The Goldwater Talking Point

By:  Erick Erickson                   In 1964, Senator Barry Goldwater lost the presidential election to Lyndon Johnson. Since then, Barry Goldwater’s loss has become a talking point about why conservatives cannot win. Even now, both the media and Republican establishment are saying the most conservative candidates in the…

Reality Check

By:  Erick Erickson Students at Yale University, a bastion of wealth and privilege, are angry because an employee at the university dared suggest that if white children want to dress up as the Disney character Mulan for Halloween, it would not be inappropriate but instead would be children dressing up as a favorite character. Clearly,…

Our Shameful Foreign Policy

By:   Erick Erickson                   Barack Obama has made the American political left comfortable with human rights abuses. See a despot engaged in genocide in Obama’s America, blame George W. Bush and move on. In Afghanistan, American soldiers are being driven out of the military for taking…

All the Rage These Days

By:   Erick Erickson       If you have not realized it, outrage is about the only tool left in the Democrats’ political arsenal. After years of the left telling Americans there is nothing beyond this world, there is no higher and best use of one’s soul because it does not exist, and the…

The Jeb Bush Problem

By:  Erick Erickson             Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush had a bad week last week, according to the Washington Press corps. They saw Bush installing Republican operative Danny Diaz as his campaign manager as a sign that Bush is struggling. Actually, Diaz is a great pick and a sign that…

This Way Comes

By:  Erick Erickson   “The difference between Bush’s mistakes and his disappointments may just be that he hasn’t yet taken ownership of the latter,” Massimo Calabresi wrote in Time as he covered President George W. Bush’s final press conference in January of 2009. Four years earlier, left-wing journalist John Dickerson had begun a trend among…

Consciously Sidelining Ourselves

By:  Erick Erickson Though Wal-Mart remains fixed in the American conscience as Sam Walton’s business, it is less and less that. Walton was folksy and relatable to the Americans who shopped at Wal-Mart. Everyone could imagine Sam Walton shopping there, too. But over the years, Wal-Mart’s management has passed out of the direct hands of…