Dead Man Voting

Most Americans may be unaware of the Diplomatic Security Service, “the law enforcement and security arm of the U.S. Department of State. It bears the core responsibility for providing a safe environment for the conduct of U.S. foreign policy.” In the course of those duties, the DSS conducts investigations, and one will prove

By | 2017-10-31T06:59:52+00:00 October 31st, 2017|

The Pence Rule and its Discontents

As if the Washington swamp—crawling as it does with an enormous number of statutes, acts, regulations, directives, and the like—needed more of the same, we now have the “Pence Rule,” named for Vice President Mike Pence who let it be known that he “never eats alone with a woman other than his wife.”  This revelation

By | 2017-04-11T18:48:29+00:00 April 7th, 2017|

The Denunciation Racket

Maybe it’s my background as a Soviet-era Jewish Russian emigre, but I’ve always found calls from politicians to denounce someone or something unsettling. From the days of Ancient Rome when senators would pressure each other to out-denounce political enemies to appease the emperor, to the French Revolution where the Sans-Culottes pamphlets read: “Denounce the crimes,

By | 2017-03-04T09:54:09+00:00 March 3rd, 2017|

How Can Trump Survive the Fall of Mike Flynn?

National Security Adviser Michael Flynn resigned Monday in the midst of what looks on the surface to be a fairly overblown scandal. White House spokesman Sean Spicer on Tuesday told reporters President Trump asked for Flynn’s resignation due in part because of the “evolving and eroding level of trust as a result of this situation.”

By | 2017-07-26T16:29:13+00:00 February 14th, 2017|

What I Saw at the 44th March for Life

Contrary to what you may have heard, Donald Trump was at the March for Life. Let me explain. I’ve been to a few Marches for Life before, and they’re always filled with a joy and energy that is difficult to convey unless you’ve seen it firsthand. But this year felt different; I thought it was

By | 2017-01-28T11:39:52+00:00 January 28th, 2017|

Every Day is Mother’s Day for Mike Pence—and the Left Hates Him for It

Mike Pence takes the oath of office as vice president as his wife Karen holds the Bible and looks on. When I ran across an article headlined, “Internet Erupts Over the Name Mike Pence Reportedly Calls His Wife,” my heart sunk a little. That’s because I knew it was a spinoff of this

By | 2017-05-14T14:33:39+00:00 January 26th, 2017|

Kris Kobach for DHS Secretary

The Department of Homeland Security—the nation’s newest cabinet agency, founded only in 2002—is a mess. Everyone knows it. It’s taken formerly well-functioning agencies (e.g., FEMA) and made them worse, split up some (Customs) in ways that made them worse, combined others in ways that made them worse, and created perhaps the worst functioning federal agency

By | 2016-11-27T11:43:18+00:00 November 26th, 2016|

How the ‘Hamilton’ Cast Threw Away Its Shot

Friday night, the cast of the hit Broadway musical “Hamilton” took some pot-shots at Vice President-elect Mike Pence during his attendance of the performance. These are the same people calling for the elimination of the Electoral College. Count the irony that Alexander Hamilton provided the intellectual case for the Electoral College in Federalist 68—along with

By | 2016-11-21T15:17:03+00:00 November 21st, 2016|

‘Hamilton’ Shames Running Mate of Man Who Believes the Same Things as Alexander Hamilton

In what is sure to be one of the most predictable and least encouraging stories about the state of politics in America today, Vice President-elect Mike Pence was booed by the audience while attending a performance of “Hamilton” on Friday. As if this wasn’t enough, several cast members delivered a patronizing monologue about how they

By | 2016-11-20T13:15:22+00:00 November 19th, 2016|