Patrick Chovanec

Patrick Chovanec

Managing Director, Chief Strategist at Silvercrest Asset Management, Adjunct Professor at Columbia SIPA, former biz prof at Tsinghua University in Beijing

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Why did I agree? Because I miss the kind of substantive discussion of issues that once attracted me to the conservative movement. I hope there’s some disagreement on the panel about the right way forward. That’s the kind of real thinking - as opposed to cheerleading - we need.

For my part, I’m going to come with a short list of economic and geopolitical developments we’re NOT talking about in the Trump Era, but should be. Maybe pose more questions than answers to chew on.

I'm sure I don't agree with everyone at the conference about everything. That's alright. The conservative movement I was part of was never about hewing to a party line.

Unable to place too much reliance on data from China, the spread of coronavirus outside of China has become the immediate focus of concern:

I'm with the President: Every year, year after year, they give the Best Foreign Film Oscar to a FOREIGN film. Are they saying Americans can't make good foreign films? What's with that?

It's obviously a globalist conspiracy.

I understand why the President might feel annoyed that so many people believe he welcomes Russian interference in our election. So why does he persistently refuse to make clear that he does NOT welcome Russian interference in our election?

All he has to say is "Russia, if you're listening ... bud out. We are on the watch for interference or disinformation from you or any other source, for or against any candidate, and will vigorously combat it." But he doesn't. He denies it's even a concern.

His defenders say it's not that he welcomes or wants to facilitate interference, but that his ego won't let him admit it's a real thing. In other words, the President's fragile ego is preventing him from facing and addressing a national security threat. That's a problem.

This is why the much-touted notion that the Mueller Report was a nothingburger is wrong. Whether or not the President is actively encouraging foreign interference, he is resolutely ignoring it - and refusing to prevent it - because he imagines the very idea makes him look bad.


It is rather amazing that yesterday the sitting President of the United States was fined $2 million for defrauding eight charities, and it barely registered as a scandal.

Monday was a script. This is the real Trump.

The widow of the Indian man murdered in Kansas in February anti-immigrant hate crime now faces deportation from US.

I've been a Republican all my life. I am a Reagan conservative, down the line. But it's become painfully clear to me that GOP officeholders today see the red hats as their base, and won't listen to people like me unless I deny them my vote, and persuade others to do the same.

Trapped in Malaysia doesn't carry quite the same punch as trapped in North Korea.

I just saw ad from Russian state TV on NY subway, telling viewers to trust them not corrupt US media. It's like a dystopian novel.

The real reason NeverTrumpers have a relatively high media profile is that the GOP has either lost or expelled its intelligentsia. They may be a small portion of the party, in absolute numbers, but they are disproportionately its former thinkers, writers, and policy experts.