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Daily Digest

  • Trump on the Move
  • Today’s Moment of Media Zen: The O’Donnell-O’Reilly Mashup
  • Dr. Roy to the Rescue Again
  • Trump vs. Obama On Foreign Policy
  • Seth Leibsohn mulls congressional run
Trump on the Move

Posted: 21 Sep 2017 04:20 PM PDT

(Steven Hayward)Well, whaddya know? Trump’s approval rating is starting to climb. And what do people like best about Trump right now? His meetings with Chuck and Nancy. From the latest Wall Street Journal/NBC Poll:

President Donald Trump’s deal with congressional Democrats to keep the government funded and provide hurricane relief is drawing strong support from across the political spectrum, a new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll has found.

The poll found 71% of adults in the U.S. approved and 8% disapproved of Mr. Trump bypassing GOP leaders to strike a short-term spending deal with Congress’s Democratic leaders, Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York and Rep. Nancy Pelosi of California.

Meanwhile, the GOP president’s job approval rating edged up for the first time since the spring, rising 3 percentage points to 43%. . . Cooperating with Mrs. Pelosi and Mr. Schumer seems to have paid dividends for Mr. Trump.

The man knows box office. Just think of how this is going to drive the “resistance” left out of its mind. Chuck and Nancy are “normalizing” Trump. He can’t be “literally Hitler” if Chuck and Nancy keep smiling on the couch and announcing the framework of deals.

Meanwhile, bad news for congressional GOP leadership:

Nearly six in ten registered Republicans are dissatisfied with the work of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.) and House Speaker Paul Ryan (R., Wis.) to achieve the party’s legislative priorities. . .

Bill McInturff, the GOP pollster who conducted the survey with Democratic pollster Fred Yang, said those findings illustrate the toll on GOP leaders of a president who has blamed them publicly for failing to deliver on key legislative promises, including repeal of the Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare.

So the person inexperienced in the ways of Washington is suddenly running circles around everyone.

And then there’s this extra ray of light:

Mrs. Pelosi engenders an even higher level of negative feelings than either GOP leader, but she retains more support within her party than Messrs. McConnell and Ryan do in theirs. Some 43% view Mrs. Pelosi in an unfavorable light, including 17% of Democrats.

This means Democrats won’t dump her, and she’ll remain an albatross around the neck of the party next year. Fun times!

Bonus numbers on single-payer health care:

With U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont bringing his universal health-care plan to the fore last week, the poll found that people are evenly split over a “single payer” health-care system in which people would get insurance from a government plan financed by taxes. Some 47% said they favored a single-payer system, while 46% opposed such a plan.

“Evenly split” means the idea is a certain political loser since a serious attack hasn’t begun. Please please run on single-payer in 2020!


Today’s Moment of Media Zen: The O’Donnell-O’Reilly Mashup

Posted: 21 Sep 2017 10:24 AM PDT

(Steven Hayward)You knew this was coming: the good people at the Free Beacon have produced a mashup of Lawrence O’Donnell and Bill O’Reilly. Now, could we get them to do a show together sometime? Just think of the fun. (Just 1:34 long.) And by all means, Stop the Hammering!

And from our pal David Deeble:


Dr. Roy to the Rescue Again

Posted: 21 Sep 2017 08:13 AM PDT

(Steven Hayward)Further to my item here Wednesday on the new Nature Geoscience article that admits the climate models have been “running hot” for more than a decade (about which the usual climatistas are unsurprisingly silent), Dr. Roy Spencer weighs in with this comment on his website:

I’m still trying to process my feelings about how the two authors, Myles Allen and Michael Grubb, might have been allowed to wander so far off the Empire’s (UN IPCC’s) reservation.

I’ve been thinking about what led to this turn of events. I’ve decided it was not some random realization by rogue elements of the Empire. It was not a tactical anomaly, but instead a strategic trial balloon of sorts.

Had John Christy or I tried to publish such a paper, Storm Troopers led by Darth Trenberth would have been quickly dispatched to put down the rebellion.

The realization by the authors that the climate models have produced too much warming since about 2000 has been out there for at least 5 years. It has been no secret, and Christy and I have been lambasted as “deniers” for repeatedly pointing it out. . .

Dr. Spencer thinks this paper is a “trial balloon” for a shift in tactics, along the lines I argued in my item—i.e., “we’ve been saying it will soon be too late, but it’s not too late to keep doing stupid things!”

Meanwhile, I got to thinking more about one of the co-authors, Michael Grubb—the one who had previously said that climate action was incompatible with democracy. Back in the recesses of my mind I seem to recall that a lot of climatistas think Grubb is rather grubby. Sure enough, one of the caches of “Climategate” emails has some threads where leading climatistas express their disdain for Grubb. For example, Tom Wigley (a prominent figure in US climate research circles) wrote in 2000: “Grubb is good at impressing ignorant people. . . Eileen Claussen [head of the Pew Climate Center] thinks he is a jerk. . . Basically he is a ‘greenie’; and he bends his ‘science’ to suit his ideological agenda.” Heh.

I heard Grubb in action once in person, in Washington DC about ten years ago. This was shortly after Katrina, and Grubb said something along the lines of how regular people could see from the weather events right in front of them that climate change is real, and that we need action now. Because of science. Or something.

So about these hurricanes. No doubt you’ve seen the revived chorus line of climatistas saying this busy hurricane season is proof of global warming, etc. Dr. Spencer, whose recent ebook An Inconvenient Deception outsold Al Gore’s latest movie and book package, is out with another ebook this week that is climbing the Amazon Kindle charts: Inevitable Disaster: Why Hurricanes Can’t Be Blamed on Global Warming. Do yourself a favor and get a copy of this one, too (only $2.99!). From the Forward:

Many of us who have tracked the weather for decades knew that the longer the hurricane hiatus lasted, the louder would be the claims of “climate change!” when the hurricanes finally made their inevitable return. [But] a summary of the historical and scientific evidence clearly shows hurricanes have little to do with anthropogenic (human-caused) climate change.

Which is pretty much what the “official” “consensus” IPCC reports on climate change say, but we are supposed to ignore that because shut up.


Trump vs. Obama On Foreign Policy

Posted: 21 Sep 2017 06:04 AM PDT

(John Hinderaker)In the wake of President Trump’s excellent speech to the United Nations General Assembly, Michael Ramirez nicely contrasts Trump’s approach with that of his predecessor. It is a timely reminder of one more thing we have to be grateful for under the new administration: no more apology tours. Click to enlarge:


Seth Leibsohn mulls congressional run

Posted: 20 Sep 2017 07:28 PM PDT

(Paul Mirengoff)Two days ago, I wrote about Kyrsten Sinema who represents Arizona’s Ninth Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives. It’s likely that Sinema will run for the Senate seeking either the seat now held by Jeff Flake or, if it opens up, the one held by John McCain.

If Sinema runs for the Senate, her House seat will be in play. The gossip mill in Arizona has it that our friend Seth Leibsohn may run for that seat.

Seth is co-host of the Seth and Chris show on 960 The Patriot in Phoenix. He’s a long time supporter of Power Line and we have had the pleasure of appearing on his show from time to time.

In addition to his radio work, Seth writes for “American Greatness.” He is also the co-founder of Arizonans for Responsible Drug Policy and a Senior Fellow at the Claremont Institute. He was Vice President of Empower America and producer, co-host, and guest host for Bill Bennett’s nationally syndicated radio show.

Seth combines a formidable conservative intellect with an extraordinary ability to communicate in writing and on the air.

We will keep readers posted about Seth’s decision on whether to run for Congress. If he decides to run, we will do what we can to support his candidacy.


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