Callista Crosses the Tiber
During the 2016 presidential race, Donald Trump suggested that Hillary Rodham Clinton had not been faithful to her husband, who, famously, was not faithful to her. It was an ugly and stupid moment in a campaign full of ugliness and stupidity. …
Republicans Race Democrats to Dig the Deeper Grave
About 14 months ago, American politics began to resemble a B-level Washington novel. A former secretary of state is revealed to have endangered U.S. secrets and possibly sold aspects of U.S. foreign policy to the highest bidder. Will she …
So Trump picks Pence. It’s a good fit for Trump: an establishment conservative, well connected to the donor and the D.C. class, and a man full of the genial Midwestern virtues that ensure he’s not going to …
Hating the Clintons Won’t Win the Election
It didn’t work in the 1990s, and it won’t work today.
Donald Trump’s pivot to a general-election strategy, with his emphasis on attacking Hillary Clinton, feels like a bad sequel to a terrible film. Yes, Hillary is …
Rubio and Cruz Should Go Gore
In no particular order:
1. Cruz and Rubio should look at Al Gore’s debate with megalomaniacal billionaire Ross Perot. Learn from Gore. Interrupt Trump at all times. Never pass up an opportunity to hit him. Even if a question is not …
Speaker Gingrich . . . Unconstitutional?
In my latest column I float the idea of bringing in Newt Gingrich as the Steward of Gondor and by Gondor I mean the House of Representatives and by Steward I mean Speaker. I totally get arguments about how it’s …
Newt, on What Republicans Can Learn from the Tories
Former House speaker and Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich had advice for Republican candidates on Sunday’s Face the Nation:
The number one thing that Cameron did was emphasize working Britons. I’ll give you an example that’ll probably …
Gingrich: Boko Haram ‘Going to Come Back to Bite’ Hillary More than Benghazi
The Pre-Debate Spin: Our Guy Stinks, The Other Guy Rocks!
The first Morning Jolt of the week examines CNN’s decision to use a slain ambassador’s diary as a news source, why the president does so many pop culture interviews, and then this bit of pre-debate expectation-setting:
The Pre-Debate …
Mitt the Winner, Newt the Whiner
Tonight, Newt Gingrich issued a statement reacting to the results of the Illinois primary:
“To defeat Barack Obama, Republicans can’t nominate a candidate who relies on outspending his opponents 7-1. Instead, we need a nominee who offers powerful solutions …
Impromptus: Baltic Journal, Part VIII
Editor’s Note: Jay Nordlinger spent the week of September 12 in the Baltic states — or rather, in two of them, Latvia and Estonia. A piece by him appears in the current issue of National Review magazine: about the Baltics, …
Estonia, Newt Gingrich and Strategery
There was a time when JFK went to West Berlin, a city surrounded by Soviet-occupied territory, and announced that he was a Berliner.
There was a time when Ronald Reagan went to West Berlin, a city surrounded by Soviet-occupied territory …
Donald Trump is on the verge of crowning a contender as a running mate.
More than any candidate in memory, Trump’s options are limited by who is actually willing to run with him, a list that appears to be down …
A Trump-Gingrich Ticket: Brilliant or Crazy?
Over the last three months, Trump watchers have noticed that former House speaker and 2012 Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich has been consistently advocating on Trump’s behalf in the media, on Capitol Hill, among K Street power brokers, and on …
As he enters the last full year of his presidency, Barack Obama remains bereft of the services of the one man who could make his administration complete.
I refer, of course, to Newt Gingrich.
Recall, if you can, the heady …
Trump, Bill, Rodney, Et Al.
Among the journalistic offerings yesterday was this: “Does Donald Trump cheat at golf? A Washington Post investigation.” I was reminded of one of my favorite pieces of journalism of the entire 1990s: Byron York’s investigation for The American Spectator …
Gingrich: Obama/Holder Racial Divide a ‘Tragic Failure of Leadership’
Former speaker of the House Newt Gingrich called the country’s growing racial divide under President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder a “tragic failure of leadership.”
“There’s a dual requirement here,” CNN personality Gingrich said in an appearance on CBS’s …
Gingrich: Mozilla Case a ‘Blatant Example of the New Fascism’
On this morning’s edition of This Week, Newt Gingrich suggested that the hounding of Mozilla’s CEO, Brendan Eich, was “just the most open, blatant example of the new fascism”; the attitude being that if you don’t agree with us 100 percent, …
Newt Gingrich, Not Used to Supporting Roles
Yesterday, I went to a Romney campaign event in northern Virginia featuring his former primary rival, Newt Gingrich. The former Speaker is clearly trying hard, but he’s still getting the hang of this supportive surrogate thing.
Enough Complaining, Candidates and Advisers!
On almost any given day in a presidential campaign, you can count on some surrogate for a candidate saying something problematic for the candidate.
One of the milder ones today:
Mr. Santorum’s campaign rejected Mr. Gingrich’s analysis, voicing …