I have nothing against the “economic girlie men” line, and was a little surprised at how angry it made Stanley Greenberg when we talked about it on the radio today. But it is a little depressing that it has been the most popular line of the convention so far, as it is also depressing that his speech–the least logically compelling of the major ones–has been the most popular one here. On the other hand, speaking as a conservative partisan, I suppose it’s better that people swoon over a moderate who can’t be president. (People do talk about passing an amendment to the Constitution to allow it, but I find it very hard to believe that it would happen.) Remarkable how few strong candidates for 2008 conservatives have.
Joe Biden and Lindsey Graham have both flip-flopped on the appropriateness of confirming a new Supreme Court justice during a presidential election year. While pushing for the confirmation of 2016 Obama-appointee Merrick Garland, then-vice president Biden, who had served as chairman of the Senate Judiciary ... Read More
Attorney General Bill Barr gave a speech at Hillsdale College on Wednesday that attracted a lot of attention. Much of that attention was for his ill-considered remark (in a question-and-answer session following the speech) that "Other than slavery, which was a different kind of restraint, [the pandemic lockdowns ... Read More
Over the past several years, a new certainty was added to death and taxes: Jared Kushner would fail in his role as the administration’s Middle East point man. It caused considerable merriment among President Donald Trump’s critics (and even some of his well-wishers) when he put his son-in-law in charge of ... Read More
No one who ever met Robert Edward Lee -- whatever the circumstances of the meeting -- failed to be impressed by the man. From his earliest days as a cadet at West Point, through 25 years as an officer in the U.S. Army’s Corps of Engineers and six more as a senior cavalry officer, and then as the supreme ... Read More
A 2019 study by the Pew Research Center compared generational views on key social and political issues, focusing on the similarities between Millennials and Generation Z. The topics probed include race relations, diversity, climate change, capitalism, socialism, and the role of government. This last item, ... Read More
With the passing of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, there is a vacancy on the Supreme Court. We will now watch a frenetic debate over whether it is "proper" for the Republican Senate to fill that vacant seat before the presidential election. I must confess that, while I accept that the history is certainly on the ... Read More