Stop Making Terrible Arguments for Blind Loyalty
If I’ve heard this once, I’ve heard it a thousand times. The argument goes something like this:
“The GOP is so stupid. Look at how the Democrats handle controversy. They circle the wagons, no one breaks ranks, and …
I have an enormous amount of respect for Charlie Sykes, the recently retired dean of conservative talk radio in Wisconsin, who was one of the most outspoken and principled anti-Trump voices during the 2016 primary and general elections. Sykes has since …
Is a Conservative Crack-Up on the Horizon?
Editor’s note: The following article originally appeared at Law and Liberty, under the title “What Is the Future of Conservatism?” It is reprinted here with permission.
In his 1936 essay “The Crack-Up,” F. Scott Fitzgerald proposed that “the test of …
Impromptus: Our ‘Thank you,’ ‘Thank you’ society, &c.
‘We are going to come first in all deals,” President Trump tweeted. The thing about deals — many deals, the right kind of deal — is that no one comes “first” or “second” or “third.” A deal works out for …
President Donald Trump has threatened to unilaterally effect the withdrawal of the United States from the North American Free Trade Agreement.
Conservative legal theorists, having done so much to aggrandize presidential powers during the presidency of George W. …
Remembering Kate O’Beirne
Details for her wake, funeral, and donations in memory of a remarkable woman:
Merciless On Air and In Print, Gracious and Kind in Real Life
A sad start to the first Morning Jolt of the week.
Kate O’Beirne, RIP
If you never had a chance to meet Kate O’Beirne, you really missed out.
Before I knew Kate, when I was a politically-wonky polliwog …
Impromptus: The way we were, &c.
There was a song: “Mem’ries light the corners of my mind. Misty water-colored mem’ries of the way we were.” I have been thinking lately about the way we were.
Remember when we knocked President Obama for spending so …
Four-Way Presidential Race Tests the Strength of French Democracy
Not so long ago, it appeared that ever-more-advanced polling techniques would soon render every election a snoozer: Models would tell us well in advance who would vote and how, taking drama out of the equation. Such was the case in 2012, …
It’s Time for Conservatives to Celebrate This President
Do conservatives — or, for that matter, non-leftists — appreciate just how terrific Donald Trump has been as president? And how lucky we are that he won the presidency?
I don’t know the answer.
What I do know is …
The Trump Tipping Point for Conservatives?
The anti-Trump resistance — especially its mainstream-liberal-media battalion — wakes up every day and turns on the news expecting to hear that Republicans are finally abandoning the president en masse. It hasn’t happened yet, and it may not ever happen.
The Conservative Base Wants Criminal-Justice Reform
Last week, the Charles Koch Institute (CKI) polled several hundred conservative voters to assess whether they recognize criminal justice as an important issue currently facing the nation. While specific reasons for their interest are debatable, 81 percent of Trump voters polled …
Don’t Fire Colbert — Fire His Crowd
With all due apologies for language and content, I’d like you to watch the two short excerpts of the “political comedy” — actually just crude mockery — of Stephen Colbert.
The first shows Colbert on Monday night, and the second is …
Rush’s Rule of Leadership
One of Rush Limbaugh’s often-repeated observations that strikes me as true is that Republican presidents tend to have success when they are leading a conservative political movement. The great example of this is of course Ronald Reagan; the great …
It was with some resignation that I handed off today’s symposium in tribute to the life of my beloved friend Kate O’Beirne for copy-editing. It’s 17,000 words. It could be ten times that length. I had to stop …
Remembering Kate O’Beirne
National Review invited colleagues and friends of Kate O’Beirne, who died Sunday, to share some of their memories of her. (Send your own memories of Kate to [email protected])
Kate’s wake is on Thursday and funeral Mass will …
In the medium term, I’m more pessimistic about the divisions within the Right than within the Left.
The Left’s divisions are real and sometimes bitter on a personal level, but you can usually see how they can be …
O’Reilly, Ailes, and the Toxic Conservative-Celebrity Culture
There are those who say that the Left is “taking scalps,” and they have a list of Republican victims to prove their thesis. Roger Ailes is out at Fox News. Bill O’Reilly is out at Fox News. Michael Flynn …
Rick Perlstein, You’re No Herodotus
There is no such thing as pure objectivity. Whatever our calling, whether politician, journalist, policy analyst, or historian, we all have our prejudices resulting from our upbringing, our education, and our life experiences. The best we can do is to …
Media Bias Goes Far Beyond Language
Editor’s Note: This piece is reprinted from Acculturated with permission.
Recently, New York magazine published a profile piece on Donald Trump’s White House counselor and campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway. The profile itself is well written, and overall I found …