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Did the Real Republican Nominee Just Stand Up?

Last week, I highlighted a number of things to look for in the second Republican debate. The only really important one was: will the real nominee please stand up? My premise is that the three people at the top of the polls right now have never been elected to or served in public office, and […]

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What to Look for in Tonight’s Debate

Candidates for the Republican presidential nomination gather again tonight for their second debate. But a lot has changed since the first Republican debate, so here’s a preview of what to look for. Dr. Carson Will See You Now Or more to the point, you will see him. Ben Carson got a little lost at the […]

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Trump’s First Victim

So I have a question for all the people who said they were sick, sick, sick of the inside-the-Beltway, Washington, DC, Republican establishment, and they wanted Donald Trump to smash it to pieces. Did you think the first person you would take down in your fury would be…Rick Perry? Because that’s what just happened. No […]

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It’s Not That Donald Trump Doesn’t Know, It’s That He Doesn’t Care

Donald Trump has been whining about being bombarded with “gotcha questions” about the Middle East on Hugh Hewitt’s radio show. I thought Hewitt was fairly gentle and respectful in the interview—see the transcript—and that Trump did a fine job of embarrassing himself with his ignorance of the players and issues in the region. But Trump’s […]

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Could This Be the Scandal That Finally Sinks the Clintons?

Yeah, I know. Those of us who have been watching politics for the last quarter of a century have asked this question time and again, as the Clintons wriggled out of a dozen different kinds of shady behavior. And each time we think something’s finally going to take them down, they skate. It’s kind of […]

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“No Award” Culture

A few months ago, I wrote about a notable victory in the culture wars: a group of science fiction writers had pushed back against the politicization of the Hugo awards, the most prominent literary awards in the sci-fi genre. The “Sad Puppies” campaign and its more radical offshoot, the “Rabid Puppies,” promoted their own slates […]

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I Have Seen the Future, and It Is (Shudder) Canadian

I have seen the future, and it is (shudder) Canadian. It’s a bit fashionable to poke gentle fun at our national Northern suburb, especially for those of us on the right, who are used to viewing Canada is a warning of where we’ll be if we go a little farther to the left. I’m not […]

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If We Get Trump, Democrats Get Biden

Please run, Joe. Please, please, please. The news is suddenly filled with reports that Vice President Joe Biden is seriously considering a run for president. I think this is great news on three levels. 1) Hillary needs another challenge. For a second time in a row, she has planned to be the “inevitable” candidate. But […]

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If Democrats Don’t Have Jefferson and Jackson, Who’s Left?

Last week, the organizers of the Democratic Party’s Jefferson-Jackson-Bailey Dinner in Connecticut (Bailey was a local machine politician) voted to drop the two former presidents from the event’s name, on the grounds that they were slave owners and therefore unworthy of the honor. There was no debate, and the decision took all of two minutes. […]

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If Seinfeld Won’t Come to the Campus, the Campus Will Come to Him

Take two recent observations, and see if you can tell where they’re headed. First, there’s the news that comedy legend Jerry Seinfeld won’t perform at college campuses because they’re too politically correct. Actually, I suspect Seinfeld doesn’t play campuses because they can’t offer him enough money to get out of bed in the morning. But […]

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