Incredibly, Democrats Want to Go Softer On Crime

Featured image Across America, citizens are up in arms about rising violent crime. In my own state of Minnesota, polls show that crime is voters’ number one concern. And when they say they want the governor to focus on violent crime, they don’t mean that they want him to encourage more of it. But liberals are untroubled by factors like public opinion, not to mention constitutional duty. Minnesota has a Sentencing Guidelines »

Parent involvement in education, the Democrats’ Achilles’ heel

Featured image Terry McAuliffe probably lost any hope of winning his race for Virginia governor when he said, “I don’t think parents should be telling schools what they should teach.” McAuliffe might well have lost anyway, but some observers thought at the time, and most think now, that he was doomed once he made that remark. In future elections, Democratic candidates will, I assume, avoid making statements like McAuliffe’s. But Stanley Kurtz »

Hillary 2024!?

Featured image With Joe Biden in free fall and Kamala Harris an obvious non-starter as a plausible successor, what can the Democratic Party do? Hey—why not the Hillary Option!? That’s the position taken in the Wall Street Journal Wednesday by long-time Democratic factotums Douglas Schoen and Andrew Stein, who are almost as long in the tooth as Hillary herself: Several circumstances—President Biden’s low approval rating, doubts over his capacity to run for »

Is ensuring election integrity anti-democratic?

Featured image Of course not. Yet Democrats and their media allies insist that it is. Take for example, the lead article in the Washington Post’s Sunday Outlook section. It’s by Sam Rosenfeld, an associate professor at Colgate University. Rosenfeld claims that democracy is “on the brink of disaster” in America. As evidence, he moans that “in 2021, Republican state legislatures passed new restrictions on voting access.” But these restrictions tend to ensure »

Voting rights, lies, and videotape

Featured image President Biden and most Senate Democrats want to make “voting rights” a hill to die on. They want to “carve out” the Senate filibuster rules to ram their current bill through. Biden is headed to Atlanta today to perform in support of the Senate version of the bill. In its Senate incarnation it is titled the “Freedom to Vote Act.” Posing a question about the bill to Rep. James Clyburn »

Riots, Then and Now

Featured image President Donald Trump was inaugurated on January 20, 2017. In response, radical Democrats gathered in Washington to riot. The riot was ugly and violent: Protesters set fires and hurled bricks in a daylong assault on the city hosting Donald Trump’s inauguration, registering their rage against the new president in a series of clashes that led to more than 200 arrests. Police used pepper spray and stun grenades to prevent the »

Tom Cotton corrects WaPo fact check

Featured image The fact-check genre of mainstream (left-wing) journalism has become something of a self-parodying joke. It is yet another branch of Democratic Party politics Glenn Kessler provided a case study in how it’s done in the March 2021 Washington Post fact-check “Murderers, undocumented immigrants: Hyped-up claims about who’s getting stimulus checks.” Kessler awarded Senator Tom Cotton two Pinocchios for his prescient criticism of the Democrats’ CARES Covid/stimulus bill, or whatever it »

Final Thoughts On January 6

Featured image I had not intended to write anything about the protest that took place at the Capitol a year ago, but I was on two radio shows today and both hosts asked about it. There seems to be a good bit of interest. So here, for what they are worth, are my thoughts on that event, one year later. * My position on riots is simple and consistent. I am against »

The meaning of January 6 and what it doesn’t mean

Featured image Of the articles I read yesterday and today about the events of January 6, 2021, I found two that are most closely aligned with my views. The first is a Wall Street Journal editorial called “Democracy isn’t dying.” Among the points it makes are these: On all the available evidence Jan. 6 was not an “insurrection,” in any meaningful sense of that word. It was not an attempted coup. The »

Capitalists: Paying for the Rope to Hang Them

Featured image Lenin famously said that capitalists would sell the rope that Communists would use to hang capitalists. But it turns out his imagination failed him: who knew that capitalists would pay for the rope with which the revolutionary left will kill capitalism. Liberal political analyst Thomas Byrne Edsall, who along with David Shor, Ruy Teixeira, and a handful of other liberals of relative sobriety, notes today in the New York Times »

Florida Is Turning Red

Featured image Millions of Americans are fleeing blue states for freer, more prosperous red states. Many have worried that these refugees may be foolish enough to bring blue-state politics with them. This could happen, but recent voter registration data from Florida suggest that it isn’t happening there. Hoo-boy! The pandemic effect on FL voter registration has been.. jaw-dropping Since 3/31/20:+274,503 R-51,995 D66/67 counties becoming redderR's overtake D's for first time in state »

NY Times rejects latest Dem excuse for inflation

Featured image My friend who reads the New York Times alerts me to an article that appears today on the front page of the paper’s business section. In my friend’s words, the piece “gently but unmistakably calls out Democrats for trying to blame inflation on corporate greed.” He adds: The piece underplays the administration’s responsibility for inflation via energy policy. It does, however, quote economists who puncture Democratic explanations for inflation, and »

Polls: Dems are less accepting than Republicans of election defeat

Featured image Democrats and their mainstream media allies express dismay, if not alarm, over a poll that shows 58 percent of Republicans don’t believe Joe Biden was elected legitimately. However, Byron York points out that in the Fall of 2017, the same pollster found that 67 percent of Democrats said Trump was not legitimately elected. Given the drumbeat of unfounded claims by mainstream media outlets of Russian collusion in the election of »

A Year of Futility

Featured image You could describe 2021 that way in a number of respects, but for now let’s stick to covid. Kevin Roche looks back at 2021 and forward to 2022: [I]f I had to pick one word to describe 2021 and the epidemic, it would be disappointing. We all hoped and expected to be done with this by now. It isn’t the vaccines that are the most disappointing aspect, they actually are »

How interested are Democrats in winning?

Featured image Not long ago, I would have said they are obsessed with it. That’s the most plausible explanation for nominating Joe Biden to run for president. But the Dems’ obsession with defeating Donald Trump hasn’t seemed to carry over into 2021-22. The most plausible explanation for some of the positions they are taking — both in Congress and at the White House — is that left-wing ideology comes first and second, »

House Dem retirements, an update

Featured image The number of House Democrats who are retiring or running for other office has now reached 22, compared to only 11 Republicans. The most recent three to abandon the sinking ship are Stephanie Murphy of Florida, Albio Sires of New Jersey, and Alan Lowenthal of California. Murphy’s decision is probably the most significant of the three. That’s Chris Cillizza’s view. He writes: She is widely regarded as a rising star »

Inside the Dems Circular Firing Squad

Featured image I’m out of popcorn already, and it’s only Wednesday. I note that amidst the Democrats’ Manchinangst, clear signs of Venezuela-envy have emerged.  The CNN story about the civil war inside the party includes this tidbit: There are clear signs that the party is hardly on the same page about how to move ahead. In a phone call Monday, Washington Rep. Pramila Jayapal, the leader of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, said »