Author Archives: John Hinderaker

Congratulations, You’re Fired

Featured image Paul Clement, Solicitor General in the George W. Bush administration, is one of the top appellate lawyers in the country. He and his partner Erin Murphy have been with the large Chicago-based law firm Kirkland & Ellis since 2016. Last week, Clement and Murphy won one of the biggest victories of their careers when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 6-3 in favor of their client the New York State Rifle »

Thoughts on the Dobbs Decision

Featured image Here are some thoughts on today’s landmark Supreme Court decision, in no particular order: * It represents genuine courage. Politicians and others often pat themselves on the back for being “brave,” usually when nothing much is at stake. In this case, we had not just a maelstrom of hysteria but an actual assassination attempt, encouraged if not explicitly condoned by the Democratic Party. Yet five justices stood strong to uphold »

Who Are the Election Deniers?

Featured image Recently the Democrats have coined the phrase “election deniers” to smear those who worry about our lack of ballot security, as reflected in the 2020 election, by associating them with Holocaust deniers and other cranks. But who are the real election deniers? The Democrats haven’t conceded that a Republican was legitimately elected president since George H. W. Bush carried 40 states in 1988. The RNC put together this 12-minute video »

Dobbs Drops, Roe Overturned

Featured image The Supreme Court released its opinions in the Dobbs case this morning. Consistent with the leaked draft by Justice Alito, it overrules the Roe and Casey decisions. You can read the opinions here. I haven’t had time yet to review Alito’s majority opinion to see how closely it conforms to what was leaked. The vote was 6-3, with Chief Justice Roberts concurring in the result. He would have upheld the »

How to Talk to the Press

Featured image Kari Lake is a Republican candidate for Governor of Arizona. While I haven’t followed that race closely, I understand she may be the front-runner. This despite having a checkered record as a conservative, having supported Barack Obama, among other Democrats. But when a CNN reporter tried to ambush her, she gave a 30-second master class in how to talk to the liberal press: WATCH what happens when @CNN ambushes @KariLake »

Supreme Court Case Prompts Anti-Religious Bigotry [Updated]

Featured image On Tuesday, the Supreme Court decided Carson v. Makin on a 6-3 vote, with the liberal bloc dissenting. The case related to a program in Maine, whereby the state will pay for specified educational alternatives for parents who live in districts where there is no secondary school. Public and private schools are eligible as long as they are accredited and meet other requirements, except that only “nonsectarian” schools can participate. »

Supreme Court Upholds Gun Rights

Featured image Today the Supreme Court decided New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v. Bruen, a challenge to a New York State law that barred residents from obtaining a carry permit unless they could show “proper cause.” Proper cause, in turn, required the applicant to “demonstrate a special need for self-protection distinguishable from that of the general community.” Under the Court’s controlling precedents, Heller and McDonald, I think the New York »

Biden Is Doomed and Has Nowhere to Run

Featured image Yesterday’s Rasmussen survey of likely voters finds that 57% consider Joe Biden’s performance on the economy to be “poor.” That strikes me as a death knell: there is no way a president viewed in such a negative light on the economy can be re-elected. No matter how unappetizing their alternatives–Kamala Harris? Pete Buttigieg?–the Democrats have no choice but to put Biden out to pasture and find someone else for 2024. »

Only Marxists Need Apply

Featured image In Minnesota, a new rule relating to certification of teachers is in process. As I understand it, the rule has proceeded without legislative action and ultimately will come before an administrative law judge who will (I assume) approve it, absent enormous public outcry. The rule provides that you can’t be licensed as a teacher in Minnesota unless you subscribe to neo-Marxist theories of race, gender and so on. You have »

LGBTQ Grooming in the Public Schools [Updated]

Featured image At a school board meeting this evening, the board that governs one of Minnesota’s largest school districts will vote on a resolution that would institutionalize the promotion of LGBTQ doctrine in that district’s schools. Here it is: LGBTQIA+ History and Culture Resolution June 21, 2022 A RESOLUTION of the Osseo Area School District Board of Education to acknowledge the value of the lives of our trans, lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, queer, »

Dissing DeSantis

Featured image If Donald Trump is not the Republican nominee in 2024, Ron DeSantis likely will be. So the Democratic Party knives are out. This long–just about endless, in fact–anti-DeSantis rant in the New Yorker suggests how the Democrats will attack Florida’s wildly popular governor. It goes on at length about covid, and through the first 100 pages or so you would think people were dropping like flies in Florida due to »

Get Off My Team?

Featured image If I were pro-abortion, that is what I would say to the demonstrators who showed up outside Justice Amy Barrett’s house earlier today. Here they are marching through her neighborhood. Of course, there weren’t many of them: Here they have arrived in front of her house: What is extremely weird about this particular protest is that the women have smeared fake blood over their pants and are carrying dolls meant »

Renewables Are Going Nowhere

Featured image The fundamental problem with wind and solar power is that they don’t work. Both generate electricity less than half the time, and this isn’t a question of improving technology, it is inherent in obsolete systems that depend on the weather. As a result, the ballyhooed “green revolution” has fizzled. The Germans, formerly committed to a “green” makeover, are starting to face reality, even if their politicians aren’t quite there yet: »

Whither Ukraine?

Featured image Old conventional wisdom: those doughty Ukrainians are sticking it to the Russians! New conventional wisdom: the war and resulting sanctions have been an economic fiasco, and the result will be a political settlement that could have been had long ago. David Goldman (Spengler) writes: “Biden tries to climb down from Ukraine ledge.” President Joe Biden’s administration faces a double disaster after its Ukraine miscalculation, namely a US recession and a »

Biden Takes a Fall

Featured image The question, can Joe Biden possibly fall any further? was answered this morning, as Joe did a biking photo op in Delaware. The answer: Yes. Yes, he can: This feels like a metaphor.pic.twitter.com/5HYkY8w8Yc — Abigail Marone 🇺🇸 (@abigailmarone) June 18, 2022 IT COULD HAPPEN TO ANYONE! the Democrats say. Sure. Just like Afghanistan, inflation, the prices of gasoline and groceries, the most incoherent energy policies in world history, rising crime, »

Why Left-Wing Organizations Are Crumbling

Featured image This liberal video podcast is sponsored by The Hill. I’ve never seen it before, but a friend sent me the link to this episode. It is titled “Elephant In The Zoom: Meltdowns Inside Progressive Organizations Are CRIPPLING The Left.” It addresses the question: why are liberal nonprofits crumbling and ceasing to function? Because they are under attack by young wokester employees who essentially have ground things to a halt. There »

Heading Toward the Abyss

Featured image In this bracing essay, David Horowitz calls out the Left for what it is–criminal, racist, and sometimes fascist. David argues that conservatives need to understand the utter bad faith with which the Left conducts itself, and stand up bravely to defend our country from the ravages of the Left. The crisis currently facing our nation is a crisis of faith – faith in the Constitution that has shaped our destiny, »