Peggy Noonan is a columnist for the Wall Street Journal and the author of eight books on American politics and culture.

The Too-Smooth Cruz — And so it begins. Ted Cruz announced Monday, the first major Republican to declare for the presidency. More will soon follow. I am happy because I suffer from a deep, bizarre and pretty American aberration: I love politics. Politics is serious, earnest, crucial, necessary-the venue in which we decide much of our country's future.

Both Parties Are Nervous About 2016 — The 2016 presidential campaign is here, pushed up prematurely by the Hillary Clinton email controversy. When a major candidate of a major party has major trouble, the election moves more sharply into focus. Apart from Mrs. Clinton, small stories have begun to shoot up like flares. Wisconsin Gov.

Hillary Seems Tired, Not Hungry — Maybe we're not stuck in Scandal Land. For a while I've assumed Hillary Clinton would run for her party's nomination and be a formidable candidate in the general election. After Tuesday's news conference I'm not so sure. Did she seem to you a happy, hungry warrior?

Stuck in Scandal Land — Doesn't the latest Hillary Clinton scandal make you want to throw up your hands and say: Do we really have to do this again? Do we have to go back there? People assume she is our next president. We are defining political deviancy down.

Sorry, Jeb, the Race Is Wide Open — Thoughts on the 2016 presidential primaries: No one expects anything from the Democrats. They will back, accept or acquiesce in a coronation. This will not be called passive but disciplined. But when you think about it-one of our two major parties, in a time of considerable national peril, will settle its presidential nomination without vigorous...

An Administration Adrift on Denial — Great essays tell big truths. A deeply reported piece in next month's Atlantic magazine does precisely that, and in a way devastating to the Obama administration's thinking on ISIS. "What ISIS Really Wants," by contributing editor Graeme Wood, is going to change the debate. (It ought to become a book.)

An Honest Reporter, and His Antithesis — I was at dinner at the home of a friend, a journalist, when the phone rang. I heard her say, "Oh no, no," and saw her face: Something terrible had happened, not to her personally but in the world. She got off and told us that Bob Simon, the CBS News correspondent, had died.

Women can improve their odds against heart disease — Worried about cancer? Many women are. It's true that cancer kills a lot of women - four out of every 10 women who die between ages 45 and 64 die of cancer - but there's a bigger threat. "Heart disease is the No.

Recrimination Is Not a Plan — Everything's frozen. When you ask, "What is the appropriate U.S. response to ISIS?" half the people in Washington answer: "George W. Bush broke Iraq and ISIS was born in the rubble. There would be no ISIS if it weren't for him." The other half answer: "When Barack Obama withdrew from Iraq, ISIS was born in the vacuum.

America’s Strategy Deficit — Something is going on here. On Tuesday retired Gen. James Mattis, former head of U.S. Central Command (2010-13) told the Senate Armed Services Committee of his unhappiness at the current conduct of U.S. foreign policy. He said the U.S. is not "adapting to changed circumstances" in the Mideast and must "come out now from our reactive crouch."
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Mar 27, 2015

Who is Ted? I think of the comment of one of his fellow conservative senators: “He’s a complete charlatan, you know.”

Mar 27, 2015

Mr. Cruz’s other problem has to do with words like sincerity, earnestness, ingenuousness.

Mar 27, 2015

Cruz talks about Reagan but Reagan had been an executive; he had run things; his accomplishments could be measured.

Mar 27, 2015

After Mr. Obama, will there be among Republicans voters a hunger for deeper biography?

Mar 27, 2015

Mr. Cruz is in many ways not like Reagan. He’s like a first-term senator named Barack Obama, 45 when he announced.

Mar 26, 2015

In his announcement, Ted Cruz was like a Sunday morning preacher in a midsize megachurch on a local TV station.

Mar 26, 2015

The latest conventional wisdom is that Ted Cruz is not to be discounted. The latest conventional wisdom is correct.

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