David Keene | Stories - Washington Times
Skip to content

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.

Articles by David Keene

Political Weapon Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Misplaced enthusiasm for sending Trump to jail

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told her fellow Democrats last week that she doesn't want President Trump "impeached," she wants him "in prison." She hopes to beat the president of the United States in his bid for re-election, have a new Democratic president indict and convict him for real or imagined crimes, and celebrate as he's hauled off to a federal correctional institution. Published June 11, 2019

In this May 18, 2019, file photo, Democratic presidential candidate, former Vice President Joe Biden speaks during a campaign rally at Eakins Oval in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

Joe Biden's gambit

Joe Biden may actually be onto something. Published May 28, 2019

Misunderstanding John Bolton

National Security Council Chairman John Bolton, according to his detractors, is squirreled away in his White House office salivating at the prospect of military action against Iran. They picture Mr. Bolton as a blood-thirsty warmonger who signed on last April as President Donald Trump's national security adviser to undermine the president's belief that sending in the Marines is not the only or even the best way to respond to the actions of nations that disagree with us. Published May 22, 2019

A visitor to the at the National Rifle Association Annual Meeting walks past signage for the event in Indianapolis, Saturday, April 27, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

How disagreement turns to death threats

Some years ago, one of our neighbors attended a Neighborhood Watch meeting with the Prince George's County police chief. He asked the chief whether he knew that the president of the National Rifle Association was a resident of the county. The chief didn't, but expressed concern about our safety. Published May 2, 2019

In special counsel Robert Mueller's 448-page report, Mr. Mueller found 14 other cases for prosecutors to pursue, though the details were largely redacted. The Cohen and Craig cases are already known, but the remaining 12 are a mystery. (Associated Press)

Mueller and the saving of a presidency

Critics are obsessed by President Trump's rants as they desperately dig for evidence that he colluded or conspired with Vladimir Putin's Russia to "steal" the 2016 election. As one reads through the Mueller Report, it is clear that the president was upset and frustrated by investigation into activities he knew hadn't taken place — who can blame him? Published April 22, 2019

Lipstick on a Pig Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

'Spying did occur'

When Attorney General Bill Barr acknowledged last week that he believed "spying did occur" during the 2016 presidential campaign, Democratic outrage centered on his use of the word spying, something the FBI insists it never does. Published April 16, 2019

A Republican Victory in Wisconsin Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Reading Wisconsin's 2020 tea leaves

When I ran into Wisconsin Supreme Court candidate Brian Hagedorn at the state's NRA convention in mid-January, the temperature outside stood at 25 degrees below zero. Published April 9, 2019

Democrat Electability Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Democratic wannabes preen and crowd the line-up

Washington-based pundits and reporters keep telling us that the Democrats are looking for a presidential nominee who can win next November. CBS, CNN, NPR and Democratic strategists repeat the mantra that next year's primary voters will have "electability" as their first concern. Published March 28, 2019

Illustration on packing the Supreme Court by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Packing the Supreme Court

The 'progressives' controlling today's Democratic Party have little knowledge of our respect for the Constitution, history or institutions. They want what they want and they want it now — even if it means ignoring or rewriting the rules under which the nation has operated so successfully since its founding. Published March 25, 2019

Illustration on the "nuclear option" in the Senate by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

How a 'nuclear option' returned power to Republicans

The dinner I was enjoying with a senior Republican senator back in 2013 kept being interrupted as his cellphone chimed and he was forced to step away from the table to take the call from one or another of his colleagues. Published February 19, 2019

Illustration on the problematic promises of Democrat candidates by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Early promises of the Democratic wannabes

As the Republicans of 1940 maneuvered for the chance to take on President Roosevelt, H.L. Mencken observed that the ultimate winner would no doubt be "whoever promises the most with the least probability of delivering anything." Today's increasingly crowded field of Democratic presidential wannabes proves that little has changed in the decades since Mencken penned those words. Published February 12, 2019

Illustration on the goals of H.R. 1 by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

How Democrats signal their plans

As every new Congress convenes, the majority party signals its priority with the introduction of House Resolution One. H.R. 1 is the bill the leadership intends to push hard and early to let the public know just what the new Congress wants and is all about. Published February 4, 2019

FILE - This is an undated file photo showing Shoeless Joe Jackson. In 1917, two years before their scandalous appearance in the 1919 World Series, the White Sox beat the Giants in the World Series and Jackson batted .301. (AP Photo/File)

Baseball's infamous bribery scandal of 1919

A century ago, baseball faced its darkest hour when eight members of the 1919 American League champion Chicago White Sox accepted bribes to throw the World Series. Published January 2, 2019

Trump's Border Fence Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Building a wall, and the shutdown

Say what one wants about President Donald J. Trump, but he is a man who makes every effort to keep his promises. Published December 26, 2018

Chicago White Sox first base coach Harold Baines poses with his life-sized sculpture during a ceremony before their baseball game against the Kansas City Royals, Sunday, July 20, 2008, in Chicago.(AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

Harold Baines, both good and great

Once upon a time every American boy dreamed of becoming a major league baseball player. Harold Baines was one of those boys. Residents of St. Michaels, Maryland, where Mr. Baines grew up in the '60s, say he was rarely without his baseball glove. Before video games and before St. Michaels had become a tourist destination, the small Maryland Eastern Shore village was the sort of quintessential small town one associates with that era. Published December 18, 2018

Boot to the Face Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Crafting a surveillance state

The fear of a nightmare future that inspired "Animal Farm," "Brave New World" and "1984" is rapidly becoming a reality in today's China, where that nation's Communist leaders have embraced the technology of the 21st century to craft a surveillance state few but these 20th century authors could even imagine. Published December 4, 2018

Illustration on aspects of the newest 'Year of the Woman' by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Another 'Year of the Woman'

Shortly after his confirmation in 1991, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas observed that "being black has far less to do with the color of one's skin than one's politics." This truth has become more obvious in the years since for women as well as African-Americans. Published November 27, 2018

President Donald Trump awards Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, the Medal of Freedom during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Friday, Nov. 16, 2018. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Medal of Freedom for Orrin Hatch

Last week, President Trump awarded Sen. Orrin Hatch, the longest-serving Senate Republican ever, the Medal of Freedom. In doing so, Mr. Trump emphasized the high personal regard in which he holds Mr. Hatch, but the medal was deserved not just because the president likes the senator, but because Orrin Hatch deserves recognition as a Senate great at the end of a distinguished career. Published November 20, 2018

A man works with his fishing rod as the sun sets on the waterfront in the Red Hook section of the borough of Brooklyn  on Thursday, March 22, 2012 in New York. (AP Photo/Peter Morgan)

Confirming Aurelia Skipwith

Last April, Aurelia Skipwith, the new deputy assistant secretary of the Interior for Fish, Wildlife and Parks arrived at a hotel for a speech. When she asked the desk clerk for directions to the ballroom, she got not only the directions she sought, but the observation that "you must be an Obama holdover." Published October 29, 2018

Kermit Gosnell Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Gosnell the murderer revisited

When Philadelphia police obtained a search warrant and raided Dr. Kermit Gosnell's clinic eight years ago, they were seeking evidence of illegal prescriptions for opioids and other addictive drugs. Gosnell would later be sentenced to 30 years in prison for running an illegal prescription mill, but they found much more. Published October 22, 2018