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 […]

Negotiations — or War With Iran?

Negotiations — or War With Iran?


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By Patrick J. Buchanan “It would be unconscionable to go to war if we haven’t had such discussions,” said Nicholas Burns, under secretary of state in the Bush administration, of reports the Obama White House has agreed to one-on-one talks with Tehran over its nuclear program. Sen. Lindsey Graham dissented Sunday: “I think the time […]

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 […]

Last Recourse of Failed Presidents


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By Patrick J. Buchanan Both the 20th and 21st centuries have seen failed presidencies. William Howard Taft lost in 1912, though he might have retained office had not his old friend and former leader Theodore Roosevelt run as a third party Bull Moose candidate and won more votes than Taft. Herbert Hoover failed through no […]

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 […]

A.D. 2041 – End of White America?


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By Patrick J. Buchanan John Hope Franklin, the famed black historian at Duke University, once told the incoming freshmen, “The new America in the 21st century will be primarily non-white, a place George Washington would not recognize.” In his June 1998 commencement address at Portland State, President Clinton affirmed it: “In a little more than […]

What “Big Deals” Did to America


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By Patrick J. Buchanan Thanks to Tea Party fanatics, we are told, America just lost an historic opportunity to deal with her national debt. Because of Tea Party intransigence and threats against their own leader John Boehner, the speaker had to reject Obama’s “grand bargain,” the “big deal” of $3 trillion in budget cuts for […]

Is a Tea Party Triumph at Hand?


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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 […]