2016 presidential election

Impressive fundraising numbers for Sanders and Carson

Featured image Bernie Sanders nearly matched Hillary Clinton’s fundraising total for the past three months. Clinton raised around $28 million; Sanders raised around $26 million. Clinton’s haul came with the help of 58 fundraising events. Sanders held seven. The Vermont Senator relied on small contributions from a large number of donors using the internet. As the Washington Post points out, this means several good things for Sanders. First, he has been able »

Trump Version 1.0

Featured image It’s pretty clear that Donald Trump has been wanting to run for president for a very long time, and that this year it was now or never. The video below shows Trump on the Oprah Winfrey Show way back in 1988, sounding exactly like he does today, with two notable differences. First, his hair looks almost plausible. Second, his now-familiar theme about “unfair trade” and a country that is “beating »

Teamsters’ wariness of Hillary could spell trouble for her and her party

Featured image Fox News reports that the Teamsters union has decided not to endorse Hillary Clinton for president at this time. According to James Rosen, the union’s 26-member board decided unanimously to withhold endorsing Clinton. Rosen’s Teamsters source cited three reasons. First, the Teamsters are unhappy with Clinton’s recent announcement that she opposes construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. Second, they want to see whether Joe Biden will enter the race. Third, »

Two Questions for Hillary

Featured image It goes without saying that Hillary is a dreadful candidate, aided by the fact that the media give her the kid glove treatment. A few weeks ago she said that she had an economic plan to get the economy growing again. So why hasn’t she shared this plan with the Obama Administration? Why wait for January 2017? People are hurting now. The obvious question she should be asked is: How »

Trump outbids rivals with tax plan

Featured image Give Donald Trump credit. His tax plan, which calls for big cuts in rates, may not be consistent with his previously articulated vision of taxation, but it is fully in line with his vision of marketing. For him, bigger is better. Trump’s plan would cut the top income tax rate from 39.6 to 25 percent (there would be only four rates, the other three being 20, 10, and 0) and »

Hillary, transparently (2)

Featured image I took a look at Hillary Clinton’s performance on Meet the Press this past Sunday here (video and transcript are posted at the link). Meet the Press host Chuck Todd carefully circumscribed the scope of his questions, avoiding anything that touched on Clinton’s exposure of classified information to hostile foreign governments on an insecure private server. Instead, Todd sought Clinton’s reassurance to Democrats that the “drip, drip, drip” would stop. »

Todd vs. Fiorina on Meet the Press

Featured image Yesterday on Meet the Press, Chuck Todd trotted out the Democrats’ talking points against Carly Fiorina. She clubbed him repeatedly, smiling all the while. By mid-way through the 11-minute segment, Todd looks shell-shocked. The Planned Parenthood point is an interesting one. Carly is mistaken, in that no CMP video released so far shows a live baby pre-killing. The body parts that we see being collected for sale are from already-aborted »

Hillary, transparently

Featured image Yesterday on Meet the Press Madam Hillary answered questions put to her by Chuck Todd about her private email arrangement as Secretary of State. The video is below (12 minutes, transcript here, NBC News story here). Todd didn’t ask her a single question about the classified information that passed through her insecure account. Rather, he sought her reassurance to Democrats that the “drip, drip, drip” would come to an end. »

Is Jeb Bush finished?

Featured image No, but he could be within a month or two. The Washington Post reports: Jeb Bush is entering a critical phase of his Republican presidential campaign, with top donors warning that the former Florida governor needs to demonstrate growth in the polls over the next month or face serious defections among supporters. . . . The warnings from top donors come as Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s exit from the race »

Hillary vs. Hillary

Featured image Props to Chuck Todd for putting together the following montage of Hillary Clinton’s “flexibility” on her positions on the Iraq War, gay marriage, and the Keystone pipeline for Meet the Press this morning. And see if you think her answers are the least bit convincing—especially the last bit about not understanding the “dirtiness” of Canadian oil. (About 3 minutes long.) »

Big Dog barks

Featured image The era of quiet Bill Clinton is over. The Big Dog has emerged from a brief period of verbal dormancy to do for Madam Hillary in connection with her email scandal what Madam Hillary did for him in connection with the Monica Lewinsky scandal. Mr. Bill all but declares the scandal related to the Mrs.’s private, insecure email setup for her official business as Secretary of State to be the »

Live from Council Bluffs, it’s John Kasich

Featured image Nebraska attorney David Begley continues his series of reports on appearances of the presidential candidates in Iowa for us. Yesterday Dave attended the appearance of Ohio Governor John Kasich in Council Bluffs, Iowa: Why would Power Line readers be interested in John Kasich? In the first place he has decent poll numbers. The Real Clear Politics average has him at 10 percent or fourth in New Hampshire. Nationally, Bloomberg has »

Hillary’s head injury [corrected & updated]

Featured image In July Madam Hillary released a physician’s letter declaring her in excellent physical condition and fit to serve as president. TPM has posted the letter here. The physician’s letter addresses the resolution of issues related to what is described as the concussion Clinton sustained in 2012. A reader writes to explore the issues based on his professional experience: I wanted to bring an issue to your attention. I am an »

Fiorina supported a type of individual mandate; is this the beginning of her end

Featured image Now that Carly Fiorina has emerged as a top-six candidate (at worst) for the GOP nomination, she will receive serious scrutiny. The little scrutiny she has received to date focuses on her record as the CEO of Hewlett-Packard. That record is relevant to her candidacy. For me, however, her past positions on the major issues are more important. Has she been a consistent, hard-line conservative? The early returns aren’t good »

Trump Versus Volkswagen?

Featured image Opening question: what is sinking faster—Trump’s poll ratings, or Volkswagen’s stock price? Looks to be a close call. Here’s Trump’s poll numbers: Trump’s poll line is what stock market technical analysis would call a “head and shoulders” shape, which means he’s headed down further. Meanwhile, here’s VW’s stock chart: There are parallels between Trump and VW if you think about it for a moment. VW’s spew yuuuuge amounts of NOx »

Clinton Campaign Can’t Keep Email Story Straight

Featured image This comes straight from Twitchy, but it bears repeating here because it shows the utter disarray into which Hillary Clinton’s campaign has fallen. It starts with the news that the FBI has been able to recover tens of thousands of emails from Hillary’s home server. Yesterday, the Clinton campaign put out “Friends and Allies Talking Points” that said: Assuming the Bloomberg report is true, the reason the FBI may be »

Withheld and indexed

Featured image In her weekly Wall Street Journal column Kim Strassel takes a look at what the Freedom of Information Act has helped to unearth in the litigation brought by Citizens United and others against the State Department. Courtesy of the Vaughn Index produced to justify the withholding of some emails by the State Department, Strassel gives us a tantalizing glimpse of the confluence of forces on Madam Hillary at work: Of »