Trump Has Earned a Friend

December 20th, 2021 12:06 PM

He is alive! Norman Podhoretz is alive, and he agreed to an interview with The Wall Street Journal's very perceptive Barton Swaim this weekend. He says that many of his peers are now deceased but not him, and he certainly did not sound deceased. Bill Buckley and Irving Kristol have given up the ghost, and American political commentary is the poorer for their passing, but Norman is…

I Already Miss Terry

November 12th, 2021 11:09 AM

Washington -- I am probably one of the few conservatives in America who wanted to see Terry McAuliffe win his lackadaisical campaign for a second term as governor of Virginia last week. He spent munificently. He brought in all the Democratic Party's big guns for help. He even tapped Vice President Kamala Harris and President Joe Biden, as unlikely as they were to give him a boost. He wore a…

Terry McAuliffe Lies About The American Spectator

October 18th, 2021 3:35 PM

Washington -- Several years ago, while perusing material for my favorite department of “The American Spectator,” the Current Wisdom, I came across an obvious lie perpetrated by Terry McAuliffe, this season's Democratic candidate for governor of Virginia. It was a pretty bold lie, too, and he was quite proud of it as you will see. The Current Wisdom is a department of “The American Spectator”…

Virtue Flaunting in a London Church

October 11th, 2021 3:26 PM

Washington -- I have been in London visiting old friends, keeping up with changes in our alliance system -- among which were last week's developments in the alliance of the English-speaking peoples called Aukus -- and going to church. Yes, church! Seriously, I am at that age when I hear Him calling. I have actually been at that age for a while now, but in recent years, His calls have become…

The Aukus Treaty, 30 Years of Calm?

September 30th, 2021 11:25 AM

Washington -- One of the unsung prophets of Aukus last week was the great British historian Andrew Roberts, who soon will be recognized throughout the English-speaking world as the man who has attempted to retrieve the reputation of King George III from the sneers of ... well, of people like me. His biography of George III will come out in early November, and of course, I have not had a chance…

Travel Narrows the Mind

September 28th, 2021 3:04 PM

Washington -- Or should I dateline this column "Mid-Atlantic" or just "On the Ground at Heathrow?" Whatever, I feel this column is being written at 35,000 feet above the Atlantic Ocean, and I am anticipating great fun when I arrive in London. London is always great fun: nightclubs, restaurants, dozens of literate friends -- even a few useful lectures and concerts. Years ago, I could boast of…

Commemorating the 20th Anniversary of 9/11

September 20th, 2021 11:22 AM

Washington -- How did the weekend that commemorated the 20th anniversary of 9/11 -- America's Pearl Harbor for the 21st century -- go for you? There were huge American flags draping the skyscrapers of northern Virginia. The streets below, however, were relatively deserted. Across the river, there was a more traditional scene. Groups of tourists were parading around the remaining statues of…

Joe Biden, From Comedy to Tragedy

September 10th, 2021 2:52 PM

Washington -- How could a comic figure from the world of politics such as President Joe Biden suddenly become such a tragic figure on the American scene? One minute he is bringing all civilized observers to laughter by telling Katie Couric that former President Franklin Roosevelt dealt with the 1929 stock market crash by getting "on television" and reassuring his fellow Americans as only FDR…

An Evening with Don Rumsfeld and Winston Churchill’s Biographer

September 2nd, 2021 10:15 PM

Washington — Donald Rumsfeld, the two-time secretary of Defense, adviser to presidents and three-term member of Congress, was buried at Arlington National Cemetery on Aug. 23 after a stately ceremony in the cemetery's large chapel. His friends and associates filled the chapel, and I wish I could report on what luminaries were present, but I cannot. Everyone was wearing a mask. The media…

Jimmy Carter Is Redeemed

August 20th, 2021 6:30 PM

Looking back on the contradictory pronunciamentos uttered by President Joe Biden so solemnly over the last few months on the subject of Afghanistan, what has struck me is how inane they show him to be. When he was affirming that everything in Kabul, Afghanistan, was hunky-dory or when he was sounding the alarm, he was inane. His statements were vacuous. How did this man become president of the…

The Mythological White Supremacist

July 30th, 2021 1:55 PM

Washington -- We at The American Spectator call it “Kultursmog,” and it is the only kind of smog of which our friends on the left approve. Actually, they not only approve of Kultursmog, but they contribute to it. Kultursmog is that aspect of American culture that is utterly politicized, and it is politicized by the politics of the left. Its leading centers of pollution are Hollywood,…

What to Do About Nancy Pelosi’s Father?

May 13th, 2021 7:31 PM

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's place at the head of the mob intent on correcting the wrongs of past generations has been endangered. She has been waving the bloody shirt about past generations' complicity in racism, and now her role at the head of the mob is in question. It has been discovered that her father was mayor of Baltimore in the 1940s and 1950s, and now the woke brethren want her to…

America's Race Toward Two Cultures

May 6th, 2021 8:19 PM

I spent late Saturday afternoon in what has become, for me, a rite of spring. I watched the Kentucky Derby. I am no afficionado of horse racing and will not betray my ignorance of the sport's desiderata in this column. At most, I watch three horse races a year. After the Kentucky Derby, I watch the remainder of the races hoping to round off the Triple Crown. The Derby is a spectacle, from the…

‘The 1619 Project’ and the Red Meat Project

April 30th, 2021 3:31 PM

Washington — According to the Washington Times — also known as the Good Times — last week, the Biden administration made plans “to offer grants for U.S. history classes that teach critical race theory and the ‘1619 Project,’” which is a confection of The New York Times. Both critical race theory and “The 1619 Project” are based on the fundamental insight that slavery is,…