Articles by Bill Thomas

The Worst Brand Name in American History

n their eagerness to expose and eliminate every trace of historic racism, Trump-deranged Democrats are walking on very thin ice. Once-honored figures, now deemed  racist, have had their names removed from important institutions, their statues toppled, and portraits taken down from the corridors of power.  Last week, the Democratic-controlled House voted to rid the Capitol […]

Swamp Within A Swamp

ost U.S. license plates feature some sort of tourism hype, like “Sportsman’s Paradise” or “The Greatest Snow on Earth.” In Washington, D.C., the plates say: “End Taxation Without Representation.” That’s supposed to make tourists, slowly trickling back into the city, feel sorry for the poor unrepresented citizens who live here. It shouldn’t. D.C. license plates […]

The ‘Architect’ Has Left the Building

t one point in his career Little Richard, who died last weekend, was so famous he thought he might be killed. “I was afraid to go outside,” he said. “I was scared someone would shoot me.” In the mid-1950s, there were certain risks associated with being a black rock-and-roll superstar, although “rock and roll” and […]

Chinese Takeout

f Donald Trump were not the president, and 2020 not a presidential election year, it would be hard to imagine anything else causing the kind of mass hysteria that surrounds COVID-19. For Democrats, this is what it’s come to: A last attempt to drive down support for Trump by doing everything they can to heighten […]

The Whistleblower and Me

Late Thursday night, after waking from my second post-turkey nap, my cell phone rang. The caller ID came up as “Unknown Number,” but I had a feeling I knew who it was and that I better take detailed notes. Here is a more-or-less accurate recounting of the conversation. Whistleblower: Hey, man. Sorry for calling so […]

How the 2019 World Series Explains Washington

The year was 1924. Calvin Coolidge was president. The Roaring Twenties were in full swing. And the Washington Nationals (a.k.a. the Senators) won the World Series. It’s been 95 years since the Nationals beat the New York Giants in the ’24 Fall Classic. And for most of the century that followed local fans endured season […]

She’s Baaack!

Hillary Clinton is on another listening tour, and you know what that means. It may look like she’s only out hyping her new book, but Hillary’s real modus operandi never changes: She gets her hair done, packs some extra-large pant suits, and takes off to listen for her favorite sound—cha-ching!… cha-ching! With Bernie Sanders last […]

Trouble in Government-Funded Paradise

There are more than 3,000 counties in the United States, and the nation’s capital is surrounded by five of the 10 wealthiest. Financial advisors call it “the proximity principle,” meaning people located near enormous amounts of money tend to benefit. As proof, the non-stop flow of federal funds in the form of salaries, pensions, bonuses, […]

Curtains for Comedy

Comedy used to be funny. Then Donald Trump was elected president. And comedy not only stopped being funny, it became a sinister arm of #TheResistance. After two years the laughter isn’t what it used to be, but the jokes stayed the same. In show business that means it’s time to get new material. Which is […]

Cold War II: Only This Time We’re the Soviets

Russian President Vladimir Putin’s threat to aim hypersonic missiles at Washington produced dire warnings everywhere of a coming new Cold War. Everywhere, that is, except in the Trump-deranged nation’s capital, where the big news was a coup plot straight out of the old Cold War. In 1962, Fletcher Knebel and Charles W. Bailey published a […]

Trump’s Wall and a Plan to Stop Cartels at the Border

If you’ve been thinking Trump Derangement Syndrome couldn’t get any worse, consider the Democratic Party’s position on border security. Sitting behind President Trump during his State of the Union speech on Tuesday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) spent much of the evening making faces at the back of his head. And when he asked members […]

Ryan Redux: Romney Assumes the Missionary Position

In Washington, winners write history, losers write résumés, unless, like Mitt Romney, they happen to follow the path of least resistance into a waiting Senate seat. A week after becoming senator elect from Utah, Romney was on Capitol Hill where the first person he visited was now-retired House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.). The two ex-running […]

Paul Ryan’s Long (and Annoying) Good-Bye

It’s been obvious for two years that retiring House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) has no intention of helping Republicans keep their congressional majority, since that would also mean helping President Donald Trump. Not something he’s ever been eager to do. Now Ryan seems to be saying it wouldn’t bother him if Republicans lose in November, […]

Will Trump Be Meeting With Putin’s ‘Body Double’?

When President Donald Trump meets Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, the two leaders are expected to discuss NATO, the Middle East and U.S.-Russia relations. But there’s one high-level personnel issue unlikely to be on the agenda. While the summit will take place behind closed doors, many Russians have already decided the guy getting together […]

Will AMLO Become ‘Bernie Sandinista’?

Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, Mexico’s new socialist president, promised voters to fight corruption, redistribute wealth and encourage illegal immigration to the United States. North of the border no one is more excited than another socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders, who reportedly phoned Obrador, known as AMLO, as soon as he heard the good news. With fireworks […]