Why I Have Given Up on Trumpism

I have given up on Trumpism. I realize this declaration will come as a surprise to some readers. I should mention, therefore, that it is a decision to which I came only after considerable reflection. It was not easy. I have plenty of friends who endorse Trumpism. I acknowledge that I did as

By | 2017-11-14T23:42:50+00:00 November 14th, 2017|

From One Frenzy to the Next

America is in another of its Salem moments. Frenzy is almost a living, breathing monster. It moves from host to host, fueled by rumor, gossip, and self-righteous furor. The Greeks knew well of the transitory nature of these mass panics. They claimed such fits were inspired by the Maniae, the three daughters of

By | 2017-11-14T01:12:04+00:00 November 13th, 2017|

Mueller’s Collusion Illusion

By now, it’s impossible to believe there was no collusion involving foreign powers in the 2016 presidential election. It's just that the campaign in question isn’t Trump’s. If you've missed the evidence pointing to Clinton collusion, you've not been following the events precipitating—and now engulfing—the Mueller investigation very carefully.With the initial set of indictments

By | 2017-11-14T14:21:07+00:00 November 12th, 2017|

Sex, Politics, and the Judiciary: We’ve Seen This Movie Before

A claim of sexual harassment of any kind is now the nuclear option in American politics. It was most famously (although unsuccessfully) deployed against Clarence Thomas, 27 years ago, near the end of his confirmation hearings, by a former subordinate, Anita Hill. To this day, Justice Thomas’s detractors believe Hill, but Thomas has

By | 2017-11-10T20:08:10+00:00 November 10th, 2017|

“Nothing to See Here!”: The Crackup of the Democratic Party

Last night’s Democratic victories in Virginia and New Jersey have caused pollsters and pundits to focus all of their attention on the potential looming troubles for the Republican Party. The ruling class, of course, is only too happy to keep us fixated on the shellacking Republicans took yesterday. But overly focusing on Republican

By | 2017-11-08T22:59:13+00:00 November 8th, 2017|

Anatomy of a Witch Hunt

A year has now passed since Donald J. Trump was elected president of the United States. Trump frequently refers to the daily barrage of attacks on his presidency as a “witch hunt.” A quick review of the opinion essays published by mainstream (liberal) outlets shows the president is not exaggerating. The liberal media

By | 2017-11-07T12:42:04+00:00 November 7th, 2017|

Crossing the Trump Rubicon

We are in a veritable war of competing visions. The strife inside the two parties is irrelevant—when compared to the larger existential war for the soul of America. Like it or not, Donald Trump in fits and starts has chosen not to accommodate the progressive vision. But in most unlikely fashion he leads

By | 2017-11-07T07:30:24+00:00 November 6th, 2017|