Democrats

Code Red for Team Franken

Featured image In Minnesota, Al Franken is up for reelection to the United States Senate. Minnesota’s Republican Party is a mess and the announced GOP candidates haven’t made much of an impression. Indeed, you have to be something of an obsessive to know that Franken will be on the ballot this November. I was reminded of Franken’s reelection campaign by an article last week in the Washington Post. According to the Post’s »

Philadelphia four run for reelection

Featured image The story of the corruption investigation killed by Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane hasn’t gotten much attention nationally, but it’s an interesting story. The terminated investigation, commenced in the office of then Attorney General (now Governor) Tom Corbett caught four Philadelphia state representatives taking cash from an informant working a sting operation. Kane has accused those who ran the investigation of racism and the characterized the criticism of her her »

Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Power

Featured image File this one under the Law of Unintended Consequences: Harry Reid decided to blow up the filibuster recently so that Democrats could use their likely evanescent Senate majority to ram through some of Obama’s liberal appointees.  But what he hadn’t counted upon was that vulnerable Democrats wouldn’t go along with the plan. First, seven Democratic senators joined with Republicans to vote down the nomination of Debo Adegbile to be assistant »

Obama’s bogus political science lesson

Featured image Barack Obama famously declared, “I’ll tell you right now that I’m. . .a better political director than my political director.” He may be right, but you couldn’t tell from his recent analysis of the upcoming midterm election. Obama claimed that Americans agree with Democrats on every issue, but that Washington politics have “become so toxic” that they aren’t voting. “That’s especially true during the midterms,” Obama added: During presidential elections, »

Culture of corruption update

Featured image Yesterday in “Culture of corruption” I wrote about the “sting operation over three years that captured leading Philadelphia Democrats, including four members of the city’s state House delegation, on tape accepting money[.]” The investigation was killed by Attorney General Kathleen Kane (a Democrat) when she took office in early 2013. Kane has hired an attorney to make threatening noises regarding a defamation lawsuit against the Inquirer, but she is firing »

Culture of corruption

Featured image Angela Couloumbis and Craig McCoy reported a long story published in this past Sunday’s Philadelphia Inquirer. The story is of interest in a number of respects. The headline refers to Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane: “Kane shut down sting that snared Phila. officials.” NRO posted a good summary by Alec Torres here. It’s the kind of story that Glenn Reynolds sometimes links to with the introductory tag “Culture of Corruption,” »

Mark Pryor relies on a prior Pryor

Featured image This Politico story about Sen. Mark Pryor’s reelection pitch goes on for the two pages but never gets beyond the fact that Pryor’s father was a very popular politician. After serving for almost 12 years in the Senate, Mark Pryor should be embarrassed that his main claim to fame is that he’s David Pryor’s son. But when it comes to clinging to office, Pryor is probably beyond feeling embarrassed. And »

The Democrats Continue Their Smear of Paul Ryan

Featured image I wrote here about the Democratic Party’s disgraceful attempt to smear Paul Ryan and Bill Bennett as part of their ongoing fundraising effort. Last week, Ryan appeared on Bennett’s Morning In America radio show and, among other topics, he and Bennett discussed urban poverty. This is what Ryan said, as transcribed by me: Bennett — Fatherless problem is a big one. Ryan — Absolutely — that’s the tailspin or spiral »

Denial: Formerly the Hudson River

Featured image In addition to Maureen Dowd’s NY Times column Scott noted here, the “news” pages of the Times also carry a long feature story on how Democrats are panicking over this election cycle: “Obama Factor Adds to Fears of Democrats.”  I guess Dem House and Senate candidates aren’t buying the “You’ve got me” bravado Obama held out to them in 2010. Hard to pick out who is deepest in denial here—Democrats, »

The war on Julie Boonstra

Featured image We’ve written about cancer survivor/Obamacare victim Julie Boonstra several times. Today Henry Payne adds to the story and draws the appropriate lessons in “The war on Julie Boonstra.” Payne notes how Boonstra, “a schoolteacher, has come under assault from Democrats and their media allies decrying her as a liar and an ignoramus for failing to embrace her new, Obamacare-approved plan.” Lesson one: As with outspoken female Obamacare cancer victims in »

Democratic Party Smears Paul Ryan and Bill Bennett to Raise Money

Featured image Yesterday the Democratic Party sent out this fundraising appeal: Subject: John, sign your name: Reply-To: You won’t believe what Paul Ryan is saying to justify his radical agenda. I should note that Ryan is one of the people, along with the Koch brothers and John Boehner, whose name is constantly invoked, and whose policy positions are consistently misrepresented, in order to scare Democrats into contributing money. So Ryan’s “radical agenda” »

America’s Dumbest Congresswoman?

Featured image It’s got to be Sheila Jackson Lee. This is classic Lee: Maybe I should offer a good thanks to the distinguished members of the majority — the Republicans, my chairman and others — for giving us an opportunity to have a deliberative constitutional discussion that reinforces the sanctity of this nation and how well it is that we have lasted some 400 years, operating under a constitution that clearly defines »

The Democrats’ Global Warming All-Nighter, Explained [with comment by Paul]

Featured image A group of Senate Democrats pulled an all-nighter last night, talking about global warming. As always, however, they displayed ambivalence toward the issue: none of the vulnerable Democrats who are up for re-election in the fall (Landrieu, Begich, Pryor, Hagan, Walsh) participated. Also, if you seriously want to call attention to an issue, the middle of the night is not necessarily the best time to do it. But this is »

Clinging to Guns, Religion and Antipathy

Featured image Random observations on a Sunday afternoon, tied together thematically by Barack Obama’s scoffing at people who “cling to guns or religion or antipathy toward people who aren’t like them”–a group that, in his mind, no doubt includes me. Let’s start with guns. Because of my Achilles tendon surgery, I hadn’t been to the range for six weeks or more. So it was fun to be back at my favorite gun »

Booking Booker? (Updated)

Featured image The one and only time I ever saw former Newark mayor and now U.S. Senator Cory Booker I was moderately impressed.  To be sure, like any decently skilled politician he was probably trimming his remarks for a center-right audience, but still he seems distinct from the leftism of New York’s new mayor.  (Booker supported charter schools, for example, while de Blasio is trying to kill them off.) But the New »

Remember When Ronald Reagan Was In Congress? Good Times, Good Times!

Featured image Where does the Democratic Party get the people who work for it? I suppose from the same vast sea of unknowing where they get their voters. Friday evening the Democratic Party sent out this tweet: The funny thing about this is that, in order to assert the proposition contained in the tweet, you have to have dates for when Reagan was in Congress so that you can apply the CPI »

What Was the FCC Newsroom “Survey” Really About?

Featured image That is the question that Byron York poses at the Examiner. His explanation: [T]he FCC’s action may have, in fact, been something different: an attempt — still grossly unconstitutional in its method — to lay a foundation for a new government push to increase minority ownership of the nation’s media outlets. Byron bases that conclusion on the fact that the driving force behind the FCC’s now-withdrawn newsroom initiative was Mignon »