Republicans Bet the Farm


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By Patrick J. Buchanan President Trump, every Republican senator, and the GOP majority in Speaker Paul Ryan’s House just put the future of their party on the line. By enacting the largest tax cut since the Reagan administration, the heart of which is cutting the corporate rate from 35 to 21 percent, Republicans have boldly […]

Trump Embraces the Culture War


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By Patrick J. Buchanan To attend the Indianapolis Colts game where the number of the legendary Peyton Manning was to be retired, Vice President Mike Pence, a former governor of Indiana, flew back from Las Vegas. With him in the stadium was wife Karen. In honor of Manning, she wore a No. 18 jersey as […]

Trump Dumps the Do-Nothing Congress


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By Patrick J. Buchanan Donald Trump is president today because he was seen as a doer not a talker. Among the most common compliments paid him in 2016 was, “At least he gets things done!” And it was exasperation with a dithering GOP Congress, which had failed to enact his or its own agenda, that […]

Can the GOP’s Shotgun Marriage Be Saved?


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By Patrick J. Buchanan Wednesday morning, Nov. 9, 2016, Republicans awoke to learn they had won the lottery. Donald Trump had won the presidency by carrying Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania. All three states had gone Democratic in the last six presidential elections. The GOP had won both houses of Congress. Party control of governorships and […]

Are Illinois & Puerto Rico Our Future?


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By Patrick J. Buchanan If Gov. Bruce Rauner and his legislature in Springfield do not put a budget together by Friday, the Land of Lincoln will be the first state in the Union to see its debt plunge into junk-bond status. Illinois has $14.5 billion in overdue bills, $130 billion in unfunded pension obligations, and […]

The Passing of the Pelosi Era

The Passing of the Pelosi Era


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By Patrick J. Buchanan In the first round of the special election for the House seat in Georgia’s Sixth District, 30-year-old Jon Ossoff swept 48 percent. He more than doubled the vote of his closest GOP rival, Karen Handel. A Peach State pickup for the Democrats and a huge humiliation for President Trump seemed at […]

Nixon and Trump, Then and Now

Nixon and Trump, Then and Now


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By Patrick J. Buchanan For two years, this writer has been consumed by two subjects. First, the presidency of Richard Nixon, in whose White House I served from its first day to its last, covered in my new book, “Nixon’s White House Wars: The Battles That Made and Broke a President and Divided America Forever.” […]

The Ryancare Route — Winning by Losing?


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By Patrick J. Buchanan Did the Freedom Caucus just pull the Republican Party back off the ledge, before it jumped to its death? A case can be made for that. Before the American Health Care Act, aka “Ryancare,” was pulled off the House floor Friday, it enjoyed the support — of 17 percent of Americans. […]

Memo to Trump: ‘Action This Day!’

Memo to Trump: ‘Action This Day!’


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By Patrick J. Buchanan “In victory, magnanimity!” said Winston Churchill. Donald Trump should be magnanimous and gracious toward those whom he defeated this week, but his first duty is to keep faith with those who put their faith in him. The protests, riots and violence that have attended his triumph in city after city should […]

A Presidency From Hell?

A Presidency From Hell?


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By Patrick J. Buchanan Should Donald Trump surge from behind to win, he would likely bring in with him both houses of Congress. Much of his agenda — tax cuts, deregulation, border security, deportation of criminals here illegally, repeal of Obamacare, appointing justices like Scalia, unleashing the energy industry — could be readily enacted. On […]

Is Mitt on a Suicide Mission?

Is Mitt on a Suicide Mission?


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By Patrick J. Buchanan “It’s a suicide mission,” said the Republican Party Chairman. Reince Priebus was commenting on a Washington Post story about Mitt Romney and William Kristol’s plot to recruit a third-party conservative candidate to sink Donald Trump. Several big-name Republican “consultants” and “strategists” are said to be on board. Understandably so, given the […]

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