A Message From Lucianne  



Home Page | Latest Posts | Links | Must Reads | Update Profile | RSS | Contribute | Register | Rules & FAQs
Privacy Policy | Search | Post | Contact | Logout | Forgot Password | Search Using Google

The 10 Best Conservative
Columnists of 2013

PJ Media, by David Swindle

Original Article

Posted By:Judy W., 12/27/2013 7:12:33 AM

What is the future of conservatism? Which voices should define the priorities of the movement in the coming decades? Who are its most skilled proponents today? How should the movement evolve to face the threats most endangering America? This list is my effort to advocate for both my favorite writers contributing to answering these questions and the ideas they champion. 5 quick ground rules first: - I’m being strict with the “columnist” title – no bloggers, journalists, or feature writers. A “columnist” is one who writes a 700-1400+ word polemical article on a regular basis for an established publication or syndication. - I’m likewise

This is a fantastic piece. It´s very long, as he discusses each of the columnists (all of whom I like) and excerpts their columns at length. I ended up reading far more of it than I thought I would.


Post Reply  

Reply 1 - Posted by: revdeppisch316, 12/27/2013 7:49:46 AM     (No. 9669247)

Rich Lowry can move off the list-- Steyn should be closer to the top--and where is Krauthammer?

  Click Here if you Like this Comment

    13 persons like this.

Reply 2 - Posted by: secondtimelucky, 12/27/2013 7:58:25 AM     (No. 9669264)

this is a BIG BIG BIG piece. I´m just leaving it up on an open tab to revisit thru the day. Too much to eat in one sitting...

  Click Here if you Like this Comment

    2 persons like this.




Reply 3 - Posted by: tisHimself, 12/27/2013 8:02:11 AM     (No. 9669269)

I would offer James Wigderson of the Waukesha Freeman as a conservative columnist who merits greater readership.

  Click Here if you Like this Comment

    19 persons like this.

Reply 4 - Posted by: M2, 12/27/2013 8:29:11 AM     (No. 9669299)

Recommend for MUST READ status!

While long, it´s sensational. I´m delighted that Jonah made the list, as well as Prager, Shapiro, Pipes and Steyn. The others are good, too. Sowell is a given.

This article is a veritable feast of "sound bites" for fine conservative writing.

While I do have a few theological bones to pick with Mr. Swindle about Ben Shapiro´s theology and in fact, Swindle´s own, this article ranks right up there with Clarice´s best work. It´s highly detailed and researched and in itself deserves special mention.


  Click Here if you Like this Comment

    9 persons like this.

Reply 5 - Posted by: Pensom2, 12/27/2013 9:24:21 AM     (No. 9669362)

If you have nothing else to do today, read this. It´s virtually interminable. Most conservatives prefer to make up their own minds on these matters, and the results differ from one day--and issue--to the next.

  Click Here if you Like this Comment

    5 persons like this.

Reply 6 - Posted by: horacer, 12/27/2013 9:38:22 AM     (No. 9669380)

Thank you for posting! I had to read between chores but it was worth it. Especially enjoyed rereading highlights of some of the years best columns. A barbarian with an electronic device is still a barbarian. Love it. I like em all too.

  Click Here if you Like this Comment

    8 persons like this.

Reply 7 - Posted by: cjjeepercreeper, 12/27/2013 9:59:16 AM     (No. 9669410)

I like the list, not necessarily the order. I noticed a few LDot favorites missing, notably Clarice Feldman, but I´ve never thought much of her anyway, never understood the fascination with her.

  Click Here if you Like this Comment

    3 persons like this.




Reply 8 - Posted by: john56, 12/27/2013 10:02:04 AM     (No. 9669416)

Steyn should be at the top of the list.

  Click Here if you Like this Comment

    3 persons like this.

Reply 9 - Posted by: msjena, 12/27/2013 1:45:29 PM     (No. 9669810)

I didn´t know Douthat wrote about Breaking Bad! I thought I had read everything about that show. Thanks for posting! (Not sure about Ann being number one. But she definitely belongs on the list).

  Click Here if you Like this Comment

    4 persons like this.

Reply 10 - Posted by: nvr4get911, 12/27/2013 1:47:57 PM     (No. 9669816)

Missing Clarice Feldman for sure and Alicia Colon would be on there if the New York Sun hadn´t died

  Click Here if you Like this Comment

    3 persons like this.

Reply 11 - Posted by: BigGeorgeTX, 12/27/2013 2:49:51 PM     (No. 9669902)

What´s really encouraging is how young many of the top 10 are.

  Click Here if you Like this Comment

    3 persons like this.

Reply 12 - Posted by: JoniTx, 12/27/2013 3:34:41 PM     (No. 9669941)

Great column! Agree, should be a must read.

  Click Here if you Like this Comment

    4 persons like this.





Post Reply   Close thread 766166

Below, you will find ...

Most Recent Articles posted by "Judy W."


Most Active Articles (last 48 hours)

Most Recent Articles posted by "Judy W."

Having a venerable name can
be a key to upward mobility
Washington Examiner, by Michael Barone    Original Article
Posted By: Judy W.- 3/20/2014 7:27:59 AM     Post Reply
Here´s one school of thought: America used to be a land with great upward social mobility, but isn’t any more. Here´s another: America never was a land with great upward social mobility. Which do you believe? Keep in mind that your answer will have significant implications for public policy. Most politicians, of both the Right and the Left, favor the first statement. Conservatives say big government is stifling people´s chances to move upward. Barack Obama says growing inequality of wealth is holding people down. But Gregory Clark, a British-born economist at the University of California, Davis, says the politicians have

Young People Don´t Change--
Neither Does the N.Y. Times
Townhall, by Ann Coulter    Original Article
Posted By: Judy W.- 3/20/2014 7:08:24 AM     Post Reply
Let me begin by saying that I think the only issue in the 2014 election should be Obamacare. (Snip) Yet and still, I´m not sure it´s news that The New York Times ran into some kids at CPAC who are "pro-free market on fiscal issues and libertarian on social ones." ("Young Republicans Find Fault With Elders on List of Social Issues," March 10.) First of all, young people are idiots. I love them, I was one once myself -– but they´re idiots. We´ll be interested in their opinions on the basic rules of civilization as soon as they have one of three

Rand Paul: Sleeping with
the Enemy at Berkeley
PJ Media, by Roger L. Simon    Original Article
Posted By: Judy W.- 3/20/2014 6:22:31 AM     Post Reply
Whatever you think of Rand Paul, he’s actually doing something that politicians rarely do — talking at length to audiences who don’t usually agree with him. And winning over new friends in the process. His recent speech at UC Berkeley, where he apparently got a standing ovation for excoriating runaway government spying on Americans, is only the latest example. Historically, the Republican Party has been just what the public thinks it is, largely a bunch of risk-averse white men who are totally clueless at public relations, even though they are on the right (correct) side of almost every issue. Meanwhile, the

Study Questions Fat and Heart Disease Link
New York Times, by Anahad O´Connor    Original Article
Posted By: Judy W.- 3/19/2014 4:50:22 PM     Post Reply
Many of us have long been told that saturated fat, the type found in meat, butter and cheese, causes heart disease. But a large and exhaustive new analysis by a team of international scientists found no evidence that eating saturated fat increased heart attacks and other cardiac events. The new findings are part of a growing body of research that has challenged the accepted wisdom that saturated fat is inherently bad for you and will continue the debate about what foods are best to eat. For decades, health officials have urged the public to avoid saturated fat as much as possible, saying




Hate-Crime Laws and the
Expansion of Federal Power
National Review, by John Fund    Original Article
Posted By: Judy W.- 3/19/2014 7:30:10 AM     Post Reply
Forty-five states and the District of Columbia provide additional penalties for crimes that they classify as “hate crimes,” over and above what would have been available if the same crime been committed with a different motivation. In 2009, President Obama signed into law a federal hate-crimes statute that adds a third level of criminalization for violent crimes that occur “because of” the victim’s “actual or perceived race, color, religion, national origin, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, disability, or sexual orientation.” Actual hatred is not required. It is enough that there is a causal connection between the crime and one of these

You´re Not Alone: Medical
Conspiracies Believed By Many
Reuters, by Andrew M.Seaman    Original Article
Posted By: Judy W.- 3/19/2014 7:19:40 AM     Post Reply
NEW YORK - About half of American adults believe in at least one medical conspiracy theory, according to new survey results. Some conspiracy theories have much more traction than others, however. For example, three times as many people believe U.S. regulators prevent people from getting natural cures as believe that a U.S. spy agency infected a large number of African Americans with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). J. Eric Oliver, the study´s lead author from University of Chicago, said people may believe in conspiracy theories because they´re easier to understand than complex medical information. "Science in general - medicine in particular - is complicated

Is There Wage Stagnation?
Townhall, by Walter E. Williams    Original Article
Posted By: Judy W.- 3/19/2014 7:09:59 AM     Post Reply
Many economists, politicians and pundits assert that median wages have stagnated since the 1970s. That´s a call for government to do something about it. But before we look at the error in their assertion, let´s work through an example that might shed a bit of light on the issue. Suppose that you paid me a straight $20 an hour in 2004. Ten years later, I´m still earning $20 an hour, but in addition, now I´m receiving job perks such as health insurance, an employer-matched 401(k) plan, paid holidays and vacation, etc. Would it be correct to say that my wages have

Epitaphs for the Obama presidency (3)
American Thinker, by Thomas Lifson    Original Article
Posted By: Judy W.- 3/19/2014 6:37:37 AM     Post Reply
American voters don’t care much about foreign policy … until they do. And President Barack Obama has painted himself (and our national security) into a corner. The estimable Roger Kimball clearly sees where this is leading: In a melancholy passage of the Nicomachean Ethics, Aristotle observes that we can follow certain courses of action which will put us in situations where there is no right response. (Snip) Skillful diplomacy might have headed off the crisis in Crimea. But we did not field skillful diplomats. We sent John Kerry, backed up by Barack Obama, Susan Rice, and Joe Biden.

The Big Story–the Global
War–Goes Mostly Unreported
PJ Media, by Michael Ledeen    Original Article
Posted By: Judy W.- 3/18/2014 7:29:22 PM     Post Reply
The “news” is resolutely out of context. A subject about which virtually nothing is known–the mystery of the missing airplane–gets saturation “coverage,” while events of potentially earth-shaking importance are largely unreported. (Snip) Any self-respecting “news network” would relentlessly run stories about the ongoing demonstrations from Caracas to Maracaibo–demonstrations surely the equal of those from Maidan Square in Kiev–but no. The Venezuelan uprising may turn out to be the biggest story of all, because it is part of a world-wide battle that pits anti-Western tyrannies against their own people, and against their neighbors. It is of a piece with Ukraine, Syria,



Are Secret Clinton White
House Tapes Lost to History?
ABC News, by Steven Portnoy    Original Article
Posted By: Judy W.- 3/18/2014 2:31:21 PM     Post Reply
Among the thousands of pages of documents released by the Clinton Library recently, two had this tantalizing notation at the top: “Tape One, Side One.” That stamp appeared on transcripts of two conversations Bill Clinton had behind closed doors with aides inside the Oval Office. They included the president’s ribald remarks on race, frank talk about gays, and even how to prepare for Y2K. And they were captured on cassette tapes. All of which raises the question: Could there be “Clinton Tapes” — in the tradition of Nixon, Kennedy and LBJ? Might we hear Clinton in his famous Arkansas twang musing that

George W. Bush in Retirement:
A Man of Character
Breitbart Big Government, by Sydney Williams    Original Article
Posted By: Judy W.- 3/18/2014 8:14:52 AM     Post Reply
Mothers are revealing. Most people my age lived in households where the father worked and mothers raised the children. (Snip) As an independent-minded, long-time observer of the political scene, Mrs. Bush responded to a recent Maureen Dowd column on the possibility of another Clinton-Bush lineup in 2016: “It just seems ridiculous in a country this size that we don’t have other families!” Her dispassionate tone was soon overtaken by her motherly instincts: “Jeb [Bush] is the most qualified person in this country to run for President.” There is no doubt that Mrs. Bush’s character and intelligence informed her eldest son, George.

Negotiating while Stupid
PJ Media, by Helen Smith    Original Article
Posted By: Judy W.- 3/18/2014 7:38:24 AM     Post Reply
Over at Slate, there is a ridiculous article about a female academic who asks for too much and is rejected for the job. Naturally, it’s because she is female. Seriously, after looking at the list of demands she wants, who would want her?: As you know, I am very enthusiastic about the possibility of coming to Nazareth. Granting some of the following provisions would make my decision easier[:] 1) An increase of my starting salary to $65,000, which is more in line with what assistant professors in philosophy have been getting in the last few years. 2) An official semester of maternity leave. 3)

Most Active Articles (last 48 hours)

Larry Sabato: Jeb Bush now 'the
leader of the field' for 2016

51 replie(s)
Washington Examiner, by Paul Bedard    Original Article
Posted By: grace52- 3/20/2014 3:01:37 PM     Post Reply
With New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie stalled by the “Bridgegate” affair, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush has become the establishment´s candidate and top pick to win the 2016 GOP presidential nomination, according to a new analysis of the race. “We now consider Bush the leader of the field if he decides to run,” said the influential “Crystal Ball” from the University of Virginia´s Center for Politics. “In recent months, we’ve noticed an unmistakable and widespread desire among some of the Republicans we talk to, particularly ones who would be classified as members of the establishment on and off Capitol Hill, for a third Bush nominee in less than three decades.
Headline corrected by Staff.

Obama ladies touch down in
China amid taxpayer uproar

41 replie(s)
Washington Times (D.C.), by Cheryl K. Chumley    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 3/20/2014 3:30:44 PM     Post Reply
(Video) The Obama ladies are in the house — the house of China, that is. First lady Michelle Obama, her two daughters, Malia and Sasha, and her mother touched down Thursday in China for what’s being touted as a weeklong feel-good tourist event, amid increasing murmurs back home about U.S. taxpayers having to foot the bill. Mrs. Obama is supposed to use her visit for soft diplomacy only, and shy from the more controversial topics that plague U.S.-China relations, namely human rights and economics. No reporters accompanied the family on the trip. “The nature of her visit is really quite

Nancy Pelosi Annoyed That
People Won’t Stop Calling
Affordable Care Act ‘Obamacare’

38 replie(s)
Mediaite, by Josh Feldman    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 3/20/2014 3:27:46 PM     Post Reply
“Obamacare” as shorthand for the Affordcable Care Act was first used mostly by critics of the law, but now everyone’s using the moniker and President Obama has long since embraced it. But apparently no one told Nancy Pelosi, because she’s still ticked off at how much people talk about “Obamacare” instead of the “Affordable Care Act.” In response to a reporter asking a question about Obamacare being a political winner or loser, Pelosi said, “By the way, it’s called the Affordable Care Act. It’s called the Affordable Care Act. I know you didn’t intend any compliment or derogatory––it’s called the

Kerry phones Netanyahu
to complain about insults

35 replie(s)
The Hill (Washington, D.C.), by Rebecca Shabad    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 3/19/2014 5:05:17 PM     Post Reply
Secretary of State John Kerry called Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday morning to protest insults the Israeli defense minister directed at the Obama administration this week, the State Department said. In a speech at Tel Aviv University on Monday, Moshe Ya’alon criticized President Obama for having a weak foreign policy, and said Israel could no longer rely on the United States to lead nuclear negotiations with Iran. “Secretary Kerry spoke with Prime Minister Netanyahu this morning. And he protested to him his concerns about these comments,” State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters Wednesday. The U.S., Psaki reaffirmed, maintains an “unshakable

Obama: Deval Patrick ´would
make a great president´

31 replie(s)
Masslive.com, by Shira Schoenberg    Original Article
Posted By: Hazymac- 3/20/2014 1:57:09 PM     Post Reply
President Barack Obama said Wednesday that he thinks Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick “would make a great president or vice president.” Obama and Patrick, both Democrats, are friends and close political allies. The two men have campaigned for each other, with Patrick acting as a surrogate for Obama nationally during the 2012 presidential race. Patrick has said clearly that he intends to return to the private sector when his second term as governor is up at the end of the year and will not run for president in 2016. But he has not ruled out a run for office in the

No Reporters on Michelle
Obama´s Trip to China

30 replie(s)
Weekly Standard, by Daniel Halper    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 3/19/2014 12:19:03 PM     Post Reply
First Lady Michelle Obama will be accompanied by her children and her mother on her trip to China, which begins today. But she won´t be accompanied by the press. "Michelle Obama’s trip to China starting on Wednesday will be nonpolitical, the White House says, a ´people-to-people exchange´ emphasizing the importance that both nations place on education. As if to underscore the point, no reporters are traveling with the first lady, and she does not plan to give interviews while there," reports the New York Times. The White House is defending the first lady bringing her family along for the ride by saying

O-Care premiums to skyrocket
29 replie(s)
The Hill, by Elise Viebeck    Original Article
Posted By: FlyRight- 3/19/2014 7:22:26 AM     Post Reply
Health industry officials say ObamaCare-related premiums will double in some parts of the country, countering claims recently made by the administration. The expected rate hikes will be announced in the coming months amid an intense election year, when control of the Senate is up for grabs. The sticker shock would likely bolster the GOP’s prospects in November and hamper ObamaCare insurance enrollment efforts in 2015. The industry complaints come less than a week after Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius sought to downplay concerns about rising premiums in the healthcare sector. She told lawmakers rates would increase in 2015 but

Obama unveils Final Four picks,
predicts Michigan State to win

28 replie(s)
Washington Examiner, by Meghashyam Mali    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 3/19/2014 12:07:55 PM     Post Reply
President Obama unveiled his Final Four picks for the men´s NCAA College Basketball Championship to ESPN and predicted that Michigan State would top Louisville in the title game. In a yearly tradition for the basketball fan, Obama shared his Final Four predictions, rounded out by Florida and Arizona, for the tournament in a video for ESPN, broadcast Wednesday. “I’ve got Michigan State going all the way,” the president told ESPN’s Andy Katz. The president praised Spartans coach Tom Izzo as a “great tournament head coach.” Florida and Arizona are both No. 1 seeds, while Louisville is the defending champion. Obama sees Florida topping Kansas

Ellen Sucks Up to Obama:
Obamacare ´Doing Very, Very
Well...I Think Everyone´s Very
Grateful You Did This´

28 replie(s)
NewsBusters, by Tim Graham    Original Article
Posted By: FelineFine- 3/20/2014 9:25:21 AM     Post Reply
Ellen DeGeneres was a completely slavish toady to President Obama as he appeared on her show to sell Obamacare -- not to young people, but to mothers. The president made his pitch to "especially all the moms out there who may have young people – 26, 27, do not have health insurance, but they think they’re invincible and nothing’s ever going to happen to ‘em – what we’ve said is you never know what life is going to throw at ya."

Here come the (Obama) girls! Michelle
lands in China for week-long trip with
her daughters and mother... while
President admits he´s lonely at home

28 replie(s)
Daily Mail [UK], by Sara Malm, David Martosko    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 3/20/2014 12:28:11 PM     Post Reply
Michelle Obama arrived in China on Thursday for a weeklong visit that will steer clear of politics and instead focusing on education and community. [Snip] On Friday, she is to spend the day with Peng Liyuan, the wife of Chinese President Xi Jinping, something which diplomats hope will build bridges between the two countries. ´I think this is a very good opportunity to improve the China-U.S. relations, as the first lady can represent the soft side of diplomacy,´ said Wang Dong, a political scientist at Peking University´s School of International Studies. ´Michelle Obama herself has been accomplished in areas such as

First Lady Challenges Americans to ´Try
a New Fruit or Vegetable Each Week´

28 replie(s)
Cybercast News Service, by Timothy Hill    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 3/20/2014 6:16:05 PM     Post Reply
College basketball can wait. Did you know that March is actually National Nutrition Month? Today, First Lady Michelle Obama urged Americans via her "Let´s Move!" initiative to challenge their family members to eat one new fruit or vegetable per week in March to faithfully observe the occasion. "March is National Nutrition Month and you can celebrate by challenging your family to try a new fruit or vegetable each week," First Lady Michelle Obama said in an e-mail to supporters today. Never mind that there were less than two "each weeks" left in National Nutrition Month when the e-mail challenge was

Early signs of spring may not be good
27 replie(s)
KUSA-TV 9News [Denver], by Jack Maher    Original Article
Posted By: BaseballFan- 3/20/2014 3:03:56 PM     Post Reply
Warm temperatures, colorful wildflowers. What´s not to like, about early signs of spring? Climate scientists at NASA say these early signs could be tied to global warming, and the consequences are troubling. 9NEWS talked to NASA scientist Dr. Compton Tucker at the Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland. He said that on average, the last frost of the year is happening about five days earlier than it did just five decades ago. Tucker said his conclusions are drawn from a fleet of Earth-observing satellites that have been monitoring our planet for more than 40 years. That satellite data combined with


Post Reply   Close thread 766166

Home Page | Latest Posts | Links | Must Reads | Update Profile | RSS | Contribute | Register | Rules & FAQs
Privacy Policy | Search | Post | Contact | Logout | Forgot Password | Search Using Google

© 2014 Lucianne.com Media Inc.