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 [email protected]
Mitch McConnell Gambled Big On Obamacare And Lost

McConnell squelched any possibility of pre-gaming consensus on the Senate side. It was a bet on his own ability as leader, and he lost.

Between Literal Treason And A Nothingburger

In a White House with so many factions at odds on key points: who’s burning who, and why?

Is There A Lane For An American Macron in 2020?

It seems reasonable to expect that at some point soon a real vacuum will emerge at the center of American politics where there wasn’t one before.

Aspen Ideas: Mark Zuckerberg For President

Zuckerberg would enter such a contest with the greatest knowledge of the electorate and analytics of any candidate.

Who Does The FBI Work For?

There’s no reason to beat around the bush here: what the FBI is claiming is mind-boggling when they claim the shooter had no target in mind.

The Only Kind Of Protest That Works

Boycotting, especially of major corporations and their advertising, is the new hotness when it comes to protests. And it’s actually working.

Globalism And Why We Hate Each Other

We shouldn’t make the mistake of thinking that the current escalations in political rhetoric and acts of violence are divorced from these broader globalist trends.

CNN’s War On Trump Is Going Swimmingly

A network that once strove to be centrist is now openly antagonistic. It will run with the thinnest of scoops for hours to make their case against President Trump.

The Falstaff Of ‘Silicon Valley’

We will miss T.J. Miller ‘s character, Erlich Bachman, when he leaves HBO’s ‘Silicon Valley.’

To Avoid Impeachment, Trump Should Pivot

What does a Trump pivot look like? It looks like running against Washington and refusing to even pretend to be a traditional Republican.

James Comey Deserved To Be Fired

James Comey should’ve been fired months ago.

Building On Donald Trump’s First Legislative Victories

Breaking down what happened with these two Trump legislative successes—Obamacare revision and the budget omnibus—illustrates what we should expect from the coming years.

What Comes Next After The Heritage Foundation Coup?

The problem for Heritage now is the need to find a new leader. Does anyone know what Bobby Jindal is up to these days?

Bill Nye and the Politics of Grievance

We must not fall into the trap of thinking speech that offends is speech that must be forbidden. A healthy culture demands that much of us.

Listening To Father John Misty On Good Friday

Father John Misty imagines that he is a rebel. He is, but he does not realize what he is rebelling against.

Consider The Possibility That We Are Led By Idiots

James Comey, for all of his stature and plaudits he has received, is an idiot when it comes to use of social media.

Failure Of Health Care Bill Is An Indictment Of GOP Leadership

AHCA failure is a failure for the president, but it’s much more a failure for House leadership and Paul Ryan. They had seven years to prepare for this moment, and they failed to do so sufficiently.

The Real Danger To Speech Is Corporate

You have the right to free speech as an American – you have no right to use YouTube to do it.

Donald Trump’s First Congressional Address Was The Speech People Needed To Hear

This was an exceptionally effective speech, well-delivered, normal, and with a few unexpectedly emotional notes.

Everyone Is Wrong About Milo And CPAC

Milo is not a conservative, a libertarian, or an ideologue. He is an attention seeker and a provocateur. And he is not going to go away.