Category Archives: Political Commentary

The Bridenstine Era Begins

A report on yesterday’s swearing-in ceremony from Marcia Smith. And another from Eric Berger. He seems to be off to a good start. I think he’ll be one of the best administrators NASA has had. He’ll certainly be refreshing after Charlie “Muslim Outreach” Bolden (Note: That was never actually a thing, but his idiotic interview with Al Jazeera made it hard to defend otherwise good space policy from the Obama administration).

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Thoughts from Newt Gingrich, including some mild SLS bashing.

The Web And Social Media

I’ve never abandoned this blog, but I have been posting to it a lot less, for a number of reasons (less time, other outlets). I didn’t move to Facebook, but I do spend a lot more time on Twitter.

John Hinderaker says it was a mistake for conservatives to move from the web to social media. Glenn has also noted recently that the old days of blogging were a lot more free wheeling, with less ability of the left to control it. Anyway, I’ll try to do more here.

Gorsuch And The Administrative State

Along with the “liberals” on the court, he just struck a blow against it. As Will says, it would be nice to see the conservative justices see the light. But I suspect many conservatives will rail against him, calling him a “liberal,” “soft on crime and illegal aliens.”

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This seems related: The SEC’s administrative judge scandal. I’d love to see this sort of thing struck down as unconstitutional. Same with the IRS tax court.

The New Commercial Space Bill

Brian Weedon analyzes it, on Twitter.

It looks like a significant improvement over the current situation. It’s worth noting that in moving regulation to the Commerce Department, it could set the groundwork for a U.S. Space Guard. There have been times in history in which the Coast Guard was under Commerce.

[Late-morning update]

The Bridenstine era at NASA (finally) begins.

I think he’ll be one of the best administrators in recent history. I should add that Rubio’s (and others’, like Bill Nelson’s) statement that NASA should be run by a “space professional” are historically ignorant. Jim Webb was not a “space professional.”

Comey And McCabe

The media hasn’t been reporting much on the initial release from Horowitz, but it looks like some potential bombshells in here for the Democrats.

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More from Andy McCarthy.

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And it wasn’t Comey’s decision to exonerate Hillary; it was Obama’s:

Bottom line: In April, President Obama and his Justice Department adopted a Hillary Clinton defense strategy of concocting a crime no one was claiming Clinton had committed: to wit, transmitting classified information with an intent to harm the United States. With media-Democrat complex help, they peddled the narrative that she could not be convicted absent this “malicious intent,” in a desperate effort to make the publicly known evidence seem weak. Meanwhile, they quietly hamstrung FBI case investigators in order to frustrate the evidence-gathering process. When damning proof nevertheless mounted, the Obama administration dismissed the whole debacle by rewriting the statute (to impose an imaginary intent standard) and by offering absurd rationalizations for not applying the statute as written.

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More thoughts from (still Democrat, as far as I know) Jonathan Turley.

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Jack Goldsmith on the Deep State. It also seems relevant to this post.

Candace Owens

Now I understand why Obama thought that Kanye West was “a jackass.” It’s because he doesn’t march in lockstep with the Left and the grievance industry.

[Monday-morning update]

On the other hand, Cathy Young isn’t impressed with Candace (to say the least).

The DNC’s Lawsuit

The legal term for it “is bats**t crazy.”

Either the Dems really are nuts (not beyond the realm of possibility; Trump has driven many so far around the bend they need a JWST to see the bend from there), or this is a desperate fundraising ploy. Or (of course) both.

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The DNC is “on the verge” of a nervous breakdown? I think that ship sailed months ago:

Democratic strategist (apologize for that rancid term) Julius Epstein, looking justifiably anxious on Shannon Bream’s show Friday night, tried to argue this was a great opportunity for the Democrats to expose folks like Manafort and Kushner through discovery.

Good luck with that. Discovery in this matter would be disastrous for the Democratic Party. Wait until their leaders have to go on the stand to explain why the FBI wasn’t allowed to scrutinize the DNC servers that were supposedly invaded by the Russians. A raft of Democrat political factotums (Cheryl Mills, Huma Abedin, etc.) who made sweetheart deals and escaped true investigation by the FBI, perhaps even Hillary herself, will find themselves facing serious cross-examination for the first time. This civil trial would be curiously reminiscent of the OJ civil trial when the real truth came out. Wouldn’t you love to hear Strzok and Page deposed? How about Susan Rice?

Expect this to be dropped long before discovery.