2020 Election

The Abyss of Liberal Ignorance

Featured image It is hard to judge the race between the presumptuousness and the abysmal ignorance of liberals. Back in the 1950s, for example, Arthur Schlesinger once included among leading conservative thinkers McGeorge Bundy, Wayne Morse, and Jacob Javits. Seriously?! (I can add my own vignette to these “Scenes from Inside the Liberal Bubble,” in the form of the UC Berkeley administrator who said to me once, “It would be great if »

Joe Biden explains

Featured image I think Steve Hayward savored the prospect of the Democratic candidate for president being asked how many genders there are when he or she confronts President Trump in a 2020 debate. Say what you will about President Trump, I’m quite sure he has the correct answer to that question nailed. We got a look at Joe Biden’s first take on an answer to the question as posed by a Turning »

Madness: Twitter and beyond

Featured image Twitter temporarily suspended the campaign account of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell for posting a video of the invitations to violence against him by Louisville Black Lives Matter leader Chanelle Helm. To be specific, the video captured Helm’s comments at what is euphemistically termed a “protest” outside Senator McConnell’s Louisville home on Monday night. Helm asserted that instead of falling and injuring his shoulder over the weekend, McConnell “should have »

Certified: Trump did Win the Dem Debate

Featured image It’s joked that Trump is the big winner so far from the Democratic debates, but this video evidence suggests there’s something to this: Meanwhile, these movements in the betting markets are kinda interesting: As is the n-graph on who trended in Google searches: By my reading, Yang and Gabbard had the best outcomes. »

Loose Ends (93)

Featured image  • This explains a lot: Bernie drank the Kool Aid (or is this just a booster shot?): • Isn’t Marianne Williamson wonderful? It appears that a lot of viewers think so. Here’s a before and after graph of Google searches for the Dem field from last night. I think Williamson is like Herman Cain and Ben Carson in the last two GOP nomination cycles—a shiny new thing that generates a lot »

Meet the Squad

Featured image The White House has taken aim against the the Squad (“leaders of the Democrat Party”) with this highly effective video. It features President Trump quoting Squad members before an audience, followed by video of the Squad member (Ilhan Omar, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib and Ayanna Pressley) saying exactly what Trump alleged. The video clips expose the Squad’s racism, anti-Americanism, and sheer stupidity. I expect this ad will rack up millions »

In One Respect, Trump Is a Lot Like Obama

Featured image For the first two years of President Trump’s administration, Democratic Party press outlets would recite, ritualistically, that he was a historically unpopular president. We haven’t seen much of that lately. In fact, for most of his first term Trump has been as popular as Barack Obama was during his first term. You can see that graphically in this Rasmussen Reports chart: During Obama’s first term, his approval rating was usually »

Ocasio-Cortez copycats target veteran New York Dems

Featured image The New York Times reports that three long-serving New York Democratic House members are facing primary challenges from left-wing Democrats. The challengers hope to replicate the success of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who defeated party stalwart Joseph Crowley in a primary during the last cycle. The three targeted Dems are Jerrold Nadler, Eliot Engel, and Carolyn Maloney. Each has been in Congress for roughly 30 years. Nadler heads the Judiciary Committee; Engel, »

Democrats Can’t Take Their Own Medicine

Featured image I can imagine Trump at some point next year getting up and saying, “Never before in all our history have these forces [the media and the opposition party] been so united against one candidate as they stand today. They are unanimous in their hate for me—and I welcome their hatred.” Actually those are the words of President Franklin Roosevelt in his last major campaign speech before the 1936 election. FDR »

Scenes from the Democratic Panic Room

Featured image And now it is Tom Friedman’s turn to panic about the Democrats’ sharp turn to the left. Savor some yummy samples from his column yesterday: I’m struck at how many people have come up to me recently and said, “Trump’s going to get re-elected, isn’t he?” And in each case, when I drilled down to ask why, I bumped into the Democratic presidential debates in June. I think a lot »

McGrath vs. McConnell

Featured image The National Journal’s Josh Kraushaar leads with the ordeal of Kentucky Democratic senatorial candidate Amy McGrath in his National Journal story “It’s not easy being a red-state Democrat.” Politico Playbook gave this concise account of McGrath’s rocky rollout last week, offered here for your entertainment value (emphasis in original): WHAT TEAM MITCH AND THE NRSC ARE SALIVATING OVER — “McGrath flip-flops on whether she would have voted to put Kavanaugh »

Democrats start to worry about retaining the House

Featured image Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez says this about Nancy Pelosi’s criticism of her and her small congressional squad of radical leftists: When these comments first started, I kind of thought that she was keeping the progressive flank at more of an arm’s distance in order to protect more moderate members, which I understood. [I]t got to a point where it was just outright disrespectful … the explicit singling out of newly elected women »

Civil War on the Left, Ch. 69: The Adventures of Pete

Featured image [Language/explicit content warning for this item!] There was a charming show on Nickelodeon a few years back called “The Adventures of Pete and Pete,” and somehow that show title came back to me when I stumbled across the news today that The New Republic, a former magazine, had published Friday morning a shockingly bad article by a gay writer attacking Mayor Pete Buttigieg. Sample: All this makes Mary Pete different »

Steyer Jumps In

Featured image Democratic Party money man Tom Steyer has changed his mind. Not long after saying he would not run in 2020, he has jumped into the Democratic presidential nomination race. On Tuesday, hedge fund billionaire and climate change activist Tom Steyer announced his candidacy for president in 2020, six months after saying he would sit out the race. He launched his campaign with a video demonizing “corporations” and pledging to “take »

Surrender at Sumter

Featured image Joe Biden couldn’t withstand the heat he generated by talking up his ability to work with powerful Democratic Senators of yore such as James Eastland and Herman Talmadge. These Democrats of course hewed to the party’s segregationist persuasion. Biden’s advertised ability to work with them is, shall we say, out of joint with the Democratic times. Biden’s ritual apology was only a question of time. The time came today in »

Julian Castro, Poseur

Featured image Spanish was flying around the stage during the Democrats’ debate last night, as the candidates vied for the Hispanic vote. You might assume that Julian Castro, from San Antonio, is a Spanish speaker. But, as the New York Times told us back in 2010, Castro is actually “post-Hispanic.” Toward the end of a long and admiring portrait, the Times tells us this: Although he pronounces his name “HOO-lee-un,” he doesn’t »

The Debate

Featured image So I watched. It wasn’t easy, but I had some good help: Who won? That’s easy. Donald Trump. There were lots of take-it-to-the-bank moments, but maybe the best was when one of the candidates—Fidel Castro, or is it Julian Castro? it is hard to tell—said it was essential that the government not only provide abortions for all women, but also for all trans-women. The Saturday Night Live writers must be »