The Other McCain

"One should either write ruthlessly what one believes to be the truth, or else shut up." — Arthur Koestler

Egalitarianism Triumphant

“In the hands of a skillful indoctrinator, the average student not only thinks what the indoctrinator wants him to think . . . but is altogether positive that he has arrived at his position by independent intellectual exertion. This man is outraged by the suggestion that he is the flesh-and-blood tribute to the success of […]

Dougherty’s Law and the Blame Game: The Truth About Cuccinelli’s Loss

In 2006, Michael Brendan Dougherty described the habitual lament of digruntled Republicans: “If it were more like me, the Republican Party would be better off. It’s failing because it’s like you.” Whenever Republicans lose, we are forced to witness the ugly spectacle of this sectarian internecine blame game re-enacted, a tradition that dates back at […]

Primary Politics: Can the Grassroots Defeat the GOP Establishment in 2014?

Interesting developments: Matt Bevin is challenging Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell in the Kentucky GOP primary. Checking his biography, I’m glad to see that Bevin is a graduate of Washington & Lee University, a U.S. Army veteran, and a small business owner — exactly the kind of outsider “not a politician” profile anyone would want […]

Whatever Your Problem Is, ‘Vote Democrat’ Is Never the Solution

That’s a 10-word sentence that would fit on a T-shirt or a bumper sticker, or which any Republican politician could add to his stump speech — an effective answer to the perennial message that the Democrat Party offers to the aggrieved and malcontented. Democrats and their media allies are very good at suggesting that people […]

Never Forget: Joe McCarthy Was Right!

Senator Joseph McCarthy, a courageous and patriotic American. “Senator Cruz’s substantive point was absolutely correct: in the mid-1990s, the Harvard Law School faculty included numerous self-described proponents of ‘critical legal studies’ — a school of thought explicitly derived from Marxism – and they far outnumbered Republicans.” – Catherine Frazier, spokeswoman for Sen. Ted Cruz Democrats […]

Fear and Loathing at the #NRISummit: Can We Survive the Sarcasm Deficit?

Perhaps National Review‘s famed cartoonist Roman Genn can do a savage caricature of the donnybrook brawl I’ve been trying to incite for this weekend’s National Review Institute “Future of Conservatism” Summit at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C. Was it a smart career move to kick Jonah Goldberg in the knee? No, of course […]

The Next 1,460 Days: I Still Hope He Fails

If only more people had listened to Rush Limbaugh . . . My post this morning about how to hate Democrats reminded Andrew J. Patrick of the bitter debate between Jeff Goldstein and Patterico, and Andrew makes a good point: The Democrats did not respond to getting their teeth kicked in by George Bush in […]

National Review Institute Summit: Will This Controversial Event Make Headlines?

My decision yesterday to kick Jonah Goldberg in the knee promises to yield enormous dividends both ways. Goldberg has denounced my criticisms as “preening b.s.,” and he’s vowed to fire back at length later today, so I look forward to a (no doubt well-deserved) ass-chewing. Do I expect Jonah to say nice things about me? No, but […]

The Demographics of Envy

“No one has been through the fire more so than our congressperson, and we in the district have sent him back because we have faith in him, and that he has our interests in mind, and quite frankly he’s one of us.” – Keith L. T. Wright, co-chairman of the New York Democratic Party, praising […]

Ideology, Personalities and Competence

Last week, I was a guest on “The Rebecca Diserio Show,” and Becca Lower has been kind enough to transcribe the first half of the interview here. We were talking about Saxby Chambliss and I compared it to the situation with Charlie Crist in 2009-2010: Now, I’m all in favor of electing a Republican majority […]

The Republican Clown Car Campaign

Susannah Fleetwood has a long critique of the 2012 campaign today at Right Wing News that makes an important point early: Mitt Romney out-performed eleven out fifteen of the Republican Senatorial candidates, and the four that he didn’t out-perform were from very blue states that Republicans never win. . . . In other words, if […]

VIDEO: David Horowitz Slams Obama’s Attack on Islam Film, First Amendment

Nice Deb sets it up for you: An appalled David Horowitz, appearing on America Live with Megyn Kelly, passionately defended freedom of speech, Thursday, calling the arrest of the anti Islam movie maker, one of the “most disgraceful moments in the history of the American Presidency”, adding “if you don’t have the right of expressing […]

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