Rubinstein the Great Entertainer

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The Liberal Contribution to Trump’s Reelection Campaign

In 2016, GOP presidential candidate Marco Rubio tried to get himself back in the game by ridiculing Trump in Trump-like fashion in the 1,875th Republican debate. This was the notorious “hand size” moment—and Trump responded exactly as Rubio wanted him to, by defending himself on the most ludicrous grounds. But the attack didn’t take, and in short order Rubio was apologizing for it, saying his wife was unhappy he’d done it and he wouldn’t stoop to Trump’s level again. And that was that for Marco Rubio.

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The Delusions of the Politicized Life

Go outside more.

On paper, Republicans are well positioned to withstand the headwinds that accompany their party’s first midterm election—an election to be held while the GOP is in total control of the federal government. Voters increasingly favor the direction in which the country is headed. The unemployment rate is below 4 percent and at or near record lows for minorities. Voters appreciate the president’s engagement with North Korea, the reservations of diplomatic professionals and experts notwithstanding. What Democrats have going for them is that Donald Trump and the party over which he presides have sacrificed the virtues associated with responsible American civics. Trump’s disdain for traditional standards of decency and even the Constitution itself provides Democrats with an opportunity to exploit a contrast. Inexplicably, they want to squander that potential advantage.

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Charles Krauthammer, 1950-2018

A life well lived.

Charles Krauthammer made people understand their own thoughts. It was Charles who collated the various strands of Ronald Reagan’s foreign policy and codified them as the Reagan Doctrine in a Time Magazine essay in 1985. He did the same with the Bush Doctrine 16 years later—and his codification played a role in how Bush himself came to formulate his approach to the world following 9/11. And in 2009, Charles codified the Obama Doctrine as well, although not by that name, in a speech he turned into one of the great articles of our time, “Decline Is a Choice.” I was there when he delivered that speech and rushed up to him to ask that he allow me to publish it in COMMENTARY, but I was too late; he had already promised it to The Weekly Standard.

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Social Justice vs. Human Nature

Downward leveling.

Last Friday, the New York Times revealed that a lawsuit targeting Harvard University claims the school has systematically discriminated against minorities. That is, one particular minority. The school, it was alleged, has handicapped Asian-American students. Otherwise, they’d have to accept too many qualified Asian-Americans. For a peculiar type of activist for social equality, this was the good kind of prejudice–the kind that privileges accidents of birth over individual merit and achievement. Or, in the soft, docile Newspeak that suffices to comfort the enlightened elites charged with keeping the deserving down: “racial balancing.”

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PODCAST: The End of the Crisis, or the Beginning?

Podcast: Battles at the border and in the UN.

Is the crisis the Trump administration inaugurated over the separation of children from their border-crossing families over? Or will the press and Democrats pursue this story even after at the risk of exposing the systemic flaws in the country’s immigration system? Also, the U.S. withdraws from the United Nations Human Rights Council, and good riddance.

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