Fred Barnes

(Frederic Wood "Fred" Barnes)

Fred Barnes
Fred Barnes
  • Born: February 1, 1943
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Political Commentator









Frederic Wood "Fred" Barnes is an American political commentator. He is the executive editor of the news publication The Weekly Standard and regularly appears on the Fox News Channel program Special Report with Bret Baier. He was previously co-host of The Beltway Boys with Mort Kondracke, which previously aired on the Fox News Channel. The ''Forbes Media Guide Five Hundred, 1994 states:

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[Referring to lobbying:] You get a job in Congress or on a presidential campaign, step up to the administration, and finally go on to easy money. Lobbying & Special Interests
Abusers of power make enemies who eventually get even. Power
In politics the future is never a straight line projection of the present. Miscellaneous
Presidential elections are always pocketbook elections. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
When presidents are in trouble, there's two things they always do: reshuffle the staff and call in a bunch of reporters for advice. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
You get blamed for whatever happens on your watch. Management & Managing Government
Candidates don't have to deal with reality. They talk about the wonderful things they can accomplish as if advocating them is the same as achieving them. They live in a world of political make-believe in which everything from reconciling conflicting interests to paying for costly programs is easy.
Obama sounded like Al Gore on global warming. The more the case for man-made warming falls apart, the more hysterical Gore gets about an imminent catastrophe. The more public support his stimulus bill loses, the more Obama embraces fear-mongering.
Obama specializes in knocking down straw men. 'I reject the view that says our problems will simply take care of themselves,' he said, implying that's the view of Republicans. It's the view of almost no one.
President Obama insists he's a free-market guy. But you have to wonder whether he understands how a free economy really works.
Presidents with strong nerves are decisive. They don't balk at unpopular decisions. They are willing to make people angry. Bush had strong nerves. Clinton, who passed up a chance to eliminate Osama bin Laden, did not. Obama is a people pleaser, a trait not normally associated with nerves of steel.
The mainstream media may have trouble resisting the temptation to declare that Karl Rove has been demoted, but the truth is quite the contrary. By giving up his role as deputy White House chief of staff, Rove has been freed to do what he does best: shape big issues and develop strategies to win elections. Truth