"I think she's one of the most fascinating women of our time and this world," confessed Bob Greenblatt, chairman of NBC, as part of his announcement that his network is making a miniseries about former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, with Diane Lane in the starring role.
"My rival in this race," President Obama announced early in 2007, "is not other candidates. It's cynicism." Sadly, it's now evident cynicism won.
If Tom Wolfe were writing "The Bonfire of the Vanities" today, he'd need a scene in the Grand Havana Room in New York City. It's an Olympian den fit for what Wolfe called "masters of the universe," the super-rich gods of finance who today go by "the 1 percent."
Rand Paul is the most interesting contender for the Republican presidential nomination. And I mean that in the broadest sense.
President Obama wants to make government "smarter." Who could disagree with that? Whether you're an anarchist, a Leninist or somewhere in between, everyone can agree that Uncle Sam could afford a few more IQ points.
You just can't out-gloom an environmentalist. The Atlantic invited some luminaries to answer the question "How and when will the world end?" Some contributions were funny. Others simply plausible - a volcanic eruption from underneath Yellowstone National Park is frightfully overdue.
When your grandmother gets some bad news, do you tell her: "Well, at least you have your abortion rights"?
OK, young'ns, here's your chance. In two consecutive elections, you've carried Barack Obama to victory. You voted for Obama by a margin of 66 percent to 32 percent in 2008, and, despite a horrendous economy for people your age, by nearly that much again in 2012.
'Why are there no libertarian countries?" In a much-discussed essay for Salon magazine, Michael Lind asks: "If libertarians are correct in claiming that they understand how best to organize a modern society, how is it that not a single country in the world in the early twenty-first century i…
The U.S. government is trying "to create a database of every 'phone' call ever made."
'This war, like all wars, must end. That's what history advises. That's what our democracy demands."
"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."
Of course the president deserves some of the blame. Yes, it's extremely unlikely he ordered the IRS to discriminate against tea party, pro-life or Jewish groups opposed to his agenda (though why anyone should take his word for it is beyond me). And his outrage now - however convenient - is a…
'Was it because of a protest or was it because of guys out for a walk one night and decided they'd go kill some Americans? What difference - at this point, what difference does it make?"
Is the American body politic suffering from an autoimmune disease?
Are Brad Paisley and Rand Paul the bravest men in America?
The government in Britain recently did something interesting.
Almost exactly 20 years ago, Barbara Dafoe Whitehead wrote a controversial essay for The Atlantic titled "Dan Quayle Was Right."
Is the Iraq War to blame for the mess we are in? Now, I should qualify that question by explaining "mess" and "we." By "mess," I mean the dawn of Barack Obama's second term, the predictably catastrophic rollout of Obamacare, the exploding debt and deficit, the stimulus boondoggles, etc.
Just because things can be put on the same list doesn't mean they are necessarily similar. My attic contains within it thousands of comic books, an inflatable bed, some jigsaw puzzles, some family pictures and a "Frampton Comes Alive!" album. These things are, roughly speaking, in the same l…
While many have long seen America as the global bad boy, everybody likes Canada. If Uncle Sam tucks his pack of Marlboros under his T-shirt sleeve and plays by his own rules, the Canadian moose - or whatever their Uncle Sam equivalent is - always wears his blue blazer and school tie and does…
What can you do with a man like Chris Christie?
We are just days away from a cataclysm of biblical proportions. The cuts foretold in the Budget Control Act of 2011 apparently are every bit as terrifying as rivers of blood and plagues of locusts.
One of the great things about American politics is its capacity for punishing hubris.
Not long after President Obama proclaimed in his second inaugural that "an economic recovery has begun," we learned that the U.S. economy actually shrank in the last quarter. Many economists believe this is a temporary setback. This recovery may be the weakest in American history, but the ec…
What if, during the presidential campaign, Mitt Romney had accused President Obama of wanting to let servicewomen serve in combat? After all, Obama had hinted as much in 2008. What would Obama's response have been?
A lot of people in Washington apparently forgot how good Hillary Clinton is at not telling the truth.
Dear Socially Liberal Fiscal Conservative Friend, That's pretty toothy, so I'm going to call you Bob.
"As the president said, if your actions result in only saving one life, they're worth taking," Vice President Joe Biden declared on Wednesday as he previewed what his commission on gun violence might actually do.
It's official. President Obama has named former Sen. Chuck Hagel, R-Neb., as his nominee for secretary of defense. Hence, we may be in store for the worst defense secretary nomination fight since George H.W. Bush's failed appointment of Sen. John Tower, R-Texas, more than 20 years ago.
On Friday, in his moving and heartfelt statement in response to the horrific shooting in Newtown, Conn., President Obama said, "As a country, we have been through this too many times. … And we're going to have to come together and take meaningful action to prevent more tragedies like this, r…
To understand why Republicans have a "branding problem," you first need to understand how the system is rigged against conservatives.
In the scramble to make the GOP more diverse, a lot of people are looking at Asian-Americans, whom many believe are a natural constituency for the party. I would love it if Asian-Americans converted en masse to the Republican Party, but the challenge for Republicans is harder than many appreciate.
When, at long last, will people understand that the left is boring?
What do you call a leader of a theocratic and cultish movement with a deep and clear disdain for democracy who suddenly assumes dictatorial powers?
If the GOP wants to win more black votes, it will need to get a lot more "racist."
President Obama has several stated ambitions for his presidency. He wants it to be "transformative." He wants to unite Americans of all parties. He wants to build an economy from the middle class out (whatever that means), and he wants to help what you might call the domestic refugees of Ame…
I think I owe an apology to George W. Bush. William F. Buckley once noted that he was 19 when the Cold War began at the Yalta conference. The year the Berlin Wall came down, he became a senior citizen. In other words, he explained, anti-Communism was a defining feature of conservatism his en…
The Progressives won on Tuesday. I don't mean the people who voted Democrat who call themselves "progressive." Though they won, too.
If you want to understand why conservatives have lost faith in the so-called mainstream media, you need to ponder the question: Where is the Benghazi feeding frenzy?
In the third and final debate, Barack Obama scored huge points with the media, college kids and die-hard liberals - in other words, his base - when he mocked Mitt Romney's concern about our historically small Navy.
Apparently, Paul Ryan and Joe Biden are both theocrats willing, nay eager, to use state power to impose their religious views on us.
It was the Puss in Boots eyes. If you've seen the "Shrek" movies or the spin-off cartoon starring the storybook cat voiced by Antonio Banderas, you know what I'm talking about. Whenever Puss in Boots really needs something from someone, he flashes these enormous kitten eyes that melt anyone …
We like tribalism for the same reason we like to eat fatty foods: We evolved that way.
"No One Murdered Because of This Image."
An incendiary video about the prophet Muhammad, "Innocence of Muslims," was blamed for the mob attacks on our embassies in Libya and Egypt (and later, Yemen). In Libya, Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans were murdered. The video stirred some passion here in America as well.
"Forward" is a perfectly appropriate slogan for progressives.
TAMPA, Fla. - Huzzah, America, our centuries-old struggle with racism and bigotry may be coming to an end.
This is shaping up to be the second presidential election in a row that's about someone who isn't on the ballot: George W. Bush.