Author Archives: John Hinderaker

Did the Kennedy Administration Try to Drive Reagan Off the Air?

Featured image Ronald Reagan apparently detested Bobby Kennedy, another sign of Reagan’s good judgment since Kennedy was an awful human being. But this is something I hadn’t heard before: Michael Reagan says that Bobby leaned on General Electric to get Reagan off television: [A] few months after [subpoenaing Reagan before a grand jury], Kennedy tried to get him fired from General Electric Theater. Or, at least, that’s what Reagan believed. “Dad told »

Oral History of Clinton Administration Could Pose Problems For Hillary

Featured image The Miller Center at the University of Virginia has posted online more than 70 interviews that constitute the “William J. Clinton Presidential History Project.” The interviewees are for the most part members of the Clinton administration, or in any event sympathetic to it. Nevertheless, not all of the facts that the interviewees relate will be helpful to Bill Clinton’s memory or his wife’s presidential ambitions. I haven’t had time to »

New York Times Corrections, State Capital Edition

Featured image Today the New York Times published a correction to an op-ed that appeared in the paper on November 27. The op-ed, by Ned Blackhawk, was about the Sand Creek massacre, an evergreen memory for liberals who see only the bad in American history: An Op-Ed article last Friday attributed an erroneous distinction to the Union general Patrick Edward Connor and the Colorado governor John Evans, who were involved in massacres »

A Bad Week for Rape Culture

Featured image As Steve noted earlier today, Rolling Stone magazine has backed off from its blockbuster story about an alleged gang rape at the University of Virginia. I wrote here that the story, written by an activist and based entirely on anonymous sources, was incredible on its face. “Jackie,” the alleged victim in the story, was gang raped by seven men in a fraternity house, but didn’t go to the police. Seriously? »

The Power Line Show: Episode 3, With Bret Stephens

Featured image Click here to download this episode. Paul, Scott and I taped Episode 3 of the Power Line Show a few hours ago. We talked about a couple of the major news stories of the day–the conflict within the Republican Party over how to respond to President Obama’s unconstitutional actions with regard to immigration, and the fallout from the death of Eric Garner in New York. And we were joined by »

Obama Reportedly Considering Sanctions Against Israel

Featured image Russia is gobbling up much of Ukraine. China is putting growing pressure on its neighbors in East Asia. ISIS is chopping the heads off Americans. Syria’s government continues to slaughter thousands of its citizens. Iran is working feverishly on a bomb and running circles around our negotiators. Boko Haram is wreaking havoc in Nigeria. Hamas is raining rockets and missiles down on its neighbors. And the Obama administration reportedly is »

The Liberals Are Revolting

Featured image A running joke in the Wizard of Id comic strip was that the peasants were revolting: Here in Minnesota, the liberals are revolting, as the nationwide rash of anti-police demonstrations came to Minneapolis today. Actually, multiple demonstrations were combined: it began with a group demanding $15 an hour to work at a local Burger King. The Mayor of Minneapolis and a city council member or two showed up to demonstrate »

The Democrats’ Politics of Division

Featured image In recent years, the Democrats have pursued a strategy of division. They have tried to stir up hatred between races, animosity between the sexes, and envy of the successful, betting that they could thereby cobble together a winning political coalition. It hasn’t worked, fortunately, but it has done tremendous damage–perhaps irreparable damage–to America. The Democrats should be deeply ashamed, but of course they aren’t. Michael Ramirez comments; click to enlarge: »

Jeff Sessions, Once More Into the Breach

Featured image Just a little while ago, on the Senate floor, Jeff Sessions rose to denounce President Obama’s plan to move forward with implementation of his illegal and unconstitutional amnesty plan. In ringing terms, Sessions called on Congress to act forcefully to block Obama’s usurpation. Here are some excerpts from his remarks: Mr. Sessions: It’s already starting. There is being rented today a building in Crystal City, Virginia, to house the announced »

Witness 34 Tells It Like It Was

Featured image Paul wrote earlier today about the Ferguson grand jury’s Witness #10, one of the very few people who witnessed the confrontation between Officer Wilson and Mike Brown from beginning to end. I haven’t read the entire record of the grand jury proceedings, which is lengthy. But I have read quite a bit of it, and it is pretty obvious that the witnesses who were actually anywhere near the scene support »

Think Hollywood Is Unpatriotic? You’re Right

Featured image As you probably know, Sony Pictures was hacked, allegedly by someone in North Korea, and a lot of data has leaked into the public domain, at least some of it via Gawker. Among the documents that have become public are Sony marketing materials in Power Point form that show how the studio intended to promote various movies. This one is for “Captain Phillips,” a relatively rare hit for the studio. »

Hillary’s Dumb Diplomacy at Georgetown

Featured image Earlier today, Hillary Clinton gave a speech at Georgetown University titled “Smart Power: Security Through Inclusive Leadership.” The hall was at least half empty, as noted on Twitter: Which may not mean anything. Georgetown described an “audience of diplomats and other officials from all over the world,” so I am not sure whether the public was even invited. What does deserve ridicule, however, is the content of Hillary’s remarks, which »

How Will Amnesty Help Struggling American Workers? [Updated]

Featured image It won’t, of course. That isn’t its purpose. The Democrats care about oligarchs, cronies and dependents, not the working class. This morning Secretary Jeh Johnson testified before the House Homeland Security Committee. Congressman Lou Barletta of Pennsylvania asked him, how will President Obama’s illegal amnesty help the millions of Americans who are unemployed or underemployed? Johnson had no answer, but the exchange is instructive. As Barletta asks, who will stand »

In Louisiana, It’s Bill Cassidy Against Barack Obama

Featured image As Scott has noted, Mary Landrieu is desperately trying to hang on to her Senate seat by distancing herself from President Obama, while at the same time catering more quietly to his few remaining admirers. But the reality is that as a Democrat, she can’t hide from Obama’s toxic legacy. We have praised, a couple of times, the terrific work being done by Conservative War Chest. They are currently running »

Don’t Bother to Pander, Jeb

Featured image Jeb Bush apparently wants to be the Jon Hunstman of 2016–the Republican presidential candidate who gets respectful treatment from the liberal press because he isn’t one of those awful conservatives. The New York Times reports that Bush has promised not to pander: Former Gov. Jeb Bush of Florida was blunt Monday night: If he runs for president in 2016, he will not pander to his party’s conservative base in the »

Holiday Greetings from the Democrats

Featured image The Democratic Party has “a Cyber Monday surprise for you,” which means the party is doing what it does best: raising money. The Democrats’ Store has merchandise in stock, probably left over from the remainder tables. It is somewhat revealing. Ask a Democrat whether his party is leftist, and he will deny it, heatedly. But at least we know which way they are leaning: “I lean left”? Sure you do! »

Federal Debt Soars to Over $18 Trillion

Featured image A year or so ago, the Democrats started telling us that the national debt is no longer an issue. This was based on the fact that the deficit is only around half what it was during President Obama’s first few years in office. The fiscal year 2014 deficit came in at *only* $483 billion, a cause for rejoicing in Washington. This represents the smallest deficit as a percentage of GDP »