Trump Just Guaranteed Pelosi Will Be the Next Speaker

Wednesday morning, basking in the shade of the red wall he helped build to hold back the vaunted “blue wave,” President Trump tweeted: In all fairness, Nancy Pelosi deserves to be chosen Speaker of the House by the Democrats. If they give her a hard time, perhaps we will add some Republican votes. She has […]

Read More…

Will Trump Convince Hoosiers to Dump Donnelly?

President Trump travels to Indiana again today—his second visit to the Hoosier State in three days. The president is pushing hard to make sure Mike Braun, the Republican candidate for U.S. Senate, wins on Tuesday. If Braun snatches away this critical seat from the Democrats, he could help widen the GOP’s majority in the Senate […]

Read More…

Stark Differences in Florida Governor’s Race

With only one day to go before the election, it’s critical for voters still deciding between Florida’s  two major candidates for governor to focus on the single most important element of this campaign: what each candidate’s policies would do to the state. Rarely has the Sunshine State been presented with such a stark contrast between […]

Read More…

Replacing Nikki Haley: Why Not ‘Jarvanka’?

With the resignation of Nikki Haley as the Trump Administration’s ambassador to the United Nations, naturally talk has turned to who might replace her at Turtle Bay. According to news reports, the White House is discussing Goldman Sachs executive and former deputy national security advisor Dina Powell as a replacement. But a commentator on MSNBC […]

Read More…

Actually, Trump Is a Free Trade Hero

President Trump has stated on numerous occasions that he wants to increase trade. Under his wise rule, he assures us, American trade will thrive. It will be Yuge! Why would anyone doubt that desire? He’s a businessman and businessmen want to do more business not less. In pursuit of this, Trump has also said that […]

Read More…

The Cost of America’s Continued Empire

The Wall Street Journal last weekend featured a lengthy essay by Robert Kagan titled “The Cost of American Retreat” in which he argues that U.S. withdrawal from the world invites chaos. Kagan’s essay is proof that the lovers and protectors of American Empire are not about to go away quietly. Perhaps the question Kagan should […]

Read More…

Imagine Trumpism Without Trump? It’s Easy If You Try

President Donald Trump is doomed for sure. Special counsel Robert Mueller is tightening the rope around the 45th president. It’s only a matter of time before he delivers the evidence necessary to impeach and remove Trump from office, some pundits predict. News of Trump’s political demise has been greatly exaggerated in the past, so it’s […]

Read More…

America 2025: Made Great Again

Exhausted. Exhilarated. Thankful. And ready to get back to work. Those are some of my feelings after watching President Kobach take the oath of office this morning. But more than anything else, today is a day of contented reflection. The past decade has been one of constant activity. Since the day Donald Trump descended his […]

Read More…

Holding Turkey Accountable

The increasingly autocratic government of Turkey has lost its mind. Or, at least, it has returned to its historical form. Under Turkish strongman Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the country has slipped away from a nascent form of democracy into an autocracy informed increasingly by Islamism. Whereas Turkey was once a bulwark against Soviet Communism in southern […]

Read More…

A Winning President is Better Than a Presidential President

Donald Trump never studied political philosophy; and for that those of us who have might say, “Thank God.”  For one thing he would have been bored, and for another, if he had picked up any ideas from the effort, they more than likely would have been the wrong ones. More important, he didn’t need to […]

Read More…