Evan McMullin’s Grand New Party
September 23rd, 2016

I spent some time with the only conservative in the 2016 race.


Meanwhile, over at the model home . . .
September 19th, 2016

A look at how my inadvertent attempt to institute a regime of gender-neutral toys went over with the kids.


JVL on Roids
September 16th, 2016

Well, almost.

The great Vic Matus gave this essay the best headline I’ve ever been gifted by an editor: “The Action is the Juice.”

It nudges into second place the fantastic “Malaise Forever” header that John Kienker gave me many years ago for a review of a Jimmy Carter biography.


Trumpism Corrupts, Newtonian Edition
September 14th, 2016

Boy, howdy, did Brit Hume turn Newt Gingrich inside out last night.


Does Ground Game Matter
September 9th, 2016

I take a look at GOTV operations and what they can, and can’t, accomplish.

Spoiler: Expect Trump to underperform his final poll numbers in battleground states.


The New Atlantis Report on Gender and Sexuality
September 2nd, 2016

I have a short piece on it over here. The long report by Lawrence Mayer and Paul McHugh might wind up being the most important thing published this year.

Also, it’s never too early to start handicapping the Clinton-Trump debate.


Safety Not Guaranteed
August 26th, 2016

It’s my long-in-the-pipeline piece about Yellowstone in the age of the helicopter parent. I don’t want to oversell this thing, but it’s probably top-10 all-time JVL.


Trump Is the Titanic
August 24th, 2016

Money quote:

I’m continually amazed by how many prominent Republicans keep demanding that the party support Trump. They’re like junior officers on the Titanic insisting that the ship can be saved so long as no one uses any of the lifeboats.


Remember when Trump went around telling Republicans that even if they didn’t like him, they had no choice but to vote for him? “If you really like Donald Trump, that’s great,” he said. “But if you don’t, you have to vote for me anyway. You know why? Supreme Court judges, Supreme Court judges. Have no choice, sorry, sorry, sorry. You have no choice.”

Well, if that’s true, then why isn’t the converse also true? Why won’t Trump die-hards have no choice but to pull the lever for a Senate Republican who disavows Trump? After all, Trump supporters have an important, controversial piece of legislation that Trump can’t get passed with a Democratic Senate.

Even if you don’t like Republican Senator X, you have to vote for him anyway. You know why? The Wall. Have no choice, sorry, sorry, sorry. The Wall.

If you really want to stop Hillary Clinton’s agenda, you start by understanding the world as it is. You can continue throwing good money after bad. Or you can try to save some Senate seats and do everything in your power to hold the House.