Sun, Nov 19, 2006

Paul Greenberg | November 19, 2006

One critic has called the picture, "hands down, the finest 19th century American painting."

Sat, Nov 18, 2006

Doug Giles | November 18, 2006

How does a girl avoid dating or marrying some festering bag of ripe compost like Kevin Federline and his helix missing ilk?

John Andrews | November 18, 2006

Gloomy, dejected, defeated? Not this Republican. It’s Thanksgiving, and I have too much to be grateful for.

Robert Novak | November 18, 2006

President Bush's political advisers are urging Maryland Lt. Gov. Michael Steele neither to seek nor accept a Cabinet post but instead find a national platform on television or radio.

Fri, Nov 17, 2006

Rich Galen | November 17, 2006

As promised - and as tempting as it is to poke fun at how unbelievably inept Nancy Pelosi's power play was yesterday - today we will examine some of the GOP frontrunners for President.

Caroline Glick | November 17, 2006

To the delight of Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni, an international coalition has coalesced around Iran's nuclear weapons program.

Mary Katharine Ham | November 17, 2006

Bloggers talk to California's Dan Lungren (3rd) about his run for House Republican Conference Chairman. He serves as the Chairman of the Homeland Security Subcommitte on Economic Security, Infrastructure Protection, and Cybersecurity.

Wayne Winegarden | November 17, 2006

It’s official. Nancy Pelosi is going to be the next Speaker of the House and Harry Reid will be the next Majority Leader of the Senate. Should the Left consolidate its power past 2008, the future of tax cuts and pro-growth legislation would be in doubt and economic growth would suffer as a result.

Ed Feulner | November 17, 2006

Federal spending in fiscal year 2006 increased by 9 percent, the largest increase since 1990. Discretionary federal spending has increased year after year, up more than 40 percent since President Bush took office.

Burt Prelutsky | November 17, 2006

> Now that America's favorite ogre, Jack Abramoff, is safely behind bars and no longer in a position to lead innocent politicians astray, I know that I for one will certainly be sleeping better.

Larry Kudlow | November 17, 2006

Despite plunging gas prices, a low 4.4 percent unemployment rate, and a soaring stock market, voters are worried that debt-financed overspending will make the future economy worse than today’s.

Rich Tucker | November 17, 2006

The recent elections have already generated plenty of (incorrect) media reports about the death of conservatism. Jonathan Alter of Newsweek, for example, says “the Conservative Era is over.”

Lorie Byrd | November 17, 2006

The recipe for success consisted of recruiting a slate of moderate to conservative Democrats to run for open and vulnerable seats. In some cases those Democrats actually ran to the right of their Republican opponents. Another element of their strategy was to hide their liberal leaders.

Burt Prelutsky | November 17, 2006

One thing politicians, whatever their party, should have learned by now is that their sins will inevitably come to light. Sometimes, I wonder if politicians are really as stupid as they seem or are they simply child-like in their naivety.

Brent Bozell | November 17, 2006

If a stranger walked into your house, stood before your children in the living room, and started stripping and cursing, would you feel their innocence had been violated?

David Limbaugh | November 17, 2006

How ironic that Bush has been accused of politicizing the war when he has been the one politician who has remained steadfast in attempting to do the right thing regardless of how it would affect his approval ratings in the moment.

Oliver North | November 17, 2006

For a few days after the midterm elections, leaders of the new congressional majority talked as if they really wanted to work with the Bush administration for the common good. But like so much in Washington, it's now clear that was just hype.

Debra J. Saunders | November 17, 2006

Nancy Pelosi isn't even speaker of the House yet, and already she is acting like the GOP leaders whom she so handily toppled in last week's election.

Diana West | November 17, 2006

Whatever comes of gridlock on Iraq and everything else, here's a rule of thumb: When the flak flies, don't jump into a foxhole with a Republican. Quite simply, Republicans are a menace, at least to other Republicans.

Donald Lambro | November 17, 2006

When the Democrats were campaigning to take over Congress, they benefited from a tidal wave of political anger aimed at the Republicans who had been in charge for the past 12 years.

Kathleen Parker | November 17, 2006

The joke isn't on us. It is us.

Charles Krauthammer | November 17, 2006

We have given the Iraqis a republic and they do not appear able to keep it.

Mike Gallagher | November 17, 2006

Maybe it’s all just a bad joke. Come to think of it, that was exactly what I thought years ago when O.J. Simpson was acquitted of murdering two people in cold blood.

Thu, Nov 16, 2006

Roger Schlesinger | November 16, 2006

The title, "Little Things Mean a Lot" was a great song in the 50's or thereabouts, and has a special place in most of our lives.

Mary Katharine Ham | November 16, 2006

Bloggers hold a conference call with John Boehner from Ohio's 8th. Boehner was first elected in 1990 and currently serves as House Majority Leader.

Bruce Bartlett | November 16, 2006

We mourn the death of Milton Friedman, who died in San Francisco on Nov. 16 at age 94. But we also celebrate his life and accomplishments, which will continue to provide guidance and inspiration.

Rich Lowry | November 16, 2006

There's no doubt that electing a Democratic Congress furthers the cause of an amnesty and guest-worker program by removing the main obstacle to both: the Republican majority in the House.

David Strom | November 16, 2006

In the 1980s and 90’s, you knew what you were getting when you voted for a Republican.

Janice Shaw Crouse | November 16, 2006

Among the few people who are recognized by just one name, Oprah probably stands out as the most recognizable – her magazine identifies her by a single initial. She has won multiple Emmy Awards for her daily television show, and she is rich beyond imagining. Forbes magazine identified her as the richest African - American of the 20th century and the world's only black billionaire. She has consistently ranked among America’s 400 richest people.

Mike Gallagher | November 16, 2006

Nothing demonstrates the absurdity of the illegal immigration crisis we face in the United States better than the story of a single mother from Mexico and her 7-year-old son, a little boy named Saul Arellano, who has been turned into a pawn by activists who desperately want to reward lawbreakers who have barged into our country under the guise of "seeking a better life" for themselves.

Mike Bober | November 16, 2006

Simply put, the outcome of this year’s election was a resounding defeat for the politics of big government, rampant spending, and "politics as usual." Cold comfort though it may be, conservatism was not the culprit.

Ross Mackenzie | November 16, 2006

As the Republican debacle retreats ever more in the rear-view mirror, what can be said of the road ahead?

Victor Davis Hanson | November 16, 2006

Will the Democrats' new control of the House and Senate shake things up that much abroad? They certainly will have plenty of opportunities to alter the present American course of fighting terrorists, the war in Iraq and our overall foreign policy.

Tim Chapman | November 16, 2006

The House leadership elections have become ground zero for an intra-party debate about the future of the Republican Party and the broader conservative movement.

Brent Bozell | November 16, 2006

In the end, the Post so co-managed the Webb campaign that we ought to consider identifying Sen. Webb not as "D-Va.," but perhaps as "D-Washington Post."

Larry Elder | November 16, 2006

After the Democratic takeover of Congress, one pundit simply wrote off this hideous allegation as mere pre-election posturing. You know, just "politics."

Mona Charen | November 16, 2006

America is the world's hyperpower. No other nation or group of nations can challenge us militarily or economically. Unlike sickly Europe, we are growing, not contracting. But we are about to be defeated in Iraq by a few thousand cutthroats.

Cal Thomas | November 16, 2006

It's difficult to keep a coalition together - Christian or not - if 12 percent of your base votes for Democrats.

Pat Buchanan | November 16, 2006

With the resignation of Republican National Committee Chair Ken Mehlman, President Bush intends to fill the post with Florida's Mel Martinez, a Hispanic who led the battle in the U.S. Senate for amnesty for illegal aliens.

Suzanne Fields | November 16, 2006

They grew up from the grass roots that gave them legitimacy based on merit and accomplishment, not appeals to pity and charity for overcoming past prejudice.

Matt Towery | November 16, 2006

Thank goodness Republican Mississippi Sen. Trent Lott -- one of those once nearly destroyed -- proved this week that media's plunging, twisting knives can be extracted.

Donald Lambro | November 16, 2006

The search for a solution to the war in Iraq has been put on hold in the government until a bipartisan 10-member commission submits its recommendations next month.

George Will | November 16, 2006

There should be two Supreme Courts, one to reverse the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, the other to hear all other cases.

Robert Novak | November 16, 2006

The damage to her was irrevocable when she wrote her colleagues last weekend urging them to pick Murtha over Rep. Steny Hoyer.

Steve Chapman | November 16, 2006

Kids' soccer games have grown so raucous that some leagues enforce a "silent Saturday," when parents are banned from cheering, yelling, booing or swearing.

Emmett Tyrrell | November 16, 2006

Those who recognize that we are more secure today than we were prior to 9/11 will be forever grateful. Those who do not will remain forever ignorant.

Wed, Nov 15, 2006

Katie Favazza | November 15, 2006

Among Townhall reader blogs, immediate responses to the midterm election and aftermath varied. Some sat down and cried and some joked about developing an anxiety disorder, but even those who cast their first ever Republican ballot in a general election are not totally disheartened. Townhall readers are ready to get to work.

Ann Coulter | November 15, 2006

When Nancy Pelosi -- another Democrat who married a multimillionaire -- achieves the minor distinction of becoming the first female speaker of the House, The New York Times acts like she's invented cold fusion.

Mary Katharine Ham | November 15, 2006

Bloggers continue the conversation with Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee (7th) She was first elected in 2002 and currently serves as the Assistant Majority Whip.

Rich Galen | November 15, 2006

Ok. The midterm elections are what were. The Presidential campaigns are what will be. Let's take an early look. Today, the Democrats.

Joel Mowbray | November 15, 2006

Monday night, a Presidential hopeful from Arkansas dazzled a tough crowd of political insiders in New York City. No, not Hillary. Mike Huckabee. Yes, Mike Huckabee.

Rich Lowry | November 15, 2006

Elections produce two things -- new elected officials and bogus conventional wisdom.

Rebecca Hagelin | November 15, 2006

He’s one of the clearest thinkers on Capitol Hill, and his post-election vision statement ought to be required reading for each and every conservative lawmaker.

Dick Morris and Eileen McGann | November 15, 2006

The results of the ’06 election are in. The left wing of the Democratic Party has taken over Congress. Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is the Speaker. Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) is the new chairman of the Ways and Means panel. Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) is majority leader, and Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) runs the Environment Committee. The left is empowered.

Mary Katharine Ham | November 15, 2006

On Tuesday, bloggers talk to Representative John Shadegg (R - AZ) who is running for Minority Whip. Shadegg is the former Chairman of the Republican Study Committee.

Hugh Hewitt | November 15, 2006

This bulletin arrived over the weekend from Michigan's Carl Levin, the Democratic senator who will soon return to the chairmanship of that body's Armed Services Committee. In his previous tenure as chair, Levin did his best to prevent the deployment here at home of a national missile defense system.

John Boehner | November 15, 2006

In 1994, we had a full arsenal of compelling legislative ideas on a wide range of issues to rebut a liberal Democrat agenda. That arsenal needs replenishment.

Jonah Goldberg | November 15, 2006

It's time to admit that "diversity" is code for racism. If it makes you feel better, we can call it "nice" racism or "well-intentioned" racism or "racism that's good for you."

Mary Grabar | November 15, 2006

So what is the secularists’ attitude toward such ground-breaking ceremonies that include the recitations of prayers and the singing of hymns? Would Dawkins and Harris castigate Reverend Jackson’s prayer as a vestige of foolish superstition?

Michelle Malkin | November 15, 2006

Remember how Nancy Pelosi exploited the female card before the midterm elections? "Maybe it will take a woman to clean up the House and a new speaker to restore civility," she bragged.

John Stossel | November 15, 2006

Complaints about racism dominate the media discussion of the disparity between black and white success in America.

Walter E. Williams | November 15, 2006

It's often preached and taken as gospel that the only way black people can progress is through racial politics and government programs, but how true is that? Let's look at it.

Tony Blankley | November 15, 2006

The conservative Republican governing coalition that had held together for a quarter of a century (more or less) until last week's election will be harder to put back together than they were to keep together.

Terry Jeffrey | November 15, 2006

Giuliani is not just pro-abortion, he is pro-partial-birth abortion. He has not flinched from defending the legality of the gruesome practice that the late Democratic Sen. Patrick Moynihan of New York described as "close to infanticide."

Ben Shapiro | November 15, 2006

Who is Barack Obama? He is a cipher running as a shaman. He has been in the Senate for two years. He has virtually no voting record; he has virtually no articulated positions.

Linda Chavez | November 15, 2006

Little-mentioned in coverage of last week's congressional elections was the role played by labor unions in turning out a big vote for the Democrats.

Austin Bay | November 15, 2006

Iraqis haven't forgotten the aftermath of Desert Storm. With Saddam's troops forced to retreat from Kuwait, Shia Arabs throughout southern Iraq rose up against Saddam's tyranny.

Maggie Gallagher | November 15, 2006

OK, so we learned some big things from "the thumping": Voters don't like corruption, or the mess in Iraq. Here are some other things I learned in the '06 elections:

Kathleen Parker | November 15, 2006

The next time you pass a homeless man on the street, you might ask in which war he served. In the next several years, chances are good that he (and increasingly she) will say Iraq or Afghanistan.

Paul Weyrich | November 15, 2006

With only one vote clinging to a majority there would have been an unreasonable expectation of what the barely Republican Senate working with President George W. Bush could accomplish. Now the Democrats are in control of both Houses. It is clear cut. They are in charge.

Bruce Bartlett | November 15, 2006

This is mostly inside baseball and undoubtedly boring or even silly to those who don't eat, drink and sleep politics 24-7. Nevertheless, the results of this political autopsy are very important.

Ruben Navarrette Jr., | November 15, 2006

At the core of this squabble is a simple question with no simple answer: Who does more -- Mommy or Daddy?

Michael Medved | November 15, 2006

When secularists complain about the influence and agenda of religious conservatives they most often focus on the alleged “intolerance” of the Christian right.

Jacob Sullum | November 15, 2006

A Gallup poll conducted last January, in addition to asking respondents to identify themselves as "Pro-Life" or "Pro-Choice," offered a third option: "Don't Know What the Terms Mean."

William Rusher | November 15, 2006

Mulling over the midterm elections nearly a week after the event, one of the most striking facts is how few surprises there were.

Tue, Nov 14, 2006

Andrew Tallman | November 14, 2006

Recently, a certain Senator from Massachusetts made some rather uncharitable remarks about the educational level of our troops in harms way. The varying ways in which he chose to initially and then subsequently insult both their intelligence and ours are the parts of the story that have been widely covered.

Roger Schlesinger | November 14, 2006

January is a cold hard month, even in the warm states, because it is when our monetary indiscretions come home to roost.

Mary Katharine Ham | November 14, 2006

Bloggers talk to Congressman Pence who is seeking to lead the Republican minority.

Dick Morris and Eileen McGann | November 14, 2006

Did the Republican leadership learn anything on Election Day? Did they finally get it that voters are fed up with politicians who use their office to raise money and get perks?

William Perry Pendley | November 14, 2006

Days ago, in a proposal unnoticed by the media, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) announced the largest land grab since President Clinton designated massive national monuments across the West. When Clinton decreed 1.9 million acres of federal land in Utah as the Grand Staircase -Escalante National Monument to kill a vast underground coal mine that would have employed 1,000 locals in the most economically depressed region of southern Utah, generated $20 million in annual revenue, and produced environmentally - compliant coal for generating electricity, there were protests across the West. When the Bush Administration published its plans, there was barely a ripple of protest.

Henry Edmondson | November 14, 2006

To what extent, and in what manner, did the 2006 mid-term elections affect education policy and practice in this country? The answer to that question lies in part with the answer to another question, namely, is education policy still largely local or has it been nationalized?

Herman Cain | November 14, 2006

If you think Santa Claus came early this year by delivering liberal majorities in the House and Senate, you had better check your stocking again. Liberals and the political parties will continue to play us like the kid who asked Santa for a pony, but woke up Christmas morning to find a big box of horse manure.

Mary Katharine Ham | November 14, 2006

Congressman Roy Blunt, running for Minority Leader, held a conference call with bloggers

Nathan Tabor | November 14, 2006

Now that Election ’06 is mercifully over, campaign coroners are out in force, trying to determine the cause of the demise of the Republican Party.

Michael Fumento | November 14, 2006

The number of embeds in Iraq is so small it’s grotesque. During the U.S.-led invasion in March 2003, more than 600 reporters, TV crews and photographers were embedded with Coalition Forces, according to the Associated Press. Last year, during the vote to ratify a new constitution, there were 114. At the end of September, there only 11 and one of them was me.

La Shawn Barber | November 14, 2006

If you thought the turbulent Civil Rights Movement – culminating in the Civil Rights Act of 1964 – ended skin color discrimination, you were mistaken.

Mike Adams | November 14, 2006

For years, people have asked me why I switched from being a left-wing Democrat to a right-wing Republican. When I'm not in the mood to talk, I give a one-word response: reality. When I'm feeling more verbose, I give a two-word response: affirmative action.

Thomas Sowell | November 14, 2006

In 2004, the Republicans were voted control of all three branches of the federal government and most state governorships. Today, they are left wondering what hit them.

David Limbaugh | November 14, 2006

While I stand by my contention that the Democratic Party is intellectually and morally bankrupt, I'll concede Republicans are floundering right now.

Cal Thomas | November 14, 2006

The biggest winners in last week's election were the enemies of the United States, who see the results as confirmation of one of their doctrines: the United States is weak and does not have the commitment to fight a protracted war.

Dennis Prager | November 14, 2006

You have to wonder if the Times' editors and all their allies on the Left, who have spent the last four years mocking the very notion of pre-emptive war, read this review.

Pat Buchanan | November 14, 2006

America has been horribly served by both parties. And as the Democrats have now captured Congress, they assume co-responsibility for the retreat from Mesopotamia. Which is as it should be.

Kathryn Lopez | November 14, 2006

There's a time for every season under heaven. A time to win and a time to lose. But it's never a time to forget principles. And if you don't forget said principles, you're a winner even when you lose.

Phyllis Schlafly | November 14, 2006

But more influential than all those in directing our culture is the arm of government known as the public schools.

Jeff Emanuel | November 14, 2006

Despite attempts to spin the victory as a repudiation of the Republicans as a party, and of conservatism as an ideology, Tuesday’s result was, in actuality, neither.

La Shawn Barber | November 14, 2006

If you thought the turbulent Civil Rights Movement – culminating in the Civil Rights Act of 1964 – ended skin color discrimination, you were mistaken.

Bill Murchison | November 14, 2006

What to do, oh, what to do? Jump off a tall building, or just wait for the Democrats to begin exhibiting the consequences of hubris and distraction? I propose to Republicans the latter course -- easier on the dry-cleaning.

Harry R. Jackson, Jr. | November 14, 2006

Proverbs 16:33 says, “We may throw the dice, but the LORD determines how they fall.” (NLT)

Douglas MacKinnon | November 14, 2006

Nov. 7 needs to be remembered for something even Republicans don't have the stomach to address at the moment: that the remnants of objectivity in the mainstream media were all but exterminated by some on the left. A chilling and ominous development that played some role in the Democratic wave that is still splashing around the red states.

Mon, Nov 13, 2006

Frank Gaffney | November 13, 2006

The mistakes that led to last week’s elections – and the errors that seem likely to flow from them – would be hysterically funny if they weren’t so deadly serious.

Ben Shapiro | November 13, 2006

As House Speaker-elect Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Senate Majority Leader-elect Harry Reid, D-Nev., measure the drapes for their new suites, all eyes turn toward the 2008 election.

Rich Galen | November 13, 2006

I did a CNN interview yesterday about the kinds of problems which will face House Speaker-presumptive Nancy Pelosi and Incoming Majority Leader Harry Reid.

Carol Platt Liebau | November 13, 2006

It’s long been said that there are two kinds of men who seek the presidency: Those who want to be someone, and those who want to do something. As we’ve seen, the same is true when it comes to the Congress.

Gregory Koukl | November 13, 2006

I first heard the term "velocitized" in high school driver’s ed. When a driver accelerates from, say, 30 to 60 miles per hour and settles in, he gets acclimated to his new speed and loses his sense of velocity. It doesn't feel as if he's moving any faster at 60 than he was at 30.

Chuck Colson | November 13, 2006

Last month, the Board of Trustees at Gallaudet, the Washington, D.C., university for the deaf, voted to rescind the appointment of Jane Fernandes as the school’s new president. The move came after student protests brought the school to a standstill.

Michael Barone | November 13, 2006

The "thumpin'" that the Republican Party received last week will make profound changes in policymaking in Washington and in presidential politics.

Suzanne Fields | November 13, 2006

No matter which party governs, it can always expect to be aggressively pursued by bribery, debauchery and corruption. Temptation trumps good intentions when the elected become more concerned with holding on to power than pleasing the people who put them in office.

Paul Greenberg | November 13, 2006

While others might be concerned about a favorite candidate who took a tumble Tuesday, I'm concerned about my old friend and political analyst, Tom Hamburger.

Donald Lambro | November 13, 2006

The power shift in Congress brings one-party rule to an end in Washington, at least for the next two years, but it would be a bit premature to read much else into last week's elections.

William Rusher | November 13, 2006

The first thing to be noted about Tuesday's election returns is that they were not, in any serious sense, a Democratic victory. They were, however, a thoroughgoing Republican defeat.

Robert Novak | November 13, 2006

The depleted House Republican caucus, a minority in the next Congress, convenes at 8 a.m. in the Capitol Friday on the brink of committing an act of supreme irrationality.

Burt Prelutsky | November 13, 2006

One of the sillier notions that feminists have tried to foist off on the rest of us is that there are no major differences between boys and girls or men and women.

Armstrong Williams | November 13, 2006

Americans will elect Democrats, Republicans, anyone for that matter---who pledge to work across party lines for solutions to problems--not just angling for a position, only to lose it and hope to carry it to the ballot the next election cycle.

Star Parker | November 13, 2006

There's already plenty of punditry about what went wrong. What did the president and the Republican Party do and when did they do it.

Sun, Nov 12, 2006

James Bowman | November 12, 2006

At its simplest, honor is the good opinion of the people who matter to us, and who matter because we regard them as a society of equals who have the power to judge our behavior.

Kevin McCullough | November 12, 2006

Liberals have been clucking non-stop since election night at the prospects of what Democrat victory means to their radical causes.

Paul Jacob | November 12, 2006

It may be hard to say “Throw the bums out” when the bums are yours. But a few have the stomach for it.

Steve Chapman | November 12, 2006

Sometimes, a simple move like replacing the manager can put a losing team on the winning track. A fresh face, a clean slate, and a new atmosphere can make a huge difference. If only the war in Iraq were that easy to solve.