Maduro, Sanders and Clinton: Compare and Contrast

Featured image Socialism always fails, and it’s always someone else’s fault. In the last stages of socialist collapse, when there is not enough to eat and society teeters on the brink, “wreckers” and “saboteurs” are the traditional villains. That’s the point Venezuela has reached. President Nicolas Maduro is now blaming Lorenzo Mendoza, the head of Empresas Polar SA, Venezuela’s largest food company, for the country’s food shortage. (I’m not sure who is »

Follow Tonight’s Debate on Power Line Live

Featured imagePower Line Live will be open for business tonight, but I probably won’t be there. I am rationing my exposure to the presidential campaign in hopes of making it to November. I was in the gym this afternoon and saw a CNN headline: “Kasich surging in New Hampshire.” At the moment, I can’t take any more. I’m taking the night off. But there have been several hundred conservatives in PL »

What she knows

Featured imageHillary Clinton stepped out to make a statement claiming victory in the Iowa caucuses on Monday night. It wasn’t clear that she had won and it still isn’t, but appearances had to be maintained. Clinton gave a six-minute speech (video below) that almost captures her full awfulness. She lies with pathological abandon. She is a gold-plated phony. She has achieved plutocratic wealth through public service while holding herself out as »

Why Did Support for Israel Become a Partisan Issue?

Featured imageHistorically, Americans have strongly supported the State of Israel. For a considerable time, that support was bipartisan, much as opposition to Communism was a bipartisan consensus for most of the Cold War era. At one time, sympathy for Israel may even have been more widespread among Democrats than Republicans. But in recent years, the parties have diverged sharply on the Mideast conflict. This Gallup chart shows the progression: Currently, fewer »

The Week in Pictures: Happy Birthday, Gipper Edition

Featured imageToday is Ronald Reagan’s 105th birthday, and we might well wonder, as Charles Krauthammer does in the first panel below, how it is that after the experience of the second half of the 20th century, we’d find ourselves with a substantial portion of the electorate pining for an openly socialist candidate, and a stealth socialist candidate in a pantsuit. I have my theories, but that’s for another post. On to »

Hail, the Coen brothers!

Featured imageThe Coen brothers, Joel and Ethan, have written and directed some of the best films of the past 31 years (“Miller’s Crossing” is probably my favorite). They have also written and directed several (such as “No Country for Old Men”) that I didn’t like at all. Their latest film is “Hail, Caesar!” Apparently, it’s an affectionate send up of the “Golden Age of Hollywood” that resolves around the kidnapping of »

Why Hillary Will Never Be President

Featured imageThis isn’t the only reason, actually. There are lots more. But this video encapsulates one aspect of Hillary’s awfulness as a presidential candidate. She breaks into song and dance at the end of a rally, along with a group of supporters. Hillary is catnip to a certain demographic: a slice of the elderly and middle-aged female population. One can mercifully say, not so much to the rest of us: »

Washington Post airbrushes Obama’s mosque visit

Featured imageGreg Jaffe of the Washington Post provides a near-worshipful account of President Obama’s Wednesday visit to a Baltimore mosque. Jaffe’s third paragraph is representative: The president often sounded like a concerned parent, worried for the country he leads as it prepares to replace him in a presidential election marked by inflammatory and anti-Islamic rhetoric. Jaffe describes the Islamic Society of Baltimore mosque as “a simple house of worship.” Post readers »

Obama to Oil Companies (and Motorists): Drop Dead

Featured imageOne of the great things about being a leftist is that you never have to be consistent. Fossil fuels are too cheap!, we are constantly told, and their overuse is wrecking the planet. But when oil prices and gasoline pump prices soar, the left complains that the oil industry is gouging us. But when oil prices collapse and the pump price goes down, what does the left want? Higher taxes »

Clinton among friends

Featured imageDid you catch any of the close encounter between Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton in Durham on MSNBC last night? By far the most striking element of the affair was the concern of moderators Chuck Todd and Rachel Maddow to perform their function on behalf of a Democratic audience, posing questions of concern to Democrats while raising no challenge to the candidates themselves. Todd and Maddow sought capably to vet »

Polls show Rubio surging in New Hampshire [UPDATED: the Romney factor] [UPDATED AGAIN]

Featured imageMarco Rubio has been criticized, perhaps with some justification, for acting on Monday night almost as if he won the Iowa caucuses, rather than finishing third. But polling in New Hampshire (and at least one national poll) suggests that Rubio is getting the biggest bounce of any GOP candidate out of Iowa. The New Hampshire polls tell conflicting stories, however, on the crucial question of how close Rubio (and Ted »

Can Hillary be bought? Elizabeth Warren thinks so

Featured imageHillary Clinton responds to criticism over the speaking fees she has received from corporate America, and Wall Street in particular, by challenging critics to cite one vote in which, as a Senator, she bowed to these interests. When she used this response last night, Bernie Sanders failed to cite any such vote. But Elizabeth Warren has cited one. America Rising calls attention to the following exchange between Warren and Bill »

Are Iowa’s Caucuses Another Hillary Scandal?

Featured imageSomething is rotten in the State of Iowa. That’s what the Des Moines Register says, with the headline: “Something smells in the Democratic Party.” What happened Monday night at the Democratic caucuses was a debacle, period. Democracy, particularly at the local party level, can be slow, messy and obscure. But the refusal to undergo scrutiny or allow for an appeal reeks of autocracy. The Iowa Democratic Party must act quickly »

Among friends illustrated

Featured imageAt conclusion of last night’s debate in Durham featuring Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, MSNBC moderator Rachel Maddow graphically showed how she was feeling the love for the two of them. Fellow moderator Chuck Todd confined himself to a polite handshake, but don’t be deceived! He too was feeling the love. Via Daniel Halper/Weekly Standard. »

Clinton clobbers Sanders [with comment by Paul]

Featured imageI thought Hillary Clinton clobbered Bernie Sanders in their close encounter in New Hampshire on MSNBC last night. The video below (about eight minutes) is illustrative. CNN’s Stephen Collinson has a good summary with a 90-second highlight clip. NR’s Brendan Bordelon has a good account with a slightly different perspective. Matt Continetti credits Sanders with giving Republicans the tools to beat her. For those of us who are pulling for »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured imageAmmo Grrrll is thinking ABOUT LAST MONDAY…She writes: My candidate did not win in Iowa. Who was that, you ask breathlessly? Donco Cruzabee, that’s who. I want someone with Ted Cruz’s brains and debating skills, with the youthful good looks and inspiring backstory of Marco Rubio, the genial warmth and personality of Mike Huckabee, and the cojones, minus the gratuitous rudeness, of Donald Trump. As I read the many many »

Enemy Combatants? Well, Yeah! That’s Their Defense

Featured imageThe Bush administration drew endless flak from the left for treating Islamic terrorists as enemy combatants. Liberals prefer the law enforcement model, where terrorists and would-be terrorists are prosecuted for crimes, or else left alone. That is what has happened here in Minnesota, where a number of Somalis have either left the country to fight with al Shabaab, ISIS, or other terrorists groups, or have been apprehended while attempting to »