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PowerLine -> A sore loser seeks to help reelect Joe Manchin – What’s Wrong With Those Texans?
- A sore loser seeks to help reelect Joe Manchin
- What’s Wrong With Those Texans?
- After the deal
- “Stürm das Cockpit, oder du stirbst!”
- University Suicide Watch, Chapter 4
|A sore loser seeks to help reelect Joe Manchin
Posted: 21 May 2018 04:45 PM PDT
(Paul Mirengoff)Hillary Clinton has a lock on the sore loser of the century award. But dishonorable mention goes to Don Blankenship.
Recently, Blankenship, a convicted criminal, finished third in the West Virginia Republican Senate primary. Today, he announced that he will run as a third party candidate on the Constitution Party ticket.
If Blankenship really cared about the Constitution, or about conservatism, he wouldn’t launch a quixotic campaign the only possible impact of which might be to elect a Democrat, thereby making it more difficult for President Trump to confirm judicial nominees whose decisions will adhere faithfully to the Constitution.
Fortunately, West Virginia has a “sore loser” law. It states that a candidate who runs for the nomination of a major political party and loses “cannot change her or his voter registration to a minor-party organization/unaffiliated candidate to take advantage of the later filing deadlines and have their name on the subsequent general election ballot.”
This provision appears to bar Blankenship from running on another ticket. A spokesman for the West Virginia Secretary of State has said that it does. However, the law isn’t written as clearly as it might have been.
Blankenship says he’ll proceed with his plan to run as a third party candidate and take his chances in court. The last time he took a chance in court a jury found him guilty in connection with an explosion at one of his coal mines that killed 29 workers.
What a guy!
|What’s Wrong With Those Texans?
Posted: 21 May 2018 04:20 PM PDT
(John Hinderaker)That’s the question the Associated Press asks, following the school shootings in Santa Fe: “School shooting may not bring change to gun-loving Texas.”
What’s interesting is that the AP never hints at what “gun restrictions” the State of Texas ought to adopt. Indeed, it becomes obvious that the AP reporter, speaking for liberals and the mainstream of the Democratic Party, doesn’t much care: any restrictions will do.
In the Santa Fe case, the murderer, Dimitrios Pagourtzis, was too young to buy firearms, so tightening of firearms purchasing procedures wouldn’t have applied to him. The guns he used belonged to his father who, as far as we know, purchased them legally and would have been able to do so under any regime that has been proposed. The AP actually admits that the “gun restrictions” advocated by the Left would have done no good:
“Probably?” Those measures certainly would have been ineffective. But it doesn’t matter: in the AP’s eyes, resistance on the part of Texans to taking futile steps is blameworthy, while the one action that probably will work, most of the time–guarding and hardening schools as potential targets–is dismissed as “backed by the NRA.”
What the AP essentially admits is that virtue signaling is an end in itself, divorced from any intent to actually achieve any positive result. But then, why, exactly, is it a virtue?
|After the deal
Posted: 21 May 2018 02:55 PM PDT
(Scott Johnson)This morning Secretary of State Mike Pompeo delivered his first public address on President Trump’s termination of the absurd and humiliating nuclear deal with Iran. The speech came less than two weeks after President Trump’s May 8 announcement that the United States would withdraw from President Obama’s deal with the Iranian regime, a/k/a – the world’s leading state sponsor of terror. Heritage President Kay Coles James briefly introduced Secretary Pompeo and then joined him on stage for a brief discussion following his prepared remarks.
The State Department has posted the transcript of the event and the video here. I have embedded the Heritage video below. This is a crucial speech on a top issue of national security. It puts paid to the Obama legacy of appeasement, accommodation, and self-abasement.
It is an excellent speech on all points in issue. As such, it represents an essential part of Trump’s great unraveling of Obama doctrine. Savor the moment!
Quotable quote: “No more. No more wealth creation for Iranian kleptocrats. No more acceptance of missiles landing in Riyadh and in the Golan Heights. No more cost-free expansions of Iranian power. No more.”
|“Stürm das Cockpit, oder du stirbst!”
Posted: 21 May 2018 01:59 PM PDT
(Steven Hayward)I have stumbled across the funniest thing I’ve read in a long while, and the fact that I don’t read much German makes it all the better. The German newspaper Zeit had an article last week explaining how Donald Trump should be understood as an epigone of Leo Strauss. All I can say is they’re a little late to the party because that’s what the paranoid left said about George W. Bush over a decade ago. But Bush’s Straussianism supposedly explained that the problem was the desire to spread democracy around the planet, at the point of a gun if necessary. The complaint of this Zeit article is just the opposite—Trump is a Straussian isolationist, disdainful of America’s importance and necessary engagement with the world. Two Strausses in one! The great thing about the Left today is their inability to get their story straight.
You don’t need to read German to get the point: it’s Claremont’s fault! I suggest reading this aloud in your best Colonel Klink accent to appreciate the full humor:
Now, you can run all this through Google translate to get a rough translation if you want, but I say it is more fun in the original German. And this is as good a reason as any to remind readers to check out our podcast last week with the aforesaid “Claremonter Philosophen” Michael Anton if you haven’t already.
|University Suicide Watch, Chapter 4
Posted: 21 May 2018 10:58 AM PDT
(Steven Hayward)When last we checked in on the unassisted suicide-in-progress of American universities, we noted that Hiram College in Ohio is eliminating several departments in the humanities and social sciences, following the similar announcement of a University of Wisconsin branch campus. Today’s humanities demolition derby is occurring at Rider University in New Jersey, as reported this morning in the Wall Street Journal. This news is upsetting the faculty! Cue the world’s smallest violin:
Good luck with that whole “academic mission” thing if students are fleeing your departments.
Meanwhile, down at Washington and Lee University in Virginia, the bookstore pulled copies of a children’s book about Robert E. Lee’s horse, Traveller, because of faculty complaints. I’m guessing the complaining faculty doesn’t like any competition to be the biggest horse’s asses on campus:
William Dudley, president of Washington and Lee, lived up (or rather, down) to his duty to be a spineless wimp by writing to the book’s author on April 2:
Yes, Washington and Lee are named for George Washington and Robert E. Lee. In fact, Lee served as president of Washington and Lee after the Civil War, when it was just Washington College. His name was added to the university later. Strange that the faculty and students haven’t demanded that Lee’s name is dropped from the university. And just wait until they learn that George Washington owned slaves, and shot people dead during the Revolutionary War.