Polls are open in 11 states as I write, with full results unavailable till after my deadline, but it seems that some lessons can already be drawn from this political year. Incumbents are not popular, especially Democratic incumbents. Democrats' big-government programs are hugely unpopular. Economic distress has made Americans yearn not for more government but for less. Read More
When "not illegal" is the best thing that the White House can say about the behavior of the president's top aides, it's not a good sign.
But the Obama administration finds itself holding the sleazy-but-legal line on deals Rahm Emanuel and his lieutenant, Jim Messina, tried to cut to keep Democrats Joe Sestak and Andrew Romanoff from taking on the national party's preferred candidates in Senate primaries. Read More
President Obama went from the triumph of passing his national health plan to the tragedy of the BP oil spill in just two months.
It was only March 28 when Obama pronounced that getting Congress to pass a bill strenuously disliked by the American people was proof that government could "still do big things." By May 28, Americans were watching oil belch up from the briny deep and wondering whether government could do anything at all. Read More
To many Republicans, the White House's story on the Joe Sestak matter just doesn't add up. Why would chief of staff Rahm Emanuel enlist former President Bill Clinton -- outside of Barack Obama, the biggest gun in the Democratic world -- to offer an obscure, unpaid position to Rep. Sestak in exchange for Sestak agreeing not to challenge White House favorite Sen. Arlen Specter in the Pennsylvania Senate primary? Read More
How interested is Barack Obama in discussing Rep. Joe Sestak's allegation that the White House offered him a big government job if he would not challenge Sen. Arlen Specter, the White House's favored candidate in the Pennsylvania Senate primary?
Well, when the president was asked about it at his news conference Thursday -- the question didn't come up until the very last reporter was called on -- the normally long-winded Obama spoke for a total of 32 seconds. Read More
Among the more interesting episodes within the 2008 presidential race was the too-brief effort of former Tennessee Republican Sen. Fred Thompson to offer GOP voters a solidly conservative alternative to the doomed inevitability of John McCain. Read More
It's gut check time for America's casual libertarians.
After watching Rand Paul get pilloried for engaging in a politically foolish theoretical discussion about the constitutionality of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, it's obvious that the days when liberals tolerated libertarians are over.
For decades, conservatives who didn't want to be associated with the more controversial precincts of the Right have had an easy dodge: "I'm really more of a libertarian. ... " Read More
This month three members of Congress have been beaten in their bids for re-election -- a Republican senator from Utah, a Democratic congressman from West Virginia and a Republican-turned-Democrat senator from Pennsylvania. Their records and their curricula vitae are different. But they all have one thing in common: They are members of an Appropriations Committee. Read More
Is there a flavor to this year's anti-incumbency wave, or is it just about hating Washington?
Right now, both parties are purging themselves of ideological infidels.
This week's primaries were the best evidence yet that purity is preferable to pragmatism in 2010. Read More
Nobody should be surprised that Assistant Secretary of State Michael Posner equates Arizona's new immigration law with communist China's worst human rights abuses like its rape of Tibet.
People on the left have made such unbalanced comparisons for decades. Their problem isn't mere moral equivalence. They think America should be spelled with a K. Read More