Thomas Farnan

About Thomas Farnan

Thomas J. Farnan is an attorney in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. His writing has appeared in Forbes and he is a regular contributor to and the Observer.

The ‘Hodgkinson Standard’ and the Political Blame Game

On June 14, 2017, James Hodgkinson, a Bernie Sanders campaign volunteer during the presidential primaries, opened fire on a Republican congressional baseball practice in northern Virginia. Four people were shot, including House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.). President Trump addressed the shooting saying, “We may have our differences . . . We are

By | 2018-10-30T00:54:37+00:00 October 30th, 2018|

Did the British Collude to Steal the Election for Hillary?

To borrow a Shakespearean expression turned colloquialism, “there's something rotten in the state of Denmark.” Great Britain has reportedly applied diplomatic pressure against releasing the unredacted Carter Page FISA documents. Why? Is it that British spy agencies were hot on the trail of Russian collusion and they do not want to have their

By | 2018-10-19T21:46:53+00:00 October 18th, 2018|

Trump Stands Up To the Mob

Way back in 2016, in a telephone conversation with my twentysomething niece, she said to me: “You’re not actually going to vote for Donald Trump, are you?” She was reminding me of a cultural taboo. There was playground consensus against Trump’s election among the smart and thoughtful. In sociological parlance, this is called

By | 2018-10-08T07:03:35+00:00 October 8th, 2018|

Washington Suffers a Relapse with Kavanaugh Stupidity

Statistically, a person recovering from addiction can be expected to suffer at least one relapse. The Washington, D.C., political establishment has been on its Trump-step program now for about 20 months. It’s not going well. Every time it has been tempted to turn the ordinary into the next great decisive battle for the

By | 2018-09-23T22:07:51+00:00 September 24th, 2018|

Why Ordinary Americans Are Unperturbed by Russia Mania

President Trump’s meeting with Vladimir Putin was a profile in courage against an onslaught of media pressure that would have made a typical glad-handing huckster politician fold. By engaging in rational foreign policy without the baggage of swamp politics, President Trump did precisely what American voters fed up with Washington’s insider games expected

By | 2018-07-24T12:54:01+00:00 July 24th, 2018|

Here’s Why Hardiman Would Be Best for the Court

President Trump reportedly has narrowed his list for the vacant Supreme Court seat to four sitting circuit court judges: Amy Coney Barrett, Thomas Hardiman, Brett Kavanaugh, and Raymond Kethledge. Barrett, who has strong support among old-line conservative polemicists, is a member of an ecumenical group called People of Praise. Many Catholics, including me,

By | 2018-07-09T07:24:37+00:00 July 9th, 2018|