Syndicated Columnists

Rich Lowry: Barack Obama, American caudillo

Rich Lowry

November 28th, 2014

To think that President Barack Obama has taken the oath of office four times (through accidents of circumstance, twice each time he was elected). Taking the oath must have become such old hat that he stopped paying attention.

Mark Shields: The end of an admirable era

Mark Shields

November 24th, 2014

After 42 years of steadfast service to his country, Chief Warrant Officer 5 Ralph E. Rigby recently retired from the U.S. Army. More memorable than the official celebration ceremony, which rightly marked the end of this loyal American’s service, was the national policy that made his career possible. Ralph Rigby was almost certainly the last soldier on active duty who had been drafted into military service.

Scott Rasmussen: Checks, balances, loopholes

Scott Rasmussen

November 23rd, 2014

The New York Times recently ran an op-ed column calling for the end of midterm elections. Since the column was posted on the eve of a midterm election leading to record Republican gains, many readers presumably just rolled their eyes and chalked it up to the Times being opposed to anything that helps Republicans.

Froma Harrop: End of the game on immigration reform

November 19th, 2014

President Obama’s plan to bypass Congress in shielding millions of immigrants from deportation is not the best way to do immigration reform. But if confrontation is what it takes to get House Republicans off their rear ends and deal with the problem, so be it.

Michael Barone: Where the polls went wrong — and maybe, why

November 19th, 2014

Were the polls wrong? It’s a question asked after every election. Sometimes, as in 1948, the answer seems as obvious as the answer to the question, “Why did Custer lose at Little Bighorn?” Sometimes the answer is less obvious, as it is this year.

Jonah Goldberg: Democrats’ loss is not a win for Hillary Clinton

November 19th, 2014

In the old Soviet Union, Kremlinologists would read the state party newspaper Pravda not so much for the news it contained, but to glean what the commissars wanted readers to believe the commissars were thinking. The closest we have to that in America is the New York Times. Obviously, it’s not a state organ and there are many fine journalists there, but it does play a similar role for the Democratic Party, often reporting less on what Democrats actually think and more on what Democrats want readers to believe is the current state of Democratic thinking.

Leonard Pitts Jr.: A chance to change world again

Leonard Pitts Jr.

November 18th, 2014

Last week, I spent a day at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, where some students and I talked about protest. Des Moines is six hours up the road from Ferguson, Missouri, the St. Louis suburb where Michael Brown, an unarmed teenager, was shot to death by a police officer in August, prompting weeks of often violent clashes between protesters, rioters and heavily militarized police.

Kathleen Parker: Obama’s spiteful legacy

Kathleen Parker

November 14th, 2014

WASHINGTON — Post-election analysis falls somewhere between amusing and clueless.
In the amusing camp are Democratic strategists who intone that

Diane Dimond: One proud cop

Diane Dimond

November 12th, 2014

Generally speaking, law enforcement types are a quietly proud bunch. They are proud to put on the uniform every day,

Mark Shields: Final return of 2014

Mark Shields

November 10th, 2014

Over the past 85 years, there have been just two Republican presidents who were unbeatable on Election Day and as