Tag: Conservatism (US Politics)

Republicans Have a Golden Opportunity. They Will Probably Blow It.

Last weekend I considered what the Democratic Party should expect from politics after Covid — the hope of revived popularity for Joe Biden under return-to-normalcy conditions, the danger that the left-tilting party might be losing ground across multiple different demographic groups. Now, after an interlude of giving thanks, let’s consider how post-Covid politics might look […]

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Supreme Court Abortion Case Is About More Than Roe v. Wade

Right now, thanks in part to extreme partisan gerrymanders, Republicans enjoy control of government in 23 states, allowing them to pass increasingly aggressive restrictions. The lawmakers who so eagerly pass these bills claim they are about protecting life, but if that were their true motive, they would also be striving to provide easier access to […]

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How Liberals Can Be Happier

This view garners further support from the research on happiness. A Pew Research study, for instance, ties the Republican attainment of happiness advantage over Democrats in part to more marriage, greater family satisfaction and higher levels of religious attendance. In a separate study of the conservative-liberal happiness gap, the psychologists Barry R. Schlenker, John Chambers […]

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Tucker Carlson’s ‘Patriot Purge’ Special Leads Two Fox News Contributors to Quit

For his part, Mr. Goldberg said he has been thinking about William F. Buckley, the late founder of National Review, who saw as part of his mission “imposing seriousness on conservative arguments” and purging some extreme fringe groups, including the John Birch Society, from the right. Understand the Claim of Executive Privilege in the Jan. 6. […]

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His Reasons for Opposing Trump Were Biblical. Now a Top Christian Editor Is Out.

The chief executive of God’s World Publications, World’s nonprofit parent, Kevin Martin, played down Mr. Olasky’s resignation, noting that the editor had previously said he’d be departing next summer anyway. He said he admired Mr. Olasky and his definition of biblical objectivity, and “we are not going to diverge from that, by God’s grace.” “I […]

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How Loudoun Schools Got Caught in Virginia’s Political Maelstrom

LEESBURG, Va. — Long before the father was tackled by sheriff’s deputies at the school board meeting, before there was shouting to reopen classrooms and before “parents matter” became the central slogan of the most closely watched campaign in the post-Trump era, Loudoun County was just another American suburbia taking a hard look at its […]

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Menace, as a Political Tool, Enters the Republican Mainstream

Even after corporations and donors vowed to withhold donations to the G.O.P. in the wake of the Jan. 6 attack, Republicans out-raised Democrats this year. And they outperformed expectations in the elections this month, capturing the Virginia governorship, winning a host of upset victories in suburban contests and making a surprisingly strong showing in New […]

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The G.O.P. Is Giddy Over ‘C.R.T.’ But Democrats Aren’t Helpless.

These themes structured the Youngkin campaign. In a revealing postelection interview with Politico’s Ryan Lizza, Jeff Roe and Kristin Davison, two top Youngkin strategists, outlined their campaign plan, which included, but was certainly not limited to, highlighting critical race theory: “One of our first advertising pieces in the general election — and one of the […]

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Who is Glenn Youngkin and How Did He Win the Virginia Governor’s Race?

One year ago, Glenn Youngkin was well known in the world of high finance, but almost a complete cipher in politics. After a remarkable upset in the race for governor of Virginia, Mr. Youngkin is the newest star of the Republican Party, whose campaign will be reverse-engineered for its lessons by both parties, and whose […]

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Prominent Conservatives Back Letting States Limit Guns in Public

WASHINGTON — When the Supreme Court hears a major Second Amendment case on Wednesday, many expect that the court’s recently expanded conservative majority will be poised to strike down the New York law under review, one that imposes strict limits on carrying guns outside the home. But a brief filed by a group of prominent […]

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Why This Conservative Wants a More Radical Republican Party

Produced by ‘The Ezra Klein Show’ “Progressives understand that culture war means discrediting their opponents and weakening or destroying their institutions. Conservatives should approach the culture war with a similar realism,” Sohrab Ahmari writes. “To recognize that enmity is real is its own kind of moral duty.” [You can listen to this episode of “The […]

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Fight Over Toni Morrison Novel Inflames Virginia Governor’s Race

This year, Mr. Youngkin is centering his closing messaging on what he calls “parents’ rights” — an all-encompassing rubric for conservative causes like opposing mask mandates, vaccine requirements and transgender rights, and stoking fears about the way race is taught in the schools. For months, the conservative media have lavished national attention on local events […]

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The Moral Chasm That Has Opened Up Between Left and Right Is Widening

This hypothesis, Voelkel and Brandt contend, has its roots in research that emphasizes that people’s thoughts, attitudes, and behaviors are strongly influenced by the ideological groups they identify with and is consistent with work suggesting that people’s ideological identifications function like a group identification. According to this view, liberals and conservatives may selectively and flexibly […]

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Why ‘Evangelical’ Is Becoming Another Word for ‘Republican’

The conventional wisdom about religion in the United States is that the number of people who have no religious affiliation is rising rapidly. In the 1970s, secular Americans (often called the Nones) made up just 5 percent of the population; now, that number has climbed to at least 30 percent. The data suggest that religious […]

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Conservatives Are Happier Than Liberals. Discuss.

A 2018 paper, “Conservatives Report Greater Meaning in Life than Liberals,” by David B. Newman of the University of California-San Francisco, Norbert Schwarz and Arthur Stone of the University of Southern California, and Jesse Graham of the University of Utah, contends that across five studies Conservatives reported more meaning and purpose in life than liberals […]

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The Viktor Orban Effect: Why U.S. Conservatives Love Hungary

The Catholic Church in Poland is a more widely popular and legitimate institution, because of the role it played in resisting communism. In Krakow this winter, I met the philosopher Ryszard Legutko, a former anti-communist dissident who became increasingly disenchanted with liberal democracy in the 1990s, in a way that was illuminating for skeptics of […]

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Fake Polls and Tabloid Coverage on Demand: The Dark Side of Sebastian Kurz

VIENNA — It seemed like a miracle. For years, Austria’s conservative party had languished far behind its rivals. Then in May 2017, the polls spectacularly reversed, giving the conservatives newfound credibility that helped them convince voters that they had a real chance of winning. Five months later, in elections, they did. The man credited with […]

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There’s More Than One Way to Play Dead

Gail Collins: Bret, October is my favorite month. And now that the Senate has decided not to default on the national debt, really, what could be better? Bret Stephens: If the Yankees hadn’t been trounced by the Red Sox, Gail, October would have been better. Gail: Thanks to my husband’s Boston roots, we’re cheering on […]

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Halting Extinction Is an Issue We Actually Agree On

NASHVILLE — If you’re a certain age, you may remember the snail darter, a small fish in the Little Tennessee River that caused an environmental firestorm when it was listed as endangered in 1975. At the time, the Tennessee Valley Authority was already in the midst of building a dam on the Little Tennessee. Snail […]

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Elect Democrats in 2022, Write Miles Taylor and Christine Todd Whitman

After Donald Trump’s defeat, there was a measure of hope among Republicans who opposed him that control of the G.O.P. would be up for grabs, and that conservative pragmatists could take back the party. But it’s become obvious that political extremists maintain a viselike grip on the national G.O.P., the state parties and the process […]

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How Michael P. Farris Tried to Block 2020 Election Outcome

WASHINGTON — One of the nation’s most prominent religious conservative lawyers played a critical behind-the-scenes role in the lawsuit that Republican state attorneys general filed in December in a last-ditch effort to overturn the election of President Biden, documents show. The lawyer, Michael P. Farris, is the chief executive of a group known as Alliance […]

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Trump True Believers Have Their Reasons

In his email, Womick expanded on his work: “The idea is that perceptions of insignificance can drive a process of seeking out groups, endorsing their ideologies and engaging in behaviors consistent with these.” These ideologies, Womick continued, should eventually promote a sense of significance (as insignificance is what drove the person to endorse the ideology […]

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Supreme Court Asked to Weigh Foreign Laws in Abortion Case

WASHINGTON — Not so long ago, conservatives found it maddening when U.S. judges cited foreign law in their decisions interpreting the Constitution. When the Supreme Court took account of international trends in a 2005 decision eliminating the juvenile death penalty, for instance, Justice Antonin Scalia wrote a furious dissent. “The basic premise of the court’s […]

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Pat Robertson Ends His Long Run as Host of ‘The 700 Club’

The evangelical leader Pat Robertson said on Friday that he was stepping down as host of the “The 700 Club” after more than 50 years at the helm of a program that channeled Christian conservatism into millions of American homes and turned him into a household name. “It’s been a great run,” Mr. Robertson said […]

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Cheer Up, Liberals. You Have the America You Wanted.

Five years later the Democrats would nominate an Iraq War opponent named Barack Hussein Obama and win decisively. By 2016, Bushism would be essentially repudiated in the Republican Party by Donald Trump. Today the vestiges of early-2000s hawkishness survive in establishment opposition to Biden’s Afghanistan withdrawal, but dovishness is often a political asset rather than […]

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