Author Archives: Steven Hayward

A 97 Percent Footnote

Featured image Pointing out the fraudulence and superficiality of the climatistas “97 percent!” campfire slogan is a tedious business, but someone has to do it. (My most complete analysis of it is here.) The distinguished climate economist Richard Tol has been all over the original Cook paper, and has a fresh takedown up on his website right now. If you’re not familiar with Tol, he is one of the pre-eminent economists in »

The Senate Home Stretch: Upsets in the Making?

Featured image The chalk line right now, going on the RealClearPolitics polling averages (which have been pretty good in past cycles), suggest a post-election Senate with 52 Republicans—a seven seat pickup. I still think the GOP is going to sneak up on a Senate race elsewhere—perhaps New Mexico, where another undistinguished Udall is on the ballot and where the Republican challenger, Allen Weh, is stubbornly hanging on. Most polls show Udall winning »

Obama’s “Settled Science”

Featured image Remember how Obama promised in his first inaugural address to “restore science to its rightful place”? Beyond this gratuitous dig at the outgoing Bush administration, it is curious to see that Obama’s idea of scientific authority is the egregious John Holdren, whom Obama chose as his science adviser. For Halloween our pal Rob Bradley of the Institute for Energy Research compiled a list of Holdren’s greatest hits over at the »

James Burnham on Obama

Featured image I’m deep into rereading the works of the great James Burnham in preparation for the fourth annual conference on November 14 of the very fine William F. Buckley Program at Yale University, which will be devoted chiefly to Burnham’s classic Suicide of the West. (Come if you can: details here). And in the last chapter of Suicide of the West, Burnham explains in just two sentences exactly why Obama’s foreign »

Top 10 Reasons to Vote Democrat

Featured image This top ten list is old, but is making the rounds again.  It’s billed as a David Letterman top ten list, though it is not.  (Actually you really don’t need to check Snopes.com to figure that out. Letterman would never run a list that hits Democrats this hard.)  But as some famous liberal said, “fake, but accurate!” #10. I vote Democrat because I love the fact that I can now »

The Week in Pictures: Quarantine Edition

Featured image I trust everyone had a good Halloween.  And now for tonight, which is the favorite night of the year for all true conservatives: we literally get to set the clock back!  Next thing you know, we’ll be proposing to ban the sale of condoms or something.  (Though I wonder how long it will be until some environmental group wants condoms banned because they are made with some plastic chemical they »

The Power Line 100: The Commanding Haidt

Featured image I tended to let the Power Line 100 Best Professors in America series go dormant last academic year while I served out my time as an inmate at the University of Colorado at Boulder, and it is past time to bring it back. And who better to inaugurate the revival of this series than NYU’s Jonathan Haidt, author of The Righteous Mind. He is not only tall, but his name »

What’s the Matter With Oregon?

Featured image A long time ago, I went to college in Oregon, at the fine little undergraduate institution that I now lovingly refer to as Lewinski and Clark College, since Ms. Monica of the Immaculate Stain left her mark there too. Back in those days, Oregon voted Republican in most presidential elections, and had a Republican governor. Little was I to know at the time that Vic Atiyah was to be the »

How Many Elections Will Democrats Steal Next Week? Part 2

Featured image As a follow up to our item the other day on the recent academic study examining the evidence of widespread voting by non-citizens, there are two stories out today. First, Bryan Preston over at Breitbart reports on what appears to be significant voting anomalies in Maryland (where there is a surprisingly close governor’s race that has not attracted much attention outside the state): The group, Virginia Voters Alliance, says that »

And Now For Something Completely Different

Featured image With the final week sprint to the election next week, a brief time out for some music.  Anyone remember when MTV used to broadcast music videos?  Of course, musicians need to make music videos for anyone to have anything to broadcast, so no wonder MTV now stands for “Mostly Trashy Viewing.” About the only musicians still putting out videos with real effort is the circus act known as OK Go. »

When You’ve Lost the New York Times. . .

Featured image Even the New York Times is starting to figure out that Obama and his roving clownshow of an administration is simply in over its head.  In “Mounting Crises Raise Questions on Obama Team’s Ability to Cope,” Times reporter Mark Landler uses ventriloquist journalism to give effect to the no doubt widespread desire of Beltway Democrats for Obama to try to right his fortunes through the desperation measure of cleaning house »

Who’s The Warmest of Them All?

Featured image The climatistas are already wetting their pants with the news that 2014 is supposedly on track to be the warmest year evah! The AP’s environmental “reporter” Seth Borenstein (who is really just an environmental activist with a byline, like most environmental “reporters”*) has told us so. Not so fast, says Dr. Roy Spencer, who is, as you may recall, one of the inventors of the NASA satellite systems that give »

What’s Wrong With ‘American Studies’ in One Sentence

Featured image American Studies is intended to be a cross-discipline combining literature, history, political science, and one or two other fields (anthropology and philosophy perhaps), and that’s what it did when I emphasized the field through the History and Government departments at Claremont more than 30 years ago. It was a wonderful way of having truly interdisciplinary discussion on key issues past and present. But today, like so many other areas in »

The Coming Democratic Crackup?

Featured image Republican gains next week look to be substantial, and if my hunch is correct the GOP will exceed expectations and probably sneak up on at least one Senate race currently thought out of reach, like New Mexico or Michigan. And they’ll probably nab a few House seats that Democrats think are safe. Then the question will turn to recriminations on the left. The Koch brothers will come in for the »

Still “Time for Choosing”

Featured image A very fun day today at the Reagan Library, reviewing the 50th anniversary of Reagan’s “Time for Choosing” speech.  The dean of Reagan-era journalists, Lou Cannon, and his son Carl Cannon, nowadays making his own mark in journalism at RealClearPolitics and elsewhere, joined me for a terrific panel discussion.  Amy Otto of TheFederalist.com tweeted out this photo: I’ll post up the complete text of my lecture, though I shortened down »

The German Disease: Coming Soon to a Country Near You?

Featured image The cover of this week’s edition of The Economist, nearby, combines a lot into a little. Above all, it has a Monty Python reference. You can never go wrong with a Monty Python reference. Overseas the macro news is bad. Germany’s sluggish economy may take the rest of the Eurozone down with it. Japan, which has been unsuccessfully fighting deflation for two decades now, has just issued bonds with negative »

How Many Elections Will Democrats Steal Next Week?

Featured image How extensive is voter-fraud, especially among non-citizens? Just bring up the question, or suggest we need to have voter-ID at the polls like every other advanced democracy, and the answer will be instantly supplied: You’re a racist. But as Dan McLaughlin points out over at The Federalist, Democrats seem to win a suspiciously high number of close elections, well beyond what a random statistical trial would suggest. There’s a bombshell »