The Winter of Conservative Discontent

The Winter of Conservative Discontent


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By Patrick J. Buchanan As the white flag rises above Republican redoubts, offering a surrender on taxes, the mind goes back to what seemed a worse time for conservatives: December 1964. Barry Goldwater had suffered a defeat not seen since Alf Landon. Republicans held less than one-third of the House and Senate and only 17 […]

A Republican Retreat — or Rout?

A Republican Retreat — or Rout?


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By Patrick J. Buchanan Given the expectations raised by the Republican punditocracy — that Mitt was headed for a big victory — the jolt of defeat hit especially hard. Now, what had seemed an orderly retreat has taken on the aspect of a rout, with Beltway Republicans calling for abandonment of fixed positions all along […]

The True Disciple of Saul Alinsky

The True Disciple of Saul Alinsky


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By Patrick J. Buchanan Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner’s opening bid to Speaker John Boehner, a demand for $1.6 trillion in new taxes, was not meant as a serious offer. It was an ultimatum couched in an insult. Translation: “We won the election. We have the whip hand. Not only are you going to sign on […]

Who’s Afraid of the Fiscal Cliff?

Who’s Afraid of the Fiscal Cliff?


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By Patrick J. Buchanan Were the average Republican asked for a succinct statement of his views on taxation, he or she might respond thus: “U.S. tax rates are too high for the world we must compete in. The tax burden — federal, state, local, together — is too heavy. We need to cut tax rates […]

Mitt Wasn’t All Wrong About “Gifts”

Mitt Wasn’t All Wrong About “Gifts”


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By Patrick J. Buchanan “What the president’s campaign did was focus on certain members of his base coalition, give them extraordinary financial gifts from the government and then work very aggressively to turn them out to vote, and that strategy worked.” Thus did political analyst Mitt Romney identify the cause of his defeat in a […]

Is the GOP Headed for the Boneyard?

Is the GOP Headed for the Boneyard?


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By Patrick J. Buchanan After its second defeat at the hands of Barack Obama, under whom unemployment has never been lower than the day George W. Bush left office, the Republican Party has at last awakened to its existential crisis. Eighteen states have voted Democratic in six straight elections. Among the six are four of […]

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 […]

Will Obama Paint Romney As Warmonger?

Will Obama Paint Romney As Warmonger?


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By Patrick J. Buchanan Usually, not always, the peace party wins. Gen. Sherman’s burning of Atlanta and March to the Sea ensured Abraham Lincoln’s re-election in 1864. William McKinley, with his triumph over Spain and determination to pacify and hold the Philippines, easily held off William Jennings Bryan in 1900. Yet Woodrow Wilson won in […]