Reid Smith

Reid Smith writes from Washington. Follow him on Twitter @reidtsmith

Dateline Hillandale: Who’s the Real Threat?

 

Well, this was unexpected. It’s not everyday you find your old neighborhood lambasted on the Spectacle. Perhaps you’ve read Bill Zeiser’s bare-fisted slam on the “limousine liberals” who reside in Hillandale—the gated Georgetown community Janet Yellen calls home. I can’t imagine Bill’s blog post took him on assignment to the 20007, but I’d like to […]

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Lessons for Iraq Hawks Upon the Anniversary of the Raid on Medway

 

In June of 1667, the British suffered the worst defeat in the history of the Royal Navy. The Dutch—then rivals to Britannia’s rule upon the waves—wreaked terror on the Thames Valley, burning capital ships and claiming prize. The loss of the Royal Charles, the British flagship, was particularly demoralizing. Her metal stern bearing the Crown’s […]

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Ari Fleischer’s Trolling Clinic

 

Ari Fleischer is giving a clinic in trolling right now. Alarmed by President Obama’s absolutely inane Rose Garden address (ostensibly about Iraq, but actually about nothing) the former Bush spox took to the Twitters to call out O’s inaction. First he tweeted: “Regardless of what anyone thinks of going to Iraq in 2002, it’s a […]

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Homeland Security in Haverford

 

I grew up on Philadelphia’s Main Line in a quiet, little town called Haverford. My parents still live there, and I regularly drive up for a visit. It’s nice to know you can head home as an adult, and still spend the night in the house where you were raised. Haverford straddles the border between […]

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Of Pedals and Petulance

 

I need to make a confession and I realize it won’t make me too popular around here. No, it has nothing to do with my politics, but here goes. I ride my bike everywhere. It’s my primary mode of transportation. I ride to work, I ride home, I ride for pleasure, I ride as preference. […]

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Giving Graham Grief

 

[[{“type”:”media”,”view_mode”:”media_original”,”fid”:”94755″,”attributes”:{“alt”:””,”class”:”media-image”,”height”:”691″,”style”:”float: right;”,”typeof”:”foaf:Image”,”width”:”250″}}]]It’s been a lousy couple years for the Establishment. A subtle (but seismic) shift has taken place. Many Republicans in leadership are now scrambling for grassroots credibility. Mitch McConnell, John Cornyn, and others who have become desperate are shadowing  their libertarian junior colleagues.  Then there’s Lindsey Graham. Of all the incumbents up for reelection […]

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Rand Paul is Right on National Security and Debt

 

The D.C. commentariat is currently buzzing in unison. “Left” and “right” have united in agitated harmony. You see, Rand Paul is a danger to his party and this country…if not the entire world. Or so the chorus goes. Yesterday, Jed Babbin lent his full-throated support to their refrain. With all due respect to Mr. Babbin, […]

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Celebrity, Social Media, and War

 

It’s finally happened. Kim Kardashian weighed in on the situation in Syria. Spoiler alert: She gets it all wrong. It shouldn’t come as a shock that silly people have stupid opinions about important issues that confound them. Still, let’s investigate. It all speaks to a bigger point about celebrities, social media, and war. Tweets Kardashian: Please […]

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A Response to Bill Zeiser re: Rand Paul and Immigration

 

I think Bill Zeiser speaks to two sides of a major problem facing today’s Republican Party. When it comes to the Hispanic vote, the GOP suffers from cognitive dissonance. On the one hand, they pay lip-service to a burgeoning constituency that produces 50,000 potential new voters every month. On the other, they appear perfectly content […]

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Is Rand Paul the future of the GOP?

 

A New Age of Liberty By Reid Smith Every “epoch” begins with a specific moment—the origin point of that particular era. The Defenestration of Prague triggered the 30 Years War. Queen Victoria assumed the throne. Chuck Berry plugged in. America experienced just such a moment last March, when Rand Paul took the Senate floor to […]

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