Democrats: Party of the Rich Revisited

Featured image I’ve written before that Democrats have become the party of the rich, and how this would scandalize an earlier generation of liberals from Franklin Roosevelt to Hubert Humphrey. A few days ago Thomas Edsall wondered about this in the New York Times in “How Did Democrats Become Favorites of the Rich?” Democrats now depend as much on affluent voters as on low-income voters. Democrats represent a majority of the richest »

Fake Indian takes real scalp

Featured image Senator Elizabeth Warren is a blatantly fake Indian, but late last month she took a real (if metaphorical) scalp. Warren prompted the Brookings Institution to force the resignation of the Brookings-affiliated scholar Robert Litan. Litan had been affiliated with Brookings off and on for some 40 years. Once Warren complained about him to Brookings President Strobe Talbott, however, Brookings snapped to attention. Litan promptly resigned his unpaid position with Brookings. »

Barry Diller: I’ll Leave the Country If Trump Wins!

Featured image An election must be in the offing, as liberals are threatening to leave the country. As we used to say as kids: is that a threat, or a promise? This time it is Hollywood’s Barry Diller. Diller says: If Donald Trump doesn’t fall, I’ll either move out of the country or join the resistance. A Democratic Party resistance movement? They’d better hold off on confiscating those guns. These threats are »

Iowa Can’t Stand Hillary

Featured image This NBC/Wall St. Journal/Marist poll of Iowa residents came out today. There are a number of interesting numbers, but what jumps out at the reader is that Iowans can’t stand Hillary Clinton. These are the numbers for registered voters: Favorable: 35% Unfavorable: 59% Not sure: 5% That’s brutal. It is noteworthy that President Obama is just about as unpopular in Iowa, at 38%/55%/8%. Who are the 8% that can’t make »

Democrats face potential crack-up over crime; Republicans shouldn’t bail them out

Featured image Yesterday, I discussed the possibility that the Democratic party may experience a crack-up as a result of slavish adherence to the demands of environmentalists, backed by the party’s upscale, elitist wing. The hard-left environmentalist agenda is likely to alienate members of the working class, a traditional Democratic constituency. We may be seeing the beginning of this process with the dispute over the Keystone XLpipeline. The modern Democratic party depends not »

Are Democrats partially responsible for America’s heroin epidemic?

Featured image Hector Garza, president of the Laredo, Texas chapter of the National Border Patrol Council, contends that illegal immigrants crossing the border are bringing heroin into this country as a matter of routine. Every illegal alien who crosses the border between the U.S. and Mexico does so for a fee, and often the price is carrying a backpack full of heroin, Garza says. Department of Homeland Security officials take basically the »

Kunstler’s Howl

Featured image To say I dislike James Howard Kunstler, who is a condescending scold of suburbia and purveyor of “peak oil” nonsense among other things, would be an understatement. I reviewed a couple of his dreadful books back in the late 1990s in Reason magazine, but can’t seem to find any links. But in the “stopped-clock-right-twice-a-day” department, on his website today Kunstler lets out a primal scream about the decadence of the »

Who’s the Stupid Party? [With comment by Paul]

Featured image Some conservatives still like to call the Republicans the Stupid Party, but I say: not while the Democrats are around. Michael Ramirez speaks for me; click to enlarge: Hillary Clinton: if she isn’t the most overrated American in history, who is? The woman has been exposed as a dope. What did she do that made people think she had talent? No one can remember. One aspect of her emails that »

Black Lives Natter in St. Paul

Featured image The local Black Lives Matter movement took to the streets again in St. Paul yesterday. The marchers, some 40 in all, marched by the Governor’s mansion on Summit Avenue to protest Governor Mark Dayton’s disparagement of their State Fair protest this past weekend as “inappropriate.” That’s stern stuff coming from a liberal Democrat; the Black Lives Matter crowd is not used to that kind of disrespect. Indeed, that is precisely »

Iowa poll: Trump 23, Carson 18; Clinton 37, Sanders 30

Featured image A brand new Bloomberg-Des Moines Register poll of likely Republican caucus-goers in Iowa finds Donald Trump in the lead with 23 percent. Ben Carson runs second with 18 percent. Carson is the second choice of 14 percent; Trump ranks second for 9 percent. In three polls taken earlier this month, Trump led Carson by an average margin of almost 8 points. Thus, Carson has gained on Trump. But Trump will »

Dem party leaders attacked for “rigging” the nomination process

Featured image It seemed like a good idea at the time. Hillary Clinton would be coronated by the Democrats, so there was no need for many debates. Keep the number of them low — six in total, with only four before the Iowa caucus — and thereby minimize the risk that Clinton will look bad before a large audience. It’s less clear now that this is a good idea. The many Democratic »

Wanted: A Plausible Candidate for President

Featured image It is an extraordinary fact that one of America’s two great (or formerly great, anyway) political parties cannot field a plausible candidate for the presidency. In a sane world, this fact would dominate news coverage of the 2016 presidential campaign. That is not, of course, the media world that we live in. But some have noticed, like Michael Ramirez. Classified ad–Wanted: Democratic Party Presidential Candidate. The specifications seem modest, but »

Obama: Look How Crazy the Republicans Are!

Featured image Barack Obama returned from his latest vacation yesterday, and promptly announced that Republicans are “crazies.” The Democrats continued the theme with a fundraising email they sent out earlier this afternoon, ostensibly from the President: John — A few days ago, the leading candidate to be the other side’s presidential nominee claimed that the 14th Amendment to the Constitution was — somehow — unconstitutional. He is referring to Donald Trump. This »

What’s Happened to Liberalism in Two Sentences

Featured image The New York Times today carries a long news piece about the growing panic in Hillary world that has forced her to—gasp!—interrupt her Hamptons summer vacation to campaign among the plebes in the Midwest. Down near the bottom is this short paragraph, which I’m guessing no one at the Times flagged for being utterly hilarious—as well as revealing: Among the places where Mrs. Clinton enjoys stalwart support are the Hamptons, »

Hillary falls below 50 percent among Democrats

Featured image A Fox News poll finds that Hillary Clinton is favored by only 49 percent of Democrats. Bernie Sanders’ support is at 30 percent. That’s quite a swing from June, when Clinton led Sanders by 61-15. Clinton’s 19 point lead is still substantial. But in August 2007, she held a bigger lead over Barack Obama. Back then, she was ahead 48-26. In 2007, the race was much closer in states with »

Civil War on the Left, Part 22

Featured image is not ready to . . . move on from Sen. Charles Schumer’s announcement that he will vote against the Iran nuclear agreement. MoveOn has called for a “donor strike.” Here’s what they claim to have accomplished: After potential future Senate Democratic leader Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) announced that he would side with congressional Republicans and oppose President Obama’s negotiated deal with Iran late last week, threatening to put »

From the desk of Bobby Jindal

Featured image The Wall Street Journal’s Notable and Quotable highlights an excerpt from the August 10 press release by Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal’s campaign for the Republican presidential nomination. Governor Jindal entertains as he instructs: • I realize that the best way to make news is to mention Donald Trump. That’s the gold standard for making news these days. So, I’ve decided to randomly put his name into my remarks at various »