Good news from Wisconsin

Featured image The Wisconsin Supreme Court has put an end to the John Doe investigation tormenting conservative activists in the state. This particular show featured the true face of contemporary liberalism. Litigation stalled the show. Despite exposure preeminently by the Wall Street Journal — but also by National Review and others — as a tyrannical monstrosity, the show persisted. Bill Jacobson has excerpted and posted the Wisconsin Supreme Court opinion here. The »

In Portland, the mania of Bernie

Featured image Reader Dave Begley reported for us on the mania of (and for) Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders in Council Bluffs, Iowa. Now we can go to the tape to check out the mania for Bernie in Portland, Maine (video below, too long at about an hour). Times are tough in Obama’s America! A revolution in political consciousness! Fight for Social Security! Fight for Social Security taxes! Raise the minimum wage! »

The deep meaning of San Francisco

Featured image In one phase the modern novel takes up the idea of expressive form. James Joyce took it about as far as possible in Ulysses, with the style of each chapter varying to mirror the content. In the “Aeolus” chapter placed inside a newspaper office, for example, Joyce exhausted the variety of rhetorical devices available in English to capture windbaggery in action. The city of San Francisco now presents as a »

Dems loves Sanchez

Featured image Over the weekend I posted excerpts of news accounts of the murder of Kate Steinle by five-time Mexican deportee at San Francisco’s Pier 14. The murder took place this past Friday. I inferred from the news accounts on Saturday that San Francisco law enforcement’s failure to abide by ICE’s immigration detainer on Sanchez when he was released from custody this past March resulted from San Francisco’s sanctuary-city policy, but I »

In Council Bluffs, the mania of Bernie

Featured image From deep under cover, reader Dave Begley emails us this lively report on last night’s campaign activities in Iowa, featuring Bernie Sanders’s standing room only rally in Council Bluffs: I attended Bernie’s meeting last night in Council Bluffs, Iowa (photo above). There were about 3,000 people there and many were from Nebraska. I wore my Carleton College shirt and was in complete disguise. The average age was about 30 compared »

Will Dems apologize?

Featured image In an open letter to DNC Chairman Debbie Blabbermouth Schultz, Jeffrey Lord provides a readout of the tangled history of the Democratic Party with slavery, segregation, lynching, and the Ku Klux Klan. Lord draws on the Democratic Party platforms of 1840, 1844, 1856 and 1860. He adds that, as the Civil War drew to a close, the Democrats opposed the passage of the Thirteenth Amendment (ending slavery), and proceeded afterwards »

Hillary sags in early states

Featured image Rich Lowry says that a “plugged-in lefty” tells him he believes that Bernie Sanders will defeat Hillary Clinton in both Iowa and New Hampshire. This scenario may sound far-fetched, but polling data suggests it could come to pass. A new WMUR/CNN Granite State Poll, conducted by the University of New Hampshire Survey Center from June 18 to 24, puts Sanders within 8 points of Clinton, 43-35 (with a margin of »

The Democrats Get Their Crazy On

Featured image The floodgates are open, and craziness is pouring out. The Democrats’ Confederate flag victory has them lusting for more. Hillary Clinton says South Carolina is only the beginning: “It shouldn’t fly there. It shouldn’t fly anywhere,” Mrs. Clinton said of South Carolina…. In her discussion Tuesday with community leaders at Christ the King United Church of Christ in Florissant, Mo., Mrs. Clinton said the flag’s removal would be “just the »

Confederate Battle Flag, RIP

Featured image In the wake of Dylann Roof’s murders, an anti-Confederate flag campaign is in full swing. The Stars and Bars–which I believe was not the official flag of the Confederacy, but rather the battle flag of the Army of Northern Virginia–can’t actually be banned, of course. So the focus is on not flying it at public locations. And on accusatory questions directed at Republican presidential candidates. I don’t know how many »

Hillary Clinton: launched but not engaged

Featured image The Hillary Clinton campaign, twice launched, still doesn’t meet the traditional criteria for a political campaign. Real presidential candidates have always answered questions, both from the press and from non-hand-picked voters. Real presidential candidates have always taken positions on key issues, especially those current enough to be voted on by Congress. Hillary Clinton refuses. Judged conventionally, she’s still in exploratory mode. What is she exploring? Two things. The political winds »

Ideology trumps charm, and certainly charm’s absence

Featured image The House, as John noted, has thwarted President Obama’s attempt to expand his trade negotiating power, casting considerable doubt over whether he will be able to secure the Pacific trade accord he craves (and which, in my opinion, America could use). Despite a furious last-minute lobbying effort by Obama, only 40 House Democrats voted in favor of “trade adjustment assistance” to workers unemployed as a result of free trade, a »

Why the left isn’t “ready for Hillary”

Featured image There’s a clever, and from a leftist perspective devastating, image circulating via Facebook (which I’m not on). It’s called “No, I’m not ‘ready for Hillary.'” The image, a checklist, itemizes key votes/positions that Bernie Sanders has taken and that Hillary Clinton did not: Voted AGAINST the Iraq war Voted AGAINST bailing out Wall Street Voted AGAINST the 2001 Patriot Act Supports federal recognition of gay marriage Voted against the 2001 »

Sanders gives Clinton a run for her money in Wisconsin

Featured image The Wisconsin Democratic Party convention held a straw poll this weekend. Unlike the Ames (Iowa) straw poll, which is for attendees at a fundraising event, this was a poll of the 511 delegates to the convention. The results weren’t good for Hillary Clinton. The presumptive presidential nominee fell just short of majority support. At 49 percent, she edged out Bernie Sanders — the choice of 41 percent. As for the »

Dems Looking for the Panic Button?

Featured image John mentioned on Tuesday that Democrats should be very worried about the early and obvious weakness of their presumptive nominee, and Fred Barnes takes up the theme in today’s edition of the Weekly Standard in “The Coming Democratic Panic”: That Clinton’s candidacy is in trouble is indisputable. She’s not threatened with losing the Democratic nomination—at least not yet. She has the well-financed Clinton machine and a national network of supporters »

Dems in denial

Featured image Last month, Peter Wehner argued in the New York Times that in the past two decades the Democratic party has pulled much further to the left than the Republican party has pulled to the right. This seems clearly right to me. Republicans have moved a bit to the right on economic issues, especially spending. But if anything, they’ve moved left on social issues. And on foreign policy, the GOP is »

Lincoln Chafee, bum of the week

Featured image During the first half of 1941, Joe Louis, the heavyweight champion of the world, took on a series of challengers at the rate of one per month. Sportswriters dubbed the challengers “the bum of the month club.” In the past month or so, Hillary Clinton is picking up weak challengers for the Democratic presidential nomination at the rate of about one per week. First came Bernie Sanders, a 73 year-old »

The Democrats: America’s Poor Little Rich Party

Featured image Something deep in the psyche of the Democratic Party prevents it from acknowledging that it, and its candidates, are awash in cash. Thus, we get stories like this one in the New York Times: “Democrats Seek a Richer Roster to Match G.O.P.” Republican contenders have already secured hundreds of millions of dollars in commitments from a stable of billionaires, including a Wall Street hedge fund executive, a Las Vegas casino »