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Charles Hurt

Charles Hurt

Charles Hurt is the Opinion Editor and a columnist for The Washington Times. Often seen as a Fox News contributor on the cable network’s signature evening news roundtable, Mr. Hurt in his 20-year career has worked his way up from a beat reporter for the Detroit News and Washington correspondent for the Charlotte Observer before joining The Washington Times in 2003. He later served as D.C. bureau chief and White House correspondent for the New York Post and editor at the Drudge Report.

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HURT: Attacking markets exposes folly of Romney rivals

The whole problem with Mitt Romney, it turns out, is that he dared to participate in the American free market before going into politics. At least, that is, according to Newt Gingrich, Rick Perry and their increasingly wacky, desperate and dwindling band of supporters. Published January 10, 2012

HURT: Obama's naked thuggery

After all these years it took a great constitutional scholar who had spent a life cloistered in academia and street work to utterly rape our most cherished Constitution. Published January 9, 2012

HURT: Santorum's showing suggests — it's time for the porcupine

There are two reasons the overtly religious Rick Santorum has never been taken seriously as a presidential contender. It's not just that the media is made up of mainly Godless heathens. It's also that most political reporters have reached the conclusion that he is about as lovable as a porcupine with the charm of a possum. Published January 3, 2012

Republican Sens. Mike Johanns (left) of Nebraska, Johnny Isakson (center) of Georgia and James Risch of Idaho leave closed-door negotiations on the payroll tax cut extension and other measures on Dec. 16, 2011, at the Capitol. (Associated Press)

HURT: Congress — the Christmas relative from hell

Last week's dramatic, down-to-the wire legislative hokum to "rescue" millions of Americans from a $1,000 tax increase on the stroke of the New Year reminds us once again how Congress really is that whining, self-absorbed nightmare of a relative that every family must endure. Published December 27, 2011

HURT: Deflecting blame for tax-cut logjam

Democrats finally find a tax cut they can abide, and so both sides agree to extend it. But just as they are about to partake in the bipartisan peace pipe a few days before Christmas, Congress promptly grinds to a squabbling halt threatening a $1,000-tax increase for workers and the evaporation of unemployment benefits for those out of work. Merry freaking Christmas, American people! Published December 20, 2011

HURT: Grinch Occupiers provide holiday jeer

Nothing says "Morning in America" like a $10,000 bet over an obscure line in a book that nobody has read. And who, in these boom times, doesn't have 10 grand to move around the table in a little clubhouse one-upsmanship? Published December 13, 2011

HURT: Newt vs. Mitt is a study in contrasts

Mitt Romney is an Olympic preparer. He prepares for everything. Every possible eventuality is treated by him as if it were a strand of hair on his meticulously-coiffed head, placed just so with the utmost forethought and consideration. Published December 6, 2011

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich speaks Nov. 22, 2011, at a Republican presidential debate in Washington. (Associated Press)

HURT: Gingrich is GOP's latest not-Romney

Getting Republicans to line up behind Mitt Romney, it turns out, is like trying to stuff a cat into a trash can. No matter how you present the feline to the receptacle, at least one claw always manages to reach out at the last second and cling desperately to the rim. Published November 29, 2011

HURT: Turkey taxpayers never get pardoned

Happy Thanksgiving, America! It's that special time of year when Americans pause to count our many blessings, ponder our faith and reflect upon the awesome sacrifices made by patriots before us to ensure our freedoms. And this year, we are once again reminded that there is no bigger chump in the world than the innocent taxpayer. Published November 22, 2011

HURT: Same movement, but different smell

It is high time the tea party comes to grips with reality that, indeed, their protests of recent years and the Occupy anything protests of late are, in fact, one in the same movement. Published November 15, 2011

HURT: So what is it, exactly, 'we can't wait' for?

We can't wait"? Seriously? This is the best argument President Obama can come up with for why he deserves a second term? Not exactly the jingle juggernaut from his last campaign. He has gone from the hopeful and promising "Yes, we can!" to the depressing and defeated "No, we can't!" Published November 1, 2011

HURT: Practice saying 'GOP nominee Romney'

As the once impossible begins to feel inevitable, conservatives find themselves grappling with the uncomfortable concept of falling in line behind former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney. Published September 27, 2011

HURT: Stalker's book on Palin fetid, yet feted

OK, so Sarah Palin dabbled in cocaine and slept with a black man, according to a new "book" by a creepy stalker. This, to the horror of the political media set. The same charges, of course, can be said of the current occupants of the White House. Published September 20, 2011