Author Archives: Steven Hayward

Power Line Show, Episode 35: “Dangerous Doctrine”

Featured image One of the things the Power Line Editorial Board did in our rare in-person gathering on Wednesday in John’s kitchen/newsroom was tape a new episode of the Power Line Show, where we kick around with Scott his daily beat reporting of the trial of the “Minnesota Men.”  You can access the episode through our custom window to the right, or listen down below. The heart of this show, however, is »

“Social Justice: The Musical”

Featured image In the service or keeping the memory of Melissa Click and “Trigglypuff” going until the counter-revolution arrives, herewith “Social Justice: The Musical,” or, “Ain’t No Rest for the Triggered.” »

Today’s Clinton Scandal

Featured image The Wall Street Journal has an article out in the last hour about the latest Clinton scandal: Clinton Charity Aided Clinton Friends By James V. Grimaldi HASTINGS, Neb.—The Clinton Global Initiative, which arranges donations to help solve the world’s problems, . . . Oh just stop right there. “[W]hich arranges donations to help solve the world’s problems” is the best bit of droll comedy writing I’ve seen in a long »

Coming Attractions

Featured image Three-quarters of the Power Line team met in person last night at a disclosed location (John’s kitchen) in Apple Valley, Minnesota, which happens about as often as a Halley’s Comet flyby. (Paul is still in seclusion over in Eastern Europe hoping the whole Trump thing is just some kind of practical joke.) Here you can see the team hard at work in our makeshift newsroom, getting ready to have some »

A New Kind of Dragnet

Featured image Holy RuPaul, Batman! Did you know that smoking is bad for you! The U.S. government must be satisfied that it has reached every teen in America with the message that smoking is a drag, but what about people who dress in drag? How could we have forgotten them? More about the whole ad campaign from Breitbart. »

Spindle Time

Featured image Lots of good articles piling up worth posting in Picks section or discussing to some extent on our main page, but here’s a few that shouldn’t be missed: —Vin Scully’s 10 Most Memorable Baseball Calls. He’s only the greatest baseball announcer ever. That is settled science. —California loses another corporate headquarters: Jamba Juice is moving it’s HQ to Texas. —Even NPR is starting to talk about how Hillary may well »

The Media’s Rhodes Scholars

Featured image The Ben Rhodes story takes me back to the infamous Atlantic article of September 1981, “The Education of David Stockman.” That was the story where lefty writer William Greider sweet-talked a gullible and naive David Stockman into confessing that supply-side economics was supposedly a trickle-down fraud (though in fact Stockman never understood it and wasn’t a sympathizer to begin with). The media greeted that story as a major scandal about the »

Dems Should Stock Up on Panic Buttons

Featured image Bernie Sanders has beaten Hillary in West Virginia, which is no great surprise. What ought to have Hillary and the DNC looking nervously over at the panic button is the exit poll finding that 44 percent of Bernie voters say they will vote for Trump if Bernie is not the nominee. The Clintons—Bill anyway—are supposed to be skilled at “triangulation.” But guess who’s triangulating circles around Hillary right now? She »

Getting the Lead Out of Flint Disinformation

Featured image I’ve been wanting to circle back around to the story about the leaded water in Flint, Michigan, for some time now, on the suspicion that a close look at the data would show that the blood lead levels turning up in children are likely much lower than was typical of the majority of American children just 40 years ago, when airborne lead levels from leaded gasoline were very high. According »

What a Hillary-Shaped Supreme Court Would Look Like

Featured image Mark Tushnet of Harvard Law School is one of the leading leftists in legal academia today. Yesterday on Jack Balkin’s website Balkinization, Tushnet lets it all hang out how he thinks a reliably liberal Supreme Court should think and act. I’ve interspersed a couple of my comments in [bolded brackets]. Pay special attention to his Point #6: 1      A jurisprudence of “wrong the day it was decided.” Liberals should be compiling lists »

What’s This? Trump Surging?

Featured image The poll out this morning from Quinnipiac, a well-regarded outfit, ought to be causing panic at Hillary and DNC headquarters: “Six months from Election Day, the presidential races between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump in the three most crucial states, Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania, are too close to call,” said Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac Poll. “At this juncture, Trump is doing better in Pennsylvania than the »

Terrorist Economics

Featured image Everyone is having fun mocking the latest travesty of our airline security theater: the removal of a person described as “a 40-year-old man — with dark, curly hair, olive skin and an exotic foreign accent” from an American Airlines plane in Philadelphia because an adjacent passenger was alarmed at his ominous looking scribblings on a piece of paper. Turns out the man was doing math. Turns out the person was »

Bathroom Wars, Circa 1975

Featured image One of the markers of irrepressible liberalism is how it came to realize it doesn’t need to change the Constitution or the positive law to get what it wants. Remember the fuss over the Equal Rights Amendment back in the 1970s? Is there anything feminists have wanted that they haven’t been able to get by legislation or litigation in the absence of the ERA? Hard to think of anything. One »

Academic Howler of the Week: How to Ruin Salsa

Featured image It’s Monday, so it’s time for our Academic Absurdity of the Week, drawn as always from the service of Real Peer Review on Twitter. A few days ago Donald Trump got into his usual mischief over a taco bowl. He’s underachieving. He’s totally missing out on the trolling possibilities of  . . . salsa dancing! Because—wait for it now—salsa dancing is . . . racist, sexist, and imperialistic. Also “heteronormative.” »

What is Donald Trump?

Featured image Chasing after the multiple vectors of Donald Trump’s stream-of-consciousness and often circular remarks can occasionally be rewarding when he reveals the unique instinct or calculation he brought to this presidential contest. For example, the big question from the beginning was whether Trump might run as an independent if he failed to win the GOP nomination. Did anyone consider that he might run as both? The lead story in the New »

Kids (in the Hall) Say the Darndest Things

Featured image I never watched the Canadian comedy show “Kids in the Hall” when it was on, but always heard it had some good moments. And this sketch from over 20 years ago anticipates the current mood of political correctness, triggering, and all the other campus cliches pretty well (3 minutes long): »

Paul Johnson on Trump

Featured image The great British historian Paul Johnson is not the first to point out that the most significant aspect of Trump is his direct challenge to political correctness, but few have put it as strongly as he does in his latest Forbes column, “When Excess Is a Virtue.” Excerpt: The U.S. has been inundated with PC inquisitors, and PC poison is spreading worldwide in the Anglo zone. For these reasons it’s »