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Fred Thompson, RIP

Fred_ThompsonFormer Senator Fred Thompson, who died Sunday at the age of 73, was one of the most colorful public figures of recent times. A politician, actor, attorney, lobbyist, columnist, and radio host, he was known to millions by his craggy visage and deep, gravely voice. Every time I saw him, I was reminded of what people once said of another prominent senator from our history, Daniel Webster: “He was a living lie, because no man could be as great as he looked.”

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Will Houstonians be HEROic on Election Day?

Downtown HoustonHouston is the nation’s fourth-largest city, yet it is one of the few major cities in this country that does not have an equal rights ordinance. Moreover, it is the only major city in Texas not to have one.

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The enemy of my enemy is my candidate

Biden_ObamaI can see Biden’s point about solving the nation’s problems: If you’re working toward solutions, why call an advocate of a policy you oppose your “enemy,” when “my good friend across the aisle” will do? My reservation is that speaking well of the other party can drain genuinely moral disputes of authentic moral authority.

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A Conversation With Governor Kasich

Kasich croppedKasich ticks all the boxes necessary to be a successful president. He has a record of legislative and executive experience unmatched by any of the other GOP candidates. He’s the popular governor of a “must-win” state for the GOP. Were he to run on a ticket with Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida–another “must win” state–his chances of being elected would be prodigious.

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It’s in the Constitution somewhere!

Constitution DayKasich is referring, of course, to those golden days before the onset of the federal government’s massive intrusion into our lives. He repeats the Republican mantra about the almost unspeakable evil practiced by the Obama Administration, which regularly stomps all over the doctrine of the supremacy of state governments and free market capitalism so deeply etched into the Constitution of the United States. Kasich laments that bygone era of unregulated commerce and the individual freedom and prosperity that went with it.

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Likability Shouldn’t Matter When Electing a President

bushOlympicIt’s now routine for the scribbling pens and chattering class to pose the beer question or a variation thereof, and, based on a candidate’s perceived likability and relatability, they create a self-fulfilling narrative of electability.

If a candidate is warm and likable, these pundits say, Americans will be more inclined to vote for him or her. But woe to any politician who seems unable to kiss babies with ease, feel someone’s pain, look relaxed on television, or down a beer comfortably.

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Gay and Republican?

new wolfowitzA “Log Cabin” Republican, for those unfamiliar with the term, means a Republican who is gay—like me, for instance.

Is it possible to be gay and Republican? I have been asked that question so many times—usually by belligerent, in-your-face gay Democrats—that I have a canned answer ready.

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New GOP Infatuated by Change

RyanThis confidence in the constructive value of chaos is reflected in the Republican primary Presidential contest where relevant experience is deemed a disqualifying event. If one accepts the premise that our government could be run better by someone with no direct experience, should we argue that America could be better administered by someone who had never been in the US before and could look at our problems with a fresh set of eyes, if only the relevant Constitutional constraints could be avoided?

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