2016 presidential election

Plagiarism? Please.

Featured image Within minutes after Melania Trump’s outstanding speech at the GOP convention last night, Democrats and anti-Trump commentators were accusing her of plagiarizing portions of a paragraph, i.e. a few phrases and sentence fragments, from Michelle Obama’s 2008 convention speech. Here is the comparison, a brief portion of Michelle Obama’s speech with the words that Melania Trump duplicated in bold, via the Weekly Standard: And Barack and I were raised with »

The GOP Convention, Night One [UPDATED — Melania borrowed from Michelle]

Featured image On the second day of the 2012 Republican national convention, the theme was “We Built It.” This represented both celebration of small businesses and a response to Obama’s offensive “you didn’t built that” remark chiding entrepreneurs. The program that night was effective up to a point. But to what extent do Americans still associate with the entrepreneurial spirit? Yes, a great many Americans remain sympathetic to small businessmen and businesswomen. »

Melania Goes Yard [Updated]

Featured image I watched the opening night of the Republican convention, starting out on Fox News. But I couldn’t stand how the network ignored what was happening onstage, instead giving us endless boring arguments between its own personalities, so I switched to CNN, which was at least slightly better. I made a number of notes through the early part of the evening, but most of them now seem forgettable. Marcus Luttrell and »

From the Trump National Doral

Featured image I’m taking a sort of working vacation at the Pritikn Health Resort & Spa in Miami. My theory was that the “working” part would come in Pritikin’s location at the Trump National Doral Miami; Pritikin leases part of the propety from the Trump National Doral. My thought was that I would scout out the property to see what we could learn about Mr. Trump. At my physical this morning, I »

The Pence unveiling

Featured image Donald Trump introduced Mike Pence today as his running mate. Pence showed a fair amount of prowess as a candidate in his speech accepting the nod. Rich Lowry says that Trump seemed to be “doing everything he could to signal his lack of enthusiasm about his own pick–he rambled on during the introduction, only occasionally coming back to Pence and his record in Indiana.” That’s not how I saw it. »

The state of the race

Featured image I’m aware of four polls of the presidential race conducted since the McClatchy/Marist survey that I wrote about here. Two of them have Donald Trump ahead: Rasmussen by 7 points and USC/LA Times by 3. One poll, CBS News/New York Times, has the race dead even. The other, Economist/YouGov, has Clinton ahead by 2 points. If one throws in the McClatchy survey (Clinton +3) and the two conflicting battleground state »

Why We Must Elect Donald Trump

Featured image Some people think that Hillary Clinton, for all her corruption, is at least smarter than Barack Obama. Others observe her ruthlessness toward political opponents and infer that, unlike Obama, she will be a tough defender of American interests. No: for goodness’ sake, the woman has a four-year history as Secretary of State! If there is one thing we know for certain about Hillary, it is that as president she would »

For Trump, a Gray Flannel Running Mate Is Not a Bad Choice

Featured image I have long thought Mike Pence one of the more boring people in public life, which is one reason why he is a good choice for Donald Trump’s running mate. Of course, a V-P selection has little to do with the ultimate fate of the ticket: at most, it’s like the vermouth in a martini. It just gives the ticket a slightly different flavor. That said, I like that Trump »

The Power Line Show, Episode 39: The Shape of the Race, and the Omens of Brexit

Featured image I caught up with Henry Olsen in Washington DC yesterday, and on the eve of the GOP convention in Cleveland we discuss the shape of the race right now as well as the prospects for a return of ticket-splitting in down-ballot races if Trump loses. Also, one more victory lap for the fabulous Brexit vote, with a look at the surprising fallout in the British government under new PM Theresa May. As always, »

Report: It’s Pence

Featured image It’s widely being reported that Donald Trump has decided to name Mike Pence as his running mate. According to Patricia Murphy at Roll Call, Trump “was reportedly impressed with Pence’s calm demeanor, his experience on Capitol Hill and as a governor, and Pence’s potential to assist Trump in governing, should the ticket win in November.” If Trump has picked Pence for these reasons, then I’m impressed. In my view, Pence »

Ginsburg Apologizes For Attacks On Trump

Featured image This morning, yielding to bipartisan criticism from across the political spectrum, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg apologized for her attacks on Donald Trump. Her statement was brief: On reflection, my recent remarks in response to press inquiries were ill-advised and I regret making them. Judges should avoid commenting on a candidate for public office. In the future I will be more circumspect. Note that Ginsburg apparently couldn’t bring herself »

Polls suggest some improvement for Trump following Comey’s remarks

Featured image In the first poll I’ve seen that was taken after James Comey’s statement regarding the Clinton email scandal, McClatchy/Marist finds Clinton leading by 3 points, 42-39. McClatchy declares this a dramatic shrinkage of Clinton’s lead, saying it’s the first time Clinton’s support has come in at less than 50 percent. As far as I can tell, however, McClatchy/Marist hasn’t polled the race since late March. (Clinton’s lead was 9 points »

WaPo house conservative: Hillary is the grown-up America needs

Featured image Jennifer Rubin is the author of “Right Turn,” a conservative space in the Washington Post. Some on the right question whether Rubin is a conservative, but I don’t I believe I ever have. I was surprised, therefore, by Rubin’s latest offering. It’s a called (in the print edition) “The need for grown-ups.” The “grown-ups” to whom Rubin refers are Theresa May, who will be Britain’s next prime minister, and Hillary »

A Progressive Project We Should Support?

Featured image The latest email missive from The Nation magazine asks me to lend my support to the Progressive Turnout Project, which is a drive to make election day a national holiday. Here’s now The Nation explains it: In 2014, voter turnout hit a 70-year low. This was catastrophic for Democrats. Republicans gained control of Congress and gave Mitch McConnell and John Boehner (now Paul Ryan) unprecedented ability to advance their right-wing »

The Ginsburg Proviso [Updated]

Featured image Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is living up to her hip-hop nickname as the “Notorious RGB” with her completely intemperate remarks about Donald Trump and also the potential cases and controversies she has obviously prejudged. A lower federal court judge might well face sanctions for such behavior. Check out Canon 5 of the Code of Conduct for United States Judges: Canon 5: A Judge Should Refrain from Political Activity (A) General Prohibitions. A »

Is Mike Pence slick enough to defend Donald Trump?

Featured image Rich Lowry believes that Mike Pence might well “fizzle” if he becomes Donald Trump’s running mate. He writes: I understand the impulse for Trump to pick Pence — an experienced pol, in good standing with conservatives, and not much of a lightning rod, at least not yet. . . .But Trump’s running mate will have to be extremely deft at explaining away and deflecting Trump controversies. There is no reason »

What do the leading Republican VP possibilities have in common?

Featured image I wrote here about the possibility of a Trump-Pence GOP ticket. It’s far from clear that Mike Pence is Donald Trump’s first choice, but it seemed to me that Pence probably would accept the nod if Trump offered it. Eliana Johnson reports that Pence would, indeed, likely agree to be Trump’s running mate. Why? Because Pence, who is embroiled in a tough reelection campaign in Indiana, “may have more to »