Author Archives: Steven Hayward

Why The Secret Service Fiasco Shouldn’t Surprise Us

Featured image So Julia Pierson, the first female head of the Secret Service, is falling on her service revolver today and resigning as a result of the recent fiasco at the White House, in which an intruder got much further into the presidential mansion than any sensible person would think possible. You can understand how the Secret Service got lazy at the sight of unlikely intruders; after all, Obama made it much »

Invasion of the Body Politic Snatchers

Featured image Forget the pod people of Invasion of the Body Snatchers: it seems the plastic people have taken over California government.  Think of it as Invasion of the Body Politic Snatchers.  Today Gov. Jerry Brown, who never found a goofy environmental idea he didn’t like, signed the bill to outlaw “single-use” plastic bags in California.  Which prompts the following 45-second video rant from me about how it is going to reduce »

Where The Gipper and Chesterton Meet

Featured image I’m in the throes of doing a close analysis of Reagan’s famous 1964 “Time for Choosing” speech for a lecture I’ll be giving next month on the 50th anniversary.  I rather like this line: “We have so many people who can’t see a fat man standing beside a thin one without coming to the conclusion the fat man got that way by taking advantage of the thin one.” Reminds me »

Some Liberals To Applaud on Climate

Featured image In my Forbes.com column today, “Climate Change Jumps the Shark,” I take aim at the old “no-enemies-on-the-left” mentality that will extend a free pass to the lunatic rantings of Naomi Klein and “Little Bobby” Robert F. Kennedy Jr. So when a liberal does step up and object strongly to this kind of infantile leftism, it is worth noting and praising. No surprise that it comes from our center-left friends at »

Chesterton on “The American Creed”

Featured image A lively discussion thread has broken out in response to Paul’s post immediately below about Donna Brazile’s call for scrapping the Constitution to save the country from conservatives. I’ll let that discussion play out there, but introduce here a new angle by way of following on my post invoking G.K. Chesterton several weeks ago that met with approval and calls for regular sequels. As it happens, one of our faithful »

Poor, Poor Obama: The World Is Just Too Complicated

Featured image What, did Thomas Friedman run out of taxi drivers or pink-haired hipsters to help him with today’s column? Today’s Friedman thumb-sucker, “Who Had It Easier—Reagan or Obama?”, he offers up one of the most ironic and tired out tropes of liberalism—that the Cold War era was so much less complicated than today because it was a binary conflict between two otherwise rational superpowers. Hate to break this to Friedman, but other »

Hitler Learns About Power Line’s VIP Membership

Featured image Okay, you knew this was coming. And I know what you’re thinking: isn’t this device more than a little tired out?  Well, yes, and that’s why this one is different than any you’ve ever seen before.  For one thing, it is only half as long as the Standard Hitler Parody Video.  Second, it has a plot twist in the middle.  You’ll just have to watch to see what I mean. »

The Stupid Party Strikes Again

Featured image I get it that the public image of the Republican Party is it low ebb—actually that’s true of both parties—but does anyone really think the remedy for this lies in videos like this one, “Republicans Are People Too”?  “Republicans have feelings”??  Are you serious?  Please tell me this is satire?  If this is for real, then Republicans really are back to being The Stupid Party.  And it cries out for »

The Week in Pictures: Double, Double, Holder and Trouble Edition

Featured image May I suggest that we all cheer Eric Holder’s decision to resign as attorney general, and suggest that others in the Obama Administration follow his example?  Starting with, oh—how about his boss?  But I’ll settle for Valerie Jarrett.  Holder’s move might be taken as yet another sign that the Obama presidency is winding down early.  Usually controversial attorney generals (think of Clinton’s gem of an AG, Giant Rhino) don’t get »

Intelligence Failure: A Conversation with Herbert Meyer, Part 1

Featured image We’ve featured the wisdom of Herbert Meyer before on Power Line (and he has a new article on the subject of political persuasion out right now that I want to discuss over the weekend), here and here on the end of the Cold War, for example.  I got to spend some time with Herb in person recently, and I brought Power Line’s video production crew with me to record some »

Gipperpalooza, Part 5

Featured image The fifth and final installment of my “American Mind” conversation with Charles Kesler about Ronaldus Magnus, this time lingering on Reagan’s 1989 farewell address, which has been overlooked by most surveys of the Reagan canon, as well as his 1985 call for “a second American revolution,” which was not entirely successful.  About eight minutes long: »

Will Climate Week Ever End?

Featured image Is it still climate week? Yes, it must be, since John Kerry, who pretending to be secretary of state, has said climate change is just as urgent as ISIS. Also ebola. No word yet on whether all the trash from the weekend’s climate march has been picked up yet, nor whether Leo DiCaprio picked up the tab. But then there’s this inconvenient headline from the Los Angeles Times a few »

Media Alert: The Seth Liebsohn Show

Featured image On Tuesday I did a whole radio hour with Seth Leibsohn, who broadcasts on KKNT 960—”The Patriot”—in Arizona in the evenings.  We ran down the whole waterfront, from the climate cartoon march to the quagmire of Obama’s Middle East non-strategy, culminating with my answers to the “10-book challenge” that has been going around on Facebook for a while.  (In other words, you can get yourself a dandy reading list if »

Climate: A Bad Career Move for Leo?

Featured image Well since it’s climate week we may as well continue with our dominant theme. As previously mentioned, Leo DiCaprio has gone all-in to be the climate change poster boy, apparently extending as far as aping Al Gore in becoming a one-man carbon sequestration project (Leo: I’d watch that waist line if you still want to bag supermodels; McConaughey is staying in shape after all). But I wonder if Leo has »

How To Break Up With Obama

Featured image Remember Obamagirl from back in 2008?  She later had a change of heart—much like the rest of the electorate.  (I’ve seen one recent poll showing Obama’s approval rating as low as 35 percent, but I think they all overstate his support.)  Anyway, here’s a delightful one-minute video with step-by-step instructions on how to break up with Obama: »

Climate Week in Pictures

Featured image You just knew we had to do this.  Surprise, surprise, surprise, it seems the climatistas who marched over the weekend were just as big a slobs as the Occupy Wall Street crowd (because they were mostly the same people), and failed to recycle their trash.  Maybe they think recycling socialist slogans is enough.  And, of course, there’s Leo DiCaprio to celebrate as the left’s new leading idiot. And finally, let’s »

How Dumb Is The New York Times?

Featured image Does the New York Times still employ any managing editors or copy editors who know anything?  First, today’s story on “corporate inversions.”  Check out the hed carefully: But what example do they feature in the photo in the story? So I guess Canada now counts as “overseas” for the NY Times. The Times is apparently more ignorant of Christianity, which, last time I heard, was a major religion even in »