Objectively Pro-Trump!

Can’t a pundit fantasize about an alternative to the two major parties?

‘From the River to the Sea’

When the obvious is controversial.

Dueling Takes on the End of Roe

So, what now?

“Why do Liberals Hate Orban?” is not the Right Question

The right questions are: 1) why do some some on the right like him, and 2) should this concern us all?

Douthat Misses the Point on Hungary

Hungary is part of a broader global trend, but the real issue isn’t Hungary, it is the Americans who praise Hungary.

Who Decides American History?

Legislatures and school boards politicize what our kids are taught.

The Radicalization of Ross Douthat

An interesting podcast conversation.

A Little Monday Tab Clearing

Several stories, not enough time for full write-ups.

‘Conservatives’ and Critical Race Theory

New York Times columnists are not a representative sample.

Rush Limbaugh is Still Dead

The reflections on the departed right-wing talk host continue.

Romney’s Child Welfare Plan

An opportunity for unity and a restoration of normal order.

Reaction to Letter on Justice and Open Debate Proves its Point

Free speech is not for everyone.

Douthat Attempts a Defense of the Electoral College

Ultimately, it isn’t a very good one.

Media, Free Speech, and Violent Extremists

Free expression sometimes enables horrible crimes. How does a free society deal with that tension?

New Reading Environment?

Social media has altered the way writers and readers interact in odd ways.

‘Woke’ Civil War at the New York Times?

Old-fashioned notions of journalistic neutrality are chafing young reporters in the Age of Trump.

Don’t Expect Other Republicans To Speak Out Against Trump Like McCain, Corker, And Flake Have

Due mostly to cowardice and naked self-interest, you shouldn’t expect many other Republicans to speak out against Trump in the near future.

No, The 25th Amendment Isn’t The Way To Solve The Donald Trump Problem

A Constitutional coup d’etat is not the way to solve the Donald Trump problem.

Putting Health Care Policy in Comparative and Philosophical Perspective

The problem with all the replacement talk is that there is no evidence that the GOP pathways will work.

First Clinton-Trump Debate and Low Expectations Redux

Judging 2016 by historical standards hasn’t worked out well thus far.

Los Angeles Public Schools Closed In Wake Of ‘Unspecified Threats’

Every public school in Los Angeles, which covers over 600,000 students, plus teachers and staff, has been closed for the day in the wake of unspecified threats.

The British General Election And The Future Of The United Kingdom

With the election behind him, David Cameron’s biggest problems may be yet to come.

How Obama Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Imperial Presidency

A critic of the imperial presidency becomes an imperial president.

American Cardinal Critical Of Pope Francis Demoted

Vatican politics is older than American politics, and can be just as entertaining.

Is A Stronger Executive The Cure For What Ails American Government?

David Brooks thinks that the problem with American Government is that the Presidency isn’t strong enough.

Keep Calm and Carry On

We shouldn’t overreact. But we shouldn’t fool ourselves either: We’re not safe.

Marriage Has Changed; It’s Not Because of the Gays

Ross Douthat bemoans the evolution of American cultural norms over the past fifteen years.

The Iraq War And The Damaged Legacy Of The GOP

The Iraq War did significant damage to the legacy of the Republican Party.

Republican Debt Ceiling Strategy Doomed To Fail

The GOP is following a strategy on the debt ceiling that cannot possibly succeed.

A 2013 Reading Guide: Challenge Yourself

For the New Year, how about challenging your ideas just a little bit?

Pot Calls The Kettle Hack

Alex Pareene’s annual hack list omits an obvious candidate: Alex Pareene.

Man Bemoans Selfish Women Not Having Enough Kids

Ross Douthat says American women should stop being decadent and have more babies, explaining that raising children is easier than it used to be, so there’s really no excuse for women to be so selfish.

The Conservative Political Media Complex

Many conservatives are living inside of a media bubble and they’ll continue to have problems until the consciously decide to break out of it.

Republican Problems More Than Failure to Communicate

The Republican Party needs more than outreach to Hispanics to become a viable national party again.

Obama Comes Back Strong But Debate’s Impact On Race Is Unclear

Last night’s debate was rough and tumble, but it’s unlikely to change the state of the race.

Rick Santorum: “The Smart People Will Never Be On Our Side”

In Rick Santorum’s brand of conservatism, no smart people need apply.

Political Conventions In The Era Of The National Security State

Security at the Republican Convention in Tampa looks more like a war zone than a political convention in a democratic republic.

Does the Constitution Matter?

It’s a wonder the Constitution gets followed at all.

The Facebook I.P.O. Was Not A “Disaster.”

Contrary to what you’re hearing, the Facebook I.P.O. was a huge success.

The Unsurprising Death Of Americans Elect

Americans Elect is dead. This should surprise nobody.

How SuperPACs Have Made Politics More Democratic

Far from being deterimental, there is a case to be made that SuperPACs have actually expended democracy during this election cycle.

Pundits Making The GOP Race Seem Closer Than It Is

If you listen to the punditocracy, you’d think that there’s actually a doubt as to who the GOP nominee will be.

Romney Wins Big, Newt Loses Mean, Race Continues (But Not For Long)

Mitt Romney won big last night, Newt Gingrich was Newt Gingrich, and the race is coming to the beginning of the end.

Weak Presidential Field. Again.

Why are all the candidates for president so awful?

Douthat on Huntsman