Join Steve Hayward and Me at Two Live Events Next Week

Featured image If 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 »

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 »

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 »

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, »

Academic Absurdity of the Week: Alliteration Abuse

Featured imageWe interrupt the Cleveland Carnival to bring you this week’s academic absurdity, flagged for everyone as usual by the heroic NewRealPeerReview. This week’s winner achieves the triple play of the usual jargon, combined with an attack on meat, mind you, along with a felony violation, Aggravated Alliteration Abuse. From the journal Food and Foodways: Explorations in the History and Culture of Human Nourishment: Meat, Men and Marriage: Models of Masculinity Jeffery »

Media Alert

Featured imageI will soon be on Australian television, talking about the Republican national convention, on Andrew Bolt’s Bolt Report. I am not sure exactly when the show will air in Australia, but we are filming at around 7:15 tonight, central time. Watch for it Down Under, and in the meantime, please check out Andrew’s blog at the Herald Sun. »

The GOP Convention, Night Two — Three big hits and a bad miss

Featured imageNight Two of the GOP convention featured strong speeches throughout much of the evening, but ended off-key. Two of the best speeches came in the 9:00 hour, before the three major networks were covering the event, but while, I assume, many viewers were tuned in on cable channels. Paul Ryan, of whom I am no big fan, delivered an excellent condemnation of the Democratic Party on the domestic front followed »

Is the Purpose of a Newspaper to Promote Delusion?

Featured imageA lot of ink has been spilled on the subject of race, crime and policing over the last few months, but rarely to so little purpose as in this article in the Minneapolis Star Tribune, headlined “Racial disparities in Twin Cities arrests are widespread.” The Strib reporter suggests that the fact that blacks are arrested in greater than pro rata numbers is evidence of discrimination: Data released by the city »

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 »

Trump-Kasich, a ticket that wasn’t meant to be

Featured imageAs this year’s primary season wore on and voters showed little or no enthusiasm for John Kasich in state after state, the question became why the Ohio governor remained in the race. Candidates as popular as Kasich — e.g., Jeb Bush — and more popular — Marco Rubio — called it quits, but Kasich persisted. Some thought that Kasich was hanging in there to take votes away from Donald Trump’s »

Epic Liberal Hypocrisy Alert

Featured imageMelania Trump’s cultural appropriation of some of Michelle Obama’s convention speech clichés from eight years ago now has the LMC (Liberal Media ComplexTM) on hair trigger alert to spot other instances of plagiarism, which the media will then report in identical prose in their filings. (Heh.) I thought Rush Limbaugh had the right idea yesterday: Melania should offer an interview to Brian Williams to explain it. Yes, it was sloppy »

The ordeal of Bill Henck

Featured imageThe IRS is at the center of the deepest scandals of the Obama administration. Bill Henck has given us a look from his perspective inside the IRS Office of the Chief Counsel, where he has worked as an attorney for 29 years. In 2014 we posted Bill’s personal account of a retaliatory audit conducted by the IRS against him in “Inside the IRS.” We followed up with subsequent posts by »

A Big Night For Republicans

Featured imageDay two of the Republican convention was a success. The first speaker I saw was Tiffany Trump. I read somewhere that Tiffany was the weak link in the family, I guess because she is Marla Maples’ daughter. In fact, she was great–a 22-year-old (or so) graduate of Penn, she was cool as a cucumber, and her speech was terrific. My wife, whose emotional intelligence is superior to mine, pointed out »

“Soul Searching” for thee but not for me

Featured imageJennifer Rubin, whose “Right Turn” space at the Washington Post seems reserved lately for attacks on Donald Trump, finds “problematic” last night’s “Make America Safe Again” theme at the GOP convention. The most consistent anti-Trump voices in the party, she notes, have been foreign policy conservatives. This is probably true. But Rubin doesn’t explain why the fact that Trump disagrees with foreign policy conservatives on some matters renders problematic the »