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Regular Democrats Just Aren’t Worried About Bernie

February 19, 2020 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

Judging by media coverage and the comments of party luminaries, you might think Democrats are bitterly polarized over Bernie Sanders’s presidential bid. Last month, Hillary Clinton declared that “nobody likes” the Vermont senator. Last week, James Carville, who ran Bill Clinton’s 1992 campaign, said he was “scared to death” of… Read the Rest »

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Impeachment Hurt Somebody. It Wasn’t Trump.

February 6, 2020 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

The impeachment struggle is now over. Historians may one day vindicate Democrats for exposing Donald Trump’s abuse of power. But as of now, they have lost. Not only will Trump remain president, and not only does he appear stronger politically than before the impeachment battle began, but he has succeeded… Read the Rest »

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John Bolton Spoke Up When Other Republicans Didn’t

January 30, 2020 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

Give John Bolton his due. By writing a book that apparently corroborates the core argument of those seeking to impeach and remove President Donald Trump, the former national security adviser has shown genuine moral courage. The literature on moral courage helps explain why: It’s because Bolton is an ideological fanatic…. Read the Rest »

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Trump Targets a New Group of Immigrants

January 27, 2020 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

Last week, Politico reported that the Trump administration was considering adding seven new countries to its travel ban. A majority of them—Eritrea, Sudan, Tanzania, and Nigeria, which is by far the most populous of the seven—are in Africa. The rationalization appears to involve terrorism. In the “counterterrorism” section of a… Read the Rest »

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Defending Trump Is a Has-Been’s Best Hope

January 22, 2020 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

Trace the careers of Alan Dershowitz and Ken Starr, both of whom joined Donald Trump’s impeachment team last week, and you notice a similar arc. As young men, each rapidly ascended to the upper echelons of the legal profession. At age 28, Dershowitz became the youngest tenured professor in the… Read the Rest »

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The Nationalism That Trump Can’t See

January 8, 2020 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

Iran’s missile attack last night on bases where American forces in Iraq are stationed offered the latest evidence that the Trump administration has done something extraordinary. By killing Qassem Soleimani, Iran’s most powerful military leader, at a Baghdad airport, it has turned both Iranian and Iraqi nationalism against the United… Read the Rest »

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The Embassy Attack Revealed Trump’s Weakness

January 1, 2020 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

Over the past 18 months, Donald Trump has picked a fight with Iran that he won’t end and can’t win. That fight has had horrifying consequences for the Iranian people, led Tehran to restart its nuclear program, and now left parts of the American embassy compound in Baghdad in flames…. Read the Rest »

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The Left-Right Divide Isn’t the One That Matters

December 23, 2019 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

Locked in a close race for first place in both Iowa and New Hampshire with only weeks to go before Democratic presidential-primary voting begins, Pete Buttigieg, along with his advisers, is talking about bringing people together. In a recent New Yorker profile, Benjamin Wallace-Wells quoted Buttigieg as welcoming “future former… Read the Rest »

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Progressives Have Short Memories

December 4, 2019 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

A bitter irony underlies Kamala Harris’s exit from the presidential campaign. She lost, in part, because she couldn’t forthrightly defend her record as a prosecutor. She couldn’t forthrightly defend that record because party activists deemed it insufficiently progressive. They portrayed her as complicit in the unjust incarceration and killing of… Read the Rest »

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Cory Booker Blew It

November 27, 2019 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

Near the end of the latest Democratic debate, Cory Booker did something unusual for a presidential candidate: He admitted that his campaign was in trouble. “I have not yet qualified for the December stage,” the senator from New Jersey confessed, “If you believe in my voice and that I should… Read the Rest »