Syndicated Columnists

Rich Lowry: The next JFK

Rich Lowry

January 20, 2017

The work of unraveling President Barack Obama’s legacy is underway, but even if the Trump administration and a Republican Congress reverse every last law and regulation, they won’t be able to touch the core of it.

George F. Will: The waterbeetle of American politics

George F. Will

January 18, 2017

WASHINGTON — Leaving aside the missing element of grace and the improbability of his ever stopping to think, Donald Trump is the waterbeetle of politics. His feral cunning in manipulating the masses and the media is, like the waterbeetle’s facility, instinctive. The 72 days of transition demonstrated a stylistic seamlessness with his 511 days of campaigning, which indicates that the 1,461 days of his term that begins Friday will be as novel as his campaign was.

Mark Shields: Challenge us, don’t coddle us

Mark Shields

January 16, 2017

The late William Safire, a certified wordsmith who had been a speechwriter for President Richard Nixon before becoming a Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist for The New York Times, concluded, after reading 56 of them, that there had been only four great presidential inaugural addresses: Abraham Lincoln’s first and second, Franklin Roosevelt’s first, and John F. Kennedy’s only.

Kathleen Parker: Hosea, can you see?

Kathleen Parker

January 16, 2017

WASHINGTON — Republicans can argue until their last breath that Trump objectors are sore losers, but isn’t more at stake than “mere politics”? This phrase has been rendered quaint by such serious issues as: Russian hackers apparently trying to tilt the election toward Donald Trump; the FBI’s possibly politically motivated practices; Trump’s initial resistance to the conclusions of the U.S. intelligence community; Trump’s refusal to release tax records, which might mollify concerns about his relationship with Russia.

Froma Harrop: Is ‘stranger rape’ more troubling than ‘date rape?’

Froma Harrop

January 15, 2017

A New York City police captain said he regards “true stranger rapes” as “more troubling” than rapes in which the victims knew their attacker. Outrage ensued. He quickly apologized, writing on Twitter, “My comments were not meant to minimize the seriousness of sexual assault.”

Michael Barone: The intelligence community, Russia and Trump

Michael Barone

January 13, 2017

On Wednesday, in his first news conference as president-elect, Donald Trump came out swinging — against some of the media (while praising others), against the policies and performance of the Obama administration, and against the intelligence community.

Jonah Goldberg: Will Trump’s Twitter fixation drive away his allies?

Jonah Goldberg

January 12, 2017

The political class is still coming to grips with what appears to be Donald Trump’s novel management philosophy: government by Twitter. Put aside the by-now-familiar weirdness of our president-elect’s gloating over Arnold Schwarzenegger’s poor “Celebrity Apprentice” ratings or swipes at Meryl Streep. Trump’s Twitter addiction poses heretofore unnoticed challenges for his administration.

Froma Harrop: Obamacare repeal game is a disgrace

Froma Harrop

January 11, 2017

The Republican majority in Congress has voted to kill the Affordable Care Act dozens of times. It’s done this knowing that President Obama would veto the bill, thus sparing members from the consequences.

George F. Will: Academia may now be beyond satire

George F. Will

January 11, 2017

WASHINGTON — The Chronicle of Higher Education, which is a window on the sometimes weird world of academia, recently revisited a hilarious intellectual hoax from 20 years ago. Reading the recollections of the perpetrator and of some who swallowed his gibberish is sobering.

Kathleen Parker: President-elect Trumpschenko

Kathleen Parker

January 10, 2017

WASHINGTON — First, a history refresher: For the past nine years, a smattering of Americans, most recently led by our now president-elect, have insisted that Barack Obama is a Muslim born in Kenya.