More American Carnage

It’s too soon to comment in any detail about what happened at the Route 91 Harvest country music festival Sunday night in Las Vegas. There’s too much we don’t yet know, and too much of what has already been reported doesn’t add up. But it’s clear that what President Trump has called “American

By | 2017-10-03T12:36:21+00:00 October 2nd, 2017|

Womansplaining the Women’s Vote

I have always liked Michelle Obama. I admire her personal story and respect how she conducted herself as our First Lady. I find her smarter, more authentic, and more good-humored than her husband. Although I strongly disagreed with her school lunch program and wrote about it extensively, I always prefaced my criticism by

By | 2017-09-28T09:26:55+00:00 September 28th, 2017|

Hillary Clinton Agonistes

God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble” – James 4:6 The least surprising political decision of this century is Hillary Clinton’s refusal to take responsibility for her loss to Donald Trump. With the release of her campaign memoir, What Happened, the former Democratic presidential candidate has reemerged in public life,

By | 2017-09-16T07:53:48+00:00 September 14th, 2017|

S*** Happened

Ernest Hemingway once settled a bet by writing this six-word short story—“For sale: baby shoes. Never worn.” Review of "What Happened" ­by Hillary Rodham Clinton (Simon & Schuster, 512 pp., $30) Now comes Hillary Rodham Clinton to best this feat of literary genius. The entire story of her election loss is offered on

By | 2017-09-16T07:27:33+00:00 September 14th, 2017|

Call It On—Or Call It Off?

Will America, nine months into Donald Trump’s unexpected presidency, continue to chase its tail while a nuclear Korea looms, tax and immigration reform are pending, and the country is torn apart by identity politics—or will it return to sanity? Presumably, special investigator Robert Mueller is focused mainly on whether former Trump campaign chief

By | 2017-09-14T13:10:58+00:00 September 11th, 2017|

Hillary’s Misogyny Problem (It Isn’t What She Thinks)

Hillary Clinton has blamed her historic defeat in 2016 on misogyny, at least in part. Speaking at Tina Brown’s Women in the World conference in April, Clinton observed of America’s failure to break the glass ceiling and make her its first woman president, “It is fair to say that certainly misogyny played a

By | 2017-08-01T11:59:23+00:00 July 28th, 2017|

Coarse Correction: The Real Significance of the 2016 Election

About a year ago, the respected Harvard political theorist, Harvey C. Mansfield, Jr., wrote an op-ed about Donald Trump for the Wall Street Journal titled, “Why Donald Trump Is No Gentleman.” Mansfield made the case that the appellation “gentleman” is one used so rarely these days that we forget, even, to note its

By | 2017-07-12T14:57:18+00:00 June 30th, 2017|