The deep meaning of Keith Ellison

Featured image Edward-Isaac Dovere reported in Politico yesterday that Minnesota Fifth District Rep. Keith Ellison is exploring a run for Minnesota Attorney General. Dovere confirmed his story with four acquaintances of Ellison with whom Ellison has discussed the possibility. Dovere adds that Ellison “has indicated to several people close to him in recent days that he’s less likely to run,” although Ellison still “finds the idea enticing.” In addition to serving in »

The Senate politics of Trump’s immigration proposal

Featured image Tom Cotton is right, the support of Chuck Schumer and Dick Durbin isn’t necessary to pass an immigration bill. However, some Democratic support is. The proposal President Trump has put forward likely will need more than nine Democratic votes, since not all Senate Republicans can be expected to vote for it. For example, Ted Cruz says he’s opposed. Indeed, he believes there should be no path to citizenship for the »

Hawaiian Who Sent False Missile Alert Won’t Cooperate With Investigation

Featured image The false alarm of an incoming missile attack that panicked Hawaii for 45 minutes was one of the strangest news stories of recent years. Hawaiian authorities have said that a state employee “accidentally pushed a wrong button,” an explanation that has provoked hilarity in some quarters. But now there is an interesting development: the employee who “pushed a wrong button” is refusing to cooperate with investigators: The employee who sent »

John Kerry Stabs America In the Back

Featured image This shocking report comes from the Jerusalem Post: Maariv reported that former US secretary of state John Kerry met in London with a close associate of PA President Mahmoud Abbas, Hussein Agha, for a long and open conversation about a variety of topics. Agha apparently reported details of the conversation to senior PA officials in Ramallah. A senior PA official confirmed to Maariv that the meeting took place. *** During »

Why Do Democrats Hate Israel?

Featured image I think it was Milton Himmelfarb (but I’m only 40% sure of this, so happy to be corrected) who quipped that “Jews live like Episcopalians but vote like Puerto Ricans.” I haven’t checked the exit poll crosstabs, but I suspect that Hillary Clinton got around 90 percent of the Jewish vote in 2016. There have been some important deviations from this pattern, such as the 1980 election, when Ronaldus Magnus »

Did the GOP really win the shutdown showdown?

Featured image My initial reaction to the deal that ended the partial government shutdown was that Chuck Schumer caved and that the deal was a big win for Republicans. That’s the conventional view shared by, to name just a few, Brit Hume, Marc Thiessen, and Ben Shapiro . However, I’m no longer sure this was a true victory for Republicans, at least those of the conservative variety. The Democrats may have received »

This Column Didn’t Age Well

Featured image I suppose we shouldn’t gloat too much on the Democratic capitulation on the government shut down. . . Oh heck, yes we should! And here’s a great example of something to gloat over: Davis Faris’s column in The Week, published on Saturday: In the government shutdown standoff, Democrats have all the leverage The president’s party, which is already staring down an epic and richly deserved repudiation in November, can ill »

Shutdown to end as Dems cave [UPDATED TWICE]

Featured image The Senate has reached a deal that will reopen the government by tonight. Only 18 Senators voted against the deal in the context of a motion to end debate. The House is expected to agree to the deal by uniting Republican and Democratic leaders in an agreement on immigration and spending. The bill agreed to would fund the government through Feb. 8 and reauthorize the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) »

Shutdown politics, a leftist’s take

Featured image David Leonhardt is an op-ed columnist and associate editorial page editor at The New York Times. Obviously, he writes “from a liberal progressive perspective.” Leonhardt is urging Democrats to capitulate on the shutdown. He wants them to “accept[] a short-term funding bill that ends the shutdown and diffuses the tension.” Why? Because “the shutdown has created one of the more treacherous political moments of Trump’s presidency for Democrats.” (Emphasis added) »

Has Trump Set Up An Economic Boom?

Featured image We’ve seen already the news of the growing number of companies citing the corporate tax cut as the trigger to give bonuses, raises, and announcements of significant new domestic capital investment, which is ruining the Democrats’ day. Wait till they get a load of this news, from the Wall Street Journal this morning: Less-Educated Workers See Biggest Weekly Pay Bumps Americans with only a high-school diploma are seeing faster earnings »

White House issues tough statement on “Schumer Shutdown”

Featured image We’ve passed midnight here in the East, so the government shutdown has commenced, at least technically. As I type this, Senators are milling around on the Senate floor presumably trying to work out some sort of arrangement that will fully fund the government for a little while longer. Meanwhile, the White House, via Sarah Sanders, has issued this statement: Senate Democrats own the Schumer Shutdown. Tonight they put politics above »

A Primer on the “Government Shutdown”

Featured image It seems Senate Democrats are determined to have a government shutdown probably because of the default requirement of the Democratic base of “total resistance” to Trump. They are attaching the demand that DACA be “fixed” as a condition to funding the federal government (as OMB director Nick Mulvaney pointed out this morning, Democrats do not oppose any of the funding specifics of the continuing resolution), because they know that if »

Cory Booker hurts

Featured image John noted the performances of certain Senate Judiciary Committee Democrats using DHS Secretary Nielsen as their foil at the committee hearing today, Shithole Day 5. New Jersey Senator Cory Booker is a fabulist of the first order. Dick Durbin has nothing on him. He previously fabricated his imaginary friend T-Bone. On Day 5 of Shithole he testified to his tears of rage along while demanding that Nielsen feel his pain. »

Kirstjen Nielsen Faces the Democrats

Featured image Secretary of Homeland Defense Kirstjen Nielsen is testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee. It seems that just about the only thing the Democrats want to talk about is the meeting with President Trump last week that gave rise to the “s***hole” controversy. Secretary Nielsen is at least the second person to say that Trump did not use that term, yet “s***hole” has been reported more or less universally as fact. »

S***hole Or No S***hole? [Updated]

Featured image Today on ABC’s This Week, Senator David Perdue, who was present, flatly denied that President Trump referred to any countries as “s***holes” during a meeting with a small group of legislators: Republican Sen. David Perdue (Ga.) on Sunday said President Trump did not use the word “shithole” to refer to African nations, Haiti and El Salvador during a White House meeting with lawmakers. *** “I’m telling you he did not »

Deborah Jordahl: Wisconsin’s Comey-over

Featured image We have followed recent events in Wisconsin’s scandalous John Doe investigation of Governor Walker’s allies and supporters here (also citing background on the scandal) and here. State senator Tom Tiffany then updated us on the scandal’s aftermath. Now Senator Tiffany has directed our attention to Matt Kittle’s current MacIver Institute report “In John Doe’s shadow: Showdown looms in bitter battle over bureaucrats’ jobs.” Senator Tiffany has also forwarded Deborah Hawley »

Is the Washington Post Part of the Far Left?

Featured image We may have been the first to expose the Democracy Alliance, back in 2014. The Democracy Alliance is a shadowy group of far-left money men who organize their efforts to try to radically transform American society through left-wing organizations of various kinds. The Democracy Alliance rates such groups and encourages its far-left donors to support those who rate the highest, and it attempts to coordinate the efforts to transform America »