Ben Domenech
Ben Domenech
Ben Domenech, Publisher
Benjamin Domenech is the publisher of The Federalist and writes The Transom, a daily subscription newsletter for political insiders. Domenech also serves as a media fellow for The Manhattan Institute. He was previously a senior fellow at The Heartland Institute, and editor in chief of The City, an academic journal on faith and culture. He also worked as a speechwriter for HHS Secretary Tommy Thompson and U.S. Senator John Cornyn of Texas. He co-founded Redstate, was co-host of Coffee & Markets, an award-winning economic podcast. His writing has been published in The Daily Beast, Politico, Commentary, Reason, and GQ, and he appears regularly on Fox News, MSNBC, and CNN. He divides his time between Virginia and New York. Email him at
Mitch McConnell And The Planned Parenthood Atom Bomb

Mitch McConnell can’t and won’t defuse the Planned Parenthood atom bomb that’s going to go off in Washington at the end of the month.

Donald Trump Hangs The Elephant

The argument against Donald Trump requires you to believe in the Republican Party as a vehicle for something different than the Democratic. People don’t.

Forgiveness In The Age Of Selfie Murder

Selfie murder is a howl from the void in an age when we have lost our sense of identity.

Are Republicans For Freedom Or White Identity Politics?

Donald Trump could transform the Republican Party into a coalition focused on white identity politics. We’ve seen this in Europe, and it’s bad.

Republicans And The Politics of Birthright Citizenship

The politics of opposition to birthright citizenship do not benefit Republicans and its repeal is not achievable as policy. So why are they embracing it?

Donald Trump’s Clown Immigration Plan

Donald Trump’s clown immigration plan doesn’t say how he’ll do anything, just that he’ll do it. Make America Great again!

Donald Trump: The Golden Haired Sun Eater Who Says “Go America”

Donald Trump illustrates what happens when frustrated people look for someone, anyone, to restore American greatness.

First Blood: The GOP Debates Begin

Once things got rolling, oh, how they rolled.

The Republican Disagreement About What Governing Means

Governing – you keep using that word – I do not think it means what you think it means.

Mitch McConnell Has The Yips

Mitch McConnell has the yips, and that’s a big problem for Republicans headed into the fight over Planned Parenthood funding and the CR.

Why Does The Republican Party Exist?

Why does the Republican Party exist? Who is it for? What principle does it serve? It’s hard to say.

The Media Works To Inflate Obama’s Legacy

The media is going to work hard to make President Obama’s legacy a lot more impressive than it is.

Will Mitch McConnell Allow A Vote On Planned Parenthood?

Defunding Planned Parenthood has been a stated priority of pro-life Republicans for decades. Is Mitch McConnell serious about it?

Our Petulant President: Obama Scolds Major Garrett On Iran

Obama scolds Major Garrett for having the audacity to question his priorities on Iran. We’ll see who knows better.

The Conservatarian Challenge: Fusionism And The Future

Charles C.W. Cooke’s Conservatarian Manifesto illustrates the political and philosophical challenge for the future of fusionism.

Hillary Clinton vs. The Sharing Economy

Hillary Clinton unveils her economic plan with the equivalent of an AOL dialup screech.

The Left Wants To End the Separation of Church and State

Those who want to tax churches and religious non-profits seek nothing less than the end of the separation of church and state.

The Federalist’s Big Month

It’s been a big month at The Federalist, in part because it’s the end of the world as we know it, but we feel fine.

Jeb Bush Disappointed To Learn Chelsea Clinton Made More Per Speech

Jeb Bush released 1,150 pages of tax records today, and was disappointed to learn he made less per speech than Chelsea Clinton.

SCOTUSCare And The Eric Cartman Presidency

The King v. Burwell SCOTUScare decision is a confirmation that the rules no longer apply.