A senior editor for National Review, where he has covered national politics and public policy for 18 years, Ponnuru is also a columnist for Bloomberg View. A prolific writer, he is the author of a monograph about Japanese industrial policy and a book about American politics and the sanctity of human life. At AEI, Ponnuru examines the future of conservatism, with particular attention to health care, economic policy, and constitutionalism.
"The Party of Death: The Democrats, the Media, the Courts, and the Disregard for Human Life," Regnery Publishing, 2006
Like everyone else who follows politics, I'll be looking at a small number of races on Election Day to get a sense of which party is likely to have control of the Senate next year. But some races have an importance for our political future that goes beyond the question of who runs the Senate.
No means no, silence means no and the absence of a continuing yes means no, too: That's the upshot of a controversial new California law governing disciplinary proceedings at colleges that receive state funding.
When Adrian Peterson was indicted for injuring a child earlier this month, a lot of journalists explained that the lesson we should take away is that the physical punishment of children is always wrong -- and should perhaps be outlawed. Spanking isn't going to be banned anytime soon because a large majority of Americans believe it's sometimes appropriate. They're right.
Corporate inversions have become a political controversy solely because of the screwiness of the U.S. tax system. There is a way to cut through this political knot so that there would be fewer inversions -- and fewer reasons to care about them.
In his new book, Matt Bai makes a real contribution to our understanding of the Hart episode. He clears up the widely believed myth -- which I had previously accepted -- that what led to Hart's exposure was his challenging the press to follow him around. Bai's theory that the story explains everything that's wrong with contemporary politics, though, neither hangs together nor fits the facts.