A Liberal Judge Rediscovers the Tenth Amendment — So Should Conservatives
Sanctuary cities are appalling. But using extra-constitutional means to defund them is still wrong.
One of the odd staples of American political life in the mid 1990s was Bob Dole’s love affair with the Tenth Amendment to the Constitution ...
A Modest Proposal: Character Counts, Starting in 2018
Partisan passions are driving many Americans to become extremely tolerant of bad behavior by their preferred leaders.
Many critics of the religious Right are relishing the perceived hypocrisy in this group’s seemingly sudden about-face with respect to what it ...
Net Neutrality: Let Congress Decide if It’s Needed
Under the leadership of Ajit Pai, the Federal Communications Commission has, as expected, announced that it will repeal Obama-era regulations mandating “net neutrality,” a set of wide-ranging rules governing Internet services. The change is a welcome one, and, as has ...
Let’s Settle the Legality of DACA Now
Almost immediately after President Trump announced that he would wind down the policy known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals — which shields from deportation nearly a million “Dreamers,” aliens brought to the U.S. as children — lawsuits were filed across ...
Americans Have More to Be Thankful for than You’d Think
Every time you turn on the television these days, there seems to be more bad news. No matter your political or ideological leanings, it is hard to deny that 2017 has been a trying year. We’ve seen neo-Nazis on the ...
Debt and Deficits Are Sky-High, and the Fiscal Hawks Have Flown Away
So far, Republicans in Congress haven’t notched many legislative successes in the first year of the Trump administration. Their last great hope now is tax reform.
But the nation still is without a budget, with lawmakers needing to cut ...
Taking Harassment Seriously Requires Serious Distinctions
There’s a consensus aborning: There should be zero tolerance for sexual harassment, exploitation, and violence of any kind. Enthusiasm for the new dawn varies widely. Some think it’s a great feminist or moral awakening. Others see an era ...
The Supreme Court Is a Dangerous Conservative Obsession
Late last week Alabama governor Kay Ivey said out loud what I’ve been hearing from friends and acquaintances across the conservative movement. Even if Roy Moore’s accusers are telling the truth, they’ll vote for Moore. Why? The ...
Democrats Revert to ‘It’s Okay When Our Guy Does It’ in Defending Franken
The Senate sex-and-power calculus has come to this: Roy Moore fans say, “Al Franken isn’t dropping out. Why should our guy?” Al Franken fans say, “Roy Moore isn’t dropping out. Why should our guy?”
The language of power ...
Let the Guilty Rich Soak Themselves
No American should be forced to endure a tax cut that he does not want. Thus, Congress should adopt my idea: The Higher-rate Optional Tax (H.O.T. tax) would shield tax lovers from the GOP-sponsored Tax Cuts and Jobs ...
The American political community has not taken adequate notice of Hillary Clinton’s book What Happened (the title is not posed as a question). It was generally panned when it came out a couple of months ago for blaming everyone ...
Medicaid Is Making Insurance Companies Rich
Expansion of Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act has been wildly successful in improving the fortunes of one particular group in California — just not the group Medicaid was intended to help.
A recent Kaiser Health News story reported that from 2014 (...
In Defense of High-Deductible Health Plans
After I hurt my ankle at the end of August, I did what any responsible 20-something would do: I put some ice on it and hoped for the best. When it hadn’t healed itself in a few weeks, I ...
Trump Is Right about Trophy Hunting
It’s not often that President Donald Trump’s Twitter feed is the voice of reason and compassion, but on the issue of trophy hunting, it makes more sense than his own Department of the Interior.
Trump put on hold ...
Charles Manson’s Radical Chic
The history of the postwar period is the history of the struggle against Communism. What’s sometimes forgotten — conveniently forgotten — is that our victory in that struggle was far from assured, and that a substantial swath of the Western intelligentsia ...
House and Senate Tax Plans: A Comparison
With the House version of the GOP tax reform passed and the Senate version approved by the Finance Committee, we are getting closer to landing a bill on the president’s desk. Once the Senate finishes and passes its bill, ...
Use Tax-Advantaged Savings to Expand School Choice
The proposed Tax Cuts and Jobs Act currently making its way through Congress offers a unique opportunity to expand school choice in all 50 states — that is, unless the Senate blows the opportunity.
The House version of tax reform that passed ...
Is Trump Restoring Separation of Powers?
Our Constitution carefully separates the legislative, executive, and judicial powers into three separate branches of government: Congress enacts laws, which the president enforces and the courts review. However, when all of these powers are accumulated “in the same hands,” James ...
Where Are the Recovery Babies?
It was no surprise when fertility dropped following the Great Recession. In the developed world, there’s a pretty consistent relationship between the economy and childbearing: The two rise and fall together.
Almost a decade later, though, with unemployment heading ...
What Happened to the 'Libertarian Moment'?
A year is an eternity in politics, the saying goes. If that’s true, then two years is an eon. And it seems an eon ago that the common wisdom held that the GOP was entering its “libertarian moment,” when ...
Seventy years ago, one of the most important political meetings of the Cold War era occurred at the famed Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in Manhattan — only it wasn’t heads of state but the heads of Hollywood’s top film studios who ...
A Seal Breaks Open: The Reckoning in Hollywood and America
‘It seems undeniable at this point that Hugh Hefner’s death broke open some sort of seal.” My former colleague at National Review magazine, Ian Tuttle, tweeted this the other day, capturing the avalanche of accusations and confessions, since around ...
Japan’s ‘Lost Generation’ of Economic Growth: Blame High Taxes
Tokyo — Following the House’s passage of a tax-reform bill, critics have denounced it as being everything from “selfish” to “destructive.” But if they’re honest, most of those critics will admit they want to expand government and increase taxes, ...
In Illinois, an Election Battle Looms over the Bankrupting 'Blue Model'
Not without thy wondrous story, Illinois, Illinois,
Can be writ the nation’s glory, Illinois, Illinois.
– official state song
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — This state’s story, which lately has been depressing, soon will acquire a riveting new chapter. In 2018 Illinois will ...
Connecticut Breaks Some Bad Habits
Connecticut was once the quiet, conservative, low-cost option for people who wanted to work, but not live, in Massachusetts or New York. Tucked away from the hustle and bustle of metropolitan areas, the state was once known as the Land ...
These Bills Are Outstanding
By my calculation, this is Day 33 of our #30DaysHathBucktember webathon. Well, I was never good with calendars. But I am solid with this: Sunday, November 19, at 11:59 p.m., marks the end of this effort.
Let’s get the linkage done ...
The Great American Earthquake
‘Who can deny that, in the United States today, as never before in its history, there is a vast unease about the prospects of the republic?”
So asked Irving Kristol in “Our Shaken Foundations,” a 1968 essay for Fortune magazine. Observing ...
In the Age of Sexual Misconduct, How Is Mike Pence a Problem?
A funny thing happened on the road to common sense, rationality, and respect for women. Mike Pence somehow became a villain again.
In the month since the New York Times and The New Yorker exposed Harvey Weinstein as one of ...
Al Franken Staying in the Senate Would Be a Gift to the Republican Party
The Democratic party’s strategy for responding to the Al Franken scandal is now apparent: Taking up Franken’s own hint in his apology statement, there will be an “Ethics Committee investigation.”
Investigate what, Senate Clouseaus? Franken has been caught ...
Will Political Setbacks Unite the Republican Party?
The inexorable workings of the political marketplace seem to be enforcing some discipline over hitherto fissiparous Republican politicians. The question is whether this is happening too late to save the party’s declining prospects in the 2018 midterm elections.
You can ...
Bannon’s Failed Candidates
A Steve Bannon–backed candidate turns out to have some serious baggage. Who could have seen that coming?
Roy Moore is just the latest in a line of flawed candidates whom Bannon has zealously elevated, only to cry “Establishment!” when ...
The Left’s Attacks on Megyn Kelly Are a Sign of Our Dispiriting Times
I can’t claim to know Megyn Kelly well. I was a guest on her old show at Fox a few times, and each time I found her to be polite, professional, and committed to ascertaining the truth. She is, ...
Roy Moore Is Pure Steve Bannon
Roy Moore is the Steve Bannon project in a nutshell.
For the former Trump operative, the Alabama Senate candidate’s tattered credibility is a feature, not a bug. If Moore had well-considered political and legal views, good judgment, and a ...
13 Highlights from Mark Cuban’s Interview with Jamie Weinstein
Dallas — Mark Cuban isn’t a conservative. He isn’t even really a libertarian, as he sometimes claims. But he is interesting, and he just may be coming to a presidential-debate stage near you.
During an extensive interview with The ...
Matthew Yglesias has written a frank if not exactly penitent column in Vox arguing that Democrats were wrong to rally around Bill Clinton when it came to light that he was using at least one White House intern as a ...
A Male Prisoner with Gender Dysphoria Wants to Go to a Female Prison
Yesterday, a male prisoner serving a three-to-four-year sentence for drug offenses sued the Massachusetts Correctional Institution, demanding, among other things, that the state transfer him to a female correctional facility because he suffers from gender dysphoria.
In his lawsuit, filed ...
It’s Time to Stop ‘Leaving Your Sword’ outside Church
Last week it was Sutherland Springs, Texas; in September, Antioch, Tenn.; two years ago, Charleston, S.C. — all suffered high-profile shootings in churches. The high death toll in Texas especially, where gun ownership and concealed carry is widespread, highlights a ...
If you’re Roy Moore’d out, I don’t blame you. But I’d like to make a few Moore points nonetheless. (I didn’t mean that as a pun, I really didn’t.)
From what he has said ...
The Senate’s Improved Tax Bill
Senate Republicans released a revised tax-reform bill yesterday. Our concerns with the first draft of the bill were with its changes to the individual tax code, and the new bill makes key improvements on that end. The most significant change ...
In 1983, two congressmen, one a Democrat and the other a Republican, were censured by the House. Both had admitted to having affairs with 17-year-old pages. The Republican, Daniel Crane, represented a conservative Illinois district. His constituents sent him packing the ...
The Senate GOP’s Corporate-Tax-Cut Delay: A Recipe for Recession
Senate Republicans have a secret political death wish. They want to lose their majority and return to the far lighter burden and far broader vacation options available to that body’s minority party. Let Chuck Schumer and the Democrats do ...
In Medicine, the Science Has Stopped Working
Editor’s Note: Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry, a conservative writer and a fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, is writing a series of columns on uncomfortable truths about health care in America. Some will make conservatives more uncomfortable, others will ...
Charles Burnett Honored for Black Misery
Filmmaker Charles Burnett was awarded a career-achievement Oscar by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences this past weekend. Who’s Burnett? That fair question is part of the Oscars’ ongoing problem, but it’s also part of film ...
In a curious twist of history, Andrew Carnegie, that titan of industry, once called Walt Whitman the greatest poet America has ever produced. The steel magnate whose mills powered an industrial revolution saw the genius in the man who dressed ...
Justice League Repudiates Christopher Nolan’s Legacy
We’ve seen bad DC movies and bad Marvel movies. But Justice League is something new: It’s a bad DC movie and a bad Marvel movie at the same time.
Engineered as an answer to Marvel’s Avengers movies, ...
Social Conservatives, Raise the Ethical Standard
There’s no getting around it. A great number of conservatives and populists feel tempted to support Roy Moore in his Senate bid, despite the increasingly credible accusations of his acting like a total creep with teenage girls.
Some try ...
To Defend Their Candidate, Roy Moore Supporters Cry ‘Conspiracy’
I’ll cut to the chase: I think Roy Moore did it. And I can predict what Moore supporters will say: “Of course you would believe that!”
After all, I called for conservatives to repudiate Moore, the Alabama Republican candidate ...
The Bishops, the Pro-Life Cause, and Pope Francis
An awful lot of rubbish ricocheted around the media-blogosphere echo chamber before and after the November 14 vote for chairman of the pro-life committee of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, in which the contestants were Cardinal Blase Cupich of ...
The Enduring Appeal of Creepy Christianity
Speaking broadly, there are two great, competing temptations that tug at the Christian Church. Both of them are based on the fear of man.
The first is the one that the theologically orthodox discuss and battle the most: the temptation ...
We Don’t Need a Special Counsel to Investigate the Clinton Foundation
Republicans, whether in the White House or on Capitol Hill, do not seem to appreciate how much they may be undermining what they say they want — a serious investigation of the Clinton Foundation and such related matters as the Uranium ...
Neil Gorsuch’s First Chance to Undermine the Administrative State
When Neil Gorsuch was nominated to the Supreme Court, pundits focused on two aspects of his judicial record: his dedication to textualism in statutory interpretation and his skepticism of the growth of the administrative state. These beliefs align the justice ...
Yes, Deficits Still Matter
There’s a lot not to like about the current Republican tax proposal, beginning with its effect on the debt, to which it will add about $1.3 trillion, according to current estimates.
It is becoming something of an unfortunate tradition in ...
The Debt Is No Reason Not to Pass Tax Reform
The GOP tax-reform plan is under heavy scrutiny from critics who are wary about the implications of increasing the budget deficit.
These critics routinely cite two reasons for their concerns: that it could put the U.S. on a catastrophic ...
Editor’s note: This article is adapted from the book Skirmishes, just published by National Review Books.
Of Thanksgiving blessings, I have a surfeit.
To begin with, I chose my parents well. My Dad was a paid-up member of the ...
On at least one issue in American public life, a cultural consensus is developing: Lena Dunham has worn out her welcome as the mouthpiece of posh left-wing Millennials, one hopes for good. Dunham’s latest egregious misstep, this time meriting ...
Dumb Sensors, Deadly Consequences on the Arizona Border
The circumstances of U.S. Border Patrol agent Rogelio Martinez’s death this week remain murkier than the Rio Grande.
Agent Martinez succumbed to critical head injuries early Sunday morning. An unnamed partner, who came to Martinez’s aid after ...
When Christian Lindner, leader of Germany’s market-minded Free Democrat party, walked out of the three-party negotiations intended to forge a new federal government from the fragmented political spectrum that emerged from the recent elections, he signaled the end of ...
Void the Non-Disclosure Agreements That Conceal Congressional Misconduct
CNN’s Jake Tapper urges that non-disclosure agreements in cases of congressional misconduct — specifically, sexual-misconduct settlements — be nullified. I could not agree more.
Here’s his tweet:
I wonder if any member of Congress will introduce legislation to attempt to ...
Cronyism Damaged Venezuela Before Chávez
Editor’s Note: The following piece originally appeared at Populyst. It is reprinted here with permission.
Venezuela is bankrupt, having just defaulted on three interest payments. And much of the world is pointing fingers at the socialist policies of Hugo ...
Men, Stop Virtue-Signaling and Return to Rules
‘My gender is terrible,” Politico Chief Economic Correspondent Ben White wrote earlier this week. Time Politics Editor Ryan League Beckwith tweeted, “Not tweeting tomorrow. Just retweeting women. Men: Join me.”
This is the trendy new habit on Twitter when another ...
Why Do These Wars Never End?
From the Punic Wars (264–146 b.c.) and the Hundred Years War (1337–1453) to the Arab–Israeli wars (1947–) and the so-called War on Terror (2001–), some wars never seem to end.
The dilemma is raised frequently given America’s long wars (Vietnam 1955–75) that ...
The Founders Built Worse Than They Knew? Conservatives Rethink Free Markets
It is a season of rethinking. Old assumptions are being reexamined. Years of economic stagnation punctuated by crisis; rising nationalist sentiment; shocking political developments throughout the world’s richest countries: All of it has left intellectuals of various stripes disoriented ...
The Museum of the Bible and the Roy Moore Embarrassment
A thought exercise or two:
Imagine that the principal donor funding Washington’s new museum of the Bible was George Soros. Does anyone think that MSM stories on the museum’s opening would highlight Soros’s 1992 shorting of the British ...
Report: Justice Department to Oppose AT&T-Time Warner Merger
The Trump Justice Department is filing a lawsuit today to block the AT&T merger with Time Warner, Politico reports, based on anonymous sources said to be “familiar” with the proposed deal valued at $85 billion.
Time Warner, of course, owns ...
Charles Manson Didn’t Kill the Sixties — the Sixties Did
Ten weeks before the Manson-family slaughters at the Sharon Tate and Leno LaBianca households, a leader of the new generation proclaimed, “There are some things we feel, feelings that our prevailing, acquisitive, and competitive corporate life, including tragically the universities, ...
When Virtue Carries a Cost
Over the last few days, I’ve had a number of conversations with both right- and left-leaning friends about the political futures of Al Franken and Roy Moore. Without equating the severity of the alleged offenses (Moore’s are obviously ...
Beware of Running with the Al Franken Story — Consider Where That Leads
‘And thus the whirligig of time brings in his revenges.” Who could suppress at least a smirk of pleasure at the news of Senator Al Franken’s being caught up in the sexual-harassment scandals that have been breaking ever since ...
EDITOR’S NOTE: This article appeared in the November 23, 1998, issue of National Review.
When you melt away the practiced iconoclasm, the predictable liberalism, and the pure arrogance of President Clinton’s defenders in the culture industry–almost all of which ...
An Injustice to Winston Churchill
Because an irresolute and small-minded age applies its own neuroses backward to history, because actors love to portray internal torment, and because we fancy ourselves so sophisticated that we know the official story of the past to be a ruse, ...
In recent years the United States Senate has become the bête noire of many good-government liberals who believe that increasing disparities in state populations mean that the Senate is becoming more and more of an anti-democratic bastion that undermines ...
‘Neither of the Above’ in Alabama? Doug Jones on Abortion Is a Zealot
Roy Moore is undoubtedly in trouble in Alabama. And yet, even as his Senate campaign rapidly takes on water in the wake of credible allegations that he sexually assaulted two teenage girls when he was in his thirties, the Alabama ...
Trump’s Response to LaVar Ball — Most Unpresidential
The father of one of the basketball players who had been facing shoplifting charges in China downplayed President Trump’s role in having him released — and Trump’s response may be one of the worst I’ve seen yet.
The Treasury Secretary’s Wife
First ladies are bad enough, and the recent habit of referring to the wife of the vice president as “the second lady” is nauseating. The first Mrs. Trump does have a point: From a certain point of view, Melania is ...
For Slimy Senators, Our Conviction Should Be Expulsion
The spirit of the times has opened the floodgates of long-suppressed heartache. Victimized women are thus coming forward a decade or more after being abused by this political don or that show-biz celeb — who, in Al Franken’s case, could ...
Pierre-Auguste Renoir’s 1880-81 painting Luncheon of the Boating Party, a cornerstone of the collection of the Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C., and the star of its exhibition Renoir and Friends (through January 7), contains more than a dozen figures ...
Let Foster Children Wait No More
Kelly Rosati, vice president of Advocacy for Children at Focus on the Family, spent last weekend fruitfully. “Nearly 75 new families in Minneapolis stepped out today to begin the foster care or foster care adoption journey. Good job Minnesota!” she tweeted.
End the Wind Production Tax Credit
Congress is focused on making our backward tax code into something that encourages our nation’s instinct for creativity and innovation. As we look at all the wasteful and unnecessary tax breaks that are holding us back, I have a ...
GOP Battle Cry: ‘Make Obamacare Voluntary!’
Congress should adopt an idea that President Donald J. Trump offered as he concluded his successful twelve-day Asian sojourn. Lawmakers also should give this policy a better name.
“I am proud of the Rep. House & Senate for working so hard ...
Liberals' Sudden Concern About Bill Clinton's Behavior Is Cynical
A number of notable liberals have recently decided to start taking allegations of sexual assault against former president Bill Clinton seriously. Let’s just say that discarding the Clintons when they’re no longer politically useful in order to retroactively ...
Justice League Is the Epic We Deserve
‘Keep it moving,” Queen Hippolyta (Connie Nielsen) commands her Amazon soldiers in Justice League as they prevent supervillain Steppenwolf from stealing a “Mother Box,” one of three mysterious components that form life’s ultimate energy source. This is the moment ...
Population Panic, Back Again
In the opening scenes of the 1995 film 12 Monkeys, we meet gritty protagonist James Cole, played by a very worried-looking Bruce Willis. The year is 2035, and the dwindling remnants of humanity have been driven underground, thanks to a virulent super-virus that ...
In my Impromptus column yesterday, I had an item concerning immigration. A few days before that, I received a letter from a reader on the same subject. I’d like to publish a portion of the letter — but first, that ...
Putin Isn’t Interested in Helping America
Toward the end of his twelve-day trip to Asia, President Trump tweeted, “When will all the haters and fools out there realize that having a good relationship with Russia is a good thing, not a bad thing. There [sic] always ...
Al Franken Gives Liberals Another Chance at Virtue
In the last week, some liberals have been having public second thoughts about their defenses of Bill Clinton. In the wake of the #metoo movement and the avalanche of accusations of sexual harassment and assault being made against prominent figures ...
Seth Leibsohn for Congress
I can’t say I was vested in any of the Republicans who were thumped in Virginia, New Jersey, and New York City on Election Day. I sensed, though, that last week’s off-year, not-exactly-bellwether contests were mainly a matter ...
Understanding Your Political Opponents Takes More than a Visit to Their Neck of the Woods
Any book entitled Republican Like Me: How I Left the Liberal Bubble and Learned to Love the Right is bound to be unpopular in New York City. Hence the nasty looks I received while reading it on the PATH train, ...
It’s time for regime change, and I’m not talking about throwing President Trump out of office.
Robert Higgs, the great economic historian, coined the term “regime uncertainty” to describe a situation in which investors lose confidence that their ...
America’s Indispensable Friends
The world equates American military power with the maintenance of the postwar global order of free commerce, communications, and travel.
Sometimes American power leads to costly, indecisive interventions like those in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Libya that were not able to ...
Professor: Add ‘Weight-Based Microaggressions’ to School Diversity Curriculum
A sociology professor at the University of Alabama has called for “weight-based microaggressions” to be added to the school’s diversity curriculum.
The professor, Andrea Hunt, surveyed 13 overweight college administrators and found that many of them reported having experienced “fat ...
Joe Biden’s Muddled Response to the Texas Shooting Was Unintentionally Revealing
The Sutherland Springs, Texas, shooting presents a serious problem for those who claim that the government offers the answer for gun violence. After all, the government failed at every turn, and it was up to a private citizen to stop ...
Republicans Should Expand the Federal Courts
Republicans are looking for a win with their new tax-reform bill. But they could get two wins in one: In addition to overhauling the tax system, the bill could fund many new federal judgeships. Not only would this address a ...
The Biggest Welfare Crisis You’ve Never Heard Of
It’s not the lead story on the nightly news, and it’s not generating millions of clicks online. It may be one of the most underreported, underappreciated public-policy crises of our time. That’s a terrifying reality because, left ...
‘The World Is Never Finished’
‘The world is millions of years old,” he says sagely. “And the world is never finished.”
Professorial and at times even a little prophetic, Bob Lutz, late of General Motors, isn’t what you’d expect from an old-fashioned American ...
Kennedy, Clinton, and Weinstein: A Convenient Reckoning
In April, the historical drama Chappaquiddick will arrive in theaters. Variety declared the film “a tense, scrupulous, absorbingly precise and authentic piece of history — a tabloid scandal attached to a smoke-filled-room travesty.”
The reviewer, Owen Gleiberman, suggested that the film ...
Who’s the More Effective Conservative?
According to Steve Bannon, the Republican establishment is blocking President Donald Trump’s agenda. That’s why he’s leading an insurgency whose ambitious goal is nothing less than the transformation of the GOP from a coalition led by mainstream ...
Silence on Sleaze-Bob Menendez
The verdict is in.
I pronounce Democratic leaders, left-wing feminists, and Beltway journalists guilty of gross negligence and hypocrisy over a dirty rotten sleazeball in their midst.
For the past 11 weeks, Bob Menendez has been on trial for 18 counts of ...
The Roy Moore Story Is Not the Same as Rolling Stone’s Campus Rape Story
Every time I hear someone say that he won’t believe the allegations against Roy Moore because Rolling Stone’s campus rape story turned out to be a hoax and that the two are basically the same thing, I want ...
At the U.N. Climate-Change Conference, the Two Minutes Hate
No one quite knows what the latest United Nations climate-change conference is meant to be doing. About the current one, the 23rd in the annual series under the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change, there is something a little ...
The Rush to Judgment in the Moore Case
It is hard not to look upon the Roy Moore imbroglio as another well-timed hit-job from a familiar and well-practiced source — the same people who thought they had destroyed the Trump campaign by releasing the Billy Bush tape from eleven ...
Roy Moore is a Steve Bannon fantasy candidate. He’s an insurgent populist, a self-described renegade who shares Bannon’s arsonist attitude toward the Republican establishment and cares little for the proprieties of D.C. Or the basic standards of ...