Chuck Schumer reaps what he sowed

Featured image The Senate has voted to confirm Amy Coney Barrett as a Supreme Court Justice. She will be sworn in tonight, probably around the time I finish writing this post. It’s remarkable to me how quickly Mitch McConnell was able to drive this nomination through. I’m also surprised that only one Republican Senator (the embattled Susan Collins) voted against confirming Judge Barrett. President Trump is said by some to be a »

The Shocking Bias and Incompetence of Our Public Schools

Featured imageWith an election impending, the public schools are teaching our children about the issues and the candidates. One of their primary tools is Scholastic Magazine, which I think is read by millions of school children and is the basis for instruction in countless classrooms. A friend alerted me to the fact that the current issue includes profiles of President Trump and Joe Biden and describes their positions on several issues. »

How would the 2016 election have played out under 2020 conditions?

Featured imageThe case that Joe Biden will defeat President Trump rests mainly on the polls. The case that Trump will win rests at least in part on the fact that the polls got the 2016 race wrong. But differences in the ground rules of the two elections suggest that Hillary Clinton might have defeated Trump in 2016 under this year’s conditions. First, consider all of the early voting this year. In »

Polls? What Polls?

Featured imageJoe Biden continues to lead in most national surveys, but today’s Rasmussen Reports finds President Trump with a one-point lead, 48-47. Rasmussen surveyed 1,500 likely voters. At this point, registered voter polls are pretty much worthless. The pollster that turns out to be “right” after Election Day will be the one with the best turnout model. Of course, one factor that polls can’t take into account is voter fraud. In »

Polls: Biden has substantial lead in three key states

Featured imagePresident Trump’s victory in 2016 was based on his wins in Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Wisconsin. How does this year’s race stand in these three states? If you take polls seriously, it doesn’t look good for Trump in any of them. In Pennsylvania, every poll taken since late August shows Joe Biden in the lead. The late August poll that didn’t show this had the two candidates tied. The current RCP »

Today is the day

Featured imageJudge Amy Coney Barrett is to be confirmed as an associate justice of the Supreme Court later today. We support her confirmation. We think she will make a great contribution to the Court. President Trump himself has made a great contribution to the federal judiciary with the quality of his nominations to the bench. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell — I would like to say our beloved Cocaine Mitch — »

“This is 60 Minutes”

Featured imageWatching Lesley Stahl’s interview of President Trump on 60 Minutes last night, one might get the impression that she gets her news as strictly filtered and refined by CBS. She therefore doesn’t know anything beyond what can be acknowledged with the approval of CBS News. Trump gave her 37:40 of his time for the interview last week. In the event, that was about 37 minutes too much. Peter Schweizer has »

Craziest World Series game ever?

Featured imageI watched my first World Series game in 1956 at a friend’s house and have watched at least part of almost every Series game since 1958, when my parents broke down and bought a television set. The best Series game I’ve ever seen was Game 6 in 1975, between Boston and Cincinnati. The most dramatic was Game 7 in 1960, between Pittsburgh and the New York Yankees. Yesterday’s Game 4 »

Joe Biden Inadvertently Tells the Truth

Featured imageIf you haven’t already seen it, this is worth a laugh. Joe Biden brags about having the biggest voter fraud operation ever. A Freudian slip, no doubt: Better get Joe back into the basement until November 3. The press and Big Tech will try to hold the fort until then. »

Why You Shouldn’t Vote Early [with comment by Paul]

Featured imageWhat was the top search on Google over a 24-hour period yesterday? “How can I change my vote?” 1. Folks, every year I'm stunned by how many people do search for "how do I change my vote". Top state right now is Iowa. Top metros are below. You can only change your vote in Michigan, Wisconsin, and Minnesota. Some locals allow. But all are unlikely and have deadlines. »

DOJ draws non-liberal judge in suit against Yale

Featured imageI wrote here about the Department of Justice’s suit against Yale University for race discrimination in undergraduate admissions. The action was filed in federal district court in Connecticut. The DOJ has strong evidence of unlawful discrimination. As importantly, the case falls within the jurisdiction of a reasonably hospitable court of appeals (the Second Circuit), with the prospect of ultimately being decided by a Supreme Court that (assuming it isn’t packed) »

A lid too far

Featured imageJoe Biden didn’t conduct any in-person campaigning yesterday, nine days out from the election. The Biden campaign called a so-called lid on his activities yesterday at 11:30 a.m. He’s resting up. He’s sitting on a lead. He’s giving President Trump a chance to overtake him. I should like to think it’s a lid too far, but that’s clearly not the way his campaign team sees it. By contrast with Trump’s »

My Lying Eyes

Featured imageByron York describes “The big Trump rallies you don’t see.” “I can’t believe there aren’t any newspeople here,” said Linda of Greene County, Pennsylvania, as she stood among hundreds of cars and pickup trucks idling in long parallel lines in a vast big-box-store parking lot Saturday, waiting to join the Interstate 70 Trump Train. Indeed, although there were carloads of Trump supporters as far as one could see, and many »

The Grinch Who Stole Thanksgiving

Featured imageGovernor Gavin Newsom’s Department of Health has issued an updated “Guidance for Private Gatherings” in time for Thanksgiving. Basically, fun is illegal in California: Gatherings that include more than 3 households are prohibited. This includes everyone present, including hosts and guests. So if you have three kids, you can invite two of them. All gatherings must be held outside. Attendees may go inside to use restrooms as long as the »

The Plot Against the President: My rejected Amazon review

Featured imageIt is a tremendous disappointment that we have had no accounting for the greatest scandal by far in American political history. What we have are a few excellent books about it and, now, a documentary based on one of the books. Lee Smith is the author of The Plot Against the President: The True Story of How Congressman Devin Nunes Uncovered the Biggest Political Scandal in US History. The book »

Hamlet of the far north will vote to confirm Judge Barrett

Featured imageLisa Murkowski has announced that she will vote in favor of confirming Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court. It now appears that Susan Collins will be the only Republican Senator not to support Barrett’s confirmation. Initially, Murkowski was opposed to confirming Barrett. Her gripe, she said, was with the process. That is, she opposed confirming a Supreme Court Justice, no matter how well qualified, in a presidential election year »

Loose Ends (117)

Featured imageA few stray items for Saturday afternoon ruminations. . . • M. Stanton Evans, writing about The New Yorker, circa 1961: “No other journal so elegantly combines the comforts of privilege with the glamor of dissent.” Some things never change. • As your deep cover operative behind enemy lines in academia, I had the opportunity yesterday to see some deep-in-the-weeds survey data (not to be confused with the daily horserace polls) »