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  • Some Additional July 4 Notes
  • Mid-Week in Pictures: July 4 Edition
  • Gen X, D.C. style
  • Chris Christie’s day at the beach
  • A New Theme from Glenn Reynolds
Some Additional July 4 Notes

Posted: 04 Jul 2017 02:04 PM PDT

(Steven Hayward)

My favorite indictment against King George III in the Declaration of Independence is this short passage that applies more fully today than in 1776:

He has erected a Multitude of new Offices, and sent hither Swarms of Officers to harrass our People, and eat out their Substance.

Yep. That’s why this is the feel-good story of the day, even though CBS surely doesn’t think so:

Meanwhile, the next time a liberal expresses outrage that you doubt their patriotism, or, worse, accuse them of hating America, just refer them to this tweet (from a NY Daily News columnist, no less—and yet the media wonder why Trump describes them as the enemy of America):

So in this case, there’s only one remedy:


Mid-Week in Pictures: July 4 Edition

Posted: 04 Jul 2017 11:59 AM PDT

(Steven Hayward)

Look at the bright side (so to speak): at least Governor Christie didn’t take off his shirt. That would clear any beach and might have brought down the plane the snapped the pic of him validating why the government should own as little land as possible. In any case, here’s to the 4th:


But let’s remember what we have to celebrate on the beach this summer:


Nine years ago today. Winning!

And coming next month—more winning!

And finally. . .


Gen X, D.C. style

Posted: 04 Jul 2017 10:44 AM PDT

(Paul Mirengoff)

The District of Columbia Department of Motor Vehicles proudly announces that it has become the first jurisdiction in the United States to issue a gender neutral drivers license. The historic event took place on June 27, when it issued a license to Nic Sakurai with the gender listed as “X.”

The DMV advises applicants, and as well license holders interested in changing their gender designation, as follows:

Applicants should indicate on the form the gender designation that is the best fit for them. Please
note transgender people may identify as male, female, or neither male nor female. Additionally,
people of any gender may choose not to disclose their gender using an X marker.

The DMV further advises:

An applicant is not required to have already changed their gender designation on their birth certificate or other forms of identification to change their gender on their District ID or license, and is not required to have matching gender designations on all forms of identification.

Congratulations to the District of Columbia for issuing id cards that allow one to opt out of identifying, and of identifying accurately, the most distinguishing of all characteristics.


Chris Christie’s day at the beach

Posted: 04 Jul 2017 09:31 AM PDT

(Paul Mirengoff)

In early 2016, when candidates Donald Trump and Chris Christie were double-teaming candidate Marco Rubio, Trump liked to say that Rubio couldn’t get elected dog-catcher in Florida.

Trump was wrong. That November, the good people of Florida reelected Rubio to the U.S. Senate.

Could Christie get elected dog-catcher in New Jersey? Maybe last week, though with his approval rating as governor at 15 percent, it wouldn’t have been easy. Now, I think he would have no chance.

Christie and New Jersey Democrats had been locked in a stalemate over the state’s budget. As a result, state parks and beaches, along with many other government services, were closed. With the long July 4th weekend coming up, the closing of the state beaches was a downer for many Jersey residents.

Not for Chris Christie and his family. They spent Sunday lounging on a state beach that was closed to the public as a result of the budget standoff. The beach adjoined an official vacation mansion that is available for use by the New Jersey governor.

Christie’s beach outing was captured from the sky by a photographer for a New Jersey newspaper. The photo of Christie and his brood on an otherwise deserted state beach was juxtaposed with photos of overcrowded non-state beaches that were available to the public. Naturally, the story created a sensation.

Christie explained that the beach outing had been planned long ago by his son who was visiting from out of town. “We don’t have a lot of time to spend together as a family anymore,” he said. But the family could have spent time together without being on the beach. His wouldn’t have been the only New Jersey family inconvenienced by the absence, for the first part of the weekend, of a budget deal. (A deal was reached on Monday.)

Christie’s other, more to the point response was to say: “That’s just the way it goes. Run for governor, and you can have a residence.” This kind of talk once endeared Christie to New Jersey voters. It also had many Republicans in other jurisdictions thinking about Christie for president.

But that was when his combativeness seemed to be brought to bear in support of the little guy, against insider coziness, if not corruption. Now, it is being brought to bear in support of the governor’s coziness while the little guy can’t use the state the beach.

As Republican strategist Kevin Madden, who advised Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign, put it:

[Christie’s] rise to national prominence was that he had this reputation as a fighter, and that when he was fighting, he was on the side of the Everyman and the New Jersey taxpayer against the status quo. I think the danger of the photos is that it undermines that.

Actually, as his approval number shows, Christie’s reputation already was undermined by bridge-gate, among other things. After beach-gate, it is probably destroyed.

Christie may not care. It’s doubtful that he intends to run for office in New Jersey again.

The big question for Christie is whether, once his term as governor expires, he will receive an appointment from President Trump to a position more substantial than dog-catcher. Currently, he chairs a presidential commission on the opioid epidemic.

Trump may not be the kind of guy who holds Christie’s beach outing against him, though it would likely be the subject of a nasty tweet if Christie were a political opponent. On the other hand, it’s possible that Trump will shy away from bestowing a major appointment on a man who is the object of so much ridicule.

In any case, Christie can serve as an object lesson for Trump. Just a few years ago, Christie was much more popular in New Jersey than Trump has ever been nationally. Now, in part because of his arrogance, Christie is about as popular as the plague.

Trump may not be sufficiently tone-deaf to pull some of the stunts that helped cause Christie’s popularity to tank. But those who defend, across-the-board, Trump’s defiance of presidential norms, on the theory that it doesn’t seem to have hurt him yet, should entertain the possibility that he is beginning to lose political capital in something like the way Christie did.


A New Theme from Glenn Reynolds

Posted: 04 Jul 2017 09:27 AM PDT

(Steven Hayward)

Glenn Reynolds, the ubermensch of the blogosphere, has a number of running heads on Instapundit that he either created or extends in the most creative ways. You’ll recognize them:

 Higher education bubble update.

 Choose the form of your destructor.

 Teach women not to rape.

 Why are Democrat run cities such cesspools of violence and racism?

 They told me if Trump were elected we’d see [fill in the blank with liberalism responsible for some villainy].

 On why good reform ideas are rejected: “Not enough opportunities for graft and corruption.”

 On journalists, “Just think of him as a Democratic operative with a byline, and it all makes sense.”


 Layers of editors and fact checkers.

 Have you hugged a fracker today?

 And of course: Heh.

But there’s one new slogan that I hope catches on and is seen frequently:

• You don’t mess with the Power Line guys.

As Glenn would say, “heh.”

In case you need reminders:



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