Democrats

Will the Wheels Come Off?

Featured image At the moment, the Democratic Convention is in recess. So far, it has been a rocky day for the Dems. Bernie Sanders’ supporters have indicated that they are not appeased by the firing of Debbie Wasserman Schultz: when Hillary’s name has been mentioned, they have booed. Outside the convention hall, this is what Sanders voters are saying: Remember how outraged media commentators were when Republican convention delegates chanted “lock her »

The Chart-Topping DNC Email?

Featured image Lots of the DNC emails are getting scrutiny, but this one jumped out at me as the most revealing: And liberals wonder why we think they have a death wish and sympathize with our enemies. »

Kaine vs. Pence

Featured image I had no idea Mike Pence was such a reactionary. Consider some of his past positions, as reported by NR’s Jim Geraghty: “I believe that marriage is between a man and a woman and that marriage is a uniquely valuable institution that must be preserved.” “I supported reducing sales tax on food and prescription drugs. I supported tax reform that eliminated the marriage penalty, reduced everyone’s income tax, and took »

Chaos In Philadelphia

Featured image The Democratic convention is getting underway in the midst of a major scandal, the surreptitious campaign by the Democratic National Committee, under the leadership of Debbie Wasserman Schultz, to secure the presidential nomination for Hillary Clinton and frustrate the Bernie Sanders campaign. (Chapter and verse here.) No one knows how Sanders and his supporters ultimately will respond to these revelations, but so far, indications are not good. This morning, Wasserman »

Cyber-Watergate?

Featured image The release of the DNC emails provides lots of Schaednfreudtastic smiles at the expense of the criminal conspiracy that calls itself a political party, but if it is indeed the work of a foreign intelligence service (Russia most likely), then they probably have the RNC’s emails, too. Will they appear in due course? Perhaps this should be regarded as a cyber-Watergate: a political dirty trick aimed at helping one party »

The meaning of Kaine

Featured image Yesterday, I noted how much the far left Sanders faction of the Democratic party hates the selection of Tim Kaine as Hillary Clinton’s running mate. Considering that this faction probably makes up at least 45 percent of the party, this is a concern. The outrage is justified. It isn’t just that Clinton has poked the Sanders folks in the eye, as a prominent Sanders delegate put it, adding insult to »

Ellison exploits the ignorant

Featured image As the Minnesota’s Fifth District representative in Congress, Keith Ellison has a good gig. He’s a hustler who is accustomed to exploiting the ignorance of voters in a one-party district in a town with a one-party newspaper. Ellison has exploited the ignorance of his constituents in lying repeatedly about his personal history, as I tried to show in “Louis Farrakhan’s first congressman.” Seeking to make himself a player on the »

Democrats In Disarray As Convention Begins [Updated]

Featured image The Democratic convention begins tomorrow in Philadelphia, with the party’s leaders scrambling to fend off a series of negative stories and present a unified front. The Wikileaks dump of 20,000 DNC emails has exacerbated divisions within the party. The emails show the DNC’s leadership plotting against Bernie Sanders, exactly as he alleged throughout the campaign. Sanders will have a lot of delegates inside the convention hall, and an unknown number »

The Rangel angle

Featured image I’m winding up my week at the Pritikin Longevity Center & Spa tomorrow and I’m not looking forward to leaving. It’s located at the Trump National Doral Miami. The weather has been accommodating. I’ve learned a lot. Indeed, I think I’ve become a true believer in the gospel according to Pritikin. I’ve wanted to do this for a long time, going back to the days when the program was based »

Epic Liberal Hypocrisy Alert

Featured image Melania Trump’s cultural appropriation of some of Michelle Obama’s convention speech clichés from eight years ago now has the LMC (Liberal Media ComplexTM) on hair trigger alert to spot other instances of plagiarism, which the media will then report in identical prose in their filings. (Heh.) I thought Rush Limbaugh had the right idea yesterday: Melania should offer an interview to Brian Williams to explain it. Yes, it was sloppy »

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 »

Return of the Dog Whistle

Featured image Last week, Donald Trump proclaimed himself “the law and order candidate.” If he would apply that to ISIS as well as domestic upheaval, and stick tenaciously to the theme, he would win. But of course, Trump never sticks to anything for long. Rep. James Clyburn responded to Trump in predictable fashion: Wednesday on MSNBC, Rep. Jim Clyburn (D-SC) said presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s claim of being “the law »

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 »

Democrats Recreate 1968 and 1972

Featured image The unrest on our streets has caused a number of greybeards to suggest we’re living through a repeat of 1968, and this seems reasonable enough on the surface. But the Democrats are also reverting to 1972 when McGovern dragged the party sharply to the left, judging by the results that have come out from their platform committee meetings so far. From David Weigel’s dispatch in the Washington Post yesterday: Democrats »

Democratic Congresswoman Charged With Brazen Fraud

Featured image Congresswoman Corinne Brown, who represents Jacksonville, Florida, has been charged with an extraordinary fraud, even by Congressional standards: U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown was indicted Friday on charges she used some $800,000 in charitable donations as a “personal slush fund” for items that included box seats to a Beyonce concert and an NFL game, the Justice Department said. Where do you suppose she got that idea? Court documents show [Brown and »

Trump Holds Big Lead Among White Voters

Featured image You no doubt have heard about the ABC News/Washington Post poll that came out on Sunday. It showed Hillary Clinton pulling out to a 12-point lead over Donald Trump among registered voters, and therefore got a lot of play in the press. The poll is an outlier, and in any event, it is way too early to be losing sleep over presidential polls. One thing is worth pointing out, however: »

For a moment, disparate impact disappears

Featured image The Democrats’ mania for the restriction of Second Amendment rights followed the Orlando massacre committed by a maniacal Muslim devotee of ISIS. The Democrats urgently advocated gun control legislation that would limit the rights of suspected terrorists listed on secret government databases that include more than 1,000,000 individuals, although the Americans on it number in the low thousands depending on the list involved. We don’t know who they all are »