Mitch Kokai

Senior Political Analyst

Posts by Mitch Kokai (page 7)

  • Questions media should ask Democratic presidential hopefuls

    David Harsanyi of the Federalist wants to help national media outlets do a better job vetting potential Democratic presidential candidates. Until now, the media’s questioning of Democratic Party presidential hopefuls has often been expectedly obsequious and misleading. Questions typically come in two forms: 1) “Just how evil is…
    Mitch Kokai, February 6, 2019
  • Panning Democrats’ 2020 campaign announcements

    Larry Weitzner writes for the Washington Examiner about what he sees as a common theme among Democrats’ recent presidential campaign announcements. Elizabeth Warren drank a Michelob Ultra on Instagram. Kirsten Gillibrand and Kamala Harris released forgettable, platitude-laden web videos and appeared on extra-safe, extra-boring talk shows. Beto O’Rourke…
    Mitch Kokai, February 6, 2019
  • Today’s Jacobins

    Victor Davis Hanson of National Review Online compares today’s American political leftists to a group of 18th-century French radicals. By mid 1793–4, the radical Jacobins had successfully completed their hijacking of the French Revolution. They openly enacted agendas that might have seemed impossible in the heady days of…
    Mitch Kokai, February 6, 2019
  • Do people really want to soak the rich?

    Ramesh Ponnuru of National Review Online questions reporting about new poll results on taxation. Ben White writes in Politico that “when it comes to soaking the rich, the American public is increasingly on board.” After citing two polls in which supermajorities of the public favor higher taxes on…
    Mitch Kokai, February 6, 2019
  • New Carolina Journal Online features

    Don Carrington reports for Carolina Journal Online on whistleblower concerns surrounding Gov. Roy Cooper’s administration and the Atlantic Coast Pipeline controversy. John Hood’s Daily Journal reminds us that well-intended government programs can cause harm.
    Mitch Kokai, February 6, 2019
  • York ponders rank-and-file Democrats’ impact on Pelosi

    Byron York of the Washington Examiner focuses on U.S. House Democrats’ efforts to shift Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s position on border security negotiations. [W]ell-informed Republicans believe it is another set of talks — internal talks among Democrats — that will determine whether the committee succeeds and a shutdown is…
    Mitch Kokai, February 5, 2019
  • Smartphones, social media, and kids

    Charles Fain Lehman of the Washington Free Beacon focuses on the impact of technology on children. Should Congress ban kids from owning smartphones? According to a Thursday night monologue, television firebrand Tucker Carlson thinks the answer is yes. In his nightly speech, the Fox News host inveighed against…
    Mitch Kokai, February 5, 2019
  • Exploring Roberts’ Obamacare vote

    Kevin Daley of the Daily Caller highlights a new account of U.S. Chief Justice John Roberts’ perplexing vote to save the Affordable Care Act. A forthcoming biography of Chief Justice John Roberts contains the first account of the Supreme Court’s internal politicking over the 2012 NFIB v. Sebelius…
    Mitch Kokai, February 5, 2019