The Character That Matters

A few days ago, American Greatness published some thoughts of mine about Jonah Goldberg’s contention that “President Trump is not a man of good character” and that, consequently, his administration “will end poorly.” “Character,” Jonah says, “is destiny.” Trump’s character is bad. Therefore his destiny is grim. While acknowledging that the president is an imperfect […]

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A Stooge Leaves Congress: Paul Ryan’s Career in Perspective

On January 3, current House Speaker Paul Ryan gets to retire at the ripe old age of 48, but don’t worry, as an entrenched Washington politician, we won’t be finished with him at that point. He has many years of lobbying—for six or seven figure salaries—ahead of him until he inevitably is recycled by the […]

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The Republicans’ Turning Points

In this Age of Trump, we are told, the Republican Party has changed its spots. As evidence, Democrats and the #Resisters point to the many GOP candidates who campaigned with the President this year and the rank-and-file who overwhelmingly support his policies. The claim, in other words, is that it is Trump that is the […]

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The Crisis of the Republicans Divided

To understand the Republican Party today, in all its cluelessness, one needs to know what it was when it was founded. One needs to know what went into the making of “the party of Lincoln”—less the details of the history than the great crisis of America that was involved. I would argue that the Slave […]

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Carlson vs. Shapiro: Requiem for the Right

As the American Right—and, by extension, the Republican Party—continues to lumber through a long-needed period of serious transformation, introspection, and reevaluation it is hard to recall a single incident that is more illustrative of the confusion that grips so many than this recent exchange between two of the Right’s most well known media personalities: Ben […]

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Sizing Up the NeverTrump Primary

With the 2018 midterms out of the way, it’s full-speed ahead for the 2020 presidential election. We have already detailed the likely primary candidates among the Democrats. What about the Republicans? Rarely do we see a race where both sides have genuinely contested primaries. Most often one side is either benefiting from an uncontested incumbent […]

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Lessons from the Failure of the California GOP

It is now no secret that the California Republican Party got its clock cleaned in the midterm election. Caught asleep at the wheel as state Democrats stacked the electoral deck systematically to empower low information voters and rely on now-legal “vote harvesting,” the state GOP created for itself a perfect storm of electoral apathy, anemia, […]

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Only Two Weeks Left for Republicans to Get It

There’s only one area where bipartisanship still reigns in Washington: avoidance. Republican and Democrat leaders this week held hands and used the funeral events for President George H. W. Bush as an excuse to move their funding deadline—which previously expired on December 7—two weeks forward, to December 21, four days before Christmas. In doing this, […]

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George H.W. Bush and the Failure of American Foreign Policy

Amidst the lavish praise for the late president, George H.W. Bush, allow me to offer a contrarian view. As we learned from the funeral of the non-president, John McCain, the leftist media has rarely met an ineffective Republican politician they didn’t want to celebrate when he passed, no matter what they’d said about him during […]

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Don’t Listen to Conservative Quitters

Ann Coulter thinks Donald J. Trump will be the last Republican president ever. She might be right. In fact, in my darkest moments, I have feared as much. After all, there hasn’t been a Republican like Trump in more than a generation—and there aren’t any like him on the horizon. Who will replace Trump when […]

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