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Why We Can’t Trust the Left

Tom Nichols just articulated the dilemma of a “Republican in exile” in the era of Donald Trump and concluded by hoping for big Democratic gains in this fall’s mid-term elections, in the hope of shocking the Republican Party into reforming. As a fellow Republican in exile, I sympathize with this, particularly after the spending spree […]

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The “Resistance” That Couldn’t Shoot Straight

Top Stories of the Year, #3 I have been counting down the Top Stories of 2017. Today brings us to #3. The beginning of this year presented Democrats and their sympathizers in the media with both an important job and a big opportunity. Donald Trump governs in a style that somehow manages to combine authoritarian […]

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But He Fights (and Loses)

They told me I should keep my “elite media” nose out of it and let the voters in Alabama decide for themselves whether or not to elect Roy Moore as their next senator. Well, alright then. The voters decided, and they elected a Democrat. In Alabama. I think that’s a pretty definitive judgment about the […]

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Notes on the State of Virginia

It’s always an election year in Virginia. Lucky us. Virginia is one of a very few states that doesn’t hold its state-level elections–for governor, lieutenant governor, and attorney general, as well as for the state senate and House of Delegates–on the same years as presidential and congressional elections. Combine this with the fact that Virginia […]

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You Can’t Buy an Election

Of course Jon Ossoff didn’t win yesterday’s special election in Georgia’s 6th district. Heck, it wasn’t even all that close. Karen Handel beat him 52% to 48%, a few points better than Donald Trump did in the same district. This was predictable. Ossoff was born in the sixth district, but he had lived an awful […]

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The Democrats’ Sad Search for an “Appalachian” Savior

A little gaffe caught my eye recently that sums up the desperate state of the Democratic Party right now. It was alert from the New York Times teasing the first lines of a David Leonhardt op-ed describing Tom Perriello, who is running for the Democratic nomination for governor of Virginia, as a “populist former Congressman […]

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Why the “Resistance” Won’t Be the New Tea Party

Democrats are desperately hoping that their self-described “Resistance” to President Trump can take off in the same way that opposition to President Obama launched a new political movement in 2009. As Molly Ball asks, “Is the Anti-Trump ‘Resistance’ the New Tea Party?” No, it isn’t. They’ve been trying this ever since 2010, when some cloyingly […]

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Democratic Party Death March

Top Stories of the Year: #3 This year, I kept predicting that Donald Trump would lose the election and would drag down Republican candidates for lower offices. In my defense, I based this on polls whose results were fairly consistent, but which all turned out to be a wee bit off. In my further defense, […]

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How to Repeal Obamacare: Repeal Obamacare

Since the Democrats passed Obamacare in 2010, shoving it through in the face of clear public disapproval, Republicans have vowed to repeal it. They won a huge congressional victory in 2010 partly on the basis of that promise. But, they pointed out, they couldn’t repeal the law if they only controlled the House. In 2014, […]

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The Bubble

Democrats looking to figure out what went wrong and how to recover would actually be well-advised, for once, to take a cue from “Saturday Night Live.” No, I’m not recommending Alec Baldwin’s slightly lame impersonation of Donald Trump. I’m recommending their post-election sketch about left-leaning urbanites wanting to escape to a “bubble”—not just the metaphorical […]

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