From the desk of Bobby Jindal

Featured image The Wall Street Journal’s Notable and Quotable highlights an excerpt from the August 10 press release by Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal’s campaign for the Republican presidential nomination. Governor Jindal entertains as he instructs: • I realize that the best way to make news is to mention Donald Trump. That’s the gold standard for making news these days. So, I’ve decided to randomly put his name into my remarks at various »

Live from Clear Lake: Dems on parade

Featured image Nebraska attorney David Begley continues his series of reports on appearances of the presidential candidates in Iowa for us. Yesterday Dave attended the appearance of the Democratic candidates at the party’s Wing Ding fundraiser in Clear Lake, Iowa. Above the break below Dave reports on the appearance of Madam Hillary, below the break on the appearances of Bernie Sanders and Martin O’Malley: I was deep undercover as I wore my »

Howard Dean and Bernie Sanders — compare and contrast

Featured image Joe Trippi, who managed Howard Dean’s insurgent campaign in 2003-04, compares Bernie Sanders’ campaign to Dean’s in an interview with the Washington Post’s Chris Cillizza. Speaking of Trippi, why has Fox News replaced him with Bill Burton as its house leftist on political matters? Trippi is insightful and intellectually honest, plus he has run consequential political campaigns. Burton, a deputy White House press secretary for President Obama, is a hack »

Bernie Sanders ignorance watch

Featured image Bernie Sanders has been retailing the hoary feminist myth that women make 77 (or 78) cents to the dollar earned by men as a result of some nefarious employment discrimination. Sanders has apparently made the claim part of his stump speech. As Steve points out in the adjacent post, Sanders puts it this way: “Men, stand with the women and demand pay equity. There is no defensible reason why women »

Bob Reich, Down and Dirty on Iran

Featured image Robert Reich, former Secretary of Labor, has become a darling of the far left.’s emails sometimes feature his laughably old-school-left videos. But he is still viewed as an important and mainstream supporter of the Obama administration. Yesterday, Reich went on Facebook to join in the administration’s campaign of vilification against those who oppose its deal with Iran’s mullahs. He started on a conciliatory note: Although there are important arguments »

Team Obama warns Schumer, unconvincingly

Featured image As John has noted, the White House didn’t take kindly to Chuck Schumer’s announcement that he opposes the Iran nuclear deal. The Washington Post didn’t exaggerate in today’s front-page headline (paper edition) that read: “Senator [Schumer] assailed on Iran stance: White House, allies go on the offensive.” Schumer has previously said that the timing of the passage of Obamacare was a political mistake. This makes the New York Senator 0-2 »

Breaking: Schumer to Oppose Iran Agreement

Featured image News breaking in the middle of the GOP debate that Democratic Senate Leader Charles Schumer is going to vote against the Iran agreement. He’s brought Eliot Engel with him: As if on cue, Representative Eliot L. Engel of New York, the ranking Democrat on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, who was widely expected to oppose the deal, announced his opposition Thursday night. As if on cue, is blowing a »

Socialism Crumbles In Venezuela, But Democrats Think It’s a Great Idea

Featured image Socialism must be the number one folly in the history of the human race. People keep trying it, and it keeps collapsing ignominiously. Yet leftists never give up. It is as though a guy stood in his yard throwing a ball into the air over and over, hoping that next time it won’t come back down. In Venezuela, socialism is in its inevitable death spiral. Food shortages are causing Venezuelans »

Sanders continues to close the gap in New Hampshire

Featured image Socialist Bernie Sanders is now running only six points behind limousine socialist Hillary Clinton in New Hampshire, according to a WMUR Granite State poll. Clinton leads Sanders 42-36. This puts him only fractionally outside the poll’s margin of error. Although Clinton maintains a double-digit lead in New Hampshire in the Real Clear Politics average, that lead is inflated by a poll (by Bloomberg/St. Anselm) from mid-June that had Clinton up »

Hillary’s Supporters Want to Repeal the Bill of Rights

Featured image This is a man in the street video filmed by Mark Dice in San Diego. I don’t know anything about Dice, but these Hillary supporters have got to go: if you tell them that Hillary wants to repeal the Bill of Rights, they are on board. No one ever said democracy would work if people are stupid. Still, no matter how low your expectations are, this is painful: »

How would a Biden campaign play out?

Featured image If it really was Beau Biden’s dying wish that Joe Biden run for president, then Joe has a powerful incentive to enter the race, especially since Hilary has yet to show any sign of invincibility. Moreover, as Scott notes, regardless of what Beau did or did not say, the fact that Biden is putting this story out amounts to strong evidence that he’s considering a run. How would a Biden »

Debbie Doubles Down (on Socialism)

Featured image The other day John noted that Democratic National Committee chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz stumbled badly when Chris Matthews asked her the difference between a Democrat and a socialist, between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders. Today Chuck Todd of NBC’s “Meet the Press” renewed the question, and Schultz doubles down on her clueless non-answer. This has gone from embarrassing to stunningly incompetent. It’s one thing to be unprepared for Chris Matthews »

The Astonishing Weakness of Hillary Clinton

Featured image At The Week, Michael Dougherty makes, powerfully, a point that I have also tried to make more than once, in a piece called “The astonishing weakness of Hillary Clinton.” The original contains links, which I have omitted: [T]he entirety of Clinton’s campaign has alternated between distancing herself from the legacy of her family name, and stonewalling reporters investigating one scandal or another. In the first category, she has repudiated the »

Trick Question: What’s the Difference Between a Democrat and a Socialist?

Featured image This is entertaining: Debbie Wasserman Schultz struggles to explain how a Democrat is different from a socialist. It apparently is a question that has never occurred to her before: All she can do is recite anti-Republican talking points. This tells us volumes about the state of the modern Democratic Party. »

Congressional Democrats poised to give Iran deal their support

Featured image From the time that the nuclear deal with Iran (minus the two side deals) was published, I’ve thought that it will receive substantial support from congressional Democrats. Even before the deal was reached, I assumed that Dems, by and large, would likely support it. They march pretty much in lockstep with the administration, especially on issues of vital importance to Obama. Once the details were made known, it seemed clear »

Democrats Go Full-Sharknado

Featured image Last night was the much-heralded debut of Sharknado 3. I missed it unfortunately, but I hear it was absurd even for a deliberate camp film. But that makes it an appropriate day to discover that the Connecticut State Democratic Party has decided to jump full-Sharknado style into repudiating its own founders. I was sure at first that this story was satire (the Daily Current is a satire site, while the »

Feel Good Story of the Day

Featured image As the left descends further into madness, and the demographics of Democratic presidential field embarrasses even the AARP, it is worth pondering that the weakness of the Democratic Party goes far down the political food chain. The Wall Street Journal takes note of this in a front-page story this morning: After two presidential victories, Mr. Obama presides over a Democratic Party that has lost 13 seats in the U.S. Senate »