Sorry—one more non-election post: The Turkish press is reporting that Prime Minister Erdogan’s schedule (travel to the NATO summit) will not allow him to meet the Pope when Benedict XVI visits Istanbul later this month. I don’t buy it, especially as the Pope will be in Turkey for longer than Erdogan will be at the summit. It reminds me of how Erdogan’s schedule wouldn’t allow him to meet the Israeli deputy prime minister, but the same day he found plenty of time for the Syrian foreign minister. So much for dialogue. I value Turkey as an ally, but something is amiss. I outline my concerns here. (Andrew may disagree; the Prime Minister’s advisor, in an angry letter to the WSJ today certainly does; but I’m willing to debate the issue). After the US elections, this is one more issue that needs to be on US foreign policy radar screens. Turkey is too important not to pay attention.
Attention, journalists of America: Time is running out! You have under three weeks left to publish your last batch of over-the-top pre-election puff pieces on Texas Democrat/cross-country liberal sensation/wing-and-a-prayer Senate candidate Beto O’Rourke! It is here that we must face the difficult truth: ... Read More
Way back in January, I went through the then-34 seats where a Republican incumbent was retiring and concluded that most were in deeply red districts and not likely to flip to Democrats. Pollsters and media organizations are less inclined to conduct surveys of House races, both because there’s less public ... Read More
Senator Elizabeth Warren (D., Mass.) has been telling a story for years. It’s a deeply romantic story about her parents and their young love, fraught with the familial bigotry of an earlier time. Here’s how she told it this week in a video she released in preparation for her 2020 run: My daddy always said he ... Read More