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VDH UltraWhat Will the 2022 Midterms look like? Part Three

Victor Davis Hanson Historian’s Corner IV. The Republican and Democratic Splits There are quasi-religious and bitter schisms in both parties. On the Right, national and cultural populists vie with shrinking establishment, libertarian, and pre-2016 Republicans; on the Left, radical Jacobins and Socialists versus the Manchinian remnants of the old Democratic Party. But the divisions—ignore the media …

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VDH UltraWhat Will the 2022 Midterms look like? Part Two

Victor Davis Hanson Historian’s Corner III. An Agenda Can the Republicans move beyond just completing the original, necessary Trump agenda on closing the border, legal-only immigration, deterrence against China, energy production, and immunity from optional military engagements in the Middle East, and industrial and manufacturing resurgence in the rust belt, and conservative judicial appointments? What would …

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VDH UltraWhat Will the 2022 Midterms look like? Part One

Victor Davis Hanson Historian’s Corner I. The Midterm Hype We can imagine the hit commercials. On the Left, the Democrats will not wish to highlight their two-year record on the economy, Afghanistan, energy, the border, critical race theory, or almost anything. So? No surprise, it will be nonstop, 24-7, 360-degrees, forever and always January 6! …

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VDH UltraSorting out the Strange Mess of Biden, NATO, Putin, Trump, and Ukraine; Part Two

Victor Davis Hanson Historian’s Corner Next, we come to NATO Remember that NATO supposedly hates Trump because in art-of-the-deal bombastic style, he screamed, he yelled, he cajoled—and he got NATO to spend an extra $100 billion on its defense with more commitments to follow. Ukraine is geographically near several NATO members. It is far distant …

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VDH UltraSorting out the Strange Mess of Biden, NATO, Putin, Trump, and Ukraine; Part One

Historian’s Corner Victor Davis Hanson Dear Ultra Readers,  Could you please help figure out the following confusion about the Ukraine mess as Putin ratchets up the pressure on Ukraine? We were once told by our Washington grandees that Trump was variously Putin’s “puppet” (Hillary Clinton), a Russian “asset” (James Clapper), and “treasonous” (John Brennan). Who …

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VDH UltraThe Real Fascism: Part Three

Victor Davis Hanson Historian’s Corner Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton, and Barack Obama at various times have called for either junking the 233-year-old Electoral College, the 180-year-old filibuster, the 60-year-old 50-state union, the 150-year-old nine-justice Supreme Court, and the 233-year-old Constitutionally mandated responsibilities of states to have primary responsibility in crafting balloting laws in national elections. …

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VDH UltraThe Real Fascism: Part Two

Victor Davis HansonHistorian’s Corner One can look for real authoritarianism and threats to the Constitution in the Obama and Biden administrations. The Obama justice department surveilled any Associated Press reporters they suspected of leaks. They monitored the communication data of Fox reporter James Rosen—mostly on the correct assumption that the media was so biased and …

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VDH UltraThe Real Fascism: Part One

Victor Davis Hanson Historian’s Corner About once a week a progressive or Never Trumper writes about Trump’s “destruction” of the Constitution and the “existential threat” he posed to democracy—without providing much evidence other than a boilerplate Trump tweet. Fascism is often the charge against the former president. But while Trump blustered about and raged, few …

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VDH UltraGaming the Trump Scenarios

Victor Davis HansonHistorian’s Corner 1. Isn’t it a given that if Trump runs, most Republican voters would probably vote for him in the primaries? A. If he is nominated, could the polarizing Trump still beat the Democratic nominee, dismal as that candidate would likely be? i. Which raises the question, can there be Trumpism without …

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VDH UltraWhen The People Want to Do Less, the Left Will Do Even More

Victor Davis Hanson Historian’s Corner President Biden’s chief of staff Ron Klain claimed that the Democratic implosions two weeks ago were due to Virginian voters who were furious that Biden has not “done more.” That “more” is now defined as borrowing variously anywhere from $4-6 trillion for “infrastructure” (a term used to define anything from …

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