Author Archives: John Hinderaker

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 »

Who Is Tom Cotton? The Washington Post Explains

Featured image Today’s Washington Post includes brief profiles of several of the Republicans who won Senate seats yesterday, including one titled Who Is Tom Cotton? The reporter called me a few days ago while working on this piece, and asked about our early role in publicizing Tom’s letter to the New York Times, which first brought him to public attention. What he wrote about that incident is accurate: In 2006, after the »

Messages and Messengers

Featured image One of the happy consequences of last night’s Republican sweep is that several obnoxious themes on which Democrats have relied will now, presumably, be put out to pasture. These include the moronic “war on women,” which ostensibly worked in 2012 but fell on its face this year. Someone forgot to tell Joni Ernst, Elise Stefanik, Mia Love, and countless other Republican women who stuck it to the Democrats. A second »

Harry, We Knew Ye Too Damn Well [Further Updated]

Featured image Harry Reid’s tenure as Senate Majority Leader hasn’t just been controversial, it has been disgraceful. Reid submerged the Senate in partisan politics of the most vicious sort, turning the Senate floor into a forum for outrageous attacks on private citizens and refusing to allow that body to vote on more than 300 bills that had passed the House of Representatives–all the while blaming “gridlock” on the Republicans. Reid denied Republican »

Join Us Tonight at Power Line Live

Featured image What better way to follow and comment on election results, to celebrate or commiserate as the case may be, than with lots of like-minded conservatives? Tonight, you can join us at Power Line Live. We have updated the software, and you now can follow individual topics (e.g., CO Senate-2014) as well as the main flow of chatter. That way, you can check on the status of key races and see »

Election Eve Drama at an Iowa Fraternity House

Featured image Last night, Joni Ernst was making an appearance at the Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity house at Iowa State, when she was interrupted by a group of Occupy-type protesters who had infiltrated the event. They started a stupid chant about the Koch Brothers–highly relevant to most Iowa voters, I’m sure–which they kept up for quite a while. Amazingly, the fraternity brothers were able to restrain themselves from slugging the twerps; instead, »

Beyond the Election, the GOP’s Future Looks Bright

Featured image Michael Barone assesses the impact Barack Obama has had on the Democratic Party. It’s not a pretty picture: When Obama took the oath of office in January 2009, there were 257 Democrats in the House of Representatives. Going into this election there are 201 (including two vacant Democratic seats). Psephologists universally agree Democrats will suffer a net loss of House seats…. That will leave them with a number probably somewhere »

Final Thoughts on Today’s Election (But No Predictions)

Featured image Last night on Twitter, a friend asked for my final predictions on today’s election. I will repeat here what I said to him, only at greater length because…Twitter. Like everyone else, I am looking at the polls and expecting a good night for Republicans. But there should be, I think, one significant caution. All likely voter polls incorporate assumptions about the makeup of the electorate in a given cycle. The »

The Democrats Bring Out Their Biggest Gun

Featured image This could be a game-changer. The Democrats aren’t fooling around any longer, they are playing their trump card. Kim Kardashian has come out for the Dems, and President Obama, on Instagram. Which is where it counts: I’m standing with President Obama in the midterm election tomorrow! Find out what you need to cast your ballot at IWillVote.com A photo posted by Kim Kardashian West (@kimkardashian) on Nov 11, 2014 at 5:19pm »

Eric Holder Deploys Poll-Watchers to Look for “Discrimination”

Featured image Eric Holder’s Department of Justice is sending teams of federal monitors to 18 states to “watch for discrimination against voters.” The list of states appears completely random: Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kansas, North Carolina, Nebraska, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas and Wisconsin. DOJ can’t possibly have the manpower to cover more than a relative handful of precincts in those 18 »