Author Archives: Scott Johnson

Keith Ellison: No sale yet

Featured image A KSTP/Survey USA Poll gives us the first glimpse of the state of play in cop killer loving cum lawman wannabe Keith Ellison’s bid for Minnesota Attorney General. Only Republican candidate Keith Wardlow stands in his way. The poll results show a dead heat at 41 percent each. Democrats have held a lock on the office roughly since the memory of man runneth not to the contrary. While Republicans have »

The Manafort plea agreement

Featured image On Friday Paul Manafort agreed to a guilty plea to resolve the pending federal charges against him in the District of Columbia (the pending charges set forth in a superseding criminal information), the charges remaining against him in the Eastern District of Virginia and to the related charge of obstruction of justice. None of it has anything ot do with the Trump presidential campaign, of course, but the agreement leaves »

An Obama postscript

Featured image In a book to be published this week, Jeanne Marie Laskas tells the story of the ten thousand letters a day Americans wrote to President Obama. “Every evening for eight years,” the publisher recalls, “at his request, President Obama was given ten handpicked letters written by ordinary American citizens—the unfiltered voice of a nation—from his Office of Presidential Correspondence.” And Laskas reports that President Obama responded in his fashion. The »

The biggest scandal

Featured image Earlier this year I wrote a series of posts contra the dross of April Doss. The “dross” was found in the Weekly Standard cover story by Doss. The cover story disparaged House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes and asserted that he is retailing a “conspiracy theory” involving the Obama administration’s misuse of FISA on Carter Page to surveil the Trump presidential campaign. Doss purported to lay down the truth about »

Pompeo condemns Kerry

Featured image Yesterday morning I revisited former Obama administration Secretary of State John Kerry’s coaching of the powers that be in Iran on the fine art of resistance to the Trump administration. Yesterday afternoon Trump administration Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was asked at a press conference (transcript here) about Kerry’s freelance diplomacy, as Michael Rubin calls it in this excellent New York Post column. Pompeo responded: “What Secretary Kerry has done »

Dems below bottom of barrel

Featured image The Weekly Standard has just published two short pieces responding to Democratic talking points about the after-hours Democratic hit on Judge Kavanaugh by ranking (and now rank) minority Judiciary Committee member Dianne Feinstein. First, Virginia Hume explains how the letter rising to Judge Kavanaugh’s defense came together in the immediate aftermath of the hit becoming public. Despite the lyin’ Dems and their idiot parrots, according to Ms. Hume, it was »

What we can learn from John Kerry

Featured image Former Acting Attorney General Sally Yates was an Obama administration holdover in the Department of Justice for the first few weeks of the Trump administration. In that capacity she played a leading role in the events that culminated in the resignation and indictment of Michael Flynn relating to his alleged dishonesty about an intercepted conversation with Russian Ambassador to the United States Sergey Kislyak. Subsequent events based on Yates’s testimony »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Ammo Grrrll has discovered ANGELS AMONG US. She writes: I have always understood that I would do very poorly in a barter economy. Should all of civilization go to hell, I don’t see myself surviving by saying, “I will tell you three good jokes for that potato.” And that was when I was a standup comic. A columnist would have even less leverage: “Here, read this. You might enjoy the »

New frontiers in freeloading

Featured image Paul Mirengoff has brought us a long-running series on “The war on standards” in the name of equality of results. The Democrats have devoted their creative juices to seeking new frontiers to conquer in erasing natural distinctions in the treatment of fellow citizens or those residing in the space formerly occupied by citizens. The concept of citizenship is well on its way to erasure as well. Melvin Carter is the »

Anatomy of a Fusion smear with Todd Herman one more time

Featured image Seattle’s Todd Herman invited me to appear on the first hour of his show on Seattle’s AM 770 KTTH on Tuesday afternoon for a segment discussing my “Antatomy of a Fusion smear” series. Todd understood what I was up to. He wrote that my “continuing work on laying out the template of Simpson’s smear process is the best I have seen.” Yesterday I posted the first hour of Todd’s Tuesday »

Decoding the leaks

Featured image With a little help from the publisher of RealClearPolitics, I would like to note Lee Smith’s analysis of the trail of evidence in the media of the campaign from within the government using illegal leaks of classified information to undermine President Trump — and then to thwart congressional investigators investigating the disclosures. Lee’s new RCP column is “How Anti-Trump Leakers Moved From Offense to Defense.” In it Lee reports: • »

Hassett has it!

Featured image Listening to Council of Economic Advisers Chairman Kevin Hassett discuss the effects of the Trump administration’s tax, regulatory and economic policies, one might infer that rationality reigns in the White House. On Rosh Hashanah Hassett addressed the White House press briefing to review the ISM Purchasing Managers’ Index, durable goods, employment and other statistics to bolster the proposition that we need more Trump. I have posted the CNBC video below. »

Anatomy of a Fusion smear with Todd Herman

Featured image Seattle’s Todd Herman invited me to appear on the first hour of his show on Seattle’s AM 770 KTTH yesterday afternoon for a segment discussing my “Antatomy of a Fusion smear” series. Todd understood what I was up to. He wrote that my “continuing work on laying out the template of Simpson’s smear process is the best I have seen.” Yesterday afternoon I appeared midway through the first hour of »

Anatomy of a Fusion smear: Restatement & finale

Featured image On September 1 the Wall Street Journal published an editorial decrying the wrong done to Cleta Mitchell in connection with the Russia investigation(s). Cleta is the prominent Foley & Lardner partner and campaign finance expert. The Journal editorial is “Anatomy of a Fusion smear” (truncated but accessible here on Outline). The editorial addressed the smearing of Cleta Mitchell by Peter Stone and Greg Gordon in their March 15 McClatchy News »

A day to be proud…

Featured image I first wrote about Rick Rescorla in 2003 after finishing James Stewart’s Heart of a Soldier, the book based on Stewart’s New Yorker article “The real heroes are dead.” (“The real heroes are dead” is what Rescorla would say in response to recognition of his heroism on the battlefield in Vietnam.) It’s a good book that touches on profound themes in a thought-provoking way: life and death, love and friendship, »

Dartmouth’s 9/11

Featured image Following 9/11 the New York Times ran Portraits of Grief profiling many of those lost in the 9/11 attacks. The Times attributes authorship of these artful profiles collectively to Kirk Johnson, N.R. Kleinfeld, David Barstow, Barbara Stewart, Jane Gross, Neela Banerjee, Constance L. Hays, Lynette Holloway, Janny Scott and Somini Sengupta. We can’t capture the magnitude of the loss, or the meaning of who and what we lost, but the »

Bolton to ICC: Baby, don’t you do it

Featured image The International Criminal Court is one of those unaccountable multilateral organizations beloved by President Obama. The ICC prosecutor now threatens to undertake an investigation of the United States for war crimes in Afghanistan. Speaking on behalf of President Trump at a Federalist Society event this afternoon, National Security Advisor John Bolton had an unambiguous message for the ICC. In the words of the Motown song: Baby, don’t you do it. »