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 imageSure, 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 imageThe 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 »

The NC-9 special election and racial politics

Featured imageYesterday, I discussed the special congressional election in North Carolina’s Ninth District. Bolstered by a rally held by President Trump the day before the election, Republican Dan Bishop won the race. However, because his margin of victory — 2 percentage points — was well below the norm in this Republican district, some in the mainstream media are viewing the election as a good sign for Democrats. Here’s the Washington Post’s »

John Bolton as scapegoat

Featured imagePresident Trump must be frustrated. That, at least, is the most innocent explanation I can think of for the way he behaves. Trump has plenty to be frustrated about. By now, if one believed candidate Trump, our border with Mexico should be secure, thanks to a big beautiful wall paid for by Mexico. It isn’t. By now, the trade war with China should be won. After all, Trump assured us »

CPAC Comes to Town

Featured imageAs I noted on Tuesday, the American Conservative Union put on a 9/11 commemorative program last night in Minnesota. It was an excellent show, attended by around 300 people, including a number of Power Line readers. This is the program in its entirety, around four hours. My panel with Ed Morrissey starts at 1:40, Senate candidate Jason Lewis comes on at 3:48, and pillow magnate Mike Lindell closes the show »

Ilhan Omar’s 9/11: Nicholas Haros explains

Featured imageNicholas Haros, Jr. lost his mother Frances in the attack on the World Trade Center on 9/11. He therefore takes Ilhan Omar’s dismissive remarks about the attack somewhat personally. Speaking at the Ground Zero memorial event yesterday, Mr. Haros addressed a portion of his remarks directly to Omar (video below). The media widely covered Mr. Haros’s remarks; Omar is a national disgrace. The New York Post covered his remarks here, »

Trump rips guy he chose as his national security adviser

Featured imageTo no one’s surprise, President Trump lashed out at John Bolton today. He said of Bolton: You know, John’s known as a tough guy. He’s so tough, he got us into Iraq. That’s tough. Actually, Bolton didn’t get the U.S. into Iraq. President Bush, Vice President Cheney, and Secretary Rumsfeld did. It’s true that Bolton favored intervening in Iraq. But so did Trump, though he falsely claims he didn’t. In »

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

Featured imageI 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 »

The NY Times Never Disappoints

Featured imageThe sharp-eyed Prof. Joshua Dunn of the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs spots this early morning tweet from the New York Times: “Airplanes took aim”??  Josh comments: “Got to get those airplanes under control, keep them from hijacking hapless terrorists.” Maybe Ilhan Omar can go with this: “Some planes did something.” Apparently the Times still employs at least one editor. They’ve deleted the tweet. But I doubt they have »

Sciutto from shinola

Featured imageLate Monday evening CNN’s Jim Sciutto reported the extraction of a CIA asset from Putin’s circle in 2017, allegedly on account of the security risk raised by President Trump being President Trump. The New York Times followed with a detailed story that contradicted the essential anti-Trump element of Sciutto’s “exclusive.” Although framed in terms of concerns about threats to the United States, both these stories represent galling breaches of national »

What spy?

Featured imageCNN and the New York Times have touted the story of the Russian CIA asset who allegedly gave us the inside dope on Vladimir Putin’s interference in our 2016 presidential election. I wrote about their coverage of the story this week in “Extract this” and “Sciutto from shinola.” Today the New York Times has a follow-up story by Andrew Higgins under the headline “What Spy? Kremlin Mocks Aide Recruited by »

Voters Don’t Like Democrats, Either

Featured imageIt 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 »

ThinkProgress Schadenfreude Alert

Featured imageThe lefty Center for American Progress has shuttered its ThinkProgress media arm, and laid off the entire ThinkProgress “news”room staff. Now on the surface, this is astonishing. Most lefty “resistance” groups are thriving right now, because raising money with Donald Trump is really easy. Lefty groups typically thrive when there’s a Republican president, because we all know that conservatives are paranoi. . . oh, wait. . . Where was I? »

GOP holds North Carolina’s Ninth District

Featured imageRepublican 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 »

Ilhan Omar’s 9/11

Featured imageReader David Lunde composed the image below to memorialize Ilhan Omar’s unique contribution to 9/11. According to Omar, it is the the day on which “some people did something.” Omar’s quote came in her tribute to the Muslim Brotherhood front organization CAIR earlier this year: “CAIR was founded after 9/11 because they recognized that some people did something and that all of us were starting to lose access to our »

A day to be proud…

Featured imageI first wrote about Rick Rescorla in 2003 after finishing James Stewart’s Heart of a Soldier, the book based on Stewart’s New Yorker article “The real heroes are dead.” (“The real heroes are dead” is what Rescorla would say in response to recognition of his heroism on the battlefield in Vietnam.) It’s a good book that touches on profound themes in a thought-provoking way: life and death, love and friendship, »