Armageddon for the GOP Establishment
The night could have gone worse for the GOP establishment—but I’m not really sure how. Not only did Donald Trump win an overwhelming victory in New Hampshire, but the establishment lane of viable candidates got more crowded than …
Toward a Conservative Populism
Many of Donald Trump’s supporters are not conservatives. Many of them have not been active in politics before.
Conservatives should be glad when a public figure leads newcomers to join our cause. We should welcome it even when the …
Republicans Have Overestimated the Conservatism of the Base
I live in Donald Trump country. Maury County, Tenn. — like much of the South — was dominated by the Democratic party until just a few short years ago. Tennessee’s legislature didn’t flip red until 2008, and my own …
Ryan Hopes for Big Reforms, but GOP Nominee May Have Other Ideas
Early last week at the Historic Inns of Annapolis, Speaker Paul Ryan stood before a scattering of House Republican leaders — the Elected Leadership Council, or ELC — to kick off the two-day retreat that lays the groundwork for the chamber’s …
The Term ‘Neocon’ Has Run Its Course
In interviews and on the stump, Senator Ted Cruz likes to attack President Obama, Hillary Clinton, and “some of the more aggressive Washington neocons” for their support of regime change in the Middle East.
Every time we topple a dictator, …
America Isn’t Growing More Liberal; It’s Growing More Polarized
Writing in The Atlantic, Peter Beinart has launched yet another debate about America’s ideological direction. Asserting that the country is becoming more liberal, Beinart argues that Occupy and Black Lives Matter activists have commandeered the national debate far more …
Campaign-Finance Budget Rider Deserves Conservatives’ Support
Political ambition makes for strange bedfellows. Last week, the House Freedom Caucus and many of its allies in the conservative movement joined Common Cause, Public Citizen, and more than 100 House Democrats in opposition to a policy rider in the omnibus …
Conservative Titans Meeting Today to Discuss 2016 Endorsement
National Review has learned that Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council and an influential evangelical activist, has convened a core group of prominent conservative leaders to discuss — and possibly vote on — whether to endorse a Republican presidential candidate.
Eight Questions Republican Candidates Should Answer
Republicans should ask more from their presidential candidates.
That assertion runs counter to a common theme of political coverage, which is that the party’s base demands that the candidates run so far to the right that they cannot win …
I ask and Jonah Goldberg answers, in my new Bookmonger podcast.
Conservatives Can — and Should — Play a Role in the Cancer Moonshot
Last Monday, the White House announced the formation of its Cancer Moonshot Task Force, a follow-up to President Obama’s State of the Union exhortation to “make America the country that cures cancer once and for all.” At the time, …
Republican Voters Care More about ‘Intrusive’ Government than ‘Big’ Government
The rise of conservative populism has triggered yet another round of soul-searching in the conservative movement about the proper size and scope of the federal government. As my colleague, Jim Geraghty, notes today, most Americans seem just fine with big …
Conservatives Can Win by Watching Their Words
If Bonnie and Clyde were alive today, they would stop calling themselves bank robbers and, instead, introduce themselves as “financial-asset removal specialists.” Unfortunately, Republicans and conservatives then would start using that exculpatory mouthful to describe these legendary thieves.
Democrats and …
Want Intellectual Diversity in Higher Education? Start With Ending Anti-Christian Discrimination
Yesterday, Michael Strain penned an excellent post outlining the decline of conservative faculty in higher education and posing a number of questions regarding the reasons. The numbers are indeed sobering:
Graph: College faculty political leanings. From https://t.co/2YbcIEHfF1: …
To all you heretical Americans: Let me remind you that we are in the midsts of the Christmas Season, the Twelve Days of Christmas. The celebration begins on Christmas and ends on Epiphany. It has nothing to do with New …
Trump’s Cult of Personality Is Corrupting Conservatism
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Dear Reader (Unless you’ve abandoned your family to pretend to be a small …
A Glimpse of a Vanishing American Character
Sometimes you run across something that justifies all the hand-wringing about the vapidity of Barack Obama, the rise of Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders, the inanity of cable news, the new college Jacobins, and the coarsening of the American character. …
A Few Questions for the Candidates
Over on the homepage, I list a few highly specific commitments the Republican candidates should be asked to make.
Noah Millman criticizes the article in a post.
He takes the article to be proposing that these commitments are a “litmus …
Rotten Elites Give a Bad Name to Elitism
Conservatives have a great deal to say about “elites” and “elitism” just now, most of it denunciatory.
We have a funny kind of anti-elitism, though, as men with every important politician on speed dial, men who have not seen the …
In the Zombie World, Only the Conservative Survive
The Obama era is the era of the zombie. It is a strange irony that the politician of “hope and change” has presided over a pop-culture world dominated by shuffling, moaning, undead cannibals who mindlessly rule a post-government apocalyptic landscape. …