Maggie Gallagher


Maggie Gallagher is a senior fellow at the American Principles Project.

Republican House candidate Ron Estes won his special election yesterday for the seat vacated by the new CIA director Mike Pompeo, despite a last-minute surge by his Democratic opponents that had Republicans scrambling. “I probably shouldn’t say this, Mr. Estes did not beat us,” said James Thompson, Estes’ Democratic opponent, according to The Washington Post. “It took […]


What’s the matter with Kansas? Republicans are suddenly worried about the special election in Kansas’ 4th congressional district. Ron Estes is running for the seat Mike Pompeo vacated to head the CIA. President Trump has put his prestige on the line with a series of robocalls urging his supporters to get out and vote for […]


Ordinarily, I would thank Pulitzer board and congratulate Peggy Noonan on learning that she has been awarded a richly deserved Pulitzer Prize “[f]or rising to the moment with beautifully rendered columns that connected readers to the shared virtues of Americans during one of the nation’s most divisive political campaigns.” My only quibble is that it […]


Claremont McKenna College was clearly trying to do a lot of things right. They invited Manhattan Institute scholar and journalist Heather Mac Donald to make a substantive case that cops are not racists and that the Black Lives Matter movement is costing black lives in crime-ridden cities. They were worried enough to provide a police […]


As is being widely reported, Neil Gorsuch was confirmed today to the Supreme Court by a 54-45 vote. There are a lot of people to thank for the fact that such a distinguished conservative legal scholar and judge is to take Justice Scalia’s seat at the Court, most importantly Jim DeMint and the Heritage Foundation […]


Since yesterday, the media, in a tabloid-like rush, has been focusing on the least important part of President Donald Trump’s frank interview with the editors of The New York Times: [GLENN] THRUSH: Do you think [Susan Rice] might have committed a crime? TRUMP: Do I think? THRUSH: Yeah. TRUMP: Yes, I think. He also chided […]


The majority in the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals has just rewritten the 1964 Civil Rights Act, ruling that the law’s ban on sex discrimination now means sexual orientation discrimination. Judge Richard Posner, a libertarian legal lion first appointed to the court by Ronald Reagan in 1981, was at least quite frank about his legal […]


I listened to Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.) explain why he was going to vote against cloture and thus force the Senate to change its rule permitting 41 senators to stop a Supreme Court nomination: I am not ready to end debate on this issue, so I will be voting against cloture unless we are able […]


For the last ten hours, I’ve been fighting off liberals on my Twitter account outraged that Mike Pence tries to protect his marriage by not dining with women alone. They have this theory that it somehow disadvantages his women employees. I’m guessing in reality the women who work for him are grateful to have a boss who […]


The Los Angeles Times editorial board offered some friendly political advice to Paul Ryan: “Drop the crusade against Planned Parenthood.” Anytime establishment liberals offer political advice to conservatives, a good general rule is: do the opposite. I have some better advice: Defund Planned Parenthood now. Today would be nice, in honor of David Daleiden’s heroism and as […]


“I could not think of a more dangerous person to head up the Office of Civil Rights at HHS,” JoDee Winterhof, senior vice president of policy and political affairs of the Human Rights Campaign, said in a statement. He’s talking about Roger Severino, a distinguished Harvard law school graduate who spent seven years as a […]


Paul Ryan has admitted he and the House Republicans failed bigly. He lacks the votes to repeal and replace Obamacare, so House Republicans and President Trump have decided to move on to other parts of Trump’s agenda that might prove more popular. Ezra Klein is a liberal, but he hit the nail on the head about Paul Ryan […]


Kellyanne Conway Is an Icon

by Maggie Gallagher

This is the week Kellyanne Conway, a Jersey beauty queen, took Manhattan. She looks at you wide-eyed and laughing from the cover of New York magazine where Olivia Nuzzi points out the obvious: “Kellyanne Conway Is a Star. Not your star, perhaps. But that’s the point.” Nuzzi calls her “[m]ore what the press expected Ivanka to […]


Faced with an eminently qualified, reasonable, fair, and brilliant judge, Democrats are flailing — and failing — in their desperate attempt to “bork” Judge Neil Gorsuch. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) hit new lows when she attempted to savage Neil Gorsuch for saying he believes “the intentional taking of a human life by private persons is always […]


Last week, The Huffington Post noted that, absent a strong intervention by President Donald Trump himself, his team is taking a pretty lackadaisical attitude to Common Core so far: During the campaign and in the weeks following his election, Trump’s pledge to end the Common Core, a set of education goals that has stirred controversy on […]


“There is some criticism of me for being alarmist,” author Rod Dreher noted last night at the Union League Club in New York, where hundreds gathered for the launch of his new book, The Benedict Option, but he wasn’t backing down an inch. “I am alarmist about the state of our culture and our civilization […]


Professor Allison Stanger, injured by a mob at Middlebury College who were angry that scholar Charles Murray was allowed to speak, was one of the first to sign on to the Princeton Declaration on Free Speech co-authored by Professors Robert George and Cornel West, from the right and left. But she was far from the […]


By a 2-1 margin, a three-judge panel on the 11th Circuit on Friday rejected a security guard’s claim that legal protections against sex discrimination can be stretched to include sexual orientation discrimination, in a case where the guard claimed a hospital fired her because she was a lesbian. The majority opinion relied on a 1979 ruling that […]


Two Christian Princeton professors, Robert George and Cornel West, men of the right and left respectively, have come together in the wake of the Middlebury mob’s physical assault on two scholars to issue a ringing Princeton declaration in favor of free speech: Our willingness to listen to and respectfully engage those with whom we disagree […]


Breaking the logjam on conscience protection at the state level, South Dakota passed a law protecting adoption agencies from being shut out because they do not place children in all kinds of families, including gay families, on an equal basis. Nothing in the law prevents gay adoptions or foster care. It merely permits adoption agencies […]