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]
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.

Single Payer Support Makes a Bipartisan Health Care Deal Impossible

No health care deal can happen at a federal level when the two sides are so opposed, and where Republicans know that is where we are headed next.

13 Questions About The Wiretapping Of Paul Manafort

The wiretapping of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort is a bombshell that raises many questions about the motives and method of such surveillance.

Jemele Hill’s Tweets Are Bad, But Her ESPN Show Is Even Worse

When everything’s a hate group, dialogue becomes impossible.

Trump’s Potential Triangulation

Since the inauguration congressional Republicans have acted like they have an equal seat at the table. They don’t have that, and they don’t deserve it. And Trump should stop pretending they do.

The Pivot Is Real, And It’s Spectacular

Trump doesn’t like McConnell and Ryan, and never did. He likes Chuck Schumer, and knows Chuck always makes money for his partners.

The Sandy Relief Bill Was Chock Full Of Pork

The key question with an emergency spending bill is whether it will immediately help the people and homes and businesses and infrastructure in the affected areas.

Confirmed: ESPN Is As Stupid As We Thought

ESPN is a laughingstock, and their defenders have been totally undermined by a move so stupid that it will be an item of ridicule for months to come.

Gawker Is Dead And Deserved To Die

Gawker was a site built to destroy lives. Its mission was to discover the worst moment in a person’s life, and then publicizing it for profit.

The Reality Of Charlottesville

Charlottesville shows that neither the extreme left nor the extreme right is representative of any significant constituency in American politics.

Could This Man Work At Google?

Google’s diversity rules mean they couldn’t hire The Pope. Do they think it’s a problem? Should we?

It’s Time For Millennials To Rise And Claim Their Inheritance

Even as they inhabit an era providing utopian degrees of choices, millennials have become too fearful to actually make those choices and seize the future liberty allows.

A Skinny Repeal We Hardly Knew

The so-called “skinny repeal” amendment to the Senate health care reform bill died a lonely death last night.

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.