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.

My Articles

January 20, 2009, 5:30 AM EST
As President Barack Obama delivers his inaugural address to a nation filled with anticipation and hope, the vital signs of the loyal opposition appear worse than worrisome.  
January 19, 2009, 4:55 AM EST
As Israel entered the third week of its Gaza blitz, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert regaled a crowd in Ashkelon with an astonishing tale.   He had, said Olmert, whistled up George Bush, interrupted him in the middle of a speech and told him to instruct Condi Rice not to vote for a U.N. resolution Condi herself had written. Bush did as told, said Olmert.   The crowd loved it. Here is the background.  
January 13, 2009, 6:29 AM EST
With his public approval where Harry Truman’s stood when he left office, George W. Bush gave his last press conference yesterday.   And like that predecessor he often identifies with, Bush showed a Trumanesque defiance of his critics—and a Trumanesque failure to understand what ruined his presidency.  
January 9, 2009, 5:26 AM EST
Barack Obama, it is said, will inherit the worst times since the Great Depression. Not to minimize the crisis we are in, but we need a little perspective here.   The Great Depression began with the Great Crash of 1929. By 1931, unemployment had reached 16 percent.  
January 8, 2009, 5:07 AM EST
New York had Joe Dimaggio. Boston had Ted Williams And Washington, D.C.? Well, we had Sammy Baugh, the greatest football player ever to pull on a jersey.   In 1943, Baugh led the NFL in pass completions, punting and interceptions as a defensive back with 11, calling forth the tribute of legendary sportswriter Grantland Rice, “Sammy Baugh is just about the most valuable player of all time, according to most pro coaches I’ve talked to.”  
January 6, 2009, 6:15 AM EST
About the appointment by Gov. Rod Blagojevich of Roland Burris to the U.S. Senate, somebody big is lying, big-time. It is either the governor or Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.   Last week, Reid declared that he would not permit Burris, the African-American elder statesman of Illinois politics, to fill Obama’s seat, or even to enter the Senate chamber, though no one had suggested Burris is other than an honorable and able public man.  
January 2, 2009, 5:09 PM EST
On the eve of the New Year, Gov. Rod Blagojevich, charged with conspiring to sell the Senate seat of Barack Obama, put the ball back squarely in the court of a Democratic Party that had disowned him.   Blago named Roland Burris, former attorney general of Illinois and first African-American ever to win statewide office, to fill the vacated seat. National Democrats and their media auxiliaries went berserk.   This governor, thundered The New York Times, "has taken his hubris to new heights and the misery of Illinois citizens to new lows."  
December 23, 2008, 4:59 AM EST
“De mortuis nil nisi bonum.” Of the dead, nothing but good. So said Dean Acheson of Sen. Joe McCarthy on his death in 1957. “Tailgunner Joe” had bedeviled the secretary of state for his lassitude toward communist penetration of State in President Truman’s time. 
December 16, 2008, 4:33 AM EST
“GOP to Detroit: Drop Dead!”   So may have read the headline Friday, had not President Bush stepped in to save GM, Ford and Chrysler, which Senate Republicans had just voted to send to the knacker’s yard.   What are Republicans thinking of, pulling the plug, at Christmas, on GM, risking swift death for the greatest manufacturing company in American history, a strategic asset and pillar of the U.S. economy?  
December 12, 2008, 6:43 AM EST
“Something is rotten in the state,” says Marcellus in “Hamlet.”   Well, it certainly is in the state of Illinois.   Yet, on hearing U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald describe a plot by his governor to sell his Senate seat—“conduct (that) would make Lincoln roll over in his grave”—how did reform President Barack Obama respond?  
December 9, 2008, 4:37 AM EST
In a deepening recession, what does the reasonable man do?   Seeing friends laid off, he will get rid of all but essential credit cards, dine at home more often, terminate unnecessary trips to the mall, put off buying a new car, give up the idea of borrowing on the vanishing equity in his house. He will begin to save and start paying down debt.  
December 5, 2008, 5:36 AM EST
Having savaged each other for a year, Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton have now formed a rare partnership in power. Not since James Garfield chose James G. Blaine has a new president chosen his principal rival to be secretary of state.   What does this tell us?   First, don’t take campaign oratory all that seriously.   Second, unlike Dennis Kucinich, Ted Kennedy, Ron Paul or Jesse Helms, Hillary and Barack are pragmatists. They do not let ideology or past insults get in the way of a mutually beneficial deal.  
December 2, 2008, 4:57 AM EST
Arguably the most successful act of revolutionary terror was the June 1914 assassination of the Archduke Francis Ferdinand in Sarajevo.   Believing his mission to murder the heir to the Austrian throne had failed, Gavrilo Princip suddenly found himself standing a few feet away from the royal car. He fired twice, mortally wounding the archduke and his wife.  
November 21, 2008, 4:36 AM EST
Who killed the U.S. auto industry?   To hear the media tell it, arrogant corporate chiefs failed to foresee the demand for small, fuel-efficient cars and made gas-guzzling road-hog SUVs no one wanted, while the clever, far-sighted Japanese, Germans and Koreans prepared and built for the future.   I dissent. What killed Detroit was Washington, the government of the United States, politicians, journalists and muckrakers who have long harbored a deep animus against the manufacturing class that ran the smokestack industries that won World War II.
November 18, 2008, 4:24 AM EST
Understandably, Republicans are seething.   When Hank Paulson demanded $700 billion to haul away the trash in the dumpsters of JPMorgan Chase and Goldman Sachs—assuring us we could hold a garage sale of the junk—they rebelled. They acted as the nation, by 100 to one, demanded. They killed the Wall Street bailout.   The Dow quickly sank another 1,000 points, and, charged with criminal irresponsibility by the elites, the GOP buckled, reversed itself, rescued the bailout—and was wiped out on Nov. 4.  
November 14, 2008, 6:10 AM EST
“Laissez-faire is finished, the all-powerful market that is always right, that’s finished,” said Nicholas Sarkozy, speaking ex cathedra, last month.   As a result, said the diminutive French president, it is “necessary to rebuild the entire global financial and monetary system from the bottom up, the way it was done at Bretton Woods after World War II.”  
November 11, 2008, 4:44 AM EST
For decades, before a heedless congregation, some of us have preached the old Hamiltonian gospel.   Great nations do not have trade partners. They have trade competitors and rivals. Trade surpluses are superior to trade deficits. Tariffs on foreign goods are preferable to taxes on U.S. producers. Manufacturing, not finance, is the muscle of the nation.   Economic independence is vital to political independence.  
November 7, 2008, 5:40 AM EST
Why did John McCain lose? Let’s start with those “headwinds” into which he was flying.   The president of the United States, the leader of his party, was at Nixon-Carter levels of approval, 25 percent, going into Election Day.   Sixty-two percent of the nation thought the economy was the No. 1 issue, and 93 percent thought the economy was bad. Two-thirds of the nation thought the war McCain championed was a mistake, and 80 percent to 90 percent thought the country was on the wrong course.  
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?