Author Archives: Scott Johnson

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Ammo Grrrll addresses a subject I know a lot about: IMPERFECT ANGER MANAGEMENT. If I may say so, I feel her pain. She writes: A few weeks ago, the New York Times reported as “news” that the President was really angry, “seething”, to be precise, and let ‘er rip with his staff of designated liars, lickspittles, and sycophants. So with the Ocean-Lowerer as my mentor, I have decided to let »

Iranian fantasia

Featured image This past May the Times of Israel reported on a Persian-language animated video that depicts a nuclear attack on Israel. According to the Times of Israel article, the video is called “The Rachel Corrie Message 2: The Point of No Return” and it shows an Iranian reprisal for a failed Israeli nuclear attack on Iran. The Times of Israel article describes the video and provides some useful background. The wish »

Obama then and now

Featured image As John points out in the adjacent post, Nancy Pelosi now pretends not to know who the irrepressible Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber is. Exercising her power as Big Sister, Pelosi has sent Gruber down the memory role. In his own way, Barack Obama raises an even more interesting epistemological issue. Obama? Obama? Who’s Obama? That’s the question that Obama’s previous disquisitions on the constitutional limitations on presidential authority raise in »

A Pryor/Cotton footnote

Featured image In the run-up to the mid-term elections Atlantic political reporter Mollly Ball took a close look at our friend and now, since last week, Arkansas Senator-elect Tom Cotton “The making of a conservative superstar.” Ball is a diligent and skilled reporter, but the piece seemed to me a work of almost self-parodic liberal/media hostility. It annoyed me at the time; now I want to look back in cheer. Ball led »

McSally’s sally

Featured image When they finished counting the votes in Arizona’s Second Congressional District — if I have this right, it’s the redistricted version of the district formerly represented by Gabrielle Giffords — Republican challenger Martha McSally led incumbent Democrat Ron Barber by 161 votes. The final count is subject to a mandatory recount, but we have ground for hope that McSally’s lead will hold up. A tranche of votes discovered after the »

The Gruber variations

Featured image The Gruber videos — I wrote about the first one here, Paul wrote about the one relevant to this post here, Jeff Dunetz wrote about the most recent one here — will undoubtedly fail to receive the attention they deserve, and therefore may not sink in with the public as they should. I wonder if any conservative groups should take the trouble to draw attention to it (them). A reader »

Dan Sullivan prevails

Featured image In the department of today’s good news, the AP reports that Republican challenger Dan Sullivan has defeated Democratic incumbent Mark Begich in last week’s midterm elections. Among other things, Dan Sullivan is a Marine combat veteran. He is now another member of the strong entering class of Republican members that stands to make an important contribution to our country in the next Congress. Sullivan’s victory bumps up the Senate Republican »

Joe Lieberman and the Buckley connection

Featured image Bill Kristol’s most recent Conversation — this one is with former Connecticut Senator Joe Lieberman (video below, posted in chapters here, transcript here) — does not sound like the most promising episode in Bill’s series, but it is fascinating. It is about one hour long and I found it of interest from beginning to end. Lieberman comes across as a totally decent man. Politically, he is a Truman Democrat. If »

An introduction to Legal Insurrection

Featured image I looked forward to meeting Bill Jacobson on the NR cruise and found myself sitting next to him and his lovely wife at breakfast this morning. Bill is clinical professor of law at Cornell University Law School and proprietor of Legal Insurrection, a site that quickly established itself as must-read. Once we got talking we just about made the transition to lunch. I asked Bill if he would introduce his »

Live from Fort Lauderdale

Featured image Yesterday afternoon I got the chance to chat with former United States Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton at the reception for National Review’s post-election cruise kickoff event featuring him, Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz in Fort Lauderdale preceding our departure this afternoon. I was slightly happy to see him (photo below) and he could not have been more gracious. We discussed the work of his John Bolton PAC »

The sun ain’t gonna shine anymore

Featured image Reader Martin Karo brings us up to date on a story that has not received anywhere near enough attention: No doubt most readers know of the $2.2 billion Ivanpah solar plant, a huge project in the Mojave Desert which is easily visible from many planes flying in the Los Angeles – Las Vegas vicinity. It has been controversial from even before its start — it required relocating large numbers of »

Cruising with NR

Featured image I’m off early tomorrow morning to join the National Review post-election cruise in Fort Lauderdale. It kicks off with an event featuring Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, and John Bolton at the hotel tomorrow. If any of them says anything newsworthy, I hope to report it before the ship launches on Sunday morning. I’ll be tagging along with my daughter Eliana and hope to recharge my batteries. If any Power Line »

How to understand Obama’s Iran diplomacy

Featured image I think the easiest way to understand Obama’s diplomacy is this. Assume that Obama believes Iran should have nuclear weapons and would like to facilitate the mullahs’ nuclear weapons program. This assumption is the Occam’s Razor that clarifies what might otherwise be obscure. The assumption may not be correct, but it should prove a handy guide to coming attractions. Obama bids against himself chasing after the mullahs. You can say »

Waves of future passed

Featured image We’ve come a long way since the pundits (and they were legion) declared the imminent death of the Republican Party in 2008. Reports of the party’s death were, to borrow the phrase from Mark Twain, greatly exaggerated. Did You Ever See a Dream Walking? is more like it. In his brief retrospective on Tuesday night’s results, Michael Barone observes the retrograde nature of the Democratic Party in theory and practice. »

Thoughts from the Ammo Line

Featured image Ammo Grrrll returns with reflections on GIFTING AND REGIFTING. She writes: Tuesday night put Ammo Grrrll in an unusually festive mood. And that is why God invented Excedrin. God Bless America and the observation attributed to Lincoln that you can’t fool all the people all the time. I was beginning to think Abe had it wrong. The election feels like a gift and hence our topic today. With the holiday »

Recalling the Buckley legacy

Featured image The National Review Institute put together the video below featuring the estimable William F. Buckley, Jr., the founding editor of National Review and the man without whom….well, listen to George Will’s voiceover tribute in the video. NRI unfurled the video last week at the dinner awarding NRI’s first annual Buckley Prize. The video covers a lot of territory in six minutes. It does so in a manner calculated to raise »

The Pity Party: A word from the author

Featured image William Voegeli is a senior editor of the Claremont Review of Books, and the author, most recently, of The Pity Party: A Mean-Spirited Diatribe Against Liberal Compassion. I read a galley copy of the book this summer and believe it to be an important book. Bill is a natural teacher and he entertains while he instructs. The book was published on Tuesday. I asked Bill to preview it for our »