Archive for October, 2015


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Jeb Bush’s Loss Is Democracy’s Gain

October 29, 2015 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

If you’re feeling sorry for Jeb Bush after Wednesday night’s CNBC debate, don’t. His defenestration by Marco Rubio should make even those who support neither of them for president smile. It’s a sign that maybe, just maybe, the system still works.

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Talking to an Arab and Palestinian Audience Shouldn’t Lose You the Jewish Vote

October 29, 2015 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

The Arab American Institute invited every major presidential candidate to address its National Leadership Conference last Friday in Dearborn, Michigan. Only one showed up: Martin O’Malley, a long shot Democratic hopeful who once served as governor of Maryland.

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How Trump and Carson Benefit From the Backlash Against Corruption

October 27, 2015 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

The success of Donald Trump and Ben Carson has turned the members of the GOP elite into anthropologists, struggling to understand those ordinary Republicans who now resemble an exotic and hostile tribe. “I have no feeling for the electorate anymore,” George H.W. Bush’s former chief of staff John Sununu told… Read the Rest »

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Jeb Bush’s Dilemma

October 21, 2015 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

It’s now clear: Jeb Bush wants to speak about his brother’s record on 9/11 as much as possible. Donald Trump launched the controversy last Friday when he told Bloomberg News, “When you talk about George Bush, I mean, say what you want, the World Trade Center came down during his… Read the Rest »

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Trump is Right About 9/11

October 20, 2015 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

Donald Trump utters plenty of ugly untruths: that undocumented Mexican immigrants are “rapists,” that Syrian refugees are committing “all sorts of attacks” in Germany and represent a “Trojan Horse” for ISIS. But he tells ugly truths too: that “when you give [politicians money], they do whatever the hell you want… Read the Rest »

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What Bernie Sanders is Missing

October 16, 2015 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

Bernie Sanders didn’t prepare much for Tuesday night’s Democratic presidential debate. And on foreign policy, it showed. It began when Anderson Cooper asked the Vermont senator “what would you do differently” than Hillary Clinton about the conflict in Syria. Sanders answered that, “We should be putting together a coalition of… Read the Rest »

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Where Bernie and Hillary Really Disagree

October 14, 2015 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

The most revealing moment of last night’s Democratic presidential debate came near the end, when CNN moderator Anderson Cooper asked the candidates to “name the one thing—the one way that your administration would not be a third term of President Obama.” Bernie Sanders replied that, unlike Obama, he would “transform… Read the Rest »

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The Atlantic: Marco Rubio is Not as Moderate as He Sounds

October 9, 2015 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

On the subject of abortion, Marco Rubio is as conservative as it gets. He’d outlaw the procedure even in cases of rape or incest. But he doesn’t sound like a hardliner. “Listen, you’re 15 years-old and you become pregnant and you’re scared and you have your whole life ahead of… Read the Rest »

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Haaretz: Believe It or Not, Donald Trump Is Right About the Middle East

October 9, 2015 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

Forgive me. I agree with Donald Trump. Last Sunday, NBC’s Chuck Todd asked the blowhard businessman and presidential candidate if he thinks the Middle East would be better today if Saddam Hussein and Muammar Gadhafi were still around and Assad were stronger. Trump’s answer: “It’s not even a contest.” Fellow… Read the Rest »

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The Atlantic: Joe Biden Can’t Campaign on Tragedy

October 8, 2015 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

If Joe Biden wants to run for president, fine. But not this way. On Wednesday, the group Draft Biden released an ad that supposedly explained why Americans need him as president. It’s mostly about the death of Biden’s wife and daughter in 1972, and the way he found “redemption” through… Read the Rest »