Death by Dems

Detroit is a case study in the wreck of liberal governance and the politics of racial grievance. Michael Barone is from Detroit originally and has occasionally written about its decline, as in his CRB review “The unheavenly city” (on Charles LeDuff’s Detroit: An American Autopsy). The review opens: “When people ask me why I moved from liberal to conservative, I have a one-word answer: Detroit.” In his current column, Barone »

At Nebraska caucuses, Sanders prevails

Featured image Attorney David Begley files this report on the Democratic caucuses in Nebraska yesterday: I observed one of the Democratic caucuses held in Nebraska yesterday. As I was leaving the caucus site my fellow Nebraskan remarked that her experience was “horrific” and she would not do it again. Quite right, as over 700 people were packed into the Ralston Middle School cafeteria which looked to be rated for about 300 children. »

Democrats In Decline

Featured image The great under-reported story of this year’s election cycle is the ongoing decline of the Democratic Party. We have written many times about the fact that at the state and local levels, the Republicans have become dominant. The GOP controls two-thirds of state legislative bodies and 60% of the nation’s governorships, not to mention both houses of Congress. To some extent, Republican ascendancy has been obscured by the fact that »

Put a little love in your heart

Featured image Hillary Clinton clobbered Bernie Sanders in the South Carolina Democratic primary yesterday, capturing 73 percent of the vote. Paul comments on the outcome here. Clinton’s death march to the Democratic nomination has resumed in earnest. I think it is worth noting that turnout in the primary was down over 2008, as it has been elsewhere in the Democratic contests to date. The Daily Caller’s Chuck Ross takes a look here. »

Clinton hangs on to win Nevada

Featured image It looks like Hillary Clinton will win a narrow victory over Bernie Sanders in the Nevada caucuses. With more two-thirds of precincts reporting, Clinton held a four-point lead over Sanders. That was sufficient for AP to call the race for her. Clinton will take a win, any win, at this stage of the proceedings. However, the margin of victory is unimpressive. A month ago, her campaign was touting polls showing »

Trump and Sanders surge

Featured image The big political news this morning comes via Drudge in the new Quinnipiac poll that is posted here. Quinnipiac notes that it conducted its survey over the period February 10-15. Donald Trump’s outrageous performance at the South Carolina debate on the evening of February 13 is therefore not fully factored into this poll. As of the dates covered by this poll, Trump continues to surge. Quinnipiac provides this summary of »

Is Wasserman-Schultz a GOP Plant?

Featured image I’m starting to think I’ve got it all wrong. All this time I and others have been wondering whether Donald Trump is a Clinton/Democratic Party plant to disrupt the Republican Party. But I wonder whether DNC chairperson Debbie Wasserman-Schultz isn’t secretly a Republican double agent. On CNN yesterday, she defended Bernie Sanders not getting many “superdelegates” because, as she explained (and take this in slowly), the superdelegates exist “really to »

The superdelegate angle

Featured image The story of the Democrats’ undemocratic superdelegates hasn’t received much attention, but Politico’s Daniel Strauss sums it up in a topic sentence: “Bernie Sanders lost by a hair in Iowa and won by a landslide in New Hampshire. Yet Hillary Clinton has amassed an enormous 350-delegate advantage over the Vermont senator after just two states.” I’ve been stumped by Sanders’s failure to make an issue of it. Like his default »

After last night

Featured image I offer the following observations and speculations in the spirit of inquiry following the results in the New Hampshire primary last night. I acknowledge that we are in the realm of opinion and that I may well be mistaken. These are my thoughts. Let me begin, however, in the realm of fact. New Hampshire runs an open primary with independents allowed to vote in the party of their choice. Turnout »

Where does the Democratic presidential race stand?

Featured image Everyone has known for a good while that Hillary Clinton would lose to Bernie Sanders in New Hampshire. But it was far from clear that she would lose (as apparently she will) by 20 points. Where does this leave Clinton and Sanders? It leaves Clinton behind her Southern firewall. Her theory, widely shared, is that whatever happens in Iowa and New Hampshire, she will begin to win decisively once states »

The 3 am Call at the DNC Tonight

Featured image The most astonishing thing about the result in New Hampshire tonight is not Bernie Sanders’s large margin of victory, but the exit poll result that showed a third of Democratic voters chose “honesty and trustworthiness” as the main thing that determined their vote. Sanders won these voters by a margin of more than 9 – 1. Clinton is finished. I’ll bet even Bill knows this. The DNC has to be »

Among friends illustrated

Featured image At conclusion of last night’s debate in Durham featuring Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, MSNBC moderator Rachel Maddow graphically showed how she was feeling the love for the two of them. Fellow moderator Chuck Todd confined himself to a polite handshake, but don’t be deceived! He too was feeling the love. Via Daniel Halper/Weekly Standard. »

Clinton among friends

Featured image Did you catch any of the close encounter between Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton in Durham on MSNBC last night? By far the most striking element of the affair was the concern of moderators Chuck Todd and Rachel Maddow to perform their function on behalf of a Democratic audience, posing questions of concern to Democrats while raising no challenge to the candidates themselves. Todd and Maddow sought capably to vet »

Is Martin O’Malley the most important man in the Democratic race?

Featured image That’s what Chris Cillizza of the Washington Post says. His assessment is based on the way Iowa’s Democratic caucuses work. The Democrats use a “viability threshold.” If a candidate doesn’t reach it at a particular caucus, his supporters are offered the opportunity to re-caucus on behalf of a candidate who is viable. (I don’t believe the Republicans use this procedure these days.) O’Malley, who is at around 3 percent in »

CNN hosts the Dems

Featured image CNN hosted the Democratic presidential candidates for a friendly town hall forum at Drake University in Des Moines last night. Chris Cuomo served as the moderator as the candidates appeared in turn to answer questions from the audience. Cuomo’s chumminess with the candidates suggests that for CNN the event was all in the family. I would have suffered through it for Power Line readers, but I forgot about it, and »

The endorsements scorecard

Featured image How important are endorsements by office holders when it comes to nominating a presidential candidate? I think the conventional wisdom is that this year, at least on the Republican side, they won’t count for much. On the other hand, Aaron Bycoffe of FiveThirtyEight cites research showing that in presidential nomination contests between 1980 and 2004, early endorsements by members of the party elites were the most important cause of candidate »

Full of Schiff

Featured image Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff is a smart fellow and a perfect spokesman for Hillary Clinton’s interests. Slippery and willing to say anything, he can add a vague threat of harm when he thinks the occasion calls for it. Yesterday Schiff appeared on FOX News Sunday for a segment with Senator James Lankford to discuss last week’s revelations about the information found on Hillary’s Clinton’s unsecured private server for her official »