2016 Election

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Ammo Grrrll continues her post-election series in GET A GRIP! Part 3 – VIRTUE SIGNALING WITHOUT THE VIRTUE. She writes: One of the most unnerving aspects of the Great Democrat Freakout has been the astonishing level of nastiness unleashed. Like lynch mobs everywhere, the larger the audience, the more unhinged the behavior of individuals in the crowd. An aging, has-been singer shrieks her fantasy of blowing up the White House. »

A few Super Bowl story lines [with comment by Paul]

Featured image Well, that was exciting. There were so many story lines running in Super Bowl LI last night that it seemed to me impossible to keep up. This morning I am writing from mental notes that may reflect oversights or errors for which I apologize in advance. I trust readers will note them in the comments. We had the bid of Tom Brady and Bill Belichick and the Patriots to a »

The Implausible Donald Trump

Featured image I know we’ve posted this video here once or twice before, but it’s even more fun to take in now that he’s been in office for 10 days and the left is losing its mind. So let’s enjoy an extra thick and delicious helping of schadenfreude once again: »

Dave Begley: Trump’s long, strange trip

Featured image Omaha attorney Dave Begley covered the presidential candidates for us Iowa and Nebraska over the past two years. Today he recalls Donald Trump’s 2015 stop in Sioux City, Iowa, and looks back: It has been a long and strange trip for President Donald J. Trump from the first time I saw him at Sioux City West high school on October 18, 2015 to his inauguration on January 20, 2017. I »

Jim Brown backs Donald Trump

Featured image Who are the most formidable and iconic male African-Americans of the 1960s? Martin Luther King and Cassius Clay/Muhammad Ali are surely the top two. Who is third? For me, it’s Jim Brown (and not John Lewis). Brown is as great an athlete as I’ve ever seen. He was also a civil rights crusader during his playing days, when almost all black athletes in team sports shied away. As Kevin Blackistone »

Syllogisms from the Headlines

Featured image This is fun. “Ripped from the headlines,” as they say on Law & Order. News item/major premise: 1,500 Law Professors Sign Statement Opposing Jeff Sessions for Attorney General. News item/minor premise: Law Schools Have Shed 1,460 Full-Time Faculty Since 2010. Conclusion: Law schools haven’t laid off nearly enough faculty yet. QED. For more on the disgrace of law professors, see this story over at American Greatness. »

Return of the leftover left

Featured image The leftover left that materialized during the Bush administration is returning in force as of January 20. Whatever they do to disrupt events related to the inauguration of Donald Trump as president, it is a preview of coming attractions. Alex Pfeiffer’s Daily Caller report links to undercover audio posted by FOX News. Jim Hoft seems to be in their sights. Rick Moran notes at American Thinker “Inauguration protests could get »

“Never Trump” Republicans whine that Trump may say “never them”

Featured image David Nakamura of the Washington Post reports: They are some of the biggest names in the Republican national security firmament, veterans of past GOP administrations who say, if called upon by President-elect Donald Trump, they stand ready to serve their country again. But their phones aren’t ringing. Their entreaties to Trump Tower in New York have mostly gone unanswered. In Trump world, these establishment all-stars say they are “PNG” — »

Trump backs L.L. Bean with tweet — good for him

Featured image The left, as is its wont, has organized a politically-motivated boycott against L.L. Bean, the outdoor gear and apparel company. The pretext for the boycott is that the Federal Election Commission charged Linda Bean, a granddaughter of the company’s founder and a member of its ten-person Board, with contributing more than the legal donation amount to a political action committee that supported Donald Trump’s presidential campaign. (The company itself did »

Nunes’s notes & queries

Featured image Devin Nunes is the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee. Appearing on FOX News Sunday this morning, he had a few heterodox observations about the news surrounding the story of Russian interference in our election (video below, about 10 minutes). The interview captures a few of the dissonant notes that have generally been ignored in the hysterical din to which we are now subject. Rep. Nunes knows what he is »

A call from Quinnipiac

Featured image I got a call on my cell phone from the Quinnipiac University Poll on Thursday evening. The questions were numerous and intrusive. I may have made a mistake in choosing to respond, but I stuck with the call because I wanted to hear what was being asked and because I thought I might come away with something of interest for Power Line readers. I asked whether the poll was being »

Trump acknowledges Russian election-related hacking efforts [Update: media dishonesty ensues]

Featured image President-elect Donald Trump was briefed today by senior intelligence officials who laid out their case regarding Russian cyber-intrusion into American politics, especially the recent presidential election. After the meeting, Trump acknowledged that Russia hacked the Democrats. He also said that Russia attempted to hack the Republicans. Here is his statement: I had a constructive meeting and conversation with the leaders of the Intelligence Community this afternoon. I have tremendous respect »

Joe Biden: “It is over”

Featured image Last month, I promised that when Donald Trump’s victory became completely official I would post my two favorite “it’s over” videos — the Roy Orbison classic and the iconic call of England’s 1966 World Cup victory. Today, Trump’s victory was certified in Congress. I will keep my promise. But thanks to a ridiculous last ditch attempt by some House Democrats to challenge electoral votes for Trump, I have a new »

GOP Senators bring clarity to the Russia election hacking debate

Featured image Yesterday, the Senate Armed Services Committee held a hearing on Russian hacking especially as it pertained to last year’s presidential election. Paul Kane, a liberal at the Washington Post, gives this account: Senate Republicans walked a tightrope Thursday trying to show their toughness against Vladi­mir Putin’s Russia without undermining the legitimacy of President-elect Donald Trump’s victory in November. Again and again during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on Russian »

Touche to Hollywood

Featured image We’ve taken note here before of the clueless presumptuousness of Hollywood celebrities endlessly lecturing the American people, the Electoral College, and then Congress about their “duty” to stop Trump from becoming the duly elected 45th president. But no one has quite nailed the pretentiousness of the Hollywood enterprise better than our friends at Town Hall, who offer up this perfect 1:15 long parody of the Hollywood harpies: »

Report: Senior Russian officials “celebrated” Trump’s victory

Featured image The Washington Post reports that American intelligence agencies intercepted communications showing that senior officials in the Russian government “celebrated Donald Trump’s victory over Hillary Clinton as a geopolitical win for Moscow.” The Post says the communications also show that “Russian officials congratulated themselves on the outcome.” Celebrating would mean that the officials in question wanted Trump to win. Congratulations would suggest that Russia tried to help him win. Without seeing »

Liberals Shocked to Discover Virtues of Limited Government

Featured image It’s always cute when liberals re-discover the virtue of constitutionally limited government. Strange, though, that it only seems to happen when there’s a Republican president. The correlation here comes in at the statistically significant .95 level, though anyone versed in situational ethics needn’t consult a statistician to recognize the phenomenon or understand its cause. The latest case in point is an article in the current issue of the lefty journal »