Conservatism

Your Pre-Election Diversion

Featured image Bill Kristol kindly invited me to sit down recently for one of his “Conversations with Kristol” series to talk about the enduring lessons of Ronald Reagan, and the hows and whys of studying statesmanship. Just the thing to take your mind off the election for a little while, as we don’t talk about Trump or Clinton at all. It’s divided into two segments, each about a half-hour long. Enjoy! And »

Sunday Afternoon Ramping Up

Featured image You know, this really ought to be the favorite weekend of conservatives everywhere. We literally got to turn back the clock! Isn’t that what we’re supposed to do? That, and cut taxes? Meanwhile, I’m enjoying the schadenfreude of liberals bemoaning that Hillary might still have to face a Republican Senate as well as a Republican House if she wins on Tuesday, which means six more weeks years of gridlock. But as »

Is there a conservative case for voting for Hillary?

Featured image I don’t think so. What conservative would vote for a corrupt, dishonest, vindictive left-liberal with a long record of disregarding the law? If anyone can make a persuasive case for doing so, it probably would be the estimable David Frum. He undertakes the task here. In my view, Frum makes a decent conservative case for not backing Donald Trump, but comes up well short of a case for backing Clinton. »

South Dakota: A Beacon to the Nation [Updated With Video]

Featured image Politically, my home state is a model for the rest of the country. As the Associated Press notes, every statewide officeholder is a Republican, and both houses of the state’s legislature have Republican supermajorities. When Senator John Thune ran for re-election in 2010, the Democrats chose not to oppose him. This year–did you realize there was a Senate race going on in South Dakota?–the Democrats have come up with an »

Saturday Afternoon Coming Down

Featured image Scott was very kind this morning to draw attention to my Weekly Standard article “Crisis of the Conservative House Divided.” I would have done so myself, but I was on the road all day yesterday on a completely frivolous and speculative venture: I drove up to Modesto, the location where American Graffiti was filmed set, to meet up with my two best pals from high school (we call ourselves “The »

Milo on a Roll

Featured image I’ve never been able to make up my mind about Milo Yiannopoulos, the provocateur of the “alt-right” who specializes in street theater. Some of his campus appearances that I’ve watched online I thought were less than helpful or edifying, but at other times he’s quite sober and very effective. One of those times was yesterday on CNBC. This seven-minute interview has some great moments, and clearly has the CNBC studio »

Phyllis Schlafly, RIP

Featured image I met the great Mrs. Schlafly only once, when we were speakers together on a Hillsdale College cruise some years ago, and found her perfectly delightful, and still full of brim though she was over 80. I don’t think she got the full honors deserved from conservatives, let alone from the mainstream media and feminists, who have mostly airbrushed her out of the class picture of politically important women. Her »

Another Good Reason To Be a Conservative

Featured image A survey of more than 19,000 Europeans from the UK, Germany, France, Denmark and Sweden finds that those who describe themselves as “very right wing” are happiest with their sex lives: The survey … found in most countries sexual satisfaction increased the further right you went along the political spectrum. In the UK, people with left wing politics were least likely to describe their sex lives as satisfying (with 66% »

State Fair

Featured image The Minnesota State Fair is one of the world’s great social gatherings. It is, by common consent, the most remarkable fair of them all. And, at a time when one might think that cultural currents are moving in a direction antithetical to such traditional entertainments, the Minnesota Fair is booming, more than ever. So it makes sense that my think tank, Center of the American Experiment, will have a substantial »

Back From the North Country

Featured image You might have noticed that I have been gone for a while. My family went up North for four days to Lake Vermilion, our preferred North Woods getaway for more than 25 years. My only contribution in absentia was a Drudge link to this post on Donald Trump’s progress as a presidential candidate. Click to enlarge: Is a Drudge link exciting? Let’s put it this way: the traffic that a »

A call for less conservative-on-conservative disparagement

Featured image Andrew Klavan of PJ Media observes that conservative “NeverTrumpers” tend to be younger than conservatives who are willing to bite the bullet and vote for Trump. He speculates that this is because “for the young, there very much does seem to be a future in which the conservative movement can rebuild no matter what damage Hillary wreaks on the nation.” For the old, “this may not be the last election…but »

Our Fractured Republic

Featured image In a recent podcast, Steve talked with Yuval Levin about his brilliant new book, The Fractured Republic: Renewing America’s Social Contract in an Age of Individualism. In the interview, Yuval summarized the book’s themes and some of its key arguments. The discussion begins at around the 19 minute mark. At 21 minutes, Yuval sets forth his core thesis. At 23 minutes, he begins his critique of contemporary conservatism. I can’t »

WaPo house conservative: Hillary is the grown-up America needs

Featured image Jennifer Rubin is the author of “Right Turn,” a conservative space in the Washington Post. Some on the right question whether Rubin is a conservative, but I don’t I believe I ever have. I was surprised, therefore, by Rubin’s latest offering. It’s a called (in the print edition) “The need for grown-ups.” The “grown-ups” to whom Rubin refers are Theresa May, who will be Britain’s next prime minister, and Hillary »

Restraining our way to lawlessness and unrestrained government, Part Two

Featured image Charles Krauthammer suggests that James Comey’s decision not to prosecute Hillary Clinton, like Chief Justice Roberts’ decision to uphold the Obamacare mandate, was driven by an unwillingness to upend or overrule the political processes on a momentous matter. In Roberts’ case the momentous matter was legislation providing free or cut-rate health to millions of Americans. In Comey’s it was a presidential election. I agree with Krauthammer. In both instances, it »

Finally, a WaPo op-ed that backs Trump

Featured image Charles Kesler, writing in the Washington Post, takes on the Never Trump movement. Without wanting to shortchange Kesler’s worthwhile piece, the most remarkable thing about it may be its appearance in the Post. To my knowledge, not a single conservative or right of center columnist in the Post’s stable has expressed anything other than contempt for Donald Trump. From Charles Krauthammer to Jennifer Rubin, they all seem to despise the »

Donald Trump, Andrew Jackson, and Tom Cotton

Featured image When conservatism has succeeded in America, whether ideologically or politically, it has done so through the fusion of divergent philosophical viewpoints and diverse policy preferences. Ideologically, conservatism began to take off when William F. Buckley and the National Review crowd fused neo-liberalism — belief in free markets and individualism — with communitarian conservatism. Politically, conservatism prospered thanks to Ronald Reagan’s coalition of economic conservatives, social conservatives, and national security hawks »

For the Washington Post leftism is the measure of all things

Featured image George Voinovich died this week. Voinovich, a Republican, was a highly successful mayor of Cleveland, an extremely popular governor of Ohio (reelected with 74 percent of the vote in a quintessential swing state), and an influential two-term U.S. Senator (reelected with 64 percent of the vote). How did the Washington Post choose to remember this political giant? With the following obituary headline (paper edition): George Voinovich, 79, Republican politician from »