The Other McCain

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

Memo From the National Affairs Desk: Final Wisdom and a Failed Coup

Gonna miss the sunshine and palmettos. LITTLE RIVER, South Carolina Last night, while I was pounding out 1,700 words about the Marianne Williamson presidential campaign, the political world at large was going insane over the conclusion of Robert Mueller’s investigation: For President Donald Trump, the fight over the “witch hunt” is only just beginning. Now […]

‘Russia! Russia! Russia!’

  Tucker Carlson makes an important point about the Mueller probe: So let’s recall, for the record, what the Robert Mueller investigation is about, why we got a special counsel in the first place. The point wasn’t to discover whether the president fudged deductions on his tax returns thirty years ago. It wasn’t to find […]

Democrats and the ‘Sailer Strategy’

  We cannot predict the future, and the 2020 election is still 18 months away. President Trump’s approval numbers appear stable — not necessarily good, but stable — however, if we believed the polls, there was never a chance Trump could have been elected to begin with. Let’s put it this way: If Rahm Emmanuel […]

CPAC: The Final Wisdom

  NATIONAL HARBOR, Maryland Another year, another CPAC, more liberal media lies, and now another Sunday afternoon hotel checkout. I’ve been doing this annual ritual since 2006 — my 14th consecutive CPAC — and there’s a certain familiarity about the routine now. However, there’s a difference in recent years. President Bush never spoke at CPAC, […]

CPAC 2019: Great Minds Think Alike

  Tuesday night, while I was working on my latest American Spectator column, I kept getting distracted because my office TV was tuned to the A&E Network’s documentary The Trump Dynasty. On the one hand, this was entertaining and informative. I did not realize, for example, that Trump’s grandfather was a German immigrant who made […]

Cohen to Testify Before Congress

Here’s the headline stack on top of the Drudge Report: Cohen to Testify That Trump Engaged in Criminal Conduct While in Office…  Plans to Provide Evidence…  Will describe president’s ‘lies, racism and cheating as private businessman’…  New details?  Echoes of Watergate… Congressman ‘threatens’ Cohen over ‘girlfriends’… RNC: Have fun in prison! Curtain rises on 3 […]

Bee Stings, Cult Violence, and MAGA Hats

  Did you know this? “Seventy-one percent of the 387 ‘extremist related fatalities in the United States’ from 2008 to 2017 were committed by members of far-right and white-supremacist groups, according the Anti-Defamation League’s Center on Extremism.” That was published in the New York Times, which failed to do the math — i.e., 28 deaths […]


  In 2017, the Southern Poverty Law Center raised $132 million, David Montgomery of the Washington Post noted last November: That’s a 164 percent increase over the $50 million it took in a year before. The SPLC’s endowment is up to $433 million. SPLC leaders explain the jump as a reaction to the tone unleashed […]

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