Voter suppression, Iowa style

Featured image Here’s a safe prediction for 2020. The Iowa Democratic caucuses will dominate the news at the end of January and beginning of February. My conservative cousin formerly from New York sees the caucuses as a “glaring example of voter suppression totally ignored by the mainstream media because it provides a boost to left wing Democrats.” He writes: The winner of the Iowa caucus has become the Democratic nominee in every »

Today Is the 157th Anniversary…

Featured image …of President Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation, which freed the slaves in the states then in rebellion against federal authority. The Democrats reviled Lincoln at the time, and they have continuously reviled Republican presidents and other politicians right up to the present. Today, as in 1863, conservatives–virtually all of whom are Republicans–want to liberate African-Americans from poverty and dependence through free enterprise. Now, as then, the Democratic Party bitterly resists this »

Terrorists Withdraw From Green Zone

Featured image The pro-Iranian Kataeb Hezbollah militia, which broke through one of the outer gates of the American embassy in Baghdad yesterday, has now withdrawn across the Tigris River. It isn’t clear whether the retreat was prompted by the U.S. show of force that involved sending Marines and Apache helicopters to the site, or whether there was some other motive. The militia leaders are claiming a moral victory. No doubt the Trump »

Free stuff, Democratic Party style

Featured image A few days ago, Steve wrote an important and insightful piece called “The Genealogy of Free Stuff.” Citing a Wall Street Journal editorial, Steve stated that Elizabeth Warren’s agenda is so far beyond extravagant that “socialism” seems an inadequate adjective. Steve offered two explanations for the leftward lurch he described. First, hard-left Democrats are convinced that anyone can beat President Trump, and thus see this as the time to go »

Let’s not blame Democrats for the wave of anti-Semitic attacks

Featured image I disagree with claims that the Democratic Party bears responsibility for recent anti-Semitic violence. There is substantial and growing anti-Israel sentiment among Democrats, especially younger ones. There are some prominent Democratic politicians who are anti-Semitic. A Washington, D.C. Democrat blamed Jews for climate change. That moron falls outside of the Democratic mainstream. But does Ilhan Omar? Does Al Sharpton, Barack Obama’s ally? How about Maxine Waters, who has embraced Louis »

Are Anti-Semitic Attacks Driven By Politics?

Featured image Anti-Semitism is on the rise across much of the Western world, most shockingly in New York, where seven or eight episodes of anti-Semitic violence have occurred in just the last few weeks. Normally I don’t blame the actions of lunatics or even extremists on mainstream politicians, but the orchestrated anti-Semitism that has infected the Left in the U.S. and across Western Europe in recent years may justify an exception to »

Sanders in the spotlight

Featured image A good horse race needs a solid but beatable frontrunner and a shifting field of entries who, with plausibility, can be said to be on his heels. I don’t know whether the race for the Democratic nomination features these things, but the mainstream media wants it to, and claims that it does. Joe Biden, of course, is the frontrunner. The field of contenders held up by the media as plausible »

Desperately Seeking Regretful Trump Voters

Featured image On October 7, the New York Times published an article about a 2016 Trump voter who changed his mind and now intends to vote Democrat: Mark Graham, a real estate appraiser in this faded manufacturing hub [Erie, Pennsylvania], sat with friends at a gym named FitnessU on the morning after the Democratic debate in mid-September. He had voted for Barack Obama, but in 2016 he took a gamble on Donald »

Will a White Supremacist Please Step Forward?

Featured image The demand for white supremacists vastly exceeds the supply, which is why we see absurdities like the controversy over military academy students supposedly flashing “white power” signs at the Army-Navy football game. Now, apparently, the age-old “OK” sign means you are a white nationalist, notwithstanding that there are pictures of pretty much everyone in public life giving the sign, like Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi, and nearly everyone else. Or maybe »

Dems Trapped Inside Plato’s Wine Cave

Featured image Like Paul, I skipped the Democratic debate last night, which is too bad as it sounds like it offered some good comedy. I’m especially bemused by Elizabeth Warren’s complaint that Mayor Pete held a fund raiser in a Napa Valley wine cave that . . . was filled with crystals. Well this is New Age California, after all, where healing crystals are all the rage. I don’t get the problem »

Elizabeth Warren in desperation mode

Featured image I didn’t watch the Democratic candidates’ presidential debate last night. In fact, I’m embarrassed to admit that I didn’t even know it was taking place. Based on accounts of the debate, I wish I’d tuned in. I take perverse enjoyment in seeing candidates I don’t like trying desperately to ward off defeat. Elizabeth Warren is such a candidate. Not long ago, she was right on the heels of frontrunner Joe »

Impeachment then and now

Featured image To some substantial extent, party politics is a team sport. It occasionally elicits and perhaps requires a tolerance for hypocrisy and double standards. The current impeachment farce presents a sort of case study insofar as some of the key performers persist, yet the song does not remain the same. To illustrate the point, the Free Beacon’s David Rutz has compiled SuperCUTS #728 (video below) and written the accompanying story. The »

The Impeachment Farce

Featured image Happy Impeachment Day everyone! As I settle down to my early evening cocktail out here on the left coast, the House is voting on the two impeachment resolutions, and there isn’t much doubt or drama about how it will turn out. Simultaneously Trump is speaking at a rally in Michigan, and mocking the impeachment vote in a lighthearted way. A few observations: I was living in Washington during the whole »

Chuck Schumer’s impeachment moan throws House Dems under the bus

Featured image House Democrats are highly unlikely to follow Larry Tribe’s suggestion that they decline to transmit their articles of impeachment to the Senate for a trial. Thus, Senate Democrats will need a trial strategy. Byron York tell us that a major part of the strategy will be to demand more information. What information? Mainly testimony from past and present administration officials like Mick Mulvaney and John Bolton. Possibly grand jury testimony »

A Klobuchar surge?

Featured image I believe there’s a market among Democrats for a presidential candidate who is not radical, who is not old and frequently confused, and who is not a straight white male. Who might that candidate be? It might have been Kamala Harris. However, she opted not to fill that lane. Now, she’s an ex-candidate for president. It might be Pete Buttigieg, except it’s not so clear that he’s non-radical. Buttigieg seemingly »

Sanders endorses misogynist Cenk Uygur, then thinks better of it

Featured image Cenk Uygur is a candidate for Congress in California. He is seeking the seat formerly occupied by Kate Hill. In a sense, he would be a worthy successor to Hill. Like Hill, he would be a disgrace. Until yesterday, Uygur had Bernie Sanders’s endorsement. This is the story of how he lost it. But first, some background. Uygur runs a left-wing online news and commentary show called “The Young Turks.” »

The Democrats’ Bad Poker Faces

Featured image Everyone who plays poker is familiar with the “tell,” that is, a nervous tic or subtle mannerism that betrays when a player has a strong or bluff hand. I think the Democrats’ behavior this week includes several “tells” that their impeachment hand is weak, and might cause them to lose the whole political pot next year. The first is the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) that John notes immediately below. It was »