Author Archives: Scott Johnson

After last night

Featured image I offer the following observations and speculations in the spirit of inquiry following the results in the New Hampshire primary last night. I acknowledge that we are in the realm of opinion and that I may well be mistaken. These are my thoughts. Let me begin, however, in the realm of fact. New Hampshire runs an open primary with independents allowed to vote in the party of their choice. Turnout »

Counter this

Featured image When I was working on the Weekly Standard article “The threat from ‘Minnesota men,'” I tried to get an interview with United States Attorney for Minnesota Andrew Luger about the pilot Countering Violent Extremism Program of which he is the nominal head. I studied up on the program as directed by Luger’s spokesman. The spokesman ultimately sent me on my way with a few unkind words about my failings while »

Why she would prefer not to

Featured image Hillary Clinton pays some political price for refusing to produce the transcripts of her absurdly lucrative paid speeches to the titans of Wall Street. The transcripts must be full of the innocuous boilerplate with which Clinton lards every speech, but in this case the boilerplate would reflect her warm relationship with Wall Street and other such multipurpose donors. On Sunday Clinton formulated her refusal to produce the transcripts of her »

She would prefer not to

Featured image The proposition that she would prefer not to goes a long way in Clinton world. Appearing on ABC’s This Week with former Clinton aide George Stephanopoulos yesterday, Hillary Clinton gave it a new twist. Following up on her declaration this past Thursday that she would think about releasing the transcripts of her highly compensated speeches to Wall Street audiences, Stephanopoulos asked her if she had made a decision yet (video »

Talkin’ unemployment blues

Featured image President Obama made an appearance in the White House press room on Friday to take a victory lap over the fall of the official unemployment rate (U-3) to 4.9 percent (video below, about 15 minutes). Is that number for real? Referring to the hell he saw tending to wounded men during the Civil War, Walt Whitman held that “the real war will never get in the books.” By the same »

CNN does the math

Featured image CNN has done the math on the speaking fees the Clintons has collected since Bill Clinton left office “dead broke.” The numbers are mind-boggling. The Clintons have done very well by themselves as class warriors for the common man: Hillary Clinton and her husband, former President Bill Clinton, combined to earn more than $153 million in paid speeches from 2001 until Hillary Clinton launched her presidential campaign last spring, a »

After last night

Featured image Watching last night’s cage match among the Republican presidential candidates at St. Anselm’s College in Manchester on ABC, I found that event an exercise in reduction. Paul Mirengoff elaborates the details in here. At the outset, I want to insert my usual media note. ABC News should not be part of the equation for Republicans. George Stephanopoulos should not have a hand in any event sponsored by the Republican Party. »

The circle game

Featured image Tom Rush made his name in the sixties folk revival; he is a peer of Joan Baez, Bob Dylan, Eric Andersen, and Judy Collins. Tomorrow he turns 75. I’ve loved his music for a long time and want to take the occasion to celebrate his birthday with previously posted notes from my 2011 interview with him. I hope readers who may have missed the interview might find the notes of »

What she knows

Featured image Hillary Clinton stepped out to make a statement claiming victory in the Iowa caucuses on Monday night. It wasn’t clear that she had won and it still isn’t, but appearances had to be maintained. Clinton gave a six-minute speech (video below) that almost captures her full awfulness. She lies with pathological abandon. She is a gold-plated phony. She has achieved plutocratic wealth through public service while holding herself out as »

Among friends illustrated

Featured image At conclusion of last night’s debate in Durham featuring Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, MSNBC moderator Rachel Maddow graphically showed how she was feeling the love for the two of them. Fellow moderator Chuck Todd confined himself to a polite handshake, but don’t be deceived! He too was feeling the love. Via Daniel Halper/Weekly Standard. »

Clinton clobbers Sanders [with comment by Paul]

Featured image I thought Hillary Clinton clobbered Bernie Sanders in their close encounter in New Hampshire on MSNBC last night. The video below (about eight minutes) is illustrative. CNN’s Stephen Collinson has a good summary with a 90-second highlight clip. NR’s Brendan Bordelon has a good account with a slightly different perspective. Matt Continetti credits Sanders with giving Republicans the tools to beat her. For those of us who are pulling for »

Clinton among friends

Featured image Did you catch any of the close encounter between Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton in Durham on MSNBC last night? By far the most striking element of the affair was the concern of moderators Chuck Todd and Rachel Maddow to perform their function on behalf of a Democratic audience, posing questions of concern to Democrats while raising no challenge to the candidates themselves. Todd and Maddow sought capably to vet »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Ammo Grrrll is thinking ABOUT LAST MONDAY…She writes: My candidate did not win in Iowa. Who was that, you ask breathlessly? Donco Cruzabee, that’s who. I want someone with Ted Cruz’s brains and debating skills, with the youthful good looks and inspiring backstory of Marco Rubio, the genial warmth and personality of Mike Huckabee, and the cojones, minus the gratuitous rudeness, of Donald Trump. As I read the many many »

Obama at prayer

Featured image President Obama spoke at the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, D.C. this morning. The White House has posted the text of Obama’s remarks here. I’ve embedded the White House video below; Obama’s speech begins at about 01:49:00 and runs to 02:17:00. C-SPAN has posted the video here. I transcribed quotes from the video before the White House posted the text; they may not be perfectly accurate. Those who say that »

Hillary, “to be honest”

Featured image Hillary Clinton is false in everything, a gold-plated phony seemingly incapable of uttering a true word. She lies with abandon. She displays the skills of a pathological liar. At CNN’s town hall in Derry, New Hampshire last night, Anderson Cooper asked Hillary Clinton about her paid Wall Street speeches. It’s a point that Bernie Sanders has raised; it must be a thorn in her side at this point. Unlike the »

How secret is it? (9)

Featured image On FOX News yesterday, Martha MacCallum asked Utah Rep. Chris Stewart about the sensitivity of the Top Secret Clinton emails accessible on her unsecured private server and withheld from production by the State Department (video below). Stewart is a former Air Force pilot and current member of the House Intelligence Committee; he knows what he is talking about. “I have never read anything that’s more sensitive than what these emails »

Obama defends the faith (2)

Featured image Yesterday President Obama visited the mosque of the Islamic Society of Baltimore to give a speech defending Islam and Muslims against their unnamed opponents. The White House has posted the text of Obama’s speech. I have embedded the video below (actual time, about 45 minutes, feels like about 4 hours). Obama acknowledged the presence of Minnesota’s own Rep. Keith Ellison, formerly of the Nation of Islam, and of Indiana Rep. »