2016 Election

Fake news: Mainstream press wanted more pro-Trump commentary

Featured image Paul Fahri claims that “major newspapers, from the Washington Post to the New York Times, have struggled to find and publish pro-Trump columns for months.” So too, he says, “have regional ones such as the Des Moines and the Arizona Republic, which has a long history of supporting Republican candidates.” I don’t believe it. Once Donald Trump secured the Republican nomination, there was no shortage of able pundits who were »

Obama to probe alleged Russian election meddling; Senate might too

Featured image President Obama has ordered his intelligence agencies to conduct a review of hacking during the 2016 presidential election and present their findings before he leaves office. Alleged Russian hacking during the election might also become part of a broader Senate probe into Russian cyber-threats. Donald Trump has been dismissive of reports of Russian interference and critical of the U.S. intelligence community for assessing that Russia interfered. He insists that the »

Thoughts about thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image I recommend this week’s column by Ammo Grrll and agree with the insights she pulls from her pantry. However, her concluding insight raised a question for me. Here’s her conclusion: [W]hat the grievance peddlers are left with is a wholesale attack on “whiteness” itself. This might work with a few intimidated college students and guilty liberals, but it is not going to be a winning strategy for the vast majority »

Full of Schiff

Featured image I think Tucker Carlson got the better of the incredibly smug Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff on Tucker’s FOX News show last night. The subject under discussion was Russian cyber hacking in connection with our just concluded election. Schiff should know what he is talking about; he is the ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee. Carlson questioned the factuality and basis of Schiff’s assertion. Among other highlights, Schiff accused Carlson »

Hillary’s Recount Nearly Dead in Michigan

Featured image The federal judge in Michigan who ordered a recount to begin in that state on Monday has now reversed his ruling and withdrawn that order. His reversal was based on an order from a Michigan appellate court to the effect that Jill Stein did not have standing to demand a recount: U.S. District Judge Mark Goldsmith agreed with Republicans who argued that the three-day recount must end a day after »

Hillary to fete her big money donors

Featured image Hillary Clinton is throwing party to thank her rich donors. According to Kaitlan Collins of the Daily Caller, notable guests will include Harvey Weinstein, Anna Wintour, and several other fat cats not notable enough for me to have heard of. Arguably, Donald Trump should also throw a party for these folks and the various celebrities who tried to drag Hillary over the finish line. By spending so much time at »

It ain’t over til it’s over

Featured image Yesterday, in a post called “It’s Over,” I noted that Jill Stein and her friends have withdrawn their state court suit which sought a recount of the Pennsylvania presidential vote. But Team Stein hasn’t quit, after all. Instead, it has resorted to federal court. Team Stein’s lawyer explained: Over the past several days, it has become clear that the barriers to verifying the vote in Pennsylvania are so pervasive and »

California Dreaming?

Featured image It’s hard to single out the most delicious example of the post-Trump liberal freak out, but the din about California secession has to rank high on the list. Among other obvious things, California provided Hillary Clinton with her entire margin of victory in the popular vote—without California, Trump wins the popular vote in the other 49 states handily. (Without California and the five boroughs of New York City, Trump’s popular »

It’s over

Featured image Jill Stein and her crew have dropped the court proceeding by which they were seeking to force a statewide recount in Pennsylvania. Trump’s victory in the Keystone State stands. Thus, even if a recount were somehow to overturn the results in Wisconsin and Michigan, Trump would still prevail. There were no grounds for an automatic recount in Pennsylvania because Trump won by 0.8 percent. An automatic recount isn’t triggered unless »

Recount Follies

Featured image The Jill Stein/Hillary Clinton recount effort has mostly faded from the headlines, as battles have moved into the courts. A day of recounting in Wisconsin reportedly netted Hillary a single vote. Michigan may or may not begin recounting next week, depending on a court ruling. Pennsylvania appears to be Hillary’s weakest link; Trump’s margin is not narrow enough to trigger an automatic recount, and absent any evidence of fraud or »

From the penalty box [Updated with Cartoon]

Featured image As he undertook his project of “fundamental transformation,” President Obama took office in 2009 with the side project of beating down FOX News. FOX News disrupted the coordination that the Obama administration otherwise had going with the mainstream media. As White House communications director, Comrade Anita Dunn took charge of the project. FOX News CEO Roger Ailes stood in there, however, and by November 2009, Dunn was gone. Andrea Tantaros »

Loose Ends (14)

Featured image Heavily overscheduled road trip this week, hence the scarcity of posts the last couple of days. Collecting lots of scraps of gossip in DC about the Trump transition, most of it wrong, I suspect. At least I was able to sneak in a fine bottle of Bordeaux at an undisclosed location last night. Some items from the spindle: • What’s the old line about stepping out of the way when »

The crying game, Clinton style

Featured image The insufferable prigs who ran the Clinton campaign in the spirit of their candidate remain embedded in the first stage of grief. They’re still deep into the racism shtick and all that jazz. They therefore did their thing with (or to) Kellyanne Conway and Corey Lewandowski yesterday in the roundtable discussion on the general election in the quadrennial post-election review at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. If I understand correctly, »

Trump derangement strikes deep

Featured image At American Thinker, Tom Lifson declares that he may have found “the ultimate symbol of Trump derangement syndrome” (video below). The video tells a short story with an O. Henry sort of twist. Conservative Treehouse provides this précis of the short story: Philadelphia police posted a CCTV video asking for help in identifying two suspects who were caught on camera spray painting anti-Trump graffiti on an upscale grocery store in »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Ammo Grrrll rubs it in with great dexterity as she wonders IF A CELEBRITY THREATENS TO LEAVE, AND NOBODY CARES, IS SHE STILL A CELEBRITY? She writes: One time, maybe 25 years ago, a male client whose workforce was mostly female was wearing a gag t-shirt at the holiday party where I entertained. He explained that it had been a gift from his wife and four daughters and his employees »

From the penalty box

Featured image In “After last night,” on the morning of November 9, I noted Donald Trump’s “improbable victory” over Hillary Clinton in the presidential election and consigned myself to the penalty box for “the next few months.” I might have adapted Lincoln’s statement on the Supreme Court’s Dred Scott decision and called it “an astonisher” in our political history. I called a “minor penalty” on myself “for manifest errors of understanding, of »

Dems marched off the cliff in lockstep

Featured image For the past eight years, I’ve admired the Democrats’ ability to maintain party discipline. Maybe it’s just a case of the grass looking greener on the other side, but I don’t think so. During the Obama years, the Dems almost never broke ranks. They stuck together even in the face of two shellackings in mid-term elections. During the Bush years, by contrast, you could almost always count on GOP Senators »