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  • Free-lunch egalitarianism Apr 15, 2012 5:00 AM
    Columnist Charles Krauthammer: The Buffett Rule redistributes deck chairs on the Titanic, ostensibly to make more available for those in steerage. Nice idea, but the iceberg cometh.

  • Obama vs. the nation’s highest court Apr 5, 2012 2:50 PM
    Columnist Charles Krauthammer: The presidents pre-emptive attack on the court was in direct reaction to Obamacares three days of oral argument. It was a shock.

  • The ‘flexibility’ doctrine Apr 2, 2012 5:00 AM
    Columnist Charles Krauthammer: What is Obama doing negotiating on missile defense in the first place? We have no obligation to do so.

  • Obamacare: The reckoning Mar 25, 2012 5:00 AM
    Columnist Charles Krauthammer: If Obamacare is upheld, it fundamentally changes the nature of the American social contract.

  • Seaweed in your gas tank Mar 20, 2012 5:00 AM
    Columnist Charles Krauthammer: Drilling is the single most important thing we can do to spur growth at home while strengthening our hand abroad.

  • Obama vs. Israel: Priority No. 1? Stop Israel Mar 11, 2012 4:00 AM
    Columnist Charles Krauthammer: As with the Keystone pipeline postponement, as with the debt-ceiling extension, as with the Afghan withdrawal schedule, Obama wants to get past Nov. 6 without any untoward action that might threaten his re-election.

  • Romney’s luck Mar 6, 2012 5:00 AM
    Columnist Charles Krauthammer: Social issues are what most deeply animate Santorum, but 2012 is not the year they most animate the electorate.

  • Overreach: Obamacare vs. the Constitution Feb 19, 2012 5:00 AM
    Columnist Charles Krauthammer: This constitutional trifecta — the state invading the autonomy of religious institutions, private companies and the individual citizen — should not surprise. It is what happens when the state takes over one-sixth of the economy.

  • The gospel according to Obama Feb 12, 2012 12:00 AM
    Columnist Charles Krauthammer: Now, I’m no theologian, but I’m fairly certain that neither Jesus nor his rabbinic forebears, when speaking of giving, meant some obligation to the state.

  • Syria: It’s not just about freedom Feb 7, 2012 5:00 AM
    Columnist Charles Krauthammer: Make clear American solidarity with the Arab League against a hegemonic Iran and its tottering Syrian client.

  • The State of the Union flop Jan 29, 2012 5:00 AM
    Columnist Charles Krauthammer: Tax reform and entitlement reform are the really big ideas. And yet these are precisely what Obama has for three years steadfastly refused to address.

  • The GOP suicide march Jan 24, 2012 5:00 AM
    Columnist Charles Krauthammer: In a stroke, the Republicans have succeeded in turning a Democratic talking point a last-ditch attempt to salvage re-election by distracting from their record into a central focus of the nation’s political discourse.

  • Ron Paul’s remarkable achievement Jan 16, 2012 12:01 PM
    Paul is 76. He knows he’ll never enter the promised land. But he’s clearing the path for son Rand, his better placed (Senate versus House), more moderate, more articulate successor.

  • Santorum a worthy challenger Jan 11, 2012 5:29 AM
    Columnist Charles Krauthammer: Rick Santorum isn’t just the last man standing in the race to knock off Mitt Romney as GOP presidential candidate. He is the first challenger to be plausibly presidential: knowledgeable, articulate, experienced, of stable character and authentic ideology.

  • A worthy challenger to Romney Jan 9, 2012 5:00 AM
    Columnist Charles Krauthammer: If Rick Santorum can make it through the next three harrowing primaries, the (relative) February lull would allow him to build a national campaign structure before Super Tuesday on March 6.

  • Are we alone in the universe? Dec 31, 2011 8:46 AM
    Columnist Charles Krauthammer: As the romance of manned space exploration has waned, the drive today is to find our living, thinking counterparts in the universe. For all the excitement, however, the search betrays a profound melancholy — a lonely species in a merciless universe anxiously awaits an answering voice amid utter silence.

  • The GOP’s payroll tax debacle Dec 26, 2011 6:00 AM
    Columnist Charles Krauthammer: The final compromise appears to tweak this a bit to make it less onerous for small business. But what were they thinking in the first place? What business operates two months at a time?

  • The wages of appeasement Dec 16, 2011 5:00 AM
    Columnist Charles Krauthammer: The administration came into office determined to warm relations with Russia. It was called “reset,” an antidote to the “dangerous drift” in relations during the Bush years. How's that reset working out?

  • Mitt vs. Newt Dec 4, 2011 5:00 AM
    It’s Iowa minus one month, and barring yet another resurrection, or something of similar improbability, it’s Mitt Romney versus Newt Gingrich. In a match race, here’s the score card: Romney has managed to weather the debates unscathed. However, the brittleness he showed when confronted with the kind of informed follow-up questions that Bret Baier tossed his way Tuesday on Fox’s “Special Report” — the kind of scrutiny one doesn’t get in multiplayer debates — suggests that Romney may become increasingly vulnerable as the field narrows. Moreover, Romney has profited from the temporary rise and spontaneous combustion of Michele Bachmann, Rick Perry and Herman Cain. It required no exertion on Romney’s part. Enter Gingrich, the current vessel for anti-Romney forces — and likely the final one. Gingrich’s obvious weakness is a history of flip-flops, zigzags and mind changes even more extensive than Romney’s — on climate change, the health care mandate, cap-and-trade, Libya, the Ryan Medicare plan, etc. The list is long. But what distinguishes Gingrich from Romney — and mitigates these heresies in the eyes of conservatives — is that he authored a historic conservative triumph: the 1994 Republican takeover of the House after 40 years of Democratic control. Which means that Gingrich’s apostasies are seen as deviations from his conservative core — while Romney’s flip-flops are seen as deviations from ... nothing. Romney has no signature achievement, legislation or manifesto that identifies him as a core conservative. So what is he? A center-right, classic Northeastern Republican who, over time, has adopted a specific, quite bold, thoroughly conservative platform. His entitlement reform, for example, is more courageous than that of any candidate, including Barack Obama. Nevertheless, the party base, ostentatiously pursuing serial suitors-of-the-month, considers him ideologically unreliable. Hence the current ardor for Gingrich. Gingrich has his own vulnerabilities. The first is often overlooked because it is characterological rather than ideological: his own unreliability. Gingrich has a self-regard so immense that it rivals Obama’s — but, unlike Obama’s, is untamed by self-discipline. Take that ad Gingrich did with Nancy Pelosi on global warming advocating urgent government action. He laughs it off today with “that is probably the dumbest single thing I’ve done in recent years. It is inexplicable.” This will not do. He was obviously thinking something. What was it? Thinking of himself as a grand world-historical figure, attuned to the latest intellectual trend (preferably one with a tinge of futurism and science, like global warming), demonstrating his own incomparable depth and farsightedness. Made even more profound and fundamental — his favorite adjectives — if done in collaboration with a Nancy Pelosi, Patrick Kennedy or even Al Sharpton, offering yet more evidence of transcendent, trans-partisan uniqueness. Two ideologically problematic finalists: One is a man of center-right temperament who has of late adopted a conservative agenda. The other, more conservative by nature, is possessed of an unbounded need for grand display that has already led him to unconservative places even he is at a loss to explain, and that as president would leave him in constant search of the out-of-box experience — the confoundedly brilliant Nixon-to-China flipperoo regarding his fancy of the day, be it health care, taxes, energy, foreign policy, whatever. The second, more obvious, Gingrich vulnerability is electability. Given his considerable service to the movement, many conservatives seem quite prepared to overlook his baggage, ideological and otherwise. This is understandable. But the independents and disaffected Democrats upon whom the general election will hinge will not be so forgiving. They will find it harder to overlook the fact that the man who denounces Freddie Mac to the point of suggesting that those in Congress who aided and abetted it be imprisoned, took $30,000 a month from that very same parasitic federal creation. Nor will independents be so willing to believe that more than $1.5 million was paid for Gingrich’s advice as “a historian” rather than for services as an influence peddler. My own view is that Republicans would have been better served by the candidacies of Mitch Daniels, Paul Ryan or Chris Christie. Unfortunately, none is running. You play the hand you’re dealt. This is a weak Republican field with two significantly flawed front-runners contesting an immensely important election. If Obama wins, he will take the country to a place from which it will not be able to return (which is precisely his own objective for a second term). Every conservative has thus to ask himself two questions: Who is more likely to prevent that second term? And who, if elected, is less likely to unpleasantly surprise? Charles Krauthammer’s email address is letters@charleskrauthammer.com. $PHOTOCREDIT_ON$© 2011, The Washington Post Writers Group $PHOTOCREDIT_OFF$

  • The Norquist myth Nov 28, 2011 5:00 AM
    Columnist Charles Krauthammer: Bring Simpson-Bowles to the House floor and pass the most radical of its three deficit-reduction alternatives. Dare the Senate Democrats to vote down the grandest of all bargains. Dare Obama to veto his own debt commission.

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