2016 Presidential Election

What’s Up With the Polls?

Featured image There’s quite a variance in the polling numbers for Trump and Hillary Clinton, complicated by the fact that some polls only offer a choice between the two major party candidates, and ignore Gary Johnson and the Green Party’s Jill Stein. Some polls have Hillary leading by as much as 15 points, while the Los Angeles Times poll continues to show Trump leading or virtually tied. (The methodology of the Times »

In defense of Al Gore

Featured image Al Gore is back in the news. Not because of his lame appearances on the campaign trail on behalf of Hillary Clinton (imagine how unenthusiastic young voters must be about Clinton for her to think she needs a 68 year-old has-been to fire them up), but because of Donald Trump’s refusal to say in advance that he will “accept” the results of this year’s election. This generated instant, mindless criticism »

Not rigged, thrown: Bill Campenni comments

Featured image William Campenni served in the Texas Air National Guard with George W. Bush. We got to know him in connection with Rathergate. He is an eloquent and knowledgeable commenter on politics and public affairs, as in his Amereican Thinker column “Nothing in common.” Bill writes to take issuue with my post this morning, though I think his comments complement what I had to say. Bill writes: Let me tell you »

Not rigged, thrown

Featured image Donald Trump’s allegations that the election is “rigged” constitute a motif in the closing days of his presidential campaign. The theme emerged last night in his refusal to acknowledge he would concede the election when he loses. I find Trump’s allegation of the rigging of the election bizarre. It advertises his understanding that he will lose the election. He disclaims responsibility for the loss in advance, but there it is, »

Brazile breaks it down

Featured image You had to hang in there after the debate to catch last night’s highlight — Megyn Kelly’s interview of Democratic National Committee chair Donna Brazile. Kelly asked Brazile about the Project Veritas video showing frequent White House visitor Robert Creamer explaining the role he played inciting violence at Trump rallies on behalf of the DNC and the Clinton campaign. The video of Kelly interviewing Brazile following the debate is below. »

Trump debates well, but is unlikely to move the needle

Featured image I’m not sure what it means to “accept” the results of an election, but after tonight’s debate I’m more convinced than ever that this election is unacceptable. In this corner, wearing the nauseating grin, is Hillary Clinton. She delivered a lengthy oration about the Supreme Court without ever mentioning the Constitution (which Chris Wallace specifically asked her about). Instead, she said she wants the Supreme Court to take sides. To »

On “Accepting Election Results”

Featured image I said I wouldn’t comment on tonight’s debate until tomorrow, when I host the third hour of Laura Ingraham’s radio show. But I can’t resist, having seen how the liberal press is trying to spin what, by any objective standard, was a pretty good night for Donald Trump. It’s all about Trump’s refusal to commit to “accepting the result of the election” should he lose: Horrifying! Trump “upends a basic »

Media Alert

Featured image How did tonight’s debate go? Does it still matter? Can Trump come back? He obviously did pretty well tonight, but I’m going to save the rest of my commentary until tomorrow morning, when I will be guest hosting the third hour of Laura Ingraham’s radio show, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Central. It will be all debate: no guests, just an hour of calls and commentary on what happened »

Hillary Clinton Is a Nobody

Featured image As we steel ourselves for the final presidential debate, it is worth remembering that Hillary Clinton has no talents that would have brought her to public attention, had she not married Bill Clinton. For the first time ever, “service” as First Lady is offered as a qualification for the presidency. Hillary carpet-bagged a Senate seat, running in New York while she was the First Lady, living in the White House. »

Reminder: Washington Hates America

Featured image One of the strongest arguments in favor of Trump is that if he won it would represent a stunning rebuke to the governing class in Washington—of both parties. That is one reason why Trump is essentially running as an independent, attacking both parties after having effected a hostile takeover of the Republican Party. I’ll have more to say about this starting Friday, but for now it is important to take »

Follow Tonight’s Debate at Power Line Live

Featured image Tonight’s final presidential debate begins at 9:00 p.m. Eastern and will be moderated by Chris Wallace. Will it be Trump’s Last Stand? Will the issues finally return to the fore after weeks of tawdry distractions? Will a strong Trump performance send the race in a new direction? Will Hillary faint? One way or another, news will be made. What better way to enjoy debate night than in the company of »

Tonight’s debate

Featured image Here’s what to expect from tonight’s debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump: Fireworks from Trump. The fireworks probably won’t differ significantly from the ones we saw at the second debate, though we may hear more about “rigged elections.” Perhaps Clinton will goad Trump into taking things to a new level. If so, the debate will be worth watching. Otherwise, not really. Here’s what not to expect from the debate: »

A preview of coming attractions

Featured image You may have missed the news that a DNC/Clinton campaign bus was caught yesterday in the act of unloading the contents its sanitary system on the side of the street in Lawrenceville, Georgia. The local CBS News affiliate reported on the incident in the video below. Since the television report aired yesterday, the DNC has issued an apology. They call it “an honest mistake.” They explained: “We were unaware of »

The Trump-Ryan fight is a good thing

Featured image Ever since Speaker Ryan declined to appear with Donald Trump after the Billy Bush tape became public, Trump has been attacking Ryan. His latest claim is that Ryan has backed away from Trump in order to facilitate a 2020 presidential bid. The claim is absurd. Ryan backed Trump for months when it looked like Trump might win. Now that it’s almost certain Trump won’t win, Ryan doesn’t improve his presidential »

Here We Go Again

Featured image We’ve come a long way from the Lincoln-Douglas debates. Tomorrow’s National Enquirer features a story about a former Hillary Clinton “bagman” who supposedly is prepared to tell all: Live by the smear, die by the smear, perhaps. One has to take the Enquirer somewhat seriously after their John Edwards scoop, a story that likely was known to any number of “mainstream” journalists. It’s not clear they have the goods on »

The Unseriousness of Libertarians

Featured image I’ve got a major article about the election appearing later this week—stand by for details—but I’ll share one sentence of the draft here: “The fecklessness of the Libertarian Party in this election cycle, when a vigorous libertarian campaign might have broken out and possibly taken the election, means that we never have to take libertarians seriously again.” It seems I’m not the only person with this view. Writing in The »

Trump Is Right About Press Rigging Election. But…

Featured image Over the last several days, headlines have blared Donald Trump’s claim that the presidential election is “rigged.” When he initially said this, it was clear that he meant it was being rigged by the media, through biased news coverage, as in this tweet: Election is being rigged by the media, in a coordinated effort with the Clinton campaign, by putting stories that never happened into news! — Donald J. Trump »