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But Judges

The open spot on the Supreme Court places a spotlight on the constitutional role of a politician known for being unprincipled and caring more about getting and staying in power than about achieving the small-government agenda of the right—but who at least is being decisive and effective and getting something done that no one has […]

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Workingmen and Reformers

Five Things You Need to Read Today 1. Fighting the Last Election The Republican Party just got through a difficult party primary day in which there were several local candidates who seemed like they might win by adopting a Trumpian style, but who had severe weaknesses as general election candidates. The chief of these was […]

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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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Five Things You Need to Read Today

Here’s your weekly update, for subscribers only, drawing your attention to five stories that are worth catching. This week, the main theme is internecine conflict within the left. 1. But Gorsuch! And Maybe More Such Falling back on the appointment of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court is the clichéd response for Trump supporters who […]

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The Era of the Civics Lesson

It looks like this is going to have to be the era of the civics lesson, because nobody can be bothered any more to gain a basic knowledge of how our government is supposed to work and why it was designed that way. Not even the president of the United States. I know this isn’t […]

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There’s No Such Thing as a “Moderate” Supreme Court Nominee

As expected, President Obama has appointed a supposedly “moderate” and “centrist” nominee for the Supreme Court, which is code for someone with a thin enough record of actual ideas and convictions that nobody can really tell how he would rule on anything. Clearly, Obama is hoping to shame Senate Republicans into confirming his nominee. The […]

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The Real House Leadership Crisis

The big news of the past few weeks is the House Republicans’ revolt against John Boehner, who is being forced out as Speaker of the House, setting off an odd scramble over who can avoid taking his place. (The latest person to not want to be Speaker is Paul Ryan.) On social media, the running […]

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Why Not to Defund Planned Parenthood

The big political question for the remainder of this congressional term is whether Republicans will be able to pass a vote to defund Planned Parenthood. The more important question, though, is whether it is at all proper for them to try. As an advocate of small government, I’m generally sympathetic to anything that takes federal […]

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The Party of Palpatine

A while back I observed the contrast between the modern leftists’ self-image and the actual political reality of the policies they support. [T]he media and Hollywood types have always convinced themselves, as George Lucas did, that their villains were metaphors for George W. Bush or a cautionary tale about the evils of the right. But […]

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Democratic Party Death Watch

Top Stories of the Year: #1 Over the past week, I’ve been counting down the top stories of the year. For the #1 slot, there is really no competition: it’s the Republican wave in the mid-term congressional elections—and, just as important, the unprecedented Republican wave in the statehouses, which may have an even greater impact […]

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