PunditWire Bids goodbye

Dear PunditWire Readers,

Seven years ago we created PunditWire as a unique platform for political speechwriters to comment on the news. Because speechwriters do their work under a veil of anonymity, we typically get to know them only through the words and phrases that others voice. PunditWire gave them a megaphone to speak for themselves.

As you know from reading our site, we’ve published thoughtful, provocative, and insightful posts that have generated buzz, trended online, and attracted influential readers like you. Any number of our articles have been republished in other sites and newspapers and even books.

But as with all good things, it’s time to bid PunditWire adieu. We will be ceasing operations on August 31, which means we no longer will be publishing new content on our site. PunditWire won’t vanish — to those of you who want access to the hundreds of articles we’ve posted over the years, you will still be able to find them on our site.

We’ve written these past seven years for you, our readers. You have our gratitude for following us, reading us, sharing us, engaging us — and being the most important part of our PunditWire community.

Thank you.

Leonard Steinhorn
Publisher of PunditWire
Professor of Communication and Affiliate Professor of History
American University

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Republicans View the Confederacy—Then and Now


So President Trump thinks it’s “sad” that “our beautiful statues and monuments” to famous Confederates are being removed from public squares.



There was a time when no Republican would dream of saying such a thing. It was the Republican Party, let us remember, that preserved the Union, freed the slaves and championed the rights of African Americans during Reconstruction. It was the Democrats, in contrast, who ripped the country apart, fought for slavery, and imposed segregation.

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Will Kelly last longer than Scaramucci?

John F. Kelly’s front-stabbing Donald Trump’s new White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci only hours after Trump named the four-star Marine general his chief of staff was a sublime first move. But unlike Ivanka or Jared Kushner, Trump isn’t Dad to Kelly. How long can it be before Kelly’s service doesn’t pleasure the president anymore? Continue reading Will Kelly last longer than Scaramucci?

Donald Trump’s War on the 1960s


Donald Trump and his supporters may be waging battles against the press, immigrants, voting rights, the environment, science, social welfare programs, Planned Parenthood and what they label political correctness and the deep state.

But to them these are mere skirmishes in a much larger conflict. The president has essentially declared an all-out war on the American 1960s.

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How Trump Might Use Russia to His Advantage


Assume for a moment that Donald Trump survives the Russia investigation.

Assume first that he doesn’t fire Robert Mueller. Assume then, as seems increasingly likely, that Mueller discovers a web of financial entanglements between Trump and Russia, that he can show how Russia thought they had leverage over Trump and used every weapon in their cyber arsenal to get him elected.

But also assume that Mueller was unable to find any smoking gun evidence that Trump, his family or his campaign coordinated with the Kremlin beyond the Donald Jr. meeting we now know took place.

Will this benefit or harm the President politically as he moves toward reelection in 2020?

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