Archive for June, 2015


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The Atlantic: The Unconvincing Conservative Embrace of Same-Sex Marriage

June 30, 2015 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

All of a sudden, conservatives were never really against gay marriage to begin with. They just wanted to achieve it through the democratic process. “Many people will rejoice at this decision, and I begrudge none of their celebration,” wrote Chief Justice John Roberts in his dissent, implying that he thinks… Read the Rest »

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Haaretz: What last week’s historic changes in America mean for Israel

June 30, 2015 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

In 1995, the great South African journalist Allister Sparks titled his book about the transition from apartheid, “Tomorrow is Another Country.”  That’s how it felt last week to live in the United States.

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The Atlantic: The GOP Fails Its Empathy Test

June 29, 2015 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

After Mitt Romney’s defeat in 2012, the Republican National Committee published an “autopsy.” “When it comes to social issues,” the autopsy declared, “the Party must in fact and deed be inclusive and welcoming. If we are not, we will limit our ability to attract young people.” The autopsy also added… Read the Rest »

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Haaretz: Who is more naive – Michael Oren or Barack Obama?

June 24, 2015 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

When historians look back at Barack Obama’s policies toward the Middle East, writes former Israeli ambassador to the U.S. Michael Oren, they “might fault him for being naive and detached from a complex and increasingly lethal reality.” Naive and detached – the standard epithets that Israelis hurl at Americans less… Read the Rest »

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The Atlantic: Jeb Bush Tries to Push the Pope out of Politics

June 17, 2015 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

If you think Jeb Bush has learned from his disastrous answer last month about invading Iraq, just look at the answer he gave on Tuesday about the environment and the pope. Asked by Sean Hannity about Pope Francis’ forthcoming encyclical about climate change, Jeb responded that “I think religion ought… Read the Rest »

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Haaretz: Michael Oren’s wildly unconvincing, deeply trivial attack on Obama

June 17, 2015 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

Former Israeli Ambassador to the United States Michael Oren has published a book that he summarized in a Wall Street Journal op-ed this week entitled, “How Obama Abandoned Israel.” Strong words. “Abandon” means “cease to support” or “give up completely.” So in what way has Obama abandoned Israel? By eliminating… Read the Rest »

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The Atlantic: The Limits of Jeb Bush’s Compassionate Conservatism

June 16, 2015 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

If Jeb Bush wants to prove that he’s different from his brother, he has an odd way of showing it. In the video that accompanied Monday’s announcement that he’s running for president, Jeb declared that, “The barriers right now on people rising up is the great challenge of our time”… Read the Rest »

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The Atlantic: Playing It Safe Won’t Work for Jeb Bush

June 11, 2015 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

On Tuesday, Jeb Bush ventured abroad for the first time as a de facto presidential candidate. He began his tour in Berlin, which was a mistake. First, going to Berlin triggered comparisons with the euphoric, 200,000-person greeting the city gave candidate Barack Obama in 2008. Second, and interconnectedly, it triggered… Read the Rest »

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Haaretz: Does Sheldon Adelson really want to defeat BDS?

June 10, 2015 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

I don’t believe Sheldon Adelson is this dumb. It’s kindergarten-obvious that the casino billionaire’s new anti-BDS crusade will not only fail but will quite possibly prove counterproductive. 

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The Atlantic: Lincoln Chafee May Be Hillary’s Biggest Problem

June 4, 2015 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

In a field of Democratic presidential long shots, former Rhode Island senator and governor Lincoln Chafee, who announced his candidacy on Wednesday, may be the longest shot of all. As an authentic, uncompromising progressive, Bernie Sanders is poised to grab the bulk of those Elizabeth Warren enthusiasts who can’t reconcile… Read the Rest »