• DNC Internal Debate: Sure, Trump is A Fascist--But What About Republicans?

    DNC Internal Debate: Sure, Trump is A Fascist–But What About Republicans?

    The WikiLeaks disclosure of internal Democratic National Committee emails shows DNC officials taking great pleasure in expressions of Republican disunity about Donald Trump. For example, the various statements of House Speaker Paul Ryan’s difficulties in supporting Trump rocketed around DNC | Read More »

  • Will Pliable Pence Amend His Convictions?

    Will Pliable Pence Amend His Convictions?

    Crucial political decisions often concern which bridges to cross and which to burn. Donald Trump’s dilemma is that he burns some bridges by the way he crosses others. His campaign depends on a low-probability event, and on his ability to | Read More »

  • Mike Pence Saved the Republican Party After the Cruz Disaster

    Mike Pence Saved the Republican Party After the Cruz Disaster

    Ted Cruz essentially gave a career-ending speech at the GOP convention on Wednesday night. Cruz’s speech was a slap in the face to GOP nominee Donald Trump. This whole business about “vote your conscience” — that’s a wonderful-sounding phrase. But | Read More »

  • Ted Cruz and the Trump Takeover

    Ted Cruz and the Trump Takeover

    The self-righteousness and smugness of Ted Cruz in refusing to endorse Donald Trump, then walking off stage in Cleveland, smirking amidst the boos, takes the mind back in time. At the Cow Palace in San Francisco in July of 1964, | Read More »

  • Republicans Create Their Mirage of Unity

    Republicans Create Their Mirage of Unity

    The main purpose of the modern political convention is to produce four days of televised propaganda. The subsidiary function, now that nominees are invariably chosen in advance, is structural: Unify the party before the final battle. In Cleveland, the Republicans | Read More »

  • Trump Could Shake Up Electoral Map

    Trump Could Shake Up Electoral Map

    Disruptive. That’s a good word to describe Donald Trump’s presidential candidacy and to describe the sometimes-ramshackle Republican National Convention his campaign more or less superintended in Cleveland. Apple disrupted the music industry; Uber disrupted the taxi cartels; Amazon disrupted the | Read More »

  • Ted Cruz's Gamble

    Ted Cruz’s Gamble

    By allowing Ted Cruz to speak without an assured endorsement, Donald Trump took a gamble with his convention. By refusing to endorse the nominee of his party, Cruz took a gamble with his political future. Trump lost his gamble when | Read More »

  • Michelle's Speech Was Trite, Too

    Michelle’s Speech Was Trite, Too

    When MSNBC signed off at 3 a.m. the first night of the Republican National Convention, they were still talking about Melania’s speech.

  • Why Politicians Are Important (And Dangerous)

    Why Politicians Are Important (And Dangerous)

    My Fox News colleagues are in Cleveland, diligently interviewing Republicans. Next week, they’ll interview Democrats. I’m glad they do it — because I despise most politicians. There are exceptions, of course, but after years of reporting, I’ve concluded that most | Read More »

  • With Texas, A Wall Too High For the GOP?

    With Texas, A Wall Too High For the GOP?

    Political conventions are echo chambers designed to generate feelings of invincibility, sending forth the party faithful with a spring in their steps and hope in their hearts. Who would want to be a wet blanket at such moveable feasts? Steve | Read More »

  • Who Gets Absolute Moral Authority?

    Who Gets Absolute Moral Authority?

    My 12-year-old son couldn’t remember the phrase “take a walk down memory lane” last week, instead describing a stroll through “nostalgia road.” I knew it would come in handy. Put on your hiking boots and join me for an educational | Read More »

  • Law and Order' Becomes a Major Theme of GOP Convention

    Law and Order’ Becomes a Major Theme of GOP Convention

    The Trump campaign set “Make America Safe Again” as the theme of the Republican convention’s first night well before the attack that killed three police officers and wounded three others in Baton Rouge. But that attack, and the earlier shooting | Read More »

  • Challenges for Black People: Part II

    Challenges for Black People: Part II

    The prospects for a better future are nearly hopeless for roughly 20 percent of black people — those who reside in big-city crime-infested and dysfunctional neighborhoods. There is virtually nothing that can be done about it without a major rebuilding | Read More »

  • Is the Party Over for Bushism?

    Is the Party Over for Bushism?

    Neither George W. Bush, the Republican Party nominee in 2000 and 2004, nor Jeb, the dethroned Prince of Wales, will be in Cleveland. Nor will John McCain or Mitt Romney, the last two nominees. These former leaders would like it | Read More »

  • Encouraged by the Pence Pick

    Encouraged by the Pence Pick

    I believe that Donald Trump was smart to pick Indiana Gov. Mike Pence to be his running mate. All things considered, it’s an encouraging development, whether Trump picked him because he truly wanted him or he did so at the | Read More »

  • Police, Blacks, and Crime

    Police, Blacks, and Crime

    Claims about racist cops from groups like Black Lives Matter lead more people to fear and hate the police. That’s bad news for cops. It’s also bad for black people who live in crime-ridden neighborhoods, says Heather Mac Donald, author of | Read More »

  • The Dumbest Idea

    The Dumbest Idea

    If there were a contest for the most stupid idea in politics, my choice would be the assumption that people would be evenly or randomly distributed in incomes, institutions, occupations or awards, in the absence of somebody doing somebody wrong. | Read More »

  • Will Trump's 'Other People's Money' Campaign Prevail Over Clinton's Standard Tactics?

    Will Trump’s ‘Other People’s Money’ Campaign Prevail Over Clinton’s Standard Tactics?

    Donald Trump postponed the announcement of his vice presidential candidate, Mike Pence, because of the terrorist attack in Nice, which was in line with the modus operandi of his campaign. He didn’t want to preempt news media coverage of another | Read More »

  • Who Gave Us Justice Ginsburg?

    Who Gave Us Justice Ginsburg?

    “Her mind is shot.” That was the crisp diagnosis of Donald Trump on hearing the opinion of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the possibility he might become president. It all began with an interview last week when the justice was | Read More »

  • GOP Minds Are at Sea - But Not the Right One

    GOP Minds Are at Sea – But Not the Right One

    Neither the unanimous decision by the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague, nor China’s rejection of it, was surprising. The timing of it was, however, as serendipitous as China’s rejection is ominous. Coming as Republican delegates convene on Lake | Read More »