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 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; 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 New York Times, Politico, Commentary, Reason, and GQ, and he is a Fox News Contributor. He lives with his wife and daughter in Virginia. Email him at [email protected]

There Will Never Be Another Norm Macdonald

There is no line he would not cross, there was nowhere he would not go for a joke he believed in.

Time To Demand Accountability After Biden’s Failed Victory Lap

The first third of Joe Biden’s speech defending the disastrous Afghanistan withdrawal was full of lies, and done in completely bad faith.

Joe Biden’s Presidency Has Gone Off The Rails And The Democratic Party Will Pay For It

This is a moment that demands basic core competence on how to govern and lead across multiple areas, and this administration apparently lacks nearly all of it.

The Falling Man: 2001 – 2021

No one who witnessed them fall will forget it. That final act of defiance speaks for itself, and it says: Do not go gentle into that good night.

We All Should Be Appalled By What Is Happening In Afghanistan

For all the fractiousness about Afghanistan over the past twenty years, finally there is unity in this opinion: What a disaster. The situation in Kabul seems Read Full Article >

Be Aware Of Performative Wokeness

What do you think the NFL cares more about? Pre-game music? Or non-guaranteed contracts for its majority-black workforce? 

The Chaotic Genius Of Donald Rumsfeld

“There are things we know we know. We also know there are known unknowns. That is to say, we know there are some things we do not know. But there are also unknown unknowns — the ones we don’t know we don’t know.”

A Fond Farewell to Conan O’Brien

O’Brien inspired comedians through a dedication to crazy, wacky humor your dad didn’t get. He would rather make you laugh than make you clap.

Paul Ryan Is Wrong To Diminish The Culture War

Diminishing the culture war in this heated moment isn’t just anti-conservative; it has the priorities of the people completely backward.

60 Years Later, JFK’s Moonshot Beckons Us To American Risk

Sixty years ago today at this very moment, in a rare midday joint session address to Congress, President John F. Kennedy set an incredible goal for the nation.

Jon Stewart Killed ‘Crossfire’ And He Was Wrong

There is today essentially no program that pairs left and right perspectives on camera as co-equal hosts to debate today’s topics. Is that a good thing?

What Is Mitch McConnell Thinking?

Now comes McConnell’s impeachment effort, as effective and well-thought as his filibuster defense effort, and it is already looking like an embarrassing and risky bit of 4D chess.

How Joe Biden Misunderstands Unity

In Biden’s speech, St. Augustine’s deep warning about misdirected unity in love of the wrong thing becomes the spiritual equivalent of “c’mon, man.”

The Old Order Returns

The central question Americans ought to consider on this Inauguration Day as The Old Order returns is whether what they are seeing in their country is happening because it is strong or because it is weak.

There Is No Future For A Liz Cheney GOP

Whether she sticks around or is rejected by a conference already fed up with her anti-incumbent donations, Cheney is now persona non grata.

The Consequences Of The Capitol Assault

The rioters failed in their effort and ensured their marginalization, but marginalization doesn’t mean evaporation. They’re still here, and they’re not going away.

After Likely GOP Losses In Georgia, Let The Blame Game Begin

The recriminations about the likely loss of two GOP incumbents in Georgia will ripple through Republican circles in a display of total acrimony.

What Began 400 Years Ago In Plymouth Shaped The World For The Better

The world the pilgrims made is a testament to their resolve and daring, without which this country and the people we love so much would not exist.

Will Anyone Face Any Consequences For Gaslighting Americans On The Hunter Biden Story?

Will anyone in media, Big Tech, or the expert class be held accountable for claiming the Biden family investigations were a fantasy Russian disinformation plot?

2020 Was The Year Nancy Pelosi Totally Lost Her Touch

The Speaker’s instincts have atrophied. Her political gambits have failed. She’s been a source of one very public screw up after another.