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  • user warning: Table './conserva_drupal/cache_filter' is marked as crashed and should be repaired query: UPDATE cache_filter SET data = '<p>NATIONALISM: November 8, 2019</p>\n<p><img alt=\"\" src=\"http://www.conservativechronicle.com/sites/default/files/Lowry.gif\" /></p>\n<p>If there&rsquo;s one thing that elite opinion tends to agree about on the left and the right, it&rsquo;s that nationalism is a very bad thing. If anything, this view has become even more entrenched as nationalism has demonstrated its potency in recent years, from the election of Donald Trump to Britain&rsquo;s vote to leave the European Union.</p>\n<p> WHEN President Trump first openly embraced the term &ldquo;nationalist&rdquo; at a 2018 campaign rally, commentators reacted in horror. Patriotism is about love, nationalism about hate, New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof opined. Trump, insisted Jennifer Rubin of the Washington Post, is &ldquo;normalizing a hateful political philosophy that is contrary to our deepest-held beliefs.&rdquo;<br />\n As I write in my new book, &ldquo;The Case for Nationalism,&rdquo; this reflexive hostility to the concept is ill-informed and an attempt to deem nationalism a swearword and end all discussion on that basis.<br />\n At its most basic, the scholar Azar Gat writes, nationalism is &ldquo;the doctrine and ideology that a people is bound together in solidarity, fate, and common political aspirations.&rdquo; Historian Anthony Smith described the national ideal as &ldquo;a belief that all those who shared a common history and culture should be autonomous, united and distinct in their recognized homelands.&rdquo;<br />\n A key contention of nationalism is that a nation has its rights and claims. This is a thread that runs through the Declaration of Independence, the Gettysburg Address and the Atlantic Charter. A nation has the right to break off from larger sovereignties in the cause of self-determination (see, for instance, 1776), and to remake its regime or foundational governing rules (see, for instance, 1789).<br />\n So if a nation&rsquo;s rights and interests are being trampled, loyalty to the nation, i.e., nationalism, may require treason against the government, the object of patriotic loyalty. As Michael Lind explains, &ldquo;Governments should serve nations, not nations governments.&rdquo;</p>\n<p> WHEN Europe went off the rails in the early 20th century, nationalism as such didn&rsquo;t cause its crash so much as social Darwinism, militarism and the cult of charismatic leadership. The aftermath of World War I added its own poison.<br />\n Regardless, American nationalism &mdash; which encompasses such diverse, rightly beloved figures as Alexander Hamilton, Abraham Lincoln and Teddy Roosevelt &mdash; is not to be feared. As with so many other things about this country, it is more benign than the versions to be found in Europe and other places around the world.<br />\n This is true for a number of reasons. First, we are the inheritors of an Anglo-American tradition that has profound respect for the individual and the rule of law and is a fundamental part of our national identity.<br />\n The sheet anchor of American sovereignty, the U.S. Constitution, makes it clear that authority ultimately resides with &ldquo;we the people of the United States.&rdquo; The Constitution also happens to be a durable mechanism of self-government and itself an object of patriotic loyalty and national pride.<br />\n Finally, the United States was never infected with the dream of universal empire that Europe inherited from Rome and that has lingered on in differing forms from Charlemagne to the European Union.<br />\n The rise of Donald Trump has pushed the left further away from respect for nationalistic attitudes and even patriotic symbols. Democrats &mdash; and the country &mdash; would be much better served if they countered Trump&rsquo;s nationalism with a version of their own.<br />\n On his own side of the aisle, Trump has made Republicans more nationalistic. Still, much of the party is quietly uncomfortable with this. If Trump loses in 2020, the party&rsquo;s establishment may try to snap back to its pre-Trump disposition of relative indifference to nationalism.</p>\n<p> YET, IF there&rsquo;s one clear political lesson from the long history of nationalism in this country and elsewhere, it is that a party interested in moving people and selling a program should make some sort of an appeal to it &mdash; even if conventional wisdom insists it is foolish and wrong.</p>\n', created = 1574181946, expire = 1574268346, headers = '', serialized = 0 WHERE cid = '2:88bc67f6c20e4976c68424a0947aceed' in /home/conserva/public_html/includes/cache.inc on line 112.
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  • user warning: Table './conserva_drupal/cache_filter' is marked as crashed and should be repaired query: UPDATE cache_filter SET data = '<p>At issue this week...&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Impeachment by Rich Lowry</p>\n<p><img alt=\"\" src=\"http://www.conservativechronicle.com/sites/default/files/Lowry.gif\" style=\"width: 300px; height: 116px;\" /></p>\n<p>&nbsp;After three years, we&rsquo;re still on the Russia story.<br />\n To be sure, the locus has shifted 500 miles west from Moscow to Kiev, and now we are consumed with the Ukraine controversy rather than the Russia investigation, although it&rsquo;s essentially the same thing - a battle over President Donald Trump&rsquo;s legitimacy fought out with allegations of foreign interference.</p>\n<p> THE EFFORT to widen out the Ukraine controversy, from the core of it - Trump&rsquo;s mention of the Bidens on his call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy - to his urging Ukraine, Australia and others to cooperate with Bill Barr&rsquo;s investigation of the origins of the Russia probe, illustrates the point nicely.<br />\n There&rsquo;s nothing wrong or unusual about a United States president asking foreign leaders to provide information useful to his attorney general in a duly constituted investigation. Why would there be? Except the president&rsquo;s detractors don&rsquo;t consider Barr&rsquo;s investigation aboveboard; in fact, they consider it another form of Trump&rsquo;s perfidy.<br />\n In its report on Trump&rsquo;s call with the Australian prime minister, The New York Times says - in a news report, mind you - that the call &ldquo;shows the president using high-level diplomacy to advance his personal political interests.&rdquo; Trump is pleased with Barr&rsquo;s investigation. That doesn&rsquo;t make it merely a pet political project, or mean that there isn&rsquo;t a genuine public interest in knowing in greater detail how and why the Russia story got started.<br />\n The Times of London reported of Trump&rsquo;s call to British Prime Minister Boris Johnson that he wanted &ldquo;to gather evidence to undermine the investigation into his campaign&rsquo;s links to Russia.&rdquo; There&rsquo;s not really anything to undermine, though, since the investigation has been over for months. Trump is basically being accused of the entirely new offense of obstruction after the fact.<br />\n The Russia investigation figures into the Ukraine story in another way. It&rsquo;s not clear that even Democrats would consider his Ukraine call impeachable if it weren&rsquo;t for their belief that Trump has gotten away with so much previously.<br />\n Even the framework of the Ukraine matter reflects the Russia story. Trump&rsquo;s critics say he was asking for Ukrainian &ldquo;interference&rdquo; in our elections, when what was really going on was that he and Rudy Giuliani were interfering in Ukrainian politics.</p>\n<p> IF YOU accept the premise that any information developed in a foreign country and used in American politics is election interference, then Trump&rsquo;s opponents themselves were masters at it. As Politico reported back in 2017, Ukrainian government officials &ldquo;helped [Hillary] Clinton&rsquo;s allies research damaging information on Trump and his advisers.&rdquo;<br />\n Giuliani&rsquo;s Ukraine adventure was motivated, in large part, by the desire to get to the bottom of this activity in 2016, and turn the tables on Trump&rsquo;s critics.<br />\n There will be lots of comparisons to the 1990s as the House moves toward impeachment. Yet the vitriolic politics of the 1790s might be the more apt predicate. Back then, at the outset of the republic, each nascent political party was consumed with the idea that the other was a tool of a foreign power (either France or Britain), and believed that the other was a fundamental threat to American democracy.<br />\n Today, the Democrats still haven&rsquo;t gotten beyond the idea that Trump is somehow a tool of Russia, while Republicans point to Democratic coordination with shadowy foreign forces to get the Russia investigation rolling. Books fly off the shelves about Trump being an alleged fascist, and Republicans are gripped by a Flight 93 mentality that fears if they lose a presidential election, they will never win another one again.</p>\n<p> THE RUSSIA story contributed to and fed off this feverish atmosphere. For the longest time, it offered Democrats the hope of deliverance from a president whose election they never truly accepted. When Mueller didn&rsquo;t have the goods, House Democrats were briefly at sea, until Trump&rsquo;s call and the whistleblower complaint brought impeachment deliciously back into play.<br />\n Ukraine is more an epilogue of the Russian investigation than the beginning of a new book.</p>\n<p> October 3, 2019</p>\n', created = 1574181946, expire = 1574268346, headers = '', serialized = 0 WHERE cid = '2:3ccce43b52a901bd70fffa9d0f7e7d5f' in /home/conserva/public_html/includes/cache.inc on line 112.
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  • user warning: Table './conserva_drupal/cache_filter' is marked as crashed and should be repaired query: UPDATE cache_filter SET data = '<p>IMPEACHMENT: October 3, 2019</p>\n<p><img alt=\"\" src=\"http://www.conservativechronicle.com/sites/default/files/Lowry.gif\" style=\"width: 300px; height: 116px;\" /></p>\n<p>&nbsp;After three years, we&rsquo;re still on the Russia story.<br />\n To be sure, the locus has shifted 500 miles west from Moscow to Kiev, and now we are consumed with the Ukraine controversy rather than the Russia investigation, although it&rsquo;s essentially the same thing - a battle over President Donald Trump&rsquo;s legitimacy fought out with allegations of foreign interference.</p>\n<p> THE EFFORT to widen out the Ukraine controversy, from the core of it - Trump&rsquo;s mention of the Bidens on his call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy - to his urging Ukraine, Australia and others to cooperate with Bill Barr&rsquo;s investigation of the origins of the Russia probe, illustrates the point nicely.<br />\n There&rsquo;s nothing wrong or unusual about a United States president asking foreign leaders to provide information useful to his attorney general in a duly constituted investigation. Why would there be? Except the president&rsquo;s detractors don&rsquo;t consider Barr&rsquo;s investigation aboveboard; in fact, they consider it another form of Trump&rsquo;s perfidy.<br />\n In its report on Trump&rsquo;s call with the Australian prime minister, The New York Times says - in a news report, mind you - that the call &ldquo;shows the president using high-level diplomacy to advance his personal political interests.&rdquo; Trump is pleased with Barr&rsquo;s investigation. That doesn&rsquo;t make it merely a pet political project, or mean that there isn&rsquo;t a genuine public interest in knowing in greater detail how and why the Russia story got started.<br />\n The Times of London reported of Trump&rsquo;s call to British Prime Minister Boris Johnson that he wanted &ldquo;to gather evidence to undermine the investigation into his campaign&rsquo;s links to Russia.&rdquo; There&rsquo;s not really anything to undermine, though, since the investigation has been over for months. Trump is basically being accused of the entirely new offense of obstruction after the fact.<br />\n The Russia investigation figures into the Ukraine story in another way. It&rsquo;s not clear that even Democrats would consider his Ukraine call impeachable if it weren&rsquo;t for their belief that Trump has gotten away with so much previously.</p>\n<p> EVEN THE framework of the Ukraine matter reflects the Russia story. Trump&rsquo;s critics say he was asking for Ukrainian &ldquo;interference&rdquo; in our elections, when what was really going on was that he and Rudy Giuliani were interfering in Ukrainian politics.<br />\n If you accept the premise that any information developed in a foreign country and used in American politics is election interference, then Trump&rsquo;s opponents themselves were masters at it. As Politico reported back in 2017, Ukrainian government officials &ldquo;helped [Hillary] Clinton&rsquo;s allies research damaging information on Trump and his advisers.&rdquo;<br />\n Giuliani&rsquo;s Ukraine adventure was motivated, in large part, by the desire to get to the bottom of this activity in 2016, and turn the tables on Trump&rsquo;s critics.<br />\n There will be lots of comparisons to the 1990s as the House moves toward impeachment. Yet the vitriolic politics of the 1790s might be the more apt predicate. Back then, at the outset of the republic, each nascent political party was consumed with the idea that the other was a tool of a foreign power (either France or Britain), and believed that the other was a fundamental threat to American democracy.<br />\n Today, the Democrats still haven&rsquo;t gotten beyond the idea that Trump is somehow a tool of Russia, while Republicans point to Democratic coordination with shadowy foreign forces to get the Russia investigation rolling. Books fly off the shelves about Trump being an alleged fascist, and Republicans are gripped by a Flight 93 mentality that fears if they lose a presidential election, they will never win another one again.</p>\n<p> THE RUSSIA story contributed to and fed off this feverish atmosphere. For the longest time, it offered Democrats the hope of deliverance from a president whose election they never truly accepted. When Mueller didn&rsquo;t have the goods, House Democrats were briefly at sea, until Trump&rsquo;s call and the whistleblower complaint brought impeachment deliciously back into play.<br />\n Ukraine is more an epilogue of the Russian investigation than the beginning of a new book.</p>\n', created = 1574181946, expire = 1574268346, headers = '', serialized = 0 WHERE cid = '2:cc83a41a49e8d8351feed7b5ee844722' in /home/conserva/public_html/includes/cache.inc on line 112.
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  • user warning: Table './conserva_drupal/cache_filter' is marked as crashed and should be repaired query: UPDATE cache_filter SET data = '<p>ENVIRONMENTALISTS: September 23, 2019</p>\n<p><img alt=\"\" src=\"http://www.conservativechronicle.com/sites/default/files/Lowry.gif\" style=\"width: 300px; height: 116px;\" /></p>\n<p>The celebrity teen climate activist addressed the United Nations and excoriated the assembled worthies for coming &ldquo;to us young people for hope. How dare you! You have stolen my dreams and my childhood with your empty words.&rdquo;</p>\n<p> SOMEONE MAY have stolen her childhood, but the guilty parties can&rsquo;t be found at Turtle Bay. A 16-year-old from Sweden, Thunberg thundered, &ldquo;I should be back at school on the other side of the ocean,&rdquo; which would have been easy enough to achieve, beginning with not taking two weeks to sail across the Atlantic last month in a jet-travel-eschewing publicity stunt.<br />\n &nbsp;Greta Thunberg is the leading edge of a youth movement against climate change &mdash; including a global climate strike last week &mdash; that is being promoted and celebrated by adults who find it useful for their own purposes.<br />\n Kids are powerful pawns. The catchphrase &ldquo;for the children&rdquo; has a seductive political appeal, while kids offer their adult supporters a handy two-step. The same people who say, &ldquo;The world must heed this 16-year-old girl&rdquo; will turn around and say to anyone who pushes back, &ldquo;How dare you criticize a 16-year-old girl.&rdquo; (I can feel the tweets filling up my mentions right now).<br />\n There&rsquo;s a reason that we don&rsquo;t look to teenagers for guidance on fraught issues of public policy. With very rare exceptions &mdash; think, say, the philosopher John Stuart Mill, who was a child prodigy &mdash; kids have nothing interesting to say to us. They just repeat back what they&rsquo;ve been told by adults, with less nuance and maturity.<br />\n Much of the climate advocacy of young people boils down to the plaint that all parents know well: &ldquo;I want it, and I want it now.&rdquo; As one headline on a National Geographic story put it, &ldquo;Kids&rsquo; world climate strikes demand that warming stop, fast.&rdquo;<br />\n Behind the foot-stomping is the idea that a long-running global phenomenon can be quickly stopped, if only adults cared as much as the kids. This fails to account for such recalcitrant factors as costs and complexity, but when do children ever think of those? (And who can blame them? They&rsquo;re children.)</p>\n<p> INSTEAD, the youthful climate activists claim they&rsquo;ve been sold out by their elders. Greta Thunberg put it with her usual accusatory starkness at the U.N.: &ldquo;You are failing us, but young people are starting to understand your betrayal.&rdquo;<br />\n This is laughable. By no global measure of social and economic well-being have we failed kids. According to HumanProgress.org, the global poverty rate fell from 28 percent in 1999 to 11 percent in 2013. Life expectancy increased from 63.2 years to 71.9 years from 1981 to 2015. The completion rate for primary school increased from 80 percent in 1981 to 90 percent in 2015. The same benign trends hold for hunger, child labor, literacy and so on.<br />\n If climate change proves a significant challenge, today&rsquo;s youth will have more resources and technology to grapple with it than any other generation in the history of mankind.<br />\n Of course, the adults they listen to don&rsquo;t tell them any of this. Instead, they feed the kids a diet of apocalyptic warnings that children repeat back as if they were urgent insights. One speaker at the youth climate rally in Washington, D.C., last week said we have just 18 months &mdash; yes, only until the beginning of 2021 &mdash; to forestall irreversible environmental harms.</p>\n<p> ACCORDING TO National Geographic, &ldquo;More than a few teens who began as fervent activists have dropped out, citing depression, anxiety and other fears that the world&rsquo;s leaders will not act in time to prevent their lives &mdash; and the lives of their children &mdash; from being irretrievably altered by climate change.&rdquo;<br />\n This is nuts, and it&rsquo;s the adult enablers who are ultimately responsible. As for the kids, they&rsquo;ll be all right. One day, they will grow up, even in a warming world.<br />\n &nbsp;</p>\n', created = 1574181946, expire = 1574268346, headers = '', serialized = 0 WHERE cid = '2:e31c0361b5b9232110a14295118e6ac9' in /home/conserva/public_html/includes/cache.inc on line 112.
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  • user warning: Table './conserva_drupal/cache_filter' is marked as crashed and should be repaired query: UPDATE cache_filter SET data = '<p>VAPING: September 19, 2019</p>\n<p><img alt=\"\" src=\"http://www.conservativechronicle.com/sites/default/files/Lowry.gif\" style=\"width: 300px; height: 116px;\" /></p>\n<p>&nbsp;Never before has a boon to public health been met with such hysteria and ingratitude.<br />\n Vaping is almost all upside in comparison with traditional smoking, a wanton destroyer of health and lives, and yet the nation is in the grips of a panic about e-cigarettes. In a rarity for the Trump era, the anti-vaping sentiment jumps traditional geographic and political bounds, running from the Oval Office to San Francisco, from President Donald Trump to his most fervent enemies.</p>\n<p> TRUMP ANNOUNCED a Food and Drug Administration ban on flavored e-cigarettes last week, while not too long ago the San Francisco Board of Supervisors banned the sale of vaping products at retail outlets and &mdash; seemingly more persnickety about this than, say, the use of heroin or public defecation &mdash; prohibited their delivery to addresses in the city. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo just imposed a ban on flavored e-cigarettes on an &ldquo;emergency&rdquo; basis. &ldquo;Vaping is dangerous, period,&rdquo; Cuomo pronounced, citing, like the president, teenage use in particular.<br />\n Actually, there&rsquo;s little evidence that vaping, as a general matter, is hazardous, and compared with traditional cigarettes it&rsquo;s a refreshing kale and spinach smoothie after a brisk workout at your favorite Pilates studio.<br />\n Traditional smokers inhale a witch&rsquo;s brew of carcinogens and carbon monoxide. Smoking accounts for 30% of all cancer deaths, and 18% of all deaths. The founder of National Review, William F. Buckley, a longtime cigar smoker who suffered from emphysema at the end of his life and had seen too many family members and colleagues killed by smoking-related illnesses, said that he&rsquo;d ban cigarettes if he could.<br />\n A credible estimate is that e-cigarettes, which involve inhaling a nicotine-infused vapor rather than smoke, are about 95% less harmful than cigarettes.<br />\n The vaping-related illnesses that have recently garnered headlines and prompted the regulatory actions appear not to implicate standard vaping, but rather the use of black-market liquids containing THC, the active ingredient in cannabis. We could make the risky products involved illegal, if they weren&rsquo;t already illegal.</p>\n<p> THE PROBLEM with the flavor bans &mdash; and especially a San Francisco-style outright ban &mdash; is its effect on adult e-cigarette users. About 11 million adults vape, and some percentage of them are former smokers or would be smoking in the absence of e-cigarettes. A robust study in the United Kingdom found that vaping is twice as effective as other common nicotine replacements in getting smokers to quit. The flavors, according to surveys of users, are a big draw for smokers quitting traditional cigarettes. It&rsquo;s manifestly absurd to ban vaping products and leave cigarettes, including flavored cigarettes, on the market.<br />\n &nbsp;Another source of the current panic is that teen vaping is way up. In 2017, 11.7% of teens reported having vaped over the past 30 days; in 2019, 27.5% did. There&rsquo;s nothing to suggest that this increase in vaping is encouraging real teen smoking, which continues to decline and has fallen to less than 6%. Everyone would prefer that teens not develop a vaping habit, but this presents nothing close to the health issue presented by combustible cigarettes.<br />\n By all means, let&rsquo;s crack down on retailers who are violating the prohibition against selling products to minors. But exaggerating the harms of vaping and prohibiting the products is a formula for giving back some of the gains against traditional smoking. The libertarian publication Reason points to one study that, insanely, shows more people beginning to consider e-cigarettes as dangerous as regular cigarettes.<br />\n The U.K. has adopted a much more sensible approach that welcomes e-cigarettes as an important harm-reduction measure. A couple of National Health Service hospitals have even allowed vape shops to open on their premises.</p>\n<p> THAT WOULD cause a hue and cry in the United States, where we can&rsquo;t agree on anything except, apparently, our irrational hostility to a product that is an alternative to a terrible scourge.</p>\n', created = 1574181946, expire = 1574268346, headers = '', serialized = 0 WHERE cid = '2:7056d440e6d3f9d2c5a861ed454d75c0' in /home/conserva/public_html/includes/cache.inc on line 112.
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  • user warning: Table './conserva_drupal/cache_filter' is marked as crashed and should be repaired query: UPDATE cache_filter SET data = '<p>BRETT KAVANAUGH: September 16, 2019</p>\n<p><img alt=\"\" src=\"http://www.conservativechronicle.com/sites/default/files/Lowry.gif\" /></p>\n<p>The campaign against Brett Kavanaugh hasn&rsquo;t required the formation of any super PACs. It hasn&rsquo;t required the hiring of any dumpster-diving private detectives (so far as we know). It hasn&rsquo;t even really required any elected Democratic officials.<br />\n The campaign has been carried out by an elite media &mdash; and two of its most prestigious properties, the New York Times and the New Yorker &mdash; that prides itself on its standards and its Olympian status.</p>\n<p> DURING HIS confirmation hearings, the New Yorker first published an allegation by Deborah Ramirez that Kavanaugh exposed himself at a party at Yale when they were both students. Ramirez spent almost a week &ldquo;assessing her memories&rdquo; before making the charge, and told friends that she wasn&rsquo;t sure it was him. No eyewitness places Kavanaugh in the room.<br />\n It was in support of the New Yorker story that shouldn&rsquo;t have been published that the New York Times issued forth with its own piece over the weekend that also shouldn&rsquo;t have been published, an excerpt from a new anti-Kavanaugh book by two Times reporters. The essay floated the allegation that he exposed himself to another woman at another Yale party, but left out that the woman&rsquo;s friends say she doesn&rsquo;t recall the incident (she declined to be interviewed).<br />\n Here, we have one flimsy, uncorroborated story in the Times being advanced to buttress another flimsy, uncorroborated story in the New Yorker, which, in its turn, was supposed to lend credence to Christine Blasey Ford&rsquo;s original flimsy, uncorroborated story.<br />\n Kavanaugh&rsquo;s enemies believe that layering on dubious allegations somehow makes each one more credible, whereas it only speaks to their own desperation.<br />\n Belatedly, the Times amended the essay and appended an editor&rsquo;s note alerting readers that a key &mdash; no, the key &mdash; piece of information about the alleged victim had been left out of the original version.<br />\n Surely, if a piece had causally smeared anyone with whom the Times has a natural affinity &mdash; say, Rachel Maddow or Ruth Bader Ginsburg &mdash; there would have editorial due diligence before publishing it. But Kavanaugh, as a privileged white male who might vote against Roe v. Wade, is a hate figure who is presumed guilty, even of an offense that it turns out his alleged victim isn&rsquo;t accusing him of.</p>\n<p> THE LARGER point of the Times book excerpt is that Kavanaugh was privileged and Deborah Ramirez was not, so of course he must have thoughtlessly done something rotten to her at Yale.<br />\n As for Roe, Christine Blasey Ford&rsquo;s lawyer, Debra Katz, made it explicit. &ldquo;He will always have an asterisk next to his name,&rdquo; Katz explained in remarks claiming moral victory from the Senate hearings on Kavanaugh. &ldquo;When he takes a scalpel to Roe v. Wade, we will know who he is, we know his character, and we know what motivates him.&rdquo;<br />\n In other words, the talking point is all cued up if Kavanaugh votes against Roe: He&rsquo;s a misogynist showing his disdain for women yet again.&nbsp;<br />\n Top Democrats understand the play. They immediately began calling for Kavanaugh&rsquo;s impeachment over the weekend. &ldquo;His place on the court,&rdquo; according to Kamala Harris, &ldquo;is an insult to the pursuit of justice.&rdquo; Top-tier presidential contenders Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren joined the calls, as did a number of the single-digit candidates. No one revised and extended their remarks after the update by the Times, because this has nothing to do with evidence or fairness.</p>\n<p> IN PART, the left is working the referee &mdash; by essentially asking the ref when he stopped beating his wife. If Kavanaugh never votes to overturn or erode Roe, at least the volume of the vitriol against him will diminish. If he does, the full fury of the left, mustering all the levers of its cultural power high and low, will be directed at him. Pro-abortion forces surely want Kavanaugh aware of this whenever he&rsquo;s hearing any abortion-related cases.<br />\n The anti-Kavanaugh campaign could be just beginning.</p>\n', created = 1574181946, expire = 1574268346, headers = '', serialized = 0 WHERE cid = '2:94196cf4ac085e79f98f35ef24eafd76' in /home/conserva/public_html/includes/cache.inc on line 112.
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Rich Lowry

11/12/2019 - 10:22pm
NATIONALISM: November 8, 2019 If there’s one thing that elite opinion tends to agree about on the left and the right, it’s that nationalism is a very bad thing. If anything, this view has become even more entrenched as nationalism has demonstrated its potency in recent years, from the election of Donald Trump to Britain’s vote to leave the European Union. WHEN President Trump...
10/09/2019 - 12:31pm
At issue this week...    Impeachment by Rich Lowry  After three years, we’re still on the Russia story. To be sure, the locus has shifted 500 miles west from Moscow to Kiev, and now we are consumed with the Ukraine controversy rather than the Russia investigation, although it’s essentially the same thing - a...
10/07/2019 - 5:27pm
IMPEACHMENT: October 3, 2019  After three years, we’re still on the Russia story. To be sure, the locus has shifted 500 miles west from Moscow to Kiev, and now we are consumed with the Ukraine controversy rather than the Russia investigation, although it’s essentially the same thing - a battle over President Donald Trump’s...
10/01/2019 - 10:02pm
ENVIRONMENTALISTS: September 23, 2019 The celebrity teen climate activist addressed the United Nations and excoriated the assembled worthies for coming “to us young people for hope. How dare you! You have stolen my dreams and my childhood with your empty words.” SOMEONE MAY have stolen her childhood, but the guilty parties can’...
09/24/2019 - 10:01pm
VAPING: September 19, 2019  Never before has a boon to public health been met with such hysteria and ingratitude. Vaping is almost all upside in comparison with traditional smoking, a wanton destroyer of health and lives, and yet the nation is in the grips of a panic about e-cigarettes. In a rarity for the Trump era, the anti-vaping...
09/22/2019 - 10:44pm
BRETT KAVANAUGH: September 16, 2019 The campaign against Brett Kavanaugh hasn’t required the formation of any super PACs. It hasn’t required the hiring of any dumpster-diving private detectives (so far as we know). It hasn’t even really required any elected Democratic officials. The campaign has been carried out by an elite...
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