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Roger Kimball

Roger Kimball is the editor and publisher of The New Criterion, publisher of Encounter Books and a contributing editor of The Spectator.

The hollowing out of a monarchy

It is my sad task to introduce a discordant note into the hosannahs of excited self-congratulation that greeted the wedding yesterday of Rachel Meghan Markle, the American actress and divorcee, to Prince Harry, sixth in line to the throne. I know people here who donned morning suits and went to swish parties to witness the […]

By Roger Kimball

Roll up, roll up — the Robert Mueller Circus is the most fantastical show on earth!

It boasts attractions such as redacted documents and Michael Avenatti’s chequered past.

By Roger Kimball

Politics

Iran’s malevolent mullahs have been well and truly Trumped

The only time I met Donald Trump was at a small event for politically mature journalists at the White House last April. After milling about with my fellow scribes in the press room—it’s a lot smaller and shabbier than it looks on TV, like Jim Acosta—we were ushered into the Roosevelt Room near the Oval […]

By Roger Kimball

Politics

Robert Mueller is out of control. He should be shut down. Now.

Pop quiz: how many branches of government are there in the United States? If you said “Four,” go to the head of the class. As of May 17, 2017, the traditional three branches of  Congress, the Executive, the Judiciary, are joined by the Office of Robert S. Mueller III, Special Counsel in charge of destroying the […]

By Roger Kimball

Politics

Trump is like those martial arts experts who use their opponents’ own strength against them

His critics keep going nuts over the rhetoric – meanwhile, Trump proceeds with his agenda

By Roger Kimball

Politics

The media believes that Macron’s visit was a Gallic triumph and a blow for Trump. That’s wrong.

Absorbing the handholding—we were not party to anything so standoffish as handshakes here—the kisses, and the hugs, I thought of Paradise Lost: “They hand in hand with wand’ring steps and slow,/ Through DC took their solitary way.” I quote from memory. Macron and Trump, Donald and Emmanuel: the state visit was nothing if not a bromance, at least […]

By Roger Kimball

Politics

James Comey really seems to believe that he embodies the law

In his book, the former FBI director shows a higher loyalty to himself

By Roger Kimball

The Trump Resistance™ is the greatest show in town

Among the many occasions of unintended comedy that the election of Donald Trump has vouchsafed a grateful world, perhaps none is more comic than that huddled mass of garrulous disappointment calling itself “The Resistance™.” Hillary Clinton had hardly got outside her last goblet of Chardonnay in the wee hours of November 9, 2016 before “the […]

By Roger Kimball

Politics

Why the Democrats won’t win big in November

Is a big blue Democratic wave poised to sweep the Republicans out of Congress in the 2018 mid-term election?  To listen to much of the media, you might think so. A couple of weeks ago, the Washington Post quoted Nate Silver, the Yoda of Dem pollsters, who suggested that the “Democratic wave in 2018 may […]

By Roger Kimball

North Korea

Why John Bolton is no warmonger

The hysteria from the Left over Donald Trump’s appointment of John Bolton as National Security Advisor to replace Lt. General H. R. McMaster has been partly hilarious, partly alarming to behold. From The Guardian in this country to The New York Times, CNN, Slate, Salon, and beyond in the United States, we are presented with a scarecrow figure […]

By Roger Kimball

Politics

Never mind Russia. The great threat to America is China

One of the most memorable moments of the 2012 Presidential debates came when the candidates were asked what they believed was the chief national security threat facing the United States. Mitt Romney said “Russia.” Barack Obama thought that was ridiculous.  “The 1980s are now calling to ask for their foreign policy back,” Obama retorted, to the general hilarity of […]

By Roger Kimball

Trump is working

In London last week I had the opportunity to talk about President Donald Trump with several politically mature friends. Most were sceptical, even slightly appalled, by him. It was my task to help them overcome this prejudice. I am delighted, dear reader, to attempt the same service for you. I was not always a fan. […]

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