Author Archives: John Hinderaker

Media Alert

Featured image For early risers, I will be on Bill Bennett’s radio show tomorrow morning to talk about yesterday’s post on trade promotion authority. The catch is that you need to be up at 6:30 Eastern (that’s 5:30 for us here in the Midwest) to hear it. Trust me, it will be well worth the loss of sleep! If you don’t know where to find Bill’s show on your local radio dial, »

Politics In the Era of Symbolic Liberalism

Featured image I am old enough to remember when liberals actually thought liberalism was a good idea. Long ago, liberals like Lyndon Johnson and Hubert Humphrey fought for programs that they thought would improve the lives of Americans. True, many of their ideas turned out to be bad–I would argue that most were–but at least they had ideas, and they made an impact. Those days are gone. Today, being a liberal is »

The 1980s Are Calling…

Featured image Two items from today’s newspapers, the first from the New York Times: In a significant move to deter possible Russian aggression in Europe, the Pentagon is poised to store battle tanks, infantry fighting vehicles and other heavy weapons for as many as 5,000 American troops in several Baltic and Eastern European countries, American and allied officials say. The proposal, if approved, would represent the first time since the end of »

Republicans Should Vote No On Trade Promotion Authority

Featured image Republican Congressional leadership has been working with President Obama to pass trade promotion authority, commonly known as “fast track” trade legislation. There is nothing radical about this; pretty much every post-war president has had such authority. But times have changed, in at least a couple of respects. First, the traditional purpose of trade agreements has been to reduce tariff barriers. As a free trader, I think this is a great »

Confederate Battle Flag, RIP

Featured image In the wake of Dylann Roof’s murders, an anti-Confederate flag campaign is in full swing. The Stars and Bars–which I believe was not the official flag of the Confederacy, but rather the battle flag of the Army of Northern Virginia–can’t actually be banned, of course. So the focus is on not flying it at public locations. And on accusatory questions directed at Republican presidential candidates. I don’t know how many »

Hillary Tries to Rebut Clinton Cash, Fails

Featured image Yesterday Hillary Clinton finally answered a few questions about Peter Schweizer’s Clinton Cash. We have written extensively about the revelations in that book, but the best place to start may be the podcast interview we did with Peter just after the book came out. Mrs. Clinton chose a local TV news show in New Hampshire to talk about Clinton Cash. Breitbart News records the key exchange: When asked about the »

Wishful Thinking at the Associated Press

Featured image The Associated Press published this photograph of Ted Cruz earlier today. Cruz was speaking at a 2nd Amendment event in Iowa: As Breitbart News points out, the photographer took lots of other pictures of Cruz. The AP didn’t have to publish a photo tightly cropped, with a pistol pointing directly at Cruz’s head. But some AP photo editor thought it was a clever way to send a message about Cruz’s »

The Pope Steps In It Again

Featured image Pope Francis is rapidly convincing me that he is not just a leftist, but a dope. Speaking to a group of young people in Turin, he departed from his script and launched into a rambling denunciation of, among others, arms manufacturers: “It makes me think of … people, managers, businessmen who call themselves Christian and they manufacture weapons. That leads to a bit a distrust, doesn’t it?” he said to »

Martin O’Malley Is Pissed (With comment by Paul)

Featured image Democratic presidential contender Martin O’Malley is pissed about the Charleston shootings. That is what he said in an email to supporters. So, is he pissed at the murderer, Dylann Roof? Don’t be silly! He’s pissed at Republicans. When you’re a Democrat, it’s all politics, all the time: “It’s time we called this what it is: a national crisis,” O’Malley said in the e-mail, which carried the subject header “I’m pissed” »

Charleston Shooting Brings Out the Worst In Liberals

Featured image The Washington Post carried one of the dumber op-eds within memory yesterday. It was written by Baynard Woods and titled “Only white people can save themselves from racism and white supremacism.” Its thesis is that Dylann Roof’s murderous rampage proves that all whites are white supremacists. Or all Southerners. Or something: [I]t is up to white people to rescue white people from our own worst selves, from the distorted monsters »

The Latest on Dylann Roof

Featured image A web site created by Dylann Roof called The Last Rhodesian has come to light. It includes a sort of manifesto written by Roof. As I’ve said before, it doesn’t make sense to pay a lot of attention to the ideology of a deranged person, but you will probably be hearing a lot about Roof’s ideas in the weeks to come, so here are a few lowlights. In general, the »

The Power Line Show, Episode 20: Featuring Michael Oren

Featured image Yesterday Scott, Steve and Paul caught up with Israel’s former ambassador to the United States, Michael Oren, for an interview. Ambassador Oren’s new book is Ally: My Journey Across the American-Israeli Divide. Oren’s June 15 Wall Street Journal column “The abandonment of Israel,” drawn from the book, has already elicited a demand from the Obama administration that Prime Minister Netanyahu denounce it. No kidding. What has Ambassador Oren said and »

Another Day, Another Terrorist Attack

Featured image Two young Israeli hikers stopped to help a Palestinian who waved them down. It was a fatal mistake: the Arab opened fire, killing one of the Israeli men and injuring the other: The man who was killed in Friday’s shooting attack near the town of Dolev in the Binyamin region has been named as 25-year-old Danny Gonen from the city of Lod. Gonen was an electrical engineering student. Gonen’s uncle, »

This Probably Explains a Lot

Featured image I do not believe, with Pascal, that to understand is to forgive; certainly not when it comes to mass murder. Still, this Daily Mail exclusive probably sheds light on how Dylann Roof became so twisted. This is his father, Franklin Bennett (“Benn”) Roof, who is some sort of contractor: Yes, those are nipple rings. Roof’s mother seems to have abandoned the family, perhaps understandably. For a while Dylann had a »

Barack Obama Disgraces Himself Again

Featured image I haven’t written anything about the murders in Charleston, mostly because I haven’t had time. I expect to talk about the murders tomorrow on the Laura Ingraham show, where I will be guest hosting. I would encourage you to tune in for that. In the meantime, one obvious point can be made: Barack Obama has disgraced himself, once again, by trying to make political hay out of the murders: “I »

Media Alert

Featured image I will be guest hosting Laura Ingraham’s radio show tomorrow; it airs live from 9 to 12 Eastern. You can go here find a station in your area. It should be an exciting, guest-filled show, with lots of news to talk about: Charleston, the Vatican, Harvard, the Obama administration’s war on the poor. If you miss the show live, you can get highlights via podcast on iTunes. »

Blumenthal Email Confirms: Libya Was To Be Hillary’s Crowning Accomplishment

Featured image Paul wrote earlier today about the trove of Libya-related emails that Sidney Blumenthal has turned over to a House committee. The emails are embarrassing to Hillary Clinton because she received the emails from Blumenthal, but apparently failed to produce them to the committee. For the most part, these emails have not yet been made public, but National Review has exclusively obtained one of them; it is reproduced in full below. »