Liberals

Does Howard Schultz know about this?

Featured image Corporate America probably hasn’t had a brainstorm like Howard Schultz’s “Race Together” since, well, I’m not sure when. Perhaps Schultz will move on to a book extension along the lines of How To Alienate Customers and Make Yourself a Laughingstock. Or perhaps Schultz will be content to have his Starbucks campaign assume the form of a Harvard Business School case study of some kind. National Review’s Katherine Timpf has developed »

The New Republic Hits a New Low

Featured image It’s widely known that Chris Hughes, the entitled brat who bought The New Republic, has succeeded in wrecking the once-venerable flagship of American liberalism. But does the magazine have to descend to self-parody and infantilism? Check out this one: Dear Politicians: Stop Calling People “Taxpayers” Staff writer Elizabeth Stoker Bruenig thinks the term pejorative, or at least skews public discourse toward an unbalanced end. To which I can only say: »

Mandatory Voting? Is This a Joke? [Updated]

Featured image President Obama, bemoaning the fact that Democrats have recently tended to stay home during off-year elections, has seriously floated the idea that Americans should be legally required to vote: President Obama, whose party was trounced in last year’s midterm election due in part to poor turnout among Democrats, endorsed the idea of mandatory voting Wednesday. “It would be transformative if everybody voted,” Mr. Obama said during a town-hall event in »

MSNBC on Life Support: An Unbiased View

Featured image MSNBC has been in a state of decline for as long as I can remember. In its latest iteration, the network apparently decided it hadn’t been left-wing enough during the Keith Olbermann days, so it “leaned forward”–I never understood what that meant–until it did a face-plant. What makes this Media Post article on the troubled news network interesting is that it is non-political. MSNBC’s decline is assessed from a strictly »

The Left’s New Definition of Treason

Featured image Tom Cotton and 46 other senators have published an open letter to the government of Iran, in which they lay out the constitutional framework within which a president of the United States can negotiate international agreements. They point out that under Article II of the Constitution, an agreement with Iran has the status of a treaty only if it is ratified by two-thirds of the Senate. Otherwise, it is a »

Can A Liberal Commit a Hate Crime?

Featured image In North Carolina, a middle-aged man named Craig Hicks murdered three young Muslim students who lived in his apartment complex. Hicks was known as an angry man who had frequent confrontations with his neighbors. Local police initially said that the murders appeared to have arisen out of a dispute about parking spaces at the complex. But inevitably, given that the victims were Muslims, the question was raised: was this a »

Voegeli On Liberal B—S—

Featured image In the latest installment of Bill Voegeli’s series the Claremont Institute’s “American Mind” series, Bill discusses his chapter of The Pity Party entitled “Liberal Bullshit.”  It’s worth viewing if for no other reason than to enjoy how fully Charles Kesler channels William F. Buckley’s old mannerisms from “Firing Line.” »

Who Will Replace Jon Stewart?

Featured image Jon Stewart is retiring from Comedy Central, possibly to run for office as a Democrat. Stewart is a liberal who devoted pretty much his entire show to bashing conservatives, although he occasionally trained his fire on Democrats, thereby obtaining an undeserved reputation for objectivity. So who will replace him? Comedy Central could make a truly bold move and replace Stewart with a Republican, but of course they won’t. The monopoly »

Student Sit-Ins: Not What They Used To Be

Featured image Those of us who were college students in the late 1960s and early 1970s recall student occupations of administration buildings with varying degrees of fondness. Foolish as they may have been, student radicals in those days had a good idea what they were fighting for: an end to the Vietnam war (not that our colleges were doing anything to prosecute it) and, more broadly, imposition of a Communist dictatorship. Radicals »

Civil War on the Left, Part 16

Featured image Now this is my kind of story, from the Los Angeles Times today: Minority Groups Fight Solar Power By Evan Halper When Florida officials pulled the plug on a significant incentive for rooftop solar systems, the move came at the urging of big power companies with a heavy reliance on fossil fuels—and of the state chapter of the NAACP. The Florida chapter is one of a number of minority organizations »

The Washington Post’s dishonest attack on opponents of the Medicaid expansion

Featured image The Washington Post’s editorial board accuses the Commonwealth of Virginia (specifically its Republican legislators) of once again engaging in “massive resistance.” The editors write: Sixty years after Virginia waged a campaign of “massive resistance” against integrating its public schools, the state is once again insisting on a policy that targets its least advantaged citizens. Even as one Republican-led state after another moves to tap available federal funds for extending health »

Do Brian Williams’s Lies Matter? [Updated]

Featured image If you haven’t already heard about it–which seems unlikely–tonight’s big news story is the downfall of NBC’s Brian Williams. I am not sure I have ever seen Twitter more riled up over anything. The story, briefly, is this: for twelve years, Williams has told a story about flying into Iraq in a helicopter, on the eve of the Iraq war, that was hit and forced down by an RPG. I »

A Foolish Consistency Is the Hobgoblin of Chait’red Minds [With Derision by John]

Featured image Jonathan Chait of New York Magazine has a very solid piece which we linked to in our picks section earlier today decrying the runaway political correctness on college campuses.  It contains a robust restatement and endorsement of the fundamental liberal case for democracy and free expression.  Good for him. Except that Chait doesn’t seem to live by his own principles.  Because last week he wrote a column in which he »

Vexing the Vaxers

Featured image Is there a vaccine for liberalism? I guess not. Maybe Big Pharma ought to get to work on one—or at least announce a research program for a cure for liberalism. Think of the comedy gold you’d get from the Left. Not so funny is the growing anti-vax movement, which is mostly on the Left but finds a few adherents on the conspiratorial Right as well. (Maybe Big Pharma could disseminate »

Greatest. Democrat. Ever.

Featured image Of all the disgraceful members of the Democratic Party, hatemonger Alan Grayson, Congressman from Florida, may be the most despicable. On the positive side, however, he also provides a good deal of comic relief. Here is the latest on Grayson: A trial to determine whether U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson’s wife committed bigamy when she wed the congressman has been delayed because she required emergency surgery to remove breast implants. A »

More Money: The Universal Solution

Featured image President Obama’s State of the Union speech tomorrow night will call for large tax increases and–as always–lots more spending. Somehow, liberals consider it a tautology that if there is a problem, spending money on it is a good thing. And if the money we have spent so far hasn’t done the trick, the solution is to spend even more. The possibility that there is little or no correlation between federal »

For Your Viewing Pleasure

Featured image We have a link posted in our “Picks” section above to the first installment of Harvey Mansfield on the character of our two political parties in the indispensable City Journal, and I do advise you to read it.  But you can also take it in by video, in the latest “Conversations with Bill Kristol,” just out this morning.  The whole conversation is nearly 90 minutes, but Mansfield’s reflections on the »