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David Keene

David Keene

Opinion Editor — David Keene, a trusted adviser to presidents, a longtime champion of personal liberty and one of conservatism’s most respected voices, serves as the opinion editor of The Washington Times – overseeing the newspaper’s editorial page, commentary section and online opinion strategy. An author, columnist and fixture on national television, Mr. Keene has championed conservative causes for more than five decades while offering advice to Republican presidents and countless candidates. He additionally served as chairman of the American Conservative Union and president of the National Riffle Association.

Articles by David Keene

Illustration on Republicans confronting Obama by Paul Tong/Tribune Content Agency

'Put up or shut up time': America expects the Republicans to match big talk with action

Phil Gramm, an avid waterfowler, and I were sitting in a duck blind on Maryland's Eastern Shore waiting for the birds to fly and discussing conservatism, politics and the Senate. After analyzing a few of his colleagues, the senator from Texas asked me, "What are the four most dangerous words a senator can utter on the Senate floor?" Published November 18, 2014

Barry Goldwater in 1965. (AP Photo)

In the beginning there was Goldwater

In a very real sense, the modern conservative political movement began with Barry Goldwater. Had it not been for the Arizona senator it might have taken years or even decades for conservative ideas to break into the political mainstream, Ronald Reagan would be remembered today not as one of our greatest presidents, but as a "B" movie star and television host, and many of those who since the 1960s shaped our nation's politics would not have had an opportunity to do so. Published November 17, 2014

Phil Crane Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Phil Crane, a positive force of modern conservatism

Few young conservatives even remember Phil Crane, who passed away over the weekend, but he was one of the most significant conservative leaders and politicians of his generation. Published November 10, 2014

Illustration on the importance of the 2014 midterm elections by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

A voting opportunity of a lifetime

In the run-up to every election, Americans are told they must vote because "this election is the most important of our lifetime." Usually these words are spoken by candidates for whom every election is the most important of their lifetime — because they can be career-killers if they lose. Published November 3, 2014

U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., right, points to Democratic candidate for Colorado's secretary of state office, Betsy Markey, before former President Bill Clinton makes appearance at a high school in Aurora, Colo., to promote the state's Democratic candidates in the upcoming general election on Monday, Oct. 27, 2014. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

A liberal dose of campaign ground and pound

As Election Day approaches, most analysts are focusing on campaign optics and poll data — who spends more on television or wins debates few voters watch. Published October 29, 2014

Ronald Reagan giving his "A time for choosing" speech in 1964             The Washington Times

When 'A Time for Choosing' changed the world

History tells us that seemingly inconsequential decisions can sometimes change the world in ways that no one would have predicted at the time they were made. Published October 27, 2014

A longtime Democratic operative, Ron Klain was tasked Friday by President Barack Obama with running the government's response to the Ebola crisis. (AP Photo/Revolution)

A new, unimproved Ebola czar

Liberian health care workers have threatened to strike unless they receive higher pay for working with Ebola patients. Published October 20, 2014

Illustration on Democrats seeking to distance themselves from Obama by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Avoiding the Obama virus on the campaign trail

The Democratic Senate candidate in Kentucky refuses to even say she voted for Barack Obama in 2008 and 2012. Democratic senators running for re-election in New Hampshire and North Carolina tell reporters they don't want their party's president to campaign for them. Published October 13, 2014

Illustration on coming GOP gains by Nancy Ohanian/Tribune Content Agency

Signs of a coming Republican wave

Although signs of the political wave Republican leaders have been praying for may be peeking over the horizon, it's been late in coming this year as many contestable Senate, House and gubernatorial races have remained up in the air for months. Published October 3, 2014

Illustration on gun control in Colorado by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Colorado's Second Amendment wildfire

Last year, in the wake of the Sandy Hook school shootings in Connecticut, the Obama administration and then-New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg worked to put together a "coalition of the willing" to join them in a war on the Second Amendment and hit upon Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper as a likely recruit. Published September 29, 2014

Jean-Bertrand Aristide      Associated Press photo

How Bill Clinton oversells his rescue of Haiti

Bill Clinton never stops. Last week while he and Hillary were in Iowa, Mr. Clinton continued his nonstop campaign to sell his unique take on his own accomplishments. Published September 23, 2014

Illustration on the disruptive element of independent candidates by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The third-party candidate conundrum

Republicans, political strategists and pundits are beginning to notice that in almost every close Senate race in the country, there are one or more third-party or independent candidates on the ballot who could conceivably decide which major candidate will prevail in November. Published September 15, 2014

Obama Regulators Manipulate Banks Illustration by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

The devious designs of Operation Choke Point

President Obama wasn't kidding about acting on his own if Congress won't go along with his plans to "fundamentally transform" the country that elected him president. Published August 25, 2014

** FILE ** President Obama speaks to the press from Chilmark, Mass., during his family vacation on the island of Martha's Vineyard, Aug. 11, 2014. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Pointing the presidential finger over Iraq

President Obama can't help himself. Even as he ordered airstrikes on the Islamic State forces in Iraq threatening to starve, shoot or behead as many as 50,000 refugees trapped on a mountaintop, he had to try to assure the world, his fellow citizens and perhaps, most importantly, himself that the mess wasn't his fault. Published August 11, 2014

Illustration on Obama, the great and powerful, by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

A confident and clueless president

President Obama returned from his full-time job as the Democratic Party's fundraiser-in-chief to host today's U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit. Published August 4, 2014

The lone soldier

Earlier this week, an estimated 20,000 Israelis gathered in Haifa for the funeral of a 21-year-old from South Padre Island, Texas, who had come to Israel, joined the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF), and died in fierce fighting in Gaza. Published July 31, 2014

An Israeli army officer walks near the entrance of a tunnel, Friday, July 25, 2014, that is allegedly used by Palestinian militants for cross-border attacks, at the Israel-Gaza Border. A network of tunnels Palestinian militants have dug from Gaza to Israel, dubbed "lower Gaza" by the Israeli military, is taking center stage in the latest war between Hamas and Israel. (AP Photo/Jack Guez, Pool)

Why Israel needs to destroy the tunnels

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has the support of something like 84% of his fellow citizens for his effort to destroy the dozens of tunnels Hamas has dug under Israeli territory over the last few years because every Israeli knows that they allow Hamas fighters to infiltrate their country to kidnap and kill Israeli civilians or worse. Published July 31, 2014

Illustration on block grants to states for social services by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

KEENE: Thinking outside nanny-state box with Paul Ryan

Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin is perhaps the smartest conservative in Congress. Unusual for a politician, the former vice presidential nominee actually spends time thinking about problems and coming up with solutions. Published July 28, 2014