Politics Roundtable

Politics Roundtable

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January 20, 2017, 12:18 pm, 1712263
(Steven Hayward)

I know, the Week in Pictures usually appears on Saturday, but given that it’s Inauguration Day today, it seems to me that we ought to have it up as a nice way to pass the last few hours of President Obama. By noon, we can start saying that ...

January 20, 2017, 12:18 pm, 1712262
(Scott Johnson)

Today is the day we’ve all been waiting for. Ammo Grrrll takes the occasion to look back and peer into the future in PRESSTITUTES. She writes:

First of all, on this amazing day, congratulations to the entire Trump team. As even Bernie Sanders pointed out, President Trump ...

January 20, 2017, 12:18 pm, 1712261
(Scott Johnson)

Minnesota Senator Al Franken wants so badly to count for something. As a United States Senator he is a powerful man, but Harry Reid stripped some of the power from the minority that Franken and his Democratic colleagues now occupy. Like most of his other of ...

January 20, 2017, 12:18 pm, 1712260
(Steven Hayward)

Anyone recall this scene from The Simpsons from way back in its first or second season (when George H.W. Bush was president):

Well good grief:

But on Thursday, his last full day in office, Obama announced 330 more ...

January 20, 2017, 4:18 am, 1712129
(Steven Hayward)

I’m amazed that I somehow missed this “ad” for a Mercedes Benz electric car when it aired on Saturday Night Live several months ago, but better late than never. When I first saw it I didn’t know it was an SNL spoof, and thought for a moment it ...

January 20, 2017, 12:18 am, 1712097
(John Hinderaker)

The New York Times reports on bold talk among California Democrats about resisting the Trump administration, via criminal activity if necessary:

The state lieutenant governor, Gavin Newsom, who is running for governor, said California could use its stringent environmental protection law to block Mr. Trump from building a ...

January 20, 2017, 12:18 am, 1712099
(Paul Mirengoff)

Two of the leading contenders for a Supreme Court nomination are Judge William Pryor (11th Circuit) and Judge Diane Sykes (7th Circuit). Of the two, I am more familiar with Judge Pryor because we backed him during the contentious fight over his nomination and because I met ...

January 20, 2017, 12:18 am, 1712098
(John Hinderaker)

Scott has commented a couple of times on the Democrats’ lame “Make America Sick Again” theme. But the Toddler Party isn’t giving up. Yesterday (I think) a group of goofballs staged a “cough-in” in the restaurant at the Trump International Hotel in New York. It was a pro-Obamacare ...

January 20, 2017, 12:18 am, 1712096
(John Hinderaker)

The liberal press is finally acknowledging what the rest of us have been saying for a long time: the Democratic Party is in a steep decline. Politico, a D.C. insider, left-leaning outlet, headlines: “Democrats In the Wilderness.”

Politico is honest about the facts: since Barack Obama took ...

January 20, 2017, 12:18 am, 1712095
(Paul Mirengoff)

Who are the most formidable and iconic male African-Americans of the 1960s? Martin Luther King and Cassius Clay/Muhammad Ali are surely the top two.

Who is third? For me, it’s Jim Brown (and not John Lewis).

Brown is as great an athlete as I’ve ever seen. He ...