Author Archives: Steven Hayward

Feel Good Story of the Day

Featured image As the left descends further into madness, and the demographics of Democratic presidential field embarrasses even the AARP, it is worth pondering that the weakness of the Democratic Party goes far down the political food chain. The Wall Street Journal takes note of this in a front-page story this morning: After two presidential victories, Mr. Obama presides over a Democratic Party that has lost 13 seats in the U.S. Senate »

Dolezal Doubles Down on Crazy

Featured image I thought we had pretty much covered the entire waterfront on the Rachel Dolezal fraud last month, but who knew that she’d show up for an encore, granting an interview to a clearly skeptical (but in this case how appropriately named) Vanity Fair magazine. VF writer Allison Samuels clearly doesn’t have much sympathy for Dolezal’s presumptions, and lets Dolezal double down with her delusions: There have been women over the »

Old Friends on the Road

Featured image I’m at St. John’s College in Santa Fe, New Mexico, this week, participating in one of their “Summer Classics” great books seminars, and who should I run into but Bruce Sanborn of St. Paul, Minnesota. Bruce is not only one of the earliest readers of Power Line, but is also the person who is ultimately responsible for my meeting John Hinderaker and Scott Johnson, and hence ultimately becoming a Power »

Are Bicycles Sexist?

Featured image I almost missed this story in the Times last week (thanks to Ann Althouse for pointing it out): A Mission for Citi Bike: Recruiting More Female Cyclists When Citi Bike arrived here, it promised to spread the benefits of biking to the masses. . . But two years in, Citi Bike’s inroads have been decidedly uneven, with men far outnumbering women in using the bike-sharing system. A little time on »

Civil War on the Left, Part 20

Featured image Bezerkeley, I tell ya. You may wish to hesitate before clicking through on this link, because of contains disturbing photos of naked people protesting against the removal of eucalyptus trees in that fair city, because trees are people too. Or something. Put it this way: if these folks went to a Woodstock reunion, they’d probably use LSD suppositories. Here’s the relevant part of the news story, so as to spare »

The Eight Stages of Scam

Featured image Taking note of the fact that the long-held conventional wisdom about cholesterol has been overturned, the proprietor of the wonderfully named Barrel Strength blog over in the UK offers up the “Eight Stages of Scam” as applied to climate change. This one is worth marking down: The cholesterol scam bears a strong relationship to the anthropogenic global warming scam. 1) it is propagated by scientists on a non-scientific mission. 2) »

Run, Al, Run!

Featured image What’s the only thing that could make the Democratic field more pathetic (and ancient) that it already is? I mean besides Al Sharpton running? How about Al Gore, a relatively youthful 67? The good folks at Salon.com think he should be drafted: It’s time to draft Al Gore: If Democrats want to win, it’s clear neither Hillary nor Sanders is the way By Sean Illing The presidential election is still »

The Nutroots Erupt

Featured image The annual “Netroots Nation” conference is currently under way in Arizona, and today Democratic presidential candidates Bernie Sanders and Martin O’Malley were interrupted by hecklers whom the organizers of the convention quickly expelled from the hall invited up on stage and handed the microphone. This Washington Post report shows how far around the bend Democrats are right now: PHOENIX — A forum featuring two of the most liberal candidates for »

The Week in Pictures: Brick in the Wall Edition

Featured image I commiserated with Mona Charen on the radio Monday that it’s been a bad month for conservatives, and it got worse as the week went on. First, the Iran agreement. Then the Chattanooga shootings that have the media and the government baffled as to motive. Gosh, if only the perp had a Confederate flag handy, everything would have been easy to figure out. At least Pluto was cool. And finally. »

Hillary’s Latest Whopper

Featured image Yes, this could become a daily feature. You’ll recall that Hillary Clinton once claimed to have been named for Mt. Everest climber Sir Edmund Hillary, even though he didn’t achieve that feat until several years after Hillary was born. No matter. Her latest claim is that she wanted to be an astronaut, but that NASA wrote back to say, “Thank you very much, but we’re not taking girls.” This story »

A Study in Liberal Weakmindedness

Featured image One thing I love about liberals is how they can’t ever seem to make up their mind about whether Ronald Reagan was an ogre or a great man. This week he’s a great man, because lo and behold with regard to Iran Obama is doing exactly what the Gipper did with the Soviet Union! Take E.J. Dionne’s column yesterday, “Obama: Reaganite on Iran,” which begins thus: When President Ronald Reagan »

Breaking China Over “Shattered Consensus”

Featured image The folks over at RealClearBooks have arranged point-counterpoint style rival reviews of James Piereson’s new book Shattered Consensus: The Rise and Decline of America’s Postwar Political Order, one from me, and one from Will Marshall of the Progressive Policy Institute. I’ve reposted my review immediately below. You can find Marshall’s review here, and Jim Piereson’s reply to Marshall here. And at the bottom you’ll find the sound file of my interview with »

“The Love Boat for Policy Wonks”?

Featured image “The love boat for policy wonks” is how the New York Times describes The Nation magazine Caribbean cruise, setting sail in December from Miami. I got the email from The Nation with a rundown on the speakers: Katrina vanden Heuvel looks ahead to Election 2016. Ralph Nader decries the toxic influence of money and politics and shows how we can do better. Patricia Williams explores the alarming American ritual of »

California: Priorities, Priorities

Featured image It’s always good to see that California Governor Jerry Brown is on it when it comes to exploited workers: Gov. Brown Signs Law Recognizing Cheerleaders As Employees SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – Gov. Jerry Brown has approved legislation recognizing California’s professional cheerleaders as employees who are entitled to minimum wage and overtime. Brown’s office announced Wednesday that he signed AB202, requiring sports teams to employ cheerleaders as workers instead of contractors. That provides them with sick »

A WSC Thought for the Day

Featured image “Nearly always Governments which seek peace flag in their war efforts, and Governments which make the most vigorous war preparations take little interest in peace. The two opposite moods consort with difficulty in the human mind yet it is only by the double and, as it might seem, contradictory exertion that a good result can usually be procured.” —Winston Churchill, Marlborough: His Life and Times, Vol. IV, chapter 3. »

Gas Pains? Take A Lump of Coal For It

Featured image The AP is reporting that the latest Energy Department data shows that natural gas has overtaken coal as the leading fuel source for electricity generation in the U.S.: Natural gas overtook coal as the top source of U.S. electric power generation for the first time ever earlier this spring, a milestone that has been in the making for years as the price of gas slides and new regulations make coal »

Walker Derangement Syndrome Off to a Fast Start

Featured image One of the many things I like about Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is that he’s supremely annoyed the professoriate. First, Walker . . . didn’t finish college!! The horror! My goodness, that places him with such political dinosaurs as . . . Harry Truman. Actually, if you know the story, it’s even better that you think. Walker found his political science courses to be boring and irrelevant to the real »