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Asher Smith
Asher Smith is currently a student at Yale Law School. He is the former editor in chief of The Emory Wheel, Emory University's award-winning, independent student newspaper. In February 2010 he was named "Best Opinion-Editorial Writer" for 2009 by the Southeast Journalism Conference. He can be contacted at

Entries by Asher Smith

Opposition to Robert Bork Was Not 'Shameful'

(16) Comments | Posted December 19, 2012 | 2:38 PM

Visit the National Review Online -- or any other source of conservative opinion -- following the death of Robert Bork, and you will see what has become close to conventional wisdom concerning his confirmation hearings. The actions of Senate Democrats, in particular then-Judiciary Committee Chair Joe Biden, "was one of...

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How Arlen Specter Almost Changed History -- and the Supreme Court

(11) Comments | Posted October 15, 2012 | 7:38 PM

The Associated Press report on the death of longtime Pennsylvania Senator Arlen Specter remembers the former Senate Judiciary Committee chair as playing "a pivotal role in several Supreme Court nominations." But the AP, which mentions Specter's vote against Robert Bork and his harsh questioning of

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The "Evolution" of Totalitarian Regimes Is Really a Throwback

(2) Comments | Posted September 4, 2012 | 12:12 PM

During the Sunday, September 1 edition of CNN's Fareed Zakaria GPS, the host highlighted a new book, William Dobson's "The Dictator's Learning Curve," and explained the work's conclusions:

Old school oppressors like Mao, Pol Pot or Idi Amin, could keep their atrocities relatively secret. That's...

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Did Economic Populism Win South Carolina for Newt Gingrich?

(20) Comments | Posted January 22, 2012 | 6:00 PM

Perhaps Mitt Romney's fumble in South Carolina was not entirely unpredictable. Romney finished a distant fourth in the state in 2008, behind even Fred Thompson. Out of the four early-voting GOP states, South Carolina always represented Romney's greatest challenge.

But why, if Romney was not to prevail, was...

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Why Does the Media Persist in Calling Ron Paul a Libertarian?

(390) Comments | Posted January 2, 2012 | 3:00 PM

The Iowa Caucuses are Tuesday. "Still decidedly in the mix," according to Monday's New York Times, is "Ron Paul, a libertarian-leaning congressman from Texas."

But what exactly about Ron Paul merits the oft-repeated libertarian label? The answer certainly does not lie in his personal views, or his campaign's...

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Wishful Thinking for a Hillary Clinton Presidency Is Based On Faulty Premises

(15) Comments | Posted November 23, 2011 | 2:02 PM

It's November, so that means this year's annual Doug Schoen and Patrick Caddell op-ed calling for President Obama to step aside in favor of Hillary Clinton is upon us. Write Schoen and Caddell in, this time around, the Wall Street Journal:

Not only is Mrs. Clinton...
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What Distinguishes Occupy Wall Street From the Tea Party? Follow the Money

(88) Comments | Posted October 24, 2011 | 6:46 PM

Despite surface differences, so the narrative goes, Occupy Wall Street and the Tea Party are essentially kindred movements. They spring from similar impulses, are symptoms of the same disease. As the Washington Post's Marc Fisher excitedly reported in an essay published on Sunday:

Although many organizers of the...
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Offensive Line Woes, Not Tailbacks, Deserve Blame for Poor Run Games

(0) Comments | Posted September 30, 2011 | 1:21 PM

Drew Magary, the best sportswriter in America, has a running feature in his sarcastic weekly roundup of NFL games titled "Fantasy Player That Deserves To Die A Slow, Painful Death." This week's winner was Tennessee Titans RB Chris Johnson:

Chris Johnson [has] been outscored this year...
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Present-Day Republican Rage Pre-Dates the Tea Party

(262) Comments | Posted September 28, 2011 | 11:32 AM

For Democrats, at least, Republican rage is the gift that keeps on giving.

At a fundraiser in San Jose last Sunday, President Obama drew applause by highlighting Republican debate-goers: "Has anybody been watching the debates lately? You've got a governor whose state is on fire denying climate change....

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Ron Paul Has Not Been 'Shafted' by the Media

(289) Comments | Posted August 16, 2011 | 5:31 PM

Has Ron Paul been "shafted" by the mainstream media? Politico columnist Roger Simon certainly thinks so. Noting that "Paul lost [last weekend's Ames Straw Poll] to Bachmann by nine-tenths of one percentage point, or 152 votes out of 16,892 cast," Simon thinks that Paul has not received enough...

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How Obama and the Democrats Are Reclaiming the Debt Issue

(65) Comments | Posted July 12, 2011 | 5:00 PM

Talking Points Memo had a clever meme going this weekend, in which they counted the number of days since the House Republican caucus took office and began holding the White House hostage over debt ceiling negotiations. (Sunday, for example, was Day 188.)

Though convenient, the "Republicans-as-hostage-takers"...

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Despite Expectations, NFL Players Have Used the Lockout Well

(1) Comments | Posted July 5, 2011 | 11:28 AM

March 12, 2011 did not just mark the first day of the ongoing NFL lockout. It also, depending on who one listened to, marked the beginning of potentially dangerous times.

"The lockout means that players who may require ongoing attention from their teams in order to keep them out...

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Eliot Spitzer Deserves Some Credit for New York's Gay Marriage Victory

(16) Comments | Posted June 26, 2011 | 3:39 PM

First-term Gov. Andrew Cuomo is rightly basking in the lion's share of the credit following passage of same-sex marriage legislation by New York's state legislature. Though it can be tempting to attribute this victory to evolution -- an inevitable consequence of the greater cultural acceptance of gay Americans'...

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Robert Gates: America's Best Defense Secretary?

(20) Comments | Posted June 22, 2011 | 10:08 AM

What buzz was generated by last Sunday's edition of Fox News Sunday was provoked largely by Jon Stewart's angry, show-closing exchange with Chris Wallace. Yet it was another guest, outgoing Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, who merits greater consideration as he prepares to leave office as perhaps the...

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What Republicans Talk About When They Want to Talk About the Economy

(155) Comments | Posted June 14, 2011 | 10:43 PM

Mitt Romney really wants to talk about the economy. Or at least he wants to talk about talking about the economy. Quizzed during the June 13 Republican presidential debate by CNN's John King about gays serving in the military, Romney answered with chagrin. "We ought to be talking...

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Campaign Death Watches -- Even for Newt Gingrich -- Are Premature

(13) Comments | Posted May 24, 2011 | 10:50 AM

Attendees at a Monday Christian Science Monitor breakfast had just cause for skepticism regarding one particular guest. Newt Gingrich, who came bearing "Newt 2012" handouts, took pains to urge his listeners that "reports of my campaign's death are highly exaggerated." At the same breakfast, he also insisted that...

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Why Can Bernard-Henri Levy Excuse Rape And Still Be Taken Seriously?

(32) Comments | Posted May 17, 2011 | 7:27 PM

There was no advanced script for how to react to Saturday's arrest of Dominique Strauss-Kahn. Shock was a reasonable response. Suspicion, too, as well as indignation aimed at the man with a history of reckless sexual behavior whose arrest has thrown the IMF into...

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Why Donald Trump Is No Wendell Willkie

(40) Comments | Posted April 17, 2011 | 6:00 PM

Is Donald Trump 2012's answer to Wendell Willkie, the 1940 presidential candidate plucked from the private sector during the 1940 Republican National Convention in Philadelphia?

The comparison is tempting. Peter Grier, making the case in the Christian Science Monitor, called Willkie "trumpishly famous." Much like today, in...

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On May 5, Will Birthers Be Asked for a Show of Hands?

(983) Comments | Posted April 3, 2011 | 7:05 PM

The first Republican debate of the 2008 presidential campaign, held on May 3, 2007, at the Reagan Library in California, is primarily remembered for one question. Moderator Jim VandeHei of Politico -- the debate was co-sponsored by the then-startup online publication and NBC -- asked Sen. John McCain...

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College Administrators Must Stand for Islam

(4) Comments | Posted March 3, 2011 | 5:05 PM

Last summer and early fall, during election season, the country was ablaze -- literally. Friday, August 27, saw a fire light over gasoline-drenched construction equipment at the site of a planned Mosque in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, that the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security identified as arson. Anti-Islamic...

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