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  • Tony Blankley (1948-2012)

    01/08/2012 2:33:47 PM PST · by Brandonmark · 60 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | January 8, 2012 | NB Staff
    It is with great sadness that we must report the loss of our dear friend Tony Blankley. Tony passed away Saturday after a long battle with stomach cancer. Tony was a longtime friend of our parent organization the Media Research Center, serving as one of MRC's DisHonors Awards judges in the past few years. Tony's syndicated column was also published on NewsBusters. Tony was a veteran warrior for the conservative movement having served as a speechwriter for the Reagan administration, as press secretary to Speaker Newt Gingrich, as editorial page editor for the Washington Times from 2002-2007, and as a...
  • Ex-Times Editorial Page Editor Tony Blankley dead at 63

    01/08/2012 12:07:45 PM PST · by Dysart · 71 replies
    Tony Blankely, a noted conservative author and commentator and former editorial page editor of The Washington Times, died Sunday morning, according to family sources. He was 63 and had been battling stomach cancer. Mr. Blankley was an executive vice president of the Edelman public-relations firm in Washington, a visiting senior fellow in national-security communications at the Heritage Foundation, a syndicated newspaper columnist and an on-air political commentator for CNN, NBC and NPR. He was also a regular weekly guest on “The McLaughlin Group.” Mr. Blankley was editorial page editor of The Times from 2002 to 2007, and from 1990 to...
  • BLANKLEY: Newt’s past and future leadership

    12/21/2011 6:02:55 AM PST · by TBBT · 11 replies
    washingtontimes.com ^ | 12/21/2011 | Tony Blankley
    Candidate has already proved his high office credentials as House speaker Almost all political commentators agree on one thing: The Republican presidential campaign is unlike any we have experienced. It is not a campaign of steady trends and continuities, but rather of emotional reversals and discontinuities. Perhaps this is so because the past three or four years have been a shocking time of discontinuities and reversals for America. Really, America has been bewildered, shocked and disoriented since Sept. 11, 2001. The economic collapse and the unprecedentedly statist policies of the past three years have just compounded the anxiety. The rise...
  • Newt's Past and Future Leadership

    12/14/2011 11:40:53 AM PST · by wildbill · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | 12/14/2011 | Tony Blankley
    The GOP primary voters reflect this helter-skelter search for leadership. And I predict that when the general electorate is engaged in the general election campaign next year, the independents and some Democrats will reflect the same desperate confusion and search for the right kind of leadership for these treacherous times. But what kind of candidate is most likely to make sense of the terrible events and forces that weigh down our country; be capable of vividly describing our plight and what needs to be done; and convince the public that he or she has the intelligence, courage, experience and sheer...
  • No Clintonian Comeback for Obama

    12/29/2010 7:50:56 AM PST · by Hotlanta Mike · 8 replies · 1+ views
    Real Clear Politics ^ | December 29, 2010 | Tony Blankley
    Don't believe all the Washington talk that President Obama had a great lame duck session and goes into the new year and the new 112th congress with the whip hand. Utter nonsense. Let's review the lame duck session as it happened -- not as it has been instantly revised by the ever-obliging Washington press corps.
  • Kansas-Nebraska Act of 1854, Redux: In America, socialism used to be confined within certain...

    03/26/2010 12:33:13 PM PDT · by neverdem · 24 replies · 760+ views
    NATIONAL REVIEW ONLINE ^ | March 26, 2010 | Tony Blankley
    Kansas-Nebraska Act of 1854, Redux In America, socialism used to be confined within certain boundaries; that was before last Sunday’s vote.  We are now beginning to enter the Kansas-Nebraska Act stage of our republic’s socialist crisis. At our constitutional founding, the evil of slavery was crudely evaded. In 1820, the Missouri Compromise, which prohibited the abomination north of 36°30' north latitude (about the middle of Missouri), was enacted. But with the western push of the frontier, a new compromise was needed. So the Kansas-Nebraska Act of 1854 decreed that the “popular sovereignty” of each territory should decide whether it would...
  • Palin Delivers Sparkle, Warmth

    02/09/2010 9:39:57 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 31 replies · 888+ views
    Townhall ^ | 2-10-2010 | Tony Blankley
    Palin Delivers Sparkle, Warmth Tony BlankleyWednesday, February 10, 2010"No new ideas." That was the most prominent of the criticisms of Sarah Palin's speech at MSNBC's too-cool-for-school "Morning Joe" on Monday. The more general critique of former Gov. Palin's future was that while she certainly had star power, she could never speak to more than a fraction of even Republicans. The proof of the latter point was made with the evidence that many important Washington Republicans could never support her for more than cheerleader to her marginal people. They also pointed out that she had kept out of races in Massachusetts...
  • Tony Blankley: The Democratic Party is Playing With Fire

    09/23/2009 5:57:38 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 42 replies · 2,991+ views
    Real Clear Politics ^ | September 23, 2009 | Tony Blankley
    As the town hall meetings on health care started in early August, the Democratic Party's talking points accused the attending citizens of being "demonstrators hired by K Street lobbyists." Then they started calling them a "mob." Getting into the spirit of his party, Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid called those who oppose Obamacare "evil." Then House Democratic Majority Leader Steny Hoyer called the dissenters "un-American." For good measure, Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi accused them of being Nazis. Former Democratic President Jimmy Carter followed with the assertion that "racism" motivates President Barack Obama's health care opponents. The culmination --...
  • Finally, Change We Can Believe In

    08/20/2009 6:43:01 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 9 replies · 901+ views
    Human Events ^ | 8-19-09 | Tony Blankley
    Finally, Change We Can Believe Inby Tony Blankley (more by this author) Posted 08/19/2009 ETUpdated 08/19/2009 ET Those of us who are self-appointed advocates -- who expend our efforts trying to persuade a few more people to our political point of view -- must sit back in slack-jawed wonder when the great American public makes one of its great roars, as we all have been hearing in town hall meetings across the country.  In the animal kingdom, it is the lion that has the loudest roar. Scientists say it is made as a warning to advertise the animal's presence. Are...
  • Tony Blankley: Sarah misunderstood (Spot On!)

    07/12/2009 12:28:52 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies · 1,890+ views
    The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ^ | July 12, 2009 | Tony Blankley
    Professional politicians and political journalists don't waste energy on political corpses. They reserve their energy -- positive or negative -- for viable politicians. Thus, an intriguing part of the Sarah Palin phenomenon is the intensity of response to her every word and move -- from both Republican Party and Democratic Party professionals and from the conventional media. The negative but sustained passion being expressed by the professional Washington political class against her tends to belie its almost unanimous assertion that she is washed up. I happened to be on CNN on July 3 just as the story was breaking of...
  • From Kabul to Baghdad -- and Back

    07/01/2009 5:05:03 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies · 316+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | July 1, 2009 | Tony Blankley
    This week, American troops start leaving Iraqi cities in compliance with both former President George W. Bush's negotiated start date for withdrawal and President Barack Obama's campaign pledge. Given Bush's profound commitment to succeed in Iraq, if he were still in office and if he judged such a scheduled removal of troops to be dangerous, he doubtlessly would have postponed the action -- just as he changed his strategy and ordered the surge against the advice of most of his government and most of Washington in 2007. Yet it was that surge and the changed strategy designed and led by...
  • The Presidency at 5 Months

    06/24/2009 2:20:49 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies · 603+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | June 24, 2009 | Tony Blankley
    Last week, both David Broder, The Washington Post's venerable and authoritative political voice, and Chuck Todd, NBC's new important political voice, declared President Barack Obama's honeymoon over. Although almost every new American presidency is launched with renewed hope and optimism for both the president and the nation (Abraham Lincoln's being a conspicuous exception in 1861), a time comes when the public and the president's party begin to assess whether they made the right choice. Are the public's expectations of the new president being met? Are the many promises that every candidate for president makes -- and his apparent personal attributes...
  • A Fine Madness in the Washington Air

    06/18/2009 1:19:13 PM PDT · by IbJensen · 5 replies · 275+ views
    Patriot Post ^ | Wednesday, 17 June 2009 | Tony Blankley
    To borrow Niall Ferguson's metaphor, if finance is an evolutionary process, then regulation is its intelligent design -- which, I would add, is a cognate of faith, not science. Or, to take the observation of former Federal Reserve Governor Frederic Mishkin, if "the financial system (is) the brain of the economy," then, I would suggest, heavy regulation is its lobotomy; while it removes the emotional highs and lows, it also dulls the perception, facility and adroitness. (Disclosure: In keeping with my long-held public view, I give professional advice to financial institutions seeking low regulation and taxation.) A century ago, medical...
  • BLANKLEY: 'Liberty and Tyranny' reviewed

    03/31/2009 2:51:18 AM PDT · by Scanian · 5 replies · 760+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | March 31, 2009 | Tony Blankley
    Last Sunday's New York Times reported that “Mr. Obama will confront resentment over American-style capitalism and resistance to his economic prescriptions when he lands in London. ... [H]e will be tested in face-to-face meetings by the leaders of China and Russia, who have been pondering the degree to which the power of the United States to dominate global affairs may be ebbing. ... The American banking collapse, which precipitated the global meltdown, has led to a fundamental rethinking of the American way as a model for the rest of the world.” This may seem an odd beginning to a review...
  • 'Liberty and Tyranny' reviewed (Tony Blankley)

    03/30/2009 6:15:34 PM PDT · by pissant · 22 replies · 1,165+ views
    Wash Times ^ | 3/30/09 | Toney Blankely
    Last Sunday's New York Times reported that “Mr. Obama will confront resentment over American-style capitalism and resistance to his economic prescriptions when he lands in London. ... [H]e will be tested in face-to-face meetings by the leaders of China and Russia, who have been pondering the degree to which the power of the United States to dominate global affairs may be ebbing. ... The American banking collapse, which precipitated the global meltdown, has led to a fundamental rethinking of the American way as a model for the rest of the world.” This may seem an odd beginning to a review...
  • BLANKLEY: World's most dangerous city?

    03/24/2009 2:06:03 AM PDT · by Scanian · 19 replies · 1,028+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | March 24, 2009 | Tony Blankley
    In a world growing more dangerous by the week in this dark spring of 2009, Washington may be the most dangerous city in the world. The city is safe enough for its residents - it is the rest of the country and world that is endangered by what Washington is capable of doing. On a bipartisan, bicameral, bigovernmental (executive and legislative branches) basis, rarely has so much policymaking, world-economy-transforming power been in harness to such unsteady political and policy instincts. Whatever one thinks of the American International Group Inc.'s bonus actions, last week's performance by Washington's political class should give...
  • Obama's Gamble

    03/11/2009 4:20:02 AM PDT · by Scanian · 3 replies · 678+ views
    Real Clear Politics ^ | March 11, 2009 | Tony Blankley
    Many of the media are following the convention of assessing President Barack Obama's first 100 days in office. The term first was applied to new American presidents during Franklin Roosevelt's spring of 1933, when, between March and June, he proposed and Congress passed unprecedented federal programs: the Agricultural Adjustment Act, the National Industrial Recovery Act, the Securities Act, the Banking Act and others. But Obama may wish to note that the term "100 days" derives from Napoleon's escape from Elba in March 1815, his brilliant reforming of an army, his march through France, and his final defeat by the British...
  • Obama Leverages His Political Risk in First 50 Days

    03/10/2009 9:57:12 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies · 497+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | March 11, 2009 | Tony Blankley
    Many of the media are following the convention of assessing President Barack Obama's first 100 days in office. The term first was applied to new American presidents during Franklin Roosevelt's spring of 1933, when, between March and June, he proposed and Congress passed unprecedented federal programs: the Agricultural Adjustment Act, the National Industrial Recovery Act, the Securities Act, the Banking Act and others. But Obama may wish to note that the term "100 days" derives from Napoleon's escape from Elba in March 1815, his brilliant reforming of an army, his march through France, and his final defeat by the British...
  • Obama Lied; the Economy Died

    03/05/2009 12:13:17 AM PST · by Yosemitest · 19 replies · 903+ views
    townhall.com ^ | Wednesday, March 04, 2009 | Tony Blankley
    Obama Lied; the Economy Died I am trying to capture the spirit of bipartisanship as practiced by the Democratic Party over the past eight years. Thus, I have chosen as my lead this proposition: Obama lied; the economy died.Obviously, I am borrowing this from the Democratic theme of 2003-08: "Bush lied, people died." There are, of course, two differences between the slogans. Most importantly, I chose to separate the two clauses with a semicolon rather than a comma because the rule of grammar is that a semicolon (rather than a comma) should be used between closely related independent clauses...
  • Tony Blankley: Obama Lied; The Economy Died

    03/03/2009 10:14:54 PM PST · by CardCarryingMember.VastRightWC · 6 replies · 932+ views
    Washington Times ^ | March 3, 2009 | Tony Blankley
    ...... George W. Bush didn't lie about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. He was merely mistaken. Whereas President Obama told a whopper last week when he claimed he was not for bigger government ......... [Obama]: "We have already identified $2 trillion in savings over the next decade." But, lamentably, a few days later, The Washington Post reported: "A senior administration official acknowledged yesterday that the budget does not contain $2 trillion in spending cuts over the next decade. Instead, the figure represents Obama's total efforts at deficit reduction, including tax hikes [of more than $1 trillion] on families making...
  • Obama lied; the economy died

    03/03/2009 1:25:36 PM PST · by Nachum · 8 replies · 721+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 3/3/09 | Tony Blankley
    <p>I am trying to capture the spirit of bipartisanship as practiced by the Democratic Party over the last eight years.</p> <p>Thus, I have chosen as my lead, the proposition: Obama lied; the economy died. Obviously, I am borrowing this from the Democratic Party theme of 2003-08: "Bush lied, people died." There are, of course, two differences between the two slogans.</p>
  • Obama lied; the economy died

    03/03/2009 7:04:11 AM PST · by jessduntno · 15 replies · 696+ views
    washingtontimes ^ | Today | Blankley
    OP-ED: I am trying to capture the spirit of bipartisanship as practiced by the Democratic Party over the last eight years. Thus, I have chosen as my lead, the proposition: Obama lied; the economy died. Obviously, I am borrowing this from the Democratic Party theme of 2003-08: "Bush lied, people died." There are, of course, two differences between the two slogans. Most importantly, I chose to separate the two clauses with a semicolon rather than a comma because the rule of grammar is that a semicolon rather than a comma) should be used between closely related independent clauses not conjoined...
  • Obama lied; the economy died

    03/03/2009 12:16:37 AM PST · by Scanian · 65 replies · 2,340+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | March 3, 2009 | Tony Blankley
    I am trying to capture the spirit of bipartisanship as practiced by the Democratic Party over the last eight years. Thus, I have chosen as my lead, the proposition: Obama lied; the economy died. Obviously, I am borrowing this from the Democratic Party theme of 2003-08: "Bush lied, people died." There are, of course, two differences between the two slogans. Most importantly, I chose to separate the two clauses with a semicolon rather than a coma because the rule of grammar is that a semicolon rather than a coma) should be used between closely related independent clauses not conjoined with...
  • Tony Blankley's Untimely Cry

    01/28/2009 4:11:46 AM PST · by Kaslin · 3 replies · 679+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | January 28, 2009 | Brent Bozell III
    Authors often try to release their books at an absolutely perfect moment for stoking sales. Exhibit A is PBS anchor Gwen Ifill, who scheduled her liberal "era of Obama" thrill-fest about hot-shot black Democrats for Barack Obama's Inauguration Day. Tony Blankley did almost exactly the opposite. To paraphrase the famous Bill Buckley slogan for National Review, Blankley's new book stands athwart the historic Obama swearing-in, yelling stop. It's titled "American Grit," and it calls for a "new nationalism," a notion at odds with Obama's open disdain for American exceptionalism. The left and their media allies have spent nearly every day...
  • BLANKLEY: Obama's 'blank screen' (Beware of Deception, New Nationalism)

    01/27/2009 6:40:39 AM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 14 replies · 1,091+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | January 27, 2009 | Tony Blankley
    OP-ED: President Obama is a beguiling but confounding figure. As he has said of himself: "I serve as a blank screen on which people of vastly different political stripes project their own views.” (”The Audacity of Hope.”) It is indeed audacious that he should proclaim this consciously disingenuous attribute. And, as one reads his inaugural address, it is hard not to conclude that it was shrewdly crafted to perpetuate such confusion. Run-of-the-mill politicians try to hide their duplicity. Only the most gifted of that profession brag that they intend to confound and confuse the public. Such an effort is beyond...
  • Being President 101

    01/07/2009 5:54:56 AM PST · by Kaslin · 11 replies · 545+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | January 7, 2009 | Tony Blankley
    With two weeks still left in President-elect Barack Obama's transition and because of the alleged corrupt conduct of several people in his proximity and his own passivity and public silence (and the inherent drama of current events), his has become the most dramatic presidential transition in memory. The phrase "No Drama Obama" was born March 12, 2008, when retired Air Force Gen. Merrill McPeak, who was campaigning for Obama, labeled him "No Shock Barack, No Drama Obama." It is fair to say that this useful and rhyming campaign slogan finally and formally was laid to rest last Sunday, when --...
  • Tony Blankley: Leaving the Watchtowers of Freedom [Obama's citizen army and the Fairness Doctrine]

    12/27/2008 2:34:10 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies · 1,698+ views
    The Jewish World Review ^ | December 10, 2008 | Tony Blankley
    Last week, The Washington Post reported on President-elect Barack Obama's plan to convert his campaign's massive digital database of millions of supporters' contact and background data into a location that will permit him to use that data legally as a tool of persuasion for his governing effort. The Post accurately characterized it as the most important presidential exploitation of a new technology for political purposes since FDR used the then-new radio technology back in the 1930s to talk to, persuade and galvanize the American public. As someone who did political communications and policy work on Ronald Reagan's White House staff,...
  • A Disturbing Book Worth Reading

    12/24/2008 5:24:45 AM PST · by Kaslin · 51 replies · 2,046+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | December 24, 2008 | Tony Blankley
    I recently read a book that deserves the widest possible readership: "The Trouble with Textbooks -- Distorting History and Religion," by Gary A. Tobin and Dennis R. Ybarra. I never have met or talked with either of these gentlemen, but I can't say enough good things about this book. For all who believe that there is a fairly objective rendition of history that we are obliged to teach our children, this book reveals how shockingly far from that objective American education -- particularly in schools' textbooks -- has fallen. In their conclusion, the authors quote the great historian of Islam...
  • The Conscience of Kansas radio program

    12/11/2008 8:31:36 PM PST · by ibbetsonusa · 230+ views
    The Conscience of Kansas ^ | 12-09-08 | Paul A. Ibbetson
    In this show I interview Tony Blankley, former speech writer for Ronald Reagan and Press Secretary for Newt Gingrich and author of the book "The Wests Last Chance" We also discuss the OJ Simpson verdict and other social issues. Another thought provoking show.
  • Who's Going on the Presidential Honeymoon?

    11/19/2008 7:09:02 AM PST · by JohnHuang2 · 1 replies · 255+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | Wednesday, November 19, 2008 | by Tony Blankley
    I was thinking about what we traditionally call the postelection "honeymoon," of which President-elect Barack Obama is now in the second week. But what exactly is meant by the metaphor? As a starting point, I looked up the word in my well-worn Oxford English Dictionary: "The first month after marriage, when there is nothing but tenderness and pleasure (Samuel Johnson); originally having no reference to the period of a month, but comparing the mutual affection of newly-married persons to the changing moon which is no sooner full than it begins to wane; now, usually, the holiday spent together by a...
  • To Conservatives Who Are Thinking About Tomorrow

    11/05/2008 7:29:39 AM PST · by bigbob · 23 replies · 1,510+ views
    GOP USA ^ | 11-5-2008 | Tony Blankley
    Conservatism always has been and always will be a force to reckon with because it most closely approximates the reality of the human condition, based, as it is, on the cumulative judgment and experience of a people. It is the heir, not the apostate, to the accumulated wisdom, morality and faith of the people. As a force in electoral politics in any given season, conservatism, like all ideas and causes, is hostage to the effectiveness of the party that carries its banner, the candidates and leaders who articulate its principles and programs, and the engagement and spirit of the people...
  • BLANKLEY: Conservatism reborn (Me-Too Conservatives)

    10/22/2008 10:52:33 AM PDT · by acsuc99 · 10 replies · 528+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 10/22/08 | Tony Blankley
    With the rise to enduring power of president Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal in 1933, a new type of Republican emerged in reaction to FDR's attractive and overawing power - the-me-too Republican. Until the election of president Reagan five decades later, these me-too Republicans supported, rather than opposed, Democratic Party policies, but claimed they would administer them better. Of course this led to a half-century of Democratic dominance of American government and politics.
  • Conservatism Reborn

    10/22/2008 1:11:56 PM PDT · by lewisglad · 85 replies · 1,893+ views
    Washington Times ^ | Wednesday, October 22, 2008 | Tony Blankley
    I think that Miss Noonan may have unconsciously touched on what is really going on here when she accuses Mrs. Palin - who is attracting crowds as big if not bigger than any Reagan ever drew - of being a "follower … not a leader." Miss Noonan's unconscious fear may be that it will be precisely Ms. Palin (and others like her) who will be among the leaders of the about to be re-born conservative movement. I suspect that the conservative movement we start re-building on the ashes of November 4th (even if Mr. McCain wins) will have little use...
  • Tony Blankley: McCain's duty to country

    10/19/2008 10:17:45 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies · 698+ views
    The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ^ | October 19, 2008 | Tony Blankley
    The essence of this election couldn't be simpler. The American public is so appalled at the condition of the country (which it unfairly, but not implausibly, blames on President Bush), a majority actually is considering voting for Sen. Obama. And when an electorate is intent on doing something, the last thing it wants to hear about are the facts. Moreover, the public's lack of interest in the facts is facilitated by the major American media's refusal to report them. For example, as Obama has portrayed his political career as one extended beau geste to the ideal of American democracy, a...
  • Yet Freedom

    10/01/2008 4:14:26 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 1 replies · 388+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | October 1, 2008 | Tony Blankley
    There is nothing new under the sun. The United States has endured major financial panics in 1837, 1873, 1893, 1907, 1929, 1933 and now in 2008. Most of these economic events had ideological and political consequences -- as well as the inevitable economic play-outs. And if history is any guide, contrary to the hope of some and the fear of others, this is not the end of capitalism as we have known it. But it is true that usually, major economic events have had political as well as economic consequences. For instance, the panic of 1893, which in some ways...
  • BLANKLEY: Media covering for Obama

    09/25/2008 3:52:49 PM PDT · by pvoce · 12 replies · 899+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 25 SEP 08 | Tony Blankley
    OP-ED: The mainstream media have gone over the line and are now straight out propagandists for the Obama campaign. While they have been liberal and blinkered in their worldview for decades, in 2007-08 for the first time, the major media are consciously covering for one candidate for president and consciously knifing the other. This is no longer journalism — it is simply propaganda. (The American left-wing version of the Volkischer Beobachter cannot be far behind.) And as a result, we are less than seven weeks away from possibly electing a president who has not been thoroughly and even half way...
  • The Man Who Never Was (oba-messiah)

    09/24/2008 8:28:38 AM PDT · by dynachrome · 5 replies · 122+ views
    GOP USA ^ | 9-24-08 | Tony Blankley
    The mainstream media have gone over the line and are now straight-out propagandists for the Obama campaign. While they have been liberal and blinkered in their worldview for decades, in 2007-08, for the first time, the major media consciously are covering for one candidate for president and consciously are knifing the other. This is no longer journalism; it is simply propaganda. (The American left-wing version of the Volkischer Beobachter cannot be far behind.)
  • The GOP Resurrection

    09/13/2008 4:08:18 PM PDT · by GeeMoney · 8 replies · 219+ views
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | 9-10-08 | Tony Blankley
    The GOP Resurrection A Commentary By Tony Blankley Wednesday, September 10, 2008 In the past 30 years or so, since presidential conventions no longer actually have decided the nominees, their usual purpose has been to focus and project a positive image of the already chosen candidate (and, of course, disparage the opponent). But last week in St. Paul, Minn., the GOP convention was different. It not only enhanced but also -- at least for the moment -- reversed-fielded the image of the Republican ticket. In the aftermath of that reversal, the entire presidential contest has been upended. It also hastened...
  • Tacking to the Center Is Tacky

    07/16/2008 9:12:26 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies · 90+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | July 16, 2008 | Tony Blankley
    From Australia to London to almost all points in between, if there are two things people know about Barack Obama, one of them is that he recently has changed his positions on abortion, gun control, capital punishment, FISA laws, the status of Jerusalem, faith-based federal programs, public financing of his campaign, welfare, NAFTA and free trade, the surge in Iraq, and his commitment to the Rev. Jeremiah Wright and his Trinity Church, among other public policies. But it is said by his supporters -- and readily acknowledged by most public commentators -- that this is what candidates for president routinely...
  • Democracy in Decline

    06/17/2008 10:21:03 PM PDT · by devere · 18 replies · 100+ views
    Creators Syndicate Inc. ^ | June 18, 2008 | Tony Blankley
    The broad, sneering European-elite response to the plucky Irish vote to oppose the further centralization of governmental power in the European Union and the emerging opinion in China suggest that from Brussels to Shanghai, democracy may be losing its appeal. Democracy, broadly understood as government by the people being governed, has been the upward aspiration of Western civilization for about 1,000 years -- and of the rest of the world for about 100 years. ... The democratic urge gained further rhetorical support in the post-World War II United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Article 21: "(1) Everyone has the...
  • Race and the 2008 Election

    05/13/2008 9:08:45 PM PDT · by The_Republican · 3 replies · 59+ views
    Real Clear Politics ^ | May 14th, 2008 | Tony Blankley
    Race, the yet unclosed scab that has run deep through our history, is about to be discussed as it never has been in a presidential election. In fairness to the United States, racial attitudes (or man's view of the "other" man) is a universal phenomenon that in most countries either goes unspoken or results in straight-out ethnic cleansing and murder. Here in America, in our earnest striving toward perfected tolerance and equality, we loquaciously agonize over our shortcomings -- and it is good that we do. In this unprecedented election year, we run the risk of having two conversations: a...
  • Defeating Obama

    02/27/2008 8:05:37 AM PST · by Nony · 11 replies · 166+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | February 27, 2008 | Tony Blankley
    Obviously, and first, don't come out against change and hope — the perennial themes of successful election campaigns.
  • Hillary's Audacious Hope: Dark Whispers in the Media

    02/13/2008 5:48:27 AM PST · by IrishMike · 61 replies · 53+ views
    Creators Syndicate ^ | Wednesday, February 13, 2008 | Tony Blankley
    Every political season has its pleasures. With the accelerated metabolism of the frenzied fight for Super Tuesday now behind us, the two parties are settling in for the more discreet political pleasures of late winter and early spring. Republicans are entering the teeth-gnashing stage, as they come to reluctant terms with their ideologically cross-dressing ancient mariner nominee. Sen. McCain is condemned to wander about with the albatross of his former conservative apostasy around his neck. I suppose he hopes that he will be excused, just as the mariner is in the poem "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner." Eventually, the...
  • Whither the Conservative Coalition?

    12/26/2007 4:45:26 AM PST · by Kaslin · 14 replies · 161+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | December 26, 2007 | Tony Blankley
    What will the right-of-center coalition in American politics look like in five or 10 years? Before considering that, let's consider what it looked like in, say, 1940 and 1980. In 1940, the conservative alternative to FDR was in the minority. It was largely anti-New Deal, somewhat anti-Catholic, pro-domestic free market, pro-protectionist, isolationist in its Midwestern center of gravity (with a more internationalist Northeastern wing). It was strongly opposed to the draft (the August 1940 vote in Congress for the draft had 182 Democrats and only 21 Republicans supporting it. The no vote was 133 Republican, 65 Democratic.) Culturally, particularly in...
  • Mrs. Clinton's 'experience'

    11/21/2007 5:55:54 AM PST · by vietvet67 · 30 replies · 41+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | November 21, 2007 | Tony Blankley
    Having spent much of my adult life in politics, it would be silly at this late date to be shocked by the discovery of insincerity and misleading statements coming from leading candidates for president. But if I have seen too much of the world to be shocked, at least I can still be appalled. Consider the following Associated Press story from earlier this week: "The economy needs help and fast, Hillary Rodham Clinton declared Monday, claiming the experience for the job and saying the nation can't afford to break in a newcomer... There is one job we can't afford on-the-job...
  • Times editor Blankley leaving for PR firm

    09/18/2007 1:59:27 PM PDT · by neverdem · 5 replies · 156+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | September 18, 2007 | NA
    <p>Tony Blankley, the editorial page editor of The Washington Times for the past five years, yesterday accepted a position as executive vice president of the Edelman public-relations firm in Washington.</p> <p>He will also become a visiting senior fellow in national-security communications at the Heritage Foundation. He will continue to write his weekly editorial-page column for The Times.</p>
  • Are Happy Days Here Again for GOP?

    09/05/2007 12:05:33 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies · 1,206+ views
    Real Clear Politics ^ | September 5, 2007 | Tony Blankley
    Yesterday, I read Bob Novak's column titled "Republican Melancholy," which correctly caught the current depressed mood in GOP circles. President Bush's position on illegal immigration has deeply alienated much of the loyal rank and file Republicans across the country. Key Republican incumbents, such as Sen. John Warner of Virginia and Rep. Debbie Price of Ohio, are announcing their retirements. Sen. Larry Craig's cringe-inducing disgrace only adds to the funereal mood. And, of course, the Iraq War, for all the surge's success this summer, remains vastly unpopular with the public. To top off this GOP discontent, none of our presidential candidates...
  • Radical Islam Warrants More Government Intrusion, Says Blankley

    08/02/2007 10:26:34 AM PDT · by processing please hold · 28 replies · 559+ views
    CNSNews.com ^ | August 2, 2007 | Kevin Mooney
    (CNSNews.com) - A significant percentage of Muslims across the globe are buying into radical ideas at a time when the technology enabling lethal weaponry is becoming more readily available, the editorial page editor for the Washington Times said Tuesday while addressing a gathering of conservative-minded college students in Washington, D.C. The real possibility of a chemical, biological and even nuclear device being detonated in a major American city is further maximized by the unwillingness of many Bush administration critics to appreciate the dangers associated with the rise of radical Islam, Tony Blankley argued during the 29th Young America's Foundation National...
  • Democratic Debate Comments

    07/24/2007 9:54:29 PM PDT · by gpapa · 3 replies · 568+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | July 25, 2007 | Tony Blankley
    Just as our troops are fighting the terrorists in Iraq so we don't have to face them here at home, I watched the Democratic Party presidential debate on Monday so you wouldn't need to let those egregious people into your own living rooms. (Although, obviously, our troops in Iraq face deadly duty, while I only face deadly dull duty.) But I did learn a few things. For the first time Monday, CNN provided us with sustained close-up shots of Sen. John Edwards' haircut, and I can now understand why he paid between $400-$1,200 a cut. At middle range, it looks...
  • Iraq's September Diagnosis

    06/26/2007 9:10:38 PM PDT · by gpapa · 6 replies · 562+ views
    Real Clear Politics ^ | June 27, 2007 | Tony Blankley
    The word Iraq seems to derange the minds of almost all who contemplate it. Like other famous vexations in history -- Carthage for the Romans, Germany for the French, the Irish for the English (and, of course, the English for the Irish) -- Iraq induces in the current American mind the full range of mentalities except reason.