2016 Presidential Election

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 »

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 »

Recount Freakout [with comment by Paul]

Featured image If you’re a liberal, anything is better than admitting that you lost. So now, just weeks after cautioning Donald Trump’s supporters that they had better accept the results of the election (unlike the Democrats in 2000 and 2004), Democrats led by Jill Stein are demanding recounts in Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania. Left-wingers have donated millions of dollars, and the Hillary Clinton campaign has announced that it will participate in Stein’s »

Wheels Within Wheels

Featured image My initial thought on election night when the anemic John Podesta came to the Javits Center to tell the “I’m With Her” faithful to go home was that the Clinton camp was huddled preparing to challenge the results of the election in several close states. There are a few reports, not yet substantiated, that Hillary was in a rage and not physically able to come to the Javits Center herself. »

Videos of the Week: Just Because

Featured image We’ve debated for a long time whether to supplement our Saturday Week in Pictures with a weekly offering of the best videos that have popped up in the ether, but generally demurred for the simple reason that it takes a lot more time to us to review videos than photos (we have the Saturday photo gallery down to an assembly line science by this point; in fact don’t tell Trump »

Freakout at Vassar College

Featured image Jon Chenette is the interim president of Vassar College. He is a little late getting in on the freakout act in the wake of Donald Trump’s election as president. He takes the occasion of Thanksgiving to make up for his tardiness. He treats the operative shibboleths and cliches as so much stuffing for this particular turkey. I thought that readers who have followed this series so far might find President »

Got Dem Post-Election Blues?

Featured image The liberal freakout over the election is likely to turn into at least a four-year Broadway show (apparently Broadway is the only safe space for liberalism right now, to read the paranoid rantings of the mononoids of the left). Here’s the latest communication from The Nation, with my comments in brackets: Dear Friend of The Nation, A country in which a presidential candidate with a lead of almost 2 million votes »

Imagine

Featured image This report comes to us via Rockslide. We cannot vouch for its accuracy: The flood of Trump-fearing American liberals sneaking across the border into Canada has intensified in the past week. The Republican presidential campaign is prompting an exodus among left-leaning Americans who fear they’ll soon be required to hunt, pray, pay taxes, and live according to the Constitution. Canadian border residents say it’s not uncommon to see dozens of »

Stephen Bannon and Me

Featured image The left is hard after Stephen Bannon, Trump’s campaign strategist and former CEO of Breitbart. I’m not a huge fan of Breitbart in the post-Andrew Breitbart era, but the fact that the left is after Bannon so hard recommends him, of course. (While Breitbart has published some dodgy material and has shown some bad judgment about some issues and people—like trying to dump Paul Ryan from his House seat in »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Ammo Grrrll reflects on the UNSOLICITED ADVICE in which we are awash. She writes: Can it really only have been ten days ago that this miracle occurred? Every time I turn on TV or surf the Net, I feel like I used to feel when I would re-watch the DVDs of the 1987 World Series Twins victory. I was always terrified that THIS TIME the Twins might lose. But no. »

The Hazards of the Trump Transition

Featured image The media is in full cry that Trump’s transition is in complete chaos and “disarray.” More proof, it is supposed, that Trump doesn’t know what he’s doing, and is in over his head. Hmm. Seems to me we’ve heard this kind of thing before. Oh yeah, this is what the media screamed about Ronald Reagan, who departed for his Santa Barbara ranch right after the 1980 election, to the horror »