Pete Spiliakos is a columnist for First Things.

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Victory Disease

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 One thing that struck me about presidential elections in the post-1984 era was that, of the candidates who have serious hopes of winning their party’s nomination, the Democrats tried to . . . . Continue Reading »

Random Thoughts

From First Thoughts
I’ve been down with the flu, so not much from me this week,1. If I ran a national television news division, I would immediately hire Mollie Hemingway to do lengthy reported pieces.2. Imagine you . . . . Continue Reading »


From First Thoughts
 Most of the talk about the Robert Gates memoir has been about his criticism of Obama and Clinton. Fair enough, but it is striking that Gates is much more harshly critical of Congress and yet . . . . Continue Reading »