Lessons in Swamplarking: How to Speak Swamplark

In this week’s study of swamplarkers—those political critters who wallow in the muck to tell the world you suck and pile drive the country through rock bottom—we prick up our ears to understand their lexicon. Each instance of how they conduct their social intercourse with their fellow predators, their prey, and the public

By | 2017-12-23T10:51:58+00:00 December 23rd, 2017|

No, the Trump Administration Didn’t ‘Ban’ 7 Words at the CDC

Heads exploded over the weekend in response to a Washington Post article that claimed the Centers for Disease Control would “ban” seven words in all future budget documents submitted to Congress. The article’s inflammatory headline, “CDC gets list of forbidden words: Fetus, transgender, diversity,” set the tone for an egregiously poor example of

By | 2017-12-18T12:03:14+00:00 December 18th, 2017|

Lessons in Swamplarking: The Scurrilous Art of Leaking

Last week, I discussed the swamplarkers, those D.C. denizens who sift through the sands of time and sin looking for that golden nugget of “gotcha” to ruin other people’s lives while enriching their own. Having identified this loathsome species of political animal, let us now endeavor to chronicle their predatory practices, in that

By | 2017-12-16T14:04:38+00:00 December 16th, 2017|

Trump Hastens Media Meltdown

Few things are better than watching the media weep in despair as President Trump continues to deliver on his promises. One of those things, however, is watching as the intellectually honest among them are forced to admit that he is winning. And that is exactly what has been happening in recent weeks. Two

By | 2017-12-14T11:41:42+00:00 December 14th, 2017|

Stuck in the Middle with the Circumlocution Office

Charles Dickens’ Little Dorrit is not among his finest novels—those would be Dombey and Son and Bleak House—but it deserves its place in the literary pantheon not only for its depiction of life in the Marshalsea debtor’s prison (something with which Dickens had personal experience) but for its invention of the Circumlocution Office.

By | 2017-12-15T10:15:56+00:00 December 14th, 2017|

The Flight 93 Decade

Last fall, current Deputy Assistant to the President Michael Anton set off a firestorm with a pro-Trump essay titled "The Flight 93 Election." Anton argued that the election of Hillary Clinton was so threatening to America that she could be likened to the terrorists who took control of the doomed 9/11 Flight 93, intending

By | 2017-12-14T08:34:14+00:00 December 12th, 2017|

Maybe Jeff Sessions Has Already Wrapped My Christmas Present

As we close out this unprecedented year of remarkable happenings, it’s a good time to reflect on what would be the best Christmas present for Americans on the Right. One choice would be a constitutionalist replacement for Justice Anthony Kennedy. That would definitely fit the bill though, realistically, it would have to wait

By | 2017-12-05T18:04:04+00:00 December 5th, 2017|

Power, Sex, and Politics

Power,” Henry Kissinger observed, “is the ultimate aphrodisiac.” Men, but mostly women, have been trading erotic services for access to power since time began. The ruling class’s recent carrying on over a supposed epidemic of powerful grabbers and gropers runs counter to common sense and experience. If Henry, who resembled less a prince

By | 2017-11-24T10:44:09+00:00 November 24th, 2017|