Author Archives: Steven Hayward

The Berlin Wall @25, Take 2

Featured image FWIW, here are some excerpts of my account of the fall of the Berlin Wall and the larger currents around it from the Epilogue of The Age of Reagan, picking up right in the middle. One part of this at the end—that revolutionary politics are over—is clearly incorrect, though the “crisis on the Left” bit remains more true than ever: The material and structural factors [of the end of the »

Mayday Sends Out an S.O.S.

Featured image The other day in “Less, Lesser, Lessig” we outlined the embarrassment that is Harvard’s Larry Lessig and his super-ironic strategy of having a super-PAC to end all super-PACs. We noted that this media/academic diva was suddenly clamming up on his Mayday PAC election faceplant. Now he’s out with a defense of his strategy, as reported on recode.net, which notes: Not surprisingly, the Harvard Law professor got a tad upset earlier in »

The Berlin Wall @25, Take 1

Featured image Today everyone is marking the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall—the signal event of the end of the Cold War. I find that students today, all born after the demise of the Soviet Union, have a hard time grasping the depth and vividness of the conflict. The Cold War might as well be the Boer War, and the Berlin Wall is as hazy as Hadrian’s Wall. It »

More Yummy, High-Fat Election Schadenfreude

Featured image The last two paragraphs of the New York Times story today on how Tom Steyer’s campaign spending was a bust are worth savoring with a nice glass of single-malt, or whatever is your favorite beverage to restore the tissues: Just as liberal groups run ads linking candidates to Charles G. and David H. Koch, the billionaire brothers, and the their opposition to climate change policy, conservative groups have now started »

Hitler Learns About the Midterm Election

Featured image Okay, I said I was going to quit doing these, but c’mon—the election just provided too much good material not to do one. So without further ado, “Hitler Learns About the Midterm GOP Landslide.” (If an ad pops up and blocks the subtitles, just go to full screen and it will shrink down. I tried to get rid of them, but YouTube seems to insist.) »

Yes—Let Liberals Bail Out Detroit

Featured image Back in May I suggested, less than half facetiously, that if we are indeed to consider paying reparations for slavery, the Democratic Party should have to pick up the entire tab, for all of the obvious reasons. I was reminded of that idea when stumbling across the most interesting story on the front page of today’s New York Times: “Finding $816 Million, and Fast, to Save Detroit.” The details are »

The Week in Pictures: Schadenfreude Edition

Featured image I mean really, what else could be the theme for this week’s photo/cartoon roundup?  This week’s beatdown of the Democratic Party was the most epic since . . . 2010, or 1994, or 1980, or 1966, or 1946, or 1938, etc.  I have a field theory that swing voters fall for the blandishments of liberalism, until they see the results, at which point they reverse course and yell “Stop!”  Republicans »

Dionne Gets One Right

Featured image Having beaten up on E.J. Dionne several times in the past for tendentious columns, fairness suggests noting when he gets something right, or at least partly right.  His post-election column doesn’t sugarcoat things for Democrats, nor engage in the excuses (turnout) or evasions (if only everyone was required to vote) that many liberals are using to comfort themselves. For Democrats, the 2014 election was not the 2010 Republican landslide. It »

Breaking: Supreme Court to Take Up Another Obamacare Challenge

Featured image As Paul discussed at the time, the DC Circuit Court’s Halbig ruling striking down Obamacare’s state subsidies would be unlikely to survive an en banc rehearing with all of the new judges that Harry Reid enabled Obama to appoint.  And the 4th Circuit upheld the state subsidies in a separate case. But this afternoon the Supreme Court announced that it won’t wait for the DC Circuit’s rehearing, and will take up an »

Environmentalists Show How to Make the Best Comics Epically Unfunny

Featured image How do you take the best comics in the country and make them duller than wet cardboard?  You dragoon them into plying their chops on behalf of environmental organizations, which the NRDC did this week at their “night of comedy.”  The three-minute clip below really makes you feel sorry for Seth Meyers, Larry David, et al. Here’s a sample of the comic fare from the actual event, from Seth Meyers: “Let’s »

Less, Lesser, Lessig

Featured image If Tom Steyer has a rival as the biggest loser from the Democratic funder/advocate class in this election, it has to be Lawrence Lessig, perhaps the most puffed-up pompous professor among the many prodigious pomposities who inhabit Harvard. Lessig is a famous scold of campaign spending, whose solution (like nearly all academic solutions) would conveniently empower people like himself. Lessig deplores money in politics, and set out in this election »

Watch the Kool Aid Bowl at Salon

Featured image Of course the punditocracy is already war-gaming the 2016 election, and the reliable latte-liberals of Salon are pointing out the obvious in “Mitch Is On Borrowed Time“: that the GOP will be defending many more Senate seats in 2016 than this year, and would easily lose the Senate.  Well, at least taxpayers aren’t paying for analysis this astute. But it’s worth reading all the way to the end for perhaps »

Who Will Send Landrieu the Horse’s Head?

Featured image One way to tell that Mary Landrieu is a goner in the December 6 runoff election is that the Democratic Senate Campaign Committee has cancelled its reserved TV ads.  Politico reports: The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee has canceled its advertising reservations for Sen. Mary Landrieu ahead of the December runoff in Louisiana. The committee canceled all broadcast buys planned from Monday through Dec. 6 in the state’s five major media »

Tom Cotton: “Harvard Sucks”

Featured image Bet that headline got your attention.  It’s accurate, but out of context. Turns out that Tom Cotton, Harvard class of 1998 and an editor at the Harvard Crimson, wrote an editorial in 1997 entitled “Love’s End” that adumbrated Allan Bloom’s observations in The Closing of the American Mind about the decaying dating and courtship habits of undergraduates today.  It bores in on how “relationships” have replaced old fashioned “love.” It »

In Other News. . .

Featured image While we’re still having fun making the Democratic rubble bounce from Tuesday’s carpet bombing, there was an important federal district court case ruling yesterday out of Utah that promises to put a crimp in the Endangered Species Act if it is upheld on appeal.  Jonathan Adler reports: This afternoon a district court in Utah held that the federal prohibition against “taking” Utah prairie dogs — listed as “threatened” under the Endangered »

Steyer, Steyer, Pants on Fire

Featured image Tom Steyer is delusional. Or living in a parallel universe where Al Gore is emperor. Probably comes with hanging out with Nancy Pelosi in Pacific Heights too much. He tells the San Jose Mercury News that “I feel as if we did better than we expected.” The story adds: Steyer and his camp stress that they have created an infrastructure — which includes identifying 250.000 “climate voters” — for the »

The Other Hurricane Katrina

Featured image The one named Katrina vanden Heuvel, editor of The Nation. She wrote last night that Obama should double-down on his radicalism: The Obama administration should act right away to use its executive powers to take steps to deal with long-ignored issues that need to be dealt with for the good of the nation. This cannot be done quietly. To change the media narrative, issues acted upon will have to be »