Jim Geraghty is a contributing editor to National Review and the guest host of the Hugh Hewitt show on the Salem Radio Network. Previously, he was a foreign correspondent, based in Turkey, for several U.S. news and conservative publications: National Review, New York Sun, Philadelphia Inquirer, and Washington Times. He often analyzes political motivations and strategies.
The Washington Post referred to his blog as having the "Best Political Dirt" in the 2004 United States presidential election, while the Times of London commended his "killer instinct" in blog coverage of John Kerry, a phrase echoed by the title of his book, Voting to Kill: How 9/11 Launched the Era of Republican Leadership. Booklist, of the American Library Association, reviewed the book and described his premise that the Republican support comes not from "family values" social conservatism, but rather "national security and safety in the face of terrorist threats. Americans favor a political party they think will not hesitate to kill terrorists. Drawing on recollections by ordinary Americans of the fear they felt on 9/11 as they faced the harrowing choice of which child to pick up from school first, Geraghty believes this fear created "Security Moms and Dads" singularly focused on safety who believe that Republicans are most likely to deliver on that issue."
He wrote, in the National Review, of the possible irony of "The Tea Party movement in all its myriad forms — free-market groups, little old ladies, crusty in flag hats, fans of Glenn Beck's 9-12 Project — have done everything one could possibly ask to derail a government takeover of the health-care system. It will be a perverse irony if their high-visibility protests end up persuading Democrats to damn the torpedoes in the face of near-certain electoral doom." He suggested that while some Democrats might lose their seats if they vote for the bill, if they fail to do so, they might enrage the Democratic base, with the Republican base already activated, and lose control of the House in the 2010 elections.