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Here's Something You Should Be Thankful For: Work

From the Right / Michael Barone /

Sure, that sounds counterintuitive. Thanksgiving Thursday is the first day of a (for most of us) four-day weekend, a time devoted to gorging on comfort food and nonstop viewing of college and professional football games.

It's a time as well for contemplation, already primed by overfamiliar songs in shopping malls, of an even longer holiday ...Read more

Which Party Will Emerge From Its Gathering Storm?

From the Right / Michael Barone /

Each of our two political parties, ancient by world standards, seems to be facing a gathering storm.

Part of the gathering storm for Republicans is Donald Trump's candidacy and his persistent lead in most primary polls. He is given to outlandish proposals and lacks the temperamental ballast and government experience that general election ...Read more

Obama Gets Really Angry at Americans

From the Right / Michael Barone /

Three days after the Islamic State terrorist attacks in Paris, Americans were primed to hear their president express heartfelt anger, which he did in his press conference in Antalya, Turkey, at the end of the G-20 summit. And they did hear him describe ISIS as "this barbaric terrorist organization" and acknowledge that the "terrible events in ...Read more

An Unhappy History Seems to Be Repeating Itself

From the Right / Michael Barone /

Riots in black neighborhoods. Rebellions on campus. The news these past few months and particularly in the past week has been full of stories that remind us, as William Faulkner wrote a little more than half a century after the Civil War, "the past is never dead. It's not even past." We're seeing something that looks eerily like the recurrence...Read more

Rubio and Cruz Look Like Top Contenders in Debate

From the Right / Michael Barone /

Tuesday night's Fox Business/Wall Street Journal debate in Milwaukee provided clues as to why Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz have been climbing, not by wide margins but perceptibly, into the top-polling positions of the candidates behind the two poll leaders, Donald Trump and Ben Carson.

The widespread assumption among political insiders is that in...Read more

Surge of Democratic Turnout Has Yet to Appear

From the Right / Michael Barone /

You don't have to wander long in the liberal commentariat to find projections that the Republican Party is in a death spiral, doomed by demographics, discredited by the dissension among House Republicans, disenchanted with its experienced presidential candidates and despised by the great mass of voters.

There is something to be said for each ...Read more

Liberals' Response to Dissent: 'Shut Up'

From the Right / Michael Barone /

"'Shut up,' he explained." That's a sentence from Ring Lardner's short story "The Young Immigrunts." It's an exasperated father's response from the driver's seat to his child's question, "Are you lost, Daddy?"

They also can be taken as the emblematic response of today's liberals to anyone questioning their certitudes. As with the father in ...Read more

What Happens When an Irresistible Force Meets an Immoveable Object?

From the Right / Michael Barone /

What happens when an irresistible force meets an immoveable object?That's one question raised by the 2016 presidential campaign.

The immoveable object is the close and bitter partisan division that has prevailed in general elections for the last two decades. The irresistible force is the corrosive discontent of American voters, their sense ...Read more

Free Stuff Can Turn Out to Be a Bad Buy

From the Right / Michael Barone /

Free college! That's what the Democratic candidates were offering in their presidential debate. And it's likely that, if the subject had come up, they would have offered something like free home mortgages as well, to judge from Hillary Clinton's statement that she had urged Wall Street to stop mortgage foreclosures. Sounds a lot like free ...Read more

Clinton Paying a Price Now for Her 2012 LIES About BENGHAZI!

From the Right / Michael Barone /

Nothing new there. Nothing to see here. Time to move on for good.

That was the attitude of most in the mainstream media to the 11-hour questioning of Hillary Clinton by the House Select Committee on Benghazi. It was not the prevailing attitude, as I remember, toward the hearings of the Senate Watergate Committee or the impeachment debate at the...Read more

Biden Decision Leaves Both Parties in Disarray

From the Right / Michael Barone /

Joe Biden has made it official: He is not running for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination. It's the latest development in a presidential campaign cycle that has not been going according to script.

Biden said that personal factors played a part in his decision. At a time when few children die before their parents, he has had to endure ...Read more

Hillary Scores Debate Win -- Among Democrats

From the Right / Michael Barone /

Going into the Democrats' first presidential debate Tuesday night, Hillary Clinton seems to have banked on one thing: that far fewer Americans would be watching than watched the Republican debates in August and September.

That assumption proved correct. Early Nielsen ratings indicate that 13 million viewers tuned in. That's more than the ...Read more

Are Both Parties Incapable of Governing?

From the Right / Michael Barone /

Important parts of our two great political parties seem bent on demonstrating that their parties are incapable of governing coherently.

House Republican rebels have pushed Speaker John Boehner out the door without advancing a plausible successor and have risked leaving the speaker's chair vacant. Hillary Clinton has backpedaled and flip-...Read more

Clinton's Leftward Tack on Immigration and Guns Has Risks for November

From the Right / Michael Barone /

You win the presidency, Richard Nixon supposedly observed, by tacking to the right in the primaries and to the center in the general election. Hillary Clinton seems to be following that strategy except, as a Democrat, she is tacking to the left.

This strategy has risks, as Nixon, who lost the presidency once and won it once by narrow margins,...Read more

Policy Reform That Comes From Outside (and in Spite of) Washington

From the Right / Michael Barone /

Not all important public policy reforms come from Washington. Really lasting reforms can percolate from the bottom up, brewed by citizens with a grievance pushing state and local governments to act.

Consider the case of Right to Try legislation. These are state laws that allow doctors to prescribe investigational medicines being safely used ...Read more

The Dogs That Aren't Barking in the 2016 Campaign

From the Right / Michael Barone /

Sherlock Holmes famously solved the mystery of the Silver Blaze by noting the dog that didn't bark in the night. It strikes me that in this wild and woolly campaign cycle there have been numerous dogs not barking in the night, or in the daytime either.

Start with the race for the Democratic nomination, which has not unrolled as predicted. ...Read more

Is There Any Precedent in History for Donald Trump?

From the Right / Michael Barone /

In November 1964 a crowd of 5,000 attended the opening of the Verrazano Narrows Bridge, then the longest suspension bridge in the world. Presiding were New York Mayor Robert Wagner, Gov. Nelson Rockefeller and transportation and parks czar Robert Moses. Also in the crowd was a teenager named Donald Trump.

Trump later told a New York Times ...Read more

Walker Withdrawal Shows Changes in Republican Contest

From the Right / Michael Barone /

Scott Walker's abrupt withdrawal from the Republican presidential race Monday afternoon shows how different, in ways noticed and unnoticed, this campaign cycle is from those of recent years.

One obvious difference is the size of the Republican field -- 17, before Walker's withdrawal and Rick Perry's withdrawal 10 days before. That has made ...Read more

Are Our Familiar Political Alignments Suddenly Changing?

From the Right / Michael Barone /

As the 2016 presidential selection process proceeds, there is increasing evidence that the political patterns we have grown used to, that we have come to consider permanent, might be suddenly changing.

Those patterns include a polarized and closely divided electorate, with partisan preferences highly correlated with degree of religiosity, ...Read more

Europe's Humanitarianism Is, Sadly, Not Humanitarian

From the Right / Michael Barone /

Human beings are hard-wired to protect young children. That's the easiest explanation of the rush of Europeans -- especially, but not only, elites -- to welcome huge numbers of refugees after publication of the picture of a dead three-year-old boy on a Turkish beach.

In response, Chancellor Angela Merkel said Germany would take in 800,000 as ...Read more

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