Civil War on the Left, Part 23

Featured image Right now President Obama and the usual liberal hive are agitating mightily against the supposed racism, xenophobia, and Islamophobia of Republicans (and at least one Democratic governor) who are opposed to accepting more Syrian refugees. But a few liberals are breaking from the party line, starting with Kevin Drum at Mother Jones: Liberals Should Knock Off the Mockery Over Calls to Limit Syrian Refugees Here’s the thing: to the average »

CRB: San Francisco values

Featured image With its Fall 2015 number, the Claremont Review of Books celebrates its fifteenth anniversary. It has rolled out a new site. It has sent its characteristically excellent new issue off to the printer. And it has let me dip in to the issue to select a few pieces to bring to the attention of Power Line readers. (Subscription services are accessible via the CRB home page linked above — a »

After last night

Featured image Watching the Democratic presidential candidates’ event on CBS last night, I thought we had entered the Twilight Zone. You know, “You unlock this door with the key of imagination. Beyond it is another dimension…” John Dickerson played Rod Serling. Herewith my impression of the highlights. Bernie Sanders explained that the phenomenon formerly known as global warming (PFKAGW) was the cause of the Paris massacres. Sanders is no outlier. He represents »

The world according to the Democratic establishment

Featured image This weekend, a reader from here in the Washington D.C. area found himself seated next to a Democratic fundraiser and operative. This Democrat offered the following opinions. They reflect, I think, how well-connected Democrats read the current political situation: 1. Hillary Clinton is a “gem” who will win 70% of the women’s vote and likely the election because electing the first woman president is “a really big deal.” 2. Democrats »

The Morning After: Democratic Party Meltdown?

Featured image Democrats were clobbered in the off year election yesterday, but the annihilation was near total in Kentucky. Great catch by Mollie Hemingway over at The Federalist of the Democratic House Speaker Greg Stumbo stumbling through some incoherent and downright bizarre remarks about how to think about the Democrats’ wipeout. Below is the entire six-minutes of this meltdown, but the highlights include Stumbo trying to decide whether Jesus was a Democrat, »

Decoding the Democrats’ Debate

Featured image We’ve been spending our time on the latest Republican debate, but let’s not forget the Democrats! Fortunately, the good people at Bad Lip Reading haven’t, and they’ve produced this “revised” version of the recent Democratic debate, and it is a definite improvement on the real thing: »

What really divides conservatives

Featured image What best explains the division we see among conservatives these days? Is it ideology, strategy, or just tactics? All three factor in. But I believe the biggest source of division is cognitive. Some conservatives perceive that the left is bent on radically transforming American values, institutions, and ways of living, and will use almost any tactic, regardless of its legality, to accomplish the transformation. Others perceive the current moment as »

Whose Shrinking Island?

Featured image Yesterday President Obama riffed in front of a Democratic audience, attacking the only enemies he cares about–Republicans. He described Republicans as “extreme,” and said, among other things, “Washington Republicans are alone on their own shrinking island.” Put aside the hatefulness for a moment. Like so much that Obama says, this characterization is delusional. National Journal published this map of the United States, by Congressional district, after the 2014 election. It »

Give Linc a chance

Featured image Hillary Clinton’s death march to the Democratic presidential nomination will now proceed unimpeded by comic relief. I am sorry to report that Lincoln Chafee has announced his withdrawal from the contest for the nomination. Even the announcement of his withdrawal gives us a glimpse of what we will be missing. “As you know I have been campaigning on a platform of Prosperity Through Peace,” he told a Democratic National Committee »

Senate Democrats vote to preserve sanctuary cities

Featured image By a vote of 54-45, the has Senate failed to prevent a “filibuster” of legislation to rein in sanctuary cities that shield illegal-alien criminals from deportation. Republicans thus fell six votes short of the super-majority needed to bring the bill to the Senate floor for debate. Only two Democrats — Manchin and Donnelly — voted to have debate on the bill. One Republican — Kirk — voted not to. Lindsey »

Enthusiasm curbed

Featured image Last night’s Saturday Night Live opened with an attempted parody of the Democratic presidential candidates’ debate on CNN. The art of political satire has deteriorated on the left and the writers/producers don’t have their hearts in mocking liberals anyway. Their enthusiasm is curbed. Without much to work with, Larry David momentarily captures a little of the mania of Bernie Sanders. Kate McKinnon brings some bite to her portrayal of Hillary »

DNC In Disarray

Featured image The liberal media love to report on chaos in the Republican Party, but how about the Democrats? The Democratic National Committee is in a state of open warfare. It started with Chairman Debbie Wasserman Schultz scheduling only six presidential debates. This was no random decision; Wasserman Schultz and some others on the DNC intended for the nomination process to be a coronation of Hillary Clinton, and didn’t want to expose »


Featured image Bernie Sanders says: Let’s stop talking about Hillary’s emails and get back to the issues! Michael Ramirez says: Be careful what you wish for. Click to enlarge: »

Do Liberals Notice That Their Goals Are Contradictory?

Featured image At National Review, Reihan Salam makes an important point, briefly and eloquently: If I had to identify the two issues that left-of-center American intellectuals care about most, I’d probably choose rising economic inequality in the United States and the threat posed by anthropogenic climate change. But the left–not the Democrats’ rank and file voters, but virtually all Democratic politicians and pundits–also favor major increases in immigration. Does that make any »

Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton, and the Danish model

Featured image The Democratic presidential debate featured a clash between Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton over Denmark. Clinton reminded Sanders that “the United States isn’t Denmark. The Vermont socialist responded with a stirring defense of the Danish model. Both, for once, weren’t entirely wrong. Unlike the U.S., Denmark is moving in the opposite direction of socialism, and this represents a healthy model. Kevin Williamson of NRO provides the details: Denmark, like Sweden »

Who You Callin’ “Extreme”? (Part 2)

Featured image Further to my post a few days ago that it’s the Democratic Party that has become more extreme, this today from the sensible liberal Bill Galston in the Wall Street Journal: The Democratic contenders for 2016 are dealing with a party that has shifted left in the 14 years since the end of Bill Clinton’s presidency. In 2000, according to an October report from the Pew Research Center, 43% of Democrats »

Scenes from a miscarriage

Featured image Madam Hillary prevailed in last night’s CNN event featuring the Democratic presidential candidates in Las Vegas. The event was billed as a debate, but Hillary’s opponents refused to make a case against her. Bernie Sanders threw her a lifeline. I don’t know what his calculation was there, but it was representative. The men are afraid of committing an offense against majesty. To say that Madam Hillary succeeded in impersonating a »