The sick left

Lynne Stewart passes

Featured image In late 2013 the radical lawyer Lynne Stewart received a “compassionate release” from prison in light of her terminal illness. Stewart was released with the consent of the prosecutors who joined her motion for release. On Tuesday Stewart died of the cancer that prompted her release. The New York Times has published a long and respectful obituary. I met up with Stewart at the national convention of the National Lawyers »

Chelsea Clinton rips Cedric the Congressman

Featured image Scott wrote this morning about the vile comment Rep. Cedric Richmond made about Kellyanne Conway. Referring to a picture of Conway kneeling on a couch in the Oval Office so she could take a photograph of President Trump with African-American educators, Richmond said she looked “familiar” with being “in that position.” It was a nauseating moment, made worse by the fact that, rather than apologize, Richmond has dissembled about what »

The Lunatic Left

Featured image This afternoon I had the chance to have a long and convivial conversation with one of my best liberal friends—a true liberal in the classic, Isaiah Berlin sense of the term (in other words, not a presumptive “side-of-history” Progressive)—about the state of things. We covered a lot of ground, but didn’t get a chance to mull over the fact that Van Jones, who I think is a deeply leftist person »

Kellyanne Conway: “counseled” but “unrepentant”

Featured image During an appearance on Fox News, senior White House adviser Kellyanne Conway plugged Ivanka Trump’s product lines. Speaking from the White House, she said: Go buy Ivanka’s stuff. . .I’m going to go get some myself today. I’m going to give a free commercial here: Go buy it today, everybody. By saying this, Conway appears to have violated an ethics rule that prohibits a federal employee from “us[ing] his public »

Robert Reich is on the case

Featured image At Mediaite, Alex Griswold reports that former Clinton Secretary of Labor Robert Reich is on the case of the Berkeley riots that prevented Milo Yiannopoulos from speaking on campus this past Wednesday evening. Reich actually holds down an honored position at Berkeley as Chancellor’s Professor of Public Policy. He was an eyewitness in part to the events. His pronouncements on campus events therefore carry some weight. Reich asserted on CNN »

Berkeley Today: After Action Report

Featured image Busy day here on campus with my regular classes and hosting a terrific afternoon lecture by Yuval Levin. Things not quite back to normal. Driving up to campus I spotted several buildings that had been covered with graffiti reading “Kill Trump.” Okay, we can see where this is going. By the time I wandered back, clean up crews had cleared most of it: The media was still out in force »

The left does “Groundhog Day”

Featured image Today is Groundhog Day. It may put us in mind of the romantic comedy of the same name starring Bill Murray and celebrated by Jonah Goldberg in the NR article “A movie for all time.” The premise of the film is involuntary repetition. How can we escape from Groundhog Day? Events in Washington and on the left coast display a political analogue. Listening to Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi recycle »

Berkeley Update: Anti-Fascists Resort to Fascism to Shut Down Milo

Featured image Berkeley still has rent control, but it hasn’t stopped Milo Yiannapoulos from living rent-free in the heads of the left. So in another triumph for his ironic performance art, a mini-riot has forced the cancelation of his speech here tonight. I turned up for the beginning of the protest at 5 pm, and it was pretty silly sounding and unimpressive. But I noticed there were TV helicopters circling around above »

The Soros coincidence [with comment by Paul]

Featured image Asra Nomani describes herself as a liberal Muslim, Trump voter, and former Wall Street Journal reporter. She wondered what the common denominator among the various groups participating in the Women’s March on Washington over the weekend might be. Nomani’s interesting if unsurprising findings are posted under the heading “Billionaire George Soros has ties to more than 50 partners of the Women’s March on Washington” — on a New York Times »

Ready for the same old beat

Featured image The Soviet Union orchestrated protests all over Europe and the United States when Ronald Reagan set out to deploy intermediate range nuclear weapons in Europe. The deployment was to take place as part of Reagan’s effort to beat the Soviet Union into submission through the buildup of our defenses. The Soviet Union cranked up its “active measures” and counted on its many friends on the left to assemble under the »

Return of the leftover left

Featured image The leftover left that materialized during the Bush administration is returning in force as of January 20. Whatever they do to disrupt events related to the inauguration of Donald Trump as president, it is a preview of coming attractions. Alex Pfeiffer’s Daily Caller report links to undercover audio posted by FOX News. Jim Hoft seems to be in their sights. Rick Moran notes at American Thinker “Inauguration protests could get »

Keith’s World

Featured image With the decline of satire in the hands of the left, one might view Keith Olbermann with new appreciation. An impossible man, he has long since burned out among his natural allies in the mainstream media. He now posts poorly produced videos via GQ from a bunker with the acoustics of a rainwater barrel. How the crazed have fallen. If Wayne’s World had a political bent, it might have gone »

The Trump 2020 Re-Elect Campaign Going Smoothly

Featured image The Re-Elect Trump 2020 campaign is off to a great start in the streets of many American cities and college campuses right now. As someone sagely commented, the left’s reaction to Trump’s election is one of the reasons Trump won the election. Rioters in Portland, Oregon, acted out the overdone metaphor of 2016 by setting an actual dumpster fire. Gotta give ‘em style points for that. It’s another great sign »

Signs of the Times: Liberal Hypocrisy in 2016

Featured image The left has a simple refrain about Trump: he’s an authoritarian fascist, provoking violence and lawlessness. Why is it, then, that it is only Trump signs that are being vandalized, as this CNN report explains: For that matter, when was the last time conservatives shouted down a speaker on a college campus? Or demanded censorship of speech or a “safe space”? As we’ve noted before, if liberals didn’t have double »

“Days of Rage” revisited

Featured image Bryan Burrough’s book Days of Rage: America’s Radical Underground, the FBI, and the Forgotten Age of Revolutionary Violence was published in paperback this past April. I read the book when it came out in hardcover last year and flipped over it. I recommend it highly to Power Line readers. Trying to copy Jay Nordlinger’s approach in his Impromptus columns at NR, I wrote about the book in “Notes on Days »

A Victory In the War For Free Speech

Featured image One of the most sinister developments of our time is the Left’s use of both criminal investigation and mob harassment to suppress dissent. An outrageous instance of this trend is the effort by 20 Democratic state Attorneys General to investigate ExxonMobil and others for criminal “fraud,” i.e., carrying out research that doesn’t support the hysterical exaggerations of the Climatistas. One of the leaders of this attempt to suppress scientific debate »

Leftists Lose Their Lunch Over the Tubman 20

Featured image After years of complaining that America’s paper money featured only dead white guys, a lot of folks on the Left are in a snit that Harriet Tubman is going to replace Andrew Jackson on the face of the twenty-dollar bill. You can practically hear them: “We didn’t mean a gun-toting, Bible-believing Republican black woman! We meant Angela Davis!” Take in someone who goes by the name “Feminista Jones” (described as »