No one can know for certain which events had what effect on the election. It’s certainly true that it was so close that anything was potentially decisive. It seems pretty clear that the Comey letter had a bigger effect than WikiLeaks, though. The drip-drip of WikiLeaks kept a negative narrative about Hillary out there, but most of the material was of gossipy interest and covered much more in the conservative press than the mainstream media. A particular exception was the Doug Band memo, which put in black and white how the Clinton Foundation was a profit center for Bill and his cronies. But none of this really compares with the Comey letter, which led to an immediate and discernible drop in Hillary’s poll numbers. When Hillary said that both the Comey letter and his last-minute exoneration hurt her, it may have sounded whiny, but it’s very plausible. This is why the Left tends to lump in Comey with the Russian hack (see the Paul Krugman column below), even though Comey is obviously an American official who not too long ago every Democrat in the country was praising for his patriotism and discernment. Comey may have made the wrong call in his handling of the discovery of the Abedin emails, but all campaigns tend to have unpredictable events and a stronger candidate without Hillary’s ethical lapses wouldn’t have been so vulnerable to begin with.
Every element of the college admissions scandal, a.k.a “Operation Varsity Blues,” is fascinating. There are the players: the Yale dad who, implicated in a securities-fraud case, tipped the feds off to the caper; a shady high-school counselor turned admissions consultant; the 36-year-old Harvard grad who ... Read More
Rule No. 1 of tort law: The bad guy is the one with the most money to pay you. On December 14, 2012, Adam Lanza murdered 26 people, 20 of them schoolchildren ages six and seven. Lanza killed himself, too. Can’t sue him. Lanza had a history of mental illness — a long one. He’d been treated under the ... Read More
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For fair-minded observers, this has been a bad week for the credibility of the two most aggressive (and punitive) “watchdogs” of the right -- Media Matters and the Southern Poverty Law Center. Thanks to Peter Hasson at the Daily Caller News Foundation, we discovered the stunning hypocrisy of Media Matters ... Read More
EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is Jonah Goldberg’s weekly “news”letter, the G-File. Subscribe here to get the G-File delivered to your inbox on Fridays. Estimado Lector (y todos mis amigos a través del Atlántico), Greetings from Barcelona. And it is Bar•ce•lona, not Barth•e•lona. That ... Read More
House Republicans this week joined with the chamber’s Democratic majority to pass Russia legislation that highlights the bad joke Congress has become. When not calling for a pointless investigation that will enable them to preen in opposition to Vladimir Putin — something Democrats never cared to do prior to ... Read More
Nebraska GOP senator Ben Sasse has been lambasted by many of his Trump-skeptical fans in the conservative movement for voting Thursday to uphold the national emergency declared by President Trump. A month ago, Sasse issued a statement, saying: We absolutely have a crisis at the border, but as a ... Read More