An embarrassment of Democrats: Braley edition

Featured image Raising money from Texas trial lawyers for his current campaign, Rep. Bruce Braley (D, IA) disparaged Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley as a benighted farmer who had not received the enlightenment afforded by a law school education. Braley conjured the nightmare scenario that would attend a GOP Senate majority: that boob Grassley would chair the Senate Judiciary Committee. Horrors! The disparagement took place behind closed doors. It wasn’t intended for public »

Kay Hagan’s husband received stimulus cash

Featured imageKay Hagan has managed to maintain a lead in the North Carolina Senate race even as her fellow Obama-supporting Southerners Mark Pryor and Mary Landrieu have fallen slightly behind. The latest poll, by CNN/Opinion Research, has her leading Republican Thom Tillis 46-43. This is consistent with the Real Clear Politics average in which she leads by 3.5 points. Why is Hagan ahead in a state President Obama failed to carry »

Groundhog day — the coverup was worse than the crime

Featured imageNew York Mayor Bill de Blasio has groundhog blood on his hands. Specifically, the blood of “Staten Island Chuck,” New York City’s equivalent of Punxsutawney Phil. The New York Post reports that a week after the left-wing mayor dropped Staten Island Chuck in front of a crowd of spectators on Ground Hog Day, the winter-weather prognosticator died. The groundhog was found dead at the Staten Island Zoo on Feb. 9. »

Media Alert

Featured imageI will be on Bill Bennett’s radio show at 8:30 ET, 7:30 CT, tomorrow morning, talking about workplace violence in Oklahoma and related topics. If you don’t know where to get Bill’s show on your radio, you can listen online. »

A Republican Manifesto For the 21st Century

Featured imageThe Minnesota Republican Party has gone through some hard times in recent years, but it has rebounded under chairman Keith Downey. Today, Downey had an op-ed in the Minneapolis Star Tribune that succinctly states the party’s case. While there are a couple of items I might treat a bit differently, it is an excellent example of the message Republicans should be delivering consistently around the country: On July 4, 1854, »

Obama: The CIA Assured Me They Were JVs!

Featured imageOn 60 Minutes, President Obama explained why his administration let ISIL get so out of hand: our intelligence agencies underestimated them! The exchange is at the beginning of this clip, followed by the usual Obama filibuster, with another interesting question and answer at the end: IowaHawk comments pungently: Obama, June: I think ISIS is a JV team. Obama, now: They thought ISIS was a JV team. #CaptainPronoun — David Burge (@iowahawkblog) September »

The case of Conor Powell

Featured imageThis past week FOX News aired Conor Powell’s report on Israel’s West Bank operation to apprehend Hamas operatives suspected of participation in the the kidnapping of the three Israeli teens. (I saw Powell’s report on Special Report with Bret Baier. It may have aired on other shows that day.) IDF forces were unable to apprehend the operatives; they were killed in a shootout. The Washington Post reported on the incident »

This day in baseball — Phillies overtaken

Featured imageOn September 27, 1964, the Milwaukee Braves completed a four-game sweep of the Philadelphia Phillies, extending the Phils’ losing streak to seven games. Meanwhile, the Cincinnati Reds took a double-header from the New York Mets to extend their winning steak to nine. As a result, the Reds leap-frogged the Phillies, moving into first place by one game. The St. Louis Cardinals lurked just a game and a half behind Cincinnati. »

Hitler Learns About Power Line’s VIP Membership

Featured imageOkay, you knew this was coming. And I know what you’re thinking: isn’t this device more than a little tired out?  Well, yes, and that’s why this one is different than any you’ve ever seen before.  For one thing, it is only half as long as the Standard Hitler Parody Video.  Second, it has a plot twist in the middle.  You’ll just have to watch to see what I mean. »

The Election That Could Have Been

Featured image2014 is shaping up as a pretty good year for the GOP, and I haven’t given up hope on the proverbial “wave.” But the conventional wisdom is that the opportunity for big gains is slipping away. I share that sense. To some extent, the cause is the Democrats’ overwhelming money advantage. But the Democrats always have more money, and it doesn’t always bail them out. Pundits say that the Republicans »

The Stupid Party Strikes Again

Featured imageI get it that the public image of the Republican Party is it low ebb—actually that’s true of both parties—but does anyone really think the remedy for this lies in videos like this one, “Republicans Are People Too”?  “Republicans have feelings”??  Are you serious?  Please tell me this is satire?  If this is for real, then Republicans really are back to being The Stupid Party.  And it cries out for »

Poor, Poor Obama: The World Is Just Too Complicated

Featured imageWhat, did Thomas Friedman run out of taxi drivers or pink-haired hipsters to help him with today’s column? Today’s Friedman thumb-sucker, “Who Had It Easier—Reagan or Obama?”, he offers up one of the most ironic and tired out tropes of liberalism—that the Cold War era was so much less complicated than today because it was a binary conflict between two otherwise rational superpowers. Hate to break this to Friedman, but other »

Alton Nolen: A self-portrait

Featured imageReliable information about Oklahoma beheader Alton Nolen seems to be in short supply. His likeness is subject to the full Trayvon Martin treatment although the local authorities have called in the FBI. Seen on Twitter, the photo Nolen took of himself earlier this month (below) adds a certain context to the news of his horrifying crimes. Why is Breitbart News the only media outlet I can find publishing the photo? »

Who reads Power Line?

Featured imageThe brilliant attorney, widely acclaimed good chap, and Socratic radio host Hugh Hewitt. We found ourselves at the same retreat this weekend. And look what he had to say: Hugh would probably also advise that you become a Power Line VIP. Previous installments in “Who reads Power Line.” »

The Hinderaker-Ward Experience, Episode 75: Friday Night Fights

Featured imageLast night Brian Ward and I recorded Episode 74 of the Hinderaker-Ward Experience. No guests this week, just Brian and I riffing on the most controversial news stories of the day. If you haven’t listened to our podcasts until now, you may want to give it a try. We cover some of the same ground as on this web site, but sometimes in more depth, sometimes in a more freewheeling, »

A salute to Michele Bachmann

Featured imageOur chapter of the Republican Jewish Coalition saluted retiring Sixth District Rep. Michele Bachmann this past Sunday night. Since her election to Congress in 2006 — she first spoke to us that December, before she took office — Michele has been our favorite speaker. By my count, this was at least her sixth appearance before us. No one else comes close. We are grateful for her heartfelt and eloquent support »

The Week in Pictures: Double, Double, Holder and Trouble Edition

Featured imageMay I suggest that we all cheer Eric Holder’s decision to resign as attorney general, and suggest that others in the Obama Administration follow his example?  Starting with, oh—how about his boss?  But I’ll settle for Valerie Jarrett.  Holder’s move might be taken as yet another sign that the Obama presidency is winding down early.  Usually controversial attorney generals (think of Clinton’s gem of an AG, Giant Rhino) don’t get »