Opinion

  • ROMNEY'S NON-CAMPAIGN

    Defeated once for the Republican presidential nomination, defeated the next time for the White House, Mitt Romney never was at the center of Republican affection. With the economy off life support and the former Massachusetts governor retaining his status as the poster child for the wealth gap,…

    David Shribman
  • GOP THINKS THE '47 PERCENT' AREN'T TRYING HARD ENOUGH

    During his 2012 campaign for the presidency, Mitt Romney was caught on tape describing nearly half the country in disparaging terms, labeling them moochers who want handouts. They are voters "who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a…

    Cynthia Tucker
  • MSNBC'S MADDOW NOW REWRITING INSTANT REPLAYS

    "Chris Wallace, NBC Reporter (by miraculous coincidence, currently a Fox News anchor): 'There was an air of celebration in the Rose Garden and an underlying tension. White House officials wrestled for days how to usher in a holiday the president opposed. By adding the simple article "the," Rachel…

    Ann Coulter
  • IT'S TIME TO BE PRACTICAL ABOUT MULTICULTURALISM

    Following the murders in Paris at the Charlie Hebdo magazine and the kosher supermarket, one could hear the comforting sound of tens of thousands of footsteps marching in enraged opposition to the terrorists. This old struggle came up anew this week when a well-meaning Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal…

    Georgie Anne Geyer
  • REPUBLICANS NOW TAKE CREDIT FOR THE RECOVERY THEY SABOTAGED

    This is unlikely to prompt anyone to break out the bubbly in the Oval Office, but last week's poll numbers are nevertheless good news for President Obama. As he prepares to deliver his sixth State of the Union address on Jan. 20, Obama's approval has crept up to 47 percent, according to a new…

    Cynthia Tucker
  • BUSHES V. ROMNEYS

    The looming choice between two former governors, Mitt Romney of Massachusetts and Jeb Bush of Florida, has induced an unease without precedent in modern American politics. This early 2016 campaign anxiety began the other day when Romney, who already has run for president twice, indicated he is…

    David Shribman
  • TALK OF WARS AND REVOLUTIONS

    WASHINGTON -- Depending on where you stand, the last tortured week in Paris can be looked upon as French citizens fighting stateless terrorists or as simply another opening act, as the French prime minister put it, in a world "at war."If you REALLY think about it, you might grasp the dark events in…

    Georgie Anne Geyer
  • THE NEW YEAR IN POLITICS

    So the seventh year of the Barack Obama administration, the first year of the new Republican Congress and the year before the 2016 presidential election now begins.Like most years, it begins with much promise. Like most years, it also holds great peril. But 2015 brings with it an unusual number of…

    David Shribman
  • DESPITE OUR FRIGID WINTER, THE EARTH IS GETTING HOTTER

    Still shivering from the frigid Arctic air that engulfed much of the country last week? Did you have to dig out your kids' thermal underwear?I did -- though I live on Alabama's Gulf Coast, where the moderate temperatures hold down sales of winter coats. The Arctic blast was so severe that it…

    Cynthia Tucker
  • DYING FOR A CIGARETTE IN NEW YORK

    If you're wondering why New York City police officers keep turning their back on Mayor Bill de Blasio, let's review parts of the mayor's recent speech on the Eric Garner case that have been removed from the "Official Website of the City of New York."De Blasio said:"I was at the White House the…

    Ann Coulter
  • TENSION MOUNTS AGAINST MUSLIM IMMIGRATION IN THE WEST

    WASHINGTON -- If you're wondering about what 2015 will bring, look at these recent stories from "across the pond" in Europe:In Dresden, some 18,000 people protested against the "Islamization" of Europe. Aware of the potential for dramatic photos and backgrounds for the rallies there, authorities in…

    Georgie Anne Geyer
  • LIBERALS: IF THE SHOE DOESN'T FIT, MAKE EVERYONE WEAR IT

    It is a common practice of the left to stage an incident and then demand enormous legal changes to respond to their hoax.Griswold v. Connecticut was a scam orchestrated by Yale law professors to challenge the state's anti-contraception law. The case was a fraud: The law had never been enforced and…

    Ann Coulter
  • CAN GOD SAVE RESTORE FAITH IN BANKING?

    WASHINGTON -- As the days turn over to a New Year, the mystery that remains in our midst is the recurring question -- who, really, is our president?The critics see him as a middle-aged teenager still trying to get a grip on life; his liberal former supporters shake their heads in confusion; and a…

    Georgie Anne Geyer
  • PRESIDENTS AND THEIR PARTIES

    Is Barack Obama's duty to hear the voices of the entire country, or is it to heed the entreaties of his allies on the left and in the Democratic Party?That is one of the simplest, and also one of the most complex, questions of our time. To ask it is to please conservatives who argue that Obama…

    David Shribman
  • I FIRMLY RESOLVE NOT TO IMPROVE MYSELF!

    It's that time of year when Americans -- ever the strivers, according to Alexis de Tocqueville -- turn to thoughts of self-improvement. What's your New Year's resolution?Mine is simple enough: I'm forgoing New Year's resolutions. I'm going to remain my shabby, unimproved self and be happy about it.…

    Cynthia Tucker
  • HAPPY KWANZAA! THE HOLIDAY BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE FBI

    I will not be shooting any Black Panthers this week because I am Kwanza-reform, and we are not that observant. Kwanzaa, celebrated exclusively by white liberals, is a fake holiday invented in 1966 by black radical/FBI stooge, Ron Karenga -- aka Dr. Maulana Karenga, founder of United Slaves, the…

    Ann Coulter
  • CUBA IS NOW POISED TO ESCAPE ITS HISTORY

    WASHINGTON -- Since the president announced his dramatic "opening" to Cuba, newspapers have listed the crucial date when the United States and that island nation became "enemies" as Oct. 19, 1960 -- the day Washington imposed an embargo upon its former "friend." Unfortunately, this is simply not…

    Georgie Anne Geyer
  • TORTURE REPORT REVEALS A MORAL CROSSROADS

    WASHINGTON -- Some months ago, I was speaking with one of the world's most eloquent critics of torture, Dr. Cherif Bassiouni in Chicago. At one point, I asked the professor emeritus of law at DePaul University that old question: What would you do if one person held the secret to destroying the…

    Georgie Anne Geyer
  • NOT ALL IS CALM

    The election was only six weeks ago, and New Year's Day is less than three weeks away. This is supposed to be a quiet time, filled with holiday gatherings, family meals, festive songs and a carol with the word "silent" in its title. Not this year. No one can say all is calm, all is bright.Instead,…

    David Shribman
  • TORTURE NOT ONLY MORALLY CORRUPTING BUT INEFFECTIVE AS WELL

    Blame it on Hollywood.Too many spy movies and post-9/11 television dramas featured a hard-charging protagonist whose mission is to stop the evildoers by any means necessary. Torture is an oft-used weapon in his arsenal. Just think of "24's" Jack Bauer, who rarely paused before subjecting a suspect…

    Cynthia Tucker