Tom Doniphon

About Tom Doniphon

Tom Doniphon is not, as you may imagine, an iconic character from John Ford's greatest western. He is, rather, a writer in the Midwest. The moniker, suffice to say, is a pseudonym.

Moving Past Conservatism

Ryan Williams, President of the Claremont Institute, has a great essay up today at Real Clear Policy in which he makes a case near and dear to the American Greatness project: conservatism is dead and we don't need to try to resurrect it. Well, he's more elegant about it than that but that's the foundation

By | 2018-07-20T16:51:18+00:00 July 20th, 2018|

Our Anti-Republican Ruling Class

In the view of the Constitution, in the eye of the law, there is in this country no superior, dominant, ruling class of citizens.  There is no caste here." These sparkling words were part of Justice John Marshall Harlan's famous dissent in Plessy v. Ferguson, which drove a stake through the heart of race-based segregation. But since

By | 2018-07-17T19:26:48+00:00 July 17th, 2018|

The Confusion of Jonah Goldberg, Pt. X

After my last couple of posts on Jonah Goldberg, I thought I would be done discussing the cosmopolitan conservative commentator for the time being. Well, I was wrong. Check out what he had to say about abortion and the conservative movement on Wednesday: https://twitter.com/JonahNRO/status/1017216645155213313?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1017216645155213313&ref_url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.lifenews.com%2F2018%2F07%2F13%2Frepublican-writer-honestly-i-think-you-can-support-abortion-and-still-be-a-conservative%2F Um, what? He tried to justify this stance by arguing that

By | 2018-07-13T16:21:51+00:00 July 13th, 2018|

The Confusion of Jonah Goldberg, Pt. IX

Answering Jonah Goldberg's blind attacks, Michael Doran of the Hudson Institute meditates on what has become of Goldberg and the sorry state of the class of which he is a part: the "cosmopolitan conservative." The members of this "small clan" have degrees from elite schools, live in and around the DC swamp, spend their days

By | 2018-07-10T17:07:47+00:00 July 10th, 2018|

The Confusion of Jonah Goldberg, Pt. VIII

Mark Bauerlein's piece today on Jonah Goldberg is must-reading. He points out that the Don Quixotes of "intellectual conservatism" like Goldberg are all about credentials just like the Left. As Bauerlein shows, Goldberg answers Emerald Robinson's recent piece taking NeverTrumpers to task mostly by pompously asking who she is and where she came from. How dare

By | 2018-07-08T11:15:21+00:00 July 8th, 2018|

Max Boot: Liberal Putz

Following the lead of George Will, the liberal (and unoriginal) Max Boot just published a piece arguing that Democrats must win in 2018: https://twitter.com/MaxBoot/status/1014526312600522753 Why the need to say this for the millionth time? We know already. You, Will, Kristol and the rest of the "elite" liberal putzes want this country to go down in

By | 2018-07-04T15:25:15+00:00 July 4th, 2018|

Richard Painter’s Dumpster Fire Campaign Continues

In my previous post on Richard Painter's laughable campaign for a Minnesota U.S. Senate seat, I spoke too soon when I suggested that his silly campaign video would be "the only whimper of an absurd campaign." Check out Painter's latest tweet, which is somewhere between Sandy Hook was a false flag operation and the conspiracy

By | 2018-07-01T11:16:49+00:00 July 1st, 2018|

Giddycon Victory Laps Need to Stop

Ever since Justice Anthony Kennedy's announcement Wednesday, I've been reading "conservative" pundits praising the opportunity Trump now has to remake a Supreme Court that could possibly overturn the Dred Scott ruling of the 20th century, Roe v. Wade. I'm glad the editors at National Review are taking the time to excoriate Kennedy for his unprincipled jurisprudence. David French

By | 2018-07-02T09:15:49+00:00 June 28th, 2018|

George Will: Scowling Sophisticate

Decades ago, George Will gave much thought to the dynamics between the regime and its citizens. In his book Statecraft and Soulcraft, he argued for the "perpetuation of free government by nurturing people so they can be comfortable and competent in society." Now, he worries about keeping his libertarianism (and atheism) pristine and the neoliberal Uniparty

By | 2018-06-23T12:31:17+00:00 June 23rd, 2018|

Richard Painter’s Dumpster Fire Campaign

Remember Richard Painter, the much-touted "Bush ethics lawyer" who has become a mainstay riding the anti-Trump circuit on cable news shows? Well, he's running for Senate in Minnesota. Check out his dumpster fire of a campaign commercial.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6QFPdGiD8EE This might be the only whimper of an absurd campaign that will provide entertainment value but

By | 2018-06-18T18:33:57+00:00 June 18th, 2018|