Madam Secretary vs Madam Secretary

More people watched a TV drama than the Democratic debate on Sunday, and please don't tell me the debate was a drama...

My 2016 Predictions

Please check out my op-ed for the Denver Post with some predictions for 2016:

Here's the one prediction they cut out of my article:

Elsewhere, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie announces that the Garden State will create its own version of Mt. Rushmore – featuring cultural icons Kim Kardashian, Beyoncé, J.Lo, and Nicki Minaj. Rather than show the women’s faces, the hill will have carved into it likenesses of their barely-clothed rear ends. “After all,” says National Organization for Women President Terry O’Neill, “they’ve proven that only women can be as famous from behind as from in front.” Major funding for the project is received from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

Trump Spells Trouble for Clinton

If recent polls from more than half a dozen reputable polling organizations are to be believed, of the six leading Republican candidates for president Donald Trump is the one least likely to defeat Hillary Clinton in the 2016 general election.

Polling can be and has often been wrong, sometimes spectacularly so, but Trump’s electability gap has been a consistent feature of his primary campaign as a fire-breathing self-funding willing-to-say-anything non-politician politician.

However, even if you believe (as I do) the conventional wisdom that Hillary Clinton is “clearly itching to run against Mr. Trump,” he nevertheless poses a substantial threat to her presidential aspirations in advance of November’s elections.

Please read the rest of my article for the American Spectator here:

Starting Jan 4, The Ross Kaminsky Show airs 6-10 AM on TalkRadio 630 KHOW

I'm very happy and proud to let you know that starting Monday, January 4, 2016, I'll be the new host of the morning drive radio show (6 AM to 10 AM, with recorded 5 AM hour) on Denver's Talk Station, TalkRadio 630 KHOW. My good friend Mandy Connell will be taking over on KOA NewsRadio for the semi-retiring Mike Rosen who will continue to have a show on Saturday mornings. So many big changes going on at the radio stations and for me. I hope you'll be a regular listener!

Something has Changed

Something has changed.

Last week my wife said to me, “I think I’d like to get a gun.” By which she meant a gun she can carry with her. If my wife were from Texas, this might not be surprising. But she is from Australia, a country which for two decades has had restrictive firearms laws and whose citizens largely do not understand Americans’ commitment to protecting gun rights.

She has long been politely but barely tolerant of my interest in guns, of the fact that I have more than a few of them, and of my treating target practice as something important, not simply a sport or hobby — though it is those things as well. She has gone from forbearing to interested, an evolution I never expected to witness.

I asked my wife — now an American citizen — what spurred her interest in something which had previously frightened her. The intensity of her answer, even more than the words themselves, surprised me: “San Bernardino has convinced me that as long as Barack Obama is president, terrorists will be emboldened. And I’m afraid that as long as Barack Obama is president they will have an easier time getting into the country than they should.”

President Obama has spent years trying and failing to jawbone the American people into yet another “fundamental transformation” of the nation, namely to forsake the Second Amendment and to abandon a real, if not equally geographically distributed, “gun culture” — a term which liberals and other foreigners use as a pejorative but which I mean as nothing more than a recognition of a tradition with deep historical, pragmatic and, yes, political roots.

Meanwhile, the most anti-gun president in our nation’s history has created a boom in gun and ammunition sales and a massive bull market in the stock prices of firearms manufacturers.

Please read the entirety of my article for the American Spectator here:

Not giving back, just giving

I suspect that my reaction to news of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg’s plan to give away 99 percent of his Facebook stock, currently worth about $45 billion, may not have been the same as yours.

Please read my article for the American Spectator here:

Do you really want to live in Trump's America?

One need not violate Godwin’s Law to recognize that there’s something deeply troubling about a leading presidential candidate having no objection to his supporters “roughing up” a vocal dissenter. But that was Donald Trump’s reaction after several attendees at a Saturday rally in Birmingham, Alabama “shoved, tackled, punched and kicked” a well-known local activist who began shouting “Black lives matter!” during the campaign event. As Trump put it on Fox & Friends the next morning, “Maybe he should have been roughed up” because Trump’s “fans” found the man “obnoxious.”

One need not support the Black Lives Matter movement — the word “movement” giving it credit for more importance than it actually deserves — to recognize the terrible irony of Trump’s outrageous comment supporting the assault of a black man, even a “troublemaker,” in a city (in)famous for civil rights struggles and the malign law enforcement reign of Bull Connor.

One need not shy away from objecting to thug-like tactics and hateful rhetoric of Black Lives Matter activists (not all of whom are black) such as those who recently invaded a Dartmouth College library yelling things like “filthy white bitch” and demonstrating that theirs is an ideology of hatred and exclusion, in order to recognize that there is a line between confronting political correctness and losing one’s soul.

And one need not suffer any illusions that Donald Trump’s supporters will hold these shameful remarks against him any more than they have held anything else against him...

Please read the rest of my article for the American Spectator here:

My op-ed: Colorado should allow alcohol sales in supermarkets

I asked a friend who hails from Michigan, "How would you feel if it became illegal for supermarkets to sell beer and wine?" He looked at me like I was crazy. Indeed, the question seems a ridiculous one. The idea that government would prevent me or you from buying a nice Cabernet or a six-pack of Colorado's best craft-brewed porter (I'm a dark-beer guy) in the supermarket - the store I have to go to more than any other - is galling. But that's the situation here in the Centennial State.

I mentioned the lunacy of this - no full-strength wine or beer in supermarkets - to a state senator, asking him "How can such a small number of people hold hundreds of thousands of Coloradans hostage?" He just shook his head and said something about liquor stores having an outsized influence on their local politicians.

It's not right, it's not fair, and it doesn't have to be this way.

Please read the rest of my op-ed for the Colorado Springs Gazette here:

Politico’s Friday Fabrications

What a Friday that was: Ben Carson showed emotion when pushing back against a desperately dirt-digging media — dirt-digging against Republicans, that is; George Will remained equanimous in the face of a verbal assault from Fox News’s Bill O’Reilly; Barack Obama gave the coup de grâce to the Keystone XL pipeline; and I had the chance to talk to Fox News’ James Rosen about his fascinating new book on former Vice President Dick Cheney.

(The several links to the Ben Carson story in Politico are different from each other, each representing a new phase in Politico’s incompetent and unethical writing and editing.)

On Friday morning, the website, continuing its steady journey into the realm of just-another-propaganda-arm-of-the-DNC, posted a big bold story, intended no doubt to let the air out of the trustworthy sails of Dr. Ben Carson’s political ambitions: “Ben Carson admits fabricating West Point scholarship.” The article’s subtitle read, “Carson's campaign on Friday admitted that a central point in his inspirational personal story was fabricated.”

After furious denials from the Carson campaign, Politico edited the article so that the title now reads “Exclusive: Carson claimed West Point ‘scholarship’ but never applied” and the subtitle states “Republican hits POLITICO story, later admits to The New York Times he wasn’t offered aid.” In this first stealth edit, Politico offered no editor’s note pointing out that any change had been made, much less one as enormous as removing the word “fabricated.” As the Washington Post’s Dave Weigel (nobody’s idea of a conservative) noted, “taking ‘fabrication’ out of that headline is like taking uranium out of an A-bomb.”

Please read the rest of my article for the American Spectator here:

Reading and Rereading the Wondrous Peggy Noonan

As a political columnist, it has meant a lot to me — certainly more than it has to them — to meet the three best and most important political writers in America today: George Will, Charles Krauthammer and, most recently, Wall Street Journal columnist Peggy Noonan.

In recent years, I’ve had the chance to enjoy books by Will and Krauthammer; now it’s Noonan’s turn with the release of her ninth book, The Time of Our Lives, a thoroughly enjoyable and intellectually compelling compilation of her columns, essays, and speeches covering more than 30 years of writing and thinking.

My first reflection upon devouring Noonan’s oeuvre over the last few days is how many sentences I went back and read twice — or three times. Not because they were opaque or confusing but because Peggy Noonan’s writing is, perhaps alone among the political-social commentariat, a delicious combination of poignant and beautiful.

From writing about writing, to reflections on 9/11 or the state of modern American culture and politics, to thoughts about her friends and heroes including Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher (at the Iron Lady’s funeral, Ms. Noonan learned that Thatcher was an avid reader of her writing), Peggy Noonan’s prose is not simply, indeed not primarily, analytical but instead deeply insightful, plunging into complexities of the American psyche and the human condition.

Please read the entirety of my book review for the American Spectator here:

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