Democrats

When No Politics Is Local

Featured image Scott and Paul have admirably covered the waterfront of the Ossoff-Handel race yesterday, which Handel won Handel-y. There is one further angle to ponder, however: the decisive end of the era of “all politics is local” theory of House races.  “All politics is local” is the slogan of the late Tip O’Neill, the Democratic Speaker of the House back in the Reagan era, and it reflected his view, and long-time »

The AP Takes a Sober Look at the Democrats

Featured image The Associated Press is usually a reliable cheerleader for the Democratic Party, so this morning’s analysis piece by Erica Werner on Jon Ossoff’s defeat is notable for its objectivity: Instead of a win or even a razor-thin loss by Democrat Jon Ossoff that many had expected, Republican Karen Handel ended up winning by a relatively comfortable 4 percentage point margin in the wealthy suburban Atlanta district previously held by Health »

After last night — no more Mr. Nice Guy?

Featured image After last night, lefty Democrats are complaining that Jon Ossoff didn’t run a sufficiently belligerent, sufficiently Trump-hating campaign. The Washington Post’s Paul Kane captures the sentiment in an article called (in the paper edition): “Ossoff chose civil resistance and lost. Do the Democrats need more warriors?” This reaction reminds me of the story of the psychologist who theorized that new born babies have the innate ability to swim. When he »

What Russia Investigation?

Featured image The Democrats are making fools of themselves with their investigation of nothing, so perhaps the best thing we can do is laugh at them. Michael Ramirez ridicules their questioning of Attorney General Jeff Sessions. There must be something about Russia lurking in his background somewhere! Click to enlarge: »

Darkness in Virginia

Featured image To increase the number of Democratic voters in his state, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe gave the right to vote to 206,000 convicted felons. He did so by executive order in 2016. The order encompassed violent felons and those who had not paid court costs or made restitution to their victims. It also restored the voting rights of 132 sex offenders still in custody and to several convicted killers in other »

The Empire Strikes Back

Featured image Along with many others, I have suggested that in the wake of James Hodgkinson’s rampage, Democrats should look in the mirror and consider whether the insane climate of hate they have fomented over the last seven months contributed to the overtly political crime committed by one of their fervent supporters. Despite the Democrats’ prior attempts to blame the actions of crazed leftists like Jared Loughner, who listed The Communist Manifesto »

Hodgkinson Was Occupy Protester, Attacked the “One Percent”

Featured image James Hodgkinson, who shot up the Republican baseball team in Virginia this morning, was a Bernie Sanders volunteer and enthusiastic advocate of the Democratic Party line. In 2011, he appeared on local television in St. Louis at an Occupy protest, denouncing the “one percent.” We talked about Hodgkinson on the Power Line Live broadcast this evening. I think it is fair to blame the Democratic Party for his violence–recognizing, of »

An Investigation Of Nothing, Graphic Version

Featured image In Washington, the “Russia investigation” gallops along. No doubt intelligence people are making a serious effort to diagnose hacking by Russians (or others), and figure out what to do about it. But that has nothing to do with the faux investigation that Democrats on the Senate Intelligence Committee and soon, I am afraid, Robert Mueller will be carrying out. I think Michael Ramirez may have gotten the idea for this »

More on James T. Hodgkinson [Updated]

Featured image James T. Hodgkinson of Belleville, Illinois has been identified as the man who shot Majority Whip Steve Scalise and others this morning. Hodgkinson is described by a friend: “He was this union tradesman, pretty stocky, and we stayed up talking politics,” he said. “He was more on the really progressive side of things.” As has been widely reported, Hodgkinson is a rabid Bernie Sanders supporter. He considers Hillary Clinton to »

Cool Hand Dems

Featured image In his comments on the appearance of Attorney General Sessions before the Senate Intelligence Committee yesterday afternoon John quotes Senator Cotton’s colloquy with Sessions (video below). It brought a rare moment of clarity to the proceedings. The alleged collusion of the Trump campaign with Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election was never more than a pretext. Now it is something like ancient history. As for the alleged collusion, there »

An Investigation of Nothing

Featured image It was said of the Seinfeld show that it was a TV program about nothing. It occurred to me, reading the transcript of Attorney General Jeff Sessions’s appearance before the Senate Intelligence Committee this afternoon, that the “Russia investigation”–this part of it, anyway–is also about nothing. Sessions must have wondered, at times, why in the world he was there. He testified that he knew nothing about the alleged Russian spear »

Sessions’ Testimony Should Reveal Absurdity of “Russia Investigation”

Featured image Tomorrow afternoon Attorney General Jeff Sessions will testify publicly, and I assume on television, before the Senate Intelligence Committee. The Associated Press previews Sessions’ appearance as though it were a cage match, but I am pretty sure it will be anticlimactic, if not embarrassing, for the Democrats. Because it will raise, in bald form, the question: what the heck are you investigating? The AP writes: The hearing will bring sharp »

What It Takes To Be Fired by CNN

Featured image CNN has joined the New York Times and the Washington Post (along with the perennially hysterical MSNBC) in the front rank of the Resistance to America’s duly elected government. Cranking out over-the-top anti-Trump propaganda is mostly what the network does these days. But even at CNN, there are limits. First the network fired “comedian” Kathy Griffin from what was apparently her only CNN gig, co-hosting the network’s New Year’s Eve »

Democrats on the Rocks?

Featured image President Trump may have poor approval ratings, and the Republican Congress looks a little shaky at the moment in the Getting Big Things Done Department (like repealing Obamacare and getting a serious tax reform package together), so in the ordinary cycle of politics you’d be reasonable to forecast a bad election for Republicans in 2018. This may yet come to pass for all of the conventional reasons, but it is »

Mugging Mr. Murray: Murray speaks

Featured image American Enterprise Institute fellow Charles Murray must rank among our most prominent living social scientists. At a May 17 hearing of the Joint Economic Committee convened by Senator and JEC vice chairman Mike Lee, Murray was included on a panel of social scientists testifying on the state of social capital in America — the subject of a new report released by the committee. Testifying along with Murray on the panel »

Waiting for Comey

Featured image Back in the day when liberals castigated Joe McCarthy for witch hunting — searching for Communists in the government — there were real witches. The allegation of Trump campaign “collusion” with Russia in the 2016 campaign has gone from pretext for Clinton’s stunning loss to Donald Trump in the election to the current hunt for conspirators on the Trump campaign. As the news leaks and congressional hearings that touch on »

A Lesson in Punching Back

Featured image We’re three weeks away from the Georgia special election to fill the open House seat of Tom Price, who moved up to be secretary of Health and Human Liabilities. By all accounts it is a very tight race in a district that Trump carried by a narrow margin, meaning it is winnable by either side. It’s one of those suburban districts where Trump is not especially popular even with many »