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Day of the Demagogues

From the Right / Mona Charen /

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

An Open Letter to Jeb Bush

From the Right / Mona Charen /

Dear Gov. Bush: There are many ways to express your love of country. One is to serve as president. In your case, that path seems closed. Since April, you spent the better part of $15 million in Iowa, yet you came sixth, winning just 2.8 percent of the vote and one delegate. At this rate, you'd need to spend $18,540,000,000 to win the nomination ...Read more

What's a Party For?

From the Right / Mona Charen /

What is a political party? By the intensity of internecine conflict among Republicans, you might conclude that it's a church. Sen. Ted Cruz is among the leading voices of a faction that wants to treat the Republican Party as a confession -- singing to the choir, denouncing heretics and damning sinners to hell.

This appears to be part conviction...Read more

Republican Hemlock Society

From the Right / Mona Charen /

"I am not a member of any organized political party," Will Rogers quipped in the last century, "I'm a Democrat."

If today's Republican Party were organized, if its storied "establishment" were even a shadow of the leviathan its detractors claim, the world would look very different. Republican Party leaders would long since have organized an ...Read more

What '13 Hours' Teaches

From the Right / Mona Charen /

A new movie that touches upon the election prospects of one female candidate for president debuts this week. Will "13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi" provoke thousands of angry viewers to march on Hillary Clinton's home with torchlights and pitchforks? Doubtful. The film is somewhat oblique. Hillary Clinton's name is not mentioned. The ...Read more

Fighting for the Soul of the Republican Party

From the Right / Mona Charen /

COLUMBIA, SOUTH CAROLINA -- At a time and day -- 8:30 a.m. on a Saturday -- when most Americans are sleeping in, the Kemp Forum on Expanding Opportunity convened in the capacious Columbia, South Carolina, convention center. Even at 8:15, it was tough to find a seat.

South Carolina's important primary is Feb. 20, and doubtless some of the more ...Read more

Guns: Bad Journalism and Bad Politics

From the Right / Mona Charen /

Are you opposed to "common sense" gun laws? These are what liberals like Hillary Clinton are always proclaiming their support for. In their telling, expanding background checks, closing the "gun show loophole," and restricting Internet sales will, in the words of liberal columnist E.J. Dionne, "(limit) the carnage on our streets, in our schools ...Read more

Religion and Republicans

From the Right / Mona Charen /

About 15 years ago, on Christmas Eve, our family departed from the traditional American Jewish observance of the holiday (ordering Chinese takeout) and elected to find an open restaurant. We drove to the local city center (or what passes for it in suburbia) and were stunned to find that not only were all of the restaurants open; they were packed...Read more

Does Conservatism Matter in Republican Nomination Contest?

From the Right / Mona Charen /

In December 2011, the candidate who led in the Iowa polls was not Rick Santorum (who ultimately squeaked out a victory there), nor Michelle Bachmann (who had driven Gov. Tim Pawlenty from the race by winning the Iowa straw poll earlier in the year), nor Mitt Romney. No, the leader was Ron Paul, with 23 percent.

Public Policy Polling provided ...Read more

Festival of Liberal Smugness

From the Right / Mona Charen /

There are few more repugnant spectacles among the liberal elites of this country than the festival of smugness that follows any comment by a conservative public figure that can be twisted into a racial slight.

This week it is Justice Antonin Scalia's turn. In an oral argument over affirmative action, Scalia said:

"There are those who contend ...Read more

Democrats' Best Weapon: Trump

From the Right / Mona Charen /

The dictionary defines "bogeyman" as "an imaginary evil spirit, referred to typically to frighten children." Hello, Donald Trump. It's not clear whether he set out intentionally to elect Hillary Clinton, but there is little question that he could not be fulfilling the role of Republican bogeyman to greater effect.

As Commentary's Jonathan Tobin...Read more

'Nothing to do With Islam'

From the Right / Mona Charen /

In the aftermath of Paris and before San Bernardino, Hillary Clinton articulated the forced catechism of the left: "Let's be clear: Islam is not our adversary. Muslims are peaceful and tolerant people and have nothing whatsoever to do with terrorism."

What happens when a major political party becomes so wedded to political correctness that it ...Read more

Things I'm Grateful For

From the Right / Mona Charen /

"Who is happy?" asks a sage in the great Jewish wisdom compendium "Sayings of the Fathers." Answer: "He who is contented with his lot."

And how, this Thanksgiving Day, do you acquire contentment when you are constantly barraged with evidence that others have more beautiful possessions or are better looking, more talented, healthier, more ...Read more

Obama Drove Sunnis Into ISIS' Arms

From the Right / Mona Charen /

Throughout the last third of George W. Bush's presidency, opinion leaders were obsessed with the question of mistakes. Among most members of the press and among Democratic officeholders (even, or perhaps especially, those who voted to approve the Iraq War), the appetite was strong to hold President Bush in a half nelson until he admitted that ...Read more

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