Perry Better Get Better

I don’t think Rick Perry lost the debate tonight, though he took obvious hits that might do him some harm on immigration and his handling of the Gardasil vaccine in Texas. He got off a bunch of good quick lines and jabs in the first half hour, though as was true in the last debate, he seemed to flag after the one-hour point and could barely compose a sentence without looking as though he might pass out from exhaustion. When pummeled by Michele Bachmann on Gardasil and the fact that he took a campaign contribution from Merck, he professed he was “offended” at the suggestion he would sell out for a $5,000 donation—apparently not understanding the implication that there was a price at which he might well sell out.

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A Pathetic 2017 for BDS

BDS knows it cannot win a fair fight.

I was beginning to feel a little sorry for campus boycott activists. After all, if any year was going to be their year, it was 2017. You would think that even the most poisonous variants of the politics of the left would do reasonably well in the atmosphere created by the surprise victory of Donald Trump.

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The Democratic Party: A Brand in Crisis

The Democratic Party has a brand problem, and it doesn't seem to care.

“There are a lot of people who have Democratic values who may not see themselves as a Democrat,” confessed Democratic National Committee Vice Chairman Michael Blake. Someone ought to explain this to the party’s big attraction, the figure on whom Democrats have pinned their hopes for a political comeback: Bernie Sanders. The septuagenarian senator from Vermont, who narrowly missed an opportunity to wrest the party’s presidential nomination from the anointed Hillary Clinton, is a living, breathing example of the crisis afflicting the Democratic Party’s brand.

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O’Reilly and Hillary: No Longer a Factor

Commentary podcast: O'Reilly out, Clinton over, and Democrats in the wilderness.

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The Conscience of an Administration

Nikki Haley's human rights crusade.

Noah noted that President Trump abandoned the “freedom agenda,” most recently by calling to congratulate Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on winning a rigged referendum that will shred the last remnants of Turkish democracy. Earlier, Trump heaped nothing but praise on Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi of Egypt during a White House visit without any mention of Sisi’s record of repressing Islamist and liberal critics alike. As I note in this article, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has been equally uninterested in raising human-rights violation as an issue.

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Terror, Race, and Abject Absurdity

Calling Islamist terrorism by its name.

Today, three people are dead—killed in an act of discriminate violence. Their memories are done a disservice by the failure on the part of law enforcement to call the act of terroristic brutality by its name. By appearing to evade the obvious conclusion about the killer’s motives, authorities confirm some of the worst suspicions of an already suspicious nation.

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