Annus Horribilis Ahead?

by Patrick J. Buchanan With the New Hampshire primary on Jan. 8, and the Iowa caucuses dead ahead, the nominees of both parties may be known in two weeks. Surely, after Feb. 5, when a slew of primaries are held, both races will be all but over. Then, from Feb. 5 to Nov. 4, nine […]

Time Gets Serious Again

by Patrick J. Buchanan Good for Time. Its Person of the Year was Vladimir Putin, who has presided over the economic rebirth of his nation and reasserted Russia’s role as a great power. A first runner-up was Gen. David Petraeus, leader of the “surge” in Iraq that staved off what appeared a U.S. defeat and […]

Is It Down to Mitt and Mike?

by Patrick J. Buchanan Not since 1952 has the nation entered a presidential year with greater seeming uncertainty as to who will face off in November. Early that year, Tennessee Sen. Ernest Kefauver upset Harry Truman in New Hampshire, relieving the nation by dashing Harry’s hopes for another four years. The Republican race would be […]

Hardball or Dirt Ball, Hillary?

by Patrick J. Buchanan It was as low a blow as has lately been landed in national politics. And it had all the subtlety of a surprise kick to the groin. Bill Shaheen, husband of ex-Gov. Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire, a national co-chair of the Clinton campaign, volunteered to the Washington Post his concern […]

Is World War III on Hold?

by Patrick J. Buchanan The White House campaign to stampede this nation into war, to smash Iran’s nuclear facilities before she acquires the capability to build an atom bomb, has been derailed, probably for the duration of the Bush presidency. And the Bush policy – to leave the military option on the table while pressing […]

The Mitt-Mike Religious War

by Patrick J. Buchanan Four weeks before New Hampshire and three weeks before the Iowa caucuses, the Republican race has become a proxy religious war. On one side is a Baptist preacher who called homosexuality “an aberrant, unnatural and sinful lifestyle” that “can pose a dangerous public health risk,” urged the isolation of AIDS sufferers […]

Mitt’s Hour of Power

by Patrick J. Buchanan If Mitt Romney wins the Republican nomination, it will be due in large measure to his splendid and moving defense of his faith and beliefs delivered today at the George Bush Presidential Library. The address was courageous in a way John F. Kennedy’s speech to the Baptist ministers was not. Kennedy […]

Can Diversity Destroy Us?

by Patrick J. Buchanan On the Great Seal of the United States, first suggested by the Continental Congress on July 4, 1776, there was to be emblazoned a new motto: “E Pluribus Unum” – “Out of many, one.” It was in their unity, not their diversity, that the strength of the colonies resided. So Patrick […]

Blowback From Moscow

by Patrick J. Buchanan Our next president will likely face a Russia led by Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, determined to stand up to a West Russians believe played them for fools when they sought to be friends. Americans who think Putin has never been anything but a KGB thug will reject accusations of any U.S. […]

Ideology Was Bush’s Undoing

by Patrick J. Buchanan Over lunch, a liberal friend expressed puzzlement. Citing the title of Tom Oliphant’s new book about the Bush administration, “Utter Incompetents,” he wondered aloud. Like him or not, he said, Bush is not an unintelligent man, and he is a principled and energetic executive. As for Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld and […]