Dear Dean McGeveran

Featured image I’m scheduled to have another lunch with my conservative attorney friend next week. We were in law school together at the University of Minnesota and crossed paths in the course of our practices. I now seek to persuade him that the law school has become an enemy of everything we believe in and that it would make sense to reconsider his support. Following up on our last lunch on the »

The Schumer fatwa

Featured image It seems like a timely moment to review the threats of then Democratic Senate Minority Leader — now Democratic Senate Majority Leader — aimed specifically at Justices Kavanaugh et al. in a March 2020 tirade on the steps of the Supreme Court (video below). What a sinister lowlife he is. Do you suppose anyone in the mainstream media will be asking him to take a look back today? Schumer means »

Safe, Legal, and . . . That’s It

Featured image Bill Clinton’s political genius in 1992 was his keen sense of effective rhetorical straddles that enabled him to appeal to moderate voters who were thoroughly turned off by the doctrinaire liberalism of the 1980s-era Democrats. His “Sister Souljah” moment is legendary, as well as his tough-on-crime rhetoric and pledge to “end welfare as we know it.” (Leave for some other day that he was mostly lying about all of these »

Nancy Pelosi, Unhinged

Featured image To be fair, that would describe Ms. Pelosi on most days. But the specific reference is to her appearance this morning on CNN, as reported by the Washington Times. Pelosi was beside herself on the subject of abortion: Asked by CNN’s Dana Bash about criticism that Democrats did not foresee anti-abortion activists’ work, Mrs. Pelosi lashed out against the high court…. “Let’s not take our eye off the ball — »

Abortion Theater In the Senate

Featured image Today the Senate voted down the Democrats’ “abortion for all” bill, 51-49. Joe Manchin joined all Republicans in voting against the bill, which never had a chance of getting the 60 votes needed for passage. Democrats hailed today’s vote as a political victory. “As Americans make their decisions in this year’s elections, this question will not go away. They will pay close attention from now until November to Republicans who »

Silence of the WH(ams), cont’d

Featured image Yesterday I noted that the thugs threatening Supreme Court justices at their homes this week seem to be an instrument of the Democratic Party. Last week I observed “The silence of the WH(ams)” — the White House and its media adjunct — regarding the thugs. Andrew McCarthy adds that their conduct violates federal criminal law, but that the Department of Justice remains inert on this point. Yesterday’s White House briefing »

Abortion Extremism

Featured image The abortion issue has been more or less a wash, politically, for decades. The Democrats believed that leaking the Dobbs majority opinion would help them in the midterm elections, but a great deal of polling since then suggests that abortion will continue to be a 50/50 issue, more or less, although Democrats may gain somewhat by distracting attention from their awful performance in Washington. But then there is the question »

Midterm Watch: Has the Dobbs Leak Changed Anything?

Featured image Polls taken since the Dobbs leak last week continue to be mixed, reflecting the long-time cognitive dissonance of public opinion about abortion, with a majority favoring basic abortions rights, but with a large majority also supporting some restrictions, especially in the third trimester. Above all, most polls find that abortion ranks far down the list of voter concerns, behind inflation, crime, health care, and education. It is ironically fitting that »

“You will pay the price”

Featured image The thugs threatening Supreme Court justices at their homes this week seem to be an instrument of the Democratic Party. Perhaps we can go to Senate Majority Chuck Schumer to comment on the thugs in light of his own blunt March 2020 threat in this context: “You will pay the price.” Yes, let us take a look back at Schumer’s pharaohnic schumination in front of the Supreme Court — so »

Why Roe Was Not Robust

Featured image Consider the following language from Justice Alito’s draft opinion in the Dobbs case: On the basis of elements such as these, appellant and some amici argue that the woman’s right is absolute and that she is entitled to terminate her pregnancy at whatever time, in whatever way, and for whatever reason she alone chooses. With this we do not agree. . . No wonder the left is freaking out that »

Antifa Attacks Wisconsin Pro-Life Office

Featured image Last night, pro-abortion activists who claimed to be associated with Antifa attacked the office of Wisconsin Family Action in Madison, Wisconsin: Vandals set a fire inside the Madison headquarters of the anti-abortion group Wisconsin Family Action early Sunday, police and an official with the group said Sunday. *** Arriving at the office at 2801 International Lane at the same time as a reporter, Appling and group event coordinator Diane Westphall »

Veep thoughts by Kamala Harris

Featured image The White House has posted a “Statement by Kamala Harris” on Justice Alito’s leaked draft Dobbs opinion. Here it is in its entirety: The United States Supreme Court has now confirmed that the draft opinion that would overturn Roe v. Wade is genuine. Roe ensures a woman’s right to choose to have an abortion. It also, at its root, protects the fundamental right to privacy. What is clear is that »

Liberals Are Evil

Featured image Like most conservatives, I used to think that most liberals are nice people who are misguided because they haven’t studied economics, don’t know anything about history or foreign policy, and so on. I no longer believe that to be the case. I don’t think it is possible to observe today’s liberalism without concluding that it is largely demonic. For today’s case in point, observe this demonstration of pro-baby killers in »

The Goodness of Their Hearts

Featured image A number of major companies have announced that they will pay employees’ travel expenses if they want to travel to another state for an abortion. Amazon, for example: Amazon.com Inc, the second-largest U.S. private employer, told its staff on Monday it will pay up to $4,000 in travel expenses annually for non-life threatening medical treatments including abortions, according to a message seen by Reuters. The decision makes the online retailer »

The Left’s Mother’s Day Spectacle

Featured image On the Ricochet podcast yesterday, I observed that for certain pro-abortion fanatics, it is not sufficient to defend a “woman’s right to choose” on the grounds that it is a sad and tragic necessity under some circumstances—a view that likely commands majority respect if not support. Rather, like the Southern slaveholders before the Civil War, the most radical leftist elements celebrate abortion as a positive good. You can even get »

Silence of the WH(ams)

Featured image George Washington University Law School Professor Jonathan Turley has posted his Hill column on the leak of the draft Alito opinion in the Dodd case here at his own site. He discusses the erosion of traditional norms otherwise applicable to the Supreme Court. I don’t see Professor Turley engaging in both-sidesism here. He calls out Democrats and their allies among the Democrats’ media adjunct. In the Kavanaugh confirmation hearing the »

Abortion: The Schrodinger’s Cat of Public Opinion

Featured image There are few issues about which public opinion is both remarkably steady and completely unsteady at the same time than abortion. Think of it as the Schrodinger’s Cat of opinion problems—it exists in a quantum state. This reflects partly the unease most people have thinking and talking about the issue, the seriousness of the vital moral questions involved, and the perennial problem of issue-polling where the form and order of »