Don’t abolish the filibuster

Featured image Charles 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 »

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 »

Classics Revisited: A Shot of Oakeshott

Featured imageI think it was nearly three years ago that I wrote a series that ought to have been called “Hayek Tuesday” (because I wrote most of these entries on Tuesday mornings following a Monday night class at the Ashbrook Center that semester based mostly on Hayek’s Constitution of Liberty), with excerpts and observations drawn from that great political thinker and Nobel Prize winner. Subsequently there have been brief serials here »

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.” »

Obama’s “violent extremism” summit: an exercise in community organizing

Featured imageAndy McCarthy points out that, even as the White House throws “a public hissy fit” over the upcoming speech to Congress by Benjamin Netanyahu, it chooses to be “chummy” with Salam al-Marayati, the Muslim activist best known for saying, right after the 9/11 attacks, that we should put the State of Israel on the suspect list. You have to hand it Obama, he knows who his friends are. It’s America’s »

Will Obama’s immigration defeat be sustained — Part Two

Featured imageIn my post last night about the district court decision blocking President Obama’s executive order granting lawful status to as many as five million illegal immigrants, I did not discuss the important threshold issue in the case — whether the plaintiff states have standing to challenge the order. Judge Hanen found that they do. I believe this finding is well-reasoned and correct. Texas argued, and Judge Hanen agreed, that Obama’s »

The Valley Girls Part Company

Featured imageState Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki, who is best known for her attempts at hashtag diplomacy, has been named the new White House communications director. We have had occasion to question Psaki’s competence more than once, including the time when she tried to explain what a great job the Iraqi army is doing against ISIS, but lost her notes. In any event, Psaki’s promotion means that her deputy, Marie Harf, will »

The Defenders of the Faith Apologize for America

Featured image“Defender of the Faith” is one of the British sovereign’s titles. Of course, Britain has an official faith, the Church of England. The United States has no state religion, and if it did, it wouldn’t be Islam. Nevertheless, Barack Obama and his minions have set themselves up as official interpreters and defenders of the Muslim faith. This doesn’t stop with insisting that Islam has nothing–nothing!–to do with Islamic terrorism. Here »

The deep meaning of Marie Harf

Featured imageDeputy State Department spokesman Marie Harf gives the catastrophic foreign policy of the Obama administration a lighter than air, Valley Girl kind of feel. She is a walking self-parody. As such, she presents a novel use of expressive form. The attention Harf has earned this week with her explanation of the Obama administration’s approach to ISIS gives us an occasion to meditate on her deep meaning. National Review’s Kevin Williamson »

Will Obama’s defeat on his immigration order be sustained?

Featured imageWhen I first heard that Judge Andrew Hanen had blocked President Obama’s executive order granting lawful status to as many as five million illegal immigrants, I was inclined to downplay the ruling’s significance. Judge Hanen is an able jurist, but a conservative one, and only a district court judge. The opinions that truly matter will be rendered by less conservative judges further up the ladder. That’s still, perhaps, the best »

Barack Obama, Neocon?

Featured imageYesterday Barack Obama had an op-ed in the Los Angeles Times titled, “Our fight against violent extremism.” It was intended, I think, as a prelude to the White House summit on Countering Violent Extremism–no particular extremism, just the violent kind–that is now under way. Obama articulated his vision for how we can defeat “violent extremism”: In Syria and Iraq, the terrorist group we call ISIL has slaughtered innocent civilians and »

Iran Runs NY Times Ad Against Netanyahu

Featured imageToday the National Iranian American Council (NIAC) ran what it describes as a full-page ad in the New York Times, attacking Congressional Republicans for inviting Benjamin Netanyahu to address Congress. NIAC, a mouthpiece for the Iranian regime, says: Today, the National Iranian American Council (NIAC) ran a full-page ad in the New York Times highlighting John Boehner and Benjamin Netanyahu’s outrageous political stunt that could kill diplomacy with Iran and »

Jeb Bush will be “his own man,” he feels compelled to declare

Featured imageIn a foreign policy address delivered yesterday, Jeb Bush stated: “I recognize that as a result [of the presidencies of my father and brother], my views will often be held up in comparison to theirs, but I am my own man.” Of course he is. But the fact that he needs to say so, and will continue to, demonstrates the weakness of his position. It shows that the former governor »

Eyeless prez in topless jar

Featured imageThe cover of today’s New York Post seems like news all by itself. It gives us a sort of emperor-has-no-clothes moment. Geoff Earle’s story on Obama’s keynote speech at the Countering Violent Extremism Summit yesterday afternoon is the subject. Jonathan Tobin comments on Obama’s speech in the Post column “Obama dances around reality as ISIS plays the tune.” I have linked the text and posted the video of Obama’s speech »

A timely warning from Rep. Gutierrez

Featured imageRep. Luis Gutierrez warns of “unprecedented militancy” from the immigrant community in response to the injunction issued by Judge Andrew Hanen against President Obama’s executive order on immigration. The militancy, he explains, will be directed at Republicans: The Republican party is making a critical mistake. The militancy that will be activated throughout the immigrant community — in terms of voter registration, voter participation, voter anger at the Republican party as »

Executive Amnesty Was Illegal Until Recently

Featured imageMichael Ramirez sums up Barack Obama’s position on executive amnesty decrees. I haven’t tried to add them up, but my guess is there is an Obama statement to the effect that he can’t change the immigration laws for each “It’s illegal.” Click to enlarge: There is no serious debate about the fact that Obama’s recent amnesty/work permit decrees were illegal, but the Democrats just don’t care. Hence the current outrage, »

Josh Earnest Struggles to Explain

Featured imageThe State Department’s twin Valley girls, Jen Psaki and Marie Harf, are not the only Obama administration spokespeople who often get tied up in knots. White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest is just as bad. Fox’s Ed Henry asked Earnest to explain why the 21 beheaded Christians were not described as such, while the three murdered Muslims in North Carolina were the subject of a lecture by President Obama on »