Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Ammo Grrrll prefeaces A LEGACY OF LUDICROUS LIES with this note: “My second installment in the ‘Conversation on Race’ will appear next week. The Dallas memorial service was the same day I had to send in my column. I feel compelled to opine even though many others have already done so. Combating lies about guns is in my wheelhouse.” She writes: Once upon a time, a couple of decades ago, »

The Convention, Night Four — Trump’s speech

Featured imageDonald Trump pushed all the right buttons tonight. And pushed them, and pushed them, and pushed them. His address was too long and too loud. It was a sledgehammer of a speech, in keeping with Trump’s sledgehammer of a campaign. It gave me a headache. I don’t mean to say the speech was ineffective. Actually, I believe it probably worked, and I wouldn’t be surprised if Trump moved the needle »

Join Us Now at Power Line Live

Featured imagePower Line Live is now open for business, and people are congregating, waiting for the main events to begin. Join us, it will be an interesting evening! Just follow the link. »

Initial Thoughts

Featured imageWe witnessed something extraordinary tonight. It started with Ivanka Trump, who proved to be a remarkable speaker, like her siblings only older and more polished. She did a terrific job. Is there a Senate seat we could put her up for? Like her father, Ivanka’s message was mixed: along with her conservative, populist main themes were startling suggestions of new and bigger government programs. But the overwhelming impression was positive, »

Liberal Hypocrisy, an International Phenomenon

Featured imageAmerican liberals trumpet a “wage gap” between men and women, notwithstanding reams of social science data demonstrating that men’s higher average earnings reflect life choices, not discrimination. White House salaries are published, so analysts have shown that Barack Obama’s own staff manifests the same “pay gap” that Obama and Hillary Clinton decry in private industry. Democrats have no response; as usual, they count on voter ignorance. It is entertaining to »

How Trump should handle the “lock her up” chant

Featured imageAfter Night Two of the GOP convention, I wrote: During [Chris] Christie’s speech, the crowd frequently chanted “lock her up” — “her” being Hillary Clinton, of course. It was jarring to hear such a rallying cry, however justified, at a major party convention. How did this play to the audience outside the convention hall? Did the delegates sound bloodthirsty? Maybe. But remember that a clear majority of Americans believe Hillary »

Watch Tonight’s Convention Climax on Power Line Live

Featured imageWho knows what will happen tonight? Will Trump deliver the greatest speech ever? Will he stick to his script? Will he say anything outrageous? What other surprises will happen? No one knows, but so far the GOP convention has been more interesting, more entertaining and more controversial than anyone expected. So, what better way to enjoy the final evening than in the company of hundreds (or thousands, if both pro-Trump »

Join Steve Hayward and Me at Two Live Events Next Week

Featured imageIf you live within driving distance of the Twin Cities, you are invited to two events next week, both sponsored by Center of the American Experiment, the think tank that I run. Coincidentally, Steve Hayward will be in town next week, so he will be a participant in one event and a guest at the other. On Wednesday, July 27, the Center will co-sponsor a showing of the documentary Climate »

Trump reignites conservative concerns about his foreign policy views

Featured imageDuring an interview with the New York Times yesterday, Donald Trump made two controversial statements about foreign policy. First, in response to the question whether he would come to the aid of NATO allies in the Baltic, Trump said: “If they fulfill their obligations to us, the answer is yes.” Second, Trump said he would not pressure Turkey or other authoritarian allies not to conduct purges of their political adversaries »

From Rocky to Cruz

Featured imageTheodore White attended the Republican convention of 1964 and sat among the Goldwater forces. When Nelson Rockefeller gave his speech condemnig “extremists” of various stripes, White was there. This was of course shortly after Rockefeller’s divorce from his first wife, back in the antediluvian era when divorce was frowned on. White observed one of the Republican women booing Rockefeller during his speech. She shook her fist at Rockefeller as he »

The GOP Convention, Night Three — Ted Cruz plays the spoiler

Featured imageTonight’s Republican convention was strong in the 10:00 hour, thanks to solid speeches by Eric Trump (but hadn’t Trump already received enough praise from his kids?), Newt Gingrich (but was the intro by his wife necessary?), and Mike Pence. The speech of Trump’s running mate didn’t match those of Sarah Palin (2008) or Paul Ryan (2012), but these were both A grade speeches, in my view. I’d give the Hoosier »

Meanwhile, Across the Pond. . .

Featured imageWhile we await the summa of Trumpismo tonight, it’s worth a look across the pond at the early outings of Britain’s new prime minister, Theresa May. I’d never heard of her before the Brexit vote, but at least two early moves look promising. First, she appointed Boris Johnson foreign secretary, which is more recondite punishment for John Kerry. Second, May has indicated her government will shut down or downgrade climate »

Another Lone Wolf Who Wasn’t

Featured imageProsecutor François Molins held a news conference today in which he updated reporters on the investigation into Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel’s terrorist attack in Nice. Molins said the investigation has revealed that Bouhlel plotted his attack over a considerable period of time, and had accomplices, several of whom have been arrested: The man who killed 84 people in a terrorist attack in Nice, France, last week planned his assault over several »

American Greatness: It’s Baaaack!

Featured imageLast month we noted the passing of the anonymously written Journal of American Greatness, complete with a “Hitler Learns About” video. Well, a simulacrum of JAG has been reborn, under the site name American Greatness (or amgreatness.com—americangreatness.com wasn’t available at a reasonable price), this time with no cloak of anonymity. Now, I’m not saying that the people currently appearing under their real names (with the apparent exception of “Violet Wisteria“) »

Is Ted Cruz finished nationally?

Featured imageLate last night, I wrote: Where does Cruz go from here? The Washington establishment can’t stand him; hardcore Trumpsters presumably now despise him; neither Hillary nor Trump is going to nominate him for the Supreme Court. However, Cruz remains a remarkable talent admired by many Republicans. If Trump loses big, he may be remembered more for courage rather than for treachery. On reflection, I believe Cruz’s future prospects are worse »

Did Cruz miscalculate?

Featured imageTed Cruz seems to me an unusually calculating politician. He has been planning to run for president at least since he was sworn in as a senator in 2012. Among conservative Republicans, he has sought (and seeks) to occupy the Ivory Soap niche. He’s the purest of them all. Last night we saw Cruz’s calculating the aftereffects of the Trump Train Wreck that is scheduled for November 8. Cruz wants »

Anti-Trump Efforts Fail to Materialize [with comment by Paul]

Featured imageFor a considerable time before the GOP convention, NeverTrump Republicans vowed to find a way to deprive Donald Trump of the party’s nomination, despite his domination of the primaries. Rumored plans involved liberating delegates to “vote their consciences” on the first ballot, rather than being bound to primary and caucus winners, i.e., Trump. This never made sense to me. Trump won fair and square, he won by a large margin, »