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leave

Will Trump refuse to leave?

23 October 2020 8:09 am

At a drinks party in Washington DC just after Donald Trump was elected, someone from the old regime told me: ‘This…

russiagate

Will we ever know the truth about Russiagate?

20 October 2020 8:16 am

Writing in mid-October, anno domini 2020, it is sobering to speculate that when the results of a certain upcoming political…

paranoid

The paranoid style in left-wing politics

19 October 2020 6:33 am

Did Donald Trump fake his battle with coronavirus to boost his standing in the polls? No, obviously not. He spent…

presidents

Their Majesties the Presidents

17 October 2020 8:51 am

For anyone who’s a little bit worried about the current state of the Union, Andrew Gimson’s book is a godsend.…

kshama sawant

Bad Kshama: meet Seattle’s worst socialist

12 October 2020 3:16 am

Seattle In Max Frisch’s 1953 absurdist play The Fire Raisers, a well-off family in an unnamed town invites a man…

magical thinking

The Democratic art of magical thinking

10 October 2020 3:42 am

I should clear up one thing straight away. I do not believe that Joe Biden is guilty of magical thinking.…

hostages

The hostages’ president

8 October 2020 6:06 am

President Trump has tweeted that, among other things he’s best at, he is ‘the greatest hostage negotiator in the history…

religion

Godforsaken: religion is vanishing from American politics

6 October 2020 12:17 am

The United States has always been the world’s leading religious marketplace. Even before independence, the American colonies were more fervently…

mail

How democracy dies

24 September 2020 6:19 am

What would happen if Americans voted on different days? Suppose Republicans voted on Tuesday and Democrats voted on Wednesday. Would…

blob

The return of the Blob

5 September 2020 3:41 am

For decades, Washington think tanks were vital to a virtuous revolving door. Young policy professionals, both Democrats and Republicans, would…

populist

The future of populist conservatism

5 September 2020 1:15 am

Laramie, Wyoming William Kristol, a Grand Poobah of neoconservatism, is leaving the Republican party to join the donkeys of the…

reckoning

After Trump, the reckoning

1 September 2020 1:28 am

As voters prepare to pass judgment on Donald Trump’s presidency in November, they might want to entertain a few counterfactuals.…

vote

Why I won’t vote

28 August 2020 10:09 pm

Almost exactly a year ago, I wrote a piece titled ‘The battle cry of the politically homeless’ in which I…

make america normal again

Make America Normal Again

26 August 2020 2:13 am

To win in November, Trump should seek inspiration from President Alexander Lukashenko, the 65-year-old autocrat who has ruled Belarus since…

donald trump

The right stuff

25 August 2020 2:58 am

No matter what the pundits say, no matter how the polls look, November’s presidential election is very much up for…

after trump right

How to be right

25 August 2020 2:22 am

Two broad camps divide American conservatism today: those who get it, and those who don’t — the woke and unwoke,…

qanon

Cuckoo Q: are the QAnon crowd as crazy as they seem?

21 August 2020 3:54 am

‘Have you guys been following 4Chan?’ asks Marjorie Taylor Greene in a 2017 video. A mysterious ‘patriot’ named ‘Q’, Greene…

russians

The war for your mind

13 August 2020 1:57 am

The romantic plans of a Kazakh bodybuilder named Yuri Tolochko have become one more casualty of the coronavirus pandemic. He…

mad sanity

Donald Trump isn’t mad

12 August 2020 3:06 am

It is alarming how psychiatric diagnoses have crept into the political commentary. Donald Trump, we’ve been told, has narcissistic personality…

joe biden

Biden is not the president America needs

29 July 2020 11:43 pm

In a 2008 essay in the American Conservative, I encouraged my fellow conservatives to vote for Sen. Barack Obama in…

oligarchy

Same old same old

27 July 2020 12:50 am

American politics is getting senile. Donald Trump and Barack Obama were both elected as agents of change, repudiations of an…

obama

Obama’s disappearing legacy

25 July 2020 1:56 am

This article is in The Spectator’s August 2020 US edition. Subscribe here to get yours. The presidency of Barack Obama was heralded…

china

How liberal globalism went bankrupt

22 July 2020 10:45 pm

When future historians chronicle the period after the Cold War, the rise of China will dominate their accounts. Beginning in…

biden

What will Biden do?

22 July 2020 1:48 am

The oddities of Joe Biden’s third presidential campaign are impossible to ignore. He is the oldest man ever nominated by…

joe biden hope change

Biden offers no change and no hope

21 July 2020 12:10 am

For too long, Republicans and the media refused to take Joe Biden seriously as a presidential candidate. It’s hard to…