A League Of His Own

By Daniel Oliver and M.D.B. Carlisle 

The Washington Times

May 31st 2001

Much of the analysis of the decision by Sen. Jim Jeffords to switch parties is nonsense, especially the idea that he was mistreated by Senate Republicans. For starters, Sen. Trent Lott, in a move less than popular with his colleagues, permitted the Vermont senator to be chairman of the Education Committee, a gratuitously gracious move.

Republicans loyally supported his milk compact, an arrangement by which milk prices to consumers are artificially raised … 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

Conservatism and Civil Rights

By Daniel Oliver

Claremont Review of Books

Fall 2008 issue

As I read William Voegeli’s piece on William F. Buckley, Jr., and the civil rights movement, I thought, “Come on, Voegeli, make up your mind. Was Buckley right or wrong?” I concluded that Voegeli’s answer would be, “Yes.” Then I decided that, given the record, Buckley and the conservatives probably got a more balanced treatment from Voegeli than they would, and perhaps will, get from a lot of people.

No responsible person can regret … 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

Alphaomegaizing the Conservative Movement

By Daniel Oliver

The American Spectator

June 2010 issue

“For one thing, we learned that the modern conservative movement, which dominates the modern Republican Party, has the emotional maturity of a bratty 13-year-old.”
– Paul Krugman, New York Times, Oct. 4, 2009

“The ‘movement’ — that began 50 years ago with the founding of Bill Buckley’s National Review; that had its coming of age in the Reagan Years; that reached its zenith with Bush’s victory in 2000 — is falling apart at the seams.”… Read more

Rand Paul and Halitosis

What he said and didn’t say to Ms. Rachel Maddow.

By Daniel Oliver

The American Spectator

July 12th 2010

Now, while the body of Senator (and former Exalted Cyclops) Robert Byrd (KKK, WVA) is still as warm as a smoldering cross on a black family’s lawn, and the memory of his record-length service in the U.S. Congress as fresh as a clean white sheet on a Grand Imperial Wizard — now is a good time to take a cold look at the comments on … Read more

News Quiz #3 Report Card

The identity of our winners may be an issue, but not the identity of the bogus paragraph they astutely fingered.

By Daniel Oliver

The American Spectator

July 26th 2010

In last Monday’s Quiz #3 (here), contestants were asked to identify the bogus paragraph. Although takers of earlier quizzes complained that they were too easy, they would have done better to study harder. In order to get a passing grade to a decent number of the takers of Quiz#2, it had to be graded on … Read more

Mau-Mauing the Free Press

By Daniel Oliver

The American Spectator

August 3rd 2010

Lee Bollinger, president of Columbia University, host to Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, and newly appointed head of the New York Federal Reserve Bank, says government should get into the business of subsidizing journalism. Like other Obama appointees, he says he is concerned that, with the changes in the financial structure of journalism, Americans might be deprived “of the essential information they need as citizens.”

It’s not difficult to imagine that one of those “needs” would … Read more

America the Generous

Forty billionaires must think otherwise.

By Daniel Oliver

The American Spectator

August 11th 2010

Forty billionaires have just pledged to give away at least half their wealth to charity, concerning which a few observations.

Scripture says it is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of Heaven (capitalized because, as Ralph de Toledano pointed out, it’s a place — you know, like Scarsdale). We could note in passing, but will … Read more

The Real State of the Union

It’s probably as bad as Obama’s speech.

By Daniel Oliver

The American Spectator

January 27th 2011

Even President Obama’s own cheering squad thinks he flubbed the State of the Union speech, which they find all the more amazing after his performance in Arizona. The country faces a single serious problem (and many lesser ones, of course), but the president failed to address it seriously.

Barack Obama’s State of the Union address had some of the familiar features: the emphasized antithesis: “What comes of this … Read more