Too Late to Winnow the GOP Field?

Tomorrow’s South Carolina primary will be a crucial moment in the Republican presidential race. But if you’re looking to pollsters for guidance as to what will happen, lots of luck with that. There was very little polling done in South Carolina until after last week’s New Hampshire primary. But in the last five days, eight major polls have been released, and the results are, to put it kindly, variable.

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Too Late to Winnow the GOP Field?

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The Democratic Party Gets Specific at Its Own Risk

Reminding voters what Democratic governance means.

To paraphrase New York Times columnist Ross Douthat (with apologies), the less Republicans do in office, the more popular they generally become. That is, when the GOP exists solely in voters’ minds as a bulwark against cultural and political liberalism, it can cobble together a winning coalition. Likewise, Democrats regain the national trust when they serve only as an obstacle to Republican objectives. It’s when both parties begin to talk about what they want to do with their power that they get into trouble.

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Capitalism: Bad Again After All These Years

Meritocracy is in the eye of the beholder.

A running theme in Jonah Goldberg’s fantastic new book, Suicide of the West, is the extent to which those who were bequeathed the blessings associated with classically liberal capitalist models of governance are cursed with crippling insecurity. Western economic and political advancement has followed a consistently upward trajectory, albeit in fits and starts. Yet, the chief beneficiaries of this unprecedented prosperity seem unaware of that fact. In boom or bust, the verdict of many in the prosperous West remains the same: the capitalist model is flawed and failing.

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PODCAST: Crossfire Hurricanes Make Us Dizzy

Podcast: Donald Trump Jr. moves the ball forward.

We try, we really do try, to sort through the increasingly problematic “Russian collusion” narrative and establish a timeline of sorts—and figure out what’s real and what’s nonsense. Do we succeed? Give a listen.

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Questions the Press Hasn’t Asked about Violence in Gaza

A conspicuous lack of curiosity.

COMMENTARY’s Sohrab Ahmari has done invaluable work shaming the Western press for patronizing the Palestinian people and robbing them of their agency. We are told that the Palestinian population in Gaza is acting out in response to a blockade around that tiny piece of land, which has transformed the Strip into “an open-air prison.” Less is said about the actions that led to those blockades: Israel’s unprecedented removal of Jews from Gaza, the 2006 election (Gaza’s last election) that led to Hamas’s ascension, and the conflicts the Hamas-led government waged against Israel and Egypt. All of these things yielded the conditions with which Gazans struggle today.

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PODCAST: Mindless in Gaza, and a Goodbye to Tom Wolfe

Podcast: Tom Wolfe and Gaza violence.

The reaction to the violence at the Israel-Gaza border was not a surprise, we say on this week’s first podcast, but the perpetual effort to deny Palestinians human agency and to absolve them of responsibility for the actions leading to the deaths and injuries on the Gazan side never ceases to amaze. And we take the measure of the life and work of Tom Wolfe, dead at 87. Give a listen.

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