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Recent articles by Matthew:

The GOP Summer Swoon

The GOP needs a full-spectrum victory if it wants to stop the Left and shock Democrats into abandoning Biden. The data and events of the past week suggest that the party has a way to go. → Read More

The GOP Summer Swoon

Today caps off the worst week yet for Republicans in the 2022 campaign cycle. Their troubles began with Senate passage of the Chips and Science Act on Wednesday, July 27, and culminated in the Kansas pro-life rout on Tuesday, August 2. Before last week, the party was riding a red wave to victory in November's elections. Now, one month before the campaign begins in earnest on Labor Day, aimless… → Read More

Why Should We Believe Biden?

The Iran crisis is here, but President Joe Biden acts as if it hasn't yet arrived. → Read More

Who’s In Charge?

"Which way am I going?" asked President Biden when he ended Thursday's press conference at the NATO summit in Madrid. He began to exit stage right, before someone redirected him toward stage left. This combination of ignorance and indecision was not new. Throughout his 18 months as president, Biden has been confused, uncertain, sluggish. He behaves as if he is guided by unseen forces. He moves… → Read More

Republicans Surf the Red Wave

In January, FiveThirtyEight.com published a story with the headline, “Some Early Clues About How the Midterms Will Go.” The authors, Alex Samuels and Nathaniel Rakich, named four things to watch during the election year: President Biden’s job approval, the congressional generic ballot, special election results, and individual election polls. Six months later, all signs point to a great night for… → Read More

The Iran Crisis Is Here

As if we didn't have enough to worry about: This week Iran escalated its war against the West. → Read More

Biden Defines Defense Down

President Biden resists increasing resources for national defense, while powerful elements of both left and right work to reduce American commitments. Neither strategy makes America safer. → Read More

Biden Runs Out of Gas

"This is a wartime bridge to increase oil supply into production," President Biden said during his announcement Thursday that he would release more barrels of oil from the nation's Strategic Petroleum Reserve than at any point in American history. His decision was also a concession. None of the policies Biden has enacted throughout his short presidency have alleviated the problems they were… → Read More

Hope for Ukraine Is Not a Strategy

Half measures won’t save Ukraine or restore American deterrence. → Read More

Hope for Ukraine Is Not a Strategy

The strongest part of President Biden's State of the Union address was the section on the war in Ukraine. Biden condemned the Russian invasion. He welcomed the Ukrainian ambassador. He led Congress in a statement of solidarity with the Ukrainian people in their fight against the Russian aggressor. He announced that the United States was closing its airspace to Russian planes, cutting off Russia… → Read More

Biden Tries a Great Reset

The goal of President Biden's State of the Union Address Tuesday: reset his presidency after one of the worst inaugural years in American history. Mission unaccomplished. → Read More

The Great P. J. O’Rourke

Beneath P.J.'s charm was a substantive core that deserves special appreciation and tribute. The flip side of his belief in individual freedom was his embrace of personal responsibility. → Read More

Putin Can’t Be Appeased

Vladimir Putin has deployed some 100,000 troops to Russia’s border with Ukraine. He has moved fighter jets and anti-aircraft defenses into neighboring Belarus. He has around 6,000 soldiers, as well as air and naval assets, in Crimea, the peninsula in south Ukraine that he annexed illegally eight years ago. His insurgents have waged a “frozen conflict” in east Ukraine for close to a decade. His… → Read More

The Placeholder President

The most impassioned speech of Joe Biden's presidency was about events that took place before it began. I'm talking about the president's remarks on the first anniversary of the January 6, 2021, riot at the Capitol. The energy, force, and direction of Biden's delivery have been missing from practically every address he's made since his inauguration. The Biden who spoke from Statuary Hall on… → Read More

Thus Spake Omarova

President Biden's chief of staff Ron Klain has a, shall we say, interesting take on last week's election. The voters who chose Republican Glenn Youngkin as governor of Virginia and who came close to unseating incumbent Democrat Phil Murphy as governor of New Jersey want Democrats to "do more," Klain told MSNBC. "And that's what we're doing," Klain continued, "again, starting next Monday, signing… → Read More

The Politics of Parental Revolt

Loudoun County, Va., the epicenter of this latest populist rebellion, has become a stand-in for national polarization and tribalism, as the left-leaning school board engages in bitter fights with well-organized parents. → Read More

The Politics of Parental Revolt

A single exchange may decide the Virginia governor’s race. At one point during a September 28 debate, Republican Glenn Youngkin slammed his opponent, former Democratic governor Terry McAuliffe, for vetoing a 2017 bill that would have allowed parents to remove their children from courses studying sexually explicit material. McAuliffe shrugged off the criticism. "I don’t think parents should be… → Read More

The Leadership-Deficit Doom Loop

To break the leadership-deficit doom loop, American leaders must self-confidently make the case for union, for moderation, for manners, for peace. → Read More

The Next Supply Side Agenda

Does an opposition party need a policy agenda to win elections? Not really. Congressional majorities lose all by themselves. They interpret campaign victories as ideological mandates. They become mired in process, they fight among one another, they trudge through muddy puddles of bad news. They overstay their welcome. Voters turn them out. Not necessarily because the opposition has better ideas,… → Read More

Fall Guys - Washington

President Biden practically begged a group of moderate Democrats visiting him in the Oval Office Wednesday to say how much money they are willing to spend on the massive “Build Back Better” bill making its way through Congress. According to Politico’s Playbook, he didn’t get an answer. → Read More