Et Tu, Harlem?
It’s debatable what’s the most loyally Democratic district in the country, but NY’s 15th District would have to be in the running. The district, centered in Harlem, went 87% for Al Gore in 2000, 90% for John Kerry in 2004, and 93% for Barack Obama in 2008, is rated D+41 by Charlie Cook, and in various formats has been represented in Congress since 1971 by | Read More »
Does Paul Krugman Understand Finance?
When it comes to the ‘framing’ of public discourse on entitlements, Paul Krugman is accustomed to writing columns that are more about issuing commands than making arguments; he has railed in the past even against President Obama for admitting that yes, we do have a problem paying for the explosive present and future growth of entitlements. But even for this genre of “there is no | Read More »
Obama Chooses Sides In Favor of the Ground Zero Mosque
Last night, as part of a Ramadan celebration, President Obama waded into the controversy over the Cordoba Initiative mosque within sight of Ground Zero. In so doing, he unambiguously chose sides with those who see this deliberate provocation as a positive good. It is unsurprising, given what we already know about him, that President Obama would decline to support using government power to block the | Read More »
The Ground Zero Mosque and The Obama Administration
The debate over the “Ground Zero Mosque” presents two separate questions: (1) Whether the mosque is wrong and should be stopped. (2) Whether some arm of the government should be the ones to stop it. Tellingly, liberal defenders of the project have talked almost exclusively about the second point, and avoided the first. While I joined wholeheartedly in the RedState editorial last week condemning the | Read More »
BREAKING: Ted Stevens Killed in Plane Crash
UPDATE: Well, the story had been confirmed by a friend of Stevens, but it appears we are in “fog of war” territory here as far as news is concerned. Former Alaska Senator Ted Stevens has been confirmed killed in a small-plane crash in Alaska this morning. Stevens was 86. It’s ironic that Senator Stevens would meet his end in a plane crash; he earned the | Read More »
The Prop 8 Decision: Having It Both Ways
Judge Vaughan Walker, the chief district judge of the US District Court for the Northern District of California, handed down his post-trial decision yesterday in Perry v. Schwarzenegger, holding that Proposition 8 – the referendum approved by California voters in 2008, amending the California Constitution to define marriage as between a man and a woman and thus deny recognition to same-sex “marriages” – violates the | Read More »
The Not-Popular Party
Much of the behavior of Democratic Senate candidates can be explained by one simple fact: very few of them are going to get 50% of the vote this fall. Even the candidates who have a good chance to win are going to struggle to get to 50%. Let’s take a quick look at the RealClearPolitics polling averages for the 22 Senate races that RCP lists | Read More »
The BP Shakedown: Paying Off The Democrats’ Mistakes
If you want to see a rank example of the unhealthy symbiosis between Big Government and Big Business, consider this morning’s announcement by BP that “it will set up a $100 million charitable fund to support unemployed oil rig workers experiencing economic hardship due to the deepwater drilling moratorium imposed by the Obama administration.” At first glance, you might say, this is a good thing: | Read More »
Who Do You Trust? Not Congress.
New annual poll from Gallup on who America’s most trusted institutions are – and it’s almost entirely bad news for the Left. Topping the list? Five institutions consistently targeted and mistrusted by the Left: (1) the military (trusted by 76%), (2) small business (66%, the only other institution over 60), (3) the police, (4) church/organized religion, and (5) the medical system. The bottom? Congress (11% | Read More »
Deficits Are A Symptom. The Problem Is Spending.
Do deficits matter? The Obama Administration has been in something of a quandary lately as to whether to primarily emphasize its plans to spend more taxpayer money as “stimulus” or to paint itself as fighting against deficits. The former has the advantage of looking like the White House is doing – or trying against GOP opposition to do – something about the economy and its | Read More »
Why General McChrystal Must Be Fired – But President Obama May Not Be Able To
President Obama should fire General Stanley McChrystal, the U.S. commander in Afghanistan, for a highly impolitic interview Gen. McChrystal gave to Rolling Stone magazine (of all places) mocking the Vice President and the U.S. Ambassador in Afghanistan, among others, and making evident his disdain for the Administration’s civilian management of the war effort. Obama should fire him – but he’s painted himself into a corner | Read More »
The Face of Sanctions
News came Monday that the Israeli navy had boarded a flotilla of ships seeking to run Israel’s blockade of Gaza, setting off an incident that ended with the Israelis shooting a number of people on board the ship. The immediate controversy is over what happened on board: the Israelis say they were attacked upon boarding by assailants wielding knives and clubs. Who you believe depends | Read More »
Club for Growth Goes In For Angle, Hits Lowden
With Danny Tarkanian apparently fading, the June 8 Nevada Senate primary race to face Harry Reid is going to come down to conservative Sharron Angle against moderate, establishment candidate Sue Lowden. Lowden has already kicked up a fuss with the observation that in the days before health insurance, people who lacked money for care – at least in rural areas and small towns – would | Read More »
Of The Government, By The Government, For The Government
I noted this in RedHot yesterday – a great Mark Steyn column, as usual, on Greece and what it means: From the Times of London: “The President of Greece warned last night that his country stood on the brink of the abyss after three people were killed when an anti-government mob set fire to the Athens bank where they worked.” Almost right. They were not | Read More »
BREAKING: Democratic CT-SEN Candidate Richard Blumenthal Has Lied For Years About Serving in Vietnam
The NY Times has the story; the longtime crusading state Attorney General (he was Eliot Spitzer before Eliot Spitzer was), Richard Blumenthal has sometimes just implied it, but on other occasions (including one the NYT has on video) he’s said outright that he served in the Marines in Vietnam, when in fact he enlisted in a stateside Marine Reserve unit only near the end of | Read More »