Paul Pillar, CIA Terrorism Expert, Descends to Anti-Israel Smear Merchant

Featured image Scott wrote this morning about Paul Pillar, the now-retired senior CIA official who was a friend of mine, and a roommate of Paul’s, in college. At the CIA, Pillar was one of the bureaucrats who carried on a six-year war against the Bush administration and thereby became something of a hero on the Left. In The National Interest, Pillar writes on a topic unrelated to his government service. Called “The »

Pelosi Wants Even Split on Benghazi Committee

Featured image Nancy Pelosi issued a statement this morning on the soon-to-be-formed House Select Committee to investigate Benghazi. Byron York comments: House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is complaining that the new select committee on Benghazi will have more Republican members than Democrats. “If this review is to be fair, it must be truly bipartisan,” Pelosi said in a just-released statement. “The panel should be equally divided between Democrats and Republicans, as is »

Stay Classy, Dems

Featured image I’m not sure the White House Correspondents’ Dinner is worth paying attention to these days, if it ever was. The pall of failure hangs over the Obama administration, and liberals are openly anxious to turn the page and get on with Bill Clinton’s third term a Hillary Clinton presidency. So the final rituals of the Obama era are ever less newsworthy. Based on news accounts, the dominant tone of last »

Approaching metaphysical nullity

Featured image In the category of Pryor Analytics created by our own Steve Hayward, the Washington Post’s David Farenthold enters with a friendly Washington Post profile of Arkansas Senator Mark Pryor as he campaigns for reelection against our friend Tom Cotton. Farenthold’s profile is headlined “Mark Pryor’s challenge: Will Arkansas keep a Democratic senator with no big crusades.” Pryor holds himself out as the kind of politician who doesn’t believe in very »

Democrats perfect the science of converting cash into congressional seats

Featured image The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee recently sent out the following email under the subject heading “DOOMED”: We’ll get straight to the point: We’re officially being outspent 2-1 by Boehner’s allies. If we can’t close this fundraising gap now, our chances of winning a Democratic House are doomed from the start. We can’t just sit on our hands here. With 48 hours until the deadline, we still need 22,701 more donations »

Deep secrets of the banana

Featured image Rumpole of the Bailey had “She Who Must Be Obeyed” (his wife). Now Dems have the Word Which Must Not Be Spoken. At National Journal Charlie Cooke directs attention to the advice disseminated to Democrats by James Carville et al. in a memo summarizing poll results for Democracy Corps, the survey research and message development arm of the House Democratic leaders. Cooke explains that “[f]or tax reasons, all results have »

Democratic Senator Nearly Qualifies for Darwin Award

Featured image Senator Richard Blumenthal called a press conference at a train station to criticize Amtrak’s safety practices. He set up for the press conference on the yellow paint next to the train track…that shows where you aren’t supposed to stand. Naturally, a train promptly came along: It is sobering to think that this guy is one of only 100 senators and gets to vote on important legislation. »

The Epic Hypocrisy of Tom Steyer

Featured image Billionaire hedge fund operator and “green” energy magnate Tom Steyer has pledged $100 million in the 2014 election cycle to help Democratic candidates who oppose the Keystone pipeline and who favor “green” energy over fossil fuels. Steyer claims to be a man of principle who has no financial interest in the causes he supports, but acts only for the public good. That is a ridiculous claim: Steyer is the ultimate »

Lilly Ledbetter and the lie that will not die

Featured image When a lie becomes an article of faith not just for a movement for an entire political party, that lie is probably here to stay. So it is with the Lilly Ledbetter lie, repeated most recently by Ruth Marcus of the Washington Post. Ledbetter, who danced with President Obama at his first inaugural ball and has had a federal statute named after her, lost her pay discrimination case because she »

Balancing Act: The Democrats’ Ideology Versus Reality

Featured image Last night there was a good deal of hilarity on Twitter about a puff piece in Washingtonian magazine about press secretary Jay Carney and his wife, journalist and author Claire Shipman. As you would expect with a D.C. publication writing about prominent Democrats, the article, which focuses mostly on Shipman, is adoring. The Washingtonian piece, titled “Balancing Act,” has been ridiculed mostly for its photography. This picture of the Carneys »

Civil War on the Left, Part 4

Featured image The Hill newspaper notes yesterday that “The Keystone pipeline has long been a source of friction between Democrats and labor unions.”  Well one union this week sent a letter to Democrats who publicly oppose Keystone threatening retribution: A top building trades union is launching a midterm-election assault on House Democrats who oppose construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline. A letter distributed Friday by the Laborers’ International Union of North »

Dems’ Wage-Gap Hypocrisy

Featured image No matter how many times the “77-cents-on-the-dollar” canard is refuted by the economically literate—most recently by my pals Mark Perry and Andrew Biggs yesterday in the Wall Street Journal—it refuses to die.  But in addition to lying, it is now apparent the Democrats pushing this line have no shame either.  Jennifer Rubin, using figures unearthed by the NRSC, points out: Mark Udall pays women 85 cents for every dollar that »

Civil War on the Left, Part 3

Featured image We know that labor unions are at odds with the Obama Administration over the Keystone XL pipeline and dislike some aspects of Obamacare, but might some of them actually go so far as to help re-elect a Republican governor in the key state of Ohio? Labor Split Boosts Ohio Governor By Kris Maher TOLEDO, Ohio—Gov. John Kasich has earned such ire among unions that he is on a list of »

Charts of the Week: Sex, Skies, and Videotape

Featured image Well, I’m not sure just how I’ll work “skies” into this story, but I couldn’t get the headline out of my head, so, dear Power Line readers, I’ll think of something. The chart of the week—and maybe the month—comes to us courtesy of the Department of Energy.  For all of the talk over the last couple of decades about “energy independence,” we’re actually on course toward that somewhat dubious goal »

What Goes Around, Comes Around: Hillary Ducks a Shoe

Featured image Remember how much the Democrats loved it when George W. Bush was doing a speech or press conference in Iraq, and a jihadist who had slipped into the audience threw a shoe at him? Bush dodged the shoe with an athletic move, but the liberals ate it up. Well, eventually the shoe is on the other foot, so to speak, and tonight Hillary Clinton was addressing a trade group in »

Civil War on the Left, Part 2

Featured image The other day in “Civil War on the Left,” I noted how ethnic groups within the California Democratic Party are turning on one another.  Yesterday the Wall Street Journal reported on another internal fault line that is splitting Democrats in Illinois and New York, this time over charter schools, which teachers’ unions hates, but which are hugely popular with parents—especially minority parents.  What’s a politically correct Democrat to do? Hundreds »

Civil War on the Left?

Featured image The conventional wisdom is that the Republican Party is badly divided between Tea Party insurgents and the “Establishment.”  And while there is some truth to this, consider the following question: What happens to the Democratic Party in 2016 if Hillary Clinton decides not to run?  My answer: chaos and ideological infighting you haven’t seen inside the Democratic Party since its suicide attempt in the late 1960s and early 1970s. On »