Is America Ready for a Disruptive President?
Disruptive. That’s a good word to describe Donald Trump’s presidential candidacy, and to describe the sometimes-ramshackle Republican National Convention his campaign more or less superintended in Cleveland this past week.
Apple disrupted the music industry; Uber disrupted the ...
Events Roil the 2016 Campaign
‘Events, dear boy, events,” the late British prime minister Harold Macmillan supposedly replied when asked what he most feared. And events can certainly make a difference, as was apparent this week: Prime Minister David Cameron moved out of No. 10 Downing ...
Hillary Clinton’s Non-Indictment Might Not Help Her
‘Unindicted co-conspirator”: Technically, the term, made familiar in the Watergate scandals, does not apply to Hillary Clinton, since no one has been or apparently will be indicted in the e-mails case.
But if you read the bulk of FBI director ...
Brexit Was Caused by Failure of Elites, Not Bigotry of Masses
Bigotry! Nativism! Racism! That’s what elites in Britain and Europe, and here, have been howling, as explanations for why 52 percent of a higher-than-general-election turnout of British voters voted for their nation to leave the European Union.
But there is ...
Trump Pivoting Away from Tabloid-Style Campaigning
Donald Trump is the latest proof that the campaign always reflects the candidate and that the candidate is a product of his experience over the years. So, as Trump, after clinching the Republican nomination, reshuffles and rejiggers a campaign that ...
Brexit Causes Elites Angst — But Britain May Leave EU Anyway
‘Market Angst as U.K. Edges to Exit,” proclaims the headline on the Wall Street Journal’s lead story. The exit referred to is Britain’s departure from the European Union, a move that will be mandated if a majority ...
Bernie Sanders Wins, Even while Losing
Bernie Sanders is not going gently into that good night, at least not yet.
After hearing Monday from the Associated Press that Hillary Clinton had clinched the nomination, after absorbing Tuesday night a solid defeat in the California primary and ...
The Dogs That Aren’t Barking in 2016
Let’s look back on the primary campaign — completed for Republicans, still ongoing for Democrats — and see if we can identify what Sherlock Holmes referred to as the dogs that didn’t bark.
For what’s unusual about this campaign ...
Trump, Clinton Tied in Polls: Were All the Wise Men Wrong?
It was conventional wisdom among the political cognoscenti during most of the primary season that Donald Trump could not win the general election. The evidence seemed strong.
Over twelve months of polling from May 2015 to April 2016, Hillary Clinton ran ahead ...
The 'Ferguson Effect' Is Real, and It's Hurting Black Americans Most
University of Missouri–St. Louis criminologist Richard Rosenfeld has had “second thoughts.” Like many academic criminologists, he had pooh-poohed charges that skyrocketing murder rates in many cities in 2015 and 2016 result from a “Ferguson effect” — a skittering back from proactive policing ...
Will the Trump Nomination Change Our Polarized Partisan Patterns?
An irresistible force meets an immovable object.
The irresistible force is the sense of discontent with how things have been going during this young century. Americans are displeased with a sluggish economy that fell into a deep recession and with ...
The Donald Surprised in the Primaries, Can He Repeat the Trick in November?
So Republicans now have a presumptive nominee — one headed to a clear delegate majority without visible opposition — sooner than the Democrats. It’s another way in which this year’s presidential race has defied expectations and ignored precedent.
Donald Trump ...
Donald Trump Isn’t the ‘Presumptive Nominee’ — Not Yet, Anyway
Donald Trump has declared himself, after following up his New York win April 19 with victories in five other northeastern states Tuesday, the “presumptive nominee” of the Republican party. Is it a done deal?
Not quite. Trump’s 40 percent of total ...
New York’s Home-State Winners Have November Problems
Home-state candidates notched up impressive victories in New York’s presidential primaries Tuesday. Donald Trump topped 50 percent for the first time — and handsomely, with 60 percent of Republican votes. And Hillary Clinton won 58 percent of Democratic votes in her adopted home ...
Donald Trump’s Insincere Process Arguments
‘Gestapo tactics.” That’s how Donald Trump’s recently installed campaign manager, Paul Manafort, characterized the Ted Cruz campaign’s successful effort to win all 34 of Colorado’s pledged national-convention delegates at the long-scheduled Republican congressional-district and state conventions.
Wisconsin Republicans Bid No Trump
‘Donald J. Trump withstood the onslaught of the establishment yet again.” That’s the first sentence in a Trump-campaign statement tweeted out Tuesday night by the Washington Post’s Robert Costa. It’s also a strange way to respond to ...
Will Britain Leave the European Union or Remain in It?
On June 23, when Donald Trump will or will not have won the 1,237 delegates he needs to be nominated, voters in Britain will decide an issue as divisive as Trump’s candidacy: whether the United Kingdom will remain in or leave ...
A Vote for Kasich Is a Vote for Trump
Perhaps the most important results of the March 22 Republican primary in Arizona and caucus in Utah were numbers that didn’t appear on your television screen, no matter how late you stayed up for the poll closing times. Those were ...
Only Ted Cruz Can Stop Donald Trump
Can Donald Trump be stopped from winning the Republican nomination? The answer is yes. Despite his big win over Marco Rubio in Florida and his narrow wins over Ted Cruz in Illinois, Missouri, and North Carolina, he has not won ...
Bad News for Both Parties
There was bad news for both parties in the primaries and caucuses in the week following Super Tuesday.
Start with the higher-ratings, higher-turnout Republican race. Donald Trump won two solid victories in Michigan and Mississippi on Tuesday, after weak showings ...
The Republican race goes on after Super Tuesday. In ordinary years, Donald Trump’s wins in seven of the eleven Super Tuesday contests after three out of four wins in February, together with his delegate lead, would make him the ...
Trump’s Rivals Must Make the Case for Themselves
Does Donald Trump’s big win in the Nevada caucuses mean he’s the inevitable Republican nominee? He has made himself the favorite and could sew up the nomination with the first winner-take-all primaries March 15. But it’s not inevitable ...
Who Will Win the Electability Vote?
With the likelihood that the Supreme Court vacancy will not be filled this year, voters’ minds are going to turn to questions of electability, writes my Washington Examiner colleague David Drucker.
The November elections will arguably determine which side will ...
New Hampshire voters issued a rebuke to conventional party leaders when they voted by large margins for Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders in Tuesday’s primaries. But Sanders is not going to win the Democratic nomination, and it’s by ...
Probing for Clues in the Iowa Caucus Numbers
Now that the results of last Monday’s Iowa caucuses are in, speculation naturally turns to next Tuesday’s New Hampshire primary.
Will Donald Trump fail once again to receive the percentage he’s getting in polls? Will Marco Rubio ...
Missing From Both Parties' Candidates' Campaigns: Work
From someone whose title is senior political analyst you might be expecting a forecast of who will win the Iowa caucuses next Monday night. Will Donald Trump voters turn out in enough numbers to give him the narrow win over ...
Karl Rove Explains Why William McKinley's Insight Matters for 2016
The economy has been staggering, with stagnant or no growth, for several years, after a financial crisis. Loud complaints have been raised against Wall Street financiers and the concentration of great wealth in few hands. Rapid technological development is generating ...
How Has American Exceptionalism Fared under Obama?
In his final State of the Union speech, Barack Obama made at least a few bows toward the idea that America is an exceptional nation, an idea he once derided by saying, “I believe in American exceptionalism, just as I ...
Negative Campaigning Breaks Out in Republican Race
Rough and tumble. Hammer and tongs. In the race for this year’s Republican nomination, Donald Trump has not hesitated to attack and ridicule many of his opponents, and some of them have teed up attacks on him, only to ...
Obama Reshapes Presidential Politics — But Maybe Not to Democrats’ Benefit
One thing that’s striking about the presidential race, which, finally, officially begins soon, is how much the race has been shaped by Barack Obama. The course of the contests for both the Republican and the Democratic nominations would be ...
Conservatives’ Biographies Show How History Can Move Right
Biography is one way — often the most vivid way — in which people understand history. The beautifully written biographies of Franklin Roosevelt that rolled off the presses and rose in the bestseller lists in the 1950s and 1960s created a template ...
No, There Won’t Be a Brokered Republican National Convention
All around the political blogosphere you can find folks smacking their lips over the prospect of a “brokered” Republican national convention. They look forward to the spectacle of delegates assembling in Cleveland with no candidate having a majority, of multiple ...
Obama and Trump Are ‘Misunderestimating’ the American People
As the week began, I planned to write this column about some implications of Barack Obama’s Sunday-night Oval Office address. I noted that he devoted about one-fifth of this 13-minute speech to pleas that Americans not discriminate against Muslims.
The State of Play in the Republican Race
There are just eight-and-a-half weeks to go until the Iowa caucuses, with two of those weeks devoted to holidays during which polling is ordinarily not conducted, and the race for the Republican presidential nomination seems to be taking perceptible shape. ...
Mainstream Media May Not See it, but the Democratic Party Is in Peril, Too
Each of our two political parties, ancient by world standards, seems to be facing a gathering storm.
Part of the gathering storm for Republicans is Donald Trump’s candidacy and his persistent lead in most primary polls. He is given ...
The ’60s Is Repeating Itself in Universities and Black Neighborhoods
Riots in black neighborhoods. Rebellions on campus. The news these past few months and particularly in the past week has been full of stories that remind us, as William Faulkner wrote a little more than half a century after the ...
Kentucky and Virginia Elections Bode Poorly for Democrats in 2016
You don’t have to wander long in the liberal commentariat to find projections that the Republican party is in a death spiral, doomed by demographics, discredited by the dissension among House Republicans, disenchanted with its experienced presidential candidates, and ...
Free Stuff Can Turn Out to Be a Bad Buy
Free college! That’s what the Democratic candidates were offering in their presidential debate. And it’s likely that, if the subject had come up, they would have offered something like free home mortgages as well, to judge from Hillary ...
Biden Decision Leaves Both Parties in Disarray
Joe Biden has made it official: He is not running for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination. It’s the latest development in a presidential campaign cycle that has not been going according to script.
Biden said that personal factors played a ...
Democratic Candidates Are out of Touch with the Broader Electorate
Going into the Democrats’ first presidential debate Tuesday night, Hillary Clinton seems to have banked on one thing: that far fewer Americans would be watching than watched the Republican debates in August and September.
That assumption proved correct. Early Nielsen ...
Clinton’s Leftward Tack on Immigration and Guns Has Risks for November
You win the presidency, Richard Nixon supposedly observed, by tacking to the right in the primaries and to the center in the general election. Hillary Clinton seems to be following that strategy except, as a Democrat, she is tacking to ...
The Dogs That Aren’t Barking in the 2016 Campaign
Sherlock Holmes famously solved the mystery of Silver Blaze by noting the dog that didn’t bark in the night. It strikes me that in this wild and wooly campaign cycle there have been numerous dogs not barking in the ...
Walker’s Withdrawal Points to the Importance of the Outsider Label This Cycle
Scott Walker’s abrupt withdrawal from the Republican presidential race Monday afternoon shows how different, in ways noticed and unnoticed, this campaign cycle is from those of recent years.
One obvious difference is the size of the Republican field — 17, before ...
Europe’s Humanitarianism Is, Sadly, Not Humanitarian
Human beings are hard-wired to protect young children. That’s the easiest explanation of the rush of Europeans — especially, but not only, elites — to welcome huge numbers of refugees after publication of the picture of a dead three-year-old boy on ...
Sometime in the early evening, London time, on Wednesday, Queen Elizabeth II broke a record: She became the longest-serving monarch in British history, beating her great-great-grandmother Victoria’s reign of 63 years and 216 days. She is also, at 89, by a solid ...
Donald Trump's Appeal Is Based on Yesterday’s News
Aside from the court-ordered dribbling out of Hillary Clinton’s classified-material-filled emails, the big presidential-campaign news of the summer has been the boom for Donald Trump in the race for the Republican nomination. Trump has risen from 3 percent in the ...
Joe Biden and Donald Trump Could Usher in the Impossible
‘One can’t believe impossible things,” Alice objected.
“I daresay you haven’t had much practice,” the Red Queen replied. “When I was your age, I always did it for half an hour a day. Why, sometimes I’ve believed ...
Donald Trump’s Half-Serious, Half-Fantasy Immigration Plan
Donald Trump’s six-page platform on immigration may not be, as Ann Coulter wrote, “the greatest political document since the Magna Carta.” But given the issue’s role in elevating the candidate to the lead in Republican polls, it merits ...
Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton Are Incapable of Embarrassment
August is traditionally a vacation month, and East Coast elites, following European tradition, are thick on the ground in the Hamptons, Martha’s Vineyard (the Obamas’ choice), and Nantucket.
But news — in some cases, shattering news — keeps breaking out all ...
A Crowd of Candidates Is New for Republicans
Why did Fox News decide to schedule two Republican presidential debates rather than one? Simple arithmetic: 90 minutes divided by 17 candidates equals five minutes and 29 seconds apiece. That’s scarcely enough time for the oral equivalent of a few tweets.
Will Trump’s ‘Other People’s Money’ Campaign Prevail Over Clinton’s Standard Tactics?
Donald Trump postponed the announcement of his vice-presidential candidate, Mike Pence, because of the terrorist attack in Nice, which was in line with the modus operandi of his campaign. He didn’t want to preempt news-media coverage of another radical-Islamist ...
Will the National Conventions Change the Delegate-Selection Rules — Again?
When the Republican and Democratic national conventions gather in successive weeks in Cleveland and Philadelphia, respectively, one item on their plates will be reconsideration of their parties’ nominating rules. Just about everyone agrees that they are unsatisfactory in some way ...
Racial Discrimination on Campus Is Likely to Go On Forever
‘Affirmative action” will continue to be the routine course of business of college and university admissions for the foreseeable future. That’s the bottom line from the Supreme Court’s June decision in Fisher v. University of Texas.
By a 4...
Brexit Earthquake Hits Britain
Earthquakes seldom hit the British Isles. But one did late Thursday night and early Friday morning, as the constituency returns started pouring in on the referendum to decide whether the United Kingdom would remain in or leave the European Union.
Why We Have — and Probably Will Keep Having — Sluggish Job Growth
Why has the American economy had such sluggish job creation and economic growth? That’s a pretty fundamental question, and one for which most conventional economists have had unsatisfying answers.
Clues can be found, I think, in the new book ...
Possible Errors in Exit Polls Suggest More Election Surprises Ahead
Are the exit polls, on which just about every elections analyst has relied, wrong? That’s a question raised by New York Times Upshot writer Nate Cohn — a question whose answers have serious implications for how you look at the 2016 ...
Neither Candidate Is Getting Immigration Right
No contemporary political issue has been more controversial, or has been subject to more dubious analyses, than immigration.
Take Donald Trump’s endlessly repeated promise to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. As I’ve pointed out, ...
Cities Should Have Room for Everyone
Nearly a century ago, in 1920, the Census Bureau caused a ruckus when it announced that, for the first time, a majority of Americans lived in cities — even though its definition of a city included every hamlet with a population of 2,500 ...
Clinton’s Policies to End Pay Gap Would Just Make It Larger
Women, lamented Hillary Clinton in an April 2014 tweet, make just 77 cents on the dollar to men. As a presidential candidate she has repeated that lament again and again, updating the numbers, in line with government statistics, to 78 cents in July 2015 ...
America Today Resembles 1910 More Than the Post-war Era
What’s your benchmark? What is the historical era with which you compare life in contemporary America?
For many astute commentators on various points of the political spectrum, it is post-war America, the two decades after the United States and ...
Looking Back on the Two Cuban-American Also-Rans
John Quincy Adams, our greatest secretary of state (sorry, Hillary Clinton fans), thought that Cuba would inevitably become part of the United States. It hasn’t, at least not yet, but two Cuban Americans were serious presidential contenders this year.
Republicans Should Have Adopted Democrats’ Rules — and Vice Versa
The unexpected successes, forecast by almost no one twelve months ago, of Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders in winning 40 percent and 42 percent in Republican and Democratic primaries and caucuses is widely taken as evidence of raging discontent among American voters.
Ethnicity Still Matters in the Politics of 2016
Ethnicity still matters. That’s one lesson I draw from the results so far of this year’s Republican and Democratic primaries and caucuses.
We’re encouraged to believe ethnicity doesn’t matter much anymore; only race does. This is ...
Is Trump Benefitting from New York Exceptionalism?
Noo Yawk. That’s the state with this week’s presidential primary, in which candidates who have spent time in New York recently are currently running ahead, according to polls.
Hillary Clinton, who as a resident of Chappaqua in suburban ...
The Tragic Deterioration of D.C.’s Great Society Subway
If you live any distance beyond the Capital Beltway you probably didn’t notice, but an important part of government in Washington shut down on Wednesday, March 16. That’s when the Metro subway system’s recently installed general manager, Paul ...
Are Trump Voters Really Victims?
What you hear when you listen to many fervent supporters of Donald Trump is that they are victims — victims of globalization and trade agreements that have sent their jobs to Mexico or China. Victims of competition from illegal immigrants from ...
Does Social Connectedness Explain Trump’s Appeal?
How can one make sense of the electoral divisions in this year’s Republican primaries and caucuses? The contours of Donald Trump’s support and opposition don’t fall on traditional lines.
There’s not a regional division, for example. ...
How Would Donald Trump Get to 270 Electoral Votes?
Many Donald Trump supporters think he is a slam dunk to beat Hillary Clinton in the general election. The candidate himself certainly takes this view.
But Trump’s analysis of current public polls is preposterous. In the RealClearPolitics.com average ...
Will the Politics of Nostalgia Trump the Politics of the Future?
The likely presidential nominee of the Republican party and the certain (barring indictments) nominee of the Democratic party have something in common, something more than residences in New York: campaign appeals based on nostalgia.
Consider Donald Trump’s official campaign ...
Will a Republican Majority Rally to Defeat Trump?
The Republican race for president last week converged, suddenly and briefly, in Detroit. In the Fox Theatre, one of the nation’s great 1920s movie palaces, the four remaining presidential candidates fought it out in the Fox News debate.
Arizona, Not Trump, Shows Republicans the Way on Immigration
In last Thursday’s slam-bang Republican debate everyone saw Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz do a fine job of demonstrating Donald Trump’s ignorance and inconsistencies. But many may not have noticed Cruz’s citation of a February 9 Wall Street ...
February Clarifies Both Parties' Nomination Races
In 2008, Barack Obama’s great victories in February primaries — Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Virginia, and Wisconsin — gave him an unstoppable delegate lead for the Democratic nomination. In 2012, Mitt Romney’s wins in Florida (technically on January 31) and Michigan sent him on ...
Republicans Launch Sharp Attacks in South Carolina Debate
The CBS presidential debate in Greenville, S.C., started off with a moment of silence in memory of Justice Antonin Scalia, whose death was announced earlier in the day. And the debate that followed was a sort of tribute to ...
How History Shapes the New Hampshire Primary
Benning Wentworth is not a name you’ll run across in New Hampshire primary coverage. But he arguably did as much as anyone else to establish the political culture — or cultures — of America’s first-in-the-nation primary state.
Wentworth was governor ...
Republican Debate Shows Where Comprehensive Immigration Is Headed: Nowhere
Donald Trump was absent from Fox News’s Republican debate Thursday night, presiding at his own event seven minutes’ drive away, featuring cameo appearances by the two previous Iowa Republican-caucus winners exiled now to the undercard debate, Mike Huckabee and ...
How Stupid and Vicious Do They Think We Are?
How stupid and vicious do they think we are? That’s a question that I think explains a lot of things about politics and society today — and about this year’s unpredicted presidential race.
The “we” in that question are ...
The 2016 Presidential Race Is Heating Up
The race for president is accelerating in high gear, or, rather, the races for president — in the Republican and Democratic parties, in the Iowa caucuses, in the New Hampshire primary and primaries and caucuses to come. How’s it going? ...
Census 2015 Shows Growing Cultural and Political Polarization
The Census Bureau has delivered its annual Christmas gift to demographic junkies: its estimates of the populations of the 50 states and the District of Columbia for mid-2015.
They show where the nation has been growing since the April 2010 Census headcount, ...
Trade Restrictions and Closed Borders Are Reminiscent of the 1930s
Battening down the hatches. That’s what America and much of the rest of the world seem to be doing today, in an eerie re-enactment, though to much less of a degree, of what America and the world did in ...
The Supreme Court Grapples — Once Again — with Redistricting
Fifty-one years ago the Supreme Court handed down its one-person-one-vote decision, requiring that within each state, congressional and legislative districts must have equal populations.
That gave redistricters a relatively easy standard to meet. Census data provide block-by-block population counts every ...
The Known — and Unknown — Unknowns in the Republican Race Ahead
Some observations on the 2016 presidential race as we head into the dark period, i.e., the two weeks of Christmas and New Year’s holidays in which no one has ever dared, at least in the past, to conduct any ...
Questions Legitimate Journalists Should Be Asking Hillary Clinton
On September 14, 2012, three days after the murder of Ambassador Christopher Stevens, Sean Smith, Glen Doherty, and Tyrone Woods in Benghazi, Libya, Hillary Clinton appeared at Andrews Air Force Base, where she spoke with family members of those slain.
Shortly afterward, ...
Can Democrats Win If the Public Doesn’t Trust Government?
The Republican party certainly has its problems: a chaotic presidential race; a despised congressional party; unpopularity among the rapidly growing number of non-whites.
But the Democratic party has its problems as well. One of them is the fact that the ...
Sure, that sounds counterintuitive. Thanksgiving Thursday is the first day of a (for most of us) four-day weekend, a time devoted to gorging on comfort food and nonstop viewing of college and professional football games.
It’s a time as ...
Obama: Dissent Is Not American
Three days after the Islamic State’s terrorist attacks in Paris, Americans were primed to hear their president express heartfelt anger, which he did in his press conference in Antalya, Turkey, at the end of the G-20 summit. And they ...
Tuesday night’s Fox Business/Wall Street Journal debate in Milwaukee provided clues as to why Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz have been climbing, not by wide margins but perceptibly, into the top-polling positions of the candidates behind the two ...
Will the Rules of American Presidential Politics Break Down in 2016?
What happens when an irresistible force meets an immovable object? That’s one question raised by the 2016 presidential campaign.
The immovable object is the close and bitter partisan division that has prevailed in general elections for the last two decades. ...
Clinton Paying a Price Now for Her 2012 Lies About Benghazi
Nothing new there. Nothing to see here. Time to move on for good.
That was the attitude of most in the mainstream media to the eleven-hour questioning of Hillary Clinton by the House Select Committee on Benghazi. It was not ...
The Pseudoproblems and Non-Solutions in the Democratic Debate
You may not have noticed, but Lincoln Chafee, the erstwhile Republican U.S. senator and independent-turned-Democratic governor, had one penetrating comment at the Democrats’ debate Tuesday night. “But let me just say this about income inequality,” he said toward the ...
From Hillary to the House GOP, Both Parties Seem Unserious about Governing
Important parts of our two great political parties seem bent on demonstrating that their parties are incapable of governing coherently.
House Republican rebels have pushed Speaker John Boehner out the door without advancing a plausible successor and have risked leaving ...
Policy Reform That Comes From Outside (and in Spite of) Washington
Not all important public-policy reforms come from Washington. Really lasting reforms can percolate from the bottom up, brewed by citizens with a grievance pushing state and local governments to act.
Consider the case of Right to Try legislation. These are ...
Donald Trump’s Empire State Role Model
In November 1964 a crowd of 5,000 attended the opening of the Verrazano Narrows Bridge, then the longest suspension bridge in the world. Presiding were New York mayor Robert Wagner, Governor Nelson Rockefeller, and transportation-and-parks czar Robert Moses. Also in the crowd ...
Are America’s Familiar Political Alignments Suddenly Changing?
As the 2016 presidential-selection process proceeds, there is increasing evidence that the political patterns we have grown used to, that we have come to consider permanent, might be suddenly changing.
Those patterns include a polarized and closely divided electorate, with partisan ...
How Barack Obama Has Fundamentally Transformed American Politics
In this presidential cycle, voters in both parties, to the surprise of the punditocracy, are rejecting experienced political leaders. They’re willfully suspending disbelief in challengers who would have been considered laughable in earlier years.
Polls show more Republicans preferring ...
Black Lives Matter’s Agenda Is Costing Black Lives
I’ve seen this movie before. And for the last 25 years, I thought I’d never have to watch it again. But now it’s playing, not in theaters, but all over mainstream media, with something like rave reviews from ...
Another Impossible Thing May Happen: Change in Partisan Alignments
In my last column, I looked at the possibility of two impossible things — impossible things in the sense used by Alice and the Red Queen — happening in the already turbulent 2016 presidential cycle. Here I’ll look at another: the possibility ...
Hillary's ‘Black Lives Matter’ Meeting Spotlights the Movement’s Weaknesses
Reporters and voters have so far gotten few glimpses of Hillary Clinton speaking candidly. One of the few examples available is in the videotape and transcript of her meeting with Black Lives Matter protesters in New Hampshire last week.
As the Left Veers Further to the Left, Conservatives Succeed
In 1935 George Dangerfield published The Strange Death of Liberal England, 1910–1914, a vivid account of how Britain’s center-left Liberal Party, dominant for a century, collapsed amid conflicts it could not resolve.
The Liberal party had appeared impregnable. Its cabinet in 1910 ...
A Tough Day for the President and His Party
Thursday was the biggest night of the political year so far, for what happened on the stage at Cleveland’s Quicken Loans Arena and for what happened offstage as well.
The stage was the scene of the first two Republican ...
Contra the President’s Hope, the Iran Deal Won’t Lead to Regime Change
‘Faute de mieux.” That means “for want of something better” in Secretary of State John Kerry’s second language. It’s also the best case made by its journalistic defenders for approval of the nuclear-weapons deal Kerry negotiated with Iran. ...