McCain’s Not A Conservative

By Daniel Oliver

CBS News/National Review

February 19th 2008

John McCain is not a conservative, but I will vote for him anyway.

After all, in 1952, conservatives, grumbling that Ohio senator Robert “Mr. Republican” Taft had not been nominated, voted for Eisenhower because he was clearly the better alternative to Adlai Stevenson. And they voted for Ike again over Stevenson in 1956.

In 1971, a Who’s Who of conservatives, including the senior editors of National Review, suspended their support of President Nixon because of … Read more

A Born Teacher

A review of Cancel Your Own Goddam Subscription: Notes and Asides from National Review by William F. Buckley, Jr., and of Strictly Right: William F. Buckley, Jr. and the American Conservative Movement by Linda Bridges and John R. Coyne, Jr.

By Daniel Oliver

The Claremont Review of Books

Spring 2008

A review of Strictly Right: William F. Buckley, Jr. and the American Conservative Movement by Linda Bridges and John R. Coyne, Jr.; and Cancel Your Own Goddam Subscription: Notes and Asides from National Review, … Read more

Laughing Gas: A review of The Death of Conservatism by Sam Tanenhaus

With The Death of Conservatism, Sam Tanenhaus establishes himself as one of America’s premier comic geniuses in the field of political commentary.

By Daniel Oliver

The American Spectator

October 2009 issue

With The Death of Conservatism, Sam Tanenhaus establishes himself as one of America’s premier comic geniuses in the field of political commentary. There’s a guffaw waiting for you on almost every page. And like a good showman, he saves the very best for the very last.

The Death of Conservatism is … Read more

Nobody’s Pluperfect

Matt Latimer has written this year’s most entertaining book about what goes on — or doesn’t — in Washington.

By Daniel Oliver

The American Spectator

December 2009 – to – January 2010 issue

Matt Latimer has written this year’s most entertaining book about what goes on — or doesn’t — in Washington. This is a laugh-out-loud book with a serious message, for those willing to hear it. It has also generated controversy.

Latimer was a geeky kid from Flint, Michigan, who set out for … Read more

Reloading

A review of Going Rogue: An American Life, by Sarah Palin

By Daniel Oliver

The American Spectator

February 2010 issue

What’s not to like about Sarah Palin — for a conservative or a Republican? Her autobiography makes it abundantly clear why the liberal United Nations-hugging big-government socialist fascist gangster capitalist atheist God-hating running dogs don’t like her. But conservatives?

What are the three most important traits a conservative should look for in a president? A belief in God. A belief in a strong national … Read more

Barack Obama’s Square Box

Observers are now beginning to talk about his inevitable crash.

By Daniel Oliver

The American Spectator

June 18th 2010

When John F. Kennedy Jr.’s plane crashed into Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, in July 1999 some observers said he had gotten himself into a “square box,” meaning that he had run into the limits of his experience and his imagination.

Barack Obama is in a square box, and observers are now beginning to talk about his inevitable crash.

There was … Read more

Intelligent Design

By Daniel Oliver

The Claremont Review of Books

Summer 2012 issue

If William F. Buckley, Jr., was the light shining from the lighthouse of the conservative movement, William A. Rusher was the lighthouse. If Buckley designed the lighthouse, Rusher built it. If Buckley was the “conservative,” Rusher was the “movement.” And move he did. As political scientist David Frisk shows in his biography, If Not Us, Who?, Rusher moved as much as Buckley, and that’s moving. Rusher was less frenetic, but more focused. He … Read more

D-Day, 2014: A Remembrance

By Daniel Oliver

TheFederalist.com

June 8th 2014

Normandy, France
June 6, 2014

At dawn on D-Day, 2014, the breeze was soft, the weather warming. The temperature would reach the high 80s. This was not the Longest Day’s weather.

All highways and major roads near the Normandy beaches were closed to general traffic in order to facilitate travel by buses (scores of them) and cars and limousines carrying more than three thousand people, many of them Americans, to the ceremonies marking the 70th anniversary of … Read more

Pumpkin Papers Irregulars Tribute to M. Stanton Evans

By Daniel Oliver

The American Spectator

March 3rd 2015

Ladies & Gentlemen:

This year, for the first time, but not necessarily annually in the future, The Directorate has decided to present a Lifetime Achievement Award. The award is being given to M. Stanton Evans.

There may be a few Japanese soldiers left on islands in the Pacific who have not yet heard about the end of WWII. But there is no one in the Conservative Movement who has not heard of Stan Evans.

Stan … Read more

Too Late Now to Sell Obama Short

By Daniel Oliver

Human Events

December 10th 2014

Senator Mary Landrieu’s defeat in the Louisiana run-off election last Saturday spells curtains for holders of Barack Obama stock.

Back in February of 2009, I asked readers whether, if Barack Obama were a stock, they would be buying or selling. I recommended selling. At the time, Obama Inc. (stock symbol BHO) was already down on the Rasmussen Approval Index History exchange from its January 2009 price of 27 pct to 11 pct. The stock recently hit … Read more