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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 me@davidakeene.com.

Articles by David Keene

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

Two-Faced Jon Tester Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Speaking from both sides of the mouth

Spending a little time in a state like Montana is enough to convince anyone that Washington is not the center of the universe. President Trump carried the state in 2016 by some 20 points and has been back here twice in the last month in an effort to help Republican State Auditor Matt Rosendale beat back Democratic Sen. Jon Tester's bid for a third term. Published September 23, 2018

Illustration on political witchhunts by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Adrift in the age of #MeToo

The other day as my old friend Adam Walinsky and I were lamenting the craziness of the current political atmosphere, he asked me what earlier period I believe was as bad as the one we are living through today. Adam, a former speechwriter and aide to Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, once ran as the Democratic candidate for attorney general in New York and is a close student of history. I asked in return if he was thinking of the McCarthy era, Published September 18, 2018

Illustration on Democrat political aspirations in the 2018 mid-terms by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Weaving a 'blue wave' from impeachment fantasies

Democrats are convinced that the "blue wave" they've been counting on to set the stage for President Donald Trump's impeachment in a House of Representatives they control is out there and building. They continue to enjoy a four to six point "generic" advantage in the polls, and there is evidence that their voters are more anxious to turn out and vote than their Republican counterparts — two indicators that combine with the media's continuing effort to demonize Mr. Trump to give them more than a fighting chance to take the House. Published September 11, 2018

Journalism Problem Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Journalism and the bias problem

NBC's Chuck Todd has taken to the pages of The Atlantic to call on his fellow journalists to take down Fox News, charging that Fox News founder Roger Ailes has waged a concerted 50-year campaign to divide the American people and demonize legitimate journalism. Published September 9, 2018

Insecure John Brennan Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Politics and security clearances

Former CIA Director and current MSNBC commentator John Brennan's intelligence service cronies have taken to the airwaves in their disgust at President Trump's decision to revoke Mr. Brennan's security clearance for what they claim is a first-time-ever act of vengeance by an out-of-control president. Published August 22, 2018