David Frum
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The Rise of Ron DeSantis

The Rise of Ron DeSantis

Updated at 6:35 p.m. ET on April 23, 2021.I first met Ron DeSantis at the Republican Jewish Coalition convention in Las Vegas in April 2016.DeSantis was then a second-term House member with an eye on Marco Rubio’s Senate seat. Rubio had pledged in 2014 that he would not seek reelection if he ran for president in 2016; he would later change his mind. DeSantis was likely anticipating Rubio’s reversal when he and I sat down for coffee at the Venetian. But other avenues were open to a smart and determined politician from Florida that spring.By April, the Republican presidential primary had...

Apr 23
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Republicans Are Making 4 Key Mistakes

Republicans Are Making 4 Key Mistakes

It’s not only Georgia.In every state where Republicans control a chamber of the legislature, bills to restrict voting are advancing fast. Arizona and Texas Republicans have acted especially aggressively to choke off unwanted voters in time for 2022.Arizona Republicans propose to reduce the number of days for early voting. They want to purge voter rolls of people who missed the previous election. They want to cut off mail-in balloting five days before Election Day. And they want to require that affidavits of identity accompany any ballot that is mailed in.Texas Republicans are pushing a bill...

Apr 13
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The Strange New Doctrine of the Republican Party

The Strange New Doctrine of the Republican Party

In 2002, the Weyerhaeuser paper mill in Valliant, Oklahoma, faced a drug problem. Managers at the mill in the small town, just north of the Texas line, brought contraband-sniffing dogs into the parking lot to identify suspect cars. The dogs pointed out a number of vehicles. When the cars were opened, the contraband inside was not drugs. It was guns. A dozen employees lost their job.The firing triggered an uproar in Oklahoma. Weyerhaeuser had banned guns from its facilities; everybody understood that. The employees had obeyed that rule when they left their guns in their cars. If Weyerhaeuser...

Apr 1
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The Founders Were Wrong About Democracy

The Founders Were Wrong About Democracy

I idea shared by just about every author of the Constitution, it was the one articulated by James Madison at the convention on June 26, 1787.The mass of the people would be susceptible to “fickleness and passion,” he warned. They would suffer from “want of information as to their true interest.” Those who must “labour under all the hardships of life” would “secretly sigh for a more equal distribution of its blessings.” Over time, as the population expanded and crowded into cities, the risk would only worsen that “the major interest might under sudden impulses be tempted to commit injustice...

Feb 15
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The Conservative Cult of Victimhood

The Conservative Cult of Victimhood

Many of President Donald Trump’s crooked schemes are so ill-thought that even his intimates cannot take them seriously.Asking Russia to hack your opponent’s emails during a press conference? Who would do that? He must have been joking!So it was on January 6.What Trump was trying to achieve that day was so flat-out delusional as to defy belief.Trump had gotten it into his head that the vice president could overturn a national vote, kicking the certified tallies back to the states, which could subtract enough legitimate votes on the grounds of fraud to hand the election to Trump. This plan...

January 11, 2021
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Impeachment Is Working—Just Not as the Framers Expected

Impeachment Is Working—Just Not as the Framers Expected

In 2020, President Donald Trump withheld military aid from Ukraine to blackmail its president into fabricating dirt on Joe Biden. The House of Representatives impeached Trump for this act. The Senate acquitted him.In 2021, Trump incited a mob of his supporters to attack the Congress, in hopes of overturning his defeat in the presidential election. This act of incitement immediately followed Trump’s attempts to mobilize election officials in Republican states to find votes to reverse in his favor the certified election outcome.The House of Representatives impeached Trump for this act, too....

Feb 7
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Remove Trump Tonight

Remove Trump Tonight

This is a moment of shame and grief.If we are not very careful, it will also be a terrible moment of opportunity for President Donald Trump. The violence Trump incited could be his pretext for further abuses of presidential power.As so often with Trump, he has indicated the plan in advance: Use the Insurrection Act to somehow interfere with the transition of power. He could try it this very day.In institutional self-defense, Trump must be impeached again and this time removed. That needs to happen immediately, before he can declare martial law, so that Vice President Mike Pence can oversee...

January 6, 2021
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Trump Crosses a Bright-Red Line

Trump Crosses a Bright-Red Line

In a bombshell conversation with Georgia’s secretary of state yesterday, President Donald Trump made monkeys of every Republican official and every conservative talking head who professed to believe Trump’s allegations of voter fraud. The president himself made clear that he had only one end in view: overturning the 2020 election.You knew this already, of course. Anyone connected to reality knew it. Even most of Trump’s political allies probably knew it. But important incentives induced people in the pro-Trump camp to pretend otherwise. And now, as so often happens, Trump has yanked away...

January 4, 2021
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Is America Still the ‘Shining City on a Hill’?

Is America Still the ‘Shining City on a Hill’?

A shining city on a hill. Ronald Reagan loved the phrase. He used it over and over again, perhaps most notably in his 1989 presidential .I've spoken of the shining city all my political life, but I don't know if I ever quite communicated what I saw when I said it. But in my mind it was a tall, proud city built on rocks stronger than oceans, wind-swept, God-blessed, and teeming with people of all kinds living in harmony and peace; a city with free ports that hummed with commerce and creativity. And if there had to be city walls, the walls had doors and the doors were open to anyone with the...

January 1, 2021
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It Wasn’t a Hoax

It Wasn’t a Hoax

If Donald Trump had been supported only by people who affirmatively liked him, his attack on American democracy would never have gotten as far as it did. Instead, at almost every turn, Trump was helped by people who had little liking for him as a human being or politician, but assessed that he could be useful for purposes of their own. The latest example: the suddenly red-hot media campaign to endorse Trump’s fantasy that he was the victim of a “Russia hoax.” Franklin Foer: Russiagate was not a hoax The usual suspects in the pro-Trump media ecosystem will of course endorse and repeat...

Nov 25
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