John Weatherall

About John Weatherall

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

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+00:00 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+00:00 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+00:00 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 | 2018-05-22T10:12:08+00:00 May 22nd, 2018|