W James Antle Reagan vs. Dubya: A Size of Government Contest
At first blush, conservatives debating whether Ronald Reagan was a better foe of big government than George W. Bush can sound like obsessive comic-book fans arguing in their parents’ basements about whether Superman was stronger than the Incredible Hulk. But as 2008 approaches and the Right becomes more reflective—as opposed to reflexively defensive—in its assessment of our 43rd president, such discussions will play an important role.
Feb 18, 2006 - 11:10:00 PM
W James Antle Politics without Mavericks
Eugene McCarthy and William Proxmire are dead. So, it seems, is the kind of maverick politics the two Democratic former senators represented. The process that allowed such men to hold public office in the first place isn’t looking very healthy either.
Dec 18, 2005 - 5:02:00 PM
W James Antle Why “Guest Workers” Won’t Work
The Financial Times headline says it well: “Bush tries balancing act on illegal immigration.” The president has been traveling the country, pledging strengthened border security and improved interior enforcement - alongside the adoption of a guest-workers program that would effectively amnesty millions of illegal aliens.
Dec 12, 2005 - 12:24:00 AM
W James Antle Republican John Murthas Needed to Rethink Iraq
The debate over the Iraq war has become partisan and predictable. Republicans spout slogans like “stay the course” and “cut and run” while confusing support for the administration with support for the troops. Democrats take positions that are less antiwar than anti-Bush.
Nov 20, 2005 - 11:22:00 PM
W James Antle Assimilation Breakdown
The riots that spread across France sparked considerable debate in our own country. If you thought the violence refuted multiculturalism, Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson says you’re wrong.
Nov 12, 2005 - 10:10:00 AM
W James Antle Getting Serious About the Supreme Court
“Racist, sexist, anti-gay, right-wing judges go away!” So the young protestors chanted when Judge Samuel Alito was nominated to the Supreme Court. The Harriet Miers interlude, pitting President Bush against his own base, has been replaced with a bare-knuckled ideological scrap between the left and the right.
Nov 6, 2005 - 11:27:00 PM
W James Antle Constitutionalism: The Real Conservative Litmus Test for Harriet Miers
Senate Judiciary Committee members may have described Supreme Court nominee Harriet Miers’ questionnaire responses as “incomplete to insulting.” But one item from the background information released to the committee was revealing: the disclosure that she favored a constitutional amendment that would ban abortion during her 1989 campaign for Dallas City Council.
Oct 21, 2005 - 8:55:00 PM
W James Antle Did Bush Have No Choice But to Pick Miers?
As cries of sexism, elitism and disloyalty to the president fail to persuade, conservative opposition to the Harriet Miers Supreme Court nomination continues unabated. Some Miers defenders are left with the following argument: President Bush had no choice.
Oct 14, 2005 - 10:36:00 PM
W James Antle Beyond Bush
For the first time in his presidency, George W. Bush faces a widespread conservative revolt. Nothing he has done before – not McCain-Feingold, not steel tariffs, not his failure to veto excessive spending, not even last year’s proposed amnesty for illegal immigrants – has provoked as hostile a reaction on the right as the nomination of Harriet Miers to the Supreme Court.
Oct 10, 2005 - 12:05:00 AM