Author Archives: Scott Johnson

Affirmative action forever, Harvard edition

Featured image Federal district court judge Allison Burroughs has upheld Harvard’s racially discriminatory admissions policy in Students for Fair Admissions v. Harvard (embedded below). Long story short: Harvard’s discrimination is all in a good cause. Asian-Americans are only incidental victims and they aren’t treated any more poorly in the process than white students. Harvard doesn’t mean anything invidious by it. The AP story on the ruling is here. Stuart Taylor, Jr.’s 2018 »

Stand by your sham: Conspiracy theory (1)

Featured image To the limited extent that news of Ilhan Omar’s curious marital arrangements has seeped into the national press, it has been disparaged as a “conspiracy theory.” I take this personally because it has been used to defame me. New Yorker staff writer Benjamin Wallace-Wells (hereinafter “W-W”), for example, provides a disgusting example in his hagiographical profile of Omar this past March. Wallace-Wells put it this way: Omar managed to embody »

The media factor

Featured image The Politico Playbook opens today this supposed New York Times bombshell advancing the impeachment project (bolding in original): THE STORY EVERYONE IS TALKING ABOUT — “Trump Pressed Australian Leader to Help Barr Investigate Mueller Inquiry’s Origins,” by NYT’s Mark Mazzetti and Katie Benner: “President Trump pushed the Australian prime minister during a recent telephone call to help Attorney General William P. Barr gather information for a Justice Department inquiry that »


Featured image I recently drew the attention of Power Line readers to Professor Gary Saul Morson’s essay “How the great truth dawned.” It leads off the September issue of The New Criterion. Beginning and ending with Solzhenitsyn, it takes up the Gulag, Communism, mass murder, Russian literature, the turn to God and much more. It is a great essay. The New Criterion invited Professor Morson back to deliver its inaugural Circle Lecture »

Looking ahead

Featured image The impeachment frenzy that has manifested this week among Democrats may have staying power. Now even trying to keep confidential presidential communications with foreign leaders away from prying eyes is to be seen as a high crime or misdemeanor. It bids to take a place in the articles of impeachment on which House Democrats can barely wait to vote. Personally, I hope they lead with it. Taking off from a »

Analyze this

Featured image Is there no end to the cruelty of the GOP? Now they are observing FlashbackFriday with the video (below) of someone I vaguely recognize as the pre-stomach reduction edition of Jerrold Nadler opining on the evils of impeachment. The man has shed a few pounds since the time of the video. He hasn’t shed an ounce of his sincerity. I hope it’s not wrong to laugh. I’m filing this under »

Deep state blues

Featured image The whistleblower blowout is a funny affair. A year in advance of the 2020 presidential election we are in rerun season. We didn’t get enough of Adam Schiff the first time around. Live with it, baby. And we didn’t get enough of journalism based on misinformation supplied to friendly reporters by people “familiar with the matter.” Here it comes again. Andrew McCarthy captures a bit of the old-time quality of »

Stand by your sham: Fact-check edition

Featured image This past July Washington Free Beacon’s Brent Scher took a look at the media fact-check component of Ilhan Omar’s persistent stand by her sham in Ilhan Omar Marriage Flummoxes Media Fact-Checkers” Subhead: “The ‘baseless smear’ that can’t be debunked” I posted Brent’s column on Power Line with a brief preface in “Rep. Omar would prefer not to.” The Daily Beast’s Will Sommer appeared with a pathetic specimen “How the Ilhan »

Thoughts from the ammmo line

Featured image Ammo Grrrll has a few thoughts ABOUT LAST WEEK’S DISGRACE. Not this week’s, last week’s; we’re talking about ancient history. She writes: HEY, Remember the new Impeachable Crisis 3 or 4 Crises Ago? It’s hard to keep up with the Impeachment Crisis du Jour, but I kind of took a mental health break and now want to comment on this old one, because it’s so gosh-darn hilarious and right in »

Open Borders Inc.

Featured image Michelle Malkin came to town this past Tuesday as the star attraction at an event sponsored by our old friends at AM1280 The Patriot.  Michelle drew an audience of 500 to hear her discuss her just-published book, Open Borders Inc.: Who’s Funding America’s Destruction. Hot Air’s Ed Morrissey moderated the event at Ames Center in Burnsville. By my count this is Michelle’s eighth book and it is a critically important »

Essence of Schiff

Featured image The highlight of the House Intelligence Committee hearing so far has to be Chairman (ugh!) Adam Schiff’s recitation of the Trump/Zelensky phone call (video below). Here we get to the “essence” of the proceedings (to borrow Schiff’s terminology). In his recitation Schiff fabricated Trump’s side of the conversation and, when called on it, explained that it was meant to be a “parody.” Schiff himself is a walking parody of political »

Joseph Maguire testifies

Featured image Acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire is testifying before the House Intelligence Committee. I have embedded the committee’s live feed below. Having just watched the shameless Chairman (ugh!) Adam Schiff examine Maguire, I am impressed yet again by the dishonest and deceitful approach of Schiff to all matters Trump. Schiff serves one legitimate purpose, though not the one he intends. He strongly suggests to me that this affair is »

Analyze this

Featured image The complaint of the purported Trump “whistleblower” has just been released with a partially redacted appendix. I have embedded it below. I offer the document without further comment at this time except to note that the shameless Rep. Adam Schiff is on the case. Schiff advises: “This complaint should never have been withheld, and it provides a roadmap for our investigation. We will do everything we can to protect this »

Kim Strassel: “Media got this all so wrong”

Featured image Wall Street Journal columnist and editorial board member Kim Strassel posted a 10-part thread on Twitter yesterday to comment on White House transcript of the Trump/Zelensky phone call (embedded below). Here are her comments via the Thread Reader app: 1) Having read DOJ’s Trump-Ukraine release, here’s the real story: This is another internal attempt to take out a president, on the basis of another non-smoking-gun. 2) As to call transcript »

Analyze this

Featured image The White House has just released the memo of the Trump-Zelensky phone call. I have embedded it below. The hysteria will not abate. The Dems are gonna Demagogue. Their media adjunct will continue to prepare the battle space for the fallout from the Russiagate hoax. I offer the memo for your consideration without further comment at this point and defer to John, who will have more presently (or soon). Unclassified09.2019 »

You crane!

Featured image The Democrats moved so smoothly from Russia and racism to Ukraine that I hardly noticed. Whatever they are talking about — we aren’t entirely clear yet — it requires President Trump’s removal from office. That is the common denominator. They can’t wait for the election coming up next year to dispose of bad man orange. Mike Pence now! Somehow I suspect that’s not what they’re thinking. Listen to Nancy Pelosi »

Going (pro)rogue

Featured image Today comes word that the United Kingdom’s Supreme Court has ruled Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s proroguing of Parliament unconstitutional. I thought only our Supreme Court was able to act in such a blatantly high-handed fashion. Here at the Spectator and here at Spectator USA, however, Richard Ekins anticipated this result a few days ago: Who runs Britain? When Boris Johnson’s lawyers made their case in front of the Supreme Court »