Columnist: Kathleen Parker

May. 08, 2013 @ 07:27 PM

Parker: Are you (fill in the blank) enough?

Enough with this "enough" business.

Latest to the question of whether a person is sufficiently identifiable as belonging to a particular demographic is Ted Cruz -- the conservative Texas senator who happens to be of Hispanic descent.

But is he Hispanic enough? For what, his family taco recipe? Before you send in the sensitivity police, permit me to finish, por favor.


May. 05, 2013 @ 08:44 PM

Parker: Public policy shouldn't marginalize role of parents

They lost me at the word "women."

As so often happens with contemporary debate, arguments being proffered in support of allowing teenagers as young as 15 (and possibly younger) to buy the "morning-after pill" without adult supervision are false on their premise.


Apr. 28, 2013 @ 08:16 PM

Parker: The Bush I knew

In a reprieve from the horror of the most recent terrorist attack, the nation's attentions turned to the man who declared the war on terrorism, George W. Bush.

During Thursday's 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 and self-doubt to those of lesser conviction.


Apr. 21, 2013 @ 08:36 PM

Parker: The governor, the soul mate and ... The End

As the reporter said to the novelist: Why bother to make stuff up?

For stories and characters, one needs only a pair of walking shoes in this city, where recent attentions have turned to two salacious stories. One concerns a murder-for-hire plot involving a banker, his wife, his lover's ex-husband and his ex-lover's husband's cellmate. Not to be confused with his soul mate.

No, that designation refers to the other story making rounds on the cocktail circuit. Yes, he's back but maybe not for long. Mark Sanford, the former governor who disappeared for five days, allegedly to hike the Appalachian Trail only to find himself in the arms of his lover (now his fiancee), is discovering that not every kid gets a comeback.

What is it about the shamed male politician that he seems unable to accept when it's over?


Apr. 17, 2013 @ 07:50 PM

Parker: Trying hard not to become numb to life's horrors

You know the feeling. You wake up filled with dread but, still groggy, you can't put your finger on the reason.

Possibilities flitter across the landscape of near-consciousness: An exam? A deadline? A speech? What day is it?

Oh my God, Boston.


Apr. 14, 2013 @ 07:51 PM

Parker: Unnecessary upset over beauty and the beast

The recent kerfuffle over a secret recording of Sen. Mitch McConnell's campaign strategy meeting, which focused on opposition research about a likely opponent, actress Ashley Judd, has divided observers into two groups.

One consists of those disturbed by the bugging of a private conversation. The other consists of people who were mostly offended by the content of the conversation, which concerned Judd's emotional problems, and laughter about certain odd comments she has made over time.


Apr. 10, 2013 @ 07:28 PM

Parker: New gun regulations might feel better, but won't prevent tragedies

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.

Let's review: The Newtown killer was a mentally disturbed young man living with his mother. She had legally purchased her arsenal and had even taught her son how to responsibly handle firearms.

What she did not do was: (1) deal appropriately with her son's mental illness; (2) safely contain her guns so that her son could not access them.


Apr. 03, 2013 @ 08:11 PM

Parker: A monument to reconciliation

 It isn't often that one gets to hear both the strains of "Dixie" and an African drum concert in the same public square. Nor, usually, are statue unveilings the riveting stuff of storytelling.

That is, unless one happens to be in the oldest inland city, population 7,000, of one of the oddest little states in a nation of oddness.

The unlikely combo of a brass band invoking the rebel anthem and a couple of dreadlocked musicians pounding drums provided the soundtrack for an Easter weekend unveiling of life-sized, bronze statues celebrating two Camden-born national figures - African-American baseball legend Larry Doby and Jewish financier and presidential adviser Bernard Baruch.


Mar. 24, 2013 @ 08:18 PM

Parker: Hillary’s time may be coming, if she wants the job

No matter what Barack Obama does, he cannot escape the shadow of his former political opponent.

Hillary Clinton, back from her global travels visiting places and peoples hardly heard of on this continent, is stealing the spotlight without even touching the stage.

President Obama visits the Middle East, makes history as he speaks war to Syria and Iran, and peace to Israelis and Palestinians, and the talk back home circles The Big Question: Will Hillary run?


Mar. 20, 2013 @ 08:21 PM

Parker: Lamenting the bystander effect in the social media age

The recent rape conviction of two teenagers, one of whom also distributed a photo and sent cruel text messages about their victim, has captured the "bystander effect" in graphic and nauseating detail.

The bystander effect is the psychological term coined after Kitty Genovese was raped and murdered outside her New York apartment building in 1964. As the story unfolded, neighbors ignored her screams during three attacks over a 30-minute period.


Mar. 17, 2013 @ 02:01 PM

Parker: Silent on rape no more

Mariska Hargitay, better known as "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" Detective Olivia Benson, is the human intersection of life and art.


Mar. 13, 2013 @ 09:01 PM

Parker: Media myopia on keen display in Rome

All things considered, I'd rather be in Rome. Isn't everyone?

Tout le journalism monde has descended on Rome since Pope Benedict XVI's surprise retirement last month. The ensuing Vatican intrigue has been appropriately sumptuous: Was it the gay cabal? Blackmail? Did the butler do it?


Mar. 10, 2013 @ 11:23 AM

Parker: Optical illusions won’t change stalemate’s reality

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.


Mar. 06, 2013 @ 08:43 PM

Parker: Yahoo's in the crossfire of a new mommy war

Excuse me while I roll my eyes over the latest "mommy war."

It's not that I don't care about the substance, but because I've lived long enough to know how it turns out. Some wars can't be won because to the victor go spoils no one really wants. And the children always lose.


Feb. 24, 2013 @ 11:20 AM

Parker: Droning on about feelings

First they came for the drones.

No, not the unmanned kind that kill strangers from a safe distance but the sort who sit in meeting rooms and repeat slogans until they absorb the proper way of thinking. The killers, figuratively speaking, are the diversity trainers who numb the human mind with slogans and rote instruction on emotional correctness.