On Kamala Harris and The Interruptions
It sure doesn’t take much to become a progressive icon these days.
Take, in the most recent iteration, the case of Kamala Harris, freshman senator from California. Harris has the good fortune to sit on the Senate Intelligence Committee, …
Trump Isn’t Validating Your Ideology
The seeming decline of Steve Bannon’s influence has people thinking that Trumpism won’t become anything like a coherent ideology. That is looking at things from the wrong direction. Trump’s success, despite his manifest vices, comes from having …
For many years, I was accused by the Left of not knowing about the down-and-out and not caring about them. I led a privileged life, making me indifferent to suffering. Of course, every conservative faced this accusation.
We were also …
McCain’s Bill Would Provide School Choice for American Indians
Jay’s in-depth analysis of Naomi Schaefer Riley’s new book, The New Trail of Tears: How Washington Is Destroying American Indians, highlighted both the deplorable conditions in which many American Indians live, and the role that the government has …
Mercer-Funded Super PAC in Arizona Senate Race Turns to Cambridge Analytica
Less than a month after receiving a $200,000 donation from mega-donors Robert and Diana Mercer, the super PAC backing Senator John McCain’s Republican primary opponent, Kelli Ward, reported paying $450,000 to Cambridge Analytica, the ‘psychographic’ data firm owned by Robert Mercer.
Some Historical Context for Trump’s Poll Numbers
Donald Trump loves to talk about his poll numbers. Or at least, he loves to talk about his poll numbers when they are good. When he’s up, poll after poll is blared from his Twitter account. And when he’…
‘Extraordinaire’ Is Right
I saw a headline (though I did not read the article): “Donald Trump: Warrior Male Extraordinaire.” And I couldn’t help thinking of John McCain, and Trump’s denigration of him.
Let me do just a little Wikipedia quoting:
Trump Starts to Show the Real Trump
Last week I wrote about Donald Trump:
He reminds me a lot of Mitt Romney, at least in one respect. I always said that Romney “spoke conservatism as a second language” (a line some people ripped off, btw). That’s …
John McCain, a Big and ‘Lucky’ Life
My guest on Q&A today is Senator John McCain. He has led an extraordinarily big life. We talk about some of it: Vietnam, the 2008 presidential campaign. He talks about Sarah Palin, George W. Bush, and some other figures.
McCain: Cutting Off DHS Funding ‘Would Be Terrible’
The president’s executive order on immigration may be lawless, says Arizona senator John McCain, but cutting off Department of Homeland Security funding to check it “would be terrible.”
“The American people didn’t give us a majority to have a …
Senate Blocks Repeal of an Obama-Administration Environmental Regulation
In a surprising victory for Obama’s environmental policy, the Senate voted against rescinding the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) regulation curbing methane emissions, with Lindsey Graham, Susan Collins, and John McCain joining the Democrats in voting Nay. McCain’…
Impromptus: The living Garry Kasparov, &c.
The first time I heard it, I thought it was simply an aberration, a horrible mistake. But now I have heard it again — from another prominent conservative. I think the aberration or mistake is more like a talking point.
In Debate, McCain Defends Decision to Revoke Support for Trump
It’s been just over 72 hours since years-old video was released of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump speaking lewdly about grabbing women by the genitals. But on Monday night, it was former Republican presidential nominee John McCain in the hot …
In August 2015, when Arizona representative Matt Salmon was publicly mulling a primary challenge to Senator John McCain, a national Republican polling firm tested the waters. The results, provided to National Review by a GOP consultant, were remarkably lopsided: Salmon led …
Sometime during the first Obama term, I met an experienced Washington insider and had a question for him. “I can’t understand why Obama chose Biden as veep in ’08. What does Biden bring, really, except baggage?”
The insider said, “They …
McCain Faces Unexpectedly Tough Reelection Fight in Arizona
John McCain knows what makes this election cycle so different from years past: “Angry voters.”
McCain offered that blunt assessment of the road ahead last month. He is seeking reelection to his sixth term in the Senate and by rights …
For His Heroism at the Hanoi Hilton, McCain’s Navy Peers Have Been Quick to Salute Him
In the spring of 1977, I was a very new under secretary of the Navy, when the admiral in charge of congressional relations for the Navy Department asked to speak privately with me and the Secretary, Graham Claytor, after our morning …
Impromptus: A vision of colorblindness, &c.
One of the reasons I became a conservative, way back, is that I believed in the old liberalism — a liberalism that included colorblindness. I believed in E pluribus unum (“Out of many, one”). I believed in the melting pot. …
McCain on Possible DHS Shutdown: ‘I Don’t Want to See that Movie Again’
Arizona senator John McCain stopped by Face the Nation this morning to discuss ISIS, national security, and the looming showdown over funding for the Department of Homeland Security in the wake of President Obama’s executive actions on immigration.
McCain said …
McCain: ‘For God’s Sake,’ Can’t the U.S. Help the Ukrainians Defend Themselves?
White House sources have indicated that the introduction of American arms into the conflict between Ukraine and Russia could exacerbate tensions, but Arizona senator John McCain thinks it’s necessary regardless. “For God’s sake,” he said on CBS’s Face …