Author Archives: Steven Hayward

More Reader Reactions on Trump

Featured image Last weekend I declared an “open thread” on Trump along with some “interrogatories,” which is a little misleading since all of our posts are open to comment with everyone who is signed up for one of the filtering mechanisms that prohibit anonymous comments. (We do this, FYI, to keep the comment threads from spinning out of control as many anonymous comment boards do, as none of us have time to »

Live from Vox: Bernie Unplugged

Featured image Ezra Klein interviewed Bernie Sanders for his tyro website Pox, and it makes for fun reading. Yes, of course we know Sanders is a socialist, but it’s helpful when a socialist is as open about it as Bernie, and in places it appears he’s even too left for Klein. Sanders emphasizes that he’s a “democratic” socialist. Oh well, then it’s okay I guess for a majority to confiscate the wealth »

Putting the Senate on Cruz Control?

Featured image Last night I watched on C-SPAN the Senate roll-call vote on the transportation bill amendment to reinstate the Export-Import Bank, and it passed by a vote of 69-28. (McConnell voted no on the amendment.) So note that there is overwhelming support in the Senate for the Ex-Im Bank, at least on a recorded vote. It is remarkable that the opposition to this small piece of crony capitalism has succeeded in »

Ted Cruz on the Important Question: Kirk v. Picard

Featured image Ted Cruz has upset some of the usual “cultured despisers” (a phrase that I have traced back to sociologist Peter Berger in the 1960s, incidentally, though it may have earlier origins [UPDATE: It was Schleiermacher—I should have tried out that Google thing]) by asserting in the New York Times Magazine Sunday that Captain James T. Kirk of the Original Series is superior to Captain John Luke Picard of the UN-congruent »

Where Did Rand Paul Go? (2)

Featured image Last week we pondered the disappearance of Rand Paul. Once again, Power Line was on top of the curve. Today, Politico has a long feature on Paul’s “downward spiral.” Interviews with more than a dozen sources close to the Kentucky senator, all of whom spoke on the condition of anonymity, painted a picture of an underfunded and understaffed campaign beaten down by low morale. They described an operation that pitted »

Hitler Learns About the Planned Parenthood Videos

Featured image A couple of readers suggested I work up another “Hitler Learns About. . .” parody of the Planned Parenthood videos. I hesitated a long time on this. There’s nothing funny or ironic about this story, like a botched play call at the Super Bowl. The reductio ad Hitlerum style of argument is usually wrong or trivializing of the most monstrous evil of the last century when applied to current political »

The Most Important World Cup Issue

Featured image The American victory in the most recent Women’s World Cup has given rise to what might be thought of as an international Title IX dispute, because the women footballers aren’t paid as much as World Cup men’s footballers. Here’s the indispensable Christina Hoff Sommers explaining why this latest complaint is more of the usual “gender gap” nonsense: »

Hillary’s Hot Air Balloon [Updated]

Featured image I’m starting to think Hillary Clinton believes her own B.S., or represents the first attempt at a human self-inflated hot air balloon.  Back in the 1960s, Great Society liberals told us that they’d abolish poverty in 10 years (Sargent Shriver declared this confidently in Capitol Hill testimony). Yeah—how’d that work out for them? Having learned nothing from that kind of grandiosity, Hillary Clinton today “pledged to take steps as president »

Does Trump Trump? Angelo Codevilla on Our Present Moment

Featured image Angelo Codevilla is a former staff member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, professor emeritus of international relations at Boston University, and the author of more than a dozen fine books on politics, arms control, and intelligence (if I had to pick a favorite it might be The Character of Nations), including a fine translation of Machiavelli’s Prince published by Yale University Press. Most recently his essay-turned-book The Ruling Class: How »

What Does Trump Believe?

Featured image Donald Trump’s core political beliefs are a matter of hot controversy, because they have changed over the years. It is not a sin to change your positions both large and small (Ronald Reagan did, after all), and not all changes make you a “flip-flopper.” The question of whether Trump’s current views reflect a genuine change of mind because of more careful study on his part or conversions of convenience for »

Open Thread: Some Interrogatories for Trumpeters

Featured image A great many readers both here on Power Line and elsewhere are aligning with Trump and complaining that our criticisms are wrongheaded. Let me pose some “interrogatories,” as I call them in my graduate classroom, to see if we can clarify this discussion. Please comment below, and if you’re not signed up for Facebook or another of our comment filters, feel free to email me directly ([email protected]). I won’t be »

The Week in Pictures: The Trouble With Trumples Edition

Featured image There’s still just one story trumping, er . . . I mean, Trumping all others right now in the presidential race. The Donald represents the braggadocio of Muhammad Ali crossed with the serially escalating spectacle of Madonna. Maybe she will be his running mate? In any case, I’m starting to warm to Trump. Once it was pointed out that he owns both the Miss USA and Miss Universe pageants, the »

Planned Parenthood’s Week in Pictures

Featured image One of the turning points for the civil rights movement in the early 1960s was when the network news broadcast film of scenes like Bull Connor (member of the Democratic National Committee, keep in mind) turning fire hoses on black civil rights marchers. The videos of the grotesque callousness of Planned Parenthood that are coming out may prove to be a similar turning point for late-term abortion. (Don’t miss Charles »

Democrats Go Full-Sharknado

Featured image Last night was the much-heralded debut of Sharknado 3. I missed it unfortunately, but I hear it was absurd even for a deliberate camp film. But that makes it an appropriate day to discover that the Connecticut State Democratic Party has decided to jump full-Sharknado style into repudiating its own founders. I was sure at first that this story was satire (the Daily Current is a satire site, while the »

Where Did Rand Paul Go?

Featured image Rand Paul seems to have been shuffled off into the presidential candidate equivalent of the witness protection program. For a while several months back it appeared he’d be a serious contender, with strong appeal potentially beyond his father’s hard-core libertarian base. Surprisingly, though, he hasn’t raised a lot of money, despite presumably having his dad’s direct mail list. The mainstream media have taken notice of this. “Where Is Rand Paul?”, »

Graham Shows How It’s Done

Featured image I’m no fan of Lindsey Graham, but he’s showing us today how to respond to Donald Trump’s provocations—with a light and mocking touch. As Paul noted here yesterday, Trump gave out Graham’s cell phone number yesterday, which I am sure led to this: Here’s how Graham has responded today (just over 1 minute long): »

A Writ Against Crit Lit

Featured image A couple weeks back we linked in our Picks section Power Line 100 honoree Gary Saul Morson’s terrific Commentary article on “Why College Kids Are Avoiding the Study of Literature.”  Morson, a professor of Russian literature, certainly has the authority to declare on this topic, since his lecture courses are the most popular and largest at Northwestern University, much to the annoyance of the peevish English department, which won’t assign »