Polls Don’t Tell the Tale—Trump’s Support is Deep. Here’s Why…

As a conservative Republican, I harbored concerns when I voted last November for Donald Trump to be my president. I knew that I had to vote for him, given the unacceptable alternative of an incompetent liar who had placed me in a basket of “Deplorables”; had destroyed 33,000 emails that she covertly maintained

By | 2017-07-28T20:32:07+00:00 July 25th, 2017|

Repealing Obamacare Could Spur Much-Needed Bipartisanship

Republicans should just REPEAL failing ObamaCare now & work on a new Healthcare Plan that will start from a clean slate,” President Trump tweeted last week. “Dems will join in!” Much as so many Americans like to denigrate the president's freewheeling Twitter commentary, in this case I believe he is on to something.

By | 2017-07-28T14:50:07+00:00 July 24th, 2017|

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

By | 2017-07-28T13:56:22+00:00 July 23rd, 2017|

Mueller’s Investigation Must Be Limited and Accountable

How much goalpost moving should be tolerable in the Trump-Russia collusion investigation? Remember, we started with an allegation that the Trump campaign may have been complicit in the Putin regime’s “cyber-espionage”—i.e., the hacking our intelligence agencies have concluded that Russian government operatives carried out against email accounts tied to Democrats. The investigation took

By | 2017-07-25T10:56:01+00:00 July 19th, 2017|

Bourbon Doesn’t Matter (and Other Hard Truths About Trade)

President Trump promised to put America first when it comes to foreign trade. Most conservatives think this is a good thing: why should we let Japan manipulate its currency with impunity? Why does the U.S. government allow China to dump below-cost goods into the American market, killing local industries? These concerns are reasonable.

By | 2017-07-24T20:05:12+00:00 July 19th, 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 | 2017-07-26T22:24:59+00:00 July 17th, 2017|

Russia Still Has Nukes, Let’s Not Forget

Russia has become elevated in the minds of our foreign policy and military decisionmakers as the Number One Enemy. While President Obama mocked Mitt Romney for suggesting as much in 2012, today the possibility that Russia meddled in the 2016 election by exposing the Democratic National Committee’s double-crossing of Bernie Sanders is considered

By | 2017-07-20T15:10:21+00:00 July 17th, 2017|

How Did Trump Earn an Unprecedented Progressive Backlash?

Celebrities, academics, and journalists have publicly threatened or imagined decapitating Donald Trump, blowing him up in the White House, shooting him, hanging him, clubbing him, and battering his face. They have compared him to Hitler, Mussolini, and Stalin. And some have variously accused him of incestuous relations with his daughter and committing sex

By | 2017-07-14T12:49:03+00:00 July 10th, 2017|