Jen Psaki, as you know

Featured image Jeryl Bier has kindly forwarded the video compiled a while back by the Weekly Standard’s Jim Swift. The video depicts Psaki in the act of deploying her favorite locution: “As you know, [name]…” What “frankly” is to the career politician, what “let’s be clear about [fill in the blank]” and “as I have stated previously” are to President Obama, “as you know” is to Ms. Psaki: a warning that what »

“She evidently had a baton in her knapsack”

Featured imageBack in the fall we inducted Richard Morgan of Bowdoin College into the (temporarily dormant) Power Line 100 Best Professors in America series. When Dick passed away from cancer a few months later, we were flattered that the local Brunswick paper chose Power Line’s photo of him to use in their obituaries. We had done the “Who Reads Power Line?” segment with him quite hastily on the spur of the »

Is Barack Obama Now, Or Has He Ever Been, a Christian? [Updated]

Featured imageSuddenly, President Obama’s religious beliefs are a subject of intense interest to America’s reporters. This is a marked contrast with 2008, when Obama’s religion (“God damn America!”) was considered off limits by reporters and editors. It is odd, though: one politician who won’t be asked about Obama’s religion is the only one who plausibly could answer the question, Obama himself. It’s not just Obama’s religious beliefs, either. Ever since Rudy »

The rebranding of Hillary Clinton

Featured imagePhillip Rucker and Anne Gearan of the Washington Post have written an article called “The making of Hillary 5.0: Marketing wizards help reimagine Clinton brand.” They should have added, “Not a parody.” In the context of this article, the word “brand” means “image.” I’m not sure how “brand” took the place of “image” in marketing-speak. I suppose it was because “image” sounds fake, whereas “brand” sounds solid. Actors have images; »

Why Hillary is no shoo-in

Featured imageAccording to Chris Cillizza, “there’s a strain of thought in politics these days — prominent among Democrats but shared by even some Republicans — that it’s going to be very hard to beat Hillary Clinton in 2016.” Cillizza is right — this strain exists. Based on my conversations with Republicans, I’d even say Cillizza probably underestimates the extent of GOP pessimism, at least here in Washington. But Cillizza sees Clinton »

Apparently More Climate Chakras Need Releasing

Featured imageWhat is it with the leading climatistas like Al Gore? Now it turns out that Rajendra Pachauri, the head of the UN’s IPCC, is in a bit of hot water for his, um, urges: UN Climate Panel Chief Pachauri Booked for Sexual Harassment (Bloomberg) — Rajendra Pachauri, chairman of the United Nation’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, has been accused of sexually harassing a woman colleague at a New Delhi-based »

The Week in Pictures: Harfing Biden Edition

Featured imageOh my goodness, after a week like this, we almost need two photo/cartoon/meme spreads.  This week’s is without doubt the biggest and most politically incorrect Week in Pictures ever, and that’s before you get to the special video bonus for folks shivering to death in half the country from global warming climate change.  And what’s up with Vice Groper Joe Biden?  Is he planning on a post-Obama career in the »

The Power Line Show, Episode 10: Bill Bennett and Robert White on Marijuana

Featured imageSteve, Paul and I got together this afternoon for Episode 10 of the Power Line Show. Our guests were Bill Bennett and Robert White, authors of Going to Pot: Why the Rush to Legalize Marijuana Is Harming America. We conservatives have become somewhat shell-shocked on the social issues, but do we really have to accept the health disaster that is legal marijuana? An average IQ loss of eight points, according »

Tom Cotton Advises the State Department

Featured imageThis is via Twitchy. The State Department tweeted a request for advice on how to counter “violent extremism.” Senator Tom Cotton responded: Glad you asked-I have some ideas…RT @StateDept: We want your input. Share solutions you think are critical to countering violent extremism — Tom Cotton (@SenTomCotton) February 20, 2015 So here are Tom’s suggestions: .@StateDept Special Forces #RLTW pic.twitter.com/RUDBTIiOiI — Tom Cotton (@SenTomCotton) February 20, 2015 .@StateDept A-10 Warthog »

A KDS Update

Featured imageKDS stands for “Koch Derangement Syndrome,” and it is known to cause politicians to engage in all manner of self-flagellation, most especially Harry Reid. There are two stories out today suggesting Reid is going to want to punch himself in the mirror even harder than he did at Christmas following the Dems’ 2014 midterm wipeout. The Washington Times reports today that Democratic Party strategists have concluded that their Koch obsession »

Rudy unbound, part 2

Featured imageLate Wednesday night Politico reported that Rudy Giuliani spoke at a private dinner in New York featuring Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker. Here is Darren Samuelsohn’s account: The former New York mayor, speaking in front of the 2016 Republican presidential contender and about 60 right-leaning business executives and conservative media types, directly challenged Obama’s patriotism, discussing what he called weak foreign policy decisions and questionable public remarks when confronting terrorists. “I »

The worst of Jen Psaki

Featured imageState Department spokesman Jen Psaki has been promoted to the position of White House communications director. As a result of her expositions of Obama administration foreign policy, Psaki has become a huge hit in Russia. The Russians appreciate Obama administration foreign policy as we appreciate the Marx Brothers. Russia’s new late-night TV craze is “Psaki at night.” Psaki’s promotion may be devastating to the show. David Rutz notes that Psaki »

Josh Earnest does metaphysics

Featured imageThe Democrats and the media have their undies in a bunch over Rudy Giuliani’s disparagement of Barack Obama’s attitude toward the United States of America. Rudy has allegedly crossed a line by questioning Obama’s patriotism, though Giuliani himself denies that he has done so. He has merely observed that by outward appearances Obama doesn’t love the United States. That seems to me an uncharacteristic act of hairsplitting on Rudy’s part. »

Obama administration will seek a stay of adverse immigration ruling

Featured imageThere has been plenty of speculation about how the President Obama would respond to Judge Hanen’s order that blocks him from granting, via executive fiat, lawful status to millions illegal immigrants. Would the administration seek an expedited appeal or would it seek a stay of Hanen’s order? Might it do both? Or would Obama reverse his initial decision and simply defy the court order? This afternoon the Justice Department announced »

Why Computer Models Can’t Predict the Earth’s Future Climate

Featured imageWe know for sure that the computer models relied on by climate alarmists are wrong, since they have been refuted by experience. In the video below, Dr. Christopher Essex, chairman of the Permanent Monitoring Panel on Climate for the World Federation of Scientists, explains why the limitations of computers, in the context of a complex, chaotic system like the Earth’s climate, are inherent and can never be overcome, at least »

Don’t abolish the filibuster

Featured imageCharles Krauthammer urges Republicans to abolish the filibuster. He is prompted to advocate this fundamental change for a very narrow purpose — to pass a piece of legislation he expects President Obama to veto. But Krauthammer isn’t talking about an ordinary piece of legislation. He has in mind a bill that would fund the Department of Homeland Security, minus the immigration service which would be denied funds to implement the »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured imageKeeping up with the Obama administration, Ammo Grrrll is PIVOTING TO JOBS: Every few months, this wretched Administration announces with great fanfare that, having succeeded in ruining everything else, it is now going to “pivot” to jobs. Of course, as anyone who has ever played basketball knows, you pivot enough, you just go in circles, unless your pivot foot slips and you get called for the ancient foul of “traveling.” »