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A Post-Roe Abortion Political 'Revolution' Is Unlikely

From the Right / Michael Barone /

The Supreme Court, as this is written, is hearing oral arguments in the case of Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization, challenging Mississippi's law banning, with a few exceptions, abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy. There's a powerful argument that the Court can't logically uphold this statute, which is less restrictive than most ...Read more

Kyle Rittenhouse's Offense: Insufficiently Respecting Rioters

From the Right / Michael Barone /

Why the hatred of Kyle Rittenhouse? Why was there such widespread dishonest news coverage of the case against him that his acquittal by the Kenosha, Wisconsin, jury came as an unwelcome surprise to so many? For example, so-called comedian Stephen Colbert's recent comment ("If he didn't break the law, we should change the law") shows he's ready ...Read more

Biden Stimulus Failures Could Produce 1920s-Style Republican Victories

From the Right / Michael Barone /

What's wrong with the economy? Nobody seems quite sure, but it's clear that the Biden administration's $1.9 trillion stimulus package passed in March, on top of the $900 billion approved in December, the last full month of the Trump administration, has not had the intended results.

Yes, the economy has grown, and so have wages. But the ...Read more

History Has Some Bad News for Biden Democrats

From the Right / Michael Barone /

As in the 1880s, we live in an era of polarized partisan parity, in which changes of opinion among independent voters can sweep election results. One year ago, Joe Biden was elected president with 51% of the popular vote. Now, with his job approval down to 42%, his party is in trouble.

That's obvious from Republican Glenn Youngkin's 51-49 ...Read more

Biden Democrats Lose Big -- And on Cultural Issues

From the Right / Michael Barone /

President Joe Biden returned the morning of Nov. 3 to a nation that no longer supports him or his party.

Virginia, which he carried 55% to 44% in 2020, has elected Republican Glenn Youngkin as governor, Republicans for lieutenant governor and attorney general, and recaptured a majority in the House of Delegates.

Even more startlingly, in New ...Read more

Health and Education Elites Forced To Confess Error

From the Right / Michael Barone /

Confessions of error are rare enough in woke America that they should be strictly construed against the speaker. Two such confessions (the legal term is "admissions against interest") suddenly appeared last week.

The first confession came in an Oct. 20 letter from Principal Deputy Director of the National Institutes of Health Lawrence Tabak. He...Read more

Republicans Gain Big in Blue-Collar Elections But Narrowly in Affluent State Legislative Elections

From the Right / Michael Barone /

State legislative special elections provide an interesting index of partisan sentiment these days. That wasn't so in the late 20th century, when clever local candidates and notables often got voters to cross party lines. But in this century of increasing partisan polarization and straight-ticket voting, local special elections are a proxy for ...Read more

Bill de Blasio Is On the Way Out, But His Mindset Lingers

From the Right / Michael Barone /

As his two terms as New York's mayor approach their end, and long after his presidential campaign ended with a whimper, Bill de Blasio has chimed in with one last act of destruction: a proposal to end the public schools' entry-by-exam gifted and talented program for first graders.

De Blasio's gripe is that selection by tests results in a ...Read more

Both Parties' Ignorance of Electoral Reality Has Led To Our Present Discontents

From the Right / Michael Barone /

Here's a jarring thought: Most political analysts, and most political strategists for our two political parties, have been operating off flawed data and flawed assumptions. The result has been one political surprise after another, and the election of the two most unsatisfactory presidents, in the minds of many voters, since Franklin Pierce and ...Read more

Hillary Clinton Should Apologize! It's the Biggest Political Hoax Since Titus Oates!

From the Right / Michael Barone /

It's the biggest political hoax since Titus Oates's allegations of a "Popish Plot" to assassinate King Charles II in 1678. Oates's charge of a Jesuit conspiracy swept through London and led to the execution of four innocent men before Oates was proved a fraud.

The full consequences of the great political hoax of our time -- the charge that ...Read more

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

 

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