Author Archives: Steven Hayward

Green Weenie of the Week: Green Buildings

Featured image The leftist hive is in a tizzy about the water supply screw up in Flint, Michigan, because it offers the opportunity to attack a Republican governor, which is the main thing to do in life. (I don’t recall a similar outrage over high arsenic levels in the public water supply in Albuquerque, New Mexico, several years back, but Albuquerque is run by Democrats, so no opportunity there.) Meanwhile, the environmental »

Comedy Writing at the NY Times

Featured image There are some days I wonder whether the editorial page of the New York Times is really just a training ground for deadpan comedy writers. Surely Leslie Nielsen and Lloyd Bridges at their faux-serious best in Airplane! can’t match the ironic hilarity of the Times editorial endorsements yesterday of Hillary Clinton and John Kasich. Of Hillary Clinton, for example, the Times tells us: Democratic primary voters, on the other hand, »

More Sass and Sense From Ben Sasse

Featured image I think Power Line was among the very first outfits (after Mark Hemingway at the Weekly Standard) to take note of Ben Sasse of Nebraska back in 2013, when he was still in academia and a run for U.S. Senate was notional, but by now people are starting to wake up to the fact that he’s the real deal. In this 90-second clip, NBC’s Chuck Todd asks Senator Sasse to »

The Week in Pictures: Trumpless Debate Edition

Featured image I have to say, the GOP debate Thursday night just wasn’t the same without The Donald. I had to treat it like an old Mystery Science Theater 3000 episode, supplying my own taunts in place of the insults and grandiosities that Trump would have provided. (And suddenly Bernie is reluctant to debate? What’s that about?) Meanwhile, just as we might be on the cusp of having a president with a »

Rubio Bags the Crom Endorsement

Featured image Michael Cromartie (“the Crom” to me for 30 years now) is the most significant person in Washington DC that you’ve never heard of. And that’s just the way he likes it. Not because he’s a backroom K Street wire puller from the shadows of House of Cards. To the contrary: he is the rarest thing you can find in Washington: a truly honest broker; a person of faith, understated on »

Donald Trump, Masterpiece Theatre Edition

Featured image I know I’m not the first to suggest that some of the elite disdain of Donald Trump arises from the class conflicts peculiar to New York City. He’s obviously an outer borough man, and while you might let him build your high rise luxury condo on the Upper West Side, you certainly wouldn’t invite him to dinner with your pals from The New Yorker and the board of the Met. »

The Fun Indicator, Rubio Edition

Featured image A couple weeks ago I mentioned “The Fun Indicator,” which suggested that the candidate and campaign that is having the most fun often turns out to be the winning campaign. And the person obviously having the most fun this cycle is Donald Trump. But don’t count out Marco Rubio, who stars in this new video, which has an awesome collection of cameos and inside jokes with the joke (especially Senator »

Long Live the King

Featured image I’ve been expecting the day would come when the identity politics Left would turn on Martin Luther King Jr, and that day has arrived. Students at the University of Oregon (and surely elsewhere) are demanding that one of King’s most famous phrases, “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin »

Has Trump Finally Blundered? [With Comment by John and Paul]

Featured image News out late today that Trump will skip Thursday’s GOP debate ahead of the Iowa caucuses next Monday, apparently objecting to the presence of Megyn Kelly on the Fox panel that will conduct the debate. Is this finally a blunder that will hurt him, or another stroke of genius? Anyone who has previously said Trump had blundered with some of his outrageous remarks has been made a fool, and it »

Two Ways of Looking at Trump [with comment by Paul]

Featured image Come what may in the primary voting that is—finally!—about to begin, people will be analyzing the Trump phenomenon for a long time. The Week has two interesting pieces up right now, starting with Michael Brendan Dougherty, arguing “For Trumpism, Against Trump.” I’ve been waiting for a Republican who would say, bluntly, the Iraq War was a disaster. I’ve been waiting for a Republican candidate to say that the trade deals »

Vacuous Vox Boxes Itself

Featured image It was only a few days ago that I took note of the sorry Politifact people for jumping on Marco Rubio for supposedly distorting the role Ronald Reagan played in the denouement of the Iranian hostage crisis back in January 1981, and now Vox has weighed in also with the purpose of disputing Rubio and denigrating Ronaldus Magnus. Except that Vox makes a total botch of it. Here’s the lede »

They Don’t Make Liberals Like They Used To

Featured image In our Picks section yesterday we linked to Fred Siegel’s recent City Journal article, “The House Divided,” which is a 25-year retrospective on Arthur Schlesinger’s 1991 attack on leftist “multiculturalism.” As it happens, I’ve been reading one of Schlesinger’s older books, The Vital Center: The Politics of Freedom (published in 1949), as background for the book project I have under way. And also as it happens, I’ve had dinner with »

Time to Uproot the Bushes for Good?

Featured image The most infuriating thing I’ve read all week is Steve Hayes’s story in the Weekly Standard about how Jeb Bush’s super PAC, Right to Rise, has held its fire on Trump, instead directing its fire on the one candidate who is best positioned to win in November: Marco Rubio: In the “fight” between Donald Trump and conservatism, Trump has had few better allies than Right to Rise, the super PAC »

Does The Donald Drive You to Drink?

Featured image Well, no he doesn’t, but I don’t need an excuse for a drink. But the folks at The Nation magazine do. I’m on The Nation‘s email distribution list (so that you don’t have to), and the latest subscription bleg for their wine club opens as follows: Are you looking for that perfect Merlot to pair with Donald Trump’s immigration-policy proposals? A Sauvignon Blanc to help obscure Mike Huckabee’s tweets about »

Is It 1912—or 1824? [with comment by Paul]

Featured image Political pundits and historians always like to analogize the current election cycle to a past election cycle, though I think a case can be made that each cycle is unique and non-repeatable. On the surface, it might look like we might be heading for a repeat of 1912, when a Republican split led to the independent candidacy of Teddy Roosevelt and handed the White House to Woodrow Wilson. That, I »

The Week in Pictures: Snowzilla Edition

Featured image So the mid-Atlantic is buried in snow, which I’m sure is the result of c—— c—–, while out here in California a lot of water is falling from the skies, also a rare occurrence. This means everyone has lots of extra time to read Power Line today, so we’ve got an extra long lineup. You can also ponder your own personal Academy Awards boycott; I’ve been boycotting the Oscars for »

Climatistas: Party Like It’s 1998!

Featured image Have you heard? The climatistas are popping the champagne (thereby releasing more CO2) over the “official” news that 2015 was the hottest year ever, and by no small margin. (2014’s “record temperature” was a mere 0.03 degrees hotter than the previous all-time record, which NASA sheepishly admitted in subsequent fine print was so far within the margin of statistical error as to be effectively meaningless, but not until the ink »