2020 Presidential Election

Poll: Strong majority opposes forced diversification of neighborhoods

Featured image Claims by left-wing journalists that President Trump’s revocation of AFFH won’t help him win suburban voters strike me as confirmation that this line of attack might very well have that happy effect. It seems to me that the Democratic left doth protest too much. A new Rasmussen poll shows that Trump’s attack on Joe Biden for making “war on the suburbs” is, indeed, potentially powerful: A poll released Tuesday by »

Great Poll Results, If Accurate

Featured image Britain’s Sunday Express is doing polling in the U.S. in conjunction with the Democracy Institute, a right-leaning Washington think tank. The most recent results, as published in the Express, look great for President Trump. However, I haven’t been able to learn who the pollster was, or what partisan breakdown was sampled. Those are huge caveats, obviously. Subject to those reservations, the results are striking. The Express/Democracy Institute Poll finds President »

Dem VP hopeful walks back praise of Fidel Castro

Featured image Rep. Karen Bass apparently is on the shortlist to be Joe Biden’s running mate. You might be asking, Karen who? Precisely. Bass is a congresswoman from California. She’s the chair of the Congressional Black Caucus. Bass is also a communist sympathizer. How else can one explain her support for Fidel Castro? When Castro died in 2016, Bass stated: “The passing of the Comandante en Jefe is a great loss to »

A good poll for Trump

Featured image The Rasmussen daily presidential tracking poll for Friday, July 31, finds that 50 percent of likely voters approve of President Trump’s job performance, while 48 percent disapprove. 39 percent strongly approve and 43 percent strongly disapprove. Comparing Trump’s approval rating to that of Barack Obama on the corresponding date eight years ago, Rasmussen finds Trump doing slightly better. On July 31, 2012, Obama’s approval rating in the Rasmussen poll was »

Good News From Pennsylvania?

Featured image These days, we Republicans take our good news any way we can get it. This is from Pennsylvania: [T]here’s good news for the GOP: Registration shifts across the state show Republicans are gaining voters at five times the rate of Democrats. Since the 2016 primary election, Republicans have added about 165,000 net voters, while Democrats added only about 30,000. Democrats still maintain a 800,000-voter edge over Republicans. But that’s down »

Biden Got It Wrong

Featured image That is an evergreen headline, of course. This time, the subject is the coronavirus. This Trump campaign ad is highly effective, for several reasons. First the ad, then a few comments: pic.twitter.com/DzCU5kF6Mm — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 30, 2020 Mostly, the ad is effective because it makes a valid point. Joe Biden was slow to recognize the seriousness of the coronavirus, and opposed–for two months!–the simple step of blocking »

Want some good news?

Featured image I do, and I found some in this article for CNN by Rich Thau. He is the president and co-founder of a research firm called Engagious. Thau writes: Pollsters are consistently telling us [that] Democratic nominee Joe Biden is far ahead. I’m not looking to pick a fight, as their sample sizes are much larger than mine. That said, as a focus group moderator, I’m hearing strong support for President »

The coming war on suburbs, cont’d

Featured image I wrote here yesterday about Stanley Kurtz’s appearance on this past Sunday’s edition of Life, Liberty & Levin. The entire show was invaluable, but I thought the key segment included a discussion of the return of the Obama administration’s AFFH program in the “turbocharged” form promised by Joe Biden (Paul touched on it here). I have posted video of the segment below. The discussion of “turbocharging” begins at about 4:30. »

Poll: 77 percent of Americans are concerned about crime in our cities

Featured image The Hill reports on a new Harvard CAPS/Harris poll in which 77 percent of respondents said they are concerned that crime is rising in the nation’s cities. 46 percent of respondents said they are concerned about rising crime in their own communities. Although reported by The Hill, the poll apparently has not yet been posted. Mark Penn, Harvard CAPS/Harris polling director, noted that respondents are concerned that prosecutors are not »

The coming war on suburbs

Featured image Mark Levin hosted Stanley Kurtz for the full hour on Life, Liberty & Levin last night. They discussed the repeal of the Obama administration’s nightmarish Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing regulation (AFFH), of which Kurtz must be the country’s foremost critic. FOX News has posted Yael Halon’s story “Stanley Kurtz sheds light on Trump’s latest ‘tremendous accomplishment,’ and why media largely overlooked it” on the show along with the opening segment »

Tlaib and Omar face the voters

Featured image In nine days, Rep. Rashida Tlaib will defend the congressional seat she won in 2018. Her opponent is Brenda Jones, the Detroit City Council president whom Tlaib defeated by just 900 votes out of 90,000 cast in that year’s primary. One week later, Tlaib’s fellow “squad” member, Rep. Ilhan Omar, will try to stave off challenger Antone Melton-Meaux. Tlaib faces a tough fight. As Dave Weigel of the Washington Post »

The Washington Post protests too much

Featured image You can infer from the headline to this article in the Washington Post that President Trump’s focus on Joe Biden’s “war on the suburbs” has potential as a campaign issue. “Trump uses fear to tout repeal of housing rule,” the headline declares (paper edition). The housing rule in question is “affirmatively furthering fair housing” (AFFH). Using fear is the rule, not the exception, with political themes. When the left, including »

Surprises Inside Trump’s Poll Numbers

Featured image As everyone knows, most polls—even Fox News yesterday—have Trump trailing Biden by as much as 10 points or more, reflecting a major slump from his position before the coronavirus and the post-Floyd urban unrest started. On closer look, Trump has lost support with various segments of white voters that supported him in 2016. That’s the finding of an NBC News poll out yesterday. Here’s a key part: Biden is clobbering »

Trump ends AFFH

Featured image The Trump administration has ditched the Obama administration’s “Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing” rule (AFFH). As we have often reported, AFFH is a vast social engineering project that enables the federal government to order more than 1,200 cities and counties that accept any part of annual community development block grants to rezone neighborhoods along income and racial criteria. It thus allows unaccountable federal bureaucrats to dictate who lives where, in order »

Who will resist whom?

Featured image During our most recent Power Line show for subscribers (an edited version which you can listen to here), John asked Steve about the possibility that, given the deep divisions in the U.S., the country might one day split peacefully into two. Steve suggested that if President Trump is reelected, many on the left will probably wish to secede. This prompted me to ask, what about on the right, if Trump »

The Power Line Show: Happy 200th to Us!

Featured image For our 200th podcast (!!!), we assembled all four Power Line Beatles, John, Paul, George and Ringo Scott and me, to kick around various current topics, including my own experience with cancel culture, the state of the presidential race, whether the United States might actually break up after this election regardless of who wins, and above all some reflections on 18 years of Power Line, where we have (according to our »

Trump Resurgent?

Featured image Joe Biden’s allegedly substantial lead over President Trump in various polls has gotten a great deal of attention, while also drawing considerable skepticism. Whether Trump’s standing with likely voters has actually cratered is dubious. Rasmussen Reports, the only pollster that does daily presidential approval polling of likely voters, has found Trump, in recent weeks, basically within the lower portion of the approval range he has moved in throughout his term. »