Patrick O'Hannigan Archives - The American Spectator | USA News and Politics
by | Aug 29, 2013

In a 9,400-word essay published by Commonweal and funded by a grant from the Henry Luce Foundation (“The Things We Share”), Joseph Bottum attempts to make a “Catholic” case for same-sex marriage. It’s a daring — not to say doomed…

by | Aug 2, 2013

The past four years have proven that Barack Obama does not understand what “diversity” means, and while that might be an occupational hazard for anyone as emotionally invested in community organizing as this president continues to be, it’s also the…

by | Jun 17, 2013

Remember the power ballad? It was a subgenre of rock music pioneered by Boston in 1976 and Styx a year later. From near-symphonic beginnings in “More Than a Feeling” and “Come Sail Away,” the power ballad elbowed its way to…

by | Jun 4, 2013

Bomber pilot lore has it that if you’re taking flak, you know you’re over the target, and it is with that observation in mind that sniping at outgoing Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) is best understood. Karl Rove — he of…

by | Jan 28, 2013

I never got his name, but the man in the black balaclava was a merry companion as the two of us walked several blocks of Constitution Avenue chatting and chanting last Friday afternoon. We had come separately to the March…

by | Dec 23, 2009

Poul Anderson (d. 2001) described interstellar space as well as anyone ever has. Consider this recollection from astronaut pilot Kyra Davis, the heroine of his 1993 novel Harvest of Stars, who takes a look around while traversing part of Olympus…

by | Nov 30, 2009

Mark Steyn and Hugh Hewitt were talking on Hewitt’s radio show when Hewitt suggested that Barack Obama does not know how to be president. Steyn shoehorned that comment into a column about Obama’s “crassly parochial narcissism,” supporting the dig with…

by | Nov 2, 2009

Rocker and philanthropist Bono wrote an op-ed for the New York Times to make two points: that “the virtual Obama is the real Obama,” and that “the man might deserve the hype.” Bono is not the only well-known musician who…

by | Oct 20, 2009

Some progressive commentators now say that conservatives hate America.  Never mind why. The people saying such things could just ask conservatives they know whether that assertion is true. Sadly, many do not ask, they just assert. They do not realize…

by | Oct 2, 2009

When it comes to opinions about President Obama and his agenda, there are people with whom it is impossible to reason. Conservative commentators keep making antivenin for the poisonous speculation about motivation that masquerades as analysis in militantly progressive circles,…

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