Author Archives: Scott Johnson

Obama persists

Featured image President Obama is a man who does not respond well to criticism. He can’t even fake it. When Michael Jordan recently observed that Obama is a “shitty golfer,” to take just one small example, Obama responded in a Milwaukee radio interview that he gave to lend his magic touch to Wisconsin gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke the day before the midterm elections: “[T]here is no doubt that Michael is a better »

What a man we have in Manchin

Featured image The Washington Post’s Ed O’Keefe explores Senator Joe Manchin’s frustrations with soon-to-be former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. Manchin forthrightly describes the election returns as “a real ass-whuppin’.” He then expressed frustrations with Harry Reid’s preventive approach to voting on potentially controversial bills. Is there some reason he has kept silent up till now? O’Keefe follows up: When asked whether Reid wants to do something, or is an obstructionist, or »

One more note

Featured image We have looked to Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions as the Senate’s conservative leader on the issues closest to our heart in the Age of Obama. My daughter recently profiled him for National Review in “Amnesty’s worst enemy,” still worth your attention. I didn’t know it until I watched the returns last night, but Senator Sessions was up for reelection. He didn’t draw an opponent; he won essentially by acclamation. With »

13 notes in one cover

Featured image In its classic tabloid style, the cover of the New York Post captures the leading storyline in last night’s results with characteristic concision. In my 13 notes, I forgot to mention Republican Tim Scott’s crushing victory over his Democratic challenger in South Carolina. Senator Scott is of course a successful black Republican thriving in the heart of the old Confederacy. He symbolizes the phoniness of the Democrats’ persistent exploitation of »

Thirteen notes on the morning after

Featured image Concerning the election results last night, a few observations: 1. The Republican takeover of the Senate represents a crushing repudiation of Barack Obama and Harry Reid. As I watched the calls in the Senate races via Twitter — Republican holds by crushing margins in supposedly competitive races in Kentucky, Georgia, and Kansas; Republican pickups in North Carolina (narrowly, against the odds), and in Arkansas, Iowa and Colorado in supposedly competitive »

(What’s so funny ’bout) peace, love and compassion?

Featured image Today is the official publication date of Bill Voegeli’s new book: The Pity Party: A Mean-Spirited Diatribe Against Liberal Compassion. We’ll hear from the author himself about the book tomorrow. Inviting me to submit a blurb, the publisher sent me a galley copy of the book this summer. I read it and seriously loved it. This is the complete unexpurgated blurb I submitted: In this brilliant book William Voegeli demonstrates »

It matters!

Featured image Tom Blumer of his own BizzyBlog and PJ Media’s Tatler writes us about a music video he has written and produced: It’s about getting informed, getting involved, and (obviously most relevant to tomorrow) voting: “It Matters!” Several who have seen it have said it “brought me to tears” — and I originally thought I was the only one. I am VERY worried that those who need to turn out tomorrow »

How they roll, Iowa edition

Featured image The Washington Free Beacon’s Alana Goodman has an excellent account of the Democrats’ successful suppression of a story that might negatively have affected the Braley campaign in Iowa. The story is headlined “Braley donor threatens lawsuit against National Review, Des Moines Register.” This is how they roll: A law firm aligned with Iowa Democratic Senate candidate Rep. Bruce Braley has threatened legal action against media outlets investigating a man featured »

The low spark of Barack Obama

Featured image President Obama is not wanted where he might thought to have been needed during this campaign season. Rather, vulnerable Democrats have needed him to stay away, as he has in Iowa, Louisiana, North Carolina and New Hampshire. It must be killing him. You’d think he has enough on his plate that he would stay home rather than go out in search of an audience where he is not needed, as »

So close in New Hampshire

Featured image I have really developed a healthy disdain for New Hampshire’s incumbent Democratic Senator Jeanne Shaheen in the course of this cycle. I would concede that she has an admirable history in New Hampshire politics. Like so many Democratic incumbents who have prospered in conservative or moderate states, however, she is long past her sell-by date in the Age of the Obama and the Reid regency. Having been instrumental in the »

Cook’s pride

Featured image In the light of traditional morality, homosexual practices are a vice. The promotion of “gay pride” has long been part of the “transvaluation of values” promoted by the countercultural left and it proved useful in the campaign against laws prohibiting homosexual acts. Hitching its wagon to the rhetoric of equality and civil rights, the campaign has succeeded beyond the wildest dreams of its advocates. To defend the virtue of traditional »

The Ernst equation

Featured image In the race for Iowa’s open Senate seat, Republican candidate Joni Ernst has held a slight lead over Democratic contender Bruce Braley for a while. Ernst is a terrific candidate and one of our Power Line Picks. The big political news today is that the last pre-election Iowa poll conducted on behalf of the Des Moines Register shows Ernst opening up a 7-point lead over Braley among likely voters. Jennifer »

Burke busted, goes ballistic

Featured image Mary Burke has staked her campaign for governor of Wisconsin on her experience as an executive of Trek. The experience provided good cover for the Democrats’ drive to unseat incumbent Republican Governor Scott Walker as a result of what he has accomplished in office. Walker has an outstanding record on which to run and Burke has not asserted that she would undo the reforms that give rise to the impetus »

Obama’s Iranian fantasia

Featured image In a good column on Barack Obama’s nascent alliance of the United States with Iran, Free Beacon editor Matt Continetti reports: Deputy National Security Adviser and MFA in creative writing Ben Rhodes likened an Iranian nuclear deal to Obamacare in a talk to progressive activists last January, according to audio obtained by the Washington Free Beacon. The remarks, made at a since-discontinued regular meeting of White House personnel and representatives »

The case of the mystery virus, cont’d

Featured image Twin Cities internist Chris Foley is a faithful reader whom I know in his professional capacity. In mid-September he wrote us to address the case of the mystery virus. According to ABC News (at the linked story), the cause of the virus was “unidentified.” Dr. Foley commented: It might be worth a short commentary re the connection between the sudden “mystery” virus that is hospitalizing children all over the US »

Dems keep it creepy, part 2

Featured image In this edition of Dems Keep It Creepy, cretinous Democratic male candidates are featured disparaging their female Republican opponents. One of the featured candidates is Aaron Wolf, the Democratic opponent of Power Line Pick Elise Stefanik. Ms. Stefanik is going to have the last laugh when she is elected to Congress from her upstate New York district next Tuesday. The other ladies who take the abuse these cretins are dishing »

Dems keep it creepy

Featured image Yesterday a reader forwarded us a copy of a letter sent by Democrats to his daughter in Brooklyn. The letter is unbelievably creepy. Below is a screenshot of the letter with the recipient’s name and address redacted. It is impossible to imagine the furor that would accompany this story if it were Republicans rather than Democrats taking a page out of the 1984 playbook (as the cutline on the letter »