The news from Newsom

Featured image The trouble with California is that it represents the wave of the future. Take California Governor Gavin Newsom — please. Citing Newsom’s tweeted video (below), Monica Showalter writes: “I thought it was satire, something cooked up by his political enemies. You couldn’t put out a less attractive video than the one Gavin Newsom did for illegal aliens on Twitter, advising them himself on how to obstruct ICE from any deportation »

Democrats’ leftist bidding war accelerates, Part Two

Featured image Health care is an issue of utmost importance to many Americans, and polling suggests that, by a considerable margin, voters trust Democrats more than Republicans to handle the issue. But according to this report in the Washington Post, Democratic presidential candidates, by talking so much about “Medicare for all,” aren’t hitting the sweet spot on health care. Instead, they are missing the point. Based on public opinion research, the Post »

Democrats’ leftist bidding war accelerates

Featured image Joe Biden continues to lead the pack of Democratic presidential contenders by just “being Joe.” The pack, showing a desperation that may not be entirely warranted, is trying to close the gap by “being left.” Consider Cory Booker. He has the black male lane basically to himself. In addition, he resembles Barack Obama in important respects. However, polling shows him to be, at present, a third-tier candidate. How has Booker »

Republican Segregationists?

Featured image Democrats are locked into their all race, all the time narrative, in which they try to paint Republicans as villains. This is utterly ahistorical, of course: someone should remind these ignoramuses that the Ku Klux Klan was the militant arm of the Democratic Party, and that avowed segregationists populated the Democratic Party until very recently. Segregationists like James Eastland and Herman Talmadge, whose racist credentials have never been challenged. Joe »

The Pathetic Biden (5)

Featured image The next shoe to drop for Joe Biden will be whether he still supports the death penalty. During his tough-on-crime phase 25 years ago (“we do everything but hang people for jaywalking,” Biden said in 1992), Biden boasted of how many crimes he thought should be subject to capital punishment. Now he is being resolutely silent to queries about where he stands today. Sooner or later he’s going to be »

Yad Vashem schools AOC

Featured image Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez seems to be among the intellectual leaders of the Democratic Party despite, or on account of, the near daily demonstration of her nescience. I don’t think she can safely be ignored. She recently opined: “The United States is running concentration camps on our southern border and that is exactly what they are: concentration camps.” Israel’s Yad Vashem doesn’t wade into American politics, but it made an exception in »

Who’s a socialist?

Featured image Robert Samuelson writes sensible columns about the economy for the Washington Post. His latest column, less sensible than usual, is a contribution to the growing body of mainstream media musings about what socialism means and the extent to which various Democratic contenders favor it. Samuelson argues that accusing Democrats of being socialists is a “slur” because “we are all socialists now.” What counts, says Samuelson, isn’t labels, but rather policy »

Eliminate stupidity now!

Featured image Speaking at a presidential forum convened by the Poor People’s Campaign yesterday, Joe Biden was asked how to eliminate poverty now (video below). In response to the question, Biden advocated the elimination of the Trump tax cuts and observed that there is plenty of money around. So no problem or, as Biden might put it, no problem, man. The question and answer inspire a modest proposal of my own: Eliminate »

“Big Ideas,” Little Candidates

Featured image Is NBC News secretly in the employ of the Trump 2020 campaign? You really have to wonder by the series NBC News is running right now asking each of the Democratic presidential candidate to name their “one big idea” for America that will cause a groundswell and propel them to the White House next year. These are some of the “big ideas” they are offering: Cory Booker: Baby bonds. What? »

Oh, those Virginia Dems

Featured image Where do the most wacko voters in America reside? Probably in Minnesota’s fifth congressional district. For years, the Democratic voters there sent Keith Ellison to Congress. Now that he has finally moved on, they have unleashed Ilhan Omar on Washington. Virginia’s Democratic voters deserve honorable mention, though. Last election cycle, they served up the scandal-ridden trio of Ralph Northam, Jason Fairfax, and Mark Herring for the top three executive positions »

Will the Crazy Left Re-Elect Trump?

Featured image Donald Trump is a lucky man. First he got to run for president against an almost unbelievably bad candidate, Hillary Clinton, who couldn’t win despite having the FBI and CIA laboring on her behalf. Now it appears that he will run for re-election against the nominee of a party wholly in thrall to its most extreme and juvenile elements. The New York Post headlines a piece by Mary Kay Linge: »

Dem debate draw produces lopsided fields

Featured image Yesterday, the Democrats held their random draw to determine which presidential contenders will participate in which of the two debates to be held on June 26 and 27. The draw produced lopsided fields. The second debate will feature four of the five top contenders (according to the polls). Elizabeth Warren is the only top-five candidate who will debate on opening night. She will be joined by Cory Booker, Beto O’Rourke, »

Democrats winnow their presidential debate field. . .

Featured image to 20 debaters. Only three members of the presidential field were “winnowed.” The hapless three are Gov. Steve Bullock of Montana, Rep. Seth Moulton of Massachusetts, and Wayne Messam, the mayor of Miramar, Fla. (I have never heard of Messam or, for that matter, of Miramar). Here’s who made the cut: Sen. Michael Bennet Joe Biden Sen. Cory Booker Mayor Pete Buttigieg Julian Castro Mayor Bill de Blasio former Rep. »

Elizabeth Warren surges. Why?

Featured image While I was in Europe, and not paying much attention to the news, Elizabeth Warren’s candidacy surged. Polling suggests that she has moved well past Pete Buttigieg into no worse than third place in the race for the Democratic nomination. A very recent poll by YouGov has her in second place, ahead of Bernie Sanders. What explains Warren’s surge? Paul Waldman of the Washington Post tries to answer that question »

House Democrats Sink to a New Low

Featured image Today the House Judiciary Committee heard testimony from John Dean, the former Nixon White House Counsel who went to jail for his role in Watergate. What John Dean knows about Russiagate is anyone’s guess. News reports indicate that he described “six striking parallels” between Watergate and the failed Trump/Russia investigation. For example, Nixon fired Special Prosecutor Archibald Cox, while Trump fired James Comey. Got that? Here is a really striking »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Ammo Grrrll identifies THE WORST PARTY EVER! She writes: My good friend, Minnesota neighbor, and frequent roadie when I was doing comedy was a Vietnam vet named Randy. He was and remains a gregarious, friendly salesman-type guy who knows hundreds of people from all walks of life. He once invited me to accompany him to a “party” at the home of a friend of his. Ned was going through a »

The Democratic Socialists Amongst Us

Featured image The Washington Post reports that Colorado’s former governor and current presidential candidate John Hickenlooper, appearing at the California Democratic Party state convention this weekend, criticized socialism—imagine that!—and was promptly booed by the audience: SAN FRANCISCO — Former Colorado governor John Hickenlooper found a way to stand out at a crowded gathering of California Democrats: He denounced “socialism,” and got booed. “If we want to beat Donald Trump and achieve big »