Trump Transition

Harward Says No

Featured image Vice Admiral Robert Harward has turned down President Trump’s offer to be national security adviser. This feeds the Democratic Party media’s “chaos” theme: Vice Admiral Robert Harward has turned down an offer to be President Donald Trump’s new national security adviser, the latest blow to a new administration struggling to find its footing. Why did Harward say no? The AP’s report sheds no light: Harward told The Associated Press that »

Democrats: We’re Making Progress!

Featured image Ever since Donald Trump was inaugurated, the Democrats have tried hysterically, but with a stunning lack of success, to frustrate his ability to assemble an administration. Given their lack of control over any branch of the federal government, it is hard to see what the endgame of the Democrats’ strategy might be. Michael Ramirez sums up how the Democrats have fared so far. Click to enlarge: »

Was Trump Right About His Inauguration’s Crowd Size?

Featured image Apart from the overhyped “women’s” marches, yesterday’s biggest news story seemed to be the conflict between the news media and the Trump administration over the size of the inauguration crowd. The liberal media said it was small, relying largely on this photo comparison by the New York Times of Barack Obama’s 2009 inauguration and Trump’s: Other media happily followed suit with lowball estimates of Friday’s crowd. Two points: one, there »

Smoking Franken

Featured image Minnesota Senator Al Franken wants so badly to count for something. As a United States Senator he is a powerful man, but Harry Reid stripped some of the power from the minority that Franken and his Democratic colleagues now occupy. Like most of his other of his Democratic colleagues, Franken flails away as he seeks to lead the cranky opposition to Trump in the Senate. As a humorist, Franken was »

Inadvertent comic relief from Al Franken at the Price hearing

Featured image At Tom Price’s hearing yesterday, the Democrats focused on alleged ethics problems. One involved the purchase of Zimmer Biomet stock. John has discussed this purchase which was directed by Price’s stockbroker as part of ongoing management of the congressman’s investments. A second involved the purchase of Innate Immunotherapeutics, an Australian biotech company. The decision to make this purchase was Price’s. There is a dispute between Price and Sen. Patty Murray »

Make America grate again (2)

Featured image I seriously doubt that Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer is the man to lead the Democrats in opposition to all things Trump. The thought first occurred to me when I saw him and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi standing next to a Make America Sick Again sign to make their case against the repeal of Obamacare. Now that is a message that many of us apply directly to Schumer and »

Associated Press Gives Credibility to Smear Against Tom Price

Featured image President-Elect Trump’s nominees are going through their confirmation hearings, and in pretty much every case the press is covering the hearings by highlighting the Democrats’ allegations against them, no matter how false or petty those complaints might be. A case in point is Dr. Tom Price, whom Trump has nominated as Secretary of Health and Human Services. The AP headlines: “Pointed questions for Trump’s pick for health secretary.” It is »

How Rex Tillerson Got Even With Venezuela’s Socialists

Featured image The Washington Post tells a story that sheds considerable light on Rex Tillerson, former CEO of ExxonMobil. The story begins in Venezuela, where ExxonMobil and other oil companies had long done business. Socialist ruler Hugo Chavez needed cash to shore up his failing economy, so he demanded that all foreign oil companies give his government a bigger cut of their revenues. All the companies went along, except ExxonMobil, where Tillerson »

“Never Trump” Republicans whine that Trump may say “never them”

Featured image David Nakamura of the Washington Post reports: They are some of the biggest names in the Republican national security firmament, veterans of past GOP administrations who say, if called upon by President-elect Donald Trump, they stand ready to serve their country again. But their phones aren’t ringing. Their entreaties to Trump Tower in New York have mostly gone unanswered. In Trump world, these establishment all-stars say they are “PNG” — »

Power Line’s Inauguration Liberal Beclowning Contest

Featured image There’s an old joke about what happens when you cross a postmodernist academic and the Godfather: You get an offer you can’t understand. To which might be added today, who needs Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus, about to close after 146 years, when you’ve got liberals beclowning themselves nonstop for free. (I suspect there’s a connection between these two things.) This comes to mind with today’s story about »

Whoever Puzder is, they’re against him

Featured image Demonstrators protesting the nomination of Andy Puzder to be Secretary of Labor apparently didn’t know who Puzder is. So reports Jason Howerton of Independent Journal Review. In a YouTube video posted by American Rising Squared, an interviewer asks three people who appear to be protesting Puzder’s nomination at a rally in Boston: “Do you guys know who Andy Puzder is?” One of the respondents shook her head “no.” Another responded, »

Elaine Chao and me

Featured image In late November of last year, I argued that Elaine Chao is an “uninspired choice” for Secretary of Transportation. Today, in its story about Chao’s confirmation hearing, the Washington Post quotes generously from that post. It may speak well of how Chao is viewed by conservatives in Washington that the Post felt it needed to quote me in order to provide its readers with a negative conservative perspective on the »

The Genius of Donald Trump?

Featured image I don’t think we’ll ever quite get to the core of Donald Trump, but he sure is fun to watch. Has anything ever felt better than watching him thump on CNN yesterday in the most sublime moment of his press conference? After, take note, praising the New York Times for avoiding the scurrilous and surely fake “Company Intelligence Report”? Divide and conquer! I am sure the NY Times editorial page »

Feel Good Story of the Day

Featured image I’m not sure whether it is wise to admit this to Power Line readers, but I once had lunch with George Soros in his office in New York, at his invitation. (It was . . . interesting.) And I also think some of his initiatives in eastern Europe after the collapse of the Soviet empire in the early 1990s through his Open Society Institute were actually laudatory and helpful to »

A Trump Agenda for Day One

Featured image I see in the news that Trump is already planning to do what I was going to recommend be his first act on January 20: Restoring the Churchill bust to the Oval Office. But I have two other things still on my list that I haven’t seen mentioned anywhere yet. The second thing Trump should do is sign a directive withholding all U.S. funds currently appropriated for the United Nations. »

The Coming Battle Over Immigration

Featured image There will be conflicts between Republicans and Democrats, of course, but the real battle over immigration may be fought within the Trump administration. Trump has a hard-line image on immigration–especially among his enemies–but if you take his web site discussion of the subject seriously, he is a squish. His executive branch nominees span the full range of Republican opinion on the subject. Jim Antle, at the Washington Examiner, has an »

Partisanship underlies Obama ethics chief’s call for delay on confirmations

Featured image In seeking to delay confirmation proceedings for president-elect Trump’s Cabinet selections, Democrats cite the need for more time to investigate the nominees for possible conflicts interests. In doing so, they rely on Walter Shaub, director of the Office of Government Ethics (OGE). He complains that his office is being rushed to clear the Trump picks. It would be much easier to take Shaub seriously if (1) he wasn’t a partisan »