Author Archives: Scott Johnson

CRB takes a request

Featured image I passed over Angelo Codevilla’s foreign policy essay “While the storm clouds gather” when we previewed the current issue of the Claremont Review of Books. professor of international relations emeritus. Before he went into academia, he served as a Navy officer, a foreign service officer and a member of the professional staff of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. I did so largely because I thought the essay was more »

McSally’s sally: An update

Featured image When they finished counting the votes in Arizona’s Second Congressional District — I believe 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 that is underway. The recount is to conclude by December 16. Republicans held two seats in Louisiana’s runoff election yesterday. (In one »

Landrieu lauds herself

Featured image Incumbent Democratic Senator Mary Landrieu lost by 12 points to Rep. Bill Cassidy in Louisiana’s runoff election yesterday. The Landrieu family business is Democratic politics, Louisiana style. Cassidy is a practicing physician. As she faced imminent defeat, Landrieu charged Cassidy with defrauding whose in the profession Landrieu sought to turn into a scandal as she faced imminent defeat. She charged Cassidy with defrauding LSU in connection with his part-time work »

Time Between

Featured image Chris Hillman was a teenage bluegrass star on the Los Angeles music scene in the early ’60s. Within a few years he had moved from mandolin to bass and become one of the founding members of the Byrds together with Roger (then Jim) McGuinn, David Crosby and Gene Clark. The Byrds brought McGuinn’s jangly 12-string guitar and their brilliant Beatles harmonies to the music of Bob Dylan, turning both themselves »

Mary’s prayer: The odds

Featured image At FiveThirtyEight Harry Enten provides the odds that Republican Rep. Bill Cassidy will defeat incumbent Democratic Senator Mary Landrieu in the runoff election for her Senate seat today: 99.8 percent, based on “the FiveThirtyEight model.” I know this is science, but where does the 0.2 percent come from, and how can we verify it? Perhaps we will learn another day. Today we can savor FiveThirtyEight’s exploration of the possibility that »

Don’t breathe!

Featured image John observes that in Minneapolis “The liberals are revolting.” It’s a general truth but, in Minnesota, we have a bad case of it. I happened to be heading south on Highway 35W out of downtown Minneapolis at mid-afternoon yesterday when I saw the roving band of ladies and gentlemen of the idiotic left marching north. They accompanied themselves with the the mindless “I can’t breathe” chant. I found the chant »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Ammo Grrrll returns with “LEO Encounters 101: A Primer.” She writes: If you have never been pulled over by a Law Enforcement Officer of any kind, you are either Lady Luck’s own child or very very law-abiding. And good for you either way! I was pulled over once in Wisconsin in a 1980 VW Rabbit doing 85 in a 55 zone and the guy let me go with a warning »

The friends of Mary Landrieu

Featured image In his latest video (below), James O’Keefe takes a look back at his prosecution by the friends of Mary Landrieu in the office of the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Louisiana. At his Project Veritas site, he posts the video together with a partial transcript under the heading “Holder’s Civil Rights Division and their Record of ‘Grotesque’ Misconduct.” Given the impending defeat of Mary Landrieu, it might »

The beautiful and damned

Featured image Colleen Bell is a Hollywood supporter of Barack Obama. She is known as the producer of the wildly successful television soap opera The Bold and the Beautiful. Bloomberg News columnist Jeffrey Goldberg has uncharitably characterized the show as “her masterwork.” Her true masterwork is in the fundraising department; she raised more than $500,000 for Obama’s reelection from her friends in Hollywood. Obama duly rewarded Bell with appointment as the United »

Michael Ramirez, call your office

Featured image Reader Tim in Maryland writes with a thought: Law abiding, tax paying, responsible citizens need some gesture or symbol of solidarity that is photogenic. I am thinking perhaps, one hand over our back pocket/wallet with the other hand waist high outstretched palm forward, as in “don’t come toward me, don’t rob me, don’t try to assault me.” I’m sure Ramirez could render a model. This could become the rallying symbol »

Lowry stands athwart, part 3

Featured image Our friend Seth Leibsohn watched the Meet the Press panel discussion on Ferguson that I highlighted here. On the MTP panel National Review editor Rich Lowry stood athwart the liberal hive calmly reciting the facts of the matter; he found himself about as welcome as ants at a picnic. On Monday night Seth invited Rich to join him on his KKNT AM 960 The Patriot show (Phoenix) to reflect on »

For Bergman fans, tonight’s the night

Featured image When director/screenwriter Ingmar Bergman died in 2007, John Simon took to the pages of the Weekly Standard to declare him “Cinema’s Shakespeare.” Writing about Bergman in the context of his favorite films, Simon had celebrated the qualities he found: the “adultness,” the “seriousness,” the “sense of tragedy but also of mirth” characteristic of “great works of art…though they go about achieving it in different ways.” Some of Bergman’s “different ways” »

Lowry stands athwart, part 2

Featured image Barack Obama defiled the White House yesterday with the presence of Al Sharpton at Obama’s invitation. In terms of disgrace if not frequency, what Yasser Arafat was to the White House in the Clinton years, Al Sharpton is to the White House in the Obama years. Jay Nordlinger noted Sharpton’s ascent in the 2000 National Review cover story “Al Sharpton: Power Dem.” Jay has returned to the subject several times »

The two faces of Mary

Featured image Louisiana’s Obama-loving black citizens represent Mary Landrieu’s best hope for reelection to the Senate seat Landrieu holds. They are Mary’s prayer. But she can’t win only with their votes. She also needs the votes of a substantial percentage of Obama-disapproving white voters. Mary’s prayer must include a message intended for their ears. The two faces of Mary’s prayer are in tension. Indeed, they are unreconcilable. Politico’s James Hohmann catches the »

Lowry stands athwart

Featured image To address the doings related to the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, yesterday’s Meet the Press convened a panel of liberals including host Chuck Todd, the Washington Post’s Eugene Robinson, and MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell (video below). Todd, Robinson, and Mitchell vied to discover who could sink the lowest on the subject. In a photo finish, I declare it a three-way tie. They were equally idiotic. National Review editor »

The appeal of Hillary drunk

Featured image The National Enquirer reports that Ms. Hillary has a drinking problem and that her advisers want her to do a stint in rehab before she undertakes the rigors of a presidential campaign. You have to appreciate the Enquirer headline: “Boozy Hillary Clinton secret rehab shocker.” And you have to love the photos that the Enquirer runs with its big “scoop.” I don’t discount the story completely. After all, the Enquirer »

Chuck Todd down

Featured image Our friend Senator-elect Tom Cotton appeared on Meet the Press with Chuck Todd for a brief interview this morning. He proved to be unflappable and untouchable, though Todd came loaded for bear with an audio clip setting up a question, I will say, intended to embarrass him. Whether or not Chuck Todd is sad, I’m guessing that Senator-elect Cotton’s deft response left Todd glum. He immediately moved on. Video via »