Author Archives: Scott Johnson

Family feud, candidates edition

Featured image What words represent the top choices that respondents associate with Hillary Clinton in the latest Quinnipiac poll (full results here)? Let’s play the Feud. Survey says the top three choices are “liar,” followed by “dishonest” and “untrustworthy.” This is one survey that represents the wisdom of crowds, at least as to Madam Hillary. I found this result a bit of a surprise: “bitch” was about as popular as “trustworthy.” Donald »

Against the Iran deal

Featured image The Obama administration has used the August recess to promote the Iran deal. We reviewed President Obama’s speech earlier this month at American University. It was a most unsavory speech by a president who is losing the argument in the court of public opinion. Obama himself has sunk to new depths to promote the deal. For the details, please see Lee Smith’s eloquent Tablet column on Obama’s invocation of Jewish »

Enter Sensenbrenner

Featured image The endless saga of the proposed Eisenhower Memorial is a horror story. In his latest report on it, Andrew Ferguson introduces the theme of monstrosity: “Like Lazarus, or maybe Frankenstein’s monster, the appalling plan for the Eisenhower Memorial in Washington, D.C., appears to be sputtering to life once more. Only two months ago it seemed safely kaput.” The saga also works a variation on a vampire tale. Someone is going »

Who loves her, baby? [With Comment By John]

Featured image Yesterday John noted Hilary Clinton’s descent in the polls. “Voters can’t stand Hillary,” he opined. Who loves her? At NR, Brendan Bordelon takes a look at the released Hillary Clinton emails in the context of the current controversies. Brendan notes that the vast majority of the 3,500 e-mails released so far were sent or received by just four members of Clinton’s inner circle at State: Cheryl Mills, Bill Clinton’s lawyer »

Trumping the man from Univision

Featured image Donald Trump held a press conference preceding his speech in Iowa tonight. Most of it was carried live on FOX News, but FOX joined after the fireworks at the opening of the conference. Taking a leaf from the Black Lives Matter crowd, the man from Univision (Jorge Ramos) inserted himself into the proceedings on his own. When Trump called on a reporter for the first question, Ramos jumped up and »

Bret Stephens: What Obama gets wrong

Featured image Following Wall Street Journal columnist Bret Stephens on Twitter, I was alerted to Bret’s excellent Foreign Affairs piece on Obama’s foreign policy. The piece responds to Gideon Rose’s Foreign Affairs essay, to which Bret links in the first sentence of the piece. I recommend Stephens’s piece; it deserves a wide audience of interested readers. I would have missed it if it weren’t for Twitter. Reading the piece a few days »

Toby Miles to go before she sleeps

Featured image The IRS has disclosed another private email account on which Lois Lerner conducted official business. The disclosure occurred in the Judicial Watch FOIA lawsuit for Lerner emails. The newly disclosed email account is under the name of Toby Miles. Stephen Dinan reports the story on the incredibly annoying Washington Times site here. One can circumvent the Times site via Thomas Lifson’s American Thinker post here. Dinan reports: “In addition to »

What matters at the State Fair

Featured image What is the point of the Black Lives Matter movement? It represents an assault on law enforcement in the name of racial equity. It mounts a race based attack on the forces of order. It seeks to undermine and overcome democratic politics. Thus the epithet hurled by Ta-Nehisi Coates — a sort of one-man Black Lives Matter gang — in his vile manifesto: “majoritarian pigs.” That’s us. In Minnesota we »

Biden: His time

Featured image Early this summer I thought that Hillary Clinton’s email problems had given Biden the opening he needed for a presidential candidacy. I called it Biden’s moment. Clinton’s email issues have given rise to the need for a plausible alternative to Madam Hillary. On the Democratic side the space for a plausible alternative has yet to be filled and politics, like nature, abhors a vacuum. Martin O’Malley — he may be »

Omri Ceren versus the deal

Featured image I’ve posted several of Omri Ceren’s updates on our deal with Iran on Power Line because I think they are among the most reliable and informative expositions out there. Omri appeared on C-SPAN from New York City this morning to talk about the deal, about his opposition to it, and about the lobbying effects of other groups who are supporting the deal (video below, about 38 minutes). He responded to a »

The Times at work [with a note by Paul]

Featured image When I wrote about Ta-Nehisi Coates’s new book Between the World and Me, I noted that Coates was this year’s officially certified angry black. He is officially certified by the New York Times through Jennifer Schuessler, the Times culture reporter and gatekeeper. Schuessler’s July 17 profile of Coates attests that Coates’s book “has had an almost frictionless glide straight to the heart of the national conversation.” (The official publication date »

Sunday morning coming down

Featured image The End of the Tour is a film that depicts the late writer David Foster Wallace making his way to the Twin Cities for a reading from his novel Infinite Jest at the Hungry Mind Bookstore (also deceased) in St. Paul. The movie is based on David Lipsky’s book Although Of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself: A Road Trip With David Foster Wallace. I went to see the movie »

Yuge in Mobile

Featured image Donald Trump appeared in Mobile last night for a campaign speech at Ladd-Pebbles Stadium. CNN estimates the crowd at 30,000. The turnout was impressive by any reckoning, as was the speech itself (video below). Having watched the speech live on cable, I offer these random thoughts. Trump began the speech with a reference to Billy Graham. “Now I know how the great Billy Graham felt,” he said. Where did that »

Live from Des Moines, it’s Ted Cruz

Featured image Nebraska attorney Dave Begley continues his series of reports for us on the appearances of presidential candidate in Iowa. Here is his report on the appearance of Ted Cruz yesterday, covered here by the Des Moines Register: I could not pass up the chance to see the champion college debater and Supreme Court advocate in action, so I drove to see Ted Cruz in Des Moines at the Rally for »

Inspector Clouseau was unavailable (4)

Featured image Omri Ceren emails an update on the IAEA side deal with Iran on Parchin. I think that readers who have followed this important story so far will find this of interest as well. Omri writes: As was more or less inevitable, today was all about the AP scoop describing the secret IAEA-Iran side deal on Parchin, the military base where Iran conducted hydrodynamic experiments relevant to the detonation of nuclear »

Inspector Clouseau was unavailable (3)

Featured image The pushback against George Jahn’s AP scoop on the IAEA side deal with Iran now includes the allegation that the draft of the side deal posted by the AP is a forgery — perhaps an Israeli forgery. Fred Fleitz has reported the relevant details with links and evidence here at NR’s Corner. Fleitz’s knowledgeable assessment seems reasonable to me: First, the errors and non-IAEA prose in the AP’s transcribed document »

A word from Ahmad Batebi

Featured image Ahmad Batebi is a relatively well known Iranian dissident. He appeared on the cover of the Economist in 1999, waving the bloody shirt of a fellow protester. He was tried behind closed doors and convicted of “creating street unrest.” In the Islamic Republic of Iran, that’s a hanging offense. Batebi was sentenced to death, though the sentence was subsequently reduced and he escaped to fight another day. 60 Minutes told »