By Kathleen Parker June 19, 2014 6 a.m.
WASHINGTON — About that stunning defeat. Conventional Wisdom, that self-righteous propagandist, has it that Republican House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s trouncing by an academic, tea-sipping nobody marks the end of the GOP establishment. The Tea Party candidate crushed Cantor, they say. The old-guard Republican Party is toast! It’s over. Finito.
By Kathleen Parker June 12, 2014 6 a.m.
So much for the argument that having more people armed in public places will result in fewer gun deaths.
By Kathleen Parker June 5, 2014 6 a.m.
The exchange of five Guantanamo detainees for the release of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl has reminded us of three unpleasant facts of life: The United States does negotiate with terrorists; the president will circumvent laws as circumstances require; Republicans and Democrats will be summarily outraged as party affiliations seem to require.
By Kathleen Parker May 29, 2014 6 a.m.
Former President George W. Bush once said, rather proudly, that he didn't read newspapers. President Barack Obama, a confirmed newsie, has claimed to read the major papers, perhaps to learn what's going on in his own administration.
By Kathleen Parker May 22, 2014 6 a.m.
Just when you thought American higher learning couldn't get any more ridiculous, along come demands for warning labels on provocative works of literature.
By Kathleen Parker May 15, 2014 6 a.m.
When my neighbor gleefully reported that Bill Maher had dedicated a searing monologue to me for a column about the Donald Sterling/Cliven Bundy rants, my first thought was, Nah. If I tussled with everybody who tossed a brick through the window, I'd never get the draperies hung.
By Kathleen Parker May 8, 2014 6 a.m.
When Lady Justice takes a count of bleeding hearts outside the execution chamber, she won't find mine among them.
By Kathleen Parker May 1, 2014 6 a.m.
The Cliven Bundy spectacle in Nevada has provided a Wild West backdrop for our hottest political issues as we gallop toward the midterm elections. Politically, the conflict between the Bureau of Land Management and the Bundy family has highlighted the importance of picking one's battles wisely. Suffice to say, a smattering of pundits and politicians drank from the wrong chalice.
By Kathleen Parker April 24, 2014 6 a.m.
The word is out that Chelsea Clinton is with child, making the favorite Democratic presidential nominee a soon-to-be grandmother.
By Kathleen Parker April 17, 2014 6 a.m.
One approaches the race fray with trepidation, but here we go, tippy-toe. The race cards have been flying so fast and furious lately, one can hardly tell the kings from the queens.
By Kathleen Parker April 10, 2014 6 a.m.
Rush Limbaugh can relax. The popular "demon of the right" has been replaced at least through the midterms by the Koch brothers, Charles and David.
By Kathleen Parker April 3, 2014 6 a.m.
H.L. Mencken gets a workout in election years when voters are reminded by pundits of the curmudgeon's observation that no one ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American public.
By Kathleen Parker March 27, 2014 6 a.m.
When it comes to tackling complicated legal issues, one would be hard-pressed to conjure a less likely partnership than Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz and Baylor University President Ken Starr.
By Kathleen Parker March 20, 2014 6 a.m.
There's nothing quite so helpful as a fatwa and threats of a Christian boycott to create buzz in advance of a new movie.
By Kathleen Parker March 13, 2014 6 a.m.
When the going gets tough, well, why not just make the going easier? This seems to be the conclusion of the College Board, which administers the dreaded SAT college entrance exam. Recently announced "improvements" to the test are designed, say board officials, to better gauge what students actually study and learn in high school. Shouldn't take too long.
By Kathleen Parker March 6, 2014 6 a.m.
President Obama's new outreach initiative to help at-risk boys of color — "My Brother's Keeper" — is cause for cheer.
By Kathleen Parker February 27, 2014 6 a.m.
This town can get pretty wound up when a politician misbehaves. Given some of the reactions to Bobby Jindal's off-script remarks Monday, you'd think he'd been caught with a mirror on his shoe in the ladies' restroom.
By Kathleen Parker February 20, 2014 6 a.m.
It is easy these days to imagine that one is living in a fairy tale, albeit a dreary one. In fairy tales, as in Washington, things are true that can't possibly be -- and what is not true can be defended by tilting the facts a certain way and catching the light just so.
By Kathleen Parker February 13, 2014 6 a.m.
Groundhog Day isn't just a movie. Here it is early 2014 — still almost three years away from a new presidency — but it's high time to mention that Hillary Clinton was a "ruthless" first lady.
By Kathleen Parker February 6, 2014 6 a.m.
We have officially reached the take-a-step-back moment in the unfolding — or unraveling -— of the Chris Christie alleged bridge/political retribution/Sandy funds political scandal.
By Kathleen Parker January 30, 2014 6 a.m.
We know what Mike Huckabee meant. Sort of. Kind of. But, really?
By Kathleen Parker January 23, 2014 6 a.m.
Everybody's doing it — confessing their youthful, pot-smoking ways — so here goes.
By Kathleen Parker January 16, 2014 6 a.m.
As we evaluate the efficacy of the War on Poverty, a single, unquantifiable factor stubbornly demands attention: luck.
By Kathleen Parker January 9, 2014 6 a.m.
If you happen to be one of those who enjoy politics as a blood sport, 2014's midterms promise to be a carnival of gore. And that's just in the Republican Party.
By Kathleen Parker January 2, 2014 6 a.m.
The year-end review required of all columnists inevitably brings us to the mailbag and a few clarifications.
By Kathleen Parker December 19, 2013 6 a.m.
'Tis the season and Nancy Pelosi has given the hands-down best gift to the American people — her phrase "Embrace the suck."
By Kathleen Parker December 12, 2013 6 a.m.
Make a woman laugh, Marilyn Monroe supposedly said, and you can make her do anything.
By Kathleen Parker December 5, 2013 6 a.m.
As the government health care website chugs along, the Obama administration has initiated a counter-initiative to combat Republican naysaying — and its weapons are of superior grade.
By Kathleen Parker November 28, 2013 6 a.m.
Meet Simile and Sui Generis. Simile, to refresh memories, is a favorite rhetorical device of writers that compares two essentially unlike things that nonetheless have similar characteristics: The quarterback was like a locomotive.
By Kathleen Parker November 14, 2013 6 a.m.
President Obama is no lip-biting, tear-streaking, chin-trembling apologist.
By Kathleen Parker November 7, 2013 6 a.m.
Ms. Know-It-All, the anonymous political advice columnist whose identity remains a popular Georgetown cocktail party guessing game, is also known to live up to her title now and then. Herewith a correspondence worth sharing.
By Kathleen Parker October 24, 2013 6 a.m.
Two things are often said in Washington, D.C.: "A day is a year in politics." And, "It's all about 2014."
By Kathleen Parker October 17, 2013 6 a.m.
This just in from a new Esquire/NBC News study: There are more Americans in the vast middle than on either the left or right.
By Kathleen Parker October 3, 2013 6 a.m.
In life, context is everything; in Washington, leverage is everything else. Both are essential to understanding what just happened.
By Kathleen Parker September 26, 2013 6 a.m.
News consumers by now have absorbed the message that Republicans are going to defund Obamacare, shut down the government, ruin the economy and starve the poor. This is what Democrats would have you believe and, given the GOP's recent obstructionist history, it would not be a stretch. However, there is an alternative scenario that bears fair consideration.
By Kathleen Parker September 12, 2013 6:01 a.m.
Rarely, if ever, has so much talk preceded a proposed military strike. Most administrations contemplating military action worry about an exit strategy. The Obama administration seems to be in search of an entrance strategy.
By Kathleen Parker September 5, 2013 6:01 a.m.
Undoubtedly, you've heard that American credibility is on the line, thanks to President Obama's vacillation on what to do about Syria. To bomb or not to bomb, that is always the question.
By Kathleen Parker August 22, 2013 6:01 a.m.
In one of the early episodes of "Portlandia," the satirical show that makes fun of all things Portland, a couple dining out interviews the waitress about their potential chicken dinner.
By Kathleen Parker July 18, 2013 6:01 a.m.
As a courtroom junkie since my early reporting days, it is at great personal sacrifice that I suggest the following: It may be time to get television cameras out of the courtroom.
By Kathleen Parker July 4, 2013 6:01 a.m.
I like Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis. I admire her intelligence, chutzpah, tenacity and, to be perfectly honest, her enviable continence.
By Kathleen Parker June 20, 2013 6:01 a.m.
At a party a few years ago, a young reporter bounded over to my cluster of social nodders and, with the breathlessness of a born tweeter, chirped: "What's the new hot thing?!" I replied: "Anonymity."
By Kathleen Parker May 17, 2013 6:01 a.m.
Conservative organizations suddenly have found common cause with one of their favorite objects of contempt -- the Mainstream Media. In a twist of irony, the two groups have coalesced around a common enemy: the U.S. government.
By Kathleen Parker May 2, 2013 6:01 a.m.
In a reprieve from the horror of the most recent terrorist attack, the nation's attentions turned last week to the man who declared the war on terrorism, George W. Bush. During the April 25 dedication of his library at Southern Methodist University, nary a word was spoken about the most controversial aspect of his tenure, the Iraq invasion. All living presidents were in attendance and made only generic references to mistakes and regrets familiar to all. Of course, Bush famously acknowledges no mistakes or regrets, but rather bequeaths judgment to history.
By Kathleen Parker April 11, 2013 6:01 a.m.
The biggest obstacle to the Obama administration's push for tighter gun control may be its own best argument: Newtown. This is because nothing proposed in the gun control debates would have prevented the mass killing of children at Sandy Hook Elementary School, and everybody knows it. At best, tighter gun laws will make us feel better.
By Kathleen Parker March 14, 2013 6:01 a.m.
The media love optics and no one understands this better than President Obama. Thus, he invited a gang of Republican senators to din-dins at the swank (and legendary) Jefferson Hotel, one of the city's more discreet (and expensive) gathering places.
By Kathleen Parker February 28, 2013 6:01 a.m.
First they came for the drones.
By Kathleen Parker February 14, 2013 6:01 a.m.
We may never know exactly what happened in Benghazi the night Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans were killed, but it's becoming increasingly clear that our response was short of optimum. Even today, there are far more questions than answers. Could Stevens have been saved? Was Washington doing all in its drone-loving power to intervene? And, finally, as now-retired Secretary of State Hillary Clinton fired back to congressional questioners during her recent appearance on Capitol Hill: What difference, at this point, does it make?
By Kathleen Parker January 31, 2013 6:01 a.m.
It must be true what they say about women -- that they are smarter, stronger, wiser and wilier than your average Joe.
By Kathleen Parker January 17, 2013 6:01 a.m.
The new year has begun with an avalanche of Republican retrospectives: What went wrong? What must the GOP do? I keep bumping into advice my father gave me a long time ago: "Learn Spanish. You will need it to survive in the world you will inherit."
By Kathleen Parker January 3, 2013 6:01 a.m.
As politicians compete to prove who loves the middle class more, they're missing the elephant and the donkey in the room. The middle class needs not just tax breaks and jobs but also marriage.