2016 Election

What Is to Be Done? Trump Has Some Ideas

Featured image Donald Trump has come out with his “Contract with the American Voter.” Hmmm, where have we heard this “contract” language before? Do I see the roly-poly profile of the person who’s name rhymes with “flute” lurking in the shadows? Actually this is a good idea for Trump. Beyond the wall, tax cut plan, and his views of tighter scrutiny for Muslim immigrants, he’s been lacking in details. His contract is »

South Dakota: A Beacon to the Nation [Updated With Video]

Featured image Politically, my home state is a model for the rest of the country. As the Associated Press notes, every statewide officeholder is a Republican, and both houses of the state’s legislature have Republican supermajorities. When Senator John Thune ran for re-election in 2010, the Democrats chose not to oppose him. This year–did you realize there was a Senate race going on in South Dakota?–the Democrats have come up with an »

The Russian connection (?)

Featured image It is impossible to keep up with the falsehoods with which we are inundated by the presidential campaigns. Take, for example, Hillary Clinton’s assertion that 17 intelligence agencies concur with the finding that the Russians are responsible for the DNC and WikiLeaks/Podesta email hacks. This has become a key Clinton campaign talking point, repeated again this morning by Clinton campaign manager Robbie Mook on FOX News Sunday to Chris Wallace »

Trump’s Gettysburg Address? He’s Off-Message!

Featured image When the focus is on issues, Donald Trump wins. When the focus is on collateral nonsense, Hillary Clinton wins. So our liberal media have desperately tried to deflect attention away from the vital issues that separate the parties and the candidates, and toward a succession of critiques of Donald Trump’s personality. Sometimes Trump has enabled this, as with his four-day feud with the Khan family. But it no longer matters. »

Biden talks tough

Featured image The new news brings us a glimpse of a few more facets of the multifaceted Joe Biden. If he were a pop singer, one of his albums would have been titled The Many Moods of Joe Biden. We have come to know him as left-wing hack. We have come to know him as a vulgarian. We have come to know him as an ignoramus. We have come to know him »

Democrat Agrees to Spanish-Language Debate, Drops Out When He Realizes Opponent Speaks Spanish

Featured image The Florida Senate race has been good for some laughs in a generally grim election season. It pits incumbent Marco Rubio against former Republican Patrick Murphy, whose main qualification is inherited wealth. The candidates agreed to debate on Univision, an important Spanish-language outlet in south Florida. Alex Conant, Rubio’s press guy, sums up what ensued in this tweet: To recap: Dem candidate agrees to Spanish-language debate. Then drops out when »

What’s Up With the Polls?

Featured image There’s quite a variance in the polling numbers for Trump and Hillary Clinton, complicated by the fact that some polls only offer a choice between the two major party candidates, and ignore Gary Johnson and the Green Party’s Jill Stein. Some polls have Hillary leading by as much as 15 points, while the Los Angeles Times poll continues to show Trump leading or virtually tied. (The methodology of the Times »

In defense of Al Gore

Featured image Al Gore is back in the news. Not because of his lame appearances on the campaign trail on behalf of Hillary Clinton (imagine how unenthusiastic young voters must be about Clinton for her to think she needs a 68 year-old has-been to fire them up), but because of Donald Trump’s refusal to say in advance that he will “accept” the results of this year’s election. This generated instant, mindless criticism »

Not rigged, thrown: Bill Campenni comments

Featured image William Campenni served in the Texas Air National Guard with George W. Bush. We got to know him in connection with Rathergate. He is an eloquent and knowledgeable commenter on politics and public affairs, as in his Amereican Thinker column “Nothing in common.” Bill writes to take issuue with my post this morning, though I think his comments complement what I had to say. Bill writes: Let me tell you »

Not rigged, thrown

Featured image Donald Trump’s allegations that the election is “rigged” constitute a motif in the closing days of his presidential campaign. The theme emerged last night in his refusal to acknowledge he would concede the election when he loses. I find Trump’s allegation of the rigging of the election bizarre. It advertises his understanding that he will lose the election. He disclaims responsibility for the loss in advance, but there it is, »

Brazile breaks it down

Featured image You had to hang in there after the debate to catch last night’s highlight — Megyn Kelly’s interview of Democratic National Committee chair Donna Brazile. Kelly asked Brazile about the Project Veritas video showing frequent White House visitor Robert Creamer explaining the role he played inciting violence at Trump rallies on behalf of the DNC and the Clinton campaign. The video of Kelly interviewing Brazile following the debate is below. »

Trump debates well, but is unlikely to move the needle

Featured image I’m not sure what it means to “accept” the results of an election, but after tonight’s debate I’m more convinced than ever that this election is unacceptable. In this corner, wearing the nauseating grin, is Hillary Clinton. She delivered a lengthy oration about the Supreme Court without ever mentioning the Constitution (which Chris Wallace specifically asked her about). Instead, she said she wants the Supreme Court to take sides. To »

On “Accepting Election Results”

Featured image I said I wouldn’t comment on tonight’s debate until tomorrow, when I host the third hour of Laura Ingraham’s radio show. But I can’t resist, having seen how the liberal press is trying to spin what, by any objective standard, was a pretty good night for Donald Trump. It’s all about Trump’s refusal to commit to “accepting the result of the election” should he lose: Horrifying! Trump “upends a basic »

Media Alert

Featured image How did tonight’s debate go? Does it still matter? Can Trump come back? He obviously did pretty well tonight, but I’m going to save the rest of my commentary until tomorrow morning, when I will be guest hosting the third hour of Laura Ingraham’s radio show, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Central. It will be all debate: no guests, just an hour of calls and commentary on what happened »

Hillary Clinton Is a Nobody

Featured image As we steel ourselves for the final presidential debate, it is worth remembering that Hillary Clinton has no talents that would have brought her to public attention, had she not married Bill Clinton. For the first time ever, “service” as First Lady is offered as a qualification for the presidency. Hillary carpet-bagged a Senate seat, running in New York while she was the First Lady, living in the White House. »

Reminder: Washington Hates America

Featured image One of the strongest arguments in favor of Trump is that if he won it would represent a stunning rebuke to the governing class in Washington—of both parties. That is one reason why Trump is essentially running as an independent, attacking both parties after having effected a hostile takeover of the Republican Party. I’ll have more to say about this starting Friday, but for now it is important to take »

Follow Tonight’s Debate at Power Line Live

Featured image Tonight’s final presidential debate begins at 9:00 p.m. Eastern and will be moderated by Chris Wallace. Will it be Trump’s Last Stand? Will the issues finally return to the fore after weeks of tawdry distractions? Will a strong Trump performance send the race in a new direction? Will Hillary faint? One way or another, news will be made. What better way to enjoy debate night than in the company of »