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An easy choice for Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton’s problem is not only what she objected to in President Obama’s foreign policy and when she objected to it, but also what she now thinks is the right course of action. Libya, which the administration once boasted was an example of their superior “light footprint” strategy (contra President George W. Bush), is in […]

What now for Gaza?

Assuming that the latest truce in the Gaza war holds, the future remains murky, and “peace” is still far away. Several weeks ago, former deputy national security adviser Elliott Abrams correctly predicted that the war “will end with pledges from many parties to help the people of Gaza and rebuild Gaza, but not allow Hamas […]

U.S. allies abandon hope of Obama leadership

The biggest news of the day from the Middle East may not be the announcement of another truce in the Gaza war. We’ve seen that before, and then seen Hamas violate the truce immediately. (In case this one holds, it is worth noting that it is identical to the prior truce proposal from Israel, which […]

Obama in the rough

Bill Burton, former Obama aide and current spinner for the White House, is miffed that people are upset about President Obama’s vacations. Well, if Burton learned anything from Obama, it is how to make a straw-man argument. Few people object to the president getting downtime. What they object to is three-fold: First, Burton should know […]

The libertarian moment that never was

Along with several conservative commentators, we have suggested that the “libertarian moment” in the GOP is a canard. If libertarians are inherently skeptical to the point of hostile toward even core government powers, including law enforcement and foreign policy, there is a whole lot of evidence that the Republican Party is less entranced with the libertarian […]

Rand Paul’s nutty worldview goes unchallenged by the media

NBC News has many more serious problems than transitioning to a new host for “Meet the Press.” It has quite simply ceased to be a serious news organization. Consider its segment on Sunday covering Sen. Rand Paul’s publicity trip to Guatemala. The Kentucky Republican had in tow a phalanx of media people, his longtime political […]

Morning Bits

And here I thought his job was to ask probing questions. Chuck Todd reimagines journalism: “I think the job for all of us particularly in political reporting is to demystify Washington for the American public but then also try to translate the American public’s frustration for out of touch Washington people.” In case you thought […]

Open thread

Right Turn will be back from vacation tomorrow. In the meantime, chat among yourselves. Labor Day is a week from today, and then the midterm election season really kicks into high gear.

Challenges for 2016 hopefuls: Rep. Paul Ryan

It’s not clear Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) wants to run for president. However, if former Florida governor Jeb Bush and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie don’t run or don’t seem viable if they do, the pressure on Ryan from reform-minded moderate and conservative Republicans, as well as big donors, will be intense. He would have the […]

Challenges for 2016 hopefuls: Gov. Chris Christie

Right Turn is away for the week, but we have been looking at the challenges the likely presidential candidates will face. Today we’ll look at Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey. The bridge scandal hasn’t yet amounted to very much, although it bounced him out of a commanding position in the pre-2016 jostling. Assuming he […]

Rick Perry demonstrates a return to conservative strengths

Liberals are hindered by moral vacuity and libertarians by rigid ideological constraints unmoored to real-world experience. As a result, when confronted with domestic mayhem or international aggression, adherents of these philosophies crumble or wind up blaming someone other than the responsible party. Show More Summary

Challenges for 2016 hopefuls: Sen. Marco Rubio

Right Turn is on vacation, but we have left you with some thoughts on the top challenges facing likely presidential candidates. Today we’ll look at Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), who had arguably the worst 2013 of the GOP presidential aspirants by getting crosswise with anti-immigration reform hard-liners, disappointing hawks and confounding sensible conservatives who looked […]

Challenges for 2016 hopefuls: Gov. Martin O’Malley

Right Turn is on vacation, but we’re taking time to look at the challenges facing candidates likely to run for president in 2016. We’ve looked at Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) and Texas Gov. Rick Perry, but there may also be a contest in the Democratic Party, especially if President Obama’s foreign policy disasters and her […]

Challenges for 2016 hopefuls: Gov. Jeb Bush

Right Turn is on vacation, but we have left you with some thoughts on the top challenges facing likely presidential candidates. Today, we’ll look at  former Florida governor Jeb Bush, who was once thought to be disqualified by his last name. Reform conservatism was his bailiwick before it had a name, so his solution-oriented style of […]

Challenges for 2016 hopefuls: Ted Cruz

Each potential presidential contender has challenges in defining his or her candidacy in a crowded field. While Right Turn is on vacation, we’ll sketch these out for a batch of frequently mentioned candidates, starting with Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.). Cruz has a loyal following on the right, the ability to bring a crowd to its […]

Perry’s indictment backfires

Texas Gov. Rick Perry has mastered a critical political skill: Take advantage of your opportunities. First on the border crisis and now on his own indictment, he has shown an uncanny ability to seize the national stage and convey his impressive leadership skills. He is also going a long way toward rebutting the notion that […]

Open thread

Right Turn will be on vacation this week, returning Tuesday, Aug. 26. But check back frequently because we’ll have a series on the challenges facing presidential aspirants.

Immigration and growth go together in many states

I’ve suggested that the border crisis paradoxically may make it easier in the long run to achieve immigration reform. If everyone can agree to get serious about border security first, then other reforms may well be less contentious. Indeed, the most recent Fox poll shows that if given the choice between doing nothing and setting up […]

The three key questions on Iraq

The Wall Street Journal reports: The gains made in recent months by the group calling itself the Islamic State have bolstered its long-term ambitions to attack the West, including the U.S., and the group has become such a potent force that traditional counterterrorism tactics aren’t sufficient to eliminate it, U.S. intelligence officials said Thursday. Officials […]

The myth of the ‘libertarians’ moment’

The mainstream media are convinced that it is the “libertarians’ moment” or that the GOP has turned libertarian. How do they know? Some pundits and a few pols say so. Hmm. But does it mean the Republican Party as a whole has drunk the minimalist government, government-phobic, isolationist punch? There is very little evidence that it […]

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