2020 Presidential Election

The Squad Feels the Bern

Featured image Multiple sources say that the Democratic House “Squad” is set to endorse Bernie Sanders for president. Or, at least, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar will. I haven’t seen anything about Ayanna Pressley. This is good news, I think. I have believed that Elizabeth Warren is a prohibitive favorite for the Democratic nomination because she has inherited the socialist mantle from Sanders. Sanders is yesterday’s news (or the last »

Trump Bounces Back

Featured image I wrote here and here that, although the Democrats’ impeachment claims are frivolous, they have hurt President Trump in the polls. Trump’s history is that he tends to rise in the polls until a negative news cycle hits–which happens often–and then he will drop back down. In the latter post, I noted that before the impeachment frenzy struck, Trump had been rising in the Rasmussen survey. He was at 53% »

The case for Trump, Lindell style

Featured image In advance of President Trump’s rally at Target Center in Minneapolis tonight, Esme Murphy invited MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell to appear on her Sunday morning WCCO TV show and talk about his support of President Trump. Esme is a pillar of the liberal Minnesota media establishment. You can’t mistake where Murphy is coming from, but Lindell is able to make his case in this terrific segment. Lindell prefaces the tale »

The Ad That CNN Wouldn’t Run

Featured image CNN refused to run this Trump ad on the Biden Ukraine scandal. Why? “CNN is rejecting the ad, as it does not meet our advertising standards,” a network spokesperson told The Daily Beast. “Specifically, in addition to disparaging CNN and its journalists, the ad makes assertions that have been proven demonstrably false by various news outlets, including CNN.” I have no idea what “assertions” have been “proven demonstrably false.” That »

Trump Doubles Down (2)

Featured image I agree with Paul that President Trump is making a bold move by calling on both Ukraine and China to investigate corruption involving the Biden family while Joe Biden was vice president. Unlike Paul, I see Trump’s call as entirely defensible. There is strong evidence that the Biden family accepted bribes from both Chinese and Ukrainian interests. Those who bribed the Bidens obviously thought they were buying influence with the »

Leftward Ho!—Over the Cliff?

Featured image I have a simple theory about why the Democrats’ 2020 presidential field is lurching so far and fast to the left. Now I know what you’re thinking: “It’s in their DNA, dummy!” Yes, this is true, but that hasn’t kept clever Democrats in the past like Bill Clinton, and even Obama to a large extent, from attempting—often with success—to conceal their leftism. This current crop of Democratic White House hopefuls »

Bye-Bye Bernie?

Featured image The stars seem to be aligning for Elizabeth Warren. First, female rival Kamala Harris proved not ready for prime time and failed to achieve lift-off. Next, Joe Biden reminded voters why his previous presidential campaigns have gone nowhere. He is perhaps the one candidate who–to be blunt–was never smart enough to be president, even when in full possession of his faculties. And now, he is neck-deep in the only real »

Whither Impeachment?

Featured image More information is coming out about the “whistleblower”–read, Democratic Party activist–who triggered impeachment mania, and it does not put the Democrats in a positive light. The New York Times reports that the “whistleblower” has long been working with Congressional Democrats: The Democratic head of the House Intelligence Committee, Representative Adam B. Schiff of California, learned about the outlines of a C.I.A. officer’s concerns that President Trump had abused his power »

This Week in Crazy [Updated]

Featured image I know. What do you mean, “this week” in crazy? With today’s regnant liberalism, we could easily do “the last half-hour in crazy.” But I do have a day job, plus a wine and whisky addiction that has to be attended to, so I have to be, as the great Ian Faith put it, “more selective.” (Bonus pop culture points for knowing that reference.) Let’s start with . . . »

Four Theories of Impeachment

Featured image Why impeachment, and why now? Herewith four theories that are neither mutually exclusive nor the sole or dominant reason—all four can be true to some extent, along with other reasons already floating around. • The Democratic 2020 president field is unbelievably weak. The two front runners are a doddering old fool and a fake Indian whose shrill demeanor and radical ideas assure a Trump re-election. Hence the impeachment crusade is »

The Democrats Aren’t Wrong About Impeachment

Featured image As I have said before, I think the claim that President Trump’s phone conversation with President Zelensky of Ukraine somehow constitutes an impeachable offense is ridiculous. But impeachment is a political act, not a legal one, and the Democrats’ motives are entirely political. They think that impeaching President Trump will cast a pall of discredit over him and weaken his chances for re-election in 2020. I think that calculation is »

All Alone in the Sane Lane [Updated, Not Deleted]

Featured image At the beginning of the Democratic primary process, observers assigned candidates to “lanes.” The least crowded is the so-called sane lane. Some people put Amy Klobuchar there; I’ve even seen it written that she has that lane to herself. But Amy isn’t sane, she’s just cautious. She is all in for impeachment. That leaves Tulsi Gabbard, whom I like for several reasons even though she is far to my left. »

Looking ahead

Featured image The impeachment frenzy that has manifested this week among Democrats may have staying power. Now even trying to keep confidential presidential communications with foreign leaders away from prying eyes is to be seen as a high crime or misdemeanor. It bids to take a place in the articles of impeachment on which House Democrats can barely wait to vote. Personally, I hope they lead with it. Taking off from a »

Trump Strikes Back

Featured image The Democrats are way out on a limb, determined to impeach President Trump on the basis of an innocent phone call with the President of Ukraine. A little while ago, President Trump tweeted and Instagramed this short video. Its message is, I think, entirely correct. The video illustrates how hard it will be for the Democrats to get anyone (outside their media empire) to take their impeachment charges seriously: I »

Was the “Whistleblower” Part of a Plan?

Featured image The press has universally adopted the convention of referring to the person who started the Ukraine frenzy as “the whistleblower,” in part because his identity is unknown. Until we know his name–he reportedly is a CIA employee–I would rather call him “the Democratic Party loyalist.” Now that his complaint has been made public, along with the transcript of President Trump’s innocuous conversation with President Zelensky, and we have had a »

Bernie Sanders Unplugged

Featured image Did you know that Bernie Sanders runs a parody Twitter feed? At least I think it is a parody, but it is hard to be sure. It has a blue check mark, but you know what the say these days about fake news. Or maybe he is just trying to compete with the Troller-in-Chief down at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. Check a few out: I’m waiting for the obvious follow up: »

An obituary for the Bill de Blasio campaign

Featured image Bill de Blasio dropped out of the presidential race a few days ago. The New York Post offers an obituary for his campaign. The obit lists the cause of death as “ego-induced psychosis.” It reports that the de Blasio campaign died “doing what it loved best — being as far away from New York as possible.” The Post reports that de Blasio’s campaign was “surrounded in the end by friends, »