David Brooks and the Lizard People

David Brooks wrote last week that “[t]here is growing reason to believe that Donald Trump understands the thug mind a whole lot better than the people who attended our prestigious Foreign Service academies.” Brooks suggests that President Trump’s past business dealings may have given him “lizard wisdom,” which, one supposes, is naturally concomitant

By | 2018-05-17T00:00:29+00:00 May 16th, 2018|

Requiem for McCain

This is our lot if we live so long and labour unto the end—Then we outlive the impatient years and the much too patient friend:And because we know we have breath in our mouth and think we have thoughts in our head, We shall assume that we are alive, whereas we are really dead.We

By | 2018-05-14T11:44:27+00:00 May 14th, 2018|

‘Blue Wave’ Election vs. ‘Green Wave’ Economy

America’s economy is booming—people are working; job growth continues; consumer confidence is soaring; other economic indicators show increasing optimism. All of this a testament to the entrepreneurial genius of the American people who made this remarkable growth possible, especially now that they’ve been freed from excessive taxation and regulations. Of course, there are

By | 2018-05-12T08:35:09+00:00 May 12th, 2018|

The Deep State Mob Targets Nunes

In an absurd tweet on Wednesday, Lawfare’s executive director suggested that Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) should be replaced as chairman of the House Intelligence Committee: This is a hugely significant story. DOJ and the IC do not trust the HPSCI chair to protect sources and methods that directly risk human lives. Nunes simply

By | 2018-05-13T06:50:27+00:00 May 12th, 2018|

Thoughts on ‘Unfettered Power’

Where to start? The phrase “unfettered power,” to which I will return, may put you in mind of Lord Acton’s famous observation that “power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.” But the context of Acton’s mot was grand politics. “Great men,” he went on to say, “are almost always bad men.” What we

By | 2018-05-09T00:17:57+00:00 May 8th, 2018|

House Freedom Caucus: Don’t Trivialize Impeachment

House Freedom Caucus members have prepared articles of impeachment against Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. The reasoning behind this absurd tactic? They don’t like the way he is doing his job. Impeachment was one of the most hotly debated topics at the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia, and its inclusion in the Constitution was

By | 2018-05-07T23:57:38+00:00 May 7th, 2018|

Enough Obstruction: McConnell and the Senate Need to Work

Draining the D.C. swamp takes two critical things: willpower and manpower. President Trump has plenty of the former. But his attempts to gain the latter are being blocked actively by recalcitrant Senate Democrats and lazy Senate Republicans.  Senator Jon Tester’s (D-Mont.) shameful smearing of Dr. Ronny Jackson, Trump’s pick to head the U.S. Department

By | 2018-05-06T09:39:45+00:00 May 6th, 2018|

How to Revive a Roast

An open letter to the scribes who organized last Saturday’s White House Correspondents Dinner: Given your recent public relations wreck, these words are a little late. There may still be time to save next year’s dinner, however, and preserve a venerable institution that serves a valuable purpose. Your annual dinner helps deflate overblown

By | 2018-05-05T11:47:44+00:00 May 5th, 2018|