O Magnum Mysterium

“Fear not; for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy…”   If you want to listen to one of my favorite Christmas hymns, it is Morten Lauridsen’s O Magnum Mysterium. Composed in 1994, the original verse comes from the Roman Missal and reads as follows: O magnum mysterium, et admirabile sacramentum, ut animalia […]

COLDWATER: Team Biden Aims To Darken Holidays Forever

Progressive elves at the Department of Energy are working in lockstep with fringe environmentalists… ‘Twas the week before Christmas and all cross the states, the progressives were chanting a new set of regulations and rates – talking points to diminish your good Christmas cheer, by shaming your holiday lighting in the hopes you won’t shine […]

Why We Can’t Talk About Public Education

It is because no one actually gives a damn. Otherwise, we’d talk and fix it. I started this column with the best of intentions. This began with a long jeremiad explaining how Prince Edward County screwed it up for the rest of us during the Massive Resistance era, defunding their public schools and offering local […]

Virginia In The Vanguard (Again)

The real question for Virginians is whether Biden’s abysmally low numbers will put the perennial three seats in play: VA-02 in Virginia Beach, VA-10 in Loudoun, and VA-07 in Prince William and Fredericksburg. The poll I discussed yesterday serves as a reminder to giddy Democrats still breathing sighs of relief as redistricting saved their bacon […]

Do Biden’s No-Good Terrible Numbers Put Virginia in Play in 2024?

Maybe. Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA) is perhaps the weaker of the two Virginia Democrats representing the Commonwealth, though by no means a pushover. With over $7 million cash on hand as of the last reporting quarter, Kaine’s war chest combined with Virginia’s demographics should give any candidate pause after Trump’s drubbing in 2016 and 2020 […]

A Very Republican WSJ Christmas Poll

WSJ: Trump 37, Biden 31, Kennedy 8 This week’s poll from the Wall Street Journal has Biden back at his historic lows, with approval ratings at 37% and showing him behind former President Donald J. Trump by a widening gap of 6 points. An admixture of third-party candidates takes a whopping 17% — a total not really seen […]

LEAHY: The Perilous Dance Of Politicians Ignoring The Urgency Of Debt

If most people know anything about the early Christian Saint Augustine, it may be his prayer: “Oh, Master, make me chaste and celibate – but not yet!” While there are various layers and interpretations of exactly what Augustine meant, the popular version is of a man who years to be free of earthly desire…eventually. The […]

BACON: “Who Exactly Is the University of Virginia Protecting?”

A week ago The Jefferson Council publicly questioned the decision to withhold publication of the investigation into the University’s failure to prevent the Nov. 13, 2022, mass shooting. We were particularly perplexed by who made the decision to delay release of the report until after the trial of the defendant, Christopher Jones. The decision, announced […]

LEAHY: Polling Reveals Potential GOP Primary Shakeup

A recent poll from Marquette University Law School confirms what others have already shown: President Joe Biden’s re-election effort is sputtering.  And not just against the current GOP frontrunner, former President Donald Trump. The top line numbers for a Biden-Trump rematch show Trump ahead 52 percent to 48 percent. That’s within the poll’s 4.5 percentage […]