Democrats

Ellison remembers to forget (again)

Featured image As Minnesota Fifth District Rep. Keith Ellison seeks to take on the leadership of the Democratic National Committee, the Washington Post has published Ellison’s column whitewashing his past in the Nation of Islam as part of its Acts of Faith series bearing on religion. There is a certain logic in this. To enjoy Ellison’s column, you must suspend your disbelief and ignore the evidence that starkly contradicts it. You must »

Ellisonian gleanings

Featured image Keith Ellison is trying to plug the leaks that have sprung in his nascent campaign to head the Democratic National Committee. Ellison seeks to plug the leaks with lies and he’s lying as fast as he can talk. Let’s tune on him in action. Last week the Investigative Project on Terrorism released audio of Ellison speaking during a 2010 political fundraiser, criticizing what he saw as the inappropriate and disproportionate »

Should Claire McCaskill determine who will replace Scalia?

Featured image Who is the eighth best (or least bad) Democratic Senator? If you answered “I don’t give damn” you are wrong. Under current rules, the eighth best Democratic Senator holds veto power over the person Donald Trump will select to replace Justice Scalia on the Supreme Court. Confirmation of a Supreme Court nominee requires 60 votes. There will be 52 Republican Senators in the Senate that decides whether to confirm Trump’s »

Dayton’s stormy Tuesday

Featured image In 1994 or so one of my daughters was in school with one of Mark Dayton’s sons. Dayton was serving his last year as state auditor. At a silent auction to raise funds for the school, Dayton contributed Power Lunch for 2 with Mark Dayton at the Minneapolis Club. As the auction was winding down, I noticed that not a single person had entered a bid on it. So I »

Dems marched off the cliff in lockstep

Featured image For the past eight years, I’ve admired the Democrats’ ability to maintain party discipline. Maybe it’s just a case of the grass looking greener on the other side, but I don’t think so. During the Obama years, the Dems almost never broke ranks. They stuck together even in the face of two shellackings in mid-term elections. During the Bush years, by contrast, you could almost always count on GOP Senators »

Dems’ smear campaign against Sessions likely to backfire

Featured image It has become clear that, at least until Donald Trump nominates a Supreme Court Justice (and quite possibly beyond that point), congressional Democrats intend to make opposition to Sen. Jeff Sessions’ nomination as Attorney General the centerpiece of their early resistance to the new president. The talking point you will hear and read about the most is alleged racism by Sen. Sessions. However, the true reasons for the opposition are »

Recount Freakout [with comment by Paul]

Featured image If you’re a liberal, anything is better than admitting that you lost. So now, just weeks after cautioning Donald Trump’s supporters that they had better accept the results of the election (unlike the Democrats in 2000 and 2004), Democrats led by Jill Stein are demanding recounts in Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania. Left-wingers have donated millions of dollars, and the Hillary Clinton campaign has announced that it will participate in Stein’s »

Democrats Prepare to Enjoy the Holidays

Featured image Those Democrats sure know how to have a good time. While the rest of us are looking forward to family reunions and delicious turkey dinners, the Democratic Party is coaching its faithful on how to win political arguments. This is from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, a “Guide to Thanksgiving With Your Republican Relatives.” Click to enlarge: It isn’t worth the trouble to fact-check this whole mass of talking points, »

The trouble with Keith Ellison

Featured image Weekly Standard online editor Michael Warren invited me to draw on my experience writing about Keith Ellison over the past 10 years to speak up about him for Standard readers now that he has emerged as a leading contender to chair the national Democratic Party. Using a few links, I condense much of what I have to say in “The trouble with Keith Ellison.” Here is a chunk of it: »

Desperate Democrats Turn to Death Threats

Featured image Democrats are having a hard time coming to terms with the fact that they lost the presidential election. Now they are threatening to kill Republican electors unless they switch allegiance and vote for Hillary Clinton when the electoral college meets on December 19. The Detroit News reports: Trump’s opponents have deluged [Michael] Banerian and other GOP electors with pleas and nasty emails to reverse course and cast their ballots for »

From the Ellison file (2)

Featured image It can’t be a good thing if Democrats elect Minnesota Fifth District Rep. Keith Ellison to lead the Democratic Party. It would be bad for the country. To borrow a term, Ellison is a bad hombre. When he was on the make in Minneapolis as a local leader and activist on behalf of the Nation of Islam, Ellison had the following to say about his main man (i.e., Louis Farrakhan) »

Why the Dems Are Hysterical About Jeff Sessions, and Why They Don’t Mean It

Featured image The Democrats say that they will oppose confirmation of Senator Jeff Sessions as Attorney General, and will smear him with discredited race allegations from 30 years ago. This is rather pathetic: if they can’t come up with anything within the last 30 years, they don’t have much of a case, to say the least. So why are they hysterical about Sessions? Byron York supplies much of the answer: Sessions is »

Are All Liberals Rude and Arrogant?

Featured image Perhaps not, but it often seems that way. Vice President-Elect Mike Pence is in New York, working with Donald Trump on staffing their new administration. He took last night off to see the popular Broadway musical “Hamilton.” When he and his family took their seats, some in the crowd booed–although, to be fair, it sounds to me as though more applauded: The real outrage came at the end. As Pence »

From the Ellison file

Featured image The ascent of Keith Ellison to the possible leadership of the Democratic Party is a fateful event. Here is a man who was an active local leader of the racist and anti-Semitic cult known as the Nation of Islam until some time past his first attempt at political office as a Democrat, yet who has never acknowledged, accounted or apologized for his activities and expressed beliefs on behalf of the »

Democrats’ Fundraising Freakout

Featured image Every dark cloud has a silver lining. Donald Trump’s victory represents a rare fundraising opportunity for the Democrats, and they are taking advantage of the hysteria that currently prevails on the left. Thus, today’s email from the Democratic National Committee has the subject heading, “Trump’s latest plan is modeled on the internment of Japanese-Americans.” Of course it is! Here is the body of the email. Click to enlarge: Pretty much »

Freakout at the UC system

Featured image A reader fowards a self-described “important message from President Napolitano and UC Chancellors about [the Novmember 8] election results.” Now listen up! They say it’s important, even if the message sounds a bit, ah, familiar at this point. They’re not aspiring to originality in the formulation of their, ah, thoughts: November 9, 2016 In light of yesterday’s election results, we know there is understandable consternation and uncertainty among members of »

Ellison meets his people

Featured image On Monday Keith Ellison met with the billionaire Marxists of the Soros-founded Democracy Alliance at its 2016 investment conference. Ellison was to update donors on “the working class vote.” Ellison presumably advised the assembled billionaires that, despite control of the media and culture by their allies on the left, false consciousness among “the working class” remains a challenge to the ultimate victory of the causes they hold dear. Politico’s Ken »