Author Archives: John Hinderaker

Bipartisanship, Democrat Style

Featured image Now that Republicans have won the Congress, it’s no more “elections have consequences.” Rather, Democrats and their media allies are calling on Republicans to “work with” the Democrats. I suppose that will happen to some extent, but any pretense of bipartisanship is galling, coming from Democrats. Michael Ramirez explains. Click to enlarge: »

It’s Not Just Dumb, It’s Krugman Dumb!

Featured image We have written here and elsewhere about the King v. Burwell case, in which a panel of the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals held that the Affordable Care Act allows the federal government to subsidize participants in the federal Obamacare exchange as well as the state exchanges. In Halbig v. Burwell, decided at the same time as King, a panel of the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals went the other »

Administration’s Latest Obamacare Report Is Underwhelming

Featured image The Obama administration has tried to put the best face on Obamacare, touting statistics about how many people have signed up for the program. Yesterday the Department of Health and Human Services issued a report that projects ACA enrollments on the individual exchanges in 2015. Many news outlets have reported that HHS scales down the enrollment estimate that the Congressional Budget Office produced in April. This is true, but it »

Holder Releases 64,000 Documents That Weren’t Privileged After All

Featured image The Obama administration chose Election Day to give Darrell Issa’s House Oversight Committee more than 64,000 pages of documents relating to the Fast and Furious gun walking operation. These are documents that the House committee subpoenaed more than two years ago. The Obama administration alleged that they were subject to executive privilege and refused to produce them. The committee commenced a lawsuit to compel production, and on October 6 the »

A Night of Schadenfreude In a Minute and a Half

Featured image When things are going badly for the Democrats, many conservatives like to watch MSNBC. The pain of the network’s anchors and personalities is so palpable, so…enjoyable. If, like me, you didn’t tune in to MSNBC on election night–it would take more than schadenfreude to get me to watch Rachel Maddow, Al Sharpton and Chris Matthews–you can enjoy this distillation of MSNBC dismay, prepared by Washington Free Beacon. It takes just »

The First-Ever Power Line Show: Election Post-Mortem With Michael Barone

Featured image For our first-ever Power Line show, we managed to assemble the whole crew to talk about the midterm election, how the Republicans did it and where they should go from here. For our inaugural guest, we recruited the dean of American political analysts, Michael Barone. You have probably never heard Michael as you hear him here. Our plan is to make the first couple of episodes of the show available »

Poppies Everywhere

Featured image Remembrance Day has been observed in the United Kingdom, and throughout the Commonwealth, since 1919. It was originally intended to honor those killed in the Great War, and has since been expanded to recognize British and other Commonwealth soldiers who have died in subsequent conflicts. Armistice Day is November 11, but in England, the main observance takes place on Remembrance Sunday, the Sunday closest to November 11. Which was today. »

Chill of An Early Winter

Featured image At Watts Up With That, Christopher Monckton highlights the astonishingly partisan dimension, in the U.S., of the global warming controversy: One of the most interesting statistics from the recent mid-terms was the New York Times’ exit poll, showing that more than two-thirds of “Democrat” voters thought climate change was a serious problem. Five-sixths of Republicans didn’t. That’s really stark. I wonder whether any other issue would fall along equally partisan »

Obama’s Attorney General Nominee, Loretta Lynch

Featured image President Obama has nominated Loretta Lynch, currently U.S. Attorney for a district that includes Brooklyn, Queens and Long Island, to succeed Eric Holder as Attorney General. Based on readily available public information, she seems like a reasonable choice. I don’t see any obvious signs of radicalism or hyper-partisanship in her CV, although that may change as she undergoes more scrutiny. For the moment, the only black mark against her is »

Liberals Still Not Giving Up on Keystone

Featured image Gail Collins has a column on the Keystone Pipeline in today’s New York Times. It illustrates why so many consider the Times to be the last redoubt of the ignorant. Collins begins by complaining that Republicans, victorious in last week’s election, keep mentioning approval of Keystone as something the new Congress will do. Which is bad because…well, she never says. Republicans talk about Keystone because it is low-hanging fruit, something »

Little Green Army Men

Featured image Did you know that there is a Toy Hall of Fame? I didn’t either. It hasn’t been around for too long, so some classic toys are still trying to get in. Reuters reports on this year’s Hall of Fame class: Little green army men finally prevailed on Thursday in their two-year battle for a coveted spot in the National Toy Hall of Fame, joining Rubik’s Cube and soap bubbles on »

Iran and Israel, Compare and Contrast

Featured image As Scott noted earlier today, the Obama administration’s warm attitude toward Iran’s mullahs has been in the news. Its view of Israel, on the other hand, is much chillier. Last night, General Martin Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, gave a talk in which he lauded Israel’s avoidance of civilian casualties during the recent Gaza conflict, and stated that the U.S. military has sent a team of experts »

You’re So Lame!

Featured image The thrill between the donkey and the lamest of lame ducks is gone. Michael Ramirez portrays the newly-tense relationship that promises to entertain us for the next two years. Click to enlarge: »

Common Sense on Climate

Featured image One of the many positive aspects of the 2014 campaign is that global warming hysteria failed to move voters. To what extent this is because voters are knowledgeable about climate issues and understand that warming alarmism is scientifically unfounded, as opposed to not being knowledgeable about the details but understanding from experience that environmental scares are overblown, I don’t know. But this column by Bjorn Lomborg does an excellent job »

The New York Times Encounters Joni Ernst

Featured image Yesterday the New York Times ran an article–a slide show, really–called Rising Stars in the Republican Party. It highlighted some of the young Republicans who won on Tuesday, including, among others, Elise Stefanik, Tom Cotton…and Joni Ernst. The article was corrected today, as follows: Correction: November 6, 2014 An earlier version of this article quoted incorrectly from comments by Senator-elect Joni Ernst, who on Tuesday night became the first woman »

What’s the Matter With Minnesota?

Featured image This map, which originated with National Journal, has been making the rounds on Twitter. It it similar to the one that was popular a few years ago that showed the United States as red or blue, by county. But this map shows the Congressional districts based on the just-completed election: In a sense, maps like this one are misleading because the small blue areas are basically the cities, where lots »

The GOP: America’s Party

Featured image How did ABC’s Good Morning America cover last night’s Republican sweep? By telling its listeners, this morning, that “the Republican brand is still very damaged.” We’ve been hearing such statements about the Republican brand for years from ostensibly mainstream commentators. But where does the main stream actually flow? And what is the state of the Democrats’ brand, about which we never seem to hear anything? The reality is that, seemingly »