Author Archives: Steven Hayward

Donald Trump, Masterpiece Theatre Edition

Featured image I know I’m not the first to suggest that some of the elite disdain of Donald Trump arises from the class conflicts peculiar to New York City. He’s obviously an outer borough man, and while you might let him build your high rise luxury condo on the Upper West Side, you certainly wouldn’t invite him to dinner with your pals from The New Yorker and the board of the Met. »

The Fun Indicator, Rubio Edition

Featured image A couple weeks ago I mentioned “The Fun Indicator,” which suggested that the candidate and campaign that is having the most fun often turns out to be the winning campaign. And the person obviously having the most fun this cycle is Donald Trump. But don’t count out Marco Rubio, who stars in this new video, which has an awesome collection of cameos and inside jokes with the joke (especially Senator »

Long Live the King

Featured image I’ve been expecting the day would come when the identity politics Left would turn on Martin Luther King Jr, and that day has arrived. Students at the University of Oregon (and surely elsewhere) are demanding that one of King’s most famous phrases, “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin »

Has Trump Finally Blundered? [With Comment by John and Paul]

Featured image News out late today that Trump will skip Thursday’s GOP debate ahead of the Iowa caucuses next Monday, apparently objecting to the presence of Megyn Kelly on the Fox panel that will conduct the debate. Is this finally a blunder that will hurt him, or another stroke of genius? Anyone who has previously said Trump had blundered with some of his outrageous remarks has been made a fool, and it »

Two Ways of Looking at Trump [with comment by Paul]

Featured image Come what may in the primary voting that is—finally!—about to begin, people will be analyzing the Trump phenomenon for a long time. The Week has two interesting pieces up right now, starting with Michael Brendan Dougherty, arguing “For Trumpism, Against Trump.” I’ve been waiting for a Republican who would say, bluntly, the Iraq War was a disaster. I’ve been waiting for a Republican candidate to say that the trade deals »

Vacuous Vox Boxes Itself

Featured image It was only a few days ago that I took note of the sorry Politifact people for jumping on Marco Rubio for supposedly distorting the role Ronald Reagan played in the denouement of the Iranian hostage crisis back in January 1981, and now Vox has weighed in also with the purpose of disputing Rubio and denigrating Ronaldus Magnus. Except that Vox makes a total botch of it. Here’s the lede »

They Don’t Make Liberals Like They Used To

Featured image In our Picks section yesterday we linked to Fred Siegel’s recent City Journal article, “The House Divided,” which is a 25-year retrospective on Arthur Schlesinger’s 1991 attack on leftist “multiculturalism.” As it happens, I’ve been reading one of Schlesinger’s older books, The Vital Center: The Politics of Freedom (published in 1949), as background for the book project I have under way. And also as it happens, I’ve had dinner with »

Time to Uproot the Bushes for Good?

Featured image The most infuriating thing I’ve read all week is Steve Hayes’s story in the Weekly Standard about how Jeb Bush’s super PAC, Right to Rise, has held its fire on Trump, instead directing its fire on the one candidate who is best positioned to win in November: Marco Rubio: In the “fight” between Donald Trump and conservatism, Trump has had few better allies than Right to Rise, the super PAC »

Does The Donald Drive You to Drink?

Featured image Well, no he doesn’t, but I don’t need an excuse for a drink. But the folks at The Nation magazine do. I’m on The Nation‘s email distribution list (so that you don’t have to), and the latest subscription bleg for their wine club opens as follows: Are you looking for that perfect Merlot to pair with Donald Trump’s immigration-policy proposals? A Sauvignon Blanc to help obscure Mike Huckabee’s tweets about »

Is It 1912—or 1824? [with comment by Paul]

Featured image Political pundits and historians always like to analogize the current election cycle to a past election cycle, though I think a case can be made that each cycle is unique and non-repeatable. On the surface, it might look like we might be heading for a repeat of 1912, when a Republican split led to the independent candidacy of Teddy Roosevelt and handed the White House to Woodrow Wilson. That, I »

The Week in Pictures: Snowzilla Edition

Featured image So the mid-Atlantic is buried in snow, which I’m sure is the result of c—— c—–, while out here in California a lot of water is falling from the skies, also a rare occurrence. This means everyone has lots of extra time to read Power Line today, so we’ve got an extra long lineup. You can also ponder your own personal Academy Awards boycott; I’ve been boycotting the Oscars for »

Climatistas: Party Like It’s 1998!

Featured image Have you heard? The climatistas are popping the champagne (thereby releasing more CO2) over the “official” news that 2015 was the hottest year ever, and by no small margin. (2014’s “record temperature” was a mere 0.03 degrees hotter than the previous all-time record, which NASA sheepishly admitted in subsequent fine print was so far within the margin of statistical error as to be effectively meaningless, but not until the ink »

William F. Buckley on Trump

Featured image Turns out that William F. Buckley Jr. took the measure of Trump in an essay written way back in 2000 for Cigar Aficiando. (By the way, if only Marvin Shanken had taken my advice and started Trophy Wife Aficiando, this essay on Trump would have fit even better there.) National Review helpfully reprints most of it today, but here are the most relevant two paragraphs: What about the aspirant who has »

Bernie’s Morning in Amerika (Updated)

Featured image Everyone is abuzz about Bernie Sanders’s new one-minute ad set to the old Simon & Garfunkel tune “America,” which is very effective on the emotional level. Fitting music for Hillary would have to be supplied by Nine Inch Nails. Running across a blackboard. It reminds of nothing so much as Ronald Reagan’s “Morning in America” spots from 1984, which liberals detested remember. (“It’s closer to midnight,” Richard Gephardt said, after »

The Great Gasbag

Featured image Yesterday I was booked on Fox Business News with the plan of offering some comment on Leo di Caprio’s remarks at the World Economic Forum about how corporate “greed” is preventing global warming from being solved. (Then he hopped back on his private jet and flew away to one of his many mansions that have the carbon footprint of a small African nation.) But the market crash of the morning »

Against Trump

Featured image Not that this will do any good, but I have joined a chorus of conservatives making our cases against Trump in the next issue of National Review, released tonight. My contribution is as follows: After Obama — after three generations of liberalism only slightly interrupted by the Reagan years — the conservative president we desperately need requires a paradoxical combination of boldness and restraint. The president will need to be »

Forrest McDonald, RIP [with comment by Paul]

Featured image Sad news yesterday of the passing of one of the great conservative historians of our time, Forrest McDonald, at the age of 89. He taught for many years at the University of Alabama, and was the author of several important revisionist works on American history, including a favorable biography of the great electric utility executive Sam Insull (one of the “economic royalists” that FDR hunted down with mixed success during »