Author Archives: Scott Johnson

“America’s biggest hypocrite” — Vote for the video

Featured image The conservative advocacy group American Commitment has entered a national video contest organized by the left-wing outfits MoveOn and MAYDAY.US. What’s going on here? Bear with me. In an email announcing the contest, MoveOn urged applicants to “make a 30-second ad to wake up America to the crisis of big money in our politics.” In its call for submissions, MoveOn declared: “The scale of the problem is clear. The corporate »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Ammo Grrrl returns with a column with bullet points itemizing WHAT I KNOW FOR SURE. She writes: Occasionally, a wonderful speech or book will go viral, such as The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch or Mitch Albom’s Tuesdays with Morrie. A dying person will teach us all a lesson in courage and dignity, distilling important life lessons into memorable, inspiring, heart-rending prose. To the best of my knowledge, I am »

From Obama’s scandal mgmt playbook: The video

Featured image The long Washington Post story on the White House cover-up of its involvement in the Cartagena prostitution scandal is accompanied by the useful video below narrated by reporter Carol Leonnig. Three minutes long, it provides a useful short course in the scandal leading up to today’s revelations. Today’s story by Leonnig and David Nakamura exposes the White House cover-up of staff involvement in the use of prostitutes in Cartagena despite »

From Obama’s scandal mgmt playbook

Featured image Which Obama administration scandal is this? We can’t be expected to keep them straight at this point, and I wasn’t aware that this one extended into the administration itself. Carol Leonnig and David Nakamura report in today’s Washington Post: The lead investigator later told Senate staffers that he felt pressure from his superiors in the office of Charles K. Edwards, who was then the acting inspector general, to withhold evidence »

With Rich Richman

Featured image President Obama has not let our various national crises distract him from his favorite political pastime. He is staying focused on what matters to him. On Tuesday he made yet another appearance in New York for a private fundraiser. Beyond satire, we enter another dimension: a dimension of sound, a dimension of sight, a dimension of mind. We’re moving into a land of both shadow and substance, of things and »

DHS: ISIS not here (updated)

Featured image Yesterday I noted Rep. Duncan Hunter’s statement that 10 ISIS members of some kind had been apprehended at the border crossing into Texas. The New Republic’s Danny Vinik contacted DHS to ask for a comment. Vinik reports: “The suggestion that individuals who have ties to ISIL have been apprehended at the Southwest border is categorically false, and not supported by any credible intelligence or the facts on the ground,” said »

Hagan’s ghost

Featured image President Obama is no more popular in North Carolina that he is in other purple states, yet incumbent Democratic Senator Kay Hagan has hung on in her race for reelection against Republican Thom Tillis. The folks at Crossroads GPS seem to think that disseminating information about Hagan’s record of stalwart support for Obama might turn the tide, and they have created a powerful ad to get the word out. In »

The Dempsey diagnosis

Featured image Is our campaign against ISIS for real, or is it a phony war? Joint Chiefs Chairman Martin Dempsey gave the powerful impression of a man resigned to defeat in his interview yesterday with Martha Raddatz on ABC News (video below), discussing the imminent fall of Kobani in Syria. General Dempsey, what’s the plan? We know ISIS is for real. It appears that the constraints under which you are operating may »

Is ISIS here?

Featured image Watching Greta Van Susteren’s show on FOX News last night out of the corner of one eye, I just about fell out of my chair when Rep. Duncan Hunter made a point about the imminent threat that ISIS poses to the United States. “At least ten ISIS fighters have been caught coming across the border in Texas,” he said. How does he know that? “Because I’ve asked the border patrol, »

Panetta on Benghazi: I knew right away

Featured image In an interview yesterday on MSNBC Leon Panetta stated that he knew immediately the 9/11 incident in Benghazi was a terrorist attack (video below). How did he know? “I didn’t have any specific information, but the fact was: when you bring grenade launchers to a demonstration, there’s something else going on. And I just, from the very beginning, sensed that this was an attack — this was a terrorist attack »

Pryor analytics, cont’d

Featured image A reporter from MSNBC stumped incumbent Arkansas Democratic Senator Mark Pryor with a question plucked from the headlines of the past week’s news: Do you think Obama has done an appropriate job handling the Ebola crisis? In the video below, Pryor appears to be stumped. He must know what he thinks; he must have an opinion. He’s asking himself what would Bill do? That is, he’s quickly trying to compute »

The lying game, part 2

Featured image James O’Keefe follows up on yesterday’s video featuring the Democratic operatives working on behalf of Kentucky Senate candidate Alison Grimes with a look at her financial supporters. O’Keefe writes: In our video released yesterday, you heard from Grimes’s own campaign team. Today’s video, below, is far more blatant than the last. The revelations are coming from a man, Niko Elmaleh, who with his family, has donated more than two hundred »

Lois & him

Featured image Lois Lerner was out for a walk with her dog when Jason Mattera accosted her regarding her wrongdoing on behalf of the Obama administration at the IRS. She has a lot to answer for and we may never get beyond something like Mattera’s attempted ambush interview (posted here, on Jason’s Daily Surge site). Jason delights in serving up to Democrats the Alinskyite tactics in which they specialize. I don’t think »

Speaking of “near certainty”

Featured image Alan Dershowitz’s Wall Street Journal column “The education of a wartime president” is behind the Journal’s subscription paywall but is easily accessible via Google. I learned something from it and urge readers to check it out. It is an important column, deserving of extended discussion in a couple of respects. I want to take it up by annotating it with relevant links. Professor Dershowitz introduces his subject with an Obama »

General Keane reflects

Featured image The Foundation for Constitutional Government has just released Bill Kristol’s “Conversation” with Gen. Jack Keane. The “Conversation” is one in a series of long-form interviews conducted by Bill with key intellectuals and players. Bill reports that “the reaction to this particular conversation has been terrific,” so he urges interested readers to take a look. He adds: “If you agree it’s worthwhile, do recommend it to others, especially those in the »

The lying game [With Comment by John]

Featured image Kentucky Democratic Senate candidate Alison Grimes has expressed vehement opposition to Obama administration energy policy in the histrionic style to which we have become accustomed when Democrats need the votes of red state rubes. In his latest undercover project — the first of a series — James O’Keefe dispatched a team to Grimes campaign offices to seek out the truth of her opposition to Obama administration policies (video below). O’Keefe’s »

Lamer than expected

Featured image Under the byline of Nour Malas, Dion Nissenbaum, and Maria Abi-Habib, the Wall Street Journal assesses the progress of the Obama administration’s air campaign against ISIS so far in the story in the story that appears online under the headline “U.S.-led airstrikes disrupt Islamic state, but extremists hold territory” (behind the Journal’s paywall but accessible via Google). In the newspaper the headline reads “Islamic State proves resilient.” The air campaign »