2016 Presidential Election

Trump backs L.L. Bean with tweet — good for him

Featured image The left, as is its wont, has organized a politically-motivated boycott against L.L. Bean, the outdoor gear and apparel company. The pretext for the boycott is that the Federal Election Commission charged Linda Bean, a granddaughter of the company’s founder and a member of its ten-person Board, with contributing more than the legal donation amount to a political action committee that supported Donald Trump’s presidential campaign. (The company itself did »

Nunes’s notes & queries

Featured image Devin Nunes is the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee. Appearing on FOX News Sunday this morning, he had a few heterodox observations about the news surrounding the story of Russian interference in our election (video below, about 10 minutes). The interview captures a few of the dissonant notes that have generally been ignored in the hysterical din to which we are now subject. Rep. Nunes knows what he is »

A call from Quinnipiac

Featured image I got a call on my cell phone from the Quinnipiac University Poll on Thursday evening. The questions were numerous and intrusive. I may have made a mistake in choosing to respond, but I stuck with the call because I wanted to hear what was being asked and because I thought I might come away with something of interest for Power Line readers. I asked whether the poll was being »

Trump acknowledges Russian election-related hacking efforts [Update: media dishonesty ensues]

Featured image President-elect Donald Trump was briefed today by senior intelligence officials who laid out their case regarding Russian cyber-intrusion into American politics, especially the recent presidential election. After the meeting, Trump acknowledged that Russia hacked the Democrats. He also said that Russia attempted to hack the Republicans. Here is his statement: I had a constructive meeting and conversation with the leaders of the Intelligence Community this afternoon. I have tremendous respect »

Joe Biden: “It is over”

Featured image Last month, I promised that when Donald Trump’s victory became completely official I would post my two favorite “it’s over” videos — the Roy Orbison classic and the iconic call of England’s 1966 World Cup victory. Today, Trump’s victory was certified in Congress. I will keep my promise. But thanks to a ridiculous last ditch attempt by some House Democrats to challenge electoral votes for Trump, I have a new »

GOP Senators bring clarity to the Russia election hacking debate

Featured image Yesterday, the Senate Armed Services Committee held a hearing on Russian hacking especially as it pertained to last year’s presidential election. Paul Kane, a liberal at the Washington Post, gives this account: Senate Republicans walked a tightrope Thursday trying to show their toughness against Vladi­mir Putin’s Russia without undermining the legitimacy of President-elect Donald Trump’s victory in November. Again and again during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on Russian »

Touche to Hollywood

Featured image We’ve taken note here before of the clueless presumptuousness of Hollywood celebrities endlessly lecturing the American people, the Electoral College, and then Congress about their “duty” to stop Trump from becoming the duly elected 45th president. But no one has quite nailed the pretentiousness of the Hollywood enterprise better than our friends at Town Hall, who offer up this perfect 1:15 long parody of the Hollywood harpies: »

Report: Senior Russian officials “celebrated” Trump’s victory

Featured image The Washington Post reports that American intelligence agencies intercepted communications showing that senior officials in the Russian government “celebrated Donald Trump’s victory over Hillary Clinton as a geopolitical win for Moscow.” The Post says the communications also show that “Russian officials congratulated themselves on the outcome.” Celebrating would mean that the officials in question wanted Trump to win. Congratulations would suggest that Russia tried to help him win. Without seeing »

Liberals Shocked to Discover Virtues of Limited Government

Featured image It’s always cute when liberals re-discover the virtue of constitutionally limited government. Strange, though, that it only seems to happen when there’s a Republican president. The correlation here comes in at the statistically significant .95 level, though anyone versed in situational ethics needn’t consult a statistician to recognize the phenomenon or understand its cause. The latest case in point is an article in the current issue of the lefty journal »

Blaming “them”; it’s the new American way

Featured image Many readers will recall the Trump rally in North Carolina where a 79 year-old elbowed a young African-American protester. The old man, John Franklin (“Quick Draw”) McGraw was unapologetic. “We don’t know if he’s ISIS; we don’t know who he is,” McGraw said. “The next time we see him, we might have to kill him.” The next time McGraw saw the protester, Rakeem Jones, was in a Fayetteville, North Carolina »

Watch the New Yorker Crash and Burn

Featured image The oh-so-clever New Yorker has a cartoon in its current issue that is getting a lot of much deserved mockery: If airline pilots had as many catastrophic crashes, not to mention clueless navigation, as our political class, then this cartoon would actually make perfect sense. It’s almost as if the New Yorker was ironically intending to validate the infamous Flight 93 election article. But to a superficial liberal, I’m sure »

Evidence for Russian Involvement In DNC Hack Is Nonexistent

Featured image The Obama administration insists that Russia’s government was behind the penetration of the Democratic National Committee’s email system (even though it admits that the intrusion was not carried out by the government itself). The administration released a report that purportedly provided evidence in support of this claim, but even an amateur like me could see that the report was surprisingly weak. Then the experts started to weigh in. Their verdict »

Trump’s response to Obama’s Russian hacking sanctions

Featured image Donald Trump has issued a brief statement about President Obama’s decision to take retaliatory measures against Russia in response to its alleged hacking of DNC and John Podesta email accounts. Trump said: It’s time for our country to move on to bigger and better things. Nevertheless, in the interest of our country and its great people, I will meet with leaders of the intelligence community next week in order to »

The McArdle prophecy

Featured image In a post dated July 12, 2013, Bloomberg View columnist Megan McArdle looked ahead to the elections of 2016. She foresaw a high likelihood of Republicans controlling the White House, the Senate and the House. Over at the New Republic Nate Cohn disputed McArdle’s reasoning. McArdle posted this at the site promoting her book The Up Side of Down. Among other things, McArdle followed this up with the 2015 column »

Russian Hackery for Hacks [With Comment by John]

Featured image In case you missed it last Friday in the run-up to Christmas, Brian Kennedy of the American Strategy Group offered up an extremely lucid analysis of the complete absurdity of the thesis that Putin’s Russia hacked into our election process with the deliberate intent to help Donald Trump win. To be sure, Trump’s equivocal statements about Putin lend some superficial plausibility to this idea—if you’re six years old. Or a »

Ongoing whining about Comey extends to Lynch

Featured image Still bitter about James Comey’s role in the presidential election, the Washington Post wonders why Attorney General Lynch didn’t stop the FBI director from sending his letter to Congress announcing that the Clinton email investigation had been reopened. Post reporter Sari Horwitz sees Lynch’s non-intervention as part of a pattern of failure by the Attorney General “to navigate the unusually ugly politics of 2016.” There isn’t much question about which »

Hollywood Does An About Face!

Featured image Well sort of. In a bit of nifty film editing, watch how the Hollywood Hectors who tried to bully the electoral college into betraying Trump’s voters can be seen to have changed their mind. Just 45 second long, but it will leave your chortling all day long: »