Worst Mismatch Since Tyson-Savarese

Featured image Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: Will we ever tire of her? Probably, but as someone once said, that day is not this day. Ben Shapiro challenged Cortez to a debate and offered to donate $10,000 to a charity of Cortez’s choice as an incentive. It is a delightful thought–Shapiro dismantling the dim-witted Cortez, piece by piece. Cortez, of course, was having none of it. She begged off with a pitiful response: Just like »

Scooping the Star Tribune

Featured image In Minnesota this year we have every state constitutional office on the ballot as well as both senators and, of course, all congressional seats. It is an unusual year. I don’t think we have seen its like since 1978. This year in addition we have competitive primary races on the DFL side for one of the Senate seats, for Fifth District representative, for governor and for attorney general. The primary »

Leftism’s dire consequences, Chicago edition

Featured image Earlier today, I wrote about how Philadelphia’s sanctuary city policy caused a child to be raped. Philadelphia authorities refused ICE’s request to detain a previously deported illegal immigrant. Instead, they released the man, who then committed rape. This was clear case of the left’s agenda trumping concerns for public safety. The consequences were dire for the illegal immigrant’s victim. But leftism is also producing dire consequences for entire communities. Areas »

Message to Maya

Featured image You’d almost not know it from reading the Star Tribune, but in the primary next Tuesday Democrats will select their candidate to replace Keith Ellison and represent Minneapolis in Congress for life. The paper has only given the most superficial attention to the three serious DFL candidates. It has left Ilhan Omar untouched since her endorsement by the party at the special convention held on June 17 despite the apparent »

Up close with Ilhan Omar

Featured image Ilhan Omar is the endorsed DFL candidate running in next Tuesday’s contested DFL primary to succeed the former Nation of Islam hustler Keith Ellison in Congress. In the primary Omar faces former Minnesota House Speaker Margaret Anderson Kelliher and state senator Patricia Torres Ray. Today the Star Tribune endorses Kelliher and ranks Torres second of the three. Omar comes in third. Attentive readers will note that this is how I »

At the Fifth District forum

Featured image Last night I attended the forum of DFL Fifth District congressional candidates at Temple Beth El in St. Louis Park, Minnesota. The forum was sponsored by the Jewish Community Relations Council and a variety of left-wing outfits with “Jewish” in their name although leftism is their religion (e.g., the National Council of Jewish Women). Maya Rao covered the forum for the Star Tribune in “DFLers tout experience at heavily attended »

From Philadelphia, the Latest Liberal Outrage [Updated]

Featured image This morning, Charlie Kirk and Candace Owens of Turning Point USA were eating breakfast in a restaurant in Philadelphia. They were spotted, apparently, by a liberal who ran to gather a mob. The mob of liberals besieged Kirk and Owens inside the restaurant, as you see here, and were waiting for them when they emerged. As you can see, the liberals are terrible human beings. One question, though: are there »

The Russians Are the Least of Our Problems

Featured image That is true in several respects. Many on the left are obsessed with Russian meddling in the 2016 election. I am a great deal more concerned with meddling in the election by the FBI and the CIA, which deserves to go down as the greatest scandal in American political history. Many are also expressing concern that the Russians may try to interfere in the 2018 election. I am sure they »

The Confusions of the Left, Or, When Bernie Made Sense

Featured image It’s giant bucket full-butter popcorn time watching the left not know how to react to Trump trashing the Koch brothers. Naturally I had to do up a custom meme just for the occasion. Not only are the Kochs disaffected with the Trump policy on trade, but they are also way more pro-immigration. Which brings me back to those old comments from Bernie Sanders that the left really want to make »

Blumenthal a bloomin’ idiot

Featured image Whenever I get around to running a most punchable face contest on Power Line, Connecticut Senator Richard Blumenthal will be one of the contestants. Blumenthal’s outward appearance and visible affect are the least of it. Either he is a bloomin’ idiot or he thinks he is talking to bloomin’ idiots, or both. At a rally against the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh as Supreme Court justice yesterday on Capitol Hill, for »

A Painter passing through the Dems

Featured image We’ve been following developments in Minnesota’s DFL Party as representative of the crosscurrents roiling the party nationally. The contest between appointed incumbent Tina Smith and new Democrat Richard Painter for what was Al Franken’s Senate seat must top the marquee. Smith is an utterly vacuous metropolitan leftist who formerly served as Governor Mark Dayton’s lieutenant governor. University of Minnesota Law School professor Richard Painter identified himself as a Republican when »


Featured image Hawaii Senator Mazie Hirono dearly wants to advance the Democratic talking points on illegal immigration and related issues, but she has, shall we say, a limited understanding. Working from a written script, she doesn’t know what she is talking about. On Capitol Hill yesterday she tried the patience of ICE official Matthew Albence; he gave her a brief primer on immigration law (video below). I give her credit for honesty »

Maryland governor’s race reveals Democratic fault line

Featured image Although Maryland is one of America’s bluest states, it has a Republican governor. In 2014, we elected Larry Hogan. It was only the second time in 48 years a Republican had won that office here. We haven’t had a Republican Senator since 1987. This year, the Democrats nominated Ben Jealous to run against Hogan. Jealous, formerly the head of the NAACP, is a hard leftist. He favors debt-free college, a »

Gaslighting by April Doss

Featured image I greatly admire the job that House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes has done unearthing the true story of the intelligence agencies’ “insurance” work on the 2016 election and the Democrats’ related collusion with the friends of Vladimir Putin. It is an improbable story that everyone involved has mightily sought to keep hidden from him and his colleagues. Rep. Nunes has shown himself to be a dogged and thick-skinned investigator. »

The supremacy of stupidity

Featured image We are suffocating in the stupidity of politicians such as up and coming Democrat Rep.-to-be Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a frank socialist. We are suffocating in the stupidity of the Democratic Party’s media adjunct such as MSNBC’s Chris Hayes. Hayes fancies himself a brilliant wit and I would concede that he is half-right. If breathing weren’t an autonomic function, they both might be too stupid to breathe. Glenn Reynolds provides perspective. Venezuela »

The Polls Are Crazy

Featured image You want to know where the American voter is headed, and what is likely to happen in November? Good luck. Some omens are good. Thus, the Washington Times cites the NBC/Wall St. Journal poll for the proposition that Americans increasingly see Democrats as extreme: In a new poll conducted by NBC News and The Wall Street Journal, just 33 percent of those surveyed think the Democratic Party is “in the »

A Tale of Two Ryans

Featured image Yesterday I noted that Republicans now dominate many old blue collar manufacturing districts that used to tilt decisively Democratic as recently as Bill Clinton’s time. And one of the Democrats who has made some noises about how the neglect of the working class in the heartland has been a mistake for Democrats is Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan, who unsuccessfully challenged Nancy Pelosi for the leadership of the House Democratic caucus »