Tag: Conservatism (US Politics)

Is the Trump Impeachment Saga Kavanaugh 2.0? Some Republicans Hope So

WASHINGTON — Some of President Trump’s most relentless defenders are expressing a sense of déjà vu over the impeachment inquiry currently underway. “ORCHESTRATED DEM CAMPAIGN LIKE KAVANAUGH,” Rudolph W. Giuliani, the president’s personal lawyer, wrote on Twitter. “I’ve seen this movie before — with Brett #Kavanaugh,” said Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina. “Kavanaugh 2.0” […]

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Trumpism’s Infinite Vulgarities

The terrains of acceptability and respectability have shifted under the American conservative. That which was once forbidden is now embraced. That which they once condemned they cheer. Conservatism has been unveiled in all its craven glory. No longer is it shrouded behind morality, small government, traditional values and spending concerns. President Trump is the new […]

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Racists Are Recruiting. Watch Your White Sons.

Raising teenagers can be terrifying. Our squishy little babies become awkward hormonal creatures who question our authority at every turn. I expected that. What I didn’t predict was that my sons’ adolescence would include being drawn to the kind of online content that right-wing extremists use to recruit so many young men. The first sign […]

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Is the Threat of Impeachment Emboldening Trump?

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device: Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Google Play | RadioPublic | Stitcher Is the threat of impeachment making President Trump more erratic — and more dangerous? With Michelle Goldberg out on assignment, fellow Op-Ed columnist Jamelle Bouie returns to “The Argument” to discuss Trump’s decision to […]

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How Can Democrats Keep Themselves From Overreaching?

During my political lifetime, there have been four moments when the continuing viability of the Republican Party has been cast in doubt: the 1964 landslide defeat of Barry Goldwater, Watergate, the 1992 defeat of George H.W. Bush and the 2008 loss by John McCain. In each case, Democratic ascendancy proved fleeting, and conservative Republican forces […]

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The Education of Fanatical Centrists

It’s hard to believe that barely three weeks have passed since Adam Schiff, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, issued a mysterious subpoena to the acting director of national intelligence, demanding that he produce a whistle-blower complaint filed by someone in the intelligence community. Since that subpoena was issued, the impeachment of Donald Trump […]

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Don’t Be Fooled. Chief Justice John Roberts Is as Partisan as They Come.

The Supreme Court’s new term that begins on Monday could prove momentous, with cases involving gun control, abortion, L.G.B.T. rights and immigration. The term is likely to signal how far the court’s conservative majority will go to block the agenda of the next Democratic president and Congress. With the court on the precipice of a […]

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The Never Trump Coalition That Decided Eh, Nevermind, He’s Fine

In 2016, Erick Erickson could not have been clearer. Donald Trump was “a racist” and “a fascist.” It was no wonder, Mr. Erickson wrote, that “so many people with swastikas in their Twitter profile pics” supported him. “I will not vote for Donald Trump. Ever,” he insisted, adding his voice to the chorus of Never […]

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Will the G.O.P. Turn Against Trump?

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device: Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Google Play | RadioPublic | Stitcher As evidence mounts that Donald Trump abused the power of the presidency, could members of his own party start to turn against him? This week on “The Argument,” the columnists debate Republicans’ response to […]

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Get Ready for Impeachment

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device: Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Google Play | RadioPublic | Stitcher Is the impeachment of Donald Trump finally just a matter of time? This week on “The Argument,” the columnists discuss how the president’s attempt to pressure a foreign government to undermine a political rival […]

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Why Republicans Play Dirty

The greatest threat to our democracy today is a Republican Party that plays dirty to win. The party’s abandonment of fair play was showcased spectacularly in 2016, when the United States Senate refused to allow President Barack Obama to fill the Supreme Court vacancy created by Justice Antonin Scalia’s death in February. While technically constitutional, […]

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Liz Cheney, Tart-Tongued Fighter, Is Warring With Rand Paul Over Who’s Trumpier

WASHINGTON — After becoming the highest-ranking Republican woman in Congress, Representative Liz Cheney, the sharp-tongued lawmaker from Wyoming, wasted little time establishing her reputation as one of her party’s most combative partisan brawlers. Ms. Cheney, the daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, routinely lashes out at Democrats and detractors of President Trump. She branded […]

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Can Republicans Escape Racism?

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device: Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Google Play | RadioPublic | Stitcher Is the Democratic Party prematurely winnowing its crop of presidential candidates? This week on “The Argument,” the columnists discuss the narrowing 2020 field. Ross Douthat thinks the Democratic National Committee’s arbitrary criteria strip ideological […]

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Can the Right Escape Racism?

Last week I wrote a column that simultaneously argued that conservatism has a problem with white-nationalist infiltration and that liberalism, influenced by the revival of racial chauvinism in the Trump era, is increasingly tempted to smear mainstream conservatives as racist. The response was varied, but a common critique from the left was that any defense […]

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Nationalists Don’t See What Is Special About Our Biblical Nation

Does the Bible make us American? On one side of this debate stand those who see America as a “Christian nation.” On the other stand those who highlight religious skepticism among the founders and insist on strict separation of church and state. A third faction has entered the fray. Drawing on recent scholarship, a provocative […]

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Boris Johnson Finds His Party Loyalists Aren’t as Loyal as Trump’s

LONDON — Britain and the United States have often seemed lashed together amid the populist storms of the last few years — Brexit and the Trump White House echoing and amplifying each other across the Atlantic. But in one respect they have radically diverged. In London, rebels in the Conservative Party staged a dramatic insurrection […]

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Biden Wants to Work With ‘the Other Side.’ This Supreme Court Battle Explains Why.

Joseph R. Biden Jr. was on the brink of victory, but he was unsatisfied. Mr. Biden, the 44-year-old chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, was poised to watch his colleagues reject President Ronald Reagan’s formidable nominee to the Supreme Court, Robert H. Bork. The vote was unlikely to be close. Yet Mr. Biden was hovering […]

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Dare We Dream of the End of the G.O.P.?

Toward the end of his new book, “R.I.P. G.O.P.,” the renowned Democratic pollster Stanley Greenberg makes a thrilling prediction, delivered with the certainty of prophecy. “The year 2020 will produce a second blue wave on at least the scale of the first in 2018 and finally will crash and shatter the Republican Party that was […]

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Are Democrats Throwing Away the Senate?

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device: Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Google Play | RadioPublic | Stitcher Could Democrats actually retake the Senate next year? Or are they already blowing their best chance? This week on “The Argument,” the columnists talk the state of the other 2020 race(s) worth paying attention […]

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Ken Cuccinelli Emerges as Public Face, and Irritant, of Homeland Security

WASHINGTON — As Donald J. Trump moved to wrap up his unlikely Republican nomination for the presidency, a senior adviser to Senator Ted Cruz laced into the front-runner in March 2016, in a last-ditch effort to swing the contest to Mr. Cruz, the more traditionally conservative candidate. The target? Mr. Trump’s soft stand on immigrant […]

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