Democrats

Happy Memorial Day To Me!

Featured image Memorial Day is a holiday set aside to honor those who have died in America’s wars. Every year, many millions of Americans celebrate the day appropriately. At the same time, Memorial Day is also commonly seen as the beginning of summer. For lots of Americans, the day has no higher meaning than to fire up the grill and put on some burgers or brats. There isn’t much wrong with that, »

The Republican Ascendancy, Quantified

Featured image At Real Clear Politics, Sean Trende and David Byler explicate their index of party strength. To compute their index, Trend and Byler calculate five components, which they weight equally: Our index is the sum of five parts: presidential performance, House performance, Senate performance, gubernatorial performance and state legislative performance. The first is measured by the party’s performance in the previous presidential popular vote (NB: In this, and all other measurements, »

Chicago To Merge With Detroit?

Featured image The Wall Street Journal editorial page this morning explores why Chicago’s debt has been downgraded to “junk” status, reviewing the unsustainable structure of its public school teacher pensions, which are only the one small aspect of Illinois’s public sector pension crisis. But the precipitating event that caused Moody’s to downgrade Chicago’s debt to junk was the decision of the Illinois Supreme Court last week that the state may not alter »

A sign of things to come in the Democratic party

Featured image Last night at a public hearing on the budget in Prince George’s County, Maryland, a flyer with the following headline was circulated: From Baltimore to Jerusalem It’s the Same Game. In 10 years Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin sent 1.2 billion dollars of Maryland Federal taxpayer money to the Apartheid state of Israel to build schools, roads and other infrastructure while saying Maryland doesn’t have the money to help »

The Klobuchar kludge

Featured image Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar specializes in avoiding outspoken stands on important issues. She looks for opportunities to lead the way on trivialities calculated to garner broad public support, such as her crusade against the threat to life and limb posed by “The crisis of the detergent pod.” Senator Klobuchar is a reliable vote for the Democratic Party line, but she is quiet about it. She doesn’t want to upset anybody. »

Democrats Raise Money By Lying About the Climate

Featured image I suppose it was Earth Day that prompted a mass email on climate from the Democratic Party. What is striking about the Democrats’ fundraising pitch is its mendacity. Here it is, in pieces: I wrote a long post on the falsity of this claim here: “Was 2014 Really the Warmest Year Ever?” The key point is that “on record” means since 1880, i.e., roughly the end of the Little Ice »

Crisis of the detergent pod

Featured image Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar has a certain genius for avoiding outspoken stands on important issues and leading the way on trivial matters calculated to garner broad public support. If she secures a favorable headline or two in the process, it’s no coincidence. It is the true object of her efforts. Senator Klobuchar is a reliable vote for the Democratic Party line, but she is quiet about it. She doesn’t want »

Democrats and their masters

Featured image The Democratic Party appears to take the sacramental view of abortion. Any act that might tend to deter an abortion is to be resisted. It’s the abortion equivalent of the positive good school of slavery. If the party as a whole doesn’t subscribe to this view, its funders certainly must. Thus the dramatic turnaround in Democratic support for the Justice for Victims of Sex Trafficking Act of 2015. It passed »

Dems traffick in cynicism

Featured image The Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act of 2015 enjoyed unanimous bipartisan support when it was passed out of committee with the sponsorship of Senators Cornyn (R, TX) and Klobuchar (D, MN). Senator Klobuchar’s operative principle is “keep your head down” and it has served her well so far. Nevertheless, something funny happened on the way to passage of the bill in the Senate. As the Wall Street Journal’s Kim »

Senate Democrats Vote to Pay Cash Benefits to Illegal Immigrants

Featured image The Treasury Department Inspector General for Tax Administration has repeatedly warned that illegal immigrants are collecting billion of dollars in refundable tax credits to which they are not legally entitled. This outrageous situation can be corrected rather easily, by requiring tax filers to supply a valid Social Security number in order to claim the Additional Child Tax Credit. Today in the Senate Budget Committee, Jeff Sessions proposed an amendment that »

How Desperate Are Democrats? (Updated)

Featured image With Hillary Clinton’s campaign of entitled inevitability looking increasingly like certain doom for Democrats in 2016, is there a Plan B? As Noemie Emery argued with her usual panache in the Weekly Standard, the Democratic Party imperatives of gender and identity politics compel it to look for a woman or minority to succeed Obama, but the roster is very thin and unpersuasive. What’s a desperate party to do? Well, guess »

Democratic Party Hypocrisy: Blast from the Past

Featured image From the Daily Oklahoman, Sept. 26, 1991: FORMER Reagan administration officials were stunned when, as revealed in the New York Times on Sept. 15, their mid-1980s monitoring stumbled across “Democrats or staff members of Democrats” directly advising the communist Sandinistas of Nicaragua on political tactics, including how to defeat U.S. aid to the anti-communist resistance, the “Contras. ” Although President Reagan’s people decided not to seek prosecution of the House »

Hillary’s Presidential Hopes, Deleted

Featured image In my opinion, the current email controversy represents a death knell for Hillary Clinton’s presidential hopes. Not because her crude deception is decisive in itself–although in some voters’ minds, it may be–but because it reminds us of what a lousy, unlikable, not-very-competent candidate she is. Hillary was inevitable in 2008. The stars couldn’t have been better aligned. But she couldn’t close the deal–even with Democrats!–because the truth is, she isn’t »

Will the email scandal sink Clinton’s nomination bid?

Featured image John is worried that the Hillary Clinton email scandal has erupted too soon, leaving plenty of time for the Democrats to ditch Clinton and substitute a better candidate. The time exists, but I’m not sure the better (i.e., more electable) candidate does. Jay Cost doubts that the scandal will cost Clinton the nomination. The nominee, he says, will be selected by five groups of voters: (1) upscale liberals, (2) the »

Civil War on the Left, Part 17 [With note by Paul]

Featured image In an earlier installment of this series (Part 13), I mentioned how the identity politics mandate of the Democratic Party was causing friction in California, where Hispanics were loudly complaining against the presumptive anointment of Kamala Harris to be the successor of Barbara Boxer. Looks like the same fight is shaping up in Maryland, where the Democratic Party establishment’s attempt to clear the field for Rep. Chris Van Hollen to »

A bridge for sale

Featured image Yesterday President Obama spoke at the Edmund Pettus Bridge in observation of the fiftieth anniversary of Bloody Sunday and the Selma to Montgomery marches. The White House has posted the text of Obama’s speech here and the video below. I encourage interested readers to check out the text or the video for themselves. President Obama began by paying tribute to Rep. John Lewis, whom he identified as “one of [his] »

The Democrats’ Hillary Problem: They Have No One Else

Featured image If accused of schadenfreude, I plead guilty. I am enjoying watching Hillary twist in the wind, as Democratic politicians conspicuously refrain from coming to her defense, Democratic reporters feel obliged to cover the story of her secret email system, and–best of all–it appears that the story broke when it did because the White House fed it to the New York Times. Another skirmish in the war between the Obamas and »