2016 presidential election

Why Do Liberals Hate Trump? (Part One)

Featured image Let’s notice something significant: Donald Trump is the most liberal Republican nominee since . . . well, it’s really hard to tell: Maybe Tom Dewey? In any case, recall that Trump embraces many positions popular with major factions of the Democratic Party coalition, such as trade and entitlement spending (Medicare and Social Security), and the Iraq War. He probably favors single-payer health care, and his conversion on abortion seems insincere. »

Inadvertent Truth from Hillary

Featured image There’s a joke in the boutique wine industry out here on the Left Coast: How do you make a small fortune in the wine trade? Answer: Start with a large fortune. This parable comes to mind with respect to yesterday unintentionally revealing headline about Madam Hillary: Here is how Hillary Clinton hopes to be the ‘small business president’ Hillary Clinton wants to be the “small business president” and according to her »

Clintons Already Planning Next Stage of Corruption

Featured image Geez—Hillary Clinton hasn’t even won the election yet, and the Clintons are already planning to cheat on their promise to “scale back” the Clinton Foundation. From the Wall Street Journal this morning: The Clinton Foundation is considering exceptions to its plan to stop accepting corporate and foreign donations and reduce family involvement as a way to insulate Hillary Clinton from potential conflicts of interest if elected president. . . While »

Madam Hillary phones it in

Featured image In a telephone interview with Jake Tapper on CNN last night, Hillary Clinton addressed her meetings with Clinton Foundation donors as Secretary of State. She explained: “I know there is a lot of smoke, and there is no fire. This AP report? Put it in context. This excludes nearly 2,000 meetings I had with world leaders, plus countless other meetings with U.S. government officials when I was secretary of state. »

Where Trump needs to get to on immigration

Featured image As John suggests, the immigration issue seems to be tying Donald Trump in knots right now. There’s poetic justice in this. Trump rode to front of the Republican pack in significant part because of the irresponsible and callous stance he took on this subject, bashing his leading opponents for taking positions Trump seemingly now would like to take. But Trump should be able to execute a fairly soft landing on »

Hillary’s Emails and Clinton Cash: the Scandals Come Together

Featured image If you feel that you are hopelessly behind on the news regarding Hillary Clinton’s many breaches of security through her home-brew server as well as the Clinton Cash pay-to-play scandal, in which Hillary more or less auctioned off the State Department, Glenn Reynolds’ latest USA Today column is a good way to catch up. Back in July, Democratic presidential nominee and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said, “there is »

Why not the worst? [with comment by Paul]

Featured image We are subject to the tyranny of the present. Let’s try briefly to place our current election in historical context for whatever educational and entertainment value it may have. Donald Trump is the worst candidate ever nominated for president by the Republican Party. From John Fremont and Abraham Lincoln to Donald Trump — as the Grateful Dead put it in “Truckin'”: what a long, strange trip it’s been. Who was »

(Republican) Kids Say the Darndest Things…

Featured image I guess there’s still an independent conservative trying to mount a presidential bid to offer an alternative to Trump, but if you can’t even summon up his name is this for real? And is it possible any more to get on enough state ballots to make any impression at all? The impulse for either an independent or new third party is hardly new, and I’m not sure it is really »

Signs of the Times: Liberal Hypocrisy in 2016

Featured image The left has a simple refrain about Trump: he’s an authoritarian fascist, provoking violence and lawlessness. Why is it, then, that it is only Trump signs that are being vandalized, as this CNN report explains: For that matter, when was the last time conservatives shouted down a speaker on a college campus? Or demanded censorship of speech or a “safe space”? As we’ve noted before, if liberals didn’t have double »

The ultimate Clinton scandal (2)

Featured image Judicial Watch strikes again in today’s Washington Post update on the ultimate Clinton scandal: The FBI’s year-long investigation of Hillary Clinton’s private email server uncovered 14,900 emails and documents from her time as secretary of state that had not been disclosed by her attorneys, and a federal judge on Monday pressed the State Department to begin releasing emails sooner than mid-October as it planned. Justice Department lawyers said last week »

Where does Trump now stand on illegal immigration?

Featured image Over the weekend, BuzzFeed reported that “in a reversal, Trump indicate[d] to Hispanic leaders [an] openness to legalization for [illegal] immigrants.” Trump allegedly did this during a Saturday meeting with his “Hispanic advisory council,” a body he recently threw together. The Trump campaign promptly disputed BuzzFeed’s account. A campaign spokesman said: Mr. Trump said nothing today that he hasn’t said many times before, including in his convention speech—enforce the laws, »

The ultimate Clinton scandal

Featured image The scandal of Hillary Clinton’s private email server is in a sense the ultimate Clinton scandal. It shows Hillary Clinton’s heedless treatment of national security for corrupt personal reasons. It shows her willingness to say anything to extricate herself from a fix. Indeed, the scandal shows her pathological approach to facts. She may believe her own lies. One has the impression that she could pass a lie detector test on »

A call for less conservative-on-conservative disparagement

Featured image Andrew Klavan of PJ Media observes that conservative “NeverTrumpers” tend to be younger than conservatives who are willing to bite the bullet and vote for Trump. He speculates that this is because “for the young, there very much does seem to be a future in which the conservative movement can rebuild no matter what damage Hillary wreaks on the nation.” For the old, “this may not be the last election…but »

Trump’s finally raising money, but is he spending it?

Featured image Yesterday, I questioned the extent to which the Trump campaign is getting the candidate’s message out. The campaign, I noted, wasn’t on the air waves in Virginia and North Carolina, two potential battleground states. Today, the Washington Post reports that although Trump nearly matched Hillary Clinton in fundraising last month, he doesn’t seem to be spending the money. According to Post reporters Matea Gold and Anu Narayanswamy: [N]ew Federal Election »

In search of Rachelle

Featured image We keep getting personal email messages sent to Power Line from the Clinton campaign mysteriously addressed to “Rachelle.” I don’t even know a “Rachelle” who spells her name like that. Subject: “Our numbers are dipping, Rachelle” — I guess that’s today’s good news — here is today’s message: Let’s talk about the state of the campaign, Rachelle. Our poll numbers are holding steady, which is good. We’re growing our field »

“Trump 2.0” can’t just be better speeches

Featured image In a pair of posts, John has praised a pair of speeches by Donald Trump — one in Wisconsin and the other in North Carolina. And rightly so; they are good speeches. John says the Wisconsin speech contains the message that will win Trump the presidency if voters hear it. The proviso is important because, as John points out, the Democratic Party media will do everything possible to prevent Trump’s »

Minneapolis does Trump

Featured image Donald Trump came to Minneapolis for a fundraiser at the Minneapolis Convention Center last night and a riot broke out. Under one-party DFL rule Minneapolis has changed considerably for the worse. The vaunted Minnesota nice is out. The Star Tribune is out to lunch. DFL thug life is in. You can get a glimpse of the story on television news — e.g., KARE 11’s blunt report (video below on “a »