William A. Rusher is a Distinguished Fellow of the Claremont Institute. He served as publisher of National Review magazine from 1957 to 1988. A veteran spokesman for the conservative viewpoint on public issues, Rusher has become known across the United States in the past forty years. He has been a familiar television and radio personality. A newspaper columnist since 1973, his syndicated weekly "The Conservative Advocate" appears in newspapers all over the United States. A professional lecturer and prolific author, with five hardcover books and numerous magazine articles. His 1975 book, The Making of the New Majority Party, sold over a quarter of a million copies in hardcover and paperback, and his 1984 book, The Rise of the Right appeared in expanded form in a trade paperback edition.
Rusher has also been an influential political activist, and was one of the three men who in 1961 launched the draft of Barry Goldwater for the 1964 Republican nomination—a drive that captured and transformed the Republican Party, and continued under Ronald Reagan. He graduated from Princeton University and Harvard Law School, served in the Air Force in India in World War II, and was an associate for seven years at a large Wall Street law firm. In 1956 and 1957 he was associate counsel to the U.S. Senate's Internal Security Subcommittee before joining National Review.
In 1989 Mr. Rusher became a Distinguished Fellow of the Claremont Institute, for which he advises and writes from his home in San Francisco, in addition to continuing his regular schedule of columns. Mr. Rusher also remains a member of the Board of Advisors of the Ashbrook Center for Public Affairs, a member of the board of directors of National Review Inc., and chairman of the board of advisors of the Media Research Center.
The elections are now less than a month away, and rational observers are pretty well agreed that the Democrats are going to win. The big question is, by how much?
The Democrats did what everyone knew they had to do: nominate Barack Obama by acclamation on the first ballot of their convention in Denver.
I hope my six-decades-long reputation as a redoubtable Cold Warrior will protect me from the suspicion that "Rusher has gone soft on Moscow" if I confess that I am considerably less worried by Russia's recent move into Georgia than many American observers seem to be.
Almost without realizing it, America appears to be on the verge of electing its first black president.
President Bush now has fewer than six months to serve, and the question arises as to what he ought to do with this remaining time.
As the world's population approaches 7 billion, with no end in sight, it is perfectly obvious that mankind must find ways of generating more and more energy to fuel both human and technological growth.
T. Boone Pickens is one of America's biggest independent oil producers, so he could be forgiven if he simply chose to sit back and pile up his profits.
At a time when, in previous presidential years, neither party yet knew who its nominees would be, both have already known that vital information for months, and the problem is how to get through the nearly four months remaining before Election Day without boring the country to death.
Former Sen. Jesse Helms, who died last Friday at 86, was one of the true giants of conservatism during his 30 years in the U.S. Senate.
It must be fun to be Justice Anthony Kennedy. You show up for a conference at the Supreme Court and almost always find that four of your colleagues are already in agreement.
The Democrats now find themselves in a thoroughly uncomfortable dilemma over Iraq.
On Monday, June 16, San Francisco began implementing the ruling of the California Supreme Court authorizing same-sex marriages in the state.
So now it's all but official: The Democratic presidential nominee this year will be Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois.
Former White House press secretary Scott McClellan's memoir is just the latest in the interminable series of "kiss and tell" accounts by former presidential aides.
The news that Sen. Ted Kennedy has an inoperable malignant glioma in the left parietal sector of his brain is a major development in American politics.
As matters stand, the Republican Party is facing an historic shellacking in November.
Former Republican congressman Robert Barr of Georgia recently announced he is running for president as a Libertarian.
In the May 4 New York Times, columnist Frank Rich asserts that "Anyone who does the math knows that America is on track to become a white-minority nation in three to four decades."
Whenever a political figure lets fly with some remark that bounces badly, he or she is likely to protest that it was taken "out of context."