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Unlike His Rivals, Biden Sees Trump as an Aberration

April 25, 2019 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

The key word in Joe Biden’s announcement video is aberrant. If Donald Trump serves only one term, Biden declares, “I believe history will look back on four years of this president and all he embraces as an aberrant moment in time.” Before Trump, the former vice president implies, a moral consensus reigned. America,… Read the Rest »

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China Isn’t Cheating on Trade

April 21, 2019 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

News reports suggest that in the coming weeks, the United States and China will sign an agreement that repeals the tariffs the two nations have been levying on each other’s goods for the past nine months. If past behavior is any guide, Donald Trump will call it the greatest deal ever, and global… Read the Rest »

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Ilhan Omar’s Deeply American Message

April 15, 2019 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

I watched Ilhan Omar’s recent address to the Council of American Islamic Relations for the same reason most people did: to see whether she had—as Donald Trump claimed—minimized the 9/11 terrorist attacks. What I found was unexpected. In offering a vision for how to live as an American Muslim, her speech to CAIR… Read the Rest »

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Elizabeth Warren Had Charisma, and Then She Ran for President

April 9, 2019 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

Charisma comes from the Greek word for “divine gift,” and back in 2015, political commentators thought Elizabeth Warren had a lot of it. Vox called the senator from Massachusetts “a more charismatic campaigner than [Hillary] Clinton.” Roll Call said Clinton couldn’t “match Warren’s charisma, intensity or passion.” The polling firm Rasmussen called Warren “Bernie Sanders with charisma.” That was… Read the Rest »

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Beto Sees Trump’s Immigration Trap Clearly

April 1, 2019 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

Beto O’Rourke isn’t known for his wonkish heft. But in his formal announcement for president on Sunday, the former Texas congressman offered one of the most important policy proposals of the nascent presidential campaign: He argued that to solve America’s problems at the border, America’s leaders must “help people in Central America… Read the Rest »

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Nobody Knows Anything About ‘Electability’

March 22, 2019 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

Have we learned nothing? In 2016, very few political writers, myself emphatically included, thought Donald Trump would win the Republican nomination, let alone the presidency. Very few thought Bernie Sanders would win 23 states and 13 million votes in his Democratic-primary battle with Hillary Clinton.

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Secular Democrats Are the New Normal

March 15, 2019 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

Were a Democrat from the Clinton, Bush, or Obama eras to watch the presidential-announcement video that Beto O’Rourke released on Thursday, they would likely be struck by how it ended. Or, more specifically, by how it didn’t end. O’Rourke did not close with any mention of God.

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How Bigotry Made a Dove Out of Tucker Carlson

March 13, 2019 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

In the Trump era, some on the anti-interventionist left have developed a tolerance for, even a grudging appreciation of, Tucker Carlson. The reason: He’s a caustic critic of hawkish foreign policy. The Intercept’s Glenn Greenwald, the historian Stephen F. Cohen, and the author Max Blumenthal—all of whom agree with Carlson that the Trump-Russia scandal… Read the Rest »

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It’s Foreign Policy That Distinguishes Bernie This Time

February 21, 2019 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

The conventional wisdom is that Bernie Sanders is a victim of his own success. His “populist agenda has helped push the party to the left,” declared The New York Times in its story about his presidential announcement. But in 2020, he may lose “ground to newer faces who have adopted many of his… Read the Rest »

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What Will Trump Do If He Realizes He’s Lost the Shutdown Fight?

February 14, 2019 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

Donald Trump has again folded in his negotiations with congressional Democrats—accepting a second budget deal that includes nothing close to the $5.7 billion in funding for a border wall that he demanded. This outcome was entirely predictable. The sequence of events that led here has occurred again and again when… Read the Rest »