Democrats

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 »

Kane cant

Featured image We tuned in to the saga of Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane (a Democrat) in three posts last year: “Culture of corruption,” followed by “Culture of corruption update” and “Philadelphia four run for reelection.” Kane appeared to me to be guilty of questionable professional conduct that she defended through the deployment of race and sex cards. Having killed an investigation of black Philadelphia officeholders when she assumed office, she accused »

Barack Obama, Wit?

Featured image Pretty much the only thing that anyone remembers 48 hours after President Obama’s State of the Union speech is his observation that he won two presidential campaigns. In Democratic circles, this is considered a “zinger.” Last night in the gym, I saw this image on a TV set tuned to MSNBC: And here is the segment: four minutes on Obama’s “epic put-down.” Seriously–this is what passes for wit in the »

Civil War on the Left, Part 13

Featured image It was barely more than a week ago that I advised everyone to get a new popcorn machine for the identity politics infighting that is going to take place among Democrats in the California primary to replace Babs “Don’t Call Me Ma’am” Boxer next year.  Just to remind you, I said: There’s lots of talk in the media about how Jerry Brown and our two old ladies in the Senate »

Blast from the (Democratic) Past

Featured image Sen. Joni Ernst is getting mixed reviews for her delivery of the GOP response to Obama’s State of the Union speech.  I thought she did fine with an awful format.  I actually think the party might want to skip making a response, but we can have that discussion later. But if you’re in the camp that is critical of Ernst, you should see the Democratic response to Reagan in 1985, »

Greatest. Democrat. Ever.

Featured image Of all the disgraceful members of the Democratic Party, hatemonger Alan Grayson, Congressman from Florida, may be the most despicable. On the positive side, however, he also provides a good deal of comic relief. Here is the latest on Grayson: A trial to determine whether U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson’s wife committed bigamy when she wed the congressman has been delayed because she required emergency surgery to remove breast implants. A »

Does The Democratic Party Have a Future? (Part 2)

Featured image John introduced this subject a few items below, and it deserves not just a hopeful “NO!” in response, but additional analysis.  The Washington Post yesterday put together a nice little scoreboard of Democratic losses during the Obama years (displayed below), and it is stunning to realize how disastrous Obama has been for Democrats not named Obama. Obama has seen the worst party erosion ever, more than Republicans during the Watergate »

Does the Democratic Party Have a Future?

Featured image When Republicans lose an election, the response from the press is immediate and overwhelming: Republicans need to move to the left and be more like Democrats. But somehow, when the Democrats’ power slips away over a series of election cycles, the message is quite different. The Associated Press takes note of the Democrats’ current woes: As Democratic senators gather in Baltimore to talk strategy and lick election wounds, their party »

Is Elizabeth Warren running for president? It looks that way

Featured image I hear through sources within Elizabeth Warren’s circles that the Massachusetts Senator intends to run for president. Warren’s behavior is entirely consistent with this view. She is pounding her core message — “the system is rigged” — as relentlessly as John Edwards pounded his “two Americas” theme when he ran twice for president. And she is distancing herself from President Obama — and, by extension, Hillary Clinton — by insisting »

Cuomo’s moment

Featured image Three-term former New York Governor Mario Cuomo died yesterday at the age of 82. The New York Times recalls him in the obituary by Adam Nagourney and the New York City sidebar by Sam Roberts. Cuomo was an eloquent preacher of the liberal gospel at a time when the gospel had been eclipsed by Ronald Reagan’s political and policy successes. At the Democratic Convention in July 1984, giving the keynote »

What is different for Hillary Clinton the second time around?

Featured image We closed today’s Power Line show with a brief discussion of the outlook for Hillary Clinton in the coming year. I speculated, and Steve agreed, that Clinton likely will not be able to clear the field of rivals for the Democratic nomination. This time next year, she may very well still be the Democratic frontrunner, but probably will not have an unimpeded path to the nomination. This was about where »

Jim Webb for vice president?

Featured image In response to my post about Jim Webb’s presidential prospects, a reader suggests that Webb may actually be angling for the vice presidency: I wonder if Webb’s intent isn’t to become VP nominee. He simply informs Clinton, Warren, or whoever wins the nomination that they will not carry VA, NC, WV, & PA if he campaigns in those states for the Republican nominee which he will do if he is »

In which Kyle Smith lends a hand

Featured image Making out a small case study in media bias, GQ found it remarkably difficult to identify an even mix of crazy Democrats and Republicans in its survey of “The 20 craziest politicians.” Seventeen of the 20 spots went to Republicans. In the New York Post Kyle Smith arrives to lend a hand. He identifies 16 crazy Dems overlooked by GQ. Vermont’s Democrat Bernie Sanders makes the list; Smith uses this »

Will 2016 resemble 1968 for Democrats?

Featured image I’ve been dismissive of Jim Webb’s prospects for winning the Democratic presidential nomination. But Jacob Heilbrunn’s column on Webb, and Steve’s commentary on that column, made me take another look. On second look, I still don’t see Webb getting very far. Will female Democrats favor Webb — currently in his third marriage and the author of what some might consider a sexist novel — over Hillary Clinton? Not likely. Will »