Bench Memos

Senators Durbin and Klobuchar Wanting to Both Eat and Have Their Cake

In their questioning of Linda Chavez, Senators Durbin and Klobuchar suggest that she had denigrated or ignored Sotomayor’s achievements at Princeton. That’s ridiculous, as Linda made clear. Their assumption that Linda must be saying this, however, is instructive: Liberals want standards lowered in order to get politically correct numbers, but get hypersensitive whenever anyone points out that lower standards mean less qualified people. It’s also instructive that members of the minority groups who are the supposed beneficiaries of this standard-lowering — like Judge Sotomayor — will indeed often be assumed to be less qualified because of their membership, even if they aren’t.

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Ilhan Omar’s Big Lie

In a viral exchange at a congressional hearing last week, the new congresswoman from Minnesota, Ilhan Omar, who is quickly establishing herself as the most reprehensible member of the House Democratic freshman class despite stiff competition, launched into Elliott Abrams. She accused the former Reagan official ... Read More

Questions for Those Who Believed Jussie Smollett

The “we reported the Jussie Smollett case responsibly” contention has been blasted to smithereens. Twitter accounts and headlines in the Washington Post, the New York Times, and the Los Angeles Times reported as fact Jussie Smollett’s wildly implausible allegations, and many other journalists did so as ... Read More
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Fake Newspeople

This week, the story of the Jussie Smollett hoax gripped the national media. The story, for those who missed it, went something like this: The Empire actor, who is both black and gay, stated that on a freezing January night in Chicago, in the middle of the polar vortex, he went to a local Subway store to buy a ... Read More

White Progressives Are Polarizing America

To understand how far left (and how quickly) the Democratic party has moved, let’s cycle back a very short 20 years. If 1998 Bill Clinton ran in the Democratic primary today, he’d be instantaneously labeled a far-right bigot. His support for the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, the Defense of Marriage Act, ... Read More