2012 Election

Biden’s open border & the open question

Featured image If a frank enemy of the United States had taker over the executive branch this past January, I wonder if he would conduct himself one whit differently than have Joe Biden, his administration, and his Democratic enablers in Congress and the media. This isn’t the point that Andrew McCarthy expressly makes in his August 7 NR column “Why the Border Crisis Is Here to Stay,” but the column supports the »

Tom Cotton on the wave of violent crime and what to do about it

Featured image Last month, our friend Sen. Tom Cotton delivered an important address on policing and criminal justice in the U.S. The speech, delivered at the Manhattan Institute, was called “Breaking the Crime Wave.” You can read it here. That the U.S. is experiencing a wave of violent crime is beyond dispute. Even the mainstream media is reporting on that crime wave (see below, for example). Some Democrats are even acknowledging its »

There’s no excuse for dismissals of GOP claims about covid’s origin

Featured image The Democrats and the mainstream media have a lot of explaining to do when it comes to their dismissal as a “conspiracy theory” of questions as to whether the Wuhan coronavirus originated in a Chinese lab. It was clear all along that the questions were legitimate, and now, finally, the media and the Dems are asking them too. In doing so, they recognize the need to explain their earlier dismissal »

On Covid, a “strange new respect” for Tom Cotton, but not enough

Featured image Glenn Kessler, the Washington Post’s fact checker, has written an article called “Timeline: How the Wuhan lab-leak theory suddenly became credible.” The title itself needs to be fact checked against the content of Kessler’s piece. Kessler’s timeline shows that the leak theory was always credible. What’s changed is that the theory now can be deemed very likely true. Our friend Sen. Tom Cotton takes center stage in the introduction to »

Why police officers should be terrified of Kristen Clarke

Featured image When Kristen Clarke wasn’t lying under oath to Senators during her confirmation hearing, she was trying her best to mislead them. For example, Clarke grossly misled Senators during an exchange with Sen. Tom Cotton regarding Jacob Blake, who was shot by a police officer in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Shortly after the shooting, Clarke stated on social media that Blake was unarmed. It is undisputed, however, that Blake had a knife. When »

Were police organizations coerced into endorsing Gupta?

Featured image At the hearing earlier this week on the nomination of Vanita Gupta for Associate Attorney General, Sen. Tom Cotton asked the nominee whether she, or anyone on her behalf, threatened police unions with retaliation if they did not endorse her nomination. Gupta answered in the negative. It was a fair question. After all, Gupta has advocated cuts in police funding as well as turning over tasks performed by the police »

Sen. Cotton at CPAC

Featured image Senator Tom Cotton spoke to the assembled multitude in free Florida at CPAC yesterday. Among other things, he recalled the chaos he sowed inside the New York Times with the publication of his column calling for federal troops to restore order in riot-torn cities last year. Times staffers protested that the column put the lives of “Black @NYTimes staff in danger.” The column caused a “total meltdown with the little »

Lefty journalist smears Tom Cotton

Featured image Roger Sollenberger, a staff writer for Salon, has accused Sen. Tom Cotton of lying about his military service. Sollenberger writes: In his first run for Congress, Cotton leaned heavily on his military service, claiming to have been “a U.S. Army Ranger in Iraq and Afghanistan,” and, in a campaign ad, to have “volunteered to be an Army Ranger.” In reality, Cotton was never part of the 75th Ranger Regiment, the »

Tom Cotton will not oppose counting the certified electoral college votes

Featured image A number of Republican Senators, including some who aspire to the presidency, have said they will oppose the counting of certified electoral college votes. In other words, they will support President Trump’s effort to contest the electoral college’s count and, thereby, to have himself declared the winner. However, Sen. Tom Cotton will not be part of this effort. His explanation is as follows: I share the concerns of many Arkansans »

Biden turns to “polite and orderly caretakers of America’s decline”

Featured image I wanted to write a hard-hitting post about Joe Biden’s selections for key foreign policy jobs — Antony Blinken (Secretary of State), Alejandro Mayorkas (Secretary of Homeland Security), and Avril Haines (Director of National Intelligence). Then I found out that three Republican Senators have already done the work. According to the Washington Post, Sen. Tom Cotton called this collection “panda huggers who will only reinforce [Biden’s] instincts to go soft »

For Trump on the St. Croix River

Featured image We’re in Washington, D.C. this weekend for a happy family event. Taking a walk yesterday afternoon, I got a call from friends in Minneapolis who were on the St. Croix River. The magnificent river divides Minnesota from Wisconsin about 30 miles east of St. Paul. My friend happily reported that she and her husband had happened onto the Trump boat rally taking place in front of her as she spoke. »

Mixed reviews of the final night

Featured image I agree 100 percent with John’s comments about the speeches last night of Ann Dorn, widow of a murdered retired African-American police officer, and President Trump. America should be grieving the senseless murder of Dave Dorn, not the shooting of a criminal and domestic abuser who resisted arrest. Yet, you’ll be hard pressed to hear about Dorn’s slaying from the mainstream media, and it’s doubtful that our poorly informed social »

“Elect Joe Biden and the anarchy will be coming to a town near you”

Featured image In the post just below this one, I cited a poll by Rasmussen for the proposition that unless Joe Biden gets wholeheartedly behind the police — something I doubt he’s capable of doing at this point — President Trump holds a winning hand on a very important issue. To get a sense of how the Trump campaign can leverage that hand, I invite you to watch this video that Tom »

Cancel yourselves, you lousy twits

Featured image Tyler O’Neil draws attention to Tom Cotton’s resistance to the mass hysteria of the past few weeks in “Tom Cotton EVISCERATES Cancel Culture in ‘Obelisk of Wokeness’ Speech” (conclusion in video below). Speaking on the Senate floor, Senator Cotton let the fur fly. The leftist twits have labored to mock his speech, but the evidence he cited speaks for itself and supports his conclusion. The greatest defense against against tyranny, »

The New York Times’ new standard for acceptable op-eds

Featured image As Scott recounted this morning, Tom Cotton entered the public’s consciousness in 2006 when Power Line published a letter he wrote that the New York Times had rejected. The letter attacked two Times reporters who had undermined U.S. anti-terrorism efforts by writing about a highly classified terrorist finance tracking program. Tom had a strong personal stake. The men he was leading on patrols through the streets of Baghdad were exposed »

Tom Cotton has questions for Joe Biden

Featured image We now know that Joe Biden was among the many Team Obama members who unmasked General Flynn. The mass unmasking of Flynn is bizarre and arguably problematic, but the big sin — a criminal one — was leaking the result of the unmasking to the Washington Post. With so many suspects, it may not be easy to determined who did the leaking. However, the timing of the Post’s report seems »

The media slandered Tom Cotton for asking a legitimate question. Why?

Featured image Early on in the current pandemic, before the Wuhan coronavirus virus began killing Americans, Sen. Tom Cotton raised the possibility that the virus originated in a high-security biochemical lab in Wuhan, the Chinese city at the center of the outbreak. Given the very close proximity of the lab to the outbreak’s point of origin, the suggestion was plausible. At least as plausible was the notion that the source of the »