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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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Notes on Our State of Emergency

Virginia’s governor, Terry McAuliffe, just declared a state of emergency for Charlottesville after violent battles between white nationalists and far-left “antifa” counter-protesters. I made it into town Saturday evening, and it certainly did look like a place in a state of emergency, though without any sign of the emergency itself. The streets were eerily empty […]

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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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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 Moral Invariance Theory of Politics

After I moved from Illinois to Virginia, I used to feel so superior about living in a state where governors don’t get caught in bribery scandals or go to jail. When they sent George Ryan and then Rod Blagojevich off to the pokey, I chuckled in a smug and condescending way, shook my head, and […]

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Three Reasons Eric Cantor Quit Early

Eric Cantor just announced that he is quitting his House seat on August 18. The remainder of his term is likely to be filled by a special election held on the same day as the election for the next term. It’s almost certain that Dave Brat, the Republican firebrand who beat Cantor in the primary, […]

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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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The (One) Republican Accomplishment

Top Stories of the Year: #3 Number 3 in our countdown of the top stories of 2013 is the Republicans’ biggest accomplishment in recent years: the automatic spending cut known as the “sequester.” Naturally, Republicans have spent the last part of the year undoing this accomplishment. The sequester cuts were negotiated two years ago on […]

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