The Trade Policy Clown Show of 2015

Great nations are not normally in the habit of allowing childish temper tantrums to dictate economic policy. Great nations are even less inclined to sacrifice an excellent economic deal because of a temper tantrum. And yet, when we examine the frantic and immature back-and-forth regarding the Trans-Pacific Partnership Act, we see that the United States--a …

In Case You Have Forgotten, Harry Reid Was the Worst Senate Majority Leader in History

Behold yet more proof, as though additional proof were actually needed. As Ashe Schow accurately notes, "in Reid's world, it is perfectly acceptable to make a defamatory charge against an opponent to damage his campaign." Chris Cillizza: Where to begin? How about with the fact that this all-means-justify-the-ends logic — assuming the end is your desired …

The United States Senate Is about to Get a Whole Lot More Respectable

Why? Because Harry Reid--the worst Senate majority leader in history--is retiring. I imagine that there are people who will miss him, but they shouldn't; Reid's corruption (I've only cited a couple of cases here) and the incredibly nasty way he behaved towards political opponents--including the adoption of McCarthyite tactics--brought shame and disrepute upon the United States …

The Rejection of Democrats and the Obama Agenda, and a Massive Republican Victory

There can be no denying that the midterm elections represent a mandate for Republicans and a massive repudiation for Democrats. The Republican defeat was surprising and devastating; in my own home state of Illinois, Bruce Rauner wrested the governor's mansion from Pat Quinn--arguably the worst governor in the country--despite desperate and relentless negative attacks on …

The Koch Brothers Have a Lot to Learn if They Want to Be Genuine Villains

Maybe Tom Steyer can teach them a thing or two: The psychiatric world defines "projection" as the act of denying unpleasant qualities in yourself, while attributing them to others. Consider liberal billionaire Tom Steyer's riff this week about the libertarian billionaire Koch brothers. Mr. Steyer took exception in a C-SPAN interview to comparisons between his big-dollar …

What Is the Difference Between Harry Reid and Most Other Public Servants?

Well, for starters, most other public servants are not nearly as rich as Harry Reid is. Of course, there is nothing wrong with being wealthy, but the way in which Reid has acquired his wealth ought to raise more than a few eyebrows, as I have written before: Last month, as the Senate was busy …

For Those Wondering what a Real Political Scandal Looks Like . . .

Have I got one for you: Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid collected a $1.1 million windfall on a Las Vegas land sale even though he hadn't personally owned the property for three years, property deeds show. In the process, Reid did not disclose to Congress an earlier sale in which he transferred his land to …

The Next Time Harry Reid Attacks the Koch Brothers . . .

Someone should slip him a copy of this article and ask him whether he really is in any position whatsoever to throw stones at anybody. Of particular interest are the parts of the article that detail the degree to which members of the Reid family have profited off of their political connections, and the fact that …

Surprise! (Obamacare Edition)

Who didn't see this coming? The Obama administration has decided to give extra time to Americans who say that they are unable to enroll in health plans through the federal insurance marketplace by the March 31 deadline. Federal officials confirmed Tuesday evening that all consumers who have begun to apply for coverage on HealthCare.gov, but …