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Why We Were Obsessed with Trump

The latest polls continue to track Donald Trump’s decline in the race for the Republican presidential nomination. Before the last debate, he was poking above 30 percent in the RCP average, seemingly on his way up to higher numbers. Now, most polls show him flopping down into the low 20s. An NBC/WSJ poll recently showed […]

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Who Won the Midterms?

Who won the midterm elections? I’m not talking about whether it’s Democrats or Republicans. Obviously, it’s the Republicans. But this is like that old joke about the Army general who reminds his officers to keep their eyes on the real enemy: the Navy. The real contest—which will kick into high gear the day after the […]

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The Virtue of Liberty

One of the big stories of the Obama era is the rise of a more stridently individualistic and “libertarian” (for lack of a better word) wing of the right—the Ayn-Rand-influenced, Tea Party wing. As a certified graduate of both of these camps—the Ayn Rand fans and the Tea Partiers—I’m pretty happy about this. But it […]

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What Happened to the Tea Party?

It has been five years since the Tea Party movement broke out as a national phenomenon. It began, of course, with Rick Santelli’s “rant heard ’round the world” in February of 2009, which brought widespread attention to the idea of a modern revival of the revolutionary anti-tax fervor behind the Boston Tea Party. But the […]

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Rubio-Cruz in 2013!

As it looks to revive its electoral fortunes on the national level, what the Republican Party desperately needs is a Rubio-Cruz ticket—not for 2016, or not just for 2016, but now, in 2013. As conservative Republicans continue to defect from Marco Rubio’s “Gang of Eight” immigration deal, he and Ted Cruz are emerging as the […]

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The Spirit of Resistance

In a stunning development, Speaker of the House John Boehner was forced Thursday night to drop his “Plan B,” a bill that would have raised the top marginal rate on people with incomes over $1 million. The theory was that Boehner could undermine President Obama’s position in the fiscal cliff bargaining by caving in to […]

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The Other Side Gets a Vote

As I write this, it is approaching midnight, and it is clear that President Obama has very narrowly won re-election. I mean very narrowly. As I write, he is only one-tenth of a percentage point above Mitt Romney in the popular vote count (49.3% to 49.2%). Many votes from the West Coast are still being […]

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Is This Good Enough?

Editor’s Note: Later today I plan to send out an overview of last night’s speeches at the Republican Convention, but in the meantime, here is a speech I just gave about an hour ago at the Jefferson Area Tea Party’s “Oust Obama” rally in Charlottesville—our way of welcoming President Obama to our town. Incidentally, for […]

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The Tea Party Era

The Todd Akin case in Missouri—the Republican Senate candidate who declared that women can’t get pregnant from a “legitimate rape”—is a bit of a sideshow and a distraction, since almost no one in the party is backing him. In fact, for all the blustering outrage against Akin from the left, the most accurate and devastating […]

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The Ayn Rand Factor and the “Atlas Shrugged” Movie

Originally published in TIA Daily. After more than 50 years, a movie version of Atlas Shrugged, Ayn Rand’s perennially best-selling pro-capitalist epic in finally coming to the big screen—but through the strangest route possible. That the film hasn’t been made long ago, despite being one of world’s most successful literary properties, is surprising—but not too […]

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