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My comments today at Heritage Foundation

The Heritage Foundation very kindly invited me to address newspaper editors in town for a meeting. Many thanks to Jim Weidman for the invitation and to Lee Edwards, our gracious moderator. I was joined by Michael Franc of the Hoover Institution and Matthew Spalding of the Kirby Center. Here are my prepared remarks:     Can Conservatism Survive Trump? Remarks to Editors Heritage Foundation May 6, 2018 To answer the question as to whether conservatism can survive Trump, we have to begin by defining our terms. What is conservatism in 2018? A comprehensive answer would require a whole semester of study, so for the sake of brevity, I’d like to divide conservative principles into two baskets. In the first basket, I’ll place the conservative preferences, principles, and goals that the Trump presidency is advancing. In the second, I’ll address the conservative principles I think he and his defenders are undermining. Broadly speaking, conservatives in America trust markets more than the state to provide goods and services. Left and right battle perennially over regulation, with the left raising the specter of dirty air and unsafe drinking water if any paragraph of the 1.5 million pages of the Federal Register is touched, and the right claiming that regulation is strangling productivity. Barack Obama, for example, mocked Mitt Romney’s views by saying “Their solution to everything is ‘Cut two regulations and call me in the morning.’” Donald Trump endorses the conservative view on regulation wholeheartedly and his appointees have worked to reverse some of the Obama-era regulations, particularly in reference to the...

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Welcome to my website!

Thank you so much for checking out my new website. This will be the beating heart of my work from now on. I'll be posting thoughts whenever the spirit moves me here in the blog. Elsewhere on the site, you can find my syndicated columns, the archived columns I've written about my family, links to Need to Know, the weekly podcast I host with National Review's Jay Nordlinger, and links to my books. Coming soon, I'll be posting speeches and other appearances. For now, I'll just note that I'm scheduled to appear on Real Time with Bill Maher on Friday, March 23, 2018.  ...

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Op-Ed New York Times: “I’m Glad I Got Booed at CPAC”

I’ve been a conservative my entire life. I fell hard for William F. Buckley as a teenager and my first job was as editorial assistant at Buckley’s National Review, followed by stints writing speeches for first lady Nancy Reagan and then working for the Gipper himself. Looking toward the 1988 race, Vice President George H.W. Bush wasn’t conservative enough for me. I went to work as a speechwriter for Representative Jack Kemp in 1986. So you’d think that the Conservative Political Action Conference, or CPAC, would be a natural fit. It once was. But on Saturday, after speaking to this year’s gathering, I had to be escorted from the premises by several guards who seemed genuinely concerned for my safety. What happened to me at CPAC is the perfect illustration of the collective experience of a whole swath of conservatives since Donald Trump became the Republican nominee. We built and organized this party — but now we’re made to feel like interlopers. I was surprised that I was even asked to speak at CPAC. My views on Trump, Roy Moore and Steve Bannon are no secret. I knew the crowd would be hostile, and so I was tempted to pass. But too many of us have given up the fight. We’ve let disgust and dismay lead us to withdraw while bad actors take control of the direction of our movement. I know how encouraged I feel whenever someone simply states the truth, and so I decided to accept CPAC’s invitation. Continue reading the main story on NYTimes Originally...

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