Americana

Newtown, Connecticut: A Very American Tragedy - Spectator Blogs

18 December 2012 19:09

I’ve not written anything for a few days because, well, I’ve been trying to organise what I think about the…

Today's easy question: Why won't minorities support right-wing parties? - Spectator Blogs

11 December 2012 17:40

I’m afraid that I can’t help but feel some of the comments left responding to this post go some way…

The View from the Cocoon of Denial and Epistemic Closure - Spectator Blogs

7 November 2012 19:48

William F Buckley has, alas, gone the way of all flesh but his National Review lives on and arguably remains…

Amidst Obama's Triumph, America Enjoys A Libertarian Moment - Spectator Blogs

7 November 2012 16:57

Amidst last night’s Democratic triumph and the confirmation that Obama is, in many respects, Ronald Reagan’s heir let’s not forget…

Barack Obama is Re-Elected President of the United States - Spectator Blogs

7 November 2012 5:45

Well, I was wrong. I thought Mitt Romney might do rather better than it seems he has. As I type…

Barack Obama Deserves A Second Term - Spectator Blogs

6 November 2012 14:10

No matter the result of today’s Presidential election, it will not be Morning in America tomorrow. Of course the successful…

The Continental Divide: Why are Red States So Red and Blue States So Blue? - Spectator Blogs

31 October 2012 18:37

So, for the third time in the last four American elections it looks as though this contest is gonna be…

Annals of Hurricane Deprivation: Wall Street Edition

31 October 2012 15:24

Hats-off to Bloomberg’s Max Abelson for this delicious, bone-dry report on how Wall Street’s finest have coped with the impact…

Did America bring Hurricane Sandy upon itself? - Spectator Blogs

31 October 2012 12:58

Apparently so. You can always count on the British left to sneer at the United States. (You can count on…

The Republican party didn't leave Michael Bloomberg. He was never really in it. - Spectator Blogs

30 October 2012 18:34

If two things could have been predicted about Hurricane Sandy it was that, first, far too many people would waste…

Barack Obama wins the second presidential debate - Spectator Blogs

17 October 2012 15:10

Barack Obama won the second of the three Presidential debates last night but he did not beat Mitt Romney as…

Mitt Romney hammers Barack Obama in the first presidential debate - Spectator Blogs

4 October 2012 4:00

Everyone says that the debates don’t change the dynamics of a presidential race very often. President Barack Obama better hope…

A Sunny Day in Brooklyn and the American Dream - Spectator Blogs

2 October 2012 22:48

From Peggy Noonan’s blog which, unusually for a political columnist, is almost always lovely and generous and warmly-acute: “Man needs…

Mitt Romney's Lose-Lose Tax Problem - Spectator Blogs

22 September 2012 11:04

How rich is Mitt Romney? Wealthy enough to voluntarily pay $250,000 more tax than he needed to last year. That’s…

Mitt Romney is no George W Bush. That’s a problem.

19 September 2012 19:44

Failed presidencies have long half-lives. Just ask Walter Mondale or Michael Dukakis. Jimmy Carter’s legacy wasn’t the only reason they…

Who would vote for a vampire squid named Mitt Romney? - Spectator Blogs

18 September 2012 0:49

In politics – especially Presidential politics – message reinforcement is a risky business. You hope that, if reminded often enough,…

Is Mitt Romney Doomed Already? - Spectator Blogs

12 September 2012 14:59

Put it this way: Mitt Romney’s route to the White House is perilously thin. He has little margin for error.…

Conventional wisdom says the conventions are awful. Conventional wisdom is correct. - Spectator Blogs

7 September 2012 13:23

My friend Kerry Howley heroically tried to find something nice to say about the conventions now mercifully past; I’m made…

Barack Obama Plays it Safe - Spectator Blogs

7 September 2012 4:31

I’ll have a fuller, more considered take on Barack Obama’s convention speech in tomorrow’s Scotsman but my initial impression was…

Bill Clinton: The Great Communicator on Top Form - Spectator Blogs

6 September 2012 16:47

Barack Obama is a great orator  – something of which we shall doubtless be reminded tonight – but Bill Clinton…