Democrats

The Final Collapse of a Liberal Democrat

Featured image Just a few years ago, Anthony Weiner was one of the leading left-wingers in the Democratic Party, a fire-breathing scourge of Republicans. For some time now he has been in disgrace, as a result of his unfortunate sexting habit. Given his former stature in the Democratic Party, Weiner’s downfall is of considerable interest, but that interest is naturally heightened by the fact that he is married to Hillary Clinton’s best »

The curious case of Ilhan Omar

Featured image In case you missed it, I’m taking the liberty of reposting this from Friday morning in slightly revised form to draw attention to my City Journal column “The curious case of Ilhan Omar.” On August 30 I sat down with Preya Samsundar to talk about her work on the Ilhan Omar story. Covering the story for Alpha News, Preya has shown herself to be a dogged, resourceful and unintimidated reporter. »

Basket of deplorables

Featured image Hillary Clinton is circling the wagons and fighting off her enemies. She’s not so much naming names as she is calling names, reducing the Democratic playbook to its essence. There is a bracing purity about this. I’ll give her “grossly,” but “generalistic”? (Don’t spellcheck me, bro!) I think I know what she means. Do lift us up, Madam Hillary! Quotable quote: “To just be grossly generalistic, you can put half »

The curious case of Ilhan Omar

Featured image Last week I sat down with Preya Samsundar to talk about her work on the Ilhan Omar story. Covering the story for Alpha News, Preya has shown herself to be a dogged, resourceful and unintimidated reporter. It occurred to me that some readers might be interested in a summary of the story to date. I salute Preya’s efforts and include a few of her quotable quotes from our conversation in »

Ilhan Omar: Fox News pierces the silence

Featured image Preya Samsundar appeared for a brief segment on Fox & Friends this morning to discuss the Ilhan Omar story with our friend Pete Hegseth. Although the segment barely skimmed the surface of Preya’s reportage — Preya’s most recent stories are posted here (August 22), here (August 26) and here (September 2) — it introduced the story to a national audience. With the exception of Preya’s work at Alpha News, the »

Ilhan Omar: The sound of silence

Featured image Following her victory over 22-term incumbent Minnesota state Rep. Phyllis Kahn in Minnesota in the August 9 primary, Ilhan Omar emerged as the Democratic Party’s hot new thing. The Star Tribune touted her victory under a huge banner headline. Two follow-up stories analyzed the sources of Omar’s not particularly surprising success in a district whose demographics have markedly shifted toward the Somali community. At the end of that week we »

The Omar case: Curiouser and curiouser

Featured image The case of Minnesota DFL House candidate Ilhan Omar and her marriage to Ahmed Nur Said Elmi grows curiouser and curiouser. Is Ahmed Nur Said Elmi the brother of Ilhan Omar? Was the marriage entered into for dishonest purposes? These are the question we have raised in a series of posts over the past two weeks. I summarized the case yesterday in “Omar so far.” This much we know with »

Omar so far

Featured image Ilhan Omar defeated 22-term incumbent Phyllis Kahn for the DFL nomination to represent legislative district 60B in the Minnesota House. It was one of the biggest stories to emerge from our August 9 primary. The Star Tribune reported it in a page-one story under a banndr headline and a huge photo. Omar seemed to have a sense of herself as the party’s new star. That’s certainly how the Star Tribune »

Ilhan Omar stonewalls [updated]

Featured image When Ilhan Omar finally got around to issuing a statement on her multiple marriages this past Wednesday evening, she drew on the Democratic scandal management playbook to put the story to bed. Omar characterized the allegations related to her marriages as “absurd and offensive.” Omar counts on cooperative Minnesota media not to follow up with impolite questions. KMSP 9’s Tom Lyden, however, is not in a cooperative mood. Lyden reported »

Democrats Explained

Featured image I didn’t think anyone could make sense of Democrats, but the good folks at Bad Lip Reading have done it: »

Who’s Crude?

Featured image For most of the last year, we have seen endless hand-wringing in the news media about how crude Donald Trump is. He has no manners; he is bringing down the level of public discourse; his attacks on others are outrageous. And, to be sure, there have been times when I, along with countless others, have criticized Trump’s excesses. But it seems obvious to me that it is Trump’s enemies, far »

Kane can’t

Featured image We tuned in to the saga of Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane (a Democrat) in three 2014 posts: “Culture of corruption,” followed by “Culture of corruption update” and “Philadelphia four run for reelection.” We followed up last year in “Kane cant.” Kane appeared to me to be guilty of questionable professional conduct that she defended through the deployment of race and sex cards. Having killed an investigation of black Philadelphia »

From Phyllis to Ilhan

Featured image Phyllis Kahn is the den grandmother of the Minnesota left. During her long, long time in office she has proposed lowering the voting age to 12 and removing the ban on first-cousin marriage. Rep. Kahn has represented her university-area district in the state legislature for 44 years. Her tenure in office is the longest in Minnesota history. While her career seemed to be dedicated to finding new frontiers in political »

The Democrats’ Anti-Science Platform

Featured image The Science and Environmental Policy Project puts out a weekly electronic newsletter called The Week That Was that brings together links to everything notable on the topic of climate. If you want to keep up on the global warming debate and related scientific issues, you really should subscribe to it. This week SEPP takes note of the Democratic Party’s platform on energy: Generally, TWTW does not comment on political issues. »

And Now: DNC Voicemails!

Featured image When Wikileaks first released classified materials embarrassing to the Bush Administration, the left either celebrated or was silent about the security implications of this kind of disclosure of classified information. This contrasts with the case of the Pentagon Papers way back in 1971. Since those secret documents were deeply embarrassing to the Kennedy and Johnson administrations, Nixon’s political operatives briefly considered exploiting them for partisan gain. But Nixon and Kissinger »

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. »