Foreign Policy Mulligan

Featured image John and Paul are both working on reactions to Obama’s speech as I type–and maybe we’ll actually have the first ever Power Line competition to post first on Obama’s latest divot, I mean pivot, to jobs in a speech about foreign policy.  What was that about?  (Actually I see John already beat me to it.  Hey Scott: Care to play too, or is it past your bedtime?) Someone emailed before »

More Observations on Obama’s Speech

Featured imageShortly, Paul will note the most important problems with President Obama’s speech tonight. In the meantime, here are a few secondary observations: 1) Obama proclaimed the existence of an international coalition to combat ISIS: I can announce that America will lead a broad coalition to roll back this terrorist threat. And again: And in each of these four parts of our strategy, America will be joined by a broad coalition »

This day in baseball history: Phillies take 6 game lead with 22 left to play

Featured imageOn September 10, 1964, the Philadelphia Phillies defeated the St. Louis Cardinals 5-1 behind the pitching of Chris Short, who pitched his 11th complete game of the season. With the victory, Philadelphia moved 6 games ahead of St. Louis. Cincinnati, which beat Pittsburgh 3-0 on a shutout by ex-Pirate Bob Purkey, and San Francisco, 5-1 winner over Los Angeles, also trailed the Phillies by 6 games. With their loss to »

More Hobby Lobby Insanity: Are We As Dumb As the Democrats Think?

Featured imageThis is Senator Patty Murray, speaking earlier today about the Hobby Lobby case: “Just a few months ago, five men on the Supreme Court decided there should be a group of women across America who are required to ask their boss for permission to access basic health care.” This is completely insane; you really have to see it to believe it: But is it any crazier than everything else we »

ISIS: What Would Churchill Do?

Featured imagePower Line has come into possession of a transcript of a recent telephone conversation between President Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron, who, as everyone knows, has been way out in front of Obama in judging the seriousness of the problem posed by the rise of ISIS. Obama: Hey Dave, it’s Barry. How you likin’ those groovy tunes on that iPod I gave you at the G-8? Cameron: Barry! »

“Obama to Deepen America’s Military Role In Mideast”

Featured imageThat Associated Press headline tells you pretty much all you need to know about the utter collapse of the Obama administration’s foreign policy. It was Obama’s uncompromising opposition to military action in the Middle East, particularly Iraq, that won him the presidential nomination six years ago. Now, he has no choice but to deal with reality: In a major reversal, President Barack Obama is moving to deepen the U.S. military »

Obama to Address Nation on ISIS: Why Watch?

Featured imageTonight at 9 p.m. Eastern, President Obama will deliver a television speech on ISIS. He will assure us that he has had a strategy all along, and will tell us what it is. He will also explain why leaving Iraq was a brilliant idea. Yesterday, White House spokesman Josh Earnest gave the press corps a preview of what to expect. Which led Major Garrett to ask a logical question: [I]f »

From the granite state

Featured imageIn the results from yesterday’s New Hampshire GOP primary, former Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown prevailed in the contest for the nomination to take on incumbent Democratic Senator Jeanne Shaheen. Shaheen is one of the many Democrats who seeks to confuse voters in her home state about what she has been up to in DC. Brown has an uphill battle, but we hope he wins and we wish him well. He »

A word from Dick Cheney

Featured imageThe Daily Beast’s Ben Jacobs maintains the required attitude of annoyance with, if not hostility to, Dick Cheney as he reports on Cheney’s meeting with House Republicans behind closed doors yesterday. Anticipating Obama’s speech on the ISIS threat tonight, Cheney recalled Obama’s support for the Muslim Brotherhood going back to the first days of the Obama administration in 2009. Has anybody here read The Looming Tower? To borrow Marxist terminology, »

My Opinions on Ray Rice

Featured imageWhy not? It seems to be all that anyone is talking about. Barack Obama and Joe Biden have weighed in, along with every sports columnist, talk show host and water cooler pundit in the country. So I might as well give it a go. Here are my opinions on the Ray Rice flap, in no particular order. Feel free to correct me in the comments. 1) I hate these ritual »

Personal Animus Drove Democrats’ Lawfare Against Scott Walker [Updated]

Featured imageMilwaukee District Attorney John Chisholm, a Democrat, has subjected Governor Scott Walker and nearly every conservative group in Wisconsin to a four-year campaign of harassment in the form of a “John Doe” investigation that has now been branded as illegal and enjoined by a federal judge. That case is on appeal; in the meantime, explosive new information has surfaced about Chisholm’s motivation to harass Walker and Wisconsin Republicans: [A] longtime »

Obama tries to catch up with the parade

Featured imageThe usual purpose of an address like the one President Obama will deliver tonight regarding ISIS is to rally support for military action by explaining to the citizenry why such action is required. But Obama will flip that script tonight, as he tries to demonstrate that his awareness of ISIS’s threat matches that of the citizenry. Recent events, which culminated in the beheadings of two Americans, have convinced the public »

On Penn State, Ray Rice, Bruce Levenson, and sanctimony [UPDATED]

Featured imageSports may or may not breed discipline, but these days they certainly breed disciplinarians, too many of whom wear suits and sit behind desks. Three new developments remind us of this. The first development is a good one. The NCAA has announced that it will lift sanctions against Penn State. It imposed the sanctions in the aftermath of revelations that former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky molested children »

50 shades of of untruth

Featured imageIn the Age of Obama we are inundated with partisan Democratic falsehoods. The lies are nonstop and overwhelming. From Barack Obama to Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi, they define the modus operandi of the Democratic money. We need a man of patience and discernment to denote the Fifty Shades of Untruth and begin the task of reclamation. Victor Davis Hanson begins the task in “Obama’s Untruth, Inc.” It’s the political »

From the Archives: House GOP Leadership Then and Now

Featured imageFound another old videotape, this one from the summer of 1989, when I still had ALL of my hair, and used to moonlight on a local PBS public affairs program during my final years in graduate school.  This nearly five-minute clip is useful for one current purpose: putting into comparative context the complaints many people (including many of our loyal readers) have today about House GOP leadership.  I have from »

Ordinary politics as corruption: the left’s new totalitarian hobby horse

Featured imageWhatever one thinks about the conviction of former Virginia Gov. Robert McDonnell on fraud and extortion charges, there is little doubt that the legal theories that produced the conviction blur the distinction between criminal corruption and ordinary politics. Indeed, it is my view that the left sees no such distinction. To the extent that ordinary politics stands in the way of its agenda, the left perceives ordinary politics as, at »

What If They Gave A Climate Conference and Nobody Showed Up?

Featured imageWe keep hearing that climate change is the worstest most serious epic crisis ever to face the United Federation of Planets the world. At least that’s what 97 percent of somebodys say. And also a former vice president and presidential candidate, who somehow forgot to tell us this during his long presidential campaign some years back. Well, the UN’s Secretary General Ban Ki-moon is convening a major “Leaders Climate Summit” »