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 …
Conservatives for Chappelle
The world of comedy has long been dominated by liberal entertainers. With a few exceptions, including Bob Hope, Jack Benny, Sheryl Underwood, Jamie Farr, Jeff Foxworthy, Dennis Miller, Joan Rivers, and Jackie Mason, most of the funny men and women …
Ryan Says ACHA Is Not Obamacare Lite
Speaker Paul Ryan spoke at the National Review Institute’s Ideas Summit in Washington, D.C. on Friday, where he attempted to convince conservatives who are skeptical of the House GOP health-care plan (the American Health Care Act) that it …
Who’s Afraid of Ivanka Trump?
Ivanka Trump has been the target of a boycott, scorn from progressive feminists, and ridicule from late-night comedians. Yet many conservatives are also wary, because they see her as threatening to push the Republican party left, especially on issues such …
A funny thing happened to the American political parties: Republicans, who have done nothing but win since 2010 and whose current leader speaks of nothing but “winning,” have become the party of losers.
And not in a good way.
I was …
Conservative Repeal and Replace Is Here
Our health-care system is broken. It was inefficient before Obamacare, and Obamacare’s Washington-knows-best-mandates made it many times worse. The American people have suffered as a result. We can’t return to the pre-Obamacare status quo, because Americans need more …
George W. Bush, Liberals’ New Hero
When George W. Bush speaks, liberals are sure to react. But then Bush defended freedom of the press in an interview with the Today show’s Matt Lauer:
“I consider the media to be indispensable to democracy. We need the …
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 …
It’s Not Worth Sacrificing Anyone’s Integrity to Defend Trump’s Tweets
Over on the homepage, Rich lays out chapter and verse the multiple political problems Trump’s tweets create — problems that are different and worse for a president than a candidate. It’s all so ridiculous because it’s all so unnecessary. An …
Conway: Full Speed Ahead on All Three Phases of Repeal and Replace
From the last Morning Jolt of the week:
What You’re Missing at the National Review Ideas Summit
Good news! You can watch some portions of the National Review Institute Ideas Summit on C-SPAN. My interview with Kellyanne Conway went …
Gorka: America First Is the ‘Antithesis of the Last Eight Years’
At the National Review Institute’s Ideas Summit, Sebastian Gorka, the deputy assistant to President Donald Trump, sat alongside National Review’s editor-at-large John O’Sullivan and American Enterprise Institute scholar Michael Auslin to discuss the role of the U….
Other People’s Babies and American Values
What is at stake in the long-running battle over illegal immigration? The answer from the overwhelming majority of Americans who worry about it is “the defense of the rule of law.” Others speak of the economic impact of unskilled workers …
A Day Without American Tech Workers
Last month, there was a national “Day Without a Latino.” This week, the demonstration du jour shutting down schools and shops is a “Day Without Women.” Here’s my question for all the virtue-signaling protesters who pay lip service to …
For Regulation, the Future Is Now
“Ought” implies “can,” and “We ought to regulate” implies “We can regulate.”
It is not always clear that we can.
This is a longtime theme/hobbyhorse of mine. Technology and other social changes will simply make it difficult or impossible …