Democrats

Dems traffick in cynicism

Featured image The Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act of 2015 enjoyed unanimous bipartisan support when it was passed out of committee with the sponsorship of Senators Cornyn (R, TX) and Klobuchar (D, MN). Senator Klobuchar’s operative principle is “keep your head down” and it has served her well so far. Nevertheless, something funny happened on the way to passage of the bill in the Senate. As the Wall Street Journal’s Kim »

Senate Democrats Vote to Pay Cash Benefits to Illegal Immigrants

Featured image The Treasury Department Inspector General for Tax Administration has repeatedly warned that illegal immigrants are collecting billion of dollars in refundable tax credits to which they are not legally entitled. This outrageous situation can be corrected rather easily, by requiring tax filers to supply a valid Social Security number in order to claim the Additional Child Tax Credit. Today in the Senate Budget Committee, Jeff Sessions proposed an amendment that »

How Desperate Are Democrats? (Updated)

Featured image With Hillary Clinton’s campaign of entitled inevitability looking increasingly like certain doom for Democrats in 2016, is there a Plan B? As Noemie Emery argued with her usual panache in the Weekly Standard, the Democratic Party imperatives of gender and identity politics compel it to look for a woman or minority to succeed Obama, but the roster is very thin and unpersuasive. What’s a desperate party to do? Well, guess »

Democratic Party Hypocrisy: Blast from the Past

Featured image From the Daily Oklahoman, Sept. 26, 1991: FORMER Reagan administration officials were stunned when, as revealed in the New York Times on Sept. 15, their mid-1980s monitoring stumbled across “Democrats or staff members of Democrats” directly advising the communist Sandinistas of Nicaragua on political tactics, including how to defeat U.S. aid to the anti-communist resistance, the “Contras. ” Although President Reagan’s people decided not to seek prosecution of the House »

Hillary’s Presidential Hopes, Deleted

Featured image In my opinion, the current email controversy represents a death knell for Hillary Clinton’s presidential hopes. Not because her crude deception is decisive in itself–although in some voters’ minds, it may be–but because it reminds us of what a lousy, unlikable, not-very-competent candidate she is. Hillary was inevitable in 2008. The stars couldn’t have been better aligned. But she couldn’t close the deal–even with Democrats!–because the truth is, she isn’t »

Will the email scandal sink Clinton’s nomination bid?

Featured image John is worried that the Hillary Clinton email scandal has erupted too soon, leaving plenty of time for the Democrats to ditch Clinton and substitute a better candidate. The time exists, but I’m not sure the better (i.e., more electable) candidate does. Jay Cost doubts that the scandal will cost Clinton the nomination. The nominee, he says, will be selected by five groups of voters: (1) upscale liberals, (2) the »

Civil War on the Left, Part 17 [With note by Paul]

Featured image In an earlier installment of this series (Part 13), I mentioned how the identity politics mandate of the Democratic Party was causing friction in California, where Hispanics were loudly complaining against the presumptive anointment of Kamala Harris to be the successor of Barbara Boxer. Looks like the same fight is shaping up in Maryland, where the Democratic Party establishment’s attempt to clear the field for Rep. Chris Van Hollen to »

A bridge for sale

Featured image Yesterday President Obama spoke at the Edmund Pettus Bridge in observation of the fiftieth anniversary of Bloody Sunday and the Selma to Montgomery marches. The White House has posted the text of Obama’s speech here and the video below. I encourage interested readers to check out the text or the video for themselves. President Obama began by paying tribute to Rep. John Lewis, whom he identified as “one of [his] »

The Democrats’ Hillary Problem: They Have No One Else

Featured image If accused of schadenfreude, I plead guilty. I am enjoying watching Hillary twist in the wind, as Democratic politicians conspicuously refrain from coming to her defense, Democratic reporters feel obliged to cover the story of her secret email system, and–best of all–it appears that the story broke when it did because the White House fed it to the New York Times. Another skirmish in the war between the Obamas and »

Democrats respond to Netanyahu (video edition)

Featured image President Obama let it be known that he didn’t watch Prime Minister’s historic speech to the joint session of Congress yesterday. Netanyahu came to present the case against the nuclear deal with Iran that is in process. Obama has made concession after concession that would abrogate sanctions against Iran and facilitate Iran’s acquisition of nuclear weapons. Netanyahu sought to explain why that was the case and why it wasn’t a »

Blowback Against Democrats’ McCarthyite Investigation Continues

Featured image We have written here, here and here about House Democrats’ purported investigation of seven climate realists. Steven Hayward is proud to be one of the Magnificent Seven, and I interviewed him on the Laura Ingraham show this morning about the investigation. Pushback against the Democrats’ witch hunt is taking place on a variety of fronts. Yesterday a reporter from Politico, Alex Guillen, contacted Scott and me via email. Guillen said »

While Grijalva grates

Featured image Former CBS News investigative reporter Sharyl Attkisson asks herself how the media would treat a given behavior if it were practiced by a Republican. If the media would go ballistic, Attkisson suggests, the same behavior ought to be deemed newsworthy when a Democrat practices it. As she explains in her memoir Stonewalled, she calls it The Substitution Game. There is more than one reason why Attkisson resigned her employment with »

Striking a Nerve With the Nerviest

Featured image Rudy Giuliani’s skepticism regarding Barack Obama’s true sentiments about America seems to have struck a raw nerve among liberals. Which means he’s surely on to something. At the very least, shouldn’t some reporter ask Obama or his crew about Michelle’s famous remark from 2008 that “for the first time” she was proud of her country? Just what was her attitude, or the causes of her relatively lower lack of pride »

Not bipartisan, bisexual

Featured image All things being equal, I would prefer not to know the sexual preferences, orientations or practices of our political leaders. I wish they would not take pride in their sexuality. I wish they would remain discreet. By the lights of those who advertise their sexuality, they deserve no credit for it. I think they should be credited with responsibility for their practices, but if they choose discretion, I appreciate it. »

Requiem for a Governor

Featured image John Kitzhaber, who is currently serving his fourth term as governor of Oregon, is the most popular politician in that state’s modern history. I knew John as a college student. He was a few years older than me, and I admired him greatly. He was a good student, not brilliant but tremendously charismatic. At that time, he had no interest in politics and was anything but a liberal. He was »

Kitzhaber cant

Featured image We are saturated in left-wing media. I think it is literally impossible to imagine a world in which the media were impartial, or fair, or tilted right rather than left. Professor Tim Groseclose nevertheless brings the methodology of quantitative social science to the task in Left Turn: How Liberal Media Bias Distorts the American Mind and the results are fascinating. To clarify her own thinking as she worked on the »

Senate Democrats Vote to Shut Down Department of Homeland Security

Featured image In a shocking move, Senate Democrats today filibustered all funding for the Department of Homeland Security. They refused to allow the DHS funding bill, which has already passed the House, to be brought up for a vote. This means that funding for DHS, including its many vital national security functions, will soon run out. Why would Democrats vote unanimously to shut down DHS? Because the funding bill excludes the implementation »