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  • Many signs indicate U.S. democracy is in crisis. The public's trust in U.S. government is at a record low. Partisan disagreement about fundamental policy, economic, and social issues is enormous, and Americans on both sides of the aisle worry about a potential 2024 presidential election electoral crisis. These are but a few of the systemic […]
  • As we gear up for a rough-and-tumble general election, once again the conventional wisdom taking hold is not so wise. Pundits are laser-focused on polls showing Donald Trump beating President Biden, progressive columnists calling on Biden to drop out because he is too old, and normally rational Democrats wetting the bed – nervous as hell […]
  • Seated at the head of a boardroom table in downtown Washington, D.C., a defiant Nikki Haley vowed to soldier on. "As long as you've got 70% of Americans saying they want something different," she said, "we're going to give them something different." This has been the saving grace of an uphill campaign: Despite a string […]
  • Good morning. It's the first day of March and also the day of the week I pass along a quotation meant to be uplifting or educational. Today's words of wisdom fit both categories and they come from the first president of these United States and a Hebrew rabbi there at the Founding. First, I'd direct […]
  • Forty years ago, a young pollster and political savant who'd helped Jimmy Carter navigate his way into the White House, had an epiphany: The nation's two major political parties were not giving the American people the kind of candidates they really wanted in a president. The pollster's name was Patrick Caddell, and in 1984 he […]
  • America is celebrated for its economic dynamism and ample and generously paid employment opportunities. It's a nation that attracts immigrants from around the world. Yet Americans are bummed, and have been for a while. They believe that life was better 40 years ago. And maybe it was on some fronts, but not economically. Surveys repeatedly […]
  • As Nikki Haley stubbornly clings to life ahead of Super Tuesday, warning that nominating Donald Trump for president a third time would mean "suicide for our country," some of her closest supporters take solace in the fact that the future is unknowable. Perhaps there is a "fatal landmine" that the former president "could step on […]
  • "We can bear neither our diseases nor their remedies." So shrugged the ancient historian Livy (59 B.C.-17 A.D.) of the long decline of Roman national character that, in his age, finally ended the Roman Republic. Like a patient whose medicine proves worse than the disease, Livy lamented that the Romans knew that they had become […]
  • Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell changed the direction of the world. Few men accomplish this. He had an advantage. He was not distracted by a need to be on television. He had no desire to be praised by the American aristocracy. Or run for president. That frees up time and brain cells. He focused on what […]
  • The other day, Politico writer Heidi Przybyla appeared on MSNBC's "All In With Chris Hayes" to talk about the hysteria de jour, "Christian nationalism." Donald Trump, she explained, has surrounded himself with an "extremist element of conservative Christians," who were misrepresenting "so-called natural law" in their attempt to roll back abortion "rights" and other leftist […]
  • 1. Turnout is down. In the first five contests — the Iowa and Nevada caucuses and the New Hampshire, South Carolina and Michigan primaries — Republican turnout was down from 2016, the most recent cycle with serious contests. That's based on precincts currently reporting and the ace New York Times number crunchers' estimates of as-yet-uncounted […]
  • Unlike a lot of conservatives gleefully cheering on Mitch McConnell's announcement that he will step down as Senate Republican Leader in November, after the election, I actually paid the price for vocally opposing McConnell. In 2014, I used my platform at RedState to back Matt Bevin's race against McConnell. I was one year into my […]
  • One of the more underappreciated recent trends in American law and politics, obscured by a few high-profile conservative victories at the Supreme Court and thus noticed by few other than dyed-in-the-wool legal conservatives, is that former President Donald Trump's three picks for the high court are soft and undependable. The truth is that none of […]
  • Republicans could be pleased to see the left-wing media underlining how President Joe Biden was embarrassed in Michigan by a rebellious campaign to vote "uncommitted" in the Michigan primary, protesting Biden's support for Israel in its war against Hamas terrorists. But one can't be pleased with how these activists are classified. You can tell a […]
  • WASHINGTON-I've always thought Republican Senate Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, who on Wednesday announced his retirement from Senate leadership, took the wrong lesson from the polio he had as a boy growing up in Louisville. After his mother nursed him back to health, young Mitch had a choice. He could become an open, generous […]
  • I'm not here to join the mockery of Alabama for declaring that embryos are children — and, therefore, in vitro fertilization clinics must protect them forever. On the contrary, I admire its honesty. Many states have effectively banned abortions, arguing that destroying an embryo amounts to baby killing. Yet they look the other way when […]
  • In the days since special counsel Robert Hur released a report that described President Joe Biden's memory as "significantly limited," there's been a notable response from presidential appointees and allies. They have been quick to defend the president's mental acuity, emphasizing his attention to "pertinent questions" and care for "minute details." However, not all are […]
  • This week, a mentally disturbed anarchist and active-duty Air Force member named Aaron Bushnell lit himself on fire and proceeded to burn himself to death while shouting "Free Palestine" in front of the Israeli Embassy in Washington, D.C. In his suicide note, he explained just why he had self-immolated: "My name is Aaron Bushnell, and […]
  • Way back when, I served as senior counsel to the Senate Intelligence Committee. That experience provided background for my 2011 novel "Drop By Drop." In it, top U.S. officials conspire with the Russian government to reelect an American president. Just after the 2016 election, friends teased me and said Russian President Vladimir Putin must have […]
  • The revelation that the U.S. intelligence community, under the Obama administration, sought the assistance of the "Five Eyes" intelligence alliance to surveil Donald Trump's associates before the 2016 election is a chilling reminder of the lengths to which the Deep State will go to protect its interests and challenge its adversaries. (The Five Eyes countries […]