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 […]

Last Hurrah of Nixon’s ‘New Majority’?


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By Patrick J. Buchanan Looking back all the way to America’s Civil War, there have been three dominant presidential coalitions. The first was Abraham Lincoln’s. With his war to restore the Union and his martyrdom, Lincoln inaugurated an era of Republican dominance that lasted more than seven decades and saw only two Democratic presidents: Grover […]

Mitt’s ‘Damn-the-Torpedoes!’ Decision


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By Patrick J. Buchanan Mitt Romney‘s decision to select Rep. Paul Ryan as his running mate speaks well of the man who made it. Indeed, it seemed less like the moderate man we have come to know than Adm. David Farragut in Mobile Bay: “Damn the torpedoes! Full speed ahead!” Facing sinking polls, endless attack […]

The Cost of Winning Ugly


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By Patrick J. Buchanan This week, the friends of Barack Obama introduced into the political battle of 2012 the moral equivalent of poison gas. In an ad produced by the super PAC Priorities USA, Mitt Romney is charged with moral, if not material, complicity in the cancer death of the wife of a Missouri steelworker. […]

In the Long Run, Is the GOP Dead?


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By Patrick J. Buchanan Since 1928, only Dwight Eisenhower and George W. Bush have won the presidency while capturing both houses of Congress for the GOP. In his 49-state landslide, Richard Nixon failed to take either House. In his two landslides, Ronald Reagan won back only the Senate. Yet Mitt Romney is even money to […]

Rating and Ranking Our Presidents


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By Patrick J. Buchanan In 1948, Arthur Schlesinger Sr. wrote for Life magazine a controversial article on a subject that has been the cause of spirited and acrimonious debate ever since. He listed the consensus of our academic elite as to which American presidents had been Great, Near Great, Average, Below Average and Failures. Leading […]