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Biden Can't Blow the Debates

From the Right / Mona Charen /

Until he challenged Donald Trump to debate, President Joe Biden seemed in denial about the state of the race. He'd been saying for some time that the polls were wrong. This was disturbing for a couple of reasons, the first being that, if anything, the polls have underpredicted, not overpredicted, Trump's support. That was true in 2016 and 2020. ...Read more

Flirting With Disaster

From the Right / Mona Charen /

In December 2022, Donald Trump said something that, in a healthy political culture, would have spelled his doom. He wrote, "A Massive Fraud of this type and magnitude allows for the termination of all rules, regulations, and articles, even those found in the Constitution. Our great 'Founders' did not want, and would not condone, False & ...Read more

The Gaza Protests Are a Mirror Image of MAGA

From the Right / Mona Charen /

Within the past 48 hours, student protesters occupied Hamilton Hall at Columbia University and then were forcibly removed by New York police. I knew that building well when I was an undergrad there in the 1970s.

Columbia, like most colleges, tended left. The campus had become notorious in 1968 for its protests. By the time I arrived in 1975, ...Read more

The GOP Is the Party of Putin

From the Right / Mona Charen /

"Russian propaganda has made its way into the United States, unfortunately, and it's infected a good chunk of my party's base." That acknowledgement from Michael McCaul, Republican chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, was echoed a few days later by Michael Turner, the chairman of the Intelligence Committee. "To the extent that this ...Read more

Democrats Should Reclaim Patriotism

From the Right / Mona Charen /

In 1984, at the Republican National Convention in Dallas, a lifelong Democrat stood up to denounce her former party. Jeane Kirkpatrick, who had switched parties to serve as Reagan's U.N. ambassador, lambasted her former party for always "blaming America first."

Today, it is the Republican Party that -- despite its MAGA slogan -- is trafficking ...Read more

A Third Party Is the Coward's Way Out

From the Right / Mona Charen /

During the all-too-brief one-on-one contest between Nikki Haley and Donald Trump for the Republican presidential nomination, there was a good deal of analysis declaring it the last stand of the Reaganite vision for the GOP versus the MAGA takeover. That was the wishiest of wishful thinking -- and not just because such large segments of ...Read more

The 'Criminal Immigrant' Canard

From the Right / Mona Charen /

President Joe Biden chose to scrap a bit with Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene at the State of the Union -- a choice that should remind us of the old saw, "Never wrestle with pigs. You both get dirty and the pig likes it."

Greene has two modes: heckling and lying. This time, she was doing both by bellowing that Biden should "Say her name," a ...Read more

There's Another Way Trump Could Get Immunity

From the Right / Mona Charen /

Apparently interpreting the Supreme Court's decision on the 14th Amendment as a personal vote of confidence, Donald Trump pushed his luck, urging the justices to rule swiftly that he has absolute immunity as well.

That is not likely. Most observers thought the court would reject Colorado's action because permitting it would have invited chaos ...Read more

IVF and the GOP

From the Right / Mona Charen /

The Alabama Supreme Court set off political tremors last week with its decision that frozen embryos have the status of "extrauterine children" and thus are covered by a state law that permits parents to seek damages for the wrongful death of a "minor child." The implication that in vitro fertilization (IVF) cannot be practiced if embryos have ...Read more



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