Author Archives: Steven Hayward

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 »

Nuclear Power Story-fied

Featured image One of the social media techniques in vogue with “millennials” is stitching together a number of Twitter posts to lay out a whole argument.  There’s even a website that will compile your tweets into a single one-stop-shopping post, called Storify.com. Michael Shellenberger of the Breakthrough Institute, a pro-nuclear power environmentalist (and also an “Ecomodernist“), put together this Storify panel on the wrongheaded environmentalist complicity in strangling nuclear power 40 years »

A Grab Bag of Reductio ad Absurdum

Featured image A few items from the “Laughter is the Best Medicine File” on this grim day. First, green joints but brown energy?  A friend of mine who lives in a Midwestern state that generates most of its electricity from coal wants to buy a Tesla so he can display the bumper sticker, “How do you like my coal-powered car?” Heh. But guess what: Colorado’s newly legal marijuana industry could be said »

Meanwhile, In Other News

Featured image In a startling turn of events, Greece yesterday capitulated fully to the European Union in terms much harsher than the terms the nation rejected a week ago in the referendum. Though more precisely everyone appears to have capitulated to Germany, as the French and Italians, among others, are reported to have supported more generous terms to Greece. So, perhaps the headline should be “Europe Capitulates to Germany.” Has a familiar »

How To Think About the Iran Deal in One Photo

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Back to the Ice Age—Again?

Featured image Just when you think the science of climate change is all settled and comfy, along comes news from the scientific community that we may be on the brink of an imminent “mini ice age.” Haven’t we seen this movie before? How long until a sequel to the population bomb comes out, and a remake of Soylent Green? (Previous attempts to remake Soylent have fizzled, but who knows. . .) Anyway, »

Media Alert: Bill Bennett Show Monday (Bumped)

Featured image UPDATED: There have been no changes to the lineup and topics for tomorrow morning, though when I get up (don’t ask what time), I’ll check on the latest news on the Greece crisis and the Iran talks.  Anyway, back to the original post: I’ll be guest hosting Bill Bennett’s radio show Monday morning from his Washington DC studios, from 6 – 9 am eastern time. My guests will include Kristin »