The Week: Most Recent from Jeb Golinkin recent posts.en-usWed, 11 Jun 2014 07:30:00 -0400http://theweek.com Recent from Jeb Golinkin from THE WEEKWed, 11 Jun 2014 07:30:00 -0400How establishment Republicans can bounce back from Cantor's loss<img src="" /></P><p>Since 2008, conservatives like myself have been waiting, indeed, almost hoping, to finally hit rock bottom.</p><p>At first, we thought our nadir was reached in 2008 when we watched in horror as Sarah Palin made a mockery of the entire conservative movement. We figured that after getting beaten like a drum by one Sen. Barack Obama, conservatives would wise up and pick more appealing candidates. Even move to the center, if you will.</p><p>We knew we were wrong, though, when, in 2010, we witnessed Christine O'Donnell tell us she was not a witch, Sharron Angle lose an unlosable race to Harry Reid, and of course...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/jeb-golinkin" ><span class="byline">Jeb Golinkin</span></a>Wed, 11 Jun 2014 07:30:00 -0400ObamaCare's growing Medicaid problem<img src="" /></P><p>There is not a person alive &mdash; Republican or Democrat &mdash; who will tell you that ObamaCare is off to a good start. The website is a disaster. Millions of people are being booted off their insurance plans, despite President Obama's promises to the contrary. And millions of people are also being hit with higher premiums.</p><p>Unfortunately, all of this might merely constitute the tip of the iceberg. The website matters, but it is not the website that will determine whether the Affordable Care Act is fiscally sustainable. The answer to that more important question will be determined largely by...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/jeb-golinkin" ><span class="byline">Jeb Golinkin</span></a>Wed, 30 Oct 2013 13:05:00 -0400Why Obama must strike Syria<img src="" /></P><p>On Syria, the GOP is a party divided. There are essentially three camps: realists, isolationists, and neocons.</p><p>On the neocon side are Sens. Lindsey Graham and John McCain, who are upset that the president has not acted more aggressively. The realists are represented by Sen. Marco Rubio, who is preparing to quietly back the president. And Sen. Rand Paul, ever the isolationist, is arguing that American interests are not on the line in Syria. Speaking to David Gregory on <em>Meet the Press</em>, Paul made his case:<span ></span><span ></span></p><p >I don't see American interests involved on either side of this Syrian war. I see Assad, who...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/jeb-golinkin" ><span class="byline">Jeb Golinkin</span></a>Tue, 03 Sep 2013 07:20:00 -0400The conservative dilemma in a nutshell<img src="" /></P><p>Jim DeMint, the former firebrand senator from South Carolina who now heads The Heritage Foundation, has been on the speaking junket of late calling for the replacement of any Republican who has the good sense to oppose a purely symbolic and unwinnable vote on repealing ObamaCare. DeMint is an absolutist, and is revealing a sad truth about too many spokespeople for conservative causes these days: They play to an audience that does not understand (or does not care about) the demographic realities of electoral politics, and offer a message designed to line their own pockets rather than improve the...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/jeb-golinkin" ><span class="byline">Jeb Golinkin</span></a>Wed, 21 Aug 2013 07:20:00 -0400What America's founding fathers can teach us about Egypt's future<img src="" /></P><p>On July 4, I expressed reservations regarding the coup that ousted the leader of Egypt's Islamist government from power. The main reason was this: There's an uncomfortable but seldom-acknowledged reality that the line between an expression of the popular will and the act of a mob or the act of a criminal is and has never been as neat as we are comfortable with.</p><p>Today, the violent and startlingly Draconian crackdown of Egypt's military government against the popularly elected but suddenly unpopular and overthrown Islamist government reminds us that revolutions and the concept of democratic governance...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/jeb-golinkin" ><span class="byline">Jeb Golinkin</span></a>Thu, 15 Aug 2013 10:20:00 -0400Our catastrophic public education system<img src="" /></P><p>Every once in a while, I come across a story that reads like it could have been prepared for publication in <em>The Onion</em>.</p><p><em>The New York Times</em>' story on the catastrophically low standardized test results being reported out of New York City this week is just such a story. All of the elements are there. Passage rates are so low that one cannot help but think they must be fake. And then they're followed by comically absurd reactions from parents and teachers.</p><p>Unfortunately, this story is not a joke. Instead, it reveals that our education system is failing millions and millions of young people, and that...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/jeb-golinkin" ><span class="byline">Jeb Golinkin</span></a>Thu, 08 Aug 2013 11:40:00 -0400ObamaCare will not be repealed or defunded. Deal with it.<img src="" /></P><p>On March 21, 2010, my former boss and mentor, David Frum, wrote a story that ran on <em></em> under the headline "Waterloo." It harshly criticized conservatives for their uncompromising opposition to the bill officially titled the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, but which most of us know simply as ObamaCare. David agreed that in a perfect world, ObamaCare would never see the light of day. However, surveying the legislative landscape, David observed that the GOP never had enough votes to defeat the health-care bill.</p><p>While conservatives could not prevent the bill from becoming law...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/jeb-golinkin" ><span class="byline">Jeb Golinkin</span></a>Tue, 06 Aug 2013 07:25:00 -0400Memo to Masters of the Universe: You are not above the law<img src="" /></P><p>Last week, the Office of the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York announced the indictment of one of the largest hedge funds in the United States &mdash; Steve Cohn's SAC Capital. The indictment, the product of more than a decade of work, essentially accuses SAC Capital of operating as an unfathomably large criminal conspiracy to capitalize on inside information. In making this move, the Manhattan U.S. Attorney's Office sent a crackling shot across the bow of every single insider on Wall Street. The message: No one is above the law.</p><p>In the wake of the financial crisis,...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/jeb-golinkin" ><span class="byline">Jeb Golinkin</span></a>Mon, 29 Jul 2013 07:25:00 -0400Apparently, the 2016 presidential campaign is already in full swing<img src="" /></P><p>It just keeps getting earlier and earlier, doesn't it? Barack Obama has not even served one-fifth of his second term as president. But if you read the papers Friday, you would have thought we were deep into 2016 campaign mode. Over at <em>The Hill</em>, you would have seen a recap of David Axelrod proclaiming Hilary Clinton the winner of the Democratic presidential primary. Meanwhile, Ted Cruz and Rand Paul, neither of whom represents a state located anywhere near Iowa, are off to talk to crowds of future Iowa caucus voters... presumably to pledge their devotion to ethanol subsidies and generally say anything...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/jeb-golinkin" ><span class="byline">Jeb Golinkin</span></a>Sat, 20 Jul 2013 12:00:00 -0400Why does anyone still watch The Newsroom?<img src="" /></P><p>There is good writing, and then there is <em>good </em>writing. If you want to read some of the latter category, check out Andy Greenwald's latest <em>Grantland </em>column &mdash; it contains a few of the best-crafted paragraphs you are likely to find anywhere in the near future. In his column, Greenwald scalps <em>The Newsroom</em>, Aaron Sorkin's latest creation. But far more interesting, and far more prescient, is Greenwald's analysis of those of us who are still watching. Simply put, we are not as smart as we think we are.</p><p>Greenwald&rsquo;s focus is on a single question: Why do people still watch <em>The Newsroom</em>?<span ></span><span ></span></p><p>One...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/jeb-golinkin" ><span class="byline">Jeb Golinkin</span></a>Thu, 18 Jul 2013 08:55:00 -0400Meet Greg Abbott: Rick Perry's heir apparent<img src="" /></P><p>I was born in 1988, meaning I was in the eighth grade when Rick Perry first became the governor of my home state of Texas. Almost 15 years later, Gov. Perry has finally announced his intention to take his talents somewhere else &mdash; probably Iowa or New Hampshire &mdash; and that leaves us with a question: What happens now?</p><p>I guess we can start with what will not happen. Sorry, liberal dreamers, but Wendy Davis has a 0.00 percent chance of being the next governor of Texas. And even if you don't know it, she does, so don't expect her to be entering the race this go round. Indeed, we don't really...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/jeb-golinkin" ><span class="byline">Jeb Golinkin</span></a>Tue, 09 Jul 2013 14:10:00 -0400Europe's boneheaded decision on life sentences without parole<img src="" /></P><p>It's one thing to oppose the death penalty&hellip; but the European Court for Human Rights apparently believes that life without the possibility of parole is also cruel and unusual. Or, to use the court's language, inhumane and degrading treatment: "The court found in particular that, for a life sentence to remain compatible with Article 3 [of the European convention on human rights] there had to be both a possibility of release and a possibility of review."</p><p>It's difficult to figure out what bodies of law or precedent this purportedly legal body looked to to discern the meaning of "inhumane and...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/jeb-golinkin" ><span class="byline">Jeb Golinkin</span></a>Tue, 09 Jul 2013 07:45:00 -0400It sure looks like Rick Perry is running for president<img src="" /></P><p>Say what you will about Rick Perry, but the man can politic with the best of them.</p><p>Several days into the second special legislative session the Texas governor called to push through some of the toughest abortion legislation in the United States, and with Perry's announcement of "exciting future plans" coming on Monday, it is becoming increasingly clear that Wendy Davis is not the only individual who is winning political capital at the state capitol building in Austin. While the national media's focus has remained firmly on Davis, Rick Perry is quietly using the abortion debate to position himself...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/jeb-golinkin" ><span class="byline">Jeb Golinkin</span></a>Sun, 07 Jul 2013 11:00:00 -0400The dangerous precedent of Mohamed Morsi's ouster<img src="" /></P><p>A coup is underway in Egypt. For the second time in two years, the Egyptian people have risen up and ousted the leader of their country. While the Arab Spring of 2011 may have been interpreted by the outside world as a sign of Egypt's commitment to popular governance, this week's uprising demonstrates that the Egyptian people, by and large, may be less committed to the rule of law than we thought. While Mohamed Morsi's ouster is certainly not something worth grieving over, the act of deposing a popularly elected leader less than a year after he was put in office sets a dangerous precedent that...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/jeb-golinkin" ><span class="byline">Jeb Golinkin</span></a>Thu, 04 Jul 2013 08:25:00 -0400The Supreme Court's Voting Rights Act ruling: Vast right-wing conspiracy, or common sense?<img src="" /></P><p>Maybe you've heard, but the conservative majority of the Supreme Court carried out a major offensive on Tuesday, marking the latest development in the vast rightwing conspiracy to overthrow the universe. This time, Chief Justice Roberts and his cabal struck a blow against minorities everywhere by destroying the Voting Rights Act of 1965.<span ></span></p><p>Okay&hellip; that is not what happened. But judging from the coverage you are apt to find in most major media outlets, and from the rhetoric you are hearing from various representatives of the left, you would think the chief justice's opinion was radical. But...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/jeb-golinkin" ><span class="byline">Jeb Golinkin</span></a>Wed, 26 Jun 2013 14:30:00 -0400Sarah Palin's mind-bogglingly incoherent immigration reform critique<img src="" /></P><p>It's easy and tiresome to trash Sarah Palin as an uneducated embarrassment to the Republican Party (a party of which I am a member). But when the great anti-intellectual takes ridiculously simple-minded shots at Marco Rubio for supporting immigration reform, something needs to be said.</p><p>The <em>Sunshine State News</em> asked the former Alaska governor to comment on immigration reform. She took the opportunity to take a giant swing at Marco Rubio:</p><p >Just like they did with ObamaCare, some in Congress intend to "Pelosi" the amnesty bill. They'll pass it in order to find out what's in it. And just like the...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/jeb-golinkin" ><span class="byline">Jeb Golinkin</span></a>Tue, 25 Jun 2013 10:55:00 -0400