Author Archives: John Hinderaker

Newsweek: Charles Manson = Donald Trump

Featured image Serial killer Charles Manson has died, so it was probably inevitable that Democrats would try to connect him–somehow!–with Donald Trump. It was Newsweek that did the dirty deed: “HOW MURDERER CHARLES MANSON AND DONALD TRUMP USED LANGUAGE TO GAIN FOLLOWERS.” I suppose they could have written, “HOW MURDERER CHARLES MANSON AND BARACK OBAMA USED LANGUAGE TO GAIN FOLLOWERS.” But they didn’t. The death of cult leader and convicted murderer Charles »

Save BIG on your favorite Dem gear

Featured image That’s the email the Democratic Party sent out a few minutes ago. They are having a sale on “Dem gear,” which you can buy here. But who would want to? The products for sale at The Democrat Store are mostly…odd. This t-shirt says “Vote Democrat & Chill.” Is that like Netflix and chill? I think that is what they mean to imply. I think most of us would say, No »

The Koch Brothers Take Glenn Reynolds’ Advice

Featured image Years ago, Glenn Reynolds advised conservative donors to spend less on political campaigns and more on buying up left-wing media properties, especially women’s magazines. As in this 2012 New York Post column: [R]ich people wanting to support the Republican Party might want to direct their money somewhere besides TV ads that copy, poorly, what Lee Atwater did decades ago. My suggestion: Buy some women’s magazines. No, really. Or at least »

Trump’s Latest Supreme Court List Is Interesting

Featured image This morning I was quoted in the New York Post on President Trump’s addition of five more names to his list of potential Supreme Court nominees. Given the blizzard of news in recent days, Trump’s latest Supreme Court list has been somewhat lost in the shuffle. But it is actually quite interesting. Some observations: 1) Some have suggested that the point of releasing this list is to support Roy Moore »

Who’s the Turkey?

Featured image Michael Ramirez anticipates Thanksgiving, only this time the turkeys are on offense, shooting down the Trump administration’s effort to make America’s economy more competitive and to stimulate growth that will benefit American workers. Click to enlarge: I can’t disagree. And yet, Republicans have the votes to reform our tax code without any Democrat support. Unfortunately, it appears they may be too disorganized to get the job done. It is no »

Did Tweeden’s Reticence Cost Coleman His Senate Seat?

Featured image Last Thursday evening, I served as master of ceremonies for a dinner at which several politicians and former politicians spoke. I introduced Norm Coleman as a man who, many believe, was twice elected to the United States Senate. Today the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports Coleman’s thoughts on Leeann Tweeden’s revelations about her encounters with Al Franken in 2006: Former U.S. Sen. and St. Paul Mayor Norm Coleman said he »

The Future Looks Bleak

Featured image The traditional criticism of Democrats is that they have no solution to any problem except money. Taxing and spending is their sole policy. That critique is valid. The corresponding stereotype of Republicans is that they can’t govern. Based on the experience of the last 10 months, that criticism is also valid. President Trump has done a very good job, but the Republican Congress has been a disaster, unable to deliver »

Democrats Revive the “Trickle Down” Smear

Featured image In the 1980s, the Democrats reviled President Reagan’s tax cuts as “trickle-down economics”–a phrase they themselves had invented many years before. But the Reagan tax cuts produced the greatest boom in America’s modern history. The results were so sensational that Reagan carried 49 states when he ran for re-election in 1984. That shut the Democrats up for a while, but bad ideas never go away forever. The Democrats are now »

How Al Franken Sees Himself, and How Others See Him

Featured image This is the cover of Al Franken’s most recent book, Al Franken, Giant of the Senate: This Michael Ramirez cartoon refers to an earlier Franken book, Rush Limbaugh Is a Big Fat Idiot. Click to enlarge: Ann Althouse comments: Remember when the globe he had his hand on wasn’t a woman’s breast? Last night, I was the master of ceremonies at a dinner at which several congressmen and other dignitaries »

Media Alert

Featured image I will guest host Laura Ingraham’s radio show tomorrow. The show runs live from 9:00 a.m. to 12 p.m. Eastern, and is heard at other times in some geographies. During the first hour, we will talk with Congressman Ron De Santis. The second hour will be devoted to the shame of America’s public schools, with guests from the fast-collapsing Edina, Minnesota public school system. The third hour will feature an »

The Shame of America’s Public High Schools

Featured image I wrote here, here, here (a video of a speech by me), here and here about the sad decline of the Edina, Minnesota public schools into hard-core leftism. Edina’s school district was once among the nation’s most respected, but its administrators have been content to see the district slide down to second or third tier status, because their sole priority is “racial equity,” which is code for a long list »

Climate Change Alarmism Is Founded On Dishonesty

Featured image I’ve said many times that I believe global warming alarmism to be the worst fraud in the history of science. What follows is just one of many illustrations of that point. The No Tricks Zone reminds us of how NASA GISS, keeper of temperature data for the U.S., has changed historical records to serve the political agenda of the alarmists: As recently as 1990, it was widely accepted that the »

Will AG Sessions Appoint Another Special Prosecutor? [with comment by Paul]

Featured image It looks like Attorney General Jeff Sessions may be taking my advice to appoint at least one more special prosecutor to go after the Democrats, including James Comey and Robert Mueller. More realistically, I suppose the advice comes from House Judiciary Committee Chairman Robert W. Goodlatte and a number of fellow House Republicans, who wrote a letter to President Trump in July urging such an investigation. You can read the »

The Real Consensus On Gun Control

Featured image Gun control is considered to be one of the most divisive issues in American politics. This is, in part, because liberals often pretend to believe that we live in a Wild West in which firearms are virtually unregulated. (As an aside, the numbers I have seen suggest that the homicide rate was very low, by modern standards, in the frontier West, but I haven’t investigated deeply enough to be sure »

AP Asks: Who Can Stop Trump From Dropping the Bomb?

Featured image It must be tough when you have to come up with a new way of smearing President Trump every day, but the editors and reporters of the Associated Press are up to the task. Today’s headline: “Could anyone stop Trump from launching nukes? The answer: No.” Because, of course, Trump is such a lunatic that he might unleash nuclear weapons at any moment, for no particular reason. Here’s a question »

Roy Moore For Senate?

Featured image The mood I’ve been in lately is reflected in the fact that most of my posts end with question marks. But why should I be the only person in America who hasn’t expressed an opinion about Judge Roy Moore? For what it’s worth, here goes: I agree with Paul that the Washington Post’s allegation that Moore tried to seduce a 14-year-old girl 38 years ago is more likely false than »

The Prophet of Affirmative Action

Featured image In the late 1960s, Yale Law School adopted a quota system for African-American applicants. Putting aside its normal criteria for admission, Yale decided that future law school classes would be 10% black, regardless of qualifications. Other law schools and academic institutions did the same thing at around the same time. On June 9, 1969, California appellate judge Macklin Fleming, a Yale Law graduate, wrote a letter to Dean Louis Pollak »