Ben Domenech
Ben Domenech
Ben Domenech, Publisher
Benjamin Domenech is the publisher of The Federalist, host of The Federalist Radio Hour, and writes The Transom, a daily subscription newsletter for political insiders. He was previously a fellow at The Manhattan Institute and a senior fellow at The Heartland Institute; editor in chief of The City, an academic journal on faith and culture; and a speechwriter for HHS Secretary Tommy Thompson and U.S. Senator John Cornyn of Texas. He co-founded Redstate and co-hosted Coffee & Markets, an award-winning economic podcast. His writing has been published in The Wall Street Journal, The Daily Beast, Politico, Commentary, Reason, and GQ, and he appears regularly on Fox News, MSNBC, CNN, and CBS's Face The Nation. He divides his time between Virginia and New York. Email him at
Fidel Castro Bet On The Wrong Horse And Died A Failure

Fidel Castro’s defunct Escuelas Nacionales de Arte, tuition-free schools for the arts, are emblematic of his failure.

It’s Completely Ridiculous To Claim Trump’s Voters Are No Good

There is no excuse for painting 60+ million Americans as morally corrupt.

How The Obama Years Stunted Millennial Growth

If the rising generation of young progressives allow themselves to believe Donald Trump is just a bump in the road to inevitable Democratic success. . . they are in for even more rude awakenings in the future.

The Real Forgotten Man Of 2016 Was Bill Clinton

If there was one mistake that stands out above all the others, it is the decision by the campaign to ignore the warnings of one Bill Clinton.

Who Really Deserves The Credit For Trump’s Win? Barack Obama And The Media

Donald Trump is the man Americans have chosen as their vehicle for the dramatic change they demand from Washington.

Why You Should Vote

Voting signifies that you are not indifferent to the country or our future. It is a sign that you want to be heard.

The Failure Of American Institutions, Not Of Conservatism, Made Donald Trump Possible

Trumpism is not the same as populism or the New Right. . . It is what happens when no one trusts anyone any more.

Here’s What Will Happen To The GOP If Trump Loses

Nothing will change.

Debate 2016: Choose the Form of Your Destructor

The real problem for Donald Trump in the presidential debates isn’t his temperament. It’s his narcissism.

The Real Reasons Ted Cruz Just Endorsed Donald Trump

The move to endorse now seems ideologically baseless, because it is. It seems like an act of political self-defense, because it is. And it seems opportunistic, because it is.

When You Replace Culture With Politics Both Turn Sour

Today, the left is entirely in favor of replacing culture with politics. That gives us worse culture, and worse politics.

Debating Myself On Trump And The Elites

It is not the elites alone who favor trade deals. It is not the elites alone who favor immigration reform. And it is not the elites alone who favored the Iraq War.

Blame The Elites For The Trump Phenomenon

Tim Carney and Ben Domenech debated Jennifer Rubin and Bret Stephens on the motion “Blame the elites for the Trump Phenomenon.”

Why Isn’t Gary Johnson Doing Better?

Say what you will about Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton, but at least they are good at pretending they know things.

Lena Dunham’s Odell Beckham Tantrum Is Proof That Radical Feminism Is A Joke

Dunham claims she never wants to be objectified, until she does, and when she isn’t, she feels pathetic about it.

The ‘Fox News Famous’ Distraction

Blaming conservatism’s woes on cable commentators on Fox News is short-sighted.

Hillary Clinton And The Radical Fringe

If Hillary Clinton falls into the trap of painting Trump supporters as angry racist white folks, she’ll be making a mistake, and potentially driving them toward Trump.

The GOP Should Fear The Rise Of Democratic Tories

The opportunity this gives the Democrats is clear: they will have the latitude and incentives to expand their coalition, forming the equivalent of a new American Tory party.

The Athlete Alone

In swimming you cannot make out the cheers or jeers. And if you glimpse your opponents, it is only because you are losing.

Hillary Clinton’s Historic Moment

Why does her nomination not feel more satisfying?