The Libertarian Recipe

Taking the opportunity on Politico to say What the GOP Needs to Do, South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford offers his version of timeless Republican principles that must be returned to: Some on the left will say our electoral losses are a repudiation of our principles of lower taxes, smaller government and individual liberty. But Election […]

Precious Personal Property

Among the guilty pleasures of this post-election season is the contemplation of flagrantly mistaken predictions of how Barack Obama wouldn’t, couldn’t, shouldn’t win first the Democratic primary and then the general election campaign (currently being collected by Andrew Sullivan under his running “Von Hoffman Award” head). Such stuff from campaign insiders like Mark Penn is […]


Another candidate for RNC chairman, South Carolina party chair Katon Dawson, has posted his manifesto, which includes the following call: Renew our commitment to our Party’s timeless principles…by reconfirming our commitment to be the party of smaller government, lower taxes, individual freedom, strong national security, respect for the sanctity of life, traditional marriage, the importance […]

More Mormon Prop. 8 Blowback

Rick Hertzberg gives the LDS Church a pop in the current New Yorker, but the big news is that the state of California’s Fair Political Practices Commission is investigating the church for allegedly neglecting to report “a battery of nonmonetary contributions — including phone banks, a Web site and commercials” in its effort to drum […]

The GOP Civil War

What to make of the Recipe for Republican Recovery advanced today on Politico by Michael Steele, the former Maryland lieutenant governor who wants to be RNC chair? Here’s the nut: Ronald Reagan spoke to our deepest longing as a people. He gave a voice to principles that are true for all people in all times. […]


Various people have been trying to figure out why various conservative Catholic bishops and associated lay eminences seem to have gone off their meds since the election. Writing in Slate, Melinda Henneberger puts it down to anxieties over the Freedom of Choice Act, a piece of legislation beloved of the pro-choice left that would (presumably) […]

That Woman

This, from Lauren Collins’ interview with Mike Huckabee in the current New Yorker, is worth pondering: While some of Huckabee’s gripes come off as rinky-dink—in the book, he admonishes Romney for hogging golf-cart parking spaces during the Iowa straw poll—others are more stinging. Asked about Sarah Palin, he responded, “She, uh, was an appropriate choice, […]

Mormon-Evangelical Entente?

Peggy Stack has, as usual, the best take on matters Mormon, this time (notwithstanding comments from me) concerning the fallout from Prop. 8. A possible silver lining for the LDS Church is enhanced street cred with evangelicals, as in the following quote from the Rev. Jim Garlow, one of its pro-Prop. 8 partners in California: […]

Piety at 1600 Pennsylvania

Uh-oh. Politico’s Martin and Lee have been tracking President-elect Obama’s post-election church attendance record and found it wanting. It seems that since the election, BO has been more attentive to his body than his soul Sunday mornings. Could it be that, like the majority of the people who voted for him, he is a bit, […]