Author Archives: Steven Hayward

Civil War on the Left?

Featured image The conventional wisdom is that the Republican Party is badly divided between Tea Party insurgents and the “Establishment.”  And while there is some truth to this, consider the following question: What happens to the Democratic Party in 2016 if Hillary Clinton decides not to run?  My answer: chaos and ideological infighting you haven’t seen inside the Democratic Party since its suicide attempt in the late 1960s and early 1970s. On »

Another Civil Rights Hero

Featured image In addition to saluting Gail Heriot here yesterday, we shouldn’t let today get by without taking note of another civil rights hero of our time, Edward Blum.  Edward is profiled today in the New York Times.  Edward is chiefly responsible for bringing the two successful Supreme Court challenges to the Voting Rights Act last year, and he also helped bring up the Fisher case that curtailed race-conscious admissions in Texas »

Late to the Paul Ryan Two-Minutes-of-Hate Rally

Featured image I’m behind on a great many things at the moment, and one of them is noting the Left’s two-minute hate drill against Paul Ryan a couple of weeks back for the sin of speaking about the social wreckage of underclass that federal social programs are unable to reach—when they don’t in fact make it worse. It put me in the frame of mind to recall this similar comment: The lessons »

Who Reads Power Line?

Featured image Gail Heriot, that’s who.  Gail is professor of law at the University of San Diego School of Law, and a member of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.  Needless to say, she does a lot of work on civil rights law.  A great example of her work is “The Sad Irony of Affirmative Action,” which appeared a year ago in the National Interest.  But there’s lots more.  Our cameras caught »

Separated at Birth?

Featured image One of my Twitter followers with the awesome handle “Winston Coolidge” (and I have no idea who this person is) asks the following trenchant question, that simply can’t wait seven days for the next Week in Pictures: »

The Week in Pictures: April Fools’ Edition

Featured image We’re several days past April Fools’ Day, of course, but April 1 of this year marked the beginning of what might be called the April Fools’ Era, being the day after the Obamacare enrollment deadline. With the typical aplomb of parlor Progressivism, the Obamanauts proclaimed the 7.1 million enrollees made it all a huge success!  Pay no attention to those 6 million who found their policies unkeepable.  Or to the »

And Now For Something Completely Different

Featured image Well, not actually different, as you’ll see, but at least a small departure from the grim tidings of recent posts.  As everyone has heard, David Letterman announced his retirement yesterday.  While Jay Leno had his share of anti-Obama jokes, it turns out that Letterman has had a few good ones, too.  (Warning: One of these is insensitive to gays, because Letterman is a well-known bigot and hate-speech monger): • “What »

You Can’t Say That! This Is a University!

Featured image I sure picked a great day to travel to Chicago for the 50th anniversary of the Philadelphia Society, for which I was privileged to be president a few years back.  The theme of this year’s meeting is “The Road Ahead: Serfdom or Liberty?”  To which the answer is: Yes.  Unfortunately. Even as John notes the politically correct ousting of Brendan Eich as CEO of Mozilla because, as Glenn Reynolds points »

Al Gore: The Gift That Keeps on Giving

Featured image No sooner does Bill McKibben come up with a great idea (climate scientists should go on strike) than I hear even better news: Al Gore is thinking about making a sequel to An Inconvenient Truth.  From the Hollywood Reporter: Al Gore might need to dust off his projector. The creative forces behind the Oscar-winning environmental documentary An Inconvenient Truth are hatching plans for a sequel to the film that raised »

Cass Sunstein’s April Fools’ Joke

Featured image Yesterday Cass Sunstein, one of the most formidable thinkers on the left today, devoted his Bloomberg column to his eight favorite Supreme Court justices, whom he called the “Home Run Hitters of the Supreme Court.”  Why only eight?  Wouldn’t you want to field a full all-star team of nine, so we can get 5-4 rulings?  Why invite extra innings?  This may be the first sign that he was pulling our »

Climate Scientists Go on Strike? Oh Please Make It So!

Featured image I’ve written before here about the crashing bore that is Bill McKibben–the best exemplar of Churchill’s definition of a fanatic as someone who can’t change his mind and won’t change the subject.  But he deserves kudos for today’s toddler-like temper tantrum over at,  fittingly,  He’s suggesting that since politicians, including John Kerry, won’t listen to the climate science community, then climate scientists should go on strike. So at this »

First World Problems in Boulder

Featured image As previously mentioned, the IPCC released it’s “impacts” report today, and the media did their duty by collectively wetting their pants.  You think I jest?  Check out—if you can stand it—NBC’s Brian Williams saying that “We’ve never been warned like this before” about climate change.  Really?  What 30 Rock has he been living under?  (Next he’ll tell us that nobody has ever warned us before about the dangers of cigarette »

Predictable Headline of the Day

Featured image We were told a few days ago that we were going to be able to resolve the Ukrainian crisis through diplomacy, because John Kerry is on the job. From the Wall Street Journal this morning: Kerry’s Talks With Russia’s Lavrov Fail to Ease Ukraine Crisis You were surprised at this news?  Forget the text of the story (well okay, just this: “Mr. Kerry, in remarks after the negotiations, said he »

“I Can See Climate Change From My House”

Featured image The “impacts” report of the IPCC is out today, and we’ll try to get through some of the highlights of the thousand-page plus report.  (Always reminds me of Churchill’s note about an overlong memo: “This report, by its very length, defends itself against the risk of being read.”  We’ll take the risk.)  Turns out that an acquaintance of mine helped write the FAQ portion of the report. But we don’t »

Jeb Bush: Not Sure This Is a Good Idea

Featured image A little over a year ago I mentioned here taking in a Jeb Bush speech at the Reagan Library that sounded like the speech of someone at the early stages of a presidential campaign, albeit one that appeared to want to run as  . . . Jon Huntsman.  Ugh. This, from today’s Washington Post: Influential Republicans working to draft Jeb Bush into 2016 presidential race LAS VEGAS — Many of »

Time and Western Man

Featured image Pardon me while I intrude on Scott’s turf as Power Line’s official literary studies director.  Time and Western Man is the title of an obscure Wyndham Lewis book that I’ve always found impenetrable despite several attempts to struggle through it.  A more approachable book on the theme of time is Gary Saul Morson’s Narrative and Freedom: The Shadows of Time.  (Morson, the Frances Hooper Professor of the Arts and Humanities »

Climatistas Double Down on Stupid

Featured image When a liberal says it’s time for you to shut up, it usually means they’re losing an argument.  When they want you arrested and prosecuted, well. . .  Two weeks ago I noted here that the climatistas were getting so desperate that they were starting to call for climate skeptics to be arrested and prosecuted, because, like the Inquisition, the climatistas are in possession of the complete truth, so shut »