Sat, Nov 17, 2012

Byron York | November 17, 2012

In the wake of Mitt Romney's loss, many Republicans say the GOP must make far-reaching changes to be competitive in future elections. White voters are a smaller and smaller part of the electorate, they point out, while Latinos and other minorities are growing as a percentage of the voting public. Unless the Republican Party reinvents itself to appeal to those voters, the argument goes, the GOP can get used to being out of power.

John Hawkins | November 17, 2012

It's true that the "good old days" weren't always good, but we should also remember that our belief that we're superior to previous generations of Americans in most ways doesn't even remotely square with reality.

John C. Goodman | November 17, 2012

Full time work is about to get scarcer. The reason? By hiring part-time workers who put in less than 30 hours per week, employers can avoid a mandate dictated by the new health reform law: either provide expensive health insurance or pay a fine equal to $2,000 per worker.

John Ransom | November 17, 2012

If at a time when automakers are trumpeting record-setting sales, record profits, record bonuses for their employees, how is it possible that the community at-large is not reaping any of the benefit? Stimulus anyone?

Ken Blackwell | November 17, 2012

Congressman Ron Paul has just delivered his valedictory address in the House of Representatives. And he has told TV interviewers that the American Revolution was a wonderful example of secession. He's a much better OB/GYN, I'm sure, than he is a student of America's history. He could be cited for political malpractice.

Oliver North | November 17, 2012

For two months, the so-called mainstream media all but ignored the Sept. 11 terror attack in Benghazi, Libya that resulted in four dead Americans.

Rachel Alexander | November 17, 2012

In a scandal looking more and more like Fast and Furious, information is coming out revealing what may be the real reason why the Obama administration refused to provide military support to save Americans in Benghazi.

Kathryn Lopez | November 17, 2012

"Before there were houses in this land, there were altars." A timelier reminder you could not get, as we confront realities about immigration and secularization in the United States.

Paul Greenberg | November 17, 2012

Not that you haven't noticed, Gentle Reader, but the world is coming apart. Again.

Paul Driessen | November 17, 2012

Will the 2012 elections bolster or threaten our economic future?

Floyd and Mary Beth Brown | November 17, 2012

With Hamas Rockets falling on Israel, massive layoffs decimating America's family's finances, and Barack Obama demanding massive tax increases or he will drive us over the fiscal cliff, we cannot help but day- dream about four years from now.

Marvin Folkertsma | November 17, 2012

A few days after the election of 2012 the very talented Michael Ramirez published a political cartoon that perhaps conveyed a more profound meaning than he anticipated. He depicted a pair of hands extending from star-studded sleeves (presumably from a mendicant Uncle Sam), which were held in supplication, as though waiting for a handout or petitioning voters to relinquish more of their earnings to the federal government.

Night Watch | November 17, 2012

The government warned that it will strike those who incite violence during protests with an "iron fist," the country's police chief said. The Islamist-led opposition vowed to continue demonstrations.

Crystal Wright | November 17, 2012

We’ve learned the Republican Party has been admitted to Hospital USA and is in critical condition after being slammed in the rear end by the Democrat Party in the 2012 presidential election. The diagnosis for recovery is poor. The party is on life support. It’s white voter count is dropping fast and the party appears to be unable to boost it pool of brown, black, beige and female voters to help it regain strength in future elections.

Daniel J. Mitchell | November 17, 2012

If I have to choose between the maximum destructiveness of Obama’s approach and the routine nastiness of the fiscal cliff, then I’ll take the latter.

Charles Payne | November 17, 2012

The Dow is now not only serving as a harbinger of things to possibly come, but also acting much like the bond market used to act as a mechanism to force the hands of Washington and to push lawmakers over their own personal cliffs before they allow the nation to tumble over the fiscal cliff.

Jerry Bowyer | November 17, 2012

Latinos are religious, morally conservative and tend disproportionately to join the military and start businesses. They are natural members of the conservative coalition.

Bill Tatro | November 17, 2012

As I recently sat in an airport waiting for, once again, a flight that had been delayed by maintenance, I couldn’t help but look around and see the number of mini-computers, called cellphones, being used.

Steve Deace | November 17, 2012

The writer of the Book of Hebrews in the New Testament gives a very difficult but encouraging truth: “The LORD chastens those whom He loves.” No one wants to be chastened. It is not fun to be disciplined. Yet when God allows such accountability and suffering to take place, this truth teaches us it is because He loves us enough to correct us when we are wrong, lest we continue doing what can ruin us and those whom we love.

Mike Shedlock | November 17, 2012

If liberty is what we claim it is- the principle that protects all personal, social and economic decisions necessary for maximum prosperity and the best chance for peace- it should be an easy sell. Yet, history has shown that the masses have been quite receptive to the promises of authoritarians which are rarely if ever fulfilled."

Matthew Bowman | November 17, 2012

My wife and I recently started browsing through classic Twilight Zone episodes. Seems like a reasonable thing for religious conservatives to do in the Obama administration’s America. But I wasn’t prepared for just how relevant it would be.

Fri, Nov 16, 2012

Ed Feulner | November 16, 2012

For the first time since the early days of our republic (Jefferson-Madison-Monroe), we’ll have three straight two-term presidents.

Peter Ferrara | November 16, 2012

Indeed, in 1900 only 2% of homes in America enjoyed electricity.

Ken Blackwell | November 16, 2012

With no time to recover from a thorough election day whooping, Republicans in a lame duck Congress are facing an even worse budgetary nightmare than last year.

Michelle Malkin | November 16, 2012

Exactly two years ago this week, the Obama administration announced it had issued more than 100 waivers en masse to a select group of companies, unions and other health insurance providers seeking relief from the onerous federal health care law.

Mark Davis | November 16, 2012

The proper path for the Republican party lies somewhere between changing our entire agenda and standing steadfastly on everything.

S. E. Cupp | November 16, 2012

Wednesday’s press conference marked the first occasion journalists have had to question the President directly – about anything – in eight months, and President Obama tipped his hat on his plans to confront the coming fiscal cliff with chastened House Republicans.

Brent Bozell | November 16, 2012

A Christian can be crushed gazing at the picture of Mary standing at the foot of the cross, watching her beloved son suffocate and die. But in that vision, she stands there for hours, patiently enduring her suffering. For two millennia, she has been a role model for Christians, a woman who practiced obedience in the most difficult of human circumstances, with fervent hope for what this sacrifice will offer all mankind as it struggles with sin.

Jonah Goldberg | November 16, 2012

William F. Buckley once noted that he was 19 when the Cold War began at the Yalta conference. The year the Berlin Wall came down, he became a senior citizen. In other words, he explained, anti-Communism was a defining feature of conservatism his entire adult life. Domestically, meanwhile, the right was largely a "leave me alone coalition": Religious and traditional conservatives, overtaxed businessmen, Western libertarians, and others fed up with government social engineering and economic folly.

David Limbaugh | November 16, 2012

Obama's first post-election press conference, if you could call it that, tells us a great deal about his attitude and the approach he intends to pursue in his second term, which is the same failed policy mix on steroids.

Mona Charen | November 16, 2012

Our large cruise ship sailed within view of Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, as a gathering of conservatives sponsored by National Review magazine considered the wreckage of the 2012 election. Most of the writers and commentators on board agreed with Ralph Reed of the Faith and Freedom Coalition that the last thing conservatives need to do now is to form a "circular firing squad." But lessons must be learned.

John Ransom | November 16, 2012

All of us hayseeds have thought all long that raising taxes right now, while the world teeters on the brink of a global depression, might be a really bad idea. But it turns out that we were wrong says a coalition of government economists, politicians, liberal media-types, union bosses and elite business executives who get to shelter their earnings from tax increases.

Pat Buchanan | November 16, 2012

At his news conference Wednesday, President Barack Obama postured as the young Galahad striding out onto the schoolyard to stop a pair of bullies from beating up a girl.

John Hanlon | November 16, 2012

Steven Spielberg’s “Lincoln” is a different film than one would expect from the brilliant filmmaker responsible for ageless films like “Schindler’s List” and “Saving Private Ryan.”

Suzanne Fields | November 16, 2012

If William Shakespeare were still with us, he would have found his Othello. David Petraeus is not the darkly handsome Moor of the Bard's tale, but a pallor, highly-decorated officer, a nerdy-looking guy with a comb-over.

Linda Chavez | November 16, 2012

Two weeks after the election, conservatives are still asking why Mitt Romney lost. That, however, is the wrong first question argues Charles R. Kesler in his new book "I am the Change: Barack Obama and the Crisis of Liberalism."

Rich Galen | November 16, 2012

One of the great character-study movies of all time is the 1933 film Duck Soup starring the Marx Brothers.

Donald Lambro | November 16, 2012

WASHINGTON - If you thought the presidential election would lead to an early break in the fiscal gridlock that now divides our government, think again.

Cliff May | November 16, 2012

Stone argues, as Radosh puts it, that “the Soviet Union’s leader in the 1930s and ’40s, Joseph Stalin, has ‘been vilified pretty thoroughly by history,’ so what is needed is a program allowing viewers to walk in both his and Hitler’s shoes ‘to understand their point of view.’”

Celia Bigelow | November 16, 2012

Is it just me, or does a candidate actually have to reach out to constituents in order to win elections?

Political Calculations | November 16, 2012

We find that while recessions tend to lower the number of companies paying dividends while they're ongoing, which we would expect, we find that the bigger driver of what affects the number of companies paying dividends to individual shareholders, retirement and pension plans, et cetera would appear to be the relative tax rate of dividends with respect to capital gains.

Fritz Pfister | November 16, 2012

At the first presidential press conference Obama says he won a mandate to move his balanced approach forward by raising the tax rates on the wealthy and implementing spending cuts to avoid the fiscal cliff.

Night Watch | November 16, 2012

NightWatch has been expecting and has predicted that Islamists would target the Arab monarchies in the coming year. That process appears to have begun early.

Charles Payne | November 16, 2012

President Obama lost it more or less challenging John McCain and Lindsey Graham to meet him behind the White House because they are opposed to Susan Rice being Secretary of State.

Stewart Scott | November 16, 2012

Unlike traditional security measures that react to threats, protective intelligence teams proactively search for evidence of hostile activity before an attack can be planned and launched.

David Sterman | November 16, 2012

Japan's steady decline -- relative to other economies -- can be attributed to a pair of factors: A rapidly-aging population and a too-strong currency. These two factors are crimping demand for goods and services at home, as well as foreign demand for exports.

Daniel J. Mitchell | November 16, 2012

I’m amazed that anyone believes Obama isn’t going to tax the middle class as well. The simple reality is that there aren’t enough rich people to finance big government.

Mike Shedlock | November 16, 2012

This is not only good news, it's excellent news. Half the EU budget is dedicated to a preposterous system of crop supports as noted in my post Common Agricultural Idiocy.

Thu, Nov 15, 2012

Diana West | November 15, 2012

Was David Petraeus as great a general as the write-ups of his downfall routinely claim? This is a provocative question that I will begin to answer with another question: Did America prevail in the Iraq War? I suspect few would say "yes" and believe it, which is no reflection on the valor and sacrifice of the American and allied troops who fought there. On the contrary, it was the vaunted strategy of the two-step Petraeus "surge" that was the blueprint of failure.

Ken Boehm | November 15, 2012

This mistake of judging policies by their intentions instead of their results continually repeats itself when government regulations in private markets create incentives and processes that undermine the very goals they were set to achieve.

Maggie Gallagher | November 15, 2012

And so it begins, like clockwork.

Jackie Gingrich Cushman | November 15, 2012

Any change requires pain. Whatever we are doing now is easy (we think) compared to change, whatever it may be. Changing is hard. It requires us to think anew, to change our habits, our processes, our language. It's venturing out into the unknown. Without a compelling reason, people will stay the same and not change.

Kevin Glass | November 15, 2012

The Congressional Budget Office released their analysis of the group of deficit-fighting policies known as the "fiscal cliff." The top-line analysis: completely averting the contraction that would occur in 2013 and 2014 would cost $1.16 trillion - entirely deficit-financed.

Michael Barone | November 15, 2012

Barack Obama attended more than 200 fundraisers for his presidential campaign, but he refrained from raising money for congressional Democrats.

Larry Elder | November 15, 2012

In 13 wards in Philadelphia, reports the Inquirer, President Barack Obama received 99 percent of the vote! A local Democratic ward leader outlined the strategy: "In this election, you had to point out to people what was at stake. And in many cases, they felt that the Romney doctrine was not going to favor the working man."

John Ransom | November 15, 2012

China- still a communist country- has vaulted over Japan as the Asian economic power that matters most. And there is only one explanation for a communist, semi-medieval country like China to overtake a supposedly free and prosperous Japan: There are more Ivy League-educated, modern, Keynesian economists in charge of Japan, than in China.

Michael Reagan | November 15, 2012

Democrats have been blaming George W. Bush for the last four years. Now I think it's time for Republicans to start blaming George W. for the next four years.

Cal Thomas | November 15, 2012

The resignation of CIA Director David Petraeus over an extramarital affair has raised and will continue to raise a number of questions.

David Harsanyi | November 15, 2012

You'll remember that President Barack Obama was the only candidate with a detailed plan to deal with the impending fiscal unpleasantness. And, as the president explained this week during his first press conference since winning re-election, "more voters agreed" with him, so naturally, it's time to give the people what they want.

Matt Towery | November 15, 2012

To claim that one has read a great deal about the assassination of John F. Kennedy is not unique. That's why the tragic day of November 22, 1963 led to a cottage industry of conspiracy books, non-conspiracy books, videos and movies. Best to say that the topic of Bill O'Reilly's new best-seller Killing Kennedy: The End of Camelot has been one of intense interest to me for many decades.

Paul Greenberg | November 15, 2012

A great political party with a long history can survive defeat, even learn from it and grow stronger. But a party that does not learn from its defeats, that appears unable to adapt and grow, cannot remain great. It will join the extensive collection of long-ago American parties, like the Federalists and Whigs and many another, as just another artifact of American history.

Susan Stamper Brown | November 15, 2012

Everyone is preoccupied with the events surrounding the juicy sex scandal involving now-former CIA Director David Petraeus to the point they may not have noticed a pattern -- a shake-down -- that is taking place in our military top brass, much like the one currently happening in Russia under President Vladimir Putin.

Steve Chapman | November 15, 2012

In 2000, conservatives were obligated to explain why they supported preservation of the Electoral College even though it produced a victory for their candidate, George W. Bush. In coming elections, their devotion may face a sterner test: Will they favor it if Democrats win the White House even when Republicans carry the popular vote?

Emmett Tyrrell | November 15, 2012

Sex remains the surest prop for all that is funny ... and sad. In the first instance, we often call the result ribaldry. In the second instance, it is always called tragedy.

Kyle Olson | November 15, 2012

Debbie Squires, the infamous Michigan Elementary/Middle School Principals Association bureaucrat who told a Michigan legislative committee that parents may not know what is best for their children is now saying they should “stay informed” and “voice their concerns to legislators,” according to Hometownlife.com.

Bob Goldman | November 15, 2012

If you must mess around with a co-worker, make it someone in HR. They're not very attractive, and they're not very sexy, but when it's time to fire your sorry butt, they'll do it with love.

Nathan Slaughter | November 15, 2012

Research firm Global Data just forecast that industry capital expenditures will top the $1 trillion mark for the first time in 2012. That's a healthy 13.7% increase from the $916 billion that was spent last year.

Night Watch | November 15, 2012

In the absence of a modern air force and facing the most powerful military coalition in the history of the world, it is accurate to note that North Korea continues to develop missiles, even rely on them as a deterrent.

Daniel J. Mitchell | November 15, 2012

Even leftists recognize there is a Laffer Curve. They all recognize that there’s a point where revenue-feedback effects are so strong that higher rates will lose revenue.

George Friedman | November 15, 2012

The fundamental problem facing the world is that two of these three pillars are facing existential crises, while the third, the United States, is robust only by comparison.

Charles Payne | November 15, 2012

Consider that ONE raised $14.9 million in 2008 and distributed $184,732 to charities. The rest of the cash went toward salaries and administrative work.

Mike Shedlock | November 15, 2012

Eventually Spain, like Greece will see the light. The only way out of this mess is to leave the euro and simultaneously undertake structural reforms.

Wed, Nov 14, 2012

Ann Coulter | November 14, 2012

Liberals brag about having won the hearts and minds of America, as if, through logic and argument, they've persuaded people to accept their bankrupt European socialist ideas.

Thomas Sowell | November 14, 2012

The most successful Republican presidential candidate of the past half century-- Ronald Reagan, who was elected and reelected with landslide victories-- bore little resemblance to the moderate candidates that Republican conventional wisdom depicts as the key to victory, even though most of these moderate candidates have in fact gone down to defeat.

Celia Bigelow | November 14, 2012

It’s been more than a week since the election, and everyone is still Monday-morning-quarterbacking Governor Romney’s campaign. It’s annoying. Romney ran an honest and positive campaign, and we wish him the best.

Victor Davis Hanson | November 14, 2012

The second-term curse goes like this: A president (e.g., Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, etc.) wins re-election, but then his presidency implodes over the next four years -- mired in scandals or disasters such as Watergate, Iran-Contra, Monica Lewinsky, the Iraqi insurgency and Hurricane Katrina.

Marybeth Hicks | November 14, 2012

It was only 7:15 last Tuesday evening when my daughter, who works in conservative journalism, texted me to say the election was lost. For a painful four hours, I watched the results confirm her early analysis. When it was clear the president would be re-elected and Republican challenger Mitt Romney had lost, I took an over-the-counter sleep aid and went to bed.

Frank Gaffney | November 14, 2012

Washington, when the official line seems improbable, people often say, "It doesn't pass the smell test." Well, there's a lot that stinks at the moment about the Benghazigate affair, including now the circumstances involving the forced resignation of a man in the middle of it: President Obama's CIA Director and former four-star Army General David Petraeus.

Jeff Jacoby | November 14, 2012

Supporters of same-sex marriage have reason to cheer after last week's election. Supporters of democratic self-government, even those of us who oppose gay marriage, do too.

Rich Galen | November 14, 2012

The United States Constitution provides for an indirect election of the President. That is, you didn't vote for Barack Obama or Mitt Romney last week; you voted for electors pledged to vote for one or the other.

Pete Hegseth | November 14, 2012

Perhaps we should have warned the candidates at the beginning of the 2012 presidential election: Be careful what you wish for.

Hugh Hewitt | November 14, 2012

With the president mobilizing for a barnstorming tour in support of massive tax hikes and to, in effect, overturn last week's vote to keep the House in GOP hands and the gavel in John Boehner's --details here on the president's plan-- the GOP is getting organized in the House and laying down markers.

Thomas Sowell | November 14, 2012

Some media pundits see in the growing proportion of non-white groups in the population a growing opposition to the Republican Party that will sooner or later make it virtually impossible for Republicans to win presidential elections or even to control either house of Congress. But is demography destiny?

Michelle Malkin | November 14, 2012

While Secretary of State Hillary Clinton boozes it up in Australia and the Pentagon grapples with more floozy eruptions, outraged military families are still waiting for answers about the forgotten 9/14 attack on Camp Bastion.

John Stossel | November 14, 2012

Democrats won big last week. So government will continue to grow. Individual freedom will yield. At least some people with records of supporting liberty were elected: Sen. Jeff Flake in Arizona and U.S. Reps. Justin Amash and Kerry Bentivolio in Michigan and Thomas Massie in Kentucky.

Walter E. Williams | November 14, 2012

We conservatives may never reach a consensus among ourselves as to the main factors that caused our election defeat, but surely we can agree that we must do a better job of selling our ideas.

Kurt Schlichter | November 14, 2012

In 1968, the Viet Cong and North Vietnamese Army insurgents rose up against the American and South Vietnamese forces in the Tet Offensive. They were wiped out, yet seven years later they were in control of the country. There are lessons there for us conservatives.

Brent Bozell | November 14, 2012

Mark Thompson, a former director-general of the British Broadcasting Corporation, began his new job Monday as president and CEO of The New York Times. The lack of embarrassment was remarkable. Thompson claimed he was the worst kind of ignorant buffoon, knowing nothing about the massive sex-abuse scandal -- and then its censorship -- that's rocking the BBC.

Mike Adams | November 14, 2012

Recently, Ann Coulter wrote a controversial column suggesting that numerous Republican losses in the 2012 election cycle could be tied to the GOP stance on abortion. After lamenting the problem, she suggested a solution: the GOP should officially abandon its opposition to the so-called rape exception to a ban on abortion.

Jonah Goldberg | November 14, 2012

The conservative Gotterdammerung is finally here. "Like dazed survivors in a ravaged city, America's conservatives are wailing and beating their collective breasts," opines the Economist's "Lexington" columnist.

John Ransom | November 14, 2012

Tampa-Socialite-Jill Kelley, who stars as Paris Hilton in this show, should no longer have access to anyone above the grade of E-3 until she is willing to answer a few questions herself. Like this one: Jill, have you ever considered not using email at all? At least not with men?

Michael Medved | November 14, 2012

To paraphrase the traditional Passover formulation honored in Jewish homes: why was this election different from all other elections? What makes 2012 stand out in recent political history, either as a temporary anomaly or a significant, long-term shift in the electorate?

Ben Shapiro | November 14, 2012

You've heard the old adage that sex sells. But as we're recognizing more and more often, sex wins elections.

Terry Jeffrey | November 14, 2012

Here is the answer Americans are now supposed to believe: longer than it took for the White House to discover a YouTube video did not inspire the Sept. 11, 2012 terrorist attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi.

Austin Bay | November 14, 2012

In a column penned last April, I called the Syrian civil war a death match and argued that a death match is not negotiable.

Donald Lambro | November 14, 2012

Before the election ballots were fully counted last week, equity markets were sending President Obama a blunt vote of no confidence. Forget all the political pundits who were heralding his narrow popular vote victory as a mandate for his soak-the-rich tax agenda. The sour message from the investment community that fuels our economy spoke volumes about a fundamentally status quo election.

Kyle Olson | November 14, 2012

On Monday, November 12th (the observed Veterans Day), the Chicago Teachers Union organized a protest, not to honor vets, but to protest school closures. Ironically, all Chicago Public Schools were closed that day to supposedly honor military veterans who served our nation.

Jacob Sullum | November 14, 2012

Seventy-five years, millions of arrests and billions of dollars later, we are still living with the consequences of that ignorant, ill-considered decision, which nationalized a policy that punishes peaceful people and squanders taxpayer money in a blind vendetta against a plant.

Rebecca Hagelin | November 14, 2012

Anyone who has been through a terrible storm, like Hurricane Sandy, knows that one of the first tasks in the storm’s wake is to look at the landscape and assess the damage realistically.

Mike Shedlock | November 14, 2012

I am not in favor of tax hikes. However, (and unlike most hypocrites in Congress) I am not in favor of deficit spending either.

Carrie Schwab Pomerantz | November 14, 2012

Disability insurance provides a portion of your income if you can't work because of an illness or non-job-related injury. To me, being over 50 doesn't lessen the need for it. On the contrary, it may increase it.

Daniel J. Mitchell | November 14, 2012

The moral of the story: Big government is bad for the poor.

Charles Payne | November 14, 2012

There hasn't been a seat at the table for these guys over the past four years, and it's happening all over again.

Ralph Benko | November 14, 2012

Liberals do not grasp the distinction between Ronald Reagan and (either) George Bush. This blind spot creates a massive confusion and hazard to their ambitions. Obama defeated neither the Reagan Narrative nor Team Reagan. Team Bush appropriated, and then marginalized, both. Obama beat Team Bush, not Team Reagan. The implications are huge.

Bill Tatro | November 14, 2012

Supposed emails, always the destroyer of secrecy, sent to stir the curiosity, makes for a juicy tale to divert us from what may be the real crime, Benghazi.

Peter Schiff | November 14, 2012

Is a college degree worth it? You decide.

Larry Kudlow | November 14, 2012

“If we can focus, not on tax rates, but to give the president something that he wants, more tax revenues, as I said, there are ways to get more tax revenues,” said Kyl.

David Sterman | November 14, 2012

Our economy is unlikely to handle three more years of gridlock, which keeps us stuck in a phase of higher government spending and shrinking revenue.

Phil Kerpen | November 14, 2012

President Bush’s reckless spending and bailouts gutted the Republican brand and paved the way for President Obama’s historic 2008 election. The most liberal president in a generation, Obama came into office promising steep tax hikes, a national cap-and-trade energy tax program, a card check bill to allow unions to organize without private ballot protections for workers, and a Washington takeover of health care. He accomplished only the last, and that only on a series of corrupt special interest deals that made the final product deeply unpopular.

Ken Connor | November 14, 2012

Well, it's finally over. After 18 months of intense political conflict, the American people chose to give President Obama another four years at the helm. Not surprisingly, there is a lot of Monday morning quarterbacking happening within the ranks of the GOP.

Tue, Nov 13, 2012

Rachel Marsden | November 13, 2012

French public reaction to American CIA Director Gen. David Petraeus' suicide-bombing of his own career demonstrates a lack of understanding of the perceived offense in favor of a blind defense of libertinism. It was learned last week that Petraeus had an extramarital affair with his biographer, reserve Army officer Paula Broadwell (who, like Petraeus, is married with children).

Rituparna Basu | November 13, 2012

This election season, perhaps in an attempt to win the so-called women’s vote, the marketing efforts for Obamacare targeted my gender. “Thanks to the Affordable Care Act,” Representative Nancy Pelosi and Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius cheered in one editorial, “a new day for women’s health has arrived.” They’re referring to the provision that all health plans must now include coverage for contraception and other women’s services—and must do so without charging co-pays or deductibles for them.

Paul Kengor | November 13, 2012

Mitt Romney lost the presidential race by only two percentage points. If the election had been held just a week earlier, when he was up in the polls, things might have been different. Nonetheless, Mitt Romney lost, and now a bitter debate has ensued over the future of the Republican Party, with liberal Democrats happily plunging into the debate.

Jeff Jacoby | November 13, 2012

WHEN WHITTAKER CHAMBERS broke with the Communist Party, he mournfully declared that he knew he was "leaving the winning side for the losing side." Compared with today's Massachusetts GOP, Chambers was a cockeyed optimist.

Michael Brown | November 13, 2012

I am not writing this letter to accuse but rather to advance understanding. And even though I am white, I am not writing as an outsider but as a fellow evangelical, part of the same spiritual family. May I pose some candid questions?

John Hawkins | November 13, 2012

Of all the misguided, corrupt and deranged ideas floating around inside the D.C. bubble, perhaps the single worst one is giving illegal aliens amnesty as part of some sort of attempt to capture the Hispanic vote. If the GOP were to pursue a policy that primarily benefits corrupt business owners, the government of Mexico, and Democrats at the expense of our country and our own base, we'd truly deserve the "Stupid Party" moniker that has so often been hung around our neck. This policy wouldn't be a calculated risk or even a longshot; it would be a game of Russian Roulette with a bullet in every chamber.

Thomas Sowell | November 13, 2012

Mitt Romney now joins the long list of the kinds of presidential candidates favored by the Republican establishment-- nice, moderate losers, people with no coherently articulated vision, despite how many ad hoc talking points they may have.

Chuck Norris | November 13, 2012

On the heels of a pivotal national election, I'd like to remind Americans that it is our troops' service and sacrifice that safeguards our precious right to cast those ballots and savor the freedoms that we hold dear. They represent the best of America.

David Limbaugh | November 13, 2012

We conservatives may never reach a consensus among ourselves as to the main factors that caused our election defeat, but surely we can agree that we must do a better job of selling our ideas.

John Ransom | November 13, 2012

If our ruling elite, standing at the fiscal cliff, won't respond to our chants of "jump, jump, jump," I say we push them.

Mona Charen | November 13, 2012

Even when the economy is terrible, when the incumbent Democratic president has not been able to demonstrate success on job creation or growth, and even when the standard of living for Americans is declining on his watch, the country will choose a Democrat "who cares about the problems of people like me" over the Republican. That alone is enough to make Republican heads spin for some time.

Bob Barr | November 13, 2012

Retired, four-star Army Gen. David Petraeus is paying the price for his hubris in much the same way as did the mythical figure Icarus who, like Petraeus, thought himself invincible but discovered otherwise when he flew too close to the sun before crashing back to earth. The now-retired CIA Director flew not too close to the sun, but rather ignored basic rules of secrecy, and ran afoul of the virtually limitless powers of surveillance we have placed in the hands of the FBI and other government agencies.

Cal Thomas | November 13, 2012

A look at the electoral map indicates the Republican Party won in square miles. Unfortunately for them, electoral votes, not landmass, won President Obama a second term. Analysis from the Center for Responsive Politics estimated that total spending on federal elections would peak at nearly $6 billion, an all-time record. This spending included ads that carpet bombed swing states; yet we are still an almost equally divided nation. But America is rapidly changing.

Dennis Prager | November 13, 2012

The most widely offered explanation for Mitt Romney's defeat is that the Republican Party is disproportionately composed of -- aging -- white males. That is, alas, true.

Pat Buchanan | November 13, 2012

The stunning resignation of CIA Director David Petraeus, days before he was to testify on the CIA role in the Benghazi massacre, raises many more questions than his resignation letter answers.

Paul Greenberg | November 13, 2012

He was America's most honored general, and for good reason. From West Point to Princeton, the classroom to the battlefield, theory to practice, David Petraeus had studied and then acted on what he'd learned. He rewrote the book (FM 3-24) on counter-insurgency warfare, or at least oversaw its compilation and culmination.

Phyllis Schlafly | November 13, 2012

We heard a lot of loose talk during the presidential campaign about getting tough with Communist China. Since both Barack Obama and Mitt Romney criticized China's violations of free-trade rules that the United States obeys, this would be the perfect issue to showcase the bipartisanship to which both men said they are committed.

Bill Murchison | November 13, 2012

We mighta, coulda, woulda, shoulda, still-some-day-may elect a president serious about the matter of the nation's freedoms.

Paul Tracy | November 13, 2012

While you can't invest in Hoover Dam, there are dozens of irreplaceable assets around the world -- including many hydroelectric dams -- that you can invest in.

Armstrong Williams | November 13, 2012

To put it mildly, many in the GOP were not pleased with the outcome of last night’s elections. This represents a national repudiation of reality: we have tossed out the doctor because we don’t like his prognosis. The spending addict does not want an intervention; he wants more spending, no matter what.

Robert Knight | November 13, 2012

“It’s the economy, stupid.” Maybe not. Mired in the worst recovery since the Great Depression, with unemployment near 8 percent, companies laying off workers over Obamacare, a $16 trillion debt and gasoline at double the 2008 price, America still re-elected Barack Obama.

Marvin Olasky | November 13, 2012

The Cathedral of St. John the Divine in uptown Manhattan, the fourth largest church in the world, and unfinished 120 years after its construction began in 1892, is a hodgepodge of Gothic, Romanesque, and Byzantine styles. It’s also a hodgepodge of theologies, like many Episcopalian churches, but it has groovy celebrations such as the blessings of bicycles in April, bees in June, and animals generally (from a tortoise to a yak) early in October.

Mike Shedlock | November 13, 2012

Japan has extremely serious issues already, it's just that the market is ignoring them for now. If interest rates rise by a mere 2% or so, interest on the national debt will consume 100% of Japanese tax revenue.

Bill Tatro | November 13, 2012

Sooner or later, we have to deal with a contraction that was so cleverly avoided in 2008.

Daniel J. Mitchell | November 13, 2012

For all intents and purposes, the existence of tax havens makes tax competition more robust. And we need vigorous tax competition because politicians – without some sort of external constraint – will drive their nations into Greek-style fiscal chaos.

Political Calculations | November 13, 2012

Looking at the overlap of historic data and old forecasts, we see that the future vision of investors in December 2010 looking forward to the end of 2012 appears to closely match how things have actually played out over time.

Dave Ramsey | November 13, 2012

I’m an NFL season ticket holder for the Tennessee Titans. But I’ve been debt-free for years, and my family’s financial future is very secure.

Charles Payne | November 13, 2012

There isn't four years to get this right; in fact the GOP is about four days late already.

Craig Steiner | November 13, 2012

Conservatives oppose tax increases because they're bad for the economy--and our economy is bad enough already.

Mon, Nov 12, 2012

Michael Barone | November 12, 2012

Lukewarm. That's the feeling I get from the election numbers.

Star Parker | November 12, 2012

Disbelief is the word that defines the Republican state of mind in the wake of the 2012 re-election of President Barack Obama.

Mike Adams | November 12, 2012

For years, I've been writing about the issue of censorship on our nation's campuses. But I have given far too little emphasis to due process violations within the so-called campus judiciary. Today, that all comes to an end. This will be the beginning of a series of columns highlighting the worst colleges in America when it comes to due process violations. I will reveal the name of this week's winner after explaining why this university is being ushered into the due process Hall of Shame.

John Ransom | November 12, 2012

Notice how quickly the deputy director who is replacing Petraeus is ready to stand before congress next week and truthfully testify by saying “I don’t know, Senator”? I suppose that's just an unintended benefit of the Petraeus resignation.

Katie Kieffer | November 12, 2012

Soul-searching is not in the GOP’s blood. Many Republicans see themselves as stoic, rugged and hardworking individuals. But after twice losing the White House to an ex-community organizer and failing to mobilize the base, Republicans need to take a trip to a mountainous valley, sip some tea and meditate.

Ken Blackwell | November 12, 2012

When President Franklin D. Roosevelt was elected to his fourth term, Kansas editor William Allen White, a staunch Republican, wrote: "We who hate your gaudy guts salute you." President Obama: We have never hated your gaudy guts.

Bruce Bialosky | November 12, 2012

Ok, I was wrong. I thought the Republicans would win the Presidency. I was not the only one. Smart people like Michael Barone and Karl Rove thought so also, in addition to people like Dick Morris. A knowledgeable friend called me the Saturday before the election and told me John McLaughlin, the pollster, just told him Romney wins it going away. So what happened?

Brian Darling | November 12, 2012

Make no mistake about it. This new talk about “Filibuster Reform” coming from Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) is nothing more than a power grab by liberals in the Senate.

Matt Barber | November 12, 2012

America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.

Shawn Mitchell | November 12, 2012

Our fallen soldiers are not “American” losses or statistics; they are not news about a distant tragedy. They are friends, neighbors, brothers, children. They leave behind a life full of promise, hopes, and fears.

Daniel J. Mitchell | November 12, 2012

Perhaps this short cartoon video from the folks at the American Enterprise Institute is a better approach. Sort of Dr. Seuss goes to Greece.

Michael F. Cannon | November 12, 2012

The agency has announced that, despite the clear statutory language restricting tax credits to exchanges established by states, it will issue tax credits through federal exchanges.

Peter Schiff | November 12, 2012

For investors looking to find a safe haven for their money, QE3 Plus is a strong signal that the price of gold and silver are a long way from their peaks.

Mark Baisley | November 12, 2012

Four years into the Obama Administration, Democratic Party leadership realized that it needed Republicans; not for their ideas or even for their votes. They need the tax revenue suppliers to fund their Keynesian aspirations.

Charles Payne | November 12, 2012

In so many ways, the last few years for America has been a magic carpet ride where it seemed we soared as a united nation for a "few seconds" before being told to despise successful people and take away their earned wealth.

Political Calculations | November 12, 2012

It appears that the Fed's latest exercise in quantitative easing is failing to produce the same equity lifting effect it had in its previous two incarnations.

David Williams | November 12, 2012

This week, in Seoul, South Korea, government representatives from 176 United Nations (UN) member-states will meet to discuss proposals ostensibly aimed at curbing tobacco use worldwide.

Mike Shedlock | November 12, 2012

The problem with an eviction moratorium should be obvious. People will have no incentive to pay their mortgages for the next two years.

Rich Galen | November 12, 2012

The election wasn't over for 48 hours before both sides started laying down their opening bids on dealing with what has become known as the "fiscal cliff."

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Derek Hunter | November 11, 2012

I’m not much of a whiner, nor am I someone who makes predictions. I’d hoped for a Romney victory, though more for an Obama defeat.

John Ransom | November 11, 2012

Even as economic conditions continue to deteriorate, the Grey Lady refuses to acknowledge the obvious: Obama’s policies are responsible for the worst post-recession performance since the 1930s.

Austin Hill | November 11, 2012

You’ve probably seen the post-election headlines: private sector employers in the U.S. have begun slashing jobs, attributing their economic hardship to President Obama’s healthcare and environmental policies.

Doug Giles | November 11, 2012

A cigar aficionado and amigo of mine named Irwin penned a note to the Republican Congress the night after Obama got elected for four more years of this slop, and I thought I’d pass it on to you.

Rachel Alexander | November 11, 2012

There were many factors that hurt Mitt Romney and favored Barack Obama in the 2012 presidential election. The Democrats portrayed Romney in the worst light possible; as a wealthy, out of touch millionaire who wanted to return women to the 1800's.

Debra J. Saunders | November 11, 2012

Drew Rosenberg became a victim of San Francisco's sanctuary-city policies Nov. 16, 2010. The second-year law student was riding his motorcycle in rush-hour traffic, when a car driven by an unlicensed driver made a left turn and hit him.

Michael Youssef | November 11, 2012

I have received messages of concern for our nation’s future. As you know, we have been diligent in praying for God’s will to be done and the decision has been made.

Mark Calabria | November 11, 2012

It is worth noting that the issue of auditor independence had been subjected to repeated analysis in the academic literature. The conclusions of that literature so contradict the provisions of SOX that Yale Law Professor Roberta Romano labeled them as "quack corporate governance".

Political Calculations | November 11, 2012

On average, a non-recessionary month will have only four announced dividend cuts during these periods of economic expansion. The most dividend cuts that were ever announced in any of these months that fall outside an official period of recession in the U.S. is nine.

Marita Noon | November 11, 2012

Understanding the death knell the Obama Administrations’ regulations were issuing to the coal industry and, more particularly, the miners and their families in Appalachia, the region rallied around Romney.

Mike Shedlock | November 11, 2012

Democrats picked up two more votes in the state legislature giving them a supermajority, capable of passing any tax hikes they want. Those results are so awful I suggest you prepare for the demise of California.

Michael F. Cannon | November 11, 2012

The presidential election was hardly a referendum, as it pitted the first person to enact Obamacare against the second person to enact it. Since the election, many state officials are reaffirming their opposition to both implementing exchanges and expanding Medicaid.

Tad DeHaven | November 11, 2012

In Pennsylvania’s 79th district, voters elected a local finance professor and radio host named John McGinnis to the state House of Representatives. A lot of Republicans talk a good game about liberty and smaller government – “Dr. John” eats it for breakfast.

Daniel J. Mitchell | November 11, 2012

I also found something very interesting in the section on the economic history of Jersey. The museum explicitly recognizes the role of low taxation in promoting a prosperous society.

Paul Jacob | November 11, 2012

Losing a political campaign is no excuse to go off the deep end, burn your bridges, and ensure future defeat. In fact, winning isn't a really good time for that, either.