Author Archives: Steven Hayward

Democrats: The Party of Hate

Featured image Two propositions: First, despite what you year from the left, Democrats are the true party of hate. Second, one way of confirming this is to take in the fact that the voice of reason on this point is . . . Bernie Sanders! These are the takeaways from today’s column in the New York Times by their moderately liberal and fully sentimental columnist Nick Kristof, who recommends that liberals be »

I Can’t Even

Featured image John offered us a portrait last night (about a portrait!) of how the left has lost its mind, but if you need further evidence of the left’s flight from reason and reality, take in (a very little) of this video of “Queer Dance Party for Climate Justice at Ivanka Trump’s House.” I think this is what is meant by “intersectionality”?  (/sarc) Hat tip: PJ Media. P.S. I’m tagging this “uncategorized,” »

Loose Ends (20)

Featured image • I gather any day now—maybe today, who cares—we shall once again observe Equal Pay Day, when liberals will hector us about the wage gap between men and women. Kudos to Brent Scher of the Free Beacon for catching yet another example of liberal hypocrisy on this issue: Elizabeth Warren’s Female Staffers Made 71% of Male Staffers’ Salaries in 2016 The gender pay gap in Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s (D., Mass.) »

Ta-Nehisi Coates and Mike Pence: Soul Brothers?

Featured image The cultural left is in full meltdown mode over Vice President Mike Pence’s remarks on how he takes his Christian duty to ward off the sinful temptations of the flesh by never dining alone with women, and watching his alcohol use. It is a totally silly controversy (but that’s the specialty of the cultural left, isn’t it?), and I wouldn’t much bother commenting on it, except that Pence finds an »

The Economy: Don’t Look Now But. . .

Featured image I don’t know what is going to happen with the economy, but one of the problems during the Obama years was the uncertainty of just how hostile to enterprise the Obama Administration was going to be. The stock market rally following Trump’s election could be attributed partly to relief that they’d be spared from things getting even worse under a Nurse Ratched Administration, and partly to optimism that Trump would »

The Week in Pictures: Out Like Flynn Edition

Featured image Last night during my ritual channel surfing my remote control battery went dead on me just as I had landed on MSNBC, where they were in full freakout mode about how Gen. Mike Flynn was going to bring down Donald Trump, probably within the current news cycle. My guess is Flynn’s got nuthin’. But it will keep the Fake News industry going for another month, all the while Trump will »

Free Speech & Silly Speech on Campus

Featured image Two terrific articles to bring to your attention today, and then an event announcement/invitation for East Bay Power Line readers. First up is Robert Boyers, a professor of English at Skidmore College and editor of Salmagundi, a literary journal not widely known beyond the halls of academe, writing this week in the Chronicle of Higher Education about “The Academy’s Assault on Intellectual Diversity.” Very much worth reading the whole thing, »

Loose Ends (19)

Featured image There’s a whole bunch of things on my spindle today that deserve brief notice. Let’s check ’em off. • We keep being told that Trump represents the specter of fascism and violence. But all of the violence and threats of violence are coming from the left. A Washington Post headline today: These Hispanic contractors offered to build Trump’s border wall. Then the death threats began. But remember, the left stands »

Bring Back the Filibuster!

Featured image George Will beat me to my idea for today’s Thought of the Morning with a column about the Senate filibuster based on a recent talk by Rep. Tom McClintock, who argued in Hillsdale’s Imprimis that what we should do is go back to the old way of doing filibusters. With all of the talk of ending the filibuster, at least for Supreme Court nominees, maybe we should instead talk of »

Feel Good Photo of the Week [Updated by John]

Featured image British Prime Minister Theresa May has shown that she is no Ms. Maybe, and has formally triggered the Article 50 timetable for the UK to leave the European Union. Which has produced this most wonderful photo of the week, which really ought not to wait for Saturday: »

Loose Ends (18)

Featured image • Yesterday I spent a nice 20 minutes with a very sharp undergraduate on Radio Free Hillsdale, which aspires to bring the good sense of Hillsdale beyond the borders of that fine campus (maybe it should be called “Radio Free Michigan” or “Radio Free America”). The topic was a certain recent book that you may have heard about, and in case you haven’t you can listen to the interview below—I think »

Energy Aces

Featured image Everything is coming up aces for energy today. President Trump is using Obama’s pen and phone to put the brakes on the crazy (and ineffectual) climate change schemes of the EPA, and over at the Wall Street Journal Mark Mills writes today about how the inexorable progress of American technology is slowly destroying OPEC: Oil prices started to collapse in 2014 because American shale businesses oversupplied markets. The Saudis responded by »

Green Weenie of the Week: He’s Baaack!

Featured image I had thought that forever more Al Gore would be ineligible to win another of Power Line’s coveted Green Weenie Awards, since he already has lifetime achievement awards in weeniedom from the Academy of Motion Pictures and the Nobel Self-Congratulation Committee. But no—even Gore has found a way to snag another one. You may have heard that Gore is coming out soon with a sequel to An Inconvenient Truth, and »

Is Time Dead?

Featured image I don’t mean “is time dead?” in the Einstein/quantum mechanics sense of special relativity, but rather, “Is Time magazine dead?” Time has shown up this week with an homage of sorts to one of its most famous covers from 1967, “Is God Dead?” While the cover designs are identical, it is worth mentioning a third in Time‘s “Is [something] dead?” series: in 1989, Time ran a cover wondering, “Is Government »

Are There Still Trump Cards to Play?

Featured image Liberals are gloating that the defeat of the American Health Care Act means that Trump’s presidency is over. “The stunning collapse of the Republican health-care bill now imperils the rest of President Trump’s ambitious congressional agenda,” the Washington Post says this morning. It was surely a blunder to unveil a hastily-prepared health care bill that the Republican leadership thought could be simply rammed through, and this raises questions about whether »

The Week in Pictures: Novak’s Razor Edition

Featured image The late, great Robert Novak famously remarked that God put the Republican Party on this earth to cut taxes, and other than that, he said, it’s not worth very much. The Obamacare repeal/replace debacle proves Novak’s Razor once again—and it even included tax cuts! I’m hoping that perhaps this will be a re-run of the 1986 tax reform, when everyone went home Friday night with the declaration that tax reform »

Just How Dumb Are Democrats?

Featured image With the Obamacare repeal fiasco ongoing today, House Republicans are working overtime to reclaim the undisputed title as “the stupid party,” but they are wasting their time, as the Democrats seem determined to keep the title all to themselves. Elsewhere Scott has noted the dumbest questions Senate Democrats have asked soon-to-be-Justice Neil Gorsuch, but one in particular stands out—Sen. Klobuchar’s annoyance that the Constitution uses the generic pronoun “he” so »