During the famous "bank war" of the 19th century, the president of the embattled Second Bank of the United States, Nicholas Biddle, knew how to operate -- spend money liberally.
Democrats nominated just the man to reflect the party's new anti-factual consensus on the war, a Barack Obama who has fixedly ignored changing conditions on the ground.
John McCain and Barack Obama both gave speeches at the League of United Latin American Citizens convention in Washington, and in the 4,600 words they spoke between them didn't mention assimilation once.
A signature moment of Barack Obama's primary campaign came last November in Des Moines, Iowa.
Besides the Continental Congress -- which hardly covered itself in glory -- the Army was our first national institution. It joined together well-mannered Virginians, quarrelsome Yankees and backcountry riflemen in an incubator of the nation.
Why did the Founders bother toiling in the summer heat of Philadelphia in 1787 writing a Constitution when they could have relied on the consciences of Supreme Court justices like Anthony Kennedy instead?
White working-class voters typically aren't in vogue, with the political chatter tending to revolve around "soccer moms," the "youth vote" or other boutique demographic groups of the moment.
It's not easy being a U.S. senator. People trick you into taking special favors you didn't even know existed. Shame on these unscrupulous people!
After all the magazine covers, celebrity sermonizing and U.N.-certified-expert hand-wringing, the fight against global warming got a real-world test in the U.S. Senate a few weeks ago.
Lately, the Iraq War has looked more and more like another Vietnam -- not for us, but for al-Qaida.
The price of everything, not just driving, is going up in the era of $130-a-barrel oil, but our presidential candidates have a hopelessly thumbless grasp of pocketbook politics.
At its best, Western civilization has fostered freedom of speech and of thought. But Canada has a better idea.
In the end, the Democrats fell in love. At least, half of them did, and the party establishment, as represented by the superdelegates, wasn't going to deny them their inamorata.
For a man blessed with so much talent, fame and riches, Bill Clinton has always had an unparalleled ability to see himself as beset by cosmic unfairness.
Scott McClellan has learned the profound wisdom of the old Groucho Marx line about not wanting to belong to any club that would have him.
During the 2000 election controversy, Democrats brayed "count every vote" in Florida and discounted George Bush's eventual victory in the Electoral College because he lost the national popular vote to Al Gore.
In their litany of American presidents who met with hostile dictators, supporters of Barack Obama cite John F. Kennedy and his meeting with Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev in Vienna in 1961.
Republicans have become adept at explaining special-election defeats in formerly Republican districts, after losing three in a row
If Barack Obama gets his way, the Oxford English Dictionary will have updated its definition of "distraction" by the end of the campaign.
Before we had our long national nightmare (Watergate), we had our long national temper tantrum.