Thinking about Donald Trump with Seth Leibsohn

Featured image On Monday, I had the pleasure of appearing with Seth Leibsohn on his radio show broadcast from Phoenix. We talked mostly about Donald Trump and his “empire populism.” With Seth, though, the discussion is always free-wheeling, so J.R. Ewing, Ross Perot, and “national greatness conservatism” also came up. Here is the interview: »

President Obama Is Rebuked By a Better Man

Featured imageThe conventional wisdom is that Barack Obama is a nice guy but an incompetent president. I think this gives him too much credit. There is a reason why Obama is the most divisive president since the Civil War: he is, for a holder of that office, uniquely mean-spirited. On Monday in Las Vegas, Obama launched a personal attack against those who disagree with his energy policies. He began by hailing »

California crime wave follows criminal justice reform

Featured imageIn November 2014, California voters approved Proposition 47, which downgraded drug possession and many property crimes from a felony to a misdemeanor. As Debra Saunders reminds us, proponents argued that lesser punishment for low-level offenders would enhance public safety. Unfortunately, this utterly counterintuitive notion has not panned out. In San Francisco, according to a police spokesman, theft from cars is up 47 percent this year over the same period in »

The Facts Don’t Matter, the Answer Is Always Gun Control

Featured imageThe White House didn’t wait an hour before using the murders committed by Vester Flanagan in Virginia as an excuse to push for gun control. Josh Earnest began his press conference with this soliloquy: The precise details of that incident continue to be under investigation. At the time Earnest was speaking, little was known about the murderer, and nothing about how he acquired the firearm used to commit the murders. »

Washington Post distorts Trump-Ramos encounter

Featured imageIf Donald Trump believes that Fox News is treating him unfairly (and he does), I wonder how he feels about the Washington Post. The print edition headline of a story on Trump’s Iowa new conference reads: “Trump kicks Latino reporter out of news conference.” (The online editors apparently thought better of it. They wrote: “Trump tangles with Latino newsman, launches fresh attacks on GOP rivals”). The print edition sub-headline reads: »

The Socialist Dream, Venezuela Version

Featured imageWe have chronicled the long, painful decline of Venezuela’s socialist economy. It was kept afloat for a while by Venezuela’s extraordinary oil reserves, but nothing, not even vast natural resources, can keep a socialist economy going for long. Toilet paper is a thing of the past, and many Venezuelans are now confronting the possibility of starvation, due to government-imposed price controls. The Wall Street Journal reports: Hours after they looted »

Exposing Our Fannie Again

Featured imageFrom this morning’s Wall Street Journal: Fannie Mae wants to make it easier for working-class and multigenerational households to get a mortgage. The mortgage-finance company said Tuesday it would roll out a program this year that lets lenders include income from nonborrowers within a household, such as extended-family members, toward qualifying for a loan. The move is expected to open up mortgage access to a segment of the population that »

Wanted: A Plausible Candidate for President

Featured imageIt is an extraordinary fact that one of America’s two great (or formerly great, anyway) political parties cannot field a plausible candidate for the presidency. In a sane world, this fact would dominate news coverage of the 2016 presidential campaign. That is not, of course, the media world that we live in. But some have noticed, like Michael Ramirez. Classified ad–Wanted: Democratic Party Presidential Candidate. The specifications seem modest, but »

Good for Trump for booting Jorge Ramos

Featured imageAs Scott notes below, Donald Trump had Jorge Ramos of Univision ejected from his press conference today. Good for Trump. Jorge Ramos is a blight upon journalism. He also embodies the threat that mass immigration by Hispanics poses to conservatism. The more voters who get their news from the likes of Jorge Ramos, the less chance American conservatism as we know it has to survive. But these aren’t the reasons »

Bret Stephens: What Obama gets wrong

Featured imageFollowing Wall Street Journal columnist Bret Stephens on Twitter, I was alerted to Bret’s excellent Foreign Affairs piece on Obama’s foreign policy. The piece responds to Gideon Rose’s Foreign Affairs essay, to which Bret links in the first sentence of the piece. I recommend Stephens’s piece; it deserves a wide audience of interested readers. I would have missed it if it weren’t for Twitter. Reading the piece a few days »

Trump still hung-up on Megyn Kelly

Featured imageNearly three weeks after the Fox News debate, Donald Trump still can’t get over the fact that he didn’t like Megyn Kelly’s questioning. Yesterday, he tweeted: “I liked The Kelly File much better without @megynkelly. Perhaps she could take another eleven day unscheduled vacation!” Trump also re-tweeted this charming statement: “The bimbo back in town. I hope not for long.” Fox News isn’t amused. Its staffers — including Bret Baier »

The Socialist Dream Will Never Die

Featured imageNot long ago I was listening to one of Russ Roberts’s archived “EconTalk” podcasts with the great Thomas Sowell (and if you don’t listen to EconTalk you’re missing one of the top podcast artists of our time—subscribe for free here), and was completely stunned by something Sowell said. When he was assigned Friedrich Hayek’s seminal essay “The Use of Knowledge in Society” as a graduate student, he didn’t get it. »

Who loves her, baby? [With Comment By John]

Featured imageYesterday John noted Hilary Clinton’s descent in the polls. “Voters can’t stand Hillary,” he opined. Who loves her? At NR, Brendan Bordelon takes a look at the released Hillary Clinton emails in the context of the current controversies. Brendan notes that the vast majority of the 3,500 e-mails released so far were sent or received by just four members of Clinton’s inner circle at State: Cheryl Mills, Bill Clinton’s lawyer »

Trump at Gettysburg

Featured imageYou knew this was coming sooner or later—Trump’s version of the Gettysburg Address: Thanks. What an incredible crowd. They tell me this is the biggest crowd in the history of the North. A while back some founders got together. And I mean they were good people but they really didn’t know anything about building a country. C’mon, you know, let’s face facts. Franklin with his little glasses and Washington with »

Trumping the man from Univision

Featured imageDonald Trump held a press conference preceding his speech in Iowa tonight. Most of it was carried live on FOX News, but FOX joined after the fireworks at the opening of the conference. Taking a leaf from the Black Lives Matter crowd, the man from Univision (Jorge Ramos) inserted himself into the proceedings on his own. When Trump called on a reporter for the first question, Ramos jumped up and »

Obama: Look How Crazy the Republicans Are!

Featured imageBarack Obama returned from his latest vacation yesterday, and promptly announced that Republicans are “crazies.” The Democrats continued the theme with a fundraising email they sent out earlier this afternoon, ostensibly from the President: John — A few days ago, the leading candidate to be the other side’s presidential nominee claimed that the 14th Amendment to the Constitution was — somehow — unconstitutional. He is referring to Donald Trump. This »

Voters Can’t Stand Hillary

Featured imageEverywhere you look, poll numbers on Hillary Clinton’s campaign are collapsing. This batch came out this morning from Rasmussen Reports. The headlined finding is that by 46% to 44%, voters say Hillary should suspend her campaign “until all of the legal questions about her use of the private e-mail server are resolved.” That is a rather silly question, since as a practical matter if Hillary suspends her campaign indefinitely, it »