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How to understand Obama’s Iran diplomacy

(Scott Johnson) I think the easiest way to understand Obama’s diplomacy is this. Assume that Obama believes Iran should have nuclear weapons and would like to facilitate the mullahs’ nuclear program. This assumption is the Occam’s Razor that clarifies what might otherwise be obscure. Show More Summary

Environmentalists Show How to Make the Best Comics Epically Unfunny

(Steven Hayward) How do you take the best comics in the country and make them duller than wet cardboard?  You dragoon them into plying their chops on behalf of environmental organizations, which the NRDC did this week at their “night of comedy.”  The three-minute clip below really makes you feel sorry for Seth Meyers, Larry David, et al. Show More Summary

What’s in the Washington Redskins name? Plenty for local politicians

(Paul Mirengoff) Most of those who followed the election campaign carefully are aware that Ed Gillespie ran an ad about the Washington Redskins name-change issue during the broadcast of the Monday Night Football game between the Redskins and the Dallas Cowboys. Show More Summary

Less, Lesser, Lessig

(Steven Hayward) If Tom Steyer has a rival as the biggest loser from the Democratic funder/advocate class in this election, it has to be Lawrence Lessig, perhaps the most puffed-up pompous professor among the many prodigious pomposities who inhabit Harvard. Show More Summary

Is the GOP “America’s Party”?

(Paul Mirengoff) I rarely disagree with John, and I consider this a good sign for me. However, I don’t believe that the GOP is America’s Party, in the sense of being ascendant nationally, or that the Republican brand is strong. I view...Show More Summary

Watch the Kool Aid Bowl at

(Steven Hayward) Of course the punditocracy is already war-gaming the 2016 election, and the reliable latte-liberals of are pointing out the obvious in “Mitch Is On Borrowed Time“: that the GOP will be defending many more Senate seats in 2016 than this year, and would easily lose the Senate. Show More Summary

Waves of future passed

(Scott Johnson) We’ve come a long way since the pundits (and they were legion) declared the imminent death of the Republican Party in 2008. Reports of the party’s death were, to borrow the phrase from Mark Twain, greatly exaggerated....Show More Summary

Thoughts from the Ammo Line

(Scott Johnson) Ammo Grrrll returns with reflections on GIFTING AND REGIFTING. She writes: Tuesday night put Ammo Grrrll in an unusually festive mood. And that is why God invented Excedrin. God Bless America and the observation attributed to Lincoln that you can’t fool all the people all the time. Show More Summary

Who Will Send Landrieu the Horse’s Head?

(Steven Hayward) One way to tell that Mary Landrieu is a goner in the December 6 runoff election is that the Democratic Senate Campaign Committee has cancelled its reserved TV ads.  Politico reports: The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee has canceled its advertising reservations for Sen. Show More Summary

You’re So Lame!

(John Hinderaker) The thrill between the donkey and the lamest of lame ducks is gone. Michael Ramirez portrays the newly-tense relationship that promises to entertain us for the next two years. Click to enlarge:

Dear President Obama: Thanks for nothing

(Paul Mirengoff) The DCCC makes its last request of the season to members of the Democrats’ base. No, it’s not another request for $3. The DCCC wants the base to sign a “thank you” note to President Obama. It’s rather touching, don’t you think? However, I doubt that Harry Reid and his staff will be joining in the thank you. Show More Summary

Common Sense on Climate

(John Hinderaker) One of the many positive aspects of the 2014 campaign is that global warming hysteria failed to move voters. To what extent this is because voters are knowledgeable about climate issues and understand that warming alarmism...Show More Summary

Recalling the Buckley legacy

(Scott Johnson) The National Review Institute put together the video below featuring the estimable William F. Buckley, Jr., the founding editor of National Review and the man without whom….well, listen to George Will’s voiceover tribute in the video. Show More Summary

The New York Times Encounters Joni Ernst

(John Hinderaker) Yesterday the New York Times ran an article–a slide show, really–called Rising Stars in the Republican Party. It highlighted some of the young Republicans who won on Tuesday, including, among others, Elise Stefanik, Tom Cotton…and Joni Ernst. Show More Summary

Ten strikes and you’re out

(Paul Mirengoff) A friend takes us on a stroll down memory lane with the top Democratic swings and misses of 2014. 1. Reid cleverly gets Baucus (MT) to resign early to be appointed ambassador. The Dem governor than appoints a senator can run as an “incumbent.” They appoint a guy who has plagiarism problems and has to drop out. Show More Summary

What’s the Matter With Minnesota?

(John Hinderaker) This map, which originated with National Journal, has been making the rounds on Twitter. It it similar to the one that was popular a few years ago that showed the United States as red or blue, by county. But this map...Show More Summary

The Pity Party: A word from the author

(Scott Johnson) William Voegeli is a senior editor of the Claremont Review of Books, and the author, most recently, of The Pity Party: A Mean-Spirited Diatribe Against Liberal Compassion. I read a galley copy of the book this summer and believe it to be an important book. Show More Summary

Should Republicans reinstate the judicial filibuster?

(Paul Mirengoff) With Republicans about to assume control of the Senate, a debate has broken out over whether to bring back the filibuster for judicial nominees. Readers will recall that Harry Reid and his crew eliminated the filibuster...Show More Summary

Tom Cotton: “Harvard Sucks”

(Steven Hayward) Bet that headline got your attention.  It’s accurate, but out of context. Turns out that Tom Cotton, Harvard class of 1998 and an editor at the Harvard Crimson, wrote an editorial in 1997 entitled “Love’s End” that adumbrated...Show More Summary

In Other News. . .

(Steven Hayward) While we’re still having fun making the Democratic rubble bounce from Tuesday’s carpet bombing, there was an important federal district court case ruling yesterday out of Utah that promises to put a crimp in the Endangered Species Act if it is upheld on appeal. Show More Summary

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