The Other McCain

"One should either write ruthlessly what one believes to be the truth, or else shut up." — Arthur Koestler

Homeward! (The Great Tip-Jar Rattle)

  CLEVELAND Well, my five-day stay in this fair city has come to an end, and now it’s time for me to return home. My train ticket on the Capitol Limited is paid for, but there’s cab fare to the station, and I’d like to grab a bite to eat before I go. My wife […]

Did We Watch the Same Speech?

  CLEVELAND The hysterical reaction by many journalists to Donald Trump’s speech last night was further evidence of their absurd bias. Donald Trump’s RNC Speech Was a Terrifying Display of Nightmarish Authoritarianism — Peter Suderman, Reason The Demagogue Rises — Matthew Continetti, Free Beacon Donald Trump’s Un-American Acceptance Speech — Franklin Foer, Slate Donald Trump’s […]


  CLEVELAND A typically absurd three-day long “controversy”: Rep. Steve King is still trying to explain what he meant with his comments earlier in the week in which he initially suggested that “white people” had done more for civilization than any other “subgroup” and later said he meant “Western civilization.” The Iowa Republican, speaking at […]

#RNCinCLE Legion of the Banned

  CLEVELAND The biggest news out of the Republican National Convention today is that the media have finally solved “MelaniaGate,” as the woman responsible for writting Mrs. Trump’s speech Monday has explained how she accidentally lifted three lines from Michelle Obama’s 2008 speech. The media bias is out of control: The liberal media’s determination to […]


  CLEVELAND So I went down to Public Square today to see what the protest scene was like and you have never seen so many police in one place in all your life. If there were 1,500 people there, 300 of them were protesters, 400 were media covering the protests, and 800 were cops. This […]

#RNCinCLE: No More Bushes

  CLEVELAND The Bush family is “effectively in self-imposed exile,” Jonathan Martin of Politico said on CNN’s midday broadcast, noting that it has been decades since Republicans were Bush-less at their national convention. He said this like it’s a bad thing that Republicans have finally rid themselves of the dynastic dominance of Bushism. It’s as […]

CLEVELAND: The Heat Is On the Street

Ohio state troopers guard the corner of 4th and Prospect. CLEVELAND Got here Sunday morning and immediately had to deal with news of the shootings in Baton Rouge, so I went and met with Louisiana delegates: Roger Villere was in church Sunday morning “and my phone kept vibrating,” the Louisiana Republican Party chairman said. Villere […]

Thank You, Everybody! (And Thank God)

STARKE, Florida This town is infamously the location of Florida State Prison, but don’t worry, I’m not on a chain gang. Spent the night at a Best Western motel here beside Highway 301 and — wow! — I’m impressed with the reader response to my post about the problems with the 2004 KIA Optima. The […]

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