Is a Tea Party Triumph at Hand?

By Patrick J. Buchanan They were called “terrorists,” “fanatics” and “unpatriotic.” Yet the principled resistance of the Tea Party Caucus in the House has put their leader right across the table from Barack Obama to negotiate the final terms of armistice in the debt-ceiling battle of 2011. Today is July 22. On this day, it […]

The Long Retreat of Liberalism

By Patrick J. Buchanan Though President Obama has run rings about the Republican Party in the debt-ceiling debate, that party can yet emerge victorious, if it will stick to its guns. Clearly, the Republican strategy was not thought through, when the party chose the debt ceiling as the legislative terrain on which to fight its […]

An Establishment in Panic

By Patrick J. Buchanan By refusing to accept tax increases in a deal to raise the debt ceiling, Republicans are behaving like “fanatics,” writes David Brooks of The New York Times. Anti-tax Republicans “have no sense of moral decency,” he adds. They are “willing to stain their nation’s honor” to “worship their idol.” If this […]

Is a U.S. Default Inevitable?

By Patrick J. Buchanan As President Bush prepared to invade Iraq in September 2002, the head of his economic policy council, Lawrence Lindsey publicly estimated such a war could cost $100 billion to $200 billion. Lindsey had committed candor, and the stunned Bushites came down on him with both feet. “Baloney,” said Donald Rumsfeld. The […]

‘Bibi’ Votes Republican

By Patrick J. Buchanan Not since Nikita Khrushchev berated Dwight Eisenhower over Gary Powers’ U-2 spy flight over Russia only weeks earlier has an American president been subjected to a dressing down like the one Barack Obama received from Benjamin Netanyahu on Friday. With this crucial difference. Khrushchev ranted behind closed doors, and when Ike […]

Obama Blows up the Bridge

By Patrick J. Buchanan “Rather than building bridges, he’s poisoning wells,” said Rep. Paul Ryan, after listening to Barack Obama’s scathing attack on his deficit reduction plan as a shredding of America’s social contract with the elderly and poor. Ryan is right. Yet, with Obama’s partisan savagery, virtually calling the GOP plan immoral, we have […]

A GOP That Can Say No

by Patrick J. Buchanan Reports of the death of the Republican Party appear to have been premature. Not since Sen. Bob Griffin derailed LBJ’s scheme to replace Chief Justice Earl Warren with crony Abe Fortas, before Nixon got to the Oval Office, has the GOP defied this city and voted to reject a liberal judicial […]

Cheney Shows the Way

By Patrick J. Buchanan Dick Cheney is giving the Republican Party a demonstration of how to fight a popular president. Stake out defensible high ground, do not surrender an inch, then go onto the attack. The ground on which Cheney has chosen to stand is the most defensible the Republicans have: homeland security. In seven-and-a-half […]

Wanted: A Fighting Party

By Patrick J. Buchanan As was evident at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, it is deja vu, 1961, all over again. We have a young, cool, witty, personable president — and an adoring press corps. “I am Barack Obama,” the president introduced himself. “Most of you covered me. All of you voted for me. (Laughter […]

Is GOP Still a National Party?

By Patrick J. Buchanan As President Barack Obama delivers his inaugural address to a nation filled with anticipation and hope, the vital signs of the loyal opposition appear worse than worrisome. The new majority of 49 states and 60 percent of the nation Nixon cobbled together in 1972, that became the Reagan coalition of 49 […]