John Daniel Davidson
John Daniel Davidson
John Daniel Davidson
John Davidson is a senior correspondent at The Federalist. His writing has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, National Review, Texas Monthly, First Things, the Claremont Review of Books, The LA Review of Books, n+1, and elsewhere. He lives in Austin, Texas, where he is a senior fellow at the Texas Public Policy Foundation. Follow him on Twitter, @johnddavidson.
Why Neil Gorsuch’s Politics Matter Far Less Than His Legal Analysis

Americans often think the Supreme Court falls into ‘conservative’ and ‘liberal’ camps. But justices usually care more about the law than about politics.

Why Are Progressives So Angry? Trump Defeated Their Messiah

The outrage and hysteria over Trump should confirm what should have been obvious during the Obama years: progressives have turned politics into a religion.

Let Jerry Brown Turn California Into A Socialist Utopia

Now that Donald Trump is issuing executive orders that progressives hate, blue states are rediscovering federalism. We should let them do as they please.

Ben Rhodes Still Doesn’t Know Why Obama’s Foreign Policy Endangered The World

In a recent interview, Obama’s former national security advisor Ben Rhodes reveals he doesn’t understand the decline of American power.

Trump Should Use His Inaugural Address To Unify, Not Divide

If Trump wants to succeed, he should take his inaugural cues from Abraham Lincoln and Richard Nixon, who called for unity in times of deep division.

Inauguration Boycotts Harm The Country, No Matter Who Is President

Over the weekend, Rep. John Lewis said he would boycott Trump’s inauguration, and called the president-elect illegitimate. That’s part of a dangerous trend.

Obama’s Legacy Will Be Failure At Home And War Abroad

In Obama’s farewell address Tuesday night, he proclaimed his tenure a success. But his domestic achievements will be reversed, and his legacy will be war.

Trump’s Presidency Is Already Making Republicans Love Big Government More

With Trump in the White House and the GOP in control of Congress, many conservatives are convincing themselves big government isn’t so bad after all.

EPA To Alaskans In Sub-Zero Temps: Stop Burning Wood To Keep Warm

In Alaska’s interior, where it can reach -50 degrees Fahrenheit in winter, the EPA wants people to stop burning wood. But it’s just about their only feasible way to stay warm.

It’s Going To Take Men With Guns To Stop The Suburban Deer Uprising

In recent weeks, a spate of deer incidents nationwide should be a wakeup call: if we want to stop the deer uprising, we’d better start hunting more deer.

All The News That’s Fit To Fake: NYT Twists Study To Attack Christians

The Times trots out an old media trope that Christians are uneducated rubes compared to everyone else, and hangs it on a Pew study.

Yes, Rick Perry Is Qualified To Be Secretary Of Energy

Leave aside the cheap irony of Perry’s 2012 ‘oops’ moment. As a successful former governor of Texas, he’s an ideal pick to run the DOE.

Obama’s Weakness Invited The Russians To Meddle In U.S. Elections

The CIA now says Russia intervened in the 2016 election in order to elect Donald Trump. If that’s true, it’s Obama’s fault.

‘Westworld’ Is Actually A Thoughtful Meditation On Suffering And Consciousness

Critics of HBO’s ‘Westworld’ say all the plot twists hide shoddy storytelling. But the show is telling a profound story about suffering and consciousness.

Why The Mainstream Media Can’t Hold Trump Accountable

The mainstream media have lost credibility. Under Obama, they were compliant. Under Trump, they’re hysterical. So who will hold Trump accountable now?

The Green Party Is The Future Of The Democratic Party

Democrats lost because they swung too far left and abandoned white, working-class voters. If they don’t change course, they’ll become the Green Party.

Meet The Intolerant Vulgarians Of The Dirtbag Left

In the wake of Donald Trump’s victory, some on the political Left are lashing out, loudly proclaiming just how intolerant and illiberal they really are.

Mainstream Journalists Don’t Care About Free Speech Until Donald Trump Attacks It

In the wake of Trump’s election, the mainstream media is suddenly concerned about the First Amendment. The truth is, they never cared about free speech.

How Donald Trump Won The Midwest

Turnout in rural and suburban areas across the Midwest propelled Trump to victory in states he wasn’t supposed to win. The key to his appeal was respect.

Liberals Don’t Really Think Donald Trump Is Extreme

When liberals claim that Trump is extreme and dangerous, don’t believe it. They think the entire Republican agenda is extreme, no matter who’s running.