John Weatherall

About John Weatherall

John Weatherall is the nom de cyber of a former Republican Capitol Hill staffer and public policy expert.

Crime Without Consequences

The latest and greatest cause du jour is criminal justice reform—a push to claw back the “tough on crime” policies of decades past. In pursuit of that agenda, scores of advocacy groups have masqueraded as public policy analysts presenting their predetermined conclusions that the “system” is broken as unbiased assessments based on data

By | 2019-06-24T17:14:09-07:00 June 23rd, 2019|

Sanction the UK and EU for Their Brexit Betrayal

The German word schadenfreude captures the sensation patriots feel knowing that the deaths of some of history’s greatest traitors have come to them, if not in cages, then at least in obscurity, as they passed penniless and were ignominiously laid to rest in foreign, ungrateful places. So it is with America’s most notorious

By | 2019-04-12T20:42:22-07:00 April 12th, 2019|

The Duke and the Unbearable Smugness of the History-Eaters

When a Twitter nobody “unearthed” an easily available and well-known 48-year-old Playboy interview with long-dead actor John Wayne, the memory-erasers came out of the woodwork. They screamed “racist” and “homophobe” and the generic catch-all “bigot.” Calls to strip Wayne’s name from Orange County’s eponymously named airport reached the op-ed pages of the Los

By | 2019-02-27T17:55:31-07:00 February 27th, 2019|

The GOP’s Golden State Surprise

The political handicappers at the Cook Political Report rate 47 GOP-held House seats as “Toss-up or worse” according to their latest report. But if you examine the data from the six toss-up or lean Democratic seats and one “Lean GOP” seat in California, the political know-it-alls are pretty ignorant. Cook’s prognosticators put outgoing Rep. Darrell

By | 2018-11-05T09:24:04-07:00 November 5th, 2018|

De-Magnetizing the Border with an Iron Will and a Silver Tongue

After weeks of snarling, teeth gnashing, and Nazi death camp analogies by the media and punditocracy, President Trump ordered family separation of illegal crossers at the border to end. U.S. Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (R-Fla.) summed up the conundrum facing policymakers: We want to make sure that the families are not divided, and yet

By | 2018-06-29T10:36:21-07:00 June 29th, 2018|

Delusion About Detentions: On Family Separation at the Border

Upstanding journalists, their fellow right-minded pundits, and progressive elected official friends are outraged! Part one of two. According to them, the Trump Administration’s approach to immigration enforcement is cruel, un-American, inhumane, barbaric, and even medically dangerous. NeverTrump’s go-to former Bush official, General Michael Hayden, took the hand-wringing and hyperbole to a new level

By | 2018-06-20T11:15:59-07:00 June 20th, 2018|

How El Chapo Met Lassie: Prison Reform Edition

When President Donald Trump appeared before a White House summit on Friday, a motley crew of left-wing activists, evangelicals, and the various appendages of the libertarian Koch Network applauded his apparent endorsement of the bipartisan First STEP Act, co-authored by Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.) and Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.), which is slated to

By | 2019-04-20T13:32:15-07:00 May 22nd, 2018|

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