The Corner

Politics & Policy

Re: Balls, Strikes, and Trump

In response to Chris Matthews, Btw,

If I could weigh in on this one. Of course, I agree that we need to call balls and strikes on Trump, since that’s been NR’s editorial approach to his presidency and I’m the editor. On the merits, though, I don’t see what the alternative is. In fact, one of the problems with conservative commentary in the age of Trump is that so many on both sides aren’t willing to call balls and strikes. Some pro-Trumper’s will overlook or explain away anything. Some anti-Trumper’s won’t give him credit for anything. Both sides are basically refusing to exercise any judgment and letting the passions of the moment drive them. I believe that this is to be resisted. Now, people may have different strike zones — i.e., put a different weight on character versus policy, or use or reject a general “is it better than Hillary?” standard, etc. — but just because much of the world is losing its mind, it doesn’t mean that we have to.

Rich Lowry — Rich Lowry is the editor of National Review. He can be reached via email: 

Most Popular


Betsy DeVos Strikes a Blow for the Constitution

The Department of Education has issued its long-awaited proposed regulations reforming sexual-assault adjudications on college campus. Not only will these rules restore basic due process and fairness to college tribunals, but they also — given how basic the changes are — highlight just how ridiculous ... Read More
Politics & Policy

ABC News Makes a Serious Mistake

Today, across Twitter, I began to see a number of people condemning the Trump administration (and Betsy DeVos, specifically) for imposing a new definition of sexual assault on campus so strict that it would force women to prove that they were so harassed that they'd been chased off campus and couldn't return. ... Read More