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After last night

Featured imageThe interesting races in Minnesota’s primary yesterday took place on the DFL (Democratic) side. I commented on all of them and anticipated the results yesterday morning before the polls opened in “Primary day in Minnesota.” John provided his observations on the results after the polls closed in the adjacent post. I find what is happening here in Minnesota illustrative of national themes. I want to add 12 observations in the »

Green Weenie of the Week: The DNC Reverses Itself

Featured imageBack in June we awarded our coveted Green Weenie Award to the Democratic National Committee, which bravely announced that it would no longer accept campaign contributions from oil, gas, and coal companies, or their employees. The resolution for this move was offered by Christine Pelosi, daughter of You Know Who, who declared that “This is going to be the way that we ask people to make some clear choices, so voters »

Lessons From Minnesota’s Primaries

Featured imageMinnesota is the eye of the hurricane this year, with two Senate seats at stake, at least four competitive House elections, and the governorship up for grabs. As much as any other state, it is a barometer for our current politics. Minnesota’s primary election was today, and the results are interesting. 1) Hennepin County Commissioner Jeff Johnson defeated former Governor Tim Pawlenty for the GOP governor nomination. This is the »

Take Me Out to Kavanaugh’s Ball Game

Featured imageI noted here last night the desperate attempt of the left to smear Brett Kavanaugh by trolling for possible cellphone photos of him at Washington Nationals baseball games, and hoping that somebody somewhere would be working up some good photoshops fit for the moment, especially since I am too snowed under this week to do it myself. Fortunately faithful Power Line reader Stephen Manning is up to the challenge, and »

Is it “Fa” or is it Antifa?

Featured imagePetula Drorak is a left-liberal writer for the Washington Post. On Sunday, she attended the “Unite the Right” rallies in Washington, D.C., at which, she says, the water and popsicle vendors seemed to outnumber the Unite the Right marchers. Dvorak describes a telling scene: “There they are! Nazis!” someone shouted, as a knot of about two dozen helmeted, masked, jackbooted marchers clomped through the back of the crowd down H »

Tweet of the Day

Featured imageIt’s barely 10 am out here on the Left Coast, but I have found today’s Winner of the Internet—by John McCormack of the Weekly Standard. This is understated brilliance: »

Primary day in Minnesota

Featured imageToday is primary day in Minnesota and a few other states. Primary day in Minnesota raises issues of politics and party — the routinization of party politics — elections, history, tradition, loyalty, gab and more, putting me in mind of James Joyce’s story “Ivy Day in the Committee Room.” Readers may recall the that the memory of Parnell looms large in the story. “Parnell is dead,” says Mr. Henchy. After »

Stephen Miller’s insufferable uncle

Featured imagePolitico has published a opinion piece by David Glosser called “Stephen Miller Is an Immigration Hypocrite. I Know Because I’m His Uncle.” Glosser’s piece is a shrill, hyper-personal rant of the “Give me your tired, your poor” genre. But for Glosser’s status as Stephen Miller’s uncle, I don’t think Politico would even have considered running it. Glosser’s great-grandfather came to America from what was then Russia and now is Belarus »

Is the Southern Border a Security Threat?

Featured imageConservatives have been saying for a long time that our porous southern border poses a security risk. Over the years there have been multiple news stories about Middle Easterners with terrorist connections being apprehended at the border, or after crossing the border. But because these crossings haven’t resulted in successful terrorist attacks, they have gotten essentially no notice. Meanwhile, Democrats are committed to the view that there is no reason »

VIP Live, Wednesday Evening

Featured imageWednesday evening, starting at 7 p.m. Central time, we are doing a VIP Live event. If you are a VIP member, you will get an email with a link to a live YouTube address where you can watch the event and submit your own comments and questions on the issues of the day. Which are plentiful, to say the least. If you are not already a VIP member, you can »

Lefty Maryland Dem trails GOP governor by 16 points

Featured imageI wrote here about the governor’s race in Maryland between the incumbent, Republican Larry Hogan and his radical challenger, Ben Jealous former head of the NAACP. I argued that Jealous’ struggle to gain the strong backing of establishment Democrats was evidence of a Democratic fault line. Now, a new poll reveals that Jealous trails Hogan by 16 points. This, in a deep blue state that has only elected a Republican »

Loose Ends (41)

Featured imageGot a whole bunch of short items to get off my spindle this morning. • So Elon Musk says the Saudis are interested in financing Tesla to go private. Why would the Saudis want to become the major financial player in an electric car company? I simply can’t imagine. I guess Musk is too young to remember an old Johnny Carson Tonight Show line about an idea being as bad »

The Trump Tower meeting revisited

Featured imageAnyone who bothered to read the transcript of Glenn Simpson’s testimony and absorb its contents would have been left with deep suspicions about the June 2016 Trump Tower meeting of Donald Trump, Jr. and campaign officials with the connected Russian lawyer. The Russian lawyer met with Simpson before and after the meeting for some reason or other. Now Lee Smith puts the pieces of the puzzle together in an excellent »

Another Keith Ellison Sexual Assault Charge

Featured imageA guy named Jeff Kolb, who is a city councilman in a Minneapolis suburb, has raised a new sexual assault allegation against Congressman, Deputy DNC Chairman and candidate for Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison. I have no idea how reliable Kolb is, but his tweets don’t seem to depend much on his own credibility. This is the first one, which includes a record of a 911 call in 2005. I »

Dem Desperation Dialed to 11

Featured imageIt has been previously noted that the media did a FOIA request for the emails of Brett Kavanaugh’s wife, who is a city official in a Washington suburb, and upon finding nothing that could create any embarrassment shrugged and said, “We had to try.” Well now the folks at the explicitly leftist media outlet Pro-Publica are asking people to scour their smart phone pics in case anyone might have caught »

Shocker: Trump lashes out at Omarosa

Featured imageTo no one’s surprise, President Trump has blasted Omarosa Manigault, the ridiculous woman to whom he gave an important White House job. Here is what Trump said: Wacky Omarosa, who got fired 3 times on the Apprentice, now got fired for the last time. She never made it, never will. She begged me for a job, tears in her eyes, I said Ok. People in the White House hated her. »