The states can handle issues on their own

Freedom Editorial T he Great Dissembler, former president Bill Clinton, was in Denver on Tuesday hawking his hagiography, “My Life,” and he couldn’t resist the opportunity to take a few cheap shots at the sitting president. We understand this was all part of the promotion, a way to pump up book sales by making his […]

Lying a recreational sport for presidents

By Steve Chapman On his first day campaigning as John Kerry’s running mate, John Edwards put on his most sincere expression and informed a crowd in Cleveland, “I can tell you one thing you can take to the bank: He will always tell the truth to the American people.” I don’t greatly resent politicians who […]

Actions speak louder than false apologies

Mona Charen The president was asked at least four times at his press conference whether he wanted to take the opportunity to apologize for the 9/11 attacks. It was the press corps in full baying mode Apologies and blame are the themes of the week. On apologies, let’s be aware that many are pure theater. […]

Republican’s lack of frugal behavior a boon to Kerry

Freedom Newspapers That Democratic presidential challenger John Kerry last week tried to sell himself to the American people as a fiscally responsible moderate isn’t surprising. The same pose paid impressive political dividends for Bill Clinton and Al Gore, who not only appeared to break the tax and spend mold of most Democrats but even pledged […]

Strength better than ‘golden’ diplomacy

Mona Charen The vice president suggested in a recent speech that the election of 2004 will be the most significant in 20 years. He’s right. In 1984, we were engaged in a worldwide struggle that one party was committed to winning and the other party did not even want to fight. If Walter Mondale had […]

Democrats’ stance on WMDs defies logic

Mona Charen With David Kay’s testimony on the fruitless search for Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction, the time has come for an accounting. In a more reasonable environment, politicians and opinion-makers would absorb the new facts and make the needed reforms. Reasonable people cannot avoid the conclusion that our intelligence agencies were badly mistaken. But […]

Where are sensitivity police for Dems?

By Mona Charen Need I say it? If a Republican had made the sort of joke Sen. Hillary Clinton made at a Missouri fund-raiser, it would have been front page news for days. Introducing a quote from Mahatma Gandhi, Sen. Clinton said, “He ran a gas station down in St. Louis.” After the laughter subsided, […]

Finally it’s time for Rose

By Clyde Davis I don’t do it — let’s get that part straight from the outset. When it reaches an astronomical number, I have been known to buy a lottery ticket; when I go into a casino for the markedly generous food, I have been known to slip in some quarters. But as a whole, […]

Arnold’s actions parallel to Clinton’s

Steve Chapman The California recall campaign was a noisy, raucous and often vitriolic affair. But the most striking feature of the final days was the silence. That was what you heard from conservatives on the subject of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s sexual escapades. Here was a guy who, voters learned, told a skin magazine in 1977 that […]

Is Wesley Clark a choice or an echo?

Steve Chapman Wesley Clark is a presidential candidate whose campaign rests on two rationales: his soldier’s biography and his opposition to the war in Iraq. His biography is still intact, but within 24 hours of entering the race, he had managed to turn the Iraq issue into his own personal exploding cigar. For those of […]