Columnist: Kathleen Parker

Nov. 03, 2013 @ 01:37 PM

Advice columnist to GOP

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.


Oct. 28, 2013 @ 12:53 AM

The White House Comedy Club

While the nation's attention has been riveted on the Keystone Congress, the executive branch was busy developing its own comedy routine. Picture the cast (you know the characters) shrugging their shoulders in unison: "Who, me?"


Oct. 27, 2013 @ 04:03 PM

The White House Comedy Club

While the nation's attention has been riveted on the Keystone Congress, the executive branch was busy developing its own comedy routine. Picture the cast (you know the characters) shrugging their shoulders in unison: "Who, me?"


Oct. 19, 2013 @ 08:45 PM

Key for both parties: Will Cruz shut up?

Two things are often said in this town: "A day is a year in politics." And, "It's all about 2014."


Oct. 16, 2013 @ 12:03 PM

The marvelous American middle

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.


Oct. 09, 2013 @ 07:54 AM

Go 'Noles, not Redskins

As a fan of tradition, my knee-jerk reaction to the Redskins controversy -- should the name be changed out of respect for offended Native Americans? -- was, well, knee-jerk.


Oct. 06, 2013 @ 04:11 PM

Learn from this monumental mistake

Losing a hard-fought battle confers no dishonor, but losing a badly chosen battle is embarrassing.

And then there's ridiculous.

Into the latter category goes the decision to close the nation's monuments to make sure the government shutdown strikes the hearts of all The American People, whose constant invocation by pandering politicians fills one with self-loathing. (Who wants to be an "American People" given the quality of our spokesfolksen?)


Oct. 02, 2013 @ 04:08 PM

Leverage, context in the shutdown showdown

In life, context is everything; in Washington, leverage is everything else.

Both are essential to understanding what just happened.


Sep. 29, 2013 @ 12:37 PM

Republicans can't win for losing in political desert

Ask most people on Capitol Hill and they'll say: 50-50. Those are the odds they give for a government shutdown.

An alternative to the shutdown would be a proposed delay of the individual mandate, the most painful part of Obamacare, which may seem like a Republican victory but upon closer inspection would be a win for President Obama and Democrats.

Historians -- or commentators in the meantime -- might view either of these possible outcomes as yet another "Putinesca"  victory for the president: Saved by the enemy.


Sep. 25, 2013 @ 08:08 PM

The pontiff who doesn't pontificate

Pope Francis continues to delight and surprise as he pursues his radical pilgrimage across the global psyche -- inspiring with his humility while also sending shock waves with his subversive spirit.


Sep. 22, 2013 @ 02:01 PM

Obamacare delay might benefit the president

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.

Not defund, as the House voted to do Friday, but delay.


Sep. 18, 2013 @ 12:38 PM

Here we go again

The conversation we're having today about how to avert the next act of gun violence is nothing new. Yet, we seem always to fall into the same pro-con template when a fresh shooting occurs.


Sep. 15, 2013 @ 04:40 PM

Shocker: KGB colonel outmaneuvers community organizer

As I read Vlad's op-ed in The New York Times, a Judy Collins tune kept replaying in my head: "Isn't it rich? Isn't it queer?"

The song, actually written by Stephen Sondheim, although it is Collins' signature hit, is "Send in the Clowns" and seems an apt soundtrack for current events. As we've stalled in making a decision about how to handle Syria (two years and counting), Russian President Vladimir Putin and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad have been allowed to emerge as reasonable heads of state, talking down to the U.S., lecturing us about our misplaced belief in exceptionalism, and making demands that mock our president.


Sep. 11, 2013 @ 10:19 AM

Talking ourselves out of war

Most administrations contemplating military action worry about an exit strategy. The Obama administration seems to be in search of an entrance strategy.


Sep. 08, 2013 @ 02:46 PM

The danger of a little bit of war

Waging a little bit of war is like being a little bit pregnant.

History and human experience tell us that neither is possible, yet we seem bent on believing it. Or, should I say, deceiving ourselves.