How deeply divided is the GOP?

Featured image The Pew Research Center is out with a study that, as characterized by the Washington Post, shows “the GOP faces continued instability because of profoundly different views on some issues held by those who identify with the party.” To me, the study presents a more mixed picture. The Pew study identifies two main Republican groups — the “business conservatives” and the “steadfast conservatives.” It finds significant commonalities between the two. »

Reform conservatism: Do conservatives want it?

Featured image The YG Network has produced a manifesto for reform conservatism, the movement spearheaded by leading conservative thinkers who want to enact innovative programs that will assist the middle class while adhering to principles of limited government. The book — Room to Grow — features chapters by Power Line favorites Peter Wehner, Yuval Levin, Ramesh Ponnuru, James Capretta (on health care), James Pethokoukis (financial and regulatory reform) and others. I look »

Young People and Conservatives: It’s a Two-Way Street

Featured image Lots of people are asking, what can conservatives do to better appeal to young voters? That is an entirely legitimate question, on which I have some thoughts. But they are for another day. At the moment, the point I want to make is that it’s a two-way street. A big part of the reason why more young people don’t vote conservative (i.e., as a practical matter, Republican) is that they »

If Young People Don’t Like Government, Why Do They Keep Voting For More Of It?

Featured image Harvard’s Institute of Politics released a poll yesterday that showed millennials’ trust in government at a historic low. This chart shows how many respondents said that they trust the entity in question to do the right thing either all of the time or most of the time. Notably, 20% of millennials said they trust the federal government to do the right thing; 32% said they trust the president; and 14% »

Essence of the Constitution

Featured image In his column today, George Will lauds a short new book by Timothy Sandefur, The Conscience of the Constitution: The Declaration of Independence and the Right to Liberty. Will provides a short course in the original understanding of the Constitution and the Progressives’ effort to remake it in the name of “democracy.” Please check out his column. The column presents a useful reminder of the difference between modern liberals and »

In search of the cavalry

Featured image Bill Kristol’s latest piece — “A Superpower Once Lived Here” — is a powerful indictment of President Obama’s ruinous foreign policy and, more importantly, a plea for vigorous, effective opposition. First, the indictment: Putin understands Obama’s message. He knows he’s won Crimea. The question is whether he’ll win Ukraine. He thinks he will. He’s dealing with the Obama administration, after all. He looks at the U.S. withdrawal from Iraq and »

Subversive in Southern California

Featured image Last night, the Claremont Institute held its annual Churchill Dinner at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel. Ted Cruz was the keynote speaker. In anticipation of the event, posters featuring a tattooed Cruz popped up all around Beverly Hills. They showed up on telephone poles, car windshields, outside of popular night clubs, and elsewhere. (Note that whoever produced the poster got the venue wrong,) Click to enlarge file size: This is not »

Libertarian push-polling at CPAC

Featured image A poll of participants at the just concluded CPAC gathering in Washington, D.C. asked, among other things, “Do you favor or oppose the National Security Agency’s (NSA) use of data collection such as phone-tapping and reading of emails to combat global terrorism?” 78 percent of respondents said they oppose; only 19 percent said they are in favor. The question is ambiguous, I think. It could be construed to mean, “Do »

A Successful Meet Up In Minneapolis

Featured image Tonight Brian Ward and I sponsored a Power Line/Fraters Libertas/Ricochet meet up at Keegan’s Irish Pub in Northeast Minneapolis. It was a fun event. The turnout was excellent, and seemed even better because our group was packed into one end of the pub. We said hello to lots of old friends–like Mitch Berg, with whom I am going shooting tomorrow–and met many more new ones. We questioned whether our plan »

Latino voters as “Reagan Democrats?” You’re having a laugh

Featured image During yesterday’s CPAC panel on immigration reform, Alfonso Aguilar, the executive director of the Latino Partnership for Conservative Principles, claimed that “Latino voters are the Reagan Democrats of today.” Rev. Luis Cortés Jr.​ added, “I believe that the majority of them can actually be members of CPAC in the future.” Aguilar’s claim is preposterous. Reagan Democrats wouldn’t have voted by more than 70 percent for a leftist president. Cortes’ claim, »

Can there be meaningful immigration reform without citizenship?

Featured image CPAC presented a panel on immigration today. I wasn’t there, but this report suggests that the panel was an improvement over last year’s, which was basically a cheerleading session for amnesty and a path to citizenship. Unlike last year, today’s panel included one member, Derrick Morgan of the Heritage Foundation, who opposes that agenda. The panel was supposed to discuss this question: “Can there be meaningful immigration reform without citizenship?” »

If You Like Prosperity, Support AFP

Featured image What drives me crazy about some groups associated with the Tea Party movement is that all they want to do is attack Republicans. This year, some conservatives are trying to defeat Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. This is deeply misguided: McConnell is a solid conservative who scored a perfect 100% American Conservative Union rating in the 2012 session, and has a 90% lifetime ACU rating. The problem with the Senate is »

“I assumed that a man in a business suit wouldn’t be patient…”

Featured image I dunno, I feel like I’ve been complaining a lot lately. So here is one of those many feel good stories that you see if you live on the web. It’s about an autistic child and a business traveler. I can relate, as I have flown more than a million miles on business: Shanell Mouland, 36, from New Brunswick, Canada, uploaded a note to her blog Go Team Kate last »

Happy New Year! [Updated]

Featured image I don’t do lists or resolutions, and have nothing much to say about turning the page on 2013, apart from an observation I have made many times before: 2013 was a pretty lousy year for the world and the nation, but a great year for me and my family. I hope it was for yours, too. That happens a lot: most of what is good in our lives takes place »

Conservatism’s increasingly uneasy relationship with “corporate America”

Featured image I wrote below about yesterday’s meeting at which leaders of the technology industry urged President Obama to alter America’s electronic surveillance policy in order to advance their business interests. The meeting brought to mind Lenin’s alleged statement that “the capitalists will sell us the rope with which to hang them.” The meeting also brought to mind an excellent article by John Fonte about the relationship between big business and the »

Hispanics are less sold on Obama, but why?

Featured image Hispanic support for President Obama declined considerably during the past year. In December 2012, his approval rating with Hispanics stood at 75 percent. Now, it is down to 52 percent. Proponents of amnesty-style immigration reform are have seized on this degree of buyers’ remorse as a reason for Republicans to support their agenda. They say the poll numbers show that Republicans can make inroads with Hispanic voters, but only if »

The Cracked Guide to Public Policy

Featured image One of the basic techniques of public policy analysis to convey to students (and alert citizens) is the law of unintended consequences and its corollary, the law of perverse results.  I typically say these are the two most frequently enacted laws by Congress and our state legislatures (like Obamacare, though many of its perverse results are fully intended). So lo and behold, it ought to be an embarrassment to the »