2016 Presidential Election

The Trump-Ryan fight is a good thing

Featured image Ever since Speaker Ryan declined to appear with Donald Trump after the Billy Bush tape became public, Trump has been attacking Ryan. His latest claim is that Ryan has backed away from Trump in order to facilitate a 2020 presidential bid. The claim is absurd. Ryan backed Trump for months when it looked like Trump might win. Now that it’s almost certain Trump won’t win, Ryan doesn’t improve his presidential »

Here We Go Again

Featured image We’ve come a long way from the Lincoln-Douglas debates. Tomorrow’s National Enquirer features a story about a former Hillary Clinton “bagman” who supposedly is prepared to tell all: Live by the smear, die by the smear, perhaps. One has to take the Enquirer somewhat seriously after their John Edwards scoop, a story that likely was known to any number of “mainstream” journalists. It’s not clear they have the goods on »

The Unseriousness of Libertarians

Featured image I’ve got a major article about the election appearing later this week—stand by for details—but I’ll share one sentence of the draft here: “The fecklessness of the Libertarian Party in this election cycle, when a vigorous libertarian campaign might have broken out and possibly taken the election, means that we never have to take libertarians seriously again.” It seems I’m not the only person with this view. Writing in The »

Trump Is Right About Press Rigging Election. But…

Featured image Over the last several days, headlines have blared Donald Trump’s claim that the presidential election is “rigged.” When he initially said this, it was clear that he meant it was being rigged by the media, through biased news coverage, as in this tweet: Election is being rigged by the media, in a coordinated effort with the Clinton campaign, by putting stories that never happened into news! — Donald J. Trump »

FBI Report: Hillary Is So Arrogant Her Own Security Couldn’t Stand Her

Featured image An FBI special agent who was interviewed in connection with the agency’s investigation into Hillary Clinton’s conduct as Secretary of State provides a stunning window into Hillary’s character, or lack thereof: [ ] explained that CLINTON’s treatment of DS [Department of State] agents on her protective detail was so contemptuous that many of them sought reassignment or employment elsewhere. Prior to CLINTON’s tenure, being an agent on the Secretary of »

Hillary Insulted Diplomats, Flouted Security Protocols [with comment by Paul]

Featured image More from today’s FBI report on its investigation into Hillary Clinton’s tenure as Secretary of State. The agency interviewed a Special Agent who previously worked for the State Department’s Bureau of Diplomatic Security. The agent offered a devastating picture of Hillary’s conduct at the State Department. From her own experience, and information obtained through [ ] and other agents, [ ] described a “stark difference” between [Condoleezza] RICE and CLINTON »

Self-described “hack” pre-cleared his Politico story with Clinton campaign [UPDATED]

Featured image One can debate whether the WikiLeaks documents pertaining to Hillary Clinton and her campaign have produced a “smoking gun.” My view is that they haven’t, not yet anyway. But the leaked documents corroborate important portions of the conservative critique of Clinton and of the mainstream media. The latest example is an April 30, 2015 email in which Politico’s chief political correspondent Glenn Thrush asked John Podesta to approve his writing »

Hillary’s Henchmen Pressured FBI on Classification of Documents

Featured image Today the FBI released another 100 pages relating to its investigation of Hillary Clinton’s conduct as Secretary of State. Why it has taken so long for the agency to review, redact and publish a very small quantity of documents is inexplicable. Be that as it may, the documents released today are explosive. You may have seen headlines to the effect that Hillary’s State Department tried to pressure the FBI to »

CNN explains

Featured image I remain in the relax and enjoy it phase of the Trump campaign. If one is capable of achieving detachment, the media can become major contributors to the enjoyment. As Henny Youngman might have put it, take CNN — please. This past Wednesday CNN’s Chris Cuomo advised viewers that it is illegal for them to possess emails leaked by the website WikiLeaks, so we must rely on our betters at »

Analyze this

Featured image In her weekly Wall Street Journal column Kim Strassel draws on the emails released last week by WikiLeaks for the illumination they cast on the proliferating Clinton scandals. Executive summary: “a devastating case against a Clinton presidency.” Where to begin? Start with a June 2015 email to Clinton staffers from Erika Rottenberg, the former general counsel of LinkedIn. Ms. Rottenberg wrote that none of the attorneys in her circle of »

The AP Campaigns For Hillary

Featured image We wrote here and here about how Associated Press reporter Jill Colvin has made herself and her “news” agency spokesmen for the Hillary Clinton campaign. Today Ms. Colvin outdid herself in reporting on Donald Trump’s speech in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. She begins: A beleaguered Donald Trump sought to undermine the legitimacy of the U.S. presidential election on Saturday, pressing unsubstantiated claims the contest is rigged against him, vowing anew to »

The Presidential Character

Featured image Surveying the electoral scene of the moment summons to mind Henry Adams’s mordant observation that the progression of presidents from George Washington to Ulysses S. Grant was a sufficient refutation of the theory of evolution. What would Adams think of our current candidates? I’m with John about the utter shamelessness and hypocrisy of the left over revelations and allegations of Trump’s bad behavior. It’s disgusting, to use one of The »

Memory Lane, With a Suggestion for Trump and a Cartoon

Featured image It is interesting to see the news dominated by allegations of sexual boorishness by Donald Trump. Some of us are old enough to remember when Bill Clinton was disbarred and fined $90,000 because he committed perjury in a sexual harassment case. In those days, of course, Democrats insisted all of that was “just about sex,” and demanded that we stop talking about it. Same with the Lolita Express, I guess. »

The Liberal Media’s Perpetual Smear Campaign

Featured image Today’s news is dominated by claims that years ago, Donald Trump made crude comments about women, or inappropriately touched women, or intruded into a women’s dressing room, and so on. Gone from the campaign are such issues as the economy, Obamacare, national security and immigration. As Election Day approaches, the news is all Trump scandals, all the time. Some will say–I may have said–that Republican primary voters asked for it »

Ron Johnson rallies in Wisconsin

Featured image Ron Johnson is a conservative hero. He’s also one of Power Line’s “picks” in this year’s congressional elections. Sen. Johnson has been trailing his opponent Russ Feingold throughout the campaign season. At times, Feingold led in the poll averages by about double digits. No longer. Two new polls show Johnson behind by only 2 points (Marquette poll) and 3 points (CBS YouGov). A third poll (Loras) has Johnson leading by »

Hillary to Restrict Second Amendment With Executive Orders?

Featured image James O’Keefe has done it again: he attended a Russ Feingold fundraiser in Silicon Valley, where one of the topics under discussion was gun control. O’Keefe recorded Feingold, the former senator who is running against Republican incumbent Ron Johnson in Wisconsin, suggesting that as president Hillary Clinton would use executive orders to limit gun rights. The hostess of the event added that Hillary “wants to shut it down,” “it” being »

The Moral Bankruptcy Race

Featured image Remind yourself of one big fact: Richard Nixon’s proximate sin over Watergate was interfering with an FBI investigation. With that in mind, ponder this story: FBI, DOJ roiled by Comey, Lynch decision to let Clinton slide by on emails, says insider The decision to let Hillary Clinton off the hook for mishandling classified information has roiled the FBI and Department of Justice, with one person closely involved in the year-long »