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Are Polls Understanding Republicans' Support?

From the Right / Michael Barone /

Over the last three months, political journalists have been reporting a trend toward Democrats. The Supreme Court's reversal of Roe v. Wade, they have reported, has provided increased motivation for Democrats to turn out and vote. The easing of gas prices from their springtime peak has reduced concern about out-of-control inflation. Biden ...Read more

Queen Elizabeth II Showed Monarchy's Surprising Resilience

From the Right / Michael Barone /

The funeral of Queen Elizabeth II and the praise pouring in from almost all quarters for her 70 years of service make a powerful case, even for small-r republican and small-d democratic Americans, for the institution of constitutional monarchy. There is much to be said for having a head of state who is politically neutral, culturally traditional...Read more

On Ukraine and on Welfare, Morale Trumps Materiel

From the Right / Michael Barone /

Morale matters more than materiel.

Again and again, experts' predictions, based on readily quantifiable data and logical extrapolations, have proved disastrously wrong. The phenomenon is seen in apparently unrelated areas in foreign affairs and domestic policy. Examples: Ukraine and welfare.

The U.S. intelligence experts who accurately ...Read more

Political Careers Are Ending in Failure Because of Outdated 'Expert' Theories

From the Right / Michael Barone /

"All political lives, unless they are cut off at midstream at a happy juncture, end in failure, because that is the nature of politics and of human affairs." So said the British politician Enoch Powell, whose own once-stellar career ended in spectacular failure.

Lately, careers have been ending in failure more frequently. Consider Powell's ...Read more

Student Loan Forgiveness: A Payoff for the Woke

From the Right / Michael Barone /

"A Bailout for Woke Higher Ed" reads the headline on the stringent analysis by the Wall Street Journal's Allysia Finley of the Biden student loan forgiveness program.

It's a program that's economically regressive, "even worse than you thought," with big bailouts for the most affluent, as economist Tyler Cowen points out.

It's wildly more ...Read more

In 'Systemically Racist' America, Lots of Whites Vote for Blacks

From the Right / Michael Barone /

It was just a mini headline nationally on primary night this month, but one with some national implications and historic resonance. The city of Detroit, 77% of whose residents are Black, according to the 2020 Census, will not be represented by any Black members in the 118th Congress taking office next January.

That's something of a historical ...Read more

The Espionage Act of 1917 Once Again Rears Its Ugly Head

From the Right / Michael Barone /

When federal agents removed top-secret documents from former President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago residence last week, they carried with them a search warrant citing possible violations of the Espionage Act.

Ah, the Espionage Act! How that must have sounded comfortingly confirmatory to those leftists who still believe, despite the total lack of ...Read more

Will Dobbs Help Democrats? Will the Mar-a-Lago Raid Help Republicans?

From the Right / Michael Barone /

Are Republicans losing what seemed for months to be their overwhelming advantage in elections to the House of Representatives this November? The answer is unclear.

Optimistic Democrats have been thinking the Supreme Court's Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization decision overturning Roe v. Wade will trigger an increase in Democratic ...Read more

The West's Long-Lasting Enemies Cannot Be Cajoled

From the Right / Michael Barone /

Revisionist powers, nations whose leaders seek to undermine American leadership in the world, seem to be on the march.

Russia persists with its heavy bombardments in Ukraine. Its army holds on, at least for now, not only in eastern Ukraine but also on the Black Sea coast, shutting off Ukraine from supplies and trade with the rest of the world. ...Read more

Sorry, Progressives, But America Isn't Intersectional!

From the Right / Michael Barone /

America isn't intersectional. That's something the left-wingers who call themselves progressives have been learning, painfully, over the past 18 months.

You may well ask, what is intersectionality? It's a label that hasn't caught on with the general public that stands for a set of ideas, concocted by people convinced they know how to eliminate ...Read more

Sure, Ron DeSantis Could Beat Donald Trump in 2024

From the Right / Michael Barone /

How inevitable is a third consecutive nomination of Donald Trump? Partisan commentators, when it suits their purposes, tend to assume it is so.

Republicans who remain supporters of the 45th president point to data showing he remains popular among his party's voters. They also recall how loudly heralded attempts to deprive him of his first ...Read more

James Madison, 21st Century Pundit

From the Right / Michael Barone /

Could America's Founding Fathers see far, some 234 years, into the future? In declaring independence and fashioning a constitution, they were certainly trying to do so. And, in some cases, they succeeded. Consider this 78-word sentence written by James Madison and published as part of "Federalist 63" on March 1, 1788:

"As the cool and ...Read more

Who's Behind Joe Biden's Leftward Lunge?

From the Right / Michael Barone /

What's going on with Joe Biden? Why is a president who ran and was elected as a centrist Democrat supporting one left-wing proposal after another? What has prompted the politician whose sensitivity to public opinion was finely honed for four decades to take one unpopular stand after another?

As a senator from Delaware when it voted like the ...Read more



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