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
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?

What Tim Kaine Tells Us About The Democratic Party

The Democratic Party has made it impossible for someone like Tim Kaine to rise through the ranks while being honest about what he believes is morally right.

Do The Democrats Realize They Could Lose?

For Hillary Clinton, the tricky act of unification has never been a major part of her skillset.

Who’s Got The Worse Convention?

For all the GOP handwringing and concern about what would happen at their convention, the potential for a mess of a convention for the Democrats is high.

The Potemkin Campaign Comes To The Potemkin Convention

In Cleveland, Trump has arrived to something that looks like a modern convention, but there is a palpable sense of rising unease about what comes next.

Welcome to Cleveland, Enjoy The Wake

The party of Lincoln comes to Cleveland this week to die.

The Persistence Of Washington Delusion

We have breakdown, chaos, and upheaval in our politics today not because the people are ‘insane’. . . but because they are sane.

The Art Of The Comeback

There’s many months to go – but the Clinton ad machine is only just cranking up, and Trump’s campaign is at the starting line, flat-footed.