Author Archives: John Hinderaker

How Reporters Try to Rewrite History

Featured image On September 10, the New York Times published a major story on President Obama’s speech announcing his plan to attack ISIL. The paper’s front-page account included this ludicrous claim: Unlike Mr. Bush in the Iraq war, Mr. Obama has sought to surround the United States with partners. In fact, the Iraq war of 2003 was conducted by a coalition of more than 40 countries–compared with the five mustered in support »

Democrats Are Winning the Money War

Featured image I am uneasy about November’s election, partly because I don’t think Republicans have succeeded in nationalizing (or even drawing much attention to) the election, partly because any coherent themes are being drowned out by various “squirrels” (Ray Rice and the NFL, for instance), and partly because the Democrats are raising an astonishing amount of money to defend the dysfunctional status quo. Politico headlines: “Democrats relying on big donors to win.” »

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Liberals Want to Throw Us All In Jail. Or Worse.

Featured image The totalitarian impulse is all too familiar: since I represent Progress (and, of course, everyone who acts in the political realm fervently believes that he represents Progress) those who stand in my way are retrograde–evil, really–forces, that belong in the dustbin of history. Therefore, I might have to lock them up or kill them to ensure that Progress prevails. Until recently, the totalitarian impulse has been blessedly absent from American »

Now Is the Time to Support the Power Line Picks

Featured image There are only something like 44 days left before the election, which means time is running out to give candidates meaningful support. If candidates are to buy additional advertising time, order mailers, organize get out the vote efforts and so on, they need to have the money now. At this point, with every day that goes by, donations become less helpful. So we urge you to check out the Power »

Inside the Climate Alarmist Zoo

Featured image We wrote yesterday about the fact that the “People’s Climate March” consisted mostly of warmed-over socialists and other obsolete radicals. Reason TV attended the march and produced this excellent video, which shows what the “climate change” movement is all about. A hint: it doesn’t have much to do with climate. Not much explanation is required, perhaps, but Noah Rothman is spot-on: There appear to be two strains of protesters who »

Media Alert

Featured image I will be on the Bill Bennett radio show at 8:05 a.m. EST tomorrow, talking about the future of Obamacare in Minnesota now that the insurance company with 60% of the market has found the program “unsustainable” and dropped out. We will probably talk about other Minnesota-related stories, too; maybe this one. If you don’t know where to get Bill show’s show on the radio dial where you live, you »

Barack Obama, Neocon?

Featured image A friend and Power Line reader has been emailing me to express outrage at the Democrats’ inconsistency in supporting President Obama’s implementation of the Bush Doctrine. I asked him to write up a post; here it is: President Obama’s September 10 speech announcing his intention to “degrade” and “ultimately destroy” ISIL in Iraq and Syria poses a huge political and ideological problem for the Dems and the left. The reason »

The People’s Climate March: What’s It All About? [Updated]

Featured image The “People’s Climate March” is underway in New York City, with coordinated events occurring in other locations. Tom Steyer, who abandoned an honest career as a coal magnate to become a “green” scammer, thinks the march shows how important climate is a political issue: I think the point of this is to show that this has widespread support, that it is a first-tier political issue, that the ability to sweep »

Why Would Anyone Send His Daughter to College?

Featured image President Obama has announced another of his useless initiatives, the only purpose of which is to distract attention from the comprehensive failures of his administration. This one is intended to reduce sexual assault on college campuses. It is claimed that one in five women on college campuses is sexually assaulted–an absurd statistic if by “sexually assaulted” you mean sexually assaulted. Nevertheless, interested persons (politicians who want to talk about something »

I Knew Bob Packwood. Bob Packwood Was a Friend of Mine.

Featured image If you thought Joe Biden couldn’t top his “Shylock” performance, you were wrong. Speaking to none other than a Democratic women’s conference, Biden reminisced fondly about the good old days in the Senate, when he got to work with great guys like Bob Packwood. Yes, that Bob Packwood. You know what this reminds me of? Trent Lott. Lott, as you probably recall, was delivering a 100th birthday tribute to Strom »

Dems Plead For Money For Their War On Women

Featured image In Mick Jagger’s immortal words, they don’t embarrass easy. Last night the Democrats were begging me for money. First from Nancy Pelosi: From: Nancy Pelosi [mailto:dccc@dccc.org] Sent: Thursday, September 18, 2014 6:27 PM To: Hinderaker, John H. Subject: John, I’m pleading Today, you should have received an email from: – The President of the United States – The Vice President of the United States That’s how important this is — »

Rand Paul and the Foreign Policy Delusions of Libertarianism

Featured image Rand Paul spoke today on the Senate floor, opposing the administration’s proposal to arm and train moderate Syrian elements. In recent months, Paul has tried to position himself in the mainstream on foreign policy, and has objected bitterly to being called an isolationist. Yet the very first words of his speech encapsulated the Libertarian delusion: that problems in the world are the result of American actions, and that by remaining »

Obama’s Real ISIL Strategy

Featured image I think President Obama sold himself short when he said, repeatedly, that he didn’t have a strategy to deal with ISIL. I think he has an objective, in support of which he has a clear strategy. His objective is to get past the midterm elections without paying a price for the chaos in the Middle East that his fecklessness has produced. His strategy is to “do something” in the form »

Elizabeth Warren: It’s “Fair” to Compare Israel to Nazis

Featured image Elizabeth Warren is a heroine to many liberals, who hope she will challenge Hillary Clinton from the left. Even apart from the concept of anyone being to Hillary’s left, this seems bizarre to me. Warren parlayed the false claim that she is an Indian into academic success as an alleged bankruptcy expert. (I am sure that I have several partners who know more about bankruptcy law than Warren does.) Now, »

Is Obamacare Collapsing In Minnesota?

Featured image Obamacare in Minnesota is called MNSure. The state had the usual problems (worse, I believe, than in most states) getting its system and its web site up and running. Once the enrollment period got underway, the dominant insurer turned out to be PreferredOne. Reportedly offering the lowest premiums in the nation, PreferredOne signed up nearly 60% of all MNSure participants. So it was a bombshell when PreferredOne announced earlier this »

Kansas “Independent” Comes Out of the Closet as a Democrat

Featured image You are probably generally aware of the situation in Kansas, where long-time (and not very inspiring) Senator Pat Roberts survived a primary challenge by insurgent Milton Wolf, but was badly weakened for the general election. The Democrats shrewdly talked their endorsed candidate out of the race, and instead are coalescing behind “independent” candidate Greg Orman. Kansas voters surely would not elect Orman if they knew that doing so would keep »