Mona Charen

Posted November 25, 2014

During the 2012 campaign, President Obama often resorted to his favorite substitute for thinking: ridicule. Before enthusiastic audiences (who were assured his reelection would spell a thriving economy and a revived middle class), the president would mock Republicans by suggesting that "they have the same prescription they've had for the past 30 years. ... Take two tax cuts, roll back some regulations, and call us in the morning."

Posted November 21, 2014

"I, Barack Hussein Obama, do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States."

Posted November 19, 2014

The Islamic State beheaded another American this week. The Obama administration's response revealed its stubborn determination to deny reality.

Posted November 12, 2014

Obama continues to insult, snub and humiliate Israel while secretly and increasingly openly courting the terror regime in Iran. The moral inversion could not be more complete.

Posted November 07, 2014

A prayer has been answered -- not for a massive Republican victory at the polls, though that, too. No, I'm thinking of the perennial prayer of losers: "Oh Lord, let my enemies go too far."

Posted November 04, 2014

A Pew Survey found that among parents who had taken significant time off from work to care for children, 94 percent said they were glad they did.

Posted October 31, 2014

When I fretted to my friend and colleague Jay Nordlinger that Republicans may learn the wrong lessons from success in 2014, he noted sagely that he prefers to wait until the results are in before drawing any lessons. While that ought to have stayed my hand, I think some contours are discernible, and so I plunge in!

Posted October 28, 2014

Democrats want everyone to vote: old, young, white, black, Hispanic, Asian, citizen, non-citizen. Wait, what was that last one again? We'll get to that.

Posted October 24, 2014

The autopsy (first released in September) shows that Brown was not shot in the back. He was hit in the chest, arm and forehead. The entry wounds show that his hands were not raised when he was hit, and blood-spatter evidence suggests he was advancing on Officer Darren Wilson.

Posted October 21, 2014

Can you walk out on the messiah?

Posted October 17, 2014

Voters are souring on the Democratic Party.

Posted October 14, 2014

Appearing on "Fox News Sunday" to discuss the Supreme Court's decision to let stand a number of judicial rulings overturning the acts of legislators and/or voters in 16 states, famed advocate Ted Olson offered the kind of reasoning that, in his former incarnation as a conservative, he would have scorned.

Posted October 10, 2014

Katherine Timpf is young, beautiful and very sane. Oh, have I said something wrong? Good.

Posted October 07, 2014

An off-year election is an opportunity for the winning party to learn the wrong lessons. Such an opportunity beckons for Republicans.

Posted October 03, 2014

There's really only one thing that progressives get wrong: human nature. This leads them into error on economics, where they imagine they can micromanage billions of individual decisions every day; foreign policy, in which they overestimate the appeal of "talks" and underestimate the ferocity and opportunism of aggressors; and sex, in which, well, where to begin?

Posted September 30, 2014

The median American household saw its net worth decline by 36 percent during the Great Recession. That is a hard reality.

Posted September 23, 2014

The image of Adrian Peterson's son's legs has ignited a welcome cultural conversation. This is unusual. Most of these contrived "conversations" are efforts to take one headline and shoehorn it into a narrative that liberals want to advance, usually about race and racism. Those "conversations" are never truthful.

Posted September 19, 2014

The long-running debacle over the Eisenhower Memorial in Washington, D.C., is a textbook case of corruption.

Posted September 16, 2014

"Oh, it's a shame when you have a wan, diffident, professorial president with no foreign policy other than 'don't do stupid things.'" So griped President Obama to a select (and loose-lipped) group of dinner guests the other night.

Posted September 12, 2014

NBC's Chuck Todd got a good deal of attention for warning that "(Obama's) on the precipice of doing Jimmy Carter-like damage to the Democratic brand on foreign policy."