Conservative Articles

Desperately Seeking Consensus

Where is the Republicans’ Goldilocks?
Sep 28, 2015

Judging by the number of House and Senate seats, governorships, and state legislative seats it holds, the Republican party is stronger than at any point since the 1920s. Yet, going by the presidential nomination battle alone, the party is a mess. There are too many candidates, a few of whom are distracting the public with their self-aggrandizing shenanigans, spurred on by ratings-hungry cable-news networks.

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Walker, Busted

5:05 PM, Sep 21, 2015

It’s hard to exaggerate how shocking it is that Scott Walker is out of the 2016 race on September 21.

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John Von Kannon, 1949-2015

3:32 PM, Sep 08, 2015

The conservative movement, along with numberless friends of every political coloration, lost a stalwart this weekend when John Von Kannon died, after a long wrestling match with cancer. Most of those friends knew him as “Baron,” though when he was mentioned in the third person, the definitive article was usually attached, as in: “The Baron just told me an amazing joke,” or (just as often) “The Baron picked up the tab last night.” We offer our best wishes and deepest condolences to his wife Cindy and his two children, Jack and Rachel.

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Hillary's Anti-Israel Advisers

4:11 PM, Sep 02, 2015

While looking through the newest batch of Hillary Clinton emails released by the State Department, one finds a disturbing anti-Israel trend. Her advisers regularly criticized Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu, the "US. Jewish community," and AIPAC.

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Hillary's Anti-Israel Advisers

11:01 AM, Sep 02, 2015

While looking through the newest batch of Hillary Clinton emails released by the State Department, one finds a disturbing anti-Israel trend. Her advisers regularly criticized Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu, the "US Jewish community," and AIPAC. 

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Amy Schumer’s ‘Trainwreck’: A Conservative Critique of the Hook Up Culture

7:14 AM, Jul 23, 2015

Have you ever wondered what would happen if the conservative fantasy of taking over the culture came to pass? What if one major movie studio, and a few popular actors, comedians, writers, directors were conservative?

Producers would still have to work within the current social reality of a sexually promiscuous, morally untethered, post Judeo-Christian culture, of course. Audiences don’t pay for heavy handed, feel bad lectures. Where would you start?

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Eager Scott Walker Ready for Presidential Race

Running as 'a fighter who can win' and implement 'commonsense conservative reforms.'
5:10 AM, Jul 13, 2015

Scott Walker isn’t big on self-reflection.

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Walker Readies Himself as the Candidate of the Mainstream Conservative Movement

11:01 PM, Jul 09, 2015

When Scott Walker formalizes his presidential run Monday with a long-anticipated announcement, he will have at his side a seasoned veteran of Republican politics and an architect of the modern conservative movement. THE WEEKLY STANDARD has learned that Walker is expected to name Michael Grebe as campaign chairman as early as Friday.

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NYTimes: 'Homegrown Radicals More Deadly Than Jihadis in U.S.'

8:04 AM, Jun 24, 2015

The New York Times is out with a warning: "Homegrown Radicals More Deadly Than Jihadis in U.S.," the headline reads.

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A Conservative Case for Preparing for King v. Burwell

11:25 AM, Apr 09, 2015

Now that the Supreme Court has held its oral arguments in King v.

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A Conversation With Jeff Bell

9:37 AM, Apr 03, 2015

The latest episode of Conversations With Bill Kristol, featuring Jeff Bell:

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The Education of Jeb Bush

How did a conservative—and effective—governor arouse the suspicion of the right?
Mar 30, 2015

Des Moines

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Christie Receives Standing Ovation in Iowa

8:49 PM, Jan 24, 2015

New Jersey governor Chris Christie spoke earlier today at Rep. Steve King's Iowa Freedom Summit in Des Moines. Christie may well have been the 2016 presidential candidate at the confab with the reputation for the most moderate conservative views. But while at first he was greeted with very modest applause, at the end of his 25 minute speech, he received a standing ovation from the conservative crowd:

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Conservatism Can Win More People Over Than You Think

3:55 PM, Jan 21, 2015

Given that nine in ten African-American women voted for Democrats in 2014, it may be no surprise that a focus group of urban, female, African-Americans had mostly contempt for all things “Republican” or “conservative.” But what was shocking is that this group also, unprompted, uniformly opposed both extended unemployment benefits and a minimum wage increase, and volunteered conservative economic and moral arguments about their potentially destructive impact on job creation, costs, and conduct.

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Wishing for a Tea Party of the Left

3:32 PM, Dec 09, 2014

Even as they publicly condemn Tea Party Republicans as hostage-taking legislative thugs, the truth is that some Democrats are quietly jealous of them.

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2017 Project's Alternative to Obamacare Gets a Boost

10:21 AM, Sep 08, 2014

2017 Project executive director Jeffrey Anderson issued a memorandum this morning reporting that the nonpartisan Center for Health & Economy has "scored" the group’s alternative to Obamacare. THE WEEKLY STANDARD readers are familiar with the broad case for the alternative (see

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Repeal Obamacare, Don’t ‘Reform’ It

7:05 AM, Sep 02, 2014

Slowly but surely, the anti-repeal wing of the Republican party is starting to reassert itself.  The latest effort comes from Lanhee Chen, who was the top policy advisor on the Mitt Romney campaign.  As readers will likely recall, that campaign refused to advance an alternative to Obamacare, failed to emphasize the horror that is Obamacare, and went 0-9 in the nine most important swing states.  Hot off of that success, Chen now has some advice for the rest of us.

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Hillary Gaffes in London: Gets UK Political Parties Wrong

7:02 AM, Jul 03, 2014

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has taken her book tour abroad. But in an interview with the BBC, when answering a question about how specialness of the special relationship between the U.S. and UK, the nation's former top diplomat gets the names of the political parties in the UK wrong.

The BBC host asked, "So how special is the special relationship?"  

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Tom Cotton and the Farm Bill

11:00 PM, Jun 18, 2014

Earlier this year, Arkansas Republican Tom Cotton—now locked in a toss-up Senate race with Democrat Mark Pryor—voted against the farm bill. According to politicos and pundits in Washington, D.C., this is a politically dangerous vote to have cast.

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The Great Upsets: Brat 2014 and Bell 1978

6:22 AM, Jun 11, 2014

In the New York Times, Jonathan Martin calls David Brat's defeat of House majority leader Eric Cantor in a Republican primary "one of the most stunning primary election upsets in congressional history."

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'The Problem with Reform Conservatism'

6:12 AM, May 23, 2014

Matthew Continetti, writing for the Washington Free Beacon:

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A Conservative Candidate of Character, Conviction, Knowledge, and Leadership

7:01 AM, May 22, 2014

Gary Palmer, who is seeking a House seat in Alabama, is a unique candidate. Until this year, he’d never run for political office. Yet he has a long and impressive record in politics. He was a walk-on for Bear Bryant’s University of Alabama football team – whoops, that’s not politics.

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Tillis Wins, Boosts GOP's 2014 Hopes

10:35 PM, May 06, 2014

The Republican drive to capture the Senate in the 2014 midterm election got a significant boost Tuesday in North Carolina with the victory of house speaker Thom Tillis in the GOP Senate primary.  Tillis will face Democratic senator Kay Hagan in the November election.

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Mike Lee Endorses Nebraska’s Ben Sasse

9:20 AM, Mar 05, 2014

Mike Lee, perhaps the United States Senate’s leading voice for a conservative reform agenda, has now endorsed Ben Sasse in Nebraska’s Senate race.  Lee declared, “Nebraskans need Ben Sasse to represent their values, reformers in the Senate need his conservative vote, our country needs his voice.”  Lee added that Sasse is “a strong constitutional conservative who understands the proper role of government” and who “also recognizes that we must run and win on the power of our positive ideas.”

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Chuck Schumer: No Urgency on Immigration

11:13 AM, Feb 10, 2014

New York Democratic senator Chuck Schumer, an author of the Senate immigration bill, may have succeeded in helping Republicans kill his own bill.

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The Right Stuff

Where was John F. Kennedy on the ideological spectrum?
Nov 25, 2013

Reading this provocative and compelling analysis of John F. Kennedy’s political vision, I could not help but think of the reaction Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr. had when his colleague John P. Diggins told him he was writing a book favorable to Ronald Reagan’s presidency. “Please,” Schlesinger said, “don’t make him look too good.” If Schlesinger were still alive and able to read Stoll’s new account, he would undoubtedly turn purple. One thing is certain: Ira Stoll’s Kennedy is not the same as Arthur Schlesinger’s. 

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The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Cuccinelli Campaign

12:58 PM, Oct 28, 2013

What's wrong with Ken Cuccinelli, Virginia's Republican candidate for governor? He's losing by nearly 10 percentage points, according to Real Clear Politics, to Terry McAuliffe, the flawed Democrat. The conventional wisdom is that Cuccinelli is too conservative on social issues, and the McAuliffe campaign has run ads painting the Republican as an extremist on abortion, gay rights, and contraception.

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Obama: 'In Europe, I'd Probably Be Considered Right in the Middle, Maybe Center-Left, Maybe Center-Right'

"In the United States, sometimes the names I'm called are quite different."
8:23 AM, Sep 04, 2013

In Sweden, President Obama complained about the way he's sometimes treated back home in the United States, and suggested he'd be more welcomed in Europe:

"You know, I have to say that if I were here in Europe, I'd probably be considered right in the middle, maybe center-left, maybe center-right, depending on the country. In the United States, sometimes the names I'm called are quite different," Obama said at a joint press conference.

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And They're Off: Kentucky Republican Senate Primary Begins with Dueling Ads

11:27 AM, Jul 24, 2013

Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell, the five-term Republican from Kentucky, has drawn a primary challenge for his reelection effort next year from businessman Matt Bevin. Bevin, who will likely self-finance part of his campaign, is out with his first ad Wednesday. The 30-second spot purports to introduce the first-time candidate to voters, though it spends just as much time criticizing the 71-year-old McConnell for his "30 years in Washington."

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WaPo/ABC News: Only the Far Left Still Supports Obamacare

3:19 PM, Jul 23, 2013

The latest Washington Post/ABC News poll indicates that the only group of Americans who remain strongly supportive of Obamacare are self-described “liberal Democrats.”  Even “moderate or conservative” Democrats have started to jump ship en masse — as they’re now more likely to oppose Obamacare than to support it.  Given that most Democrats (57 percent, according to the poll) claim to be either “moderate” or “conservative,” this poses a major problem for the Obama administration’s centerpiece legislation.

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