Author Archives: Steven Hayward

Washington Post on the Election

Featured image The Washington Post has an editorial out about the election which suggests some worthy introspection. Here’s the most relevant passage: “Something of gigantic proportions happened—must have been happening for a long while—and the capital and the political wise men were taken by surprise. . . an ‘anti-Washington,’ ‘anti-establishment’ political storm warning was missed by Washington and the establishment.” Maybe they’re starting to get it? Oh wait—sorry: once again this was »

The Great Liberal Freakout

Featured image The Great Liberal Freakout is under way, as we’ve noted below. Here’s my haul. The head of the Joint Center for Political Studies, which the Washington Post describes as a “respected liberal think tank,” reacted to Trump’s landslide thus: “When you consider that in the climate we’re in—rising violence, the Ku Klux Klan—it is exceedingly frightening.” Castro, still with us, said right before the election: “We sometimes have the feeling that »

Election Notes (1): The Obama Disaster

Featured image We’ll all have a lot to say today and the rest of the week, but I have to catch an airplane shortly (if in-flight WiFi is working I’ll be all over things). But a few quick notes. First, for the liberals who said they’d move to Canada (why never Mexico by the way?), here’s how you move to Canada. Second, Barack Obama has been a disaster for the Democratic Party. »

The Most Extraordinary Election of Our Lifetime

Featured image I’ll just throw out some observations, because I’m in a state of shock. A welcome state in many ways, but still shock. I’m recalling how my mother once told me of the morning after the 1948 election—she was working in an office downtown LA then—and everyone in that then-Republican city walked around in a state of quiet shock all morning. • I drove back home from Berkeley to the central »

Did The Democrats Help Trump?

Featured image It certainly looks that way. Politico has a long story out today, entitled “They Always Wanted Trump,” about how the Clinton campaign sized up the GOP field last year. Here’s the most interesting part: So to take Bush down, Clinton’s team drew up a plan to pump Trump up. Shortly after her kickoff, top aides organized a strategy call, whose agenda included a memo to the Democratic National Committee: “This memo »

Closing Arguments for Open Minds

Featured image I’m not going to make the last minute case for or against Trump. Our readers are divided, and I’m sticking with our readers. Actually the arguments on either side are both good. I know only two things: I do not believe the predictions that either candidate spells doom for the country. The country is bigger than either of them. It would be a good thing if an unpopular and ineffectual »

Academic Absurdity of the Week: Cynthia McKinney, PhD??

Featured image Political junkies will recall with a giggle the less than distinguished career of Cynthia McKinney, the six-term congressperson from Georgia who was an embarrassment even to far lefties who are usually immune to embarrassment. (In fact, when she returned to the House in 2005 after having been defeated for re-election in the Democratic primary in 2002, the Democratic House leadership refused to restore her committee seniority. She was defeated again »

Dispatches from the Failed State of Venezuela

Featured image While we await the results of the election tomorrow that will determine merely the degree to which the U.S. will continue on its slow-motion journey to socialized mediocrity, let’s take in a few excerpts from a bracing new report about conditions in that latest people’s paradise, Venezuela: Public health in Venezuela is, in fact, getting rapidly worse. In 1961, Venezuela was the first country declared free of malaria. Now its »

Things Are Getting Weird

Featured image With the final day of the campaign, things are getting seriously weird out there. First, a guest on MSNBC outs Victor Davis Hanson: Malcolm Nance, executive director at the Terror Asymmetrics Project and a commentator on MSNBC, called conservative commentator Victor Davis Hanson a Russian spy. I feel compelled to utter the age-old adage, “This is not The Onion.” “I know some of the spy-catchers in FBI counter-intelligence, guys who have taken »

Standing up to the Campus Left

Featured image Perhaps you’ve heard of Jordan Peterson, a professor of psychology at the University of Toronto who has attracted the ire of the screaming campus crybullies for the sin of refusing to submit to the new regime of using the prescribed Heinz 57 list of indeterminate pronouns. For this he faces the usual outrage of bigotry and such, and, given the scene in Canada, which has fewer protections for free speech, »

Your Pre-Election Diversion

Featured image Bill Kristol kindly invited me to sit down recently for one of his “Conversations with Kristol” series to talk about the enduring lessons of Ronald Reagan, and the hows and whys of studying statesmanship. Just the thing to take your mind off the election for a little while, as we don’t talk about Trump or Clinton at all. It’s divided into two segments, each about a half-hour long. Enjoy! And »

Sunday Afternoon Ramping Up

Featured image You know, this really ought to be the favorite weekend of conservatives everywhere. We literally got to turn back the clock! Isn’t that what we’re supposed to do? That, and cut taxes? Meanwhile, I’m enjoying the schadenfreude of liberals bemoaning that Hillary might still have to face a Republican Senate as well as a Republican House if she wins on Tuesday, which means six more weeks years of gridlock. But as »

Upcoming Events

Featured image Now here’s some news you can use depending on where you live: I’ve got three public events over the next two weeks that I’d be delighted to see local Power Line readers attend if you have the time and inclination. • First, for Bay Area residents, on Monday afternoon I’ll be part of an “Election Eve” panel discussion from 4 to 5 pm on campus at Berkeley, sponsored by my »

The Week in Pictures: Richard Milhous Hillary Edition

Featured image The race is on to see if Hillary can make it past the finish line before the roof falls in on her. She’s the Rosie Ruiz of presidential nominees, and likely to be Typhoid Mary for the Democratic Party if she does win. Like I said last week, Ken Starr is tanned, rested, ready—and looking for work. And now, the best headlines of the week: This story had better be »

The Stretch Drive (9)

Featured image • Just three or four weeks ago all the chatter from the Certified Smart People was that Hillary was “expanding the map,” and could concentrate on campaigning in red states like Georgia, Arizona, maybe even Texas. Now, Hillary’s campaign is frantically buying last minute ad time in . . . Michigan. (And Hillary has added a last minute campaign stop in Michigan today.) She’s suddenly campaigning hard in the key »

I’ve Found My Candidate!

Featured image A thing to understand about legendary university towns like Berkeley or Boulder or Madison is that they are fundamentally conservative in the ordinary sense of that term: they never change. Take Berkeley (please, as the joke goes). It’s got a hot race for mayor going off next Tuesday, and the Daily Californian is doing profiles of all the candidates. And I’ve found mine: Berkeley Activist Zachary RunningWolf runs 4th Mayoral »

The Stretch Drive (8)

Featured image • The ABC News/Washington Post tracking poll today has Hillary moving back into a narrow lead again, but as all of the results right now are within the statistical margin of error, it means the race is essentially tied, and likely to stay that way through next Tuesday. However, most of the new state-by-state polls, which often lag national polls by a few days, show movement in Trump’s direction. Suddenly »