Politics Is Bad for Your Health

Everyone needs a break from time to time.

It is in the professional interest of any political commentator to have as large and engaged an audience as possible. It is thus an assertion against interest for me to suggest that everyone needs a break from the manic pace of what we euphemistically refer to as “the national dialogue” now and then. Politics isn’t necessarily healthy. Overexposure to it can be poisonous.

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Politics Is Bad for Your Health

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The Left’s Nuclear Delusions Die Hard

The age of paranoia.

By December of 2016, the imminent prospect of handing control of America’s nuclear arsenal over to Donald Trump already had the American left on edge. The president-elect sent them careening over the brink when he offered some thoughts on U.S. nuclear policy on Twitter.

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Please Help COMMENTARY Enlighten

News moves at the speed of light. Enlightenment doesn't.

I need to ask you a favor. You’re here because you value COMMENTARY. And we’re here because we value our mission, which is to do what we can to enlighten our readers about the immensely confusing days through which we are living. We all need to follow the news as it happens. And we also need enlightenment—to understand what the news is doing to our lives, to our countries, to our civilization. If you can, please help COMMENTARY—a non-profit 501 c 3 organization that relies not only on subscribers but also on donors to keep doing what we’ve been doing.

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Blame Voters

The kid gloves come off.

No one should be too proud of the fact that the election of a Democrat to the U.S. Senate from Alabama over a spectacularly flawed, theocratic, credibly accused child abuser with a unique contempt for the law came as a surprise. And yet, it did, and the implications of that shock Democratic victory prompted the formation of a particularly animated circular firing squad. With a once-safe Senate majority now in real peril for 2018, Republicans are looking for someone to blame. Fortunately for them, theirs is a target-rich environment.

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Steve Bannon Defanged

Out of his league.

Roy Moore’s defeat in Tuesday’s special election in Alabama has many salutary effects. It ensures that a man credibly accused of preying on teenagers won’t get anywhere close to the U.S. Senate, the world’s greatest deliberative body. It also means that his nutsy ideas–he opposes Muslims running for high office, believes Barack Obama wasn’t born in the U.S., and thinks America would have been better off without most of the Amendments to the Constitution–won’t be broadcast from a prestigious national stage. And it bars the left from tarring every elected Republican with Moore’s creepiness (the personal and ideological).

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The Future of the GOP With No Moore Roy

Podcast: Moore-osity

The stunning result in the Alabama special election offers the crew at the COMMENTARY podcast (me, Noah Rothman, Abe Greenwald, and Sohrab Ahmari) a chance to reflect on how we got here, what this says about Donald Trump and Steve Bannon, and whether hatches can be sufficiently battened down to withstand the tidal wave coming for the Republican Party in 2018. Give a listen.

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