Jonah Goldberg is a fellow at the American Enterprise Institute. His nationally syndicated column appears regularly in scores of newspapers across the U.S. The Los Angeles Times columnist is also a member of the board of contributors to USA Today, a contributor to Fox News, a contributing editor to National Review and the founding editor of National Review Online. He was named by the Atlantic magazine as one of the top 50 political commentators in America. In 2011, he was named the Robert J. Novak Journalist of the Year at the Conservative Political Action Conference. Goldberg has written on politics, media and culture for a variety of publications and has appeared on numerous television and radio programs. Before joining National Review, he was a founding producer for “Think Tank With Ben Wattenberg” on PBS and wrote and produced several PBS documentaries. Goldberg, a recipient of the prestigious Lowell Thomas Award, is the author of the New York Times bestsellers “The Tyranny of Clichés” and “Liberal Fascism.”

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Don't you dare trust the polls

Don't you dare trust the polls

February 9, 2016

Over the weekend, I talked to numerous New Hampshirites who don't have much respect, to say the least, for the science of opinion polling. Many told me they either don't answer the phone at all or lie to the pollsters. “If someone calls me from the [Ted] Cruz campaign,” one man told me, “I say I'm for [Marco] Rubio.” But, if the Rubio campaign calls, he's all in for Cruz, or Ben Carson or Donald Trump.

  • The decline of political party power

    February 2, 2016

    The campaigns will be eager to tell you the meaning of Ted Cruz's victory and the virtual tie between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders in Iowa last night, but the larger significance of this election has been clear for months: The two major parties are paper tigers.

  • This time, the conservative crackup is real

    January 26, 2016

    I've been hearing about the impending “conservative crackup” for nearly 25 years. The term was coined by R. Emmett Tyrrell Jr., the founder of the American Spectator. He meant that conservatism had lost its philosophical coherence. But the phrase almost instantly became a catchall for any prediction of the right's imminent demise or dissolution.

  • Can Congress get its swagger back?

    January 19, 2016

    According to the Constitution, the legislature is the first and most powerful branch of government. And yet, many believe — on the left and the right — that the institution has atrophied.

  • GOP voters are refusing to fall in line

    January 12, 2016

    According to conventional wisdom, the GOP nominates the guy whose turn it is, while the Democrats look for a savior. As Bill Clinton once said, “In every presidential election, Democrats want to fall in love. Republicans just fall in line.”

  • It's time to put the term 'neocon' out to pasture

    January 5, 2016

    In interviews and on the stump, Sen. Ted Cruz likes to attack President Obama, Hillary Clinton and "some of the more aggressive Washington neocons" for their support of regime change in the Middle East.

  • Populism from unlikely candidates

    December 29, 2015

    Populism is typically born in places like Nebraska, Louisiana, Kansas and the other bits given short shrift in that famous Saul Steinberg New Yorker cartoon showing the view of the world from 9th Avenue.

  • Working the refs on nutrition science

    December 22, 2015

    Have you heard? The GOP is declaring war on science again.

  • Smoking guns, and tobacco

    December 15, 2015

    In the wake of the San Bernardino attack, liberals are in a total panic over guns. The New York Times broke a 95-year precedent to editorialize about gun control on its front page. But the Times seems restrained compared with the full-on meltdown at the New York Daily News, which has taken to calling the head of the NRA a “terrorist.”

  • Republicans need to give Laquan McDonald's killing the attention it deserves

    December 8, 2015

    For a moment at least, the biggest political beneficiary of the shootings in San Bernardino wasn't a presidential candidate or terrorist group. It was Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel. The killing spree in Southern California distracted the national press at precisely the moment it was about to go into a feeding frenzy over a scandal consuming his mayoralty.

  • Was Robert Lewis Dear inspired by the Planned Parenthood videos? So what if he was?

    December 1, 2015

    "No more baby parts.”

  • Common sense tells us Ben Carson isn't ready to be president

    November 24, 2015

    A little over a year ago, when Ben Carson was gearing up to run for president, I questioned in this space whether he was ready for what lay ahead. We now have our answer: No.

  • On Islamic State, Obama's in denial

    November 17, 2015

    According to legend, if not actual historians, Harold Macmillan was once asked what he most feared could derail his agenda. The British prime minister allegedly said, "Events, my dear boy, events."

  • The delicate little flowers on today's college campuses

    November 10, 2015

    It seems like every week there's a new horror story of political correctness run amok at some college campus.

  • Just the ticket for the GOP: Cruz and Rubio

    November 3, 2015

    Politics is a breeding ground for martial metaphors. Politicians "under fire" "take flak" as their consultants sit in "war rooms" and launch "ad blitzes" and "air campaigns" in "targeted districts" and "battleground states" to put their clients "over the top" — with the help of their "troops" on the ground. When that doesn't work, the generals sometimes resort to some dreaded "nuclear option." Even when it succeeds, the pundits often declare it a "Pyrrhic victory."

  • Why family matters, and why traditional families are still best

    October 27, 2015

    It's been a good month for champions of the traditional family, but don't expect the family wars to be ending any time soon.

  • Hillary Clinton's enabler-in-chief

    October 20, 2015

    It's an ancient story: An idealist sets out to change the world and in the process becomes what he hates most. "He who fights monsters should see to it that he himself does not become a monster," Friedrich Nietzsche advised.

  • How a Biden bid could help Hillary Clinton's campaign

    October 13, 2015

    The scuttlebutt in Washington is that Vice President Joe Biden is going to throw his hat into the presidential race, which means there is at least a 50% chance that he will. I mean, when is the Beltway scuttlebutt ever wrong?

  • Why Obama prefers politicizing to actual politics

    October 6, 2015

    President Obama was right. He was right when, just a few hours after the horrible shooting in Oregon, he decried the fact that such slaughters have become "routine." He was even right, in a sense, when he defended politicizing the tragedy.

  • To replace Boehner, why not Newt Gingrich for speaker?

    September 29, 2015

    Almost seven years ago to the day, John Boehner said of the Wall Street bailout bill, "It's a crap sandwich" — but he'd vote for it anyway. I remarked at the time, "It's crap sandwiches for as far as the eye can see" — and I was right.

  • It's not Fiorina who is wrong in the Planned Parenthood fight

    September 22, 2015

    "Anyone who has watched this videotape, I dare Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama to watch these tapes. Watch a fully formed fetus on the table, its heart beating, its legs kicking while someone says, 'We have to keep it alive to harvest its brain.' This is about the character of our nation, and if we will not stand up and force President Obama to veto this bill, shame on us." — Carly Fiorina, GOP presidential debate, 9/16/2015

  • Is Joe Biden really the answer to Democrats' problems?

    September 15, 2015

    The wheels haven't come off Hillary Rodham Clinton's bus quite yet, but they're getting wobblier. Hence the Joe Biden boomlet. As a columnist, never mind as a conservative, I think it's a fantastic idea. (A Biden vs. Trump debate would cause a national popcorn shortage.) But is Biden really the answer to the Democrats' problem?

  • What the refugees really seek in Europe

    September 9, 2015

    Most of the Syrians we see on the nightly news and on newspaper front pages are not fleeing war-torn Syria. They are fleeing places such as Turkey, Jordan, Hungary and Serbia, where they had found refuge and were safe.

  • Sanders and Trump: Two peas in a pod?

    August 18, 2015

    A new chapter in American politics has begun.

  • GOP's Trump problem will fade, but Democrats' Bernie Sanders troubles are just beginning

    August 10, 2015

    "We are trying to be reasonable," an organizer for Bernie Sanders' Seattle rally said.

  • Defunding Planned Parenthood is not the same as repealing the right to abortion

    August 4, 2015

    The GOP-controlled Congress is taking up the cause, once again, of defunding Planned Parenthood. This latest effort comes in response to macabre hidden-camera videos shot by the Center for Medical Progress of staff at Planned Parenthood talking about the grisly practice of chopping up fetuses for parts. There's a debate over whether the videos prove the center's claim that Planned Parenthood is ghoulishly trying to make a profit selling baby lungs, livers and hearts.

  • How to kill the summer job

    July 28, 2015

    I had a lot of summer jobs. I was a foot messenger in New York for a couple of summers. I worked as a receptionist and mail room flunky. Before my junior year of high school, I briefly sold ice cream snacks — sort of yuppie bonbons — on the street for a company called Love Bites. The uniform was a tight red T-shirt (with a cupid over the heart), a straw hat, cane and snug brown shorts. When my manager asked me to work weekend nights in the (famously gay) West Village, I defected to a company that sold Italian ices. First, I didn't want to work nights. But at 16, I also wasn't ready to say, "Hey mister, would you like a Love Bite?" to the gang leaving the Stonewall Inn.

  • The Trump lesson that Bush and Clinton should heed

    July 21, 2015

    For those of us who predicted the inevitable, watching Donald Trump verbally wander into a field of face-whacking garden rakes like Sideshow Bob fills one with a mixture of schadenfreude and affirmation. We knew it was coming, but it still feels good to be proven right.

  • Trump is a bad deal for the GOP

    July 7, 2015

    Poor Donald Trump.

  • You can't compromise with culture warriors

    June 30, 2015

    I loved reading the "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie" books to my daughter.

  • In the South, grace and dignity after Charleston church shootings

    June 23, 2015

    "Lots of folks expected us to do something strange and break out in a riot. Well, they just don't know us," the Rev. Norvel Goff told the packed, multiracial congregation of Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C., on Sunday. It was the first service since the horrific slaughter of nine innocent souls by a racist fanatic.

  • Why are we ignoring a cyber Pearl Harbor?

    June 16, 2015

    What if a team of Chinese agents had broken into the Pentagon or — less box office but just as bad — the U.S. Office of Personnel Management and carted out classified documents?

  • Hillary Clinton needs a do-over

    June 9, 2015

    Almost exactly two months after Hillary Rodham Clinton's announcement that she's running for president, she will give her first "official campaign announcement speech," on June 13, according to her Twitter account.

  • The false populism of George Pataki

    June 2, 2015

    I keep thinking we're done with George Pataki — but like an order of bad clams, he keeps coming back up on me.

  • Jeb Bush has bigger problems than Iraq war stumble

    May 19, 2015

    By now everyone has had their say about Jeb Bush's terrible, horrible, no good, very bad week. The consensus is that Bush misheard Megyn Kelly's "knowing what we know now" question about the Iraq war. I'm not convinced.

  • Mark Halperin's biased grilling of Ted Cruz

    May 11, 2015

    Imagine it's 2007 and a prominent journalist is interviewing then-Sen. Barack Obama. "Senator, people are really interested in you and your identity. I just wanted to ask you as a historical matter, when you filled out your application to Columbia, to Harvard Law School, did you list yourself as an African American?"

  • To break the cycle of poverty in Baltimore, fix the culture of poverty

    May 4, 2015

    Neighborhoods matter.

  • The Clintons lower the bar -- again

    April 27, 2015

    I once had a boss who gave me some great advice, not just for managing people but for judging politicians: You forgive mistakes; you punish patterns. Everybody screws up. But if someone won't learn from his mistakes and try to correct his behavior, then he either doesn't think it was a mistake or he just doesn't care. The one indisputable take-away from Peter Schweizer's new book, "Clinton Cash," is that Bill and Hillary Rodham Clinton belong in the latter category.

  • Martin O'Malley's modern-day know-nothingness

    April 20, 2015

    Former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley is thinking about running for president on the Democratic ticket by appealing to Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren's populist fans. Warren is a very bright former Harvard law professor. So it is interesting that O'Malley thinks the best way to reach out to her fans is to say remarkably stupid things.

  • Obama coalition isn't a coupon that Hillary Clinton can redeem for votes

    April 13, 2015

    In news only slightly more surprising than this morning's sunrise, Hillary Rodham Clinton announced she is running for president again.

  • Rolling Stone ignored basic journalism with bogus UVA rape story

    April 6, 2015

    Rolling Stone screwed up.

  • Where do 'religious freedom' acts mention gays or lesbians?

    March 31, 2015

    Poor Mike Pence. The Indiana governor, eyeing a long-shot presidential bid, probably didn't expect the hot mess he got himself into by signing his state's version of the federal Religious Freedom and Restoration Act, or RFRA. And it showed.

  • The inconvenient truths in Tom Cotton's letter to Iran

    March 16, 2015

    It has been an Iranian tradition since 1979 to end Friday prayers with chants of “Death to America!”

  • Where's Hillary? Avoiding the issues, again

    March 9, 2015

    The drumbeat for Hillary Rodham Clinton to exit her bunker and answer questions about her “home-brewed” email system has been growing louder by the day, prompting people to ask, “Where's Hillary?”

  • It's prime time for Scott Walker, whether he's ready or not

    March 2, 2015

    Any good cook will tell you that you need great ingredients to pull off a great dish. Less discussed, but just as true: You need to cook the ingredients in the right order.

  • Hillary Clinton's identity crisis

    February 23, 2015

    'Is Hillary Rodham Clinton a McDonald's Big Mac or a Chipotle burrito bowl? A can of Bud or a bottle of Blue Moon? JC Penney or J. Crew?"

  • The University of Michigan's tolerance problem

    February 16, 2015

    I once asked my late father if he had any experiences with anti-Semitism. There weren't many. Although that was probably in part because of his scoring methodology. The Irish kids who beat up the Jewish kids in his Bronx neighborhood didn't do so because they were anti-Semitic, but because "they had to fight somebody," as my dad put it. Today, such behavior would probably be called a hate crime.

  • Brian Williams: puffed up anchor, puffed up tales

    February 9, 2015

    By now everyone knows about his transgressions. If even only some of the reports are true, Brian Williams is a serial embellisher, a self-aggrandizing fabulist.

  • The vanilla power of Republican Scott Walker

    February 2, 2015

    Vanilla is the most popular ice cream flavor in America, not because it is the best (that would be coffee) but because it is the least objectionable. Put another way, vanilla is the most acceptable to the most people; it's not many people's favorite, but nobody hates it.

  • Obama, ignoring realities, sticks to his comfort zone

    January 26, 2015

    A week after his State of the Union address, political observers are still trying to figure out what President Obama's game is. That's how bizarrely untethered from reality the speech was.

  • Jews, outnumbered by Muslims, suffer under mob rule

    January 19, 2015

    In the wake of the terrorist attack on a kosher market in Paris, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu asked French Jews to come home.

  • The problem with Romney nostalgia

    January 12, 2015

    In 2007, when President Obama announced that he was thinking of running for president, he did it in Springfield, Ill., to highlight his supposed connection to Abraham Lincoln. He brought in his biggest fans to cheer him on. When George W. Bush announced in 1999, he did it in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The Bush campaign, likewise, brought in a big crowd of supporters. John Kerry announced in Patriot's Point, S.C., in 2003, amid a sea of American flags, war veterans and an aircraft carrier in the background.

  • Why is Jeb Bush smiling?

    January 5, 2015

    Jeb Bush is starting the new year with a smile. Former Arkansas governor and, until last weekend, Fox News host Mike Huckabee announced he would “explore” running for president.

  • The blame game in the New York cop killings shows a demonization double standard

    December 22, 2014

    Going by objective standards of reason and fairness, Al Sharpton is not to blame for the assassination of two New York City cops over the weekend. Nor are New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, U.S. Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr., President Obama or any of the protesters and activists they supported, encouraged and allied themselves with. Going by what we know, the only person to blame is the man police identified as the killer, Ismaaiyl Brinsley.

  • Jonathan Gruber should've been Time's Person of the Year

    December 15, 2014

    Jonathan Gruber should have been Time's Person of the Year. The magazine gave it to the "Ebola Fighters" instead. Good for them; they're doing God's work. Still, Gruber would have been better.

  • Using allegations of rape in a grab for power

    December 8, 2014

    Nine males were accused of being part of a heinous rape. The alleged injustice fomented a mob mentality. An enraged community wanted to skip any talk of a serious investigation, never mind a trial, and go straight to the punishment.

  • Rolling Stone rape story sends shock waves -- and stretches credulity

    December 1, 2014

    Rolling Stone has published an incredible story about a rape at the University of Virginia. The story has sent shock waves around the country.

  • Obama's immigration goal: enrage Republicans

    November 24, 2014

    Maybe President Obama is just trolling?

  • The feminist freakout over the scientist's 'girly' shirt

    November 17, 2014

    The European Space Agency's Rosetta project accomplished one of the most impressive scientific feats in our lifetime. They essentially moved a clunky machine from one speeding bullet onto another, by remote control, from 310 million miles away. It's hoped this achievement will help usher in a new era of space exploration by teaching us how to exploit the raw materials swirling around the solar system. Also, it was really cool.

  • Democrats' loss is not a win for Hillary Clinton

    November 10, 2014

    In the old Soviet Union, Kremlinologists would read the state party newspaper Pravda not so much for the news it contained, but to glean what the commissars wanted readers to believe the commissars were thinking. The closest we have to that in America is the New York Times. Obviously, it's not a state organ and there are many fine journalists there, but it does play a similar role for the Democratic Party, often reporting less on what Democrats actually think and more on what Democrats want readers to believe is the current state of Democratic thinking.

  • Why Lena Dunham shouldn't be allowed to vote

    November 3, 2014

    Tuesday is election day. Well, not exactly. As this newspaper reported in September, early voting has turned what used to be election day into the last day of "election month."

  • A D.C. cure: Take the hard votes

    October 27, 2014

    “What day is it?”

  • The good news about offshore oil rigs

    October 20, 2014

    Never let it be said that Mother Nature doesn't appreciate irony. A new study led by researchers at Occidental College and UC Santa Barbara has found that the oil platforms dotting the California coast are fantastic for sea life.

  • Ebola is much less scary than Hollywood's 'Contagion.' Or is it?

    October 13, 2014

    While disposing of a body in a mass grave, one man in a hazmat suit turns to another and asks, "When did we run out of body bags?"

  • Liberals storm California's bedrooms

    October 6, 2014

    I have a slightly different take on California's recent decision to regulate college sex. Don't get me wrong, it's beyond idiotic, unworkable, even borderline Orwellian. We'll get to all that.

  • Obama's mixed messages on war

    September 29, 2014

    It's funny how President Obama is always talking about "I" and "me" whenever it makes him look good, but suddenly it's "they" and "we" when mistakes are made.

  • What 'war on women'?

    September 22, 2014

    On Friday, the White House announced its “It's On Us” initiative aimed at combating sexual assaults on college campuses. I'm all in favor of combating sexual assault, but the first priority in combating a problem is understanding it.

  • Obama is rushing into war against Islamic State

    September 15, 2014

    By all means, let's destroy Islamic State, but let's talk about it first.

  • Upholding America's honor in a dangerous world

    September 8, 2014

    "I should have anticipated the optics," President Obama said by way of acknowledging that golfing right after making a statement about the beheading of James Foley looked bad. "Part of this job is also the theater of it," he said. "It's not something that always comes naturally to me. But it matters."

  • If 'evil' doesn't apply to Islamic State, what does?

    August 25, 2014

    I never liked it when George W. Bush used the term "evildoers" to describe Al Qaeda and other terrorists. A lot of other people objected as well, but for different reasons. I didn't like the term because it always sounded to me like he was saying "evil Dewars," as in the blended Scotch. (This always made some of Bush's statements chuckle-worthy — "We will not rest until we find the evil Dewars!") I prefer single malts, but evil always seemed unduly harsh.

  • In Ferguson, a race to be wrong

    August 18, 2014

    The events in Ferguson, Mo., have launched a familiar spectacle: the race to be wrong first.

  • Prepare for a long war against the Islamic State

    August 11, 2014

    The hawks (including me) were wrong about a lot, but some got one thing right. It's going to be a long war.

  • Liberals come late to the pot party

    August 4, 2014

    With the usual fanfare and self-regard we have come to expect from the New York Times editorial board, the prestigious paper has changed its mind about pot. It now believes that the federal ban on the substance should be lifted and that the whole issue should be sent back to the states to handle. Not only did it issue a big Sunday editorial (the equivalent of a secular fatwa in my native Upper West Side of Manhattan), but it has since been flooding the zone on the issue with essays from members of the editorial board.

  • Democrats' impeachment fixation

    July 28, 2014

    "Sorry to email you late on a Friday, but I need your urgent support," Nancy Pelosi wrote me.

  • Attacking Israel with the big lie: genocide

    July 14, 2014

    "Here's the difference between us," Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu explained on "Fox News Sunday." "We're using missile defense to protect our civilians, and they're using their civilians to protect their missiles."

  • Hollywood, where liberal values reign -- except at the box office

    July 7, 2014

    In the film "Obvious Child" Jenny Slate plays Donna Stern, a stand-up comedian who specializes in making jokes about her private parts, with the occasional foray into fart humor. She is about to go onstage. Her friend offers her some encouragement: "You are going to kill it out there!"

  • Alito agrees: Your birth control is not your boss' business

    June 30, 2014

    Abortion-rights protesters gathered outside the Supreme Court on Monday holding signs that read "Birth Control: Not My Boss's Business."

  • A questionable game of 'shut up' on Iraq

    June 23, 2014

    It's a fact of human nature that it's easier to talk about who's to blame for a problem than it is to figure out what to do about the problem.

  • The IRS email scandal: Where's the outrage?

    June 16, 2014

    "Congressional investigators are fuming over revelations that the Internal Revenue Service has lost a trove of emails to and from a central figure in the agency's tea party controversy."

  • Reading between the lines of Clinton's 'Hard Choices'

    June 9, 2014

    Tuesday is the official publication date of "Hard Choices," Hillary Rodham Clinton's State Department memoir, and who among us can contain their excitement?

  • Advice for GOP presidential candidates: Do your homework

    June 2, 2014

    Good for Rick Perry.

  • Putin's well-worn fascist lies

    May 26, 2014

    Vladimir Putin, with the aid of his vast propaganda machinery, has convinced many Russians that the interim government in Ukraine is expressly Nazi and fascist. And while there were some neo-Nazi goons among the protesters who brought down the corrupt government of Victor Yanukovich, and there are definitely ultranationalists among the coalition resisting Moscow, it's simply a transparent lie that the current government is fascist.

  • The peculiar madness of 'trigger warnings'

    May 19, 2014

    Trigger warning: I am going to make fun of "trigger warnings."

  • Why Jeb Bush's turn may not come

    May 12, 2014

    What is happening to the Nigerian girls kidnapped by Boko Haram is tragic. The sinking of the Titanic, the fall of Saigon, the British defeat at Gallipoli, the Dred Scott decision — tragedies all. You can go on all day and all night listing terrible calamities and even lesser injustices, misfortunes and other evidence that life isn't fair. But you will probably collapse from exhaustion before you reach Jeb Bush's difficulty becoming the third President Bush.

  • Obama's Keystone pipeline trap

    April 21, 2014

    On Good Friday, President Obama made a bad call. The State Department announced that it would delay its decision on the Keystone XL pipeline until after the Nebraska Supreme Court rules in a case involving the route. The administration insists the decision to punt has nothing to do with politics. Pretty much everyone else thinks otherwise.

  • Holder's race card

    April 15, 2014

    Last week, the president's lap dog blew his dog whistle (a dog whistle, if you didn't know, is coded language intended for a special constituency).

  • What principles rule the GOP?

    April 7, 2014

    For years, Republicans benefited from economic growth. So did pretty much everyone else, of course. But I have something specific in mind. Politically, when the economy is booming — or merely improving at a satisfactory clip — the distinction between being pro-business and pro-market is blurry. The distinction is also fuzzy when the economy is shrinking or imploding.

  • Jeb, Hillary and the curse of tarnished political brands

    April 1, 2014

    Some Republican fat cats are trying to coax former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush — brother and son to two former presidents — into making a bid for the White House. Democrats have been less subtle. They've created a "super PAC" called Ready for Hillary, which is only slightly less obvious a gesture than constructing a giant neon sign reading "Run, Hillary, Run."

  • Not your father's Cold War

    March 18, 2014

    Will everyone please stop talking about a new Cold War?

  • Channeling Ronald Reagan in 2016

    March 11, 2014

    It's on! Ostensible allies for the last couple years, Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Rand Paul (R-Ky.) have commenced the battle for the unofficial title of conservative front-runner. That's no surprise, but what is remarkable is their choice of weapons: foreign policy. For the last several years, there has been a lot of overblown hype about how the GOP, particularly the party base, is becoming isolationist. So it's interesting that Cruz would seek to get to Paul's right on the issue.

  • In the case of My Brother's Keeper, race does — and should — matter

    March 4, 2014

    President Obama announced last week a new race-based initiative, My Brother's Keeper.

  • Want an America that works? Innovate, don't regulate.

    February 25, 2014

    Down with stakeholders.

  • Obama, the shrinking imperialist president

    February 18, 2014

    Of all the time-honored failings for which we criticize sitting presidents — by "we" I mean pundits, academics and other members of the chattering phylum — two charges stand out: imperialism and shrinkage. Usually it's one or the other.

  • A too-early look at the 2016 presidential race: Bet on a dark horse

    February 11, 2014

    Of course it's too early to talk about 2016. Now that we've gotten that out of the way....

  • Free the Keystone XL pipeline, Mr. President

    February 4, 2014

    Welcome to the "year of action." In last week's State of the Union address, the president vowed to do whatever he has to to help the economy, even if that means working around Congress: "What I offer tonight is a set of concrete, practical proposals to speed up growth, strengthen the middle class and build new ladders of opportunity into the middle class. Some require congressional action, and I'm eager to work with all of you. But America does not stand still, and neither will I. So wherever and whenever I can take steps without legislation to expand opportunity for more American families, that's what I'm going to do."

  • Hollywood, propaganda and liberal politics

    January 28, 2014

    The legendary media tycoon William Randolph Hearst believed America needed a strongman and that Franklin D. Roosevelt would fit the bill. He ordered his newspapers to support FDR and the New Deal. At his direction, Hearst's political allies rallied around Roosevelt at the Democratic convention, which some believe sealed the deal for Roosevelt's nomination.

  • A New York state of mind: Illiberal liberal values

    January 21, 2014

    On paper, "liberal intolerance" is something of an oxymoron, like "jumbo shrimp," "loyal opposition" or "conspicuous absence." But what makes oxymorons funny is that they are real things. There are jumbo shrimp. Absences can be conspicuous, opponents can be loyal and liberals can be staggeringly and myopically intolerant.

  • The media and Chris Christie: Going overboard in Jersey

    January 14, 2014

    What a bizarre spectacle. Assuming he did not lie during his marathon news conference last week, the feeding frenzy surrounding New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie will be remembered as one of those incredibly odd moments of elite journalistic hysteria that are difficult to explain to people who weren't there or didn't get it.

  • A millennial's Rolling Stone rant offers up some tired old 'solutions'

    January 7, 2014

    "In America," Oscar Wilde quipped, "the young are always ready to give to those who are older than themselves the full benefits of their inexperience." And they often do it in the pages of Rolling Stone.

  • Myths to ditch in 2014

    December 31, 2013

    The Beltway consensus seems to be that 2013 was a bad year for the same reason nearly every other recent year was bad: polarization and partisanship. Personally, I can think of plenty of more important things to worry about than partisanship. Democracy is about disagreements, and partisanship is often a sign of healthy disagreement.

  • 'Duck Dynasty' and a free society

    December 24, 2013

    Normally at this time of year, the culture war fight is over a guy with a white beard. That's true again this year. What's different is that Phil Robertson has taken Santa's place, and instead of a war on Christmas, we have a war on "Duck Dynasty."

  • Obamacare: Silence of the insurers

    December 17, 2013

    When will the insurers revolt?

  • Triumph of the vulgarians

    December 10, 2013

    Newspapers, including this one, are among the last places in America that has close to zero tolerance for [expletive deleted].

  • Not a good enough Obamacare fix

    December 3, 2013

    Success! The Obama administration announced over the weekend that it had hit its deadline of Nov. 30 for

  • Hail to the panderer in chief

    November 26, 2013

    "I'm not a particularly ideological person," President Obama told an audience of donors in Seattle over the weekend. He added (in Reuters' words) that "pragmatism was necessary to advance the values that were important to him."

  • Oprah, Obama and the racism dodge

    November 19, 2013

    In Britain to promote her film "The Butler," Oprah Winfrey gave an interview to the BBC last week. Not surprisingly, she promoted her movie about race relations in the White House with comments about race relations and the White House.

  • Watch out, your character is showing

    November 12, 2013

    "Character is what you do when no one is watching."

  • The Big Apple turns left

    November 5, 2013

    It appears likely that the next mayor of New York City will be a Red Sox fan. According to the rules of the New York I grew up in, I'd expect to see the Hudson turn into a river of blood and Zabar's to close due to a locust infestation before that happened.

  • Obama's big lie

    October 29, 2013

    "All we've been hearing the last three years is if you like your policy you can keep it.... I'm infuriated because I was lied to," one woman told this newspaper, as part of a story on how some middle-class Californians have been stunned to learn the real costs of Obamacare.

  • GOP: Grand old potshots

    October 22, 2013

    Conservatives with long memories had to laugh at the recent New York Times front-page headline: "Fiscal Crisis Sounds the Charge in GOP's 'Civil War.'"

  • Redskins: No harm, no foul, Mr. Costas

    October 15, 2013

    "Think for a moment about the term 'Redskins,'" NBC Sports commentator Bob Costas exhorted viewers during his halftime tirade of Sunday's Cowboys-Redskins game. "Ask yourself what the equivalent would be, if directed [at] African Americans. Hispanics. Asians. Or members of any other ethnic group. When considered that way, 'Redskins' can't possibly honor a heritage or a noble character trait, nor can it possibly be considered a neutral term.

  • Obamacare's next round

    October 8, 2013

    For all the acrimony in Washington over Obamacare, there's an intriguing consensus around one issue: the ratchet effect. Neither side uses the term, but both the right and left treat it as an article of faith.

  • The irony of Michelle Obama's water campaign

    October 1, 2013

    Michelle Obama wants you to drink more water, at least one more glass a day. Frankly, I think it's great. Sure, the science behind some of her claims is somewhere between iffy and debatable. If you're not dehydrated, drinking more water won't give you more energy or cure your headaches, as her office vaguely claims. But it might take up belly space that otherwise would have gone to grape soda, Red Bull or some other sugary concoction.

  • Ted Cruz, the GOP's Obama

    September 24, 2013

    Ted Cruz is no Joe McCarthy, as so many liberals bizarrely claim. But he might be the conservative Barack Obama.

  • Obama's bait-and-switch on Syria

    September 17, 2013

    Chemical weapons are evil, but you could also say they're cursed. They have a talismanic power to bend and distort U.S. foreign policy. You can ask George W. Bush or Barack Obama.

  • How not to deal with Syria

    September 10, 2013

    When I first moved to Washington, I drove a beat-up Honda. But, because those were the waning days of the crack era, it was common to have any car broken into, particularly where I lived. This helped me rationalize my habit of keeping my car filthy. I figured a dirty-looking car would make a less tempting target.

  • For a better GOP, start with better storytellers

    September 3, 2013

    It's no secret that the right is going through what some call a healthy debate and what others see as an identity crisis.

  • Martin Luther King's real message

    August 27, 2013

    Amid the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the March for Jobs and Freedom, there was a recurring complaint: What about economic justice?

  • Run, Joe Biden, run!

    August 20, 2013

    Not counting rumors that Anthony Weiner's marriage has hit a rocky patch, it may be the worst-kept secret in politics: Joe Biden wants to be president.

  • The GOP isolationist myth

    August 6, 2013

    They're back! The isolationist poltergeists that forever haunt the Republican Party. Or so we're told.

  • Goldberg: The real Helen Thomas

    July 23, 2013

    In the movie "Animal House," the Deltas are put on trial for their antics. When offered a chance to defend themselves, the best argument the fraternity's president can come up with is, "But sir, Delta Tau Chi has a long tradition of existence to its members and to the community at large."

  • Goldberg: Rand Paul's paleo pal

    July 16, 2013

    Rand Paul is the most interesting contender for the Republican nomination. And when I say interesting, I mean that in the broadest sense.

  • Goldberg: Obama wings it in Egypt

    July 9, 2013

    Who says President Obama isn't a unifier?

  • Goldberg: Inhospitable Earth -- compared to what?

    July 2, 2013

    You just can't out-gloom an environmentalist. The Atlantic invited some luminaries to answer the question "How and when will the world end?" Some contributions were funny. Others simply plausible — a volcanic eruption from underneath Yellowstone National Park is frightfully overdue. But only an environmentalist like Bill McKibben could be a killjoy about the apocalypse itself.

  • Goldberg: The GOP's immigration tussle

    June 25, 2013

    I don't know how Democrats do it.

  • Goldberg: Snowden, a fool not a spy

    June 18, 2013

    It would make things so much easier for everyone if Edward Snowden were working for China.

  • Goldberg: We can't trust Obama

    June 11, 2013

    The contradictions at the heart of the Obama presidency are finally out in the open. As a result, a man who came into office hellbent on restoring faith in government is on the verge of inspiring a libertarian revival.

  • Goldberg: Syria's religious war

    June 4, 2013

    If there was a moment when the United States could have intervened in Syria, it looks like that moment has passed.

  • Goldberg: Obama's 'idiot' defense

    May 21, 2013

    Although there's still a great deal to be learned about the scandals and controversies swirling around the White House like so many ominous dorsal fins in the surf, the nature of President Obama's bind is becoming clear. The best defenses of his administration require undermining the rationale for his presidency.

  • Goldberg: Benghazi's smoking guns

    May 14, 2013

    President Obama was asked about the metastasizing Benghazi scandal in a joint news conference with British Prime Minister David Cameron on Monday. Referring to the Americans who died in Benghazi, the president said, "We dishonor them when we turn things like this into a political circus." He added that "the whole issue of talking points, throughout this process, frankly, has been a sideshow.… There's no there there."

  • Goldberg: Niall Ferguson's blooper

    May 7, 2013

    At an investment conference last week, Harvard historian Niall Ferguson created a huge mess for himself. He glibly speculated that maybe because economist John Maynard Keynes was a childless, "effete" homosexual, he embraced a doctrine that favored immediate economic gratification. Keynes' bon mot "in the long run, we are all dead" takes on new meaning when you realize he didn't have kids to worry about.

  • Goldberg: Sci-fi worthy of Malthus

    April 30, 2013

    In the new sci-fi movie "Oblivion," Earth's most precious resource is Tom Cruise. But running a close second (spoiler alert) is water. Aliens want it. All of it.

  • Goldberg: 'Right wing' doesn't equal 'terrorist'

    April 23, 2013

    "If history were to repeat itself," warned President Franklin D. Roosevelt in his 1944 State of the Union address, "and we were to return to the so-called normalcy of the 1920s, then it is certain that even though we shall have conquered our enemies on the battlefields abroad, we shall have yielded to the spirit of fascism here at home."

  • Goldberg: Kermit Gosnell and abortion's darkest side

    April 16, 2013

    If abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell is found guilty of homicide, he will be unique among murderers-for-hire: He set his fees based on weight. "The bigger the baby, the more he charged," a grand jury explained. It recommended he be charged with eight counts of murder — one patient, seven babies.

  • Goldberg: What 'the Iron Lady' forged

    April 9, 2013

    In 1975, when asked to explain why Margaret Thatcher was poised to take over the Tory Party, the irascible British satirist Malcolm Muggeridge replied that it was all due to television and the fact that the telegenic Thatcher had a "certain imbecile charm."

  • Goldberg: Is disability the new welfare?

    April 2, 2013

    The government in Britain recently did something interesting.

  • Goldberg: The wisdom of Dan Quayle

    March 26, 2013

    Almost exactly 20 years ago, Barbara Dafoe Whitehead wrote a controversial essay for the Atlantic titled "Dan Quayle Was Right."

  • Goldberg: Fusion power on the right

    March 19, 2013

    "At CPAC, the Future Looks Libertarian," read a dispatch on Time magazine's website. "CPAC: Rand Paul's Big Moment," proclaimed the Week magazine. Meanwhile, the New York Times headlined its story about the annual conservative political action conference "GOP divisions fester at conservative retreat."

  • Goldberg: What Rand Paul got right

    March 12, 2013

    I hope I'm not too late to the fight.

  • Goldberg: It's 'I told you so' on Obamacare

    March 5, 2013

    "What we've learned through the course of this program is that this is really not a sensible way for the healthcare system to be run."

  • Goldberg: A ruling on racial progress

    February 26, 2013

    I can only hope that the scourge of racism is finally purged from Stewartstown and Pinkham's Grant. These are two of 10 New Hampshire towns covered by Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, which requires local officials to get permission, or "preclearance," on any changes to their election laws.

  • Goldberg: Leave liberal Hollywood to the liberals

    February 19, 2013

    "We need to buy a movie studio."

  • Goldberg: A message to Obama, served cold

    February 12, 2013

    In an earlier era, Dr. Benjamin Carson's speech before the National Prayer Breakfast last week would have been a really big deal rather than mere fodder for a brief squall on Twitter and cable news.

  • Goldberg: Education spending that isn't smart

    February 5, 2013

    Not long after President Obama proclaimed in his second inaugural that "an economic recovery has begun," we learned that the U.S. economy actually shrank in the last quarter. Many economists believe this is a temporary setback. This recovery may be the weakest in American history, but the economy isn't cratering either.

  • Goldberg: Soldier girl blues

    January 29, 2013

    What if, during the presidential campaign, Mitt Romney had accused President Obama of wanting to let servicewomen serve in combat? After all, Obama had hinted as much in 2008. What would Obama's response have been?

  • Goldberg: Good sense and gun control

    January 22, 2013

    In the early 1980s, transit officials in Washington couldn't figure out why traffic on the Beltway would grind to a near halt every day around the exact same time. The usual explanations didn't fit.

  • Goldberg: Time to grow up, GOP

    January 15, 2013

    It's hard for a lot of people, particularly on the right, to recognize that the conservative movement's problems are mostly problems of success. The Republican Party's problems are much more recognizable as the problems of failure, including the failure to recognize the limits of that movement's success.

  • Goldberg: A petty decision by Obama

    January 8, 2013

    It's official. President Obama has named former Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-Neb.) as his nominee for secretary of Defense. Hence, we may be in store for the worst Defense secretary nomination fight since George H.W. Bush's failed appointment of Sen. John Tower (R-Texas) more than 20 years ago.

  • Goldberg: The GOP -- not a club for Christians

    December 11, 2012

    In the scramble to make the GOP more diverse, a lot of people are looking at Asian Americans, whom many believe are a natural constituency for the party. I would love it if Asian Americans converted en masse to the Republican Party, but the challenge for Republicans is harder than many appreciate.

  • Goldberg: Egypt's 'moderate' despot

    November 27, 2012

    What do you call a leader of a theocratic and cultish movement with a deep and clear disdain for democracy who suddenly assumes dictatorial powers? A "moderate," of course.

  • Goldberg: Obama needs a family plan

    November 20, 2012

    President Obama has several stated ambitions for his presidency. He wants it to be "transformative." He wants to unite Americans of all parties. He wants to build an economy from the middle class out (whatever that means), and he wants to help what you might call the domestic refugees of America's economic transformation.

  • Goldberg: Nate Silver's numbers racket

    November 6, 2012

    In the last week or so, an intense kerfuffle broke out over the poll-prognosticator Nate Silver and his blog at the New York Times, FiveThirtyEight. Silver, a statistician, has been predicting a decisive Obama victory for a very long time, based on his very complicated statistical model, which very, very few of his fans or detractors understand.

  • Goldberg: Benghazi -- no mere 'October surprise'

    October 30, 2012

    If you want to understand why conservatives have lost faith in the so-called mainstream media, you need to ponder the question: Where is the Benghazi feeding frenzy?

  • Goldberg: A vote for election day

    October 23, 2012

    I'm writing this before Monday night's presidential debate, on the assumption that neither candidate changed the dynamic of the race too dramatically.

  • Goldberg: Red, blue and faithful

    October 16, 2012

    Apparently, Paul Ryan and Joe Biden are both theocrats willing, nay eager, to use state power to impose their religious views on the rest of us.

  • Goldberg: Quit blaming Bush

    October 9, 2012

    "Now Gov. Romney believes that with even bigger tax cuts for the wealthy, and fewer regulations on Wall Street, all of us will prosper. In other words, he'd double down on the same trickle-down policies that led to the crisis in the first place." — President Obama in an ad released Sept. 27.

  • Goldberg: Obama's foreign policy follies

    October 2, 2012

    It's Day 20 for the Benghazi CSI-team hostage crisis. That's how long an FBI forensic team has been trying to gain access in Libya to what the State Department still calls a crime scene — the Obama administration's preferred term for the location of the first assassination of a U.S. ambassador since 1979 and the first successful Al Qaeda-backed attack on U.S. soil since the 9/11 strikes (our embassies and consulates are sovereign U.S. territory).

  • Goldberg: What has Obama learned?

    September 25, 2012

    The Oval Office isn't the place to learn on the job. That was the line from both Hillary Rodham Clinton and John McCain in 2008. In fairness, that's always the argument the more experienced candidate uses against the less experienced candidate (just ask Mitt Romney).

  • Can 'Innocence of Muslims' trailer really be that potent?

    September 18, 2012

    The Obama administration's omnibus answer to why the Middle East (and now the much of the Muslim world) is in near open rebellion against the United States: The video did it.

  • Goldberg: Forward to what, Democrats?

    September 11, 2012

    "Forward" is a perfectly appropriate slogan for progressives.

  • After Romney's birth certificate joke, Dems play the race card

    August 28, 2012

    Huzzah, America, our centuries-old struggle with racism and bigotry may be coming to an end.

  • Goldberg: The politicization of violence

    August 21, 2012

    If it hasn't completely vanished down the memory hole, you might recall that last week a man walked into the headquarters of the conservative Family Research Council with a backpack of Chick-fil-A sandwiches and bullets, said something like "I don't like your politics" and then shot the security guard.

  • Goldberg: No more boring white guys for the GOP

    August 7, 2012

    "A friend of mine, a Hispanic entrepreneur, asked me a question some time ago. He said, 'When is the last time you saw an Hispanic panhandler?' I think it's a great question. I'll tell you, in my life, I never once have seen an Hispanic panhandler because in our community; it would be viewed as shameful to be out on the street begging."

  • Goldberg: What's behind hatred of Obama?

    July 31, 2012

    What drives Barack Obama's "haters and doubters"?

  • Goldberg: Brian Ross' brain cramp

    July 24, 2012

    If ABC News does fire Brian Ross, he could always find a job working for Aaron Sorkin.

  • Goldberg: Romney's hysteria bubble

    July 17, 2012

    It was one of Barack Obama's best lines — and best moments — in the 2008 presidential campaign.

  • Goldberg: Blame Barclays, not capitalism

    July 10, 2012

    Why aren't more people furious about the LIBOR scandal?

  • Goldberg: Live free -- and uninsured

    July 3, 2012

    In the wake of the Supreme Court ruling upholding the Affordable Care Act (a.k.a. "Obamacare"), NPR's "Talk of the Nation" held a seminar of sorts at the Aspen Institute's legendarily pretentious Ideas Festival. Someone in the audience asked NPR health policy correspondent Julie Rovner this question: "Today's decision is a positive decision for the estimated 50 million uninsured Americans. Who are the losers today?"

  • Goldberg: Voter apathy isn't a crime

    June 26, 2012

    It's a sure sign someone is losing when he demands that the rules be changed.

  • Goldberg: Are the Dems doomed?

    June 19, 2012

    Is it time to start talking about the inevitable demise of the Democratic Party?

  • Goldberg: Obama's 'fine' mess

    June 12, 2012

    The 1990 Italian film "Everybody's Fine" is one of the most depressing films I've ever seen. Starring the late Marcello Mastroianni, it's the story of an old man who tells his wife he's going to visit their grown kids. According to their letters the kids are doing great, but he'd like to see for himself.

  • Goldberg: The folly of recall elections

    June 5, 2012

    It should surprise no one that I'm opposed to the recall of Scott Walker, the Wisconsin governor whose fate will be decided Tuesday. But that's only in part because I support what he's been trying to do in the Badger State. I'm also against recalls as a matter of principle.

  • Goldberg: Which kind of capitalism? A debate for Obama and Romney

    May 22, 2012

    The current debate over Mitt Romney's tenure at Bain Capital is shaping up to be a centerpiece of the presidential campaign.

  • Goldberg: Romney's media handicap

    May 15, 2012

    Perhaps Mitt Romney played it right when he was meek and contrite in response to the Washington Post's front-page allegations that he bullied a kid half a century ago in high school.

  • Goldberg: Romney feeds the crocs

    May 8, 2012

    "If Mitt Romney can be pushed around, intimidated, coerced, co-opted by a conservative radio talk show host in Middle America, then how is he going to stand up to the Chinese? How is he going to stand up to Putin?" So asked Bryan Fischer, a radio host with the American Family Assn., after claiming credit for Richard Grenell's scalp.

  • Goldberg: The false modesty of 'nerds'

    May 1, 2012

    Washington is full of nerds. I know. I speak nerd, not fluently mind you, at least not anymore. But I certainly know more than a few phrases memorized from a Berlitz nerd-to-English phrase book. I can talk Dungeons & Dragons (both D&D and AD&D). I know about the Golden Age of Comics (as in comic books -- if you thought that was a reference to Bob Newhart's heyday, subtract 20 nerd points right there).

  • Goldberg: Obama's tainted bundler

    April 24, 2012

    Jon Corzine left Goldman Sachs with a net worth far exceeding even that of Mitt Romney's today. Many accounts of his tenure at Goldman suggest he "failed up" the corporate ladder.

  • Goldberg: Obama's problem? His record

    April 17, 2012

    "The choice in this election is between an economy that produces a growing middle class and that gives people a chance to get ahead and their kids a chance to get ahead, and an economy that continues down the road we are on, where a fewer and fewer number of people do very well and everybody else is running faster and faster just to keep pace."

  • Goldberg: Free the markets, Mr. Romney

    April 10, 2012

    In his Wisconsin victory speech last Tuesday, Mitt Romney said, "Washington has to become an ally of business, not the opposition of business."

  • Goldberg: Obamacare will be Romney's savior

    April 3, 2012

    It looks as if it's going to be Mitt Romney after all. With Paul Ryan, Marco Rubio and Jeb Bush endorsing the former Massachusetts governor last week, there aren't any white knights left to play the role of GOP savior.

  • Goldberg: To heal government, go local

    March 20, 2012

    The bleating about broken government and partisanship continues. Why can't those boobs in Washington agree on anything? We're constantly told that the way to fix the country is to dethrone the left and right and empower the middle. Handing things over to these middling mincers and half-a-loafers — Americans Elect, No Labels, the "gangs" of six or 14, conservative Democrats and liberal Republicans — is supposed to be the answer to all of our problems.

  • Goldberg: Obama's pump debacle

    March 13, 2012

    As gasoline prices climb, President Obama's poll numbers plummet. In February, a Washington Post/ABC poll had Obama up 6 points against Mitt Romney. Monday's poll has him down 2.

  • Goldberg: Birth control agitprop

    March 6, 2012

    In 1984, Mario Cuomo pioneered the argument that one may be "personally opposed" to abortion while supporting abortion rights.

  • Goldberg: Free healthcare? That's rich

    February 14, 2012

    "It's not about contraception," thundered GOP presidential contender Rick Santorum. "It's about economic liberty. It's about freedom of speech. It's about freedom of religion. It's about government control of your lives. And it's got to stop!"

  • Goldberg: Political finger-pointing

    January 31, 2012

    Jesse Jackson is right.

  • Goldberg: Newtzilla conquers all?

    January 24, 2012

    Newtzilla is back.

  • Goldberg: People Inc.

    January 17, 2012

    "Corporations are people, my friend," Mitt Romney declared in a testy back-and-forth with hecklers last summer in Iowa.

  • Goldberg: Romney's authenticity problem

    January 10, 2012

    Mitt Romney is the most improbable of presidential candidates: a weak juggernaut. He is poised to sweep every primary contest — a first for a non-incumbent. And yet, in Republican ranks there's an abiding sense that he should be beatable — and beaten.

  • Goldberg: Conservative establishment divided against itself

    December 27, 2011

    I've made a disturbing discovery: I am a member of the conservative "establishment." I felt like Michael Douglas at the end of "Falling Down": "I'm the bad guy?"

  • Ron Paul's naive promises

    December 20, 2011

    So now it's Ron Paul's turn.

  • Goldberg: Newtzilla to the rescue

    December 13, 2011

    "How do we stop Newt?"

  • Goldberg: Gingrich the compassionate

    December 6, 2011

    Newt Gingrich wants to pay poor kids to clean toilets. And all of the right people are horrified.

  • Goldberg: Courting Joe the Puppeteer

    November 29, 2011

    Earlier this month, the left-wing magazine the Nation highlighted Joe Therrien as a symbol of the Occupy Wall Street movement. A New York City public school drama teacher, Therrien was frustrated with the shortcomings of the school system. So he quit his job and "set off to the University of Connecticut to get an MFA in his passion — puppetry." Three years and $35,000 in student loan debt later, Therrien returned home, only to find he couldn't land a full-time job. Apparently, a master's in puppetry doesn't provide the competitive edge in the marketplace he'd hoped for.

  • Goldberg: Sizing up a Gingrich-Romney showdown

    November 22, 2011

    Whether the matchup between Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney is the final bout on the GOP primary card is impossible to know. The whole season has been more like professional wrestling than boxing, with weird characters sporting implausible hair appearing out of nowhere to talk smack and explain why they are the greatest in the world (I'm looking at you in particular, Mr. Trump).

  • Goldberg: Blame it on Brokaw

    November 8, 2011

    You know who I blame for the terrible tone in American politics? Tom Brokaw.

  • Goldberg: Tim Pawlenty's lost chance

    November 1, 2011

    Looking back on the events of 2011, who do you think has more regrets for his bad decisions, Hosni Mubarak or former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty?

  • Goldberg: American imperialism? Please

    October 25, 2011

    And so it ends. The United States is leaving Iraq.

  • Goldberg: Obama wears a white hat

    October 18, 2011

    Weirdest Friday news dump ever.

  • Goldberg: Morality, not theology

    October 11, 2011

    Robert Jeffress introduced Texas Gov. Rick Perry at the Values Voter Summit on Friday. He started a great big hullabaloo by asking, "Do we want a candidate who is a good, moral person, or one who is a born-again follower of the Lord Jesus Christ?"

  • Goldberg: Obama's terrorist dilemma

    October 4, 2011

    I agree with the Obama administration's decision to kill the American-born Al Qaeda recruiter Anwar Awlaki. What I can't fathom is why the administration agrees with me.

  • Goldberg: A bear of a problem for Obama

    September 27, 2011

    "You woke the bears! Why did you do that?"

  • Goldberg: Tyranny of the typical

    September 20, 2011

    And now let us recall the "Fable of the Shoes."

  • Goldberg: Perry's sweet spot

    September 13, 2011

    Is it too late for Mitt Romney to ask Tim Pawlenty to endorse Rick Perry instead? On Monday, the former Minnesota governor and, until the Iowa straw poll, presidential contender endorsed Romney's presidential bid.

  • Goldberg: Obama, abroad, is adrift

    September 6, 2011

    Since President Obama has been having a rough time lately, let me belatedly congratulate him on his apparently successful policy of regime change in Libya.

  • Goldberg: Seduced by the cult of experts

    August 30, 2011

    When asked what posed the greatest challenge to statesmen, Harold Macmillan, the former British prime minister, responded, "Events, my dear boy, events."

  • Goldberg: America's 'green' quagmire

    August 23, 2011

    It was a massive flatbed truck, flanked by smaller vehicles brandishing "oversized load" banners, carrying a huge white thing.

  • Goldberg: The right candidate

    August 16, 2011

    On Saturday, Texas Gov. Rick Perry got into the race for the GOP presidential nomination, and within 24 hours, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty got out.

  • Goldberg: Wake up and smell the tea

    August 9, 2011

    "Is this a wake-up call to Washington?" NBC's David Gregory asked Sen. John Kerry on "Meet the Press," referring to the S&P downgrade.

  • Goldberg: Obama is out of options

    August 2, 2011

    After Pearl Harbor, President Franklin D. Roosevelt's presidency changed. As he put it in 1943, "Dr. New Deal" had to be replaced by "Dr. Win the War." It was a colossal policy switch, but it wasn't an extreme makeover politically. He was still the same FDR, and the public understood the need for change.

  • Goldberg: The ideologue in the Oval Office

    July 19, 2011

    "I think increasingly the American people are going to say to themselves, 'You know what? If a party or a politician is constantly taking the position my-way-or-the-highway, constantly being locked into ideologically rigid positions, that we're going to remember at the polls,'" President Obama said at his Friday news conference.

  • Goldberg: The presidency matters, but how much does Obama?

    July 12, 2011

    In 1994, the Republicans took back the House of Representatives for the first time in 40 years. The significance of that victory is hard for some younger people to appreciate, as the parties now seem to rotate power. The House then was the Democratic Party's fiefdom. The Gingrich Revolution was a tectonic shock. By the spring of 1995, Americans were talking as if we had suddenly adopted a parliamentary system with House Speaker Newt Gingrich as the prime minister. Really.

  • Goldberg: 'That's racist' as a punch line

    July 5, 2011

    "That's racist."

  • Goldberg: Rage against the TSA machine

    June 28, 2011

    The backdrop for my favorite science-fiction novels, Frank Herbert's "Dune" series, is something called the Butlerian Jihad. Some 10,000 years before the main events of the story take place, humanity rebelled against "thinking machines" — intelligent computers — controlling people's lives. The revolution was sparked because a computer decided to kill, without the consent of any human authority, the baby of a woman named Jehanne Butler.

  • Jonah Goldberg: Taken in by 'Gay Girl'

    June 14, 2011

    I'd barely followed "A Gay Girl In Damascus" until last week, when Daily Beast columnist Peter Beinart posted something to Twitter: "This is really important — this woman is a hero," with a link to a story about Amina Abdallah Arraf, a Syrian American woman and the author of the blog "A Gay Girl In Damascus." According to the story, Amina had been seized by Syrian security forces for her dissident writing.

  • Jonah Goldberg: It's Obama's economy, stupid

    June 7, 2011

    "Now, my administration has a job to do as well, and that job is to get this economy back on its feet," President Obama declared on July 14, 2009, in Warren, Mich. "That's my job, and it's a job I gladly accept. I love these folks who helped get us in this mess and then suddenly say, well, this is Obama's economy. That's fine. Give it to me."

  • Jonah Goldberg: Obama and the shifting ground of race

    May 31, 2011

    Princeton's Cornel West, one of the most famous black intellectuals in America, says that President Obama is afraid of "free black men." Because of Obama's atypical upbringing, West says, "when he meets these independent black folk who have a history of slavery, Jim Crow, Jane Crow [sic] and so on, he is very apprehensive. He has a certain rootlessness, a de-racination."

  • Jonah Goldberg: Run, Paul Ryan, run

    May 24, 2011

    Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels' announcement that he can't play in the presidential primaries because his wife and daughters say he's not allowed to is terrible news for the GOP and the country.

  • Jonah Goldberg: Why the hurry to gloat about Bin Laden?

    May 10, 2011

    For a week people have been asking, "Why won't the president release Osama bin Laden's photo?" That's the wrong question. We should be asking, "Why was Barack Obama in such a hurry to tell us Bin Laden was dead?"

  • Jonah Goldberg: Cooling on global warming

    April 26, 2011

    "What the heck went wrong?" That, apparently, is the question roiling the environmental community as it realizes that the fight against climate change has fizzled.

  • Jonah Goldbeg: Obama's sideline strategy

    April 5, 2011

    Obama's in!

  • Jonah Goldbeg: Taking feminism overseas

    March 29, 2011

    Feminism as a "movement" in America is largely played out. The work here is mostly done.

  • Jonah Goldberg: Talk about a meltdown

    March 15, 2011

    When a loved one dies (as my brother did last month), one of the standard pieces of advice is to not make any big decisions. Don't reorganize your life in a moment of existential panic or remorse. Take your time. Cope.

  • The EPA is choking democracy

    April 21, 2009

    One of the most important events of our lifetimes may have just transpired. A federal agency has decided that it has the power to regulate everything, including the air you breathe.

  • How to solve the pirate problem

    April 14, 2009

    Well, that was simple. Shoot the pirates, problem solved.

  • Obama's bailout for the despots

    April 7, 2009

    It's President Obama's worst bailout so far. He's going to rescue the U.N. Human Rights Council.

  • Liberals' dirty shame

    March 31, 2009

    In 1996, Milos Forman directed "The People vs. Larry Flynt," the propagandistic film that made a "1st Amendment hero" out of the publisher of Hustler, a racist and filthy porn magazine. And yet Frank Rich of the New York Times dubbed it "the most timely and patriotic movie of the year."

  • Mixing politics and bonuses doesn't pay

    March 17, 2009

    Hats off to Larry Summers. The president's chief economic advisor told ABC News' George Stephanopoulos on Sunday that there's nothing to be done about the fact that American International Group is contractually obliged to pay millions of dollars in bonuses to thousands of employees, some of whom helped ruin their company -- and, to some extent, the national economy. "We are a country of law; there are contracts. The government cannot just abrogate contracts."

  • Obama's fear-mongering

    March 10, 2009

    Imagine a child falls down a well. Now imagine I offer to lend the parents my ladder to save her, but only if they promise to paint my house. Would you applaud me for not letting a crisis go to waste? Or would you think I'm a jerk?

  • The tired war on Rush Limbaugh

    March 3, 2009

    Here we go again. Rush Limbaugh is public enemy No. 1.

  • Obama finds the Bush center

    February 24, 2009

    Here's something President Obama's biggest fans may need to hear: He's just not that into you.

  • The 'truth to power' gap

    February 17, 2009

    'Speak truth to power," a phrase of Quaker origins adopted by campus radicals, Hollywood gadflies and establishment journalists, has become something of an abracadabra slogan to justify criticizing government or big corporations.

  • On stimulus bill, centrists are over the line

    February 10, 2009

    I'm with the liberals on this one. They're fuming at the self-proclaimed "centrists" in the Senate who've taken it upon themselves to trim the stimulus bill at the edges.

  • Democrats are hypocrites when it comes to paying taxes

    February 3, 2009

    During the presidential campaign, Joe Biden insisted that paying your taxes is a patriotic duty. No, scratch that. He said that supporting a tax hike was the American thing to do. "It's time to be patriotic," he told America's putative tax slackers. When asked whether he might be questioning the patriotism of people who don't want higher taxes, Biden, as is his wont, took things to the next rhetorical level. Forget patriotism, insisted Joe, paying higher taxes is a religious obligation.

  • What Obama brings to conservatives

    January 20, 2009

    Iam proud and excited by the fact that we are inaugurating the first black president of the United States. He wasn't my first choice for president, but he is nonetheless my president. And if ever there were a wonderful consolation prize in politics, shattering the race barrier in the White House is surely it.

  • Skeptical of Obama's stimulus plan

    January 13, 2009

    Barack Obama has a curious definition of "non-ideological." He's insisting on bipartisan support for a stimulus package that will cost more than anything Uncle Sam has ever bought, save perhaps for victory over the Axis powers. He says he wants "to put good ideas ahead of the old ideological battles" and doesn't care whether they come from Republicans or Democrats. But he also says that "only government" can pull us out of this crisis.

  • Who're the real Nazis?

    January 6, 2009

    'Go back to the oven! You need a big oven, that's what you need!"

  • The 'ought' decade

    December 23, 2008

    Does anyone know what we're supposed to call this decade? Is it the 2000s? The twenty-ohs? We're coming up on the last year of it and I still have no idea. Personally, I always liked the "oughts," as in, "back in ought-six, I ate a brick of cheddar cheese in one sitting."

  • It's no time to panic

    December 16, 2008

    We are in what might be called the Great Freakout of 2008.

  • O.J., Obama and race in America

    December 9, 2008

    On Oct. 3, 1995, O.J. Simpson was acquitted of murdering his ex-wife, Nicole, and her friend, Ronald Goldman. But few people today still defend his innocence. Even Simpson suspended his search for the "real" killer long enough to come perilously close to admitting guilt, including in his semi-confessional book, "If I Did It."

  • An ugly attack on Mormons

    December 2, 2008

    Did you catch the political ad in which two Jews ring the doorbell of a nice, working-class family? They barge in and rifle through the wife's purse and then the man's wallet for any cash. Cackling, they smash the daughter's piggy bank and pinch every penny. "We need it for the Wall Street bailout!" they exclaim.

  • The true school scandal

    November 25, 2008

    Hypocrisy is an overblown sin. Better to be a hypocrite who occasionally violates his principles than a villain who never does.

  • 'No' to Obama's experimental government

    November 18, 2008

    On Sunday night, President-elect Barack Obama told CBS' "60 Minutes" that Franklin D. Roosevelt would be a model of sorts for him. "What you see in FDR that I hope my team can emulate is not always getting it right, but projecting a sense of confidence, and a willingness to try things. And experiment in order to get people working again."

  • The GOP looking glass

    November 11, 2008

    Was George W. Bush a conservative president?

  • Obama's not 'new'

    October 28, 2008

    There's an old saying: The oldest word in American politics is "new." Only in that sense is there anything new to Barack Obama.

  • The media vs. Joe the Plumber

    October 21, 2008

    At a John McCain rally in Virginia on Saturday, Tito Munoz had come to face the enemy: the news media, which had declared war on Joe Wurzelbacher.

  • Obama's getting off easy

    October 14, 2008

    The Democratic nominee scorned the "prejudice and bigotry and hatred and division" on display in the Arizona senator's campaign. As for his own platform, he said that "we will do all these things because we love people instead of hate them. ... Beware of those who fear and doubt and those who rave and rant about the dangers of progress."

  • Biden, the master gasbag

    October 7, 2008

    Last Thursday's vice presidential debate was the most revealing, and depressing, event of the entire campaign because it showed how irredeemably fraudulent America's political class is and how superficial the voters who will decide this election are.

  • No one's clean in this mess

    September 30, 2008

    On Sunday evening, Republican House Minority Leader John A. Boehner explained his considered opinion on the $700-billion Wall Street bailout plan: It's a "crap sandwich," he said, but he was going to eat it.

  • E-mail to Obama: dishonest TV ad, wrong audience

    September 16, 2008

    After running a brilliant and historic primary battle to defeat Hillary Clinton, the Obama campaign is now in disarray. Why?

  • McPalin rattles Team Obama

    September 9, 2008

    Barack Obama, a famous fan of pickup basketball, must recognize his plight: It's two on one now. John McCain drafted Gov. Sarah Palin, the star point guard from the Wasilla Warriors, to double-team Obama.

  • Sarah Palin: the new life of the Grand Old Party

    September 2, 2008

    While Republican National Convention planners obsessed about the course of Hurricane Gustav, the only subject delegates and conservatives in general could discuss during the weekend's pre-convention activities (i.e. drinking) was the potential beam of sunshine, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.

  • Obama flubs the 'presidential' test

    August 26, 2008

    With Sen. Joe Biden slated to give Wednesday's keynote address at the Democratic National Convention, Barack Obama's vice presidential pick will stay in the national limelight awhile longer. Who among us can contain their excitement?

  • Good and evil and Obama

    August 19, 2008

    In the wake of the fascinating forum hosted by Pastor Rick Warren at his Saddleback Church in Orange County, everyone is focusing on the contrasts between presidential candidates John McCain and Barack Obama. More interesting are the contrasts between the intellectual-theologian Obama and the political Obama.

  • Obama without his script

    August 12, 2008

    The Obama campaign has for months pursued the odd strategy of having the junior senator from Illinois act as if he were already kinda-sorta president of the United States. In June, it tried sticking a quasi-presidential seal on his lectern. Then in July, he conducted what seemed like official state visits with foreign leaders and delivered something like a "prenaugural" address in Berlin, inviting comparisons to JFK and Reagan.

  • Can Obama rescue Bush?

    July 1, 2008

    Breaking news! The ultimate White House insider plans a tell-all book about the Bush years. Boasting unprecedented access to the president's thinking, it will run counter to almost everything we've been told about Bush's radical presidency.

  • Dining room dollars

    June 10, 2008

    Al Gore claims (though I've found no evidence to back it up) that "good enough for government work" once implied that such work met the highest standards of excellence. Maybe. But in the U.S. Senate's kitchens, "good enough for government work" means any meal that doesn't require a stomach pump.

  • How neo are the neocons?

    April 22, 2008

    In the play "Embedded," Tim Robbins' 2003 satire about the Iraq invasion, a thinly veiled Richard Perle and Paul Wolfowitz shout with Nazi-like gusto, "Hail Leo Strauss!" and get sexually aroused at the prospect of international conquest. During the post-9/11 age of neo-phobia, when an irrational fear of anything that might be called "neoconservative" gripped the nation, such critiques passed as intelligently nuanced.

  • Evolution of religious bigotry

    April 1, 2008

    I just watched "Fitna," a 17-minute film by Geert Wilders, head of the Dutch Freedom Party, which takes a hard-line stance against Muslim immigration.

  • A race conversation? What are you talking about?

    March 25, 2008

    Thank God for Barack Obama. For until his "More Perfect Union" speech last Tuesday, it seems it never occurred to anyone that America needed to talk about race. "Maybe this'll be the beginning of a conversation," Wall Street Journal columnist Peggy Noonan proclaimed on "Meet the Press." According to New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof, just the fact of Obama's address proves that a "national dialogue on race" is "essential." The Chicago Tribune reported that "many voters, black and white, say they were moved by Obama's speech ... which they see as a long-awaited invitation to begin an honest, calm national dialogue about race." Newspaper editorial boards agree. In the words of the San Diego Union-Tribune: "Prodding Americans to confront their racial differences is, by itself, an accomplishment of historical proportions."

  • Obama's rhetoric, American realities

    February 12, 2008

    'Bill Clinton: Obama's White Half Won Maine," read the headline on the humor site Scrappleface this week. "Obama gets to play both sides of the race card," a fictional Bill Clinton told the site. "I told you he won South Carolina because he's black, like Jesse Jackson. So, to be consistent, I'd have to say he won Maine because he's white like Michael Dukakis."

  • We were warned

    January 29, 2008

    At a briefing for conservative journalists before the State of the Union address, White House Chief of Staff Josh Bolten said President Bush isn't wistful about the close of his presidency and doesn't foresee a day when he will pine to be back in the Oval Office. Chuckles broke out in the room at the perhaps unintentional comparison to Hillary Clinton's surrogate in chief, who -- as with everything else in his life -- has decided to make the '08 election all about him.

  • What 'The Daily Show' cut out

    January 22, 2008

    If you're like me, you probably watch Comedy Central's "The Daily Show." If you're like me, you probably also turn to reruns of "Scrubs" or "Seinfeld" when the newsmaker interview comes on. If that's the case, you probably missed me and Jon Stewart playing Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Robots last week.

  • Taking liberties

    January 20, 2008

    Remember this? "There is nothing wrong with your television set. Do not attempt to adjust the picture. We are controlling transmission. If we wish to make it louder, we will bring up the volume. If we wish to make it softer, we will tune it to a whisper. We will control the horizontal. We will control the vertical...."

  • Obama's real fairy tale

    January 15, 2008

    Ilike Barack Obama. The Clintons, not so much. But the Clintons are right and Obama is wrong.

  • Voting in the age of 'Dr. Phil'

    January 8, 2008

    What do you want in a president?

  • Politics? We'll take good cheer

    December 25, 2007

    There's been a lot of hand-wringing over the spectacle of presidential candidates campaigning during Christmas thanks to the front-loaded primary schedule. But I like it. It provides a nice reminder of how unimportant politics really are

  • Clintonian triangulation comes full circle

    December 18, 2007

    The most enjoyable aspect of watching the HMS Hillary take on water is the prospect that Bill -- and his cult of personality -- will go down with the ship too.

  • The Democrats' feel-good guy

    December 11, 2007

    Who would have guessed that running on the politics of hope was a smart move after all?

  • Romney's JFK moment

    December 4, 2007

    Washington is atwitter. Mitt Romney will give a "JFK speech" accounting for his Mormonism the way then-Sen. John F. Kennedy dealt with his Catholicism. Political junkies just love Kennedy nostalgia. So profound is the Kennedy cargo cult that Michael Dukakis -- who was as much a reincarnation of JFK as Weird Al Yankovich is of Frank Sinatra -- tapped Texas Sen. Lloyd Bentsen as his 1988 running mate because he believed it would revive the "Boston-Austin" axis of the JFK-LBJ ticket. Recalling the electricity and verve of that Democratic ticket, who among us can deny Dukakis' wisdom?

  • At peace with Pax Americana

    November 27, 2007

    For lack of a better word, the United States is getting tagged as an "empire" from all quarters. Indeed, it's been a century since the notion of an American empire got such wide circulation, and back then Washington truly had designs on such expansion. (Google "Spanish-American War" if you're unfamiliar with this period.)

  • Ron Paul isn't that scary

    November 20, 2007

    As the hopeless but energetic presidential campaign of Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) builds momentum in name recognition, fundraising and cross-ideology appeal, media conservatives are beginning to attack Paul in earnest. Republican consultant David Hill condemns the candidate's "increasingly leftish" positions. Syndicated columnist Mona Charen calls Paul "too cozy with kooks and conspiracy theorists." Film critic and talk radio host Michael Medved looks over Paul's supporters and finds "an imposing collection of neo-Nazis, white Supremacists, Holocaust deniers, 9/11 'truthers' and other paranoid and discredited conspiracists."

  • The rich aren't made of money

    November 13, 2007

    'The question is: Should we be giving an extra $120 billion to people in the top 1%?"

  • Is fake news now the standard?

    November 6, 2007

    'Pat Philbin, the man who staged a fake FEMA news conference on the California wildfires last week, has lost his promotion because of the event, which begs the question: What does it actually take to get fired from FEMA?" That was the lead story on the latest installment of Weekend Update, the faux news broadcast on "Saturday Night Live."

  • Candidate Hillary: the GOP's dream

    October 23, 2007

    The most interesting thing to come out of the umpteenth Republican debate Sunday is confirmation that the GOP is dying to run against Hillary Clinton. Like Don Rickles flaying a heckler, each candidate whacked at Clinton as if she were a pants-suited piñata. When they were done with their one-liners, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee deadpanned: "Look, I like to be funny. There's nothing funny about Hillary Clinton being president."

  • Why be pro-life?

    October 16, 2007

    Idon't know if life begins at conception. I don't really know what "life" means. Consciousness? Possessing a soul? Well, if consciousness defines the issue, then life surely does not begin at conception. Not even the most adamant pro-lifer claims otherwise.

  • The unspeakable American culture

    October 2, 2007

    In a recent speech at the National Press Club, Katie Couric expressed somber disapproval of the jingoistic excesses after 9/11. Among the things that vexed her: "The whole culture of wearing flags on our lapel and saying 'we' when referring to the United States." From what I can tell, nobody among the journalistic swells bothered to ask, "Who isn't 'we,' Kemo Sabe?"

  • Stick to your guns, Rudy

    September 25, 2007

    When Rudy Giuliani spoke to the National Rifle Assn. last week, there was no way he could say anything remotely pleasing to the audience and remain consistent to his record. The former New York City mayor was one of the NRA's biggest targets in the 1990s, and for good reason: His positions were largely indistinguishable from the Clinton administration's, from which he received lavish praise for helping the feds impose an assault weapons ban, among other NRA no-nos.

  • Bashing Bush with Greenspan

    September 18, 2007

    'While there are significant long-term risks associated with such contractual arrangements, the well-informed actor, motivated by some historically recognized intangibilities -- maximization of regalement, binary association, et al -- finds that those outweigh the downside risks. To wit, would you -- exigencies and externalities permitting -- enter into a matrimonial association of indefinite duration with me?"

  • The real 'blowback' behind Osama

    September 11, 2007

    On April 17, 1987, Osama bin Laden led 120 of his most fierce Arab mujahedin into battle. The attack was planned for months and billed as a major offensive for the warriors of God against the atheistic Soviet Red Army and its apostate Afghan puppets. The target: an Afghan government position on the outskirts of Khost.

  • The media's Katrina malpractice

    September 4, 2007

    Last week, according to LexisNexis, there were more than 2,000 newspaper and wire stories on Hurricane Katrina, along with blanket coverage on cable news. This newspaper alone ran no less than two dozen articles of one kind or another around the two-year anniversary of the worst natural disaster ever to hit the United States.

  • It was always all about Al

    August 28, 2007

    'Even my worst days as attorney general have been better than my father's best days."

  • Popping the left's Internet bubble

    August 21, 2007

    'The government and the corporate media," declares a prominent activist website, have created a "propaganda machine whose goal is to continue the expansion of a [fascist] state and to control every aspect of our lives and fortunes."

  • Karl Rove: Bush's Napoleon

    August 14, 2007

    There's an old maxim that if Napoleon had been struck by a cannon ball on his way toward Moscow, he would be remembered as an unrivaled military genius and liberator. But Napoleon overstayed history's welcome and was treated harshly for it, first by the Russians and Mother Nature, then by his own people and, ultimately, by the historians.

  • Too uninformed to vote?

    July 31, 2007

    Can you name all three branches of government? Can you name even one? Do you know who your congressman is? Your senators? Do you even know how many senators each state gets? If you know the answers to these questions (and you probably do because you're a newspaper reader), you're in the minority.

  • My president's better than yours

    July 17, 2007

    AT A CANDIDATE forum for trial lawyers in Chicago on Sunday, Hillary Clinton proclaimed that the Bush administration is "the most radical presidency we have ever had."

  • Live Earth: Dead on arrival

    July 10, 2007

    'IF YOU WANT to save the planet, I want you to start jumping up and down. Come on, mother-[bleepers]!" Madonna railed from the stage at London's Live Earth concert Saturday. "If you want to save the planet, let me see you jump!"

  • The wealth between our ears

    July 3, 2007

    WHAT IF humanity disappeared tomorrow?

  • The Cheney irony

    June 26, 2007

    I'M A LONGTIME member of a pretty select group: the Dick Cheney Fan Club. Chapters gather in phone booths, refrigerator boxes and, at the annual convention, we take up three whole booths in the back of a nearby Arby's.

  • Western fictions, Arab realities

    June 19, 2007

    I HAVE BEEN scouring EBay for the last couple of days, hoping to snag a one-of-a-kind item. But, alas, it hasn't turned up yet. I'm looking for the late Yasser Arafat's Nobel Peace Prize. It was looted from Arafat's Gaza compound by the victorious forces of Hamas, a jihadist group backed by Iran and Syria that has routed the once-mighty forces of Fatah from power in Gaza. According to the Jerusalem Post, a Fatah spokesman said: "They stole all the widow's clothes and shoes."

  • Do away with public schools

    June 12, 2007

    HERE'S A GOOD question for you: Why have public schools at all?

  • Immigration's bad guys

    June 5, 2007

    ENOUGH Emma Lazarus. For many of us, the definitive pro-immigration speech comes from Bill Murray in "Stripes": "We're all very different people. We're not Watusi, we're not Spartans, we're Americans. With a capital 'A.' And you know what that means? Do you? That means that our forefathers were kicked out of every decent country in the world. We are the wretched refuse. We're the underdog. We're mutts…. But there's no animal that's more faithful, that's more loyal, more lovable than the mutt. Who saw 'Old Yeller'? … I cried my eyes out."

  • John Edwards' poor scam

    May 29, 2007

    THERE'S A LITTLE hustler in every politician. But sometimes there's a little politician in a hustler. Such is the case with John Edwards.

  • The redemption of John Ashcroft

    May 22, 2007

    HERE'S MORE reason to love democracy: In the Soviet Union, you had to be thrown into internal exile before you could be rehabilitated. In Red China, you were paraded around town with a dunce cap on your head. But to be redeemed in Washington, all you need to do is obstruct the political villain du jour.

  • Just how crazy are the Dems?

    May 15, 2007

    MOST FAIR-MINDED readers will no doubt take me at my word when I say that a majority of Democrats in this country are out of their gourds.

  • Netroots on shaky ground

    May 8, 2007

    IT'S IRONIC. At precisely the moment so many people think that the Republican Party and the conservative movement went off the rails, the people who hate the right the most want to copy it.

  • The will of the uninformed

    April 24, 2007

    HUGE NUMBERS of Americans don't know jack about their government or politics. According to a Pew Research Center survey released last week, 31% of Americans don't know who the vice president is, fewer than half are aware that Nancy Pelosi is the speaker of the House, a mere 29% can identify "Scooter" Libby as the convicted former chief of staff of the vice president, and only 15% can name Harry Reid when asked who is the Senate majority leader.

  • Political-correctness Kabuki theater

    April 17, 2007

    EVERYTHING worth saying about the Don Imus thing — which isn't much — has been said already. We've now moved beyond Imus to the "national dialogue" phase of this familiar cycle. This is where we're supposed to tackle hard questions and deep truths about our society.

  • Conservatives, don't ignore McCain

    April 10, 2007

    BARRY GOLDWATER, the patron saint of modern conservatism, gave a famous speech to conservative Republicans who were angry with their shabby treatment at the hands of the Nixonites. Get over it, Goldwater told them.

  • The 'queen of nice' goes nuts

    April 3, 2007

    RENOWNED metallurgist Rosie O'Donnell proclaimed on TV on Thursday that Sept. 11, 2001, was a more significant date than most of us realized. It was, in her words, "the first time in history that fire has ever melted steel."

  • Campaign reform? Try campaign inflation

    March 27, 2007

    MICHAEL R. Bloomberg, a self-made billionaire, reportedly tells friends that his idea of good financial planning is to have his check to the undertaker bounce. "So," asks the Washington Post, "how does a billionaire spend all his money before he dies?" Well, "he just might drop a cool half-billion on a long-shot bid to become the nation's first modern president from outside the two major political parties."

  • Betraying their base -- the Democrats can do it too

    March 20, 2007

    IT'S IRONIC. Republicans by most accounts got trounced in the last election because they "lost their way." The latest cover of Time magazine even has a picture of Ronald Reagan crying like that American Indian from the old anti-pollution ads of the 1970s. Instead of a bunch of roadside litter, the Gipper is supposedly looking at the GOP's mess.

  • Unity is overrated

    March 13, 2007

    BECAUSE WE'RE AT the start of the electoral roller coaster, the part where the car slowly chugs upward, building anticipation for the gut-wrenching plunges and loop-the-loops ahead, I'd like to distribute a little political Dramamine.

  • The Joe and Valerie show

    March 8, 2007

    SURE, SURE, "Scooter" Libby might go to jail. His career is in tatters, his life a shambles. Even Denis Collins, the omnipresent juror-journalist, says he and his peers feel sympathy for Libby, the "fall guy" in this whole spectacle. But really, who is the real victim?

  • Maybe a Democrat should win

    February 15, 2007

    THERE IS AN IDEA out there. Perhaps not a fully formed one. Perhaps more like the whisper of one gusting like a sudden draft through the rafters of the conservative house, causing some to look toward the attic and ask fearfully, "What was that?"

  • Global cooling costs too much

    February 8, 2007

    PUBLIC POLICY is all about trade-offs. Economists understand this better than politicians because voters want to have their cake and eat it too, and politicians think whatever is popular must also be true.

  • Fight today or occupy forever

    January 25, 2007

    'AS I LOOK AT Iraq, I recall the words of former general and soon-to-be-President Dwight Eisenhower during the dark days of the Korean War, which had fallen into a bloody stalemate. 'When comes the end?' … And as soon as he became president, he brought the Korean War to an end." This was part of freshman Virginia Sen. Jim Webb's stentorian Democratic response to President Bush's State of the Union address.

  • At least Bush wants to win

    January 11, 2007

    AMERICANS ARE torn between two irreconcilable positions on the Iraq war. Some want the war to be a success — variously defined — and some want the war to be over. Conservatives are basically, but not exclusively, in the "success" camp. Liberals (and those further to the left) are basically, but not exclusively, the "over" party. And many people are suffering profound cognitive dissonance by trying to believe these two positions can be held simultaneously. The motives driving these various positions range from the purely patriotic to the coldly realistic to the cravenly political or psychological perfervid. Parsing motives is exhausting and pointless, but one fact remains: "End it now" and "win it eventually" cannot be reconciled.

  • Jerry Ford's magic

    December 28, 2006

    ONE OF MY favorite scenes from "Stripes" is when Bill Murray's girlfriend complains about how he constantly plays Tito Puente albums. Murray responds that, one of these days, "Tito Puente's gonna be dead, and you're gonna say, 'Oh, I've been listening to him for years, and I think he's fabulous.' "

  • Giuliani: the man to defend American culture

    December 21, 2006

    AMERICA NEEDS a Pym Fortuyn, and Rudolph Giuliani may be the man for the job.

  • Iraq needs a Pinochet

    December 14, 2006

    I THINK ALL intelligent, patriotic and informed people can agree: It would be great if the U.S. could find an Iraqi Augusto Pinochet. In fact, an Iraqi Pinochet would be even better than an Iraqi Castro.

  • Jonah Goldberg: It's losing we hate, not war

    November 30, 2006

    ONE THOUSAND three hundred and forty seven days.

  • Jonah Goldberg: Why Trent Lott?

    November 16, 2006

    WHO SAYS the Republicans are the Stupid Party?

  • Jonah Goldberg: The GOP betrayed its base

    November 9, 2006

    BEFORE I JOIN in the sport of post-defeat Republican recrimination, allow me first to indulge in a rare moment of bipartisanship.

  • A border bonfire smolders

    November 2, 2006

    THERE ARE two obvious ways to save the bankrupt liberal radio network Air America: Get Al Franken some new, funny material and hire a Lou Dobbs. I say "a Lou Dobbs" because the CNN host himself is probably too expensive, but his limousine populism is pretty easy to rip off: "Blah, blah, blah. Corporations are out to get you, Washington has sold you out, the fat cats have declared war on the little guy" and so on.

  • Jonah Goldberg: The Dems' identity crisis

    October 26, 2006

    NATIONAL REVIEW Editor Rich Lowry recently noted an explosion of "precriminations" among Republicans looking to assign blame for GOP losses in advance of election day. Blogger Glenn Reynolds offered a "pre-mortem" along similar lines. And the media have already started "pre-celebrating" the Democratic victory they expect Nov. 7. In the same spirit, let me offer a "pre-bunking" of the liberal gloating should the Democrats in fact win big.

  • Jonah Goldberg: Iraq Was a Worthy Mistake

    October 19, 2006

    THERE'S A STRICT taboo in the column-writing business against recycling ideas. So let me start with something fresh.

  • Jonah Goldberg: Foley Flap Highlights Dems' Hypocrisy

    October 5, 2006

    THE DEMOCRATS prayed for an October surprise and, like manna from heaven, a hypocritical, sexually disturbed Florida Republican dropped into their laps. They looked at the cyber-stalking ephebophile and said, "Behold, this is good."

  • Jonah Goldberg: Terrorists' 'Excuse du Jour'

    September 28, 2006

    OF COURSE the war in Iraq has made us less safe, and I didn't need the National Intelligence Estimate to tell me so. Who could possibly deny that Iraq has become, in the words of the NIE, a "cause celebre" for jihadists? One need only read the newspaper to conclude that Iraq is spawning more terrorists. (Indeed, one fears that all the authors of the NIE did was clip from the newspapers).

  • Jonah Goldberg: A Disgraced, Corrupt Ex-Governor ...

    September 21, 2006

    A SURE SIGN of a political movement's maturity is the discretion it shows in picking its leaders. Which is why gay groups could show how grown-up they are by excommunicating James McGreevey.

  • Lighten Up on Bolton

    September 17, 2006

    I SPEAK NOW not so much in praise of John Bolton as in dispraise of Boltophobia. Bolton is a fine man, a sharp intellectual, a committed public servant and has the most aggressive mustache in American politics today. He's done a first-rate job as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations during his yearlong interim appointment, and were it not for the waffling of Republican Sen. Lincoln Chafee, who has sorta-kinda-maybe changed his mind on Bolton in order to get reelected in liberal Rhode Island, we wouldn't be having this conversation.

  • Jonah Goldberg: Bring on the Democratic Takeover

    September 14, 2006

    CONSERVATIVE Republicans have learned a painful lesson over the last few years. It turns out power isn't all it's cracked up to be.

  • Jonah Goldberg: Analogy vs. Analogy

    September 7, 2006

    'EXAMPLE IS THE school of mankind," proclaimed Edmund Burke, the founder of modern conservatism, "and they will learn at no other."

  • Jonah Goldberg: Give Bush a Break

    August 31, 2006

    LORD KNOWS I have my problems with President Bush. He taps the federal coffers like a monkey smacking the bar for another cocaine pellet in an addiction study. Some of his sentences give me the same sensation as falling backward in one of those "trust" exercises, in which you just have to hope things work out. Yes, the Iraq invasion has gone badly, and to deny this is to suggest that Bush meant for things to turn out this way, which is even crueler than saying he failed to get it right.

  • The Web's yellow DNA

    June 22, 2006

    WE'RE IN THE middle of another of the perennial tempests over the promise or the peril of the Internet. I've always been skeptical of some of the more utopian claims of Internet boosters and the dystopian fears of its critics.

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