The Knives Come Out — for Christie


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By Patrick J. Buchanan “Maybe the folks in Washington, D.C., should tune in their TVs right now and see how it’s done,” said the big winner of Tuesday last. “I did not seek a second term to do small things,” Chris Christie went on, but “to finish the job — now watch me do it.” […]

Egypt’s Army Crosses the Rubicon

Egypt’s Army Crosses the Rubicon


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By Patrick J. Buchanan “Sire, clear the square with gunfire or abdicate.” That was the message one of his generals gave the young czar Nicholas I in December of 1825, as thousands of civilians and soldiers massed in Senate Square to challenge his claim to the throne. Nicholas gave the order, the cannons fired, and […]

Does the South Belong in the Union?

Does the South Belong in the Union?


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By Patrick J. Buchanan Is the Second Reconstruction over? The first ended with the withdrawal of Union troops from the Southern states as part of a deal that gave Rutherford B. Hayes the presidency after the disputed election of 1876. The second began with the Voting Rights Act of 1965, a century after Appomattox. Under […]

Requiem for a Grand Old Party

Requiem for a Grand Old Party


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By Patrick J. Buchanan Has the bell begun to toll for the GOP? The question arises while reading an analysis of Census Bureau statistics on the 2012 election by Dan Balz and Ted Mellnik. One sentence in their Washington Post story fairly leaps out: “The total number of white voters actually decreased between 2008 and […]

McGovern & Goldwater: Losers or Winners?

McGovern & Goldwater: Losers or Winners?


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By Patrick J. Buchanan Early in Ronald Reagan’s second term, Bill Rusher, the publisher of National Review, was interviewing the president in the Oval Office for a documentary on the conservative movement. Rusher asked how he would describe Barry Goldwater‘s role. Reagan thought a moment and replied: I guess you would have to call him […]

Folks, We Have a Brand New Ballgame

Folks, We Have a Brand New Ballgame


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By Patrick J. Buchanan Mitt Romney on Wednesday night turned in the finest debate performance of any candidate of either party in the 52 years since Richard Nixon faced John F. Kennedy, with the possible exception of Ronald Reagan‘s demolition of Jimmy Carter in 1980. But where Reagan won with style and quips — “There […]

A Godless Party Expels the Creator


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By Patrick J. Buchanan The authors of the Democratic platform have inadvertently revealed to the world the sea change that has taken place in that party we once knew. For the first time — and in the longest Democratic platform in history, 26,000 words — there was not a single mention of God, the Creator, […]

The ‘Large Purpose’ of Romney-Ryan


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By Patrick J. Buchanan “The success of a party means little except when the nation is using that party for a large and definite purpose,” said Woodrow Wilson in his first inaugural, 100 years ago. The Republican Party of Richard Nixon was called to power in 1968 to bring an honorable end to the war […]