Archive for September, 2016


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Trump’s Abdication of Personal Responsibility

September 27, 2016 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

Again and again at Monday night’s debate, Hillary Clinton attacked Donald Trump’s record in business. She accused him of caring only about himself. Again and again, he pleaded guilty. When Clinton quoted Trump as cheering for a housing crisis, Trump responded, “That’s called business.” When Clinton accused Trump of not… Read the Rest »

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Why Style Matters as Much as Substance

September 26, 2016 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

A new epithet has entered the political lexicon: “theater criticism.” Since the 1980s, wrote Charles Homans in the New York Times Magazine in August, American journalists have been eviscerating candidates for saying things that journalists deem bad politics, whether or not these “gaffes” really matter. Thus, they have been “practicing… Read the Rest »

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Donald Trump Is No Jack Kennedy

September 22, 2016 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

The new issue of Politico Magazine features an essay by the former John F. and Robert Kennedy speechwriter Adam Walinsky about why he’s planning to vote for Donald Trump. Trump, Walinsky argues, will follow in the Kennedys’ anti-war tradition by working with Russia to utterly destroy ISIS. Make sense? Actually,… Read the Rest »

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An Open Letter to the U.S. Jewish Leaders Who’ve Stayed Silent on Trump

September 21, 2016 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

Dear Mr. Greenberg and Mr. Hoenlein, John F. Kennedy liked to quote Dante as saying that “the hottest places in hell are reserved for those who in a period of moral crisis maintain their neutrality.” Dante didn’t actually say that. And applying the maxim to a Jewish organization is theologically… Read the Rest »

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The Death of ‘He Said, She Said’ Journalism

September 19, 2016 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

Last Saturday, The New York Times published an extraordinary story. What made the story extraordinary wasn’t the event the Times covered. What made it extraordinary was the way the Times covered it. On its front page, top right—the most precious space in American print journalism—the Times wrote about Friday’s press… Read the Rest »

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Trump Would Be Proud of Netanyahu’s anti-Palestinian Ethnic Cleansing Canard

September 14, 2016 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

In recent weeks, Donald Trump has adopted an odd strategy. He’s begun accusing Hillary Clinton of possessing the very deficiencies that he displays himself. So Trump, who proposed banning Muslims from entering the United States, calls Clinton a “bigot.” Trump, who has repeatedly mused about using nuclear weapons, calls Clinton… Read the Rest »

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Fear of a Female President

September 8, 2016 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

Except for her gender, Hillary Clinton is a highly conventional presidential candidate. She’s been in public life for decades. Her rhetoric is carefully calibrated. She tailors her views to reflect the mainstream within her party.

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Why Doesn’t Obama Use Military Aid Package to Israel as Leverage?

September 8, 2016 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

Country A believes that its ally, Country B, is pursuing policies that endanger both nations. Country A repeatedly asks Country B to change course. Country B refuses. Meanwhile, Country B asks Country A to send it a vast supply of weapons. Country A agrees. Then, after the agreement is signed,… Read the Rest »

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Hillary Fails to Offer a Foreign-Policy Vision

September 7, 2016 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

The best thing you can say about Hillary Clinton’s performance at Wednesday night’s Commander in Chief Forum is this: Matt Lauer was worse.

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The Cowardice of Donald Trump

September 5, 2016 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

Crusaders against “political correctness” often portray themselves as brave. They deride others for knuckling under to left-wing orthodoxy, for being too afraid of African Americans, Latinos, feminists, and gays to speak the truth. They, on the other hand, speak their mind, come what may. No presidential candidate has used this… Read the Rest »