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Donald Trump Is No Barry Goldwater

Over the past few days, a lot of people have been sending around an old political ad from 1964 that purports to show a lifelong Republican explaining, in a sober, deliberative tone of voice, why Barry Goldwater “frightens” him and why he’s going to vote for Lyndon Johnson instead. Because Johnson would never create a […]

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The Case for Rubio-ism

A lot of people have been telling Marco Rubio that he had to start attacking Donald Trump. Well, he did that last night—and with devastating effectiveness. He was particularly effective in catching the way Trump tries to filibuster every response by repeating the same half-dozen catchphrases. That gave Rubio the perfect opportunity to take the […]

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No, It’s Not Morning Again in America

We all know that in the eyes of the mainstream media, the only good Republican is a dead Republican—which is to say that they denounce Republican leaders while they’re alive, then suddenly find a reason to praise them after they’re safely dead. How they did this with Ronald Reagan was to ignore most of what […]

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The 80s Called. Do We Want Their Foreign Policy Back?

You may recall a notorious moment from one of the 2012 president debates when President Obama cited Mitt Romney’s warning about the growing threat from Russia and dismissed it with a snarky one-liner: “The 1980s are now calling to ask for their foreign policy back.” Fast forward a year or so, and President Obama faces […]

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The Unsung Legacy of Nelson Mandela

The memorial service for former South African prisoner-turned-president Nelson Mandela cemented the widespread portrayal of Mandela as a kind of secular saint—and the vilification of the American right for supposedly refusing to support him back in the 1980s. The truth about Mandela, it turns out, is a lot more interesting than that. First, let’s be […]

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Ten Lessons of ObamaCare

President Obama is still trying to downplay the launch failure of ObamaCare as if it were just a few glitches on a website. No, it’s much more than that. It is a timeless demonstration of the failure of central planning, government regulations, and the entitlement state. It is a failure so total, so comprehensive, and […]

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The Last of the Indomitable Britons

So far, the best summary of the legacy of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher is a line from Mark Steyn: she was the “anti-declinist.” Mrs. Thatcher’s predecessor as prime minister, the amiable but forgotten Sunny Jim Callaghan, once confided to a friend of mine that he thought Britain’s decline was irreversible and that the […]

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Three Paradoxes of American Politics

Part 1: Getting the Blues The Republicans’ loss in November’s election has set off a particularly bitter re-evaluation of the party’s message and priorities. It is not simply that Republicans lost an election, but that they lost an election they ought to have won, given the poor performance of the economy, the continued unpopularity of […]

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Champions

My recent post-mortem on the Romney campaign is up at RealClearPolitics. But the point of this post-mortem is not to look backward. It is to enable us to look forward. After thinking about it a little more I can sum up the implication for the future in these terms: we desperately need champions for free […]

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Bizarro 2004

Part 2: The Man Who Wasn’t There The best analogy I have heard for the election is that it was Bizarro 2004. It’s a reference to an old plotline from Superman cartoons about a kind of alternative Earth where everything is the opposite. The idea is that this is just like the 2004 Bush vs. […]

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