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Epidemic has put in stark relief the pettiness and absurdity of our national life since Trump won

From the Right / Rich Lowry /

On Jan. 20, the United States confirmed its first case of the coronavirus. The nation's political and media elite obsessed over Mitch McConnell's just-announced resolution governing the impeachment trial of Donald Trump.

On Jan. 23, China locked down the city of Wuhan. Cable news in America lit up with praise for the epic, nay historic, ...Read more

Biden shows how Democrats are willing to turn out en masse for an uninspired candidate

From the Right / Rich Lowry /

What William McKinley was to the front-porch campaign, Joe Biden is to the basement campaign.

Sidelined and confined to his house by the dictates of coronavirus social distancing, the former vice president has been limited to intermittent appearances from a makeshift studio in his basement. They have been awkward and low-energy, but that doesn'...Read more

All we can know with certainty is that the current path is untenable

From the Right / Rich Lowry /

Countries have experienced economic depressions before, but not usually as a matter of choice.

The nationwide coronavirus shutdowns over the past two weeks have ground parts of the country to a halt. We have probably never before in our history seen so much economic activity vaporize so quickly -- within days or even hours. The Great Depression...Read more

Only the 'crooks' can save us now

From the Right / Rich Lowry /

A specter haunts progressive America -- the possibility that a company might make too much money solving the world's coronavirus problem.

At the last Democratic debate Bernie Sanders called the leaders of the pharmaceutical industry "a bunch of crooks," who are telling themselves in the midst of the epidemic, "Wow, what an opportunity to make a...Read more

On coronavirus, the nationalists aren't nationalist enough

From the Right / Rich Lowry /

A foreign threat, emanating from China and requiring border controls and the exercise of government power to protect Americans, has arrived in the United States.

Yet President Donald Trump spent the initial weeks minimizing the threat and talking of it magically disappearing, despite being a nationalist who has long emphasized the importance of...Read more

Calling the Wuhan virus 'the Wuhan virus' isn't racist

From the Right / Rich Lowry /

The coronavirus outbreak is the first pandemic of the woke era, and as such it's not surprising that there is a fierce debate over how to refer to it without offending against social justice.

Republican Rep. Paul Gosar of Arizona lost whatever sympathy he would have garnered in certain quarters over his self-quarantine when he referred to "the ...Read more

Why The Democratic establishment still has juice

From the Right / Rich Lowry /

The Democratic establishment managed the nearly impossible. In the course of less than two weeks, it cut off Bernie Sanders at the pass and revived Joe Biden.

We don't live in an age of powerful political parties with commanding figures pulling the strings in backrooms (no smoking allowed). The presidential nominating process, in particular, is...Read more

 

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