• Evangelicals Are Not the Boogeyman

    Evangelicals Are Not the Boogeyman

    I realize that as an evangelical Christian I have a dog in this fight, but I want to say a few words about evangelicals and the unfortunate effort afoot to make them the political boogeyman.

  • Message Matters: Trump Succeeded, Yellen Failed

    Message Matters: Trump Succeeded, Yellen Failed

    Most political reporters are fixated on the presidential horserace rather than the message candidates are sending to voters. Message wins all the time. Message moves polls. Message raises money. Message determines elections.

  • TSA: Total Security Abyss

    TSA: Total Security Abyss

    While a TSA agent pawed my hair bun this weekend, presumably on high alert for improvised explosive bobby pins, I pondered the latest news on the Somalia airplane terror attack.

  • How Republics Perish

    How Republics Perish

    If you believed America’s longest war, in Afghanistan, was coming to an end, be advised: It is not.

  • David Brooks and Obama's Ongoing Pant Crease

    David Brooks and Obama’s Ongoing Pant Crease

    If you read The New York Times “conservative” columnist David Brooks, you might better grasp the chasm between true and phony conservatives, between Reagan conservatives and establishment Republicans.

  • New Hampshire's Rebuke

    New Hampshire’s Rebuke

    New Hampshire voters issued a rebuke to conventional party leaders when they voted by large margins for Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders in Tuesday’s primaries.

  • Flint’s Water Poisoned by Federal, State and Local Government Failures

    Flint’s Water Poisoned by Federal, State and Local Government Failures

    The town of Flint, Michigan is facing an emergency health crisis after repeated warnings about the contaminated state of its water supply were ignored.

  • 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.