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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

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

DAVID KEENE: 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

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

KEENE: 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

KEENE: 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

KEENE: 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

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

KEENE: 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

** 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)

KEENE: 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

KEENE: 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

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)

KEENE: 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

KEENE: 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

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

Illustration on "Lone Soldiers" fighting for Israel by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

KEENE: 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 22, 2014

** FILE **  Former Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer, shown here in Helena, Mont., August, 2012, says he will not run for Montana's open U.S. Senate seat in 2014. (AP Photo/Matt Gouras, File)

KEENE: An opportunity that can’t be lost

After a landslide victory in 2008, Barack Obama and his political advisors vowed to not only fundamentally change America, but to lock down their victory by fundamentally changing the politics of the American West. Published July 16, 2014

Illustration on Common Core's version of American History by Alexander Hunter/The Washington times

KEENE: Editing out an enlightened history of America

In the early days of the American Republic, Thomas Jefferson was perhaps the staunchest advocate of public education. He would be appalled at the state of public education today. Published July 14, 2014