Conservatism

Candace Owens Is Coming to Town!

Featured image My organization, Center of the American Experiment, has for many years held an Annual Dinner as a fundraiser. Many luminaries have appeared as our featured speaker: Margaret Thatcher, Mikhail Gorbachev, the first President Bush, Henry Kissinger, Charles Krauthammer, Bill Bennett and many more. This year our keynote speaker will be the youngest ever, by at least a couple of decades: Candace Owens. When we announced her appearance, one of my »

Jeffrey Hart, 1930-2019

Featured image When Jeffrey Hart died this past February, I posted the appreciation I had written for National Review in 1997. In my appreciation I wrote of Professor Hart in his aspect as a teacher. The just-published April 2019 issue of the New Criterion includes a brilliant tribute to Professor Hart by New Criterion managing editor James Panero. Like me, James is one of many among several generations of Dartmouth students whom »

Blindsided by the New Yorker

Featured image New Yorker staff writer Benjamin Wallace-Wells defamed me in passing, drive-by style, in his profile of Ilhan Omar on Wednesday. I say I was “Sideswiped by the New Yorker.” I emailed Wallace-Wells on Wednesday afternoon to ask him to state the factual basis for his falsehoods about me. As of this morning, he has not responded. Neither has he responded to my inquiry about the fact-checking apparatus the New Yorker »

Neomi Rao, Josh Hawley, and the Wall Street Journal

Featured image Yesterday, the Senate confirmed Neomi Rao, President Trump’s selection to fill the seat on the D.C. Circuit that Brett Kavanaugh left. The vote was 53-46. Some Republicans, most notably Sen. Josh Hawley, had expressed concern over Rao as a nominee. However, Rao was able to address these concerns to the Senators’ satisfaction. In the end, she received the vote of every Republican member (and no Democrats). I’m glad Rao was »

Ready, Set, Launch the New Books!

Featured image It was ten years ago that I wrote a controversial feature in the Washington Post lamenting that the conservative intellectual world was not producing significant serious books that attracted large public notice. With only a very few exceptions conservative best-sellers of the aughts seemed to be the frothy polemics from Ann Coulter, Glenn Beck, and such. Lately however there are a large number of new conservative books that are making a »

After Hours at CPAC: Plus, the Night Stalker

Featured image Last Thursday evening at CPAC, Center of the American Experiment, Minnesota’s principal conservative organization, sponsored a happy hour for conference attenders with a Minnesota connection. We also invited my friend Dave Sussman, who hosts the excellent Whiskey Politics podcast. And, to my delight, Dave brought along his friend Michael Ramirez, by common consent the world’s greatest political cartoonist and one of my personal heroes. Dave took the opportunity to do »

Oddities and ends at CPAC

Featured image I look forward to the CPAC conference every year because it brings John Hinderaker to town and we get together for dinner, along with his wonderful wife Loree. I don’t attend the conference and watch little of it on television. This year I saw only a portion of President Trump’s two-hour performance. I was struck, though, when I heard about some of the panels. First, let’s nominate Alex Azar for »

Trump Wows ‘Em, Wears ‘Em Out

Featured image President Trump wrapped up the Conservative Political Action Conference with a speech of Castroite proportions, lasting just over two hours. The man’s energy is remarkable. In addition to being long, the speech was hilarious. At least half of it was unscripted, and Trump’s digressions and asides are, I think, increasingly funny and effective. Trump covered his usual themes, as you would expect in this venue. He mocked the Green New »

Reporting From CPAC

Featured image It’s been a busy couple of days here at the Conservative Political Action Conference. Not because I’ve been attending a lot of the no-doubt-excellent speeches. Actually, I haven’t seen any yet, although I am planning on attending President Trump’s speech in the morning. Instead, I’ve focused on promoting my organization, Center of the American Experiment, as well as Power Line. On Wednesday evening I did an appearance on Sky News »

Off to CPAC!

Featured image I’ll be attending the Conservative Political Action Conference in D.C., starting tomorrow night. I will be representing Center of the American Experiment; we will have a booth, and one of my staffers is coming along (as is my wife). I will try to report periodically. Tomorrow night I will be on Sky News in Australia with Andrew Bolt, talking about the upcoming Mueller report. On Thursday I will do a »

This Week @ Yale: How “Progressive” Is Progressivism?

Featured image This Thursday I’ll be returning once again to Yale for the eighth lecture in my ten-part series for the William F. Buckley Program, this time on the topic in the headline above. I notice that Kamala Harris has freshly declared that she is not a socialist, but a “Progressive Democrat.” So it is timely to consider once again the nature and legacy of Progressivism in deforming America’s political life for »

Conservatives Still Outnumber Liberals, But Gap Narrowing

Featured image In recent history, self-described conservatives have generally outnumbered liberals by a ratio of 1 1/2 or 2 to 1. According to Gallup’s latest survey, that gap has narrowed. Conservatives had a 21-point edge in 2004; that is down to nine points today. The state-by-state breakdown is interesting. Gallup emphasizes the fact that there are 19 “highly conservative” states, in which the conservative margin is 20 points or more. There are »

Notes & asides

Featured image I’m struggling with a painful condition that has not yet been subdued by medication. The condition is disrupting my sleep and the medication is suppressing my energy. (I should add that my painful condition is only painful. It does not have any other physical effect.) Borrowing the heading from the old National Review Notes & Asides column in which William F. Buckley responded to letters from readers — he compiled »

The Week @ Yale: The Eternal Return of Socialism

Featured image For those of you in the New Haven area, I am returning to Yale this week for the latest installment of my lecture series for the William F. Buckley Program at Yale, this time on the topic “Liberalism vs. ‘Neoliberalism’: Why Is Socialism Popular Again?” The lecture will go off Thursday at 4:30 pm in WLH 116, at 100 Wall Street, right in the middle of campus. If you’re not »

Communications Director Sought

Featured image My organization, Center of the American Experiment, is hiring a new full-time communications director. If you live in Minnesota or are willing to do so, it will be a fun position. Among many other things, you get to write scripts for radio ads and design billboards. We are hiring through Talent Market, an awesome free-market service. The job’s advantages are 1) you can be part of a rapidly growing, impactful, »

The Power Line Show, Ep. 102: Is “Post-Modern Conservatism” an Oxymoron?

Featured image This week you’re really in for it, as I decided to offer up another of my lectures on conservative thought at Yale for the William F. Buckley Program. Steve decides to tackle the “P-word”—Postmodernism. The term is overused, vague, and, like so many other things, badly corrupted by the left. In fact, the useable parts of it are actually old conservative ideas in some respects—a fresh vindication of Samuel Johnson’s »

Death of the Standard: A personal note [with concurrence by Paul]

Featured image I was a charter subscriber to the Weekly Standard in 1995 and have kept up my subscription ever since. Founded by Bill Kristol, Fred Barnes and John Podhoretz, the Standard delivered smart journalism produced by many of the best conservative writers (including the three founders). Among the stellar writers and reporters on its staff I would cite Andrew Ferguson (in a class by himself), Christopher Caldwell, Philip Terzian, Matt Continetti »