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Yes, Make Bill Kristol Run for President

By | May 25th, 2018|0 Comments
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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 just shake people up a little bit,” Kristol told BuzzFeed News after the Saint Anselm remarks. “Get them out of ‘Gee, I just saw a poll where he’s got 82% approval

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Anarcho-Tyranny in the UK

By | May 25th, 2018|0 Comments
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Disturbing news has come to light from the United Kingdom this morning, courtesy of author and journalist Lauren Southern, and of Cassandra Fairbanks at Gateway Pundit. Apparently, after being arrested while live on film, for nothing more than covering a trial of suspected participants in a rape grooming gang, the controversial anti-Islam activist Tommy Robinson has been sentenced to 13 months in prison. A prison, coincidentally, that is likely to be filled with Muslim criminals

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Good News, Bad News

By | May 24th, 2018|0 Comments
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Good news for free speech advocates: President Trump cannot block anyone from his Twitter account anymore.

But now the bad news. NFL players must stand during the playing of the National Anthem.

You can’t win them all.

If you’re keeping score, that’s one win and one loss for the Left in their never-ending battle to take down all that is near and dear to Americans (see Boy Scouts, Biology, Cakes, Coffee, et al.)

The Left’s greatest triumphs have occurred on college campuses. By

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When He Was Good: A Remembrance of Philip Roth

By | May 23rd, 2018|0 Comments
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He was prolific but never prosaic. He was rhapsodic but never routine. He was also outrageous but (almost) never obscene; because, in this mixture of metaphors and spirits, in this literary act of transubstantiation, whereby he converted not wine into the blood of Christ but chocolate syrup, seltzer, and milk into the lifeblood of American culture, he gave us a helluva egg cream. He gave us baseball, books, and broads. He gave us America writ small, written with maximalist style and sensuality.

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Did You Know There’s a Deplorable Choir?

By | May 22nd, 2018|0 Comments
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This is fun. Who knew that there was a Deplorable Choir?

Not Feeling Her Pain: Hillary Clinton’s Never-Ending Goodbye

By | May 22nd, 2018|0 Comments
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On June 3, 1966, Richard Nixon delivered the commencement address at the University of Rochester. On that day, three days before the 22nd anniversary of D-Day, whose wartime leader later became America’s peacetime president, Nixon spoke neither of the 34th president of the United States nor his own role as the nation’s 36th vice president. He spoke neither of Dwight D. Eisenhower nor his own attempt to succeed the great man. He spoke, instead, of academic freedom—of four academic

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Deep Thoughts

By | May 21st, 2018|0 Comments
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Never mind what you’ve read here, or here.  The “deep state” doesn’t exist. But don’t take my word for it. The Nation says so, based on the word of Michael Hayden, formerly director of the NSA and CIA, and former deputy director of national intelligence.  And, c’mon, who can you trust about these things if not a career espionage hack?  Ok, maybe not if you’re Congress, since Hayden did lie to them, as the article points out, and as most anyone on the Left will tell you.

Things sure are

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Can Mueller Force Trump to Testify?

By | May 20th, 2018|0 Comments
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Ted Olsen, the former U.S. solicitor general, writes at the NeverTrump Weekly Standard that a “constitutional crisis” may be in the offing—but that Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s odds of compelling President Trump to appear before a grand jury are pretty long:

The importance of all this to the president is that it is unlikely that he can be forced to give grand jury testimony simply to satisfy Mueller’s curiosity and submit to a potential perjury trap. He could, in short, put Mueller

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Democratic Party Agonistes

By | May 20th, 2018|0 Comments
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We think a lot around here about what ought to happen with the Greatness Agenda—that is, the agenda of fair trade, tougher immigration enforcement, and an “America First” foreign policy—in the absence of Donald Trump. The agenda itself isn’t necessarily a partisan one. Yet it’s easy to look at Republicans in Congress and shake your head in despair.

Sure, the Republican Party establishment might be feckless, blinkered, corrupt, inept, and often breathtakingly stupid. Then you look at what’s

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Trump Demands DOJ Investigation; Heads Explode

By | May 20th, 2018|0 Comments
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Since the New York Times casually dropped the news last week that four Trump campaign associates were being watched by the Obama Justice Department right before the election, and that a spy, er, informant, er, confidential source tried to frame two Trump campaign volunteers, the political class has been scrambling to defend this egregious abuse of federal power against a sitting president’s political enemy.

A CNN analyst wrote (I assume with a straight face) that Trump, “should be glad to know

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Why Max Boot Was Never Right

By | May 18th, 2018|0 Comments
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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 into the book.

Hell on Heels: Trump’s Tough Broads

By | May 18th, 2018|0 Comments
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During the campaign, we were often warned that Donald Trump is afraid of strong women. I think it’s safe to count that as one more myth that’s been solidly disproven.

This week, the women of the Trump administration displayed more testicular fortitude than the combined cajones of the liberal weenies who served in the Obama White House for eight years.

Far from the caricature of conservative women as facile Stepford wives who blindingly follow the commands of our male masters, these

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Republicans With A DACA Death Wish

By | May 18th, 2018|0 Comments
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Why Republicans? Why?

I do not share the conventional wisdom about the metaphysical certitude of a Blue Wave™ building somewhere just over the horizon. In fact, I think that Republicans have a fairly strong record and if they stick to the Trump agenda, a very strong platform. After all, the stock market is up, wages are rising, unemployment is down, Obamacare’s much hated individual mandate is dead, and peace may break out on the Korean peninsula. That’s a pretty good hand if you can play

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Barbarians at the Gate

By | May 18th, 2018|0 Comments
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Who ya gonna believe, the lyin’ media or your own eyes?

That isn’t a trick question. If you’ve paid any attention to the Gaza Arabs rioting on Israel’s border, you would have heard that they were participating in peaceful protests. But your own eyes know peaceful when they see it. And what you’re seeing is anything but peaceful.

Watching the Hamas-incited chaos in Gaza won’t remind anyone of Martin Luther King’s March on Washington. And it’s not likely you’ll be hearing any of

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Woke Sports Writers At It Again

By | May 17th, 2018|0 Comments
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Those who don’t possess the meager abilities to write about modern politics write about sports. But many sports writers still find ways to inject their trivial political opinions into virtually everything they write.  Their politics are, for the most part, exactly as you would expect: liberalism in its purest form, complete with all the trappings of identity politics and reflexive NeverTrumpism.

The latest in sports journalism stupidity concerns NFL reporter Mike Freeman, who writes for the

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The Write Stuff: Remembering Tom Wolfe

By | May 17th, 2018|0 Comments
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Tom Wolfe tailored his sentences like he wore his suits. Each was a bespoke piece in a seemingly endless wardrobe of exclamation points and onomatopoeia, the literary equivalent of Jay Gatsby’s shirts, a pyrotechnic display of stripes and scrolls and plaids in coral and apple-green and lavender and faint orange, with monograms of Indian blue.

Wolfe’s sartorial taste was more singular than sensational, the moonlight to Gatsby’s fireworks; the eggshell-colored jacket and trousers for this

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NeverTrump Sides With Porn Stars, Dictators and Gang Members

By | May 17th, 2018|0 Comments
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Chicago White Sox fans have a motto: “My favorite teams are the White Sox and whoever is playing against the Chicago Cubs.”

If NeverTrump was a baseball team (LOL, just imagine the athletic skills of that sad clique), their saying would be, “my favorite team is whoever is playing against Donald Trump.” But instead of cheering for the St. Louis Cardinals, the political benchwarmers of NeverTrump root for porn stars, dictators and inhumane gang members.

For months, folks like Jonah Goldberg and

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Charles Kesler on Character

By | May 16th, 2018|0 Comments
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Charles Kesler’s “Thinking About Trump” essay from the new issue of the Claremont Review of Books is a masterpiece. It ranks right up there with some of the best political essays written in the past couple of years.

There’s so much to note about this fine essay, but I want to focus particularly on Kesler’s extended discussion of the relationship between character and presidential success. As his essay makes perfectly clear, a straight line cannot be drawn from possessing good character to

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All the Way with RFK

By | May 16th, 2018|0 Comments
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He stands in an open-air convertible, a boat of a car as long as a suburban driveway, with two couches for seats and a giant spindle of a steering wheel, while this black-colored body of steel and rubber cruises a four-lane boulevard in South Los Angeles. The sun is in his face, brightening his smile and bronzing his skin, as he runs his hand through a wave of brown (with strands of blond and gray) hair. He is a gymnast of a politician, maintaining his balance against the pull of the crowd and

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Hayward on Jonah Goldberg (and Me)

By | May 15th, 2018|0 Comments
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Friend of American Greatness Steve Hayward has a long post up today at Power Line on Jonah Goldberg’s book, Suicide of the West. And the best part about it? He cites my work!

All kidding aside, Hayward thinks Goldberg’s detractors on the Right like me miss the point: Jonah’s actually on our side. On the Right, Jonah’s real beef is not with Trump but is instead with two factions: historicists, who are riding the wave of History, on one side and traditionalists like Patrick Deneen who

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The Effete Conservative Elite

By | May 14th, 2018|0 Comments
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The press is distinguishing itself really well right now . . . The courts are doing a really good job.”

Only a D.C. elite could have uttered that statement. And that elite is none other than . . .  Arthur Brooks, the departing president of the American Enterprise Institute.

In a long interview with Tim Alberta of Politico, Brooks ruminates on current day politics and argues that our country would be flying high again if, like the Tin Man at the end of The Wizard of Oz, politicians found

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Hillsdale College: Making Citizens

By | May 13th, 2018|0 Comments
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A feature article ran yesterday at Politico Magazine on Hillsdale College, the small liberal arts college in southern Michigan that’s one of the last best hopes on earth for making citizens. The article details how Hillsdale is increasing its reach and influence during the Trump presidency.

It’s not a bad piece, but it could have been better. Its opening sentence is an eye-roller (“Trump University never died.”), and contrary to the piece’s overarching argument, Hillsdale President Larry

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MSNBC Host Suggests Journos Should Strangle White House Mom

By | May 13th, 2018|0 Comments
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Ever since unnamed sources leaked to The Hill on Thursday that White House communications aide Kelly Sadler allegedly made an unkind remark about Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), the political world has been aflame with lots of pearl-clutchers demanding Sadler’s ouster. Here is what the initial article reported about a private White House meeting addressing McCain’s opposition to Gina Haspel, President Trump’s nominee for CIA director:

“It doesn’t matter, he’s dying anyway,” Sadler said,

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