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All They Had to Do Was Not Be Crazy

The Search for Sanity, Part 3 As many of us having been saying, all the Democrats had to do to have a good shot at winning back the White House this year was to not be crazy. Here’s a version of that argument from last June. Trump’s personal problems are myriad. He is as polarizing a […]

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The First Extremely Online President

William Barr’s kayfabe denunciation of Trump’s tweets is the latest installment in a genre: the Trump supporter who says, “I wish he’d quit tweeting.” They don’t object to what Trump does, they just wish he wouldn’t shoot his mouth off about it on Twitter all the time. But Trump and his spokesmen take a very […]

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#NeverSMOD

The Iowa caucuses, the first electoral contest of the 2020 presidential election cycle, happen today, so it’s a good time to look at how the contest is shaping up, what we can expect from it—and what, if anything, to hope for. I take as my starting point that none of the major candidates—from either party—will […]

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Best. Decade. Ever.

Five Things You Need to Read Today 1. “The Battlefield Is Paradise” The big news of the new year is the American air strike that killed Iranian Quds Force commander Qassem Suleimani in Baghdad. Before we get to the implications of this, it’s worth devoting a whole item just to understanding who Suleimani is and […]

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The Silent Majority

Top Stories of the Year: #4 Today continues my countdown of the top stories of 2019 and my coverage of them. I just realized that I mentioned in yesterday’s newsletter the trend toward political didacticism in highbrow art, but I forgot to mention the conservatives’ answer to this: keeping Sean Spicer on “Dancing with the […]

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The Triumph of the Will

Five Things You Need to Read Today 1. The Trumpocalypse If Republican politicians are not moved by the evidence against Donald Trump in the impeachment hearings, we might conclude that it’s because they are looking at their voters back home and calculating that they are more likely to be re-elected if they stand by Trump. […]

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The Terms of Surrender

Shock-jock radio host and former Congressman Joe Walsh has been gaining a lot of attention recently for his planned primary challenge against Donald Trump. I doubt this is because anyone seriously thinks that Walsh—with limited name recognition, no deep pockets, and no large base of support to mobilize—is going to mount a credible challenge for […]

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The Man in the Middle

Joe Biden has already won one of the major tracks toward the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination—perhaps even the decisive track. He is the only leading candidate for the label of “moderate Democrat.” Pete Buttigieg has the manner and style of a moderate—but in substance, he backs the entire fantasy agenda of the far left, from […]

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Fascism with Communist Slogans

Ayn Rand once predicted that we were going to end up with “a fascist system with communist slogans.” This has been going through my mind as I’ve been watching the Democratic Party primary contest. No, it’s not quite fascism, not yet, nor is it quite communism (except maybe for Bernie). Yet most of the Democratic […]

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A Fascist System with Communist Slogans

The Search for Sanity, Part 2 How far out of hand has the Democratic Party’s nomination contest gotten? I think The Onion pretty much sums it up: “Media Urged Not to Release Names of Any More Presidential Candidates in Effort to Prevent Copycats.” “When a person launches a bid for president and then receives widespread […]

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