House of Representatives

Prospective “squad” member loses in Ohio [UPDATED]

Featured image Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s “squad” won’t be adding a member from Ohio this year. Last night, in a special election in Ohio’s 11th congressional district, the “establishment” Democrat, Shontel Brown, defeated far-leftist Nina Turner. The margin was around seven points (51-44) when AP called the race for Brown. Turner is a nationally-known figure. Bernie Sanders is a fan, as is Ocasio-Cortez. In fact, Turner served as Sanders’ “chief surrogate” during his presidential »

In an upset, Trump-endorsed Texas candidate loses congressional race

Featured image Tuesday was election day in a special race to select a successor to Rep. Ron Wright in Texas’ Sixth Congressional District. Wright died from the Wuhan coronavirus. The candidates were Wright’s widow, Susan Wright, and Texas state Rep. Jake Ellzey. Both are conservative Republicans. Susan Wright was the favorite and the leader in polls. She won the most votes in the primary, in which Ellzey barely finished second, just 354 »

Pelosi vetoes Jordan; McCarthy pulls GOP from “select” committee

Featured image Yesterday, I wrote about Kevin McCarthy’s picks for the select subcommittee to investigate the events of January 6 of this year. McCarthy made five selections, including Jim Jordan. It was far from clear that Nancy Pelosi would consent to Jordan serving on the committee, and she wasted little time in vetoing the Ohio Republican. She also nixed Jim Banks, another of McCarthy’s choices. McCarthy, in turn, wasted little time in »

Jim Jordan did what?

Featured image Kevin McCarthy has named five Republicans to serve on the House select committee that will investigate the events of January 6. The House Minority leader selected Jim Banks (Indiana), Jim Jordan (Ohio), Rodney Davis (Illinois), Kelly Armstrong (North Dakota), and Troy Nehls (Texas). Banks will be the ranking member. At Hot Air, Allahpundit categorizes Banks and Jordan as thoroughgoing MAGA members, which seems fair. Banks issued a statement that leaves »

The Omar clarification

Featured image Even some of her Democratic colleagues must be tired of Rep. Ilhan Omar. This tweet by Omar set off 12 Democratic colleagues who happen to be Jewish. We must have the same level of accountability and justice for all victims of crimes against humanity. We have seen unthinkable atrocities committed by the U.S., Hamas, Israel, Afghanistan, and the Taliban. I asked @SecBlinken where people are supposed to go for justice. »

Regarding Elise Stefanik

Featured image In 2014, we made Elise Stefanik one of our Power Line picks — that is, one of the candidates we urged our readers to back financially. The decision was mine, based on a recommendation by one of my daughters. I understood that Stefanik was less conservative than many of our readers and, indeed, less conservative than I am. However, I liked her positions on national security issues and believed she »

Regarding Liz Cheney, another take

Featured image Liz Cheney is about to be removed from her post in the GOP House leadership. Some conservatives are quite unhappy about this and some liberals pretend to be. Our friend Jim Dueholm, once a law partner of John and Scott, disagrees. He offers this opinion: I’ve long admired the Cheneys, father and daughter. Liz, like her father, is whip-smart, a reliable conservative, a sure Republican vote in the House, but »

Regarding Liz Cheney

Featured image Rep. Liz Cheney seems destined to lose her position in the GOP House leadership. One could almost infer from her actions that she’s determined to lose it. The mainstream media is playing Cheney’s likely ouster for all its worth. Cheney is now portrayed as a hero who is too good for the current, Trump-dominated Republican Party. (These are some of the same lefty media stalwarts who portrayed Cheney’s father as »

More 2022 worries for House Dems

Featured image Last week, I wrote about the decision of Rep. Cheri Bustos not to seek reelection in 2022, and the possibility that the Illinois congresswoman’s retirement might cost the Democrats a seat in the House. I also mentioned that several other House Dems from potentially competitive seats — Cindy Axne of Iowa, Tim Ryan of Ohio, and Val Demings and Stephanie Murphy of Florida — are considering leaving the House to »

Leading House Dem won’t seek reelection

Featured image Rep. Cheri Bustos (D-IL) has announced that she will not seek reelection in 2022. Bustos was head of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee last year (currently, she heads the House Democratic Steering Committee). The Democrats were expected to gain seats in 2020, but ended up losing some and barely holding their House majority. In addition, Bustos, who had won reelection in 2016 by 20 points even though Donald Trump carried »

Kash on the barrelhead

Featured image Lee Smith’s The Plot Against the President: The True Story of How Congressman Devin Nunes Uncovered the Biggest Political Scandal in U.S. History is one of the keys to understanding the Russia hoax brought to us by the Clinton campaign, the Democratic Party, and the FBI. I wrote about it when it was published in the fall of 2019. With Lee’s permission, I also posted a brief excerpt touching on »

Were these 12 Republicans churlish? I don’t think so.

Featured image A dozen House Republicans voted against a resolution to award Congressional Gold Medals, one of the nation’s highest civilian honors, to the Capitol Police, the D.C. police, and the Smithsonian Institution in recognition of their defense of the U.S. Capitol on January 6. To understand the votes of these Republicans one needs to look at the loaded language the Democrats smuggled into the resolution being voted on. It states: On »

It’s not easy being Greene

Featured image The House — i.e., House Democrats joined by 11 Republicans, on a near party-line vote — removed Republican outlier Marjorie Taylor Greene from the committees to which she had been assigned. The AP story on the vote is here. Condemning the remarks that have brought Greene into disrepute, Senator Tom Cotton commented further on yesterday’s edition of SiriusXM’s Breitbart News Daily with host Alex Marlow: “Make no mistake, plenty of »

Today’s Flashpoint: Marjorie Taylor Greene

Featured image In November, the previously unknown Marjorie Taylor Greene was elected to Georgia’s open 14th Congressional District seat in a landslide. Now, after being in office less than a month, she is the object of a hate campaign by the Democrats, who are demanding that she be stripped of all committee assignments, and preferably kicked out of the House. It is reported that the Democrats’ press arm is trying to make »

Brian Mast stands tall

Featured image Republican House Rep. Brian Mast represents Florida’s 18th Congressional District. Yesterday he had the temerity to vote against the impeachment of President Trump. CNN’s Jake Tapper, need we say, disapproved, and in the process called Mast’s commitment to democracy into question. Tapper is apparently incapable of embarrassment. Rep. Mast is an Army veteran who lost two legs in the course of his service in Afghanistan. He did not take Tapper’s »

Impeachment for the hell of it

Featured image Watching the House impeach President Trump for the second time today, a week before Trump’s scheduled departure from office, I was reminded of the title of Abbie Hoffman’s book Revolution for the Hell of It. This was Impeachment for the Hell of It. The whole impeachment thing has become a matter of political theater, about as serious as Nancy Pelosi’s shredding of the text of Trump’s State of the Union »

The impeachment express rolls on

Featured image Democrats and their media complex have sought to remove President Trump from office since the day he became president. The day before yesterday the pretext was the Russia hoax. It was a day that lasted three long years, but put that to one side. Yesterday it was the Ukraine piffle (as Michael Goodwin calls it) and impeachment, round 1. Today, as Trump’s term in office comes to a close, it »