Archive for June, 2016


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Barack Obama Is Proof That America Isn’t Britain

June 29, 2016 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

In October 1993, Leon Wieseltier wrote a “Diarist” in The New Republic magazine that I remember to this day. The trigger was his fury over the Clinton administration’s failure to intervene militarily in Bosnia. But his subject was America and Europe. He wrote that: “There is no such place as… Read the Rest »

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Why Trump Can’t Easily Replicate the Brexit’s Success

June 26, 2016 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

American commentators have spent the weekend pondering the similarities between Britain’s vote to leave the European Union and America’s impending vote on whether to take leave it of its senses by electing Donald Trump. The similarities have been well-rehearsed: The supporters of Brexit—like the supporters of Trump–are older, non-college educated,… Read the Rest »

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Time to Form an American Jewish Emergency Committee Against Donald Trump

June 23, 2016 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

In dangerous times, American Jews have a tradition of forming “Emergency Committees.” In 1939, fearing that World War II would imperil the activities of the London and Jerusalem-based World Zionist Organization, representatives of America’s major Zionist groups formed the Emergency Committee for Zionist Affairs. Later renamed the American Emergency Committee… Read the Rest »

The Atlantic »

Rubio Is Making a Smart Move in Running for Senate

June 22, 2016 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

There are three obvious downsides to Marco Rubio’s decision to run for reelection to the United States Senate. First, he’s flip-flopped: As recently as May, he promised not to enter the race. Second, even if he wins, he’ll spend the coming years taking votes that could cause him problems in… Read the Rest »

The Atlantic »

Hillary Clinton, Longtime Christian

June 22, 2016 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

Donald Trump’s ignorance makes him challenging to cover. It’s sometimes hard to know whether his falsehoods are the product of willful deceit or mere lack of information. Take his statement on Tuesday to evangelical leaders that “we don’t know anything about Hillary in terms of religion. Now, she’s been in… Read the Rest »

The Atlantic »

The Republican Party’s White Strategy

June 22, 2016 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

When it comes to Latinos, Donald Trump has a muse: Ann Coulter. Last June, when Trump called Mexican immigrants “rapists” in his presidential-campaign announcement, the comment took many journalists by surprise. But that’s because many journalists hadn’t read Coulter’s work. Her book Adios, America: The Left’s Plan to Turn Our… Read the Rest »

Haaretz »

What Is ‘Radical Islam’ Anyway?

June 14, 2016 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

In his statement after the terrorist attack in Orlando, Donald Trump called on U.S. President Obama to resign and on Hillary Clinton to quit the presidential campaign. The reason: They “refused to even say the words ‘Radical Islam.’” (Clinton later uttered the phrase, so I guess she’s allowed to stay… Read the Rest »

The Atlantic »

Hillary Clinton’s Remarkable Comeback

June 7, 2016 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

Hillary Clinton has now secured the Democratic nomination for president. Because she was the front-runner, because she represents the establishment, because she has been around forever, we forget how remarkable a story that is. I’m not talking about her gender. In purely political terms, Clinton’s victory—after losing the Democratic nomination… Read the Rest »

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Trump and Adelson Were Meant for Each Other

June 7, 2016 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

To their credit, many of the Republican Party’s biggest Jewish donors—including hedge funders Paul Singer and Seth Klarman – refuse to back Donald Trump. Most high profile Jewish conservative commentators — David Brooks, William Kristol, David Frum, Bret Stephens, Dan Senor, Jennifer Rubin, Jonah Goldberg — won’t either. But there’s… Read the Rest »

The Atlantic »

Kristol is Clear

June 1, 2016 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

I opened my Twitter feed on Tuesday night to find liberals ridiculing Bill Kristol. Nothing unusual there. But this time, they had fresh ammunition: The news that Kristol’s much-hyped third-party presidential candidate will be little-known National Review contributor David French. By Thursday morning, the mockery had migrated to television. On… Read the Rest »