• HBO's John Oliver Laughs About Crime While Innocent Americans Get Killed

    HBO’s John Oliver Laughs About Crime While Innocent Americans Get Killed

    On his program this week, HBO comedy show host John Oliver mocked my suggestion, in defense of Donald Trump, that crime is on the rise. Oliver said I prioritized feelings over facts in arguing that America is becoming less safe. He focused | Read More »

  • Has Obama's Act Worn Thin? President Paints Rosier Picture of U.S. Than Voters See

    Has Obama’s Act Worn Thin? President Paints Rosier Picture of U.S. Than Voters See

    For all his appeal as a speaker, and for all the love coming from Democrats crowded inside the Wells Fargo Arena, President Obama made a classic mistake in his address to the Democratic convention Wednesday night. Determined to defend his | Read More »

  • Clinton Cash

    Clinton Cash

    This week, as Democrats fawn over Hillary Clinton, I’m struck by how both Clintons continue to thrive despite their remarkable record of sleazy dealings. The just released documentary “Clinton Cash,” based on a book by Peter Schweizer, explains how they | Read More »

  • What Can Discrimination Explain?

    What Can Discrimination Explain?

    A guiding principle for physicians is primum non nocere, the Latin expression for “first, do no harm.” In order not to do harm, whether it’s with medicine or with public policy, the first order of business is accurate diagnostics. Racial | Read More »

  • Black Votes Matter

    Black Votes Matter

    Black votes matter. If Republicans could get 20 percent of black votes, the Democrats would be ruined. This is highly unlikely, given the approach used by Republicans. However, the point is that Democrats must not only continue to get nine-tenths | Read More »

  • Donald Trump Won--And He Can't Get Over It

    Donald Trump Won–And He Can’t Get Over It

    Donald Trump was widely criticized for replaying old fights with Ted Cruz at a news conference the morning after Trump’s acceptance speech to the Republican convention. It’s true — there was no reason for Trump to rehash (again) and explain | Read More »

  • OK, Hillary, Have Fun Defending Obama's Record

    OK, Hillary, Have Fun Defending Obama’s Record

    Some Republicans are disillusioned with their party’s nominee, but imagine how rank-and-file Democrats must feel. Their presumptive nominee, Hillary Clinton, not only is exceedingly unappealing in her own right but also seeks to fulfill Barack Obama’s third term and must | Read More »

  • The Path Ahead for Hillary

    The Path Ahead for Hillary

    En route to fight one of his many duels, French politician Georges Clemenceau bought a one-way train ticket. Was he pessimistic? “Not at all. I always use my opponent’s return ticket for the trip back.” Some Hillary Clinton advisers, although | Read More »

  • What's 'Making America One Again' About?

    What’s ‘Making America One Again’ About?

    “Make America One Again.” That was the stated theme of the last night of the Republican National Convention. In the welter of analysis of Donald Trump’s acceptance speech, few have commented on it, but it’s worth taking it seriously. Liberal | Read More »

  • Will Putin Get a Pulitzer?

    Will Putin Get a Pulitzer?

    Waving off the clerics who had come to administer last rites, Voltaire said: “All my life I have ever made but one prayer to God, a very short one: ‘O Lord, make my enemies look ridiculous.’ And God granted it.” | Read More »

  • 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 »

  • 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 »