Michael-Barone is senior Political Analyst for the Washington Examiner.
A resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, he is also a
Fox News Channel contributor and co-author of The Almanac of
American Politics. His column is published Wednesdays and Sundays.
In the early 1980s, while planning a vacation in Latin America, I went to bookstores to find histories of the region. All I could find were Marxist tracts arguing that "the people" were exploited by greedy corporations and military dictators, all propped up by the United States. Available literature on Latin America today includes much more sensible accounts. But some people, including Barack Obama, whose college thesis written in those years has never been made public, seem stuck in a time warp in which the United States is the bad guy. Read More
We learned yesterday that Barack Obama has had one meeting on General Stanley McChrystal’s August 30 report, as of September 20. But he has had time, we are told, to call former Virginia Governor and Richmond Mayor Douglas Wilder to ask him to endorse Democratic governor nominee Creigh Deeds. Read More
One of the interesting things about the Tea Party movement and the demonstrators who thronged Pennsylvania Avenue, the Capitol and the Mall on September 12 is the disdain they express not only for Democratic politicians but for Republican politicians as well.
"The level of unemployment is unacceptably high. And will, by all forecasts, remain unacceptably high for a number of years." Who do you suppose said that? A Republican political operative? A Fox News political analyst? One of those Tea Partiers who assembled in many thousands in Washington on Sept. 12? No, it was Lawrence Summers, the director of President Obama's National Economic Council and, by common consent, one of the world's leading economists. Read More
On the Weekly Standard’s website Stephen Hayes draws the unavoidable conclusion from the report of and a subsequent interview with CIA Inspector General John Helgerson: the enhanced interrogation techniques, including but not limited to waterboarding, worked. They produced valuable intelligence that enabled U.S. authorities to prevent future attacks. Read More