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  • We love Jonah Goldberg, but here’s the problem with his defense of #NeverTrump

    05/02/2016 10:53:01 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 21 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 05/02/16 | Dan Calabrese
    Flogging the straw man. I cannot offer enough praise of Jonah Goldberg as a writer, nor can I recommend his weekly G-File report highly enough. Like most at National Review these days, Goldberg is strident in his opposition to Donald Trump, and he makes some of the most compelling arguments against Trump on a consistent basis. Where Goldberg and I disagree, of course, is not on our candidate of choice (as far as I can tell we’re both for Ted Cruz), but on the question of what to do if Trump does indeed win the nomination. I’ve said, and I’ll...
  • Jonah Goldberg: No, I Will Never ‘Come Around’ to Supporting Trump

    04/16/2016 11:01:21 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 142 replies
    National Review ^ | April 16, 2016 | Jonah Goldberg
    ... It looks like the Trump body snatching virus I wrote about last month is spreading again. For a moment, after Wisconsin, it seemed like it might be going into remission. Nope, it’s actually spiking. Last night the New York Post endorsed Donald Trump. After I criticized the editorial on Twitter, a Trump supporter tweeted at me “No Goldberg, you are wrong. Support the front runner and stop trying to burn the party. Unite it.” ... On the drive in to my office this morning, I heard Hillsdale College president Larry Arnn, one of the wisest and gentlest souls I’ve...
  • Arguments Against Free Trade Are Deeply Flawed

    04/08/2016 5:51:08 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 90 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 8, 2016 | Jonah Goldberg
    For years, supporters of free trade have been trying to reach a bipartisan consensus on the issue. They've finally succeeded. Free trade is now unpopular in both parties. Perhaps because I am a conservative, I can at least understand where most conservatives are coming from in their opposition to free trade. Overt displays of nationalism and patriotism (which are not the same thing, by the way) are not merely tolerated on the right, they're often celebrated. Conservative intellectuals openly extol American exceptionalism while liberal intellectuals tend to deride the notion. Virtually no Republican politician agonizes over wearing a U.S. flag...
  • Trump celebrates victory at any cost, even winning by whining

    04/05/2016 8:55:53 PM PDT · by Hoodat · 93 replies
    msn ^ | 4/5/2016 | Jonah Goldberg
    "I can only say this: My whole life has been about winning. My whole life," Donald Trump told The Washington Post's Bob Woodward and Robert Costa in a free-ranging interview over the weekend. "My life has been about victories. I've won a lot. I win a lot. I win - when I do something, I win. And even in sports, I always won. I was always a good athlete. And I always won. In golf, I've won many club championships. Many, many club championships. And I have people that can play golf great, but they can't win under pressure. So...
  • Trump’s Lies Are a Loyalty Test for His Followers

    04/02/2016 11:18:24 AM PDT · by DrewsDad · 207 replies
    National Review ^ | April 2, 2016 | Jonah Goldberg
    A Unified Fields Theory Until Trump changed the subject to punishing women for having abortions, the Trump obsession of the week was Michelle Fields. I’m glad that story is largely gone. I don’t think it was good for Fields or for the forces opposed to Trump. And it distracted from more important stories, like Trump’s willingness to nuke Europe. RELATED: If Donald Trump Were Eight, His Behavior Might Be Endearing Without rehashing the whole thing again with reference to frame-by-frame analysis best left for the Zapruder film, let me just say I think all of the important and relevant facts...
  • Let's Get This Straight: Trump Is No Reagan

    03/25/2016 5:38:22 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 44 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 25, 2016 | Jonah Goldberg
    "Ronald Reagan is dead, and he's not coming back." "I wish more conservatives could come to grips with this relatively simple fact. We are now in something like the fifth round of the pin-the-tail-on-the-next-Reagan game and it's getting old. Catering to the conservative base, the GOP presidential candidates keep trying to put on the Reagan mantle the way Cinderella's ugly stepsisters tried to cram their dogs into her glass slipper. Not gonna happen." I wrote the above nine years ago. I'm not plagiarizing myself to save time, but to point out that Reagan obsession on the right has been a...
  • It’s the End of the Line for GOP as We Know It

    03/23/2016 5:49:58 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 129 replies
    National Review ^ | March 23, 2016 | JONAH GOLDBERG
    It’s the End of the Line for GOP as We Know It By JONAH GOLDBERG March 23, 2016 (snip) Nominating Donald Trump will wreck the Republican party as we know it. Over the weekend, Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus showed the first public signs of acceptance about what’s in store for the party. He finally acknowledged that the Republican nominee was probably going to be determined on the convention floor in Cleveland. Priebus explained, rightly, that the rules are the rules, and that if Trump can’t secure the required 1,237 delegates before Cleveland, it’s anyone’s game. “This is a...
  • It's the End of the Line for GOP as We Know it

    03/23/2016 7:17:07 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 113 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 23, 2016 | Jonah Goldberg
    Nominating Donald Trump will wreck the Republican Party as we know it. Not nominating Trump will wreck the Republican Party as we know it. The sooner everyone recognizes this fact, the better. Denial has been Trump's greatest ally. Republicans and commentators didn't believe he would run. They didn't believe he could be an attractive candidate to rational people, no matter how angry with "the establishment" voters said they were. They -- which includes me -- were wrong. The denial lasted longer for some than others. Long after many observers had come to the realization that Trump was the front-runner, Jeb...
  • A Rubio-Cruz Ticket Might Be the Only Way to Stop Trump

    03/09/2016 6:32:34 AM PST · by RC one · 107 replies
    National Review ^ | 2/24/16 | Jonah Goldberg
    As things stand, Donald Trump is the presumptive GOP nominee. That’s awful news, and depressing to contemplate. But terrible possibilities don’t become less terrible if we refuse to contemplate them. Rather, they become more likely.If the two factions — which make up the overwhelming majority of Republican voters — could be unified, it might be enough to stop Trump. What would the deal look like? A Rubio–Cruz ticket. Cruz won’t work at the top of the ticket for the simple reason that too many GOP quislings fear Cruz more than Trump. But a unity ticket — a la Reagan–Bush in...
  • Jonah Goldberg: Donald Trump, Christian Martyr

    02/27/2016 10:51:11 AM PST · by EveningStar · 31 replies
    National Review ^ | February 26, 2016 | Jonah Goldberg
    Donald Trump, Christian Martyr I was starting to doze off. The debate was all but over, and the exhaustion from the day was catching up with me, as was the scotch. The rush of finally seeing the candidates go after Trump in a serious way was wearing off replaced by a mix of dread and resignation that it may all be too little too late. (Note: I don't think it is, and I won't be giving into despair either, for reasons Charlie explains here.) I was only half listening when Donald Trump came into the spin room on CNN to...
  • Los Hermanos Cubanos: Holey Mole!

    02/25/2016 8:17:00 AM PST · by NOBO2012 · 3 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 2-25-2016 | MOTUS
    The opening paragraph of Jonah Goldberg’s column (h/t: Larwyn’s Linx)this week pretty much says everything that needs to said about the GOPe: As things stand, Donald Trump is the presumptive GOP nominee. That’s awful news, and depressing to contemplate. But terrible possibilities don’t become less terrible if we refuse to contemplate them. Rather, they become more likely.“But terrible possibilities don’t become less terrible if we refuse to contemplate them?” Too bad Jonah doesn’t feel that way about the invasion of illegal aliens. He still doesn’t get it. The morals of this story so far should be familiar. First, you can’t...
  • Why the Koch brothers drive liberals nuts

    01/26/2016 11:29:58 AM PST · by Beave Meister · 3 replies
    The New York Post ^ | 1/22/2016 | Jonah Goldberg
    Jane Mayer of The New Yorker has a new book out: “Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right.” It’s mostly about those old devils the Koch brothers. Charles and David Koch are billionaires. They own a very big company. They also are very prominent philanthropists, giving hundreds of millions to cancer research, concert halls and other worthy causes. But what makes them hated and feared by progressives such as Mayer is their political work. They help fund some organizations and foundations, some purely educational, some partisan. To listen to the left, they...
  • The Goldberg File - Natural-Born, New York Values and Our Weak Overlords

    01/16/2016 1:03:08 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 52 replies
    The National Review ^ | January 15, 2016 | Jonah Goldberg
    Dear Reader (including those of you born in Canada), I guess we should start there. I find this birther stuff to be a lot like women's prison movies: compelling, entertaining, and totally ridiculous. Other than the presidency, there's no place in American life where the distinction between "naturalized" and "natural-born" citizenship matters. But imagine if it did? Imagine that your American-born mother just happened to give birth to you in Canada or Belize while on vacation. Your American-born mom and dad bring you home days later and raise you exactly as they would have had they been in Cleveland the...
  • Does Anyone Believe Trump Seriously Cares about Whether Ted Cruz Is a Natural-Born Citizen?

    01/16/2016 8:35:06 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 148 replies
    The National Review ^ | January 16, 2016 | Jonah Goldberg
    Dear Reader (including those of you born in Canada), I guess we should start there. I find this birther stuff to be a lot like women's prison movies: compelling, entertaining, and totally ridiculous. Other than the presidency, there's no place in American life where the distinction between "naturalized" and "natural-born" citizenship matters. But imagine if it did? Imagine that your American-born mother just happened to give birth to you in Canada or Belize while on vacation. Your American-born mom and dad bring you home days later and raise you exactly as they would have had they been in Cleveland the...
  • Trump Doesn’t Represent the Conservative Base

    12/11/2015 10:35:06 AM PST · by Steelfish · 78 replies
    National Review ^ | December 11, 2015 | Jonah Goldberg
    Trump Doesn’t Represent the Conservative Base Jonah Goldberg. Dec 11 There’s a tendency in politics to mistake personal animosity for ideological animosity. Consider Bill Clinton. His staggering dishonesty, tackiness, and scorn for the rule of law aroused a lot of anger from the Right. But he wasn’t really that left-wing. Oh, he was certainly more liberal in his heart than he let on, but he also worked from the assumption that this was a center-right country, and that limited what he could get away with. Clinton ran for president the first time by “triangulating” against the base of his own...
  • American Despotism

    10/29/2015 11:42:32 AM PDT · by PoliticallyShort · 6 replies
    Western Free Press ^ | 10/28/2015 | PoliticallyShort
    In his book entitled An Inquiry into the Principles of the Good Society, the once avid progressive Walter Lippmann wrote, “Although the partisans who are now fighting for the mastery of the modern world wear shirts of different colors, their weapons are drawn from the same armory, their doctrines are variations of the same theme, and they go forth to battle singing the same tune with slightly different words. Their weapons are the coercive direction of the life and labor of mankind. Their doctrine is that disorder and misery can be overcome only by more and more compulsory organization. Their...
  • Hillary’s Server Is the Smoking Gun!

    10/03/2015 8:23:50 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 41 replies
    The National Review ^ | 10-3-15 | Jonah Goldberg
    EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is Jonah Goldberg’s weekly “news”letter, the G-File. Subscribe here to get the G-File delivered to your inbox on Fridays. Dear Reader (including Kevin McCarthy, who may be too busy putting a cast on his Boehner, having stepped on it so badly), I feel like Donald Trump when asked to list all the reasons why he’s terrific; I have no idea where to begin. Lots of stuff has happened since my last “news”letter. Rather than approach this blank page with the sort of planning and care that you’ve come to expect from this well-crafted digital epistle, I’m...
  • Is Joe Biden Really the Answer to Democrats' Problems?

    09/16/2015 5:36:03 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 25 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 16, 2015 | Jonah Goldberg
    The wheels haven't come off Hillary Rodham Clinton's bus quite yet, but they're getting wobblier. Hence the Joe Biden boomlet. As a columnist, never mind as a conservative, I think it's a fantastic idea. (A Biden vs. Trump debate would cause a national popcorn shortage.) But is Biden really the answer to the Democrats' problem? That depends. As with any malady, the right treatment hinges on the correct diagnosis. You don't recommend better diet and exercise for a shark bite. Biden is a treatment for one symptom, not the whole disease. The latest ABC/Washington Post poll numbers underscore the continuing...
  • And if it’s Trump, Jonah and I will stay home; so take that!

    09/15/2015 10:13:21 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 33 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 9/15/15 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    The leftist apologist wing of the GOPe has tried everything they can to “help” us “unwashed masses” see the light about how terrible Donald Trump is and so far nothing has worked. Nevertheless, these Beltway Wile E Coyotes won’t stop until they have their collective noses rubbed in a Trump victory. The latest “enlightened” pronouncement, designed to help us lesser beings rid ourselves of support for Trump, has been penned by Robert Tracinski, a guy no one outside of the RNC headquarters in Washington has ever heard of. Reading it developed into an eye exercise because as it droned on...
  • Jonah Goldberg and the Anti-Trumpians – Part 2 (another great Nolte article!)

    09/13/2015 6:24:28 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 99 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 9/12/15 | John Nolte
    On the digital pages of National Review, Jonah Goldberg responded at length to the many criticism/rebuttals he received in response to a G-File published last week where he sank his teeth into Republican frontrunner Donald Trump and his supporters. Like everything Jonah writes, you should read the whole thing. This is a good debate; healthy for the Party and the movement. Unlike many who share his point of view, Goldberg is engaging in a spirited, not mean-spirited, discussion. One party Goldberg responds to is yours truly. Goldberg takes “particular exception” to what I wrote here… To his credit, Goldberg doesn’t...
  • The Great Trumpian Divide

    09/11/2015 6:39:55 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 99 replies
    National Review ^ | September 11, 2015 | JONAH GOLDBERG
    The Great Trumpian Divide by JONAH GOLDBERG September 11, 2015 In last Friday’s Goldberg File I offered a lament or a screed or a diatribe or a thoughtful essay — opinions vary widely — on how and why I think Donald Trump is damaging conservatism. There’s no way I could — or should — respond to all of the criticisms or attacks. So I’ll just focus on a couple themes. The biggest criticism — in terms of quantity, not quality — is that I am a RINO squish faker fraud no-goodnik lib sucking at the teat of the establishment blah...
  • An Open Letter To Jonah Goldberg – RE: The GOP and Donald Trump

    09/07/2015 8:38:07 PM PDT · by Amntn · 178 replies
    The Conservative Treehouse ^ | Posted on September 7, 2015 by sundance | by sundance
    A few days ago I took the time to read your expressed concerns about the support you see for Donald Trump and the state of current conservative opinion. Toward that end I have also noted additional media present a similar argument, and I took the time to consider. While we are of far lesser significance and influence, I hope you will consider this retort with the same level of consideration afforded toward your position. The challenging aspect to your expressed opinion, and perhaps why there is a chasm between us, is you appear to stand in defense of a Washington...
  • The Conservative Anti-Trump Club

    09/09/2015 2:19:13 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 64 replies
    Reason ^ | September 9, 2015 | Matt Welch
    In my post yesterday about the #NROrevolt Twitter rebellion by restrictionist Donald Trump fans against the pro-restrictionism National Review, I mentioned that there was a rich stream of apoplectically anti-Donald Trump commentary emanating from within the conservative media. I thought it might be useful to catalogue some of the vituperative and often entertaining arguments thus far into one place. (For a previous post on Trump's conservative-media supporters, click here.) The following list, encompassing neoconservatives, social cons, and libertarian-leaners, includes Bret Stephens, George Will, Glenn Beck, Michael Gerson, Charles C.W. Cooke, Karl Rove, Jonah Goldberg, John Podhoretz, Kevin D. Williamson, Mona...
  • No Movement That Embraces Trump Can Call Itself Conservativ

    09/05/2015 8:32:33 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 227 replies
    National Review ^ | September 5, 2015 | JONAH GOLDBERG
    No Movement That Embraces Trump Can Call Itself Conservative by JONAH GOLDBERG September 5, 2015 Dear Reader (if there are any of you left), Well, if this is the conservative movement now, I guess you’re going to have to count me out. No, I’m not making some mad dash to the center. No, I’m not hoping to be the first alternate to Steve Schmidt on Morning Joe, nor am I vying to become my generation’s Kevin Phillips. I will never be a HillaryCon. And I have no plan to earn “strange new respect” from the Georgetown cocktail-party set I’m always...
  • September 04, 2015 - The Goldberg File by Jonah Goldberg

    09/04/2015 3:12:02 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 38 replies
    National Review Newsletter E-Mail ^ | September 4, 2015 | Jonah Goldberg
    ... Yes, I know that there are plenty of decent and honorable people who support Trump. For instance, my friend John Nolte over at Breitbart is one. He constantly celebrates Trump because Trump has all the right enemies and defies the conventional rules governing politics and media: ... But this is not an argument for Trump as a serious presidential candidate. It is really no argument at all. It is catharsis masquerading as principle, venting and resentment pretending to be some kind of higher argument. Every principle used to defend Trump is subjective, graded on a curve. Trump is like...
  • There’s a Whole Arsenal of Smoking Guns in the Clinton E-mail Scandal

    09/04/2015 6:54:38 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    National Review ^ | 09/04/2015
    The very existence of her illicit server means she broke the rules. Every time the State Department pulls out a new fistful of Hillary Clinton e-mails like Richard Dreyfuss yanking a license plate out of a shark’s belly in Jaws, someone declares that there’s “no smoking gun!” I’ve written before about how shouting “There’s no smoking gun!” is a non-denial denial. Ask a cop. When a murder suspect immediately exclaims, “You have no indisputable evidence I murdered my boss!” instead of, “I didn’t do it!” it’s a good sign that the suspect thinks he covered his tracks, not that he’s...
  • Sanders and Trump: Two Peas in a Pod?

    08/19/2015 6:54:19 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 19, 2015 | Jonah Goldberg
    A new chapter in American politics has begun. Millions of Americans on the right and left have lost faith in their political parties, their government and even the economic system. Only 1 in 4 Americans are satisfied with the way things are going. Policy experts will offer various arguments why at least some of these people are wrong to feel this way, but the discontented will not tolerate arguments that amount to "don't believe your lying eyes – or wallets." In politics, feelings are more important than hard numbers. Consider immigration. I still believe that immigration is a net benefit...
  • A Clarifying Moment for Conservatism (Purge Trump & Trumpism)

    08/16/2015 12:44:47 PM PDT · by nhwingut · 93 replies
    Commentary ^ | 08/14/2015 | Peter Wehner
    In a compelling column, George Will – who knows a thing or two about conservatism – makes the conservative case against Donald Trump. Mr. Will refers to Trump as an “unprecedentedly and incorrigibly vulgar presidential candidate” who is coarsening our civic life. He labels Trump “a counterfeit Republican and no conservative.” And he argues that Trump is an affront to anyone devoted to the legacy of William F. Buckley, Jr., the founder of National Review and a giant in American conservatism. Just as Buckley excommunicated the John Birch Society from the conservative movement in the 1960s, so should conservatives today...
  • Hillary’s lame e-mail excuse: The server did it

    08/14/2015 8:19:19 PM PDT · by Mariner · 38 replies
    The New York Post ^ | August 14th, 2015 | By Jonah Goldberg
    It happened sooner than even the doomsayers predicted. The era of artificial intelligence is here. A computer has become self-aware, a moral agent responsible for its own actions. This breakthrough didn’t happen in Silicon Valley or at MIT. It happened, of all places, in Chappaqua, NY. And the person responsible isn’t even a computer scientist, but a lawyer and politician: Hillary Clinton. Clinton’s critics say a lot of things about her, but who would’ve believed she was Skynet’s mother? A little background. Clinton was forced to turn over her “home-brewed” e-mail server to the FBI this week, along with a...
  • Contra Media Spin, It’s Hillary Who’s Being Investigated, Not Her e-Mail Server

    08/14/2015 5:34:49 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    National Review ^ | 08/14/2015 | Jonah Goldberg
    It happened sooner than even the doomsayers predicted. The era of artificial intelligence is here. A computer has become self-aware, a moral agent responsible for its own actions. This breakthrough didn’t happen in Silicon Valley or at MIT. It happened, of all places, in Chappaqua, New York. And the person responsible isn’t even a computer scientist, but a lawyer and politician: Hillary Clinton. Clinton’s critics say a lot of things about her, but who would’ve believed she was Skynet’s mother? A little background. Clinton was forced to turn over her “home-brewed” e-mail server to the FBI this week, along with...
  • Neither Hillary Nor Bernie Is Up to the Task of Holding the Obama Coalition Together

    08/12/2015 6:19:05 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    National Review ^ | 08/12/2015 | Jonah Goldberg
    ‘We are trying to be reasonable,” an organizer for Bernie Sanders’s Seattle rally said. The black female protesters who stormed the stage became enraged. “We aren’t reasonable!” they shouted back. “If you do not listen to [us], your event will be shut down,” one of them declared to the crowd. Sanders caved to the protesters from the Black Lives Matter movement and gave activist Marissa Johnson the microphone. “I was going to tell Bernie how racist this city is, even with all of these progressives, but you’ve already done that for me. Thank you,” she said, apparently in response to...
  • Trump: You Will Know that He has Gone Too Far When Ted Cruz Criticizes Him Directly

    08/10/2015 8:15:45 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 173 replies
    National Review ^ | 08/09/2015 | Rich Lowrey
    People are again predicting his demise. The widely admired Megyn Kelly is definitely a riskier target for him than John McCain was. But since an enormous amount of his appeal is based on saying outrageous things and not apologizing for them, it’d be foolish to think that anything that has transpired since Thursday will sink him. I wouldn’t be surprised, though, if the debate and its aftermath check or reverse the progress he’d been making in the internals of the polls (higher favorable ratings, fewer Republicans saying they’d never consider voting for him, etc.). I basically only have one barometer...
  • The Trump Lesson that Bush and Clinton Should Heed

    07/22/2015 1:21:07 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 60 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 22, 2015 | Jonah Goldberg
    For those of us who predicted the inevitable, watching Donald Trump verbally wander into a field of face-whacking garden rakes like Sideshow Bob fills one with a mixture of schadenfreude and affirmation. We knew it was coming, but it still feels good to be proven right. Of course Trump wouldn't hesitate to attack John McCain's war-hero status. Trump's bottomless insecurity cannot countenance the idea that his critics have any legitimacy. Of course Trump won't apologize -- because his dog-and-pony show is predicated on the idea that he "tells it like it is" and "fights." He's the omniscient master of "The...
  • Pundit's Death Marks End of An Era for Democrats

    07/03/2015 7:25:32 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 3, 2015 | Jonah Goldberg
    Ben Wattenberg died this week at the age of 81. He gave me my first job in Washington, as his research assistant at the American Enterprise Institute, a Washington think tank. (I returned to AEI as a fellow a few years ago, my office just a few doors down from where Ben used to work.) Ben was one of the last star pundits of what might be called the Old Order, before cable news and the Internet transformed the landscape. When everyone was rushing to CNN to shout at each other on "Crossfire," he launched a PBS show called "Think...
  • Fox News Special Report: Ted Cruz "conservatives across this country are frustrated"

    06/24/2015 5:50:45 PM PDT · by MN_Mike · 31 replies
    Fox News ^ | June 24, 2015 | Bret Bair
    Ted Cruz hits it out of the park.
  • **LIVE**: Ted Cruz on Special Report with Bret Baier FNC

    06/24/2015 3:35:36 PM PDT · by Textide · 157 replies
    FNC | 06/24/2015 | Self
    Ted Cruz live on FNC
  • Cruz: The last thing Republicans in Congress should do is codify President Obama’s lawlessness...

    06/24/2015 8:40:24 PM PDT · by Isara · 21 replies
    TedCruz.org ^ | 06/24/15
    Discusses Obamacare, ISIS on Special Report with Bret BaierHOUSTON, Texas — U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, today participated in the Center Seat panel on Special Report with Bret Baier, taking questions from Baier and panelists George Will, Mara Liasson, and Jonah Goldberg. They covered several issues including Trade Promotion Authority, the upcoming Supreme Court ruling on Obamacare, what must be done to defeat ISIS, and why Americans should vote for Ted Cruz for President.Select excerpts are below and full video may be viewed below:https://www.youtube.com/embed/zN3SP6reB7URegarding Trade Promotion Authority:“Two things have changed since that first vote. Number one, WikiLeaks released the text...
  • Liberals are still getting the South all wrong

    06/24/2015 4:28:24 AM PDT · by NJRighty · 133 replies
    New York Post ^ | 6/23/15 | Jonah Goldberg
    ‘Lots of folks expected us to do something strange and break out in a riot. Well, they just don’t know us,” the Rev. Norvel Goff told the packed, multiracial congregation of Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, SC, on Sunday. It was the first service since the horrific slaughter of nine innocent souls by a racist fanatic. Not being a Christian, I can only marvel at the dignity and courage of the victims’ relatives who forgave the shooter. If I could ever manage such a thing, it would probably take me decades. It took them little more than a...
  • Hillary Clinton Needs a Do-over

    06/10/2015 6:43:10 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 34 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 10, 2015 | Jonah Goldberg
    Almost exactly two months after Hillary Rodham Clinton's official announcement that she's running for president, she will give her first "official campaign announcement speech," on June 13, according to her Twitter account. In other words, the Clinton campaign wants a do-over. Her first rollout was the most disastrous nonfatal presidential campaign debut in modern memory, so she wants another. Her initial announcement video in April -- which most outlets accurately reported as her official announcement -- was well done. After that, everything went downhill; a steady stream of news stories and damning allegations about her family foundation and tenure as...
  • Absence of a Smoking Gun Doesn't Equate to Innocence

    05/29/2015 5:39:57 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 29, 2015 | Jonah Goldberg
    Let's say, just for kicks, you murdered your husband (or wife). Your neighbors have been suspicious ever since your nightly arguments suddenly stopped, right around the time you put something large in your trunk and drove off in the middle of the night. Now they see you driving his car and putting his suits and golf clubs up for sale on eBay. The police find your explanations implausible and contradictory, and then you tell the cops to direct all future questions to your lawyer. The good news is that you have fans. Some neighbors think you're the cat's pajamas. They...
  • Huckabee’s Anachronistic Brand of Progressivism

    05/27/2015 1:14:47 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 49 replies
    The National Review ^ | May 27, 2015 | Jonah Goldberg
    Mike Huckabee doesn’t have a lot of prominent defenders, and I am not volunteering for the job. Huckabee has always struck me as a right-wing populist-progressive. A deeply religious — and by all accounts decent — man, Huckabee nonetheless has a view of the state that would have jibed almost perfectly with such forgotten titans of the Progressive Era as Richard Ely, Josephus Daniels, and even William Jennings Bryan. Ely, a mentor to Woodrow Wilson and Teddy Roosevelt and the founder of the “Wisconsin school” of progressivism, believed that “God works through the state in carrying out His purposes more...
  • Understanding the influence-peddling of Clinton Inc.

    04/23/2015 5:32:29 PM PDT · by canuck_conservative · 26 replies
    NYPost.com ^ | Thursday, April 23, 2015 | Jonah Goldberg
    The book isn’t even out yet, and Clinton’s team is already sheltering in place like Churchill’s cabinet during the Blitz. That’s in part because Schweizer, a conservative author and dogged investigative journalist, has teamed up with notorious right-wing rags The New York Times and The Washington Post to essentially re-report and expand on allegations made in the book. Because it would be absurd to claim these papers are part of the “vast right-wing conspiracy” — which won’t stop flacks from saying it — they’re better equipped to drop the payload over the target. Even Lawrence O’Donnell, a Democratic water-carrier of...
  • How Do 'Religious Freedom' Acts Encourage Discrimination?

    04/01/2015 9:52:02 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 46 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 1, 2015 | Jonah Goldberg
    "I could have handled that better." I don't know if the captain of the Titanic ever said that. But Mike Pence did on Tuesday. The Indiana governor has managed to step on an impressive number of parts of his own anatomy recently and in the process gravely injured what was already a long-shot ambition to run for president in 2016. Earlier this month he signed the Religious Freedom and Restoration Act in a private ceremony. In attendance were prominent opponents of gay marriage. In response, great algae plumes of righteous outrage erupted across the Internet. Gay rights groups, the...
  • Jeb Bush Is Not the GOP’s Ideal ‘Change’ Candidate

    03/13/2015 12:16:50 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 13 replies
    National Review ^ | March 13, 2015 | JONAH GOLDBERG
    Jeb Bush Is Not the GOP’s Ideal ‘Change’ Candidate by JONAH GOLDBERG March 13, 2015 He’s the only Republican candidate who would make the Clinton name an asset for Hillary, not a liability. Let us now make the case for Jeb skepticism. Jeb Bush is a fine man. He’s a conservative. He was a highly effective conservative governor. He would probably make a fine president. And, if he were the Republican nominee, there would be precious few good arguments — from a conservative perspective — for sitting out the election, never mind voting for the Democratic nominee (whoever she may...
  • THE LEFT IS TIRED OF PERSUASION

    03/02/2015 6:31:52 PM PST · by Bratch · 3 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | March 2, 2015 | JOHN HAYWARD
    “Is Liberalism Exhausted?” Jonah Goldberg wondered recently at National Review, surveying a movement that seems to have run out of intellectual gas after six years of dragging Barack Obama uphill. [...] All true, but to quote Obama’s presumptive successor on the Democrat ticket in 2016: “What difference, at this point, does it make?”It’s true that liberalism doesn't have anything exciting and new to offer – even its plans for the Internet are drawn from 1930s telephone legislation – but the only thing the Left is really tired of is selling its ideas to skeptics. It’s largely given up on that effort in exchange for...
  • Why The E-Mail Scandal Won’t Doom Hillary

    03/06/2015 5:27:21 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 36 replies
    National Review ^ | 03/06/2015 | Jonah Goldberg
    Historically, the Clintons have proved to be politically indestructible. To paraphrase the movie Aliens, to truly destroy the Clinton-Industrial Complex, you’d have to nuke it from orbit. It’s the only way to be sure. Given that alone, I doubt that the unfolding controversy over Hillary’s e-mail schemes spells her doom. The basic details are as follows: In 2009, a week before she started her job as Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton had a personal Internet server registered at her home address. She then used her own domain name, “clintonemail.com,” to conduct all of her business — for the State Department,...
  • Email Scandal Won't Doom Hillary, but Supporters Should Feel Uneasy

    03/06/2015 5:26:28 AM PST · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 6, 2015 | Jonah Goldberg
    Historically, the Clintons have proved to be politically indestructible. To paraphrase the movie "Aliens," to truly destroy the Clinton Industrial Complex, you'd have to nuke it from orbit. It's the only way to be sure. Given that alone, I doubt that the unfolding controversy over Hillary's email schemes spells her doom. The basic details are as follows: In 2009, a week before she started her job as Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton had a personal Internet server registered at her home address. She then used her own domain name, "clintonemail.com," to conduct all of her business -- for the State...
  • Brian Williams: Puffed Up Anchor, Puffed Up Tales

    02/11/2015 7:28:39 AM PST · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 11, 2015 | Jonah Goldberg
    By now everyone knows about his transgressions. If even only some of the reports are true, Brian Williams is a serial embellisher, a self-aggrandizing fabulist. No doubt everyone knows somebody like this, and if you don't it's probably because you're that guy. But Williams' case is special. This isn't some sad Willy Loman at the end of the bar who needs to invent impressive stories about himself. If anything, he needed to not tell such stories, given that he reportedly makes more than $10 million a year to be a trusted name in news. Yet he couldn't stop himself. "To...
  • Horse Pucky from Obama

    02/06/2015 8:12:27 AM PST · by Servant of the Cross · 11 replies
    National Review ^ | 2/6/2015 | Jonah Goldberg
    The president’s comparison of Christianity to radical Islam defies logic. On Tuesday, the so-called Islamic State released a slickly produced video showing a Jordanian pilot being burned alive in a steel cage. On Wednesday, the United Nations issued a report detailing various “mass executions of boys, as well as reports of beheadings, crucifixions of children, and burying children alive” at the hands of the Islamic State. And on Thursday, President Obama seized the opportunity of the National Prayer Breakfast to forthrightly criticize the “terrible deeds” . . . committed “in the name of Christ.” “Humanity has been grappling with these...
  • Obama's Comparison of Christianity, Radical Islam Defies Logic

    02/06/2015 6:38:55 AM PST · by Kaslin · 50 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 6, 2015 | Jonah Goldberg
    On Tuesday, the so-called Islamic State released a slickly produced video showing a Jordanian pilot being burned alive in a steel cage. On Wednesday, the United Nations issued a report detailing various "mass executions of boys, as well as reports of beheadings, crucifixions of children and burying children alive" at the hands of the Islamic State. And on Thursday, President Obama seized the opportunity of the National Prayer Breakfast to forthrightly criticize the "terrible deeds" ... committed "in the name of Christ." "Humanity has been grappling with these questions throughout human history," Obama said, referring to the ennobling aspects of...