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No, Trump Hasn’t Been Harder on Russia Than Obama

Jonah Goldberg says Donald Trump is right to say he’s been tougher on Russia than President Obama: Barack Obama sold out our Eastern European allies on missile defense. He slow-walked aid to Ukraine and did little more than shrug when Crimea was annexed. He said “never mind” on his own “red line” in Syria and […]

Trump’s right, he has been tougher on Russia than Obama was

(Paul Mirengoff) Today, President Trump tweeted: “I have been much tougher on Russia than Obama, just look at the facts.” Trump’s enemies may not like to read this, but the statement is true. Jonah Goldberg, neither a friend nor an enemy of Trump, thinks so too. Show More Summary

American Nationalists Are Quiet as Mice on Russia

Jonah Goldberg, National Review: Most of the rah-rah nationalists on cable, talk radio, and social media have been remarkably blasé, more interested in Hillary Clinton's misdeeds than those of a contemptuous foreign power. For some of the alt-right, the silence is understandable; many of them are simply fanboys (or clients) of Vladimir Putin.... Show More Summary

Fine, there's tribalism on both sides — but the right is far more damaging than the left

To the editor: Jonah Goldberg talks about tribalism, but not all tribes are created equal. (“Three reasons for the cult of Trump,” Opinion, Feb. 6) Republicans excuse their own bad behavior, claiming they’re no worse than Democrats. That's false. In Pennsylvania, Republicans gerrymandered districts...

Drum goes easy on Goldberg

(Dan here…Lifted from Robert’s Stochastic Thoughts) Drum goes easy on Goldberg It is progress that hack conservatives are bothsidesing now. Jonah Goldberg correctly notes that the problem isn’t just Trump but also broader extreme partizanship. He asserts that both parties are to blame. He seems to know he can’t defend this assertion and declines to […]

Trumpism Is Modern Republicanism

Generally speaking, I figure I can make common cause with any conservative who opposes Donald Trump. Jonah Goldberg, for example, might believe that the best way to fix Social Security is to let Monsanto grind up old people and manufacture Soylent Green for sale to North Korea. Whatever. We can argue that out later. For […]

THERE IS NO WAY ANY SATIRIST CAN IMPROVE UPON REAL LIFE FOR ITS PURE ABSURDITY — ESPECIALLY WHEN CN…

THERE IS NO WAY ANY SATIRIST CAN IMPROVE UPON REAL LIFE FOR ITS PURE ABSURDITY — ESPECIALLY WHEN CNN IS INVOLVED. Here’s Jonah Goldberg channeling Ken Burns yesterday: Here’s CNN’s perpetually-histrionic Jim Acosta, today: Acosta’s lamentations are best accompanied by the appropriate period music:

The Value of “The California Premium”

Yesterday, I added a link to my Thursday post about the sad environmental state of California to a Jonah Goldberg piece in which he discovered that, “California is the poverty capital of America.”  However, before he gets to that startling...Show More Summary

Understanding Conservative Christian Silence on Donald Trump’s Porngate

I agree wholeheartedly with my colleague Jonah Goldberg. Social conservatives (especially Christian conservatives) should unequivocally condemn Donald Trump’s now almost-certain affair with a porn star. They should speak with the exact...Show More Summary

Jonah Goldberg’s Remnant Podcast: Charles Murray, with Music from . . .

Jonah Goldberg’s podcast “The Remnant” is always entertaining and well worth your time. But the latest episode is special for a couple of reasons. First, Jonah’s guest Charles Murray is a longtime Patterico favorite. Second, the intro and outro music may sound familiar to longtime readers. Click here to listen. [Cross-posted at The Jury Talks […]

When will the dam burst for Trump like it did for Harvey Weinstein?

To the editor: Jonah Goldberg makes a telling analogy between Hollywood insiders who knew about Harvey Weinstein and other accused sexual harassers and assaulters but kept quiet, and Washington insiders who know the truth about the Trump White House but do their best to keep it under wraps. (“One...

Jonah Goldberg: “The Voter-Fraud Commission Dies a Partisan Death” (and My Own Thoughts on Thielen’s Laughable Oped)

Jonah Goldberg: Michael Thielen, the executive director of the Republican National Lawyers Association, is upset that the White House disbanded the “voter-fraud commission.” He writes: … President Trump has shut down his Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity (PACEI), also called the … Continue reading ?

Trump's Tweets Are a 'Narnian Wardrobe to His Lizard Brain'

A conversation with the writer Jonah Goldberg about dysfunction on the right and why the president of the United States can’t stop tweeting about Hillary Clinton.

CRY HAVOC, AND UNLEASH THE TUBAS OF WAR! War Tubas: The strange history of listening for approaching…

CRY HAVOC, AND UNLEASH THE TUBAS OF WAR! War Tubas: The strange history of listening for approaching aircraft before radar. (Found via Jonah Goldberg, who is busy “Trying to figure out what the ‘war tuba’ analogue for ‘gaydar’ would be.”)

Republican obstruction during the Obama years set up Trump for his 'accomplishments'

To the editor: Jonah Goldberg touts President Trump’s first-year achievements, starting with “a record number of judicial appointments, including a Supreme Court justice, [and] the defeat of Islamic State.” (“Trump's end-of-year accomplishment list isn't that skimpy. Of course, the party's in charge...

Don’t Buy the Spin: Trump’s Accomplishments Have Actually Been Pretty Modest So Far

Jonah Goldberg: Contrary to what many predicted, President Trump’s end-of-year accomplishment list isn’t that skimpy. That’s an analytical observation. For many, particularly liberals and Democrats, Trump’s first year hasn’t been merely bad. It’s a great evil, a grievous wound to the American body politic. But even that is a kind of partisan tribute to what’s […]

Socialism is popular in the U.S., and it's not hard to figure out why

To the editor: Jonah Goldberg insists that socialism is disastrous and hard to reconcile with democracy. (“Venezuela’s a disaster. Yet socialism’s more popular than ever,” Opinion, Dec. 19). The world, however, has many examples of both successful socialistic democracies and painfully undemocratic...

JONAH GOLDBERG: Venezuela’s a disaster. Yet socialism’s more popular than ever. Why the disconnec…

JONAH GOLDBERG: Venezuela’s a disaster. Yet socialism’s more popular than ever. Why the disconnect? For conservatives of my ilk, the most obvious answer is that, for the left, socialism itself is never to blame. One of my favorite guilty pleasures is the Socialist Party of Great Britain’s Twitter feed, which insists daily that the socialist […]

Trump Losing Support of Fox News Viewers

Jonah Goldberg: The most important poll number to come out this week had nothing to do with defeated Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore. It had to do with Fox News and Donald Trump.... Suffolk University and USA Today released a poll...Show More Summary

No comparison between Obamacare and the Republicans' tax bill

To the editor: Jonah Goldberg wrongly compares the GOP tax plan with the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. (“Will tax reform be the GOP’s Obamacare?” Opinion, Dec. 12) First, the intent of the former was to help low-income people obtain access to healthcare, while the later intends...

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