Author Archives: Steven Hayward

A Very Remy April Fool’s Day

Featured image So it’s April Fool’s Day—the day when you’re supposed to fall for  . . . fake news. Which means it’s just another day for CNN. Yet another great American custom the media has ruined for everyone. (Though I am still skeptical of today’s news that Mick Jagger is getting a heart valve replacement operation soon. I think this is a deep cover story for his unfolding plan to become the »

Biden His Time

Featured image John and Paul have already noted the travails of Joe Biden, trying to figure out a path to the Democratic nomination in the era of both the #MeToo movement and the postmodern, identity politics disposition of the Democratic base. Supposedly Trump doesn’t have one of his handy nicknames ready for Biden yet. I’ve always like “Slow Joe,” but “Creepy Joe Biden” seems to be the flavor of the moment. But »

Civil War on the Left, Ch. 67: Mueller Madness

Featured image The left is having a hard time coming to grips with its rout at the hands of the Mueller Report. As has been reported, Rachel Maddow’s viewership on MSNBC cratered last week, and The Guardian—The Frickin’ Guardian!!—wonders if Maddow should pay a price for her egregious sensationalizing of the collusion story: The worst-kept secret in the liberal media ecosystem is that Donald Trump is great for business. Rebranded for the »

The Week in Pictures: Smollett Favors Edition

Featured image The ink was barely dry on the Mueller Report when the news broke that Jussie Smollett effect a breakout worthy of Houdini. Maybe it wasn’t a breakout as much as it was a case of the Foxx guarding the hoax-house. But we’re not done with the Mueller Report beat down on the Democrats and the media (but I repeat myself). Nosiree Bob! And the Green Nude Eel is still on »

The Power Line Show, Ep. 117: From Joe Biden to Bryce Harper—A Henry Olsen Omnibus

Featured image I decided to post up the new episode of our podcast a day or two early, to take advantage of opening day yesterday. Have you had enough of the Mueller Report? Done smoldering over Smollett? Jazzed at opening day for MLB? Then have we got the show for you! This episode features a conversation with Henry Olsen about the lessons of the 2018 midterm, how the Democratic presidential field for 2020 »

A Primer in “Ventriloquist Journalism”

Featured image Scott’s two posts on his and Victor Davis Hanson’s treatment by The New Yorker calls to mind one of the first and most important lessons I learned from my mentor in journalism, the great M. Stanton Evans. Most “mainstream” journalists are not merely biased, but have a narrative story line in mind when they begin “reporting,” so that when they call you on the phone, they aren’t looking for actual »

Mid-Week in Pictures: Mueller Schadenfreude Edition

Featured image It’s only Tuesday, but what a week. The SPLC is collapsing, Trump’s poll numbers are looking up, and public regard for the media, who make Michael Avenatti a supposed presidential candidate, is going to sink to new lows. At least liberals can still hope the Southern District of New York will save them, and . . . wait, what? SDNY indicted Avenatti? I’m betting a lot of Democrats right now »

Best Mueller Reactions

Featured image I was sure this must be a fake Twitter account, but it has the Blue Check Mark, so. . . Dan Rather has to be the least-self aware person in the history of media, and that’s saying something. Or he’s trolling himself. Meanwhile, some very clever person offers this mashup: Next, some new polls results—from surveys taken before the summary of the Mueller Report came out yesterday—show Trump’s re-election prospects »

The Mueller Rout

Featured image I’m on an airplane right now with the usual crappy airborne internet service, but watching the breaking news of AG Barr’s summary of the Mueller Report. It is a complete rout for Democrats and the media, notwithstanding the confused section about possible obstruction of the investigation by Trump. Expect Democrats to cling to this slim reed to keep The Resistance ginned up. But that slim reed is very likely to »

You Think What You Eat?

Featured image Back in December I brought you the latest social science findings about the ideological meaning of . . . coffee choices. Sure enough, liberals do drink more lattes than conservatives, in part, the authors of the study speculated, because a preference for latte could somehow be connected to a more cosmopolitan, internationalist outlook, whereas the xenophobia of conservatives inclined them against liking Eurotrash beverages. Whatever. But the joke was on »

The Power Line Show, Ep 116: Hating Woodrow Wilson

Featured image Ask any knowledgeable conservative to identify their least-favorite president, and more and more the answer these days will come back: Woodrow Wilson! But this was not always so. For a long time FDR held the crown, but in the last generation a number of closer looks have come to recognize that Wilson, and the broader current of Progressive ideology he did so much to champion, is the real turning point »

The Week in Pictures: Mueller Time at Last!

Featured image Finally, we have white smoke from the Justice Department chimney! Habemus Muelleri Reportam!  But what’s in it? Right now the speculation is the report has so little red meat that vegans could swallow it. Mueller? Mueller? Anyone?  But this is just a Deep State distraction from how pathetic the Democratic 2020 presidential field is. Has there ever been a more perfect Democratic candidate than Beto? He is the ultimate self-referential candidate, »

Breaking: Mueller Delivers His Report

Featured image Just this morning I offered this reflection on Twitter: But just now the news broke that special counsel Robert Mueller has delivered his report on the Trump—Russia collusion investigation to Attorney General Barr. Godot showed up after all. Cue the media frenzy. Not sure how long it will be before we find out what’s in the report, but it’s going to be a long weekend in the newsrooms, where the »

The Dem Candidates, As Rendered by Michael Scott

Featured image You don’t need to have been a fan of The Office to appreciate this brilliant treatment of the Democrats’ 2020 presidential field, as assembled by the good folks at the Free Beacon: »

It’s Official—Moore Power to the Fed!

Featured image Trump announced the following big news this morning: As it happens, I was with Steve Moore most of the day yesterday at an undisclosed East Coast location, talking of many things, but high among them how much fun it was going to be to watch the left freak out over his nomination. I said I hoped the announcement would be delayed long enough for the NSA to set up a »

The Hard Lasch the Left Deserves

Featured image Don’t ask me to explain why just now, but lately I reread Christopher Lasch’s last book, The Revolt of the Elites, published in 1995 shortly after his death. I recall disliking the book somewhat back then, in part because I had a bias against Lasch, who not only sympathized with the New Left in the 1960s, but whose 1978 book The Culture of Narcissism was said to be one of »

Left Readies to Jump the . . . Snark?

Featured image Just when you think the mainstreaming of reparations, wealth confiscation, Medicare-for-All, and every other idea from the wish list of every socialist fruit-juice drinker has gone to the limit, one more comes along. The New Republic, a once-serious magazine, informs us: Why Animal Rights Is the Next Frontier for the Left . . .If recent trends on the liberal-left are any indication, the stars may be re-aligning for the forces »