What Happened to Carter Page?

I miss Carter Page. It seems like years since I have heard anything about the American businessman who briefly volunteered at Donald Trump’s presidential campaign. You remember Carter Page. He was, along with the micturating prostitutes, one of the stars of The Dossier™, the as-told-to novella by Christopher Steele, the leakin’-lyin’ former British spook

By | 2018-05-10T09:18:04+00:00 May 10th, 2018|

For Trump, the End of the Beginning

Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from Barack Obama’s fantasy “Iran deal” brings a much-needed dose of realpolitik to a fossilized Washington foreign-policy establishment that has operated for far too long on “consensus” and an inflated reliance on the estimation of others, especially those hostile to the American experiment. What the novice president understands,

By | 2018-05-11T00:23:57+00:00 May 10th, 2018|

Searching for the Authoritarian Trump

A lot of public intellectuals and writers are pushing an alarming thesis: President Trump is a menace to the American Republic and a threat to American liberties. The criticism is not exclusively partisan; it’s shared by prominent conservatives, liberals, and libertarians.From his perch at the New York Times, David Brooks declares Trump is “pursuing

By | 2018-05-08T13:29:56+00:00 May 8th, 2018|

Thoughts on ‘Unfettered Power’

Where to start? The phrase “unfettered power,” to which I will return, may put you in mind of Lord Acton’s famous observation that “power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.” But the context of Acton’s mot was grand politics. “Great men,” he went on to say, “are almost always bad men.” What we

By | 2018-05-09T00:17:57+00:00 May 8th, 2018|

Enough Obstruction: McConnell and the Senate Need to Work

Draining the D.C. swamp takes two critical things: willpower and manpower. President Trump has plenty of the former. But his attempts to gain the latter are being blocked actively by recalcitrant Senate Democrats and lazy Senate Republicans.  Senator Jon Tester’s (D-Mont.) shameful smearing of Dr. Ronny Jackson, Trump’s pick to head the U.S. Department

By | 2018-05-06T09:39:45+00:00 May 6th, 2018|

The Rape Culture of Politics by Investigation

Former Trump campaign advisor Michael Caputo condemned the Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday following his closed-door testimony. His words, no doubt, resonated with every Trump aide, associate, and family member ensnared in the bogus Trump-Russia election collusion scam. “God damn you to Hell,” Caputo told the committee—an impassioned conclusion to an emotional statement

By | 2018-05-07T00:15:19+00:00 May 5th, 2018|

Judge’s Warning in Manafort Case Could Spell Doom for Mueller

One week after a Senate committee approved a bill to protect the special counsel from being fired by the president, both of Robert Mueller’s high-profile cases appear to be in legal jeopardy. On Friday morning, a federal judge accused Mueller’s team of weaponizing its prosecutorial authority in an effort to take down Donald

By | 2018-05-04T16:06:17+00:00 May 4th, 2018|

Mr. President: Talk to Mueller Now, or Plead the Fifth Later

The long negotiations between Donald Trump's legal team and the gaggle of professional witch-hunters employed by Special Counsel Robert Mueller may yet produce a formula by which the president could sit down for a voluntary interview. Increasingly, however, this seems doubtful, as the hostility between the two camps grows, and as Trump's poll

By | 2018-05-04T13:27:35+00:00 May 4th, 2018|

What if Mueller Questioned Barack Obama?

Imagine if a right-wing version of Robert Mueller, backed by a properly pro-Trump legal team, had sent former President Barack Obama the same sort of questions that Mueller allegedly delivered this week to President Trump. The special counsel might dress them up in legalese, innuendo, and with perjury-trap IEDs, thereby casting suspicion with

By | 2018-05-05T09:30:12+00:00 May 4th, 2018|