• New Jersey Man Slays Child

    New Jersey Man Slays Child

    There were a lot of long faces at Fox News Tuesday night, but there’s a silver lining for Marco Rubio. Now he can go be a bartender like his dad! (Have you heard him tell the story about his father being a bartender? Rubio was his pop’s best customer after the debate.)

  • Sloppy Language and Thinking

    Sloppy Language and Thinking

    George Orwell said, “But if thought corrupts language, language can also corrupt thought.” Gore Vidal elaborated on that insight, saying, “As societies grow decadent, the language grows decadent, too.

  • High-Tech Ted

    High-Tech Ted

    Politicians tailor their messages to different audiences. Facing New Hampshire’s primary, Ted Cruz talked more about “free-market principles” and a “commitment to the Constitution” and said “no one personality can right the wrongs done by Washington.” Politico ran the headline “Ted Cruz, born-again libertarian.”

  • Bloomberg vs. Trump?

    Bloomberg vs. Trump?

    The morning of the New Hampshire primary, Donald Trump, being interviewed on “Morning Joe,” said that he would welcome his “friend” Michael Bloomberg into the presidential race.

  • How History Shapes the New Hampshire Primary

    How History Shapes the New Hampshire Primary

    Benning Wentworth is not a name you’ll run across in New Hampshire primary coverage. But he arguably did as much as anyone else to establish the political culture — or cultures — of America’s first-in-the-nation primary state.

  • Fear Not, My Secular Friends

    Fear Not, My Secular Friends

    It amuses me that certain people are convinced that Christians are angry scolds but totally miss the humorlessness and angst of certain Christophobic secularists.

  • Toxic Words

    Toxic Words

    During this election year, we are destined to hear many words that are toxic in the way they misrepresent reality and substitute fantasies that can win votes.

  • The "Establishment" Nonsense

    The “Establishment” Nonsense

    The reigning idiocy of the current political season is the incessant tossing around of “establishment,” an epithet now descending into meaninglessness.

  • After Iowa, Will Republicans Finally get a Contest Without Trump?

    After Iowa, Will Republicans Finally get a Contest Without Trump?

    When Huck Finn asked Tom Sawyer what a Moslem is, Tom said a Moslem is someone who is not a Presbyterian, which is true, but not the whole truth. Donald Trump says he is a Presbyterian (“I drink my little wine . . . and have my little cracker”), which apparently was not good enough for enough of Iowa’s evangelical Christians.

  • Ted Cruz and the Body of Christ

    Ted Cruz and the Body of Christ

    There is a misplaced fear — shared, I’m sad to say, by many on the right — that Christian conservatives are zealots, theocrats and all-around bogeymen.

  • The Remainderman

    The Remainderman

    Donald Trump won more votes in the Iowa caucuses than any Republican candidate in history. Impressive, except Ted Cruz set the new all-time record.

  • Probing for Clues in the Iowa Caucus Numbers

    Probing for Clues in the Iowa Caucus Numbers

    Now that the results of last Monday’s Iowa caucuses are in, speculation naturally turns to next Tuesday’s New Hampshire primary.

  • Heroin: Blame It On America

    Heroin: Blame It On America

    Any politician who claims to care about the drug overdose deaths sweeping the nation, but does not demand that we build a wall, deport illegal aliens and end the anchor baby scam, is a liar.

  • Chicken Little Chuckie Schumer: America's Disease-Fighting Phony

    Chicken Little Chuckie Schumer: America’s Disease-Fighting Phony

    Latin America’s Zika virus is the latest undocumented immigrant to hit our shores, but have no fear.

  • Political Arrogance

    Political Arrogance

    After the Iowa caucus results, it looks like Hillary Clinton vs. Marco Rubio in November!

  • After Iowa

    After Iowa

    Senator Ted Cruz’s upset victory against Donald Trump has robbed “The Donald” of his stock answer to any criticism from rivals– that he is winning and his critics are losers.

  • Random Thoughts

    Will this November’s presidential election come down to a choice between a felon and a pied piper?

  • Republican Debate Shows Where Comprehensive Immigration Is Headed: Nowhere

    Republican Debate Shows Where Comprehensive Immigration Is Headed: Nowhere

    Donald Trump was absent from Fox News’ Republican debate Thursday night, presiding at his own event seven minutes’ drive away featuring cameo appearances by the two previous Iowa Republican caucus winners exiled now to the undercard debate, Mike Huckabee and Rick Santorum.

  • Is a New Era Upon Us?

    Is a New Era Upon Us?

    Whoever wins the nominations, the most successful campaigns of 2016 provide us with a clear picture of where the center of gravity is today in both parties and, hence, where America is going.

  • The Three-Cornered Fight for the Soul of the GOP

    The Three-Cornered Fight for the Soul of the GOP

    It’s hard to believe that the United States, having resisted the siren song of socialism during its entire 20th-century heyday (the only major democracy to do so), should suddenly succumb to its charms a generation after its intellectual demise.