Author Archives: Scott Johnson

Report: It’s Judge Gorsuch

Featured image President Trump will keep another of his campaign promises tonight when he names his choice to fill the Supreme Court seat left vacant by the death of Justice Scalia. Via Independent Journal Review, Ramesh Ponnuru reports that Trump will nominate Tenth Circuit Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Court. Ramesh deems Judge Gorsuch a worthy heir to Justice Scalia. Our own Paul Mirengoff took a highly favorable look at Judge Gorsuch »

Bad moon rising

Featured image You may have missed the Dems’ big rally at the Supreme Court last night against President Trump’s “travel ban” (as CNN calls it). Senate Democratic Minority Leader Chuck Schumer somehow expressed his opposition to Trump’s executive order without crying even though he did call out the order as “evil.” Really. The rally was full of symbolic moments. The amplification malfunctioned with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi at the microphone seeking »

What’s next?

Featured image You have to wonder what comes next after the hysteria manifested by the Democrat/Media Axis in the first 10 days of the Trump administration. They have turned up the “resistance” to 11, Spinal Tap style. Democrats vow to filibuster Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, whoever he is. The vow should detract from whatever Democrats have to say on the merits of the nomination, but they aren’t exactly held to the same »

Schumer cries

Featured image Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer got all choked up about President Trump’s recent immigration order calling a brief timeout on admissions from seven countries. Well, it must be serious. This sets a high bar indeed for future action taken by President Trump. From now on the question will be whether it prompted Schumer to recite poetry, invoke one of his kids and cry for the cameras. »

Turning it up to 11

Featured image Paul notes the Washington Post’s solicitation of readers for what he calls “immigration sob stories.” If you can explain how Donald Trump ruined your life and can tie it to the “extreme vetting” executive order, the Post wants to hear from you. But it’s not just the Post. The New York Times is also on the case. If you have been affected (or will soon be affected!) by the executive »

The Muslim Brotherhood revisited

Featured image In significant respects the Muslim Brotherhood is the progenitor of the Islamic terrorism that hit us on 9/11. Lawrence Wright therefore began his account of al Qaeda and the road to 9/11 with Sayyid Qutb, the “intellectual godfather” of the Brotherhood. The avowedly genocideal and terrorist group Hamas is an offshoot of the Brotherhood. The Brotherhood itself is a little cagier, but it takes a case of willful blindness to »

Shedunnit, whoever she is

Featured image At Axios, Jonathan Swan reports that “the person who leaked audio of the closed-door Republican congressional retreat in Philadelphia snuck in by claiming to be the spouse of an elected official. She was at the retreat for 11 hours before escorted out by Capitol Police. The Congressional Institute, which hosts the event, is trying to figure out who she is.” I should add that a local television report on the »

Press alert

Featured image Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist Michael P. Ramirez (@Ramireztoons) is bemused by indignation of the prestige press over alleged presidential prevarication since some time around noon on January 20, 2017. Where were you when we needed you? If I recall correctly — and I think Ramirez agrees with me here — they were working overtime for the man. »

Extreme vetting, here we come

Featured image President Trump began to fulfill one of his signal campaign promises yesterday with the promulgation of an executive order addressing immigration from Muslim countries. The New York Times has posted the text of the executive order here. The order proceeds through a series of cross-reference to other laws that renders it incomprehensible on its own terms. Perhaps improvidently, I take the summary of the order’s operative provisions by Michael Shear »

At GOP retreat, whodunnit?

Featured image Washington Post reporter Mike DeBonis reveals that someone inside the closed-door meeting of Republican congressmen in Philadelphia this week may have committed a serious crime in the course of the retreat. That’s not the way DeBonis puts it in his story on the cold feet and second thoughts among the GOP congressmen about their commitment to repeal and replace Obamacare, but that’s how I read this statement: “Recordings of closed »

The Battle of Brexit

Featured image In his weekly email newsletter, Spiked editor Brendan O’Neill directs attention to a new video (below): “Our steadfast defence of self-government is in evidence elsewhere on spiked this week with the launch of our brand new spiked film – ‘Brexit and the Battle for Democracy.’ It features a stellar cast – Paul Embery, Harsimrat Kaur, Tom Slater, Gisela Stuart and Bruno Waterfield – on the Glorious Referendum, the history of »

Review this

Featured image Kim Strassel delivers today’s good news in her Wall Street Journal column “A GOP regulatory game changer” (accessible here via Google). She introduces the Pacific Legal Foundation’s Todd Gaziano to explain the mechanics of the rarely used (and almost always unsuccessful) Congressional Review Act of 1996 to undo executive agency regulations. (The text of the Congressional Review Act is accessible here.) As a staffer to Rep. David McIntosh at the »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Ammo Grrrll thinks she may have more in store after GET A GRIP: A SERIES! Part I – Plumberphobia. She writes: With the nationwide leftist psychotic break, my “GET A GRIP” Series could run through at least 2018. Today’s topic, which does not come from The Onion, has attracted quite a bit of comment on the Internet, but even though I am late to the party, I don’t feel anyone »

The Meltdown Notes, part deux

Featured image The candidates campaigning for the chairmanship of the Democratic National Committee recently made their pitches at two forums on campus at George Washington University in Washington. Their pitches deserve a place among “The Meltdown Notes” to be included in Steve Hayward’s new Power Line series. Hosted by Democracy in Color in MiTu at GW this past Monday, the second of the two forums was moderated by MSNBC’s very own Joy »

The Dutch do Trump

Featured image Visiting Amsterdam in 2013, we found the native Dutch to be uniformly friendly and good-humored. I wrote about our visit to Amsterdam in the Power Line posts “Nazi chess,” “The Anne Frank Museum,” and “Impressions.” The Dutch reminded me of Minnesotans. We wanted to blend in, but we were routinely greeted in English. I asked, how did you know I’m American? They just smiled. We didn’t cover a large cross »

Martin Karo: How green was my Tesla

Featured image Reader Martin Karo is a Philadelphia attorney. Mr. Karo takes a look at the environmental theme that powers the Tesla. Warning: there will be math. He writes: Teslas grind my gears. Well, at least their owners do. Every time, it’s a variation on an old “fighter pilot” joke: How can you tell when a Tesla owner is in the room? Answer: He tells you. Like the fighter pilot, he (seemingly »

SNL salutes Dear Leader [with comment by Paul]

Featured image Do you get the feeling that the left has lost its mind and gone brain dead at the same time? I do. I offer into evidence Exhibit DII of the Age of Trump. In the video below, “Cecily Strong and Sasheer Zamata pay tribute to President Obama” — that’s the way NBC put it — with their utterly creepy performance of “To Sir, With Love.” They played it straight, just »