Mickey Edwards

Mickey Edwards spent 16 years in Congress and 16 years teaching at Harvard and Princeton. He is a director of The Constitution Project and wrote Reclaiming Conservatism. More

Mickey Edwards was a member of Congress for 16 years and a chairman of the House Republican leadership's policy committee. After leaving Congress, he taught at Harvard for 11 years, where he was voted the Kennedy School's most outstanding teacher, and at Princeton for five years. He currently runs a political leadership program for elected officials as Vice President of the Aspen Institute and teaches defense policy and foreign policy at George Washington University. He has been a weekly columnist for The L.A. Times and The Chicago Tribune and is a weekly commentator on National Public Radio. Edwards served for five years as national chairman of the American Conservative Union and the annual Conservative Political Action Conference. He was one of three founding trustees of the Heritage Foundation. In 1980, he directed more than a dozen joint House-Senate policy advisory task forces for Ronald Reagan's presidential campaign. He is a director of The Constitution Project and has chaired task forces for the Council on Foreign Relations and the Brookings Institution. He served on the American Bar Association task force that condemned President George W. Bush, and his most recent book, Reclaiming Conservatism, was published in 2008.

  • Craziness on the Left

    Observers have had a great deal to work with recently in assailing the nut cases and nastiness on the political right. Like many others who have…

  • Religion and Democracy

    These remarks were delivered at Princeton on December 1 as part of a lecture series sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and…

  • India's Challenge

    On Thanksgiving morning I drove to a small convenience store near my home south of Boston and bought a copy of that morning's Boston Globe.  I also…

  • Wrong Track

    There have always been reasons why some things -- desirable things, important things - don't happen.  It is a question, always, of limits.  Not…

  • Between Palin and Palinism

    Sarah Palin is not going away; she may or may not run for office -- for the Senate or the presidency -- but in any case she's going to be a part of…

  • The Test

    By deciding to try an admitted terrorist in federal court, Eric Holder is putting American democracy -- and us -- to the test.   Democracy -- the…

  • Aah, Certitude!

    When one plays for high stakes, the palms get sweaty, the mouth goes dry, the heart pumps faster. The brain may become foggy or focused but the risk…

  • On Civil War

    As a guest on an NPR talk show, discussing the election results in New York's 23d Congressional District, I was asked to offer my perspective on the…

  • A Battle for the GOP's Sole

    To some, the election contest in New York's 23rd Congressional District is a thing of high drama, with the advocates of competing political…

  • America's Unfriendly Ghost

    In "Fool," his absurdist Shakespearean knock-off, Christopher Moore begins with a who's who: there are Lear and Cornwall, Kent and Regan, Goneril and…

  • Obama's Inner Kissinger

    For more than 200 years, America's policy makers have wrestled with the complexities of dealing with the world. George Washington, for example,…

  • Olympia's 'Betrayal'

    For weeks, as the Senate Finance Committee moved toward a final vote on a health care reform bill, public attention focused sharply on a single…

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The World's Largest Balloon Festival

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