Author Archives: Steven Hayward

The Liberal/Media Freakout Rolls On

Featured image UPDATE/PROLOGUE: I see Paul noted the McCaskill hypocrisy (or early Alzheimers?) within seconds of my post here. Which just shows that Power Line is on the story. (More updates below.) Liberals are now chumming the waters with news that Attorney General Jeff Sessions had two undisclosed meetings with the Russian ambassador last year, which somehow makes him Alger Hiss, though this is confusing since we all know Hiss was an »

The Lunatic Left

Featured image This afternoon I had the chance to have a long and convivial conversation with one of my best liberal friends—a true liberal in the classic, Isaiah Berlin sense of the term (in other words, not a presumptive “side-of-history” Progressive)—about the state of things. We covered a lot of ground, but didn’t get a chance to mull over the fact that Van Jones, who I think is a deeply leftist person »

Mirror, Mirror, Who’s the Most Miserable. . .

Featured image There is stiff competition these days for the most morose precinct on the left. The New York Times editorial page is a perennial candidate, but they’ve been dyspeptic about America since about the second week of the Johnson administration, so a thick layer of Trumpismo can’t really addle them more than the Nixon darkness, Reagan madness, and Bush tyranny already has. The New Yorker is trying hard to be the »

A Better Plan for Campus Subversion

Featured image Nebraska attorney and Power Line Iowa stringer Dave Begley passes along this story about a bill in the Iowa state legislature to require the public universities in the hawkeye state to balance their faculties ideologically by party affiliation: Now another legislator wants to enforce what he calls “partisan balance” among Iowa’s faculty members. Iowa Republican Senator Mark Chelgren’s bill would require that no professor or instructor be hired if his or her most »

Academic Absurdity of the Week: It’s Whitey’s Fault—Again

Featured image One of the main argument of a certain new book that you may have heard about is that the idea of statesmanship has been abandoned in favor of “leadership studies,” which tend to be content-free when not downright stupid. Needless to say, there is an academic journal simply titled Leadership that describes its purpose thus: Leadership is an international, peer-reviewed journal designed to provide an ongoing forum for academic researchers to »

Oscar Week in Pictures: Ha Ha Land

Featured image I almost—almost—wish I had watched the Oscars last night to take in the sublime moment when the best picture award was flubbed. It was the perfect Twitter moment. La La Land blows 28-3 lead! But La La Land won the popular vote! All La La Land had to do was kick the field goal! Warren Beatty’s biggest flop since Ishtar! Only one thing to do morningafterwise—yup, a special edition of »

It’s a Trappist!

Featured image The cool science news of the week is that astronomers have identified seven planets circling the star known as Trappist 1 just a wee 39 light years away from us, three of which might be in the “goldilocks” zone that could support life. I have two predictions. First, if we think any of these planets are actually habitable and ever decide to try some kind of expedition to the planet »

Green Weenie Update: Dakota Abscess Protest

Featured image We’re reported before on the environmental mess left behind by the Dakota Access Pipeline protest neat the Standing Rock indian reservation (here and here), but there’s still one more installment to the story that deserves to be entered in the ledger: Rescue group catching animals left behind at DAPL protest camps NEAR CANNON BALL, N.D. (KFYR) – Crews continue to clean up the Oceti Sakowin protest camp. As officers moved in »

Trump’s Best Decision Yet

Featured image Trump sent out this tweet earlier today: The media will react badly to this—watch for this to be a major topic of conversation on the panel portions of the weekly TV news shows tomorrow morning—but with the media already in a stark raving mad rage about Trump, where can they go from here? It’s about time a president declined to adorn this massive exercise in media self-absorption and self-congratulation. Fake »

The Week in Pictures: TPAC Edition

Featured image Given Trump’s rapturous reception at CPAC yesterday, perhaps they really should rename it TPAC. But isn’t that a rapper name? Meanwhile, the media continues to have a case of the vapors because Trump didn’t allow CNN into a press “gaggle,” and this is making them all gag, while the rest of us giggle. Earth to the media: your public approval ratings are lower than Congress: if you’re constantly agog over »

Oscars? What Oscars?

Featured image I am the Cal Ripken Jr. of non-Oscar watchers. My streak of non-Oscar watching goes well back into the 20th century. So it’s not a stretch to not watch this year’s, which is Sunday I think? I’ll be off in La-Te-Da Land, skipping to my own tap shoes. Or at least my own beer tap. I am guessing this year’s awards show will get low ratings, or declining ratings as »

Patriotism-Palooza

Featured image About that certain book you might have heard mentioned once or twice, I’m finally back from a whirlwind trip doing the usual book promotion stunts in New York and Washington. Here’s a few highlights for folks who haven’t quite got their fill: Turns out yesterday (Wednesday) was a two-fer for Power Liners on the Seth & Chris Show on Patriot Radio. As Paul has mentioned, he was on talking about »

NY Times Notices Disturbance in the Force

Featured image In my new book, which you may possibly have heard about, I include the deliberate provocation that Strauss-inspired political scientists are the most formidable and serious people in the academy today. Although I can defend this proposition, I plopped this out as an assertion, imagining the howls of indignation that might ensue among anyone who caught this sentence. This is preface to noting that twice in the last few weeks »

Man Bites Dog at Stanford

Featured image I’ve mentioned before that I wonder whether job placement ads for college presidents and senior administrators include the proviso, “spinal removal required.” Because college administrators and administration are a larger part of the problem in higher education today that leftist faculty: administrators crumple before every demand of identity-politics pressure groups. Hence it is remarkable to see the Stanford News article “The Threat from Within” yesterday from its former provost, John »

Shhh: No One Tell Michelle About The Socialist Diet Plan

Featured image Obesity is said to be the pre-eminent public health problem in America right now, which is  probably one more reason liberals prefer socialism, and always want to enact legislation regulating our diets. (I predict the school version will be called the “No Child Left With a Big Behind Act.”) To wit, this news: Venezuela: 75% of population lost 19 pounds amid crisis Venezuela’s Living Conditions Survey found that nearly 75 »

Academic Absurdity of the Week: “Designated Unfunniness”?

Featured image I dare you: take in the first sentence of this abstract appearing in the academic journal Comedy Studies (because of course there is such a journal) and just try to keep a straight face: Pretty funny: Manifesting a normatively sexy female comic body Hannah Ballou Abstract This article proposes that the heteronormatively sexy female comic body can derive or enhance its comic proposal via the incongruity of its designated unfunniness. Performances »

The New Republic Finally Loses Its Mind

Featured image The New Republic has been on a long downhill slide from its days when it presented a vigorous, thoughtful liberalism that made each issue must-reading for anyone who wanted to follow serious political argument. TNR was known as the “in-flight magazine of Air Force One” during Bill Clinton’s presidency, for example. But I doubt if even Arianna Huffington would want to display it on her private jet these days. Exhibit »