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California Voters Get What They Deserve

From the Right / Michael Barone /

The nation's largest state has just voted in an election triggered by one of the nation's weirdest recall processes, and the results have come out just about where they've been before.

California Gov. Gavin Newsom was elected governor in 2018 by 62% to 38%, a result that was, unsurprisingly in an era of straight-ticket voting and strong ...Read more

The Feminization of America: What Will It Look Like?

From the Right / Michael Barone /

Are we witnessing the feminization of America? And if so, is that a good or bad thing, or is it, like so many quiet but ineluctable trends, a combination of the two?

Perceptions of feminization come from some unexpected quarters. The (mostly) free market economist Tyler Cowen sees it as a long-term trend, going back to the suffragist movement a...Read more

Joe Biden Is No Jimmy Carter

From the Right / Michael Barone /

"The worst president since Jimmy Carter."

You see a lot of that sort of thing if you regularly read conservative commentary, as I do. But as a conservative writer, I think it's unfair to the 39th president. I think it's time to say some good words for Carter. And if some of his accomplishments provide stark contrasts with his only-18-years-...Read more

A Tale of Two Airlifts

From the Right / Michael Barone /

"This is now on track," said White House press secretary Jen Psaki on Tuesday, "to be the largest airlift in U.S. history." On the process of bringing American citizens, Afghan partners and allies out, she continued, "I would not say that is anything but a success."

Psaki was careful not to use the word "all" in identifying the categories of ...Read more

Fiddling While Kabul Falls

From the Right / Michael Barone /

Historians aren't actually sure that Nero caused or neglected a fire that consumed much of ancient Rome. Historians, however much they'd like to, won't be able to deny that President Joe Biden bears full responsibility for America's humiliating retreat from Afghanistan, and our neglect of the tens of thousands who aided us and now face torture ...Read more

California Liberals Flunking First Test of Government

From the Right / Michael Barone /

Will Gov. Gavin Newsom be the second Democratic California governor to be recalled and removed from office in this (or the last) century? Polls suggest that's one possible result of next month's recall election.

If so, it would be a startling result. We have just seen the second consecutive Democrat elected governor of heavily Democratic (61% ...Read more

The Manhattan Project's 'Martians' Didn't Look Like America

From the Right / Michael Barone /

The Manhattan Project didn't look like America. Undertaken today, it would be criticized for failing to meet diversity and inclusion guidelines.

Today's human resources department professionals would be triggered if they looked at the list of physicists hired to produce what President Franklin Roosevelt was told could be a uranium-based bomb "...Read more

Do We Have to Watch Their Wretched Movie All Over Again?

From the Right / Michael Barone /

Why do I feel that I have seen this movie before?

I would like to think that learning is cumulative. But I'm beginning to think that every generation or two, people need to learn all over again the lessons that have unaccountably been forgotten or tossed aside. The elderly among us can see this, even as young people are inclined to insist that ...Read more

Speech Suppression is Habit-Forming

From the Right / Michael Barone /

Speech suppression is a habit that the Biden administration and its liberal supporters can't seem to break. Many staffers may have picked up the habit in their student years: Colleges and universities have been routinely censoring "politically incorrect" speech for the last 30 years. As Thomas Sowell noted, "There are no institutions in America ...Read more

Joe Biden's Big Lie

From the Right / Michael Barone /

Did you know that Black people are not going to be allowed to vote in America anymore? At least in states controlled by Republicans. Sounds a bit unlikely, but that's a conclusion you might have come to if you took seriously what President Joe Biden said in Philadelphia Tuesday.

Biden decried Republicans' proposed changes in election laws as "...Read more

Both Parties Fail to Respond to Signals in the Political Marketplace

From the Right / Michael Barone /

I like to apply free market analysis to American politics. Within established laws, politicians compete for votes and are rewarded for maximizing voters' preferences. As in economics, there are sometimes market failures, but mostly the system seems to be self-regulating.

This sounds nice, but it doesn't seem to describe what's been happening ...Read more

New York Mayoral Primary Shows Split Between Democratic Constituencies

From the Right / Michael Barone /

New York City's notoriously incompetent election officials have not finished tabulating the votes in the June 22 Democratic primary, with its novel ranked choice voting system. But the first choices of voters -- minus some 124,000 absentees -- nevertheless reveal some important things about the differences between different segments of the ...Read more

Charles Murray's Two Uncomfortable Truths and His Not Bad Advice

From the Right / Michael Barone /

Give Charles Murray, longtime scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, credit for courage. Again and again, despite outrageously unfair attacks, he has returned to the public arena and persisted in telling unwelcome truths. In his meticulous prose, with charts and tables so elegant as to betray an aesthetic bent, he makes his points with ...Read more

 

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