Pete Spiliakos is a columnist for First Things.

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The Ice Is Breaking

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They think the way you solve things is by electing the right people. It’s nice to elect the right people, but that isn’t how you solve things. The way you solve things is by making it politically profitable for the wrong people to do the right thing. -Milton FriedmanLet me share some . . . . Continue Reading »


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 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 these attacks on Congress have not produced much surprise, outrage, or even pushback.  Our . . . . Continue Reading »

Depressing And Disturbing Reading

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I can’t figure out what is the worst thing to come out of this Washington Post article on the new book by former Defense Secretary Robert Gates. Let me mention several candidates for worst news:1. It basically confirms Carl Scott’s suspicion (in this long-ago No Left Turns thread). . . . . Continue Reading »

Five Random Thoughts

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While I try to organize some other thoughts,1.  William Devane’s most villainous role is the one where he tries to scare old people into converting their assets into gold coins by using fears of an inflation that isn’t happening.2.  Kevin Williamson is reason enough to subscribe to . . . . Continue Reading »

Our Elizabeth Warrens

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The Republican establishment hung Ken Cuccinelli out to dry.  They deserve criticism for this, but where were the insurgent conservatives to come to his rescue?  Ever since the Dean campaign of 2003-2004, grassroots liberals have developed an infrastructure (and even more a culture) that . . . . Continue Reading »