Author Archives: Steven Hayward

Tear Down This Wall @ 30

Featured image Yesterday was the 30th anniversary of President Reagan’s famous speech at the Brandenburg Gate in West Berlin that culminated in the famous line, “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!” I began the second volume of my Age of Reagan political biography with an account of it, and it seems worth repeating today: Most of his senior aides didn’t want him to say it.  Indeed, they tried repeatedly to talk him out of »

Vindication!

Featured image It’s been over two years since I last tortured Power Line’s readership with one of my preposterous excursions in to the greatness of 1970s progressive rock—and especially Gentle Giant, one of the most obscure acts from that period—but the publication of Dave Weigel’s new book on progressive rock, The Show That Never Ends: The Rise and Fall of Prog Rock, gives me an excuse to inflict new punishment. In particular, »

Memo to the U.K.: Don’t Be Boring, Go for Boris!

Featured image I don’t know what’s ahead for Britain after this total cluster-you-know-what election, but can we please, PLEASE have this man as the next prime minister? I mean, c’mon, why is this even a question? »

Adam West, RIP

Featured image If you’re the right age—which means my age—then the first TV Batman series with Adam West and Burt Ward was the highlight of the TV week back when there were only the three networks. West was typecast by that iconic role even more than William Shatner was typecast by Captain Kirk, and West could never escape it. In later years West embraced his campiness and typecast image (see his apparently »

Wonder Woman and Wonderless Wymyn

Featured image I’m sure you’ve all heard the answer to the question, “How many feminists does it take to change a light bulb?” Answer: “That’s not funny!” The accuracy of this old one is amply confirmed by the reaction so many feminists and other leftists are having to Wonder Woman. I’ve leave aside for the moment the vile leftist complaints about the film’s star, Gal Gadot, because she is Israeli and also »

Three Ways to Look at Comeypalooza

Featured image 1. Remember a few weeks ago when the media were breathless with reports that Steve Bannon was on his way out from the White House? Almost completely unremarked upon during Comeypalooza this week is that Bannon appears to be firmly back in the first saddle (if he was ever in jeopardy in the first place), and Jared Kushner is the person in eclipse at the White House. Recall that Bannon »

The Week in Pictures: Comey Chameleon Edition

Featured image Yes, I’d have to say Comey Comey Comey Comey Chameleon is the perfect persona for our media age of Boy George Stephanopoulos, not to mention Anderson Drooper-Cooper and the appropriately named Don Lemon. Why don’t we just get it over with and rename CNN the “Comey News Network.” And were you as disappointed as I was that Russian hookers didn’t get mentioned once in Thursday’s hearings? I was promised there »

Democrats on the Rocks?

Featured image President Trump may have poor approval ratings, and the Republican Congress looks a little shaky at the moment in the Getting Big Things Done Department (like repealing Obamacare and getting a serious tax reform package together), so in the ordinary cycle of politics you’d be reasonable to forecast a bad election for Republicans in 2018. This may yet come to pass for all of the conventional reasons, but it is »

Theresa May: Blunder Woman

Featured image I haven’t had time yet to compose my “Five Ways To Think about ComeyCon,” then the shocking U.K. election pops up to overtake the Comey Conundrum. Some observations: 1. Hindsight is always 20/20, but calling this snap election was a mistake. Don’t say we didn’t warn you that May was in danger of blowing it. Analysts will slice up Theresa May’s mistakes and how the recent terrorist attacks may have »

Climate: Time for “Team B”?

Featured image There is a lot of chatter and rending of garments about the proposal made recently by former Obama Administration energy appointee Steven Koonin in the Wall Street Journal that there ought to be a full-scale, independent “red team” to produce a rival climate change assessment to the “consensus” produced by the IPCC, noting how this was done in the past on foreign intelligence matters to good effect: The national-security community »

Book of the Year: St. Hillary of Hippo

Featured image While we await the threatened—and as yet untitled—memoir of Hillary Clinton, we can delight in a new book also about the inner reaches of Herself, coming in August: Strong for a Moment Like This: The Daily Devotions of Hillary Rodham Clinton. It’s 416 pages! Maybe they are blank pages like that other recent classic, Michael Knowles’s Reasons to Vote for Democrats? No—this is apparently a serious book. Hillary doesn’t joke »

The Anti-Social Cost of the Climate Crusade

Featured image The linchpin of the Obama Administration’s so-called “Clean Power Plan” (CPP) is something called the “social cost of carbon,” which is a calculation of the net present value of future climate damages from greenhouse-gas caused global warming. The “official” figure the Obama EPA came up with in their regulatory analysis—about $40 a ton­—was necessary for the Clean Power Plan to pass a cost-benefit test. This calculation is tricky to do, »

Anarchy at Evergreen State

Featured image Journalists like to talk about “evergreen” topics, and is there anything more evergreen right now than the anarchy at Evergreen State College? The college is back up and running again, but not until after a student mob took it upon themselves to roam the campus with baseball bats smashing windows of science buildings, because science, with its dedication to objectivity and standards and all, is oppressive. Meanwhile, someone put up »

Get Ready for the Next Installment in the War on Cops

Featured image The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) has published a study based on the content analysis of body cam footage from Oakland police that shows racial disparities in the “respect” and “formality” police officers show to citizens they interact with. Hoo boy—you can guess right away where this is heading. Here’s the abstract of the study, “Language from police body camera footage shows racial disparities in officer respect”: »

From Fake News to Fake Polls

Featured image The media blob is making much of a Washington Post/ABC News poll that finds the public by a 2 to 1 margin opposes President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Accord: Most Americans oppose President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement, with a majority saying the move will damage the United States’ global leadership, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll. Opposition to Trump’s decision outpaces »

Loose Ends (26)

Featured image • Reality Winner? Seriously? Is this person a long lost child of Frank Zappa or something? Another case of where Reality is stranger than fiction. “Yes, folks, Trump promised us so much winning we’d get tired of all the winning, but we have a Real Winner in the house!” I give up. Incidentally, just how did this leftist wacko loon get hired at the NSA in the first place? I »

Loose Ends (25)

Featured image • A few footnotes on Trump’s manly withdrawal from the Paris Climate Accord. The best part of the whole thing was not that he decided to withdraw, but how he did it. Trump could have just issued a statement from behind his desk in the Oval Office, or had a press spokesperson make the announcement, just as President George W. Bush did in withdrawing from the Kyoto Protocol back in »