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.

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. This might be the only whimper of an absurd campaign that will provide entertainment value but

By | 2018-06-18T18:33:57-07:00 June 18th, 2018|

Trump is Winning; NeverTrump is Spinning

The myriad of foreign policy "experts" who claim continuously (and against all evidence) that President Trump is a disaster for U.S. foreign policy are looking pretty foolish right now. Obviously, the results of the president's historic meeting with Kim Jong Un remain to be seen, but I don't think any reasonable person can deny that

By | 2018-06-12T12:36:04-07:00 June 11th, 2018|

Thank You Sir May I Have Another?

One thing about the limp-wristed, panty-waists of the GOP "leadership" is clear: they love—and I mean LOVE—to lose. It's in their genes. Case in point is the point guard of the Washington Generals, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-LOSER), coming out in support of U.S. Rep. Trey Gowdy's (R-SC) mission to protect the #Resistance elements within

By | 2018-06-07T20:13:24-07:00 June 7th, 2018|

Obama’s World (And We Are Just Living In It)

When you're finished reading Roger Kimball's glorious take down of Barack Obama and his Hegel-sized ego in the new HBO documentary "The Final Year," read Matthew Continetti's thrashing of Obama as he appears in Ben Rhodes' forthcoming memoir. All those 27-year-old know-nothings who populate the hallowed institutions of our modern media will no doubt be

By | 2018-06-04T17:58:58-07:00 June 4th, 2018|

That Smell

R.R. Reno has a great piece at First Things that looks at who is to blame for the hideous state of modern culture. I've always thought it was curious for liberals to blame the "privilege" of people in flyover country who have no pull in government or Hollywood for everything that's soulless and wrong in the country when

By | 2018-06-02T10:40:15-07:00 June 2nd, 2018|

Michael Anton on Tom West

Stop whatever you're currently doing (even if you're giving mouth-to-mouth resuscitation, it's that important) and read Michael Anton's breathtaking review of Tom West's magnum opus, The Political Theory of the American Founding, in the June edition of The New Criterion. It might be one of the best reviews ever written of what is arguably the best work of

By | 2018-06-01T17:27:39-07:00 June 1st, 2018|

Salaries Skyrocket for the Scrooge McDucks of Conservatism, Inc.

Salaries are skyrocketing for the Scrooge McDucks—a.k.a the CEOs—of the think tank sector of Conservatism, Inc. But their work and influence doesn't come close to matching such outsized pay. Over at American Affairs, there's a very interesting piece showing the salaries of think tank CEOs—especially those of conservative think tanks—rising "faster on average than for-profit executive

By | 2018-05-28T08:51:46-07:00 May 27th, 2018|

The Confusion of Jonah Goldberg, Pt. VII

Keeping up with the constant stream of bad logic and even worse arguments from Jonah Goldberg is a full-time job. In his latest edition of the G-File, Goldberg really thinks he's hit Trump supporters where it hurts. He claims that those shouting about Making American Great Again would, "when America was great in their eyes," "have pelted

By | 2018-05-26T12:25:52-07:00 May 26th, 2018|

Yes, Make Bill Kristol Run for President

In a piece that could easily be mistaken (at least in subject matter) for satire written by the late Tom Wolfe, NeverTrumper Bill Kristol and his small gang of insider Republicans try to best each other for the dumbest political advice given in 2018. The one-upmanship literally occurs with every new sentence. “If I could

By | 2018-05-25T19:08:42-07:00 May 25th, 2018|

Why Max Boot Was Never Right

The insufferable Max Boot just unveiled the cover of his new book: I hope it's chock full of stories how Boot and his interventionist cronies wrecked the Right and the nation at large, which led to Donald Trump being elected president. That's the real story after all. But somehow, I doubt that will make it

By | 2018-05-18T16:42:21-07:00 May 18th, 2018|

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