Can Trump Win Again in 2020?

In 2016, Donald Trump overwhelmed 16 qualified Republican primary rivals and became the first major-party presidential nominee without prior political or military experience. Against even greater odds, Trump defeated in the general election a far better funded and politically connected Hillary Clinton. What are his chances of repeating that surprising victory in 2020? In 2016, […]

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The Only Option They Had as Pseudo-Conservatives

It’s been a tough two years if you’re a post-Reagan era, Bush-flunky fake conservative. Between America winning the Cold War and the election of Donald Trump to the presidency, the RINO-gravy-train had treated you well. Even if you were a former leftist, the “elite” of New York and Washington were happy to let you make […]

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The Pernicious Notion of ‘Unenumerated Rights’

A recent 60 Minutes segment on Juliana v. United States, the lawsuit now pending in an Oregon federal court, in which environmental activists assert a constitutional right to be free from climate change, perfectly illustrated Sen. Josh Hawley’s concern about federal judges who embrace the doctrine of “substantive due process.” Many Americans properly scoff at […]

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‘Reasonable’ Conservatives

A few weeks ago, New York Times columnist Ross Douthat urged Republicans to give up their push for stricter voter ID laws. In making this argument Douthat cites a study suggesting that while stricter voter ID laws have no effect on voter turnout, let alone disproportionate effects on certain racial groups as Democrats have often […]

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Would New York Really Benefit from Amazon?

Quite a few “I-told-you-so” articles have appeared in the conservative and business press piling on Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), who opposed Amazon’s planned relocation of its second headquarters to Long Island City in Queens. The deal was controversial because it entailed extensive subsidies that have long raised the ire of the libertarian Right and the […]

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The Myth of Millennial Socialism

My old man tells me he left college in the 1970s and walked into a job for life. He tells me his first home cost twice the average salary. Then he tells me, without a soupçon of jest, “things were still pretty tough back then.” His brow—unapologetically smooth for its 65 years, cheeks plumped fat […]

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What We Still Have to Lose

In September 2016, the Claremont Review of Books published Michael Anton’s essay, “The Flight 93 Election,” which became one of the most controversial and discussed essays of that most extraordinary election year. This month, Encounter Books published After the Flight 93 Election: The Vote that Saved America and What We Still Have to Lose. The […]

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Why a Primary Challenge to Trump Would Be a Good Thing

Serious primary challenges to a sitting president are usually a harbinger of electoral doom in the general election. Senator Eugene McCarthy’s challenge to President Lyndon Johnson in 1968 resulted in the Johnson choosing not to seek a second term. Senator Edward Kennedy’s challenge of President Jimmy Carter in 1980 was a long, fractious affair that […]

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The Art of the SOTU

Do you remember Hillary Clinton? I know, I know. Now, do you remember her campaign slogan? It was “I’m with her!” Incredibly, I still see the peculiar blue-on-white bumper sticker with an “H” on the odd Prius or Volvo in Washington, D.C. It always reminds me of the international symbol for “Hospital.” Appropriate, no? Now, […]

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‘Small Government’ Is Dead, Long Live Limited Government!

In his 1996 State of the Union address, President Bill Clinton announced a political course correction, declaring “the era of big government is over.” It was welcome news, especially from a Democrat. Indiscriminately large governments are unaccountable and very expensive; they quash liberty and hinder self-government. The shift, however, had the unfortunate side effect of […]

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