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Supporters of Ted Cruz and Chick-fil-A Break News


Americans keep behaving in ways that baffle the liberal mainstream media. Two examples figured prominently — or should have — in last week’s news. One is the runoff primary for the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate in Texas. Former state Solicitor General Ted Cruz thumped incumbent Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, 57 to 43 percent….

Partisan Divide: Eggheads Get What They Wished For

Michael Barone

“Answered prayers,” Saint Teresa of Avila is supposed to have said, “cause more tears than those that go unanswered.” Especially, I fear, the answered prayers of political scientists. These days, you hear academics and pundits bemoaning hyperpartisanship of our politics. It has never been worse, some say. This shows a certain ignorance about history. Go…

2012 Campaign Very Different Than Kerry vs. Bush

Michael Barone

Does the 2012 campaign look a lot like the 2004 campaign? Many Democrats think so. And there are some resemblances. As in 2004, current polling suggests a close race and shows only about a dozen states in contention. As in 2004, the incumbent has been running negative ads against the challenger, hoping to disqualify him…

Conservatives Backtrack on Long Prison Sentences

Michael Barone

Only a few lonely media outlets responded to the Aurora Mall murders by calling for stricter gun control measures. President Barack Obama and Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper made eloquent statements, as did Mitt Romney, but neither the two Democrats nor the Republican called for changes in gun laws. Many conservatives and gun rights advocates took…

Booming North Dakota City Shows Wisdom of Markets


This is a tale of two cities. No, not Dickens’ phlegmatic London and passionate Paris. Nor the two neighborhoods Charles Murray contrasted in his recent bestseller “Coming Apart” — prosperous but isolated Belmont (actually, Mitt Romney’s home for decades) and needy and disorganized Fishtown. These two cities have names you may not recognize but which…