House of Representatives

Explicating Ilhan Omar [With Comment by John]

Featured image Rep. Ilhan Omar’s exchange with Special Envoy for Venezuela Elliott Abrams yesterday consumed less than five minutes, yet it warrants close scrutiny (C-SPAN video below). As a newly installed member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee doing her thing, we see the devolution of the Democratic Party. Omar begins by calling Abrams “Mr. Adams.” She pretends to deep knowledge about him, launching an ad hominem attack on Abrams for wrongdoing »

A message to Ilhan Omar

Featured image The Washington Examiner’s Naomi Lim reports that yesterday the House passed an amendment to a resolution with a message to Ilhan Omar: “In rare vote, House sends a message on anti-Semitism to Ilhan Omar.” We have Rep. David Kustoff (R., Tenns.) to thank for this: The House on Wednesday unanimously passed a broad condemnation of anti-Semitism days after Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., received widespread criticism over her comments on Israel. »

Green New Deal: Massive or not massive?

Featured image That Green New Deal promoted by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is the hot new thing for Democrats running for president. Even Minnesota’s fake moderate Amy Klobuchar has signed on to it. I think the message slightly below the surface of the buried Green New Deal FAQ is that it is insane and tyrannical. If you seek to immiserate the United States and its people, this is the path. While the floor is »

Ilhan Omar: Why I hate Israel, cont’d

Featured image Minnesota Fifth District Rep. Ilhan Omar is a supporter of the Boycott Divestment Sanctions (BDS) Movement and an opponent of the state of Israel. She likens Israel to South Africa, calling it an “apartheid regime.” See, for example, the speech she gave on the floor of the Minnesota legislature in support of the BDS Movement that I transcribed in “Ilhan Omar: Why I hate Israel.” Omar’s opposition to the contrary »

“They need to start with themselves”

Featured image Maria Bartiromo interviewed former House Intelligence Committee Chairman and current Ranking Member Devin Nunes on her FOX News Sunday Morning Futures show yesterday. I have posted the 16-minute video clip of Rep. Nunes’s appearance below. Mocked and reviled by the Democrats and their media adjunct, Nunes is the voice of truth on the Mueller Switch Project and related issues. What did he have to say yesterday? Bartiromo asked Nunes to »

Ilhan Omar carries on

Featured image The Star Tribune is the hometown newspaper of international superstar and Minnesota Fifth District Rep. Ilhan Omar. As a state legislator she was the subject of the documentary Time For Ilhan. Hey, does anybody really know what time it is? The Star Tribune has given Omar celebrity treatment at every step of her career since the moment in 2016 when she won the primary to represent a heavily Somali district »

An open letter to Scott Gillespie

Featured image Scott Gillespie is the editorial editor and vice president of the Star Tribune. He is in charge of the opinion side of the newspaper. In his daily email newsletter on Monday, Scott discussed the paper’s coverage of Rep. Ilhan Omar under the subject heading “Opining on Ilhan Omar.” I think it’s fair to say that Scott is proud of it. I asked Scott if I could have his permission to »

Scott Gillespie: Opining on Ilhan Omar

Featured image Scott Gillespie is the editorial editor and vice president of the Star Tribune. He is in charge of the opinion side of the newspaper. In his daily email newsletter yesterday, Scott discussed the paper’s coverage of Rep. Ilhan Omar under the subject heading “Opining on Ilhan Omar.” I think it’s fair to say that Scott is proud of the paper’s coverage of Omar. I wrote Scott to say that I »

The Star Tribune chides Omar

Featured image I think if Rep. Ilhan Omar were a Republican, her hometown newspaper would be ferreting out fellow Republicans for their response to her frankly expressed deep thoughts on Israel. As it is, the Star Tribune fails even to report them. I tried to do the work that the Star Tribune won’t do in the City Journal column “A question for Democrats.” Omar was in the national news last week with »

“Shutdown” politics

Featured image “House to test Trump on wall.” So reads the headline (paper edition) of the lead story in today’s Washington Post. The statement is true. However, it’s also true that Trump will test the new House. I think the test he poses might be the stiffer one. The Democrats have a constituency — government workers — that will clamor for an end to the shutdown. Trump has no such constituency. Not »

House passes First Step

Featured image As expected, the House passed First Step, the leniency legislation for federal felons, by a vote of 358-36. Here are the House members, all Republicans, who voted against the jailbreak, in defiance of White House arm-twisting, threats from leadership over committee assignments, and big money interests like the Koch Brothers: Ralph Abraham (LA) Robert Aderholt (AL) Brian Babin (TX) Andy Biggs (AZ) Mo Brooks (AL) Ken Buck (CO) Bradley Byrne »

How can Love survive? The answer

Featured image With a little help from the lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein, I asked last week “How can Love survive?” Unlike Rodgers, my reference wasn’t romantic. I was holding out hope for Utah Fourth District Rep. Mia Love in her contest with Democratic challenger Ben McAdams. As of this past Friday, Love had pulled ahead of McAdams for the first time by a few hundred votes. In the final result certified yesterday, »

Orange (County) is the new blue

Featured image The vote counting in California congressional races continued until Democrats carried every district in Orange County. The Democrats flipped four seats formerly held by Republicans in the county. The last of the four races to be called yielded the victory of Democrat Gil Cisneros over Republican Young Kim (who held the lead on election night). The AP reports the result and looks back here. What happened? In the American Spectator »

House lifts ban on headwear to accommodate Ilhan Omar

Featured image The House of Representatives has lifted a 181-year-old ban against wearing hats on the floor of the House. The ban was instituted in 1837 as to push back against the British custom of wearing hats in parliament. The change has been made to accommodate newly-elected Ilhan Omar, a Muslim who wears hijab. It will also enable another newly-elected Muslim, Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, to do the same. In addition, Democrats »

How can Love survive? [updated]

Featured image In his press conference following the midterm elections last week, President Trump unloaded on Utah Fourth District Rep. Mia Love. Trump scolded or mocked her, saying that that Love “gave me no love.” He added: “And she lost. Too bad. Sorry about that Mia.” Trump’s comments implied a cause and effect relationship between Love’s lack of enthusiasm for Trump and the difficulties she faced in her district. This has the »

Fudge to Pelosi: I’ll see your gender and raise you my race

Featured image Yesterday, in a post about the opposition to Nancy Pelosi’s bid to become House Speaker, I noted that, thus far, no one has stepped forward to run against Pelosi. You can’t beat somebody with nobody. I added that if somebody emerges to oppose Pelosi, it had better be a woman. Otherwise, Pelosi and her backers are sure to play the gender card, and the new House members who are resisting »

Speaker Pelosi? Not so fast

Featured image Three days ago in a post called “Speaker Pelosi?” I discussed the opposition to Nancy Pelosi from within her caucus. It seemed to me then that Pelosi would overcome that opposition and regain the Speakership. Today, the picture seems less favorable to Pelosi. According to the Washington Post: House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi on Wednesday faced solid opposition from at least 17 Democrats and encountered a significant bloc of undecided »