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PowerLine -> John Hinderaker – Leftist Mob Besieges Tucker Carlson

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  • 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:

Hyphenated versions of justice abound these days. “Social justice” is now finds parallel variations such as “climate justice,” “racial justice,” and “gender justice.” To the extent these categories ground themselves in subjective critiques of language and “power structures,” they represent a serious challenge to the foundation and practice of law and politics. This lecture will argue for a return to the idea of plain, unhyphenated justice, without the obfuscations of today’s “critical theory.”

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:

Whenever I take on a large body of controversial doctrine [like “postmodernism”], especially one toward which I might be ill-disposed, I try to begin with the disposition Ronald Reagan once used to define an optimist. An optimist, Reagan said, is the person who, when seeing a large pile of manure, says, “There just has to be a pony in there somewhere.” . . .

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:

Often the most important results of any election come in the initiatives and referendums. And one striking result from Tuesday’s election is that voters in Washington state, a Democratic stronghold, soundly rejected a proposed carbon tax by a margin of 56 to 44 percent. This raises the prospect that the carbon tax may be dead as a policy for the time being, including at the state level. As my Bloomberg Opinion colleague Liam Denning writes“We can debate the magnitude of the vaunted blue wave, but there was definitely no green wave.” . . .

I don’t view the unpopularity of the carbon tax as merely reflecting the influence of special interests. The American people apparently feel that government ought to be able to solve this problem without imposing a new tax burden on them.

For all the talk about disillusionment and cynicism in American politics, this view represents a strange kind of optimism. If this issue really is so important, some voters must be thinking, surely you politicians can find a way to solve it without making us pay for everything. Don’t we give you enough money already?

Economists should not give up our analytical arguments for a carbon tax. But maybe it’s time for a change in tactics. These new approaches might start with the notion that we can address climate change without transferring more money from voters to politicians.

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.”


Irreconcilable differences

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:

1. Ending Obama’s DACA Amnesty.

2. California over Sanctuary State Law.

3. American Asylum Reforms.

4. Cracking Down on Discrimination Against Americans.

5. Building a “Legal Wall” to Block Illegal Immigration.

6. Increasing Rejection Rate of False Asylum-Seekers.

NumbersUSA, a leader in the fight against illegal immigration, said this:

On behalf of the eight million members of our on-line network,NumbersUSA is grateful for Attorney General Sessions’ years of service to our nation. He has never wavered from his dedication to the rule of law, and he has done more to enforce our immigration laws than any other Attorney General. His commitment to moving us toward an immigration policy that truly serves our national interest and protects American jobs and wages is inspirational.

The Public Interest Legal Foundation, the leading group battling for voting integrity, said this:

Attorney General Sessions will hopefully leave a lasting legacy on the Department and law enforcement in general. During his tenure, he reversed a dangerous trend of selectively and often politically enforcing federal voter protections. He returned enforcement to equal aspects of the Voting Rights and National Voter Registration Acts for the benefit of all. He led the DOJ to course-correct multiple litigation positions ranging from voter ID, redistricting, voter list maintenance, and more–all to eventual success before the Supreme Court and Appellate Circuits. General Sessions has done more in two years than most can accomplish in four or more.

Rick Manning, head of Americans for Limited Government, said:

Thank you, Jeff Sessions for serving as our nation’s Attorney General in a time of strife. Your determination to focus the Justice Department on fighting the opioid crisis, illegal immigration and the drug cartels which plague our nation have been highlights of Trump administration’s first two years. Additionally, Attorney General Sessions has been prescient in his attempts to use our nation’s anti-trust laws to rein in the consolidation of media power through a few massive companies. Americans for Limited Government will miss the General Sessions’ steady hand at the helm of the Justice Department as he dealt with almost two years without many of the key political appointees needed to run an agency of that size.

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.


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