Democrats

Who’s Obstructionist?

Featured image We hear a lot about Republican obstructionism, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing–the Obama administration wants to do lots of things that ought to be obstructed. Still, it is odd how seldom we hear about Democrats being obstructionist. That is starting to change, perhaps, following the mid-term elections. But think about the last six years: the Republicans wanted to obstruct Obamacare and the “stimulus” boondoggle, but they didn’t have the »

59

Featured image 59 is an important number for Mary Landrieu, and not just because she turns that age this week. 59 is the number of votes Obamacare would have received in the Senate if Landrieu hadn’t voted for the legislation. In this scenario, Obamacare would have been defeated and Landrieu probably would have been reelected Senator earlier this month, or be headed for reelection in a runoff. 59 is also the number »

Will Hillary Clinton get the moonbeam treatment?

Featured image Will Hillary Clinton face a serious challenge from the left if (as seems almost certain) she seeks the Democratic nomination for president? I assume she will face a challenge. The hard left represents a major component of her party, and is unlikely to be without a champion during the primary season. But a serious challenge requires a serious challenger. Who fits that description? Not Socialist Bernie Sanders. Not former Maryland »

Contradicting Dianne Feinstein’s sham report on CIA interrogation

Featured image We have written about the Senate Intelligence Committee’s forthcoming “Feinstein Report,” an attack on the Bush-era CIA’s enhanced interrogation techniques. By all accounts, the report will conclude that the CIA regularly tortured terrorism suspects, lied to Congress about it, and gained no valuable information as a result. I view the report as not only a political document — the latest salvo in the war between Democrats on the Senate Intelligence »

Delusional Democrats

Featured image Yes, I know—the headline is redundant. But it is part of a headline that appears in the New York Times today, in an interesting article that debunks a number of favorite Democratic theories and talking points. I thought the name of the author, novelist Kevin Baker, was familiar, and sure enough, he wrote a nasty review of my first Age of Reagan volumes in Harper’s magazine way back in 2002. »

The Gruber variations

Featured image The Gruber videos — I wrote about the first one here, Paul wrote about the one relevant to this post here, Jeff Dunetz wrote about the most recent one here — will undoubtedly fail to receive the attention they deserve, and therefore may not sink in with the public as they should. I wonder if any conservative groups should take the trouble to draw attention to it (them). A reader »

Bipartisanship, Democrat Style

Featured image Now that Republicans have won the Congress, it’s no more “elections have consequences.” Rather, Democrats and their media allies are calling on Republicans to “work with” the Democrats. I suppose that will happen to some extent, but any pretense of bipartisanship is galling, coming from Democrats. Michael Ramirez explains. Click to enlarge: »

Black Ohio Democrat denounces “plantation-style management” by his state party

Featured image Democrat John Barnes, a member of the Ohio state legislature, has pulled back the curtain on the racial politics that pervade his party. Barnes, who is African-American, alleges in a lawsuit against the Ohio Democratic Party and its outgoing chairman Chris Redfern that he faced discrimination, retaliation, and defamation at the hands of his own party for refusing to join the Ohio Legislative Black Caucus and for raising the issue »

Joe Lieberman and the Buckley connection

Featured image Bill Kristol’s most recent Conversation — this one is with former Connecticut Senator Joe Lieberman (video below, posted in chapters here, transcript here) — does not sound like the most promising episode in Bill’s series, but it is fascinating. It is about one hour long and I found it of interest from beginning to end. Lieberman comes across as a totally decent man. Politically, he is a Truman Democrat. If »

You’re So Lame!

Featured image The thrill between the donkey and the lamest of lame ducks is gone. Michael Ramirez portrays the newly-tense relationship that promises to entertain us for the next two years. Click to enlarge: »

What’s the Matter With Minnesota?

Featured image This map, which originated with National Journal, has been making the rounds on Twitter. It it similar to the one that was popular a few years ago that showed the United States as red or blue, by county. But this map shows the Congressional districts based on the just-completed election: In a sense, maps like this one are misleading because the small blue areas are basically the cities, where lots »

The GOP: America’s Party

Featured image How did ABC’s Good Morning America cover last night’s Republican sweep? By telling its listeners, this morning, that “the Republican brand is still very damaged.” We’ve been hearing such statements about the Republican brand for years from ostensibly mainstream commentators. But where does the main stream actually flow? And what is the state of the Democrats’ brand, about which we never seem to hear anything? The reality is that, seemingly »

What a man we have in Manchin

Featured image The Washington Post’s Ed O’Keefe explores Senator Joe Manchin’s frustrations with soon-to-be former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. Manchin forthrightly describes the election returns as “a real ass-whuppin’.” He then expressed frustrations with Harry Reid’s preventive approach to voting on potentially controversial bills. Is there some reason he has kept silent up till now? O’Keefe follows up: When asked whether Reid wants to do something, or is an obstructionist, or »

Messages and Messengers

Featured image One of the happy consequences of last night’s Republican sweep is that several obnoxious themes on which Democrats have relied will now, presumably, be put out to pasture. These include the moronic “war on women,” which ostensibly worked in 2012 but fell on its face this year. Someone forgot to tell Joni Ernst, Elise Stefanik, Mia Love, and countless other Republican women who stuck it to the Democrats. A second »

How they roll, Iowa edition

Featured image The Washington Free Beacon’s Alana Goodman has an excellent account of the Democrats’ successful suppression of a story that might negatively have affected the Braley campaign in Iowa. The story is headlined “Braley donor threatens lawsuit against National Review, Des Moines Register.” This is how they roll: A law firm aligned with Iowa Democratic Senate candidate Rep. Bruce Braley has threatened legal action against media outlets investigating a man featured »

Somebody’s Flexin’ Maxine!

Featured image So I learn from my students that the new descriptive term for showing someone up is “flexing”—I suppose a reference perhaps to what body builders do in a gym?  Not sure, and I’ll make a point of asking for a more complete explanation and proper usage guide in class next week. But even before then, it appears someone is flexin’ ol’ Maxine Waters, the openly socialist Democratic Congresswoman from south »

Dems keep it creepy, part 2

Featured image In this edition of Dems Keep It Creepy, cretinous Democratic male candidates are featured disparaging their female Republican opponents. One of the featured candidates is Aaron Wolf, the Democratic opponent of Power Line Pick Elise Stefanik. Ms. Stefanik is going to have the last laugh when she is elected to Congress from her upstate New York district next Tuesday. The other ladies who take the abuse these cretins are dishing »