Democrats

Among friends illustrated

Featured image At conclusion of last night’s debate in Durham featuring Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, MSNBC moderator Rachel Maddow graphically showed how she was feeling the love for the two of them. Fellow moderator Chuck Todd confined himself to a polite handshake, but don’t be deceived! He too was feeling the love. Via Daniel Halper/Weekly Standard. »

Clinton among friends

Featured image Did you catch any of the close encounter between Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton in Durham on MSNBC last night? By far the most striking element of the affair was the concern of moderators Chuck Todd and Rachel Maddow to perform their function on behalf of a Democratic audience, posing questions of concern to Democrats while raising no challenge to the candidates themselves. Todd and Maddow sought capably to vet »

Is Martin O’Malley the most important man in the Democratic race?

Featured image That’s what Chris Cillizza of the Washington Post says. His assessment is based on the way Iowa’s Democratic caucuses work. The Democrats use a “viability threshold.” If a candidate doesn’t reach it at a particular caucus, his supporters are offered the opportunity to re-caucus on behalf of a candidate who is viable. (I don’t believe the Republicans use this procedure these days.) O’Malley, who is at around 3 percent in »

CNN hosts the Dems

Featured image CNN hosted the Democratic presidential candidates for a friendly town hall forum at Drake University in Des Moines last night. Chris Cuomo served as the moderator as the candidates appeared in turn to answer questions from the audience. Cuomo’s chumminess with the candidates suggests that for CNN the event was all in the family. I would have suffered through it for Power Line readers, but I forgot about it, and »

The endorsements scorecard

Featured image How important are endorsements by office holders when it comes to nominating a presidential candidate? I think the conventional wisdom is that this year, at least on the Republican side, they won’t count for much. On the other hand, Aaron Bycoffe of FiveThirtyEight cites research showing that in presidential nomination contests between 1980 and 2004, early endorsements by members of the party elites were the most important cause of candidate »

Full of Schiff

Featured image Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff is a smart fellow and a perfect spokesman for Hillary Clinton’s interests. Slippery and willing to say anything, he can add a vague threat of harm when he thinks the occasion calls for it. Yesterday Schiff appeared on FOX News Sunday for a segment with Senator James Lankford to discuss last week’s revelations about the information found on Hillary’s Clinton’s unsecured private server for her official »

Sanders is Making Liberals Very Nervous

Featured image Or perhaps file this under the “Civil War on the Left” series. With Sanders suddenly appearing a credible threat to Her Ladyship’s coronation, some liberals are openly expressing their worry. Start with Ezra Klein, who trashes Sanders’s advocacy of the Holy Grail of liberalism—single-payer health care, in “Bernie Sanders’s single-payer plan isn’t a plan at all.” In general, I’m comfortable with higher taxes on the rich — though they’ve risen »

A desperate Hillary attacks Sanders for supporting legislation Bill signed

Featured image Under powerful attack from Bernie Sanders in last night’s debate over her cozy relationship with Wall Street titans like Goldman Sachs, Hillary Clinton stated that Sanders is “the only one of this stage that voted to deregulate the financial market in 2000. . .which [was] one of the main causes of the collapse in ’08.” Sanders, of course, was the only one of the stage who could have voted to »

The Dems’ debate: Another world

Featured image I don’t deprecate President Obama’s accomplishments in office. It seems to me that he has delivered to a substantial extent on his promise of “fundamental transformation” of the United States. He has also had a profound effect on the Democratic Party. Last night at the Dems’ debate in Charleston, Hillary Clinton presented herself as his heir. Bernie Sanders, well, he wants to continue the fundamental transformation too. There is nothing »

The Dems’ debate: Sanders comes on strong, but misses an opportunity

Featured image With the Democratic presidential race tightening, I decided to check out the candidates’ debate tonight. I stuck with it for an hour and a half. Here are my observations: First, Hillary Clinton turned in another strong performance. Republicans who think the GOP nominee won’t have his (or her) hands full should think again. Second, unlike in the first debate (the only other one I’ve watched), Bernie Sanders was also strong. »

Hillary/Democrats in Trouble?

Featured image How bad is Hillary as a candidate? This election cycle is the second time the Democratic establishment has tried to clear the field for her, and while her sacking by the uniquely positioned Barack Obama eight years ago is understandable, to see her struggling to overcome the challenge from a glowering grouchy grandfather socialist like Bernie Sanders tells us a lot about how far left the Democratic base has drifted. »

David Brock demands Sanders’ medical records

Featured image According to Politico, David Brock, Hillary Clinton’s surrogate, reportedly will begin airing attack ads calling on Bernie Sanders to release his medical records. Brock, who once wrote a book highly critical of Hillary, is the founder of the Correct the Record PAC, which coordinates directly with Clinton’s campaign. Clinton’s campaign gave Brock’s group $275,000 last June, according to the Daily Caller. Is there anything wrong with calling for the medical »

Happy New Year, Hillary

Featured image In our end-of-the-year podcast for 2014, I predicted that in the coming year Hillary Clinton would not “clear the field” in her quest for the Democratic nomination. (I also predicted that the Washington Nationals would play in the World Series — they didn’t even make the playoffs — and that Everton would have its worst season in almost a decade — they did, sadly). By “clearing the field,” I meant »

Democrats on Guns: It’s a Mystery

Featured image In the waning days of the Obama administration, it seems that gun control is the Democrats’ number one priority. President Obama bestirred himself to both deliver a speech and participate in a staged “town hall” on the issue of gun regulation, showing unusual energy by his standards. The White House issued an odd potpourri of gun initiatives, including some that are already law. The various Democratic campaign organizations (DNC, DSCC, »

She can’t explain

Featured image What is the difference between the tenets of the Democratic Party and the socialism of Bernie Sanders? Having previously stumped Debbie Blabbermouth Schultz with that brain teaser, Chris Matthews ran it by Madam Hillary very, very gently (video below…warning: plot spoiler) with comparable results, of course. She can’t explain. Via Progressives Today. »

O’Malley declines to answer

Featured image Nebraska attorney David Begley continues his series of reports for us on the appearances of the presidential candidates in Iowa as the Iowa caucuses approach. Yesterday afternoon Dave attended the appearance of Democrat Martin O’Malley in Council Bluffs. Omaha’s KETV 7’s report is here. Dave’s report is below, with Dave’s newsworthy question at the top. Today’s New York Post carries a brief editorial bearing on the question that O’Malley declines »

George Soros Regrets Backing Obama

Featured image One of the State Department’s newly-released Hillary Clinton emails comes from Neera Tanden, President of the far-left Center for American Progress. In May 2012, near the end of President Obama’s first term, Tanden told Hillary about a conversation with George Soros: The Democracy Alliance is the left-wing billionaires and millionaires club that we wrote about here and elsewhere. It is interesting that Soros, along with Tom Steyer the Left’s principal »