Syndicated Columnists

Rich Lowry: Don’t discount Donald Trump

Rich Lowry

February 7, 2016

Donald Trump’s loss in Iowa wasn’t just a victory for conservatives, but a loss for the mogul’s routinely low and dishonest style of campaigning.

George F. Will: In Iowa, signs of civil health

George F. Will

February 5, 2016

WASHINGTON — When Huck Finn asked Tom Sawyer what a Moslem is, Tom said a Moslem is someone who is not a Presbyterian, which is true, but not the whole truth. Donald Trump says he is a Presbyterian (“I drink my little wine … and have my little cracker”), which apparently was not good enough for enough of Iowa’s evangelicals.

Froma Harrop: Government keeps rural West going

Froma Harrop

February 4, 2016

The 187,000 acres on which sits the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge never belonged to the state of Oregon, much less the band of cowboy exhibitionists who’d taken it over. This and other federal lands were acquired through conquest over, purchases from or treaties with Mexico, Russia, Spain, England, France and Native Americans.

Robert B. Reich: It takes a movement

Robert Reich

February 3, 2016

“I wish that we could elect a Democratic president who could wave a magic wand and say, ‘We shall do this, and we shall do that,'” Hillary Clinton said recently in response to Bernie Sanders’ proposals. “That ain’t the real world we’re living in.”
So what’s possible in “the real world we’re living in?”

Jonah Goldberg: The decline of political party power

Jonah Goldberg

February 3, 2016

The campaigns will be eager to tell you the meaning of Ted Cruz’s victory and the virtual tie between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders in Iowa last night, but the larger significance of this election has been clear for months: The two major parties are paper tigers.

Lawrence Kudlow: The Fed misreads financial market situation

Lawrence Kudlow

February 2, 2016

Early in the new year, on Sunday, Jan. 3, Federal Reserve Vice Chairman Stanley Fischer delivered a hawkish speech to the American Economic Association. Completely misreading the economy, which is woefully weak while inflation is virtually nil, Fischer strongly hinted that the Fed would be raising its target rate by a quarter of a percent every quarter for the next three years.

Rich Lowry: The quisling establishment

Rich Lowry

February 1, 2016

Few expected Donald Trump would be in a dominant position days before the Iowa caucuses. Fewer still expected the Republican establishment would be among the mogul’s deluded enablers.

Michael Barone: Missing from candidate campaigns: Work

Michael Barone

February 1, 2016

From someone whose title is senior political analyst you might be expecting a forecast of who will win the Iowa caucuses tonight. Will Donald Trump voters turn out in enough numbers to give him the narrow win over Ted Cruz that polls indicate he has now? Will Hillary Clinton withstand the challenge and excitement generated by Bernie Sanders?

Kathleen Parker: Clinton’s cracked credibility

Kathleen Parker

January 29, 2016

WASHINGTON — The first question to Hillary Clinton from an audience member during Monday night’s Democratic town hall in Iowa must have been a blow from one so young — a potential new voter — this close to the caucuses.

Jonah Goldberg: Factions battle over trumps bid for top job

Jonah Goldberg

January 27, 2016

I’ve been hearing about the impending “conservative crackup” for nearly 25 years. The term was coined by R. Emmett Tyrrell Jr., the founder of the American Spectator. He meant that conservatism had lost its philosophical coherence. But the phrase almost instantly became a catchall for any prediction of the right’s imminent demise or dissolution.

Marino de Medici: The stormy politics of Europe

Marino de Medici

January 27, 2016

Americans may not be aware of it, bombarded as they are in the trial by fire that is the interminable American presidential election, but something very disruptive is happening in Europe, where the migrant crisis has set in motion the galloping populism and the resurgent nationalism that threaten the laboriously built edifice of the European Union. It is a sorry spectacle when a group of advanced countries such as Germany, France, Denmark and Austria react to the onslaught of migrants by restricting the freedom of movement introduced as a great European conquest under the name of the Schengen protocols. It is an even more miserable show of desperation when the European powers haughtily decree that a wall should be erected at the border of Macedonia so that refugees are kept in a virtual stockade in the territory of Greece. The Greeks conceivably would have no choice but to throw back into the water the migrants who land in the flimsy rubber boats after the perilous crossing from Turkey. The same odious strategy of fencing-in dooms Italy as it tries to deal with the thousands who come to its shores. Austria, a certified civilized country, is also about to build a fence at its border with Slovenia. And what can we say about the central European countries that were helped in unshackling the Soviet chains only to refuse adamantly at this time to give a helping hand in redistributing the migrants in democratic Europe? It is a dismal picture compounded by the fear of terrorism, increasing instability in Spain, the financial tremors of the European economy and last but not least, the dangerous prospect of “Brixit”, the possible outcome of a referendum that could cut the British out of the European Union. In turn, such a disaster could prompt the Scots to stay in the European Union and cut their moorings with Britain.