Author Archives: Steven Hayward

Have They Left Yet?

Featured image I wonder how Hollywood is even going to able to hold the Academy Awards this year since so many of its leading celebrities and stars have “literally” fled the country in the aftermath of Donald Trump’s accession to the White House. The Washington Free Beacon has tallied the exodus: Wait, what’s that? None of them have actually left? You mean they were just blowing smoke? Can we start a fund »

The Booker Freakout

Featured image I talk frequently with students about the nature of political ambition, starting with the ambiguity of ambition itself. Ambition is necessary, in public as in private life, but sometimes ambition can be ugly to see and distorting to the soul. Just think of how people sometimes use the term “ambition” negatively or sarcastically: “My goodness, he is certainly ambitious!” This is preface for taking in the sad decline of New Jersey »

Hillary Forever?

Featured image The Clintons really are Freddy Krueger of politics. Every time you think they’re slayed and buried for good, they come back to life. Can we really be so lucky, as the Daily Mail reports, to have Hillary Clinton actually start a TV talk show as a platform for another run at the White House? Hillary Clinton is considering another run for president – and is mulling the idea of launching »

Civil War on the Left, Part 35: Brock’s Bridge to Nowhere

Featured image Heck, the pixels are barely set on my Meltdown item last night that Democrats think David Brock is the person to help them talk to “real people,” and lo and behold today the Daily Beast offers up a feast of Democrats running terror from this Freddy Krueger figure of their party: Dems to David Brock: Stop Helping, You Are Killing Us By Asawin Suebsaeng As David Brock attempts to position himself as »

Video of the Day: How to Shut Down a Silly Protest

Featured image A reader passes along this 18-second video of a bunch of campus chuckleheads offering a protest chant in the library at the University of Washington. And you won’t believe what happens next! (Seriously: that’s not just click bait doggerel for once.) »

The Meltdown Notes

Featured image Looks like we’re just going to have to inaugurate a new regular feature here on Power Line, which I’ll call “The Meltdown Notes.” We’ll have to exert some discipline to keep it from becoming an hourly update. It may also have to be cross-referenced at times with our “Civil War on the Left” series, since the left’s Trump Meltdown is causing the rifts on the left to expand even wider. »

Meltdown on the Left: Where to Begin?

Featured image It is becoming apparent that Donald Trump’s accession to the presidency is causing a full scale nervous breakdown on the left. Where to begin? I was getting ready to observe that if the left continues at its current fevered pitch, many leftists will end up literally in padded cells (and I do mean “literally” literally here). But John Podhoretz beat me to it over at Commentary: It cannot go on »

Competition for Keith Ellison?

Featured image Keith Ellison should watch out! It looks like he has real competition for most self-destructive DNC chair: Sally Boynton Brown, who in the speech below at a DNC candidate forum goes full Black Lives Matter and says that her job is to tell white people to shut up when they’ve interrupting. Heck, if you can’t have Ashley Judd for DNC chair, Sally Brown ought to do nicely (about 4 minutes): »

Climate Follies

Featured image Climate change is such a bore that I can scarcely be bothered to keep up with it any more, but now and then I try to check in. The latest news is that 2016 was the hottest year ever, well, that is the hottest year for which we have decent records, which is, at best, about 150 years. Seriously? Moreover, you have to dig past the breathless news reports to »

Burn, Baby, Burn?

Featured image Looks like the left’s 1960s riot nostalgia is returning with a vengeance. The Washington Examiner reports that the stretch limo protesters set afire in Washington on inauguration day was owned by a Muslim immigrant who was opposed to Trump. And he doesn’t know whether his insurance policy will cover damage from rioting. I wonder if Trump might score a PR coup by paying for a new limo for this guy, »

Going Gaga: A Very Judd Sequel [with comment by Paul]

Featured image I see that my tongue-in-cheek post yesterday about Ashley Judd going gaga at the Wymyn’s March generated a lot of comments, and I do apologize sincerely for not attaching a warning to viewers about it. But as we’re inquiring after celebrities going gaga, it sent me racking my brain trying to remember what it was that my old mentor M. Stanton Evans once said about Lady Gaga, who as you »

Academic Absurdity of the Week: Heavy, Man, Heavy

Featured image Did you know there is an academic journal devoted to the study of heavy metal music? I didn’t either, but of course there is: Metal Music Studies. It’s your one-stop shopping venue for important scholarly analysis of Metallica and Iron Maiden. Also Nickelback. Here’s one especially precious intersectional offering: Accept(ing) the other (Metallic[a]) hypermasculine image: Case studies towards an alternative understanding of hypermasculinity in the aesthetics of 1980s heavy metal »

Can You Blow Bubbles with This Tea?

Featured image National Review’s Jim Geraghty argues in his NR “Morning Jolt” today that the Wymyns March on Saturday is the nucleus of a potentially effective Tea Party of the left for the Trump years. Even though the march was an incoherent stew of contradictory and fringe-y causes, it is united by the simple impulse to oppose Donald Trump, which Geraghty thinks will be sufficient to hold it all together. Maybe so, »

The Imponderable Ashley Judd

Featured image I was traveling home from Texas yesterday and missed the various women’s marches, but I heard that actress Ashley Judd went totally bonkers at the Washington DC rally. The video of the speech rant is below, and it is indeed off-the-chart crazy. But you should approach it with an open mind and entertain the possibility that she’s actually a mole from the Trump campaign. I think the circumstantial evidence indeed supports »

The Tweet for the Trump Years

Featured image By general consensus the most emblematic tweet of the Obama years came from Jon Gabriel: But you’ll note that this took until halfway through Obama’s second term for this to emerge as the undisputed champion. Just one day into the Trump presidency, I think we can already declare the emblematic tweet, courtesy David Burge (aka, Iowahawk): »

The Week in Pictures: Regular Saturday Edition

Featured image Aw come on, this is just too much fun. So here’s a short bonus round to enjoy while we get ready for the NFL conference championships tomorrow. Many thanks, by the way, to the many Power Line readers who turned out in Austin yesterday to hear my lunch talk at the University about Ronaldus Magnus, which I’ll lead off with. But note, in the second pic, that Trump has indeed »

Obama Pardons Sideshow Bob

Featured image Anyone recall this scene from The Simpsons from way back in its first or second season (when George H.W. Bush was president): Well good grief: But on Thursday, his last full day in office, Obama announced 330 more commutations, for nonviolent drug offenders, bringing his total number of clemencies to 1,715. He has granted commutations to more people than the past 12 presidents combined, including 568 inmates with life sentences. »