John Daniel Davidson
John Daniel Davidson
John Daniel Davidson
John Daniel Davidson is a senior correspondent at The Federalist. His writing has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, National Review, Texas Monthly, The Guardian, First Things, the Claremont Review of Books, The LA Review of Books, n+1, and elsewhere. He lives in Austin, Texas. Follow him on Twitter, @johnddavidson.
The Bishops In Their Labyrinth

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops met in Baltimore this week hoping to address the sex abuse crisis. Instead, they made things worse.

Ted Cruz Might Have Won, But The Midterms Bode Ill For Texas

Cruz barely beat Beto O’Rourke, and other statewide races across Texas showed that despite its deep-red reputation, Texas could turn blue.

Beto O’Rourke Loses To Ted Cruz In Texas Senate Race

O’Rourke’s loss should put to rest the notion that a left-wing progressive can win in deep-red Texas without compromising on key issues.

In Beto’s Last Stand, He’s Betting It All On Left-Wing Progressives

For all the hype about turning Texas blue, Beto O’Rourke represents nothing so much as the deeply myopic state of the Texas Democratic Party.

We Are Living In An Age Of Political Paranoia

The popularity of a grand conspiracy theory—the kind that took hold of the Pittsburgh gunman—is the result of a shattered political culture.

Megyn Kelly Was Fired For Mentioning Blackface. Jimmy Kimmel And Jimmy Fallon Performed In Blackface.

NBC is wrong to fire Kelly over her blackface comments, but if that’s the standard, Kimmel and Fallon should be fired, too.

Trump’s Rally For Ted Cruz In Houston Was A Preview Of 2020

Before one of the largest midterm election crowds in recent memory, Trump outlined the grand theme of his reelection: culture war.

How To Win As A Democrat In Trump Country

Democrats running in states that went hard for Trump face a dilemma: how to win GOP votes without betraying the Resistance.

In Indiana, U.S. Senate Candidates Compete To Out-Trump Each Other

Democratic Sen. Joe Donnelly and GOP challenger Mike Braun are both trying to use Trump’s abiding popularity in the Hoosier State to their advantage.

It’s Long Past Time To Start Treating China As An Adversary

The Trump administration says it will push back against Chinese military aggression, espionage, debt diplomacy, and human rights abuses. It’s about time.

The Grievance Studies Scandal Isn’t Just A Problem For Academia

A group of scholars got the most outlandish hoax papers published in top academic journals. But the implications go far beyond the academy.

Michael Avenatti Is The Left-Wing Version Of Donald Trump

Among left-wing Democratic partisans, Stormy Daniels’ celebrity lawyer can say whatever outrageous thing he wants and get applause. Sound familiar?

The Kavanaugh-Ford Hearing Will Be A Craven, Pointless Spectacle

Senate Democrats have managed to reduce Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court confirmation to an absurd show trial that no one can win.

Beto’s Big Bet: Deep-Red Texas Is Actually Blue

Democrats have long thought they could turn Texas blue if they could just increase voter turnout. But there’s good reason to doubt it.

Don’t Let The Kavanaugh Confirmation Turn Into A Title IX Kangaroo Court

Kavanaugh’s accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, should realize that the far-left tactics of the campus tribunal aren’t going to work in the Senate.

America’s Forever War In Afghanistan Has Engulfed A New Generation

Americans born 17 years ago can now enlist to fight in a war that began before they were born. It’s time to end the Afghanistan war.

The Murder Of Mollie Tibbetts Is Reason To Loosen Immigration Laws, Not Restrict Them

The real lesson is that people who want to come here and work will find a way to do it, regardless of the barriers in their path.

The Catholic Church’s Sex Abuse Scandal Is A Crisis Of Faith

We don’t need more bland expressions of sorrow from bishops. We need public penance, resignations, and a new generation of leaders in the Catholic Church.

Leon Kass Offers Suggestions On How To Be A Human Being In ‘Leading A Worthy Life’

A book of essays by Leon Kass examine how to live with purpose and dignity in a demeaning age. But not everyone is going to like what he has to say.

Inside The Texas Border Town That Funnels Half Of All U.S.-Mexico Trade

In the small border city of Laredo, Texas, the entire world shows up every day, determined to get into the United States.