One States, Two States, Whatever

Commentary podcast: A new pathway to peace abroad and a new war at home.

On the second Commentary podcast of the week, we (Abe Greenwald, Noah Rothman, and I) dilate upon Donald Trump’s seeming revolution in the U.S. posture toward the Israelis and the Palestinians while asking this question: Does the president actually know what the “one-state” or “two-state” solution is? We also point out that just as paranoids have enemies, Trump has reason to believe he is under attack from inside his own executive branch—but that his response may hurt him and not help. Also, like Jack Benny and Fred Allen’s radio shows of old, we have a sponsor! Give a listen.

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One States, Two States, Whatever

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Why Republicans Are Depressed

A culture of victimization?

Being the dominant governing party is a mixed bag. You and your allies enjoy all the perks and can set the agenda, but your freedom of action is limited not just by the Constitution’s checks on authority but the prudential compromises that republican politics demands. Politicians promise the world on the stump. When they fail to deliver, they leave a trail of disaffected partisans in their wake. So, for true believers, being in power often means being disappointed, but Republicans appear to be uniquely depressed. And why shouldn’t they be? Most of what they hear from the sources they trust is how much they are losing.

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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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