Let’s Give the Platitudes Surrounding Terrorism a Rest
Following the terrorist attack in Manchester that left at least 22 people dead and dozens injured, many of them children, President Donald Trump referred to terrorists as “evil losers in life.” As expected, a number of liberal pundits mocked the president’...
How to Limit Your Opponents’ Executive Overreach
’Trump has an authoritarian impulse, political scientist and Eurasia Group president Ian Bremmer tweeted after the president fired FBI director James Comey. “But incompetence is a better explanation of his administration’s challenges to date.”
It’s difficult to believe ...
Bill Nye’s View of Humanity Is Repulsive
Bill Nye has some detestable ideas about humanity. This shouldn’t surprise anyone. Many environmental doomsdayers share his totalitarian impulses (he has toyed with the idea of criminalizing speech he dislikes) and soft spot for eugenics.
In his Netflix series, ...
These Are the Questions Susan Rice Needs to Answer
The House Intelligence Committee reportedly wants former national-security adviser Susan Rice to testify in the probe of alleged Russian election interference, which now includes evidence that Obama officials may have improperly used intelligence gathered on President Trump’s transition team.
Schumer Attacks Gorsuch for Doing His Job
If Democrats want to filibuster President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, they’re entitled to do it. In fact, Democrats are free to try and stop federal appeals court Judge Neil Gorsuch’s confirmation for any reason they desire, ...
Don’t Let Politics Ruin Baseball
Jayson Stark, a longtime baseball writer for ESPN, recently asked whether Major League Baseball players’ lack of political involvement is an abdication of their responsibility as citizens. He asked: “Is 2017 the time for a new code of conduct? Is it ...
The Resistance Is the Best Thing That’s Happened to Trump
Sure, it matters that President Donald Trump has a historically low favorability rating. Then again, disliking the president isn’t exactly a courageous act. Plenty of Americans — many of whom supported the president in the general election – don’t like ...
Trump Is Not an All-or-Nothing Proposition
Sure. What would you have us resist?
There’s an expectation — and often a demand — that movement conservatives be all in or all out on the Donald Trump presidency. Lock-stepping partisans of both varieties offer this false choice. ...
The Democrats’ Fight against School Choice Is Immoral
There’s something perverse about an ideology that views the disposing of an unborn child in the third trimester of pregnancy as an indisputable right but the desire of parents to choose a school for their kids as zealotry. Watching ...
Here are two positions an intellectually honest person can hold simultaneously:
First, Russian President Vladimir Putin is an authoritarian who, though no Josef Stalin, subverts human rights and is generally antagonistic to the idealistic aims of the United States. When ...
The Five Stages of Losing an Election to Donald Trump
Though many things have changed in American political life over the past couple of years, one aspect remains a comforting constant: Democrats never lose an election. Not really. Not fairly.
Elections can be stolen. Americans can be misled. Big Oil ...
Why One Trump Opponent Is Not Freaking Out
Well, for starters, allowing liberals to determine my level of anxiety — which would be full-blown, round-the-clock histrionics — over what’s nothing more than another election would be foolish. Until it’s not. The era of Trump hasn’t even started ...
Long Live the Electoral College
This week, anti-Trump protesters hit the streets in big cities around the country, chanting, “This is what democracy looks like!” Yes. That’s the problem.
For many Democrats, the greatest political system is the one that instills their party with ...
This Is the Least Important Election of Our Lifetimes
During the 1864 presidential race between Abraham Lincoln and George McClellan, the New York Times published an article that contained this sentence: “We have had many important elections, but never one so important as that now approaching.” Though there may have ...
Hillary Clinton’s Dishonesty Was on Display in Final Debate
The third and mercifully final presidential debate also turned out to be the most conventional. Fox News’s Chris Wallace did a solid job pressing the candidates on issues in Las Vegas, giving them space to spar but not enough ...
The GOP Should Be Obamacare’s Death Panel
When the New York Times tells you Obamacare is “ailing” and must change to survive, rest assured that the law is in serious trouble.
Then again, people who read the New York Times might be under the impression that the ...
Hillary Clinton Would Rather Blame Free Speech than Islam for Terrorism
It’s one thing to watch liberals euphemize “Islamic terrorism” into a vacuous, politically correct word salad. It’s quite another to hear them blame free expression for Islamists’ actions. And they do it often. When Hillary Clinton accuses Donald ...
The Media Are Giving Hillary Clinton a Free Pass
Presidential nominee Hillary Clinton was finally asked a tough question during NBC’s commander-in-chief forum, so naturally the establishment media immediately coagulated around the notion that NBC’s Matt Lauer was the worst moderator ever.
An Air Force and Navy ...
Have More Kids – It’s Good for the Planet
The problem with environmentalists isn’t merely that they have destructive ideas about the economy, but that so many of them embrace repulsive ideas about human beings.
Take a recent NPR piece that asks, “Should We Be Having Kids in ...
Trump Has Turned America into a One-Party State
The real political tragedy of Donald Trump isn’t only that he’s annihilating the Republican party — which, let’s face it, was the stated point of his campaign when it started — or that he says odious and dangerous things ...
In a Party Filled with Cowards, Cruz Stood Apart
Say what you will about Ted Cruz’s politics or personality, but it takes a special kind of chutzpah to stand up at a convention — in front of millions of viewers — and unfurl a comprehensive attack on the party’s ...
Let’s Debate the Iraq War. Let’s Not Rewrite History
Believe it or not, you can simultaneously believe a number of things about the Iraq war and its aftermath.
You can believe Saddam Hussein wasn’t merely a “bad guy,” but that he harbored terrorists and offered them safe haven ...
Democrats: We Will Overcome the Constitution
Nothing stirs the passions of Democrats these days quite like the prospect of gutting the Constitution. In an unprecedented act of pretend political bravery, House members held a catered sit-in, demanding that Republicans allow a vote to strip away protections ...
Was It Wrong for Peter Thiel to Fund Hulk Hogan’s Gawker Lawsuit?
We recently discovered that Peter Thiel, the libertarian billionaire co-founder of PayPal and early investor in Facebook, bankrolled wrestler Hulk Hogan’s lawsuits against the blog network Gawker Media.
Now, as someone who considers himself a near-absolutist on free speech, ...
Donald Trump’s Secret Weapon Is Hillary Clinton
Don’t think of the 2016 presidential election as a popularity contest. Think of it as a race to see which candidate the American electorate detests slightly less.
These days, there’s a lot of excitement in Trumpland. Since March, the ...
This Is Not about Jim Crow
Some of us care little about the debate over public bathrooms. We do, however, care about the ongoing destruction of federalism, individual choice, and good-faith debate in America.
One reliable way to quash dissent and force moral codes on others ...
The GOP Has Been Bad. But Not as Bad as You Think
Republicans, I’m told, were elected to Congress by the people, and yet they’ve done absolutely nothing. This indictment has now mutated into “Republicans gave President Obama everything he wanted,” i.e., the GOP and Obama were basically colluding ...
The Obama Administration Should Not Apologize for Hiroshima
Secretary of State John Kerry toured the Hiroshima Peace Memorial and Museum in Japan this week, a month before he and President Obama will meet foreign ministers at the G-7 Summit in that country. Reuters reported that he witnessed “haunting ...
What America Should Learn from the Attack in Brussels
For now, we live in a nation with a well-assimilated, diverse, and patriotic Muslim population, but the situation could always change. Like Europe, we could embrace immigrants from places teeming with radicalism. We could disincentivize assimilation. We could dismiss anyone ...
A Vote for Trump Is a Vote Against American Consumers
As I was listening to Donald Trump’s performance art/news conference the other night, I wondered whether it was even worth writing another column about the assorted lies and myths he peddles on trade. I don’t think so.
Republicans Shouldn’t Fear a SCOTUS Fight
Republicans need to ask themselves a couple of questions before they battle over Barack Obama’s eventual nominee to replace Justice Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court: Is there any good reason to allow this president to change the ideological ...
Obama’s Baltimore Mosque Speech Was a Dangerous Fantasy
For seven years now, the president has reprimanded the American people for their attitudes about Islam. And Barack Obama’s big speech to the Islamic Society of Baltimore — granted, filled with many harmless platitudes — was no different, leaving little room ...
Trump and Sanders Could Reshape Their Parties Forever
As many conservatives grapple with the growing prospect of a Donald Trump presidential nomination, I’ve started to hear them asking one another the once unthinkable: “Would you vote for Trump?” Mostly, the answer is “of course not.” He’s ...
Obama’s Legacy Is Executive Abuse
Over the winter break, I finally got around to binge-watching Parks and Recreation. In case you missed the show’s seven-year run, it’s about a fascistic small-town councilwoman who believes it’s a politician’s job to impose her ...
After the latest Republican presidential debate, the Washington Post’s Jennifer Rubin argued that Ted Cruz had undone himself “courting” the “Trumpkin base,” sinking “further into the far-right brew of isolationism and xenophobia.” And to prove this contention, Rubin grabbed ...
Paris Climate Talks Reveal Progressivism’s True Hypocrisy
What do you call it when elites fly their private jets to an international climate-change conference to forge a deal with despots that caps American prosperity without our consent? You call it progressivism.
It’s estimated that 50,000 carbon-spewing humans participated ...
The First Amendment Is Dying
‘Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof;” . . .
. . . unless we’re talking about a white chocolate-paneled cake for a gay wedding or perpetual funding for “women’s health” clinics because it’s ...
Paul Ryan Starts Off on Wrong Foot with Budget Deal
Grass-roots conservatives have many unrealistic expectations and political objectives. And then sometimes they have a good point.
The new budget deal arranged by John Boehner and the Democrats — approving $50 billion of additional spending in 2016 and $30 billion in 2017 — will be split ...
Liberals, What Law Would You Pass That Could Stop These Shootings?
After the horrific mass shooting at a community college in Oregon, President Barack Obama made an impassioned case that gun violence is “something we should politicize”:
This is a political choice that we make, to allow this to happen every ...
Liberals' Aversion to Debate
Liberals are done with debating. Not always. Not everyone. But enough.
This week, for example, while thinking about the pope’s take on global warming, I tweeted out this comment: “Celebrate climate change, an externality of the greatest poverty destroying ...
Dear GOP Leaders, Stop Being Cowards on the Abortion Fight
It’s probably true that Republicans won’t be able to force Planned Parenthood to shut down its human-organ harvesting business. Not this year. Maybe not any year. And it’s probably true that Republicans won’t be able to ...
The Next Front in the War on Religious Freedom
Stop bellyaching about Washington. All the country’s best fascists are on your local city council.
Not long ago, Colorado became a leader in the fight against religious freedom when its Civil Rights Commission, self-appointed ministers of justice and theology, ...
Health Tip: Do the Opposite of What the Government Suggests
In Sleeper, Woody Allen plays Miles Monroe, a cryogenically frozen owner of a Greenwich Village health-food store who, when defrosted in the year 2173, finds himself in an authoritarian state filled with giant vegetables, android butlers, and Diane Keaton. When an ...
Americans Understand Iran a Lot Better than John Kerry Does
At a Tehran mosque last week, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei — amid chants of “death to America” and “death to Israel” — explained to a crowd that his nation’s interests are “180 degrees” in opposition to the United States. “Even after this deal, ...
The ‘Socialist Surge’ in Democratic Politics
‘The rise of Bernie Sanders is proving awkward for the Democratic Party,” contends Politico in a recent piece about the surprisingly popular socialist presidential candidate.
Well, maybe his popularity is not that surprising. And it’s probably not that awkward. ...
What the Trans Fat Ban Really Means
The Food and Drug Administration issued a final decision this week, giving the food industry three years to phase out bad trans fats, still used in a wide variety of products, such as Pillsbury’s Ready To Bake cookies and ...
No Republicans Voted for Obamacare, so It’s Not Their Problem to Fix
If the Supreme Court were to decide not to allow retroactive legislating and uphold Obamacare as written, terrible things would happen to America. We might, for instance, find out what health insurance in fabricated, state-run “marketplaces” actually costs.
The Kaiser ...
Hillary’s 20-20 Iraq War Hindsight
You can’t be more straightforward: “Knowing what we know now, would you have authorized the invasion?” Fox News host Megyn Kelly asked presumptive GOP presidential candidate Jeb Bush about the Iraq War. Without hesitation, Bush replied: “I would have.”
For Hillary, No War but the Class War
Near the end of a recent New York Times article detailing the imaginary populist roots of Hillary Clinton — the original Elizabeth Warren, her people would have you believe — the reader crashes into this implausible scene:
In a meeting with economists ...
Stop Pretending to Be Offended by Everything
Lena Dunham received plenty of criticism for her insufferable New Yorker piece titled “Dog or Jewish Boyfriend? A Quiz.” In it, the creator of Girls weighs the pros and cons of getting a pet or keeping her Jewish boyfriend: “He ...
Democrats Should Put Country above Party, Too
Throughout Donald Trump’s short but eventful presidency, Democrats have been imploring Republicans to show loyalty for country over party.
If you believe our bumbling president’s hiring of the likes of Paul Manafort or Mike Flynn — who was apparently ...
James Comey Didn’t Sink Hillary
Hillary Clinton was back this week, taking “absolute personal responsibility” by blaming Russia, FBI director James Comey, and misogyny for her second presidential-election loss. If the election had taken place on October 27, Clinton maintained, she’d be president. Perhaps if ...
Trump’s ‘Buy American, Hire American’ Policy Is Dangerous Nonsense
‘We don’t have a level playing field for our workers,” President Donald Trump told a group of workers in Kenosha, Wis., on Tuesday. Truth is, if we were to ever level the playing field with countries like Mexico and ...
Democrats Shouldn’t Dismiss Nunes’s Spying Claims So Quickly
House Intelligence Committee chairman Devin Nunes told reporters yesterday that members of Donald Trump’s presidential transition team — including Trump himself — may have been caught up in surveillance during the last days of the Obama administration. “I have seen intelligence ...
The GOP Repeal Plan Is Pretty Bad
First of all, the preferred free-market plan for health-care policy should be no plan whatsoever. The idea that we need a federal top-down strategy to manage a huge chunk of the economy is at the very heart of the problem. ...
Constant Nazi Analogies Belittle the Holocaust
When the Associated Press dropped a breathless piece contending that the Trump administration was “considering” and “weighing” using 100,000 National Guard troops to help round up illegal immigrants, the media erupted into its usual hysterics. Soon, the White House denied it ...
Elizabeth Warren for President
First of all, despite the martyr act, no one has the power to silence Senator Elizabeth Warren. And that’s a good thing. On the other hand, the impulse to silence Warren is completely rational, and it has nothing to ...
Stop Telling Us How to Be Patriotic
Politicians have no business directing or defining patriotism, especially when their rhetoric sounds like 1950s-era Soviet sloganeering.
It was creepy when Barack Obama declared his first Inauguration Day as “National Day of Renewal and Reconciliation” and called upon us to ...
The Comforting Fictions of Obama’s Farewell Speech
Watching President Barack Obama’s soaring 2008 Democratic National Convention speech in Denver, I never imagined the kind of turmoil his presidency would incite. Almost everything has changed in the subsequent years, and yet his farewell speech to the nation was ...
With His Arctic-Drilling Ban, Obama Continues His Historic Abuse of Power
While the Left panics over President-elect Donald Trump and the erosion of democratic norms, President Barack Obama went ahead and issued another decree without any regard for the nation’s legislative process.
It’s nothing new. Obama’s latest executive ...
Did Democrats Learn Anything From Their Attack on the Filibuster?
I won’t lie. After reading the CNN piece titled “Senate Dems, Powerless to Stop Trump Nominees, Regret ‘Nuclear Option’ Power Play,” I experienced some deeply satisfying schadenfreude. Feel free to keep President Barack Obama, Senator Harry Reid and those ...
Dear Media: Please Stop Normalizing the Alt-Right
Why does the March for Life, a rally that attracts tens of thousands of anti-abortion Americans to Washington, D.C., every year get less prominent media coverage than a fringe neo-Nazi gathering? Because institutional media and white nationalists have formed ...
Democrats Have No One to Blame but Themselves for Trump
Though in many ways the 2016 presidential contest was an uprising against the establishment, let’s face it; Republicans weren’t punished. And that’s not a new development. Twenty-sixteen is the fourth consecutive election in which the GOP has won ...
When Will Liberals Answer for Obamacare’s Failures?
These days, there’s been a lot of discussion about conservative media’s culpability in creating unrealistic expectations and warped priorities among Republican voters. It’s a reasonable critique. My question: When are we going to have this conversation about ...
Only Gridlock Can Save America Now
When Republicans lost the presidential election back at the Republican National Convention in July, many elected GOPers feigned support for the party’s doomed nominee in an effort to placate the base and hold their majority in Congress. After watching ...
The FBI Could Have Spared Us the Drama by Giving Hillary Immunity
Rather than striking immunity deals with virtually every person who had intimate knowledge of Hillary Clinton’s illegal private server and e-mails, the Justice Department would have saved everyone some time by offering Clinton protection instead.
FBI director James Comey, ...
Why the Conservative Admiration of Putin Is Dangerous
Donald Trump admires Russian president Vladimir Putin’s strength and “great control over his country.” So naturally, conservative supporters like Hugh Hewitt, Dinesh D’Souza, and many others felt compelled to praise the effectiveness of the Russian strongman, especially when ...
Kaepernick Has a Right to Free Expression, and So Does Everyone Else
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick won’t stand for the national anthem, because, well, we’re not exactly sure why. Sorry, but if you’re going to wear a shirt praising Fidel Castro and then protest the lack of “...
Reminder: Obamacare Is Still a Disaster
So a giant, rent-seeking insurance company is accused of having threatened to leave Obamacare’s health-insurance “marketplace” if the government didn’t approve its giant merger. If true, this would be the least surprising development in the past six years ...
David Duke: A Question for Republicans
When David Duke announced last week that he would be running for Senate in Louisiana, GOP chairman Reince Priebus swiftly sent out a tweet assuring America that the former Ku Klux Klan grand wizard’s “hateful bigotry [has] no place ...
How Obama Divides America
At the funeral service for five slain Dallas cops, President Barack Obama delivered another one of his needlessly politicized lectures. As is customary these days, those who were critical of his rhetoric were branded racists and unthinking haters.
The Clinton-Lynch Meeting: Corruption, Not Bad ‘Optics’
Attorney General Loretta Lynch tells us that her meeting with Bill Clinton aboard a private jet on the Phoenix-airport tarmac was “primarily social” — you know, just two Democrats swapping stories about their grandkids and whatnot.
The nation’s top law-enforcement ...
By Rejecting the Phrase ‘Radical Islam,’ Obama Rejects Reality
After a meeting with the National Security Council to discuss the Orlando massacre, the deadliest mass shooting in American history, President Obama was angry. He was more impassioned than we’ve ever seen him. He was lashing out. Because you ...
The ‘War On Salt’ Is Bad Policy Based on Bad Science
The Center for Science in the Public Interest, one of the few openly authoritarian organizations functioning in the United States, once sued the Food and Drug Administration for refusing to regulate Americans’ salt intake. No worries: This week, the Obama ...
Beyoncé’s ‘Sweatshops’ Help the Poor
‘How Much It Sucks to Be a Sri Lankan Worker Making Beyoncé’s New Clothing Line,” reads a recent headline on VICE’s “Broadly” channel.
Well, it probably sucks, a lot. But for many Sri Lankans, the only thing suckier ...
Sometimes There Is No Lesser of Two Evils
When your choice is two reprehensible, corrupt, and immoral demagogues, you can always pick the ethical way out and choose none of the above. The Republic will survive an election cycle.
The Republican party is a different story, however. For ...
How Democrats Win Debates by Corrupting English
Human beings have been using euphemisms ever since Adam first “knew” Eve. In politics especially, obfuscating and twisting the meaning of words has been going on forever. But today’s debates aren’t just littered with rhetorical distortions; in some ...
Sorry, Liberals: Paul Ryan and Donald Trump Are Not the Same
Whether you believe House speaker Paul Ryan is a squishy Republican unworthy of the nomination or you think he’s the sort of rational conservative voice that could save the GOP from doom, there’s one thing he most certainly ...
The GOP Should Steal the Nomination from Trump
Donald Trump booster and radio talk-show host Laura Ingraham recently urged the GOP’s remaining candidates to avoid a “bloodbath” at the Republican National Convention. “I don’t see what the point of all this is,” she explained.
Well, that ...
Why President Trump Would Be a Bigger Disaster Than President Clinton
There’s still time to turn it around, of course. But now that many conservatives are moving from the bargaining phase to the depression phase of the Kübler-Ross model, we can begin to grapple with the prospective reality of ...
The Debate Gaffe Isn't Rubio's Biggest Problem
Did one robotic moment in a single debate really bring down Marco Rubio in New Hampshire, probably finishing him off nationally? Unlikely.
It’s difficult to believe that voters would turn on a candidate over one gaffe — yet, somehow, it ...
There are many potential outcomes to a Donald Trump GOP nomination. And every one of them is a disaster for conservatives.
The fact is, Trump fans will not be placated — not if they lose, and definitely not if they win. ...
Yes, Partisanship Can Be Frustrating, but It’s Better than the Alternative
‘It’s one of the few regrets of my presidency — that the rancor and suspicion between the parties has gotten worse instead of better,” President Barack Obama lamented in a State of the Union speech packed with rancor and suspicion ...
Admit It: You Just Want Your Own Dictator
This incessant clamoring by voters and punditry for better “leaders” and more “leadership” is one of the most unsavory, dangerous, and un-American tendencies in political discourse.
When Donald Trump was asked last week by Joe Scarborough what he made of ...
Donald Trump May Be a Dangerous Buffoon, but He’s No Hitler
‘Is this what Germany looked like in 1933?” Joe Scarborough asked on Morning Joe this week.
No. Not at all.
Though many in my family were exterminated during the Holocaust — including one of my grandfathers, who died trying to make his ...
The Silly Argument of ‘We Shouldn’t Give ISIS What It Wants’
President Barack Obama was in the Philippines this week getting worked up about the only thing that really grinds his gears, the GOP. “I cannot think of a more potent recruitment tool for (the Islamic State group) than some of ...
‘The U.S. Public Becoming Less Religious,” reads the headline from the new Pew Poll Religion in America series. The share of Americans who profess to believe in God has dropped from 92 to 89 percent since the Pew Research Center conducted ...
Jim Webb Is an American Hero, But Democrats Aren’t Interested
When Democratic party presidential hopefuls were asked by CNN’s Anderson Cooper to list the enemies they have made during their careers that they are most proud of, the only candidate who didn’t include any fellow Americans was Jim ...
On Planned Parenthood, the GOP Is Overmatched
If for some reason you needed additional evidence that the Republican party is deeply incompetent, unprepared, uncoordinated, and inexcusably lazy, then try watching Cecile Richards’s appearance in front of Congress earlier this week.
Now, I get that these kinds ...
#StandWithHunter — the Six-Year-Old Boy Suspended for Kissing a Girl. What, No Hashtag Campaign for Him?
Earlier this month, a 13-year-old boy in Maryland faced an assault charge after authorities said he had kissed a 14-year-old classmate on a dare at school. He’s being charged with second-degree assault as a juvenile. He has not, as ...
Liberals and the Rule of Law: What Law?
Working for the government is not an inalienable right. So Kim Davis, a county clerk in Kentucky, was wrong to refuse same-sex couples marriage licenses in her office. If you’re unwilling to enforce the law, you shouldn’t be ...
Colorado’s ‘Hurt Feelings’ Exemption from the First Amendment
Just in case you need a refresher: Back in 2012, a baker in the Denver suburb of Lakewood was asked by a gay couple to make them a wedding cake — two years before gay marriage was even legalized in Colorado. The ...
Huckabee’s Holocaust Remark Is Less Offensive Than Obama’s Iran Deal
In an interview with Breitbart News, Mike Huckabee accused President Barack Obama of being “naïve” for trusting Iran to uphold its part of the recent agreement struck by the nations.
By doing so, Huckabee said, Obama is marching Israelis “...
Let’s Face It: Planned Parenthood Is Evil
In America, it’s illegal to donate money to a candidate without first reporting it to the government. Even then, if you give more than is permissible, you could end up in jail. In this country, you can’t add ...
The Supreme Court v. The Rule of Law
Here is John Roberts, chief oracle of the United States of America, from Thursday’s King v. Burwell decision:
Congress passed the Affordable Care Act to improve health insurance markets, not to destroy them. If at all possible, we must ...
Rubio the Average American
Marco Rubio bought a bunch of stuff he probably couldn’t afford. Welcome to America.
So the New York Times has pulled together another hit piece — this one insinuating that Rubio, who the newspaper evidently believes is the GOP front-runner, ...
There Is No Such Thing as Unbiased Journalism, So Let’s Stop Pretending
If you’re an intellectually curious person — and if you’re a journalist, let’s assume that you are — you are likely to have embraced a number of notions about how the world works, how it should work, and who ...
What’s Wrong with Mike Huckabee
Sometimes, probably because he’s such an affable media presence, I forget why I dislike the political version of Mike Huckabee so much.
Maybe it’s the aw-shucks populism, which isn’t substantively very different from the class-conflict rhetoric we ...
Why Marco Rubio Is Probably the GOP’s Best Hope
Senator Marco Rubio announced his candidacy for president of the United States at the Freedom Tower in Miami on Monday, highlighting his family’s hardscrabble immigrant roots and embracing traditional values but also vowing to usher in a “new American ...
Thou Shalt Not Mock Ted Cruz on God-Given Rights
As an atheist, I suppose I should be deeply troubled by Ted Cruz’s God-heavy presidential announcement. Although the Texas senator’s blast of old-fashioned American exceptionalism garnered most of the chortling media’s attention, it’s what troubles me ...