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Jeffrey H. Birnbaum

Jeffrey H. Birnbaum

Jeffrey H. Birnbaum is a Washington Times columnist, a Fox News contributor and president of BGR Public Relations. His firm represents a variety of corporations.

Articles by Jeffrey H. Birnbaum

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign town hall at Ocean Center, Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2016, in Daytona Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Governing and Donald Trump

Donald Trump has been accused by his critics of having a variety of shortcomings. They complain about his temperament, his crassness and his whimsical approach to the facts. Published August 3, 2016

The Obama Drag Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Obama is on the ballot, too

Even in a two-person presidential race, a third person is always present: the incumbent president. That's true with a vengeance this year. Barack Obama is the not-so-silent partner of Hillary Clinton in the Democrats' drive to retain the White House. Published June 5, 2016

Is Trump the end of the world?

Here's a pop quiz: What happens if Donald Trump wins the Republican nomination for president? Published March 22, 2016

Aspirations for 2016 Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

The limits of conventional campaign wisdom

A debate is raging over whether Republicans or Democrats have the upper hand in next year's presidential election. Most insiders think that Hillary Rodham Clinton will benefit most because she's cleared the field of serious opponents and that Republicans will suffer because too many of them are vying for the nomination. Published July 12, 2015

Illustration on the need to hold fire on attacking Hillary Clinton by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Avoiding the trap of Hillary amnesia

Hillary Clinton is lucky to be beleaguered by controversy. Not in a literal sense, but it terms of timing. Getting bad news out of the way early is a huge advantage in an era when memories are so short. Published May 11, 2015

Illustration on the potential meeting point of Republican and Democrat in American policy by Donna Grethen/Tribune Content Agency

BIRNBAUM: The Divided States of America

Alot of effort and enterprise has gone into speculating about whether the U.S. Senate will change from majority Democratic to majority Republican after the November elections. Published October 3, 2014

Capitol Bandaid Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

An end to gridlock?

Republicans have a better-than-even chance to win control of the Senate this year. The GOP will certainly gain seats. Published August 11, 2014

Illustration on Democrat deception on Benghazi by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

BIRNBAUM: Ruing the Benghazi ruse

Republicans have reason to believe that a lie by the White House helped guarantee President Obama's re-election. Published May 5, 2014

Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

BIRNBAUM: No gloating over Obamacare's disasters

I once lost a debate in high school because of what the judges called browbeating. The other team was inexperienced and unprepared. My partner and I were arrogant, unrelenting and, worse, unkind. We deserved to lose because we were high-handed and condescending. Published December 15, 2013

Illustration by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

BIRNBAUM: Sensational season for scandal

The year started with great expectations, but has turned out to be a dud. Only the most routine matters have made — or seem likely to make — progress in 2013. Published June 12, 2013

Illustration by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

BIRNBAUM: A history lesson for Obama

President Obama must be a poor student of history. His fiscal strategy appears to closely mimic one of the central mistakes of the U.S. war in Vietnam. He appears to want to destroy the federal budget to save it. Published March 11, 2013

Illustration by Greg Groesch for The Washington Times

BIRNBAUM: Now the shuffle on tax reform

Both presidential candidates -- and the leaders of both political parties -- were outspoken in their support for tax reform last year. Democrats have reneged on their pledge, however, hurting the cause of deficit reduction. Published February 15, 2013

Illustration: Deficit by Greg Groesch for The Washington Times

BIRNBAUM: Republicans lost by running on intangible issues

Before the election, both sides publicly agreed that voters cared more about the economy and job creation than anything else and that they would vote for the candidate who provided the best solutions. Published November 22, 2012