SAN DIEGO -- Democrats have a creepy new parlor game: pushing the concept that Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio are fake Latinos.
Apparently, somewhere, there is a test. And these overachievers failed it -- even though Rubio speaks better Spanish than many of his detractors and, as a child, Cruz was known as "Felito," which paid homage to his father, ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Bernie Sanders, greedy for power to punish people he considers greedy, has occasioned 2016's best joke (reported in Bloomberg Businessweek): "In the Bernie Sanders drinking game, every time he mentions a free government program, you drink someone else's beer." But neither Sanders' nor Hillary Clinton's hostility to the First ...Read more
The pop music sensation simply known as Beyonce is the toast of the cultural left for a new video titled "Formation." Several scenes are racially charged, including the pop diva sinking into the water on top of a New Orleans police cruiser, a nod to Hurricane Katrina propaganda. In another, a young black boy in a hooded sweatshirt dances in ...Read more
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. But Sanders is not going to win the Democratic nomination, and it's by no means certain Trump will be the Republican nominee.
The results show that Hillary Clinton has a clear but ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- The New Hampshire results have solidified the reigning cliche that the 2016 campaign is an anti-establishment revolt of both the left and the right. Largely overlooked, however, is the role played in setting the national mood by the seven-year legacy of the Obama presidency.
Yes, you hear constant denunciations of institutions, ...Read more
If you believed America's longest war, in Afghanistan, was coming to an end, be advised: It is not.
Departing U.S. commander Gen. John Campbell says there will need to be U.S. boots on the ground "for years to come." Making good on President Obama's commitment to remove all U.S. forces by next January, said Campbell, "would put the whole ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- It is frequently said that, unfortunately, Americans disdain government. It is more usefully said that, unfortunately, they have abundant reasons for doing so. In coming days, the Supreme Court, by deciding to hear a case from Connecticut, can begin limiting a contemptible government abuse that the court's passive deference to ...Read more
When normal people suddenly attack and murder, their defense attorney hires Dr. Michael Rose, a former cop turned forensic psychiatrist and his associate, Karen Scott to represent them in court. The inexplicable events mystify these experienced professionals, and together they seek a rational...
As the results of New Hampshire's primary were coming in Tuesday night, some commentators on Twitter were jubilant about the "disruption": that is, the victories of an inane socialist demagogue and a foul-mouthed nationalist demagogue and what they represented to the "establishment." Yes, mobs are disruptive. Madame Defarge enjoyed a good ...Read more
SAN DIEGO -- The "Revenant"-style mauling that Marco Rubio endured from Chris Christie in the GOP presidential debate in New Hampshire was predictable and avoidable but also helpful.
Not to Rubio, of course. He took a hit. For weeks leading up to the primary in the Granite State, the Florida senator was considered by many analysts to be a ...Read more
At the start of the Democratic presidential race, the media viewed the contest as a cakewalk. The compassionate and gloriously wonky Hillary Clinton faced no one who could be viewed as her equal. Game over. When Sen. Bernie Sanders made noises about running against her, nobody thought he could be the actual Democratic nominee. He was old, he was...Read more
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.
Intelligence officials released video footage of airport employees in Mogadishu handing a laptop to a jihadist suspect before he boarded Daallo Airlines Airbus Flight ...Read more
He was found by the Bureau of Statistics to be
One against whom there was no official complaint,
And all the reports on his conduct agree
That, in the modern sense of an old-fashioned word, he was a saint.
--W.H. Auden, March 1939
Our hearts go out to Andy Davis, our man on the health ...Read more
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.
Which is probably the understatement of 2016.
The three-term mayor of New York and media mogul whose fortune is estimated at $39 billion, making him one of the ...Read more
If you seek to understand Barack Obama and his views, the best place to go is his speeches. But you have to read them in their entirety, not rely on hearing them or on the media's summary of them. When you do, you realize how often what Obama says is morally and intellectually confused and even untrue.
The most recent example was his speech ...Read more
Watching last Thursday's debate between Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders one might have thought a Republican had been in the White House for nearly eight years.
Hearing their complaints about the economy (bad), discrimination (rampant), health care (too many without it), unemployment (too many not ...Read more
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.
One of these words is "entitlement." To hear some politicians tell it, we are all entitled to all sorts of things, ranging from "affordable housing" to "a living wage."
But the reality...Read more
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.
Wentworth was governor of New Hampshire from 1741 to 1766, the longest-serving colonial governor, and with his ...Read more
SAN DIEGO -- I hate to burst Chris Christie's bubble, but he's wrong about Marco Rubio having a soft and cushy path to this point. The Florida senator has walked through one minefield after another since arriving in the national spotlight.
Last week, Christie attacked Rubio as "the boy in the bubble," insisting that the candidate who finished a...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Settling unhappily into his Super Bowl seat, Himalayan high behind the end zone, Joe spots an empty seat low and on the 50-yard line. He descends to it and asks the man seated next to him why the wonderful seat is unoccupied. The man says, "Its mine. I was supposed to come with my wife, but she died. This is the first Super Bowl ...Read more