Author Archives: John Hinderaker

Exploiting Tragedy?

Featured image Today New York Times columnist Frank Bruni complained that various pundits have “exploited” last night’s terrorist attacks in Paris by relating them to issues like gun control and immigration. Bruni writes: “On Saturday morning I read that Paris was going to be good for Republicans. I read that Paris was going to be good for Democrats.” But every commentator he complains about is a conservative (if you assume Judith Miller »

Obama’s State Department Struggles to Explain Position On Israeli Labeling

Featured image The European Union has issued guidelines requiring products of “settlements” on the West Bank to be so labeled, presumably so that European consumers can avoid them: The labeling rules apply to fresh fruit and vegetables, wine, honey, olive oil, eggs, poultry, organic products and cosmetics coming from Israeli-owned businesses and farms outside the state’s original borders. Rather than “product of Israel,” these goods must be labeled with the term “settlement,” »

“The American Blood Is Best, and We Will Taste It Soon”

Featured image Fox News reports that jihadi web sites are rejoicing over today’s terrorist attacks in Paris. The line we have heard more than once from ISIS-related sites is, “The American blood is best, and we will taste it soon.” The French are tougher than many realize, but they are not the primary targets of Muslim extremists. This morning, in a burst of bad timing, Barack Obama said on ABC that ISIS »

The Power Line Show, Episode 30: A Dark Day Around the World, With Dan Polisar

Featured image John, Scott and Steve got together this afternoon for Episode 29 of the Power Line Show. While we were recording the show, terrorist attacks were unfolding in Paris. Those attacks throw both halves of the show into sharp relief. We started by interviewing Dan Polisar, author of in important article in Mosaic titled “What Do Palestinians Want?” Polisar reviewed years’ worth of public opinion polling of Palestinians. He found several »

First Thoughts on the Paris Attacks [Updated]

Featured image We were recording a podcast, which will be posted shortly, when Islamic terrorists unleashed their coordinated attacks on Paris. Early reports are always wrong, at least in part, so the facts are still in flux, but here are some preliminary comments: 1) At the moment, French authorities are estimating 140 deaths and many injuries, in six coordinated attacks. No one doubted for a moment that the murders were committed by »

Washington Post Trolls the GOP

Featured image Drudge features this headline: WASH POST: REPUBLICAN PARTY PANIC; MOVE TO DRAFT ROMNEY. Sure: because Republican voters are nostalgic for the days when we were getting clobbered by Barack Obama. Because the base is looking for a return to the past–the same dynamic that has made Jeb Bush such a powerhouse candidate. Less than three months before the kickoff Iowa caucuses, there is growing anxiety bordering on panic among Republican »

How Many Democrats Are Totalitarians?

Featured image I think we can say with confidence, at least 27%. Rasmussen Reports asked likely U.S. voters whether the government should criminally prosecute those who don’t go along with the global warming scare. This was the precise question: Should the government investigate and prosecute scientists and others including major corporations who question global warming? In response, 27% of Democrats called for prosecuting global warming realists. (Remarkably, 11% of Republicans did, too.) »

The Fraudulence of Leftist Professors

Featured image Melissa Click is the harridan seen calling for “muscle” to get rid of reporters and camera men covering left-wing festivities at the University of Missouri: So who is Melissa Click? She is an Assistant Professor at Missouri and has a PhD in communication from the University of Massachusetts. What was the subject of her dissertation? “It’s ‘a good thing’: The commodification of femininity, affluence and whiteness in the Martha Stewart »

The Kiss of Death?

Featured image Jeb Bush’s campaign announced today that he has been endorsed by former senator and presidential candidate Bob Dole. Dole will serve as Bush’s National Veterans’ Chairman. I suppose the announcement was timed to coincide with Veterans’ Day. I deeply admire Bob Dole, but I am afraid that the 92-year-old’s endorsement sums up much of what is wrong with Bush’s campaign. If there is anything Republican voters want this year, it »

Observations On Tonight’s Debate

Featured image Some quick takes on tonight’s debate: 1) On the whole, it was an excellent event. The questions were good; the moderators made CNBC look very bad. The longer answers were better, too. They gave the candidates opportunity for more substance. 2) Early on, Donald Trump was surprisingly wooden–low-energy when he wasn’t invisible. He woke up some in the second hour, but still not a big night for him. 3) Ben »

Follow Tonight’s Debate at Power Line Live

Featured image The next Republican presidential debate is coming up tonight at 8 p.m., Central time. (That’s the main event.) It will be televised on Fox Business News. What better way to watch it than with a few hundred (or thousand) fellow conservatives? The field is starting to winnow down, and tonight’s event could be key. So: plan to sign in to Power Line Live as you watch the debate. To get »

I Am Libeled. I Respond.

Featured image Scott wrote yesterday about a letter to the editor of the Minneapolis Star Tribune that responded to his column on the movie “Truth.” The letter was written by Gary Gilson, a supposed journalist who, as the former executive director of the Minnesota News Council, used to rule on whether news stories were accurate or not. Gilson’s letter adopted the long-discredited “fake but accurate” defense of 60 Minutes’ attack on President »

Trans-Pacific Partnership?

Featured image A cardinal rule in our medium is that you shouldn’t do a post that says you are undecided. What’s the point? It’s like voting “no opinion” in an internet poll. Why does anyone bother to do that? Nevertheless, I confess that I haven’t made up my mind about the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the full text of which–thousands of pages–has now been delivered. Senator Jeff Sessions, generally the most reliable bellwether in »

Hillary Is Losing In Minnesota

Featured image Survey USA has released a new poll of voters in deep-blue Minnesota. The results should be alarming to Democrats everywhere. The poll shows just about every Republican tested–Ben Carson, Marco Rubio, Carly Fiorina and Donald Trump–beating Hillary Clinton, if the election were held today. Jeb Bush is +1 against Hillary, within the margin of error, and Hillary beats Ted Cruz by five points. What’s interesting is that these are mostly »

Liberals Say: Bring Back Busing!

Featured image It is often said that American liberals haven’t had a new idea since the 1960s. That is true, actually. No bad idea, apparently, is ever permanently dispatched; they just keep getting recycled. (See: socialism.) This time it is busing. Here in the Twin Cities, a lawyer who brought a lawsuit to compel busing decades ago is at it again, with his son as co-counsel. The Minneapolis Star Tribune reports: Civil »

Trump Wins

Featured image I watched Saturday Night Live tonight for the first time since the 1970s, to see how the show would treat Donald Trump. Trump was, in a word, triumphant. True, the show was pretty bad–almost completely unfunny with only a few moments of mild amusement, mostly supplied early by Larry David. This reminded me why I haven’t watched the program for decades. Only two things mattered. The first was a sketch »

We Live In a World Gone Mad, Yale Edition

Featured image The Daily Mail recounts one of the strangest controversies we’ve seen in a while. It relates to offensive Halloween costumes at Yale. Or rather, the potential for offensive Halloween costumes. The story starts with the wife of Nicholas Christakis, Silliman College’s master, sending out an email addressing the subject of Halloween costumes, which, as we have noted before, has taken on a sudden importance at colleges and universities. The email »