George Will sees a revival of it. He says that some conservatives “excommunicated” Goldwater himself over abortion and homosexuality, but that in this convention Republicans have finally started to air their differences on these issues–a move that will allow them to appeal to a whole new bloc of voters. I think Will is misunderstanding what’s going on. There has been no airing of differences on these issues. Neither Giuliani nor Schwarzenegger mentioned their support of abortion or “choice” explicitly, as Colin Powell did at the Republican convention in 1996. Neither of them attacked social conservatives, the way Goldwater in his late years made a habit of doing. Neither of them is under the impression that he can build a career for himself in the Republican party by talking a lot about those issues. Abortion is more of a consensus issue in the party than it was as recently as 1996. And as enthusiastic as conservatives (myself included) have been about Giuliani’s speech, the odds are still that the Republican nominee in 2008 is going to agree with the majority of the American public that wants to prohibit abortion under most circumstances.
What has transformed the Democratic party into an anguished progressive movement that incorporates the tactics of the street, embraces maenadism, reverts to Sixties carnival barking, and is radicalized by a new young socialist movement? Even party chairman Tom Perez concedes that there are “no moderate ... Read More
How will the Senate races break? We have less public polling to go on than in recent years, so answering that question is harder than ever. But the news is more optimistic for Republicans than it was a month ago. Waves and Breakers Four years ago, I projected in mid September that if “historical ... Read More
Do you want to know what media bias looks like? Earlier today, Massachusetts senator Elizabeth Warren released DNA test results that confirmed that she misled employers, students, and the public about her Native American heritage for years. Bizarrely, all too many members of the media treated the results as ... Read More
The Boston Globe mistakenly overstated Senator Elizabeth Warren's Native American ancestry in a Monday report detailing a gene test the Massachusetts lawmaker underwent to substantiate her previous claims to Native American heritage. The ancestry report indicates that Warren is anywhere between six and ten ... Read More
Democratic senator Kamala Harris joked about killing President Trump and members of his administration in a Thursday appearance on The Ellen Degeneres Show. “If you had to be stuck in an elevator with either President Trump, Mike Pence, or Jeff Sessions, who would it be?” DeGeneres asked Harris during a ... Read More
The last thing Democrats wanted to do in October 2018 was talk about the Clintons. Bill and Hillary Clinton aren’t just the past of the Democratic Party. The once-enormously-popular two-term president and the party’s 2016 standard-bearer are the living embodiments of two of the Democrats’ biggest ... Read More
Many in the Native American community reacted angrily Monday after Senator Elizabeth Warren released the results of a DNA test showing that she has a distant Native American ancestor. Warren has long said she is part Native American, prompting mockery from Republicans and President Trump, who nicknamed her ... Read More