Restoring the Republic Means Reimposing ‘Regular Order’

The Republican congressional leadership’s failure to repeal Obamacare has led to suggestions that, perhaps, they should have approached their task through “regular order.” Since Congress has not operated under “regular order” at all since 2006, and with decreasing frequency in the decades before that, younger readers, especially, may be excused for not knowing what

By | 2017-07-23T21:08:15+00:00 July 23rd, 2017|

About That ‘Private’ Meeting With Putin…

Ian Bremmer, the bookish president of the Eurasia Group, the world’s largest geopolitical risk firm, broke a story that MSNBC has turned into the next ridiculous chapter in the Trump-Russia “collusion” psychodrama. The Stanford-educated political scientist (and occasional fill-in host for Charlie Rose) made headlines this week when he broke the news that,

By | 2017-07-24T20:13:27+00:00 July 21st, 2017|

Swampland’s Ten Commandments

The Trump family is no doubt canny about the dog-eat-dog landscapes of the Manhattan real estate lagoon. But when the Trumps arrived in Washington, as political novices they entered an entirely new swampland, with which so far they remain unfamiliar. Their transition down the coastal corridor is sort of like leaving a Florida

By | 2017-07-20T19:13:32+00:00 July 17th, 2017|

The Russia House: Pope or Kafka?

Not the Pope, Francis the anti-American environmentalist Jesuit. No, I mean Alex, the 18th-century English poet. Here’s my question: Is the whole Russia-meddled-in-U.S.-election/Donald-Trump-colluded-with-Putin-to-snatch-the-presidency-from-its-rightful-owner,-H.-Clinton narrative an example of what Pope talked about at the beginning of The Rape of the Lock? What dire Offence from am'rous Causes springs, What mighty Quarrels rise from trivial

By | 2017-07-19T17:38:05+00:00 July 16th, 2017|

No, You Can’t Have My Country

You can’t have my country. You cannot take away anything that makes her her. She has stood proudly head and shoulders above others ever since her brilliant, bombastic founding. She has withstood fire and assault and wars and ravages. Her people have shed blood for her. America is under a dreadful assault. The

By | 2017-07-16T23:48:12+00:00 July 12th, 2017|

Comey’s Flynn Spin, Part II: The Dog that Didn’t Bark

If in the Oval Office President Trump was looking for some of the “honesty” Jim Comey promised him, he sure didn’t get it. (Read Part I here.) In former FBI director James Comey’s written testimony recounting his private Oval Office discussion with the president about erstwhile National Security Advisor Michael Flynn, we find

By | 2017-07-15T11:04:21+00:00 July 11th, 2017|

Adam “Pathfinder” Schiff: Stalking the Kremlin or the Chupacabra?

My radio colleague John Batchelor has pegged U.S. Rep. Adam Schiff (D-NY) as “the Pathfinder.” The reason being that, as ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, Schiff has been most vocal and visible in trying to divine the truth behind the alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia—and, in a fortuitous

By | 2017-07-15T10:43:21+00:00 July 11th, 2017|

Comey’s Flynn Spin, Part I: “Something Big is About to Happen”

To grasp the distortion James Comey makes of his February 14 meeting with President Trump, first review the meeting of January 27. In a previous article, I showed how the version of the February 14 Flynn conversation leaked to the New York Times in May was tailored by James Comey to create the

By | 2017-07-13T22:16:05+00:00 July 10th, 2017|