Brexit: Saturday Night Jive, On Election Eve

Friends Suspect for Traitors, as the Bard Said

By STEPHEN MacLEAN, Special to the Sun
December 11, 2019

To gauge what passes for progressive humor on topical politics, one can do worse than watching each week’s cold open that precedes the credits for “Saturday Night Live.” For more than three years, its mainstay has been to heap ridicule on President Trump. Last weekend, SNL widened its net to capture Britain’s Prime Minister.

Brexit: What Would Sisyphus Do?

Our Diarist Looks With Sorrow Upon the Parties

By STEPHEN MacLEAN, Special to the Sun
December 10, 2019

Brexiteers anxious to spread the good news of independence cannot deny that theirs has been an uphill battle. Sisyphus, the mythical Greek cursed to push a gigantic boulder up a mountain, has been their avatar; no sooner is the summit reached but that the burden rolls back to the bottom, forcing Sisyphus to resume his labors. Such has the cause of British independence.

Paul Volcker

Editorial of The New York Sun
December 9, 2019

The death of Paul Volcker is a sad moment here at the Sun. The chairman of the Federal Reserve who, in the 1980s, conquered inflation slipped away Sunday after a long illness. Of all the public officials we covered over the decades, it is hard to...

How Great Leaders Wrought Greatest Generation

By CONRAD BLACK, Special to the Sun
December 10, 2019

The 78th anniversary on Saturday of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor was widely observed and brought back to public discussion the achievements of what has been called “The Greatest Generation.” This was the term popularized, I believe, by N...

Brexit: Once More Into the Blamed Breach

By STEPHEN MacLEAN, Special to the Sun
December 8, 2019

Given the political roller-coaster ride the cause of British independence has endured for most of 2019, these several weeks of politicking before Thursday’s general election have been anticlimactic. Like most electoral campaigns, parties vie to outd...


Pelosi on the Spot Over Trump Pact On Mexico Trade

By BENNY AVNI, Special to the Sun
December 6, 2019

MEXICO CITY — Can Speaker Pelosi afford to President Trump a victory as the country enters a presidential election year? Can she afford not to? Those are the questions here after the House Ways and Means chairman, Richard Neal, told reporter...

Our Man at NATO: Trump Suddenly Finds Success

By CONRAD BLACK, Special to the Sun
December 4, 2019

As the Democrats toil to make their impeachment effort look like something other than a partisan smear job and legal scam, President Trump is at the NATO leaders’ meeting in London, observing the 70th anniversary of that organization, and is able t...

NATO Suffers For Want Of Soviet-type Foe

By IRA STOLL, Special to the Sun
December 2, 2019

President Trump’s trip to London for the NATO summit is a reminder of the political importance of an enemy. The North Atlantic Treaty that came into force in 1949 does not mention the Soviet Union. But its preamble referring to “the principles...


The Burden of Impeachment

Editorial of The New York Sun
December 8, 2019

Constitutionally backward is how we would describe the assertion by the Democrats that President Trump is being contemptuous of Congress by failing to mount in the House a defense against impeachment. The Times, in an editorial this afternoon, says...

Boris Johnson for Prime Minister

Editorial of The New York Sun
December 8, 2019

When Britons go to the polls on Thursday to choose the 58th Parliament, The New York Sun will be rooting for Boris Johnson. It might seem preposterous for an American publication to make an endorsement in a British election. Then again, too, one wag noted, if the Sun hadn’t, at the last minute, emerged as the only national paper to endorse Donald Trump, Secretary of State Clinton might be president. More seriously, it’s hard to think of many political causes in which we’ve been more invested over the years than that of an independent Britain.

The Bloomberg Boomerang

Editorial of The New York Sun
December 7, 2019

It hasn’t drawn much notice but Mayor Bloomberg’s interview with Gayle King of CBS contains a kind of boomerang that must have given President Trump a moment of ironical satisfaction. At least that’s what we draw from Mr. Bloomberg’s defense of...


Ruskin Ready For a Revival, After the $120,000 Banana

By JOEL BABB, Special to the Sun
December 8, 2019

What would John Ruskin say? That's the question I'm trying to process here in my studio in the backwoods of Maine, where I just discovered on the internet the front page of Friday's New York Post. It boasts a photo of an artwork that consists of a...

Cranberry Caper: How To Keep Politics Off Thanksgiving Menu

By SETH LIPSKY, Special to the Sun
November 28, 2019

The following first appeared on Thanksgiving 2017. * * * What luck. Just as I was sitting down to write a Thanksgiving column, the news broke that one in three Americans vows to avoid talking politics at the holiday table. My plan had been a column...

Bloomberg: A Democrat Who Defends Capitalism

By IRA STOLL, Special to the Sun
November 26, 2019

The biggest opportunity of Mayor Bloomberg’s presidential campaign is the chance he has to make sure that capitalism has a future inside the Democratic Party. Some others are also making tentative, welcome steps in that direction. In this month...