The Brothers & Sisters War


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by Patrick J. Buchanan All politics is local, said the late House Speaker “Tip” O’Neill. Tip was wrong. All politics is tribal – as we just rediscovered in the New Hampshire primary. With Obama surging and Hillary reeling after a third-place finish in Iowa, it seemed all the dreams of a Clinton restoration would come […]

The Rise of the Populists


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by Patrick J. Buchanan MANCHESTER, N.H. – It is the historic mission of the Iowa caucuses and New Hampshire primary to give us the establishment candidate in each party, and then the insurgent candidate. The two pairs then battle it out in South Carolina to give us the probable nominees for November. Year 2008 looks […]

GOP: Losing Principle, Losing America


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by Patrick J. Buchanan The huge Democratic turnout in the Iowa Caucuses, over twice that of the GOP, and the stampede by independents to vote in the Democratic precincts, suggests that Iowa, a swing state carried by President Bush in 2004, may be lost irretrievably to the GOP in 2008. Why is Iowa walking away […]

U.S. Impotence in Pakistan


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by Patrick J. Buchanan “Things are in the saddle, and ride mankind.” Emerson’s couplet comes to mind as the New Year opens with Pakistan, the second largest Muslim country on Earth, in social and political chaos, trending toward a failed state with nuclear weapons. Former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, whom the White House pressed to […]

Annus Horribilis Ahead?


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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


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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?


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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?


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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 […]