Trump’s Quiet Victories

It requires a bit of perspective to see the trend in Washington: nothing fails to succeed like success. When presidents have threatened the Washington condominium of Tweedledee liberal Democrats and barely distinguishable Tweedledum Republicans, and then were seen as successes, opposition flaked off in retreat. So it was with Richard Nixon, who arrived

By | 2017-05-14T14:25:12+00:00 May 10th, 2017|

The Continuing Irrelevance of Hillary Clinton and the DNC

Hillary Clinton was interviewed recently by Christiane Amanpour for the vacuously (and ironically) entitled “Women for Women” summit in New York City. During the colloquy, Amanpour brought up foreign policy, specifically as it is related to North Korea. Between the ceaseless barrage of insults hurled at President Trump from both Clinton and Amanpour,

By | 2017-05-10T19:06:28+00:00 May 3rd, 2017|

The Obamas and the Clinton Road to Perdition

Hillary and Bill Clinton were a proud, progressive power couple who came into big-time state politics on promises of promoting “fairness” and “equality.” It did not matter much that very little in their previous personal lives had matched such elevated rhetoric with concrete action. And so the ironies and tragedies that followed were

By | 2017-05-10T19:03:40+00:00 May 3rd, 2017|

How the Obama Precedent Empowered Trump

Donald Trump was elected president by sizing up the Electoral College, and the voting public, and then campaigning accordingly. A number of the things that explain Trump’s election also point to unique opportunities to overturn the Obama legacy. This, in turn, explains why the Left is understandably upset about the unprecedented scope of

By | 2017-05-01T20:01:49+00:00 April 27th, 2017|

Nate Silver and the Fetish of Data-Driven Journalism

"Sir, the possibility of successfully navigating an asteroid field is approximately 3,720 to 1." "Never tell me the odds!" ―C-3PO and Han Solo   Yogi Berra famously threw the fat lady off her stage in 1973 when he said, “It ain’t over till it’s over.” With the rise of and reliance upon data-driven modeling of elections and

By | 2017-02-07T21:42:02+00:00 February 7th, 2017|

In RE: Lewis v. Trump—A Thought Experiment

It should be stipulated without reservation that U.S. Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) was one of the most important civil rights heroes of the 1960s. He sacrificed not only his personal safety but helped to lead a movement that brought America into line with its own founding, ideals, and aspirations. As we commemorate the broad life and scope of Reverend

By | 2017-01-16T18:57:49+00:00 January 16th, 2017|

Winning the War and Losing the Peace

Conservatives and Republicans tut-tutting along with Dems over what amounts to the latest excuse for why Hillary lost the election are setting themselves up for coming legislative defections and defeats. The campaign didn’t end on election night. That’s the message for America from the bipartisan uniparty headquartered in Washington, D.C.—the one that Trump

By | 2016-12-20T12:52:17+00:00 December 20th, 2016|