Daniel McCarthy

The Republican party has taken over Donald Trump

1 March 2021 11:25 pm

Forty minutes into Donald Trump’s remarks at CPAC, I’d formed a conclusion. Donald Trump hasn’t just taken over the Republican…

Rush Limbaugh, conservative rebel

18 February 2021 7:41 am

‘The cutting edge of societal evolution.’ That was one of Rush Limbaugh’s catchphrases in the 1990s, and it was an…

The death of the Republican right has been greatly exaggerated

9 February 2021 7:34 pm

As Donald Trump goes on trial in the Senate, the Republican party faces the possibility of a crack-up. Trump will…

What does Trump want now? Revenge — and a second term

15 January 2021 6:30 pm

The figure of the ex-president is one of the most endearingly republican features of American politics. He who was the…

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America’s Yeltsin moment

13 January 2021 1:12 am

The end of the Cold War was as great a shock to US politics as it was to the Soviet Union’s. The…

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The fight for liberalism

20 December 2020 2:12 am

The world has many island nations, and sometimes the United States counts itself among them. We have water on either side of us,…

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Can the GOP win by losing Georgia?

14 December 2020 11:34 pm

Not long ago I attended a gathering of young White House and congressional Republican staffers. Conversation turned, as you might…

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The wars go on

11 November 2020 7:39 am

America’s longest war has just entered its 20th year. The US invaded Afghanistan in October 2001 to overthrow the Taliban…

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Joe Biden’s endless wars

27 October 2020 2:04 am

In just over a week, the Empire hopes to strike back. Joe Biden personifies the foreign policy of endless war…

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Will Amy Coney Barrett save America — or wreck it?

26 September 2020 2:02 pm

Americans hate the Supreme Court. You wouldn’t think so from a look at the polls, which usually show that the…

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How democracy dies

24 September 2020 6:19 am

What would happen if Americans voted on different days? Suppose Republicans voted on Tuesday and Democrats voted on Wednesday. Would…

The persistent myth of a non-political Supreme Court

19 September 2020 9:40 pm

The death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is a terrible blow to Democrats, but there is an important point to…

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After Trump, the reckoning

1 September 2020 1:28 am

As voters prepare to pass judgment on Donald Trump’s presidency in November, they might want to entertain a few counterfactuals.…

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Trump redefines the race

28 August 2020 10:47 pm

Helplessness and passivity were the defining themes of the Democratic convention last week. The American people are unable to overcome…

Joe Biden's Republican Convention

21 August 2020 9:48 pm

Joe Biden’s range of emotional expression has narrowed with age – when he wants to convey feeling now, he shouts.…

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Will it be Biden-Harris or Harris-Biden?

12 August 2020 9:51 am

News of Kamala Harris’s selection as Joe Biden’s running mate was greeted by everything but the popping of champagne corks…

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The mock revolution of the elites

28 July 2020 10:39 pm

‘Protesters in California set fire to a courthouse, damaged a police station and assaulted officers after a peaceful demonstration intensified,’…

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Same old same old

27 July 2020 12:50 am

American politics is getting senile. Donald Trump and Barack Obama were both elected as agents of change, repudiations of an…

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Self-righteous vandals

22 June 2020 12:47 am

Violent left-wing activists have taken to styling themselves as antifa, short for ‘anti-fascists’, though their street-fighting tactics resemble nothing so…

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Neocons come home to roost

14 June 2020 4:24 am

Dolphins returned to the canals of Venice during the COVID-19 lockdown, and neoconservatives are returning to the Democratic party. Bill…

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This riot is brought to you by Nike

3 June 2020 12:16 am

In Chicago last weekend 82 people were shot, 22 of them fatally. Between May 2019 and late May 2020, homicide…

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The roots of riot

31 May 2020 1:11 am

That LEGO set or Louis Vuitton bag you’ve always wanted can be yours free if you just wait for the…

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Why did Justin Amash give up?

18 May 2020 12:13 am

Three weeks after announcing his bid for the Libertarian party presidential nomination, Justin Amash has called it off. What went…

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When money dies

14 May 2020 7:18 am

This article is in The Spectator’s May 2020 US edition. Subscribe here to get yours. ‘Money for Nothing’ is more than just…

Who will be Joe Biden’s co-president?

12 May 2020 7:59 pm

Joe Biden needs a co-president. Not just a running mate, not just a potential vice president, but someone who will…