I am a graduate of Duke University, where I attained my B.S. in economics. I briefly worked in private economic research after college, and am currently a J.D. candidate at the University of Chicago Law School. I previously served as a law clerk for Senator Mike Lee on the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, and interned for the Ethics and Public Policy Center in its American Religious Freedom Program. I also serve as the National Policy Director and Illinois State Director for Vanguard PAC ( Follow me on Twitter at @josh_hammer.


    It’s Time to Pay Attention to Kansas

    While it is far too early to write an obituary in Topeka, conservatives must acknowledge the reality that Governor Sam Brownback is fighting for his political life right now in Kansas.  The RCP average has him trailing by 2.8%, with even GOP-leaning polling firm Rasmussen Reports showing Brownback down 10 points earlier this month.  Considering Kansas’s reputation as a bastion of cultural conservatism and a | Read More »

    Phil Simms and Tony Dungy Join the Caucus of The Men Who Pee Sitting Down

    Erick has previously noted the existence of a caucus of The Men Who Pee Sitting Down — basically, a bunch of aggrieved white left-wing culture warriors hellbent on utilizing a select few usefully militant American Indians toward the common goal of shaming a proud and iconic American football franchise into abdicating its traditional name for the sake of “tolerance.”  With the 2014 NFL season about to kick | Read More »

    “The Book of Mormon” on Broadway

    I am not a Mormon.  As a Jew, in fact, I am not only one but am two additional holy books short of accepting the doctrinal tenets of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.  I was nonetheless appalled and repulsed by what I witnessed yesterday inside New York City’s Eugene O’Neill Theatre, in the form of the ostensibly satirical yet insidiously blasphemous Broadway | Read More »

    Why We Fight

    Today was my final day as a summer law clerk with the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee.  Now that my U.S. Senate badge is turned in and I no longer in any way speak for the senator for whom I interned — the Honorable Mike Lee of Utah — the time has come for my own reflections. We live in a deeply disturbed world.  Ethnic minority | Read More »