2016 Election

An epidemic of lawlessness

Featured image Yesterday’s Washington Post carried the Russia story of the day. Post reporters Greg Miller, Ellen Nakashima and Adam Entous purport to deliver the goods on “Obama’s secret struggle to punish Russia for Putin’s election assault.” It’s a long, long story that is of interest from a variety of perspectives. The Post purports to give us the inside story on the collection of intelligence on Russian interference in the presidential election »

Today in leaks and liars

Featured image Washington Post reporters Greg Miller, Ellen Nakashima and Adam Entous bring us “Obama’s secret struggle to punish Russia for Putin’s election assault.” They purport to give us the inside story on the collection of intelligence on Russian interference in the presidential election and apologetics in defense of the Obama administration’s response. Taken at face value, the story does great damage to the national security of the United States. Their long, »

Washington Post blasts Trump for not sharing its obsession

Featured image The Democrats’ latest talking point about the “Russia” investigation is that President Trump has shown no interest in the part of it that pertains to what Russia did to interfere in the 2016 election. Not surprisingly, the Washington Post peddles this talking point in a story by Phillip Bump about Attorney General Sessions’ testimony today. He writes: In his testimony, Sessions told Sen. Joe Manchin III (D-W.Va.) that he “did »

“Almost entirely wrong” (2)

Featured image The New York Times reporters who wrote the February 14 story conceded by former FBI Director Comey to be “almost entirely wrong” in his testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee yesterday now take a look back in “Comey disputes New York Times article about Russia investigation.” They write: Answering a question about the Times article during an appearance before the Senate Intelligence Committee, Mr. Comey said that “in the main, »

“Almost entirely wrong”

Featured image On February 14 the New York Times published a story by Michael Schmidt, Mark Mazzetti and Matt Apuzzo with reporting contributed by Adam Goldman and Matthew Rosenberg. The story was headlined “Trump campaign aides had repeated contact with Russian intelligence.” The usual “current and former officials” make their cameo appearance when the Times is disclosing, or purporting to disclose, highly classified information. These were the story’s lead paragraphs: Phone records »

Waiting for Comey

Featured image Back in the day when liberals castigated Joe McCarthy for witch hunting — searching for Communists in the government — there were real witches. The allegation of Trump campaign “collusion” with Russia in the 2016 campaign has gone from pretext for Clinton’s stunning loss to Donald Trump in the election to the current hunt for conspirators on the Trump campaign. As the news leaks and congressional hearings that touch on »

Did Obama tell the truth about Russia’s election meddling?

Featured image During a news conference last December, President Obama claimed that Russian interference in the 2016 election ended after he told Russian President Vladimir Putin to “cut it out” in early September. In Obama’s telling, he warned Putin of “serious consequences” if Russian interference continued. As a result the interference ceased. Here is what Obama told the American public: What I was concerned about in particular was making sure [the DNC »

Axe whiffs on Cotton

Featured image Arkansas Senator Tom Cotton sat for an interview with former Obama campaign strategist David Axelrod late last week at the University of Chicago Institute of Politics (video below, posted here on YouTube). Judging by the derisive laughter of the audience in response to Axelrod’s lame japes and brain-dead left-wing talking points, I take it that the interview was conducted before a crowd mostly hostile to Senator Cotton. Axelrod, of course, »

A Lesson in Punching Back

Featured image We’re three weeks away from the Georgia special election to fill the open House seat of Tom Price, who moved up to be secretary of Health and Human Liabilities. By all accounts it is a very tight race in a district that Trump carried by a narrow margin, meaning it is winnable by either side. It’s one of those suburban districts where Trump is not especially popular even with many »

Anatomy of the collusion lie

Featured image Our friends at that American Greatness site are pushing back on the alleged “collusion” scandal narrative. Andy McCarthy’s “Real collusion” was the first in a series. Brandon Weichert and Chris Buskirk’s “The anatomy of a lie” (i.e., the Trump-Russia collusion scandal) is the second. It aims to tell how the Russia story evolved from a campaign talking point into a witch hunt in search of a crime. Weichert and Buskirk »

Hillary looks back in anger (3)

Featured image Below is the Fox News graphic compiling “everyone and everything” Madam Hillary has blamed for her loss to Donald Trump. Even this list may not be complete. Implicit in Clinton’s latest recitation is the Electoral College factor (as Shannen Coffin pointed out to me this afternoon). I posted Shannen’s list here. The Fox News Insider article that is a companion to the tweet below is posted here. A list of »

Hillary looks back in anger (2)

Featured image I actually didn’t do justice to Hillary Clinton’s laundry list of blame for her loss to President Trump in the 2016 presidential election. Not even close. Fox News is using an excellent graphic that extracts the items that can be gleaned from the full transcript of her remarks at the 2017 Recode Conference yesterday. I can’t find the graphic online. Our friend Shannen Coffin, however, provides an almost completely reliable »

Hillary looks back in anger

Featured image Hillary Clinton sat for an interview with Walter Mossberg and Kara Swisher at Recode’s 2017 Code Conference yesterday. The full video (below) runs 75 minutes. Recode has posted a transcript here. Swisher gingerly reminds us of Clinton’s invocation of the vast right-wing conspiracy. Swisher asks “how many years did you talk about the vast right-wing conspiracy?” Clinton’s definition of the VRWC amounts to opposition to her political causes. “[There are »

Let’s call the whole thing unlikely

Featured image Victor Davis Hanson is a classicist, a military historian and a shrewd observer of the current scene. Everything he writes is worth reading. I do my best to catch all his columns and essays, but I missed his recent appearance on Tucker Carlson’s Fox News show. RealClearPolitics has posted a video of the segment below along with a partial transcript including embedded links here. In it Dr. Hanson argues that »

DOJ appoints Robert Mueller special counsel for Russia investigation

Featured image Robert Mueller, a former prosecutor who served as the FBI director from 2001 to 2013, has been appointed by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to serve as special counsel to investigate Russian interference in the U.S. election, etc. Rosenstein explained: In my capacity as acting attorney general, I determined that it is in the public interest for me to exercise my authority and appoint a special counsel to assume responsibility »

The indecent Mr. Franken

Featured image I recently recognized Minnesota Senator Al Franken as the de facto leader of the Democrats’ tin foil hat brigade. Last week Franken sought to enlist FBI Director James Comey in the brigade when he testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Comey politely declined. Franken sees the tendrils of “a conspiracy so immense” between the Trump campaign and Russian operatives to defeat Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential campaign. To expose »

The Dems’ 100 days

Featured image Marc Thiessen has the clever idea of taking the metric of “the first 100 days” and applying it to the Democrats. Thiessen writes in the Washington Post, no less: The Democrats spent much of Trump’s first months in office pushing their unfounded narrative of Trump’s alleged collusion with Vladimir Putin. But that narrative went up in smoke when Trump launched missile strikes against Putin’s Syrian ally, Bashar al-Assad. Trump not »