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David Keene

David Keene

Editor at Large — David Keene, a trusted adviser to presidents, a longtime champion of personal liberty and one of conservatism’s most respected voices, is the former opinion editor of The Washington Times. 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 Rifle Association. He can be reached at

Columns by David Keene

Protecting Gun Rights in Montana Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Liberals will never leave gun owners alone

Montanans call their state "The Last Best Place," and for gun owners, it may be just that. Their political leaders actively defend the constitutional rights of Montanans and the rest of us as well. Published March 15, 2023

Debt load and inflation Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

America’s unsustainable debt load

Last Thursday, Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell appeared before the Senate Banking Committee to discuss what they are doing about the persistent inflation plaguing the economy. Published March 13, 2023

James Lane Buckley Portrait by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

James Lane Buckley’s century of American service

James Lane Buckley celebrates his 100th birthday Thursday. He is believed to be the only living American who has served at the highest levels in all three branches of our federal government. Published March 8, 2023

2000 Republican primaries illustration by Linas Garsys / The Washington Times

Who will lightning strike in the 2024 presidential campaign?

As the 2000 Republican primaries approached, Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah called me. We had been friends for years, and he was calling to let me know that he was about to announce his candidacy for president. Published January 4, 2023

Dump Donal Trump illustration by Greg Groesch / The Washington Times

Time for the GOP to ditch Trump

Former President Donald Trump wanted this year's midterms to be all about him and he got his wish. Published November 14, 2022

Lost Civility of Politics Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

In search of civility in politics

In 1969, the nation seemed more divided on ideological and partisan lines than anyone could remember. Published November 1, 2022

Democrats' Money against Republicans Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Democrats’ ‘fake news’ interfering with democracy

As Election Day approaches, Democrats are doubling down on their claim that Republicans in general and former President Donald J. Trump represent an existential threat to American democracy. Published October 12, 2022

Republicans winning elections with the suburban vote illustration by Linas Garsys / The Washington Times

How Republicans can win the suburbs

There was a time when Republicans dominated the politics of upper-income suburbs, but that time has passed. Published October 3, 2022

The Genesis of Despicable Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Words matter, but not for Democrats

Do words mean anything in today's world? That's a question that many are asking in the wake of President Joe Biden's recent attack on Republicans as "semi-fascists." Published September 13, 2022