Author Archives: Steven Hayward

Dionne Gets One Right

Featured image Having beaten up on E.J. Dionne several times in the past for tendentious columns, fairness suggests noting when he gets something right, or at least partly right.  His post-election column doesn’t sugarcoat things for Democrats, nor engage in the excuses (turnout) or evasions (if only everyone was required to vote) that many liberals are using to comfort themselves. For Democrats, the 2014 election was not the 2010 Republican landslide. It »

Breaking: Supreme Court to Take Up Another Obamacare Challenge

Featured image As Paul discussed at the time, the DC Circuit Court’s Halbig ruling striking down Obamacare’s state subsidies would be unlikely to survive an en banc rehearing with all of the new judges that Harry Reid enabled Obama to appoint.  And the 4th Circuit upheld the state subsidies in a separate case. But this afternoon the Supreme Court announced that it won’t wait for the DC Circuit’s rehearing, and will take up an »

Environmentalists Show How to Make the Best Comics Epically Unfunny

Featured image How do you take the best comics in the country and make them duller than wet cardboard?  You dragoon them into plying their chops on behalf of environmental organizations, which the NRDC did this week at their “night of comedy.”  The three-minute clip below really makes you feel sorry for Seth Meyers, Larry David, et al. Here’s a sample of the comic fare from the actual event, from Seth Meyers: “Let’s »

Less, Lesser, Lessig

Featured image If Tom Steyer has a rival as the biggest loser from the Democratic funder/advocate class in this election, it has to be Lawrence Lessig, perhaps the most puffed-up pompous professor among the many prodigious pomposities who inhabit Harvard. Lessig is a famous scold of campaign spending, whose solution (like nearly all academic solutions) would conveniently empower people like himself. Lessig deplores money in politics, and set out in this election »

Watch the Kool Aid Bowl at Salon

Featured image Of course the punditocracy is already war-gaming the 2016 election, and the reliable latte-liberals of Salon are pointing out the obvious in “Mitch Is On Borrowed Time“: that the GOP will be defending many more Senate seats in 2016 than this year, and would easily lose the Senate.  Well, at least taxpayers aren’t paying for analysis this astute. But it’s worth reading all the way to the end for perhaps »

Who Will Send Landrieu the Horse’s Head?

Featured image One way to tell that Mary Landrieu is a goner in the December 6 runoff election is that the Democratic Senate Campaign Committee has cancelled its reserved TV ads.  Politico reports: The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee has canceled its advertising reservations for Sen. Mary Landrieu ahead of the December runoff in Louisiana. The committee canceled all broadcast buys planned from Monday through Dec. 6 in the state’s five major media »

Tom Cotton: “Harvard Sucks”

Featured image Bet that headline got your attention.  It’s accurate, but out of context. Turns out that Tom Cotton, Harvard class of 1998 and an editor at the Harvard Crimson, wrote an editorial in 1997 entitled “Love’s End” that adumbrated Allan Bloom’s observations in The Closing of the American Mind about the decaying dating and courtship habits of undergraduates today.  It bores in on how “relationships” have replaced old fashioned “love.” It »

In Other News. . .

Featured image While we’re still having fun making the Democratic rubble bounce from Tuesday’s carpet bombing, there was an important federal district court case ruling yesterday out of Utah that promises to put a crimp in the Endangered Species Act if it is upheld on appeal.  Jonathan Adler reports: This afternoon a district court in Utah held that the federal prohibition against “taking” Utah prairie dogs — listed as “threatened” under the Endangered »

Steyer, Steyer, Pants on Fire

Featured image Tom Steyer is delusional. Or living in a parallel universe where Al Gore is emperor. Probably comes with hanging out with Nancy Pelosi in Pacific Heights too much. He tells the San Jose Mercury News that “I feel as if we did better than we expected.” The story adds: Steyer and his camp stress that they have created an infrastructure — which includes identifying 250.000 “climate voters” — for the »

The Other Hurricane Katrina

Featured image The one named Katrina vanden Heuvel, editor of The Nation. She wrote last night that Obama should double-down on his radicalism: The Obama administration should act right away to use its executive powers to take steps to deal with long-ignored issues that need to be dealt with for the good of the nation. This cannot be done quietly. To change the media narrative, issues acted upon will have to be »

Obama’s Katrina

Featured image John Judis of The New Republic is one of the advocates (along with Ruy Teixeiria) of the “emerging Democratic majority” thesis based on demographics, and the theory looked pretty good for Obama in 2008 and 2012.  And it might well be decisive again in 2016.  But it’s also the case that issues matter.  In Judis’s election post-mortem today, this paragraph stands out: Could Obama and the Democrats have avoided the voters’ »

Paging Eugene Robinson

Featured image I expect Eugene Robinson, by far the weakest columnist on the Washington Post op-ed page, is already writing his column about how the American voters acted out a childish temper tantrum at the polls yesterday, like he did in 2010: “According to polls, Americans are in a mood to hold their breath until they turn blue. Voters appear to be so fed up with the Democrats that they’re ready to »

Be a Hogan’s Hero

Featured image Paul has already noted how huge is Larry Hogan’s upset win in the Maryland governor’s race, but it is worth dwelling on one important aspect of Hogan’s successful campaign: he actually campaigned for black votes. Memo to GOP operatives: how about a lot more ads like this Hogan spot in 2016? »

Climate Change? An Issue for Losers

Featured image Ross Douthat nails it in his NY Times blog post-mortem: And nobody, but nobody, cared how many millions liberal billionaires spent trying to make climate change an issue. Andrew Restuccia notes in Politico: For Tom Steyer and other environmentalists, $85 million wasn’t enough to help Democrats keep the Senate blue or win more than a single governor’s mansion in Tuesday’s toughest races. The billionaire’s super PAC and other green groups »

The Day After

Featured image The party establishments always have to spin harder after a one-sided election, but some Democrats are barely spinning at all this morning, unless what looks like spin is in fact a pivot to train their ire on Obama in hopes his intransigence doesn’t drag the party down further in 2016. How about this from Harry Reid’s (“weak Reid”?) chief of staff: “The president’s approval rating is barely 40 percent,” David »

First Observations

Featured image First, let’s note that a lot of Senate races that were supposed to be close weren’t.  Tom Cotton crushed Pryor.  McConnell crushed Grimes.  Ernst crushed Braley.  Gardner didn’t crush, but certainly dished out a well deserved humiliation to Udull.  Perdue handily dispatched Nunn.  Landrieu is a goner in the runoff.  Roberts hung on handily.  Tillis has to be ranked an upset, since he was trailing in most polls.  (On the »

Early Returns from Kentucky

Featured image The polls are closed in Kentucky and the counting has started.  Henry Olsen tweets that McConnell is running ahead of his pace in 2008 in the same early-reporting counties. »