Author Archives: Scott Johnson

American attitudes to Jews

Featured image It is somehow reported as big news that President Trump denounced anti-Semitism yesterday. Was his attitude seriously in doubt? He is a proud supporter of Israel and vocal friend of Benjamin Netanyahu. His appointed ambassador to the United Nations is Nikki Haley, who is trying to right wrongs against Israel committed by the United Nations and, ahem, the Obama administration. His daughter converted to Judaism. He has Jewish grandchildren. In »

Remembering the indispensable man

Featured image Today is the anniversary of the birth of George Washington. Of all the great men of the revolutionary era to whom we owe our freedom, Washington’s greatness was the rarest and the most needed. At this remove in time, it is also the hardest to comprehend. Take, for example, Washington’s contribution to the Constitutional Convention of 1787. Washington’s mere presence lent the undertaking and its handiwork the legitimacy that resulted »

But is it bigger than Rathergate?

Featured image Disgraced CBS newsman Dan Rather should never be able to live down Rathergate, the greatest media fraud of our time. It was, as John and I have argued, “Rather shameful.” If Rather isn’t able to live it down, it won’t be for lack of trying on his part. On the surface of the Flynn affair is what Rather calls “[t]his Russia scandal.” Rather opines. “On a 10 scale of Armageddon »

What was the Flynn affair?

Featured image You would have to be a dolt to think that the big story in the affair of General Michael Flynn’s defenestration from the Trump administration is the one that blares from the headlines or screams on the Sunday gabfests. It reminds me of the Plame affair during the Bush administration. Borrowing from a Watergate-era film, I wrote about that one at some length for the Weekly Standard in “Three years »

Ilhan Omar declines comment

Featured image Minnesota state Rep. Ilhan Omar is becoming a political celebrity. She’s a Somali refugee. She’s young. She’s attractive. She’s a Democrat. Did I forget to say she’s a Muslim? She’s a Muslim. She toes the Democratic Party line on every issue great and small, purporting to speak up for womyn and homosexuals and all the rest. A star is born. The Star Tribune profiles Omar in her new role in »

Tom Brokaw, liberal Democrat

Featured image In the introduction to Did You Ever See a Dream Walking?, the anthology of conservative thought he edited for publication in 1970, William F. Buckley memorably declared: “Blindfold me, spin me about like a top, and I will walk up to the single liberal in the room without zig or zag and find him even if he is hiding behind a flower pot.” Which reminds me. As a young lawyer »

Ray Buckley is with you

Featured image We have followed the various left-wing movers and shakers who have joined Power Line readers pulling mischievously for Minnesota Fifth District Rep. Keith Ellison to emerge victorious in his bid to chair the Democratic National Committee, most recently earlier this week in “Dems in 5 states are with you.” Only yesterday I noted that Xenocrypt is not with you, but Xenocrypt is not a left-wing mover and shaker. All he »

Sally Yates’s legacy of injustice

Featured image Long-time Power Line reader Howard Root abandoned his legal practice at Minneapolis’s Dorsey law firm and his work as general counsel of a medical device company to design highly useful medical products himself and to found the successful medical device company Vascular Solutions. He has nevertheless chosen to take a hike. In yesterday’s Wall Street Journal Howard gives a glimpse of his harrowing story with a local Minnesota angle. Here »

Two worlds of a Soviet spy

Featured image The great Harvey Klehr is best known as a groundbreaking historian of the Cold War, having authored or co-authored over a dozen books on the subject of American Communism. He was one of the first researchers to get into the Venona Papers after the fall of the Soviet Union. His dive in the archives produced Venona: Decoding Soviet Espionage in America in 1999. (These were the Soviet documents that proved »

Xenocrypt is not with you

Featured image We have been following the various left-wing movers and shakers who have who have joined Power Line readers mischievously pulling for Minnesota Fifth District Rep. Keith Ellison to emerge victorious in his bid to chair the Democratic National Committee, most recently yesterday in “Dems in 5 states are with you.” Ellison hasn’t won a competitive election since the multicandidate Democratic primary which he won with 41 percent of the vote »

CRB: Sanctimony cities

Featured image This morning we conclude our preview of the new (Winter) issue of the Claremont Review of Books. Thanks to our friends at the Claremont Institute, I have read the new issue in galley to select three pieces to be submitted for the consideration of Power Line readers. As always, wanting to do right by the magazine and by our readers, I had a hard time choosing. You, however, can do »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Ammo Grrrll offers personal advice for single ladies in TRUMP MADE ME BREAK UP! She writes: A story appeared a few days after the election about a poor, troubled woman who had just started a new relationship with a real live man, but now was so upset by the election of President Trump whom she feared and hated, that she felt compelled to end her new relationship and hunker down »

The Obama connection, &c.

Featured image Is there an Obama connection to The (so-called) Resistance to the Trump administration? The Washington Free Beacon’s Adam Kredo provides a case study in the matter of Michael Flynn. More generally, Paul Sperry asserts the existence of an Obama connection to The (so-called) Resistance in the New York Post column “Obama is scheming to sabotage Trump’s presidency.” Sperry argues that the Obama’s sabotage is to be conducted via a network »

Dems in 5 states are with you

Featured image Power Line readers who mischievously pull for Minnesota Fifth District Rep. Keith Ellison to emerge victorious in his bid for the chairmanship of the DNC are not alone. We have noted that former Obama administration green jobs commissar and Mao man Van Jones is with you. We have noted that Vox’s Matthew Yglesias has joined you. We have also noted that 300 Jewish leaders are with you. And that’s not »

CRB: When the going was good

Featured image This morning we continue our preview of the new issue of the Claremont Review of Books. Thanks to our friends at the Claremont Institute, I have read the new issue in galley to select three pieces to be submitted for the consideration of Power Line readers. As always, wanting to do right by the magazine and by our readers, I had a hard time choosing. You, however, can do your »

Dem comeback on hold in Minnesota

Featured image Donald Trump narrowly lost to Hillary Clinton in the contest at the top of the ticket in Minnesota this year, but in other respects Republicans had an astoundingly good year. They amplified their majority in the Minnesota House to an unprecedented number in a presidential election cycle, when the turnout advantage usually accrues to Democrats, and took the majority in the Minnesota Senate. Republicans haven’t held a majority in the »

CRB: The threat to liberty

Featured image You may have heard that our own Steven Hayward has a new book that is available now on Amazon. I read the book in galley and think it is the best book I have read since Philip Hamburger’s Is Administrative Law Unlawful? of 2014. Steve is a gifted teacher and a born storyteller, qualities that are prominently on display in his new book. The themes of Steve’s book culminate in »