Pat Buchanan has been a senior adviser to three presidents, twice a candidate for the Republican presidential nomination and the presidential nominee of the Reform Party in 2000. Buchanan has written eight books, including four New York Times best-sellers. He is married to the former Shelley Ann Scarney, a member of the White House staff from 1969 to 1975.

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November 4, 2008, 6:01 AM EST
After losing control of the Senate and 30 House seats in 2006, the GOP is bracing for losses of six to nine in the Senate, and two dozen to three dozen additional seats in the House.   If the party “were a dog food,” says Rep. Tom Davis, “they would take us off the shelf.”   Bush’s approval is 25 percent. Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton left office with ratings more than twice as high.   But while John McCain and others have deplored the Bush failures, what, exactly, did he do wrong?  
November 3, 2008, 4:58 AM EST
If Barack Obama is not a socialist, he does the best imitation of one I’ve ever seen.   Under his tax plan, the top 5 percent of wage-earners have their income tax rates raised from 35 percent to 40 percent, while the bottom 40 percent of all wage-earners, who pay no income tax, are sent federal checks.   If this is not the socialist redistribution of wealth, what is it?  
October 28, 2008, 5:10 AM EDT
Undeniably, a powerful tide is running for the Democratic Party, with one week left to Election Day.   Bush's approval rating is 27 percent, just above Richard Nixon's Watergate nadir and almost down to Carter-Truman lows. After each of those presidents reached their floors -- in 1952, 1974, 1980 -- the opposition party captured the White House.  
October 24, 2008, 9:01 AM EDT
 Perhaps the only institution in America whose approval rating is beneath that of Congress is the media. Both have won their reputations the hard way. They earned them. Consider the fawning indulgence shown insider Joe Biden with the dripping contempt visited on outsider Sarah Palin. Twice last weekend, Biden grimly warned at closed-door meetings that a great crisis is coming early in the term of President Obama:
October 21, 2008, 5:08 AM EDT
Was race a factor in the decision of Colin Powell to repudiate his party’s nominee and friend of 25 years, Sen. John McCain, two weeks before Election Day, and to endorse Barack Obama?   Gen. Powell does not deny it, contending only that race was not the only or decisive factor. “If I had only that fact in mind,” he told Tom Brokaw, “I could have done this six, eight, ten months ago.”  
October 17, 2008, 7:06 PM EDT
As Americans render what Catholics call temporal judgment on George Bush, are they aware of the radical course correction they are about to make?             This center-right country is about to vastly strengthen a liberal Congress whose approval rating is 10 percent and implant in Washington a regime further to the left than any in U.S. history. Consider.            
October 14, 2008, 5:43 AM EDT
“Liquidate labor, liquidate stocks, liquidate the farmers.”   So Treasury Secretary Andrew Mellon advised Herbert Hoover in the Great Crash of ‘29. Hoover did. And the nation liquidated him—and the Republicans.   In the Crash of 2008, 40 percent of stock value has vanished, almost $9 trillion. Some $5 trillion in real estate value has disappeared. A recession looms with sweeping layoffs, unemployment compensation surging, and social welfare benefits soaring.  
October 10, 2008, 4:57 AM EDT
Two weeks after the Republican convention in St. Paul, Minn., John McCain and Sarah Palin were striding forward toward victory.   They had erased the eight-point lead Barack Obama had opened up in Denver and watched as one blue state after another moved into the toss-up category.   That is ancient history now.  
October 7, 2008, 6:05 AM EDT
“(O)nce war is forced upon us, there is no other alternative than to apply every available means to bring it to a swift end.   “War’s very object is victory, not prolonged indecision.   “In war there is no substitute for victory.”   Familiar to every graduate of West Point, the words are from the farewell address of Gen. MacArthur, to Congress on April 19, 1951, after he was relieved of command in Korea by Harry Truman.  
October 3, 2008, 7:33 AM EDT
John McCain may have just let slip his last best chance to be president of the United States.   When he flew back to Washington to address the banking crisis, McCain could have seized the hottest issue in America by taking the side of his countrymen who were enraged by the Paulson plan to bail out a power elite whose greed and stupidity had caused a financial disaster unequaled since the Crash of ‘29.  
September 30, 2008, 7:29 AM EDT
On Sept. 30, 1938, 70 years ago, Neville Chamberlain visited Adolf Hitler’s apartment in Munich, got his signature on a three-sentence declaration and flew home to Heston Aerodrome.   “I’ve got it,” he shouted to Lord Halifax. “Here is a paper which bears his name.” At the request of George VI, Chamberlain was driven to Buckingham Palace, where he joined the king on the balcony to take the cheers of the throngs below. An unprecedented honor.  
September 29, 2008, 6:03 AM EDT
How did the United States of America, the richest nation on earth, whose economy represents 30 percent of the Global Economy, arrive at the precipice of a financial panic and collapse?   The answer lies in the abject failure of both America’s financial elite and the political elite of both parties—the same elites now working together to determine how much of our wealth will be needed to bail the nation out of the crisis of their own creation.  
September 23, 2008, 8:35 AM EDT
Is it fair that businessmen who fail in neighborhood stores have to close shop and often sell their homes, while Wall Street titans are spared the consequences of monumental stupidity and greed?   No, it is not fair. Yet, Treasury’s Hank Paulson may be right. To save the sheep who might have been wiped out in a general financial panic, we may have to save the pigs.   Life is unfair, said JFK.  
September 19, 2008, 5:29 AM EDT
The Crash of 2008, which is now wiping out trillions of dollars of our people’s wealth, is, like the Crash of 1929, likely to mark the end of one era and the onset of another.   The new era will see a more sober and much diminished America. The “Omnipower” and “Indispensable Nation” we heard about in all the hubris and braggadocio following our Cold War victory is history.   Seizing on the crisis, the left says we are witnessing the failure of market economics, a failure of conservatism.  
September 16, 2008, 5:50 AM EDT
Will the neocons who tutored George W. Bush in the ideology he pursued to the ruin of his presidency do the same for Sarah Palin?   Should they succeed, they will destroy her. Yet, they are moving even now to capture this princess of the right and hope of the party.   In St. Paul, Palin was told to cancel a meeting with Phyllis Schlafly and pro-life conservatives. McCain’s operatives said Palin had to rest for her Wednesday convention speech.  
September 12, 2008, 6:08 AM EDT
Near the end of a town hall meeting in Johnstown, Pa., a woman arose to offer a passionate plea to Barack Obama to “stop these abortions.”   Obama’s response was cool, direct, unequivocal.   “Look, I got two daughters -- 9 years old and 6 years old. ... I am going to teach them first about values and morals, but if they make a mistake, I don’t want them punished with a baby.”  
September 8, 2008, 6:28 PM EDT
One wonders: What did Sarah Palin ever do to inspire the rage and bile that exploded on her selection by John McCain? What is there either in this woman's record or resume to elicit such feline ferocity?             What did we know of her when she was introduced?            
September 5, 2008, 6:08 AM EDT
St. Paul, Minn. - The American Right has just died and gone to heaven. Wednesday night’s convention address by Sarah Palin here in St. Paul has confirmed the bold decision of John McCain to choose the Alaska governor as his co-pilot and united the Republican Party as it has not been since the second term of Ronald Reagan.  
September 3, 2008, 10:38 AM EDT
The risk John McCain took last Friday is comparable to the 72-year-old ex-fighter pilot knocking back two shots and flying his F-16 under the Golden Gate Bridge.   McCain’s choice of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin to be his co-pilot was the biggest gamble in presidential history. As of now, it is paying off, big-time.  
August 29, 2008, 10:25 AM EDT
After the phony roll call vote was taken here to formally nominate Barack Obama -- a roll call that did not remotely reflect the true delegate strength of Hillary -- the media exploded in an orgy of celebration about the historic character of the moment to which they had just been privileged to be witness.