Dave Begley: Live from Council Bluffs

Featured image Did you know that California Rep. Eric Swalwell is launching a presidential campaign? Yesterday he came to Council Bluffs. We had Dave Begley on hand to cover the festivities for us. Dave is a Nebraska attorney practicing elder law and estate planning in Omaha. He is also our occasional presidential campaign correspondent. Dave has filed this report on Swalwell in Council Bluffs (thumbnail photo and photo below by Dave): The »

Venezuela Goes Domestic

Featured image I was scheduled to appear on Fox Business this evening to talk about recent developments in Venezuela, but was bumped on account of the border emergency and other news. If I had appeared, I would have talked about the fact that the socialist collapse in Venezuela, years in the making, is being transformed into a domestic policy dispute here in the U.S. Which is ridiculous: Venezuela has been going downhill »

Trump reacts to border deal

Featured image President Trump says he’s not happy about the border deal congressional leaders have reached. He shouldn’t be. However, Trump also predicts there will be no government shutdown and insists he will build a proper wall. He stated: Am I happy at first glance? The answer is no, I’m not, I’m not happy. It’s not going to do the trick, but I’m adding things to it and when you add whatever »

The apology this time (5)

Featured image David Harsanyi begins to get to the heart of the trouble with Ilhan Omar in his Federalist column “The Democrats’ Anti-Semitism Problem Isn’t Going Away.” Say what you will about Omar, she lets us know what is on her mind. It’s not pretty. Harsanyi writes: The problem is that “anti-Zionism,” the predominant justification for violence, murder, and hatred against Jews in Europe and the Middle East, is a growing position »

The Laffer Curve of the Left?

Featured image One of the genius effects of Ronald Reagan back in the 1980s was that he turned Democrats into deficit hawks, which was an unfamiliar place for the Keynes-drunk party that exists to spend more. It was an existential crisis for Democrats. Reagan’s tax cuts and unprecedented (at that time) budget deficits not only forced Democrats into becoming tax increase advocates, but put the brakes on any extravagant new spending programs. »

Showdown in El Paso

Featured image “Out in the west Texas town of El Paso,” in the words of the Marty Robbins song, President Trump held one of his standing room only political rallies (video below). Bobby O’Rourke held a competing rally at a ballpark across the street from Trump’s in the El Paso County Coliseum. We had something of a showdown between Trump and the “wild young cowboy” for the hand, not of “wicked Felina,” »

The apology this time (2)

Featured image Her “apology” notwithstanding, Ilhan Omar is sticking with it. See her tweet below along with the thread she has retweeted by Ady Barkan (who is dying of ALS). As one might infer from a reading of Onar’s “apology” by itself, Omar’s animus abides. Omar’s hatred is real. The “apology” is empty words. It is a study in vacuity. [email protected] your courage can’t be matched. I am often in tears thinking »

The apology this time

Featured image There is a reason that Ilhan Omar has resorted to anti-Semitic tropes in the the course of her brief public career so far. Omar is a proponent of the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions movement. She is, to put it bluntly, an Islamist hater of Israel. As I argued last year in “A question for Democrats,” Omar’s hatred of Israel is necessarily anti-Semitic. New York Times columnist Bari Weiss devoted a »

Phonies on parade

Featured image The defining characteristic of the Democratic presidential field in its current configuration is the phoniness of the candidates. This characteristic is shared by all of the major entrants. Consider: Elizabeth Warren claimed to be an Indian. She isn’t. Kamala Harris claims to have been a “progressive prosecutor.” She wasn’t. Amy Klobuchar holds herself out as “Minnesota Nice.” She isn’t. Klobuchar’s mistreatment of staff members is legendary. In 2015, Harry Reid, »

Omar goes full anti-Semite again

Featured image Even before she won the Democratic primary for Minnesota’s Fifth District congressional seat, I noted that Ilhan Omar posed “A question for Democrats” (i.e., how they would deal with anti-Semitism in their party). Indeed, I posed the question to prominent Minnesota Democrats, including Amy Klobuchar. Now Omar raises the question in one way or another almost every day. This morning I borrow the headline over this post from FOX »

Don’t sleep on “Spartacus”

Featured image In every presidential election cycle, there’s a sleeper — a candidate not expected to get far who catches fire. Sometimes that candidate goes all the way. Barack Obama and Donald Trump did. Other times the candidate falls short, but only after exceeding expectations and, to one degree of another, giving more heralded candidates a scare. Examples are Howard Dean, Mike Huckabee, Rick Santorum, and Bernie Sanders. Sen. Cory Booker might »

William Barr, from unanimous Democratic support to none

Featured image Last week, the Senate Judiciary Committee approved the nomination of William Barr for Attorney General. His nomination now moves to the Senate floor where, in all likelihood, Barr will be confirmed very soon. The vote in the Judiciary Committee was 12-10. Every Democrat on the Committee voted against Barr. This is the same William Barr whom the Senate confirmed unanimously three times during the Reagan-Bush years. The last of these »

The case of AOC’s scrubbed FAQs

Featured image Earlier this week I retrieved Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Frequently Asked Questions about her Green New Deal resolution from the memory hole down which she had deposited it. I posted the document here via Scribd. I sarcastically observed that a close reading showed it to satirize the Democrats’ bold new project to save the planet from destruction. On Friday night AOC adviser Robert Hockett actually claimed that the document was the work »

The Virginia Dem Meltdown Continues

Featured image A Democratic nominee for the the Virginia state legislature (Virginia has legislative elections in odd-numbered years, which fits an increasingly oddball state) has issued an apology for anti-Semitic social media posts. The folks at Big League Politics—the same folks who broke the original story about Ralph Northam’s accidental exposure to shoe polish—have the story: Ibraheem Samirah, the Democrat nominee in Virginia’s 86th district House of Delegates election on February 19th, »

Klobuchar kicks off

Featured image All signs indicate that Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar will announce her candidacy for the Democratic presidential nomination early tomorrow afternoon at Boom Island Park in Minneapolis. Klobuchar will emphasize the broad appeal she has demonstrated in three impressive statewide wins. Even if all is not as it appears, she has an appealing public persona. I experienced it myself when she called to thank me for something I wrote on Power »

Two Stories, Humorously United

Featured image It has been a terrible, horrible, very bad week for the Democrats. The fiasco in Virginia–which has just gotten worse, as Paul noted a little while ago, and the latest Elizabeth Warren pratfall are two of the several stories that have embarrassed the Dems. Michael Ramirez unites them in this very funny cartoon. Click to enlarge: Sometimes ridicule is the only appropriate response. And I haven’t mentioned AOC’s cow genocide…. »

Second Justin Fairfax accuser comes forward, alleges rape

Featured image In analyzing the allegation that Virginia’s Lieutenant Governor, Justin Fairfax, committed sexual assault in 2004, I’ve argued that, in the absence of corroborating evidence, Fairfax’s denial should be credited, or at least should keep him in office. If a second credible accuser came forward, I added, the matter would have to be viewed differently. Now, a second accuser has emerged. The Daily Beast reports that Meredith Watson claims she was »