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]
How Is The Culture War Fought?

Jonah Goldberg’s response is more evidence of the reordering of the coalitional hierarchy of priorities within the American right.

How Paul Ryan Went From Young Gun To Gone

Ryan was the most important Republican in Washington from 2009 to 2016. He now seems like a throwback from a bygone era.

Firing Kevin Williamson Is Just the Beginning

When contrarian voices are elevated to publications once viewed as places where contending ideas shared space, organized online backlash is now inevitable.

We Have Noted Your Absence From The Effort To Get Kevin Williamson Fired

The Atlantic is taking heat from outside critics as well as from within their own newsroom for hiring National Review’s Kevin Williamson.

Cambridge Analytica Is The Juicero Of Political Data Firms

‘This is the real world, not a spy novel. And in the real world, what Cambridge Analytica was promising simply doesn’t work.’

Sheriff Scott Israel Exemplifies The Failures Of Our Institutions

Rather than turning inward to rebuild our institutions to serve the American people well, the rotting and distrusted and negligent institutions will seize more power.

CNN’s Insane Anti-Gun Townhall Will Only Help The NRA

So thanks a lot for adding to our discourse, CNN.

Dear America: Your News Media Absolutely Hates You

Having judged the American project kaput after the election of Donald Trump, the media has now stooped to the level of defending the North Koreans.

Chuck Schumer Just Lost The Shutdown, Bigly

Why did Democrats cave so quickly? They counted on Trump being Leeroy Jenkins.

If Haiti Weren’t A ‘Sh-thole,’ Its Citizens Wouldn’t Need Refugee Status In The U.S.

America has the potential to take people from terrible countries and turn them into great Americans.

Michael Wolff Presents ‘Steve Bannon’s What Happened’

Michael Wolff’s book is the book of a gossip columnist — an entertaining one at that, but one who has a strong penchant for disregard for the facts.

‘The Last Jedi’ Is A Good Movie Wrapped Around A Bad Movie

The Last Jedi explores the nature and purpose of the force in the universe, but is distracted with drab and childish conflict between characters you don’t really care about.

Netflix Thinks Your Holiday Loneliness Is A Punchline

The other day someone in the Netflix PR department thought it would be a good idea to mock some of their own customers for the streaming services’ latest production, ‘A Christmas Prince.’

A Note On What We Do Here

At a time much of the country is suffering as a result of terrible ideas inflicted on us by our cultural and political betters, The Federalist remains avowedly committed to offering alternative views.

Why The NFL Needs To Stop Trying To Make Brock Osweiler Happen

While politicization does explain some tuning out, a better way to understand the NFL’s problem is that politics are only a challenge when the product isn’t good enough to withstand its injection.

Jeff Flake Authenticates The Party Of Trump

Flake’s announcement that he will retire at the end of his term rather than run for re-election has been coming for a long time.

The Democratic Line on Facebook and Russia is Crazy

The claims of Democratic Senators and Congressmen are utterly absurd if you know even a little about how Facebook works.

Hugh Hefner’s Legacy Is About More Than Sex

Hefner’s life will be derided as profane, but his work celebrates the sexual complementarity that has bound men and women together since the dawn of time.

The NFL Had A Product Problem Before It Had A Politics Problem

The real problem with the NFL isn’t the politics. It’s the lousy content, content which disrespects fans, and not just because those fans are more conservative than the players and the reporters who cover them.

Jimmy Kimmel Has No Clue What He’s Talking About

It is not the case, as Kimmel insists, that the Graham-Cassidy bill would throw 30 million people off their insurance plans. Dishonest histrionics do not advance the cause of responsible health-insurance reform.