2016 Presidential Election

Two non-scandals

Featured image Early this month, President Trump accused Barack Obama of tapping his wires. Trump had no evidence to support this claim at the time he made it and none has emerged since. I think it’s reprehensible that a U.S. president would make this kind of allegation without having solid evidence of its truth. Meanwhile, many of the left are claiming that the Trump campaign colluded with the Russians in the hacking »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Ammo Grrrll makes a simple request to whom it may concern: STOP TELLING US WHO WE ARE! She writes: Any time a Leftist disagrees with a policy, a person, or an idea, if he has already used up the tedious racist/sexist/whatever deal, and hasn’t started rioting yet, he has one more lame argument in his bag of tricks. He has learned from ex-President Obama, to point his nose skyward and »

Calling out NBC

Featured image In a great opening beatdown on his FOX News show last night, Tucker Carlson compared and contrasted the interference of NBC in the 2016 presidential election with the alleged interference of the Russians (video below). Quotable quote: Complaints from NBC about election meddling? Given that company’s conduct over the past six months that is a bit rich. Consider the infamous Access Hollywood tape. Now, if you are living in America »

The great debate experiment

Featured image Did Donald Trump somehow defeat Hillary Clinton in their three preelection debates on the merits? Or did Clinton suffer from an irrational prejudice against her because she is of the female persuasion? Professor Maria Guadaloupe set out to conduct an experiment through a theatrical production. She sought to test the role of sex (“gender”) in shaping perceptions by switching the sex of the candidates: “She pictured an actress playing Trump, »

What Trump knows & what he doesn’t know

Featured image Scott’s post on the state of play regarding President Trump’s accusation against former president Obama contains this jaw-dropping quotation from Steve Hayes: White House sources acknowledge that Trump had no idea whether the claims he was making were true when he made them. Say it ain’t so! Because for a U.S. president to accuse his predecessor of tapping his wires without a high degree of confidence that the accusation is »

What we know & what we don’t

Featured image Over the weekend President Trump triggered a nuclear tweetstorm claiming that he had been wiretapped by President Obama. I tried to summarize the underlying facts in the story so far. It’s a story that has been out there in one form or another since this past November. What’s going on? Weekly Standard editor Stephen Hayes turns to this question in the carefully reported account “Trump’s wiretap claims: What we know »

Trump picks strong critic of Putin for key post

Featured image Lost in all the fake news about President Trump’s alleged affinity for Russia is the real news that he has tapped a harsh critic of Vladimir Putin to be the White House senior director for Russia and Europe. The Putin-critic he reportedly has selected is Fiona Hill, a former intelligence officer now with the Brookings Institution. Hill was on the National Intelligence Council from 2006-09, serving under Presidents Bush and »

The Cotton proviso

Featured image Appearing on FOX News Sunday with Chris Wallace this morning, Senator Tom Cotton splashed cold water on the report that the Obama administration was granted a FISA court warrant this past October giving counterintelligence permission to examine the activities of “U.S. persons” in Donald Trump’s campaign with ties to Russia. This after a June 2016 request for a FISA warrant was supposedly denied. He hasn’t seen any evidence supporting the »

Why did Trump go nuclear?

Featured image And here I had foolishly hoped that President Trump would let the Russia story simmer down. Here I had foolishly imagined he would follow his fine speech to Congress by focusing the public’s attention on policy and his quest to fulfill campaign promises. Sure, the mainstream media was always going to peddle the Russia story. However, it was destined, at least for a while, to fall on mostly deaf ears. »

Sessions will recuse himself from Russian election-involvement probe

Featured image Attorney General Jeff Sessions said today that he will recuse himself from any investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential campaign. In fact, Sessions went further than that. He will recuse himself from any investigation related to the 2016 presidential campaign. This was the right thing for Sessions to do. The investigation already underway will likely encompass Sessions’ two “meetings,” such as they were, with the Russian ambassador. Under »

How Obama tried to undermine the president-elect

Featured image The New York Times reports that in the last days of the Obama administration, “some White House officials scrambled to spread information about Russian efforts to undermine the presidential election — and about possible contacts between associates of President-elect Trump and [the] Russians — across the government.” According to the Times: As Inauguration Day approached, Obama White House officials grew convinced that the intelligence was damning and that they needed »

Darrell Issa goes off the deep end

Featured image In November, Rep. Darrell Issa had what, for him, may have been a “near death experience.” He almost lost his congressional race. Perhaps this explains why he agreed yesterday with Bill Maher that a special prosecutor should investigate Russia’s alleged interference with the 2016 presidential election. Issa started out on solid ground, telling the lefty talk show host that House and Senate intelligence committees would look into Russia’s activities “within »

A miserable century?

Featured image Nicholas Eberstadt, one of the most perceptive analysts I know of, contends that “things have been going badly wrong in America since the beginning of the 21st century.” He makes a solid case, and I’m not here to dispute it, much less to argue that this century has been a bed of roses. Eberstadt attributes President Trump’s stunning victory to the “miserable” century Americans outside of the “bubble” have been »

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 »