Author Archives: Scott Johnson

What Kevin Williamson says

Featured image Barack Obama has given us occasion to reflect on our antipathy to Bill and Hillary Clinton as we felt it during the Clinton presidency. We arrived at the judgment that Clinton is a repulsive rogue leading a long train of retainers and defenders and apologists. Foremost among those in Clinton’s train of defenders was Madam Hillary. Clinton has done nothing to disabuse us of our low estimate of his character. »

Loneliness of the long-distance Rauner

Featured image Bruce Rauner attended Dartmouth as an undergrad, went on to Harvard Business School and made his name in business managing pension funds at Golder, Thoma, Cressey (later GTCR). He claims great success at GTCR overseeing the retirement investments of first responders, teachers and other Illinois workers. He rose to chairman of the firm. He is a public spirited man. In the American grain of successful businessmen, Rauner has become a »

Mendendez’s moment

Featured image If New Jersey Senator Robert Menendez is guilty of the corruption charges that he will apparently be faced with shortly, it would represent a disgrace to his office and a loss to those of us who oppose the catastrophic foreign policy of President Obama. I cannot help but hope that the charges are false or wonder why they have been leaked today, before they have been handed up. As the »

Mark Falcoff: More thoughts on Cuba

Featured image Mark Falcoff is resident scholar emeritus at AEI. He is the author of several books including Cuba the Morning After: Confronting Castro’s Legacy. He writes further to posts for us on Cuba, most recently, here and here: The story has kind of disappeared from the headlines, or even the second page, but the efforts of the Obama administration to reestablish relations with Castro’s Cuba continues apace. All kinds of people »

Someone misled us on AQ’s demise

Featured image The Wall Street Journal carries an important column by Steve Hayes and Tom Joscelyn on the status of al Qaeda. The column is “How America was misled on al Qaeda’s demise.” The column is behind the Journal’s subscription paywall but accessible here via Google. One of the central themes of President Obama’s campaign for reelection in 2012 rested on the proposition that he had essentially defeated al Qaeda. By one »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Ammo Grrrll returns with a familiar question: DIDJA EVER NOTICE? She writes: Didja ever notice that bad comics will overuse this convention? I have accumulated a number of ideas that don’t necessarily merit a whole column on their own but yet are things that I want to comment upon. As an exercise in nostalgia for my old job, I thought it might be fun to use many of the clichés »

Triumph of the leftist will

Featured image The Supreme Court held oral argument in King v Burwell yesterday. The Supreme Court has posted the transcript of the oral argument here. At issue in King is the legality of the IRS’s provision of tax credits in Obamacare exchanges established by the federal government. As Professor Jonathan Adler writes in USA Today, the case “presents a straightforward case of statutory interpretation.” As such, it’s not a hard case; it’s »

Lindzen contra Grijalva

Featured image The wretched Democratic Rep. Raúl Grijalva has sent letters to seven university presidents based on his concerns about the heterodox climate-related testimony of professors at the institutions. He has sought “detailed records on the funding sources for affiliated researchers who have opposed the scientific consensus on man-made global warming,” as the Washington Post’s Joby Warrick put it in “House Dems: Did Big Oil seek to sway scientists in climate debate?” »

Is this “Eric Hoteham”?

Featured image This morning the AP identified one “Eric Hoteham” as the mysterious gentleman who registered the Internet address for Madam Hillary’s private email server at the Clintons’ Chappaqua home. That would be the server that housed Madam Hillary’s official State Department emails “as early as August 2010.” (The AP story doesn’t sort out other details that must have applied to her official business email before then.) This morning I thought that »

Who is Eric Hoteham? [Updated With Twitter Account]

Featured image In its excellent story this morning on the private email account Madam Hillary set up for official business during her tenure as Secretary of State, the Associated Press notes this telling detail: It was unclear whom Clinton hired to set up or maintain her private email server, which the AP traced to a mysterious identity, Eric Hoteham. That name does not appear in public records databases, campaign contribution records or »

Democrats respond to Netanyahu (video edition)

Featured image President Obama let it be known that he didn’t watch Prime Minister’s historic speech to the joint session of Congress yesterday. Netanyahu came to present the case against the nuclear deal with Iran that is in process. Obama has made concession after concession that would abrogate sanctions against Iran and facilitate Iran’s acquisition of nuclear weapons. Netanyahu sought to explain why that was the case and why it wasn’t a »

Netanyahu’s moment, part 6

Featured image The video of Prime Minister Netanyahus’s speech to the joint session of Congress is below. The Prime Minister’s Office has posted the text of the speech here. Paul Mirengoff has posted an excellent summary and analysis in the adjacent post. This was a historic speech. In the heart of his speech Netanyahu hit many of the themes we have hit here. He also anticipated and addressed the Obama administration’s criticism »

Netanyahu’s moment, part 5

Featured image President Obama’s outrage at Prime Minister Netanyahu is undoubtedly genuine, but every ground presented for it by the administration for it is a transparent pretext. One such ground is Netanyahu’s appearance before Congress within a few weeks of Israeli elections. The timing of the speech, however, is rather obviously dictated by the administration’s March 23 deadline for the outline of a final agreement with Iran. Obama’s outrage is keyed to »

Netanyahu’s moment, part 4

Featured image Obama national security adviser Susan Rice spoke at the AIPAC policy conference in Washington this evening. In the video below, Rice frankly avows the Obama administration’s support for Iran’s “domestic enrichment capacity” and pursuit of “peaceful nuclear energy.” We are advised that we have to define deviancy down in the name of realism: “We cannot let a totally unachievable ideal stand in the way of a good deal.” Translation: Unfortunately: »

Netanyahu’s moment, part 3 (video corrected!)

Featured image Prime Minister Netanyahu spoke this morning at the annual AIPAC policy conference in Washington. I have posted the video below (20 minutes). This speech is a warm-up to the main event tomorrow morning before a joint session of Congress. In this speech Netanyahu tactfully takes the highest ground possible consistent with his mission. “My speech is not intended to show any disrespect to President Obama or the esteemed office that »

A conversation with James Ceaser

Featured image In the latest of his Conversations, Bill Kristol draws out the eminent political scientist James Ceaser on the philosophy of constitutionalism on which the American experiment is founded as well as the development of American political parties with which it must live. The video is also posted and broken into chapters here; the transcript is posted here. The video continues here with Ceaser’s discussion of his teachers Harvey Mansfield, James »

Meet Rich Weinstein

Featured image The legality of the mechanics of Obamacare as implemented comes before the Supreme Court for oral argument this week in King v. Burwell. The issue is one of statutory construction about as difficult (i.e.., not) as the one that came before the Court in United Steelworkers of America v. Weber. The Court got it laughably wrong in Weber. The case is important as a demonstration of how easy it is »