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2008 Election

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According to the British Telegraph a high turnout of California blacks supporting Barack Obama helped to pass Proposition Eight, banning gay marriage, in a statewide referendum last week. Since Obama’s presence on the ticket increased the black percentage of the vote total from 6 percent in 2004 to 10 percent this year, the referendum passed... Read More
Despite my desire to see John McCain and his brand of neocon-Republicanism soundly defeated, I can’t stand the idea of awarding my vote to his leftist, black-nationalist adversary Barack Obama. I’ll therefore do in this presidential race what I’ve done in every other presidential contest since 1988 (when I allowed myself to be talked into... Read More
Recently I’ve come across two statements that have evoked radically different public reactions. One is by a Minnesota Republican congresswoman, Michelle Bachmann, who told Chris Matthews on his TV program that Obama holds “anti-American views,” like other unnamed members of Congress. The far more significant remark is by Melissa Harris-Lacewell, a professor of politics and... Read More
Last week it dawned on me while listening to the two major presidential candidates talk about abortion that their topic meant about as much to them as river boat gambling. Like having gambling facilities placed on the edge of a river from whose activities the state can then draw revenues, the politics of abortion means... Read More
One of the false signals that left-leaning, hawkish Republicans like McCain get from the media establishment is that they should be looking to perform certain “sensitive” acts, and particularly if those acts acts indicate that they're 'reaching out.' In McCain's case his reaching leftward has cut it predictably with some groups. Such gestures have brought... Read More
After just having read a George Will column suggesting the likelihood of an Obama presidency lasting until 2016, it dawned on me that most observers have not really reflected upon this perilous leap that we as consumers and global democrats (but not as real citizens of a functioning constitutional republic) are about to take. I... Read More
For those of our readers who might have thought even for a moment that John McCain?s reaching out to black Democrats with teeth-gnashing for not having supported the compulsory MLK sacral holiday was a fluke, please note the following advertisement put out by the GOP and then distributed by the onetime conservative Human Events. Although... Read More
A longer version of this article went into the Lancaster Newspapers, for which I’m a regular columnist and through which I’m now reaching about half a million readers. Despite the local popularity of my columns, I’ve not been syndicated; nor have I been invited on to Republican talk radio nor asked to appear with prepubescent... Read More
Richard Spencer's guarded statement of preference for Obama over Baldwin got me to thinking why there may be some merit in his counsels. Although I don't think the media would be any more likely to notice our vote in the fall than it was to report the 16 % of the Pennsylvania Republican primary vote... Read More
Matthew Roberts may be correct that Chuck Baldwin and his Constitution Party represent the Right in a paradigmatic sense, but what is less demonstrable is whether it would pay for readers of this website to vote for Baldwin as a presidential candidate. The point to be stressed is that our side will not be able... Read More
Obama’s rivals may now be competing with him for the prize of uttering the stupidest remarks about the working stiffs in our state. Dee Dee Myers, who is a close personal friend of Hillary and was a confidante of Bill during his presidency, has spoken with great terseness on MSNBC about Obama’s widely publicized concerns... Read More
Despite the reactions generated by recent revelations about the sermons of Obama’s pastor, I see no reason to change my comments. The current Republican-neoconservative attacks on Obama have been accompanied by the arduous efforts of “movement conservative” celebrities to persuade Republican voters to change their party registration in order to back Hillary in the primaries.... Read More
This is the third installment in a four-part symposium on the Ron Paul movement to be published in Taki’s magazine. John Derbyshire and Justin Raimondo have made previous contributions. Although it might be premature to claim that Ron Paul’s campaign is winding down, plainly the candidate has not done as well as his supporters had... Read More
Despite my general agreement with Richard Spencer’s invariably provocative political commentaries, I definitely do not share his view that McCain is “set to go down hard” in November, no matter which Democratic contender runs against him. Now that we’ve seen how easily that group Fred Barnes calls the “talk show mafia” is climbing back on... Read More
News pundits have been exploring the political battle now raging between Hillary and Obama and their respective followings about who was most responsible for the civil rights revolution of the 1960s, the then president Lyndon Johnson, who helped to grease the skids for the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the subsequent Voting Rights Act,... Read More
The Republican presidential primary debate held last week did not really change my mind about who gets my vote (Ron Paul); nonetheless, it did raise for me certain questions about the candidates’ differing assessments of the war in Iraq. For the record, I think Congressman Paul was too peremptory when he stated that the “neonconservatives... Read More
I wonder how many of our readers saw last night’s discussion with Republican pollster Frank Luntz, a commentary that was absorbing enough so that I was able to watch FOX for more than thirty seconds. The Republicans who had come to the debate in Iowa were thrilled by the thumping, warlike rhetoric of Rudy and... Read More
Having forced myself to watch the most recent display of Republican presidential intelligence in Columbia, South Carolina on May 15, I came away with impressions that clearly jar with those of the authorized FOX commentators. Unlike Hannity and Colmes, who after the debate rushed to assure us that the “Mayor” had performed brilliantly, I cringed... Read More
Paul Gottfried
About Paul Gottfried

Paul Edward Gottfried (b. 1941) has been one of America's leading intellectual historians and paleoconservative thinkers for over 40 years, and is the author of many books, including Conservatism in America (2007), The Strange Death of Marxism (2005), After Liberalism (1999), Multiculturalism and the Politics of Guilt (2002), and Leo Strauss and the Conservative Movement in America (2012) . A critic of the neoconservative movement, he has warned against the growing lack of distinctions between the Democratic and Republican parties and the rise of the managerial state. He has been acquainted with many of the leading American political figures of recent decades, including Richard Nixon and Patrick Buchanan. He is Professor Emeritus of Humanities at Elizabethtown College and a Guggenheim recipient.