The "most qualified" candidate for president is briefed on bombings in New York and New Jersey and the best she can muster is: "I think it's always wiser to wait to until you have information for making conclusions, because we are just in the beginning stages of trying to determine what happened," and, "Well I
In the wake of the 15th anniversary commemorating the September 11 terrorist attacks, a few remaining thoughts: 1. We used to lament the post-September 11 lack of unity. It's true, shortly after September 11 Americans were more sober, patriotic, and united. It's hard to pin where and when the wheels came off that cart.
I remember in 1980 when I first learned of the Libertarian Party. The Clark/Koch ticket was actually interesting. Unlikely, to be sure, but substantial and serious in intellectual heft. Lately that party has steadily become less likely to win anything and far less substantial in any kind of heft. The latest flap is of
The conservative movement and varied wings of the Republican party have always had their troubles with the trending and ultimate nominee—usually right up until the nomination. This year is different. Many conservative intellectuals and party regulars are still throwing their brickbats at him. And yet, the problems and complaints about the nominee seem much the
Count me as someone who is not that moved, surprised, or offended by the trove of DNC emails Wikileaks has broadcast. Reading through what many have isolated as the most alarming, I just don't see anything that eyebrow-raising that one wouldn't imagine being said or written in the hustle and bustle of a campaign run
The commentariat, helplessly observing the end of a failed eight year experiment in leftism, appeasement, and racialism, has but one basic approach to the RNC speeches this week: take on family members as either plagiarists or as better than the nominee. More on the plagiarism in a moment, but the main of today's commentary
Watching a video on Facebook my good friend Sean Noble just put together explaining the basics of conventions to a younger or first-time convention watching audience, I couldn't help but think about earlier versions of explanations of our election systems and democratic processes, like those great old School House Rock videos. The two platforms, together,
When Margaret Thatcher was first elected in Great Britain, one of the things she said was she wanted to "change the way the British people think about themselves." I always thought of that quote in the context of something Jeane Kirkpatrick said about the meaning of Ronald Reagan's election: "America took the 'kick me' sign