Democrats

Democrats vs. the Constitution

Featured image One of the more shocking aspects of last week’s Democratic debate was the cavalier manner in which the Constitution was treated. Beto O’Rourke said he intends to confiscate guns that were legally purchased by law-abiding Americans, and put out a t-shirt to that effect immediately after the debate. Kamala Harris said the same thing, and when Joe Biden pointed out that the government lacks power to do what she proposed, »

Double that demogrant

Featured image The proposed “demogrant” on offer in George McGovern’s ill-fated presidential campaign of 1972 was set at $1,000 per year. Adjusted for inflation, that would be about $6,000 in current dollars. Now Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang proposes to raise McGovern’s demogrant to $1,000 per month. McGovern is not exactly the yin to Andrew Yang. They are on the same wavelength and the memory is making me feel young and foolish »

After tonight, a two-horse race?

Featured image John captured in six pithy observations about tonight’s Democratic debate what it probably would have taken me 600 words to express. So I’ll try to find 600 different words. Like John, I didn’t make it to the end. I had to stop after two hours. I’ve got the thing on tape, so if I read about any significant occurrences in the final hour, I’ll check them out. I turned on »

Observations On Tonight’s Debate

Featured image Sure, I know it isn’t over. I didn’t watch it to the end. Who possibly could? My comments will be brief: 1) Joe Biden was the winner tonight. He pretended to be sane, and did a decent imitation. 2) Julian Castro–did anyone remember that he was on the stage?–is running to be Elizabeth Warren’s VP. He did her dirty work tonight. 3) It’s time to pull the plug on Bernie »

Showdown In Houston

Featured image The Democratic presidential contenders will square off in Houston tonight. Meanwhile, things are already heating up there. President Trump has a giant anti-socialism banner circling the city: Is there any possible way the Democrats can get through the evening without talking about the banner, and explaining why their “socialism” won’t destroy the economy? I doubt it. Another confrontation is also underway. Greenpeace thugs have shut down the Houston Ship Channel »

Voters Don’t Like Democrats, Either

Featured image It is no shock that most Americans, most of the time, disapprove of politicians and political parties. Thus, the task of a party is not to be universally beloved, but rather, not to be disproportionately disliked. Pew Research has some interesting numbers in this regard: According to the poll, 45 percent of Americans have a favorable opinion of the Democrats, compared with 52 percent who hold an unfavorable view. Those »

Are blacks moving towards the center as their party lurches to the left?

Featured image I think almost everyone who pays close attention to politics understands that white Democratic leftists hold more extreme views than most black Democrats. Studies by prominent African-American scholars confirm this understanding. They also indicate that blacks now hold less extreme views than white Democrats as a whole. Thomas Edsall summarizes the findings of these scholars, and some related polling data, in this article for the New York Times. He cites »

GOP holds North Carolina’s Ninth District

Featured image Republican Dan Bishop defeated Democrat Dan McCready yesterday in a special election to determine who will represent North Carolina’s Ninth District in Congress. The margin was 51-49. On election eve, President Trump held a rally in the district to promote Bishop. It’s possible that Trump’s visit put Bishop over the top. The district is one that Trump carried by 12 points against Hillary Clinton. It has elected Republicans to Congress »

Dem contenders rally around a carbon tax, may soon regret it

Featured image I believe that all of the leading Democratic candidates for president have endorsed a carbon tax. Joe Biden and Elizabeth Warren did so during CNN’s town hall on climate change last week. Down a tier or two, Kamala Harris and Pete Buttigieg endorsed it, as well. Bernie Sanders has endorsed a carbon tax in the past. The carbon tax was a bridge too far for Hillary Clinton during the 2016 »

Adios, Think Progress

Featured image Not too many years ago, Think Progress, the web site operated by the Center for American Progress, was one of the most prominent left-wing destinations on the web. But more recently its traffic has declined and it has consistently lost money. CAP tried to find a buyer for Think Progress, but apparently no one was interested in the money-sucking site, and now CAP has shut it down: The decision was »

Ban Everything!

Featured image Last night the Democratic presidential candidates and CNN held a “town hall” on climate change. I saw somewhere that it was scheduled to last for seven hours. Is that possible? One wonders what ratings it got–even lower than CNN’s usual dismal totals, I suspect. Of course, it probably took seven hours for the candidates to list all the things they intend to ban. Our friends at Grabien put together this »

Democrat Delusion

Featured image I didn’t make it to the Minnesota State Fair this year, so I didn’t do my usual report on left-wing seed art. But a friend attended the Fair over the weekend and stopped by the DFL booth. They were selling two pins, of which he bought this one: The Democrats apparently think most voters will find it charming that a group of extreme, freshmen Congresswomen call themselves by a name »

Stormy hearings ahead

Featured image Rust never sleeps and neither do congressional Democrats intent on impeaching President Trump. When the House returns to session next week, the House Judiciary Committee will explore five instances of supposed obstruction of justice by Trump that they say are documented in Robert Mueller’s report. None amounts to actual obstruction of justice. Each, by now, is yawn inducing. But House Dems also plan an inquiry that might gain attention and »

Save Up for CNN’s Most Fun Day Ever!

Featured image News item: CNN’s ratings for its “town hall” meetings with Democratic candidates are in the tank. CNN’s town hall featuring 2020 Democratic presidential candidates Montana Gov. Steve Bullock and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio on Sunday night registered just 402,000 total viewers, including 82,000 in the coveted 25-54 demographic, according to early Nielsen Media Research. The Bullock-de Blasio event marked an all-time ratings low for town hall events on »

Dems will hold just one debate next month

Featured image Ten Democrats have qualified for the next Democratic presidential debate to be held in mid-September. The ten are: Joe Biden, Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, Kamala Harris, Pete Buttigieg, Cory Booker, Beto O’Rourke, Andrew Yang, Julian Castro, and Amy Klobuchar. Because no more than ten candidates qualified, there will be just one debate. This means that, for the first time, Joe Biden and Elizabeth Warren, the two candidates most likely to »

Polls: Biden leads by double digits

Featured image Earlier this week, a Monmouth poll caused quite a stir by showing, in effect, a three-way tie for the lead in the Democratic presidential race among Joe Biden, Elizabeth Warren, and Bernie Sanders. We noted, however, that Monmouth surveyed fewer than 300 people and that its results appeared to be an outlier. Five more recent polls confirm this assessment: Quinnipiac: Biden 32, Warren 19, Sanders 15 Emerson: Biden 31, Sanders »

One Democratic debate or two?

Featured image The next round of debating among Democratic presidential candidates is set for the second week of September. It’s not clear, though, how many debates there will be. The number depends on how many candidates qualify. As of last night (Monday), ten had done so. If that remains the number through Wednesday, there will be only one debate. But, as I understand things, if just one more candidate qualifies, the group »