Author Archives: Steven Hayward

The Eternal Presumption of the Liberal Mind

Featured image At the very end of Matt Bai’s New York Times Magazine feature about Gary Hart that could be titled “Hart-less: The Original Bimbo Eruption,” there’s a short passage that puts on full display the irrepressible presumption of liberalism—or perhaps it’s another example of Bush Derangement Syndrome. Here’s how the piece ends: “It’s what he could have done for this country that I think bothers him to this very day,” Lee »

Remy on the ISIS Crisis

Featured image Oh yeah, you knew this was coming: our hero Remy Munasifi and our pals at Reason.TV out this morning with a 90 second video that combines mockery of Obama’s unserious ISIS “strategy” and the NFL’s timorousness.  Enjoy: »

Where the NEA Meets the EPA

Featured image Lots and lots of climate news right now, ahead of next week’s UN “Leaders Climate Summit” that no world leaders are attending, but there’s one story out the last few days that deserves special notice: did you know that $700,000 of your tax dollars went to subsidizing an off-Broadway musical about the evils of climate change? Yes, I know, this sounds like a plot to a lame Mel Brooks remake »

Gov. Christie Exonerated

Featured image Did you hear on the national network news broadcasts that the U.S. Justice Department investigation into the New Jersey bridge closures has found no evidence of Gov. Chris Christie’s prior knowledge or involvement?  Or maybe you heard it on the 15-part series about the scandal—the biggest since Teapot Dome!, according to historian Dr. Albert Sharpton, Ph.D (I’m sure he has an honorary Ph.D from somewhere)—on MSNBC?  Me neither. The U.S. »

A Walk on the Supply Side

Featured image A third installment of my conversation with CRB editor Charles Kesler about Ronaldus Magnus on the Claremont Institute’s “American Mind” is now up, just 6:30 long–perfect for a cup of espresso.  This time we look back on supply-side economics and spending controversies.  (Stand by, incidentally, for several Reagan-related announcements and items in the coming days.) »

The Idiot’s Guide to Smart People: Malcom Gladwell Edition

Featured image If I have made any contribution to following Orwell’s advice to banish all clichés from our writing (because clichés usually represent sloppy thinking) it is my occasional use of “a perfect storm of tipping points!”  (Usually in reference to climate hysterics, since they are awash in “tipping points” and “perfect storms.”)  This two-minute video cutting Malcolm Gladwell, whose genius lies in inventing one-word clichés, down to size is so awesome I nearly »

Another Falling Bridge

Featured image While we await some new Rick Perlstein news (coming next week, stay tuned), it is worth noting another highly critical review of the book from the left. Jacob Weisberg takes aim in The Invisible Bridge in the Democracy Journal, a smart liberal journal edited by Michael Tomasky. Here are a couple of samples: [T]he reader finishes Perlstein’s very long book with the unsatisfying feeling that the author has not only »

Udall or Udull?, Part 2

Featured image About ten days ago we noticed here that Colorado Democratic Senator Mark Udall, who got into office chiefly on the benefit of his family name (though his dad Mo was no great shakes in the intelligence department either), is having a tough time against Rep. Cory Gardner.  He did poorly in his one debate with Gardner out in Grand Junction.  Now Udall is declining any further televised debates with Gardner, »

Spencer on the Case: It’s Not About the Climate

Featured image We noted here last week that a UN “Leaders Climate Summit” is getting under way in New York next week, but that no world leaders are showing up. Obama, however, is planning to turn up, though that does not falsify our conclusion that no world leaders are showing up. (Anyone want to bet there will be a fundraising event on the itinerary somewhere? The golf game is a given.) We’ve »

Is John Kerry a GOP Double-Agent? [With Comment by John]

Featured image Never mind the idea that Nancy Pelosi may be a GOP deep-cover double-agent.*  I think I’ve figured out who is operating in even deeper cover: Secretary of State John Kerry. Today in Jakarta Kerry spoke about the causes of climate change.  Here are some highlights of Kerry’s keen grasp of science: The science of climate change is leaping out at us like a scene from a 3D movie. . . »

Is Pelosi a GOP Plant?

Featured image Like the email John mentions below, there are ample other reasons to wonder about Nancy Pelosi’s probity. I’ve always heard that she is very skillful at the back-room aspects of party management in the House, and she better be, because when she opens her mouth to speak, you can expect a disaster that could make even John Kerry cringe. Last Friday on Bill Maher’s HBO “comedy” show, she said, “Civilization »

Ein Klein Nichtmusik

Featured image We took early notice here a couple days ago in “Full Frontal Environmentalism” of Naomi Klein’s forthcoming book This Changes Everything. We may need to start a running series here about Klein, as the left is clearly trying to create a publishing sensation akin to Piketty’s Capital in the 21st Century and Perlstein’s The Invisible Bridge. (By the way, did you happen to catch that Amazon’s Kindle folks leaked the »

What’s Wrong With California in One Map

Remember Barry Goldwater’s famous line that the country would be better off if we sawed off the Atlantic seaboard and let it drift out to sea?  Well, the same thing should be said of coastal California. This isn’t exactly news of course, but below is a great photo that dramatizes the problem: it shows which California counties have banned single-use plastic bags.  No mystery as to the politics of this. »

The Week in Pictures: Unitarian Edition

Featured image The most astounding news of the week is that the Bad Guys of the Week in the Middle East, the “Islamic State In Iraq” (ISIS) or the “Islamic State In the Levant” (ISIL) or ISIOMH (“Islamic State Inside Obama’s Mush Head”) is not Islamic!  Pay no attention to the term Islamic in their name!  I’m sure Obama is right; they’re probably Unitarian Universalists.  Oops—that’s the problem: they’re universalists.  They want »

Full-Frontal Environmentalism: We Knew It All Along

Featured image There’s an old line that environmentalists are “watermelons”—green on the outside, red on the inside. A lot of environmentalists will take great offense if you say this: No no! We like economic growth and capitalism just fine! We just want it to be “sustainable,” whatever that means. And don’t ask for specificity about what “sustainability” means in detail, unless you have a lot of time and a full bottle of »

Foreign Policy Mulligan

Featured image John and Paul are both working on reactions to Obama’s speech as I type–and maybe we’ll actually have the first ever Power Line competition to post first on Obama’s latest divot, I mean pivot, to jobs in a speech about foreign policy.  What was that about?  (Actually I see John already beat me to it.  Hey Scott: Care to play too, or is it past your bedtime?) Someone emailed before »

ISIS: What Would Churchill Do?

Featured image Power Line has come into possession of a transcript of a recent telephone conversation between President Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron, who, as everyone knows, has been way out in front of Obama in judging the seriousness of the problem posed by the rise of ISIS. Obama: Hey Dave, it’s Barry. How you likin’ those groovy tunes on that iPod I gave you at the G-8? Cameron: Barry! »