Scott Rasmussen: If you want to change world, look outside of politics

Scott Rasmussen

October 20, 2016

One of the most important lessons anyone can learn about America is forgotten every election season. The lesson is simple: politicians don’t lead the nation, they lag behind. Change always comes from outside the political process, often from surprising places.

Jonah Goldberg: Leaks poisonous to Clinton

Jonah Goldberg

October 20, 2016

Sometimes you can’t just plan for the ball; you have to plan for the hangover, too. No matter how 2016 ends, there will be a headache that haunts the country for years to come.

Letter to the Editor: Why doesn’t Bennett visit our area?

October 20, 2016

You can tell a lot about a candidate by looking at their schedule. It’s clear from LuAnn Bennett’s schedule that she does not care much about the west end of the 10th District. She’s basically been missing in action in Frederick and Clarke counties and Winchester.

Kathleen Parker: How Trump could still win

Kathleen Parker

October 19, 2016

As the final presidential debate looms like a Halloween pinata full of October surprises, voters may be less committed to one or the other candidate than the numbers suggest. And this, my fellow sufferers, could bode better for Donald Trump.

Michael Barone: Which party will hold Senate, House?

October 18, 2016

Which party is going to control the House and hold a majority in the Senate in January 2017? Even if you regard the presidential contest as over — a proposition for which there is powerful evidence, including Donald Trump’s current campaign message choices — the answers to those questions are, respectively, mildly and very unclear.

Mark Shields: The unanswered question

Mark Shields

October 17, 2016

Eleven years ago, the re-elected George W. Bush was president, and Hillary Clinton was both the first woman ever elected to the U.S. Senate from New York and the first spouse of a president in U.S. history to have won election to any public office. In the Senate — by her thorough preparation and unpretentious manner, by her faithful attendance at tedious Fisheries, Water and Wildlife Subcommittee meetings, by regularly declining a standing invitation to appear on Sunday TV talk shows and by assiduously sharing all credit and press coverage with her less famous colleagues — she had successfully overcome initial skepticism and earned respect from a big majority of both Republican and Democratic senators.

George F. Will: A judicial slap to a careless Congress

George F. Will

October 17, 2016

WASHINGTON — Another small step was taken last week on the steep and winding ascent back to constitutional norms. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, the nation’s second-most important court, did its judicial duty by reprimanding Congress for abandoning constitutional propriety.

Michael Barone: Trump’s invisible shackles

Michael Barone

October 16, 2016

“It is so nice that the shackles have been taken off me and I can now fight for America the way I want to,” Donald Trump tweeted at the reasonable hour of 10 a.m. on Tuesday.

Jonah Goldberg: Bush collateral damage in Trump tape controversy

Jonah Goldberg

October 16, 2016

To say I care about Billy Bush’s career is overly generous. If you’d asked me two weeks ago who he is, I doubt I could have given an answer beyond, “The name is familiar,” or, “Isn’t he on one of those shows?” And by “those shows,” I mean that undifferentiated hog trough of “Access Hollywood,” “Entertainment Tonight,” “TMZ,” “Inside Edition,” etc.

Froma Harrop: The importance of keeping Trump afloat

Froma Harrop

October 13, 2016

It seems ages ago, but recall when the second presidential debate was deemed the sink-or-swim moment for the candidacy of Donald J. Trump. The slobbering sex tape had just come out, causing many fearful Republicans to dis-endorse him. One more astounding meltdown on the debate stage and Trump would be out (though how that could happen was never made clear).

Rachel Marsden: Trump guy-talk controversy a distraction

Rachel Marsden

October 13, 2016

PARIS — If you’re among the more than 100 million people on this planet who purchased and was titillated by “Fifty Shades of Grey,” the best-selling novel about a sadomasochistic sexual relationship between a wealthy young businessman and a college senior, then the second U.S. presidential debate was likely right up your alley. If you were looking for some depth and substance, then you were out of luck.