Was David Gregory fired for being “pro-Israel”?

Featured image Today was to mark David Gregory’s last appearance as host of Meet the Press. But NBC did not permit Gregory, who will be replaced by Chuck Todd, to bid his audience farewell. Instead, Andrea Mitchell hosted the show and paid tribute to the fired host. I didn’t see the show, having long ago stopped watching anything except soccer on NBC. I’m relying on the coverage of NRO and the Huffington »

Green Weenie Updates

Featured imageSo we’ve now come to the point where people are asking, “Are you now or have you ever been. . .” A couple weeks back we noted here that a number of the world’s top PR and ad agencies had bravely—no, make that courageously!—announced that they would not take on any “climate deniers” as clients, which, as I suggested, is a great favor to the Heartland Institute and other skeptic »

Rules of the game, Hillary style

Featured imageThe Las Vegas Review-Journal’s Laura Myers managed to get a look at the highly confidential contract that Ms. Hillary requires for her overpriced speaking engagements secured through the offices of the Harry Walker Agency. Myers reports: [Hillary Clinton] will get $225,000 to speak at the annual dinner [of the UNLV Foundation]. The size of Hillary Clinton’s fee has come under fire from critics who question the large expense in an »

This Is Who Texas Democrats Are Defending

Featured imageScott lays out below the farce of the indictment of Texas Governor Rick Perry, but let’s not move on before taking in the proximate cause of political dispute, the conduct of Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg, who ironically runs the “public integrity section” of the DA’s office while obviously having no public integrity whatsoever.  If you have 15 minutes of leisure and a strong threshold against disgust, take in these »

Gary Lawson: The return of the king

Featured imageProfesor Gary Lawson is the Philip S. Beck Professor of Law at Boston University School of Law. He is one of the country’s foremost scholars and critics of administrative law. He has written six editions of a textbook on administrative law and cowritten two books on aspects of constitutional history. When it comes to the serious issues that beset administrative law, Professor Lawson knows what he is talking about. Professor »

The Perry indictment: A travesty of a mockery

Featured imageGovernor Perry condemned his indictment yesterday as a “farce of a prosecution.” In my view, Governor Perry is guilty only of understatement. His indictment is an egregious farce of the kind Woody Allen’s Fielding Mellish captured in Bananas (written with Mickey Rose, 1971). Having been put on trial for fraud, inciting to riot, conspiracy to overthrow the government, and using the word “thighs” in mixed company, Mellish decried the case »

Sometimes the best deals are the ones you’ve already made

Featured imageThere’s a saying in sports that sometimes the best trades are the ones you don’t make. This, I suppose, is the sports version of “don’t do stupid [stuff].” For Everton football club, the best deals it made this offseason were the purchases of two players who were with the team last year. The players are Gareth Barry (who was on loan last from Manchester City) and Romelu Lukaku (on loan »

Woodstock Redux

Featured imageThere seems to be a flourish of 45th anniversary observations of Woodstock going on this weekend, as though it was a slow news period right now.  (Perhaps too many editors and beat reporters are on vacation up in Martha’s and the Hamptons right now.)  Why the 45th anniversary?  Perhaps because of the typical baby boomer fear that a lot of folks won’t make it to the 50th anniversary?  Then, too, »

An embarrassment of Democrats (1)

Featured image“One of the many oddities of the English language,” it has been noted, “is the multitude of different names given to collections or groups, be they beasts, birds, people or things. Many of these collective nouns are beautiful and evocative, even poetic.” You’ve got your gaggle of geese. You’ve got your pack of dogs. You’ve got your stuck of jellyfish. You’ve got your colony of ants. And many, many more. »

Photo Essay: The Implausibility of the Hillary Candidacy

Featured imageOne of the axioms of modern presidential politics is that successful candidates need to be appealing personalities, nay, even good looking.  This is why we’re unlikely ever to see another presidential nominee who is bald. Does this apply to the first plausible female nominee, Hillary Clinton?  Maybe not, and yes it is unfair to judge a person by his or her appearance, but then it would be a double-standard for »

Is Nancy Pelosi a crook?

Featured imageLachlan Marklay, writing in the Washington Free Beacon, reports that Nancy Pelosi steered more than a billion dollars in subsidies to a light rail project that benefitted a company run by a high-dollar Democratic donor and in which her husband is a major investor. Here, according to Marklay, is how the scheme operated: Pelosi has worked for more than a decade to steer taxpayer funds to a light rail project »

Reporting In, Briefly

Featured imageI have been offline pretty much all day. Checking the news once or twice, my most distinct impression was that Republicans are doing a good job of pushing back against the Democrats’ political “indictment” of Rick Perry. Being attacked by these clowns is a badge of honor, and should be treated as such by all people of good will. So what did I do? Most notably, I shot an AR-15 »

Rick Perry and the Democrats’ pattern of “lawfare” against rising Republicans

Featured imageJohn and Scott have commented on the indictment of Gov. Rick Perry. As they note, it fits a pattern of politically motivated indictments of prominent Texas Republicans. The Perry indictment also fits a pattern of harassment via the legal process of prominent Republican governors: Sarah Palin, Scott Walker, Chris Christie, and now Perry. What do these four have in common? Why, they all are (or were) potentially viable candidates for »

The Week in Pictures: Quel Horreur! Edition

Featured imageA few years back I got seated next to former Clinton consigliere Lanny Davis on a coast-to-coast plane flight.  It was . . . a very long flight.  I imagined the only worse possible fate would be having to sit next to James Carville for a cross-country flight.  But now I’ve heard something worse: John Kerry, our comic relief secretary of state, had to fly commercial earlier this week when »

When they harassed Hutchison

Featured imageMany of us recall the baseless indictment of then House Majority Leader Tom DeLay by then Travis County District Attorney Ronnie Earle in connection with the indictment of Governor Perry yesterday, but does anyone recall the earlier case against Kay Bailey Hutchison brought by Earle? Earle is the predecessor of Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg, whose drunk driving escapades initiated the chain of events that has now culminated in »

Ferguson: An Inflection Point?

Featured imageThere is something interesting and potentially significant occurring in the reaction to the rioting in Ferguson, Missouri: large amounts of general criticism of contemporary police practice from conservatives and libertarians.  No one is suggesting, as liberals did in the 1960s (“I could start a pretty good riot myself”—Hubert Humphrey), that the rioting is justified, or still less looting.  Nor is anyone jumping to the conclusion that the officer who fired »

The Democrats’ Latest Koch Smear Falls Flat

Featured imageLeft-wing political operative David Brock’s group, American Bridge, released a report today titled “Legacy of Loss: Koch Industries’ Layoffs and Environmental Harm in Battleground States.” The reference to battleground states eliminates any doubt as to the report’s purpose; it is basically a pastiche of news stories and rumors cobbled together from an internet search or two, intended for this year’s Congressional campaigns. The quality of the report, as one expects »