or face a 150 euro ($190) fine. The woman was sitting »

The Blame America First Liberals Are Back

Featured imageI wrote here about a hard-hitting ad that Conservative War Chest has produced for the Colorado Senate campaign. Now the War Chest is back with another strong ad, this one directed to national security and called “Blame America First.” The words, of course, are Jeane Kirkpatrick’s, and the ad is a refresher course in liberal foreign policy. I love the continuity of the John Kerry images. First the ad, then »

Mr. Holder doesn’t regret

Featured imageI want to note the recent New York Times story “Holder decision on Benghazi case reverberates,” addressing the mucked up prosecution of Ahmed Abu Khattala by the United States Attorney for the District of Columbia. Khattala is the terrorist apprehended in Libya and charged for the murder of Ambassador Stevens and the others who died trying to protect him. The story is full of suggestive and appalling details on the »

Fusion at Last? Not So Fast

Featured imageOne of the easiest scams to pull off in the energy world these days is to get a breathless story planted in the media about a laboratory “breakthrough” on energy from some advanced or unconventional source, like banana peels (when you aren’t smoking them) or unicorn flop sweat. Often these technologies are real, but the “journalists” never think to ask two basic questions: how much does it cost compared to »

Deperate Dems “not ready to accept defeat”

Featured imageJohn normally covers pathetic fundraising letters from Democrats, but this one captured my fancy. The first sentence is true; the rest is whimpering: Dear [X]: We are completely out of ideas. After President Clinton emailed you this morning to ask for help, we really thought we would be in a better place. But we aren’t. The Koch Brothers, Karl Rove, and the other Republican outside groups are spending millions against »

Obama explains

Featured imageIt is a sign of the pollution of our public discourse that the President of the United States rubs shoulders with the vile Al Sharpton, demagogue and race hustler extraordinaire. Sharpton is one of the most vile figures in American public life. It’s an old story, and the race hustle has become a strategic component of Democratic politics. Sharpton has become a mainstream figure in the modern Democratic Party. So »

The Democrats Go Back to Their Racist Roots [Updated]

Featured imageFaced with major electoral losses this year, the Democratic Party is pulling out all the stops. For them, that means descending, again, into racism. As Glenn Reynolds says: Democrats used to use racial fearmongering to get white voters to turn out. Now they use racial fearmongering to get black voters to turn out. Not much else has changed…. The Democratic Party is trying to use the shooting of Michael Brown »

A Fall Non-classic

Featured imageThe 2014 World Series begins in a few hours. Both teams competing in it — the San Francisco Giants and the Kansas City Royals — failed to win 90 games. This therefore will be the first World Series in baseball history (other than in the shortened seasons of 1918 and 1919, and in 1981, the year of the strike) to lack at least one 90 game (or more) winner. Both »

Mr. Holder Regrets

Featured imageActually, of course, he doesn’t. Holder was asked by an interviewer, what was your biggest failure as Attorney General? He had so many to choose from! Politicizing the Justice Department, Fast and Furious, stonewalling the House of Representatives, allowing the legalization of marijuana contrary to federal law, failure to enforce the immigration laws, and lots more. But naturally, Holder didn’t mention any of those failures: Holder’s answer makes little sense, »

New poll shows Cotton 8 points ahead

Featured imageA new poll, this one by Talk Business and Politics/Hendrix College, puts Tom Cotton’s lead over Mark Pryor at 48-41. The survey included more than 2,000 likely voters and was taken after the last week’s Cotton-Pryor debate (as I understand it, there will be no more debates between the two). The margin of error is plus or minus 2.2 percent. According to Dr. Jay Barth of Hendrix College, the survey »

“A Time for Choosing” @ 50

Featured imageAs noted here before by Paul and me, this year marks the 50th anniversary of Barry Goldwater’s famous “extremism in defense of liberty” speech at the GOP convention, which I also wrote about in the Claremont Review of Books. The other more important speech of 1964 was Ronald Reagan’s “A Time for Choosing,” whose precise 50th anniversary arrives next Monday. Power Line readers in the LA area may wish to »

A Mark Udall footnote

Featured imageJohn posted the video of Mark Udall struggling to answer a series of easy questions in a frienldy interview (John posted the video here). What are the three books that influenced him the most? After asking for a do-over, Udall plumbs the depths of his memory to add two books to the only one that comes to mind, Profiles in Courage. Does anyone younger than 50 remember Profiles in Courage? »