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Monica Crowley

Monica Crowley

Monica Crowley was a columnist for The Washington Times.

Articles by Monica Crowley

Trump Popularity in 2020 Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

The one issue that could reelect Trump

It's the economy, stupid. In fact, when it comes to presidential elections, it's always the economy, stupid. Relative economic strength or weakness is perhaps the best gauge of whether an incumbent president is reelected or falls to a challenger promising a "change" to greener future pastures. Published May 1, 2019

Illustration on Trump's enemies by Paul Tong/Tribune Content Agency

The one lesson Trump's enemies just can't understand

There is one lesson from President Nixon that applies not to President Trump, but to his adversaries on the left and in the media. "Always remember," Nixon said during his 1974 farewell address, "others may hate you, but those who hate you don't win unless you hate them, and then you destroy yourself." Published April 24, 2019

Illustration on the Sanders campaign by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Bernie Sanders and the ghost of Hillary Clinton

America's socialists are having a moment. With assistance from their fellow travelers in the media, they've rebranded one of history's most cataclysmic ideologies as both "just" and hip. Like all Big Lies permitted to bubble along, this one is causing grievous damage. Published April 17, 2019

Rosie Voted Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

The surprise constituency that may reelect Trump

President Trump's reelection effort will hinge on many elements, some of which he will be able to control (his message, strategy, first-term record) and some of which he will not be able to control (congressional investigations, an unforeseen jolt to the economy, external events). This time, his appeal will be directed both to and beyond the 63 million people who voted for him in 2016 as he seeks to expand his margins of victory. Published April 10, 2019

Prospering Azerbaijan Oil Industry Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

When a new energy revolution makes the Russians nervous

Upon arrival in Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan, the first thing you notice is the boomtown feel. Construction cranes reach high into the sky. New building is underway as far as the eye can see. The vibe is energetic, youthful, optimistic. It resembles Texas at the turn of the 20th century, albeit with iPhones, Starbucks and Uber. And instead of American wildcatters, international oil executives roam Baku. In this new Gusher Age, they know that Azerbaijan is one of the next big frontiers. Published March 20, 2019

North Korean Nuclear Arms Negotiations Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Nixon advises Trump on North Korea

Fifty years ago, an American president prosecuted a war against North Vietnamese communist forces aided and abetted by its powerhouse ideological bedfellows, the Soviet Union and China. Today, another American president visits a reunified Vietnam where full-throated capitalism is delivering an economic miracle to a once poverty-torn communist hellscape. Published February 27, 2019

Illustration on conditioning the masses by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Conditioning the masses to an extreme agenda

Socialist revolutionaries are usually in a hurry. They ram through radical political, economic and social change, lest progressivism's march slows or halts completely. Published February 20, 2019

Sacrifice at the Altar Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Why the Virginia implosion really matters

In polite company, the saying goes, one should never discuss sex, politics, race or religion. In the Commonwealth of Virginia, all four topics are roiling the state at the same time. And what hangs in the balance are fateful turns for the major political and cultural movements of the moment. Published February 13, 2019

Democratic presidential candidate Michael Dukakis gets a free ride in one of General Dynamics' new M1-A-1 battle tanks at its land systems division in Sterling Heights, Michigan, on Tuesday, Sept. 13, 1988. Dukakis took time out to tell General Dynamics workers that he's not soft on defense. (AP Photo/Michael E. Samojeden)

The march of the 2020 phonies begins

Of the many expectations President Trump has blown to smithereens, perhaps the most basic is that a candidate has to be someone they're not in order to win over voters. Don a mask of politesse, flash endless forced smiles, go fishing, dance awkwardly on "Ellen," eat a corn dog at a state fair and pray that it all translates to "relatability" and its even more valuable cousin, "likability." Published February 6, 2019

Political Punching Bag Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

When hopeful contenders misjudge the president

With dozens of potential candidates, the Democratic presidential primary race promises to be a hot mess. Given the last Republican presidential primary cycle with its endless parade of candidates, it will be refreshing to see the hot mess happening on the other side for once. Published January 30, 2019

The Tall Poppy Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Newly elected and too big for her britches

A funny thing happened to Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, New York Democrat, on her way to political stardom. She ran into Tall Poppy Syndrome. Published January 16, 2019

Illustration on Trump's progress in the coming year by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

What Trump must do in 'Year Three'

As President Trump enters his third year in office, significant opportunities — and challenges — await. Published January 2, 2019

Illustration on Democrat attituteds towards Hillary by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

'Well, I'd like to be president'

The death stare gave it away. As President and Mrs. Trump greeted the Obamas and Clintons at the funeral of former President George H.W. Bush, Hillary Clinton nodded coldly to the first lady and then glared straight ahead rather than acknowledge Mr. Trump. Two things became immediately evident: 1) she's still in bitter denial about losing to him; and 2) she's back. Published December 12, 2018

The Sword of the Swamp Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

How Trump can beat the deep-state coup

When Donald Trump glided down the golden escalator in June 2015 to announce he was running for president, little did he know that he was about to become the most hunted political figure in recent history. Published December 5, 2018