The Spectacle Blog

The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine Anymore for Scott Walker

By on 9.21.15 | 6:24PM

I must say I am quite disappointed. Ross is right. Boy did this happen fast. It wasn’t so long ago that he topped the polls. Now his support is in Jim Gilmore territory.

Well, so much for my six reasons for Scott Walker getting elected President. Walker is still a three-term governor who has contributed enormously to Wisconsin’s success. But this will probably overshadow that success.

But life goes on. Carly Fiorina has impressed me (I hope to have a piece about her up tomorrow) and I like Marco Rubio’s sobriety. The rest of the field doesn’t do very much for me.

Memo to ‘60 Minutes’: Stop Treating Iran Like a Democracy

By on 9.21.15 | 6:21PM

I saw the 60 Minutes interview with Iranian President Rouhani last night and found much, but not all of the interview by Steve Kroft annoying. My annoyance began with the first paragraph of his report:

Few issues have inspired more vitriol this summer than the historic agreement between Iran and six world powers: the United States, Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany. The deal drastically curtails Iran’s nuclear program in exchange for the lifting of economic sanctions.

How exactly is Iran’s nuclear program curtailed considering that Iran can still enrich uranium, can inspect itself on top of getting billions in sanctions relief?

Scott Walker Drops Out

By on 9.21.15 | 4:49PM

In perhaps the fastest crash-and-burn I've ever seen of a presidential front-runner, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker announced this afternoon that he is "suspending" (a political synonyn for "quitting") his presidential campaign.

Not long ago, Walker polled first in Iowa among Republican candidates, running on the strength of his repeated success beating unions and winning elections in the blue state of Wisconsin.

Gretzky Endorses Harper’s Tories, Donald Sutherland Backs NDP — And Who Gets the Coveted Pamela Anderson Endorsement?

By on 9.21.15 | 1:18PM

As in the U.S., Canadian politicians try to get the endorsement of Canadian celebrities even if they can’t vote in the election. If you’re a Canadian citizen, but have lived outside of Canada for more than five, years you cannot vote. This rule applies to yours truly.

Still, it didn’t prevent hockey legend Wayne Gretzky from endorsing Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his Conservative Party over the weekend. The Great One described Harper as “an unreal Prime Minister.”

The Circumstances Under Which I Could Vote for a Presidential Candidate Who Is Muslim

By on 9.21.15 | 12:52PM

Ben Carson has only himself to blame for stating that he does not believe a Muslim should be elected President during his appearance yesterday on NBC’s Meet the Press with Chuck Todd.

Indeed, the question Todd asked of Carson was if “Islam is consistent with the Constitution.” It was at that point that Carson volunteered, “I would not advocate that we put a Muslim in charge of this country” (although he did not object to Muslims being elected to Congress). If Todd had asked that question of Carly Fiorina she would have dismissed the premise of Todd’s question and shoved it back down his throat where it belongs. But Ben Carson is no Carly Fiorina.

A Tragic Loss — Jake Brewer R.I.P.

By on 9.21.15 | 12:00PM

For most conservative folks, Jake Brewer's wife, Mary Katharine Ham, is a household name. We know her as a happy warrior, particularly among young adults, for ideas of liberty, free speech, and, as she and Guy Benson include in the subtitle of their excellent book, fun.

So it was with particular sadness that I learned of the death of MK's husband, Jake Brewer, who was an advisor to President Obama (working primarily in the area of technology policy). The president released a statement on Jake's passing.

Jake was participating in a charity bike ride to raise money for cancer research when, according to news reports, he lost control and collided with an oncoming car. Jake was 34 years old. He and Mary Katharine have one young daugher and another child on the way.

The Climate Has Been Changing Since Genesis 1:1, So Why Is Pope Francis Suddenly So Concerned?

By on 9.21.15 | 10:09AM

Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.) tells that he is planning to boycott the Congressional address of Pope Francis this week. The reason? The Congressman is concerned that the speech is going to be completely politically correct, not traditionally Christian in focus. He also is outraged that the secular progressives at U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) helped co-write His Holiness’ environmental encyclical earlier this year, and does not want to offer even tacit support for that ideological document.

Fiorina Up — Trump Down

By on 9.20.15 | 9:32PM

A post-debate poll by CNN/ORC shows Donald Trump still leading the pack for the Republican presidential nomination at 24 percent. But this is down eight percent from earlier in the month. Likely as a result of her boffo performance Wednesday night, Carly Fiorina is closing on the Donald. She is now in second place at 15 percent, up from an anemic three percent September 3.

Ben Carson comes in third at 14 percent, down from 19 percent. Marco Rubio is next with 11 percent. Everyone else is a single digit also-ran.

The poll has a margin of error of +/- 4.5 percent. It was conducted over the three days after Wednesday night’s debate.

No Need for Michael Buffer

By on 9.20.15 | 3:10PM

I’ve seen the film. And as a lifetime fan of the sweet science, I can tell you that was no punch. More of a slap. But unfriendly enough. There’s no audio on the film, so you can’t tell if the slap was provoked or not.

The slapper has been identified by the slapee as Marco Rubio campaign aide Rich Beeson. John Yob, on the receiving end of the slap, is a campaign aide to Rand Paul. The incident took place in a Mackinac Island, Michigan saloon before a Republican séance (aka a leadership conference) where scores of political types were gathering. Yob has tried to make a great deal out of not much, calling in the Mackinac Island police and calling on the Rubio campaign to fire Beeson. Outside of Yob, neither campaign has had much to say about the incident.

Charles Murray to Speak at Harvard on September 22nd

By on 9.18.15 | 8:44PM

A little while ago I got a call from someone with the Greater Boston Tea Party to tell me that American Enterprise Institute fellow Charles Murray will be speaking at Harvard University on Tuesday, September 22nd. 

Murray, best known for co-authoring The Bell Curve, will be speaking about his latest book By the People: Rebuilding Liberty Without Permission. The book has been described to me as a manifesto of civil disobedience against heavy-handed federal laws and regulations.

If you happen to be in the Boston area next Tuesday the doors open at 7 p.m. You will be happy to know that the event is free (although there is a fee for VIP seats). However, registration is recommended. For further details you can check out the Greater Boston Tea Party's website here.