Author Archives: John Hinderaker

Will Black Voters Turn Out This Year? Why Should They?

Featured image There is a lot of buzz today about this article in the New York Times: “Black Vote Seen as Last Hope for Democrats to Hold Senate.” The confidential memo from a former pollster for President Obama contained a blunt warning for Democrats. Written this month with an eye toward Election Day, it predicted “crushing Democratic losses across the country” if the party did not do more to get black voters »

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NY Times Says: Obama Is Angry at Administration’s Incompetence!

Featured image Today’s New York Times headlines: “Amid Assurances on Ebola, Obama Is Said to Seethe.” Said by whom, one wonders. The answer is as you would expect: “It’s not tight,” a visibly angry Mr. Obama said of the response, according to people briefed on the meeting. … “He was not satisfied with the response,” a senior official said. … Senior officials said they pushed Mr. Obama to name an Ebola coordinator…. »

Random Good News on a Friday Night

Featured image Having spent the evening at a lovely birthday dinner (not mine), I don’t have much to say about tonight’s news. So here are a couple of favorable data points from this morning. First, here in Minnesota, the KSTP/Survey USA poll has Power Line Pick Stewart Mills leading incumbent Rick Nolan by eight points, 47%-39%. That margin is surprising, but Stewart’s lead isn’t. He is a good candidate and Nolan is »

Obama Appoints Political Hack as Ebola Czar

Featured image Today President Obama announced the appointment of Ron Klain as his administration’s “ebola czar.” Mr. Klain is a lobbyist and long-time political operative who is currently an Obama aide and has served as chief of staff to both Al Gore and Vice-President Biden. Klain also served as Chief of Staff or Staff Director for Attorney General Janet Reno, the Senate Democratic Leadership Committee, and the Senate Judiciary Committee. He was »

Hamburg Becomes a War Zone

Featured image Hamburg has become the scene of street fighting between Islamic supporters of ISIS and expatriate Kurds: Parts of downtown Hamburg, the second-largest city in Germany, resembled a war zone after hundreds of supporters of the jihadist group Islamic State [IS] engaged in bloody street clashes with ethnic Kurds. … The unrest began on the evening of October 7, when around 400 Kurds gathered outside the Al-Nour mosque near the central »

Democrats Losing, So They Change the Rules [Updated]

Featured image This is hilarious: Scott wrote here about a video contest sponsored by far-left MoveOn and MAYDAY.US. Announcing the contest, MoveOn urged applicants to “make a 30-second ad to wake up America to the crisis of big money in our politics.” The public could vote on the contest entries. The conservative group American Commitment took MoveOn at its word. They made this terrific video about Tom Steyer, the biggest hypocrite on »

Another Reason Obama Knows He’s In Trouble

Featured image Steve noted this morning that President Obama’s decision to cancel a fundraising trip and give a speech on ebola instead shows that he knows he is in trouble. Here is another clue: the front page of this morning’s New York Daily News, a paper that endorsed Obama in 2008: He’s come a long way from the days when he was telling the oceans what to do. »

The Hinderaker-Ward Experience, Episode 76: In the Hot Zone, With Byron York

Featured image Brian Ward and I were joined last night by Byron York for a fast-paced, entertaining review of this year’s key Senate races. You won’t want to miss it, even if you aren’t an HWX regular. We also covered some of the news of the day, mainly ebola (Brian is horrified, I am not). And we had a Loon and a TWIG. http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/ricochet.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/HWX-77.mp3 You can listen to the podcast by playing »

Hispanic Voters Are Reagan Voters!

Featured image That’s the message of this hard-hitting new anti-Mark Udall ad in Colorado, which is lighting up the internet this morning. The ad, produced by Conservative War Chest, is playing in both Spanish and English. It is aggressive, to put it mildly; it will be fun to hear the Democrats squawk about it over the days to come. The ad represents the most meaningful effort I have seen to take seriously »

Dems Say: Let’s Run on Global Warming and Contraception. Voters Say: Huh?

Featured image The Democrats’ two big issues this cycle, to the extent they have been willing to talk about issues, are global warming and contraception. Neither of which the federal government has much, if anything, to do with, which may account for the fact that voters just don’t care. This Gallup chart makes the point visually. It graphs the importance of issues to voters against the Republicans’ advantage on those issues. Note »

The Democrats’ War On the Koch Brothers Is a Flop

Featured image The Democrats, hard up for issues to run on this year, decided to try to run against Charles and David Koch. This strategy was counterintuitive, since most people had no idea who the Kochs are, and voters are notoriously indifferent to campaign finance issues. But the Democrats pressed ahead, holding press conferences, denouncing the Kochs on the Senate floor, producing videos, and spending untold millions on campaign ads tying Republican »

The Times Report on Chemical Weapons In Iraq: It’s No Blockbuster

Featured image The front page of today’s New York Times is dominated by a long article on chemical weapons in Iraq. It appears to be the result of a major investigation; bylined by C.J. Chivers, it credits six additional reporters and researchers as well as eight “producers.” The gist of the article is that there were far more chemical weapons in Iraq than were ever publicly reported, and between 2004 and 2011 »

A Final Plea for the Power Line Picks

Featured image If you have donated to political campaigns in the past, you, like me, are probably getting 100 to 200 emails a day, asking for money. One difference may be that I get them from both parties. I once contributed $3 to Barack Obama’s presidential campaign in the name of “Illegal Contributor,” residence, Stillwater Prison, just to show how easy the Obama campaign made it to donate illegally. Now I get »

Environmentalism Kills Poor People

Featured image Are you in favor of banning fossil fuel consumption, or making it more expensive? Probably not, but pretty much every Democrat is. To insist on “green” energy sources rather than fossil fuels is to doom millions of people to poverty, disease and premature death. This video, by the Texas Public Policy Foundation, doesn’t try to cover the whole global warming waterfront, but it does a great job of making one »

About Those NIH “Budget Cuts”

Featured image On Friday, Dr. Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health, complained that budget cuts had interfered with his agency’s ability to develop an anti-Ebola vaccine: Frankly, if we had not gone through our 10-year slide in research support, we probably would have had a vaccine in time for this that would’ve gone through clinical trials and would have been ready. This sent Democrats into a twitter frenzy: sequester, »

Goodbye, Columbus

Featured image Today is Columbus Day. It used to be, anyway. Here in Minneapolis, as in a number of other cities, it is now Indigenous People’s Day: The holiday formerly known as Columbus Day was created earlier this year by a vote of the Minneapolis City Council, which said it was an attempt to recognize the history and contributions of American Indians in and around the city. … Jay Bad Heart Bull, »