McCarthy Pulls a Boehner, Fumbles Leadership

If there was any hope that Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) would emerge as the “Speaker We Need” in the Republican minority, it was dashed this week. On Thursday, McCarthy channeled his inner mean girl and kicked Representative Jody Hice (R-Ga.) off the coveted House Armed Services Committee for the very serious and intolerable offense of—wait […]

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Romney Redux: Why Mitt Wants To Be ‘The Frosted Flake’

With youthful optimism, one Michael Rieger offers some friendly advice to Utah’s freshman U.S. senator. Upon closer examination, Rieger’s essay in the Washington Examiner, “How Mitt Romney can avoid becoming the next Jeff Flake,” appears to squander the young author’s scholarship. That’s because Senator Romney has no interest in avoiding the kind of notoriety that […]

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Trump and the Theater of the Absurd

It is often said that appearances can be deceiving. This is nowhere more true than in politics. Many critics of Donald Trump are intent on criticizing the style of his presidency rather than taking on the substance or the content. We all know the litany: Trump is an oaf, he talks dirty, he fights dirty, […]

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Ryan Redux: Romney Assumes the Missionary Position

In Washington, winners write history, losers write résumés, unless, like Mitt Romney, they happen to follow the path of least resistance into a waiting Senate seat. A week after becoming senator elect from Utah, Romney was on Capitol Hill where the first person he visited was now-retired House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.). The two ex-running […]

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Establishment Republicans Want the Pro-Life Movement Dead

Just a few days before Christmas, departing Ohio Governor John Kasich decided to play a disappointing Santa and put a massive lump of coal in the pro-life movement’s stocking. He vetoed a bill that would have made it a felony for a doctor to perform an abortion after a fetal heartbeat is detected. Mercifully, he […]

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Conservatism, Inc. Conserves Only Itself

In the wake of the Weekly Standard’s unceremonious demise, William Kristol and a few of his NeverTrump comrades have transformed a formerly news-aggregating site, The Bulwark, into “a forum for rational, principled, fact-based conservative commentary.” This description is buried in the slam poetry of editor-in-chief Charlie Sykes’ note to readers, which opens with the oh-so-rational—to […]

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The Era of Conservative Torpor Is Over

Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign is remembered for several things—none of them good. The highlights include failing to campaign in the “Blue Wall” states of the upper Midwest, commissioning fictional opposition research from FusionGPS that failed to move the needle with voters but forms the basis of Robert Mueller’s anti-Trump crusade, and describing Trump supporters as […]

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Protecting Greatness from Unthinking Memes

In a letter to investors last week, Apple CEO Tim Cook revised the company’s first quarter earnings forecast down by about $9 billion, largely due to lower-than-expected iPhone sales. Predictably, Cook attributed the weak sales to macroeconomic trends outside of Apple’s control, including the strength of the dollar, rising trade tensions with China, and economic […]

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Mitt Romney Fails Again

The first public thing Mitt Romney did in the year 2019—on Jan. 1—was publish an attack on President Trump in the Washington Post, which, as we know, has not lacked for attacks on Trump. He did not even wait until being sworn in, two days later. I campaigned for Sen. Mitt Romney when he ran […]

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The Trans-Right Tantrum

In a now familiar scenario, a man with a cherished sense of identity, understanding himself to be something that he’s not, threw a tantrum because someone else refused to play along. It’s true that the experience of “playing pretend” can be diminished, when someone else refuses to be part of your fantasy world. Most of […]

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