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

Three Smooth Stones

To stay on message, Republicans need do three simple things this week.

By Daniel Oliver

The American Spectator

January 26th 2010

How does David stay on message when he’s opposing Goliath? That’s the Republicans’ double challenge this week. Even though a Republican won the special election in Massachusetts, the Democrats are dominating the news. They are very publicly plotting a comeback after their epic loss, and the president will take center stage on Wednesday night when he gives the State of the Union speech. … 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

Lash and Chain Morality

The last refuge of a self-regarding socialist — and the only argument left to the Obamacare crowd.

By Daniel Oliver

The American Spectator

March 10th 2010

David Ignatius writes in the Washington Post that President Obama should try to shift the health care argument to what Ignatius calls the high ground: morality. He says that what is lacking is the sense that Congress must act because health care for all is a matter of social justice, “required by our moral conscience.”

Ignatius cites the … Read more

Freedom Worth Its Salt

What will Big Brother outlaw next? Salt shakers?

By Daniel Oliver

The American Spectator

April 28th 2010

The Food and Drug Administration has announced that it will soon require the manufacturers of many food products to use less salt. They assure us that the changes will be calibrated so that consumers will barely notice them. That raises the question: Is there anything (other than sex) that the government can’t regulate?

If people want less salt in their food, manufacturers will respond to their desires. … 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

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

A Separate Peace?

What’s the (New) Deal with some conservatives?

By Daniel Oliver

The American Spectator

June 28th 2010

At just the moment when Barack Obama, firmly at the controls of Dodo Bird One, is plummeting towards earth, some conservatives are making a separate peace with the New Deal.

The country seems to be on the cusp of a new beginning. Anti-incumbent fever is running high. Tea Party activists are talking the language of the founding fathers. The incompetence of the president is noted by everyone, including … 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

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