• 'A Great White Hope'

    ‘A Great White Hope’

    “Something startling is happening to middle-aged white Americans. Unlike every other age group, unlike every other racial and ethnic group … death rates in this group have been rising, not falling.” The big new killers of middle-aged white folks? Alcoholic | Read More »

  • Trump, Clinton Tied in Polls: Were All the Wise Men Wrong?

    Trump, Clinton Tied in Polls: Were All the Wise Men Wrong?

    It was conventional wisdom among the political cognoscenti during most of the primary season that Donald Trump could not win the general election. The evidence seemed strong. Over 12 months of polling from May 2015 to April 2016, Hillary Clinton | Read More »

  • Britain at the Crosswords

    Britain at the Crosswords

    Sixty-five years ago, what has become the European Union was an embryo conceived in fear. It has been stealthily advanced from an economic to a political project, and it remains enveloped in a watery utopianism even as it becomes more | Read More »

  • At This Point, It Should Make All the Difference

    At This Point, It Should Make All the Difference

    Hillary Clinton has been groping around for a campaign slogan. She’s just unveiled her seventh meaningless catchphrase. How about “Still lying and breaking all the rules”? That one probably wouldn’t help her campaign much — though with leftist voters these | Read More »

  • Fantasy Baseball, Beltway Style

    Fantasy Baseball, Beltway Style

    In a campaign season with lots of surprises, how’s this for a wild prediction? It would never happen, of course, but pull up a chair and indulge me.

  • You Are What You Say You Are

    You Are What You Say You Are

    Last year, I declared myself a springbok trapped in a human body. A springbok is a highly agile individual who is among the “least concern” species and resides in the southeastern part of the African continent. With such a declaration, | Read More »

  • Private Is Better

    Private Is Better

    Our next president will almost certainly be Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton. But I take heart knowing that America’s founders imposed checks and balances, so there will be limits on what bad things the next president can do. Most of | Read More »

  • Enough with Hollywood's Pendulous Boobery

    Enough with Hollywood’s Pendulous Boobery

    From runways to red carpets to Instagram and Snapchat, celebrity overexposure is inescapable. We’re drowning in underboob. Bombarded with sideboob. Nip slips. Crotch slips. Bare-bottom flashes. All of the above, all at once. The problem, my fellow Americans, is not | Read More »

  • Is Scarborough Shoal Worth a War?

    Is Scarborough Shoal Worth a War?

    If China begins to reclaim and militarize Scarborough Shoal, says Philippines President Benigno S. Aquino III, America must fight. Should we back down, says Aquino, the United States will lose “its moral ascendancy, and also the confidence of one of | Read More »

  • If Everything's Negotiable, Let's Negotiate

    If Everything’s Negotiable, Let’s Negotiate

    At this point, I am not going to announce support for Donald Trump, though I am not #NeverTrump and am emphatically #NeverHillary. To restate my position without social media lingo, I would never vote for Hillary Clinton and, though I | Read More »

  • Commencement Season

    Commencement Season

    This is the season of college Commencement speeches — an art form that has seldom been memorable, but has increasingly become toxic in recent times. Two themes seem to dominate Commencement speeches. One is shameless self-advertising by people in government, | Read More »

  • The Inaugural Address We Should Hear

    The Inaugural Address We Should Hear

    The mere possibility of a Donald Trump presidency — gold-plated faucets in the house first occupied by John and Abigail Adams — will perhaps have a salutary effect. It might demystify an office that has become now swollen with inappropriate | Read More »

  • Is It True What Democrats Say About Republicans and Voting?

    Is It True What Democrats Say About Republicans and Voting?

    As New York Republicans went to the polls for their primary April 19, some opponents of Donald Trump clung to the hope that Ted Cruz, or perhaps John Kasich, might deny Trump a few delegates in some of the state’s | Read More »

  • Clinton Policies to End Pay Gap Would Just Make It Larger

    Clinton Policies to End Pay Gap Would Just Make It Larger

    Women, lamented Hillary Clinton in an April 2014 tweet, make just 77 cents on the dollar to men. As a presidential candidate she has repeated that lament again and again, updating the numbers, in line with government statistics, to 78 | Read More »

  • Donald, Hillary and the Bernie Factor

    Donald, Hillary and the Bernie Factor

    Among the abundant ironies of this election cycle, there is this: We are now in the eighth year of the most liberal administration since Lyndon Johnson’s. The primary elections reveal a national mood of anxiety, apprehension and anger, in turn | Read More »

  • What Would Our Grandparents Think

    What Would Our Grandparents Think

    Please join me on a whirlwind tour around the zany world of modern leftism. Many stops are available, so the following ones were just the first ones I saw. Seeing as President Obama and his fellow leftist ideologues can’t permit | Read More »

  • 'Ferguson Effect' Is Real, and It Threatens to Harm Black Americans Most

    ‘Ferguson Effect’ Is Real, and It Threatens to Harm Black Americans Most

    University of Missouri at St. Louis criminologist Richard Rosenfeld has had “second thoughts.” Like many academic criminologists, he had pooh-poohed charges that skyrocketing murder rates in many cities in 2015 and 2016 result from a “Ferguson effect” — a skittering | Read More »

  • Patriotism in a Beer Can

    Patriotism in a Beer Can

    Because advertising is a barometer that often accurately measures America’s psychological atmosphere, attention must be paid to this: From May 23 through the presidential election, Budweiser beer will bear a different name. Eager to do its bit to make America | Read More »

  • Trump's Problem With Women

    Trump’s Problem With Women

    The New York Times’ front-page article last Saturday on Donald J. Trump’s dealings with women forced me into a weekend of self-examination.

  • Zuckerberg's Conservative Battle: Where There's Smoke, There's Fire

    Zuckerberg’s Conservative Battle: Where There’s Smoke, There’s Fire

    Mark Zuckerberg and his massive social-media site Facebook have come under strong criticism for allegedly suppressing stories of interest for conservative readers from its influential “trending” news section.