Author Archives: John Hinderaker

Another Round of Obamacare Cancellations

Featured image A year ago, a panicked Obama administration sent letters to the state insurance commissioners urging them to allow individual health care plans that were illegal under Obamacare to be extended for another year. We wrote about the ploy, which was intended to defuse the outrage that was then building against the “Affordable” Care Act, here and elsewhere. A year has come and gone, and the Washington Post reports that cancellation »

Meet Mike McFadden

Featured image Tonight we recorded a special edition of the Hinderaker-Ward Experience: an interview with Republican Senate candidate Mike McFadden. McFadden is challenging Al Franken in Minnesota. This morning he and Franken had their first debate of the campaign, in Duluth. McFadden turned in an energetic performance against a tired incumbent who came across as a soulless, dispirited defender of the status quo. Even if you haven’t subscribed to HWX, you should »

Did Barack Obama Allow Ebola Into the U.S.?

Featured image That’s what Laura Ingraham thinks. Britain and France stopped flights from African countries afflicted by the disease some time ago, but the Obama administration declined to do the same. Now the first confirmed ebola case is in Dallas, having recently arrived from Liberia. Laura comments: President Obama said it was “unlikely” that ebola would break out in the United States, but he was wrong. So, where do we go from »

Is Al Franken In Trouble? [Updated]

Featured image As regular readers probably know, I have been skeptical of Republican Mike McFadden’s chances of unseating Al Franken in this year’s Senate race. This is not because Franken is invulnerable; on the contrary, Franken has never been very popular and has been a cipher during his six years in Washington. But an incumbent with a D next to his name is never an underdog in a state-wide race in Minnesota, »

Please Give! Please! We’re Begging You!

Featured image Today is the last day of the quarter, the final FEC deadline before November’s election. So every candidate on both sides of the aisle is bombarding potential donors with emails. I have gotten several hundred today, from both Republicans and Democrats. The Democrats are following their invariable playbook: pessimism bordering on the suicidal, until–miracle of miracles!–it turns out that they have out-raised the Republicans by $40 or $50 million, again. »

In Minnesota’s 7th, Torrey Westrom

Featured image While not one of our official Picks, Torrey Westrom, the Republican candidate for the House in Minnesota’s 7th District, is more than worthy of your support. Torrey is challenging Collin Peterson, one of the most senior Democrats in Congress. Peterson has long been entrenched, but this year, he can be had. The 7th is a GOP-leaning district that consistently votes for Republican presidential candidates. Peterson has survived by posing as »

Secret Service Follies

Featured image Secret Service Director Julia Pierson testified today before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee about the security breach that allowed an intruder to enter the White House. The episode was a fiasco on multiple levels, and Ms. Pierson endured a sustained grilling that was somewhat bipartisan. One fact that has emerged is that the intruder, Omar Gonzalez, got much deeper into the White House than the Secret Service originally »

Are Democrats Poised for a Senate Comeback?

Featured image Republicans are optimistic about the Senate these days, on account of recent polls that show their candidates pulling ahead, or pulling even, in a number of battleground states. Oddsmakers are now saying there is a strong probability the GOP will re-take the Senate in November. However, there is a catch: as usual, the Democrats’ fundraising this cycle has vastly outpaced the Republicans’. And the Democrats are focusing their resources where »

Modern Science Refutes Global Warming Alarmism

Featured image It isn’t quite true to say that the science is settled–climate science is in its infancy, and we have only a poor understanding of the Earth’s climate. Just about every proposition is controversial. But we are very close to being able to say that, as to global warming alarmism, the debate is over and the alarmists have lost. (I mean, of course, the scientific debate, not the political one, which »

Bill Maher and Me (with Comment from Steve)

Featured image As Scott wrote here, TV comedian Bill Maher decided to try to flip one Congressional district from the GOP to the Democrats this year. And, as Scott put it, of all the gin joints in all the towns in the world, Maher chose our district–Minnesota’s Second–to try to unseat a Republican incumbent. That incumbent, of course, is our friend John Kline, who, before Maher’s money entered the picture, appeared to »

Media Alert

Featured image I will be on Bill Bennett’s radio show at 8:30 ET, 7:30 CT, tomorrow morning, talking about workplace violence in Oklahoma and related topics. If you don’t know where to get Bill’s show on your radio, you can listen online. »

A Republican Manifesto For the 21st Century

Featured image The Minnesota Republican Party has gone through some hard times in recent years, but it has rebounded under chairman Keith Downey. Today, Downey had an op-ed in the Minneapolis Star Tribune that succinctly states the party’s case. While there are a couple of items I might treat a bit differently, it is an excellent example of the message Republicans should be delivering consistently around the country: On July 4, 1854, »

Obama: The CIA Assured Me They Were JVs!

Featured image On 60 Minutes, President Obama explained why his administration let ISIL get so out of hand: our intelligence agencies underestimated them! The exchange is at the beginning of this clip, followed by the usual Obama filibuster, with another interesting question and answer at the end: IowaHawk comments pungently: Obama, June: I think ISIS is a JV team. Obama, now: They thought ISIS was a JV team. #CaptainPronoun — David Burge (@iowahawkblog) September »

The Hinderaker-Ward Experience, Episode 75: Friday Night Fights

Featured image Last night Brian Ward and I recorded Episode 74 of the Hinderaker-Ward Experience. No guests this week, just Brian and I riffing on the most controversial news stories of the day. If you haven’t listened to our podcasts until now, you may want to give it a try. We cover some of the same ground as on this web site, but sometimes in more depth, sometimes in a more freewheeling, »

The Election That Could Have Been

Featured image 2014 is shaping up as a pretty good year for the GOP, and I haven’t given up hope on the proverbial “wave.” But the conventional wisdom is that the opportunity for big gains is slipping away. I share that sense. To some extent, the cause is the Democrats’ overwhelming money advantage. But the Democrats always have more money, and it doesn’t always bail them out. Pundits say that the Republicans »

A Judicious Response to Eric Holder’s Resignation

Featured image As imagined by Michael Ramirez. Heh. Click to enlarge: The Obama administration has done a great deal of damage on many fronts, but surely its politicizing of the Department of Justice is one of its worst sins. »

Religion of Peace Update [Updated]

Featured image Oklahoma got a dose of peace yesterday, when Alton Nolen, apparently a Muslim convert, beheaded a co-worker at the food company where he worked. He attacked a second woman and would have killed her too, except that the company’s COO has a gun and knows how to use it. This could actually be a case of workplace violence, as the attack occurred immediately after Alton had been fired. (For what, »