Bill Murchison

Posted December 16, 2014

Among the journalistic takeaways from the late Congress' death frenzies is the equivocal plight of the two parties -- the grown-up deal makers in both cases squeezed by hardcore, do-it-our-way extremists.

Posted December 09, 2014

The human tempests presently sweeping the country -- rape allegations at the University of Virginia and in the U.S. military, racial protests and rioting over police conduct, growing and growling bitterness during the sweetest of seasons -- have as much to do with moral decay as with circumstances.

Posted December 02, 2014

"Race," you said? A "national conversation" about race and the variant understandings and byplays that result from our differences?

Posted November 25, 2014

Thanks-mas -- as our new winter holiday deserves to become known, with pumpkins and red-and-green lights merging in anticipatory celebration -- only partly occludes the opportunities for national and personal gratitude widespread in Novembers past.

Posted November 18, 2014

For two more years, two very long and, I'm afraid, discombobulating years, the United States is to be served by a president with the emotional maturity of -- shall we guess? A 12-year-old determined to be noticed by everyone in the room? Maybe.

Posted November 04, 2014

"The polls" have it that Americans in 2014 expect virtually nothing from the 2014 style in Washington politicians. Amid the horrors we trip over every morning when evacuating our beds, this revelation may count as very, very, very good news.

Posted October 28, 2014

The really troubling point that Joel Kotkin makes in the New York Daily News is that New York can't figure out how to do the economic equality thing we hear so much about in this and every political season.

Posted October 21, 2014

"(Wendy) Davis is running (for governor) against Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, who is heavily favored to win in a state that remains strongly Republican."

Posted October 14, 2014

Americans will cease arguing over the federal Voting Rights Act and its intricacies -- oh, I imagine around the time Texas starts exporting ground water to Minnesota, or the Lord returns to judge the quick and the dead.

Posted October 07, 2014

The idea of unelected judges defining norms and basic values has never been an appealing one, but it's a role modern judges seem generally to welcome.

Posted September 30, 2014

Tee-hee; snicker-snicker.

Posted September 24, 2014

That's it, that's it! Why did no one think of it before Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., concocted the solution to NFL violence?

Posted September 09, 2014

Wasn't that a good one about the president promising an executive order on immigration -- only he discovered the time wasn't quite right, what with an election coming on, so he pivoted to the Islamic State, which he is promising to degrade and destroy in two or three years, only ... ?

Posted September 03, 2014

The month of August 2014 came near to producing the libertarian ideal -- next-to-no government. Some might argue that August favored the anarchist ideal -- no government at all; nothing going on at the highest levels, what with Congress out of town and the President on the golf course.

Posted August 26, 2014

The modern world has greater, more terrible problems than the Scottish independence movement. But the movement's -- well -- movement helps show why some of our problems are the size they are.

Posted August 19, 2014

Heavens, no! Insists Michael McCrum, the "special prosecutor" who procured the indictment of Texas Gov. Rick Perry for alleged misuse of his constitutional power to veto legislation. Why, it wasn't about politics at all! The legal case against Perry, which discombobulates such plans as the governor might have for another presidential bid, is grounded, McCrum says, in "the facts and the law, and nothing else."

Posted August 11, 2014

Is anybody overjoyed, rapturous, bowled over with delight at seeing the United States again involved in Iraq?

Posted July 29, 2014

Word to Christians from the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria: Convert, leave or die.

Posted July 22, 2014

So, then, what are we supposed to think when the governor of Texas dispatches National Guardsmen to the state border with Mexico in order to deflect the onrush of illegal border-crossers? What are we supposed to do?

Posted July 15, 2014

Sarah Palin's call for the impeachment of President Obama makes no sense. What does the lady want -- a national street fight? But a fetching question arises from her enterprise: Could we live for two years under a President Joe Biden? Would it be worse than now? Maybe not.