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 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.

Why Bobby Jindal Is Very Problematic

Bobby Jindal is problematic because identifying as things is good, unless what you identify as is an American.

Bernie Sanders Is A Thing That Is Happening

Bernie Sanders is the canary in the coalmine for how much progressives aren’t ready for Hillary.

Alexander Hamilton: Immigrant, Bastard, Patriot

Alexander Hamilton was a bastard, but he was a righteous bastard. And unlike Barack Obama, he loved his country.

Better Off Jeb: Why Republicans Needed Bush To Run in 2016

Republicans needed a Jeb Bush run in 2016 to finally answer the question: what did you learn from the George W. Bush years?

Rubio Vice: The Ire Rises

We deserve a higher level of Marco Rubio parody than what the media has given us. We deserve Rubio Vice.

Why John Kasich Is The Perfect Candidate

John Kasich is the perfect candidate – for a certain class of Republican.

Are We Allowed To Call Transabled People Mentally Disturbed?

Meet the transabled. When it comes to self-butchery, where’s the line between sane and insane?

The Politics Of Privacy In 2016 And Beyond

Rand Paul’s staking out his privacy turf for 2016. Will he be alone?

Is America Really More Pro-Life? Probably Not In A Way That Matters.

Social conservatives think the country is more pro-life. But the label doesn’t reveal what people really think.