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PowerLine -> John Hinderaker – Leftist Mob Besieges Tucker Carlson
- Announcement: Me @ University of San Diego
- Loose Ends (53)
- Leftist Mob Besieges Tucker Carlson
- David Steinberg, welcome to my world
- Irreconcilable differences
|Announcement: Me @ University of San Diego
Posted: 08 Nov 2018 10:21 AM PST
(Steven Hayward)For Power Line readers in the San Diego area, have I got the deal for you! And it’s free.
Next Tuesday I’ll be delivering the annual Joan E. Bowles-James Madison Distinguished Lecture at the University of San Diego, at 6 pm. And as suggested above, it is free and open to the public. You can get all of the location details and such at this link (which you should pass along to your curious and interested friends).
I’ll be speaking on the topic, “Justice Without Hyphens: The Eroding Foundations of Law.” It has some overlap with the lecture I am delivering at Yale today, but I doubt there are many bicoastal Power Line readers who would have a chance to attend both. And in any case, I am modifying it a bit for Tuesday, to apply the main line of argument to the domain of law and legal education. Here’s the summary description:
In case you’re wondering—yes, I am pondering making my next book about this subject, and both of these lectures are unveiling all new material. And for readers who aren’t able to come, not to worry: I’ll likely be able to offer one or both lectures are podcasts down the road.
As a teaser, here’s another sample from the text that I’m still refining:
And without giving away too much of the plot twists and surprises, the conclusion is that after shoveling away huge piles of postmodernist manure, you find only an invisible unicorn.
|Loose Ends (53)
Posted: 08 Nov 2018 07:35 AM PST
(Steven Hayward)• Elizabeth Warren is the gift that keeps on giving:
• But running a close second is this theme from the left, as is expressed in this tweet by a political science professor at the University of Wisconsin:
You can see why political “science” is in such trouble these days. Law professor David Bernstein makes quick work of this stupidity:
Though I have to say, runner-up in the stupid tweet-take department has to be this one:
Remind me again who the Hispanic candidate was in that race? Oh yeah . . . the guy named Cruz. The other guy was whiter than the inside of a snowball. Oh, and how do you “beard” an argument? Is this some kind of new hipster talent I haven’t heard of?
• Echoing what I said yesterday about how environmental initiatives mostly failed at the ballot Tuesday, Tyler Cowan writes that the carbon tax is dead:
I like Tyler’s work a lot, but in this last point, he is simply naive: raising taxes is the main point for many climatistas. Fixing a crisis without expanding government is no fun at all. I hope Tom Steyer keeps spending millions on behalf of such initiatives. Someday he’ll run out of money.
|Leftist Mob Besieges Tucker Carlson
Posted: 08 Nov 2018 06:54 AM PST
(John Hinderaker)In the wake of the midterms, the left hasn’t missed a beat. Last night, an Antifa fascist mob besieged Tucker Carlson’s home, chanting threats against Carlson and his family (“We know where you sleep”). This kind of sickening behavior has become typical of American liberals:
The question that came to my mind watching this video was, does Tucker own a shotgun?
|David Steinberg, welcome to my world
Posted: 08 Nov 2018 04:49 AM PST
(Scott Johnson)PJ Media New York City editor David Steinberg devoted four investigative posts to newly elected Minnesota Fifth District Rep. Ilhan Omar. In chronological order, for the record, here they are: “Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) Perjury Evidence Blacked Out by Minnesota Media” (August 8); “Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) Perjury Evidence Blacked Out by Minnesota Media” (August 12); ‘Official School Records Support Claims That Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) Married Her Brother” (October 23); “Address Records Show Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) Still Lived With Her First Husband Throughout Marriage To Her Apparent Brother” (October 30).
Conducting his investigation from New York on what must be a low, low budget, Steinberg has performed a public service with a high degree of difficulty. He has put the Star Tribune to shame. He has contributed to our understanding of “The curious case of Ilhan Omar,” as I’ve been calling it for the past two years. Steinberg shows the case to be curiouser and curiouser.
For me, the biggest takeaway from Tuesday’s elections in Minnesota is the nonfeasance of the press in general and the Star Tribune in particular. In lieu of anything substantive, to take one example, we get Andy Sullivan’s October 31 Reuters profile of Omar (with bonus Trump bashing): “Once a refugee, Somali-American appears headed to U.S. Congress.” We get Erin Golden’s festive Star Tribune post-election story “Ilhan Omar again makes history, becoming 1st Somali-American elected to U.S. House.” We get, in other words, glorified public relations serving Democrats.
For purposes of contrast, try to find a story celebrating the election of Young Kim in California’s 39th Congressional District (parts of Los Angeles, Orange, and San Bernardino Counties) on Tuesday. Kim will succeed Ed Royce. Kim is a South Korean immigrant who is the first Korean woman elected to Congress. The Examiner’s Tiana Lowe has drawn the contrast with the press celebrating Omar.
In the immediate aftermath of Omar’s election on Tuesday, Steinberg now looks back in “105 Articles Cover Ilhan Omar’s Win. Zero Cover Her Anti-Semitism, Finance Investigations, or Perjury Evidence.” Steinberg compiles a list of stories celebrating Omar in one way or another and reflects: “The media has made the following decision: Presenting Ilhan Omar as a symbol is more valuable information for the public than presenting Ilhan Omar as an individual with a remarkably troubling background. Transparently, the media has decided this is a hill to die on. Their reputations, their readers’ trust, the rule of law, and America’s struggle against anti-Semitism are secondary to pleasurable, if false, symbolism.”
Posted: 07 Nov 2018 07:26 PM PST
(Paul Mirengoff)Jeff Sessions is out as Attorney General. His ouster was inevitable. He and President Trump have irreconcilable differences about the role of the AG.
Sessions believes it’s the Attorney General’s job to enforce federal law; advance the president’s agenda on law enforcement, immigration, civil rights, etc.; and conduct himself ethically at all times.
Trump believes it’s the Attorney General’s job to be his wingman.
Trump wouldn’t have needed a wingman if he hadn’t stupidly kept slimy egomaniac James Comey on as FBI director. Had he shown a modicum of good judgment, Trump would have ousted Comey in roughly as prompt a relationship to Inauguration Day as Sessions’ ouster is to Election Day. In that event, Comey’s firing would not have led to the appointment of a special counsel.
But Trump erred and thus wants his Attorney General to be a wingman. Jeff Sessions isn’t that guy. Trump is right about this.
Sessions was, however, an excellent Attorney General. At Breitbart, John Bender describes ways in which Sessions advanced the president’s America First agenda:
NumbersUSA, a leader in the fight against illegal immigration, said this:
The Public Interest Legal Foundation, the leading group battling for voting integrity, said this:
Rick Manning, head of Americans for Limited Government, said:
President Trump will be hard-pressed to find a replacement who can match Jeff Sessions’ accomplishments on behalf of the Trump agenda. And I question whether finding such a replacement is Trump’s primary objective here.