I Come to Bury Biden, Not to Praise Him Ocasio-Cortez emerges as a one-woman Committee to Re-Elect the President.

Three small points we labor mightily to connect: Joe Biden has me thinking about . . . Julius Caesar. The political class of Rome wanted Caesar gone and successfully dispatched him with 23 wounds. But the conspirators themselves came to unhappy ends—Caesar’s base hated them and chased them out of town! Nobody loves an assassin. […]

The Why, How and What of America Readings to appreciate the making of our nation and its continuing miracle.

I’m not really big on purple mountain majesties. I’d love America if it were a hole in the ground though yes, it’s beautiful. I don’t love it only because it’s “an idea,” as we all say now. That strikes me as a little bloodless. Baseball didn’t come from an idea, it came from us—a long […]

The 2020 Democrats Lack Hindsight They ignore reality and march in lockstep with their base. Did they learn anything from 2016?

I’ve received tens of thousands of letters and other communications from Trump supporters the past few years, some of which have sparked extended dialogues. Two I got after last week’s column struck me as pertinent to this moment, and they make insufficiently appreciated points. A gentleman of early middle age in Kansas City wrote to […]

My Sister, My Uncle and Trump They loved him and were sure he’d win. I couldn’t share their jolliness, but I respected their rebellion.

It was four years ago this week, June 16, 2015, and a great professional gift was given me. I had just watched Donald Trump’s announcement speech and was pondering its impact. This guy isn’t going to be president; we’ve been reading about his tabloid antics for 30 years. But he’ll have some impact, some support. […]

England Needs a Slap, and So Does China Getting on with Brexit is the right thing to do. So is pushing back against the crackdown in Hong Kong.

Now and then a country needs to get slapped. England does, or rather the United Kingdom, but I say England because I really mean London. Its entire leadership class has been undone since Brexit passed, three years ago this month. They’ve been overwhelmed, not equal to the moment. They are like the hysterical blonde in […]

Overthrow the Prince of Facebook Big tech has become too powerful and abusive. We know enough about it to break up its dominance.

I’ll start with a personal experience and then try to expand into Republicans and big tech. In the spring of 2016, Facebook came under pressure, stemming from leaks by its workers, over charges of systemic political bias. I was not especially interested: a Silicon Valley company that employs thousands of young people to make decisions […]

Mueller’s Exit and an Impeachment Alternative Trying to overturn an election would be too divisive. Congress should censure Trump instead.

The investigation is complete, his office is closed, he returns to private life. And Robert Mueller leaves in his wake a great murk, doesn’t he? Even in his statement this week, presumably aimed in part at making things clearer, he spoke between the lines. What did he say, between the lines? Apparently I was too […]

‘Which Way to Pointe du Hoc?’ Each generation is tested, from the Army Rangers of D-Day to the college graduates of 2019.

A friend trying to help me work through a problem once told me the story of life is competition: Everyone’s trying to beat everyone else, and I should give more weight to this fact. There’s some truth in what he said, yet I thought his comment contained more autobiography than wisdom: He was the most […]

The Missing Order in American Politics I grow wistful as I watch the congressional chaos while reading Kissinger’s forthcoming oral history.

I am watching Washington and thinking this: We have reached a new crisis point in Donald Trump vs. the Democrats. They are speaking of contempt citations, subpoenas, executive privilege, hearings. It’s a daily barrage. The Democrats are inching closer to impeachment, at least rhetorically, perhaps actually. We’ll see how well Speaker Nancy Pelosi can dance […]

Republicans in a Nation Needing Repair Less taxes and spending won’t resolve America’s deep crisis. We need a farsighted conservatism.

I want to say something big, quickly and broadly. This week I talked with an intelligent politician who is trying to figure out the future of the Republican Party. He said that in presidential cycles down the road, it will be a relief to get back to the old conservatism of smaller government, tax cuts […]